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Foster’s Fairplay | Jamaica’s cricket heading in the right direction

first_img Having said that, the boiling over of enthusiasm spilled into giving the Test centurion’s qualifications and future role. “Robert just concluded the WICB/ECB level three coaching course in Barbados and he will be playing a role in further assessing the other candidates for submission to the WICB. Robert is perfectly positioned to transform our cricketers locally to internationally. He will influence the transition of a player from our local competition to the franchise, and from the franchise to the WICB. He is fully aware of his role and takes his job seriously.” If CEO Francis is to be taken seriously, the current ascent with Jamaica’s cricketers is no fluke. It is the result of well-thought-out plans and structures, and appears destined to bear the fruit that has been absent for some time. Good luck to them as they pursue a progressive path with the requisite diligence, determination and desire. – Email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com NEW APPROACH FUTURE ROLE In this regard, Foster’s Fairplay contacted the chief executive officer of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Courtney Francis. The former St Jago High School and St Catherine batsman explained, “The franchise (Jamaica Scorpions) is taking a new approach to preparing our cricketers for winning tournaments and to make the transition to the WI A team and the WI Senior team … . Note that during the period of Jamaica dominating the regional tournament – winning five straight four-day titles – not many of our players make that transition to the West Indies team. The new thrust is to form a combination of that transition and winning the PCL (four-day competition) many times over, again.” Francis continued, “Now that the PCL is on a break, all our contracted players, plus additional invitees, will be engaged in the 50-over preparation that will include the regular training sessions per day.” From what the top administrator was suggesting, these drills are expected to be quite hectic and intensive, leading into the resumption in March. They will include “fitness maintenance, specific skill enhancement, fielding drills, analytical assessment, video reviewing, trial matches – both four-day and 50 overs games – participation in the JCA All-Island Limited Overs Competition and a strategic plan.” Foster’s Fairplay had taken specific note of the top-order batsmen who, having reached scores of over 50, did not go on to the three-figure mark. Even if it means bringing in outside assistance, are there any designated plans to address this by proven expertise? Francis acknowledged the problem and responded. “I do not know of any proven expertise available to assist our players in their ability to convert 50s into 100s. What I am aware of, though, is that our franchise players are fitter with the gym facilities at Sabina Park; that have aided that area of their game significantly. You will note that the batting improves as the season progresses, signalling an improvement with concentration. Noticeable, too, is the little-to-no report of any major injury.” The locally based Scorpions team is coached by former Test player and Jamaica captain Robert Samuels, and this columnist was interested in knowing how much was that a factor in the development of the batsmen. Francis, in response, was both excited and enthusiastic. It was as though he was anxiously awaiting to expound on that subject. “I do believe that Robert Samuels influences the team positively. He has brought his own style of play in sync with the Franchise’s desire to transition each player.” There is a remarkable renaissance in Jamaica’s cricket, causing this columnist to focus extra attention to the sport. Given the norm in recent times, devoting two consecutive columns in this area was unthinkable. The real stimulant to this renewed interest; is not only Jamaica’s performances in the WICB Digicel four-day competition, where the team is at the halfway stage, topping the competition with three wins, a loss and a draw. The trigger is that there are emerging batsmen in John Campbell and Brandon King, who are threatening a breakthrough at the international level. However, there is a major concern. The next encounter in the current series is against close runners-up the Guyana Jaguars in March of next year. Is there an opportunity for the players to be in a cricketing atmosphere and be physically and mentally ready for the second stanza of first-class cricket?last_img read more

Wanted: Team chemistry

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer But assistant team captain Aby Maraño wanted to add just one more: Develop chemistry.“I’d like to leave all the issues behind us in the Philippines, start anew in Japan,” she said. “Let’s not waste the opportunity to learn and train.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We want to go out there with fresh minds and fresh legs,” added national team member Denden Lazaro. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaOfficials of the star-studded national women’s volleyball team have a checklist of things to improve on when the squad troops to Japan for a two-week camp from July 17 to Aug. 2.That includes speed, floor defense, blocking, killer instinct and mental toughness.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES Barguil triumphs for France on Bastille Day at Tour  End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View commentslast_img read more

