Century for Moufflons’ Sharma and a big win for Sri Lankans

first_imgAfter the weekend’s four matches in the Cyprus T20 cricket league, the top positions in both groups are still far from decided. Teams finishing first and second will progress to the semi-final stage. In the Limassol derby, Moufflons annihilated Gladiators by 127 runs to provide captain Muhammad Husain the perfect birthday gift. Batting first, Moufflons started cautiously and were 62-3 at the halfway stage. However, Gurdeep Sharma, recently promoted to vice captain of the side, scored a sublime century (103) as Moufflons posted 201/6 in 20 overs. Shahzeb Shah (36) and Waqar Ali (20) provided the late boost as the Gladiators’ bowlers struggled to contain the run flow.In reply, Gladiators folded for 74 runs in 17 overs, as Ravi Kumar took four wickets and Murtaza Yamin two.The afternoon game at Happy Valley was a much closer encounter. Nicosia XI Fighters decided to bat first and scored 133 runs for 8 wickets, thanks largely to Tushar’s excellent knock of 70 runs. For Amdocs, Vimal accounted for four Fighters’ wickets.In reply, Amdocs were cruising towards the target and the win looked a formality with only 23 needed in 4 overs with 5 wickets in hand. However, Nicosia Fighters put together a stirring performance in the field as they conjured up a 9-run win over a shell-shocked Amdocs team.The game at Dhekelia proved one-sided as Riyaan CC registered a comprehensive 8-wicket win over ESBA, who managed just 64 all out, with 4 wickets falling to visiting captain Muhammad Shoaib. The top of Group A clash between CTL College and Sri Lankans promised to be the match of the day, but ended in bitter disappointment for the college team. Batting first, CTL posted a challenging 164-8 in 20 overs with Raja and Srinu top-scoring with 25 runs each.However, Sri Lankans made light work of the target as Mangala (74) continued his rich vein of form. Chandana (65) again provided good support as Sri Lankans won by 9 wickets and ended CTL’s unbeaten run.With only two rounds of games remaining, the Group A top positions appear to be between CTL College, Sri Lankans, and Nicosia Tigers, but Nicosia XI Fighters also still have a chance.Punjab Lions are unbeaten and well placed to win Group B. Next week’s mouth-watering clash between Moufflons and Riyaan will go a long way to deciding the other top-two position.Leading positionsGroup A: CTL played 5, points 16; Sri Lankans 4, 12: Nicosia Tigers 3, 8: Nicosia XI Fighters 4, 8.Group B: Punjab Lions played 3, points 12; Moufflons 4, 12; Riyaan 3, 8.Fixtures: 24 NovemberGroup A: Nicosia XI Fighters v Sri Lankans; Akrotiri v Nicosia TigersGroup B: ESBA v Sri Lanka Lions; Punjab Lions v Gladiators; Riyaan v Moufflonslast_img read more

City and United head into derby with renewed confidence

first_imgA week ago there was little about Saturday’s Manchester derby to whet the appetite but after statement performances from both teams it suddenly has the feel of ‘must watch’ football again.Manchester City had lost their mojo, their draw at Newcastle United the latest in a series of below-par performances which suggested not only that their title hopes were fading but that Pep Guardiola might need to think about a rebuild of his side.Manchester United’s draw at home to Aston Villa was a listless display which brought questions, from some quarters, about whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the right man to lead them back to full competitiveness.But on Tuesday, in a 4-1 dismantling of Burnley at Turf Moor, City looked like City again and above all they looked like a Guardiola team again — passing crisply, moving with purpose, dominating possession and deadly near goal.On Wednesday, United, inspired by a confident and talented Marcus Rashford and with Scott McTominay powerful in central midfield, deservedly beat a Tottenham Hotspur team managed by their former boss Jose Mourinho.What makes Saturday’s game at the Etihad fascinating is that while sixth-placed United may trail City by 11 points, the same margin that Liverpool have over Guardiola’s team, Solskjaer’s side have been at their best in the biggest games.United have beaten Chelsea, Leicester City and Spurs at Old Trafford and they are the only team to have taken points off Liverpool, with a 1-1 draw at home in October.Mourinho himself noted that United are well equipped for games where they aren’t expected to be on top for long stretches.“They are not afraid to be with a defensive approach, they are not afraid to be at home, to take their time, to be in control of the emotions of the game. Then lots of young people with lots of energy and good mentality,” he said.“When they are winning matches, they are comfortable in this situation of low block and a giant dominating in the air and being fast in counter-attack.”There are plenty of teams who have tried such an approach against City, however, and found that Guardiola’s side are well capable of dismantling their defence and limiting their counters.The derby then will be a much better indicator of City’s ability to recapture their best form than a half-hearted Burnley provided. But whatever the outcome, Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool will expect to have their lead intact.last_img read more

