Cameron: WI cricket on the rise again

first_img And with the Under-19 Windies side having captured the ICC Youth World Cup earlier this year, Cameron said it was proof that West Indies cricket was “headed in the right direction.” “It is the beginning of the revival process,” Cameron told the Times of India newspaper. “We have put in place a robust system that will take some more time to churn out the results we want. The success of our U-19, ladies and men’s team proves that we are headed in the right direction”. Once World champions, West Indies have slipped to the bottom of international cricket in recent years, following poor results, especially in the Test and one-day formats. They are ranked number eight in Tests, the lowest of all major cricket nations and only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and are ninth in ODIs, resulting in their non-qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy in England. However, Cameron said the WICB had made key structural changes which would see the continued rise of West Indies cricket. “Before 2005, we had an amateurish set-up in first-class cricket, where players only got to play just five four-day matches in a season. We have now replaced that with a professional set-up and players get to play at least 10 matches,” the Jamaican explained. He added: “We have 15 players who are currently contracted to the WICB. Besides this, we have 90 others who are contracted to the six regional franchises. The franchise teams currently compete in the four-day WICB Professional League as well as the one-day WICB Super 50 Tournament. “Currently, 11 women players are centrally contracted. They played some good cricket to get into the WT20 final for the first time and we hope they will go all the way.” Revival process KOLKATA, India (CMC): Embattled West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron believes the region’s recent success on the international stage shows that West Indies cricket is on the rise again. He has also given the assurance that the recent pay dispute with players has been “amicably settled”. He was speaking on Friday after West Indies beat tournament favourites India on Thursday to reach the final of the Twenty20 World Cup for the second time in three competitions. West Indies Women also advanced to the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time when they defeated New Zealand Women also on Thursday.last_img read more

Granger could be behind gridlock between Govt, GTU – Jagdeo

first_img…urges President to get directly involved to end stalemateWith several months already passed and countless meetings held, there is still no clear indication as to when negotiations for the new multi-year agreement for teachers will be resolved.Commentators and social activists have assumed that the process is being deliberately prolonged, and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that this might have to do with President David Granger.Jagdeo said recently that it was the President who established a High Level Task Force, but later rejected its report after it agreed with the majority of the Guyana Teachers Union’s demands.The establishment of the Task Force, which comprised Government and Union representatives, followed on the heels of threats of strike action from the GTU.The Task Force had recommended that Government consider granting GTU’s request for a 40 per cent increase on 2015 salaries. The recommendations proposed that the 40 per cent increase serve as a base, and a five per cent incremental increase for each remaining year of the agreement.This recommendation represents a compromise as the Union originally requested a 40 per cent increase in 2016, a 45 per cent increase in 2017, and a 50 per cent increase in 2018, 2019 and 2020.But Government later came out raising concerns about the affordability of the proposals, which could cost in excess of $4 billion for the teaching service and $10 billion if extended to the rest of the public sector.Teachers were instead offered a $700 million ballpark figure for 2018 salary increases. This was rejected and the GTU decided to engage in strike action beginning in the schools’ pre-term on August 27, 2018.The Opposition Leader noted that it was the President who deemed the proposal made by the Task Force to be unacceptable, and for this reason, he believes that the President is responsible for the stalemate.He said, “The President promised a Task Force of senior Government officials and then they come back to the President and he says that the report is not acceptable…he may very well be behind this.”President David GrangerJagdeo has called for the President to get directly involved in the process, more so because the GTU and the Department of Labour have also reached an impasse. He said the issue could get out of hand, if the President did not intervene and bring some calm to the situation.“I pleaded with the President to get involved directly, people weren’t happy when I said that he should do something about the mouth of Keith Scott, but really I was just expressing a similar frustration that the teachers are experiencing,” he said. Jagdeo believes Minister Scott has made the situation worse.ConfrontationThe former Head of State also believes that the GTU met with the Department of Labour and went back to the table in good faith, only now to be faced again with unilateral actions on the part of Government.“It seems as though the Government is encouraging, baiting the teachers with their language, threatening them to lock people up, etc. It’s like they want a confrontation with the teachers and then the Minister will go around at some schools and try to get the parents to blame the teachers again,” Jagdeo said.The GTU recently called on its members to be on standby as it gears up for another round of strike action; this time on a larger scale, if the imposed Chairman for the arbitration panel to settle the wages dispute between Government and the Union is not withdrawn.Dr Leyland Lucas of the University of Guyana was named arbitrator last week and according to the GTU, it did not agree to the nomination, but rather Lucas was imposed by the Department of Labour.According to the Union, it is also prepared to take the Education Ministry, and more so, the Government to court if any action is taken against teachers who will be going on strike.GTU President Mark Lyte said the Union has not taken lightly the threat by the Education Ministry to penalise teachers who are prepared to strike. His statement was in reference to the threat issued by the Ministry, after the Union announced its plans to head to industrial action for a second time.Since 2015, the Union has attempted to negotiate a multi-year salary and non-salary benefit package with the David Granger-led coalition Government but negotiations have dragged on.The last nationwide teachers’ strike took effect on August 27 during the schools’ pre-term activities and lasted for a little under two weeks, as the Ministry gave into the pressure and agreed to arbitration on September 6. Following the agreement to end the strike, teachers returned to work.The terms signed on to by the parties to the dispute for resumption indicated that there would be no victimisation by either side, no loss of pay and seniority, and the status quo ante, that is, the conditions in relation to wages, salaries and non-salary benefits which existed before the strike would prevail.Most importantly, the terms indicate that within 24 hours after full resumption, the parties would meet to determine the terms of reference for the arbitration panel, as guided by the 1990 Memorandum of Agreement between the Education Ministry and the GTU. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

