first_imgNot very often in recent times have we had credible cause to heap praises on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The success of the Under-19 team presents us with one such precious moment. Conversely, the splintered criticisms of the board, pointing to the inadequacy of preparation of the triumphant team, seems spurious, irrational and lacking credibility. Since the objective of preparing any sporting team for competition is for that team to be victorious, in the advent that the team is victorious, there can be no guarantees that having prepared the team differently the team would still have been victorious. It is by that general principle that these particular criticisms of the WICB should be rubbished. If the WICB and the coaching staff had it to do all over again with the same set of players, it would be foolhardy for them to do anything significantly different. The WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, speaking on the arrival of the three Jamaican players in the squad, quite rightly took credit for the part the board played in the selection and preparation of the team. Mr Cameron pointed to the fact that at least five members of the team are already playing professionally and that the core of the team was selected as far back as 2014 and actually competed in the regional 50-over competition in the very same year. REGULAR TRAINING CAMPS Subsequent to that, there were regular training camps leading into the tournament, with the preparation culminating in a three-match warm-up series against the host nation of the tournament, Bangladesh. The genesis of these criticisms, I suspect, emanated from the relatively sparse number of warm-up games the team played leading into the World Cup compared top teams such as India, who played consistently together for two years and were unbeaten coming into the tournament. Bangladesh, we were told, played closer to a dozen warm-up games and were red hot early in the tournament, as were the Indians. The West Indies emphatically destroyed the myth of perfection that relates to the preparation of both India and Bangladesh by beating both when it mattered most. It is, therefore, quite plausible that the West Indies’ preparations were better than that of both Bangladesh and India. The West Indies team was the sharpest team mentally in the tournament, as evidenced by those two huge tournament changing moments, starting with that crucial run out against Zimbabwe, followed by the big stumping of the Indian star batsman in the final. SHARP, TALENTED Not only were they sharp mentally, they are talented, they were motivated and they appeared to get fitter and sharper as the tournament progressed, while the more fancied teams, with their so-called superior preparation, faded and fizzed at the business end of the tournament. The silly assumption being made is that because India and Bangladesh played 20 or 30 warm-up games between them they were better prepared. That is obviously not necessarily so. There is always the risk of overworking and burning out the players, plus there are cultural differences that must be considered. West Indians are naturally stronger and more natural athletes and perhaps need less physical drilling and more psychological work. The success of this West Indies team might very well serve to redefine the way teams at this level are prepared for competition, with less physical and game sessions and more mental and psychological preparedness. The victorious players, coaching staff, as well as the WICB leadership should all be congratulated for executing plans and preparations that in the end were proven to be perfect by the fact that the West Indies Under-19 team lifted the ultimate prize.last_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MACAU—Joshua Pacio could’ve booked himself another title shot in the ONE Championship strawweight division, but that wouldn’t be the case after he bowed out in the first round of his fight against Hayato Suzuki.The Filipino fighter admitted he was to aggressive in his Saturday fight against Suzuki in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors at Cotai Arena here and that led to his eventual defeat.ADVERTISEMENT For almost a couple of minutes, Suzuki had Pacio in his control and he applied the rear-naked choke around the three-minute mark.“Suzuki had the better position and he knew how to properly place his legs and arms to prevent me from moving,” said Pacio. “He knew how to position himself and that’s where he got me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Torres on Ishige: ‘I can easily take her punches’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think I was too aggressive because I was really looking for that early knockout,” said Pacio (9-2), whose first strike attempt was a looping roundhouse kick right off the bell, in Filipino.“My first roundhouse didn’t have any setup, I just wanted to throw it away because I was expecting that we will exchange in striking but this is MMA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacio’s first defeat was against strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in October of 2016 and a win over Suzuki was meant to be a stepping stone for the 21-year-old to vie for the belt once more.Photo from ONE ChampionshipSuzuki (17-0-2) found the opening right about the first minute mark when he got Pacio’s back and the Japanese eventually dragged the fight to the ground. last_img read more

