Antigua prepares for Test series

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Antigua have already begun preparations to host a Test during the upcoming India series, in anticipation of getting official word from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).Sports Minister EP Chet Greene said the country had received “verbal information” that the tour would go ahead, and officials at the island’s premier cricket venue, the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, had already started putting things in place.”We are waiting for the official communiquÈ, but the verbal information is yes, the Test series is happening,” Greene told the Observer newspaper here.Preparations have already begun at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to host a Test during the India series.”But even at the level of preparation at the stadium, we have already started the work because we don’t want to get the announcement and then we find ourselves short of time.”FOUR-TEST TOURWICB president Dave Cameron confirmed last month that the four-Test tour would go ahead in July and August, but specific dates and venues had not been announced.The tour had been in jeopardy for some while after the Board of Control for Cricket suspended bilateral relations with the WICB, following the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago.Antigua last hosted a Test during England’s tour of the Caribbean last year, when the first Test ended in a tense draw.Greene praised the stadium team for its commitment to moving quickly to spruce up preparations.”I want to commend Anthony Merrick and his team (and) Conley Phillip, who heads the stadium staff. We have started the work, but are just waiting on the official communiquÈ from the WICB that the game is happening.”last_img read more

The BWI School Ode

first_imgO’dear Booker T. we sing thy praisesAnd honor the name that we loveThy standard of life we always cherishAnd work for your interest and goodRefrain:O’yes we love dear BWIAnd sing of her greatness to othersWe honor thee and this the reason whyThou art our alma materO’dear Booker T. we love thy teachingAnd pray and hope for years to comeThy progress and power forever leadingMay carry the light to our homesSome day when our school life is overAnd we gather to say to all good-byeWe dream of the hours we’ve been togetherAnd days spent on BWIShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commissioner Self-funds Projects to Keep District Afloat

first_imgHeadquarters of the District Commissioner, Jefferson Saye GondahIn the absence of development fundThe building hosting the commissioner of Meinpea Mahn Administrative District in Nimba County has become a dilapidated structure and Commissioner Jefferson Saye Gondah has now been obliged to use his personal funds to renovate it.Prior to his appointment in the then Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration, Mr. Gondah was a businessman, an occupation that could prove useful in his efforts to undertake the US$8,000 project currently ongoing in the district.The renovation project includes a modern toilet facility.Additionally, Mr. Gondah and his people have engaged in communal farming, without funds from any governmental or non-governmental agency, to help carry out this agricultural activity.“We have the county and social development fund to facilitate these projects; but since we took over the district, the fund has not been forthcoming; and because it is not coming, we cannot wait to see it before doing what we could to help us.  This is why I have to use my own money to undertake the projects,” Gondah said.“Since the election ended, followed by a transition, there has not been a county sitting to decide on what goes to administrative districts for development. My office, however, sees it necessary to undertake the projects,” Mr. Gondah said.The color of the building has faded and the corrugated zinc is rusty. The ceilings are at the point of dropping, while window glasses are without protective iron bars.There is also an old Yamaha motorbike that is out of order, but has remained parked at the headquarters.Residents and those visiting the headquarters for different administrative reasons were using pit latrine; but the newly-built toilet contained a commode and hand-washing unit.“The motorbike here is in a defective state, even the scratch cards we were given before no longer come to us because of the current situation in the country,” Commissioner Gondah said.The County’s authority, according to the Commissioner, has written about the problem facing the district, but he is yet to receive a positive response from Sanniquellie, the political capital, except empty promises.Communal farming, as part of a self-help initiative, used to be a community engagement whereby dwellers above the age of 18, and not students, would converge on a farmland to work.Men do the brushing, felling of the trees and cleaning the burnt farm; while women sow the seeds by propagating and mixing them with the soil.Proceeds from farmlands were primarily used to feed officials visiting a town, village or chiefdom.This practice, which once helped the locals with food security, has vanished long ago. Guests visiting towns, villages or chiefdoms are fed by what local government officials collect from community dwellers.Commissioner Gondah has meanwhile appealed to the County’s authority to remember his district in terms of request for funds to help rebuild the district’s headquarters in Bunadin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female taxi driver died from strangulation

first_imgThe post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of 47-year-old Indira Bipat who was discovered on Sunday morning in a ditch at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), gave the cause of death as strangulation, compounded by blunt trauma to head.Murdered: Indira BipatBipat, of Lot 18 Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, WBD, who is a part-time taxi driver, left her home at about 17:30h on Saturday afternoon in her family’s Silver-Grey Toyota Axio bearing registration number PXX 4114.After the woman failed to return home that evening and the following morning, her son told Guyana Times that he filed a report at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.While there, the young man revealed that he received a report from a female friend informing him that a body of a female had been found in a ditch at La Parfaite Harmonie.As such, the family rushed to the scene and their worst fears were confirmed. According to Derick Bipat, the car is yet to be recovered. While Police have since launched an investigating, no one has been arrested.The woman leaves to mourn two children.last_img read more

