WI hunt revenge on home turf

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Following their chastening whitewash last September, West Indies are quietly hoping to return the favour on home soil when they take on Pakistan in the four-match Twenty20 International series starting at Kensington Oval here today.The T20 World champions looked a shadow of the side that dominated the showpiece in India just months before, as they slumped to an embarrassing 3-0 loss in the United Arab Emirates.But even though revenge rests on their minds, captain Carlos Brathwaite said they were taking nothing for granted against a dangerous Pakistan side.”They are very, very worthy opponents,” Brathwaite told reporters yesterday.”I think they are one of the better teams in the world as well and it is tough playing them in their backyard but we welcome them to the West Indies and we want to take home advantage as well.”He added: “I think they play a fearless brand of cricket. Sometimes you see them dismissed for 80, but on another day, they can make 180, 200, and it can be very exciting as well.”I think one of their strengths is their rotation of strike in the middle overs. They play spin very well.”It’s about us counteracting that; not focussing on their strengths but maximising ours.”West Indies will again miss the talents of superstar opener Chris Gayle and will also have to do without the experienced all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.PROVEN MATCH WINNERSHowever, they have at their disposal the likes of Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, all of whom are proven match winners in the game’s shortest format.Brathwaite pointed out that even without some of their leading names, West Indies were still an extremely strong side and were backing themselves to put up big totals.”We have strength in depth. Not having Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, and still being able to pick the team we’ve selected is massive for any international team,” he noted.”One thing we’ve always been able to boast of is power-hitters, and we have four or five one after the other and with three or four in the shed. There’s a perfect mix of experience and youth as well. We have very, very young guys like … Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, but then there’s still elder statesmen although Pollard is only 28, he is a T20 veteran.Last year’s nightmare against Pakistan still looms large. It was not so much that the Windies lost the series, but rather, the way in which they did.They mustered a paltry 115 in the opening game batting first and lost by nine wickets, failed to chase down 160 in the second outing and lost by 16 runs before scraping together 103 in their final game to lose by eight wickets.Brathwaite admitted he was still unsure about what went wrong, but said he hoped the team would put things right in the upcoming series.”[I’m] not sure. It’s a multitude of factors. Obviously, when things don’t go as well as you would like, everyone seems to know the problem, but in the dressing room, we are trying to find the solutions,” he said.SQUADSWEST INDIES Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.PAKISTAN Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz , Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari.last_img read more

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Grand Plan to Curb Illicit Finance, Tax Evasion

first_imgThe Liberian government- as a member of the United States-Africa Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF) has created a national plan as additional means to curb illicit finance from corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes on three key areas.The three key areas include: promoting government transparency, combating corruption and the loss of government revenues to criminal activity, according to Alex Cuffy, Elfrieda Tamba and Cllr. James Verdier, heads of the Finance Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), respectively.Other areas include combating impunity and promoting accountability through the involvement of civil society and the private sector.With the promotion of government’s transparency, they said, “Elected and cabinet-level officials and their families will make public declaration of financial interests and conflicts of interests. The shall also identify foreign accounts held by such officials and their families, even via proxy, waive legal rights to any foreign accounts not declared.”The three government representatives issued a statement stating that part of their job is to adopt legislation that compels companies bidding on licenses for natural resource extraction through government procurement activities, to disclose their beneficial owners, make effective use of beneficial ownership information in connection with asset declaration, public procurement, and tax compliance.In combating corruption and loss of government revenues to criminal activity, the officials say that they will ensure independence of those investigating and prosecuting corruption, ensure that those officials are granted adequate judicial, prosecutorial and enforcement authority to fulfill their mandates.The anti-corruption trio say they also aim to “adopt measures in the health sector designed to prevent corruption, including designing an informed anti-corruption strategy for the health sector, involving measures such as improving the transparency of drug prices, publishing health budgets and facilitating public tracking of services and funds to prevent theft,” they maintained.They also said the plan will provide training to prevent the sale or use of counterfeit drugs and facilitating enhanced anti-corruption cooperation between neighboring countries, involving customs, suppliers, medical institutions and police.According to them, they will adopt customer due diligence laws in conformity with the financial action task force standards.In combating impunity and promoting accountability, including the involvement of civil society and the private sector, the FIU and partners will decriminalize press offenses, allowing enhanced investigation of corruption.“Publicly commit to a policy that creates an enabling environment for civil society and in particular, for transparency and accountability activists to work. In the course of peer review, by multilateral bodies, including reviews related to the African Union’s good governance initiatives and the United Nations Convention against Corruption, commit to allowing for input and feedback from civil society and full publication of outcomes,” they said.They said the above actions were prioritized per consensus among the government, civil society and the private sector to be the most impactful in the joint fight against corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes and the contributions of their proceeds to illicit financial flows. 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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Agri Minister greeted by protesting Essequibo Coast rice farmers

