first_imgThe first Test between the West Indies and Australia ended in an easy, comfortable, convincing, and one-sided innings and 212-run victory for Australia. It ended inside three of the scheduled five days, and regardless of what anyone says, Australian or West Indian, it was pretty predictable. The West Indies, ranked number eight, went to Australia after hardly winning a match away from home since 1995 and only winning a few matches against the good teams at home since then. They lost two Test matches to Australia in the West Indies this year, one match by nine wickets, and the other by 277 runs, after Australia had declared at 212 for two in their second innings. And against a new-look Sri Lanka only recently, they also lost 2-0, one by an innings and six runs, and one by 72 runs. That was a defeat which was so humiliating that it left the incomparable Garry Sobers almost in tears. And after arriving in Australia, and playing against a Cricket Australia XI, a team with an average age of 21 and comprising six players making their first-class debut, they lost the game by 10 wickets with time to spare after the Australians eased to 13 without loss in their second innings. With such a record going into the Test match, it was difficult, or unrealistic, for anyone, friend or foe, to expect anything better when they tackled the number two-ranked team in the world, especially in their own backyard and with the likes of David Warner and Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, and Nathan Lyon. The West Indies, fortunately, did not have to face either Mitchell Johnson, who has surprisingly retired, or Mitchell Starc, who is injured. It mattered little, or very little. Australia broke almost every record, and quite comfortably at that. They batted first, after they had won the toss, and after Jason Holder had said he would have bowled first had he won the toss. They chipped to a mammoth 583 for four declared, after sliding to 121 for three, with a rousing fourth-wicket partnership of 449, not by Warner and Smith but by Adam Voges, 269 not out off 285 deliveries, and Shaun Marsh, 182, and then bundled the West Indies out for 223 and 148. In defeat, the West Indies did not seem worthy of being on the same field with Australia, and not for the first time in recent times, they looked out of place in a Test arena. At the start of the first day, the Aussie batsmen drove on both sides of the wicket and cut and pulled with relish, after tea on the same day they made merry when Romel Warrican, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood were entrusted with the bowling, and on the last day, it was really embarrassing day as West Indian wickets tumbled with monotonous regularity. On that first day, the Australians sprinted to 70 without loss while stroking 15 of the 51 boundaries in the day’s play in the first 60 minutes, the four West Indies pacers bowled a total of only 48 overs between them, and Australia romped to 438 for three and to the highest total on any day in the history of Test cricket. At times during the match, especially while the part-timers were bowling, the West Indies had five and six fielders on the boundary. It was simply frustrating. The only saving grace for the West Indies as Australia scored at over five runs an over throughout their innings and their bowlers cut down the Windies batsmen one by one, were the batting performances of Darren Bravo and Brathwaite, who prevented a total embarrassment by chipping in with innings of 108 and 94 respectively. And all this followed a furious burst by Curtly Ambrose against the media for speaking the truth, nothing but the truth. Ambrose, the technical adviser, and the bowling coach, attempted to lambast the Australians for all their talk of a weak West Indies team. He was on the warpath, before the Test match, or appeared to be. The man who hardly uttered a word as a player, said: “We played against Australia not so long ago in the Caribbean and even though we lost 2-0 there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never finished them off. So we believe we can compete and not only compete but we believe we can beat them and that’s our focus, not just to compete but to win.” He also said, surprisingly: “We’re focused, and in light of what happened in the warm-up game, we are confident that we can put up a good show against Australia.” And to back up his words, he continued: “We had a meeting, we had a talk about it (the warm-up match). I explained to the guys in no uncertain terms that that’s unacceptable and if we are going to struggle against an Under-19 team how do we expect to compete against a strong Australian line-up?” Regardless of what Ambrose said, the West Indies did not win the first Test. In fact, they were beaten out of sight. He probably not only forgot the roles of Courtney Walsh, Richie Richardson, and Phil Simmons on this tour, but he also may have forgotten that he is the coach and not a player, and not a fast bowler at that. Ian Chappell, the former Australians great, said during the first day massacred of the West Indies bowlers, “regardless of what Ambrose says, this bowling is weak, very weak.” As the technical adviser, or the bowling coach of the team, Ambrose is expected to motivate the players as much as he can, especially as a former great player himself. He is not, however, expected to go overboard in his assessment of the players’ ability or their potential. He is not expected, especially as one who knows the game, to behave as if the players are better than they really are. He is expected to speak the truth, as he sees it, even if it is not really the entire truth.last_img read more