Japanese Gov’t Constructs 3 Bridges in Cape Mt.

first_imgThe Japanese Government has begun the construction of three major concrete bridges in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County.The  bridges under construction are in Kaylia, Porkpah District, Tallah in Commonwealth District and Diah in Tewor District.The bridge projects are being funded by the Japanese Government through its Commodity Value Fund, CVF.When completed, the double-span reinforced concrete bridges will increase access, promote trade and lead to reduction in prices of basic commodities in the county, especially during the rainy season.“This is a glorious opportunity, and we are very happy. God has answered our prayers to solve the bridge problem over the Mannie River,” Elder Momo Fahnbulleh of Diah Community said during a tour of the projects last weekend.Elder Fahnbulleh also commended the government through the County Administration for selecting Diah Community as the beneficiary of one of the bridges.“From monkey bridge, we are now moving toward a modern concrete bridge”, the Elder exclaimed.Engineers say construction work on the Diah Bridge is well on course with more than fifty percent of the work already completed.In Porkpah District, the Kaylia Bridge will link the district with other major parts of the county, including the mineral-rich Western Cluster Belt, which covers the Mano River,  Congo, Kongbor and Dambala.Kayliah Town Chief, Madam Hawa Vaye, said the bridge is their primary focus right now. “When it is completed, our children will have a free way to and from school across the Kaylia River. It will ease the transportation problem, especially during the rainy season.”Town Chief Vaye said the rains and the resulting difficult road conditions usually trigger increase in prices of basic commodities.  For his part, Mr. Lawrence Brown, Commissioner of Porkpa Administrative District, expressed happiness for the project, describing it as a relief to his community.Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Paasewe has expressed the hope for quality and timely completion of the projects.Superintendent Paasewe warned that it was no time for delay and that he and his team would ensure compliance by contractors working on all three bridges.Mr. Passawe spoke when he convened a meeting with contractors in Senji over the weekend.He said the meeting was intended to discuss issues arising from the projects and also set a timeline on each deliverable relating to the projects.The Superintendent then lauded the Japanese government for sponsoring the construction of the bridges and praised the government of Liberia for its support to the people of Grand Cape Mount.Two Liberian owned construction companies,  namely Associated Builders Contractor Inc. (ABC) and Quality Engineering & Standard Technology, (QUEST Inc), were hired to carry out the projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana at the crossroads

first_img“No-confidence motions” are an integral aspect of parliamentary democracy, since it tests the legitimacy of the government by ensuring they have majority support in the Assembly. It was entrenched in our Constitution in Article 106 (6) and (7). But to hear representatives of the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), including the Prime Minister, tell it, it is tantamount to an illegitimate overthrow of the Government. But as the courts deal with the rearguard action by the PNC/AFC combine to hold on to power, we need to grapple with the fundamental contradictions of our political system that sustain their actions.Way back in 1963, the Secretary of the State for the Colonies stated the problem concisely, after the leaders of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP); PNC and United Force (UF) could not reach agreement on a way forward on constitutional measures after ethnic violence had wracked the country:“…the Premier (Dr Jagan) told me that if the British troops were withdrawn, the situation would get completely out of control. The root of the trouble lies entirely in the development of party politics along racial lines….Both parties (PPP and PNC) have, for their political ends, fanned the racial emotions of their followers, with the result that each has come to be regarded as the champion of one race and the enemy of the other.“The Africans accuse the Government party of governing in the interests only of the Indians, and demand a share in political decisions. On the other side, the Indians accuse the Police, which is mainly African, of partiality towards the Africans and demand the creation of a separate defence force, recruited more extensively from the Indian community, to counterbalance the Police.”In its proposals, the British pointed out that there was the need, in general, “to protect minorities” and in particular, to address “the racial nature of the problem”. For the latter problem, “the Government should endeavour to rule with the general consent of the population … (and a new armed force) …should be constituted before Independence by the Governor, who would endeavour to ensure that recruits were not drawn predominantly from any one racial group.”The British recognised that under present conditions, neither the PPP or PNC would be able “to increase appreciably its following among the other racial groups”. They then submitted, “…it must be our deliberate aim to stimulate a radical change in the present pattern of racial alignments. It was therefore my duty to choose the electoral system which would be most likely to encourage inter-party coalitions and multi-racial groupings”. Finally, they concluded, “proportional representation would be likely to result in the formation of a coalition government of parties supported by different races, and that this would go some way towards reducing the present tension.”Sadly, while the British had a very good diagnosis of what ailed Guyana, their prescription of “proportional representation” alone was inadequate to fulfil the stated goals. The proposals were fatally flawed because of the British’s prior agreement with the Americans to remove Dr Jagan and the PPP from office. There were no structural changes that went to the nature of the conflict – PR, on its own, was simply a device to allow the PNC and the UF to coalesce and elbow out the PPP. As a consequence of the “Mexican stand-off” that has existed over the last half century, Guyanese politics has become so divisive that today the country teeters on the precipice of becoming a failed state.In terms of its passage towards democracy, Guyana has now gone backwards by every objective standard, after the gains after 1992 under the PPP regime, which replaced the PNC 28-year dictatorship. The PPP, under President Bharrat Jagdeo, for instance, had worked to eliminate the US$2.1 billion debt that had crippled the economy and returned sustained growth. The refusal of the PNC/AFC coalition to adhere to democratic norms puts Guyana at risk of sliding back into anarchy and poverty.All Guyanese must practise militant democracy to prevent this possibility, but also insist that going forward our democratic institutions are inclusive of all groups.last_img read more

