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WICB silent on ICC reforms

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford says that the body will not be drawn on speculation about the future of West Indies cricket should the International Cricket Council (ICC) go ahead with its proposed changes regarding team membership.Under these proposed changes, full members of the ICC would have their statuses reviewed every five years, after which, a decision will be made about their membership. Associate members would have their statuses reviewed every two years, and affiliate membership would be scrapped altogether.An email, which was circulated among ICC members, said full membership status is not permanent and “a full member may be reclassified as an associate member upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, where it fails to meet the retention criteria.”Another proposal being suggested is that the ICC will withhold funding from members unless they provide information on their finances, as well as how it is spent.It is believed that these measures would put pressure on teams, such as the West Indies, that have been struggling with match results for a number of years.NO NEED FOR SPECULATIONHowever, Beckford told The Gleaner that these are only plans and nothing has yet been decided as a meeting will first need to take place between the council and each member, associate and affiliate team. As such, she says the WICB sees no need to be drawn on speculation at the moment as no decision will be made before such a meeting.The West Indies Test team is currently ranked eigth of ten teams in the world as at February 13, while, as of February 22, its One-Day International side is ninth of twelve ranked teams in that format. The West Indies Twenty20 team is fourth of 17.last_img read more

Foton rips SLR, soars to share of lead

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Tornadoes overwhelmed the Lady Realtors in terms of attacks, 42-24, and committed fewer errors 17-21.But the telling discrepancy was in the frontline, which Foton declared a no-fly zone with a 3-1 edge in blocks. Foton also had more aces, 8-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Torre logs back-to-back wins, grabs share of lead in World Seniors tournament MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img LATEST STORIES After losing to Petron recently, the Tornadoes have now caught up with the Blaze Spikers at the top spot with similar 5-1 records.It was a big morale bounce back for the Tornadoes, who fashioned out the win in an hour and seven minutes before a capacity crowd at La Salle Lipa Sentrum in Batangas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneTowering star Jaja Santiago scored 14 points, including two aces and a block.Foton led in all departments as it showed determination to pile up enough wins in the eliminations and secure a lofty spot in the knockout rounds. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jaja Santiago of Foton over Pam Lastimosa and Mar-Jana Phillips of SLR. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton displayed all the qualities that made it a back-to-back champion, exposing Sta. Lucia Realty for the struggling team that it really is Saturday night.The result was a lopsided 25-16, 25-10, 25-16 triumph for the Tornadoes, who spun back into title orbit with their fifth victory in six matches.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Fistula Project Team Leader Praises Zonta, UNFPA for Support, As Zonta VP Raps…