first_img…concessions off the table – HolderEssequibo Coast rice farmers picketed Agriculture Minister Noel Holder as he commissioned a $103 million pump station at Land of Plenty, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).On Monday, Region Two rice farmers demonstrated against Minister Holder at the commissioning of two new pumps installed at the Land of Plenty koker. As the Minister made his way to the pump station, rice farmers accused him of ignoring them. According to the farmers, several letters were dispatched to the Minister concerning the hardships they are facing in the industry, but they never received any response nor acknowledgement. The farmers said that they also wrote the Minister asking for a meeting, but again to no avail.Leading the protest was Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj, who said that after visiting the farmers and listening to their complaints, he too wrote Minister Holder seeking his intervention, but, to date, did not receive any acknowledgement. He said the unresponsiveness of the Minister was the driving force behind the protest on Monday.After the opening ceremony, the Minister met with the rice farmers, who shared their many concerns. Farmers are seeking the Government’s intervention to negotiate with commercial banks for loan rescheduling, assistance with fuel, seed paddy, etc. However, during the meeting, the Minister said that there was little he could do at this point, since if he granted concessions to Essequibo Coast rice farmers, it would set a precedent for others to follow. This did not sit well with the farmers, who said that they believe that Government can do something to help them, but chooses not to act. The farmers reminded the Minister that former President Bharrat Jagdeo had previously rescued the industry when they were experiencing difficulties by meeting with local banks to have loans rescheduled as well as millers, helping with removal of taxes, fertilisers, and much more to bring the industry back on its feet.The farmers questioned why the coalition Government could not do the same for the industry.During the protest on Monday, farmers said that the lending agencies have started to seize machinery and equipment purchased with loans.Ken Albert Cornette of Dartmouth said that his tractor was seized earlier this month, and he lost over $3 million in down payments. Additionally, the farmer said he lost over 200 acres of rice owing to bugs.The Minister advised that the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) would meet with the millers, but the farmers said that they had lost all confidence in that agency.However, GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan said that he met with millers in Region Two, but Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt was contending that he was informed of the meeting, although it was done in the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) boardroom a few feet away from his office.The Minister advised that all such meetings must go through the Regional Chairman, since he was part of Government and headed the Region.On Tuesday last, having already faced reduced prices for their paddy and increased production costs, farmers in Region Two were forced to destroy over 1000 acres of their rice at State Farm, which lies aback Dartmouth on the Essequibo Coast, as a result of ‘blast and bug’ infestation.Guyana Times was told that in their bid to prevent a complete annihilation of the crop, some of which was badly damaged, the farmers set the fields on fire.last_img read more

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CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING SHOWS LINED-UP – AS THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL GETS INTO FULL SWING

