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Lankans make solid start

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.last_img read more

Edwards looking for improved performance against Cuba

first_img Although victory is at the forefront of their minds, preparing the team for the CONCACAF Championship in Panama in April is the main objective. “We definitely want to win the games, but beyond the result, we have to be more mindful of how the team is looking up towards the games against Mexico, El Salvador and USA (CONCACAF group). That is the major focus. Results go a far way in boosting confidence and morale, but beyond the result, we have to be mindful of what we want to achieve and the extent to which we achieved those things. Edwards have faced the Cubans on many occasion in the last few years and believes the two countries have an intense rivalry. “We know we are developing a rivalry between ourselves and Cuba and it is going back many years, and we expect them to come out and fight and play a good game,” he said. Cuba’s coach, Rufino Sotolongo, says this is the first practice game for his team outside of Cuba and that it is very important they get a win. “It (games) is very important. Both teams have qualified for the next round (CONCACAF), so this game is very important, and we are taking it very seriously,” said Sotolongo. Although Sotolongo have seen the young Reggae Boyz play before, he will not dwell on the past. “We have watched them twice in Panama, so we know a bit about them. They have very good players and we respect them, and expect to see good things from them. The games are important, we need to win because it is preparation and we will look at where we are now, because the important thing is to qualify for the World Cup, so we want to know where we are in our preparation,” he said. PREPARING FOR PANAMA After below par performances against their United States and Canadian counterparts, Jamaica Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards says they are looking for marked improvements when they take on Cuba in another two game practice series starting on Sunday at Winchester Park at 3 p.m. The second game is schedule for UWI, Mona on Tuesday. The Jamaicans lost both games to the USA and Canada, and with the implementation of a residential camp, Edwards says they have been able to improve players and the team, and he is expecting a win to boost morale as well. “We have got a lot fitter and stronger, and tactically, we are much better and much better equipped, so we are looking for a better all-round performance at both ends of the pitch and in the middle as well, and you will see a better performance all around. They (players) have been together for a long while, so the cohesiveness and the understanding have developed over the last few weeks due to the residential camp and we are very happy where our preparation is, and we are looking for some good performances,” he said.last_img read more

100 ‘Ebola Orphans’ Appeal for Support

first_imgAbout 100 “Ebola orphans, along with their guardians, yesterday gathered before the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection asking for support from the Liberia government.The orphans are presently sheltered at the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center in Disco Hill, the Roberts International Airport highway in Margibi County.Speaking to journalists, Mr. Julius S. Jarwou, Principal of Abundant Life Chapel (ALC) School, which is currently caring for the children, explained that more than 75 percent of the children, who totaled 140, were seriously affected by the Ebola virus disease and need support from the government and philanthropists, to survive.The children, who are survivors and orphans, had originally come from Dolo Town and surrounding towns within the Firestone concession area before they were housed at the welfare center. All of them had placards with different messages written on them.Joshua Karngar, one of the orphans from Dolo Town, told newsmen that he lost more than 20 members of his family, including his father, mother, aunts, uncles and siblings.Another youth, Bendu Dumbai, lost at least 13 members, including her father and mother, to the deadly virus.James Garmonyou from 72nd Community, where the Ebola case that landed in the United States originated, lost at least four members, including his father, mother and two siblings. His father had come in direct contact with the pregnant lady who was helped by Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who took the virus to the US.Mr. Jarwou, the ACL school principal said, “For the last four months, ALC has been taking care of the children affected by Ebola. We are here to appeal to the government because their guardians or caretakers have said they don’t have the means to care for the children of their relatives who lost their lives to the virus.”According to him, the government, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, had informed the welfare center’s director, to return the children back to their “aunties and uncles,” so that the government can send support to those homes for the children.However, Principal Jarwou further stated that the guardians of these children have told ACL they can’t take the children back because they won’t be able to provide the necessary support the orphans have already gotten used to over the last four months at the welfare center. Most guardians said they are faced with serious financial constraints.One of the grandmothers, who had come along with her grandchildren to plead with the Ministry, speaking in broken Liberian English said guardian don’t trust the government.The grandmother, who only called herself Ma Annie, said if they take their children home, the government might support them for two or three months and then stop the support but if their kids are at the ACL, they would be cared for throughout.Bendu Dumbai, who lost 13 of her family members to the deadly virus presented the children’s concerns to the Deputy Gender Minister for Administration, Mr. Peter Roberts, who came along with Mrs. Lydia Mai Sherman, Deputy for Children and Social Protection.Dep. Min. Roberts assured the children, guardians and Abundant Life Chapel (ACL) that he will ensure that their plight is addressed.From the Ministry, the orphans and their caretakers, marched up the road to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).After waiting in the sun for a while, with their placards high up in the air, asking that specialized UN organ to help address their plight, UNICEF ushered them and their guardians into the compound.The UN staff served the children cold water and soda and promised to liaise with the relevant government agency to address their plight as it doesn’t offer support to individual institutions. It can only do that when such recommendation comes from the government.Meanwhile the director of the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center, Rev. Wilmot Yarlatai, has disclosed to the Daily Observer that every penny spent over the few months on the children’s upkeep has come from his “own pocket and not someone supporting the home.”He thanked Dr. Creflo Dollar and his Creflo Dollar Ministry (CDM) in the US, for helping to construct the facilities and hoped that the CDM, too, will provide funding for the children’s upkeep in the future.Rev. Yarlatai’s clarification comes as some believe that the home and the children are being supported by Dr. Dollar in whose wife’s honor the center is named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Loan will be a mortgage on Guyana’s future – economic advisor