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The team leader of the Liberia Fistula Project (LFP), Dr. John S. Mulbah, has praised Zonta International and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for their immense support to the LFP.Dr. Mulbah, who is also the lead surgeon on the project, spoke with journalists over the weekend at the UNFPA-Liberia Offices on Mamba Point.He stated that with support from Zonta through UNFPA, the team has been able to fix the fistula problems of more than a thousand girls and women from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire.He said Liberian women and girls fixed amounted to at least 92 percent, three percent Ivorians and rest Guineans and Sierra Leoneans.Dr. John Mulbah further stated that Zonta’s is helping to transform the lives of many women and girls within and outside Liberia.He, however, stressed that it was too early to celebrate the gains that have so far been made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.Among other things, Dr. Mulbah said the 11 fistula projects around the country still needed more support from Zonta International so as to do all they can to end fistula in Liberia.He used to occasion to call on the government to augment its support toward the program, which is said is restoring the hope of women and girls, who were once ostracized by their community and loved ones.Speaking earlier, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Liberia Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu said the main cause of fistula among women and girls in Liberia is teenage pregnancy.Ms. Ndhlovu stated that child marriage was one of the issues that lead women and girls to end up with fistula and that her organization—UNFPA wants to broaden its fistula program, which would include integrating it with preventive methods.”Child marriage, it is because of these issues that we end up with a fistula, because they are too young to be pregnant,” the UNFPA boss emphasized.She stated that as they integrate the preventive method in their fistula program they intend on concentrating on adolescent pregnancy, “because that is where the whole problem comes from.”The United Nations Senior Staff said by integrating family planning into the program, it will lessen the burden on the only doctor performing the surgery in Liberia.She used the occasion to thank the visiting Zonta delegation. “I must say, I’m so impressed that Sonia, you were ready to go out into the fields and go up and down the rugged roads, and be able to see for yourself what is on the ground.”Ms. Ndhlovu further intoned that the one cannot measure the success of any program by only reading the document. “You have to go out and talk to the survivors; talk to them, listen to their stories, see the changes in their lives. I want to say a big thank you to Zonta International for the support you have been giving to this program.””Your support has touched the lives of many women and girls in this country and we appreciate it and I’m sure that the government of Liberia appreciates this support.”She also thank Dr. John Mulbah and others on the Liberia Fistula Project Team for their dedication on the team; adding: “You don’t work for remuneration, you work for the satisfaction of saving lives and giving dignity to these girls and women.”Also speaking earlier, Zonta’s vice president, Ms. Sonja Honig Schough told the audience that she was impressed with the level of care given fistula patients in Liberia. She said the level of attention given to women with the condition is “remarkable.”Recounting her experience Ms. Schough said: “I have met several survivors; I would say many survivors more than I had expected to see. I have had a wonderful experience. I have had the possibility to see the three centers of excellence for fistula care.”She said it was very expedient that she came to Liberia to experience firsthand some of the challenges that are being faced in Liberia.Ms. School who was visiting Liberia for the first time said her organization Zonta International is an international organization with a membership of about 3000 women, who mainly support the cause of women worldwide.”It is all these members that are donating to the fistula project as most of them are women, it is very easy to understand these problems, even if we don’t have them in Europe or in the U.S. to a very big extent,” she said.The Zonta VP expressed her excitement the level of work she was able to see around the country.  She told news men and woman that she was convinced that the organization’s funding is being put to the right use and she pledged more support to the fight against fistula.”I saw the centers of excellence and I saw the rehabilitation center and I saw the enthusiasm and the professionalism of all the staff involved,” she said.The Zonta VP, who visited the Phebe and Liberia Government Hospitals in Bong and Bomi Counties, said she was very pleased with this visit. “I have seen more than I’ve expected. It has been a very organized trip with programs all the time, which I really like.”UNFPA Liberia Representative thanked Zonta International for the level of support given to the UN organization to fight fistula worldwide.Zonta International is an international service organization with the mission of advancing the status of women.The first Zonta Club was founded in Buffalo, New York in 1919 by a group of business women and was organized along the lines of the Rotary Club, with one woman from each business classification admitted to the local club and all members required to give 60% of their time to the work under which they are classified.What Is Fistula?As defined by Dr. Mulbah: “Fistula is the wrong communication between two or more organs that will lead to the leakage of fluid; usually it is urine commonly called pepe or it is feces, commonly called pupu.”He stated that if the communication is between the bladder and the vagina, it leads to vesico-vagina fistula or the pepe sickness because it is urine that is involved.“It the communication is between the rectum and the vagina, it leads to what is called recto-vagina fistula.Fistula can cause involuntary passage of urine and feces by its sufferers.  A woman with fistula can feel the urge to urinate or toilet. Both just come out anywhere at any time, leaving the woman very embarrassed and shame.last_img read more

