Windies A eye win after dominating third day

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC): Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall snatched a five-wicket haul and Test opener Rajendra Chandrika and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton lashed their second half-centuries of the game, as West Indies A produced a telling performance to put Sri Lanka A on the ropes on the penultimate day of the second four-day ‘Test’ here yesterday. At the close, Sri Lanka A were struggling on 36 for two in pursuit of 481 for victory at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium – still requiring an improbable 445 runs on today’s final day to win the contest. Earlier, resuming on 128 for four, they were bundled out for 245 in their first innings as Cornwall ripped through the innings to finish with six for 91. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella top-scored with 88, captain Dimuth Karunaratne got 68, while Asela Gunaratne chipped in with a vital 46; but the hosts lost their last five wickets for just 25 runs in a swift collapse, about 25 minutes after lunch. WINDIES ATTACK Yet again, Cornwall spearheaded the Windies attack, taking four of the last five wickets to collect his second five-wicket haul following on from his eight-wicket innings haul in the opening ‘Test’ in Colombo. With a healthy first-innings lead of 264, West Indies A then raced to 216 for three declared, with Chandrika stroking 68 and Hamilton a whirlwind, unbeaten 56 off just 30 deliveries. Captain Shamarh Brooks also gathered an uptempo, unbeaten 53 off 63 balls, while Shimron Hetmyer chipped in with 28. Left-hander Kieran Powell fell cheaply for two with the score on four in the fourth over of the innings, but three successive half-century partnerships put the visitors in command. The right-handed Chandrika put on 65 for the second wicket with Hetmyer, who carved out five fours in a busy 37-ball knock before falling on the stroke of tea, lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay. After the break, Chandrika added a further 67 for the third wicket with Brooks, as West Indies A controlled the final session. All told, Chandrika struck five fours and a six off 110 deliveries, while Brooks hammered three fours and two sixes in an enterprising knock.last_img read more

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21st Sletba Open starts; victorious paralympic team cited

first_imgMavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury In his remarks, Lualhati thanked the sponsors and the PBC and the associations for supporting this year’s premier event of Sletba. He also presented and cited the exploits of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which bagged seven medals in the recently held bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Lualhati, in turn, received a plaque of appreciation from paralympic team coach Benshir Layoso for his support for the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPlayers from the national team and from various associations are expected to join the annual tournament and vie for cash prizes worth over P400,000 spread over three groups.Qualifying games started right after the opening rites Saturday and will be held daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 14. Sletba officials led by its president Engr. Mar Lualhati (2nd from left) and secretary Atty. Boy de Leon (right) prepare to roll the ceremonial ball to start the 21st Sletba Open at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta. With them are (from left) Benny Dytoc of PTBA, Benshir Layoso, national team member and coach of the national paralympic team, Gerry Mallilin, president of Philippine Bowling Congress, and Lilian Teano, president of the Tiger City (Mandaluyong) Bowling Association.The 21st Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association-Rizal (Sletba) Open Championships rolled off Saturday at the Sta. Lucia Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Engr. Mar Lualhati, president of Sletba, led the simple opening rites graced by the presence of officials of the Philippine Bowling Congress and other associations based in Metro Manila and in the provinces.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sletba president Engr. Mar Lualhati (right) with members of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which won 7 medals in the recently held tenpin bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Lofa Reports Drastic Ebola Decline

