Singh lifts Windies A after two batting meltdowns

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Vishaul Singh was dismissed four runs shy of a century, after leading two solid partnerships to steady West Indies A, who suffered two batting meltdowns against Sri Lanka A on the opening day of their first unofficial Test here yesterday.Singh, a middle-order batsman from Guyana, top scored with 96 to lead rescue efforts as West Indies A were bowled out for 276 at the Khettarama Stadium.Captain Shamarh Brooks played a key innings as well with a knock of 65, while an unbeaten 45 from Kemar Roach was the only other notable contribution.Opener Kieran Powell was dismissed for 36 and dropped Test opener Rajendra Chandrika continued his poor form when he was trapped lbw by Lahiru Kumara.THE RESCUE ACTThe visitors slumped to 56 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat before left-handed Singh arrived to initiate the first rescue act.He put together 125 for the fourth wicket with captain Brooks as the two set about the task of repairing the damage caused from early pressure applied by the Sri Lankan bowlers.Singh faced 187 balls and scored nine boundaries, while Brooks also hit the same number of boundaries, from his 107-ball occupation of the crease.West Indies suffered a second collapse when they lost three wickets for four runs before Singh rose to the occasion again with a 66-run stand for the seventh wicket with Roach.Roach, who struck three fours and the only two sixes of the innings, was unbeaten on 45.The standout bowlers for Sri Lanka were Asitha Fernando2-35, Charith Asalanka 2-53 and Asela Gunaratne 3-27.Sri Lanka A faced one over before stumps were drawn but did not score.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | Is The IOC Being A Big Bully?

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has so meticulously structured the rules of engagement as they relate to stored samples and retroactive drug testing that it is virtually impossible for the accused athletes to be judged fairly. The Nesta Carter case is a classic case in point, where the Olympic governing body, after the original sample taken in 2008 was deemed clean by their own testing machinery, eight years later, then declares an adverse analytical finding from the same sample for a substance that was not on the banned list at the time of taking the original sample. The now banned substance, methylhexanamine, was indeed added to the banned list some three years after Nesta gave his sample in Beijing in 2008. Injustice does not get any more fundamental than that. If this scenario was a matter of a crime and law, Nesta Carter would walk away a free man, with the option of suing for damages. Athletes have absolutely no legal obligation not to take any substance that is not on the banned list, therefore Nesta Carter, and or any other active athlete should, in principle, be free to ingest any substance into his system as long as that substance is not on the banned list. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should put every single performance-enhancing substance they can define scientifically on the banned list and go testing for them. Outside of that, it should all be fair game. My bewilderment is that a principle so simple and fundamental is being violated so publicly and with such vulgarity, with very minimal pushback. The claim by the IOC is that methylhexanamine, the substance found in Carter’s eight-year-old sample, has similar chemical properties to tuaminoheptane, which was on the banned list at the time. therefore, the essence of what the IOC is saying is that in this “similarity” lays the breach by Carter. In science, however, “similar” cannot be interpreted to mean “same”, and this is the case that the IOC is seeking to make, and because of their unique position of power, they will more than likely they will continue to make. This is akin to a man being found “not guilty” of the specific crime of “washing cars” in 2016 because washing cars was not illegal in 2016. Washing trucks, however, was illegal in 2016, but despite not washing any trucks in 2016 and washing only cars, that man is now being charged and convicted retroactively for washing cars in 2016 because it was “similar” to washing trucks and is now illegal in 2017. That is IOC justice. One is forced to wonder if the flawed principles surrounding this Nesta Carter case are so clearly visible to the untrained eye, what kind of approach did Carter’s legal team take in arguing this case? what other angle could they take? If Carter tested for a substance that was on the banned list in 2008 when his sample was taken, this conversation would not be taking place because it would not be relevant. It is, however, a spurious denial of scientific principles to accuse and convict a person on the premise that similar is the same. Methylhexanamine is not even close in spelling or pronunciation to tuanimoheptane. The latter was on the banned list in 2008 and was duly not found in Carter’s sample. the former was not on the banned list in 2008, thus Carter had all the right to ingest it into his system. Nesta Carter, and to a lesser extent Jamaica’s entire programme, is being brought to shame and scandal by an action that is unjust in principle. Having listened extensively to almost all the discussions and analysis surrounding this issue, I find that for the most part, the discussions have been charged with self-righteousness and emotionalism while missing the very essence of justice. IOC justicelast_img read more

