Windies go four from four in T20 warm-up

first_imgDUBAI (CMC): OPENER Johnson Charles extended his good form while captain Darren Sammy and Ashley Nurse blasted cameos as West Indies completed their unofficial warm-ups with a three-wicket win over English County Warwickshire here yesterday. Chasing a competitive 159 at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies romped to their target with seven balls to spare, with Charles stroking 48 off 26 balls, Sammy getting 34 off 18 deliveries, and Nurse carving out an unbeaten 25 off just nine balls. The victory ensured West Indies made a clean sweep of the preparation T20 fixtures, after twice beating Zimbabwe in Sharjah last week and also winning the first game against Warwickshire on Friday. Winning the toss and opting to bat, Warwickshire rallied to 157 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Sam Hain top-scoring with 85 off 57 balls, with nine fours and three sixes. Tim Ambrose struck 29 not out from 20 deliveries with two fours and a six, while former international batsman Jonathan Trott chipped in with 28 from 24 balls. West Indies slow bowlers did the damage with leg-spinner Samuel Badree claiming two for 17 and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 28. Warwickshire lost Jonathon Webb for one in the second over with the score on two, but were hauled back into the contest courtesy of a 60-run, second-wicket stand between Hain and Trott. When three wickets fell for 12 runs in the space of two overs, Hain and Ambrose ensured a Warwickshire recovery with a 78-run, fifth-wicket stand off just 44 deliveries. In reply, West Indies flourished thanks to a 49-run first-wicket stand between Charles and Andre Fletcher, who made just six. Both fell in the space of five deliveries in the sixth over, but Marlon Samuels (18) and Dwayne Bravo (13) put on 30 to revive the innings. Bravo’s demise in the 11th over triggered a slide where West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 23 deliveries. Once again, the Caribbean side were bailed out by their pugnacious lower order as Sammy and Nurse dominated the Warwickshire attack in an up-tempo 55-run partnership off 23 balls. Sammy struck four fours and one six, while Nurse gathered three fours and a six. West Indies will fly to Kolkata today for their two official warm-up games of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia and India.last_img read more

Guiao, Gilas Pilipinas preparing for the worst against Kazakhstan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP group urges UAAP to tap third-party observers, use tech to improve officiating Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Philippines handed Kazakhstan a sound beating the last time they met three months in the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gilas Pilipinas cruised to a 96-59 win in a game where the Filipinos clicked on both ends which is also something national team coach Yeng Guiao admitted to be hard to replicate on Friday.“You know we beat them I think by 30 plus points and it would be hard for us to do that again. We played really good that game,” Guiao said Monday night after practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If we can beat them by one point, I’ll be happy, especially now that we’re still trying to get our cohesion going.”Guiao is expecting a back-and-forth battle against the Kazakhs this time and the players also know they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. MOST READ “Even the players now that we played exceptionally well. Of course, I hope we can repeat that but I think we should expect the worst,” Guiao said. “We should also expect that they’ve already made their adjustment, seeing what they saw in the Asian Games.”“This is a different level in the qualifiers. We both want to make the World Cup and I think we need to prepare even harder against them this time because we don’t really know who are going to be the additions to their team,” veteran big man Beau Belga said.In the Asian Games, Guiao steered a team that had players he’s very familiar with which made it easier for him to run his system fluidly.The latest version of Gilas is made up of an entirely different core with Philippine basketball’s cream of the crop suiting up in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“Our advantage actually is we have a different lineup so they might not really know the likes of June Mar (Fajardo), Greg (Slaughter) or Marcio (Lassiter), Arwind (Santos) and that could be our advantage against them,” said Guiao, who steered a Philippine team that had a core of Rain or Shine players to a fifth-place finish in the Asiad.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 “Advantage is the players are more experienced and talent-wise, this is going to be a more talented team than the one that played in the Asiad no doubt,” Belga said. “But we need to exert more effort to win and this isn’t going to be an easy game against Kazakhstan.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Welfare officers to be stationed in hinterland communities