first_imgUS$900M loan…warns Govt over staking debt on oil sectorThe recent US$900 million loan taken by the Government from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is a source of deep concern; as Guyana’s debt portfolio is slated to take a sharp hike.This is according to the Opposition’s economic advisor, Peter Ramsaroop. However, while an agreement has reportedly not yet been inked, he on Friday expressed worry over plans to borrow such huge sums.“It is clear. The Guyana Government has now begun to borrow enormous sums of money based on a promise of oil revenues. Every advisor, including the Leader of the political Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, has consistently warned this Administration against contracting unsustainable loans based on the promise of an extremely volatile export – crude.”“There is no other reason the Islamic Development Bank would front Guyana US$900 million – a country with a proven track record of the inability to spend farFinance Minister Winston Jordanless in a given year – now, to spend on a work programme to be completed between this year and 2020, seems far-fetched,” he pointed out.For perspective, Ramsroop made reference to the state of the art Skeldon Sugar factory which cost US$100 million.“The Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project – a project that would have revolutionised this country was projected to cost US$800 million. The David Granger Government railed against this project saying taking on such a high loan and raising the legislative debt ceiling guarantees for Government was excessive and would have been a burden on this nation for ages to come.”It was announced that the IsDB has, for the period 2018 to 2020, committed to providing Guyana with financial and technical assistance to the tune of US$900 million. This, it was made known, would be directed into the country’s key development areas to assist with its plans for continued social and economic development.This disclosure was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his address at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the IsDB Group in Tunisia. According to the Minister, this money will aid Government’s plans in a meaningful way, as it would give direct support to several Government programmes in many developmental areas.Economist Peter Ramsaroop“The Bank fielded a programming mission in December 2017, where a work programme for the three-year period 2018-2020 was formalised. Financing and technical assistance of about US$900 million will be directed to key development areas; including economic infrastructure, rural development, human development, and trade and competitiveness,” the Minister explained.Jordan claimed that Government has been steadfast in its resolve to ensure growth in the economy. That resolve, according to him, resulted in economic growth averaging about three per cent between 2015 and 2017.last_img read more