first_imgThe internationally acclaimed, Doctors Without Borders famously known by its French interpretation, Médicins San Frontières (MSF), has warned government and its partners of possible spillovers of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease again into Liberia if stringent measures are not taken to tighten the borders with neighboring affected countries.The MSF coordinator of the Foya Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Lofa County, Dr. Serge St-Louise, said if Ebola is to be contained in the country, the government must do all it can to properly monitor the movement of people, especially along the borders with Guinea and Sierra Leone, where it is being reported that the Ebola infection rates are still high.Dr. St-Louise was addressing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other dignitaries at the Foya ETU, where the Liberian leader had gone to assess the Ebola situation and identify with health workers who are at the forefront of the crisis.He said Ebola Treatment Centers in neighboring communities of Guinea and Sierra Leone along the borders with Lofa, specifically Macenta and Gueckedou, were reaching their full capacities.It was from one of these same neighboring communities that Foya, a town that shares borders with both Guinea and Sierra Leone, registered the country’s first case of the Ebola virus disease from the Guinean side in February 2014.The virus later spread rapidly, killing hundreds in the county and thousands in the country, especially the capital, Monrovia, where it has been raging, though there has been some level of stability reported of late.Though the borders have since been ordered closed, the measures are still not effective as trade between the bordering communities continues.  This situation may have contributed to the high infection rate in the country.Dr. St-Louise warned that although significant gains have been made, the government should take serious security measures at the border areas, aimed at preventing a recurrence of how the virus was transmitted from Guinea and later spread throughout the country.Dr. St-Louise’s warning, came at the same time with positive reports that the infection rate of the virus in Lofa county has reduced significantly, with only six patients left in the ETU, who are to be discharged shortly.The report indicates that Lofa County which reported the first outbreak of the deadly virus and was known as the epic-enter, has now seen a drastic decline in transmission rates with “no new cases” reported within the past three weeks.The MSF Foya Coordinator indicated further that Lofa County could soon be declared an Ebola-free county if the pace at which the transmission has broken continues.He identified coordination and information sharing as important tools for the total containment of the virus, adding that the Foya ETU could be used as an example of how those tools greatly helped in reaching the point of zero cases for the past weeks.He indicated that the level of success in the county is a result of the huge support received from the community and the county’s health leadership, as well as traditional leaders. This is something that could not come about from the onset, he acknowledged, attributing the rapid spread and numerous deaths at the initial stage to denial and cultural practices.President Sirleaf said that she was pleased with the development in the county, which was a result of the hard work done by the international partners like MSF, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the local health team.But she cautioned that she does not want the situation to slide back. “We want to remain vigilant and ensure that we win this fight.“Lofa has gone through a lot. We all know that it was known as the epic-center, and many of our people lost their lives here. But they have shown their resilience and strength and have significantly overcome the virus. They are now on their way to becoming a success story.  We don’t want to tell the world that we are now Ebola-free, but we can now say we are on our way,” the President declared.Addressing the MSF Coordinator’s warning at the end of her tour, President said that government will ensure that the immigration officers vigilantly protect the borders, though she recognized that the borders are porous.“This is a very grave concern.   We have many places where people cross borders without going thru the conventional or required formalities.  But we will continue to ask the Immigration officers to monitor very carefully.“We also have to work with the leaders in Guinea and Sierra Leone. We all are leaders and we talk to each other and work together and collaborate. So we hope that on their side, as we have done on our side, we will put in proper ETUs and proper health care systems. We will encourage them to do it on their side for their people to get the same kind of good treatment that our people are receiving here, so that they, too, may be able to arrest their situations,” said President Sirleaf.Others present at the ceremony in Foya included  United States Ambassador  Deborah Malac, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commanding general of U.S. Army Africa, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson. 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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Oxfam Educates Women’s Group on Maputo Protocol