first_img…to bridge gap between hinterland, coastal regionsTen welfare officers on Monday commenced a training programme which is expected to enable them to serve and address the issues of hinterland communities.The participants of the training programme are seen with Ministers Valerie Garrido-Lowe (fourth from right) and Sydney Allicock (fifth from right)The training, which will last for one month, is expected to bridge the gap between the hinterland and coastal regions through increased communication.After the training exercise has been completed, the officers will be deployed to Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).In remarks at the opening ceremony of the training programme, Junior Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe highlighted that introduction of welfare officers in these remote communities would facilitate monitoring of some of the ongoing social issues, such as incest and domestic violence. She urged the residents of these communities to acquire birth certificates for their children. This is an ongoing issue that is common in most households within these communities.She further said the programme would add to the knowledge of these officers, and equip them with requisite skills to provide guidance to people of the hinterland communities. The presence of welfare officers in hinterland regions is intended to enable residents of those regions to acquire some of the services that are available in the coastal regions.“We want to bridge that gap between coastland and hinterland. The same opportunities that we have in Georgetown, the same opportunities the hinterland must have,” the minister declared.The welfare officers were also addressed by Senior Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who posited that this is a timely approach to engage persons in the hinterland regions, since the recent National Toshaos Council (NTC) meeting would’ve highlighted some of the problems that are encountered by the people on a daily basis.He further stated that the presence of welfare officers in hinterland regions would ensure that persons living in those regions are informed and involved in good decision-making processes to improve services in their regions.“You were there, you listened to the issues, and you were part of the solution to many of those issues that we have been hearing,” he said to the officers.This is the first such training of its kind, and inputs have been forthcoming from the Social Protection Ministry and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).last_img read more

Russians comb city for militants after attacks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It is bad that such bandit raids are still possible here (in Russia),” Putin said. “It’s a great tragedy that we are sustaining losses among law enforcement officers and peaceful civilians.” Chechen rebels have claimed involvement in Thursday’s attacks on police and security facilities. The fighting in the Kabardino-Balkariya republic near Chechnya has raised fears that Islamic militants who have been fighting Russian forces for most of the past decade were opening a new front in the troubled Caucasus region. Rebels for years have harassed Russian forces in Chechnya with roadside bombs and homemade explosives but the Nalchik attacks appeared to be part of a strategy to target areas outside the volatile republic and keep Moscow off-balance. Russian officials said the 2002 seizure of hundreds of people in a Moscow theater, the 2004 school hostage-taking in the southern city of Beslan that killed 330 and other terror attacks were conducted by the Chechen militants with support and guidance from the al-Qaida. However, no firm evidence exists suggesting the two groups are coordinating their strategies. Chechen insurgents like Shamil Basayev – the main warlord in Chechnya’s decade-old fight against Russian forces – have long infiltrated republics like Kabardino-Balkariya in the mostly Muslim region. Hoping to destabilize state authority, they buy off corrupt officials to get weapons and unleash terrorist bombings or hit-and-run attacks against the police. The Nalchik attacks came amid a long-running regional campaign aimed at undermining nascent Islamic extremism. Human rights lawyers say the campaign has also affected innocent, peaceful young Muslims, alienating and offending them as they rediscover their Muslim heritage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NALCHIK, Russia – Russian security forces combed a city of shattered glass and bloodstains Friday, searching for militants amid fears they may have melted into the civilian population to regroup after fierce attacks that left at least 108 people dead. Authorities claimed that all pockets of active fighting had been put down a day after the attacks and President Vladimir Putin promised all such violence will be put down “hard and consistently,” but the bloodshed underlined the spreading violence in the restive Caucasus region. As officials announced successful operations to liquidate rebels on Friday, it became clear that security forces had rescued nearly 20 hostages in various offices around this southern Russian city – and killed dozens of militants. The head of the regional government, Gennady Gubin, said Nalchik, a city of 235,000 people, was being searched for rebels, according to the Interfax news agency. last_img read more

Kaddu, Obenchan on target as KCCA win third of the season

first_img Tags: bright starsKCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Obenchan (28) celebrates scoring the opener on TuesdayStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC 2-0 Bright StarsStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 23-10-2018LUGOGO – KCCA FC registered their third league victory of the season thanks to 2-0 victory at home to Bright Stars on Tuesday.Filbest Obenchan and Patrick Kaddu scored in either halfs for the Kasasiro boys to condem Bright stars the first loss of the season.Obenchan scored in the 17th minute to put Mike Mutebi side in the lead.Bright stars missed a glorious opportunity to equalise in the 27th minute when Nelson Senkatuuka put the ball into Charles Lukwago’s hands while one on one with the custodian.The half Time whistle came with the hosts leading and In the second half KCCA piled more pressure In search for another goal and they scored through substitute Patrick Kaddu who came on for Muwadda Mawejje.Bright stars made a few changes by bringing John Opeyo on for Farouk Katongole but the defence for KCCA denied them the chance to score.Mike Mutyaba came on for Muzamiru Mutyaba but he got injured minutes after he entered and then replaced by Jackson Nunda.While talking to the press KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi was impressed with the performance of his team and the way they played compared to when they visited Onduparaka.“Am happy with the way my boys possessed the ball in both halves. said MutebiHe added that the boys were in charge of the ball compared to when they played Onduparaka away in Arua.“Today my boys took control of the ball compared to when we played the Arua boys. Continued Mutebi.Bright stars head coach was not happy with the way his side played but he promised to make a few changes to correct the mistakes he did in Lugogo“Am not happy by how my boys played, they gave so much respect to KCCA. Said Kajoba“We didn’t play well in the first half and am going to go back in Mwererwe and correct the mistakes.KCCA play Mbarara City in their next match while Bright Stars make a visit to Arua to play OnduparakaThe other games played on Tuesday:-Express 0-0 Bul FC-Kirinya JSS 0-3 Onduparaka-Paidah 0-0 Tooro UnitedComments last_img read more