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility has clarified that his meeting with CAF, which was declined – was not about CAF endorsing him.Bility said though it was a privileged to have had the opportunity to talk to the entire CAF executive committee, to answer questions – concerns, admirations – all the issues that are wrong with football, – but it was considered only an opportunity to explain his platform for the football top post.“I did not go to get a unanimous vote. I was given an opportunity to explain and lay my platform. That’s why I went and I’m happy I got it,” Bility told BBC Sport last Thursday. Last week, CAF has declined to back LFA president Musa Bility in his bid to become Fifa president. Bility, 48, is one of four men set to stand in next year’s election to replace incumbent Sepp Blatter. “The CAF executive committee decided unanimously not to give Musa Bility the support he requested,” CAF stated. Bility is only the second African ever to make a bid for the job. Bility has stated his belief that “this is Africa’s time” to take the lead in world football but his lack of support from his continent’s football governing body will be a blow to his candidacy.Bility has had a difficult relationship with CAF in recent years. In 2011 Bility declared he would vote against Blatter in that year’s Fifa elections, in contrast to most of his African colleagues.And in 2012 he – and the Liberian FA – took a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over changes to the way Caf elects its president, which favoured incumbent Issa Hayatou. The court twice ruled against the LFA and then in 2013 Bility was banned from all football activity by Caf after the governing body said he “had violated statutes relating to the use of confidential documents.”Bility needs the written endorsement of at least five football associations to get onto the ballot for the election to choose a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on 26 February. The deadline for candidates to register is 26 October. However, Bility has told BBC Sport’s Piers Edwards that he will give his salary to charity if he is voted in as the head of Fifa. Brazilian Zico, Frenchman Michel Platini and South Korean Chung Mong-joon are the other names in the frame to stand in the 26 February election. BBC Sport.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_imgOf course there will two-minutes of silence, as well and the laying of wreaths by veterans, the RCMP, the Hudson’s Hope Junior Canadian Rangers and the fire department to name a few. If you would like to order a wreath at the price of $25.00 for a small and $45.00 for a large, contact Greta Goddard at 250 783 9901 or email, Taylor’s Remembrance Day ceremony will begin at 10:40 a.m. with a march from the Taylor Arena to the District Hall.Fire Chief Alan Stebbing will be singing O Canada and Pastor Wally Pohlmann will be directing the opening prayer.After the two minutes of silence, there will be a Canadian Legion Tribute, speech by Mayor Fred Jarvis, and the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph before a light lunch is served in the Taylor Hall.Advertisement In Fort St. John, the Royal Canadian Legion will commence their parade at 10:00 a.m. from the parking lot, running down 100th Street to RBC and back to the Legion. The official service will then start at 11:00 a.m., followed by activities and events throughout the afternoon.The Ladies Aux is also hosting a supper at the Legion, starting at 5:00 p.m., followed by a dance running 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Roads will be closed in Fort St. John for the parade.  Here are the roads that will be closed105th Avenue (between 100th Street and 102nd Street)100th Street (between 105th Avenue and 103rd Avenue)103rd Avenue (between 100th Street and 102nd Street)102nd Street (between 105th Avenue and 103rd Avenue)- Advertisement – Next we note, members of the Hudson’s Hope community should meet at the district office’s cenotaph at 10:45 a.m.The ceremony will be hosted by Mayor Gwen Johansson, with a Flanders Field reading by Pastor Tim Viers and a prayer read by Rev Fay Lavalle.There is also a 6:00 p.m., veterans only dinner at the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall. If you are a veteran but not sure if you’re on the invitation list, contact the district office at 250 783 9901.Advertisement As tradition, two minutes of silence is observed across the nation at 11:00 a.m. to remember those who have served our country.last_img read more

