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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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Lorde Iggy Azalea Imagine Dragons to perform at this years MMVAs

first_imgAdvertisement Lorde is headed to this year’s iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards — but whether her lamp will make an encore performance remains to be seen.The New Zealand-raised musician is among the first round of artists announced for the televised street party in Toronto on June 18.It marks Lorde’s second time at the MMVAs. Advertisement The singer created a viral moment at the event in 2014 when she prominently featured a floor lamp in her performance of hits “Team” and “Tennis Court.”The moment caught fire on social media and inspired the Twitter account “LordesLamp” in response to the unusual performance. Other artists slated to perform include Iggy Azalea, “Cake By the Ocean” singers DNCE, and Imagine Dragons, known for their massive hits “Radioactive” and “Demons.”Rounding out the first wave of performers is Toronto-based Jazz Cartier, fresh off his Juno Awards win for best rap recording, and Julia Michaels, whose single “Issues” is climbing the upper echelons of the Billboard Hot 100.The MMVAs will air on Much, CTV and stream through the iHeartRadio app. Nominees and a host for the awards show will be announced in May. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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NWAC to challenge Conservative government over core funding cuts

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Native Women’s Association says it will be “denouncing” the Conservative government over its decision to slash 10 per cent from core funding to Aboriginal organizations across the country.NWAC president Michele Audette says her organization will show the country the government’s true colours.“I’ll make sure that Canadian society sees what this government does to an organization that is really important,” said Audette. “They know that family violence is an epidemic in our communities, they know that women are being murdered, we are the ones pushing on this every day. I will make sure people know.”The department of Aboriginal Affairs announced this week it would slash 10 per cent from the core funding to Aboriginal organizations.The department announced on Tuesday it would be changing the funding formulas for so-called “Aboriginal Representative Organizations” and tribal councils. On Wednesday, Michael Wernick, deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs, sent letters to band councils, tribal councils the heads of the AROs, which includes NWAC and Assembly of First Nations, outlining the cuts.The department, however, couldn’t say how much the cuts would save or provide an official to explain the move.According to Wernick’s letter, on April 1, 2014, core funding for national Aboriginal organizations will be cut by 10 per cent and regional organizations will face the same cuts and be put under a $500,000 core funding cap.Wernick said the department would also be reducing money available for “proposal-based” projects, which was one of the sources for NWAC’s much-vaunted Sisters in Spirit initiative. Wernick said only proposals in line with the department’s priorities, like education, economic development and infrastructure, will be considered.“We are ensuring that government funding is directed primarily at the delivery of essential services and programs for Aboriginal peoples,” said Wernick.Tribal councils will also face funding changes for the first time in 30 years, said Wernick, in the letter. Tribal councils will no longer receive money for “advisory services” to member First Nations. The department will now focus funding for tribal councils that “support increased delivery of Aboriginal Affairs…programs and services to communities.”Audette said that the 10 per cent cut will take about $67,000 from NWAC’s core budget, which is a major hit for their small organization.“For them, it’s probably not that much, but for what we do every day … it is going to impact us a lot,” she said.last_img read more

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President Trump Underscores USJamaica Relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 10, 2017 – Washington, DC – United States President, Donald Trump, says he looks forward to working with the administration of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on bilateral and regional issues.  The President made the comment during a courtesy call paid on him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Oval Office in the White House.During their discourse, Mr Trump and Ambassador Marks underscored the strong longstanding bond of friendship between the people Jamaica and the United States of America, while noting the island’s contribution in many spheres of American life.Ms Marks said she looked forward to working with the President in the interest of both countries, and highlighted the synergies of the US-Caribbean nexus cementing the relationship between the nations.  The Ambassador, in noting the President’s agenda of providing more trading opportunities for US companies, called attention to the significant trade surplus the North American country enjoys in the Caribbean.She highlighted the fact that the region is the United States’ seventh largest trading partner, importing non-oil goods and services valued over US$50 billion.  This, she said, placed the region ahead of U.S. exports to comparatively larger economies such as Russia and India combined.Ms Marks further noted the mutual benefit and alignment of interest for the continued stability and economic growth of the Caribbean which she described as the United States’ ‘third border’.  The Jamaican envoy also took the opportunity to invite President Trump to visit Jamaica in his official capacity.#USJamaicaRelations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#USJamaicaRelationslast_img read more

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Man accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital

first_imgMan accused of threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital June 13, 2018 Posted: June 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Kevin Matlak from 2015SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 21-year-old former Torrey Pines High School student accused of posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account can remain at a county psychiatric hospital where he is being treated for mental health issues, a judge ruled Wednesday.Kevin Gregory Matlak — charged with making criminal threats and identity theft — appeared at his arraignment in a wheelchair, accompanied by two health care workers. Matlak had a blanket pulled up to his face and didn’t say anything during the hearing.Judge Jay Bloom entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the defendant and set bail at $525,000, saying Matlak was a danger to the community.The judge ordered the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital to give the court 48 hours notice if Matlak was to be released, noting concern for the safety of Torrey Pines students graduating on Friday.Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself into the mental health facility June 4, defense attorney Brian Watkins said.The attorney said Matlak is a danger to himself, but not to others.Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them. The attorney said the threats were “not very clear” and “ambiguous.”Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said one of Matlak’s posts read “Rest in Peace Torrey Pines High School.”“I hate all of you,” another post read, according to the prosecutor.Matlak also posted a photo of him holding an AR-15 rifle in one hand and giving the middle finger with the other hand, Greco said.Matlak faces four years and four months in state prison if convicted. last_img read more

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DhakaMymensingh train service resumes

first_imgtrain file photoThe rail communication between Mymensingh and Dhaka resumed after three and a half hours of suspension following derailment of a train in Bangladesh Agriculture University area in Mymensingh on Monday morning, reports UNB.One compartment of Dhaka-bound ‘Bhawal Express Mail’ veered off the tracks around 6:00am, said Mosharraf Hossain, officer-in-charge of government railway police.On information, a relief train came and cleared the rail tracks around 9:30am, said the OC.last_img read more