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first_imgGibbs slamsregional pitchesBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies off-spinner, Lance Gibbs, says poor pitches in the Caribbean are inflating the ability of spinners in the region and compromising their development.”I believe the wickets in domestic cricket are too under-prepared and spinners are being made to look better than they are,” ZIZonline quoted the Miami-based Gibbs as saying.”In my day, for example, when we played in Barbados or Guyana, spinners had to work hard for their wickets, because there were very good batting surfaces.”The wickets in Guyana now, and at times in Trinidad, turn too excessively which is not helping in proper development of spinners or batsmen and their ability to play spin.”Gibbs, who turns 81 at month end, remains the finest spinner to ever emerge from the West Indies. In 79 Tests between 1958 and 1976, he snared 309 wickets at an average of 29, with 18 five-wickets and two ten-wicket hauls.Chelsea’s Courtois out with injuryLONDON (AP):Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois faces a long spell on the sidelines after picking up a right knee injury that will require surgery.Just back from international duty, the Belgium international picked up the injury during a training session on Wednesday.”I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee,” Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho said yesterday. “As a consequence of that, he will be out for quite a long time. I cannot be at this moment more specific about the injury or the time he will be out.”Warner to miss Bangladesh tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Cricket Australia says Test opener and newly appointed vice-captain David Warner will miss the team’s two-test Tour of Bangladesh because of a fractured left thumb.Warner sustained the injury while batting at Lord’s in the second one-day international against England on September 5. He won’t require surgery and is hoping to be fit for Australia’s home series against New Zealand in November.Australia play Bangladesh in a three-day tour match in Fatullah beginning October 3 before Tests in the coastal city of Chittagong from October 9 and in the capital Dhaka beginning October 17.It will be the third Test series between the two countries and the first since Australia’s 2-0 victory in Bangladesh in 2006.last_img read more

LBDI Identifies with Muslims

first_img“LBDI is grateful to celebrate the Ramadan with our fellow Muslims who are also our customers,” Lawrence George saidThe management of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) yesterday identified with Muslims in Liberia through the donation of 200 bags of rice to several mosques in Monrovia and its environs.Lawrence George, LBDI’s corporate social responsibility coordinator, said the donation was the bank’s way of identifying with the Muslims after they successfully ended their holy month of Ramadan.The mosques that benefitted from the donation included Benson Street, Newport Street, Jacob Town, and Fiamah (50 bags each).“We have come as a bank to thank you for praying for our country especially as we await the upcoming elections in which peace is our priority, and this is just a token of our appreciation,” he said.Mr. George said the LBDI has introduced the Islamic Banking System to take care of the banking needs of Muslims in Liberia.“We as a local bank have introduced this system to actually help our Islamic brothers and sisters because we believe in making banking very simple for smooth financial operations in the country,” he said.Responding, Musa Balloh, the spokesman of the National Imams Council of Liberia, lauded the efforts of the LBDI family for the donation which he described as welcome.“We are overwhelmed especially seeing a bank making a huge donation to her clients. The fast and prayers we carried out were also focused on our country Liberia having peaceful and transparent elections for the benefit of our citizens and the country,” he said.He stressed that despite the end of the Ramadan celebration, their focus is now on peaceful elections, with the Imams in the vanguard of Muslim prayers until the October elections.“We are concerned about the security in our country so it’s our responsibility as Muslims and Christians to put aside our differences and strongly pray to God for the protection of this country during the upcoming elections, because we are not political groups but special people, and we must all work together for the common good of the country,” Mr. Balloh said.Concerning the Islamic banking process, Mr. Balloh explained that it is in the interest of the Islamic community because the process would include collaborative efforts with the Imams for the successful implementation of the transactions.He explained that the banking transaction would enable them to do banking the right way, and appreciated the management of the bank for its kind gesture and the opportunity given to Liberians to invest in the bank.Appreciating the donation, Mr. Bankale Kaba of the Newport Street mosque said, “Thank you so much for the contribution of 50 bags of rice which means a whole lot to us and we pray that God provides good leaders for our country.“It’s our prayers that God brings peace and chooses a good leader and a development oriented person for the betterment of our country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP/C hails Dr Ishmael’s legacy