This Donegal man needs your help – to get to the Mean Fiddler!

first_imgOne Donegal man is calling on his home supporters to help him win a dream trip to the famous Mean Fiddler bar in New York City. Adrian Forker is a finalist in the popular Irish bar’s #BringMetoNYC competition to win the ultimate weekend trip to the USA. He needs your votes and Facebook comments to win the tickets.It looks like he had great craic filming his entry to the video and photo contest  – and the young man is so determined to get to NYC that he’d even swim!  The deadline for entries is 9pm EST on Friday April 27th – that’s 2am on Saturday morning in Donegal time, so get voting! Click here to LIKE the video and vote.The two Facebook posts with the most likes by the deadline will be the final two.  The overall winner will be announced on Saturday April 28th.Just LIKE Adrian’s video to help him out – and if he wins, he’ll be singing the whole way to the USA! This Donegal man needs your help – to get to the Mean Fiddler! was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:New York Citythe mean fiddlerlast_img read more

Donegal gearing up for Bike Week 2019

first_imgDonegal is gearing up for National Bike Week 2019 which takes places this year from Saturday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 30th.Through Donegal County Council, Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP) has again secured funding from the Department of Transport, Sport & Tourism to support a limited number of participatory cycling events in the county during National Bike Week.Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that is good about bikes and cycling. The main objective of Bike Week is to provide support to clubs and organisations who are interested in hosting events that encourage people of all ages to cycle. Expressions of interest are now being taken at DSP.Looking ahead to Bike Week in Donegal, DSP’s Community Sports Development Officer, Karen Guthrie, is expecting a big participation.“This will be the tenth Donegal Bike Week. It keeps growing in popularity year on year, with last year being the most successful yet. A total of 30 different cycling events were held in Donegal in 2018 during Bike Week. Following on from previous years, the theme once again will centre on the provision of cycling opportunities for people of all ages and abilities and re-enforcing the leisure aspect of cycling,” Karen commented.“In 2018 year, we were particularly pleased to welcome for the first time, two organisations who cater for children with physical and intellectual disabilities, a women’s only ‘couch to 50k’ programme and an Electric Bike Ride in the grounds of Glenveagh Castle for a group of ‘Active Retirees’ from West Donegal. “These events have highlighted the importance of a national cycling initiative like Bike Week, and how each year, the investment at local level provides first-time opportunities for those most marginalised within the community.“Without this, our hosting organisations, wouldn’t be in a position,financially or otherwise, to deliver these events. National Bike Week has subsequently challenged clubs in Donegal to consider every member of their community and ways of engaging those individuals,” she added.Last year 898 adults and 483 children participated in Donegal Bike Week.“The objectives of the programme are to promote the benefits of recreational cycling, to encourage greater participation in cycling, to encourage cycling within the workplace and to enhance the provision of cycling within the community.“We are expecting most of those who took part last year to be involved again this year. We’re also hoping for a few new groups and organisations to participate in Donegal Bike Week 2009. It is a great opportunity to get out, get active and have fun.” Donegal Bike Week 2019 is open to sports clubs, community organisations, schools and workplace organisations.Applications can be obtained by emailing info@activedonegal.com. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 29th at 5 pm. Approval notifications will be sent out by Friday, May 31st.Donegal gearing up for Bike Week 2019 was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bike Weekdonegallast_img read more