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: After a hugely successful opening weekend, the Earagail Arts Festival continues to deliver a full programme of theatre productions, workshops and concerts this week.There’s a jam packed programme of music, poetry, spoken word and workshops lined up for this weekend with something for people of all ages. Shows continue to sell out so early booking is strongly advised. Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times.They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise.One of the hardest-working bands on the US roots music circuit, Hillfolk Noir have built themselves a huge Stateside following playing what has been described as music “filtered through a country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues-ragtime word machine”.Working out of Boise, Idaho, they were widely recognised as one of the outstanding highlights at last year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas, and have won a lot of fans in the UK too after four successful tours on this side of the Atlantic. One of those fans, the legendary BBC presenter “Whispering” Bob Harris has described their music as “amazing.” Hillfolk Noir will play at The Nesbitt Arms, Ardara tomorrow, Thursday, 16th July. Show begins at 8pm and some tickets are still available, priced at €10.A first for the Earagail Arts Festival, and presented in association with An Grianán Theatre, Beyond The Pale – Meet The Makers is a unique event which sees international community theatre artists and practitioners gather in Donegal.This weekend symposium offers the opportunity for delegates to discover fresh ways of working, make new connections and look forward to novel creative partnerships. With a series of presentations, workshops and discussions, the weekend will entertain, challenge and empower.A weekend pass for all events is available at a rate of €20. Beyond The Pale – Meet The Makers takes place on Saturday, 18th July and Sunday, 19th July in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.Key events include a keynote address by Eugene Van Erven, Artistic Director of the International Community Arts Festival, Rotterdam, ‘Open Spaces, Different Places’ with Stella Duffy and Philip Parr and a masterclass with Declan Gorman entitled, ‘Making Something of Our Own, Taking Something Away.’ Full biographies and details on speakers are available on the Beyond The Pale – Meet The Makers section at www.eaf.ie.Little John Nee & The Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra perform “Lough Swilly Delta Live” featuring popular songs from their debut album “Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta”. In addition to songs from the album the show will feature their latest new compositions, musical stories, comedy and the drama of being highly strung on the road. The album features songs from theatre shows of Little John Nee recorded with the Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra.A mixture of comic blues and haunted ballads, featuring songs from “The Derry Boat”, “The Mental”, “Dead Rooster Blues”, “Sparkplug” and others all given the “Highly Strung” treatment; the warm earthy guitars of Fionn Robinson, the Ella-mental voice and kaleidoscopic clarinets of Orlaith Gilcreest, the pulsing piano and hair-blowing Hammond of Jeremy Howard as well and Little John’s trademark ukulele and cigar box guitar.Little John Nee & The Highly Strung Orchestra takes place at 8pm on Saturday, 18th July at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Thursday, 23rd July at The Railway Tavern, Fahan and Saturday, 25th July at Colgan Hall, Carndonagh.  Admission is €12/€10 and tickets can be purchased online for free on www.eaf.ie. Little John Nee & The Highly Strung Orchestra is suitable for groups aged 12+ and lasts 70 minutes.Imramh na Gealaí takes place at 10pm on Saturday 18th July at the Glebe Gallery and Gardens, Churchill. In a not-to-be-missed spectacle, LUXe use celebratory, processional and mechanical sculpture, fire and shadowplay, sumptuous costume, music, dance and aerial performance all within the landscape on an elemental voyage of imagination and realisation. This event is open to all ages and event organisers encourage car-sharing as parking is limited. Tickets cost €8 or €25 for a family ticket for two adults and two children and parking is open from 9pm. Event goers are advised to come dressed for the weather, to bring torches and leave dogs at home.For this, the twentieth year as part of the Earagail Arts Festival, An Cosán Glas returns with another breathtaking and dramatic night-time outdoor exhibition of large-scale illuminated sculptures set amongst the sand dunes at Magheraroarty near Gortahork. Taking inspiration from the spectacular surrounding landscape of the mountains and seascapes of Magheraroarty, the artist’s pieces, together with music and the work created in the children’s Cois Farraige art workshops makes for a memorable and magical night for all of the family.Loinnir takes place at 10pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July at Magheraroarty beach.  This event is suitable for all ages and admission is free but donations are welcome. The trail distance to Magheraroarty is 2 km and access is gained via Magheraroarty Pier road with parking available at pier car parks. There is limited disabled parking available beside the sculpture trail but the festival organisers would like to make people aware that the ground will not always be level. Visitors are advised to wear suitable outdoor clothing and to bring a torch.Produced by Roise Goan, ‘She Knit the Roof’ is a new theatre piece, hand-made in the old Crolly Doll Factory.At one time there were 20,000 knitters making Aran jumpers for the world from their homes in Donegal and ‘She Knit the Roof’ theatrically investigates and interprets the once thriving cottage industry of knitting in the county.The production will take its audience on a spin into the forgotten yarns of our knitted history. ‘She Knit the Roof’ will share stories about the man from Glenties arriving with the yarn, of children sent out of the room for the knitters to catch up on the ‘news’, of patterns, styles and lives changing over the years, and of economic survival earned by the clash of needles late into the night.Running from Wednesday 22nd July – Saturday 25th July, She Knit the Roof takes place in Crolly at the Old Crolly Doll Factory and will bring together a collection of ‘woolly’ memories. Tickets cost €12 / €10 and the show starts at 8.00pm. There will also be a matinee show on Saturday 25th July at 3.00pm.For a full EAF programme of events and to book tickets visit www.eaf.ie or call the Festival Box Office at An Grianán Theatre on 074 91 20777.  Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.CHECK OUT ALL THE AMAZING SHOWS LINED-UP – AS THE EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL GETS INTO FULL SWING was last modified: July 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EAFEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Coffee morning today at RCC for Syrian families

