FEARS QUICKLY DASHED GROS ISLET, St Lucia: West Indies Women trounced Pakistan Women by six wickets in the final one-day international cricket match on Saturday night to clinch the four-match series 3-1 and join Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship. Chasing a modest 183 for victory at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, the hosts cantered home in the 43rd over with their inspirational captain, Stafanie Taylor, stroking an attractive unbeaten 87 from 107 deliveries, to pick up the Player-of-the-Match award. The win was the Windies Women’s third on the trot after losing the opening game two Fridays ago and more importantly, saw them sweep the contests designated as ICC Championship games and grab the six vital points required to move to the top of the points table alongside the Aussies on 16 points. A qualifying tournament for the 2017 Women’s World Cup, the top four sides from the Championship will gain automatic qualification for the event scheduled for England. “We executed really well throughout the series. We recognised the importance of trying to dominate this game and again, we did that really well,” head coach Vasbert Drakes said. “Our objective was to move up to the number one spot and it was a great series to do that and certainly that was one of the biggest motivating factors.” Sent in, Pakistan Women were restricted to 182 for five off their 50 overs, thanks to superb bowling from pacer Shamilia Connell, who snared three for 32 from her 10 overs. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed picked up two for 30, while Hayley Matthews strangled the visitors with her off-breaks in a 10-over spell that went for just 20 runs. Asmavia Iqbal top scored with 44 not out off 43 balls batting at number seven, while Bismah Maroof chipped in with 41, Javeria Khan, 25 and captain Sana Mir an unbeaten 24. In reply, West Indies lost Matthews without scoring with six runs on the board in the fourth over and were further set back when they also lost the other opener Kycia Knight for 19 at 32 for two in the ninth. However, any fears of a West Indies Women collapse were quickly dashed as Taylor took control in two telling partnerships. First, the right-hander put on 54 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin, who struck 25 from 43 balls with a four and a six. When she departed in the 23rd over to a catch at the wicket off leg-spinner Bismah, Taylor found an ally in former captain Merissa Aguilleira, who stroked an important 37 off 62 deliveries with two fours. Taylor played with assurance, gathering 10 boundaries to dominate the innings and record her second straight unbeaten half-century of the tournament. Overall, she finished with 261 runs at an average of 130, to also cop the Player-of-the-Series award. The two teams will now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series, which bowls off in Grenada on Thursday. – CMC
“It is disappointing to win a World Cup and you’ve not played international cricket after that. To remove the winning World Cup coach [as well], it’s just a mess. I am not about fighting it anymore.” While selectors said Sammy’s dropping was due to his lack of individual performances, it has been widely speculated that the St Lucian all-rounder paid the price for his criticism of the WICB just moments following the Windies’ capture of the T20 World Cup in India. However, despite all that has transpired since, Sammy said he did not regret his decision then to blast the board. “Put me on that podium again and I will do it even better. I believe a man has to speak his heart. It was just an extension of what my team went through flowing from me. JUST A MESS LONDON (CMC): Discarded Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has supported the view of two of his former teammates that the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons has negatively impacted West Indies’ performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan. Speaking here this week, the 32-year-old criticised the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) decision, noting that such actions had now become a trend, and said that he could tell the Caribbean side was not in a “happy mood” in the United Arab Emirates. “It’s disappointing but not surprising,” the two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper was quoted as saying. “It’s been a trend of how my former employers operate. It was sad. They will say it did not have an effect on the team, but from the pictures being posted on social media, I could tell my team was not in a happy mood.” Simmons was sacked even as the squad departed the Caribbean for the UAE last month, over what the WICB described as “differences in culture and strategic approach”. West Indies subsequently produced a plethora of limp performances as they suffered 3-0 whitewashes in both the T20 and the One-Day International series. They have since also conceded the three-Test series where they trail 2-0, with one game remaining in Sharjah starting tomorrow. Earlier this month, all-rounders Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, who contested the limited overs series, said the sacking of Simmons had demoralised the players and created chaos in the camp. Sammy, who was also fired in August despite leading the Windies to their second T20 World Cup last April, described the entire situation as “a mess”. “Everything in life happens for a reason. I am still on a high. I refuse to let people dictate my mood,” he said.