first_imgAs tributes continue to pore in following the death of Dr Mohammed Ali Odeen Ishmael on Saturday, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has hailed the legacy left behind by the former Ambassador.Dr Ishmael passed away at his home in Ocala, Florida. In a statement on Sunday, the PPP/C said it mourns the loss of Dr Ishmael, who served as a diplomat under the party’s Administration.The party reflected that he was a Central Committee member of the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) from 1972 to 1982. He was also a Central Committee member of the PPP from 1980 to 1988.Dr Ishmael was also a well-known educator and his qualifications included a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, Post-graduate Diploma in Education and a PhD in Education. He started his teaching career as a primary school teacher in 1964, becoming a secondary school teacher in 1971 and remained in the education field in Guyana until 1985 when he migrated.In The Bahamas, he taught from 1986 until 1993.After the return of democracy to Guyana on October 5, 1992, President Cheddi Jagan appointed Dr Ishmael as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America and concurrently Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States(1993 to2003).He served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to Venezuela (2003-2011). From 2011 to 2014 he became Guyana’s first ambassador to the State of Kuwait and Non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the State of Qatar from April 2013 to June 2014. He served Guyana with distinction and was highly respected by his peers in the diplomatic field. In 2003 the United States Congress, in a joint resolution, also paid a special tribute to him.He had a passion for history and writing. His scholarly works covered a diverse range of topics including Amerindian stories, diplomacy, politics and history. He has made an immense intellectual contribution to our country.Comrade Odeen was held in high esteem throughout his career, he received the Gandhi Centenary Gold Medal (1974), the Cacique’s Crown of Honour (1997) and the Martin Luther King Legacy Award.The PPP/C extend its deepest condolences to Dr Ishmael’s wife, Evangeline Ishmael; his son, Safraz Waseem Ishmael, and his daughter Nadeeza Ishmael. At this time of sadness and mourning, the party said the Ishmael family should be consoled by the fact that Dr Odeen touched the lives of many Guyanese.last_img read more

Govt in breach of Guyana’s Constitution – ABE diplomats

first_img…hint at withholding funding…caretaker President rejects diplomats’ conclusionAfter the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s failure to honour Guyana’s constitutional provisions – which state that General and Regional Elections ought to be called within three months of the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) unless other determined by a two thirds Parliamentary majority— the American, British and European (ABE) Union missions have now deemed the Government to be in breach of the Constitution.United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchThe United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch; British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn and the European Union Ambassador, Fernando Ponz Cantó in a joint statement on Thursday said, “that by surpassing September 18, the Government is currently in breach of the Constitution following its failure to adhere to the decisions of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on 18 June and its subsequent orders”.British High Commissioner Greg QuinnThe statement was issued moments after Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette Singh dispatched a letter to President David Granger informing him that the electoral body would be ready to hold credible elections by the end of February 2020.The Diplomatic Missions expressed appreciation of the work of the Commission, but noted that it still puts the country way behind the timeline as outlined in Article 106 of the Constitution.European Union Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó“This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs. We therefore call upon the President to set an elections date immediately in full compliance with Guyana’s Constitution,” the statement read.However, the strongly worded statement did not go down too well with caretaker President Granger, who told reporters that the ABE Missions should allow the Government to resolve its issues.Caretaker President David Granger“My only response is that the Government is abiding by the Constitution in the sense that it has allowed the Elections Commission, an autonomous agency, to do its work. I have received a letter from the Elections Commission Chairman and I should be meeting my Cabinet to discuss that. The Constitution is very clear in the functions of the Commission. I would be in more grievous breach of the Constitution if I try to intrude or interfere in the work of the Commission, so I advise the foreign delegations to allow the Government of Guyana to resolve the issues,” President Granger said on the sidelines of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) business luncheon.The President expressed confidence in the advice he received from Justice Singh as it relates to the readiness of GECOM, noting that she would have only concluded the timeframe after considering all the facts before her. He noted that elections could not be called if GECOM is not ready since it may lead to cancellation at the last minute.Granger said that the advice will be discussed with his Cabinet and they, as a collective, will decide on a way forward.When directly asked whether he feels that his Government is in breach of the very Constitution they took an oath to uphold, the President said, “I am not in breach of the Constitution. As far as I am concerned, Guyana and the Government of Guyana is complying with the Constitution. I’ve said what I’ve said about the receipt of advice from the Chairman of the Commission. It is impossible for the Executive to run the elections. I will not allow the executive to intrude”.Granger ignored Art 61 of the Constitution which stipulates that he has to set the date for elections and GECOM can only object as per Art 162(2) if it can show “hardship” or “danger”.Questions are now being raised about the state of Guyana since the Government is now acting outside the realms of the Constitution and can be deemed “illegal”.last_img read more

