Simmons supports Russell – Tallawahs new boy backs embattled Jamaican cricketer

first_img “To miss a whole year of cricket is very hard, especially when you know you are making your living off cricket and you have a family to feed and whatever,” Simmons added. The Trinidad and Tobago star, who last year represented the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after three successful years with the Guyana Amazon Warriors, says he speaks regularly with Russell and is expecting him to bounce back positively from the lay-off. “I know he will come back strong and he has been training hard. I spoke to him earlier, so I know he is training and doing what he has to do to keep fit and come back and represent Tallawahs, West Indies and whoever he plays for in franchise cricket,” said Simmons. Meanwhile, Simmons, who has already expressed his excitement about representing the Jamaican franchise later this year, is looking forward to being a part of the team’s carnival vibe and hopes to play his part in continued success. “I see the way the Tallawahs play their cricket, how they celebrate when they win, I guess everyone who plays for the franchise is pretty much happy. For the past couple of years, they have been in the top four all the time, and I think we have a good team that can continue to be successful,” said Simmons. Other big-name players in the team include Kumar Sangakkara, Shakib Al Hasan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Sami and fast-rising Jamaican Rovman Powell. Newly signed Jamaica Tallawahs batsman Lendl Simmons has thrown his support behind sidelined West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, describing his one-year suspension as harsh, while backing him to learn from the situation. Russell was last month suspended for one year by a local independent anti-doping disciplinary panel for missing three doping tests in one year, and Simmons, who was drafted by the defending Caribbean Premier League champions last Friday in Barbados, believes the Jamaican’s absence will be felt. Russell may well face a longer period away from the game with the Jamaica Anti-Doping Agency pushing for the maximum two-year sentence after recently filing an appeal. “Not having (Andre) Russell is a very big blow,” Simmons told The Gleaner during a recent interview. “I think it’s a big loss for us and to the cricketing world in general, specifically in the Twenty20 arena.” “I personally think it (suspension) is very harsh, but it is done already, and I hope he is dealing with it well,” added Simmons, who was drafted by the Tallawahs at the number one spot as a replacement for the departed Chris Gayle ahead of this Summer’s tournament. MISSING A YEARlast_img read more

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4th Consultative Meetings – Unite Women in Liberia