first_imgSeveral women’s groups in Liberia, including the National Empowerment Program for Women (NEP) and Rural Women of Margibi County (RWMC), have called on the government to implement the Maputo Protocol, which aims to strengthen the rights of women in the country.Oxfam Gender Justice Coordinator Adolphus Gblorso spoke at a two day workshop organized by Oxfam GB over the weekend. He said the event was also intended to educate women on the significance of the Maputo Protocol for it to gain enough momentum so that government will implement it for the benefit of Liberians. About 30 participants came together and agreed to work along with the government and other women’s rights organizations to join the process and highlight women’s issues.Oxfam’s goal is to enhance the knowledge of women and girls to follow issues that impact their lives and on the Maputo Protocol. Martha Sayklon, president of Rural Women of Margibi County and one of the participants, said if they created more awareness on the Maputo Protocol in all of the counties, women will understand their rights and work in collaboration with the government and other partners to promote their own rights through the implementation of the protocol.“It is my first time learning about the Maputo Protocol, and through the two-day workshop I have learned the importance of the protocol and how we can work together for an improved environment for women and girls. We learned about the 1325 resolutions regarding peace and security, health issues, especially how to plan a good family by using family planning methods and what role women can play in maintaining the peace in the country,” said Madam Sayklon, who is also known as ‘Money in the Bush.’She lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for contributing to women’s participation in the country especially through the launch of the gender policy document in 2009, which attached value to rural women in Liberia.“We want the Maputo Protocol fully implemented for women’s voices to be heard in all sectors of life, especially for those women who are in the rural areas and do not have access to good health facilities, roads network, equal participation with their male counterparts, and better education,” added Madam Sianeh Omeze, the National Empowerment Program for Women’s Country Director.She encouraged other women’s organizations to get involved in the process by coming up with more training and awareness in all parts of the country to enable the implementation of the Protocol on the Rights of African Women. Madam Omeze was one of the three women that represented Liberia at Mount Kilimanjaro where women’s groups from all parts of the world assembled to seek equal or 50-50 land rights and for their voices to be heard.At that gathering, Liberia was among the 36 countries that reached the peak of the mountain, a trip that took six days of climbing to the summit and returning to the base of the mountain, an act that reportedly demonstrated the importance of the Maputo Protocol to the participating women. 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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‘Continue to Work Together’

first_imgAmbassador Brown turns over the gavel of authority to the new ECOWAS Group chairman, His Excellency Ambassador Kokou Kpayedo of Togo– Ambassador Brown Urges ECOWAS StatesLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Lewis Garseedah Brown, II, has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to continue to work together to remain a significant bloc at the United Nations. The ECOWAS Group consists of Permanent Missions of West African States to the United Nations with the aim of collaborating to ensure collective actions and solidarity on issues of common interests.Speaking over the weekend when he turned over the chairmanship of the ECOWAS Group to the Permanent Representative of Togo, Ambassador Brown said as a concerted effort, ECOWAS has a lot to offer the African Union and the United Nations. According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Liberia’s chief diplomat to the United Nations described his tenure as chairman of the ECOWAS Group as an honor and pledged the Liberian Mission’s support to the new leadership and the agenda of ECOWAS.The chairmanship of the ECOWAS Group is rotational, as is the chairmanship of the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS. Ambassador Brown assumed the group’s chairmanship when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected as chairperson of ECOWAS in June 2016.Group photograph of the ECOWAS Ambassadors at the United NationsIn response, the new ECOWAS Group chairman, His Excellency Ambassador Kokou Kpayedo of the Permanent Mission of Togo, thanked Ambassador Brown for his leadership and outstanding work that gave more visibility to the ECOWAS Group. Ambassador Kpayedo made special mention of the group’s collective action on the political situation in Guinea Bissau and the transversal threats of terrorism, maritime piracy, organized crimes, climate change and food security. He encouraged his colleagues to do more to address the numerous and complex challenges facing the sub-region. “The numerous and complex challenges facing the sub-region call for collective action and solidarity on the part of our group to defend ECOWAS initiatives aimed at stabilizing the sub-region through the promotion of peace, security, social cohesion and an inclusive sustainable development,” he emphasized. The Togolese Permanent Representative to the United Nations pledged to develop the necessary synergies to carry out various tasks of common interests and make the group more visible through the development of appropriate framework for the harmonization of the positions of ECOWAS States on issues of peace, security and sustainable development. Ambassador Kpayedo named making the ECOWAS Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations more operational as the first priority of his leadership.The turning over ceremony was graced by Ambassadors Kone Tanou Leon and Dr. Tete Antonio of the ECOWAS Permanent Observer Mission and African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, respectively.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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BREAKING: 33 is majority of 65 – CCJ

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice has thrown out government’s submission that a majority is 65 is 34.President Justice Adrian Saunders noted that a majority of all elected members of Guyana’s National Assembly is clearly 33.Government had argued that 34 votes were needed to pass the no-confidence motion submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.More details in the Wednesday June 19, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