View of the Liberia National Museum

first_imgOngoing renovation work at the Liberia National Museum now faces serious setbacks due to government’s delay in paying contractors, which has led them to put down their tools.According to a source inside the ministry, the work done so far is around 80-85% complete and the interior and exterior still need a little work. But, due to government’s delay in paying contractors, work has been put on a standstill.Although our source refused to give the specific amount, he said it should have been paid a long time ago, adding that the government has been asking the contractors to be patient, “which they have been, yet after this long time, they have not received their money yet.”“This is bad news. This means, the museum’s dedicatory event which should have taken place in March has now been pushed forward to a later time.“I cannot give you the assurance when they will get their pay, but I can assure you this will continue for a very longtime. Right now, this delay is a serious setback for the Department of Cultural Affairs.“By this time, we are supposed to be on a nationwide tour to help gather or purchase artifacts for the Museum.”It can be recalled that H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005/2006 procured some 2,000 pieces of artifacts for the National Museum.The renovation and rehabilitation project of the National Museum, which started some four months ago, at a cost of US$400,000, is nearing completion.The second and third tiers of the museum, which contained art galleries showcasing Liberian works of art, were badly damaged have been fixed and transformed into modern structures.In addition, the lack of electricity and pipe-borne water that hampered the smooth operation of the museum for years has been resolved.Erected in 1862, and once housing the House of Legislature and Supreme Court of Liberia, the museum was under minor repairs a few years ago. But the current ‘full scale renovation’ is the first of its kind after the country’s 14-year civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security beefed up, prisoners being ‘sanitised’ at Camp St Jail

first_img– Cemetery among places searched for prison escapeesIn light of the disturbances that were created by unruly prisoners who were transferred from the Lusignan Prison walled area, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan announced on Tuesday that law enforcement ranks would be stationed 24 hours inside and outside the Camp Street Prison.When Guyana Times arrived at the Camp Street Prison earlier in the day, Police confirmed that security had been heightened as a result of the “behaviour” of the transferred hard-core criminals. The Public Security Minister confirmed reports of prisoners pounding on the walls and shouting. He stressed that security has been heightened in an effort to prevent a repeat of the Lusignan Prison break.“Security has been heightened because as I said these are the real bad guys and they did a number of activities that caused the decision to be made that security must be fortified,” the Public Security Minister stressed.The Camp Street penitentiaryMoreover, the Minister noted that the prisoners had been sanitised before being placed in the brick building located in the Camp Street Prison compound.“They don’t have cellphones. They don’t have a number of the things that they had. They were sanitised [Tuesday] morning before they went into the prison…so it is important that we understand that. They were sanitised at Lusignan and then re-sanitised back at the prison [Camp Street]. So they are without all of the instruments and cellphones and other things that they had before,” the Minister noted.The relocation of the prisoners was fast-tracked following the second prison break in the space of one month which saw the escape of 13 inmates who fled through a hole from the Lusignan Prison between Sunday night and Monday morning. The manhunt is still ongoing for the remaining six still eluding recapture in addition to the four who initially escaped from lawful custody on July 9 after staging an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison and setting the penitentiary alight.Late on Tuesday, Police, including the SWAT team, were deployed to the Le Repentir Cemetery, in Georgetown, as it was believed that escapees armed with guns were hiding out in the area. Up to press time, the search came up empty.The escapees at large are: Clive Forde, Shawn Harris, Kerry Cromwell, Pascal Smith, Kendall Skeet, Paul Goriah, Mark Royden Durant, Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens.last_img read more

Mourinho wrong to criticise players in public and must stop – former United star

first_imgPaul Parker says Jose Mourinho is playing a dangerous game criticising his Manchester United players in public – and should stop.Mourinho has rebuked a number of squad members this season over a supposed lack of commitment and desire to play after injury, with Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all singled out in recent weeks.“He has got to take his foot of the gas with individuals and start working collectively so everyone is working on the same hymn sheet,”  former England full-back Parker, who spent five years at United, told talkSPORT.“It seems like there is a bit of persecution going on.“You can’t do that because you like to believe players want to play games of football. You don’t come out and demand players play when they say they are injured as a manager. You have to trust them.“If you have got an issue, don’t go out publicly and say it because it is never going to help you and, more than anything, it is not going to help the team.“The team is going to be worrying that the next time they get injured, is he going to say that about me? That is the position he is putting them in.”Full-back Shaw has been subjected to the harshest treatment at the hands of Mourinho this season.The 21-year-old was accused of lacking focus and ambition last month and was the subject of another dig from his boss at the weekend after suffering an injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season.Parker said: “When I heard about the Luke Shaw scenario and ankle ligament damage [he has suffered] it brought back bad memories for me.“I played with ankle ligament damage, I finished the 93/94 season with cortisone [injections] and anti-inflammatories, and ended up having an operation which was the one that finished me.”last_img read more

