Scorpions, Hurricanes in close battle

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Nikita Miller has moved past Gudakesh Motie to become the leading wicket-taker in the WICB Professional Cricket League which resumed with the start of a lone fixture in round six yesterday. The Jamaica leg spinner’s four-wicket haul for 63 runs has taken his tally to 37 after a performance which helped bowl out Leeward Islands Hurricanes for 155 runs after tea. Hurricanes were blown away by Miller and his spin partner Damion Jacobs, the main destroyer with five wickets for 50 runs. At the close, the Scorpions were in trouble on 54 for the loss of four wickets after Rahkeem Cornwall dislodged openers Paul Palmer and John Campbell cheaply. Sent in by Jamaica Scorpions, Volcanoes cruised to 51 for the loss of one wicket by lunch after a quiet morning session. However, Hurricanes innings plunged into chaos in the post lunch session as Jacobs and Miller wreaked havoc. Daron Cruickshank struck a defiant 51 which contained eight fours while opener Montcin Hodge resisted with a knock of 41. Only two other batsmen, Jacques Taylor 18 and Jahmar Hamilton 13, got into double figures. Jacobs finished with five wickets for 50 runs, including the scalp of captain Nkrumah Bonner, who was caught behind without scoring moments after surviving a confident shout. At stumps, Scorpions, who lost Jermaine Blackwood for 26, were attempting a recovery on the back of an unbeaten 19 from Andre McCarthy. Cornwall has conceded 31 runs in taking two of the four Scorpions wickets to have fallen thus far.last_img read more

‘Take Advantage of Saving Clubs’

first_imgThe founder and president of the People United for Progress Saving Club (PUPSC), Lewis S.W. Pyne Sr., has urged small business operators in the country to take advantage of saving clubs, explaining that such clubs would help improve their livelihood. He said that it is easier to receive loans from a club than a bank.The purpose of a saving club is to empower low income earners, Mr. Payne said, helping them to save a small portion of their income; so that at the end of the year they can realize just how much they have saved.Speaking on creating shares in the club to enable members have their own capital stock from the sales of the shares they receive, the PUPSC president said that such shares could be used for the importation and exportation of commodities.He said the club is about to train and teach PUPSAC members on how to manage their funds wisely, in order to expand and improve their respective businesses.“Currently, the club has 375 members and by 2015 we will be able to establish four branches across Monrovia, including a few others at Day Break Mouth Open, Barnesville, Caldwell, Red Light and Duala repectively.”     “We started as a yearly Susu Club and now we have over three branches in Montserrado County already,” Mr. Pyne said.Susu Clubs are a traditional form of banking system widely used in Liberia and mostly by low-income earners, many of whom run small and medium size businesses.The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) is now asking the PUPSC to improve its status and develop into a combination that include several other banking entities, after which the PUPSC will become a registered entity entitled to benefits from the CBL, Mr. Payne said.Speaking also at the ceremony was PUPSC controller, Deacon Isaiah G. Martin, who says that the club is giving out quarterly loans, in order to empower young Liberian entrepreneurs. Borrowers are, however, required to pay back the money in three months, with a very minimal interest rate, he said.Deacon Martin stated that if the country is to develop, everyone Liberian must get prepared for change.The People United for Progress Saving Club, which was established in August 2004, is located in Clara Town, a suburb of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labourer jailed after admitting to damage to property charge

first_imgA 27-year-old labourer was on Thursday jailed for nine months by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after being arraigned on a damage to property charge.The defendant, Orland Hunt of Lot 107 Grove, East Bank Demerara, admitted to the allegation, which stated that on March 2, 2019, at Lot 4 Cummings Street, Georgetown, he partially damaged a property belonging to Caron Duff.It was stated that on the day in question, Duff secured his home and went out, and following his return, he realised that his house was partially damaged. Upon reviewing the CCTV footage, he saw Hunt throwing three pieces of stone against his property, damaging the walls and other parts of the building to the amounted of $900,000.As such, the suspect was arrested and charged with the offence. The court was further informed that the defendant and the victim are not known to each other.last_img read more