A 29-year-old man, who was allegedly caught with an illegal gun along with matching ammunition was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Kevin Bruce called “Bankey” appeared on Monday before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus where he denied that on September 26, 2019, at East La Penitence, Georgetown, he had in his possession a .32 pistol and 10 matching ammunition while not being the holder of a firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis informed the court that on September 26 at about 00:10h, ranks from the East La Penitence Police Station went to the East La Penitence location after someone called the police informing that an unknown male was in a yard.The court heard that as the ranks entered the yard, they saw Bruce exiting the southern door of a house with a haversack on his back. However, the court heard that when the ranks called out to the 29-year-old man, he began to run. This resulted in a foot chase.According to the prosecutor, Bruce was apprehended and a search was carried out on him but nothing was found. However, while at the police station, ranks observed him placing his hands in his crotch and taking out a handgun. This resulted in the rank drawing his service weapon and discharging a round, which hit the defendant to his abdomen.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus remanded Bruce to prison. The case will continue on October 14, 2019.
A win against their ‘big brothers’ Western Stima on Wednesday will make for a mouth-watering tie against second placed KCB on Sunday with three points separating the two sides in the standings, if the bankers beat Coast Stima on Wednesday.Assistant coach Fred Ambani, a former Kenyan international admits they have their work cut out but says they are under no pressure only noting they will give their best on the pitch.“It is a very tough path for us because both teams we are facing are very tough. But we are ready for it. For us, we just need to put our effort on the pitch and hope results favor us,” Ambani who assists another former Kenyan international Ibrahim Shikanda at the team said.Nairobi Stima in action during their National Super League match against Administration Police at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.Nairobi Stima are four points ahead of Ushuru and if the taxmen drop points when they face GFE 105 in midweek, then the Nairobi based power-men will be assured of a chance at qualification with the play-off against the 16th placed team from the KPL.“We are ready for anything, but it is our wish that we get the automatic slot. Western Stima will be a very tough game because despite the fact that they have already qualified for the Premier League, they want to finish number one,”“We beat them in the first leg and they will come in for revenge. For us, we are prepared for that game and the players are hungry to get results, from the way they have been playing,” Ambani further noted.Ambani’s charges warmed up for the Stima Derby with a 2-0 victory over Administration Police while the visitors were 1-0 winners over Coast Stima on Friday, a victory that earned them a confirmed slot in next season’s KPL.KCB players line up before their National Super League match against Green Commandos at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Elsewhere, KCB might confirm for themselves a slot in top flight on Wednesday if they pick up maximum points against Coast Stima and Nairobi Stima drop points against Western Stima.Three points separate the two sides at second and third spot and if both win on Wednesday, the bankers will only need a point in the season ending match to pip them to the second automatic promotion slot.Head coach Elvis Ayany has however said they are under no pressure, calling on his players to maintain calm and approach each game with 100 percent effort.“It is step by step for us. Yes, we see the finish line in sight but nothing is done yet until we confirm that we have the automatic qualification ticket. The last two seasons, we have suffered because we won games even before playing them but now, we can’t underrate anyone. We will fight till the end,” Ayany told Capital Sport.Ushuru FC players hurdle together before their National Super League match against St. Joseph Youth at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Though not admitting it, Ushuru seemed to have already resigned to the fact that promotion might be a foregone venture for them this season. Four points away from third place and motivation nowhere near close to fight, the taxmen might do with another season in the second tier.Ushuru wasted chances on Friday before being held to a 1-1 draw by St. Joseph Youth, a result that with Nairobi Stima winning the next day meant their ambition was all going up in smoke.“This was the match that I was really relying on to get three points and push, but it did not happen. That’s how football is. We must accept the results; win, draw or loss. The hopes are now minimal but we will see how things go before the season ends,” the experienced and long serving Kenyatta said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nairobi Stima players line up before a past National Super League match at the Karuturi Complex in Naivasha.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Promotion-chasing Nairobi Stima find themselves engulfed in a huge battle in their journey to next year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as they face the division’s top two sides in their final two games of the National Super League (NSL) season.Nairobi face leaders and already promoted Western Stima on Wednesday at the Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha before concluding the season against second placed KCB in Nairobi on Sunday. Both matches will be key in their bid for a first ever top-flight promotion.