first_imgAs a part of efforts to unite women in Liberia, Kvinna till Kvinna in collaboration with the UNMIL Gender Affairs Office on Thursday, November 17, organized its 4th Consultative Meeting under the theme: “Unity of women in Liberia , roles and cultural consideration.” In attendance were more than a hundred women from both urban and rural Liberia as well as representatives from CBOs, CSOs, government agencies, NGOs, INGOs, marketers, members of the Traditional Council, entrepreneurs and young women’s organizations.This year’s meeting was the biggest and most colorful since its inception in April 2015, with most of the participants dressed in glamorous African prints, and the exhibition of locally made products, county flags, and greetings from the 16 tribes of Liberia.The guest speaker, Prosper Nii Nortey Addo, Officer-In-Charge of the African Union Laison office in Liberia, said the meetings are held in promotion of women’s unity and this is a step in the right direction. Culture which is the way of life of a people plays many roles – positive as well as negative. When actions are taken in the name of culture that causes pain, such actions should be done away with through transformation. Culture is the tool to bring national unity and thus women’s unity. Positive cultural trends reflected in shared beliefs will promote unity and women’s empowerment. Focus must therefore be put on male counterparts who form part of the problem and thus solution as equal partners.Mr. Addo stresses that there must be recognition of different backgrounds and society as there is unity in diversity. This then leads to acceptance towards what you want to do to help people. Mr. Addo admonishes women actors and stakeholders to talk to others so all will have understanding and sensitization. Culture evolves and as it does, the positive side must be upheld.To partners and donors, Mr. Addo cautions that there is the need to invest in women’s political participation bearing in mind the consideration for cultural awareness and sensitivity by not imposing beliefs. He further stresses that gender can never be separated from culture as some gender issues are inhibited by some cultural practices.The Country Representative of KtK Office in Liberia, Rie Lukowski, admonishes all participants at the program that the positive practice of culture is significant in maintaining peace and unity. However, harmful traditional practices must be eradicated for the good of humankind. The energy of culture will be used to unite women and the entire nation. Also, the need for strong values to be maintained regardless of the changing times and how such values should be passed on to the young generation was stressed. Rie called on the women of Liberia to use culture to unite themselves and the entire nation. Rie further asserted that if the women of Liberia can unite to stop the war and Ebola, then they can indeed unite to help address issues that concern them. All were encouraged to spread the word of the need for unity.James M. Muriithi of UNMIL Gender Affairs Office stressed on the need for inter-generational chain – how the young is benefiting from the old. Women must ensure they talk with a strong voice to advance the work of NGOs. Planned advocacy should consider the UNMIL and GOL transition. Mr. Muriithi further advises that as women do affirmative action advocacy, care must be taken not to forget political participation.From the panelists, the need for a strong communication strategy and feedback mechanism to be developed by women to bridge the gap of disconnection and disunity was stressed by Samuel Darpolar, an independent consultant. The President of the National Rural Women of Liberia, Ma Kebbeh Monger, echoed the need for respect among women, both rural and urban. A representative of the Traditional Council, Alice S. Cooper, said the council should be regularly involved in such events to add their voice.The president of Young Liberian Women Organization for Improvement, Kona S. Kollie, also indicated the need for the older and younger generations to work together.The Kvinna till Kvinna Communication’s Officer, Adelaide Laryea, one of the panelists, said if indeed ‘the love of liberty brought us here’ then we can show our liberty by showing love, trust and unity among one another. She further called on all to reflect on what Liberia used to be back in the days and how Liberia impacted her sister countries. Posterity will not forgive anyone who tramples Liberia under foot for selfish gains. Furthermore, as we approach the 2017 elections, people elected into office must show a sense of accountability to help retain the electorate’s trust in them.To crown it all, Mother Mary, Mother Wisdom and now Mother Africa, Mary N. Brownell, a legend and role model stressed on the need to follow the basic principles of our various religions, which admonish us to love, leading to unity. Be more empathetic, be each other’s keeper, put words into practice and train children to respect and thus be relevant to their communities, she said.Mother Mary admonished all female aspirants to take a cue from the just-ended United States of America elections and be cautious of their actions. “Remember: whatever you do down the road of life will hunt you later on in life, more so as a woman,” she said.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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Over 100 students benefit from GBTI’s annual Back-to-School programme

first_imgOver 100 primary and nursery school students from the Crabwood Creek and Moleson Creek areas in Berbice were outfitted with back-to-school gears for the new school term on Saturday last during an exercise at the Crabwood Creek Community Centre.Staff members and recipients on Saturday in BerbiceThe financial institution Corriverton Branch partnered with FACT (Family Awareness Consciousness Togetherness -Community Developers) to distribute school uniforms, stationery, back-packs and lunch bags to the lesser privileged children in these areas.Manager of the GBTI Corriverton Branch, Andre Yhap, said that this is the second year for the back-to-back programme and that the Bank is happy to support the attendance and tooling of the school children in the communities they serve.He noted that this is a reciprocation of the support accorded to the Bank over the years by the community. The inaugural distribution programme was held last year at the Scottsburg Community Centre Ground in Corriverton, where the Bank provided uniforms and stationery to approximately 76 students.This year, the Bank touched 42 students, each receiving uniforms, stationery and bags uniforms and another 36 students received stationery items.Some 90 children in the audience also partook in the Bank’s Early Savers Lottery game, where 10 lucky winners received a GBTI Early Savers Gift Voucher valued at $2,000.last_img read more

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Lawmaker drops bill to give LAUSD board hefty raises

