“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.
The Jola House graduates. Jola House, a social enterprise committed to the education and empowerment of vulnerable young Liberian women, on February 23 graduated 19 students, after conducting a 12 months hands-on livelihood skills training.The women acquired skills apprenticeships in product development and design, pattern making and commercial sewing.Serving as a quest speaker of the program, the Deputy Chief of Party for Programs at the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA), Watchen Harris Bruce, challenged the women to make use of the skills acquired for the betterment of their lives.“Consider today as you celebrate the skills acquired that this is just the beginning and you need to continue working smart and diligent to achieve your goals of financial independence. No one can do it for you but yourself. You must first tell yourself that you can achieve whatever you put your minds to do,” she told the graduates.Bruce said that providing financial opportunities for Liberian women, especially the underprivileged ones, is essential in creating an inclusive society where the citizens can become successful enough to contribute to society.“When people are financially empowered, they can capitalize on their capability and drive to achieve their real economic gains to build a brighter future for themselves, families and the society,” she added.She thanked Jola House for taking on the initiative to train young Liberian women in basic livelihood skills and called on other women in the communities to take advantage of the program.Certification of Jola House studentsProviding an overview of the training program, the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Elfreda Mayson, said the mission of her organization is to transform the lives of vulnerable women through the development of livelihood skills.“Giving the right tools and opportunities to women will help them determine the economics of their families. Transformation begins with empowerment and empowerment begins with practical skills to meet opportunities,” she said.Mayson said that since 2012 the program has trained more than 150 women, adding that many of them have started their own businesses.“We have the passion for serving our country and that is why we returned home to empower the lives of women. Several women who have attended this program have been transformed and they are contributing to their families’ livelihoods,” she added.The Board Chair of Jola House, Williametta Woods, encouraged the women to take business as a serious venture.“You can make more money from the skills that you have acquired to support your families. You do not need a college degree in order to become successful,” she told them.For her part, Joyce Kollie said the program has tremendously changed her life and that of her family. “When I learned about this program few years ago, I thought it wise to take advantage of it and today, because of the skills that I acquired, my life has been transformed thereby owning my own home and supporting my children in school. I would like to encourage other women in the communities to come to the program to improve their lives,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two children have been awarded €17,000 following an accident during which their father crashed into a wall.The children, who are sisters, were both wearing seatbelts but were thrown forward and then backwards during the accident in April, 2016. Both were treated by Letterkenny-based GP Dr James McDaid who said they were suffering from classic whiplash symptoms.Barrister Gareth McGrory told Letterkenny Circuit Court that the children were 5 years old and 4 years old at the time of the accident.Both complained of chest pain and muscle injury was diagnosed when they attended Letterkenny University hospital.Both have since made a full recovery, the court was told.Judge John Aylmer said he was happy to recommend the offer of €17,000 for each girl.Sisters awarded €17,000 after father crashed into wall was last modified: May 13th, 2019 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)