1 Manchester United are preparing a summer swoop for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The 24-year-old has shone for the Italian club this season, helping them climb to second in the Serie A table.Both Norwich and Southampton tried to sign the centre-back last summer, but Napoli managed to hold onto their man.However, according to Corrriere dello Sport, Manchester United are now hoping to snap up Koulibaly in the summer.The Premier League giants reportedly had a January offer of £15m rejected by Napoli in the final days of the transfer window.And Manchester United are now ready to return in the summer with an improved offer which could exceed £20m. Kalidou Koulibaly
Pictured at the launch of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2015 are County Manager Seamus Neely; Ursula Donnelly Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Mayor of Donegal John Campbell; Rachel McIntyre of Mac’s Mace a guest speaker during the week; Local Enterprise Office client, PJ Patton of Patton Engineering; Danny McEleneny of Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Christy Lynch of Efficient Heating and Plumbing who are also clients of Donegal Local Enterprise Office.Learning, listening and networking will be among the key elements of Enterprising Donegal Business week from March 23-27 this year with those in business in the county, or those thinking of establishing one, urged to make sure they get involved.“Business Week is well established now in the business calendar in Donegal, and as always we have responded to the feedback we have received in previous years to make this year’s event as interesting and relevant to businesses in the county,” said Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office.As a result, he says, many of the events will take place this year in the Local Enterprise Offices, but, as usual a far-reaching spread of topics of interest to enterprise in Donegal will be covered. “One of the key aspects of the week this year is that the majority of the events will take place at the Local Enterprise Offices. The venue is smaller and more intimate than some of the larger venues we’ve had events in recent years and we’re hoping this will give greater opportunity for listening, learning and networking to those who come along on the various days.”Indeed, says Mr. Tunney, the idea of listening, learning and networking will be a key aspect of this year’s business week.“We have a superb range of topics on offer again from business start ups to branding, from food specific and creative to finance and marketing. There will be lots of opportunities to take away valuable information to apply to your business and that’s what we hope those who attend will do this year.”The first event will begin on Monday 23rd March at 10am when Gerry Moan will host a discussion with five successful Donegal businesses where the learning opportunities will be immense. It’s a theme that will run throughout the week with other speakers including Edel McBride, Paul McNulty, Lar Burke, Andrew Bradley, John Mcnamara, Dr. Richard Keegan and Bobby Kerr.“Each of our topics and speakers has been carefully chosen to ensure the areas of interest to Donegal businesses are covered and we believe that those who register and attend the week’s events will have a lot of learning to take away with them.”As, in previous years, the week will see events also organised by the partners of Donegal Local Enterprise Office, extending the scope of the week in terms of topics covered and venues for events.“This has always been an event that has fostered partnership with other agencies and we are grateful to our partners for their input once again to this year’s enterprise week,” said Mr. Tunney who added that this year is the first that sees Donegal Business Week organised by the Local Enterprise Office as an integral part of Donegal County Council.Places at the week’s events are strictly limited and people are advised to see the full range of events and to book by visiting the website – www.localenterprise.ie/donegal LISTEN, LEARN AND NETWORK AT DONEGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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)Tags:Donegal Enterprise Week
EDISON, N.J. – The Drake University rowing team has been picked to finish fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll as voted on by the conference’s 10 head coaches, the MAAC office announced Wednesday, Feb. 21. Four-time reigning champions Jacksonville earned six first-place votes to total 93 points as the preseason favorites. Marist comes in second with three first-place votes and 88 total points followed by Canisus with 72 in third. In fourth is Fairfield with 71, followed by Drake in fifth with 64 and Robert Morris with 48 in sixth. Sacred Heart placed seventh with 34 followed by Stetson with 30 in eighth. Iona College and Manhattan College rounded out the poll tied for ninth with 25 points. Drake travels to Clemson, S.C. for its annual spring break training trip, March 15-17. The Bulldogs will race conference opponent Marist on March 15 in Clemson. The 2018 MAAC Women’s Rowing Championship will take place May 13 in Cherry Hill, N.J. Print Friendly Version