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are having a coffee morning in the Regional Cultural Centre today to help provide ‘Welcome Packs’ for families from Syria who will make Letterkenny and Ballybofey their new home.The Transition Year students would like everyone to enjoy a free coffee and, if possible, bring along a donation for the ‘Welcome Packs’.Spokesperson for the Young Social Innovators group, Liena Yousif, said: “The packs are to make the families feel welcome and to show that the people of Donegal care. “Our group, F.R.E. E. (For Refugees Entering Éire),have been working on this for a while and we’ve had a great response already.“Our ‘Welcome Packs’ will include gifts for the home and a board game translated to Arabic from our colleagues in the mini company Hotspots.”The students are also hoping to include a bus tour of Donegal for the Syrian families as well as holding a Culture Week.Donations for the Welcome Packs must be in New or Nearly New/Excellent condition. They would like: cuddly toys, candles, money, framed artwork, and any other gifts for the home.The Coffee Morning takes place today, March 16th, at the Regional Culture Centre from 11am – 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Coffee morning today at RCC for Syrian families was last modified: March 15th, 2018 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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KILLYGORDON MAN IN COURT ON BUNCRANA PENSIONER ATTACK CHARGES

first_imgA MAN has appeared in court charged in connection with an attack on a pensioner during a carjacking incident.Alan Thompson, from 533 Curragh, Killygordon, Co Donegal faced four charges in relation to an incident in Buncrana on April 9.Thompson, who is 29, is charged with intoxication in a public place, unauthorised taking of a vehicle, attempted robbery and assault causing harm. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked for the case to be adjourned until July 9 for DPP directions.Thompson was released on continuing bail and given free legal aid.The charges relate to incidents at Lisfannon beach and in Buncrana on April 9.Released on bail.KILLYGORDON MAN IN COURT ON BUNCRANA PENSIONER ATTACK CHARGES was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:buncranaCurraghdonegalKillygordonlast_img read more

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LAST CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE ALL IRELAND FINAL – WITH DONEGAL DAILY AND DONEGAL CREAMERIES

first_imgDonegal stars Ryan McHugh, Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey getting fueled up for the big game!LAST CHANCE TO ENTER: Tickets for the All-Ireland Final will be like gold-dust but Donegal Daily has TWO free tickets to give to one lucky reader.The Donegal GAA team has been lucky to have a loyal sponsor like Donegal Creameries in recent years.Courtesy of the Donegal teams’ main sponsor we have two tickets to give away. And the even better news is that the competition is completely FREE – no expensive textlines or silly requests for a like on Facebook!Simply answer this simple question – ‘Name the cow that is used on the Donegal Creameries fresh milk packs?’You can email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to dailydonegal@gmail.com.Entry to the competition closes at 3pm next Wednesday. The winner will be announced at Donegal Daily’s Night of The Stars at the Mount Errigal Hotel tomorrow night, Wednesday. MC Charlie Collins will be ringing the winner by phone so make sure you have your mobile charged up!The tickets will be presented by Donegal Creameries on Thursday to the lucky winner. LAST CHANCE TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE ALL IRELAND FINAL – WITH DONEGAL DAILY AND DONEGAL CREAMERIES was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:all-irelandDonegal Creameriesticketswinlast_img read more

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Chelsea’s Higuain boost, French star will wants Liverpool move, Man City blow?

first_img targets 3 Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com England suffer World Cup heartbreak – talkSPORT.com headlines:Croatia 2-1 England (after extra-time): Three Lions’ World Cup campaign comes to end with heart-breaking defeat‘This will hurt for a while’ – England captain Harry Kane admits Three Lions are devastated but proud after World Cup semi-final defeatMUST LISTEN – ‘England are real once more, you’ve got everything to be proud of’ – talkSPORT host’s amazing reaction to Three Lions’ defeatGareth Southgate tells talkSPORT he is ‘incredibly proud’ of England players after agonising World Cup semi-final defeat‘A great young team with a big, big future’ – Wayne Rooney, ex-footballers and celebrities thank Three Lions heroes after semi-final defeat‘You have made us believe again… football DID come home this summer’ – Fans hail England team despite World Cup heartbreak Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The Blues are now favourites to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho. (London Evening Standard)Manchester City are still convinced Jorginho wants to join them, despite reports the Italy international would prefer to live in London. (Manchester Evening News)Yaya Toure has held talks with West Ham over a possible move, but the club are said to be reluctant to offer the 35-year-old former Manchester City star a contract. (The Sun)West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the Hammers are keen to add to their five summer signings, as they remain in advanced talks over a club-record £40m deal for Lazio playmaker Felipe Anderson. (Sky Sports)The Hammers are also prepared to pay £20million to sign Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle, but Toon boss Rafael Benitez is adamant the club want to  keep their captain. (Northern Echo)Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is lose to re-joining Cardiff City on loan. (Football Insider) 3 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Everton are trying to push through a £21m deal for Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina. (Daily Mirror)Wolves’ signing of Portugal keeper Rui Patricio has led to complaints to UEFA from Sporting Lisbon, who are demanding £50million in compensation from the Premier League side. (Birmingham Mail)Leeds United midfielder Kemar Roofe is wanted by West Brom. (Birmingham Mail)Nottingham Forest’s  English left-back Matthew Bondswell, 16, has rejected offers from Manchester United and Liverpool to join German side RB Leipzig. (The Sun)Rangers have tabled a £3million bid for Millwall defender Jake Cooper, after manager Steven Gerrard revealed he is looking the strengthen his back-four in the transfer market. (Sky Sports) Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets IN DEMAND Here’s a round-up all the top transfer-related gossip and news from Thursday’s newspapers and online… Signing Higuain and keeping Hazard? What a summer that would be for Chelsea! REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star RANKED Juventus will put Gonzalo Higuain on their transfer list after securing the stunning arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, putting Chelsea on alert over the Argentina striker. (Calciomercato)Nabil Fekir has told Lyon he still wants to move to Liverpool, with the France forward urging the clubs to restart talks after the World Cup final. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are also facing a battle keep England youth international Rhian Brewster. The 18-year-old striker is reportedly wanted by European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Juventusas he stalls over signing a new deal at Anfield. (The Sun)Chelsea believe the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as their new manager will keep star man Eden Hazard, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Brazil winger Willian at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun) West Ham are working hard to bring Brazil winger Anderson to the London Stadium 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