first_imgThey would have been the only ones in the state to benefit from the bill. “I’ve decided to withdraw my amendment to AB 68 in view of the Los Angeles spring ballot Measure L,” Dymally, a former LAUSD teacher, said in a statement. “While I do believe that board members deserve a higher salary than they are currently receiving, I am going to leave it to the constituents to decide what the appropriate compensation should be.” An aide to Dymally said he would have no comment Wednesday beyond the written statement. Measure L, on the March 6 city ballot, also targets salary issues for the school board. A California lawmaker who proposed legislation that would have given Los Angeles Unified school board members six-figure salaries said Wednesday that he is abandoning the proposal. Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, said he now believes voters should determine board members’ pay and that he plans to withdraw his legislation. The move, which became public earlier this week and drew widespread criticism, would have allowed boards overseeing 500,000 students or more to become full-time employees and vote themselves hefty pay hikes. LAUSD board members – currently part time with salaries of $24,000 a year – would have seen raises of 600 percent, to $171,000 a year. If approved by voters, the measure would create a review committee to set board member salaries every five years. It would also limit board members to three terms and apply certain Los Angeles campaign finance laws to board elections. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, who proposed the measure, said while he believes board members should be paid more, the 600 percent proposed pay hike was excessive. Measure L would establish a compensation committee that would determine LAUSD board members’ pay, modeled on a commission the state uses to compensate the state Legislature. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and members of other cities in the LAUSD’s jurisdiction would be able to appoint seven members to the committee. Time is money The committee would then study the board’s duties and make a reasonable salary recommendation. “This will allow a citizens commission to thoroughly evaluate the duties of board members and compensate them appropriately,” said Huizar, a former school board member. “We want to be able to attract school board members who can spend time on the duties before them. “You’re talking about the second-largest school district in the country … It really is demanding on a person’s time.” Villaraigosa, meanwhile, is pushing to strip the school board of most of its authority and shift power to the district superintendent and City Hall. Huizar said the committee that would be established on his measure could be a valuable tool in determining any salary change in the event the board loses some power. While school board members said the raise proposed in Dymally’s bill was too high, most did not specify what they felt would be appropriate compensation. Laying it down Board member David Tokofsky said giving board members a teacher’s salary seemed fair. The current average salary at the LAUSD is $60,000. “School boards essentially should be lay boards – people who approach it not as professional politicians but as concerned parents, grandparents and businesspeople,” Tokofsky said. “To turn it, in an era of term limits and office jumping, into a significantly salaried position is to solidify the status quo and cause more people to be disillusioned with the motives of professional politicians.” Board President Marlene Canter has declined to comment on the legislation and board member Mike Lansing said he did not support the large pay increase. School board member Marguerite LaMotte earlier released a statement saying that she couldn’t support the portion of the bill giving the board authority to become full time and get the pay raise. “It would be unconscionable for me to support a 600 percent raise when most of our staff members just received a 6 percent raise and we are seriously still seeking funding resources to provide health care benefits to many of our dedicated employees,” LaMotte said. “Thanks, Assemblyman Dymally. But no thanks.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mane signs new long-term deal with Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Mane has scored seven goals for Liverpool this season © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 23 – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League giants, the club announced on Thursday.The 26-year-old joined Jurgen Klopp’s side from Southampton in June 2016, and has scored 40 goals for Liverpool, forming a deadly frontline alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. “I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane said. “It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything –- to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.“For me, I have made the best decision in my career.”The Senegal international scored 10 goals as Liverpool reached last season’s Champions League final, and has started the new campaign strongly, netting six times in 11 Premier League games.He was also named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or last month.The length of his new deal was not disclosed by Liverpool.The Anfield club put their unbeaten record in the league this term on the line against Watford on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Reports – Manchester United in talks to sign Barcelona star Neymar

first_img1 Barcelona star Neymar Manchester United have entered into talks to sign Barcelona forward Neymar, according to reports.The Red Devils have missed out on several stars in recent days with targets Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi joining Chelsea and Man City, respectively, this week.The Sun believe Manchester United, who are in the hunt for a ‘surprise’ new striker, have made a move for the Brazil star as they hunt for a marquee signing.Neymar, 23, would become the focal point at Old Trafford, which he may relish after playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.But it appears there is still plenty to be done after Man United chief executive Ed Woodward’s discreet move for his signature, especially as his buyout clause is reportedly £137.8million.last_img

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MAN GETS FIVE YEARS AND BANNED FROM DRIVING FOR 20 YEARS FOR KILLING TEACHER

