Legends demand dissolution of WICB

first_img STRUCTURAL REFORMS ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): West Indies cricket legends are demanding the “immediate resignation” of the Dave Cameron-led West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), in line with the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. The legends are also insisting on the establishment of an interim board and the creation of a new structure to replace the WICB and manage the regional game. In a statement released after a meeting in Grenada, the legends have called for the WICB to honour a promise that it made to accept the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. WICB had given a commitment to implement the recommendations during a meeting with the legends and Caricom chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, in Grenada year ago, but has since been accused of reneging. “We, the Legends call on the WICB to honour its solemn promise to Caribbean prime ministers in April 2015 to accept and implement the recommendations of the WICB/CARICOM Governance Review Panel – the immediate resignation of current directors, the establishment of an interim board and the design of a new board structure,” the legends said in a statement released late Monday. Legends participating in the meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort last Thursday were Sir Gary Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Andy Roberts, Deryck Murray, Charlie Griffith, Desmond Haynes, as well as former West Indies players Dinanath Ramnarine and Roger Harper. West Indies men’s T20 captain, Darren Sammy and sports psychologist, Dr Rudy Webster, also attended. The legends’ statement also called on Caricom to appoint an independent auditor to carry out a detailed forensic audit of the board and requested that sponsors of West Indies cricket make good governance a condition for financial support. “Continual backing of an inefficient board and an out-of-date structure will result in irreparable damage to West Indies cricket,” said the statement. During their meeting in Grenada, the legends also held discussions with Prime Minister Mitchell, chairman of Caricom’s subcommittee of Cricket Governance. “We are satisfied that Caricom has no intention of engaging in the day-to-day management of West Indies cricket. Caricom’s aim is to help create a structure and an enabling environment in which West Indies cricket can develop and flourish,” the statement pointed out. “During the last two decades, many different presidents and CEOs have led the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and yet, its performance has declined steadily with each passing year. The board is an oligarchic structure that considers itself answerable to no one but itself.” The statement from the former West Indies cricketers pointed to structural reforms to the Australian, New Zealand, India and England and Wales cricket boards, while accusing the WICB of resisting “all recommendations for structural change”. “In recent years, it has rejected the proposals of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Committees,” the legends said. “And a few months ago, it did the same thing to the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Committee.” The legends’ statement also said: “We believe that revival of West Indies cricket will only happen when the Board undergoes structural adjustment and when it improves the quality of its communication and leadership and upgrades the management of key relationships.” Pressure has been mounting on Cameron’s WICB to step down after Sammy’s emotional criticism of the board minutes after the regional side regained the T20 World Cup in India recently. The legends, who led a dominant era when West Indies were world beaters, said they are bent on protecting their rich legacy. “Throughout our history, West Indies teams and West Indies players have had great triumphs. We are very proud of our legacy,” the statement said. “We cannot now in good conscience stand idly by and watch everything that we fought so hard to build and achieve disappear right before our eyes because of the actions of inept board members and an incompetent board.”last_img read more

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Crematorium Paralyzes Boystown