Two speakers headlining next Chamber luncheon

first_imgThe Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce will have two guest speakers during their next luncheon on June 9. The event will be held at the Quality Inn Northern Grand, with the doors opening at 11:45, and lunch starting at 12 noon.Speaking will be healthcare students from the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow, and a representative from the Northern Environmental Action Team.Students from a number of post secondary institutions will be discussing their experiences, and there will be an opportunity to try equipment and see demonstrations.- Advertisement -Also being discussed will be the partnership between NEAT and North Peace Savings and Credit Union. The two organizations have partnered for the third annual “Community Can” where groups come together to gather goods for the local food bank.Anyone wanting to attend can call 250-785-6037.last_img read more

Chelsea transfers assessed: Still room for improvement at the Bridge?

first_imgJose Mourinho claims Chelsea’s business for the summer has been concluded, and if that’s the case it has been a pretty efficient transfer window for the Blues. Here, talkSPORT assesses Chelsea’s summer business to date, and looks at a few areas that may yet make Jose Mourinho reconsider dipping back into the market…Who they’ve signed:Diego Costa – £34mCesc Fabregas – £30mFilipe Luis – £16mWhere they need to strengthen?DEFENCEAt full-back, Cesar Azpilicueta and Filipe Luis are likely to be starters, while Branislav Ivanovic may occasionally be used there as back up. Kurt Zouma is another option out wide, while Nathan Ake is quite comfortable at left-back. In this area the blues looked covered, provided neither Zouma nor Ake are sent out on loan.However, at centre-back it’s a different story. 4 4 4 4 Current optionsJohn Terry will turn 34 this year and not getting any younger, leaving just Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea have high hopes for Zouma, and if he can step up to the plate the Frenchman could be good cover. Nathan Ake is also extremely promising, but both players carry an element of risk.The targetsThe club were pursuing Atletico Madrid’s Joao Miranda earlier this summer but were previously reluctant to meet Miranda’s €30m buyout clause. Stories have emerged in recent days suggesting Jose Mourinho has had second thoughts, though and with a long season across the Champions League and Premier League, it could be a sound investment.MIDFIELDChelsea’s midfield is strangely lop-sided. While in the attacking areas the Blues have a wealth of talent, in the defensive positions things are less encouraging. Frank Lampard’s departure from Stamford Bridge only further depletes the cover in that area of the pitch.Current optionsNemanja Matic has already proven in half a season that he is an ideal holding midfielder for a Jose Mourinho side, but after the Serb there is a big hole. John Obi Mikel simply isn’t on the same level as the former Benfica man, while injury issues will always leave doubts regarding Oriol Romeu, despite the Blues recently handing him a new deal. The fact that the Blues were on the verge of bringing Tiago Mendes back to Stamford Bridge suggests Jose Mourinho is aware of a need to add numbers in this area. Does Jose Mourinho need to make more signings for Chelsea? The targetsChelsea’s surprise renewal of Romeu suggests Jose Mourinho is confident the midfielder can beat his injury issues and come good. If that happens it would be great news for the Blues: the Catalan isn’t short on talent, just lacking when it comes to luck. If he can’t find his feet then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Chelsea dip into the market for another holding midfielder. Sami Khedira, perhaps?STRIKERSDiego Costa, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku. Is that enough for a side that aspires to win everything? Probably not.Current optionsExpect Costa to be Mourinho’s first choice. The Spain international is the perfect fit for Chelsea’s counter-attacking system, while it looks like Torres will still be around as back up, for better or for worse. It remains to be seen if Mourinho has changed his mind regarding Romelu Lukaku.The targetsShould Lukaku spend another year away from Stamford Bridge, the Blues will surely need an extra body. Strong rumours suggest Didier Drogba could make a return to Stamford Bridge hinting that Mourinho still isn’t convinced by Lukaku, and the veteran would fit in seamlessly for obvious reasons. If Drogba joins, the Blues will likely put off signing another long term solution up front, at least until next summer. Do Chelsea still need more signings? Let us know below…last_img read more

Pogba signs new two-year deal

first_img1 Florentin Pogba Florentin Pogba has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the defender at St Etienne until 2018.Pogba, 24, elder brother of Juventus midfielder Paul, enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard last term, making 16 Ligue 1 appearances.“I thank the club, leaders, coaches and staff for giving me their trust,” he told the club’s official website.“I have made good progress since arriving at St Etienne. My start was a bit difficult because I was injured.“Then (manager) Christophe Galtier offered me the opportunity to play and I seized my chance.“I learned a lot off (fellow ASSE defenders) Loic Perrin and Moustapha Bayal Sall.“My only goal is to play. In St Etienne, I have great challenges ahead and I hope that the club will continue to move up.”last_img read more

