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WICB to meet CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee on Dec 4

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has acceded to the call of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee for an urgent meeting to discuss the state of the Caribbean game. The calls, which were made two weeks ago, come in the wake of the recently released CARICOM-commissioned Cricket Governance Review, which, among other things, recommended “immediate dissolution of the board and appointment of an interim board”. “I would not, and have never disrespected any leader of the region,” stated Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, WICBpresident, in response to recent comments made by chairman of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, Dr Keith Mitchell. “The letter that we (the WICB) published is simply to outline a process that we felt is a reasonably one. “I needed time to talk to the shareholders, what we would call the constituent members of the WICB, before actually meeting with our leaders. “If it caused any offence, I sincerely apologise … again. “I am now scheduled to meet the ministers on the 4th of December in Grenada,” he added. Cameron was speaking at a Kiwanis Club of Downtown Kingston luncheon held at Hotel Four Seasons on Monday. Mitchell, speaking at an Organi-sation of Eastern Caribbean States meeting last week, described Cameron’s initial reactions as “quite amazing” and “quite frightening” in response to the heads of government request. “It is quite amazing the level of disrespect. The level of lack of understanding of the importance of this is quite frightening,” Mitchell said. “I expect the president of the WICB to respect the leadership of the Caribbean, the leadership of the people of the region, and, to give effect to an urgent meeting. “I hope and pray that what we saw was a rush of blood and not his (Cameron) real intentions. “I expect to see a meeting very, very soon … , and, we are waiting for that answer to meet quickly to move cricket forward in the region,” Mitchell, the Grenadian prime minister, had said. Cameron, elected head of the WICB since 2013, and re-elected earlier this year, however, used the occasion to point out the autonomous nature of the WICB and the need for it to remain that way. “The history of the WICB and its socio-economic and political connections are extremely important, and we understand its relevance to the regional psyche,” Cameron explained. “[However] we are a sports business organisation. An inter-national governing body such as IOC, FIFA, the ICC, is largely concerned about two things, governance and autonomy. “Governance has to do with the structures and accountability, and autonomy has to deal with the ability of the organisation to make its own decisions without interference.” He continued: “We need our governments, we need their support, but the decisions of the organisations should not be influenced by the governments.” The Review Panel, which cited major managerial and structural deficiencies in the running of the board, also recommended the setting up of an interim board. The current number of WICB directors is 18. “The panel recommends a board comprising of nine members selected on the basis of proven professional competences,” the report stated. “This is a require-ment in order to achieve the long-overdue shift away from representation to professionalism.” The report also noted that an “interim board has been installed in Sri Lanka” without falling into disfavour with the ICC. The Governance Committee was established to review the administrative and governance structure of WICB with a view to involving greater stakeholder participation. The Governance Committee comprises Mitchell; prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown; and prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. WICB AUTONOMOUSlast_img read more

Castro takes charge in final seconds to save Gilas

first_imgMOST READ The two-time recipient of the Best Point Guard in Asia award said his stature as one of the Philippines’ veterans in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers entails the responsibility of hitting the clutch baskets for Gilas.And he did just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro sank the final field goal of the game in the Philippines’ 89-84 escape against Japan Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Castro returns, rescues Gilas in close win over Japan Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano In front of Castro was Japan’s captain Ryusei Shinoyama. He then drove hard to his right and threw up a looper that not even the athletic Ira Brown could reach before it hit the glass with the softest of kisses for an 88-84 Gilas lead with 10.6 seconds left.“I knew I had the advantage on that match up,” said Castro who has represented the Philippines since 2007. “Miss or make, that was the only shot we’ve got, luckily, it went in.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “As a veteran, in those types of situations, you have to take it upon yourself to execute the plays that your team needs the most,” said Castro in Filipino. “When that moment comes, and you’re the veteran, you have to take it.”The Philippines held a comfortable 81-68 lead at the 5:54 mark of the fourth quarter, but Akatsuki 5 slowly trimmed away at the deficit and Daiki Tanaka capped off Japan’s 16-5 run with a layup that made it, 86-84, with 31 seconds remaining.That, however, was Akatsuki 5’s last glimmer of hope as Castro eventually worked his magic.Castro had June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, and Kiefer Ravena on the floor with him when he took dagger that he drove through Japan’s collective heart.“I’m the veteran there on the floor and it’s my responsibility to bring us to the victory,” said Castro who finished with eight points and three assists in 15 minutes of play.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena If Jayson Castro is to be believed, veterans should be able to step up in pressure situations and execute the big time plays.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Di Maria and Falcao to fire Man United into Champions League?