2010 Energy Conference coming to Fort St. John

first_imgThe event will conclude on Oct. 14. For a more detailed intinerary visit www.fortstjohn.ca. The Conference hopes to bring a global perspective to energy issues and initiatives and will include presentations and panel discussions from key stakeholders from the energy industry. The panel will include elected and government officials as well as members from local First Nations groups.- Advertisement -Fort St. John City Councillor Lori Ackerman says that this conference is in many ways a celebration.[asset|aid=3195|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=eab89cd7ca224adfc85b03d60dc70c83-Lori Ackerman 1_3_Pub.mp3] The event is held annually in Northeastern B.C. and provides excellent networking opportunities for those who choose to attend. Councillor Ackerman says the presentation titled “Oil and Gas 101” should help to shed light to those not entirely informed about the industry.[asset|aid=3196|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=eab89cd7ca224adfc85b03d60dc70c83-Lori Ackerman 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The City of Fort St. John will be hosting the 2010 Energy Conference from Oct. 12-14.last_img read more

Fenerbahce eyeing shock swoop for Man United forward

first_imgManchester United striker Robin van Persie has emerged as a shock transfer target for Fenerbache, according to reports in Turkey.The 31-year-old has endured a mixed start to the season under new manager Louis van Gaal, scoring three goals in eight games.It has led to speculation that Van Persie could be set to leave Old Trafford after two seasons with the Red Devils.And, according to Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik, Fenerbache have contacted Van Persie’s representatives over a potential move.The Turkish giants have reportedly been told that a transfer in January is unlikley, but the Netherlands international will consider his future next summer. 1 Robin van Persie last_img read more

‘I did not like my team’: Mourinho fumes

first_imgThe United manager saw a run of three consecutive wins, all of them away from Old Trafford, come to an end in lethargic fashion.“Not a good performance, not a good result but a fair result,” said Mourinho.“Wolves, by the way they faced the game, I think they deserve it. They play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final.“That is the attitude I like my teams to have in every match. We didn’t have that. They did. That attitude made a difference.”United looked to have weathered a strong opening by Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, most notably when keeper David De Gea made a spectacular save to keep out Willy Boly’s goal-bound header from a Joao Moutinho corner.That save was all the more important as, within seconds, United were in front after Fred scored his first goal for the club.French international Paul Pogba touched the ball on skilfully after collecting Conor Coady’s headed clearance, and Fred deposited an unstoppable 18-yard shot into the Wolves goal.But, by the time they equalised seven minutes into the second half, Nuno’s team was good value for a goal even if it owed much to poor United defending.Pogba gave the ball away in midfield, leading to an attack in which Helder Costa beat Luke Shaw far too easily on the United by-line.– Disappointed –His cross found Raul Jimenez who laid the ball off for Moutinho to claim his first goal in English football with a lethal left-foot finish from the edge of the area.“I expect my team to play better than we did,” added Mourinho. “If we had played against Wolves like we did against Tottenham, then I think we would win.“It is a bit of a contradiction but I’m more disappointed today than I was against Tottenham.“Against Tottenham we lost the game but I liked very much my team’s performance.“Of course, we had a better result and one point is better than zero. But I did not like my team.”The Wolves goal, in particular, was a major disappointment and recalled the worrying days of August when United lost consecutive games to Brighton and Spurs, while conceding three times in each.But Mourinho was more concerned by what he saw as his team’s poor attitude as he came close to suffering consecutive home league defeats for the first time in his career“I can’t explain the difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude,” he said.“For me it is difficult to explain that.”After throwing on Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as substitutes, United created a handful of late chances with Romelu Lukaku missing the best, heading wide from six yards.But Wolves had chances of their own to claim a first Old Trafford win in 38 years and, in the dying seconds, substitute Adama Traore burst through only to shoot selfishly over the goal.“What I want now is to work harder tomorrow than we did before,” said Nuno.“It’s a growth, a building of the team. Let’s improve, let’s get better so we can (be) every week like this.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was frustrated by the draw against Wolves © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jose Mourinho was highly critical of the attitude of his Manchester United players after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Old Trafford.Mourinho even claimed he was more pleased with their last home display — the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham — than he was this latest effort.last_img read more