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A young man who jumped into his car after a row with his girlfriend after having several drinks was jailed for five years for killing a teacher.Damien McGeehan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Marie O’Donnell on August 11th, 2010 in Milford.Mrs O’Donnell, a mother of two, was returning home from a 25th anniversary party, when McGeehan crossed to the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into her car. She was killed instantly and her husband John, who was sleeping in the car, suffered multiple injuries.McGeehan, 20, appeared in Letterkenny Circuit Court on crutches after pleading guilty to a range of charges.He admitted to having no insurance, no driving license, driving unaccompanied, driving dangerously and driving with two bald tyres.The court heard how McGeehan and girlfriend Simone Duggan had been at a function and returned to Ms Duggan’s flat where they had an argument.He went looking for the keys to his car which she had hidden.He eventually found them and raced out the door into his car as she jumped into the car in her pyjamas pleading with him not to drive.McGeehan, originally from Loughanure but with an address at 1 New Cottage, Loughanure, Annagry, had not been uninsured as he had failed to keep up payments on his €4,000 premium for his Honda Civic car.McGeehan was only a little over 600 yards up the road when he smashed into Mrs O’Donnell from Knockbrack, Portsalon, and her husband in their Nissan Micra car.The well-known teacher from Drumfad National School in Kerrykeel died and her husband was hospitalised.Mr O’Donnell suffered head injuries, a fractured sternum, a liver bleed and had part of his intestine removed.McGeehan broke both his ankles, his elbow and suffered a punctured lung and was in a coma for days after the crash on the road between Milford and Kilmcrennan.In his victim impact statement John O’Donnell said his wife was the centre of his family’s world.He said he could not describe his loneliness and the impact her death had had on the couple’s two sons George and Jonathon.“Marie was a beautiful person with a heart of gold. And her loss is not isolated to me.“Our sons George and Jonathon. Can you imagine the pain of their loss – never being able to speak to their mum again,” he said.Mrs O’Donnell’s son George said the last thing he remembers about his mum on the night she was killed was her doing a twirl and asking him if she looked well.The tragic teacher’s other son was broken the news by an aunt who contacted him by phone as he was camping in CaliforniaIn his statement son Jonathon said “She was beautiful. A firecracker on the 4th – drop dead beautiful. Her memory is the drive I need. She will always be the force that will always push me to my potential,” he said.The accused Damian McGeehan told the court that he has wanted so many times to apologise to the O’Donnell family but could not.“I wanted to say I could not imagine the damage I have caused and I cannot sympathise enough with him (John O’Donnell) and his family. I am sorry to take away a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and an aunt,” he said.“I am so sorry to the O’Donnell family for my actions completely and utterly. I can’t put them into words,” he said.Judge John O’Hagan said the event was preventable, avoidable and didn’t have to happen.“It is shocking and not unusual in Donegal. The clock can’t be turned back.“The affect of this has left a family totally and utterly devastated and it will happen again. It has happened since and there are other cases in the pipeline.“There are bereaved people in this county whose loved ones will not be coming back. They are entitled to ask why, why?” he said.He sentenced McGeehan to five years in prison and banned him from driving for 20 years for dangerous driving causing death.For driving without insurance he jailed him for six months and banned him from driving for 12 months with these terms to run concurrently.He took the other charges including driving unaccompanied, driving without a license and driving with bald tyres into consideration.MAN GETS FIVE YEARS AND BANNED FROM DRIVING FOR 20 YEARS FOR KILLING TEACHER was last modified: July 19th, 2012 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) Tags:Damien McGeehankilledteacher Marie O’Donnelllast_img read more

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How did Cristiano Ronaldo fare on his Serie A debut for Juventus?

first_img 3 NEW ERA Latest Football News Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday Ronaldo showed flashes of petulance, but was desperate to help his new teammates impact England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 3 ALTERED With his former side suffering a crushing defeat in the European Super Cup to neighbours Atletico Madrid, spectators around the globe were eagerly waiting to see how the 33-year-old fared with his new side.So how did he get on?Check out the scouting report of Cristiano Ronaldo below.BODY LANGUAGERonaldo was all smiles as he walked out with a young girl mascot, doing some quick squat jumps as he took to the pitch. There were, though, times when he showed some frustration, notably after Chievo had equalised and then taken the lead early in the second half. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes The introduction of first Federico Bernardeschi, who would score the winning goal, and then Mandzukic said much about the need for Juve still to find the way to get the best out of their new talisman.FINISHINGWhile Ronaldo was not able to mark his Juve debut with a goal, it was not for the want of trying. The first real opening came on 19 minutes, when he dragged a shot wide from just inside the penalty area after being picked out by Paulo Dybala. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal silverware 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack More opportunities came as the game opened up, including a neat shot on the turn and trademark free-kick, which flew in at an angle from the left, but both times Ronaldo found Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in top form. However, the Portugal forward quickly regained focus – as he always did for Los Blancos. It looked as though Ronaldo would endure more disappointment after eventually being penalised in the build-up to Mario Mandzukic’s late header after a Video Assistant Referee review. The final whistle, however, brought jubilant celebrations with the rest of his team-mates after a hard-earned victory.LINK-UP PLAYJuve boss Massimiliano Allegri deployed Ronaldo as an out-and-out central striker, while looking to bring others into the match. Ronaldo made his Serie A debut wearing his favoured No.7 Juve fans will have to wait for Ronaldo’s first Serie A goal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Cristiano Ronaldo’s Serie A debut for Juventus ended in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Chievo, courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from substitute Federico Bernardeschi.All eyes were on the Portugal captain following his £99million summer transfer from Real Madrid – but it needed a team effort from the defending champions to secure three points in Verona. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible standings last_img read more