25 January 2005A community response to the problem of crime in South Africa has been mobilised to make tourists feel safer too. Travel Buddy is a network of volunteers who look out for travellers, welcoming and advising them and, most of all, making sure they are safe.Travel Buddy also enables tourists to tap into an electronic messaging system – eBlockwatch – that alerts its members to incidents of crime and danger zones.eBlockwatch links around 11 000 members around the country – including police, neighbourhood watches, industries and the general public – via SMS and e-mail.eBlockwatch was started in 2001 by Johannesburg businessman Andre Snyman, owner of a truck company, who uses SMS to manage his trucks – and realised that the system could be harnessed to mobilise communities in the fight against crime.SMSs and e-mail messageseBlockwatch members receive regular SMSs on their cell phones and e-mails of criminal incidents or warnings of potential crime in areas where they are registered.Travel Buddy was formed in 2003 to give the thousands of tourists pouring into the country the same peace of mind. Through the scheme, tourists are also experiencing the warmth of South African hospitality, with many Travel Buddy members taking extra steps to make them feel welcome.This is how it works: before leaving their home country, tourists register for free on the Travel Buddy website, providing their itinerary details. When they arrive in South Africa, they buy a local SIM card for their cell phone (or a hired phone), contact Travel Buddy and get a phone number to use in emergencies.Throughout a visitor’s stay, someone will call or send a text message asking how things are going.The tourists are given an international tourist call centre number, and receive regular SMSs. Travel Buddy monitors tourists’ movements throughout their trip, provides them with details of local tourist information centres, and advises them on where to “stop, shop, rock and drop”.“If at any time you are in need of assistance, you call the emergency number and we will alert those members of eBlockwatch and request that they come to your assistance”, says the Travel Buddy website. “You will also be given local police details.“Depending on the severity of the emergency, SA Travel Buddy will inform all relevant government, South African Police, and South African Tourist Association members who are responsible for the safety of international visitors.“Although no reaction is guaranteed, this project will provide a useful link to a spirited community who would like to contribute to an enjoyable stay in South Africa.Real SA hospitality“We here in South Africa want you to realise that every international visitor is of great importance to our country. We want you to experience real South African hospitality.”The Automobile Association is encouraging hotels and B&Bs in its travel guide to sign up with the system, and Travel Buddy now has members spread across the country.Many members have gone out of their way to make tourists feel safe and welcome, and several visitors have reported positive experiences with Travel Buddy. According to an article in the Sunday Times, the Lockyear family was nervous about travelling to SA after a tourist was shot dead in Mpumalanga in October 2002.“Throughout their Christmas holiday, during which they travelled from Joburg to Mozambique and around the coast to Cape Town, they received regular calls from concerned South Africans who had their itinerary and gave them advice ranging from which roads to use to where to eat.”A group of Canadian volunteer teachers who came to teach in Alexandra township in Johannesburg in 2003 had a safe and much enriched experience thanks to their Travel Buddy, Bulldog Rathokolo, who organised 10 of his neighbourhood watch members to keep an eye out for them.According to the Sunday Times: “Not only were they safe, but other members of Travel Buddy even offered Schmidt’s staff free horse riding trips on their days off.“And during their stay in the township, Rathokolo and his men organised street parties for the students and a farewell bash at an Alexandra home where they slaughtered a sheep for the visitors.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
While the Punjab government has asked farmers to start paddy transplantation only after June 20 this year, farmers’ outfits are all set to defy the orders, saying delay in transplanting would entail heavy losses to them.Farmers are also anguished over power shortage during the sowing operations. Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) on Monday staged a protest in Patiala, demanding at least 10 hours of uninterrupted power supply.“The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited is providing inadequate power to farmers for paddy sowing due to which they are suffering. The cost of cultivation is going up as farmers are forced to use generators to irrigate their fields,” said BKU (Lakhowal) general secretary Harinder Singh. Terming the decision to delay paddy sowing “wrong”, Mr. Singh said the move would cause losses to farmers.Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal said the government’s decision to delay paddy transplantation to June 20 without consulting farmers was symptomatic of the Congress rule.“The State government seems to be multiplying the problems of farmers. Another crisis has been triggered by delaying paddy transplantation. Late transplantation will result in increased moisture content and it will make Punjab paddy virtually unsaleable,” said former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia of the SAD.Asking the Congress government to be practical and understand the problems being faced by farmers, Mr. Majithia said paddy transplantation has started in large parts of Malwa since June 10 as per the old guidelines. “The government should ensure uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the farm sector. If not done, large swathes of paddy will dry up,” he said.
