Victory by the young West Indies squad in the recently concluded ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup brought not only relief, but unmitigated joy to the West Indian cricket fan who has suffered day after day, series after series, quarrel after quarrel, as those representing us, either on the field or off the field, appear to strive valiantly to make the game of cricket relevant only to those who are interested in the scores in a match. The following day, therefore, the red carpet treatment arranged by grateful fans to the returning conquerors was welcomed. However, the joy of the real cricket fan was tempered by the bizarre rush to claim responsibility for the victory by the much pilloried president of the West Indies Cricket Board, Mr Dave Cameron. As is now usual, Mr Cameron congratulated himself and the board for the “preparation” of the team before they reached Bangladesh, conveniently forgetting that the successful coach of the team, on his arrival in Bangladesh, bemoaned the lack of match preparation of the team before their arrival in the venue of the World Cup. COACH’S COMPLAINT The veracity of the coach’s complaint was revealed by the fact that our young heroes lost their three warm-up games against the host nation and also lost their opening game against England. After a start like that and the ensuing media firestorm after the win against Zimbabwe, the resilience and character shown by the team, and to no small extent, the coach and the experienced staff that accompanied the team, is one of the reasons the West Indies triumphed. It has absolutely nothing to do with Mr Cameron and his fellow executives, who are determined to stay in charge of West Indies cricket against the wishes of some fans, some prime ministers, and some of the ordinary citizens of this region. That cut like a knife when his self congratulatory statement was heard. Every fan and student of the game now recognises the importance of keeping this group of cricketers together, while continuously exposing them to superior skills. The call to “do a South Africa” and include fast bowling sensation Alzarri Joseph into the senior squad in time for the June series of international matches – as was done by South Africa after their triumph in the last World Cup on the back of their fast bowler, Kagisi Rabada – has been initiated by Tony Cozier, a noted West Indian scribe and cricket guru. This call is reasonable and makes excellent cricketing sense, but the implementation of this suggestion has to be ratified by a group of men (the selectors). Previous groups of young West Indians have been neglected, and as a consequence, they are out of the sport. As long as this board remains in charge, I do fear that the same neglect will follow, no matter what the president says now.
Melbourne, batting a second time, ended on 82 for three. “It was a hard-fought game, but I thought we did enough in the first innings. Posting a massive total, 420 in any cricket is a lot of runs, moreso in Senior Cup. “Hats off to John-Ross Campbell, who batted well for his century, as well as Elliot, as it was a very difficult wicket to bowl on.” Resuming on 61 for one with lead batsmen Rashed Outar not out on 12 and opener Joseph Palmer, 21, the JDF started positively by moving to the 100 mark for the loss of no further wicket. However, with the loss of Outar on the same score, the soldiers went on to lose quick wickets, handing the initiative to Melbourne with the score on 131 for eight. Bulli, who hit 11 fours and six sixes, thereafter entered the fray and along with Palmer, they put on a threatening ninth-wicket stand of 180 before the latter was caught for 89 with the score on 301. Melbourne immediately thereafter wrapped up the encounter. “We dropped too much catches in the first innings and it cost us in the end,” stated JDF captain Damion Grey. “To get 400-and-odd is really a tough chase, but I thought Bulli played a gem of innings.” The other quarter-final on the weekend, in the meanwhile, saw St Thomas CA on the back of a nine-wicket match haul from Jamaica fast bowler Keno Wallace, recording a come-from-behind 130 runs win over St Ann CA at Goodyear Oval. St Thomas made 202 and 266 to which St Ann replied with 226 and 112. Wallace claimed five for 18 in the first innings and four for 39 in the second. Difficult wicket A six-wicket haul from returning national off-spinner Yannick Elliott guided Melbourne CC to first-innings honours over two-time champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and a semi-final place after their Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) quarter-final match-up at Up Park Camp. Elliott, who three seasons ago suffered a heart attack and made a return at the start of the season, claimed six for 30, as the JDF, chasing Melbourne’s challenging first innings total of 423 for seven declared, were dismissed for 309. National left-arm wrist spinner Dennis Bulli, with a well-composed knock of 118 not out, led the way for the army men, who, in surrendering first, also relinquished the title.
