‘We’re going to play the World Cup’

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month.Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was simmering.Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing that it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings.However, in an interview with a radio station on Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to playing even though their concerns were yet to be resolved.”I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically.”We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day, we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. Iit is our job, it is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them, and we’ve just not gotten a response.WORLD CUP A PRIORITY”But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.”Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27,600.In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly US$60,000, with the highest paid player raking in US$137,000.The WICB hit back by outlining the new International Cricket Council (ICC) pay system, which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments.Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players’ union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communicated to them.Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted that the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter.”The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised.”We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.”Sammy said that for many of the seasoned players on the squad, the T20 World Cup could prove to be their final ICC event and this was extra motivation to lift the title.”It’s the format that we’re best at. We cannot ignore that. I believe the squad that has been picked is very capable of going to India and winning the World Cup,” he said.STRATEGISING WITH COACH”We all will be coming from playing cricket … we will have a lot of cricket matches under our belt, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to strategise with coach, Phil Simmons, in order to plan the way we’re going to win the World Cup.”He added: “I know we’re painted … to be a certain type of cricketers, but this could be an end of an era where Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy – from Under-15 and Under-19 (level) in West Indies team; this could be the last ICC event that most of these players could be playing so we all are motivated.”I know from speaking to the guys, we will give it our best shot, and hopefully, we can repeat what we did in Sri Lanka (in 2012) in India.”last_img read more

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Superintendent’s Residence Lies in Ruins in Gbarnga

first_imgBack view of the building-Residents raise concernThe official residence of the Superintendent of Bong County lies in ruins as it seems that no attention is reportedly being given the building since a violent rainstorm devastated the structure early March of this year.The building which is the official home of  the Superintendent of Bong County, was constructed during the administration of President William V. S. Tubman; it was, however, badly damaged during the long years of civil war in the country.Speaking to this paper via mobile former Bong County Legislative Caucus Chairman and former Representative, George Sylvester Mulbah, said the county expended a little over US$82,000 from the County Social Development Funds (CSDF) to renovate the building in 2009 in order to give the Superintendent of the county a befitting residence .“The building, lying in ruins at this time seems to be a glaring manifestation that the local county leadership is reneging to renovate the compound possibly for political reasons”, former Representative Mulbah intoned.Following the reconditioning, it played home to former superintendents Ranney B. Jackson, Lucia Herbert and Selena Polson Mappy.For his part, Bong County Assistant Superintendent for Development Anthony Sheriff informed this reporter that his office made assessment on the damage to the building in early March and it was estimated that the county leadership will need US$65,000 to recondition the entire building.He said the assessment report was forwarded to the Superintendent Madam Esther N. Walker for implementation.Mr. Sheriff said the county leadership has been making frantic efforts as well as SOS appeals to people of good will and companies including the MNG-Gold to help renovate the building.“Right now the county does not have money, to repair that building; it will take us some time,” Assistant Superintendent Sheriff admitted.The roof of the building was destroyed in early March of this year by a violent rainstorm and since then it has not been rehabilitated.Ceiling destroyed by rainwaterAccording to the Daily Observer the ceiling of the building is being forced down by rain water and the floor soaked with rainwater could damage the structure if the roof is not replaced ahead of the usually heavy August and September downpours.It was established by this paper that the entire compound is without watchman/security guard and some of the air conditioners as well as doors have been taken away reportedly by criminals.Jerry Flomo a resident of the Civil Compound community a community in which the Superintendent’s Residence is located said on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at about 9pm unknown persons attacked him and made away with his smartphone and ran in the building.Another person Esther Dunn who was victimized by the purported criminals said her computer and other valuables were taken away in the same place on her way home at about 8pm.“If the county leadership does not renovate the building or assign security guards, nobody would dare pass that area at night hours” the victims maintained.Front view of the buildingShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sports, Culture and Arts to share Sh5.3b budget allocation