Surujbally to leave helm of GECOM

first_imgChairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Dr Steve Surujbally has indicated his intentions to demit office before the end of the year.Deputy GECOM Chairman Dr Vishnu Persaud confirmed to Guyana Times that his senior recently indicated to the Commission his intentions to leave the organisation but cautioned that an indication is not a definitive resignation.GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve SurujballyDr Surujbally currently on vacation is expected to demit office on November 30.The GECOM Chair already wrote to the government about his desire to resign and had recommended a raft of measures of reform.He had told the media that he has been expressing his desire to demit office since 2006.Dr Surujbally has been at the helm of GECOM since 2001.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has called for the resignation of Surujbally in wake of their strong belief that he supervised a rigged electoral process last year. During a press conference on Monday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee expressed concerns that since proceeding on leave, meetings of GECOM have not been held to deal with substantive issues save for one meeting to address administrative matters relating to the on-going continuous registration.“Letters have been written by members of GECOM to Dr Surujbally requesting the convening of GECOM meetings to discuss matters of strategic importance to the work of the Commission,” he stated.When asked, Rohee said he was not in a position to disclose if the Party has deliberated on its nominees for the imminent vacant position of GECOM Chairman.Nonetheless, PPP/C-nominated GECOM Commissioners have already indicated their readiness to submit nominees for a new Chairman to President David Granger.Observer missions of the Commonwealth, Carter Centre and Organisation of American States have long urged that a new mechanism be developed to select and appoint the commission from a list of non-political persons.GECOM is the entity that is responsible for the administration and conduct of elections in Guyana. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

Abnormally Warm and Dry Local Weather

first_imgHigh temperatures have ranged from 18.4 on Thursday of last week, to 23.3 on Tuesday of this week.That’s about 5 to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year. This region is just over a week away from recording its second monthly precipitation total this year of less than one millimeter.Despite the earlier forecasts for rain this week none has been recorded at the local airport.That leaves just the point three millimeters recorded on the 3rd as the current April total, with nothing in the extended seven day forecast except a 30 percent chance of showers next Wednesday.- Advertisement -The year-to-date precipitation total, including only point eight millimeters in February, is 58 point two millimeters.The norm for the first four months of the year, is 88 point one millimeters.Meantime, in addition to being abnormally dry this month it has also been abnormally warm, especially during the past week.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mayor scores a big assist in L.A.’s lobbying efforts

first_imgAs California cities compete for billions of dollars for infrastructure projects, Los Angeles wields two distinct advantages: the biggest lobbying budget and a charismatic, Sacramento- savvy mayor. Last year, Los Angeles spent about $760,000 on lobbying in Sacramento. And in just the first three months of 2007, the city spent about $297,000, more than San Diego and San Francisco combined spent on lobbying during all of last year, according to financial reports filed this week. But while most of L.A.’s lobbying is done by consultants and city employees in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., political observers say the city’s best lobbyist is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The mayor’s political committee supporting the effort spent more than $1.1 million in Sacramento. And when the legislation was in danger of failing, the mayor repeatedly visited the Capitol to exert his influence. Even when the vote fell short on its first tally, Villaraigosa pressed his case with lawmakers in the hallways. Ultimately, the measure squeaked by on three-vote margins in both houses. Some lawmakers privately acknowledged that the mayor’s personality and his potential to be governor someday played a bigger role in their decision than the bill’s merits. The mayor’s personal lobbying efforts also made key differences in advancing a 405 Freeway interchange project and landing more transportation funding for Los Angeles. But that mettle will be tested as agencies across California battle for their share of $42 billion in voter-approved state bond funds and as lawmakers tackle a $100 billion state budget. “The mayor’s top legislative priority is to ensure Los Angeles receives its share of funding from the statewide infrastructure bonds,” said Villaraigosa spokeswoman Janelle Erickson. “This includes funding for mass transit, street maintenance, highways and local streets and roads. It also includes funding for housing, both affordable and for the homeless, and lastly funding to green Los Angeles, which includes revitalizing the river, planting a million trees and creating open space and … parks.” And attempts to land more state and federal money come at a key time for Los Angeles, which faces a sharply tightened budget and strained resources. To help its efforts in Washington, the city relies on four internal lobbyists and last year also reported paying about $380,000 to outside lobbyists. In Sacramento, the city spends roughly $800,000 a year on lobbying efforts, much of it through membership in advocacy groups. During the 2005-06 legislative session, the city paid $542,000 to the Southern California Association of Governments; $29,000 to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments; and $183,000 to the League of California Cities. Last year, the city reported spending about $188,000 on its two-person internal lobbying team of Andrew Antwih and Silvia Solis in Sacramento. The quiet-spoken Antwih, a native of Los Angeles, worked for nine years as consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee before being hired by Villaraigosa in late 2005. “I have found Andrew to be very thorough, extremely smart, an excellent strategic thinker and he’s very knowledgeable,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who is also a former Los Angeles city councilman. “And I have come to consider Andrew somebody who not only comes to lobby me, but whom I can call to strategize about a variety of issues.” The city’s lobbying efforts included 45 bills last year, although only a handful were directly related to city interests. More commonly, city lobbyists weighed in on more general topics such as minimum wage and global warming. Four of the five city-related bills for which the city lobbied passed and were signed by the governor. Those included the mayor’s LAUSD takeover, a bill requested by the Community Redevelopment Agency to allow special parking for ride-sharing programs, and a bill allowing the Department of Water and Power and other utilities to charge special fees to other public agencies such as school districts. A bill to add another Los Angeles-appointed seat to the South Coast Air Quality Management Board failed. And Villaraigosa’s clout has not gone unchallenged. While the mayor did manage to get substantial funding for transportation, the city still received less than Alameda County, which is significantly smaller. Still, many expect Villaraigosa’s star power to go far. Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, has accompanied the mayor on lobbying trips to Washington, and was astonished at the treatment he received. “Last year, I remember walking behind him through the halls of Rayburn \, and interns and staff members coming out of congressional offices to see him walk down,” Huffman said. “I thought, this must be like when a rock star comes to the Hill to testify.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When he makes an appearance in Sacramento, he exercises a lot more clout than the lobbyists would – or past mayors,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. “He knows how to push the buttons. He knows where the power centers are. On top of that, he’s a very charismatic guy who has a future.” As a former Assembly speaker and a likely gubernatorial candidate, Villaraigosa knows key players and carries significant authority in Sacramento. “Villaraigosa going to Sacramento is like \ Schwarzenegger going to Washington,” Stern said. “They both get attention wherever they go. It’s harder to say no to a popular public figure than to a lobbyist.” Villaraigosa demonstrated that power last year when he corralled reluctant lawmakers into passing legislation designed to give him more control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. last_img read more