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson tells Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy about the race for next Champions League, following positive results for Liverpool and Manchester United this weekend.And McGeady believes the signings of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao can fire Louis van Gaal’s side to a top four spot this season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img


first_imgKEVIN O’CALLAGHANThe death has taken place of Kevin O’Callaghan, 5 Glebe Court, Donegal Town. Removal leaving his house at 5.30pm tomorrow going to St. Patrick’s Church, Donegal town. Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church at 11am. Followed by burial afterwards in Clara cemetery. House private please.MAGGIE COYLE The death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hsopital of Maggie Coyle, Gortnalake, Creeselough. Remains reposing at her home in  Gortnalake. Funeral Mass in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough tomorrow (Friday) at 11am with burial afterwards in Doe Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm – 10am.ANNE FRIELThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny of Anne Friel, Killult, Falcarragh. Remains reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass at 11am in Christ the King Church, Gortahork tomorrow (Friday) with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to The Donegal Hospice c/o Patrick Gallagher Undertaker or any family member. House private please from 11pm to 10am.JOHN CANNON The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of John Cannon, Farrigans, Lettermacaward. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral mass tomorrow (Friday) at 12 noon in St Bridget’s Church, Lettermacaward with burial afterwards in the Old Graveyard. House private from 11pm – 10am. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to The Donegal Hospice c/o Shaun McGlynn or any family member.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 was last modified: October 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

Easpa soiléireachta Fós Ann maidir le Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga agus Scoileanna Breise – Doherty