first_img0Shares0000Sports, Culture and Arts to share Sh5.3b budget allocationNAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – The Sports, Culture and Arts departments as well as people living with disabilities, will have to share partly Ksh5.3 billion as proposed by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich while reading the 2019/20 budget.The amount proposed was taken from the Sports, Art, Social and Development Fund that was introduced to support sporting activities with the monies coming from the taxes collected from betting firms. “To support Sports Culture and Arts, I have allocated Ksh5.3 billion from the Sports Fund to support youth, women and person living with disabilities in areas such as Sports and Arts,” Rotich read.Surprisingly, the CS allocated a further Ksh 7.9 billion from the Sports, Art, Social and Development Fund to go towards the universal health care initiatives.The amount billed to Sports, comes after the government allocated Sh200 million for the construction of Sports Academy during last term’s budget.“In addition, I have allocated Ksh7.9 billion from the Sports, Art, Social and Development Fund to fund the universal health care initiatives,” the CS announced.0Shares0000(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal fan is close to tears as he destroys Wenger and Giroud

first_imgBy Arsene Wenger’s own admission, Arsenal have been “very average” so far this season and some fans have had enough.A caller to Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar show on talkSPORT was so irate having seen the Gunners ride their luck to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool, he sounded close to tears.With his voice close to breaking, the Gooner told Goldstein: “I can’t watch Arsenal any more… it’s so predictable!”“I was a season ticket holder until two years ago,” he explained, “but I had to give it up because I can’t afford it.“The team I love and adore, this guy [Wenger] is destroying it.“Wenger buys tipp-tappy players, he never buys the players we need.”Listen to the full extraordinary call in the audio player aboveAgree or disagree with this caller’s verdict? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…last_img read more

Volleyball Gets A 3-0 Win At SIU

first_imgSIU (4-17, 0-8 MVC) was led by Patience Brown’s 11 kills on 20 attempts. at UNI 10/19/2018 – 7 p.m. Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) also helped the Bulldogs rebound with eight kills on 26 attempts along with four blocks. Drake rolled to the 25-14 win in the first set behind 15 kills while hitting .406. Cheek registered five of those kills on just eight swings. A 5-0 run helped turn a two-point advantage into seven and Drake added to that quickly in taking the first set from the Salukis. However, the Bulldogs returned to their dominant form in the third and final set, opening with a 13-4 lead. The lead stayed at eight points or more and Drake held a 24-13 lead at one point. However, the Salukis scored six-straight points until Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) stepped up with her sixth kill of the night to put the set to rest at 25-19 for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs’ return to action next weekend when they travel to in-state foe and MVC leader UNI Friday, Oct. 19, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.Print Friendly Version Drake (16-7, 5-4 MVC) prevailed by set scores of 25-14, 25-23, 25-19 in the quick three-set victory. Cheek’s 16 kills came on 40 attempts and the Bulldogs hit .234 as a team in large part due to Paige Aspinwall’s (Dayton, Minn.) 35 assists. Cheek and Aspinwall also added nine digs each while Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) led the defense with 18 digs. ESPN+ Live Stats The second set was much more tightly contested until Drake outscored the Salukis down the stretch, 5-3, by taking advantage of three SIU errors to take the set, 25-23. Full Schedule Roster CARBONDALE, Ill. – Led by 16 kills from Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas), the Drake University team earned a convincing 3-0 win at SIU Saturday evening to conclude its most recent Missouri Valley Conference road series. Preview Next Game: Watch Livelast_img read more

Donegal woman describes her horror of Christchurch mosque attack

first_imgA Letterkenny woman has spoken of her horror as her workplace went into lockdown as an attack on two crowded mosques in Christchurch during afternoon prayers left 49 people dead. Mary Dunne from in Illistrin in Letterkenny works as a teacher near where the attack happened.The Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch was filled with worshippers when the attack happened, as was the second mosque in suburban Linwood. Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighbourhood and one died in hospital, police said.Speaking following the ordeal, Ms. Dunne said: “Myself and all the specialists, psychologists and the teachers all had to stay in the school for about two hours after the attack.“We had to lock up the gates of the property, we locked all the doors, we had to pull all the blinds and we were in basic darkness and we just had to sit there and wait it out.”Police said three people were in custody including one man in his late 20s who had been charged with murder. The Irish embassy in New Zealand says it’s monitoring the situation and says any Irish people in Christchurch can contact them.The Irish Ambassador for New Zealand Peter Ryan said the resilience of the Irish nurses and doctors working in the aftermath of the atrocity in Christchurch is “inspiring”.In a statement, the President offered the sympathy of the Irish people to the families of the victims and expressed the solidarity of the people of Ireland with the people of New Zealand.President Higgins said: “This attack on innocent lives at places of worship for a religious community will be condemned by all those who believe in freedom and democratic values.”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the attack as “horrific, harrowing news” and encouraged “tolerance and openness” over “hate”. He said: “Irish people share a deep affinity with the people of New Zealand, whether it’s through rugby, travel or pride in our culture as small island nations.“New Zealand and its people are open, tolerant and welcoming. We join them today, united in our condemnation of this appalling attack and determined in our resolve that hate will not triumph.“I will be writing to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to express sincere sympathies and support. I would also like to pay tribute to the valiant work of Christchurch’s emergency services.”Donegal woman describes her horror of Christchurch mosque attack was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Taoiseach Leo VaradkarChristchurch attackIrish Presidentletterkennylast_img read more

