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Past players back Windies

first_imgFormer West Indies players Sir Andy Roberts, Jackie Hendriks and David Williams have given the West Indies the edge in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India today. Describing the Caribbean aggregation as best suited for the format, and having the psychological edge after defeating England in the preliminaries, as well as the momentum after overcoming title favourites India in the semi-finals, the trio, however, believes it will come down to application. “I think it’s going to be another win for us,” stated Hendriks, referring in the process to the regional side’s triumph over Sri Lanka four years ago. “They (England) are a good team, but I think that the West Indies are best for this type of cricket. “I think if we keep our heads, our bowling attack can keep them within any total we set, as well as we have the batting to chase down any total they set,” the former wicketkeeper added. Roberts, a member of the pioneering Clive Lloyd-led ICC World Cup 50 overs winning teams of 1976 and 1979, highlighted bowling as the key to victory. “If we bowl well by restricting the amount of sixes, as well as bowling a lot of dot balls, that will be the key to success,” cited Roberts. “We have been bowling well in patches with the spinners, particularly (Samuel) Badree and (Sulieman) Benn, playing extremely well. “However, the medium pacers such as Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have at times allowed things to slip.” Williams, meanwhile, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies teams in 1990s, and former West Indies assistant coach, believes the strength of the team’s batting will prove decisive. “The Englishmen should have some headaches when we bat,” Williams said. “We have a lot of match-winners, and have picked up some form, and that is worrying for any opposition. “It’s not just Chris Gayle anymore. Lendl Simmons and Johnson Charles have come along, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo are there, as well as the hitting power of Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite.”last_img read more

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Gold for Ja’s Watson

first_imgShane Hudson, Jamaica’s sole para-athlete to the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix – also known as the Laterias CAIXA Athletics Open Championships, mined gold yesterday in the 400 metres T47, with a season’s best of 49.73.Watson will now turn his attention to competing in the 200m event today and the Super Challenge Race tomorrow, which will see the top eight competitors by times, from all the rated classes, competing for overall honours.This is the first time that a Jamaican para-athlete is competing in a Grand Prix meet staged by the International Paralympic Committee.Shane is using the meet to assess his preparation for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships set for London, England in July.last_img read more

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Business Minister satisfied with progress made in petroleum sector

first_img…despite Opposition’s criticisms of Govt’s unpreparednessSince the discovery of oil and gas in Guyana, there has been much debate and discussion surrounding the slow pace at which Government is looking to implement policies to guide how revenues are spent from this new-found natural resource.But Business Minister Dominic Gaskin feels Government has been doing its best to prepare for this sector. As such, he told a recent forum that he is pleased with the progress the coalition has made but said it is now left up to Guyanese to make use of the opportunities available in the sector.“Everything may not be perfect, and I don’t think anyone is saying that it is, I am certainly not saying that everything is perfect, but what I am saying is, that I’m satisfied with the progress that has been made in the petroleum sector since the announcement of the discoveries in 2015 and to date.”The Minister said he is also satisfied that some Guyanese are already benefiting from the sector and many more Guyanese will most likely benefit once oil production begins in 2020.“I’m also satisfied that our Government is doing everything it can to ensure that Guyanese, not just now but for generations to come will benefit from Guyana’s oil,” he stated.According to Gaskin, with the circulation of oil money in Guyana through local procurement, local employment, and through local spending by expatriate employees, contractors, consultants and other professionals, Guyana’s economy will experience significant growth.“Should we try and maximise the benefits that Guyanese will enjoy from oil andBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskingas? Of course! There is more than one way to achieve this…of course, there is,” he added, noting that while some people are questioning Government’s approach, others and taking advantage of the opportunities.However, he said it is unfortunate that many are not, because they are caught up and distracted by the negative rhetoric coming from a handful of what he described as self-appointed experts, many of whom are quietly positioning themselves to benefit from the industry.“Some of them want to get there first because little competition is possible and that therefore happen to see Guyanese disenchanted with the prospect of oil, he explained adding that many Guyanese still live below the poverty line and they too must benefit from the oil resources.“…They (the poor) are looking forward to oil production. They are depending on Government to make the right decisions for their future and their children’s future. I want to assure you all that this is what our Government will do and we will ensure that every Guyanese benefit,” he stated.He added that the prospect of oil production has created quite a buzz in Guyana as well as outside of Guyana, noting that he believes “it’s generally a good thing for us, in fact, the actual news is extremely positive, the discovery so far and the outfield development, the development of the production vessel and the shore-based activity, it’s all very good news for Guyana and we need to turn it into positive outcomes.UnpreparednessWith just two years to go before first oil, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said Government has not made any substantial plans for the oil sector. Jagdeo has urged the coalition to formulate a national oil spill policy as a priority, and said the other key legislations are still not in place.“I’m saying to you, if we don’t address these critical issues, if we don’t address the rest of the economy, Guyana will be worst off in the next decade than we are now. You read the experience of many of those countries. Check the assessment of Chad and Nigeria and Venezuela and all those places. And just hear where they are today,” Jagdeo urged at one of his press conferences. Further, Jagdeo said, “They were supposed to get the Sovereign Wealth Fund to protect our interest and they failed on that. They failed on the Petroleum Commission. They failed on local content. It’s the same pattern. They’re failing to address this issue in a manner that protect Guyana.”However, Jagdeo made it clear to reporters that his position on the state of preparedness for the new industry was at variance to what is contained in the Government publication. “We still haven’t gotten the Petroleum Commission, no local content legislation, no Sovereign Wealth Fund, no decision on whether they will auction the blocks… but all the measures are in place for 2020,” he said.Some stakeholders and sections of the society in Guyana have said that preparations for first oil should have been at a more advanced stage since the country is less than two years away from production. Government has however maintained that all systems will be in place in time for 2020.last_img read more