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Holy days argument at debate

first_imgVALENCIA – What began as a debate for school board candidates Thursday evolved into a forum for some audience members angered about what they were hearing. It all started when the seven board hopefuls for the William S. Hart Union High School District were asked about their philosophies for having school days off for holy days such as Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many school calendars, including Hart’s, only recognize Christmas with time off from school. Some want the district to offer the same time off on the holiest of days observed by non-Christian faiths. Incumbent Dennis King does not support adding days off to the school year, saying it would affect too many people who don’t celebrate them. Out of the 20,000 students served last year in the district, King said that about 365 took time off for Jewish observances. When her children are in temple for those days, Schatz said, they lose out on lessons taught in school then and also find themselves a day behind with homework. She called the situation a disgrace. The district’s diversity committee next month will recommend to the school board that important holy days of non-Christian faiths should be considered as days off when establishing the school-year calendar. The diversity committee was created by the board last year to identify strategies and programs that will lead to a more inclusive environment in classrooms after some families charged the district with discrimination and have since filed a lawsuit. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Taking a holiday off for one set of the population sounds good but it affects a whole lot of people,” King said. At that point, Cis Herskovitz, wife of candidate Steve Herskovitz, stood up from her seat in the audience at Rio Norte Junior High and told the crowd of about 55 that the days in question are not holidays, but holy days. She said that the meaning of these days are misinterpreted by many because they are often called holidays and that undermines their importance. Herskovitz said the district overlooks these days and that teachers sometimes schedule exams 24 hours after a holy day. When that happens, students who stay home and should be observing their faith on those days are instead studying for school. Valencia resident Elizabeth Schatz then took the floor and said it’s only fair for the district to also offer time off for days such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Without it, she said, it’s like telling children who celebrate Christmas that they aren’t allowed to have it off. “So why don’t we flip it, and you give Yom Kippur off next year?” Schatz said. last_img read more

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Manvir wins Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally

first_imgManvir Baryan drove his Skoda to victory last weekend (File Photo)KAMPALA – Kenyan driver Manvir Baryan powered his way to victory in the 20th edition of the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally.The reigning ARC champion and his navigator Drew Sturrock finished the race in a time of 02:26:03, more than four minutes over Uganda’s Ronald Sebuguzi and Leon Ssenyange.To show his dominance, Manvir won eight of the nine competitive sections of the event.Only Jas Mangat, who finished third overall, beat him in one of the sections when he (Manvir) went off the road and lost six minutes.Second placed Sebuguzi could not hide his joy upon attaining vital points in the NRC (National Rally Championship) standings.“We really prepared well for this rally, said Sebuguzi after the race.“Everybody did their part from the mechanics, managing team and us the crew.“We started the season badly but am happy that we are getting closer.“Let’s see what the next rally will bring.Sebuguzi and his co-driver Leon Ssenyange collected as many as 140 points that elevated them to second position on the NRC leader board.The team now has 290 points; 15points behind championship leader Jas Mangat.NRC standings after Pearl rally 2018Jas Mangat                   305 pointsRonald Sebuguzi         290Susan Muwonge         240Unissan Bakunda       194Kepher Walubi            180Fred Wampamba        171Christakis Fitidis         140Hassan Alwi                 134DrAshif Ahmed           124Comments Tags: 2018 Pearl of Africa Uganda RallyBaryan ManvirRonald Sebuguzilast_img read more

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