Sammy inspires lower order rally as Windies win

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy’s aggressive, unbeaten half-century led a determined lower-order rally as West Indies beat Australia by three wickets with a ball to spare in their final official warm-up game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday.Rocked by seamer Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick in the fourth over to be tottering on 49 for five in the ninth over, West Indies recovered brilliantly to reach their target of 162 at Eden Gardens, thanks to exactly 50 off 28 balls from Sammy.All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite smashed 33 from just 14 deliveries, while Andre Russell blasted 29 from 15 balls, as West Indies scored over 10 runs per over in the final half of the innings as they gathered 106 runs from the last 59 balls.The revival started with a 23-run, sixth-wicket stand between Sammy and Russell and continued with an exhilarating 53-run, seventh-wicket stand off 23 balls between Sammy and Brathwaite.Sammy belted six fours and a six, while Russell counted a four and three sixes.But it was Brathwaite’s cameo which included three fours and two sixes that gave West Indies much needed impetus.He and Sammy combined to plunder 17 runs from the 15th over sent by pacer Mitchell Marsh, and they followed up by taking another 17 runs from the next over from seamer Andrew Tye (2-35).When Brathwaite perished in the same Tye over, Sammy and Ashley Nurse, who finished on 12 not out, then posted a vital 37 in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership to see West Indies home safely.Hazlewood’s hat-trick had earlier handed Australia the advantage. He claimed Jason Holder promoted to opener for six with the second ball of his second over and then bowled Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo without scoring off successive deliveries.Opener Johnson Charles (14) and Denesh Ramdin (11) also fell cheaply to leave West Indies in deep trouble.Opting to bat first earlier, Australia started strongly but were pegged back by medium-pacer Bravo and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, to finish on 161 for nine off their 20 overs.Bravo claimed four for 21 and Benn, three for 37, as the Aussies declined from 106 for one in the 12th over to lose eight wickets for 55 runs.Opener Shane Watson top-scored with 60 from 39 balls, striking four fours and four sixes. He put on 76 for the first wicket with Aaron Finch, who scored 33 from 24 balls and a further 30 for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith, whose 36 required 29 balls.Brathwaite was brilliant in his three overs of seam, taking three for 16.West Indies will now turn their attention to their opening group game of the T20 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where they take on England on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Guardiola to play golf, not watch if Man City can seal title