Alpha Old Timers Honors Weah

first_imgAlpha Old-timers, probably the most organized old-timers team in Liberia has organized a top rated honor for Africa football legend Ambassador George Weah for his numerous services to Liberia and the world.A release signed and approved by Joseph Dortu and Sunny Nyemah, chairman of the organizing committee and President of Alpha Old-timers respectively, noted that the ceremony is intended to honor the Liberia Peace Ambassador for his meaningful contributions toward peace, sports, as well as his Hall of Fame award recently in Mexico.Alpha also noted that the former world footballer of the year has been in the vanguard of fostering unity and good sportsmanship among Alpha members as well as other teams of the Liberia Old-timers National Association (LONA).The release added that a tournament which began last Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Subah Town sports pitch, (the home of Alpha) in Du-Port Road, Paynesville saw Cheetah thrashing Satellite 3-2 in the opening encounter.Satellite took the lead in the first stanza, but surrendered 2-3 to Alpha. In the second engagement, Ambassador Weah’s Red Bull demolished Trojan 6-1 to close the day’s encounter.Meanwhile, the tournament will continue this Sunday with more matches. In first match, former Lone Star captain, Joe Armstrong Nagbe, LFA top flight outfit, LISCR FC President Mustapha Raji , Alpha Boss Sunny Neymah, Abel Sneh and Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Deputy Director General Legerhood Rennie will lead a squad against probably the tournament’s favorite Red Bull led by Ambassador Weah, former Lone Star striker Musa Shannoh, Eugene Fallah Kparka of the Honorable House of Representative, and former Alpha President Theophilus Gould.The second match will see Satellite and Trojan coming face to face. National Police Director Christopher Massaquoi, Lemuel Sherman and Andy Quimie will lead a formidable squad to outdo a Trojan side that has Liberia Business Association (LIBA) boss Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, Joseph Farkollie, Willie Knuckles, and Brownie Samukai.At the same time, Red Bull will engage satellite in the third match, while Trojan and Cheetad will close the day.The organizers have meanwhile called on all football lovers to turn out to watch contemporary old-timers football where Weah, who conquered the world in 1995, will showcase his talent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ethiopia Has Little Iron Ore, Yet Is Manufacturing Trucks, Buses, Tractors… and Liberia?

first_imgThe world does not know it yet–at least this is not at the top of the news, but Ethiopia is speedily becoming   one of the world’s emerging economies.This oldest nation in sub-Saharan Africa, known only 20 years ago as a basket case, with millions of starving, emaciated children perilously hanging on to life at the mercy of donors, is today self-sufficient in food.  More besides, the country is growing maize (corn), which they do not eat, for export, and sugar, too, though much of their land is drought-afflicted.How did all this happen?  The government had a vision that impoverished and backward Ethiopia could be turned around and made a more prosperous country.  Instead of putting the vision on the shelf, the government got to work, mobilized the people, trained them SERIOUSLY in every avenue of vocational and technical education and high technology and produced tens of thousands of engineers in all fields.  They trained their farmers and gave them the resources to become more successful at farming; and in the Ethiopian army alone there are more than 16,000 engineers.  This means the army is not just drilling and learning how to fight war; they are substantially involved in INDUSTRIALIZATION AND NATION BUILDING.Does anyone remember our pre-Armed Forces Day editorial, in which we called on Defense Minister Samukai to train and put the soldiers to work in agriculture and road building?  That is what the Ethiopian army is doing–and much, much more.And Liberia, this second oldest nation in sub-Saharan Africa? Liberia must protect it resources and use them for the Liberian people and not allow itself to be exploited by foreign interests. We must get busy adding value to our land and other resources to put ourselves on the international market as major players.  The empty holes left in the ground by former “investors” are ample reminder of what we need to do to protect ourselves and advance our own cause. Let those be the lessons that will make us wiser and stronger.Just a few weeks ago the Daily Observer, in an editorial, warned the Liberian government and the Lofa people to leave Wologizi alone. We suggested that the next iron ore agreement Liberia signs should stipulate that a steel plant would be built in Liberia, so that we can start using our own iron to enter the manufacturing phase of development.  And we also pleaded with government to renegotiate all extractive concessions agreements, including rubber, with the aim of making use of our rubber for tires, gloves and other products for local consumption and export to other West African countries and beyond.But unfortunately, we now see that the Lofa people seem to be softening on Wologizi.  A meeting called by Lofa students at the University of Liberia recently brought in many Lofa stakeholders and they were talking about ensuring that the Lofa people “got something” out of any Wologizi deal.  What this tells us is that they are prepared to give away Liberia’s last remaining iron ore mine for promises that will never be fulfilled.  The Lofaians will start complaining just as the Nimba people are now complaining against Arcelor Mittal.We hope that the people of Lofa and the Liberian government can see THE BIG PICTURE: save this last iron ore mine for steel manufacturing. This will allow more training and more employment for our people and put money into pockets of many more people in micro business enterprises, just as the Ethiopians have done.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mason freed on narco charge