first_imgThe use of the old Indian crematorium by the Liberian government for the cremation of Ebola-infested human bodies, has compelled hundreds of residents to abandon homes and farms in the area, according to investigations conducted by the Daily Observer.The crematorium occupies a portion of swampland near Boystown, off the highway leading to Marshall City,  Lower Margibi County.Residents, once excited about their decent and beautifully painted houses, are fleeing the area because of what they call the serious environmental hazards caused by the burning of Ebola dead bodies in the crematorium.“No one wants to live around here anymore,” Mr. Albert T. Reeves, community chairman told the Daily Observer during a tour last Tuesday. “Many here are affected psychologically and what we are asking for is the relocation of the crematorium by the Liberian government.”Many residents who accompanied our reporter on the tour remained grim, urging that the government find a new place, far beyond any community, to cremate the Ebola corpses.A huge plot of land next to the crematorium, once used for rice cultivation, has been abandoned because of increased activity at the crematorium, according to Reeves.“Whenever the human bodies are being burnt in the morning and in the afternoon, there are huge explosions and everyone here can feel the ground itself shaking,” Reeves said.“He said the nearly 5,000 residents in the various smaller towns have expressed their opposition to the crematorium and have written a letter of complaint to Senator Oscar Cooper, of Margibi County and asking for redress.The towns include Gbonosum, Gbono’s, Ben, Kpain, Zolie, Zorkpeh, Kpeh, Barjoe, Bannah, John and Government Farm.In their letter, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the residents said, “On August 2, 2014, we were shocked to learn that the old Indian crematorium which should not be used to cremate anybody because of its proximity to an emerging community, had been selected for the cremation of EBOLA BODIES by the custodians of our safety and rights.”The community noted its opposition when the exercise began “in our backyards but (we) were harassed and intimidated into submission by heavily armed soldiers…”Among the many that joined the tour were leaders of churches that had been abandoned and others whose membership had dwindled to a handful of worshippers.What irks the residents is the lack of response from Senator Cooper.“We’ve been waiting to hear from him about our concerns but since the letter was sent to him on October 6, we are yet to hear from him,” Reeves said.Reeves confirmed that the crematorium was built in the 1970s when there was no Liberian community near the area.“Our people sold the land to the Indians for the project,” he admitted, “but you know that cremating bodies is not what we do here.”While that in itself was not really a problem, the increased activity following the current (Ebola) crisis has been the problem, he said.“Look over there at those houses,” said Reeves pointing to a cluster of houses in the distance. “Everybody there is gone and farms in this area have all been abandoned.”When contacted, the Chairperson of the Task Force for Cremation of Liberian Ebola Dead, Madam Ciatta Bishop, told the Daily Observer that she was aware of the concerns of the residents.She noted that as much as she agreed with the residents’ concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a Liberian government agency responsible for pollution control, is also aware of the nature of the crematorium.  When contacted yesterday, EPA’s deputy executive director, Stephen Y. Neufville, told the Daily Observer that the residents’ request is being acted upon and a team of EPA officers is working on it.  “After their investigation,” Neufville said, “we will act on their (EPA) recommendations” by bringing them to the immediate attention of the Liberian government.  Another issue raised by the residents is the stigma hounding them at the nearby market. “They refuse to sell products to us as we are also known as the Ebola community,” said Reeves.  He appealed to the Liberian government for psycho-social intervention to educate residents in and around the area to discontinue stigmatizing of their community residents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Elections 2019: Worth the wait as Donal Coyle finally takes a seat in Lifford

first_imgHaving waited 46 years, another few hours felt like a breeze to wait for Donal Coyle.The retired school principal was elected this evening on the ninth count in the Letterkenny Municipal District.Coyle, a native of Fanad, took 1,192 first preferences – the third highest number of number ones in the area. “I had to wait a while to get elected, but I always knew that there was a seat there for me,” Coyle, a long-time Fianna Fáil activist, told Donegal Daily.“I’m involved in politics for over 45 years now. The first election I got involved in was back in 1973.“I’ve been on winning teams over the years and had very few defeats. This is the icing on the cake for me.”Donal Coyle with Charlie McConalogueTwenty years ago, Coyle stood as a candidate in the now-defunct urban council in Letterkenny and took only 116 votes. He said: “I always had the belief that I would come back – and now I have come back.“I’m delighted tonight. I was confident.“Predictions were made on some platforms that hadn’t me in the top nine. That could have scuppered my chances because people like to back winners.“I always believed that I would be a winner – and I’ve proved that I am a winner.”Donal Coyle with his director of elections, Peter J PattonCoyle was elected alongside fellow Fianna Fáil candidate Manus Kelly on the ninth count with FF’s Ciaran Brogan topping the poll. Coyle said: “It’s a great night for the Fianna Fáil party in Letterkenny, taking three seats.”Coyle is heavily involved in community and sporting organisations and paid tribute to his team, led by Peter J Patton, his director of elections.He said: “My team were out night after night and it took it all. That showed on the polls. I got a huge first preference vote.“I have a good track record of working in the community and that showed in my vote. I want to thank every voter who has put their confidence in me. “I’m delighted that the people put their faith in me.”Elections 2019: Worth the wait as Donal Coyle finally takes a seat in Lifford was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsCiaran BroganDonal Coylefianna failletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal DistrictManus Kellylast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Slow start to the steelhead season