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “People say it was a big failure, what happened last week, but they don’t understand the reality of football,” Guardiola said. “You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months. I’m sorry; it’s much more important what these guys have done this season. Hopefully we can celebrate with our fans against Swansea and be champions because they deserve it.”Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling scored in a commanding display that shows why City has 28 wins from 33 matches in the league.Beating an English rival, though, proved beyond City in the Champions League — going out in the quarterfinals to Liverpool on Tuesday.Juergen Klopp’s third-place side looks set to seal a place in the continent’s top competition even if it doesn’t lift the European Cup after beating Bournemouth 3-0 to stay 10 points clear of fifth-place champion Chelsea.Tottenham still occupies the fourth Champions League spot, although Chelsea closed the gap to seven points after coming from behind to beat Southampton 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT “Will I hear the scores? Bogey, double-bogey, birdie,” Guardiola said after a 3-1 victory at Tottenham on Saturday.Even if United doesn’t lose to the league’s bottom team, City can still seal the trophy before playing again. That will be achieved by United losing at Bournemouth on Wednesday or if Jose Mourinho’s side draws with both West Brom and Bournemouth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhat is clear is City has its swagger back after a demoralizing week that saw the leaders fail to seal top spot by losing the Manchester derby and exiting the Champions League.For now, City is 16 points in front of United with five games to go after impressively inflicting fourth-place Tottenham’s second home loss of the season. And City will secure its third title since 2012 by beating Swansea next Sunday. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ CHELSEA FIGHTBACKChelsea is still in with a slim chance of making one of the four Champions League places.That appeared a more distant proposition in the first hour at Southampton when Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek scored for the hosts.But the champions scored three goals in eight minutes. Substitute Olivier Giroud began the fightback in the 70th by heading in Marcos Alonso’s cross. Eden Hazard pulled Chelsea level and Giroud’s half-volley seized the three points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gundogan netted three minutes later from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rashly tackled Sterling on the edge of the area.Tottenham appeared back in the game when Christian Eriksen was fed by Harry Kane to score before halftime but Sterling eased City to the win by netting in the 72nd, pouncing after Gabriel Jesus’ shot was parried by Lloris.It ended a 14-game unbeaten run in the league for Tottenham that began after losing at City in December.“The way we conceded was disappointing, but there’s nothing to worry about,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We are in the top four. We need to move on after this game.”SALAH’S 40THMohamed Salah is now only the third Liverpool player to have scored 40 times in a season, and there’s still a month to go.The Egypt forward headed in the landmark goal either of strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino on a day when the attacking might of Liverpool’s pacey front-three was felt by Bournemouth.Liverpool has 121 goals in all competitions.“What a number we scored as a team in the whole season, that’s crazy,” Klopp said. “That’s really good but we have to carry on, there are a few games to come.”Salah alone has 30 goals in the league, five more than Kane. 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Niño feast By throwing away a two-goal lead, Southampton endangered its chances of avoiding the drop.Crystal Palace and Huddersfield moved further clear of the drop zone with wins.Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Palace beat Brighton 3-2 to move six points clear of Southampton, which occupies the final relegation place.Huddersfield was a point above Palace after Tom Ince’s stoppage-time goal beat Watford 1-0.Swansea moved five points ahead of Southampton after drawing with Everton 1-1.Burnley’s unlikely pursuit of a Europa League spot continued with a 2-1 victory over Leicester thanks to goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long. Burnley is seventh, two points behind Arsenal, which plays on Sunday at Newcastle.Wolverhampton Wanderers will be returning to the Premier League next season after a six-year absence. Promotion was secured from the League Championship after Fulham drew with Brentford.CITY RECOVERYIn front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, City signaled its intent when Leroy Sane hit the post inside three minutes.The opener then came from a move not usually associated with a Guardiola side — with a long ball from Kyle Walker launched into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who outpaced Davinson Sanchez before netting in the 22nd minute. Tottenham Hotspur players look on as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling scores during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — Rather than seeing if Manchester City wins the English Premier League, Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course.The manager plans to be playing a round with son Marius on Sunday when City will be crowned champions if West Bromwich Albion wins at Manchester United.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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GPL blames prolonged power outage on “faulty connection”

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light Inc has blamed the prolonged power outage on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) on a faulty connection.In a statement, the company said that at approximately 23:09h, the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System encountered a power failure as a result of a faulty connection that connects the 69KV submarine cable to the overhead transmission lines at Kingston.The company said that while restoration efforts were impeded to a minimal extent due to the problems experienced while restarting some of the generating units at Kingston, power was restored to most consumers by 02:30h.However, some customers reported experiencing the power outage for a maximum of five hours but GPL is assuring that every effort is being made to restore the link to its Vreed-en-Hoop 26 MW Station.The company regrets any inconvenience caused.last_img read more

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Justice Minister Concedes: Weah Circumvented NLA Act

