Scorpions look for positive Super50 start

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions Nikita Miller is hopeful of a positive start when the team takes on Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners in the opening game of the 2017 Regional Super50 Tournament at Three W’s Oval in Barbados. The contest, which is set to start 8 a.m. Jamaica time, is one of two scheduled on the opening day. The other match, the feature, is set to bowl off at 12:30 p.m., and will see last year’s beaten finalist Barbados Pride playing Guyana Jaguars in a day and night showdown at Kensington Oval. The match-ups are Zone B encounters with Zone A equivalents, which will be contested in Antigua and Barbuda, set to get under way tomorrow. “It’s always very good to start on the front-foot as you don’t want to be chasing in the competition,” stated Miller following the team’s final practice session yesterday. “The hope therefore is to try and start with a win and build from that.” Jamaica, which last won the title six years ago, will enter the game as favourites giving their cadre of West Indies and West Indies ‘A’ representatives. Topping the list is 32-year-old speedster Jerome Taylor, who after being dropped by the West Indies, is seeking to demonstrate that he still has what it takes to perform at a high level, and emerging batsman Jermaine Blackwood. The others with West Indies caps are spin bowler Miller, wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and young all-rounder, Rovman Powell. The ‘A’ team representatives are batsmen John Campbell and Andre McCarthy, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast bowler, Reynard Leveridge. Also a part of the squad, and who is expected to play a key role, is exciting young batsman Brandon King, who is coming off a recent quick-fire double century in the regional four-day tournament. RIGHT DIRECTION “Things are heading in the right direction,” asserted Miller, while pointing to the training sessions the team has had so far in Barbados. “We had two training sessions, and I think it was good, and I can say we are fully prepared for the game.” Miller also spoke of the challenge that he anticipates from the CCC, saying that they are generally a competitive unit. However, he believes the Scorpions are up for it. “I am not too familiar with the team, but I am sure one of our senior players, in Walton, who is a former captain of the CCC, can give us valuable info that will help us,” he said. This, Miller added, coupled with the ‘balance’ of the team is therefore a good combination that could lead to their success. Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton; Robert Samuels (head coach). Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners: Jamal Smith (captain), Cassius Burton Jr, Raymond Bynoe, Kyle Corbin, Mark Deyal, Larry Edward, Keon Harding, Nino Henry, Ryan Hinds, Amir Jangoo, Aaron Jones, Jermaine Levy, Vikash Mohan, Christopher Powell; Floyd Reifer (head coach).last_img read more

Are Politicians Fooling Us?

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Kollah making remarks The founder and chief executive officer of the Kollah Foundation (KF), Martin S. Kollah, has called on all eligible voters in Montserrado District #6 to be mindful of what he called “too many fake politicians in town.”Serving as the keynote speaker at the re-launch of the Child Welfare United International Program (CWUIP), Mr. Kollah said aspirants and incumbents rarely go around doing good except around election time when they are seeking political power.“Even though I have come to speak at a children’s program the message I have brought is really intended for you adults, who are parents or guardians of these kids. If you don’t decide the right way in October there will be no way by which your lives and the lives of these children will improve,” he said.“During election time, we see many so-called humanitarians who, before this time, hardly let people into their homes, lest we say anything about providing a cup of rice for any family. Now (election season) is the time they come up with foundations and so many different organizations in the name of humanity.”Kollah added that if the present crop of 73 representatives were truly patriotic and working in the interest of the country, Liberians would not be crying for a better and improved education system, sanitation, healthcare, and many other services.“Because of the high poverty rate in our country people get carried away and accept what should not be accepted, or acceptable. We have to learn by now, most especially after going through two crucial elections in 2005 and 2011,” he said.The Montserrado District #6 representative aspirant said his reason for wanting to be in the Capitol Building is not to amass wealth for his personal benefit, but to instead contribute to legislations that will bring about transformation.“Today you have some of them who have returned from America and other parts of the world with people’s money and are passing around renting houses to run their programs. If they fail, do you think they will stay on the ground as we who are always here with you no matter the circumstances? No! That will never happen because it has not happened before,” the Kollah Foundation boss pointed out.Commending CWUIP for re-launching the initiative to provide for the educational needs of children, Kollah promised the program his foundation’s preparedness to provide scholarships for most the kids for the next academic year.For his part, the executive director of CWUIP, Pastor Jefferson Dejay, said his organization is doing its best to help educate the many children of the district whose parents or guardians lack the means, adding that they also provide the children “a Christian education so as to help them learn and value spiritual things.”Beneficiaries of the CWUI-Program singing songs at the launch“We have been in the business of helping children advance in their education and life skills development in this country since 1998, but due to the civil unrest that led to us losing everything, including our office space, we could not continue,” Pastor Dejay said. “But we are back again to continue with our platform to improve the lives of children.”Meanwhile, Pastor Dejay said his organization has acquired 10 acres of land in Grand Bassa County for agricultural purposes.“We are seeking the help of everybody so that we may start our farming project that will provide our children food so we won’t have to look in the market for imported food items. We want to plant pepper, vegetables, fruits and many other produce that will feed us and our kids,” the CWUIP head added.He revealed that his not-for-profit organization presently caters to 250 children from all backgrounds, and is in need of more resources to expand its network to other parts of the 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