Blunders lead to near-crash at LAX

first_img“Stop right there,” the controller ordered the small plane as a siren sounded in the control tower, warning of a potential collision. Another controller told the jumbo jet to abort its landing and circle around, but it was too late. The small plane was moving away from the runway when the jet whipped past. Nonetheless, the Federal Aviation Administration estimated that the two planes may have come within 50 feet of crashing. The incident is under further review. “It was pretty close,” said Michael Foote, the local president of the controllers’ union. The SkyWest plane was carrying only its crew, on a repositioning flight from Redding. The Virgin Atlantic plane, though, an Airbus A340-600, could have been carrying up to 372 passengers, based on its seating configuration. Its pilot called the control tower after the near-collision to compliment the controller’s handling of the fast-developing situation, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said. The incident Sunday evening marked the third time this year that planes have come dangerously close to each other on the runways of LAX. The other two happened within the span of little more than 24 hours in February, and neither was as serious. Sunday’s close call appears to have been the most dire at the airport since last September. In that case, the pilot of a SkyWest plane speeding toward takeoff had to slam on the brakes when another plane rolled into his path. He avoided a crash by a mere 100 feet. Historically, most runway safety violations at LAX have happened on the southern pair of runways, which are undergoing a $333 million reconfiguration to make them safer. But two of the three close calls this year have happened on the northern runways. The airport’s neighbors to the north have mobilized to fight any reconfiguration of that side of the airfield that would push a runway significantly closer to their homes. They have found allies in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local politicians, who have demanded proof of a safety problem on those runways. The city has commissioned a study of the safety of those runways, which should be completed within several weeks. doug.irving@dailybreeze.com (310) 543-6649160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The SkyWest plane was fighting a hard wind as it drove down the runway after its landing. With the jumbo jet fast approaching, a controller told the SkyWest pilot, “Keep it rolling, please, turn left off the runway.” The controller directed the small plane toward an airfield intersection, where two taxiways meet the runway like two roads meeting a highway. One requires a slight swerve to the left; the other requires a hard left turn. The controller instructed the plane to take the easy turn onto a taxiway called Zulu, to keep it moving and get it out of the way of the landing jetliner. Instead, the SkyWest plane veered hard and started down the wrong taxiway. “I said Zulu, sir, turn left off the runway,” the controller said. The SkyWest plane stopped. Then it turned around, headed back toward the intersection, and turned onto the correct taxiway – even as the jumbo jet raced toward the runway. A small airplane narrowly missed colliding with a speeding jumbo jet at Los Angeles International Airport this week after a series of blunders took it dangerously close to an active runway. The jumbo jet roared past at an estimated 100 mph, the tip of one wing coming as close as 50 feet to striking the smaller plane. It appears to have been the most dangerous near-collision at LAX since last year. It began with a wrong turn. The smaller plane, a SkyWest turboprop arriving from Redding, landed Sunday evening on the northern-most runway at LAX. Behind it, a Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet was lining up to land on the same runway after a flight from London. last_img read more

