Pitches not conducive to big scores – Holder

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Test captain Jason Holder says the standard of regional pitches needs to be improved if teams are to produce more attractive cricket.The 24-year-old, also the Barbados Pride skipper, said that scores in the ongoing Regional Super50 had been low because pitches were slow and turning and not conducive to good strokeplay.”It’s been tough. Obviously, the scores are not what we’ve been accustomed to in one-day cricket, and I think that’s been due to the slow pitches,” Holder said.”I’ve found it very difficult so far batting in this tournament, in the middle overs especially, and trying to get the ball off the square. I think spinners are dominating it, and that’s because the ball has spun quite early and quite sharply.”I just think we need to work a little bit more on improving our pitches and … strokeplay, and the viewing of the cricket would be a lot better.”The highest total of the tournament has been Jamaica Scorpions’ 260 against minnows ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell ground at St Augustine here in the second-round Group ‘A’ contest.In Group ‘B’ played in St Kitts, the highest total there was 255 by Guyana Jaguars in the final round when they chased down a competitive total set by Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Between both groups, there have been 14 totals under 200 runs, with four of these coming at Queen’s Park Oval, and Holder said that the par score at the tournament’s premier venue would be quite small.”It’s been a tough pitch. The games I’ve seen here and have played here have been tough going in terms of batting, so you have to be very sharp in the field in terms of restricting opposition under 200 runs. I think 200, 210 is probably a par score on this track.”The tournament is in its final stages. Barbados Pride clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second semi-final today.last_img read more

LACC Reminds Public Officials to Declare Assets

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is reminding all public officials and employees of Government who are required to declare their income, assets, and liabilities to do so, according to a press release issued over the weekend.The LAC clarified that “Section IV. Administration of Asset Disclosure System” of the “Regulations for The Administration, Monitoring, Receiving And Implementation of Asset Declaration in Accordance with the National Code Of Conduct For All Public Officials And Employees,” relating to the universal filing deadline (last Friday in July), refers to public officials who had declared earlier and are re-declaring either at the end of every three years; on promotion or progression from one level to another; upon transfer to another public office; and upon retirement and resignation.All other public officials who are entering or re-entering public office and have no record of declaring or re-declaring their income, assets, and liabilities are required by law to do so prior to taking office.The Commission also admonished other former public officials, who exited their offices by means of retirement, resignation, dismissal, etc., to submit two copies of a completed, signed and notarized Asset Disclosure Form which should have been done immediately prior to exiting.Part X of the National Code of Conduct (NCoC) for all public officials and employees requires that every public official and employee of Government involved in making decisions affecting contract, tendering or procurement and issuance of licenses of various types shall sign performance or financial bonds and shall in addition declare his or her income, assets and liabilities prior to taking office and thereafter at the end of every three years, on promotion or progression from one level to another, upon transfer to another public office and upon retirement or resignation.This provision also requires public officials, who exit public office by means of retirement, resignation, dismissal, etc., to submit two copies of a completed, signed and notarized Asset Disclosure Form immediately prior to exit, the press release said.The LACC believes that the declaration of income, assets, and liabilities is healthy in enhancing accountability, transparency, and integrity in the public sector. Besides, it is the law. The LACC therefore calls on all public officials and employees of Government to comply with the law.The forms are available on the Commission’s website on www.lacc.gov.lr, according to the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Shoe Lace” paid $60,000 for December 2012 murder – jury hears