The Hope We Share Across the Atlantic Ocean: Our Liberia Beyond 2017 (Part 1)

first_imgBy Samuel Saah KarimuOn Thursday, December 7, 2017, for the first time in history, the nation was all ears, peacefully waiting for the final verdict from the Supreme Court of the land. For little over a month, our nation’s democracy and legal system was tested and proven to the world we’re peaceful, serious and humbled people. Contrary to our revolting past, we demonstrate our commitment and dedication to the transformation of our country and continent bearing in mind that the growth and development of the state is a national credit to all and sundry. Right hand salute to the folks on the ground especially the young comrades who opted to use patience over violence, media over riot, pen over gun, and ballot over bullet.Even as we celebrate this democratic victory, let us keep in mind that there’s a big task ahead of us. A task of progression or retrogression. Peaceful election means the aftermath, that is, the acceptance of results by contenders and supporters. Liberia, in no doubt, is on the right trajectory to national prosperities and transformation but a hole of trust now lies in the outcome of the runoff election.  Whoever wins becomes our president and shoulders the responsibilities of the state with enormous challenges ranging from education, health care, security, infrastructures and protracted balance of payments (BOP) deficits.In last October, we peacefully scrutinized various candidates and sorted out two candidates as majority candidates. Insofar we took to the polls and elected two (Amb. Boakai and Amb. Weah) out of 20 candidates, I’m confident and optimistic we can democratically choose one out of just two. Make no mistake, folks, to allow the politics of the day to ruin the minds against your country and brothers on the other side; we’re all Liberians seeking one objective but with different drivers. The President will be a single person — the face of the nation — but we’re the real engine of growth (productive labor force) in the economy. The President can’t be everywhere at the same time as he will depend on us to demonstrate excellence and quality in service delivery to country. Let’s understand that the productive labor force lies in every Liberian ranging from the janitor to the manager, the shoe shiners to the marketers, the retailers to the wholesalers and the consumers to the suppliers. We (every citizens) remain the true drivers of growth and development so now is the time to unite in our honest disagreements and stand firm to move this country forward.Of recent, I took keen interest in closely following all candidates, especially the two Ambassadors and their activities in the public. Interestingly, the two political leaders share similar backgrounds of humility, hard work, trust and confidence in service delivery. Tell you the truth, both candidates are prepared and ready to take on the mantle from Mrs. Sirleaf and team hence; we remain more optimistic in the future of our beloved country buttressing the words of our late brother Mamadee that the Motherland will never fall.Early last Friday, I became overwhelmingly elated when I saw on the Facebook vibrant and energetic young people from the Unity Party (UP) and Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) peacefully exchanging ideas for the forward match of our state. In my little corner around the globe, I wept in joy that we’re getting there with time, focus, hard work and civility. From the cross section of ideas, I took confidence in the future of my beloved country and trust the abilities of the young comrades to keep the peace amidst political battles and hurdles as sooner or later, we’ll take over the mantle of authority to drive the agenda of our dear country.Organizational theory teaches us that the strength of the leader is the composition of team. This means, the success of the next Commander-in-chief depends on us, the productive citizens in service and goods deliveries. Let’s remember the president is just a single person probably with a single career managing people in varieties of sectors so the best help you can do for your country, is to either be true to the position of trust or quit the nomination of trust to allow honest nationals to serve. A few patriotic and honest workforce is better than a bunch of hardworking-professional rascals and national looters.And to you, the front liners of our today’s politics, especially the media, we equally charge you with the responsibility to protect the stability and peace of the environment. Note there’s power/influence in words so we advise you to tailor your arguments for the collective good of the Motherland. We understand the objectives of electioneering politics, but hey, we got a stake to protect ‘Young democracy’ amidst our quest for political leadership. This space existed long before our existence and must peacefully exist after our existence so if you can’t construct the bridge, don’t crack the pillar. Constructive criticisms or variations in ideas remain a strong pillar of democracy henceforth, we look forward to healthy-political engagements and campaigns of unity not hate.Judging from the current state of our democracy, I submit to add that the true definition of patriotism is tied to, or will be determined by, the outcome of the Runoff election, mainly through our acceptance, willingness and commitment to serve country against our political interests.In union, strong success is sure we can’t fail. God bless the Motherland and its resilient people.To be continued!The Author:Samuel Saah Karimu is an African writer and poet. He can be reached via email at ksamuelsaah@gmail.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High School Students Build New Homes

first_imgPhoto: Principal Richard Koop stands in the doorway of one of the newly completed Residential Construction Project Homes -Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.caTwo brand new homes have just hit the real estate market in Fort St. John — both built by local high school students. The houses are the efforts of the Residential Construction Project, a module that can see students earning over a quarter of their high school credits towards graduation in a single semester. The students also receive their Level 1 Carpentry technical training and write their first year Carpentry exam. Rick Koop, Principal in charge of Special Projects, says the program so far has proved to be a great opportunity for students looking to move into any of the skilled trades involved in construction. [asset|aid=207|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Rick Koop 1_1_Pub.mp3] These homes represent some firsts for the Residential Construction Project, now in its fifth year. This is the first year that the students have built more than one home in a semester. The two new homes are smaller than those constructed in previous years and are aimed at providing affordable housing in the city. The homes are also heated and cooled using geothermal systems. Principal Koop says the district is considering implementing the technology in district schools and offices. [asset|aid=208|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Rick Koop – Geothermal_1_Pub.mp3] The houses, located on 95th Ave, can be found listed for sale on- Advertisement -www.MLS.ca.last_img read more

