Benjamin concerned about Joseph

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes head coach Reginald Benjamin said he was concerned that rookie West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has failed to fire since his return to action in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament. Joseph was sidelined for a little over a month following his return home to Antigua from the West Indies Tour of Zimbabwe to tend to his ailing mother. He, however, returned to action for the Hurricanes in the last two matches of the 4-Day tournament before the long break for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, plus the Regional Super50 Tournament. But the 20-year-old has not lit a spark, taking just four wickets in the period, much to the disappointment of Benjamin, as the Hurricanes suffered successive losses to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and Jamaica Scorpions, sliding to fifth in the tournament. “He is not coming and hitting the lines and lengths efficiently, and we didn’t want at the beginning of the season, to be depending on (Rahkeem Cornwall) only,” Benjamin said. “As you can see, Gavin Tonge and other players have stepped up, and with Alzarri coming back, we were sure that we would have an edge to our bowling attack, but thus far it hasn’t paid off.” Benjamin believes the break will be good for not only Joseph, but the rest of the Hurricanes squad, giving them a chance to regroup before tackling the Super50 tournament and the remainder of the four-day matches. “After the Guyana game, Hugh Gore, our manager, and I had a meeting and based on our observations, one of the things we came up with is that some players started getting complacent,” said Benjamin. “So we saw it right at that point, and even in Trinidad, and in Windward Islands. We addressed it against Jamaica, but (the break) comes at a very opportune time because we have to go back to the drawing board. “We should be second on the table, but we had a game against the Volcanoes, where we basically allowed that to get away from us, and I think that had a negative effect on us for the game against the Scorpions.”last_img read more

UFC officially strips inactive McGregor of 155-pound title

first_imgWhite had not announced he would officially strip McGregor of the championship until Wednesday when he discussed the popular Irish fighter’s return to UFC this year.“Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year,” White said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhite said he did not expect McGregor to attend the fight.The UFC 223 main event of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway will be for the lightweight championship. Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and moved up to 155 pounds on less than one week’s notice. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Ferguson had been the 155-pound interim champion in McGregor’s absence and remained the No. 1 contender in the division.“We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,” White said. “Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only one that’s losing a belt here is Conor. Conor is losing the belt. These two are fighting for the belt.”Once the fight starts, McGregor will no longer be champion and the need for the interim belt will go away — leaving the winner as the true 155-pound champ.Ferguson and Nurmagomedov had been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off.White was hesitant to book a fifth fight between the two but could be forced to should Nurmagomedov walk out the champ.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Beermen near PH Cup crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It’s the last fight on earth that I want to make again,” White said. “However this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there. Tony is still the No. 1 ranked guy in the world either way, no matter who wins. I’ll deal with that when it’s time to deal with it.”       /mufSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2016, file photo, Conor McGregor leaves the octagon with his title belts after knocking out Eddie Alvarez during a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK — Conor McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Dr. Tipoteh: ‘Senate Lowered Itself’

first_imgDr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh has said that Tuesday’s decision by the Liberian Senate to endorse the December 16, 2014 timetable by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the Special Senatorial Elections amounts to “lowering itself”.According to Dr. Tipoteh, a twice defeated presidential candidate, NEC through a communication asked the Liberian Senate for approval of a date to hold the Special Senatorial Elections, because the electoral body holds the view that its request was the legal action to take.The Senate, in the view of Dr. Tipoteh, began considering the request of NEC because it was of the opinion that NEC had taken the appropriate legal action.Surprisingly, Dr. Tipoteh pointed out, NEC went ahead implementing its plan to hold elections without the Senate’s approval, by announcing the beginning of electoral campaigning on Thursday, November 20, 2014.More surprising, Dr. Tipoteh observed, is the approval of the request of NEC after that body had begun the implementation of its plan to hold the Senatorial Elections.He insisted, in a text message to this newspaper yesterday, that NEC’s action to proceed with its plan prior to receiving the requested approval of the Senate means that NEC considers the Senate’s approval to be “unnecessary and irrelevant.”Therefore, Dr. Tipoteh concluded that the Senate lowered itself by allowing NEC to proceed with the elections without the approval of the Senate, especially after NEC had publicly sought that body’s approval of its elections plan.Meanwhile, some of the 12 Senators who are contenders for their second term, will be clearing their desks today during the 79th day sitting of the Senate, some, if not all, for the last time. They journey to their respective counties as campaigning kicks off today in earnest.Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, who served as Pro Tempore in the 52nd Senate, is calling it a day after serving in several governments for over 50 years.Senator Frederick Doe Cherue of River Gee, who is one of the renowned lawyers of the country, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County are also not standing for re-election. Nyenabo has been nominated by President Sirleaf to serve as Ambassador to the European Union and Brussels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brand-name hair products hit local market