Ireland repopulating faster than any other small nation

first_imgDUBLIN, Ireland – Inside a north Dublin warehouse, 15,000 cardboard boxes containing the documents of Ireland’s most recent census rise on new shelving from the concrete floor. The sight is nondescript, but the collated and computer-scanned documents contain evidence the Republic of Ireland is the fastest repopulating small country in the world. Findings from the April 2006 census, which are being published in a series of releases this summer, showed that in the four years since a previous survey, the Irish population swelled by 322,645, roughly split between immigrants and births. That lifted the total population to 4.2 million. No European Union country has a younger population: Statistically, the Irish have been barely aging at all, with the median age staying close to 33. The country will remain young for decades, the experts say, and escape the “graying” fate of the rest of Europe. Further, demographers now predict that the population could rise to more than 5 million in about a dozen years, and to 6 million within a generation. With a growing population in Northern Ireland, the island could match its largest population – more than 8million before the devastating 19th-century famine that prompted waves of emigration – by 2032. Edgar Morgenroth, a member of a panel of experts who predict Irish population growth, said the famine started a diminishing of the population that lasted to the late 1960s. “It was only in the 1990s that our population stabilized and started to grow, rapidly,” he said. The population might reach the 19th-century level, but it will look very different. The population changes have been uneven geographically. New houses stretch in a wide arc from north Dublin to the west of the city. But the city’s core, despite being replenished by an influx of immigrants, has lost residents to the suburbs and to once unimaginably distant commuting centers in the midlands. In the south, the city of Cork shrank while the county grew. Eunan King, an economist at NCB Stockbrokers in Dublin, has long argued that a rising population – more workers and more consumers – will help sustain Ireland’s remarkable economic renaissance of the past dozen years. The largest increases in immigration since 2002 have been from Poland, Lithuania and Nigeria. The latest census showed 63,276 Poles living permanently in Ireland, up from 2,124 four years earlier. In some small districts in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, the census showed, 52 percent of residents were non-Irish, said Aidan Punch, a senior census statistician. Ireland permits all residents, not just Irish citizens, to cast ballots in local elections. That has helped immigrants win seats in local councils. The mayor of the midlands town of Portlaoise, Rotimi Adebari, is from Nigeria. To encourage assimilation, the government recently named a minister for integration, Conor Lenihan. The department was organized, Lenihan said in an interview, to show Ireland’s commitment to share and develop its new wealth with new arrivals. “We have chosen a midpoint between the U.S. and Europe in terms of our economic success,” he said. “I think we can choose a midpoint in integration as well.”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

Foundation brings back after-school sports

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Lowell Joint Education Foundation is bringing back after-school sports to Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School this fall. The two-year-old foundation has handed a $24,000 check to the superintendent for the after-school sports program, which will include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country and track. The program was cut in recent years due to the district’s financial problems. Foundation officials have also raised enough money to bring back the district’s Academic Excellence Day next March, which will honor outstanding students in grades 6-8. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino sympathises with Newcastle counterpart John Carver’s situation