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Roger Federer returns the ball to Milos Raonic during the final of the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Sunday June 17, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3) to mark his return from three months off with the Stuttgart Open title on Sunday.The Swiss great, who is assured of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, broke at 1-1 in the opening set and held his nerve in the second, where Raonic double-faulted.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Federer skipped the entire clay-court season for the second year in a row, but he wrapped up his 18th grass-court title in 1 hour and 18 minutes – his 98th title overall and third of the season after victories at the Australian Open and World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.“It’s a wonderful feeling. I fought hard. When you finally manage it, the joy is even greater,” said Federer, who extended his grass-court winning streak to 16 matches including his titles at Halle and Wimbledon last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 36-year-old will need to defend his title at Halle to maintain his No. 1 spot ahead of Wimbledon. Falcao to debut at World Cup when Colombia faces Japan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgBuchanan City is expected to host a modern and well-capacitated academy for underprivileged children, Saya Doe-Sio, chair and founder of the Annie Doe Memorial has said.According to Madam Doe-Sio, the school, which would be free, is expected to open its doors to the public mid 2014 with a capacity to serve at least 200 kids at elementary level.In an interview in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, Madam Doe-Sio noted that the 14-classroom building is nearing completion and will include a modern computer lab, where students will have the opportunity to study with support from United States-based teachers that will improve the capacity of locals.“This will be the first modern academy in Grand Bassa because of the state-of-the-act equipment that will be provided. We have a partnership with some Americans to assist in the areas of computer education, English and phonics,” Madam Doe-Sio indicated.The construction of a modern school and clinic is an initiative of the Annie Doe Foundation, a project that focuses on providing free primary Christian education to 200 kids annually, provides free family health care and women literacy and empowerment programs.The foundation at the same time provided over 100 dresses, pens and toys for children in the Sugar Cane Farm Community in Buchanan at the weekend.According to the founder, her dream started a year ago when the foundation was officially launched in the United States with the sole purpose of giving back to her community where she grew up as a child.“I was confronted with similar challenges the kids are experiencing today. If I can get an education and reach to this level in life, they could also do the same. They have a lot of potentials and I feel we need to help develop capacity for a brighter future,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA minibus driver made his first court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with seven charges.Tavid Ahmad appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charges.The first charge detailed that on September 13, 2019 at Camp Street, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Police Constable Jafar Blackman, who was acting in the execution of his duties.Tavid AhmadThe second charge stated that on the same day, and location, the 30-year-old man resisted arrest from Police Constable Jafar Blackman. Additionally, he was charged for unlawfully and maliciously damaging one Police shirt belonging to the Guyana Police Force (GPF). Another charge stated that on the same day and location, he made use of threatening language towards Police Constable Blackman.It was further alleged that under the circumstances, he behaved disorderly in public hearing. Following his appearance before Magistrate McGusty, Ahmad was taken before Magistrate Clive Nurse where he faced two additionally charges.Those charges stated that on September 13, 2019 he drove minibus BVV 3428 in a manner dangerous to the public and was under the influence of alcohol.Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman informed the court that the rank was performing duties on Camp Street, Georgetown when he observed the Ahmad obstructing traffic.The court heard that the officer proceeded to the defendant and instructed him to drive to the Brickdam Police Station, when the defendant came out his bus and dealt the officer a cuff to his face and said, “I am not afraid of no Police”.The defendant then held on to the rank’s uniform, which resulted in the shirt being damaged, as he began to threaten him.Ahmad was arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.The Prosecutor further objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the fact that the officer was executing his duties.The Magistrate remanded the defendant to prison. The case will continue on September 25.last_img read more