Zarika awarded Head of State Commendation

first_imgThe mother of two, made history last year after she became the first Kenyan woman to win the WBC Super Bantam weight after dethroning Jamaican Alicia Ashley.She is the only sports person in the list of 59. The Awards are made by the President upon the advice of a National Honours and Awards Committee in the Office of the President.The President issues the State commendations in recognition of outstanding or distinguished services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fatuma Zarika poses before a previous fight. PHOTO/SportPesaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12- World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight champion Fatuma Zarika is among Kenyans who have been awarded Head of State Commendation during a State Luncheon hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.Zarika, sister to Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed, two weeks ago successfully defended her world title after out-punching Catherine Phiri of Zambia in an action-packed match held at the Nairobi Carnivore Grounds.last_img read more

Drag racing legend Wally Parks dies in Burbank

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The NHRA’s first sanctioned major drag race was held in April 1953 in a parking lot at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. The city became the permanent home of the Winternationals and its season-ending World Finals. Parks was president of the NHRA until 1983, then served as chairman of the board until 1999. In the 1950s, he also served as founding editor of Hot Rod magazine, which chronicled the burgeoning sport. As president of the Southern California Timing Association, Parks set the distance of a quarter of a mile as the standard length of a drag race. BURBANK – Wally Parks, an automobile enthusiast who founded the National Hot Rod Association and helped turn drag racing into a legitimate sport, has died. He was 94. Parks died Friday at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center of complications from pneumonia, said Michael Hollander, a spokesman with the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona. As a test driver for General Motors, Parks started organizing car races in Southern California’s dry lake beds in the 1940s. He formed the NHRA in 1951 out of those loosely organized desert races. It grew from a simple car club, with Parks’ wife Barbara hand-typing membership cards, into a governing body events across the nation. last_img read more

‘This Chelsea team is exactly what I wanted to see’

first_img//storify.com/talksport/this-chelsea-team-is-exactly-what-i-wanted-to-see-.js?border=false[View the story “‘This Chelsea team is exactly what I wanted to see’ – New-look Blues as Terry, Ivanovic, Costa and Matic all dropped” on Storify] Jose Mourinho has had a complete overhaul of his Chelsea team for tonight’s Champions League curtain raiser against Maccabi Tel Aviv.John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa all drop to the bench as Oscar, Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both start.Chelsea team: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.See the best reactions to the team news below …  Oscar center_img 1last_img

TRANSFER FIGHT! Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus battling for Real Madrid starlet

first_img1 Juventus have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral.The striker is tipped for a big future in the game and youth coaches have likened him to the great Raul.Arsenal and Chelsea have been tracking the 19-year-old since January and scouts have returned with glowing reports.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are now providing competition to the Premier League pair.Mayoral recently signed a new contract until 2021 with Real and they are reluctant to let him leave permanently.But Juventus are hoping that they can broker a deal similar to the one they negotiated for Alvaro Morata two years ago.The Italian champions are proposing to buy Mayoral this summer – but they will insert a buy-back clause into the Spaniard’s contract so Madrid can bring him back in the future if they wish. Borja Mayoral in action for Real Madrid’s youth team last_img read more

Picture Special: Royal Black Preceptory’s Last Saturday march through Raphoe

first_imgThe Derry/Londonderry chapter of the Royal Black Preceptory held their parade in Raphoe this weekend. This is the first time the parade has taken place in Donegal for eleven years.Over 40 preceptories took place in the parade. The parade followed the route through Raphoe to the demonstration field at Sparrow Hill, where a religious ceremony took place. The main celebrant at the service was Sir Knt Rev Joe Andrews, the County Grand Chaplin, and the guest speaker was Sir Knt Ivan Kelly, the Deputy Grand Master of the chapter.The district officers were clad in period-clothing in memory of the previous Sir Knts who perished during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Some of the finest bands in the north west turned out to take part in the Last Saturday march. Photography by Northwest Newspix.Picture Special: Royal Black Preceptory’s Last Saturday march through Raphoe was last modified: August 28th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Battle of the SommeDerrylast saturdayLondonderryparaderoyal black preceptorylast_img read more

