I watched the Test match between the West Indies and Australia recently. I’ve also read various statements and watched interviews from members of the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket and the president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). I thought that the attitude and performance of the players in the Test match were simply disgraceful. I also thought that the attitude and performance of the president of the WICB were simply disgraceful. I think it is disgraceful because the WICB had agreed to the setting up of the CARICOM cricket committee and had selected and placed its own representatives on the body, implying that the recommendations would be binding on the contributing participants. But I forgot that the president of the board had shown time and time again that his word means absolutely nothing as he continues to defy the wishes of every West Indian fan who does not benefit from the decisions of this group of men. Then I saw an interview with one of my favourite batsmen, Virat Kohli, the captain of the victorious Indian Test team that defeated South Africa in their recent Test series. My hero, Kohli, lashed out against critics of his victorious squad, saying, among other things that someone who had never played Test cricket should criticise those who had because it was impossible for them to understand the pressure that these players undergo in a Test match. PUBLIC PRAISES Instead, flaws and deficiency in Test players should be discussed privately with the player, and publicly, players should be praised so as not to bruise their fragile egos. I have never played Test cricket and I have in the past criticised players. So now, according to the wishes of my hero, I will try to find positives when commenting on the activities and performance of cricketers. So here goes: in the Test match between the West Indies and Australia, I thought the quality of bandaging of eight fingers of Marlon Samuels was well done. I particularly liked the way he kept both hands in his pockets, playing with what might have been loose change or marbles, enabling him to know exactly when six balls had been bowled in an over so that he could change his fielding position, slowly, so as not to risk injury. I also noted (with admiration) the way Kemar Roach bowled each ball at a different part of the pitch, keeping the Australian batsmen uncertain as to when he would bowl a ball on a good length and in the so called ‘corridor of uncertainty’. This unconventional and unique tactic ensured that he was not used for more than four overs in the opening session, allowing him a well-earned rest as the other bowlers were slammed all over the ground as record after record was broken, ensuring that when history is written, his name would be among those involved in the massive total of the Australians. Darren Bravo’s innings of 108 and Kraigg Braithwaite’s innings of 94 out of a total of 148 has already been praised by other writers, so I will not highlight those obvious positives in the loss to the Australians. JASONHOLDER’S UNORTHODOX FIELD PLACING I will, however, point out that the unorthodox field placing of the captain, Jason Holder, ensured that he could not be accused of putting any pressure on his Australian hosts during the game (thereby upsetting them), and as a bonus, his field placing ensured that his fellow fielders did not have to go very far to retrieve the balls from the boundary ropes, thus keeping them fresh for other matches in the long tour of Australia. So no one can say that we, who have never played Test cricket, criticised these cricketers, who, according to the president of the West Indies Players Association, Wavell Hinds, earn more money in a year than teachers, nurses, and doctors, as he advised young Jamaican cricketers to choose cricket as a career. The leadership of cricket in the region and the poor performances locally and internationally are inextricably linked. The only way to save cricket is a wholesale removal of the leadership of cricket and concentrating on our Under-19 cricketers. Failure to do this will ensure that the sport will lose its relevancy in the region and internationally.
President Sirleaf receives World Bank Country Director Henry Kerali and delegationPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday received in audience World Bank Group Country Director to Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Henry G. Kerali at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia, an Executive Mansion release said.According to the release, President Sirleaf welcomed Mr. Kerali to Liberia, and said her country is pleased to partner with the World Bank in pursuit of her government’s development agenda.Both sides reviewed and took stock of a number of critical areas such as the macroeconomic and fiscal situation; how to ensure sustainability in the bank’s program implementation during the transition period; the preparation of the budget support operation, including timeline; and make follow-up on the previous meetings and discussions regarding the emergency road maintenance works coupled with the SECRAMP project timeline.Mr. Kerali was accompanied by Ms. Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Liberia Country Manager and Ivo Imparato, program leader, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone country management unit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Government holds the power to legally terminate the parking meter project if it is genuinely against any move that imposes additional burdens on the working class.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Administration has been sympathetic to the outcry of the public over the ongoing instalment of parking meters throughout the capital city, but maintains that it has no authority to instruct City Hall – an independent body – on how to conduct its work.Deputy Mayor Sherod DuncanTaxpayers have decried the concept of the project since before the green light was given for its implementation on the basis that it would contribute to the already onerous expenses of a typical citizen.They had also lamented the lack of consultations before the imposition of this new initiative and the fact that the entire undertaking was shrouded in secrecy and crafted in such a way to enrich just a handful.Director of Smart City Solutions Amir OrenAmid these concerns, the Administration had reviewed the project in search of illegalities and after finding none, granted its approval and made some recommendations to make the idea more favourable to the public.But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo contended that if the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition really cared about the welfare of the populace, it would ensure its councillors on the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) make decisions reflective of the political party’s policies and campaign promises.