first_imgPresident Weah’s nominees (from left), Moses Owen Browne (IMO) and Neved Kortu (National Lotteries Authority)IMO case remains on holdPresident George Weah through Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean on yesterday admitted, during an argument before the Supreme Court, that he had circumvented the Act that created the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) that the founders put in place for transparency and accountability by appointing a deputy director general of operations there.Under the Act that created the NLA, the board of directors has the power and authority to appoint a deputy director general for operations as the principal deputy to the director general for an initial term of two years. Consistent with the mandate, the chairman of the board of directors of the NLA, Claude J. Katta, pursuant to a resolution of the board upon review of the record, appointed Madam Agnes Effiong on September 20, 2016, as deputy director general.However, President Weah in complete disregard of the act of the NLA, in early June this year appointed Neved Kortu to Effiong’s position, while she still had three months left to the expiration of her tenure.It was President Weah’s nominations that resulted to Effiong’s lawyer Stanley S. Kparkillen praying for a Writ of Prohibition, challenging President Weah’s appointment of Kortu to her position as illegal and unconstitutional.Kparkillen then argued that the President, consistent with democratic values, must be seen to preserve, protect, defend and faithfully execute the laws of the country, “and not to violate its provisions.”Based upon that request, Justice–in-Chambers Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie mandated the parties to stay all proceedings and to return to status quo ante, pending yesterday’s deliberation on the matter.At yesterday’s hearing of the writ of prohibition, Minister Dean conceded that President Weah’s appointment of Kortu as deputy director general was in violation of the act that created the NLA.The Justice Minister’s admission suggests that Madam Effiong would retain her position as deputy director general at the NLA until the expiration of her two-year tenure, which ends on September 19, 2018.And if she were to still gain the confidence of the board of directors, then she may likely be reappointed to that post.Meanwhile, Justice Wolokolie on yesterday ruled that her stay order prohibiting Moses Owen Browne and Neved Kortu from assuming their posts remains in place indefinitely.President Weah on June 19 this year appointed Moses Owen Browne, the former public relations officer at the Civil Service Agency (CSA), to replace Isaac W. Jackson at the IMO.President Weah’s decision was, however, challenged by lawyers representing the two individuals, terming it as “an act of excessive abuse and overuse of presidential powers, which fundamentally violates Articles 54 and 89 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, as well as the statutory law of Liberia and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) Act of 2010.”Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had, on September 13, 2016, appointed Jackson to the post of deputy commissioner and permanent representative to the IMO, the position that Browne has been nominated by President Weah to assume.In their argument, Justice Minister Dean said that the position of permanent representative was not equivalent to that of deputy commissioner that carried a five-year tenure post under the 2010 Act of the Liberia Maritime Authority. Minister Dean further contended that President Weah was not in violation of the Act, having appointed Browne to the deputy commissioner position.Lessons from LEITIIt can be recalled that President Weah, on March 5, announced former Montserrado County Lawmaker Gabriel Nyenkan as the new head of Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI), replacing Konah Karmo, who was appointed by the Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of  that governs the LEITI. Karmo was appointed in 2014, following a competitive recruitment process in which several other individuals and institutions participated.That appointment was greeted with mixed reactions, especially from Global Witness, an international watchdog that declared the removal of Mr. Karmo and his replacement by Nyekan as illegal and called for the withdrawal of Nyekan’s appointment.The mandate of the NLI appointment, by law, is not very different from that of the law governing the LEITI. Director and deputies are appointed by a governing board; the governing board, being appointed by the President of Liberia.Amid Nyenkan’s militaristic takeover of the position, there is no indication that Karmo or the MSG sought legal redress.However, President Weah did not pay attention to that call and subsequently maintained Nyekan as LEITI Head of Secretariat.The LEITI Act of 2009 requires the President to appoint members of the Multi Stakeholders Group (MSG), and “shall designate one of them as the Chairperson and another as the Co-Chairperson”.“The power to recruit the Head of Secretariat, Deputy and other staff members of the LEITI Secretariat therefore lies with the MSG, which should comprise of members of the legislature, CSOs and the Executive,” according to Section 6.3 (d) of the Act.Though Section 6.5 of the LEITI Act of 2009 ascribes the appointment of members of the MSG to the President, while Section 6.3 (d) grants the MSG the “power to recruit and dismiss the Head of Secretariat, Deputy and approve the recruitment of other staff members.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weah Makes New Appointments at CSA, MIA

first_imgPresident George Manneh WeahPresident George Weah has made additional appointments in government, affecting the Civil Service Agency (CSA), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), specifically the local government and the education system of Margibi County.Those appointed by the President with immediate effect on Tuesday, December 10, are: James Thompson, Acting Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA); Francis Karpu, Assistant Superintendent for Development;Harbel Community College BoardDr. Charles Ford Jr., Chairman; as well as members Dr. Emmanuel M. Sesay, Joe S. Dennis, Jerry Varney, Louis Reeves, Dr. Augustine Konneh, Firestone Liberia, Farmington Hotel and National Commission on Higher Education.The appointees are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.Brumskine Book of CondolenceIn another development, President Weah has signed the Book of Condolence for the late Counselor and former Senator Charles W. Brumskine at the Rotunda of Capitol Building.“I do remember Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine very well, especially on those Saturday mornings when we sat together discussing the future of our country, despite our divergent political sides. Not too many people may know that we were close friends, and that we mutually respected each other’s views.”President Weah said the death of the Liberty Party founder is saddening, and a big blow to the Liberian society, which is why the entire nation is in a state of mourning.“He served his country and people with dignity, and his death is a great loss to our country,” President Weah said.Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine died in the United States of America on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 after a protracted illness. As standard bearer of the Liberty Party, he ran three times for the Liberian presidency.Brumskine is expected to be buried Saturday, December 14, 2019 in Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man found guilty of raping teen relative