Transfer FIGHT! Man City and Man United in battle to sign Benfica full-back

first_img1 Manchester City are ready to join their near-neighbours Manchester United in the race for Benfica defender Nelson Semedo.United have already landed Victor Lindelof from the Portuguese club and have been linked with a swoop for his former team-mate too.But now, according to the reports in Portugal, City are also hot on Semedo’s heels with signing new full-backs a Pep Guardiola’s priority.The manager needs defenders down both sides when the window opens so the 23-year-old, who can operate on either flank, fits the bill perfectly.It has been suggested City will lodge a formal bid this week, although it may initially fall short of Benfica’s £43.75million valuation.Guardiola’s old club Barcelona also remain interested in the Portuguese but they are reportedly not willing to pay any more than £26.25m. Will Benfica full-back Nelson Semedo be heading to Manchester this summer? last_img

Riyad Mahrez’s £75m Manchester City transfer stalls for bizarre reason

first_imgRiyad Mahrez’s potential Manchester City move has hit a stalling point as the Algerian reportedly wants a pay-off from Leicester before he joins the Premier League champions.According to the Sun, a £75m deal is close to being agreed, however Mahrez is now trying to get a portion of the Foxes’ profit. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK Mahrez was blocked from moving by Leicester in January Transfer Newscenter_img The 27-year-old has racked up 48 Leicester goals in his 179 appearances for the club, and was famously a key part of their remarkable title winning 2015/16 season.It is understood that Claude Puel and the Foxes’ chiefs have already picked out Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi their ideal replacement for Mahrez. 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on targets The King Power Stadium club have no intention of paying the winger anything as it was him who submitted a transfer request when the deal was initially prevented in January.Mahrez later withdrew the request, but Leicester’s owners are still reluctant to pay him. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing IN DEMAND last_img read more

CAN DONEGAL ‘EVOLVE’ INTO ALL-IRELAND FINALISTS?

first_imgThe question on everybody’s lips is will Donegal EVOLVE this Sunday’s into All-Ireland finalists.Whatever happens on the pitch we can’t tell, but there’s no question the lads have already won the battle off the pitch in the fashion stakes. A number of the lads called into EVOLVE Menswear in Letterkenny to be suited and booted for the game.Sponsors JP McCloskey and his team were only too happy to look after the lads.Here’s hoping they’ll be doing the same in September for the final!  CAN DONEGAL ‘EVOLVE’ INTO ALL-IRELAND FINALISTS? was last modified: August 24th, 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:donegalEvolvelast_img read more

