Tony Becca: A New year of hope

first_imgThe New year is just a few days old, and despite all the problems in West Indies cricket – the abandoned tour of India; the defeats at the hands of Australia; Sri Lanka, and Australia again; the crisis facing the Board; and the fact that no West Indian made it into Test cricket’s Top Ten at the end of the year – we wish all those in the fraternity all the best for 2016. The only saving grace last year was the wonderful and thrilling victory at Kensington Oval, the one which handed the West Indies a draw against England and which filled every West Indian with excitement and with plenty hope. Although that hope ended only in wishful thinking, my wish, despite my feeling that things will remain the same, in spite of the huffing and puffing by the toothless CARICOM governments, is that the gloom of 2015 will be replaced by a little light in 2016. I love cricket, and I am passionate about Melbourne, Jamaica, and West Indies cricket. Indeed, most people, those who know me and know me well, especially my family, will say that I eat, sleep, and drink cricket. Last year, the West Indies brought down the curtain with an embarrassing and humiliating performance against Australia. They did nothing right. They were terrible in batting, bowling, and fielding. Indeed, with the exception of Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and a few others, they looked like novices. This year, however, the West Indies are scheduled to play one or two series, and based on results of the recent past, things are hardly likely to be any better. In fact, every year it has been the same. Despite the utterances about improvements and little gains, nothing has changed; nothing at all. Looking at the team, which, despite its weakness, includes a few questionable selections, looking at the management team, which allows inexperience and non-performing youngsters to speak on behalf of the team, and looking at the people who consistently talk glowingly about what to expect from the players despite defeat after defeat, it is easy to write off the players – especially as it appears that nothing is really being done to remedy the situation. Despite all the talk, the huge entourage surrounding the team on every tour, the money reportedly being spent on West Indies cricket, and the outreach in West Indies cricket, nothing is really happening. The West Indies need a system to develop their young players into productive players. They need to play the game regularly, to train regularly, and not only when it is ordered and supervised. They need people, good people, checking on them regularly, and not only to sympathise with them and to pat them on the back like nice guys whenever they fail. They need people, coaches or whoever, who will also say something or do something constructive at such times, which, at this time, is most times. COMMITTED PLAYERS The West Indies need to look also for players, good players, who are also proud people, committed people, and people who, although there is not one, respect the flag. And those kinds of players are necessary, very necessary. It makes no sense, or very little sense, to have the most talented players who, at the first sign of adversity, sulk and withdraw themselves from the game, sometimes, most times, affecting other players on the team. The West Indies need players who believe in one for all and all for one, and also players who, even though it is not true, believe, like a journalist, that he, or she, is as good as his, or her, last story. It is folly to fail, and fail, after one or two good performance and to stroll around the ground, to swagger, like the proverbial “cat’s pyjamas”. It is just as bad to treat one who has failed and failed after one or two good performances like royalty. My wish for 2016 is that these things will change. West Indies cricket has been through the good and the bad. It started promisingly, it had its watershed in 1950, it had its ups and downs, it became the best in the world, and now it is back at stage one. The return to the glory days, or near to them, must come back, hopefully, if not quickly. West Indies cricket basically has good, young players. They, however, need to commit themselves to the game and to the West Indies, to train hard and to play hard, and to remember who they are, where they are from, and that although it may not be the best in the world, although players from India, England, Australia earn more money than they do, those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are not. The West Indies players are paid what the West Indies can afford. It is as simple as that. My wish for the new year is that from all the few basically talented West Indies players some can be found with the class to carry West Indies cricket through these parlous times. The West Indies need players who can bat, bowl, field and know how to play the game. The West Indies need batsmen who can do more than reel off a pretty stroke here and there, bowlers who can really bowl and who can get good batsmen out, and fielders who can really field. My wish for this year is that the West Indies will see the light and realise that their cricketers are nowhere nearly as good as those of yesteryear, that their cricketers will also face that fact, that their cricketers play Test cricket two or three years too early in most cases, that our administrators will end their insularity, tighten up on West Indies cricket and make it stronger, and that they need to train and practice until they hear a voice say practice no more. West Indies cricket also needs to see less swagger in the cricketers, less cheerleaders, for whatever reason, among those who should guide, and among those guide technical development, and more people who can inspire and motivate rather than simply tell how to bat and bowl.last_img read more