Gunmen invade Cuyuni mining camp

first_img…kill miner, escape with 100 ounces of goldBy Vahnu ManikchandDominican Republic national Pedro Pablo Rosario, a night supervisor at a camp, was shot and killed at about 02:00h on Friday when a group of armed and masked bandits invaded that mining camp at Black Water Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to information reaching Guyana Times, the 55-year-old Rosario and four other workers were on duty while other workers were at the dredge, about 30 feet away, when the gunmen pounced on them.Rosario was reportedly relaxing in a hammock at the watch camp when one of the bandits confronted him and discharged a round that fatally struck him. The three suspects then went to the dredge area, where they held the workers at gunpoint and removed two gold mats from the sluice box before making good their escape.This newspaper understands that the owner of the camp reportedly told investigators that a total of 100 ounces of raw gold were on the mats to settle. Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, told the Guyana Times on Friday that the Police received a report of a robbery under arms that morning, and a team of investigators were immediately dispatched to the area.The Divisional Commander disclosed on Friday evening that the body of the 55-year-old night supervisor has been air dashed to Georgetown. A post mortem examination is expected to be performed on Monday.No arrest has as yet been made, but investigations are ongoing. This incident comes on the heels of persons operating mining camps in the Cuyuni region complaining bitterly over security threats, particularly from members of the Venezuela-based Sindicato gang.In a letter of complaint to the media last weekend, the concerned operators disclosed that the gang has set up two camps in the Cuyuni River, and would usually rob persons (both Guyanese and Venezuelans) passing by in boats; and when persons fail to stop, they would open fire on them.Commander Adonis had told this newspaper, when contacted, that because the men were on Venezuela’s side of the river, there was not much local law enforcement could do. He said the Police have since been urging persons traversing the river to remain on Guyana’s side of the border.Miners are calling for Government to provide security escort for them while travelling past the Sindicato camps.State Minister Joseph Harmon, at the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, assured residents in frontline communities along Guyana’s border with Venezuela that steps are being taken to ensure their safety and security.He noted that while Government has set aside “sufficient resources” for the security forces – both the Police and army – to respond to reports of attacks along the border, at the same time a lot of those State resources are being wasted to verify the credibility of such reports, which he said are sometimes mere nuisance reports.The State Minister has emphasised the importance of protecting the country’s border, noting that the National Security Council had earlier this week discussed the increasing attacks along the western border, and coming out of that meeting is a high-level security visit to those borderline areas.“A very high level delegation has gone in there, commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), a Senior Superintendent from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), and representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources… “They’ve had specific briefings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (which) basically deals with matters in relation to the border, and (they understand) the need for them to exercise caution in dealing with these matters,” Harmon stated.Additionally, a Parliamentary Oversight Committee on the Security Sector team, led by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, also recently visited the Region.Over the past months, President David Granger has been visiting frontline communities along the border with Venezuela, and has announced several measures to beef up security in those areas, including an increased presence of Community Policing Group (CPG) members.last_img read more

‘There’s more doubt about Messi’s future than ever before’, claims Spanish football expert

first_img‘There’s more doubt about Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future than there’s ever been’.That’s the view of talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Lee Roden, who joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on Thursday morning.The Argentine has been linked with a £200million move to Chelsea, having fallen out with Luis Enrique, the current chief of the Catalan giants.Roden goes on to tell Alan Brazil and Dominic Cork about the 27-year-old’s problems with the hierarchy at the Nou Camp and why a move, which would have been thought to be impossible a few years ago, may go ahead.last_img read more

Dozens killed, hurt in attack on Bhutto

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Scores of people, mostly men wearing white robes, fled down the street after the blast. Neither Bhutto nor any of the others riding on the truck was hurt, police officer Hasib Beg said. More than 150,000 jubilant supporters had surrounded the convoy carrying Bhutto amid massive security in Karachi. KARACHI, Pakistan – Two explosions went off Thursday night near a truck carrying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on her celebratory return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. Police and party workers said Bhutto was unhurt, but an official said there were at least 30 people killed and 100 wounded. An Associated Press photographer at the scene said he saw between 50 and 60 dead or badly wounded people. He said some of the bodies were ripped apart. An initial small explosion was followed by a huge blast just feet from the front of the truck carrying Bhutto during a procession through Karachi. The blast shattered windows in her vehicle. Footage from the scene showed bodies on the ground, lying motionless, plus a dozen or more injured who were moving. Several motorcycles also lay on their sides. Flames burned in the center of the street after the explosions.last_img read more