The Indian cricket team lost the semi-final of Women’s World T20 on Friday but it was Mithali Raj being dropped from the playing XI that sent shockwaves among the fans.India won the toss and opted to bat and it was then that captain Harmanpreet Kaur announced that Mithali was not in the playing XI. She said that the Indian management had decided to back their winning combination.Mithali had not played India’s final group match against Australia, which they won by a massive 48 runs, because she was unwell. But her omission on Friday was the management’s decision and fans were not happy about it.Mithali had batted in two matches so far, had scored two half-centuries and had won two player-of-the-match awards. Her exclusion felt nothing short of bizarre to most.India vs England, Women’s World T20 Semis: Highlights | Report”It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG.#ICCWWT20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 23, 2018However, it did not turn out to be very pretty for Harmanpreet’s side as Smriti Mandhana remained their top scorer with 34 runs in 23 deliveries while India got all out for just 112 runs.advertisementAccording to fans, India missed Mithali’s stability in the middle where she could have ground out some runs on a tough pitch.A twitter user ‘aprajita bansal’ reminded the Indian management that Mithali had one of the best records against England and this pitch was hers to exploit.Drop Mithali Raj and you dropped the World Cup. This is what happens when you start to play god. she is tailor made for these kind of pitches and has one of the best records against England . #IndvEngaprajita bansal (@aprajita13) November 23, 2018Horrible Horrible display of batting, Never ever drop Mithali Raj, specially on such decks!!! #wt20Monica (@monicas004) November 23, 2018Also read – Women’s World T20: No regrets, says Harmanpreet Kaur after India’s semi-final defeatFans compared dropping Mithali Raj to leaving out MS Dhoni in big matches and some said that the experience of Mithali could have come handy for the Indian team.If India men plays Knockout,one would simply Play @msdhoni Coz any team in d world feels pressure against him,despite the form he’s in.Mithali Raj brings same to the table,n she was in sheer form unlike MS.This out of the box strategy has cost us maybe a trophy. #WWT20 #INDvENGSaurabh Tripathi (@BeingShubh55555) November 23, 2018India Women lost seven wickets in their last 27 balls today and this is where they needed the experience and calmness of Mithali Raj.#INDvENGUmang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 23, 2018Some people also questioned the role and contribution of Veda Krishnamurthy in the team so far.Whats the think tank smoking?? Harman actually thought (powar made her believe,whatever) she & smriti can win ????#wt20 along with newbies & legendary @vedakmurthy08 ??????ridiculously funny,ironic & sad both at the same time. Fools u Drop @M_Raj03 & dropped the wc #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Am terribly keen to know whose nudes @vedakmurthy08 has to guarantee a perm place in the team?? 5 matches not even 10 delvs faced..not even one decent innings this whole yr yet they keep her ??disappoint millions by dropping mithali raj.. #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Mithali Raj and Nat Sciver, two costly drops from India. Experience do matter in big matches. #WT20 #INDvENGManoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) November 23, 2018If you don’t pick your best player in semifinals you deserve to lose. Even Captain doesn’t want to regret On Mithali Raj not featuring in this Game.We played well throughout the tournament. But missing Stumping nd catches in this make England to swung the Game Around. #INDvENGAbhishek Chauhan (@abhiraj0014) November 23, 2018While most fans blamed Harmanpreet, coach Ramesh Powar and the Indian management for taking such a decision, a few also pointed out how this would have been hailed as a brilliant move had India won the match.The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.advertisementMakarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018