A delegation of senior members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has ended a one-day visit to Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL), in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties, Western Liberia.The visit was intended to acquaint the Oil Palm governing body officials with an update of activities at the Plantation, following the withdrawal of a complaint that was filed by locals against the company three years ago.The two-man RSPO delegation comprising of the group’s Technical Director, Salahudin Yacaab and Ravin Krishnan, head of complaints, had an hour-long meeting with Sime Darby and some local community leaders, followed by a tour of the company’s facilities.RSPO members visited SDPL main office in Bomi, Matambo estate, the PAC school in Senii as well as Baka-Kenemah, a small village adjacent the plantation. Chief Fakamu Samukai, acting Paramount Chief of Clay District, one of the signatories of the complaint at the time, Alex Balo, leader of Grand Cape Mount County Civil Society Organizations, Zodua Land Committee Chairman, Boakai Kromah and Executive Director of Community Organized Hunger (COAH) Mr. Edwin S. Balo met the RSPO delegation.The local community leaders and civil society activists said during Sime Darby’s initial land acquisition process in 2011, there were some missteps due to misunderstanding, and lack of proper information to the local residents about SDPL’s operations the area.Since then, Sime Darby has made tremendous improvement in their land acquisition process in Western Liberia, Alex Balo told the visiting RSPO Delegation. Balo said, SDPL’s operation is now more participatory then it has been.Community members, according to him are fully involved in the demarcation of their sacred sites—Poro and Sande bushes as well boundaries demarcation for reserve land. “People told us that Sime Darby was bad. But we have seen for ourselves, our people themselves are the ones making the decision for their land to be developed. Our people are fully involved with everything Sime Darby does on their land. We have seen for ourselves the kind of development that this company brings to a region that was devastated by war,” Balo told the visitors.The Civil Society Chair said they have seen for themselves the infrastructure, economic, social and other long term benefit SDPL’s operation is bring to the local communities. “No one needs to tell us whether Sime Darby is good or bad anymore. The roads, clinic, the school, employment and other social benefits are more than enough to allow us make a decision of yes or no,” Balo said.For Paramount Chief Farkamu Samakai, who was one of signatories of the initial complaint against SDPL, there is no better time than now to offer more land to Sime Darby. “All I can say is that the People of Gborblah are willing to offer more land to the company. What happened in the past was because we didn’t know the truth at the time, now that we know, we are happy working with Sime Darby.”In Baka-Kenemah the RSPO visitors heard from the local people about how they are doing following their withdrawal of a complaint three years now. Sime Darby Head of Liberia Project, Roslin Azmy Hassan told the visiting RSPO members that his company, as a member of the world governing body recognizes the local residents’ right to their land. Roslin said SDPL will not develop any land without the full consent of the local people.It can be recalled, in 2011, at the start of SDPL’s operation in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties, local communities filed a 14 count complaint to the Roundtable on Sustainable Oil Palm (RSPO). The locals among other things, complained that they were not properly consulted before the start of operations by the Malaysian conglomerate.At the height of the stand-off between the local communities and SDPL, on 10 December 2011, SDPL was forced to temporarily lay off 900 of its contracted and daily-hired workers due to safety reasons. Roads were blocked and machines owned by SDPL were forced to shut down as a result of intense pressure and aggression from certain quarters. Working with government officials, SDPL swiftly managed to resolve the issues with the local communities thus allowing the workers to resume work the next day. Later, in early 2012, Chief Sekou Balo Deputy National Traditional Council Chairman for Liberia, and all other signatories to the initial complaint officially withdrew it; paving the way for Sime Darby to continue its operation in Western Liberia.Sime Darby has planted more than 10,000 hectares of land with oil palm in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties. The company has also received additional 5,000 hectares of land in Zodua Clan, Upper Gawula District and 1,800 more in Sengeh district, Bomi County. Communities in Gola Konneh District, Gborblah Clan and Medina Township have officially asked Sime Darby to develop their areas, but SDPL authorities are yet to move into those areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Noise nuisance crackdownPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said he stands by the recent move to bar the hosting of social events at the Marriott beachfront, Kingston.He explained to reporters on Wednesday that this decision was taken because of the negative effect activities hosted on the beachfront have on nearby businesses.