first_imgPolice have detained a 25-year-old construction worker of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, in connection with the discovery of an unlicensed gun and matching ammunition.Seven live roundsBased on reports received, Police acting on information went to Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, where they observed the construction worker trying to dispose of a firearm.The unlicensed firearmHowever, a search was carried out on the man which unearthed a Glock 19 pistol with seven live rounds of ammunition. In addition, the police also found six grams of cannabis in the suspect’s possession. He was told of the offences, arrested and is expected to be charged shortly.last_img read more

first_img– as MP lambastes Govt for mismanagement of projectsThe second day of the Budget 2019 debates kicked off on Tuesday with Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Dr Frank Anthony taking the Government to task for breaches to the procurement laws, the shady deals it has been entering and wastage of taxpayers’ dollars.Opposition MP Frank AnthonyIn his presentation, Dr Anthony noted that Guyana has not been getting value for money. He pointed to the Auditor General’s 2017 report, which found 13 contracts totalling $91.4 million were awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to Caribbean Medical Supplies.These contracts did not go through a competitive process. According to the Auditor General, these contracts were single-sourced. While attached documentation states that the supplier was the authorised distributor for the goods, it could not be ascertained whether they had the exclusive rights.The controversial Sussex Street contract, which was single sourced, did not escape Anthony’s wrathIn light of this, the Auditor General noted he could not determine whether there were other suppliers that the Ministry could have used to source the goods. Dr Anthony noted that, “The Ministry was guilty of single sourcing! Single sourcing can lead to higher prices for the items because the vendor has a monopoly. How much extra has been paid? Conservative estimates show that it has been in the millions.”“There are other flagrant breaches of the procurement law, such as contracts valued at $278.5 million awarded without bid security. And that can be found in the Auditor General report. There was another case of single sourcing of drugs worth $104 million. But this one has a twist. Six contracts were awarded without the approval of the NPTAB. The tender board was asked to rubber stamp the transaction after supplies were delivered”, he further stated.The MP also cited cases of contract splitting and mismanagement of projects, such as the construction of the Public Health Ministry headquarters. Here he referenced the Auditor General’s report on the project being delayed.Drug shortagesDr Anthony also condemned what he deemed a “failed system” and noted that in the three years since the coalition Government took office, drug shortages at Guyana’s medical institutions, coupled with several other pressing matters, have become a norm.“Anyone who has recently utilised the health system can attest to its failings! Long waiting times at the outpatient clinics (and) longer waiting times for surgery. Unavailability of diagnostic tests; constant shortages of drugs have plagued the system!”“As if this is not enough, admission to the [Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation] GPHC is like a lottery. Patients have to hope that when they get sick and go there, there is a bed that is available. In some cases, people have to wait for days on end to get a bed,” Anthony stated in a speech that was at times accompanied by remonstrations from the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, against Government Ministers who tried to shout him down.Further, Dr Anthony noted that Government recently announced that a shortage of drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) medication has since been fixed. However, he noted that the Government failed to explain how such a shortage came about in the first place.“Yesterday Minister (within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen) Cummings confirmed the (reports). But what she did not tell us was the reason why we have multiple drug resistant TB drugs in Guyana.”“The experts would tell you that it develops because of programme failure… because they have been out of critical drugs and inadequate monitoring, poor compliance and patient poverty… Many of these patients are too ill to work and with the paltry sum set aside for public assistance, it is hardly enough for them to survive.”Government in a statement after procuring the drugs had blamed the shortage on a delay, revealing that the said drugs are sourced from South Korea, Japan India and Cyprus, through the Global Drug Facility.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of the Site C agreement with the City of Fort St. John, free passes for swimming and skating are being given out to not-for-profit groups in the community.According to Recreation Manager, Kylah Bryde, there is a large amount of unused swimming and skating passes that are up for grabs that were not used by Site C Workers.