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White Sox don’t want a history lesson

first_imgCHICAGO – Their second celebration in a little more a week behind them, the White Sox came home Saturday to await their first trip to the AL Championship Series since 1993, two years before wild cards were added. They’ve been hearing a lot about history lately. The subject popped up when they clinched the AL Central with a league-best 99 wins and again when they swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox. A sign-waving crowd estimated at 1,000 jammed a street next to a terminal near Midway Airport on Saturday to welcome the White Sox from Boston. The White Sox will work out today and Monday and wait to hear who they’ll play in the next round beginning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wants his team to savor its accomplishment for at least another day and then worry about the next round. He has no preference on the opponent, adding that matchups often go askew in the postseason. “I don’t care,” Reinsdorf said. “Last year the Red Sox had an offensive machine and they beat the Cardinals with pitching. Go figure.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They’ve heard how the franchise hasn’t played in a World Series since 1959, hasn’t won a title since 1917 – the last time until Friday the White Sox had even captured a playoff series – and even about the 1919 World Series, when eight players were charged with conspiring to fix the outcome. Enough, already. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This team is the 2005 White Sox. It’s not trying to change what’s happened in the past and all that,” said first baseman Paul Konerko, whose homer Friday propelled the White Sox to a 5-3 victory. “We’re just trying to be this team, play our best and see what happens.” After staggering through September and nearly losing a 15-game lead that dwindled to 1, the White Sox have more than regrouped. They won their final five regular-season games and will take an eight-game winning streak overall against the Angels or the New York Yankees. Surviving the shaky stretch, when the words “collapse” and “choke” were being mentioned daily, seems to have been a boost. “This team’s real loose, and that starts with Ozzie,” said Konerko, referring to manager Ozzie Guillen. And the city that has been baseball hungry for decades is caught up in Sox mania with skyscrapers near Lake Michigan lit up with team lettering. last_img read more

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Ghana’s President Herbert Mensah to join the Rugby Africa Executive Committee

first_imgBabbou (left) and Mensah pose for a photo at the African Rugby Executive meeting (Agency Photo)The newly elected EXCO led by Mr. Khaled Babbou has in the spirit of unity and as part of the strategy to have more inclusion and teamwork, invited Mr. Herbert Mensah to join the Rugby Africa Executive Committee as a special non-voting member under section 8 of the by-laws of Rugby Africa.Mr. Herbert Mensah is invited to contribute his experience in building commercial value for Rugby Africa competitions, which is a core strategic focus for the Executive Committee.“Rugby Africa recognize that there is a need to improve funding support for rugby activities or initiatives and is committed to developing sustainable solutions for its members participating in these activities, said Mr. Khaled Babbou.“Mr. Herbert Mensah shall play a key role in this strategy.The newly elected EXCO shall also formulate strategies to focus on Good Governance within the membership of Rugby Africa and strengthen competitions for the youth and women, in both the sevens and fifteens codes of the game.Comments Tags: EXCOHerbert MensahKhaled BabbouRugby Africa Executive Committeetoplast_img read more

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