first_imgIt’s been somewhat of a sluggish start to the winter steelhead season on the North Coast, and it’s hard to put a finger on exactly why. All of the coastal rivers saw a good rise onChristmas Day, but that influx of water didn’t bring much in the way of steelhead numbers. Granted, a handful of steelhead have been caught on all of the rivers, but not nearly as many as there should be considering the conditions of the rivers.Could this be the year we really feel the effects of the most-recent …last_img read more

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Warriors making a big change with Jacob Evans

first_imgAfter watching Jacob Evans struggle in his rookie season, the Warriors are moving last year’s No. 1 pick to point guard, assistant general manager Larry Harris revealed before Thursday night’s NBA Draft.In an interview on 95.7 FM’s “The Damon Bruce Show,” Harris said Evans will head to Summer League with a purpose.“This summer’s big for him,” Harris said. “We’re going to play him exclusively at point guard the entire Summer League, both in Sacramento and in Vegas. We think that’s going to …last_img read more

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The NBA comes to Africa

first_imgIn a leap forward for basketball in South Africa and the continent, the NBA’s first game in Africa will be played in August. The captains have been announced for the Team Africa versus Team World play off, with the African side led by Luol Deng. In a first for Africa, the NBA will hold a basketball game in Johannesburg. (Image: Twitter)• Africa and space: the continent looks skyward • Africa played a role in ending World War 2 • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • African products sold online to fight against malaria • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours Priya PitamberThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is coming to South Africa, when it will hold its first basketball game in Africa, in August. The Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg will be transformed into a basketball court for the Team Africa versus Team World play off.Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA’s Africa vice-president said it was a major milestone for the group’s efforts on the continent. It has had a presence on the continent for over 30 years. “It is a pivotal moment for the growth of basketball on the continent, and we are grateful to the Players Association, players and team personnel who have committed to be part of this historic event.”An excited Fall hoped the game would become an annual event.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said it was a chance to change the perception of many South Africans, and show that sport was more than rugby, cricket, and soccer. “It will benefit us to grow sport,” he said. “We have started the league of basketball and to put it on the highest pedestal and benefit us in terms of promoting that league here in Mzansi [South Africa].”Team Africa vs Team WorldTeam captains have been named. Heading up Team World is Chris Paul while South Sudanese born Luol Deng will lead the charge for Team Africa.“I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” said Deng. “Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honoured to be part of this historic event.”Paul said he was looking forward to representing Team World in the first NBA game in Africa. “It will be my first visit to the continent, and I cannot wait to contribute to the growth of the game on and off the court.”Happy fansBasketball enthusiasts in Africa took to Twitter to show their excitement.#Africa loves basketball and has always been loyal to the #NBA ????. The #NBAAfricaGame is bound to be a cracker!! https://t.co/3HKT5sH8Nk— Sammy Mncwabe (@SammyMncwabe) May 10, 2015Photo: August 1st you will find me court side watching the #NBAAfricaGame! // #NBA #NBAAfrica #Basketball… http://t.co/lz6KkXhJhc— NoShadowJab (@JAB_A_JAW) May 15, 2015Another step in the right direction by the @NBA to become a global sport by launching new exhibition game in Africa. http://t.co/gm5FVivawn— Avish Sood (@AvishSood) April 23, 2015Ticket information, coaches and other players are still to be announced. Big Concerts will keep fans updated.African playersLuol Deng Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, plays for Miami Heat in the NBA, after moving from Chicago Bulls. (Image: Keith Allison, Wikipedia) “I enjoy throwing the ball in the hoop,” Luol Deng told American news site USA Today. But he had not always like the sport, he admitted.Born in what is now South Sudan, his family fled the war and moved to Egypt. When they received a visit from basketball player Manute Bol, Deng’s fate changed, even if he was resistant to it. “Manute started putting in practices at the time, but I wouldn’t play,” Deng said. “I was nine, and I was just watching. I hated basketball then. I was playing more soccer.”When the family moved to England, his brother continued his interest in basketball, influencing Deng. He started playing at the Brixton Basketball Club. Deng eventually moved to the USA and put his skills to use, playing initially for the Chicago Bulls and now Miami Heat in the NBA.Bismack Biyombo Bismack Biyombo, born Democratic Republic of Congo, plays for Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. (Image: Mike Kalasnik, Flickr) Born in Democratic Republic of Congo, Bismack Biyombo is the eldest of seven children. His love for basketball came from his dad and uncle, both of whom played in the semi-professional first division league.When he was approached to play professionally in the Middle East, his parents were initially reluctant. But after a year of persuasion, they allowed him to do so.Draft Express, a scouting, statistics and analytics service, said: “From Qatar he went to Jordan, then to Lebanon and finally to Yemen. In total, he spent six months jet-setting around the Middle East.”Biyombo moved to Spain to play basketball, where he was spotted by Nike’s consultant of global basketball and was invited to play at the Nike Hoop Summit. He now plays for the Charlotte Hornets.Festus Ezeli Nigerian born Festus Ezeli went to the US when he was young and ended up playing for Golden State Warriors in the NBA. (Image: Warriors World)Festus Ezeli left his native Nigeria for the US when he was 14 years old to live with his uncle, sent by his parents to get a better education.Chatting to sports channel, ESPN, Ezeli admitted he did not know what he was doing when he first tried to play basketball. “Imagine someone who is 14 or 15 years old, and you’re teaching them as if they’re a six-year-old,” he said. “It was tough. Everyone was getting frustrated with me. I was getting frustrated with it. I tried playing in 2005. I stopped. I tried again in 2006. And when I had my first dunk in a summer league game in Las Vegas in 2006, that’s when I was so excited. It was so exhilarating that I started to like it.”He initially struggled to master hand-eye co-ordination. But he said the hard work had paid off – because today he played for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. “To go from where people were telling me, ‘You’re so bad, you’re terrible,’ to being able to do what I’m doing now, to where I could be playing with the best eventually, it’s an honour.”Gorgui Dieng Gorgui Dieng, from Senegal, would like to be a good role model through basketball. He plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. (Image: Africa Top Sports) Gorgui Dieng’s father – an elected official and teacher – played a big role in his life. “My dad, he taught me a lot. Because where I am from, my dad taught me how to share,” Dieng, who hails from Senegal, told US new site, WDRB.“When he was younger, every month my dad had his salary, he’d just put the money on the table like this, and people are going to make a big line because we got a lot of people don’t have enough money to take care of themselves. He always talked like, ‘I made this money. I’m not going to save it for you, I’m going to give it to people that need it. If you want to make your own money, just go work for it.’ That’s what he always told me.”And because of that Dieng said he wanted to earn his own money and become a role model too. “I want to go back home and give back,” Dieng said. “People helped me to get here to go to school and play basketball, I want to go back home and do the same thing for the kids. I don’t want to be selfish. People who helped me do what I’m doing right now, I want to go back and do the same thing for them.”He now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.last_img read more

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Oldboy Director Park Chan-wook Shoots His Latest Film on the iPhone

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Well-known South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook has shot his latest film entirely on the iPhone 4. The 30-minute short “Paranmanjang,” Korean for “ups and downs,” is fantasy-horror film about a middle-age man who catches a woman’s body while fishing in the middle of the night. Despite some of the limitations of the iPhone camera, Park said that the device worked well for the filmmaking. The main difference, he said, was the size and portability of the “camera.” Park told The Guardian that “the new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to.” The iPhone was used for all aspects of the filming process – hunting for a location, shooting auditions, making a documentary about the filming process – in addition to making the film itself. Initial reviews from today’s screening said the cinematography was “quite good, except for a little shakiness in the beginning.” The film was made in conjunction with Park’s younger brother, Park Chan-kyong and KT Corp, South Korea’s exclusive iPhone distributor. KT paid for a portion of the film’s $130,000 production costs.Park won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 with “Oldboy” and the Jury Prize in 2009 for “Thirst.”Those who doubt that the iPhone 4 can be a suitable film camera should remember some of the controversy and concern surrounding the move to digital filmmaking – and away from “film” – in the first place. (Of course, some of that concern came from the fact that one of the first high-profile movies to go digital was Star Wars Episode II, but I daresay cinematography wasn’t the problem there.) Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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CEU halts Flying V’s perfect run, forces Game 3