“You cannot… do activities that will hurt other people and that is what happens there… They injured them with the noise level so high and they don’t even want, although I told them, get some decibel meters because the range is 100 decibel but they range about 300,” Ramjattan stated.He went on to highlight how recent activities held at the beachfront affected visitors at the Marriott Hotel.“The New Zealand cricket team, and couple of the [other] cricket teams that came for the [ICC Women’s T20] Cricket World Cup, they said they couldn’t sleep. And IMarriott Beachfront in Kingston, Georgetowncame around here and I heard them. It was extraordinarily loud. They do not care one thing about other people’s rights,” the Public Security Minister posited.Earlier this week, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson disclosed that the Government was forced to take this step after the Marriott Hotel filed a lawsuit for noise nuisance.This gave effect to the ban, which prohibits activities that could generate noise above permissible levels between Fort Groyne and Camp Street, Kingston. In a statement issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, it was noted that the area will not be used as a venue for entertainment and/or social and other events which involve the use of loud audio and video systems, including those installed in motor vehicles; and for events “characterised by crowd generated noise”.this move, Government related, is in keeping with the recent campaign to clamp down on operators and business owners who facilitate sounds that exceed the provisions stated in the guidelines for noise emission into the environment, much to the annoyance of others nearby.As such, organisers seeking approval for hosting events at the beachfront have since been advised to use alternative venues and to also operate with the relevant regulations for use in public spaces.This, however, has not gone down well with sections of society, especially the business community, which sponsors and hosts the very events that are being curtailed.But Minister Ramjattan is adamant about the ban, saying that they cannot allow these activities to affect surrounding businesses.“Are you gonna affect a big hotel that has made a big investment like this? You want me to give them the authority to come in front of your house to come and play that loud music? We must understand, as responsible citizens, assuming they were to make the application to Ramjattan to come in front of your house, do you want me to give them it because they want to make a living,” the Public Security Minister asked rhetorically before storming off.Guyana Times was told by sources at the Marriott Hotel that visitors staying at the hotel would often leave during the hosting of any event on the beachfront, due to the noise levels.The reliable source noted that the five-star hotel is on the losing end when this happens, since guests will have to be compensated.Last month, Government kick-started a noise nuisance campaign. As part of a training exercise, which some 50 Police ranks undertook, the Environmental Protection Agency together with the Guyana Police Force carried out an exercise on Station Street, Kitty, where they tested the noise level at several popular nightspots using the decibel meters before shutting down a few popular nightspots.Moreover, last week, the Public Security Ministry has re-enforced the ‘2am curfew’ for night spots and other places of entertainment.
“This will be like an emergency broadcasting system,” Williams said. “Everyone within range of that (mobile-phone) tower will get it.” He said such a system would supplement loudspeakers, campus land-line telephone alert systems and other ways of warning students and staffers about potential danger. It also would warn mobile-phone users near a campus to stay away. “We really believe this will be a first-line informer,” Williams said. “Because there are so many cell phones, even if you don’t have yours with you, two of the three people next to you will have theirs and get the message.” Virginia Tech officials have been criticized for waiting more than two hours Monday to alert the school’s nearly 26,000 students that two of their classmates had been shot dead in a dormitory. The gunman later killed 30 people in a building across the campus before killing himself. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is talking to mobile-telephone companies about establishing a system to alert mobile-phone users to emergencies on college campuses in California. He said the technology exists to broadcast text and voice alerts on and around a campus. “This system would save lives should a Virginia Tech situation occur at one of our California campuses,” he said in a statement issued Thursday. Garamendi had discussed the proposal with a representative of AT&T and was setting up meetings with major mobile-phone companies to figure out the details, Garamendi spokesman Norman Williams said.