first_img…admitted to robbery-murder involvement under caution – Police witnessFollowing the conclusion of a one-week voir dire (trial within a trial), the contents of the caution statement of Phillip “Shoe Lace” Paul were disclosed to a 12-member jury at the High Court during the main trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon. Police Detective Sergeant Kevin Martin testified that the accused admitted to being involving in the crime when he was in custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Eve Leary. Georgetown in January 2013.Paul has, however, denied the December 2012 killing of Kamal Ramsahoye for which he is facing trial at the Demerara High Court. Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are appearing on behalf of the State while Attorney Brandon De Santos is defending the murder accused. During a recent hearing, Sergeant Martin noted that after the accused was taken into custody, he elected Inspector Adams to pen his story detailing the events that transpired leading to Ramsahoye’s demise.According to the Policeman’s evidence, Paul said on Saturday night he went to the line top where he saw he friend, “Tall Man” who invited him to go to a house. Afterward, his friend scaled the fence and barbed wire and “jumped in the yard”. The Policeman related that the accused said that he and his friend saw a man inside of the house and they went inside.Paul reportedly said: “I hold on to he and Tall Man pull out a knife. I tell he don’t bore de man, but he say de man see we face. Tall Man began stabbing de man in he heart and belly. The man fall down and Tall Man tek de money out of de draw and we went upstairs. They had some money pon de table; Tall Man pick it up, we jump de fence, went through the street and went on de line top.”The jury also heard that the accused was given some $60,000 before the duo parted company. Sergeant Martin disclosed that Paul looked over his statement and appeared to be reading it and purportedly understood the contents of his caution statement.The Police contend that the defendant gave his statement out of his own free will and even said that he did not want his mother present at the time surrounding the interrogation as she “gan fall down”. Martin, who was a witness to the said caution statement, identified the document in court.The particulars of the charge allege that Paul murdered the man between December 8 and 9, 2012, during the course or furtherance of a robbery. Reports from 2012 had stated that Ramsahoye was found dead at his residence. A post-mortem examination had revealed that he died from haemorrhaging and shock due to massive blood loss.last_img read more

Dortmund ease past Man City in Champions Cup opener

first_imgGotze’s winner came in the 28th minute when American international Christian Pulisic was hauled down in the box allowing the midfielder who famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final to beat Claudio Bravo.Mahrez showed flashes of his quality yet Guardiola will be disappointed about the lack of cutting edge on show.With the bulk of his Premier League title-winning squad enjoying an extended break after their exertions at the World Cup, it was a vastly inexperienced side sent out by the Spaniard at Soldier Field.Mahrez, the $75 million signing from Leicester, made his debut while the precocious young English midfielder Phil Foden also started.There was a healthy crowd of 34,629 inside Soldier Field and although a young City side held their own early on, Dortmund created the better chances with Gotze pulling the strings together with Pulisic.Mahrez was City’s best player, who showcased his attacking threat with a decent run and cross midway through the first half.– A satisfied coach –But on 28 minutes the Germans were ahead.Alex Zinchenko, who is set to leave the club before the start of the English domestic season, brought down the lively Pulisic in the box and Gotze beat Bravo from the spot before Alexander Isak almost made it two soon after.Jack Harrison should have done better just before the interval when he miscued a shot from close range and then Mahrez forced a great save from Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz.Nevertheless, Guardiola would have been all too aware of his side’s lack of killer instinct.Jadon Sancho, who quit the Premier League club for Dortmund last August following a fall-out with Guardiola, was introduced in the second half and began promisingly.Joe Hart, the former England keeper, was making his first City appearance since August 2016 but it was opposite number Hitz who was almost beaten on 55 minutes when another Mahrez set-piece flew just past the post.Guardiola said his team played well despite not having a lot of time to train together.“It was really good for their futures because we played one of the best teams in Germany and we did many good things,” he said. “The courage, intensity and desire to play was very good. I’m so satisfied.”The Algerian’s cute pass set Lukas Nmecha through on 70 minutes but his finish was lacking before Hart produced an excellent point blank save to deny Mahmoud Dahoud.Dortmund, however, held firm to seal a deserved win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was able to call on the likes of new signing Leroy Sane (L)for their pre-season clash with Borussia Dortmund © AFP / JIM YOUNGCHICAGO, United States, Jul 21 – Pep Guardiola’s start to his pre-season campaign ended in defeat as Borussia Dortmund captain Mario Gotze’s first half penalty was enough to see off the Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago on Friday.Guardiola was able to call on the likes of new signing Riyad Mahrez and German Leroy Sane but his otherwise highly inexperienced, young team were unable to get the better of a Dortmund side who have already played one game this summer and looked far sharper in the opening match of this year’s International Champions Cup tournament.last_img read more

Nigeria eliminate holders Cameroon in AFCON

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria celebrating their win over BurundiALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jul 6 – Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday.China-based forward Ighalo bundled home a scrappy opener but Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon hit back through Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie with two quick-fire goals before half-time. Nigeria drew level as Ighalo volleyed in his second just past the hour and he then turned provider to play in Iwobi to steer home three minutes later and set up the prospect of a highly anticipated quarter-final clash with hosts and favourites Egypt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ipswich Town set to land former Watford man

first_img Lloyd Dyer Ipswich Town are closing in on the signing of Lloyd Dyer, who left Watford last week.The 33-year-old made 14 appearances during the Hornets’ promotion-winning campaign last season but did not manage a single outing this term.His contract was terminated by mutual consent earlier this month, leaving him free to join another club as a free agent.Now it is being reported that Dyer is on the verge of agreeing a short-term deal with Ipswich.Mick McCarthy’s side are once again in the hunt for promotion back to the Premier League and sit just two points outside the Championship play-off spots. 1last_img read more