GAA NORTHERN BOARD NOTES

first_imgDonegal Northern Board GAA Results Downings Bay HotelU16 League Div 1 Division OneCloughaneely              3.07     0.04     TermonUrris                            2.04     7.19     St Eunans Burt                             2.03     4.09     BuncranaSt Eunans                    2.07     0.04     Cloughaneely    Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneSt Eunans B                3.04     3.08     Milford L/Kenny Gaels            4.08     1.07     GlenswillyFanad Gaels                1.10     1.06     St MichaelsDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoCarndonagh                4.21     3.06     Robert EmmetsRed Hughs                  2.04     4.14     MalinN Padraig Lifford       3.07     1.08     GlenfinConvoy                       1.03     2.04     N ColmcilleMalin                           2.20     2.04     Convoy Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1  P          W        L         D         PtsBuncrana                     3          3          0          0          6St Eunans A                3          3          0          0          6 Termon                        2          1          1          0          2Cloughaneely              3          1          2          0          2Urris                            1          0          1          0          0Burt                             2          0          2          0          0Sean McCumhaills      2          0          2          0          0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1 P          W        L         D         PtsL/Kenny Gaels            3          3          0          0          6Downings                    2          2          0          0          4Fanad Gaels                1          1          0          0          2Gaoth Dobhair                        2          1          1          0          2St Eunans B                3          1          2          0          2Milford                        2          1          1          0          2Glenswilly                   2          0          2          0          0St Michaels                 3          0          3          0          0 Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2  P          W        L         D         PtsCarndonagh                3          3          0          0          6Naomh Colmcille        3          3          0          0          6Malin                           3          2          1          0          4Red Hughs                  3          1          2          0          2Convoy                       3          1          2          0          2N Padraig Lifford       2          1          1          0          2Robert Emmets           2          0          2          0          0Glenfin                        3          0          3          0          0 Fixtures Sunday 27th March 12.00 Downings Bay Hotel U16 League Div 1Division OneTermon            v          Sean McCumhaills      Michael MulhernBuncrana         v          Urris                            John FarrenSt Eunans        v          Burt                             Seamus Bradley Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneSt Michaels                 v         Downings         Barry MolloyMilford                        v         L/K Gaels         Paul McGovernGaoth Dobhair                        v         Fanad Gaels     Hugh McGarveyGlenswilly                   v          St Eunans B    Paddy McKeeverDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoN Colmcille                 v          Carndonagh    Paul CrampsieMalin                           v          N Padraig        Tony FoleyR Emmets                   v          Convoy           Rory McGonagleGlenfin                        v          Red Hughs      Tony GallagherNotes:Vocational Schools FootballCongratulations to Donegal Vocational Schools on winning their All Ireland Final replay against Cork on St Patricks Day in Tuam.Minor FootballDonegal Minor footballers returned from Brewster Park in Enniskillen on Saturday with a narrow one-point defeat in Section B of the Ulster Minor Football League against Fermanagh.  Donegal enjoyed a five-point lead going into the last five minutes of the game, but two late goals for the home side secured the points. Donegal’s next game is away to Tyrone on 2nd April.The minor hurlers also lost out by double scores to Tyrone in Healy Park Omagh on a score line of 2.12 to 1.06.  However there was better luck for the Under 21’s as they progressed to the quarterfinals of the Cadbury’s Ulster Championship last Wednesday night when they defeated Antrim by 0.08 to 0.05 and will now meet Cavan this week in the quarter-final in their bid to retain their title.Clubs are reminded that the minor league begins on Friday 1st April with the following fixtures.Friday 1st April 7.00 pmKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue Division OneCloughaneely              v          Ghaoth Dobhair          Don LanganConvoy                       v          St Eunans                    Kevin DohertyMalin                           v          Milford                        Paul CliffordMcCumhaills FreeKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue Division Two Section OneCarndonagh                v          Naomh Colmcille        Christy LynchN Padraig Lifford       v          Glenfin                        Tony GallagherBuncrana                     v          Red Hughs                  Sean McLaughlinR Emmets FreeKelly’s FurnitureMinor Laegue  Division Two Section TwoSt Eunans B                v          Downings                    Paddy McKeeverLetterkenny Gaels       v          Termon                        Michael MulhernSt Michaels                 v          Fanad Gaels                Benny TreartyGlenswilly FreeCoaching Session Wednesday 30th MarchThere will be a coaching course under the heading “Games To Develop Football U.10 & U.12” on Wednesday 30th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. All underage coaches in this particular age group are asked to attend.RegistrationsClubs are reminded that all players must be registered before they play.  Registrations for 2011 to be lodged with the Northern Board Registrar Emma McAteer and this is really important as the GAA Insurance System has a no tolerance policy this year due to an increase in claims over the past number of years.Trophies:All trophy winners are asked to return trophies to the Board Treasurer Brid Gallaher at the next monthly meeting which will be held in the clubrooms of St Eunans GAA Club on Monday 28th March commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.ENDSGAA NORTHERN BOARD NOTES was last modified: March 21st, 2011 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