first_imgEsmond Slowe was on Tuesday afternoon found guilty 11-1 by a jury of sexual activity with a female relative who was 14 at the time.Accused: Esmond SloweHe pleaded not guilty to the unlawful acts which occurred on December 16, 2016 in an area in Georgetown. His trial commenced after he entered a not-guilty plea.Slowe was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay.Justice Jo Ann Barlow, who presided over the matter, summed up the trial evidence before the jury was allowed to deliberate.After two hours of consideration in the deliberation room, the panel returned with the majority guilty verdict, but the accused presented a stoic face to the court.His sentencing was delayed to December 14 to facilitate the presentation of a probation report that Attorney McKay requested. Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial led the State’s case.last_img read more

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All flight activities must be approved by GCAA − Aviation Authority warns

first_imgEvery aircraft that enters Guyana’s territory or flies within its borders must first have approval to do so from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). A stern reminder of this factor was made by Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field, during a recent interview with this publication.Field said he has been informed that security businesses in particular have been seeking to upgrade their offering by adding the operation of drones and even helicopters to their services. While he lauded this venture, since it means that locals are looking to expand their services and advance technologically, he was keen to note that before such services become operational, businesses must seek approval from the GCAA.“They will have to go through the process before they are allowed, if they are allowed, to fly. They would have to go through the entire process of applying to the Authority, and also get the necessary permits and approval,” he explained.Field has warned that businesses choosing to disregard this requirement can face drastic consequences if they are found in the act, such as being prohibited from operating ever again.“The consequences would be extremely drastic. If we learn of such operations, definitely they can be fined after court action. Such operators could be banned for life,” he cautioned.Asked if any such business has so far applied for a licence in this regard, Field responded in the negative. He said he is unaware of any business having applied for a licence to perform these new functions.Guyana Times has, in recent days, observed at least one security firm expressing an interest in enhancing its services to add quick response operations via helicopter. That security company said it was expected to launch its service by October 2019, but did not disclose whether it had already secured the requisite licence.last_img read more

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Riders prepare for race two of Roubaix series

first_imgSince the race’s inception in 1995, racers have been faced with the gravel and snowy winter conditions, while riding on rough, muddy, icy or dusty roads.Despite the three different routes racers are given the option to race through, each participant will begin from the Baldonnel School at 2 p.m.The race will also include the option of a shorter gravel loop distance or a ‘pavement only’ loop.- Advertisement -Pat Ferris enters this year’s series as the defending champion, having won the event a record tying four times over the years. He has already put the pressure on his fellow racers, winning last Sunday’s series opening race to lead the 2012 series over Kevin Shaw and George Gamble.Sunday’s forecast predicts snowy conditions with a daytime temperature of minus four degrees.For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club, contact Ferris Fast Cycles at 250-785-3711, or visit the club’s official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Totem Mall expanding, fixing parking lot drainage

first_imgProperty Manager Rob Schlitt says the store is slated to open in spring 2014, attached to Staples but with its own entrance. It joins two new stores hitting the mall soon, including a kitchen and bath accessory store coming this month and a pet food and supplies store opening by the fall. At the same time, the mall will also be venturing into a parking lot renewal project, aimed at fixing all the problems Schlitt says “FortSt. John is more than aware of.” “It’ll be a replacement of the drainage system, which we know has been giving us trouble,” he explains. “We will be putting a storage centre in the area in the event of a big rain like what we experienced in 2010 so that we can control the water flow going in and out of the lots so we don’t get those types of problems anymore.” – Advertisement -That work should be completed by the end of this fall, including repaving and landscaping. The Totem Mall asks that mall goers during all this construction be patient with the disruptions that will occur.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Questions for Mourinho from a Chelsea fan