Barca won’t be used as political tool – Bartomeu says

first_img“We are not an instrument to be manipulated for political interests, whatever they may be,” Bartomeu told club members at Barca’s annual general meeting. “Nobody can appropriate our badge or flag.”The club has backed Catalonia’s right to self-determination, but refused to position itself on either side of the independence debate.And Bartomeu showed his support for Catalonia’s institutions after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday that Madrid will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the semi-autonomous region.“Barcelona has always stood by the people of Catalonia and its institutions,” added Bartomeu.“So today, on the application of article 155, we must reiterate our absolute support for the democratic institutions of Catalonia chosen by its people.“Now, more than ever we must act with serenity. Any reaction must be civil and peaceful. In the stadium too.”– Imprisonment ‘unacceptable’ –Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to position the club on either side of the independence debate © AFP / Josep LAGOBartomeu took an unpopular decision to play Barca’s match against Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1, the day of the referendum, after La Liga refused to postpone the match.He described that decision as “one of the hardest” he has made in his three years as president, but insisted Barca were not losing touch with their core Catalan fanbase.“No one can doubt Barca’s commitment to the Catalan community. We defend the principles of democracy, the right to decide and free expression.”Bartomeu condemned the imprisonment of two pro-independence civil society leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart on charges of sedition.“It is unacceptable that in this century there are people in prison for their political ideas.”However, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural groups, led by Sanchez and Cuixart respectively, rejected invitations to the directors’ box at the Camp Nou for Barca’s Champions League match against Olympiakos on Wednesday in protest at the club’s neutral stance.The other major point of order for Bartomeu was the passing of Barca’s accounts for the 2017/18 season that are expected to a club record income of 897 million euros ($1.06 billion).And Barca’s accounts are set to be further boosted by a naming rights deal to aid the cost of a 600-million-euro renovation project for the Camp Nou and surrounding areas.“The negotiations to find a name for the Camp Nou are going well,” said Bartomeu, before adding an extraordinary meeting will be called in the first half of 2018 for members to vote on the naming rights deal.And having tied down club captain Andres Iniesta to a contract for life at the Camp Nou, members called for the same deal to be handed to five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.The Argentine agreed a new four-year deal in principle in July but is yet to put pen to paper with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.“Messi has renewed for four years, but the club will offer him a contract for life,” said Barca’s CEO Oscar Grau.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona played their Spanish league match against Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1 © AFP / Jose JordanBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 21 – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia’s drive to gain independence from Spain.A powerful symbol of Catalonia across the world, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire in the weeks following an independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid, was marred by violence.last_img read more

Singer Brandy avoids criminal charges in fatal collision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAboudihaj’s family filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The woman worked three jobs to take care of her parents in Morocco, her ill brother and sister and her three children from a previous marriage, according to her lawyer. LOS ANGELES – R&B singer Brandy will not face criminal charges stemming from a fatal freeway collision, Los Angeles city prosecutors announced today. The singer, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, 28, rear-ended a vehicle on the San Diego (405) Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard on Dec. 30, 2006, killing Awatef Aboudihaj, the 38-year-old driver of the vehicle Brandy hit, died several hours after the collision. “The City Attorney’s Office has decided not to file misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges,” said spokesman Frank Mateljan. “After conducting a thorough investigation, which included consulting with some of the top accident reconstruction experts in the country, city prosecutors concluded that there was insufficient evidence from which a jury could find Ms. Norwood guilty of such a charge beyond a reasonable doubt.” Earlier this week, the celebrity news Web site TMZ.com reported that the California Highway Patrol investigation found that Aboudihaj had struck the vehicle in front of her then slammed on her brakes, causing Brandy’s Land Rover to rear-end her Toyota. last_img read more