Liverpool beat Man United to go back top

first_img0Shares0000Xerdan Shaqiri stepped off the bench to score twice as Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 at AnfieldLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Two deflected Xherdan Shaqiri strikes handed Liverpool victory over Manchester United in the Premier League for the first time in nine attempts as Jurgen Klopp’s men moved back to the top of the table with a 3-1 win at Anfield on Sunday.United manager Jose Mourinho claimed ahead of the game that the league leaders have had luck on their side this season, but while there was fortune in substitute Shaqiri’s two goals in the final 17 minutes, the visitors did not deserve anything more than a fifth defeat of the season. Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City to finish the weekend where they started, a point clear at the top, and move a mammoth 19 clear of United, who remain in sixth and are now 11 points off the top four.The contrasting form showed by both sides this season continued as United strained to keep a rampant Liverpool at bay and were only level for so long thanks to a huge error by home goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Sadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead before Jesse Lingard levelled when Alisson dropped a routine cross at the feet of the England international.United had the ball in the net first on a rare foray forward but Romelu Lukaku was flagged offside despite not getting a touch to Ashley Young’s free-kick.But Liverpool then laid siege to the visitors’ goal with David de Gea stretching to keep out a low drive from Roberto Firmino, Young clearing off the line and Fabinho firing wide from the edge of the box.Only Manchester City have kept Klopp’s side from scoring in the Premier League this season and a United defence that has kept just one clean sheet in the league since September never looked capable of holding out like they had in their two previous visits to Anfield.– United finally breached –Mourinho’s men were finally breached when Mane controlled Fabinho’s chipped ball into the box on his chest and volleyed past the onrushing De Gea.Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as Liverpool saw off a passive Manchester UnitedHowever, Liverpool’s momentum was punctured by an Alisson gift 12 minutes before the break.The Brazilian was Liverpool’s hero with an injury-time save to secure the Reds’ place in the last 16 of the Champions League against Napoli on Tuesday.But he spilled Lukaku’s simple cross into the path of the grateful Lingard to bundle the ball into an unguarded net.The second half followed a similar pattern with one-way traffic towards the Kop as Liverpool sought the goal to take them back to the top of the table.De Gea scrambled low to his left to palm Firmino’s prodded effort to safety, while Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk saw efforts deflected behind.Jurgen Klopp turned to Shaqiri to unlock the United defence 20 minutes from time and the Swiss international needed just three to put Liverpool back in front.De Gea did well to prevent Ander Herrera turning Mane’s cross into his own net, but the ball fell for Shaqiri and his effort cannoned off Young and in off the underside of the bar.Seven minutes later, Shaqiri got lucky again when, this time on his favoured left foot, his shot flicked off the diving Eric Bailly to leave De Gea helpless.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SHAY GIVEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE SPLIT