Leap of faith

first_img USC tailback Reggie Bush was more emphatic, saying, “I think this win goes down as the No. 1 win all-time for USC against Notre Dame.” It was also memorable for Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who broke out green jerseys for the game and visited USC’s locker room afterward. “I hope you guys win it all,” Weis told the Trojans. It didn’t look like USC would win anything most of Saturday, but the Trojans took a 24-21 lead on a 9-yard run by Bush with 5:09 left. The Irish (4-2) made USC look ordinary, however, as they drove 86 yards for a 28-24 lead on quarterback Brady Quinn’s 5-yard run with 2:04 remaining. USC (6-0) then launched a memorable drive that featured everything you would expect from a classic rivalry game. Leinart threw an incomplete pass and got sacked to set up USC’s fourth-down dilemma. But the Heisman Trophy winner changed the play at the line and threw for Jarrett, who missed six plays because of the scratched cornea. “Honestly, I thought the pass was short,” Leinart said. Jarrett almost didn’t catch the pass, saying, “The ball was inside the defender and I had to reach around him. At the last second, he tried to grab it.” Jarrett got tackled at Notre Dame’s 13 and two Bush runs got the ball to the 2. That’s when things got a little crazy. With no timeouts and 23 seconds remaining, Leinart scrambled and attempted to dive in the end zone. He fumbled and the clock ticked down to 0:00, causing Notre Dame and its fans to rush the field. But the Pacific-10 Conference officiating crew ruled that Leinart fumbled after going out of bounds at the 1. “I knew they blew the whistle, I knew they would correct it,” Carroll said. Around this time, USC assistant coach Brennan Carroll signaled for a timeout but fortunately no one called one, because the Trojans were out of them. There were seven seconds left as the referees prepared to start the clock, so Carroll motioned to Leinart to spike the ball. Leinart then motioned to the offense that he would spike the ball. It all turned out to be a ploy. Carroll hoped to fool the Irish into relaxing if they thought Leinart would spike. He really wanted the quarterback to sneak it in to the end zone. Carroll learned the play watching former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in the NFL. “I’m hoping their coaches will see it,” Carroll said. “And I’m hoping their players will relax. That someone will relax. We know what we’re doing on that one. We’ve practiced that for years.” Leinart claimed he made the decision to go for it. “I asked Reggie and he said, ‘Just do it.’ I was going to do it anyway,” Leinart said. “You go for the win and be a hero or don’t make it and second-guess yourself. I just wanted to do it. “I don’t know, I was trying to make a play. The rest his history.” Whether it fooled the Irish is highly debatable. Leinart got hit at the 1, then received a push from behind by Bush and made it into the end zone with three seconds left. “Bush pushed me, I felt something,” Leinart said. “I made sure he got in there,” Bush added. Replays indicated blocks from offensive tackle Sam Baker and tight end Fred Davis were equally important, but future lore will no doubt dictate that Bush pushed him into the end zone. It could have been an extremely controversial finish for Carroll if Leinart didn’t make it, with power back LenDale White on the sidelines. “You don’t have a lot of time to run new personnel in,” USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. For his part, White said, “At first I was going to go in but then (Notre Dame) would have loaded up the box for me. I’m glad Matt took it in.” The finish masked several weaknesses that nearly derailed USC’s season: Leinart threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in a game that probably derailed his frontrunner status for a repeat Heisman. “I was off all night,” he said. “I don’t know what was wrong.” Weis gave Carroll fits the entire game and showed it is possible to wear down USC’s defense. Carroll’s rarely been worked over like on Notre Dame’s final drive, when the Irish went 87 yards in eight plays. “He was on fire, give him credit, he was doing a great job,” Carroll said. In the end, however, Carroll retained his own luck of the Irish, pulling out another dramatic victory as USC won its 28th straight game. “This is one of those games you will see on one of those Classic channels somewhere soon,” Carroll said. He wasn’t quite clear how important it might be for the rivalry, however. Told that this was perhaps his greatest victory, Carroll asked, “Do you say that because of the finish or was it really a great game?” Either way works for the Trojans. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – With USC’s national championship hopes nearly finished, receiver Dwayne Jarrett ran onto the field with a scratched cornea, seeing double, so two footballs came straight at him. On fourth-and-9 from the Trojans’ 26-yard line with 1:32 left, Jarrett saw a blurred vision of USC’s future. “I only could see out of my left eye,” Jarrett said. “I’m seeing double. When it was in the air, it was like two balls.” Jarrett plucked the correct one for a 61-yard reception that led to Matt Leinart’s 1-yard touchdown with three seconds left as No. 1-ranked USC preserved its title hopes with a come-from-behind 34-31 victory over No. 9-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday in front of 80,795 at Notre Dame Stadium. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I told him, ‘There ain’t no way you’re going in there’ and he said he was OK,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “The doctors said he could go in and I knew the game was down to that one play.” This was undoubtedly one of the best games of the storied rivalry, as the teams traded the lead three times in the final six minutes. The final drive broke the hearts of Notre Dame and its fans, which stormed the field prematurely only to see the Trojans pull out the victory. USC players were then overcome with emotion in the same spot where the Irish celebrated. “Honestly, I felt a miracle would happen,” USC receiver Steve Smith (Taft of Woodland Hills) said. “Of course, there’s doubts in your mind. I would feel so stunned if we lost. I couldn’t even think about that.” Leinart, who struggled the entire game before his dramatic go-ahead touchdown, said, “That’s probably one of the greatest finishes ever. This game goes in history books as one of the greatest ever.” last_img read more