first_img 3) Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois? – Although Petr Cech hasn’t been the same since that horrific head injury in 2006, he is still one of the world’s best goalkeepers and the only defensive constant in all of Chelsea’s success. Unfortunately for him, Thibaut Courtois has just had the season of his life on loan at Atletico Madrid and is 10 years younger at 22. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid were reportedly sniffing around, but the Belgian opted to return to his parent club to fight for first team action. This means Mourinho will have to choose and Cech may have to sit on the bench at times. It remains to be seen how he will deal with the new situation. Here, talkSPORT’s Chelsea fan Felicia Pennant, has a few questions to put to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the new Premier League season…Mourinho’s comment last season that his side was a ‘little horse’ in terms of the title race wasn’t fooling anyone. We were still fighting towards the end.But this season he’ll be hoping his ‘little horse’ is not only capable of competing, but winning the race.Mourinho, who has strengthened his team by bringing in strikers Diego Costa and Didier Drogba for Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, is currently under performing by his own astronomically high standards.The fingers of his trigger-happy boss Roman Abramovich will be twitching, though, if Chelsea are trophy less again come May. The two-time Champions League winner has never gone three seasons without winning something and has some important questions to answer to avoid that unwanted personal record. 6 6 6 4) Why has the deadwood stayed and legends left? – Chelsea have tried and failed to flog Fernando Torres and no-one will ever know why his form has dipped so dramatically since his Liverpool transfer. It smacks of the Andriy Shevchenko fiasco all over again. Torres took up a valubale spot Romelu Lukaku could have filled, while Jon Obi Mikel is another one not pulling his weight, but content to sit on the bench, and why not given his £75,000 a week wage? The departure of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard was worrying given their talent and experience. 5) Is Mourinho the manager or a pundit? – The announcement that Mourinho has signed three-year contract as a BT Sport pundit was puzzling. Managers give their expert analysis in print, radio and on TV but no-one else has signed a contract of this nature. Mourinho is able to give his analysis on the competitions his team are no longer involved in, but as Chelsea challenge for the quadruple, his appearances could be very limited indeed. Mourinho’s time and loyalty is now split between what is best for the club and what is best for his personal image. Chelsea Football Club should always come first, unless he is looking for his next career move already? 6 6) What happened to the touchline suits? – Mourinho was undoubtedly the best dressed manager on the touchline in his first stint as manager. Sticking to sleek, elegant suits and that Armani overcoat, he stood out, along with Arsene Wenger, in a sea of tracksuits. Admittedly the Special One wears his better than most. Win a trophy, though, and you can wear Tony Pulis’ hat for all we care… 6 1) Is Diego Costa the new Luiz Suarez for better and for worse? Click the arrow for more questions – Jose Mourinho has never gone three seasons without winning something, so the manager has some important questions to answer to avoid that record. On the surface, £31m man Costa is a great signing. The powerful striker’s 28 goals fired Atletico Madrid to La Liga glory and the Champions League final last season. He has been brought in to guarantee at least 20 goals, something no Chelsea striker managed in the last campaign, and Mourinho will be hoping his recent and pre-season form wasn’t a fluke. However, discipline is clearly an issue. Temperamental Costa is no ‘Chewy Luis’ but he has 59 yellow cards and seven red cards in more than 160 games during his time in Spain. 6 2) Didier Drogba: shrewd signing or sentimental nonsense? – Mourinho made jokes about Samuel Eto’o’s age last season, then signed Didier Drogba, who is three years older than Eto’o. The Cameroon international’s goals were crucial, while 36-year-old Drogba’s Galatasaray form was unconvincing, with 15 goals in total. However, his unshakable bond with Mourinho gives the Chelsea boss a strong dressing room ally who commands respect, but if Costa loses form and Fernando Torres gets injured, it is unclear whether Drogba can score the goals required. last_img read more

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