Danny Rose may reconsider flying his family out to Russia

first_imgRussia is not what Danny Rose expected.Before the tournament, the England left-back told his family to steer clear of the World Cup due to fears of racial abuse. 2 Rose would love to break into Southgate’s starting XI Rose made his World Cup debut as a substitute against Panama 2 However, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Tottenham defender revealed he might have a change of heart after his experience of the host nation.Rose said: “It depends if I’m playing! But if I manage to get in the team at some point, I may change my mind.“We’ll have to wait and see. We have to win on Thursday and after that I’ll assess where I’m at,” he continued.“It’s been really quiet. The weather’s amazing.“I haven’t had much time to go out into St Petersburg yet but everyone says it’s beautiful, they’ve had a look at the museums and there’s a beach just around the corner from us.“The further we go, I’d love to get out and see more.” While Rose is enjoying his time in Russia, he admitted his disappointment at being left out of the starting XI for England’s group games against Tunisia and Panama.But he holds no bitterness against Ashley Young, who has been preferred at left-back, and understands his role in Gareth Southgate’s tight-knit group.Rose added: “I’ve been as good as I can be.“Before the Tunisia game, I went up to Youngy and said ‘good luck, you deserve this. Keep doing what you’ve done at Manchester United all season’.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has welcomed cross-party support for his motion which called on the government to restore the 200 Special Needs Assistants that were cut during the last budget.Cllr Murray said that he hoped that this would put pressure on the government to restore the posts, which care for the most vulnerable in society, in the upcoming budget.Speaking after the monthly council meeting in Lifford, Cllr Murray said: “It is often said that a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. With that being the case, the decision to remove 200 Special Needs Assistants was a great shame on Ireland. “In the summer I travelled to Dublin, with members of i.C.A.R.E (Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education) and join thousands of people who had gathered at Leinster House to protest in support of Special Needs Assistants.“The mixture of anger and despair voiced by those protesting was overwhelming.  Unfortunately the government ignored that protest and passed a bill that specifically targeted the most vulnerable people in our society – children with special needs.“This decision has ramifications for all school children as it puts an added burden on teachers who are not qualified to care for those with special needs. As such, they do not have the time to care for all children in their class.“As we near the budget for 2012, the government has the ideal opportunity to reverse this cruel decision and do the right thing. “All councillors in Donegal, Fine Gael & Labour included, have called on them to do so. They now need to listen to this call.”COUNCIL UNITES TO DEMAND RETURN OF AXED SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTS was last modified: November 29th, 2011 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:Cllr Jack MurrayDonegal County CouncilSPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTSlast_img read more


first_imgThe late Seamus Doherty.THE Garda Ombudsman removed a senior Garda from an internal probe in Donegal Gardai, the force said in a statement tonight. The high-ranking officer from Co Leitrim had been appointed to carry out an internal investigation into the handling of the death of well-known Churchill man Seamus Doherty.Mr Doherty, 67, was found dead in the bathroom of his home on June 17th, 2012 after a violent struggle. However the father-of-four’s death was not declared a murder until almost three days later.Although people have been quizzed about his death, nobody has yet been charged with his murder.Mr Doherty’s death was raised in the Dail last week by Sinn Fein Justice spokesman Padraig MacLochlainn.The Doherty family has continually expressed serious concerns about the Garda investigation into the death. Now Deputy MacLochlainn has put down a Dail question on the matter.Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said Gardai will co-operate with the GSOC investigation.Deputy MacLochlainn says the Co Donegal family deserve answers and a proper investigation.“The victim’s family are seeking justice for their late father, a murder victim, after all justice delayed is justice denied. This family have now waited over one year and 7 months for a GSOC investigation, with no end in sight”.Deputy MacLochlainn’s question asks the Minister for Justice and Equality if she is aware of the lack of cooperation by the Management level of the Donegal division of An Garda Síochána with a Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (“GSOC”) investigation relating to the murder of Mr Doherty. The victim’s family made complaints at a local level to An Garda Síochána and additionally lodged a complaint to GSOC on the 5th November 2012, regarding aspects of the case and their treatment by An Garda Síochána.The GSOC investigation was initially investigated in accordance with Section 94(5) of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, that is a supervised investigation.However GSOC changed the investigation to an investigation in accordance with Section 95 of the Act.Deputy MacLochalinn said “It must be highlighted, that the investigation was changed as a result of the lack of cooperation of the management of the Donegal division of An Garda Síochána, which was confirmed in writing to the victim’s family in July 2013.” In a letter to the family GSOC said they had asked the Leitrim officer to discontinue his investigation – not as a result of his “commendable” work – but because of an alleged lack of cooperation in DonegalTonight a Garda spokesman said: “A senior officer from Leitrim did not resign from the investigation into how Garda handled the investigation into the death of the individual.“As per procedures laid out in the Garda Siochana Act 2005, GSOC decided that they should investigate the complaint into the Garda investigation. As such, GSOC took over the case and, therefore, the senior officer from An Garda Siochana was no longer required to investigate this matter. This complaint and a second complaint on the matter remain under investigation by GSOC.”GSOC REMOVED LEITRIM OFFICER FROM DONEGAL MURDER PROBE – GARDAÍ was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more