Much at stake in final ODI

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies may have already conceded the three-match one-day series to England but bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned that there is still much at stake in tomorrow’s final encounter at Kensington Oval.We’re still playing for points,” Estwick emphasised.”We’re still trying to qualify for the World Cup, so every game is very, very important, so we still have to go out there and look to win the game.”Even though the series is gone, it doesn’t matter. We need points, and we need them badly, so we have to come out on Thursday and put a good performance in.”West Indies currently languish at number nine in the international ODI rankings, one spot outside the automatic qualifying places for the 2019 World Cup in England.If they will fail to make the top eight by the cut-off point of September 30, they will be forced to go through a qualifying tournament involving ICC associate and affiliate teams.Last weekend in Antigua, the Caribbean side suffered two setbacks in the attempt to boost their ranking, losing the opening ODI to England by 45 runs and the second by four wickets.BIG MOMENTSBut despite the defeats, Estwick believes there is no gulf between the quality of the two teams.”We’re not that far away from England,” the former Barbados pacer said.”If you look at the two games, we didn’t play the big moments very well but once we can get those critical moments right, I’m sure we can come up with a win.”With most of their experienced stars missing, West Indies have fielded an inexperienced line-up, with rookies like Jason Mohammed, Shai Hope, Jonathan Carter and Kraigg Brathwaite carrying the burden of the batting.Combined, the quartet has managed just 38 ODIs, with captain Jason Holder the most experienced player in the current side with 51 matches.last_img read more

Asia League: Ex-TNT import suits up for iECO, excited to play with Filipinos anew

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Howell hyperextended his left knee that forced him to miss the whole tournament.Although Wade’s inclusion into the team was short notice, the 6-foot-7 forward was already in Shanghai and was able to make the quick trip to Macau.iECO head coach Ariel Vanguardia called up Wade and the former PBA import was glad to suit up after being out of league basketball for one year.“I didn’t have anything else to do, and I love to get a chance to play again in a stage like this,” said Wade. “It feels good to be back and represent the Philippines and at least play with Filipino teammates again.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Belingon gets ONE title rematch vs Fernandes in Singapore Tiras Wade talks to members of the Philippine media during iECO’s practice in the Asia League The Terrific 12 Wednesday at Macau East Asian Games Dome. BONG LOZADAMACAU—A familiar face is set to suit up for the Philippine representatives in the Asia League The Terrific 12 with Tiras Wade slotted in to replace the injured Richard Howell in the iECO lineup.The Green Warriors are already eliminated in the competition but will still play their last game in Group C with Wade tasked to man the paint against Xinjiang on Thursday evening at Studio City Events Center here.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 award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Wade, who once played for TNT in 2009, said that he’s delighted that he will be able to play for a team from the Philippines.“The Philippines, like what I always tell everybody, is one of my favorite places to play,” said Wade during the team’s practice Wednesday at Macau East Asian Games Dome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The love for the game is unmatched and I would say it’s the States, the Philippines, and China have the best basketball atmosphere to play in.”Wade will play for just one game with iECO as Howell’s replacement after the big man got injured in the Green Warriors’ game match against Ryukyu from B.League. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered

first_imgDear Editor,Thirty-eight years ago today, Dr Walter Rodney was brutally murdered by the Government of the day. Since June 13, 1980, supporters of Rodney and Forbes Burnham have sparred, mostly indirectly, over Burnham’s innocence in the matter. Did he know of the deed? Did he order it? Many Rodney supporters would answer those questions in the affirmative while most Burnham supporters would exonerate the founder leader. Some Burnham supporters who have had the courage to accept responsibility for the deed have charged Rodney with intending to violently overthrow the Government and they justify his murder on those grounds.Before Rodney’s murder, there were political murders and since June 1980 there have been other political murders in Guyana. I know many Burnham’s supporters who have condemned those political murders after 1980 and have rubbished the claims by the offending Government – not their government, of course – that the victims were trying to violently overthrow them. The present Government, which includes Rodney’s Working People’s Alliance in name but not in substance, rejected the findings of the Commission of Inquiry that found the Burnham Government guilty of the offence.How could the founder leader, the god-like visionary of our independence be ever guilty of involvement in such acts, they ask. It is the contradiction of our Guyanese-Caribbean psyche that we are not ready to contemplate and accept. But it is one that we must inevitably confront not before long. Not even oil will spare us that historical task. I shall not cease reminding us of that task.So, we remember Rodney today, not to glorify him as some would have us believe – who Jah bless no man curse. His glory lies in his undying contribution to Guyana-Caribbean, African and world civilisation which directly enriches the minds of serious worker-thinkers and finds its way in policies that daily free humanity from the shackles of ignorance and unfreedom of all kinds all over the world. Where Walter Rodney walks and dwells he takes an honourable Guyana with him. Give Thanks.We remember Rodney today to remind Guyana that our Guyanese independence is still a long way from the freedom we deserve. We remember Rodney to remember that public servants and other workers still can’t earn a living wage, that sugar workers still cry out for justice, that crime and violence still haunt our streets and our homes, that Government still remains the personal property of the governors, that ethnic mistrust still is the rule.We remember Rodney to remind Guyana that political fear is still part of governance, that political spite still walks the halls of governance, that governors still like power and its trappings more than serious policy, that the poor is still powerless, and that peoples power is still suppressed by dictatorship. And above all we remember Rodney to irritate and disturb the enemies of freedom for all and uplift the angels of hope, resistance and overcoming.For me, freedom can only be attained by the overthrow of bad governance – it was so in Rodney’s time and so it is thirty-eight years after his murder. As Martin Carter wrote back then on Rodney’s murder: “Assassins of conversation/They bury the voice/They assassinate, in the beloved Grave of the voice/ never to be silent.”Sincerely,David HindsBeliever that Walter Rodney was murdered by the Governmentlast_img read more

Region 5 rice farmers turning to cash crops

first_img… reduced earnings affecting livelihood – farmersThe ongoing financial challenges in the rice industry have forced many farmers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) to abandon the sector and resort to cash crop cultivation. During a recent meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, residents of Baiboo, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara explained that due to the current low prices for paddy, they are forced to plant cash crops. The farmers however noted that although they are resorting to cash crops, it has reduced the amount of money they can earn since there is a surplus on the market.“De greens selling cheap… then the rice farmer dem getting hardship to get price for paddy,” one farmer expressed.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing residents and farmers at Baiboo, Mahaica last weekSome of the less lucrative crops identified were bora, tomatoes, pepper and ochros. Meanwhile, farmers of Mora’s Point, Mahaicony River, complained that they are finding it difficult going into the next crop since they are still owed millions by the miller in the area. After listening to their concerns, the Opposition Leader stated that Government has not done enough to assist rice farmers and to an extent, the industry.“They have some resources that could still be spent on the rice industry; the first budget they passed, they put $23 billion for the rice industry, I was happy [but] it wasn’t a cent – it was a paper transaction. They just passed the PetroCaribe funds through the budget,” Jagdeo noted.The Opposition Leader also deemed the transaction as “misleading” to the National Assembly.Ever since the collapse of the PetroCaribe rice deal with Venezuela in May 2015, farmers have been receiving between $1800 and $2500 per bag of paddy. Under the PetroCaribe agreement, farmers had received premium rates for their paddy, as much as triple what they are currently obtaining. Rice millers have reportedly claimed that they cannot pay the balances because they have not been able to sell the farmer’s paddy.When Guyana Times interviewed several farmers in Branch Road, Mahaicony last month, they reiterated calls for the Venezuela-Guyana deal to return, saying that it would increase their earnings in price per bag of paddy. The farmers had noted that for the previous few crops, they were unable to achieve any substantial profits from the industry.Family members of some farmers had also told this publication that Government subsidies on fertilisers and equipment were necessary for their survival.“We need a better price, we need some help to go back into the field, because right now it very hard on farmers, right now the millers owe we a set of money and we can’t go back into the field,” Tajwantie Ramotar had noted.Though the PetroCaribe deal was due for expiration in November 2015, Venezuela had axed the rice deal months before the official due date. Under this deal, Guyana was required to pay upfront a percentage of the cost of fuel acquired from Venezuela, with the balance, which was placed in the PetroCaribe Fund at the Bank of Guyana, being treated as a loan repayable over 23 years, with a two-year grace period and two per cent interest.last_img read more