DONEGAL FISHERMEN WELCOME €131M IN WHITEFISH QUOTAS

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed a €131M allocation in Whitefish Quotas for Irish Fishermen at EU Fisheries Council.The increase in quotas means the North West whitefish quotas have increased by 20%.Minister McHugh said “I welcome today’s announcement by The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. that he has secured 36,886 tonnes of whitefish quotas for Irish fishermen at today’s EU Fisheries negotiations. This is a 10% increase on last year. “This is a very positive result for Irish fishermen and I would like to commend Minister Coveney and his officials on securing this deal, which involved considerable negotiations into the early hours of this morning.“The quotas secured at the EU Fisheries Council are important for ports around the coast, but particularly important in Donegal, with Greencastle and Killybegs in the North West quotas increasing substantially, with whitefish quotas having increased by 20% with notable increases also in megrim ( 26%), monkfish (20%), north west haddock (42%) and rockhall haddock (25%).“In relation to herring off the West and North West coast, further scientific advice is being sought with a view to establishing a small commercial fishery later in the year.“For the third consecutive year, the values of whitefish and prawn quotas available in 2016 show an increase. The overall 8% increase in quota for prawns, one of Ireland’s most valuable fisheries, includes a quota uplift to support the introduction of the discards ban. Minister Coveney said, “We are currently rolling out the most radical reform ever agreed under the Common Fisheries Policy. The phasing out of discards is a challenging policy for the fishing community to implement and is being supported by the introduction of quota uplift for fisheries affected. A discards ban will apply to prawn, whiting, haddock and hake fisheries in 2016. Fishermen are being given additional quota to cover the increased landings with an 18% overall increase for these stocks with an additional value of €9m, if more selective fishing methods are used to avoid juvenile catches.”Concluding Minister McHugh, “This package will result in further support for the seafood sector, which will see an increase in quotas and stability for the fishing sector in the coming years. This is a very positive deal for our fishing sector, which will see huge benefits in coastal counties such as Donegal. I believe this deal for 2016 will support further growth in the seafood sector further showing this Government’s commitment to the fishing sector.”DONEGAL FISHERMEN WELCOME €131M IN WHITEFISH QUOTAS was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

Field day features world’s oldest no-till fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A field day scheduled for Aug. 29 will look at the old and the new in tillage practices.The Ohio No-Till Field Day will feature panelists with a combined 250 years of no-till experience, as well as a tour of the historic Triplett-Van Doren No-Tillage Experimental Plots. It will also include updates on recent research regarding cover crops, soil health, and more.The event takes place on the Wooster campus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.The Triplett-Van Doren plots, established in 1962, are known as the longest continually maintained no-till research plots in the world.“Long-term research plots are incredibly important because soil can take longer than three to five years to respond to management practices,” while most research projects are supported by just three- to five-year grants, said Steve Culman, assistant professor of soil fertility for the School of Environment and Natural Resources in CFAES.“These plots have shown the positive effects that minimizing disturbance can have on soils. They have paved the way for conservation efforts targeted to reduce disturbance for better soil health and soil management,” he said.Culman will be speaking about grain yields during the field day, while Glover Triplett, co-founder of the historic no-till plots, will be among the panelists. Other panelists will include Bill Richards, no-till farmer and former chief, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Don Myers, retired from Ohio State University Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm; Bill Haddad, NewDay AG Consulting; and Dave Brandt, no-till farmer and owner of Walnut Creek Seeds.The event is sponsored by the Ohio No-Till Council and is $65. To register, visit go.osu.edu/CX7Q. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/CX7S. Sessions will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster.last_img read more

Geocaching Caption Contest 12 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Caption Contest 13 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeSeptember 26, 2010In “Lackeys”Geocaching Caption Contest 11 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 20, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 10 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeAugust 4, 2010In “Community” Winning Caption: “I pledge allegiance to this cache and to the other caches hidden ’round hereand to this gray rock on which I stand,one drunk gnome, holding grog, intoxicated,with stealthiness from muggles and all. ” -AnewlesmizThis is the twelfth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest.  You might have seen this picture posted to Geocaching.com’s Facebook page.  It was too good not to share here on the Latitude 47 blog.What caption would you write? “Mmmm… that geocache looks tasty.” You can do better.The winner receives what’s a fairly coveted prize, celebrating the launch of Signal the Frog’s Facebook page.  The winning caption receives the Signal antenna ball.Click here to see the winning captionBarely coveted prizeGood luck!  Please include your geocaching username in all entries.The winner of the twelfth Geocaching Caption Contest will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.15 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the eleventh Geocaching Caption Contest a barely coveted prize.Click on the picture to the right to see who won a barely coveted prize.Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching Caption Contests.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Promise Me That You Will Not to Allow Yourself to Be Divided