first_img Monaco striker Radamel Falcao 1 Liverpool’s hopes of signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be wrecked by Juventus.Brendan Rodgers is interested in the Colombia striker, who has recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup during the summer, as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for £75million earlier this summer.Real Madrid are also thought to be interested but Juventus could pip them both to the post by agreeing to take the frontman on an initial loan with a view to a permanent move, should it prove successful.The only stumbling block in the Serie A champions’ plans is Fernando Llorente, who they are trying to offload.Valencia are keen on the Spanish striker and if they firm up their inquiries then Juve could steal Falcao from under the Anfield club’s noses.last_img read more

first_imgA CO Donegal actor is being lauded by the critics in America.James Conway, from Rathmullan, has the staring role of Brutus in Arizona Reparatory Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and a review in the Arizona Daily Star (link included below) started with the words “Remember this name: James Conway He has star power.”James is the son of the late Frances Conway and James Conway Snr. A chair in the Marhoney Theatre where he performs is dedicated to his late mother – It reads  “In Loving Memory of Frances Conway”.James Jnr is a senior at the University of Arizona.And there is no-one more supportive that his dedicated father, James, who has been nothing but incredibly supportive and present for every performance of his son.  Follow us on us on DONEGAL SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR TAKES STATES BY STORM was last modified: March 4th, 2012 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:DONEGAL SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR TAKES STATES BY STORMRathmullanlast_img read more

first_imgShafik Bisaso appears to be exiting Soana FC pre-maturely. File photo.FOOTBALL– Shafik Bisaso appears to be staring down the barrel of a pre-mature exit at Soana FC, and he has been granted a one game ultimatum to save his job following an indifferent start to the 2017-2018 UPL season, PML daily has learnt.Following an off-season of a resounding Squad overhaul that was pertinently marked by appointing of Shafik Bisaso as new head coach, mogul Smart Obedi tasked his new coach to oversee marked improvements at his new work stations.But the Bisaso-coached side, four games in the new season, has displayed little or no promise to meet Obedi’s ambitions. They have managed only four point’s courtesy of 1-0 victory over league strugglers Masavu FC and a one-all draw against Bright Stars. They have however lost 1-0 to SC Villa and 2-0 to Proline FC.And it is reported that Soana FC Boss Smart Obedi held talks with Bisaso and his coaching staff seeking answers of why the start to the new-season has been disappointing.It is further understood that the club’s management have thought long and hard since Soana FC’s 2-0 loss to Proline FC since the league went into recess to give way for the international break, with the Youthful coach needing to indicate a willingness to change the dynamic and momentum to stand any chance of clinging on his job.And it seems Bisaso will now get Friday’s trip to the intimidating green Light Stadium to face Onduparaka FC to demonstrate that he can improve results, otherwise he will almost certainly be sacked. Although there is undoubted respect for Bisaso as a budding coach, it may be that a quick change suits all parties and ensures that Wallet-happy Smart Obedi gets his money’s worth after spending enormous fees on squad overhaul in the off-season.Soana FC ‘s last visit to the Intimidating Greenlight Stadium was a goalless stalement at the opening day of last season, and embattled Bisaso will hope a similar result or a win can help him save his job.Commentslast_img read more

first_imgTitan’s Micheal Bwanga (10) tries to sink a layup over Stephen Omony as Landry Ndikumana looks on (Photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball LeagueMTN Arena, LugogoFriday, 14-09-2018-KIU Titans 83-61 City Oilers-JKL Dolphins 57-64 BetWay Power-UCU Lady Canons 81-53 KCCA LeopardsLUGOGO – KIU Titans let their intentions known as they powered to a 22 point victory over six time FUBA National Basketball League defending champions City Oilers.The Kansanga based side lead from start to finish to win game one of the best of five series 83-61 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.How the action unfolded:KIU Titans went on the offensive right for the initial whistle, racing into a 6-0 lead inside the first minute of the contest, thanks to Micheal Bwanga and Denis Balungu threes.From there throughout the first quarter, both sides traded baskets en route to KIU winning it 24-13.The second started more like the first with KIU’s Chris Omanyi and Samuel Agutu scoring the first five points of the quarter as the Kansanga based side increased their lead to 15 with the scoreboard reading 28-13.At halftime, the defending champions trailed by 10 as the scores were 39-29.The third started slowly for both sides with Oilers scoring the first points through National team Captain Stephen Omony’s three off a jump shot over two minutes into the quarter.However, KIU took the initiative again, going on a 5-0 run three times and winning it 19-14.In the last ten minutes, it was more of KIU seeing out the game despite conceding the first two points as Oilers Landry Ndikumana sank