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WI seeking redemption

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC:West Indies will attempt to rebound from the sound thumping handed them by Sri Lanka last week when they square off with the hosts in the pivotal second and final Test, starting today.The Caribbean side suffered a heavy innings and six-run defeat inside four days in Galle, a result that extended their miserable run of never having won a Test match on Sri Lankan soil.Despite the drubbing, new captain Jason Holder says the mood in the camp has remained positive and said his side would be going all out to grab a win at the P. Sara Oval over the next five days.”For sure, the guys are upbeat for the second Test match,” Holder told a media conference here yesterday.”It’s obviously a must-win game for us to at least level the series, and the guys know the situation of the series, so it is all up to us to come into the series, into this last Test match, and just perform and get 20 wickets.”The batsmen need to give us a chance to get 20 wickets. In the last game, we only had one opportunity with the ball and we got 10 wickets, so hopefully, we can put some runs on the board and also get the 20 wickets.”Of major concern for West Indies will be their batting and their fielding. In Galle, only Jermaine Blackwood with 92 in the second innings and Darren Bravo with 50 in the first managed to get half-centuries.double figuresIn the first innings, 10 players reached double figures, but only one of the top eight batsmen passed 25 as West Indies collapsed for 251.The scenario was similar in the second innings, where six batsmen reached double figures, but only Blackwood managed to get past 35.”We’ve done a lot of talking within thedressing room. I think it just boils down to digging a little deeper,” Holder said regarding the batting.”We all got starts [in the last Test], so it is an opportunity now for guys to put their heads down, dig a little deeper, and carry on. I think that’s needed in this second Test match, and again, we’ve spoken about it, we’ve mentioned it, so it’s all down to the batsmen in this game.”One growing concern is the form of the experienced Marlon Samuels. He scored 11 and zero in Galle, following on from his disappointment in the tour match here two weeks ago when he failed to score.Holder said he was backing the stylish right-hander to strike form soon.”He just had a bad game, but that’s Test cricket, that’s international sport,” the 23-year-old said.”What is important is for Marlon to come back stronger. He is one of the guys who digs deep when his back is against the wall.”West Indies were guilty of four dropped catches in Sri Lanka’s massive first innings of 484. They put down Dinesh Chandimal twice and were forced to pay dearly as the right-hander chalked up 151.Holder said following that poor display, the team paid special attention to fielding during training sessions.”Over the last three days, we’ve done a lot of analysing. We’ve looked at a lot of footage. we’ve come into the practice sessions for the last few days and paid a lot of attention to our fielding,” Holder noted.Sri Lanka have made two changes to their squad for the Test, with off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and uncapped 20-year-old batsman Kusal Mendis replacing off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal and the out-of-form Lahiru Thirimanne.SQUADS:SRI LANKA – Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Tharindu Kaushal, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Milinda Siriwardena, Kusal Mendis.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kraig Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

Cummings delighted with K0 win, eyes daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: After leading Lennon High to a historic first lien on the ISSA-Flow Ben Francis KO title, Fitzroy Cummings, the team captain, said it’s only the beginning of great things from the school nestled in the hills of Mocho, Clarendon. “I feel delighted that we finally took home a major trophy. Winning the Ben Francis Cup is a big deal for all of us, and I am particularly happy to be the captain of this team,” said Cummings. At a specially arranged celebration yesterday, Cummings along with his teammates and the coaching staff were feted by the school, family members and residents of the hilly community, for their 4-2 victory on penalty kicks last week over St Elizabeth Technical. Cummings, who was like a rock at the heart of the defence for Lennon, noted his pleasure, playing with his teammates. “This is a special set of players to be playing with. We are like brothers. We enjoy so much of the same things and the coaches also treat us well and in return we treat them with respect,” Cummings stated. “We would love to also win the daCosta Cup and that would make it the most memorable year of my life so far, so it’s a great feeling right now,” he said. Cummings was the goal scorer in their 1-0 semi-final win over Cornwall College.last_img read more