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Public skating begins at the Enerplex

first_imgPublic skating is now on offer, at Fort St. John’s Enerplex.There are four sessions per week of public skating, including Seniors Skating, Parent and Tot Skating, Family Skating and Teen Skating.Fees range from $7.50 for a family, to free for kids two years-old and younger.- Advertisement -For a complete list of times and fees, click on the attachment below.last_img

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Have helmet, will drive as autos of future debut

first_imgOur tour guide was John Heinricy, director of high-performance vehicle operations at GM’s Performance Division. He knows his way around a track, too, having won a bunch of Sports Car Club of America national titles. In the morning briefing, he told us that this particular track had some of the tightest turns he’d seen and substantial elevation changes. Then he took us for a familiarization ride in a souped up Trail Blazer. Anticipation turned to trepidation. But, hey, I’d already driven a Solstice so no problem, right? The review model had doors. This Solstice, the GXP ZO Club Sport version, had a roll cage. Let’s just say that sliding through the window into the seat takes practice at becoming a pretzel. The next ride was in a 2004 GTO with an LS 7 crate engine that turned out 505 hp, one of the fastest cars out there. This had regular doors, though. And the question is: How fast did I go? Got no clue. Didn’t dare take my eyes off the road because it comes at you real fast. Didn’t miss any gear changes and kept both cars on the asphalt. John Lazar, our photographer, accused me of causing a traffic jam, though, and claimed he has a photo to prove it. (It shows me in front and another car a couple of turns behind.) Then came the Camaro, and while it was speed-limited to about 35 mph around a course set up in a parking lot, it stole the show. “I really like it. It has enough sharp angles to it for a mid-’60s look that looks just right,” said Marshall Pruett, automotive editor for SPEEDtv.com. “I would call the concept drool-worthy. You want to drive it?” This is the fifth generation of the iconic brand that will be in showrooms for the 2009 model year. Automobilemag.com says the concept is “a retro-styled, two-door coupe with a honking big V-8 that harks back to the glory days of Motown.” And that’s the point, said Brian J. Smith, design manager at GM’s Advanced Design Center in Warren, Mich. “I think the biggest challenge was working the balance of heritage versus keeping the car really fresh and modern,” he said. “We worked really hard trying to capture the style and spirit of the ’69 Camaro. And we wanted to keep the car relevant for the 21st century.” He was the exterior design manager on the project. The production model, a coupe first, will feature V-6 and V-8 power plant options. It will be priced to compete with the Ford Mustang, which means affordable, much like the originals were in their day. The showroom model won’t stray far from the concept, Smith promises. “I think the layperson will struggle to tell the difference. There are very minor proportional changes. Things had to be scaled down for production feasibility.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 What a concept! The GM vehicle lineup for the day at Willow Springs Raceway: 2007 Camaro Convertible concept 2007 Holden EFIJY concept, right 2007 Chevy Beat concept Solstice GXP Club Sport Cobalt SS Open Air Coupe G6 Performance Coupe 2004 GTO with an LS7 crate engine Cobalt SS SC w/Stage 2 GM Performance Parts Kit Trail Blazer SS w/GM Performance Parts Brake Duct Cooling Kit Solstice Weekend Club Racer (SEMA) Summer School 1972 Chevelle with a 572 crate engine Hot Rod Solstice with LS7 crate engine COMING NEXT WEEK: Jaguar XJR160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – Had a license to thrill, courtesy of General Motors Corp.’s Performance Parts Division. OK, I exaggerate a bit. It was more like a learner’s permit and it was only valid for a day. But it came with a crash helmet, the keys to several powerful race cars, Chevrolet’s approximately $6.5 million Camaro concept car and a restored 1972 Chevelle convertible. Oh, yeah, I also had permission to tear around a track at Willow Springs Raceway in a few of these gems with no speed limit signs in sight. last_img read more