both of his two free throws.At the sound of the buzzer, KIU led by as many as 22 and won the game 83-61.Denis Balungu scored a game high 21 points, adding four rebounds and two assists to his game. Micheal Bwanga (15), Chris Omanyi (13) and Samuel Agutu (13) were the others who reached double figures (points) for KIU on the night.For Oilers, Landry Ndikumana was only a point off another double double for the seasoan, managing nine points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Only Jimmy Enabu (13) and Stephen Omony (12) managed to reach double figures in terms of points for the defending champions.This is the third straight victory for KIU over Oilers after losing last year’s final 4-0.The Titans defeated Mandy Juruni’s side 94-79 and 72-57 in regular season to complete an early double.The other game in the Men’s division saw regular season winners BetWay Power defeat JKL Dolphins 64-57.Captain Joseph Ikong scored a team high 18 points with Juma Anin (11) and Stephen Wundi (13) also in double figures for Power.For JKL, Makala Libe scored a game high 25 points and also saw Brian Namake manage 11 of his own in the losing effort.Power now leads the best of five series 1-0.In the Women’s division, Sarah Ageno scored a game high 18 points as her UCU Lady canons’ side blew away KCCA Leopards 81-53 to take a 1-0 lead in their semi final.The Playoff semi finals continue this weekend.Comments Tags: Betway Powercity oilersFUBA NBL 2018JKL DolphinsKCCA LeopardsKIU TitanstopUCU Lady Canonslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2010, the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) Board of Trustees initiated an award nomination program to recognize outstanding accomplishments made by sheep farmers as well as people who are associated with the Ohio sheep industry. Nominations for these awards can only be submitted by OSIA members and must be received by June 1, 2017.Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium. If you would like to nominate someone for any of these awards, please contact the OSIA Office at 614-246-8299 or for an application. Award applications are posted at are being accepted for the following categories. Information and requirements regarding these awards will be available with the award application:Charles Boyles Master Shepherd AwardFriend of the Ohio Sheep Industry AwardDistinguished Service AwardEnvironmental Stewardship Awardlast_img read more

first_imgOff to a slow startA much larger wind project, the 130-turbine Cape Wind, has been proposed for federally owned waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in Nantucket Sound. With a total capacity of 468 megawatts, according to the developers, the wind farm would be capable of producing 75% of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.Construction was due to start by May 1, according to a report in The Boston Globe, but developers asked the state for a two-year extension after the state’s two major utilities backed out of plans to buy electricity from the project.Construction will cost an estimated $2.6 billion.Cape Wind has “repeatedly” needed deadline extensions over its 14-year history, the Globe reported, and the project has been the target of intense opposition from offshore wind critics. They include groups like Save Our Sound, whose website lists a variety of economic and environmental reasons why the project should be blocked.The ultimate fate of the project is anyone’s guess. It will be small by European standards, but the five-turbine Deepwater Wind project off Rhode Island’s coast is a first in North America and construction is now underway.On Sunday, the steel foundation for the first turbine was plucked from a transport barge by the Weeks 533, the largest floating revolving crane on the East Coast, and lowered into the waters off Block Island, the Providence Journal reported. The assembly, which weighs about 440 tons, will be pinned to the ocean floor with piles as long as 200 feet.Jeffrey Grybowski, head of the Providence, Rhode Island, based company, said “it was a very big moment” in the project.“Our belief is once Block Island is up and running, it will bring offshore wind from theory to reality in the United States and open up opportunities to build larger projects,” he told Reuters.There are now nearly 2,500 offshore turbines connected to the European grid, but efforts to develop deepwater turbines in the U.S. have been hampered by both cost and aesthetic concerns as well as worries about their impact on ocean life.The Deepwater project is about three miles off the coast of Block Island, a summer tourist destination, Reuters reported. When compete by the end of 2016, the 30-megawatt wind farm will send about 90% of the electricity it generates to the mainland via undersea cables. National Grid will buy it for 26 cents per kilowatt hour and mix it with the rest of the state’s electricity supply. The output will equal about 1% of the state’s total electricity supply.On Block Island, originally chosen for the project because of its reliance on diesel-fired generators for its power, electric rates are expected to drop by 40% when the project comes online.last_img read more