Caymanas tips

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Father remanded for son’s murder

first_img…bribery-implicated cop under close arrestOmar Khan, the 40-year-old father who allegedly murdered his 18-year-old son Azeez Khan during an argument at their home at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, was on Thursday arraigned on a murder charge at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge, and was remanded to prison until June 28.Dead: Azeem Orlando KhanCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum has also disclosed that the police officer who had allegedly accepted a bribe to assist the Khan family to ‘cover up’ the crime has been placed under arrest; and if evidence is found to support the allegation that he had attempted to pervert the course of justice, this officer will have the appropriate charges levied against him.The family is believed to have offered that police officer $500,000 to provide them with a suitable alibi for the murdered teen’s father.On May 4, 2017, the 18-year-old Azeez Khan was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital after his father had allegedly hit him in the head with a piece of wood during an argument at their home. The argument had allegedly been caused by the younger Khan reportedly hitting his sister behind her head for leaving the home wearing unbecoming clothing. It has been alleged that the elder Khan dealt his son a blow to the head with a piece of wood, causing him to collapse. The young man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, and doctors there were told that he had fallen from a ladder.But a post-mortem conducted on Monday revealed that the teenager died as a result of haemorrhaging caused by blunt trauma.Both parents of the now dead teenager were taken into Police custody on Monday, and during interrogation, the father confessed to hitting the teenager, claiming it was unintentional.last_img read more

Serious assault against woman in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe female victim is in her thirties, and has received treatment for minor injuries in hospital. Personal items belonging to her were also found strewn along the Dangerous Goods Route approaching Highway 97 South. Police are looking for the driver of an ATV whose fresh tracks were found along the DGS, as they may be able to assist in the investigation. The ATV driver is not believed to be a suspect in the matter. Anyone who may have seen vehicle or pedestrian traffic in the early morning hours is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img read more

GARTAN PUTS ON ITS SUNDAY AUTUMN BEST – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most spectacular walks is around the lake at Gartan.Nobody needs to tell Geraldine Diver that. Geraldine kindly sent us these pictures of Gartan in all its Autumn glory in recent days.You don’t need to tell us Geraldine – we’re secret fans too.And the great thing about it is that it’s completely free.Get out there today and enjoy it before winter gets a real grip on us and the colours turn to grey. GARTAN PUTS ON ITS SUNDAY AUTUMN BEST – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: October 28th, 2012 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:AutumngartanGeraldine Diverlast_img read more

STRANORLAR MAN TURNED OFF CAR LIGHTS WHEN APPROACHED BY GARDAI

first_imgA man who turned off his car lights when approached by Gardai told them he didn’t know why he was behind the wheel.John Gamble, of 67 Admiran Park, Stranorlar, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today charged with drunk-driving and careless driving.The court was told that the 45 year old was at a party with his wife and had left it. He had suffered from extreme back pain for a long time and got such a pain while at the party.He decided to get into his van while in pain after leaving the party, the court was told.He said he didn’t know why he deiced to get into his van.Judge Paul Kelly fined Gamble €250 for drinking-driving and disqualified him from driving for three years.He struck the charge of caress driving out.Mr Gamble’s solicitor asked for her client’s driving ban not to start until August as his wife did not drive.“Perhaps she might considering learning,” added Judge Kelly.STRANORLAR MAN TURNED OFF CAR LIGHTS WHEN APPROACHED BY GARDAI was last modified: February 25th, 2013 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:GardaiJohn GambleLetterkenny District CourtLIGHTSStranorlarlast_img read more

MISSING MARY’S SISTER COMPLAINS TO GARDAI ABOUT DIG

first_imgMissing Mary Boyle’s twin sister Ann has complained to Gardai about the recent dig to find her sister’s body.The site at Cashelard which Gardai dug up in the search for missing Mary BoyleGardai used a JCB to excavate a quarter acre site just 100 metres from where Mary was last seen in Cashelard near Ballyshannon in 1977.It follows a scan by a geophysical company Scantech who identified a possible burial site in the area. However before they could finalise their report, Gardai carried out a dig.Now Ann Boyle has called on the Garda ombudsman to investigate the dig.“The Gardai had come in looking for a body when it was more likely they would find evidence of a temporary resting place or grave. All those clues appear to be gone,” said Ann.  MISSING MARY’S SISTER COMPLAINS TO GARDAI ABOUT DIG was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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:Ann BoyleCashelarddigGardaiMARY BOYLElast_img read more