first_imgThe popular Chi Biosilk line of hair products was on Monday officially launched in Guyana, with Caribbean Premier Distributors being the sole distributors.The launching took place at a simple ceremony at the Georgetown Club on Camp Street, Georgetown. The hair products come in different forms suited for all hair types and are guaranteed to leave your hair feeling strong and healthy. Also, the products are available at affordable prices from as low as 00.According to the Chi Biosilk website, the hair care products are infused with silk to moisturise and add a glossy shine to your locks and offer flat irons, hair dryers and seven luxurious hair care collections to help style and finish your look.Fashion icon Sonia Noel, during the launching ceremony, endorsed the product, noting that it indeed does wonders for your hair.Persons who are desirous of making purchases or becoming sub distributors of the products are encouraged to contact Robetta Sami on 231-4130 or 616-0390 or visit their location at the Kaylan Mall, Lamaha Street.last_img read more

Lack of Lawyers Hinders Magisterial Court in Rivercess

first_imgThe Stipendiary Magistrate at the Cestos City Court in Rivercess County, Attorney Benjones D. Wheagbah, has decried the lack of city solicitors and defense lawyers in the county.Magistrate Wheagbah made the statement in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer last Monday in Cestos City, the capital of Rivercess County.Magistrate Wheagbah disclosed that the lack of lawyers in the county has and continues to hinder the effectiveness of the court’s operations.He pointed out that he is a judge and cannot issue writs, but the prosecutor is the one who issues writs, assigns and prosecutes cases in the legal interests of the state and the plaintiffs, while the defense lawyer defends the legal interests of defendants in order for justice to prevail without discrimination.He is therefore appealing to the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Liberia to assign lawyers to the county to seek the legal interests and protect the citizens in the county.He is also appealing to law firms in Monrovia and elsewhere to establish branches in the county to help the court dispose of cases for the citizens to be protected by laws.Touching on the challenges of the court, Magistrate Wheagbah lamented that sometimes private prosecutors find it difficult to go to court due to long distances they have to travel.He added that this is attributed to the absence of a prosecutor who is actually responsible to make assignments in criminal or civil cases and to know the whereabouts of plaintiffs and make sure that defendants are brought to court to face justice.  He further alleged that Rivercess County Attorney, Cllr. Abel Knight is in the constant habit of taking away un-disposed cases in his court and setting defendants free, something he said makes mockery of the court and the judicial system in the county. When contacted, Attorney Knight denied the allegation and descried it as false, unfounded and intended to tarnish his reputation and discredit his effort to prosecute cases in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diamond drug bond plagued by unstable electricity

first_img–  poses health risk to patientsThe improper storage of pharmaceuticals at the Diamond drug bond could not only lead to millions of dollars in losses owing to spoilage but a major health risk to patients.It was recently revealed by the warehouse manager, Silhouette Craig, that the East Bank Demerara facility currently had a malfunctioning refrigerator and was faced with frequent bouts of unstable electricity.Government ministers undertaking a tour of the Diamond Drug Bond along with senior members of the Ministry of Public HealthBack in 2016, the Government opted to rent what was basically a house on Sussex Street, Charlestown, Georgetown owned by a party affiliate to store the country’s pharmaceuticals at an exorbitant rate of $12.5 million per month.While the facility is less than 10,000 square feet, the NEW GPC INC drug storage bond, which was used prior to the new rental, was 70,000 square feet and provided cold storage free of cost using its walk-in cold room to the Public Health Ministry.The primary electricity supply for the NEW GPC is a generator, since the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc is unreliable and there is a second backup generator, providing redundancy, in the event the primary fails.Craig told sections of the media that the Diamond walk-in fridge was not filled because there was always a constant need to relocate drugs between the Diamond bond and the Sussex Street bond.It has been recognised that once an item has gone off the cold chain for a certain amount of time, it should be rejected on account of the detrimental health risks it poses to patients.With the current issues facing the Diamond bond, the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) has the authority to reject or seize all items that have been exposed to higher than prescribed temperatures immediately and prevent them from entering the health system.Some may argue that there is no point in sending such items for testing since it is a difficult and expensive scientific endeavour.However, the risk to patients in using a cold chain item which was improperly stored is enormous, as it can cause serious injuries or even death.All of this could have been avoided if the Public Health Ministry had continued to utilise NEW GPC’s cold room facilities.The use of fridges, like in the case of Diamond, is not ideal, since they are still subjected to blackouts and each would have to be monitored and logged separately to ensure the cold chain remains intact.In December 2016, the GA-FDD had seized thousands of kidney drugs, after it was found that the drugs were being stored at temperatures between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius and not the 2 to 8 degrees Celsius recommended by the manufacturers.The cold chain begins with the manufacturer and ends with the patient. Products that have not been handled according to the conditions set by the manufacturer are considered to be unsafe for use as quality and effectiveness may have been compromised.Safe temperature and humidity ranges for products vary according to the conditions required to ensure their continued quality. All temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and biologic products are at risk of damage if handled improperly. The conditions for the transportation and storage of drug products by wholesalers are set by the GA-FDD.last_img read more