Messi would struggle in current Man Utd team, says Scholes

first_img0Shares0000Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been outspoken in his criticism of manager Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / ANDREW YATESLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 17 – Paul Scholes says even Lionel Messi would struggle to shine in the current Manchester United team and that the struggling club are being laughed at by their rivals.The former United and England midfielder has been a frequent and vocal critic of his old club, who are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League — five points adrift of any other member of the “Big Six”. They had to watch Manchester City win last season’s title in record-breaking fashion and Pep Guardiola’s men are flying high at the top once more, alongside Liverpool and manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea.“That shouldn’t make any difference but it does,” Scholes told ESPN. “United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did.“We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.“I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago.”Mourinho has spent more than £350 million ($460 million) on players since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016.Despite that, he has clashed with the club’s hierarchy over recruitment while costly signings including Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have failed to flourish under his management.“I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there,” said Scholes. “I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have — a link player between the midfield and the forwards and also a controlling midfield player.“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.“I think (Mourinho) still is (a great manager), but you wonder why his side keep getting outplayed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Never on the cards! £15m striker rubbishes Manchester United transfer link

first_imgCharlie Austin insists there was no truth in reports linking him with a summer move to Manchester United.The £15m-rated QPR striker was expected to leave Loftus Road following the club’s relegation to the Championship.United were said to be interested in the prolific hitman late in the transfer window, as they looked to boost their attacking options.But Austin insisted that was just media speculation, telling The Sports Bar: “No. That was never on the cards. Not from what I’m aware of.”Austin did, however, confirm he rejected the chance to join another Premier League club to stay at QPR.last_img read more


first_imgLocal NotesLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreAppeal: Blossoms (A New 2 U Shop): The Resource Centre are opening a new charity shop in Lifford over the coming weeks and are appealing to anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week to volunteer and help out your local community. If this is of interest to you please contact 074 91 41773! Further Education/Classes: We are hoping to run a number of new classes in the Resource Centre over the coming months but can only do so, if we have enough numbers to fill the class. If any of the areas listed below are of interest to you then please contact reception on 074 91 41773 and leave your details.Creative Writing: A fun class where participants can express their ideas and opinions and join in with another group of people who have an interest in storytelling. Photography: A class where participants can learn all about photography. Sign Language: This is a beginners, accredited course where participants can further their skills with each module. Basic Irish: These classes will be for beginners or a refreshers course, ideal for parents who may want to help children with their homework or those who may have children attending Gaelscoil. Childcare: This will be a general learning course with modules aimed at childcare. For further information contact 074 91 41773!Wanted: Our local Gardening Group are appealing to anyone that may have spare Baby Food jars to donate them to the centre. It is only small baby food jars that will be accepted and not jam jars.Christmas Craft Fair: The Resource Centre are holding a Craft Fair on Sunday 9th December from 2.00 – 6.oop.m. Anyone interested in booking a stall, please contact Marie/Anita on 07491 41773.  LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES was last modified: October 25th, 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:LIfford/Clonleigh noteslast_img read more


first_imgBundoran RNLI Lifeboat crewThe volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were called out twice over the weekend to two different incidents, both of which ended well.On Saturday afternoon just after 1.40pm, the crew received a report that a boat’s propeller had become entangled in the rope of an old lobster pot just off Mountcharles. Making their way across the bay to the scene, the volunteer crew found that the boat had indeed become entangled and was unable to move.The experienced skipper had dropped anchor to ensure that the craft was stabilised which eased the work of the RNLI crewman who went under the boat in order to cut the rope from the propeller. Within minutes, the thankful skipper was underway and the lifeboat returned the station in Bundoran. Just after 6pm this evening the pagers sounded again as Malin Head Coast Guard had been alerted to a surfer who was in difficulty in the water at Rossnowlagh. Within 6 minutes the lifeboat was in the water and speeding towards the scene with shore crew also tasked to the scene. The Rescue 118 helicopter based at Sligo was also tasked. However as the lifeboat passed Kildoney Point, the crew were informed that the surfer was ashore and they were stood down.Deputy Launching Authority at Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat said ‘thankfully these callouts ended well. We would as usual always remind members of the public that if they see anyone in difficulty on the coast to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’ BUNDORAN LIFEBOAT CREWS IN TWO ALERTS was last modified: September 28th, 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:bundorancrewsRNLIlast_img read more


first_imgAN astonishing 500 new jobs are set to be announced this week for Dungloe, Donegal Daily can reveal.The biggest jobs announcement in years will be for the Randox company which is already based there.Randox has already invested in a diagnostic manufacturing and research and development facility in Dungloe where just over 60 people currently work. However we understand the company will unveil ambitious plans on Monday which will see the workforce increased to 550 between now and 2020.Randox Teoranta is an off-shoot of Randox in the North.The new jobs are for highly trained scientists and software engineers and will focus on new diagnostic solutions that will improve healthcare globally.The announcement will include an investment of more than €25M in the next five or six years. It’s understood Údarás na Gaeltachta have been in talks with Randox for months.“This has been a brilliant journey for Údarás and Randox and this is one of the best days for jobs in Donegal in a very long time,” said one source. CELEBRATIONS AS 500 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR DUNGLOE was last modified: October 20th, 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:500 jobsdonegaldungloejobsrandoxÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more