Phoenix awardee leads archery’s Asiad gold hunt

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Ranked No. 107 in the world, Tagle claimed a spot in the YOG after topping the secondary tournament in the World Youth Archery Championships in Santa Fe, Argentina, on October 2017.The Phoenix Siklab Youth Sports Awardee for archery is hoping to replicate the feat of Luis Gabriel Moreno, who captured the country’s first YOG gold medal when he and partner Li Jiaman of China won the mixed international team event during the 2014 Games in Nanjing, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWorld Archery Philippines Inc. secretary general Rosendo Sombrio said Tagle will join four other archers in the Asian Games, where the Philippines is aiming to improve on its single gold-medal performance courtesy of BMX rider Daniel Caluag in the 2014 Incheon meet. Djokovic lines up Dimitrov in 2nd round at Queen’s Club Deadeye Nicole Marie Tagle will simultaneously serve as the anchor of the archery team bound for the coming Asian Games and the Youth Olympic Games.The 15-year-old from Dumaguete City will be the lone bet in the Olympic event women’s individual recurve during the Asiad in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 before flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina, a month later.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Murder suspect still at large

first_imgLodge stabbing incidentaubrey Clarke of Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown, who is accused of stabbing his cousin, Lennox Norton, to death on Saturday evening over an old grievance has reportedly gone into hiding.The suspect and the now dead man were engaged in a heated argument during which Norton was stabbed several times.Norton of Lot 418 Samaroo Street, B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was pronounced dead on arrival at theDead: Lennox NortonGeorgetown Public Hospital.One of the eyewitnesses where the stabbing occurred told Guyana Times Monday that on the night of the stabbing, the two men were drinking and an argument led to a fight.The suspect, he added, pulled out a “long” knife and allegedly stabbed Norton to his back. The knife reportedly passed “through and through” the man’s body.He noted that he heard Norton screaming and eventually saw him collapse. As he collapsed, the suspect dealt him several blows to the abdomen. The man, who requested anonymity, told Guyana Times that a few years ago, the suspect had blamed the now dead man for his sister’s death.Meanwhile, at the house of the deceased, his niece related that she was at home when she received the news that her uncle was stabbed by a cousin. She noted that at about 08:15h on Sunday she received another call relating that her uncle had died.This prompted her to visit the scene only to see blood stains in the yard and in the shop that is not in operation. She was told the two men had a scuffle and the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed her uncle to the back.She noted that the suspect is always armed with a knife and she often told her uncle not to be around that cousin. She noted that the argument stemmed from an old grievance involving another cousin now deceased.The woman described her uncle as a helpful person who took care of the culprit’s blind mother. “He would normally go and clean and so for his aunt since her children hardly pay attention to her… it was at her house, he went and met his death”, she noted.The niece added that Norton returned from the interior about two years ago but was due to return soon. The man leaves to mourn five children and siblings.last_img read more

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Appeal court order being sought to compel Cabinet, President to resign

first_imgA week after his order seeking Cabinet’s resignation was refused by the High Court, former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall has filed a notice that he is appealing against the ruling on the grounds that Chief Justice (CJ) (acting) Roxane George made a mistake in her ruling.Former AG Anil NandlallAccording to the Notice of Appeal seen by this publication, Nandlall is seeking an order from the Court of Appeal compelling Cabinet and the President to resign, as a consequence of them being defeated by a No-Confidence vote.Apart from asking for a mandatory order to force the Government to give effect to such a ruling, Nandlall is also asking for a conservatory order restraining Cabinet (which stands resigned following the Caribbean Court of Justice ruling on June 21, 2019), including the President, from meeting.Nandlall also requested an order reversing Justice George’s order dismissing his claim and awarding costs of $500,000 to the respondent, as well as any other orders the Court deems fit to grant.Acting Chief Justice Roxanne GeorgeAccording to the former AG in his Notice of Appeal, the CJ “erred in law in failing to properly give a true interpretation to and give effect to the clear and unambiguous provisions of Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, commanding, mandating and requiring the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President, when the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly”.The Court of AppealAmong Nandlall’s other contentions is that Justice George failed to properly interpret the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the consolidated appeals related to the No Confidence vote. According to Nandlall, she also failed to properly apply the Doctrine of Stare decisis or the principle that treats with precedents set by higher courts.The rulingIn her ruling last week, Justice George had noted that a first instance court such as the High Court cannot contradict the higher court’s ruling. She pointed out that the CCJ had said that notwithstanding the Cabinet’s resignation, it still continued in office as a caretaker government.She said that both Nandlall and Attorney General Basil Williams referenced this passage in their submissions to the Court, though she acknowledged that such references were made in different contexts.“In my view… the CCJ did make a pronouncement on the resignation of the President and Cabinet. Given the language of the CCJ… the effect of the (No Confidence Motion) was the immediate resignation of the Cabinet, but the Court clearly stated that notwithstanding this, the tenure in office of Cabinet (and) President… is on a different footing”.“Given this pronouncement, there could not have been… any requirement for a mandatory order compelling the Cabinet, including the President, to give effect to the resignation of the Cabinet, including the President, which occurred by operation of law consequent on the NCM,” Justice George said in her ruling.Besides striking out Nandlall’s application, Justice George had also ordered the payment of $500,000 in costs to the respondent. In his comments after the ruling, Nandlall had expressed shock at the Court’s unwillingness to grant the order. He noted that the Constitution of Guyana takes precedence over any doctrine on the hierarchy of the courts.“This is indeed a shocking ruling. Every Guyanese, by now, must be aware of the clear language of Article 106 (6) of the Constitution… mandatory, clear, unambiguous language. And here it is, we have approached the court there is a Cabinet refusing to resign and there is a constitutional court telling us that because the CCJ did not make that order, then forever we are in perpetual error”.“In other words, the doctrine of precedent and the doctrine of stare decisis are now superior to the Constitution of the country. The Constitution is the supreme law, not no ordinary principle of Stare Decisis. Those are basic, low-ranked principles. The Constitution is the supreme law and that, unfortunately, is not being upheld by the court. So this decision must be appealed”.According to Attorney General Basil Williams, however, the decision was in keeping with the need to preserve legal precedent. He was of the view that the decision was the right one, since the CCJ referenced the matter in its ruling.last_img read more