Chelsea youngster picks up injury

first_imgYoungster Rohan Ince has returned to Chelsea for treatment on a shin problem.The midfielder, who recently joined Yeovil Town on a six-month loan, picked up a knock while playing for the Glovers in a pre-season friendly.His injury is not thought to be serious but it was felt that the superior medical facilities at Chelsea would help him return to action quicker.He could miss the start of the season but is not expected to be sidelined for more than a fortnight.See also:Chelsea youngster looks close to return after minor injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ancient art keeps heroes alive

first_img“I want us to remember our heroes. Not just for a day, but to celebrate them in our daily lives.” Nicholas Ojo (Image: Sulaiman Philip)• Nicholas OjoArtist+27 84 098 4970Sulaiman PhilipHer eyes are warm, even a little mischievous. The light, out of frame, throws a shadow across her strong chin. The gentle shading creates the impression that Lillian Ngoyi is stepping back into the darkness.Of the 16 portraits on show at the Workers’ Museum in his new show, the Ngoyi portrait best captures Nicholas Ojo’s vision. The show – A Tribute to Heroes of Freedom and Liberation – celebrates the strength of character of men and women who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy. The portraits, of well-known South Africans such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Tutu and FW de Klerk and others such as Nigerian Ken Saro Wiwa, Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Theresa, celebrate lives dedicated to fighting for the oppressed.“We all celebrate these lives, but who of us are willing to make the sacrifices they made? I speak to young people all the time and too many don’t know who Lillian Ngoyi [was] or what she did for them. Too many of our heroes are too quickly forgotten,” Ojo says.His unconventional homage to heroes would be impressive if he simply created the work with a pencil or paint; but it is even more remarkable given that he uses heat as his medium. Pyrography literally means “to draw with fire” and is considered one of the earliest art forms. The history of pyrography can be traced to the Chinese Han Dynasty, where it was reserved for art celebrating emperors and hero warriors. But Canadian artist and historian Professor Robert Boyer claimed the technique should be considered the first art form: using the charred remains of their fires, prehistoric people created designs on cave walls.Today the form is popular with hobbyists who use electrically controlled heat pens to draw and scorch designs on to wood. This, in Ojo’s opinion, is not really an art. The pens do not allow the drawer to create the nuances seen in his work. He uses the more traditional form.Pyrographics is an incremental way of creating art, the artist explains. He begins with a sketch on corkboard that he then blackens with a blowtorch. Using tools, he scrapes away the blackened board to create a work of art. It is very much like scraping away the burned bits on a piece of toast, and it is a skill that took Ojo years to master.“For years I would not create a portrait of someone wearing spectacles. It was something I was never any good at. The shading was impossible to get right, spectacles would disappear into the background,” he explains. Pointing to a portrait of Gandhi, he says that it took a steady hand to recreate the picture of the man wearing his trademark round spectacles.The visually arresting portrait of Winnie Mandela is probably the best in the collection. The Mother of the Nation seems to be escaping from the frame, Ojo managing to create a sense of motion despite working with just light and dark.Ojo’s portrait of Winnie Madikizela Mandela has drawn the most praise of all the worls on show. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)Pyrography is considered a forgotten art form whose height of popularity was during the Victorian era. However, it has been a mainstay of traditional African art, and in South Africa, Zulu crafters use a similar though more antique craft form. For generations, rural Zulu crafters have made artwork using burnt wood for portraits and to decorate utilitarian objects such as spoons and meat platters. The form has been dying out, though, because of the lack of a good wood supply.A strange and interesting form of wood art that is becoming popular among traditional craftsmen, however, is the use of burned matches to create pieces. Traditionally it was a hobby common among young boys, but it has grown into a collectable art form. Artist Allina Ndebele leaned the craft while in prison and her work, as well as her beadwork, is collectable.Ndebele built a training centre close to Rorkes Drift, in KwaZulu-Natal, where she trained local women in traditional crafts such as beading, weaving and dyeing. It is a dream that Ojo shares; the Nigerian artist is desperate to train young South African artists in pyrography as well as traditional Nigerian indigo dyeing.Ojo’s portraits of men and women he considers heroes are on show at the Workers’ Museum in Newtown, Johannesburg until May 15.last_img read more

Commonwealth Games Chief Arrested

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi, chief organizer of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which were beset with construction delays and financial irregularities, has been arrested on charges of corruption.The Central Bureau of Investigation said Kalmadi was arrested “for conspiracy to cause favor to a company in Switzerland while procuring timers and scoring equipment for the Games.” The Games, which cost over $6 billion dollars, were expected to bolster India’s image on the world stage, much as the Olympics had done for China, but became a national embarrassment amidst allegations of corruption, shoddy construction, and mismanagement. An estimated $1.8 billion is suspected of being misappropriated. November 2010 cover story, titled “Celebrating Jugaad” detailed the shoddy construction of the athletic village at India’s premier event  Related Itemslast_img read more