REVEALED: The best playmaker in the Premier League, with Chelsea star nowhere to be seen

first_img 6 6 1st: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – 30% 6 6th: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 6% of votes 6 6 Last week, talkSPORT asked it’s readership to vote on who they thought was the best playmaker in the Premier League.We settled on a shortlist of; Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil, David Silva, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Philippe Coutinho, and the results are in.Interestingly, most of the voting took place before Arsenal’s demolition of Manchester United on Sunday afternoon – but would have that have altered the verdict?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the results…  5th: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – 10% 6 4th: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 11% 2nd: David Silva (Manchester City) – 27% 3rd: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 16% last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Liverpool to launch move for Germany Under-21 star

first_imgLiverpool have registered an interest in Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule, according to reports in Germany.Sule, 20, is rated as one of the top young prospects in Germany and has nailed down a regular place in Hoffenheim’s team this season, making 28 appearances.A Germany under-21 international, he has been scouted by a number of Bundesliga clubs in recent months but it is Liverpool who have made the first move for the defender.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was a big admirer of Sule from his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund and has ordered Liverpool’s directors to make an approach for him.According to Bild, Liverpool have already made contact with Hoffenheim about the possibility of doing a deal at the end of the season and are awaiting the German club’s response. Niklas Sule 1last_img read more

A ticket for kids to ride A Train

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant So, on a cold Tuesday morning, on the last day of Black History Month, the president of the Los Angeles Jazz Society parks her traveling A Train of jazz musicians outside the Sylmar school auditorium and walks inside with a five-piece group. It’s the last stop of a monthlong Jazz in Schools tour that three bands have made at 45 elementary schools in Los Angeles in February – trying to give hip-hop a run for its money with kids during Black History Month. The irony doesn’t escape Manne, widow of popular jazz drummer Shelley Manne. Her real name is Florence, but she became Flip for good back in the early ’40s when she kicked up her gams as one of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. “Black kids used to be the repository of jazz, but now most of them don’t even hear it anymore,” she says, watching the musicians set up. “It’s all hip-hop now. We’re here because we don’t want to lose jazz.” The musicians nod. Maybe if there were more jazz on TV, the kids would get into it, they say. Who knows? This is where you have to reach them, Flip Manne says. In elementary school. It’s too late by high school. The older kids are already deep into hip-hop by then. They don’t give a squat about jazz, or much care. No, it’s here – in schools such as Dyer Street Elementary School in Sylmar, where you have to plant the seeds and let jazz grow. Where you fight to keep the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and all the jazz legends alive for another generation. Where jazz draws the line and gives hip-hop a run for its money. “You ever notice how all the cool commercials on TV have jazz music playing in the background?” asks Charley Lloyd, warming up on his sax. He’s accompanied by Donald Dean on drums, Rahmlee Davis on trumpet, John Belyaguy on bass and Anne King on piano and trumpet. They’re all union musicians earning a paycheck from the jazz society, working elementary schools during the month, but truth be told, they’d do it for free because they know what the stakes are. Those kids filing into the auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday can make or break jazz in the future. If they don’t reach these kids – get them aboard Duke Ellington’s A Train with them – jazz could become yesterday’s bossa nova. “We’ve got to make it fun,” Davis says, picking up his trumpet. And for the next hour, that’s exactly what the A Train does. Virginia Flores sits in the second row, keeping a close eye on the 33 students in her combined fourth- and fifth-grade class. In every assembly by now, she’s been up half a dozen times warning many of her students to stop fooling around and pay attention. Not today, though. Her kids are laughing and shooting their arms up in the air to let the saxophone player know they know the name of the song he’s playing – the theme song to the “Pink Panther.” “I’ve been preparing them by talking about different cultures, the origins of jazz instruments, and playing a lot of Louis Armstrong songs in class,” Flores said. It’s working. The kids jump out of their seats and fall in line with the musicians as they march around the auditorium playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” It’s written all over their young faces. Hey, this jazz stuff is fun. Then the band goes for the kill – the song you’ve got to be legally dead not to respond to. Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.” Geronimo Gil and his buddy, Adrian Chagolla, both 10-year-old fourth-graders, start slow, letting the music build. A little toe-tapping at first, then the swaying of the shoulders. Before long, the whole auditorium is moving in unison, following Manne’s lead and snapping their fingers to the beat. Taking the A Train together. After the concert, many of the kids gather around the musicians, thanking them for coming and teaching them about this music called jazz. A few promise to listen to it more on the radio at home, but who knows if they will? All the Los Angeles Jazz Society can do on these trips to elementary schools, Manne says, is offer the kids a choice. Let jazz give hip-hop a run for its money. For more information on joining the Los Angeles Jazz Society and helping with its Jazz in Schools program, call (310) 216-9100. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want 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