Clippers end road trip on sour note

first_img• Photo Gallery: 02/12: Clippers vs. Pistons AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons got the Clippers at the right time, and they knew it. “We reminded our guys of all that this morning, before the game, during the game and after the game,” Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. “We’ve been in that situation, too. It isn’t easy to be at the end of a trip like that, especially without Elton.” Saunders even got the weather he wanted – a chilly, snowy day with a winter storm about to roll in. “The teams from the East go out west early in the season, and we literally get our heads beat in,” Saunders said. “But it is even harder for the Western teams, because they come through here around the All-Star break, and they go from 75 degrees to 10-below, and all they want to do is sit in their hotel rooms all day. That’s just how we like it.” The Clippers, who haven’t played a home game yet this month, went 2-5 on the marathon trip, and one of the victories came against the struggling Boston Celtics. The Clippers host Atlanta on Wednesday. “This is the longest trip of the year, and we wanted it to turn out better than it did,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “There were a couple games on the trip that we played against teams that we felt we could beat, but we didn’t get the job done.” Chris Webber had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Pistons beat the short-handed Clippers 92-74 on Monday night for their seventh consecutive victory. The Clippers staggered in for their last stop on a seven-game trip and fell to 8-19 on the road. They were missing Elton Brand, who was a late scratch with back spasms. center_img Detroit, which has beaten the Clippers eight times in a row, improved to 11-2 since Webber joined the starting lineup. “There was a period where Chris was just attacking the basket and making great plays,” Tayshaun Prince said. “We caught the Clippers on the back end of a long road trip, where we knew they couldn’t sustain for 40 minutes and we took advantage of it.” Richard Hamilton scored 15 points and Prince added 14 for Detroit, which had all of its starters score in double figures. “They played team ball, and when you do that, you can wear a team down,” Clippers guard Cuttino Mobley said. “Before we knew it, we were down 15 and they were keeping that lead.” Mobley led the Clippers with 17 points, and Corey Maggette contributed 15. Chris Kaman had 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. The Pistons led 45-38 at the half after holding the Clippers to 34.2 percent shooting, and took over in the third quarter. Webber had eight points and Hamilton scored five as Detroit opened the second half with a 13-3 run. The Pistons led 71-56 after three. Sam Cassell started the fourth with a three-point play for the Clippers but Webber scored the next four points to put the game away. “Webber gives them another dimension because he creates easy baskets,” Dunleavy said. “That was a good pick-up for them, and they are playing very well.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Guardiola eyes 100 points for record-breaking City

first_imgOn his final home appearance as a City player, Toure, who is leaving the club at the end of the season after eight years, captained the side.His name was chanted throughout the contest, there was a huge cheer when he was substituted late on and the crowd also showed their appreciation for the 34-year-old Ivorian during a post-match presentation on the pitch involving his brother and former City team-mate Kolo Toure.City boss Guardiola said: “97 points, a lot of goals, a lot of wins — that’s a consequence of the season we have done. It’s good.“Now it’s one more game (away against Southampton on Sunday). We’re going to try for 100 points and finish this almost perfect season in the Premier League.“It’s fantastic because we did that (break the records) in the day we always will remember — the day for Yaya.”Guardiola said he agreed with those who argue that City need to win more titles to be considered the equals of the great sides of the past, including Liverpool and Manchester United.“In the end, we have won one Premier League — three in six years, but in this moment just one. They won a lot of things,” he said.“But in terms of statistics and numbers, this season we were the best, and that’s why we are so satisfied. Once, a team will arrive and do better than us but they will have to do really good.”Danilo put City ahead and after Leonardo Ulloa equalised, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho also got on the scoresheet for City. Leroy Sane provided assists for all three City goals.Guardiola said City can get “a lot” better, and said of Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year Sane: “What I like the most with Leroy, seeing his outstanding performance today, was I had the feeling he can do better, and that is the best.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola embraces midfielder Yaya Toure as he is substituted during the Premier League football against Brighton © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 10 – Pep Guardiola is targeting 100 points to cap an “almost perfect season” after champions Manchester City set a hat-trick of Premier League records and home fans said farewell to veteran midfielder Yaya Toure.City’s 3-1 win against Brighton on Wednesday took them to 97 points and 105 goals for the season as they registered their 31st win of the campaign — all three are new records.last_img read more