Govt can save $3B by slashing recurrent expenditure – Ali

first_img…says misallocation is root of economic hardshipGovernment’s refrain that it cannot afford increases for teachers may need to be revisited; as Opposition parliamentarian and economist, Irfaan Ali, is contending that just by slashing recurrent expenditure, there can be a surplus of $3 billion for the year.According to the former Minister, there were increases in at least six-line items since 2014 that directly contribute to a 55 per cent increase in total recurrent expenditure.Opposition MP Irfaan AliThese are security services, an increase of 41.9 per cent; dietary, an increase of 44.4 per cent; national and other events, increased by 91.5 per cent. Other transport and travel, 62.5 per cent; transport and travel, 48.6 per cent and employment costs, 41.9 per cent.“Specifically, employment cost makes up $17 billion or 39 per cent of total increases in recurrent expenditure. If excess budgetary allocation, $2 billion, is slashed from dietary and national events to 2014 levels, the Government would be able to rehire and offer a 66 per cent increase in stipend to the 1972 dismissed Amerindian CSOs; increase the (National Toshaos Council) subvention to $50 million and provide each Amerindian village with a $3.5 million cash grant.”Ali also suggested that if excess allocations to security services and transport and travel were returned to what it was in 2014; initiatives like the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant to students could be reinstated and even increased to $15,000 per child.Teachers during a protest for their salary increasesPointing to the Ministry of the Presidency, Ali noted that budgetary allocations have increased from $3.3 billion to $9.4 billion; equivalent to an increase by 56 per cent and according to Ali, Regions Five and Six budgets combined.Ali returned to Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s speech in 2015 to show discrepancies between Government’s financial vision and what has actually been happening. One such instance was the 2015 promise to reduce the deficit in public enterprises and Central Government.“Deficit in Central Government increased from $9.3 billion in 2015 to $34 billion by the end of 2017,” Ali pointed out. “Private enterprises moved from a surplus of $8 billion in 2015, to a deficit of $12.8 billion at the end of 2017.”The next promise the former Minister alluded to be a promise to reform the tax system, increase investments while creating sustainable jobs and to restore Private Sector confidence in the economy. But pointing to the budget estimates and the latest Mid-Year report, Ali noted that the facts tell another story.“From 2014 to 2018, credit to Central Government increased by 24.2 per cent, while Private Sector, by 11.3 per cent. In 2017, lending to the manufacturing sector contracted by $4.2 billion or $14.6 per cent.”“In mid-2018, the manufacturing sector contracted by 5.7 per cent to $26 billion; credit to the beverages, food and tobacco industry and for other construction and engineering decreased by $2.6 billion or 39 per cent and $1.8 billion or 15 per cent, respectively.”Cash pay outsWhile the Government’s upkeep has gotten more expensive, so too has cost of living when taxes and other factors are considered. There have also been specific cases where Government, faced with the need to make cash pay outs to workers, have either claimed lack of cash or scrapped to find part payments.This includes the former Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers, who were placed on the breadline when Government closed several estates. Despite the sugar workers being legally entitled to their severance, Government had announced that only some of them, owed $500,000 or less, would be paid in full by January month end.In June, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) took Government to court. This was done on behalf of workers from Skeldon, Rose Hall and the East Demerara sugar estates.In the legal documents, it was outlined that the redundant workers were to receive their redundancy allowance/severance payment no later than December 29, 2017. The legal team, which was led by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, stated that the over 4000 workers were paid only a portion of their severance payments.Then, three years of trying to secure salary increases and other benefits saw teachers proposing increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government has maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal, offering a 2018-2019 pay off.After making little headway, the Guyana Teachers’ Union galvanised strike action. President David Granger said during a press conference on Friday that efforts were being made to find cash for the teachers.last_img read more