first_imgShay and JaneSHAY Given has issued a statement tonight on his separation from his wife.There have been reports in Britain linking the Donegal man with a new girlfriend.However it’s understood Shay and his wife Jane have been separated for some time. “Shay and his wife separated a number of months ago and, in the interests of their young family, they request that their right to privacy continues to be respected,” said a spokesman for the former Ireland goalkeeper.The Aston Villa player was at Villa Park for today’s game with Liverpool, but he wasn’t picked to play.Shay met Jane in Glasgow in 1999 and married seven months later.    SHAY GIVEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE SPLIT was last modified: March 31st, 2013 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:SHAY GIVEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE SPLITlast_img read more

Super 8: Wasteful Vipers require spots to edge Mbarara City, reach finals

first_img Tags: mbarara city fcPilsner Super 8topvipers sc Vipers are the first team to reach this year’s Pilsner Super 8 final. (PHOTO/File)Pilsner Super 8Vipers SC 1(5)-1(3) Mbarara City FC St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 09-08-2019KITENDE – Vipers SC sealed a Pilsner Super 8 finals’ spot on Friday following a penalty shoot-out victory over Mbarara City at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.Both sides drew 1-1 and the Venoms proved ruthless from the spot, winning 5-3 in the end.Brian Ahebwa handed Mbarara City a second half lead which was immediately wiped out by substitute Tito Okello.Vipers dominated the early exchanges but were struggling to create chances.On 7 minutes, Karim Watambala sent a delicious free-kick into the area but Brian Nkuubi could not connect cleanly with the ball, allowing Mohamed Ssekeba in the Mbarara City goal to collect the ball calmly.With pressure starting to mount, The Venoms caught Mbarara on the break, finding themselves in a three on two situation. However Watambala decided to shoot from a long way out, his effort going off target.With 15 minutes played, Vipers were awarded a free-kick just outside the the Mbarara area but the combination of Abraham Ndugwa and Nkuubi made a mess of it, earning just a corner from it in the end.With Vipers more on the offensive, they were left exposed at the back and Paul Mucurezi nearly made them to pay but shot straight at Fabien Mutombora after the former KCCA FC midfielder was teed up in the area by Brian Ahebwa.At the other end, Ssekeba produced a breathtaking stop to deny Ndugwa as Vipers maintained their control in the game.Mbarara was struggling to deal with Vipers pace upfront and were thankful to see Ssekeba parry Denis Mwezi’s cross on 40 minutes as the former Ssese played tried to set-up Ndugwa for a tap-in.With two minutes to half time, Mbarara nearly took the lead. After Mucurezi was fouled, Solomon Okwalinga sent a lofted free-kick into the box but Ahebwa who was unmarked, tamely shot at Mutombora who tips the ball over for a fruitless corner.Vipers started the second half on the offensive with Nkuubi heading over an Innocent Wafula cross on 47 minutes.Two minutes later, Vipers felt they were denied a penalty when Ndugwa went down under the challenge of Hillary Mukundane but the referee William Oloya waved away the claims.Ssekeba was having a good day at office, diving low to save Watambala’s effort after the left-footed midfielder was teed up-inside the area by Ndugwa.Mbarara continued to live dangerously as moments later, Watambala rattled the cross bar and Ndugwa failed to pounce on the rebound while under pressure from Mukundane.In search for the seemingly elusive opener, the Venoms called for a first change, introducing debutant Ibrahim Kayiwa in place of Nkuubi on 58 minutes.Three minutes later, Watambala hut the cross bar once again. The St. Mary’s Kitende graduate neatly controlled Wafula’s low cross before shooting onto the bar.With pressure mounting on them, the Ankole Lions made their first substitution with Ibrahim Orit withdrawn and replaced by Malweth Wol.Wol found himself in the thick of the action straight away as he saw his header cleared off the line after Mutombora had parried Okwalinga into the South Sudanese international.On 65 minutes, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye replaced Innocent Wafula as the Venoms looked to introduce more energy upfront.In a final throw of the dice, the Venoms made their last change, sending on Tito Okello in place of Mwezi.A minute later, St. Mary’s Stadium was stunned as Mbarara took the lead. Ahebwa shown great commitment and determination as he lashed onto a routine long ball, dinked the ball over Halid Lwaliwa and then lobbed Motombora to hand his side a 1-0 lead.However, their lead lasted for only a minute as Okello who had been on the field barely two minutes, equalized after he was played in through on goal by Ndugwa.The Venoms should have doubled their tally moments later but Zaga shot over off Ndugwa’s cut-back.With 8 minutes to play, Mbarara got a glorious chance to win it but Wol shot at Mutombora while one on one with the custodian after he was played through on goal.Brian Ahebwa had another chance to win it but hesitated in the area after he was played in by Mucurezi, allowing Aziz Kayondo to neak the ball out for a fruitless corner.In the end, both sides could not be separated in 90 minutes, requiring spots from the penalty mark to decide who marches onto the final.In ths shoot out, Vipers converted all of their 5 spots with Okello, Kayiwa, Ndugwa, Zaga and Mutombora all finding the back of the net.For Mbarara, Ahebwa, Mukundane and Pestis Balenga scored while Ronald Otti missed.In the end, Vipers won the shootout 5-3 to reach the final where they will take on either KCCA FC or Onduparaka who face off in the other last 4 contest.Teams usedVipers SC XIFabian Mutombora (gk), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Innocent Wafula, Brian Nkuubi, Abraham Ndugwa, Denis Mwezi.Mbarara City FCMohamed Ssekeba (gk), Zaid Byekwaso, Jasper Ahebwa, Ronald Otti, Hilary Mukundane, Pestis Balenge, Solomon Okwalinga, Paul Mucureezi, Brian Ahebwa, Ivan Eyamu, Ibrahim Oriti.Comments last_img read more