Granger promises a new year with hope

first_img– Jagdeo calls for higher standards of living for Guyanese Guyanese can look forward to the New Year with hope President David Granger promised in his message to the nation when the clock struck midnight – signalling the end of 2016.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“We welcome the New Year 2017 with supreme confidence and with a strong conviction that we’ve chosen the correct course to advance our country,” the Head of State expressed.The President reflected on the past year and made promises to improve on the efforts employed to make Guyana a better place for all: “National pride was evident at home and in the Diaspora as we celebrated our jubilee year 2016. We shall be even prouder as we apply our assets and abilities in this New Year to move faster and further along the path of economic growth.”Granger focused most of his speech on plans for the development of a green economy, reiterating most of what he propagated throughout his presidency.President David GrangerHe said the population can begin to see concrete measures in place towards the realisation of a green economy, with more solar panels being installed in Government buildings and the shift to cleaner energy.The President also spoke of the need for a better information communication technology (ICT) sector: “ICT will facilitate greater connectivity between the coastland and hinterland, it will stimulate the services sector and improve the delivery of public services and enhance competitiveness of our economy.”Granger also said that in 2017, much focus will be placed on protecting Guyana’s sovereignty, especially with the Venezuela/Guyana border controversy being at such a delicate stage.“Our vigilance to protect our people and our patrimony against all threats to our territory will not be diminished,” he stated.President Granger promised that with the new year, Guyanese will witness the acceleration of the transition towards improvement in our citizens’ quality of life.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has extended New Year greetings to all Guyanese at home and abroad. He wished a year that will deliver goodwill, higher standards of living, equity and justice as well as massive economic development for our people regardless of their race and ethnicity, religious beliefs and political persuasions.“As we reflect on the significant challenges encountered in 2016, we must recommit ourselves to redoubling our efforts to ensure that we overcome those that lie ahead this year,” he stated.Jagdeo said 2017 must be used as the year to achieve national healing and reconciliation, racial harmony, unity and cohesiveness: ” As a nation we must also strive to work together to achieve our broad objectives of creating an economy that is resilient, diversified, green and capable of withstanding the shocks caused by international financial crises and generating jobs and income for our people. Social services, including the delivery of quality health care and education and the welfare of the elderly and disadvantaged must be given greater priority.”He continued: ” We can ill-afford this year to have more executive lawlessness, divisiveness, poor economic management and partisan ‘social cohesion’ initiatives. It is my hope that our National Assembly will rise to a new level where more meaningful consultation, political cooperation and consensus are the order of the day.”Jagdeo noted that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic which is the main opposition parliamentary party will continue to lobby and fight for the rights of Guyanese at every level.“We will seize every opportunity to ensure that good governance prevails and higher levels of transparency and accountability are evident in Government’s business and undertakings,” he stated.last_img read more

Villaraigosa heads to Sacramento, seeks transportation and anti-gang funds

first_img Villaraigosa also will urge state officials to fund for prevention, intervention and suppression efforts to reduce gang violence statewide. These funds are critical to supplement the mayor’s $168 million gang reduction plan, which he announced in April and funded through the budget adopted by the City Council on Monday. For further information about the proposed transportation fee rate hikes readMetro board due to vote Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will travel today to Sacramento, where he will lobby lawmakers for transportation and anti-gang funding. Villaraigosa plans to ask legislators to restore millions of dollars in gas-tax revenue earmarked for transportation projects that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to use for other programs. The governor’s proposal would mean a loss of nearly $230 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which will consider fare increases on Thursday to help close a budget deficit. The Metro proposal would increase some fares as much as 400 percent, which transportation advocates say would create a hardship for low-income residents. Villaraigosa, who sits on the Metro board, has called for increases of 5 percent annually, but notes the state money is needed to reduce the transit agency’s deficit.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Jail and Bail raises record amount

first_img“This is our record high and an amazing accomplishment,” says Corporal James Rutledge. “Thank you to all of those who were arrested and the fine community members who donated or joined us for lunch.” The top fundraiser this year was Curtis York, who raised over $11,000 to set a new record on his own as well. All proceeds from the Jail and Bail go towards pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes, a summer recreation program that provides a unique experience for children and teens with cancer and their families. – Advertisement -The Dawson Creek RCMP detachment has another fundraiser coming up at the regimental dinner on September 12 at the Encana Events Centre. Tickets for the formal, five course meal with entertainment by comedian Trent McClellan and a silent auction go on sale this week through the events centre’s box office.last_img read more