first_imgRod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESRefusing to go home, Centro Escolar University came out like a house on fire and burned Flying V’s dream of a perfect conference down with a 93-72 blowout Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series.The Scorpions held the Thunder scoreless in the final 5:15 of the first quarter to turn a 14-12 deficit into a commanding 31-14 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ That choking defense continued in the second quarter, where CEU locked Flying V down to grab a lead as high as 23, 58-35, at halftime.Making true of his vow to force the equalizer, Rod Ebondo scattered 18 points, 26 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to carry the mantle for the Scorpions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArt Aquino was also flawless from the field as he made all of his seven shots to pour 18 markers and seven boards, while Christian Uri had 15 points and four rebounds in the victory.“We didn’t focus much of our defense on Teng, but rather, our team defense. We followed our gameplan on defense and that made things easy on us on offense,” said coach Yong Garcia. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul CEU shot 10-of-22 from threewh ile also limiting Flying V to just 31-percent shooting from the field.The win kept the fourth-ranked Scorpions alive and forced a winner-take-all Game 3 slated on Thursday for the right to face Cignal HD in the Finals.“The pressure is on them,” said Garcia. “We didn’t really expect to make it here, but since we’re here, it’s not bad that we try to go for it.”It was a forgettable outing for leading MVP contender Jeron Teng, who played through a sprained left ankle in the first half before fouling out at the 7:21 mark of the fourth quarter.He finished with 13 points, on a 5-of-13 shooting from the field, on top of three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat to lead the Thunder.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gab Banal, Aris Dionisio, and Eric Salamat all churned out 11 markers in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 93 – Ebondo 18, Aquino 18, Uri 15, Casiño 13, Jeruta 10, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 4, Arim 0, Baconcon 0.FLYING V 72 – Teng 13, Banal 11, Dionisio 11, Salamat 11, Torres 10, Cañada 8, Paredes 4, Tampus 3, Thiele 1, Austria 0, Koga 0.Quarters: 31-14, 58-35, 79-61, 93-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Strengthening TVET – Terrelonge

first_imgStory Highlights He said that this disconnect “has been thrown into sharper focus in recent years, with the integration of recent technologies in almost every sphere of professional activities”. The Education State Minister said that Jamaica is among the many countries globally that have moved TVET into the mainstream of the education system. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to strengthening its policy and regulatory framework on technical and vocational education and training (TVET).He was speaking at the Fourth International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay on May 22.The Education State Minister said that Jamaica is among the many countries globally that have moved TVET into the mainstream of the education system.“This paradigm shift is driven by the recognition that, over several decades, there has been a disconnect between the skills imparted by national education systems and those demanded by the workplace,” he noted.He said that this disconnect “has been thrown into sharper focus in recent years, with the integration of recent technologies in almost every sphere of professional activities”.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon Alando Terrelonge (left), greets Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Professor Dale Webber. Occasion was the Fourth International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, on May 22.center_img State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to strengthening its policy and regulatory framework on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). In this regard, he said that the Government has “moved expeditiously to close the gap” on education and training and the world of work, given the potential economic and social benefits to be derived from having a skilled and flexible workforce.“Employers are now demanding that workers for the 21st century must possess knowledge, technical skills, and soft skills to function effectively and be competitive in the workplace.“To attain this level of competitiveness, workers must, therefore, be lifelong learners, who will continue to increase their knowledge and update their skills for upward mobility in the workplace,” Minister Terrelonge said.last_img read more

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