Daniel to hit the highway again with new TV show but plans to slow down

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed he’s in talks with producers to finalise another US road trip show.However, the 57-year-old Kincasslagh man said he plans to take a step back and take some time out from his busy touring schedule next year.After a record-breaking appearance on Room To Improve, the singer has cemented himself as a telly favourite. And following their hit series, Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip last autumn, the Donegal man said a return is in the works.He told Irish Daily Mirror: “I’ve just finished an Opry le Daniel series in Derry for TG4 and that will be on later in the year and there is word that we might do another road trip in America.“That is being talked about at the minute but that won’t be recorded until next year if it goes ahead.“We really enjoyed it and we are certainly talking about it anyway. “Next year, we will have a few albums already done and there will be one coming out soon and another one later on in the year.”Daniel to hit the highway again with new TV show but plans to slow down was last modified: July 19th, 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:DanieldonegalMajellaroadtripUSAlast_img read more

Warriors-Kings cheatsheet: Sacramento hoping to continue playoff push

first_imgThe Kings are looking to make the postseason for the first time in more than a decade, while the champs hope to maintain their solid play for the final stretch of the season.Here’s everything you need to know about Thursday’s matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Kings projected starting lineup: Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield Kings Stock Report: The Kings have been the laughing stock of the NBA for the last decade, …last_img read more

Asked to disparage the Warriors, Canadians talk the cleanest trash talk ever

first_img … The NBA Finals went dark Thursday night. Which made it the perfect time to get Jimmy Kimmel in the game.Kimmel dispatched a camera crew to Toronto in order to trash talk the Golden State Warriors, currently trailing in the NBA Finals 2 games to 1 against the Toronto Raptors.The great denizens of Hogtown seemed taken aback, perhaps because there is no such thing as trash in Canada.“Trash talk!” commanded the microphone operator to a man wearing a Raptors jersey over his dress shirt.last_img read more