Football fans to return to stadiums for Egypt league games

first_img0Shares0000Before rows of empty stands, Al-Ahly footballers celebrate after scoring in a January 8 Egyptian Premier League match against Zamalek at Cairo Stadium © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Feb 12 – Limited numbers of football fans are to be allowed into stadiums for league matches in Egypt for the first time since deadly riots in 2012, the country’s football federation said Monday.Mostafa Tantawi, a spokesman for the federation, told AFP that up to 300 fans would from Monday be allowed to attend championship matches, while no restriction on numbers would apply to cup games. Clubs would be held responsible for their fans’ behaviour, he said, following a partial lifting of the five-year ban decided at a meeting Sunday of the football federation.Egyptian authorities imposed the ban on fans at local matches after a February 2012 stadium riot in Port Said that left 74 people dead at a game between local club Al-Masry and Cairo’s Al-Ahly.Three years after that tragedy, at least 20 fans of Cairo club Zamalek were killed in clashes with security forces outside a stadium in the capital in February 2015.An Egyptian court last month sentenced to jail 28 Al Ahly fans for wearing T-shirts paying tribute to the “martyrs” of the Port Said riot, accusing them of “incitement”.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

What we learned from Raiders DC Paul Guenther at Senior Bowl

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMOBILE, Ala. — Paul Guenther is three weeks removed from a season in which he oversaw the NFL’s worst defense, and he hopes to turn the page with three first-round picks and hands-on experience with potential future Raiders at the Senior Bowl this week.Guenther, entering his second season as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, spoke with local reporters on Wednesday evening in Mobile.Here are a couple notable topics …last_img

South Africa to get second stock exchange: ZAR X

first_imgSouth Africa is to get its second stock exchange, after the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has dominated trading in the country for more than a century. ZAR X has been given a licence to operate, and it plans to be up and running in September.ZAR X investors will be able to monitor the performances of their shares on the company’s website (Image: Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain)Priya PitamberSouth Africa is to get its first new stock exchange in more than a century. ZAR X Stock Exchange announced yesterday that the Financial Services Board (FSB) had granted it conditional approval for a stock exchange licence.The licence had been granted under the Financial Markets Act and the conditional approval was granted subject to certain suspensive conditions being met to the satisfaction of the Registrar of Securities Services, said ZAR X.The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has been South Africa’s only bourse. It was founded in Johannesburg in 1887, during the Witwatersrand gold rush. It is Africa’s biggest and most liquid stock market.ZAR X intends to start operating in September, and aims to enable more lower- income investors to trade shares. According to the company, ZAR X will help “you to grow your financial potential through investment and saving”.ZAR X, the company explains, is a platform that will let “everyday South Africans transact shares quickly, cheaply and conveniently, even if they have never formally invested money or opened a bank account before. The platform is designed to empower those who don’t have skills or experience in investing, to easily and safely build a brighter financial future for themselves and their families.”It will also give business enterprises a flexible, transparent and affordable way to list their restricted or limited share offerings, so that ordinary South Africans can take advantage of them. The idea will be to give South Africans access to restricted share listings, to help them secure investment opportunities in order to build financial security.Bloomberg news agency reports that ZAR X plans to run three sections: a main board for company listings, an over-the-counter stock-trading business, and an investment products market.“A more flexible and practical listings process will ensure greater simplicity and less complexity for companies making use of the ZAR X Stock Exchange,” chief executive officer Etienne Nel said in a company statement. “We also make investing simpler and affordable for the public, especially the lower income groups.”In a Moneyweb report, Nel said a big cost advantage for investors was that there would be no custody fees. These are fees paid by investors towards brokers who execute trades on their behalf. Although there will be brokers on the ZAR X, investors will not have to execute trades directly through them. Instead they will be able to log their trades via a call-centre, online, or through a mobile app, the online financial news portal reports.ZAR X will be based in Bryanston, Johannesburg, although there will not be a central market itself. Investors will be able to monitor the performances of their shares on the company’s website.It will be in good company. The JSE rates among the top 20 exchanges in the world by market capitalisation.The JSE is regarded as a mature, efficient, secure market with world-class regulation, trading, clearing, settlement assurance and risk management. It has harmonised its listing requirements, disclosure and continuing obligations with those of the London Stock Exchange and offers superb investor protection.The World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index rates South Africa first in the world – out of 140 countries – for financing through the local equity market, and second for the regulation of securities exchanges.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more