first_imgTá easpa soiléireachta an rialtais ó thaobh na scoileanna breise a bhí le bheith páirteach i Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga don scoilbhliain reatha á cháineadh go géar ag Teachta Pearse Doherty.Tagann na tráchtaireachtaí déanta ag Teachta Doherty sna sála ar fhreagra ar Cheist Dála a bhí tugtha ag an Aire Gaeltachta ina theip air gealltanas a thabhairt go gclúdófar na scoileanna breise a bhí fógartha ag an Rialtas mar chuid den scéim.Deir Teachta Doherty “Mar is eol d’achan duine, tá uiríll á ndéanamh agamsa le dornán míonna anuas ar son scoileanna mar gheall ar na moilleanna tubaisteacha chun Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga a sheachadhadh. “Fógraíodh i lár mhí Mheán Fómhair go mbeidh trí scoil déag breise ann i mbliana mar ránnpháirtithe don scoilbhliain 2016/17- agus scoileanna i nDún na nGall, Pobalscoil na Rossan; Scoil Náisiúnta an Chéidigh; Scoil Náisiúnta Mhín na Gabhann; agus Scoil Náisiúnta an Bhrocaigh, ina measc.“In ainneoin an fógra seo, b’éigean dom riar na scéime a chur os chomhair an Aire i nDíospóireacht sa Dáil mar bhí Cúntóirí fós le ceapadh do scoileanna agus iad ar tí dul ar bhriseadh lárthéarma.“D’admhaigh an Aire go ndéarna sé faillí chun a chuid dualgaisí a chomhlíonadh ó thaobh na scéime agus na scoileanna breise a bhí le cur san áireamh, agus thoiligh sé go n-íocfar airgead riaracháin agus go mbeidh na socruithe sin curtha i bhfeidhm ar an toirt.“Maidir leis na scoileanna breise a fógaraíodh mar rannpháirtaithe nua sa scéim, mhaígh an Aire go dtabharfar cuidiú do na scoileanna breise ach caithfear comhairle na Roinne a fháil chun a chinntiú gur scoileanna Gaeltachta iad agus go bhfuil siad ag múineadh trí mheán na Gaeilge sula ndéanfar é seo. “Bheartaigh mé Ceist Dála a chur ar an Aire arís an tseachtain seo ina thaobh, agus d’fhiafraigh mé de cén dul chun cinn atá déanta ionas go mbeidh na cúintóirí in ann dul i mbun oibre sna scoileanna seo.“Ar an drochuair, theip ar an Aire ina fhreagra gealltanas a thabhairt go gclúdófar na scoileanna breise, agus tá easpa soiléireachta fós ann maidir lena rannphairtíocht sa scéim.“Is cás nairéach é seo agus, chan amháin sin, tá an Aire ag cliseadh ina dhualgas i leith na Gaeilge.”CríochUncertainty Continues to Surround Irish Language Assistance Scheme and Additional Schools – Doherty Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has strongly condemned the Government over the lack of certainty surrounding the Irish Language Assistance scheme ‘Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga’ for the current school year.Deputy Doherty’s comments come following a reply to a Parliamentary Question from the Minister for the Gaeltacht in which he fails to to give a commitment that the additional schools which had been announced by the Government will now be covered as part of the scheme.Deputy Doherty said:“As everyone knows, I have been making representations on behalf of schools for some months now over the terrible delays to deliver the Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga.“Thirteen additional schools had been announced in the middle of September as participants for the academic year 2016/17- and schools in Donegal, namely Pobalscoil na Rossan; Scoil Náisiúnta an Chéidigh; Scoil Náisiúnta Mhín na Gabhann; agus Scoil Náisiúnta an Bhrocaigh, were also to be included.“In spite of this announcement, I was forced to raise the administration of the scheme with the Minister during a Dáil debate as Assistants had yet to be appointed to schools which were due to go off on Midterm break.“The Minister admitted that he failed to fulfil his duties in relation to the scheme and also in respect of the additional schools that were to be included, and he conceded that the administrative funding for the programme would be allocated and that these measures would be implemented immediately.“Concerning the additional schools which had been announced as new participants, the Minister claimed that help would be provided to these extra schools however, advice would first have to be sought from the Department in order to clarify if these are Gaeltacht schools and that they are teaching through the medium of Irish before this could be done.“This week I again decided to table a Dáil Question to the Minister on this issue, and I asked him to give details of the progress which had been made to enable Assistants to start work in these schools.“Unfortunately, the Minister failed to give a commitment that these extra schools would be covered, and there is still a lack of clarity in relation to their participation in the scheme.“This is a shameful situation and, not only that, but the Minister is failing in his duties with respect to the Irish language.”Easpa soiléireachta Fós Ann maidir le Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga agus Scoileanna Breise – Doherty was last modified: November 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

South Africans at the frontier on Play Your Part TV

first_imgLinzi Lewis wears many hats; she describes herself as an urban geographer and ethno-botanistThe sixth episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part television series, which airs on SABC 2 on Sunday 20 July at 9pm, features pioneering South Africans who are Playing their Part by pushing the boundaries of science and technology, the environment and beyond – into space.The episode features Sandile Ngcobo, Mandla Maseko, Linzi Lewis and Adam Levy, as well as a closer look at a groundbreaking multi-billion dollar project taking place in the remote Northern Cape province – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.Ngcobo said he believed the digital laser would prove to be a “disruptive” technology. “This is technology which may change the status quo and which could create new markets and value networks within the next few years or decade.”It is an extraordinary dream come true. Like music to Mandla Maseko’s ears, this part-time DJ will blast off into space, literally. No-one in Maseko’s family has ever stepped outside South Africa, but now the 25-year-old is preparing to rocket into space in 2015.Maseko won the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition for an hour long sub-orbital trip of 62 miles, or about 100 kilometres. Handpicked for the trip on the Lynx Mark II Spaceship, Maseko is one of only 23 civilians from around the world to win a seat on the space mission. He saw off a million other entrants to emerge victorious.Linzi Lewis wears many hats; she describes herself as an urban geographer and ethno-botanist. Fiercely protective of her Mother Earth, she says she is constantly mindful of her relationship between herself and the planet.It feels natural for her to ride her bicycle 15 km to work every day. This ceremonial cycle is something she believes allows her to be more mindful of the world and is a healthier, more environmentally friendly option.“I ride my bike for a few reasons. It is where I feel really free. I love riding bicycles and know it’s also possible to do this in Joburg. I believe we need to challenge ourselves, particularly in this society, and challenge the fear we are engrained with growing up here. And not only is it freeing and liberating to do this, it has effects on people who see. It’s all about transforming people’s perceptions, and when they see you riding your bike through the inner city, through Yeoville, etc., they see more possibilities, and hopefully more people will challenge themselves and transform their own behaviours.”The answers to some of astronomy’s biggest questions may come straight out of the Karoo when construction on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) begins in 2018.The SKA is a radio telescope which will scour the universe for information to give scientists more data on dark matter, black holes, energy particles and the formation of stars and galaxies. The final construction will look like a field of giant satellite dishes.The SKA Organisation, a private non-profit company based in the UK, is running the project. Both South Africa and Australia will host SKA with 70% of the project being based in the Karoo. The first phase of construction is expected to start in 2018 with phase two commencing in 2023 and ending in 2030.The core site in South Africa will be located 100km west of Carnarvon, Northern Cape.last_img read more