70th birthday and charity hack raise €2,740 for Raphoe’s Riding for the Disabled

first_imgTwo fantastic fundraisers have gathered €2,740 for the Raphoe and East Donegal branch of Riding for the Disabled.Mr Graham Bell recently held his 70th birthday party in aid of the volunteer group. He and his guests gathered €2,040 to make a very generous donation to his chosen charity.The money was gratefully received following a presentation by Mr & Mrs Bell with Adeline Temple, Suzanne Carroll, Jacqueline Witherow and Isobel Roulston from Raphoe and East Donegal RDAI. Mr & Mrs Bell with Adeline Temple, Suzanne Carroll, Jacqueline Witherow and Isobel Roulston from Raphoe and East Donegal RDAIAlso in June, the Tir Conaill Riding Club hosted a charity ride-out at Lough Eske to raise €700 for the group. The members took part in a 16km trek across the Bluestack Mountains before Mr Noel Cunningham and Harvey’s Point Hotel provided a beautiful lunch afterwards. Raphoe and East Donegal RDAI are very grateful to all concerned for their kind contribution  and generous hospitality.Tir Conaill Riding clubRaphoe’s Riding for the Disabled is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving. 70th birthday and charity hack raise €2,740 for Raphoe’s Riding for the Disabled was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Raphoe and East Donegal branch of Riding for the Disabledlast_img read more

Spider speed increases as temperature rises

first_imgAs unnerving as it may be for some, the scuttling movement of tarantulas is a rather impressive feat. All eight of the animal’s hairy appendages are controlled not by muscles, but by a hydraulic fluid called hemolymph, which flows through the legs and causes them to flex and extend. While this system is simpler and lighter than muscled movement, it is also more sensitive to temperature changes. This could have direct implications for the speed of the skittering critters and for robots designed to mimic their movement, researchers write in The Journal of Experimental Biology. In the new study, they tested Texas brown tarantulas’ (Aphonopelma hentzi) speeds across a variety of temperatures. The hotter the temperature, the faster the spiders sprinted. Speeds at the highest end of the tested range—40°C—were 2.5 times faster than speeds at the lowest end of the range—15°C. The researchers found that the difference was caused simply by faster stride frequency. The researchers had hypothesized that when temperatures were either too cool or too hot, the spider’s joints would lose their ability to work together synchronously, but, surprisingly, the leg joints were most tightly coupled at low temperatures and slow movement speeds. As things heated up, the actuation of the joints was less precisely coordinated, but the spiders still moved faster. The team proposes that this decoupling may reflect an incomplete flow of hemolymph in and out of the limbs, suggesting that the spiders’ top speed is set by the limits of how quickly the fluid flows.A link to the study will be added once it is available from the journal.(Credit for first linked video: F. Y. Su and N. A. Booster)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddling

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Peru’s players celebrate after a play-off qualifying match for the 2018 Russian World Cup against New Zealand in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to win a two-leg playoff and earn the 32nd and last spot in the World Cup field in Russia. APZURICH — FIFA has reminded the Peruvian soccer federation of rules prohibiting interference by national governments, one week after the South American country qualified for its first World Cup since 1982.FIFA says the letter reacts to the “current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law” presented to a congressional committee last month. FIFA says the proposed text to lawmakers includes “certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the FIFA Statutes.”ADVERTISEMENT In serious cases, FIFA can suspend a country’s national and club teams, plus officials, from international competitions and meetings.Peruvian officials are due in Moscow next week for the World Cup draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPeru is not likely to be facing any action, but FIFA has promised to “continue to monitor the situation.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more