Governor makes political moves in the hot tub

first_img“She grew up and was a victim, where she was always thrown into events and photographs, and Sunday nights there were always 100 people in the house … and she was at the factories telling people, `Vote for my daddy, vote for my daddy,”‘ Schwarzenegger said. “When she was 21 years old, she went out and decided she would find a man who had no desire to be in politics. “She bumped into a man who was from an Austrian farm, a bodybuilder who was only interested in oiling up … and wearing tight pants … and then going into Hollywood,” he said to more laughs.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.“In all seriousness, she had tears in her eyes. I had to work on her for 14 days,” Schwarzenegger said. “That’s where I learned to negotiate – bringing Democrats and Republicans together right there in the Jacuzzi.” Shriver’s family tree is sprinkled with prominent Democrats. Her father, Sargent Shriver, was the 1972 Democratic candidate for vice president and her uncle was President John F. Kennedy. Schwarzenegger and Shriver, 52, have been married for more than 21 years. Schwarzenegger’s comic routine began when a member of the audience submitted a question about whether Shriver would make a good president. The governor said she wouldn’t want the job. SAN JOSE – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned the art of political negotiation in a setting that’s oh so California – soaking in his backyard hot tub. Keynoting a gathering of Silicon Valley business leaders Friday, the Republican governor explained how his wife – former television news anchor Maria Shriver – came to support his 2003 gubernatorial bid. “We were sitting in the Jacuzzi. I said, `Maria, here’s an idea. What do you think about this, me running for governor?” Schwarzenegger said to peals of laughter. “I said, there’s a recall, there’s only a two-month campaign. I think we can work our way through this two months and then I’m governor – isn’t that great?” After the laughter died down, Schwarzenegger, 60, turned solemn. last_img

Freshwater fishing

first_img Kern River The Lower Kern through Kern River Canyon is a little muddy and high but still is fishing fairly well. Most anglers are scoring with Pautzke Orange Label or Green Label Balls ‘O Fire eggs, worms and crickets. The Upper Kern is fair, and when the wind isn’t blowing, anglers are catching pan-size trout near the launch ramp at Lake Isabella. Power Bait has been the best bet for anglers fishing Buena Vista Lakes. For more info: Bob’s Bait Bucket (661) 833-8657. Orange County Irvine Lake Trout fishing was fair the past week. Bait fishing has been generally more productive than trolling, with night crawlers and chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait on short 6- to 10-inch leaders best near Trout Island, the docks, Woody’s Cove and Santiago Flats. Trout range from 1-0 to 4-0. Some incidental bluegill and small bass have hit on night crawlers intended for trout. Crappie fishing is really taking off, with many limits of hand-size crappie and a few larger slabs being seen. Best bet is white/yellow mini jigs fished near the fence line on Trout Island. For more info: Irvine Lake Pro Shop (714) 649-9111. Santa Barbara County Lake Cachuma Anglers are reporting a good smallmouth bass bite on deep diving crankbaits and slow retrieved spinnerbaits in Santa Cruz Bay on Jackrabbit Flat in 15-25 feet of water. The trout bite has slowed a little, but trollers fishing from Santa Cruz Bay to The Narrows are doing well on fish that are running a half-pound to a pound. The shore action is pretty slow still. For more info: Lake Cachuma Marina (805) 688-4040. Riverside County Diamond Valley Reservoir The typical winter bite is on here. Anglers are taking some swimbait fish off points and in coves, but most folks are chasing trout in the marina area. Trout are being caught on jigs, worms and by casting spinners and spoons. For more info: Diamond Valley Marina (951) 926-7201. San Diego County Lake Cuyamaca Snow fell here Saturday, but that didn’t hurt the fishing. The bite has turned to a shoreline bait gig. Anglers floating Pautzke Balls ‘O Fire salmon eggs off the bottom are scoring easy limits, and another trout plant of 1,000 fish this week should keep the bite steady. Others are doing well with night crawlers fished on a 24- to 36-inch leader. For best results, inject Liquid Krill into the night crawlers. Other species slow. For more info: Lake Cuyamaca (877) 581-9904. Lake Jennings The trout bite finally is improving. Anglers fishing in Hermit Cove with worms are doing OK, but it’s those with rental or private boats that are doing best. Trout are still in deep water. Another 1,200 pounds of trout are going to be planted Friday. The channel catfish bite is fair for anglers working mackerel soaked in red Nectar along the buoy line. Bass anglers are scoring with ice jigs and swimbaits. The biggest bass this week went 8-0. For more info: Lake Jennings (619) 390-1300. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Lake Casitas Swimbaits were the only way to catch big bass again this week. Bass to nearly 13 pounds were taken on various swimbaits. Although a 17-pound catfish was caught on mackerel dipped in Catmando sauce, the catfish bite has slowed. A trout plant took place last Wednesday, but trout fishing was good only the day the fish were stocked. Trout action is poor now. For more info: Lake Casitas Boat Rentals (805) 649-2043. Lake Piru The trout bite is good following a plant of 3,600 fish last Wednesday. Trout are being caught by trollers near the dam, 35-40 feet deep, with Needlefish, Kastmasters, Roostertails or just about anything you want to troll. On shore, trout are being caught near the marina on salmon eggs, night crawlers and Power Bait. Bluegill are still available in 20 feet of water near the dam. Fishing pressure is way down. For more info: Lake Piru Marina (805) 521-1231. Kern County The bite is fair for largemouth and stripers. Anglers able to net live shad are doing best, but they aren’t always available, with only some pods of shad moving into shallow water areas. If you can’t get shad, jigs, spoons, spinnerbaits, swimbaits and reaction baits are your best bet. A trout plant of 1,500 pounds went in Jan. 9 at the West Ramp – not the main ramp this time. The purpose was to plant the trout in an area that anglers would have more access to fish for trout, but the trout bite is slow. For more info: Castaic Landing (661) 775-6232. Ventura County center_img Los Angeles County Castaic Lake last_img read more