first_img“Wherever there is other, there is fear.” – The Upanishads.I want you to do something for me. Well, not for me, for you. Well, not just for you, for us. For all of us.I want you to make a promise. I want you to try to keep that promise. Even when it isn’t easy to keep. Even when you are being bombarded by messages that conflict with this promise. No, especially when you are confronted with messages that conflict with this promise. . . should you decide to make it.What promise is it that I am asking you to make? It’s a big promise, and it isn’t an easy promise to keep. But it’s important.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be divided from other people.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people because they are a different color from you. No one of any color is any different from you in any way. This is true even though there are some who work very hard to make you believe there are differences. Promise not to allow their fear to divide you.I want you to promise not to be separated from other people because they have a different religious tradition from yours. There are fundamentalists in all religions, some of whom are violent, and this is true even for Buddhists. The violence of a few is not a reason for you to separate yourself from those who are not and who never will be violent. That is all but a very, very small minority, most of whom you will never encounter.I want you to promise not to allow yourself to be separated from people who have different political beliefs from you. You will be told that those who disagree with you have nefarious motives, that they mean you harm. Even though you may have extreme differences in our beliefs as to what problems face us and how we solve them, we have a process for working out our disagreements, and that process does not require anger, hatred, or the demonization of millions of people with whom you may disagree.This is a big ask, I know. But I need to ask you to do something else. Something equally as important. Maybe even more important. I need to ask you to make your promise visible to the rest of the world.Stop contributing to the divisiveness. Stop posting provocative posts on social media. Stop arguing with people who are much more like you than they are different in comments or in tweets. Stop seeking out information that confirms your biases, that prove that “your side” is right and that “they” are wrong. There is no “they,” and if there is, you and I are both one of them (to someone).If you are on one knee when the national anthem plays in protest, both knees in prayer, or upset that some aren’t standing with their hand over their heart, you are still much more alike than you are different, even if you have a different belief or opinion.Those that were just lost were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. They weren’t others. It doesn’t matter what color or religion or political party they belong to, does it?Promise me you won’t allow yourself to be divided, even when powerful forces work hard to separate us. The antidote to hate is not, never has been, and never will be greater hate. The antidote to hate is love, compassion, and understanding.last_img read more

US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte As social media lit up in South Korea in condemnation of Bell, 22, the ISU was set to meet later Thursday to discuss the claims, said media and communications manager Selina Vanier.American skate officials were not immediately available for comment.Lim’s All That Sports agency said there was reason to believe Bell’s act was deliberate, claiming Lim was skating close to the rink wall away from her rivals and the American collided with her from behind.Lim and Bell both train under coach Rafael Arutyunyan and the Korean skater’s management also alleged Bell had been “bullying Lim for months” leading up to the world championships, according to local media.The management company also claimed Bell failed to apologize after the incident, a point many on social media jumped on.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From L-R – Figure skaers Mariah Bell and Lim Eun-soo. Photo from AFPFigure skating’s ruling body is set to investigate claims America’s Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a warm-up at the world championships in Japan.Korean officials told AFP on Thursday that they had lodged a formal complaint following the incident, in which Lim’s management agency alleged Bell kicked their skater, causing a cut to her leg, while limbering up for the women’s short programme on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img The officials refused to speculate what action, if any, the International Skating Union (ISU) might take, admitting it was “difficult to prove” intent on Bell’s part.“At this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” a Korea Skating Union official said, adding that Lim’s parents also brought the clash to the body’s attention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”The 16-year-old Lim, skating in her first senior world championships, was patched up before scoring a personal-best 72.91 points to place fifth in the short skate at Saitama, just ahead of Bell. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The problem with Mariah Bell was that she was skating too close to the edge and her blade stabbed into Eunsoo’s leg,” tweeted one fan.“Putting all bullying rumors aside, shouldn’t she have apologized?”The glitzy world of figure skating is more commonly associated with frilly skirts and hairspray but is no stranger to controversy, most notably when American Tonya Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run-up to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.Plenty of skating fans came out in support of Bell, while others called for calm.“First of all people need to CALM DOWN and analyze,” suggested one Twitter user.“Why would a veteran skater like Bell injure someone during a PUBLIC PRACTICE in front of hundreds of fans? None of the fans, who were taking notes, said ANYTHING about a collision.”Olympic champion Alina Zagitova leads the standings heading into Friday’s free skate at the world championships in Saitama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more