Activation Gallery – Free State

first_imgBrand South Africa and Lesedi FM hosted a dialogue in Kroonstaad, Free State where measures to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and children in the province, and in South Africa as a whole, were discussed.The dialogue was attended by the community and broadcast live on Lesedi FMlast_img

Can’t provide security to all: Goa BJP leader on rape

first_imgFacing flak from the Opposition and activists over the increasing number of rape and assault cases in Goa, State BJP Mahila Morcha president Sulakshana Sawant said on Saturday the government cannot provide security to every individual.There has been fresh outrage on the issue of women’s safety following the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman by three tourists at Betalbatim beach on May 25, and a minor being molested by tourists in North Goa a few days later.Ms. Sawant, when asked at a press conference to comment on the issue, said, “If we go through the figures, the thing which is most significant is the mentality [of the criminal]. We need to change the mentality at the earliest. We cannot give protection to an individual. But an individual can act as a protector to any person in distress if he sees something wrong happening around. This does not happen often.”Ms. Sawant said more rape cases are being registered now because more women are coming forward to report such crimes as they know action will be taken against the criminals.She said that the women’s wing of the BJP would request the Tourism Department to install CCTV cameras on isolated beaches.last_img read more

5 Suspected ISIS Members Deported to India by UAE: Report

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has deported five suspected Indian-origin operatives of the Islamic State group from Abu Dhabi. The central intelligence agencies are interrogating them, the Times of India reported.The five persons are between the age of 20 to 25 years and know each other, the reported added citing intelligence sources. One of the suspects is from Uttar Pradesh, and two each from Mumbai and Chennai.“The UAE intelligence agencies had intercepted their communication in which they were discussing their plans to recruit more and carry out Jehad against India. They were in touch with senior leaders of Islamic State,” an officer said, reported TOI.Another officer stated that this perhaps is the largest deportation of suspects of Islamic State group in a week’s time from a Gulf nation. “The five boys did Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage) at the age of 18 or 19 years and have strong religious beliefs,” the officer added, according to the report.An official said the suspects are being interrogated about their plans in India and about their other associates in the country. “It is not yet known which IS module in India they were part of but UAE authorities detained them for almost three months on the basis of strong evidence suggesting their association with the global terror outfit,” the officer was quoted as saying.In February, an Indian-origin woman named Fatima Patel and her partner Safydeen Aslam Del Vecchio were arrested and brought before court at Vryheid, South Africa, in connection with the disappearance of a British couple.  Patel and Del Vecchio are also facing terrorism charges for their alleged links with the Islamic State group.During his visit to UAE in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan regarding cooperation in the field of terrorism. “Recognizing that both India and the UAE are multicultural and pluralistic societies, the two leaders reiterated their common resolve in promoting the values of tolerance, peace, inclusiveness and in countering extremist ideologies,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.In July 2017, Shahjahan Velluva hailing from Kannur in Kerala, who had been deported twice from Turkey, was appended by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following U.S. intelligence agency CIA’s information that he is arriving in India. Velluva was arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, PTI reported.The story has been modified and updated. Subsequent reports suggest that the main suspect suffered from a psychotic disorder and possibly fabricated his IS association in a mentally unbalanced state. Related ItemsAbu DhabiTerrorismUAElast_img read more