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Minor excess of lead found in some water in District of Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor preschool and Fire Hall have been found to have higher amounts of lead than allowed under the BC Drinking Water Quality Assessment.The guideline is 0.010. In the Fire hall 0.01190 was found. In the preschool 0.01160 was found.Mayor Rob Fraser said the samples were collected on June 27, 2016 and then analyzed July 4, 2016. These tests were done in accordance with the BC Drinking Water Quality Assessment.- Advertisement -Fraser also went on to say that another sample will be collected to ensure the first results were correct. If that sample comes back different, they will then proceed with a third sample to see which one was the most accurate.The Mayor also says that the solution to the problem is to run the water until it is cold. He says the water has to stand 6 hours overnight before they do a test.They plan to re-sample the school once school is back in session. They will do the Fire Hall in the next little while.Advertisement Mayor Fraser also stressed the point that there is no reason for the community to be concerned. There was no high levels of lead found in other buildings such as the Golf Course Clubhouse, Medical Clinic, District Ice Arena, Community Hall, Visitor Centre, District Office, and the Golf Course Maintenance Building.last_img read more

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Kenya down two places in latest FIFA ranking

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama leads the team out at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 4 – Kenya has dropped down two places to position 108 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, this result having been occasioned by the 1-0 defeat to Ghana in their final African Cup of Nations qualifier last month.Harambee Stars were on the upward trajectory especially after qualifying for the Cup of Nations with wins over Ethiopia and Ghana in Nairobi. Despite the slight slump, Stars still remains the second best placed East African country with Uganda retaining top spot despite dropping two places down to 79th.Tanzania who beat the Ugandans to qualify for the AFCON for the first time in 39 years have meanwhile risen six places to 131st. Burundi who earned AFCON qualification for the first time in their history have moved two places up to 136th.Senegal have meanwhile retained their slot as the best placed African country with a rise of one spot to 23rd worldwide. Nigeria has moved into the top three in Africa, their four-place rise seeing them go 42nd on the global ranking.There is no change in the global ranking with Belgium, France and Brazil retaining the first three slots while England moved a spot up to fourth interchanging with World Cup finalists Croatia0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United to sign Ajax goalkeeper as De Gea replacement – all you need to know about Cillessen

first_imgManchester United may have to enter the summer transfer market to source a long-term replacement for David de Gea, who is the subject of intense interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.The 24-year-old’s waves to the Old Trafford crowd following his substitution against Arsenal last weekend has seen speculation go into overdrive and, by Louis van Gaal’s own admission, the Spain international faces a difficult decision as to whether he stays put or returns to his homeland during the close season.However, contingency plans may have already been made, as Ajax shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen – who has previously worked under Van Gaal at international level – has emerged as a potential target.Name: Jasper CillessenDate of birth (Age): 22/04/1989 (26) Birthplace: Nijmegen, NetherlandsPosition: GoalkeeperClub: AjaxWhat’s the latest?Madrid’s proposed pursuit of De Gea is still on the cards, despite the news that Iker Casillas will remain at the Bernabeu next season, talkSPORT has been told.Meanwhile, Ajax are keen to retain the services of Cillessen and director of football Marc Overmars has warned the Red Devils off of the goalkeeper after claiming that he will not be sold, even for a fee as high as €25 million.However, such a sum would be difficult to reject, while Cillessen may relish an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Edwin van der Sar, at the Theatre of Dreams.Did you know?1) The Dutchman began his senior career with N.E.C. before joining Ajax for a reported fee of €3 million.2) Cillessen only became Ajax’s first-choice goalkeeper in September 2013 after dislodging Kenneth Vermeer and kept 14 clean sheets en route to his club’s fourth consecutive title.3) Cillessen was substituted with just seconds to go of the Netherlands’ World Cup quarter-final clash against Costa Rica last summer, as Van Gaal preferred to rely on Newcastle United’s Tim Krul in a penalty shoot out.4) No goalkeeper in the top tier of Dutch football kept more clean sheets than Cillessen this season (12). The Netherlands international conceded 26 goals in 32 Eredivisie appearances.They say:Ajax may have failed to retain their Eredivisie crown, due to a Memphis Depay-inspired PSV Eindhoven, but Amsterdammers boss Frank de Boer is adamant Cillessen is the only member of his squad that enjoyed an impressive season on an individual note.“He’s one of the few who has had a very good and consistent season,” said De Boer. “He is actually the only one. Least goals conceded means something. Of course he does not do it alone, but it says something about Cillessen. Not only as a goalkeeper, but also as the leader of the rearguard.“Can he reach the level of world goalkeepers as Edwin van der Sar and Manuel Neuer? I think he can get very close,” De Boer declared.Video evidence:There’s something very De Gea-esque about this reflex save to deny Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta from point-blank range. 1 Jasper Cillessen last_img read more