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Southampton’s Premier League spot not safe yet, says Hughes

first_imgIt leaves Southampton on 36 points, three above Swansea and with a superior goal difference (nine goals better) ahead of Sunday’s final game, at home to champions Manchester City.Swansea are at home to already relegated Stoke on the final day.“Those celebrations shouldn’t be misinterpreted,” said Hughes, who was so caught up in the joyful post-match scenes with his players and staff that he failed to indulge in the customary post-match handshake with his Swansea counterpart Carlos Carvalhal.“They were emotion as a consequence of winning this key game.“We had to win and we understood that and it wasn’t that we were celebrating staying up because there is still an issue to be resolved in that regard.“There is a little bit of a cushion but we are playing Man City and we have to be careful. If there is one team in this league who have the capability of scoring a lot of goals, it’s Man City.”Southampton have now taken seven points from their past three games and Hughes felt the pre-match row over Southampton’s cancelled Swansea hotel booking had worked in their favour.The players had ended up staying 35 miles (56 kilometres) away after their booking in Swansea city centre was cancelled because of a “virus” at the Marriott Hotel.Hughes had expressed his anger over the cancellation in a TV interview before kick-off after the Saints squad had completed the final 100 metres of the journey on foot to ensure they were not held up entering the stadium.“I’m not for one minute suggesting Swansea had anything to do with that,” Hughes said of the hotel row.“Maybe it was over-zealous Swansea fans in positions to affect our hotel booking. But those things you can use to your own benefit as a motivating factor.”Swansea’s best chance of survival now seems to rest on overcoming Stoke and hoping Huddersfield lose their final two games, at Chelsea on Wednesday and at home to Arsenal on Sunday.Were that to happen, Swansea would finish above Huddersfield on goal difference.“It’s horrible not to depend on ourselves,” said Swansea boss Carvalhal. “Let’s see what will happen (at Chelsea).“If we still believe then we can stay (in the Premier League), we must do our part on the weekend and win the game. After that, we can wait that a kind of miracle can happen.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Southampton manager Mark Hughes celebrates his side’s Premier League victory against Swansea © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Mark Hughes refuses to accept Southampton are safe yet despite almost guaranteeing their Premier League future by winning at relegation rivals Swansea.Manolo Gabbiadini’s 72nd-minute winner — four minutes after the Italian striker had come on as a substitute — pushed Swansea towards the Premier League trapdoor and confirmed West Brom’s relegation.last_img read more

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Corinthians slap £18.5m price tag on Arsenal and Tottenham target Alexandre Pato

first_img Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato 1 Arsenal and Tottenham have been told they will have to cough up £18.5million if they want to sign  Brazil forward Alexandre Pato in January.The Corinthians striker, who previously spent six years with AC Milan, has been linked with a return to European football after impressing in his homeland.The 26-year-old scored 21 goals in 42 appearances for Corinthians last season and caught the eye of visiting scouts.But now any side looking to sign Pato has been told to splash out £18.5m by the Brazilian club’s deputy director of football Eduardo Ferreira.“At the moment there are only enquiries,” Ferreira told Globo Esporte.“But if a club comes in with an offer of €25m (£18.5m), we will let him go, otherwise he will return [in January].”last_img read more

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Most voters support naturalizing illegals

first_imgAdditionally, Southern Californians outside of Los Angeles generally favored harsher measures than voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay area. Researchers questioned 917 registered voters on six of the proposals, with a sampling error of 3.4 percentage points. Of that group, 532 were surveyed on three proposals being debated by the U.S. Senate, with a sampling error rate of 4.5 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three quarters of California voters favor allowing some illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens, but 60 percent support imposing stiff penalties on employers who hire undocumented workers, according to results of a new poll released Wednesday. The telephone poll by the Field Research Corporation of San Francisco also found that 64 percent of state voters oppose letting illegal immigrants obtain California drivers licenses and 57 percent are against charging them with felonies for their unlawful presence in the country. Voters are about evenly split on building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. More than 90 percent of people surveyed said they consider immigration issues to be very important or somewhat important in this year’s gubernatorial election. The poll, conducted by telephone in English and Spanish between April 3 and 10, randomly surveyed registered voters on nine immigration reform proposals being debated at the state and federal levels. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVoters from all groups overwhelmingly supported giving illegal immigrants the opportunity to become citizens provided they remained employed, learned English and paid any back taxes or fines they owed. Responses to most other proposals, however, varied along ethnic, political and geographical lines. For example, 39 percent of Latinos but 60 percent of overall voters supported penalties against employers who hire illegal immigrants. Conversely, 74 percent of Latinos but just 51 percent of overall voters favored allowing illegal immigrants who graduated from California high schools to attend colleges at in-state tuition rates. Democrats and independent voters generally advocated more moderate positions toward illegal immigrants while Republicans favored more conservative approaches. last_img read more