“APNU has the majority of councillors on the City Council. All they have to say, like we say to our councillor, we campaigned on the platform not to raise taxes in any of the NDCs and we are not in favour of raising any rates and taxes across this country, and when we campaigned for Local Government Elections, we made that clear,” the former President explained.Kit NascimentoHe posited that the project, in its current form and at this time, will only enslave the city and its residents, as well as drive businesses out of Georgetown.“Things are too difficult for people to face increased taxes. They (Government) can easily kill this parking meter contract or have it adjusted,” Jagdeo emphasised.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Parliamentary Opposition’s motion on the project was on November 24 deferred by Speaker Dr Barton Scotland, in light of a pending court matter on the project.Deputy Mayor, AFC’s Sherod Duncan, has staunchly objected to the project, noting among other concerns, that there was no public tendering to award the contract to the best bidder.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) also opposed the implementation, arguing that it will put a strain on the working people, many of whom do not earn enough to pay for that kind of service.Although the parking meter project came under fire from all sides, the M&CC is moving ahead with its implementation, with the first phase set to be completed in December.Not only will citizens be forced to pay the charge, they will have to endure paying Value Added Tax (VAT) on it until the city can have it removed. The implementation process is divided into two phases – the first phase will occupy 3237 parking spaces in Georgetown, utilising 157 parking meters.The second phase will be completed three months after the first phase, and would cover 4000 spaces and utilise 163 parking meters. The locations for the meters in the second phase were not divulged to the public.Initially, the project was being spearheaded by Ifa Kamau Cush, who was named the Director of Smart City Solutions. However, just a few weeks into the project, the company’s Public Relations Officer, Kit Nascimento, stated that Cush was only a shareholder of the company and was no longer operational.Smart City Solutions’ director is Amir Oren.The initial fees were also reduced and commuters will now be charged $50 plus VAT for 15 minutes; this will also be mandatory to public transportation, until preparations are made for alternative parking spaces.The parking meters would be operational from 07:00 to 19:00h Mondays to Saturdays. However, parking is free any time before 07:00h and after 19:00h, and on Sundays and holidays.
– during Camp Street uproarPrisoners housed at the Camp Street Prison on Tuesday morning caused uproar at the penitentiary, demanding steak for breakfast.Reports are prison officials had to intervene after the inmates, comprising of those who recently escaped and were recaptured, began behaving disorderly while demanding steak instead of porridge for breakfast.The Camp Street PrisonDirector of Prisons Gladwin Samuels when contacted said t the situation at the prison was under control. “The escapees wanted steak for breakfast and it was not available,” he told this publication.In July, prisoners set fire to the penitentiary, raising the Camp Street facility to the ground, killing one prison officer in the escape bid. During the incident six prisoners escaped. The fire displaced over 1000 prisoners.
Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed Tottenham star Harry Kane was the best striker he faced last season.The Spurs forward had a stellar campaign with the north London side, including netting a brace during the 5-3 victory over the Blues on New Year’s Day, leading to speculation of a big money move to Manchester United.And, speaking to talkSPORT, Terry claims the hitman, currently in the Czech Republic with the England Under-21s, was his toughest opponent.“When you look at Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, they set the Premier League alight last season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“Kane was the best striker I played against last year.”
Middlesbrough have opened talks with Valencia for Alvaro Negrado Middlesbrough are set to offer Alvaro Negredo a return to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.Boro boss Aitor Karanka has reportedly spoken to his compatriot about a switch to the Riverside and the north east club have now begun talks with Valencia.According to Mundo Deportivo, Negredo feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League after he was shipped off on loan to Valencia from Manchester City in 2014 before signing permanently for the La Liga club a year later.Negredo made a stunning start to his City career, scoring 23 goals in his first season, but he fell out of favour with manager Manuel Pellegrini in the following campaign and was swiftly moved on.Boro have made signing a striker with Premier League pedigree their top priority this summer and have been linked with a shock move for Robin van Persie in recent days.However, it now appears the newly-promoted club are fully focused on securing Negredo and hope to complete a deal by the end of next week.Boro are looking to add experience to their ranks after winning promotion to the top-flight and are also looking to land Neven Subotic.The Serbian centre-back announced last month that he will leave Dortmund this summer and could be set for an £8m move to the Riverside. 1