Firehouse visits cheer 90-year-old

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Every few weeks, Reuben “Dobb” Kass boards a city bus or train at the North Hollywood subway station near his home, and heads off on another adventure. It doesn’t matter that the retired New York City firefighter is legally blind with only limited peripheral vision, or that he just turned 90 on Sunday. Vision and age have nothing to do with these little adventures Dobb makes. Memories and camaraderie do. “One day a few years ago he wandered into our station, introduced himself, and sat down,” says Los Angeles Firefighter Mike Hayes from Station 105 in West Hills. “Dobb’s trying to visit as many stations in the city and meet as many firefighters as he can. Just hang out for a few hours talking to them. Everybody loves him.” A few weeks ago, Dobb – who got his nickname as a kid from his older brothers in Kansas by passing the time sliding down the neck of an old, blind swayback horse named Dobbin – took the Metrorail to Vermont Avenue, a part of the city he had never visited before. “I asked someone where the closest firehouse was, and stopped in for a visit for a few hours. Wherever I go, the doors always open because all firemen are brothers, here or in New York. Retired or not. It doesn’t matter.” True, said the half-dozen firefighters from Station 105 who turned the tables on Dobb on Sunday, dropping in at a 90th’s birthday party being held at his daughter’s West Hills home. That’s when they saw the video Dobb made last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Engine Company 69 in Harlem. “The guys back there searched the pension rolls to see who was still alive from the old days, and they found me,” he said. Sitting in the North Hollywood fire station near the Valley Village home where he and his wife, Frances, have lived since 1959, Dobb faced a video camera for the first time. In mesmerizing detail, he told the current firefighters of Engine Co. 69 and his own family the story of how he “died” at the big Harlem warehouse fire in the spring of 1943. He was a 27-year-old fireman working the graveyard shift when the alarm at Engine Co. 69 summoned him to a three-story warehouse fire. “When we got there, Jim McCarthy and I stretched some hose, called for water, and went in. The warehouse was filled with burlap rags, and the last thing I remember, Jim and I were crawling on our hands and knees on the second floor.” The rest of the story would be told to them later in the hospital. Because of the steel-shafted windows, it was hard to ventilate the warehouse and the men were overcome by smoke. “They found us laid out on top of a bale of rags,” Dobb said. “We were brought out, and a doctor from the hospital in Harlem pronounced us dead. “They wrapped us in blankets and laid us out on the sidewalk.” The fire raged on, and a second alarm was sounded. Riding in one of the fire ambulances was retired Dr. Harry Archer, 93, and working for the New York City Fire Department for $1 a year. “We were pointed out to him as being dead,” Dobb said. “One of the guys told us later that Archer said, ‘Who says so?’ He immediately put oxygen masks on us, and had other firemen straddle our shoulders, and push down on our backs with their elbows. “I woke up lying in a blanket on the sidewalk,” Dobb said. “Jim McCarthy did, too. They told us later that Dr. Archer, none too politely, suggested the doctor from the Harlem hospital return to medical school. “For the grace of God and that second alarm, I wouldn’t be here today.” But you are, Dobb – surrounded Sunday on your 90th birthday by loving family and brothers on the Fire Department. You can’t beat that. Happy birthday, and keep on visiting all those fire stations in the city. Old doc Archer would be proud. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comlast_img read more

WATCH: You had one job! Steward fails miserably to stop Rangers pitch invasion

first_imgWhen it looks like a pitch invasion is kicking off, stewards are meant to do their best to stop fans making it onto the field of play.However, they are not all good at their job – and the video above shows maybe the worst stewarding attempt in recent history.When Joe Garner scored a 94th minute winner for Rangers against Partick Thistle, a pitch invasion started – and the steward failed miserably to keep the fans in the stands.Check out the video above to see the hilarious incident…last_img read more

Report: Torture in British WWII camp

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The report included the result of an investigation into the death of one inmate, Walter Bergmann, who had offered to spy for the British but came under suspicion because he spoke Russian. “There seems little doubt that Bergmann, against whom no charge of any crime has been made, but on the contrary, who appears to be a man who has given every assistance, and that of considerable value, has lost his life through malnutrition and lack of medical care,” Hayward reported. Prisoners told Hayward they had been whipped and beaten. Hayward wrote that he initially found the charges incredible but “our inquiries of warders and guards produced most unexpected corroboration.” Hayward’s reports led to courts martial of three men. Two were acquitted and the other was found guilty of neglecting inmates and dismissed, the newspaper reported. LONDON – Prisoners were tortured and starved to death in a post-World War II interrogation camp run by Britain for former Nazis and others, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Guardian’s report cited documents recently released under the Freedom of Information Act that described the suffering of some of 372 men and 44 women detained at the camp in Bad Nenndorf, a spa town in northwest Germany occupied by the British after the war. The camp was closed in July 1947, the Guardian reported. Many prisoners had been former Nazi party members or former SS members, rounded up to prevent any insurgency, the Guardian said. Other detainees included businessmen and industrialists who had flourished under Adolf Hitler’s regime. The documents detail an investigation by Inspector Tom Hayward, a Scotland Yard detective. 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