first_img John Carver Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino sympathises with opposite number John Carver, although he admits the under-pressure interim Newcastle manager was well aware what he was in for.A number of fans will boycott the Magpies’ match at St James’ Park on Sunday in a show of defiance against owner Mike Ashley as another disappointing season nears its conclusion.Carver has endured a tumultuous reign at the helm after taking over from Alan Pardew with Newcastle without a win since February, and Pochettino understands the trials associated with making the step up to management.“In your career, sometimes maybe you are up and sometimes you are down. You suffer a lot when things are not good, so for that reason I care a lot about my colleague,” said the Argentine.“I think we understand that when you put your face in front on the touchline and you are a head coach or a manager, you are responsible.”The likelihood of Carver maintaining his position beyond the end of the campaign is looking increasingly in doubt, and Pochettino moved to offer some words of advice to the Newcastle boss.He said: “If you want to keep your place, you need to stay behind [the scenes]. The manager, the head coach, needs to be brave because it is not an easy job.“When the good things happen, sometimes it is good to hear ‘good job’, ‘good manager’, ‘good man’.“When the problems arrive, it is difficult to be in a good mood like me today. But it is important to be brave and to be calm and to be clever because you need to understand this is football.”Pochettino confirmed that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and right back Kyle Walker remain doubtful for the trip to the North East as Spurs aim to put a disappointing few weeks behind them. 1last_img read more

MOVILLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY

first_imgGaelscoil Cois Feabhail, Carn na Gairbhe, Bun an Phobail, Co. Dhun na nGall/ Carnagarve, Moville are having an Open night/Information evening on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm.Any parent with a child starting school in September is welcome to come along.“View our fantastic school, ask questions, talk to teachers, meet other parents and generally get a feel for the school and learn the benefits for your child. Take your little one along so they can see it for themselves,” said a spokesman for the school. For further details Fón/Phone: 07493 85762 MOVILLE SCHOOL OPEN DAY was last modified: March 16th, 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)last_img read more

A Green that keeps giving

first_imgPASADENA – In 1970, a group of well-to-do Pasadena ladies parlayed a genteel interest in flower-arranging, antiques and the decorative arts into The Green House, a store whose profits have since benefited Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles to the tune of almost $1 million. Prime among the ladies group was Marjorie Keller Cannell, whose family owned the renowned Cannell and Chaffin furniture store on Wilshire Boulevard, and who always kept the enterprise she founded close to her heart, according to her daughter, Clare Cannell Whitlatch. When Marge Cannell died in 2005 at age 95, she remembered The Green House in her will. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’On Monday, Whitlatch presented the volunteer group with $20,000 in her mother’s memory at the store in Arcade Lane on Green Street. “It’s a little bittersweet, but it brings a nice closure to my mother’s death,” said Whitlatch, who travelled from Visalia for the event. “She wanted that money to go to The Green House, and made sure it happened.” Janice Baker, a former president and 13-year volunteer at The Green House, said Cannell always maintained her interest in the shop “right up to the end,” sending in the Christmas decorations she made every year. “People would come in specially for them – they were a signature item,” Baker said. The group Cannell started hit a few roadblocks along the way. The original shop, its namesake green frame house on East Green Street, was demolished and the shop moved to Haskett Court on California Boulevard in 1980. Increasing costs of doing business forced the shop to close in 1986, but a core group of members came together in 1986 and reopened in the present location. Most of the $20,000 donation will go to The Green House Endowment for Surgical Research at Childrens Hospital, Baker said. But just a little will go to some improvements in the shop. “We’d like new lighting – and a toilet that flushes water every time,” she joked. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 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

Public Comments Sought for New I-26 Interchange

first_imgThe N.C. Department of Transportation will be seeking public opinion regarding a proposed new interchange between Interstate 26 and U.S. 74.The project will provide direct connections from I-26 west to U.S. 74 east and from U.S. 74 west to I-26 east. Nearly all work on this project will be completed within existing right of way. The NCDOT is working to complete construction of the interchange improvements prior to the FEI World Equestrian Games being held nearby at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in September 2018.Transportation officials will hold a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the Polk Center Auditorium of the Isothermal Community College to begin a month-long period of collecting comments. The meeting at 1255 West Mills Street in Columbus will allow transportation officials to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding this project. The public may attend at any time as there will be no scheduled presentation.An opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting and also may be sent by mail no later than May 25. Contact Kenneth McDowell, Project Engineer, at NCDOT Highway Division 14, 253 Webster Road, Sylva, N.C. 28770 or (828) 586-2141 or kjmcdowell@ncdot.gov for more information.Information and materials can be viewed as they become available at www.NCDOT.gov/projects/public meetingsNCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or at (919) 707-6085 as easy as possible to make arrangements.NCDOT will provide interpretive services upon request for people who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English. Please request services prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.last_img read more