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Cast of unknowns from Colorado face off with more familiar names in Boston. By Ronald Blum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON – Jeff Francis looked at Fenway Park and sounded like the wide-eyed World Series rookie he is. “We will not apologize for winning quickly,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said to a roomful of laughter. Last year, of course, the Tigers fumbled and flopped after a six-day layoff and lost to the St.Louis Cardinals in five games – with a Detroit pitcher making an error every night. Teams took notice – a day ahead of today’s opener, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was at the cage running pitchers’ fielding practice. In some ways, the Red Sox have become the Yankees, an October fixture attracting national attention. Manny and his do-rag, Big Papi and Dice-K are TV staples. The Rockies? They haven’t been on a FOX Saturday broadcast since July 2004 and haven’t appeared on an ESPN Sunday night telecast since June 2002. “We’ve been called favorites since Day 1, and look at us,” David Ortiz said, “here we are dancing and just taking it easy. We just have the edge, the attitude to become champions.” Boston overcame a 3-1 deficit in the AL Championship Series to beat Cleveland. That was nothing compared to what the Red Sox did in 2004, when they became the first baseball team to bounce back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-7 postseason series, upending the Yankees. Then they swept the Cardinals for their first World Series title in 86 years, setting off a year of celebrations throughout New England. Now that the curse has lifted, there might be less pressure. But that’s not the Red Sox notion. “1918, I wasn’t even thinking about coming to life. I never paid attention to any of that,” Ortiz said with a smile. Boston took over the AL East lead for good on April 18 and ended New York’s run of nine straight division titles. The Rockies were fourth in the NL West at just 76-72 when their spurt began Sept.18. If not for two blown saves by San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman, they wouldn’t even have won the wild card and made their first postseason appearance since 1995. “We feel anonymous everywhere,” third baseman Garrett Atkins said. “They’re household names over there, and we’re just not.” Rockies names might not be known in most homes, but they are scrawled inside The Wall. Colorado came to Fenway in June, winning two of three and outscoring the Red Sox, 20-5, and some Rockies players partook in the ritual of affixing their names on the inside of baseball’s most famous fence. Boston was 51-30 at home during the regular season and 5-1 during the playoffs, benefiting from its accumulated knowledge of Fenway’s idiosyncrasies and ricochet patterns. “A lot of special things happen here,” Francis said. “It’s a special baseball place: the fans, the players, the team and the city.” Since its last win on Oct. 15, Colorado had workouts and simulated games. That only went so far. “The postseason, the World Series, you can’t simulate that,” right fielder Brad Hawpe said. “There’s nothing like that.” So enough of the talking. Time to play. Colorado already has been thinking ahead, perhaps obsessing. “There’s no getting away from it,” Hawpe said. “This is what you think about when you wake up in the morning; it’s the last thing you think about before you go to bed.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m sure the Red Sox are used to this every day,” he said Tuesday, with more than a bit of awe, “but we’ve never seen anything like this, the bus pulling up into the parking lot, and the trailers and the satellite dishes.” Welcome to the show, Colorado Rockies, a black-and-purple clad club of Tulowitzkis and Torrealbas unknown to many fans even now, after their amazing run of 21 wins in 22 games. A team that didn’t even exist until 1993 navigated through the cracked corridors and cramped clubhouse of Fenway, then played catch in front of the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left and Pesky’s Pole in right. Infielder Clint Barmes plopped into a red seat in row CC to take it all in. Josh Beckett was set to start tonight’s opener for Boston, and Francis was slated to pitch for the Rockies. Much has been made of possible snow when the Series moves to Coors Field this weekend, but there was a 30 percent chance of rain for Game 1. With Colorado coming off a record eight-day layoff since sweeping Arizona in the NL Championship Series, there’s been a lot of debate about rust vs. rest – and what better place to discuss rust than quirky old Fenway Park, which opened in 1912 and is filled with nearly a century of baseball sounds and smells.
The game stayed close the rest of the way. Michael Gerrity converted a pair of free throws to give Pepperdine (5-11, 1-3) a 72-69 lead with 21 seconds left. But Jeter made a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime. In overtime, Gerrity, who led the Waves with 21 points and six assists, hit a jumper to tie the game at 79 with 1:41 to go. The teams went scoreless for more than a minute until Cooper was fouled with 19 seconds left and made both free throws, giving the Pilots an 81-79 lead. Sullivan, who finished with a season high 18 points, pushed the advantage to four with two foul shots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Pepperdine’s Tashaan Forehan-Kelly made a running a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one with just a second remaining. The Waves were forced to foul and Cooper scored one of two free throws for the final margin. The Pilots converted 34-of-46 free-throw attempts, compared to 17 of 19 for the Waves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PORTLAND, Ore. – Darren Cooper and Ben Sullivan combined for five three throws in the final 19 seconds of overtime to lift Portland to an 84-82 win over Pepperdine on Monday. Pooh Jeter led the Pilots (8-10, 2-2 West Coast Conference) with 25 points and Cooper added 23. The Pilots trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before cutting the lead to five at the half. The Pilots later used a 12-3 run to take a 52-50 lead with 11:17 left.