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Coliseum Commission not in a rush to make deal with USC

first_imgAn impasse ensued, prompting USC to begin negotiations with Pasadena’s Rose Bowl for a one-year lease, beginning with the 2008 season, with an option for a second. Rose Bowl operators unanimously agreed Dec. 6 to delay making an agreement with USC, citing the need for UCLA, which has used the Rose Bowl as its home football stadium since 1982, to comment on a possible contract. USC has played at the Coliseum since 1923, the year the stadium opened. The commission’s latest offer included a compromise on the key issue: control of the stadium. The commission is seeking to form a partnership with USC in selling stadium naming rights that would pay for much of its renovation. In June, USC officials made two offers to the Coliseum Commission, including a 75-year master lease that would have given the school control of the Coliseum, including all naming and broadcasting rights. In exchange, USC would have spent $100 million renovating the stadium. That offer was rejected by the commission because it would have given USC the power to veto any effort by the NFL to return to the Coliseum, reduce the number of charity events held there and provided the university with all of the stadium’s advertising revenue, Lynch said. One impediment toward reaching an agreement with USC is that the Coliseum Commission still needs to finalize its lease agreements with the state, which owns the Coliseum. While several politicians – including state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, have spoken out against the Coliseum Commission, Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank, announced Monday that he would fight any effort by USC to gain control of the Coliseum. “This is a public asset that should stay under public control,” Krekorian said. “(The Coliseum) is central to the economic vitality of South Los Angeles, and it is an irreplaceable cultural asset. The state of California cannot allow the Coliseum to be held hostage by USC.” Staff Writer Billy Witz contributed to this report.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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTodd Dickey, USC vice president, wrote in a letter to commission General Manager Pat Lynch that the panel’s latest offer, submitted Thursday, was an improvement, but offered “no firm commitment on the part of the commission to repair and restore the Coliseum within any given time period.” “Instead, your proposal appears to ask USC to commit to a long-term lease and to rely on the commission’s ability to raise sufficient funds through naming rights and sponsorship programs in the hope that the commission will be able to make the necessary repairs to the Coliseum someday,” Dickey wrote. “Should you not be able to raise such funds, USC would be left to languish in an ever-deteriorating facility rather than the state-of-the-art college football facility USC envisions and to which the Southern California community is entitled.” Dickey said in the proposal that if the commission wants to maintain control over the facility, it must commit to making stadium upgrades “over a very definitive time period.” The counterproposal sent to the commission gives the panel “the first opportunity to try to raise the funds and do the improvements itself, but if it cannot succeed, then the lease reverts to a master lease to USC and requires USC to raise the funds and do the necessary repairs,” Dickey wrote. “This proposal ensures that either way the community gets an improved Coliseum.” USC’s lease to play its football games at the Coliseum ended with its Dec. 1 game against UCLA. Negotiations for a long-term lease were proceeding well until early October when the commission notified USC that it would need to raise rent by 10percent – $108,000 a year – to cover costs handed down by the state. USC presented a counterproposal to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission on Monday that offers to keep the Trojans football team at the stadium – but only if the panel is committed to making an estimated $50 million in improvements to the venue over four years. Also under the USC proposal, the university would take over operation of the stadium and make the upgrades itself if the commission failed to raise the money needed for the stadium improvements. “With control comes responsibility and if we were in control, we would be responsible for the repair, maintenance and improvement,” said Kristina Raspe, USC’s associate senior vice president for real estate and asset management. “If they’re going to be in control, they need to be responsible for those items.” Commission officials could not be reached for immediate comment on USC’s latest proposal, but are expected to meet Wednesday to review the proposal. last_img read more

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