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“Landlords are just getting greedy now” says student as rent now higher than Celtic Tiger

first_imgIn a report published by Daft.ie, it has been revealed that rent is now higher than it has ever been, surpassing rent prices during the economic boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. This has prompted concern for students as they may struggle to find a house which they can feasibly afford. One student shared her accommodation nightmare with Donegal Daily in a bid to raise awareness for the housing crisis gripping students.Thousands of students from Donegal travel across Ireland to attend third-level institutions, with Dublin and Galway being the most popular destination. Nationally, over 52,000 students got offered CAO places on Monday, 1,985 of which are from Donegal.Rent has sky-rocketed as demand exceeds supply, with Dublin’s rates are now 5.2% higher than the last peak in early 2008, just before the economic downturn. A single bedroom in Dublin can set you back €600 on average, a 15.7% hike since this time last year.Rent has reached a record high, as the availability of housing hits an all time low on property website Daft.ie Shockingly, in some instances a mortgage is cheaper than rent, as you can mortgage a house in Waterford for 32% cheaper than rental costs.Speaking to Donegal Daily, a 22 year old U.C.D. student from the Rosses who is going into her last year has highlighted several frustrations felt by students while searching for accommodation. She would rather remain anonymous as her landlord has not returned her deposit and does not want to jeopardize the return of her money.She said; “I was paying €510 for a very small shared room in a mouldy house in Donnybrook.  When we first moved in, the house was disgusting and we had to clean it. There were a lot of things that we physically could not clean though, such as the blinds in my room which were just destroyed with black mould”.“The handles were falling off the doors and there was a lot of exposed wiring. The plug sockets kept tripping the whole house. If you wanted to plug anything in you had to put it half-in and half-out.”“The neighbours houses looked well-kept, whereas ours looked as run-down on the outside as it was on the inside”.“My landlord is putting the rent up again this year. The rent is just too expensive. Landlords are just getting too greedy now. They know students don’t have a lot of choice, and they’re taking advantage of that”. “The house was at least two decades old and it seems like the landlord hasn’t done anything with it since”.“There’s just nowhere to go and the rent is crazy”.“It’s just by pure luck that I got a house this year that I can just about afford. All the places I was looking at on the property websites were at least €700 a month for a room. A friend of a friend moved out of their house so it’s just so lucky that I got in on his place.”Commenting on the Daft.ie report, Ronan Lyons, economist at TCD and author of the Daft Report, said: “Ahead of a new academic year, the latest figures highlight the severe shortage of accommodation for students.” “While a large number of purpose-built student apartments are either being built or are planned, these will take time to come on stream and will only cater for those on higher incomes. The majority of students will face tough choices about where to study and where to live.”“Landlords are just getting greedy now” says student as rent now higher than Celtic Tiger was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:accommodationCAOdublinGalwayhousing crisislandlordsrentstudent housingUCDlast_img read more

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Rangers sign Colombia forward Alfredo Morelos on three-year deal

first_imgStriker Alfredo Morelos will be part of Rangers’ Europa League squad after the Ibrox side beat UEFA’s transfer deadline to seal his signature.The Ibrox outfit confirmed the signing of the 20-year-old from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a three-year deal just hours after learning their first two qualifying-round opponents.Boss Pedro Caixinha is pinning his hopes on the youngster’s deadly scoring record as he prepares the Light Blues for their first European clash in six years.Gers have been drawn against Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg, with the winner of that tie progressing to a second-round showdown with Cypriots AEL Limassol or St Joseph’s of Gibraltar.Morelos is eligible to feature in those first-round clashes with Niederkorn after work permit and visa documents were granted ahead of Monday’s registration deadline.Caixinha remains confident similar paperwork for the Mexican duo Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera will be processed in time so that they too can join up with his team ahead of taking on the minnows, who finished fourth in Luxembourg’s National Division last term.The Light Blues remain interested in Hearts wideman Jamie Walker and Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans and could yet squeeze one of them into their line-up for the first-leg clash on June 29, with UEFA allowing an extra late ‘wild card’ signing.Columbian Under-20s international Morelos hit 17 goals in 19 appearances for HJK this season, following last term’s 30-goal haul.He becomes Gers’ sixth summer signing after the earlier arrivals of Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Daniel Candeias. Alfredo Morelos has moved to Rangers on a three-year deal 1last_img read more