Switzerland stage comeback to beat Serbia

first_img0Shares0000Stoke forward Xherdan Shaqiri was the hero as he raced away from the defence to score an 89th minute winner. Photo/GETTY IMAGESKALININGRAD, Russia, June 22 – A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad.The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri and fellow Swiss goalscorer Granit Xhaka, who along with team-mate Valon Belrami were booed relentlessly by Serbia’s fans throughout.Shaqiri, Xhaka and Belrami trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, a fact which had stoked tensions before the match.Both Shaqiri and Xhaka pointedly celebrated their goals by making an eagle gesture with their hands, viewed as a symbol of defiance.Serbia raced out of the blocks, funnelling possession to Southampton winger Dusan Tadic on the right flank, who troubled Switzerland with his crossing all match.An Aleksandar Mitrovic header forced a smart save from Swiss keeper Yann Sommer after four minutes.Seconds later, Tadic took the ball past left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, cut back on his favoured left foot and delivered a majestic cross that Mitrovic duly buried with his head.In a frenetic first half, Switzerland had more of the ball but were sloppy with it, giving away possession in advanced positions and sending Serbia on the break.Lazio’s highly rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fizzed a right-footed shot narrowly wide of Sommer’s right post on 15 minutes, and Mitrovic almost scored with a spectacular bicycle kick that went the same way minutes later.Switzerland, who came to Russia ranked ahead of the likes of France and Spain, felt their way into the game as the first-half progressed.On the half-hour mark, Steven Zuber cleverly teed up Blerim Dzemaili but the Hoffenheim man got his feet in a muddle and Vladimir Stojkovic was able to parry away.But it was Serbia, who beat Costa Rica 1-0 in their Group E opener, who nearly went in two up.Nemanja Matic missed a glorious chance to double the lead just before the break when Tadic’s in-swinging corner found him unmarked at the back post but the Manchester United midfielder couldn’t sort his feet out.Matic said during the build-up the team were expecting a “hellish” encounter with the Swiss, who in their game with Brazil fouled star forward Neymar 10 times alone.Switzerland grew in stature after the break and were rewarded with a spectacular equaliser courtesy of Xhaka’s 52nd-minute piledriver.They had the better chances in the second period, with Shaqiri’s curling effort from the edge of the area grazing Stojkovic’s bar on the hour mark.Coach Vladimir Petkovic brought on attackers Breel Embolo and Mario Gavranovic in a bid to force a winner, and Gavranovic forced a smart save from Stojkovic from a close range effort with 10 minutes remaining.But it was Stoke City winger Shaqiri who struck the decisive blow, breaking through Serbia’s offside trap to slot home calmly as the 90 minutes wound down.Serbia will now need something from their final Group E match against Brazil, while a draw against Costa Rica would see Switzerland through.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

REVEALED: THE SWINGING LINE-UP FOR NAOMH MHUIRE’S JIVE ALIVE

first_imgLooking Good: The All-Star line-up for Jive Alive – Pic Brid SweeneyThe West Awakes to Jive Alive 2013.Naomh Muire GAA club are never ones to take their fingers off the pulse.And they’ve launched their upcoming JIVE ALIVE 2013 with this All Star line-up. The popular and much anticipated dancing will take place over two nights , April 12th and 13th at Aislann, Ranafast.Tickets are certainly going to sell out for this one.******** Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily REVEALED: THE SWINGING LINE-UP FOR NAOMH MHUIRE’S JIVE ALIVE was last modified: February 18th, 2013 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:REVEALED: THE SWINGING LINE-UP FOR NAOMH MHUIRE’S JIVE ALIVElast_img read more