There’s a cure for the anxiety of the season – the hectic shopping, messy baking and the rush, rush, rush to get everything finished by Christmas Eve. And it’s so obvious. There is nothing so calming for the faithful than spending a quiet moment – perhaps your child’s hand in yours – and gazing upon the Nativity scene. It all comes down to the newborn baby, the humble surroundings and the sheer wonder of the event. “It’s quite moving for very many people. It brings a realism of what happened. That is a special time, a special moment,” said Brian Morehead, missions director for Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, which closes its 12th “Back to Bethlehem” live pageant tonight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe single most enduring and endearing symbol of Christmastime is the Nativity scene, whether performed live or created from materials ranging from delicate porcelain to brittle plastic. It so simply puts the Christ back in Christmas, even for the less-than-enthusiastic believer. In Manhattan Beach earlier this month, about 8,500 people witnessed Journey of Faith Church’s extravagant Bethlehem production, a 40,000-square-foot re-creation of the city where Christ was born. More than 170 amateur actors participated in the production, portraying the Biblical events of 2,000 years ago. “The thing we really find special is that it’s a gift to our community, there’s not even a donation box at the end,” church spokesman Jon Crowe said. “We literally want people to come have a great time with their families – a great Christmas memory – and find out the real reason for Christmas. “People for the most part are blown away seeing the entire scene played out before their eyes.” Mary and Joseph ride in on a donkey, she suffering through labor pains as he begs the innkeeper for a place to stay. “People are literally following them into the stable where the baby is born and in Mary’s hands,” Crowe said. “They’re coming out crying. Little kids are drawing pictures and leaving them for Jesus. People leave flowers, all sorts of little tokens.” At a similar pageant in Santa Clarita, Bruce Walker played one of three wise men at “Follow the Star to Bethlehem,” a live drive- through pageant portraying Christ’s life that’s held each year at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Nativity scene is unquestionably a favorite. “It’s so spiritually fulfilling,” Walker said. “It’s what Christmas and Christian life are all about. These were real-life people.” Fifteen-year-old AJ Ehrle played Joseph, father of the Christ child. “I feel really honored to re-enact something that’s such an amazing thing that really happened,” Ehrle said. “What you feel … wow!” added angel Kailey Letz, 11. Bill Fox, another of the wise men, and wife Linda have been involved in the pageant since the first staging 14 years ago. Linda also owns 200 Nativity sets and keeps two dozen or so about the house year-round. Among her treasures is a creche from the Caribbean, made of egg shells. Another, from Eastern Europe, is made of red yarn. She finds them on her travels and her friends do the same, bringing her creches from all over the world. “I see them and can’t resist,” Linda Fox said. “For one thing Jesus is the main reason for Christmas and people tend to forget that. As a Christian, I want to emphasize that. I kind of do it quietly with my decorations.” At Rocky Peak, spectators walk the streets of Bethlehem and interact with some of the 240 volunteers portraying everything from the town craftsmen to the Roman soldiers. There are dancers, shepherds and the angel who announces the holy birth. And then a few visitors at a time leave the bustling town scene and visit the stable, talking with the actors portraying Mary and Joseph, and viewing the live baby in the role of Jesus. “A lot of people are moved by the baby and by Mary and Joseph telling their story,” Morehead said. “It’s very quiet. You’re seeing Jesus. That’s the special moment. That’s the Nativity.” The Church of Rocky Peak will present “Bethlehem” at 7 tonight at 22601 Santa Susana Pass Road, Chatsworth. firstname.lastname@example.org 661 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A 30-year-old man who met a 13-year-old boy online forced him to perform a sex act on him while the child’s mother was out.The accused, from Inishowen, travelled to the victim’s home after the pair met on the Gadar gay dating website. The boy had downloaded the website’s app and put up a profile of himself claiming to be aged 19 years old.The man, who lives in a different part of Inishowen, contacted the boy and was told his mother would be out for two hours.The 30-year-old man appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child under 15 years on April 13th, 2015.The court heard how the boy’s mother had left them in her home with his siblings while she went out for a couple of hours with her partner.She gave the boy her mobile phone in case she needed to be contacted urgently.Garda Malcolm Hooks told the court how the boy downloaded the gay contacts app Gaydar and put a fake profile claiming he was 19 years old on it.In some of the other information contained in the profile, he admitted that he was just 13.On another part of the profile, the boy wrote:”I’m not a porn star I’m a 13 year old.”Within a short time, a meeting between the man and the boy had been arranged at the boy’s home in another part of Inishowen.The man showered and then drove to the boy’s home.In a later interview with Gardai the man admitted that when the boy answered the door to him he thought he was aged “sixteen or seventeen.”Garda Hooks said that when the boy was interviewed by specialist interviewers and he claimed that the man forced him to give him oral sex.During the sexual encounter, the boy’s mother returned unexpectedly and witnessed the incident.The accused man’s sister gave evidence that up until this incident her family never knew he was homosexual.She added that he was deeply ashamed of what had happened and was willing to accept any punishment that came his way.Barrister for the accused, Mr Colm Smyth, SC, said his client came from a very respectable family who were all shocked by what had happened.He said a report from a forensic clinical psychologist found the man to be immature and introverted and that he had difficulty recognising his bisexuality.But the psychologist added that he found no evidence of any interest in paedophilia.The man told the psychologist “I’m not that kind of person and I’m disgusted with myself. If I can fix this in any way I will.”Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case to hear evidence from the boy.Man who met 13-year-old boy on gay website forced him to perform sex act was last modified: April 29th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:boycourtGardaimanphonesexWEBSITE
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If misery truly loves company, boy do Bay Area football fans have something to share with the rest of the county on Thursday night.Behold our two NFL teams with a combined two victories after another pair of unsightly collapses on Sunday. The Raiders’ unreal fourth-quarter nosedive in their 42-28 loss to the Colts was tame compared with how the 49ers blew a 12-point lead in a last-minute defeat in Arizona. We’re conditioned to call the Raiders vs. 49ers game on Thursday the Battle of the …