Farmer sues neighbor in Shekell Fire

first_imgPrior to the fire, MGR had been notified of violations related to fire safety, according to the suit, but a co-owner of MGR said his company had spent tens of thousands of dollars cooperating with county officials to obtain a conditional-use permit and was completing all the Ventura County Fire Department safety requirements. Embers from the fire were blowing through the area before the MGR Design building caught fire, and the winds continued to spread embers from the MGR building as it burned, firefighters said. Flames spread from MGR to Plater’s 50-acre property, destroying thousands of avocado trees, according to the suit. But one of the MGR owners said the fire reached Plater’s property before the MGR building was engulfed. “Our businesses burned hours after his place,” said Rony Haviv, a co-owner of MGR. “We lost millions of dollars.” Daniel E. Engel, the attorney who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Plater, said the defendants did not conduct themselves responsibly, knowing the risk of fire posed by the business. “The landlords were aware of what was going on,” Engel said. “They could have, but took no steps to stop it.” (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – An avocado farmer who lost trees in December’s Shekell Fire is suing the owner of a decorating business in an old Egg City building that went up in flames as high winds spread embers through the area. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Ventura County Superior Court, farmer Mike Plater said the flames damaged his property when the MGR building burned. The suit names MGR Design International and MGR’s landlords, who own the property. The fire broke out early Dec. 3 during high winds, and officials said it was caused by downed power lines. Flames from two locations merged into a 13,600-acre blaze that destroyed five homes and the MGR Design operation. MGR Design operated a decorating business that made dry flower arrangements and potpourri, using oils and other flammable materials, according to the lawsuit, which said fire safety requirements had not been met there. last_img read more

He’s back: Neymar rejoins PSG on China tour

first_img0Shares0000Football star Neymar endured a turbulent World Cup as Brazil were stunned by Belgium in the quarter-finals and he was widely lampooned for his play-acting © AFP/File / Miguel SCHINCARIOLSHENZHEN, China, Aug 2 – Dozens of screaming fans welcomed Brazil star Neymar on Thursday as he flew in to China to rejoin Paris Saint-Germain after his disappointing World Cup.The world’s most expensive player, wearing a canary-yellow hoodie, posed for pictures with airport staff before his noisy welcome in the arrivals hall. Footage on Neymar’s Twitter account showed him signing Barcelona, Brazil and PSG shirts before being guided through the crowd by minders and security staff.Neymar’s arrival, ahead of Saturday’s French Super Cup game against Monaco in Shenzhen, comes more than five months after his last appearance for PSG following a foot injury in late February.The flamboyant forward then endured a turbulent World Cup as Brazil were stunned by Belgium in the quarter-finals and he was widely lampooned for his play-acting.“I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” the 26-year-old told AFP last month in an interview, describing his World Cup disappointment.However, Thursday’s enthusiastic welcome indicated that his popularity in China remains very much intact.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wolves 1-1 Ipswich: Tractor Boys close in on Championship Play-Off place

first_img1 Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy Ipswich closed in on a Championship Play-Off place with a 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux.The result maintains the Tractor Boys’ three point lead over seventh placed Wolves with two matches of the season remaining.The visitors took the lead after 21 minutes when Richard Stearman headed in his own net, but gained parity just after the half-time break when Benik Afobe steered in his 14th goal of the season.Ipswich face Nottingham Forest in their next fixture, while Wolves take on Wigan.last_img read more