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The 6-foot-5 Goetz leads Valencia in nearly every statistical category, averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, totals that rank among the best in the league. “He has a good understanding of the game,” Valencia coach Robert ‘Rocket’ Collins said. “He gets people in the right place. He lets the game come to him. He’s opportunistic.” Goetz, the Vikings’ captain, has played varsity basketball for three years. He was a part-time starter as a sophomore and became a starter at forward as a junior, receiving first-team All-Foothill League honors. “His versatility has improved every year,” Phillips said. “He’s a very intelligent basketball player. Without Teddy, Valencia is a different team. They would miss a lot of front-line scoring. They would have trouble finding it elsewhere.” Goetz, who will play volleyball next season at UCLA, has scored in double figures in 19 of 24 games and has been the Vikings’ top scorer in most games. He had his best effort of the season in the second league game against Burbank, scoring 20 points with 17 rebounds in a 65-35 victory. Teddy Goetz isn’t known for electric plays. He doesn’t bring crowds to their feet with spectacular dunks, dribble between his legs and around his back en route to the hoop, nor hit 3-pointers from well beyond the arc. The Valencia High boys’ basketball player goes about his business quietly, but the results speak volumes. The senior is the leader for the Vikings, who are ranked 11th by the Daily News and are in position to win the Foothill League title. Says Canyon coach Chad Phillips: “As Teddy goes, Valencia goes.” The Vikings (19-4 overall, 6-1 Foothill) have won five games in a row, 10 of their past 11 and are a game ahead of Canyon and two in front of Burroughs of Burbank in the league standings with two regular-season games remaining. “I’m not the tallest or fastest player,” Goetz said. “I use my instincts a bit more. The fundamentals are key.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Brands joined talkSPORT host Jim White for an EXCLUSIVE interview on Thursday.And, asked if more players could leave Goodison before the August 31 deadline, he said: “Yeah, it’s possible.“I’m still busy with a few things.“You never know, there still can be something happening in our squad.” But the Toffees chief assured supporters there is no chance any of Marco Silva’s key squad members will be snapped up by other clubs, as the new boss aims for a positive start to his reign on Merseyside.“It’s ok, we are trying to protect the players we want to keep in.“I don’t worry about that.”Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Everton sporting director Marcel Brands, as he talked the Richarlison and Yerry Mina deals, Marca Silva’s hopes for the season and more, IN FULL above! Richarlison enjoyed a superb debut for Everton, scoring in a 2-2 draw with Wolves 2 2 Everton sporting director Marcel Brands has told talkSPORT ‘it’s possible’ more players could leave the club before the end of the transfer window.It’s been a busy summer for the Toffees, who have spent close to £90million on a host of top players and also offloaded a number of out-of-favour stars.Club-record signing Richarlison, Barcelona trio Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne and Brazil international Bernard are among the big signings to arrive at Goodison Park.Meanwhile, hometown hero Wayne Rooney left for MLS side DC United, £23m flop Davy Klaassen joined Werder Bremen, Kevin Mirallas has been loaned to Fiorentina and Ashley Williams has moved to Championship side Stoke City also on loan.There are still question marks over a number of players still at Everton, most notably 20-year-old Ademola Lookman, who fans want to stay at Goodison amid links with a permanent move away to German club RB Leipzig. Ademola Lookman has been linked with a permanent move to RB Leipzig – where he enjoyed a decent loan spell last season
Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade FOOTBALL LATEST possible standings The Spaniards have got off to a poor start domestically, but picked up their first league win of the season at the weekend.When the Gers visited here last in 2006, a Peter Lovenkrands saw them return to Glasgow with a 1-1 draw.What time is kick-off?This one will be held on Thursday, September 20.Kick-off in Spain is at 5.55pm UK time.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can catch all the action live on BT Sport 3.If you want to stream the game, grab the BT App for you phone, tablet or laptop. smart causal RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Rangers have qualified for the Europa League group stages under Gerrard How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade MONEY What is the team news?Alfredo Morelos and John Flanagan are both unavailable to Gerrard through suspension.Graeme Dorrans, Jordan Rossiter and Jamie Murphy are all still sidelined through injury.Villarreal are without Jaume Costa, whilst Santiago Caseres hasn’t featured since limping out of the game with Girona. silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 Rangers are all set for their first European adventure in eight years.Steven Gerrard’s side could hardly have asked for a tougher start, as they travel to La Liga side Villarreal in their opening group game. impact