All eyes on Adrian Fernandez

first_img Last year, Fernandez added to his success at the track by winning the IRL race. His current resume also includes victories as a car owner, the latest last Sunday in Kentucky by Scott Sharp. Fernandez was back at the track earlier this week, in a totally different role. The veteran Mexican driver was not pushing a 1,200-pound open-wheel car around the track, but a 3,500-pound NASCAR Busch Series Chevrolet in preparation for the Sept. 3, 300-mile race at the track. It’s the same for Lowe’s. Jimmie Johnson is the company’s poster boy, but Fernandez could open the door for a new demographic for the chain. NASCAR inspires loyalty, and Lowe’s believes Fernandez can be a pied piper of sorts in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. That certainly would be great for Hendrick, which has Fernandez for five Busch races. It was supposed to be a one-off deal in the Busch race at Mexico City, but extended to include Busch races at Fontana, Phoenix, Texas and Miami. Hendrick isn’t entering the four races expecting Fernandez to win. The organization hopes Fernandez can be consistent, finish in the top 20 and improve each time. To achieve that, Fernandez spent two grueling days in the car. Instead of air conditioning, the car was loaded with telemetry. It provided data Fernandez and crew chief Jim Long poured over. It all was a new experience for Fernandez. At one point, he thought he was off the throttle, only to find he was was only half off. The tires fell off with each lap, it took more effort to steer the car and aerodymanic issues were altogether different. There is still much to learn, like driving in traffic and drafting. Long is confident his driver can learn to deal with it, as is Fernandez. After all, he’s not a rookie. The stakes are high for NASCAR, Lowe’s, Hendrick and Fernandez in the Busch race. Perhaps not as much as Martin Truex Jr.’s drive for the championship, but enough that many eyes will be on Fernandez once again. Louis Brewster covers motor racing. His column appears Thursday. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or louis.brewster@sbsun.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Although he has nothing to prove, Fernandez is not taking this assignment lightly. In two days of testing at Fontana, he logged more than 400 laps in an attempt to learn as much as possible about his Lowe’s-sponsored ride. The session was more – much more – than just getting comfortable behind the wheel. NASCAR is banking on Fernandez, as is Lowe’s. Hendrick Motorsports, the same outfit that fields cars for Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, also has a big stake in the project. For the sanctioning body, Fernandez represents a great opportunity to introduce the Hispanic population to stock car racing. Fernandez is an icon in Mexico, and among Hispanics on both sides of the border. His test session warranted coverage on the front page of a Mexico City newspaper on Tuesday. center_img Adrian Fernandez knows his way around California Speedway in a race car. He’s reached speeds in excess of 250 mph at the track, one year in front of 100,000 fans. He has experienced the highs and lows of the sport at Fontana, all in one afternoon. His victory in the 1999 CART Marlboro 500 was overshadowed by the death of Gregg Moore in the same race. last_img read more

Donegal Gardai seek whereabouts of two Chinese men

first_imgGardai in Donegal are seeking the assistance of the public in a bid to track down and speak to two Chinese nationals.Officers in Ballyshannon are seeking to speak to the two men who are both in their 40s.The first man has been named as 43-year-old Sen Huihe. He is described as 5’7″ in height with black hair and brown eyes.The second man is named as 42-year-old Zai Chao Xiang. He is described as 5’5″ tall with black hair and brown eyes.Anybody with any information on the whereabouts of either of these men is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station.Donegal Gardai seek whereabouts of two Chinese men was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 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:Chinese nationalsdonegalGardaisearchlast_img read more

Chelsea’s Marin linked with QPR move

first_imgQPR could be interested in signing Marko Marin on loan from Chelsea, German newspaper Bild have reported.Rangers have also been linked with a move for Manchester City’s England defender Joleon Lescott.City are looking to offload Lescott when the transfer window opens, according to The Sun.It is claimed that his former club Everton are interested but his wages – reported to be £90,000 per week – could be a problem for them and that this could open the door for Rangers.Loftus Road boss Harry Redknapp is keen to sign at least one centre-back in January.And the Daily Mail report that Redknapp has launched a bid to sign West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more