Tottenham’s ‘dream’ manager revealed as Real Madrid move to hire Pochettino

first_imgTottenham have already identified the manager they want to hire to replace Mauricio Pochettino should the Argentine leave for Real Madrid.Pochettino, 46, is known to be one of Real’s targets to succeed Julen Lopetegui, who was dismissed from his position on Monday night following the club’s Clasico defeat to Barcelona. LATEST Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker Most Read Football News scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 He has guided the Serie A giants to domestic doubles in each of his four seasons in charge, also winning three Italian Super Cups and finishing runners-up in two Champions League finals.In total, he has managed Juve for 233 matches, winning a remarkable 72.1 per cent of them. Allegri himself wants to manage in England in the future, having made his Premier League wish clear on previous occasions.The 51-year-old Italian has been in charge of Juventus since summer 2014, when he replaced Antonio Conte. RANKED Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ It has been reported Los Blancos will offer to double Pochettino’s wages on a five-year deal to tempt him away from north London, though it is expected Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, will reject any approaches for the club’s manager.However, that has not stopped Spurs preparing for life without Pochettino, and reports in Italy claim they have already identified the manager they want to replace the Argentine.According to Calciomercato, the north Londoners ‘dream’ of hiring Massimiliano Allegri, the current Juventus boss. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade whoops revealed Allegri’s spell at Juventus has been filled with success and silverware tense Pochettino has long been a target of Real Madrid’s latest last_img read more


first_imgA STORM last December has caused a delay in the completion of the new Medical Block at Letterkenny General Hospital but the cost of the damage is being picked up by an insurance company, it is reported today.John Hayes, HSE Area Manager, Donegal, told the Irish Medical Times aht extreme adverse weather conditions on the night of December 13 caused an open culvert, which ran through the hospital campus, to overflow, causing some damage to the ground floor of the new medical block.“The result of this damage and remedial work required will cause the completion of the construction works to be delayed by approximately six weeks,” he said. The IMT said that fortunately for Letterkenny General, the contractor acted immediately to minimise the damage and had begun to make repairs and replace finishes when required.These additional works were being carried out in agreement with the contractor’s insurance company and no additional construction costs would be incurred by the project as a result of the flooding. ‘NO EXTRA COSTS’ AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE TO NEW HOSPITAL MEDICAL BLOCK was last modified: March 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’NO EXTRA COSTS’ AFTER FLOOD DAMAGE TO NEW HOSPITAL MEDICAL BLOCKLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more