“This year there are unused 678 passes available for public swimming and 2,380 passes available for public skating, that were not utilized by the Site C workers.”- Advertisement -Bryde says these passes are available to local not-for-profit groups from now and valid until January 31.The passes will be disbursed first come first-serve.For more information, and for an application form, you can send an email to recreation@fortstjohn.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it is partnering with the Tiger Woods Foundation to bring a new tour event to Washington, D.C. The TWF and PGA have reached a long-term agreement, although the title sponsor, location and other details won’t be revealed until a news conference next month in the nation’s capital. The tournament will be July2-8, and it is possible Woods won’t even play in the inaugural event, since his wife, Elin, is expected to give birth in June or July. So that’s why Tiger Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem were having weekly conversations. At least, in part. Woods is making more news off the course than on these days. Who would’ve ever believed that? Woods has played in just twoPGA Tour events this season and got bounced early in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships last week because he forgot to repair a ball mark. The King of Golf forgot something so fundamental. One little miscue might be just that. But it might be a sign of a bigger problem. center_img Woods said he was so focused on the line of the putt that he didn’t even see the ball mark. He missed a four-foot putt that would’ve won the match against Nick O’Hern because the ball went off-line when it hit the divot. Tiger Woods left a stone unturned. It’s just not like him. “That’s my fault for not paying attention to detail,” Woods said after the loss. Woods is normally money when it comes to five-foot putts. The putting stroke and line weren’t the problem. Woods could return to his home in Orlando, Fla., and correct that with a five-hour session on the putting green. He could correct this other problem by playing a little more golf. Woods is trying to juggle so many activities and competitive golf doesn’t seem to be one of them. Golf made Tiger Woods. It’s who he is. It’s why he’s the most recognizable athlete in the world. It’s why Nike shelled out $250million to use his smile. When Woods first announced in December he would become a father, we wondered whether this would be the thing that would finally close the gap between Woods and the rest of the world. Fellow tour members scoffed at such a notion. Baby Woods hasn’t been born yet, but Woods seems awfully distracted. Woods has a new tournament and course design business, impending fatherhood and sponsor obligations. There might not be a better multitasker than Woods on the planet. Woods has played just sevenrounds of golf on the PGA Tour this season. That’s not even two full tournaments. According to his Web site, his next tournament will be the Masters from April 5-8. Surely he’ll add another tournament or two before Augusta, but will it be enough to put him in contention at a course he owns? He’s the greatest golfer in the world, but as we saw in the Dubai desert, even he is not as his best when he hasn’t been playing. Woods also skipped the Nissan Open before the Accenture Match Play Championships. Who knows if that would’ve made a difference. He’s not playing in the Honda Classic this week. He’s not scheduled to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill – at least as of now – a tournament he won fourconsecutive years. We can speculate all we want about why he’s not playing as much. But if Woods is skipping tournaments because he’s unhappy with the PGA and is looking to make a statement about his importance to the tour – as reported by a London newspaper – he’s spiting himself in the process. If Woods feels his schedule was too hectic, he should cut things out. But playing golf shouldn’t be one of them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool have announced the loan signing of QPR centre-back Steven Caulker.Manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this month after hamstring injuries to Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren left him short of options.A deal for the 24-year-old, who had been on loan at Southampton, was finalised swiftly and the paperwork submitted ahead of the noon deadline, meaning he is eligible for selection to face Arsenal on Wednesday.Caulker is expected to train with his new team-mates on Tuesday afternoon after travelling from London.He has made just eight appearances for Southampton this season – the last of which came against Liverpool in last month’s 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final defeat – but only one of those was a Premier League start, back in August.On that basis his loan deal was cancelled, allowing him to make the move to Merseyside.Liverpool’s scouting department are more than familiar with the former Tottenham defender as he was a target for previous manager Brendan Rodgers.Kolo Toure (cramp) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) both look likely to be fit to face the Gunners, so the best Caulker can hope for is a place on the bench. Steven Caulker 1last_img read more