first_imgA mason of Lot 3 Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts a free man after a narcotic charge against him was dismissed by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The case was dismissed on the grounds that the Prosecution failed to prove its case against Frank Kowlessar, 36.Magistrate Azore told the court that she found the statements by witnesses conflicting and confusing.It was alleged that Kowlessar had 34.5grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Kowlessar made his first appearance on July 5, 2016 before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan where he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on remand.The Prosecution’s case had stated that Kowlessar threw a black bag on a neighbour’s roof when he saw Police ranks approaching him. The ranks got the black bag from the neighbour’s roof which revealed several small Ziploc bags that contained stems, leaves and seeds.Defence Attorney Paul Fung-A Fat had relayed to the court that his client bears no knowledge of the cannabis and in fact it was found two lots away from where the accused resides.last_img read more

Port Associations Extol NPA for Improving Port Facilities

first_imgThe modernization of Freeport of Monrovia now boasts of a rigid pavement, drainage, sidewalks, street lights (some as high as 60 meters), and parking lot.Ahead of the Freeport concrete road pavement at the National Port Authority (NPA) by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL), Ivan F. Tumbey, has commended the port’s management for the ongoing rehabilitation work.Tumbey, who spoke to journalists at a press conference in Monrovia recently, said the current modernization of the Freeport will improve and enhance cargo handling as well as reduce traffic at the port.He emphasized that the work being implemented by the current NPA management headed by David Williams sends a message to the world that Liberia is determined to improve in transacting  business.“The modernization of Freeport of Monrovia is well on course with the construction of a rigid pavement, drainage, sidewalks, street lights (some as high as 60 meters), and parking lot within the facility and outside of the APM Terminals concession area about 65% complete,” Williams added.Tumbey said when completed the improvement is expected to reduce congestion in the port ensuring the free movement of trucks and containers, as well as improve safety to personnel and address perennial flooding within the Freeport of Monrovia during the Rainy Season. He said the illumination will also be improved thereby improving overall security in the port.“Since the 60’s when it was turned over to the government of Liberia, we have experienced, over the years, that the port looks like a highway and people ask port users whether they are from Sinoe or Maryland. But today, with the tireless work of Mr. Williams and his team, we can boast of a modernized port in our country,” Tumbey continued.A portion of the Free Port of Monrovia before the modernization exerciseIt may be recalled that the modernization of the Freeport of Monrovia is part of the Agenda for Transformation (AFT) of the seaport sector. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the road project at the Freeport earlier to get a glimpse of the ongoing work, and expressed satisfaction with it.“This is part of her vision for transforming the seaport sector into a modern port. The internal roads within the Freeport of Monrovia over three decades fell into a state of disrepair.“We are calling on our business partners and stakeholders that we will continue to engage the management of the port, because we know the constraints we’re going through with this new development. We all know that nothing good comes easy, so we are asking every business partner to keep focus; by December 15 or 20 our port will be given back to us.” he said.For his part, Mulbah B. Sumo, president of the Port Truckers Association, applauded Williams for this bold steps taken to transform the NPA.Sumo then pledged his organization’s commitment to working with the NPA management team and to improve the business climate in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Halloween Safety Tips from the RCMP

first_imgTake masks off when walking from one house to the next; Walk instead of running; Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child’s visibility. You might want to consider creating a fun necklace with string to ensure they will want to wear as part of their costumes. Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it. Stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and Only visit houses that are lit; Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume. Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts; Vandalism is not just a ‘trick’ – it is against the law and has consequences.Above all, have a safe and ghoulishly good Halloween! Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility. With Halloween tonight, the RCMP have released a number of safety tips.Halloween Safety Tips‘Tis the season for ghosts and ghouls! But beware, with Halloween fast approaching the safety of your children should be foremost. Keep these useful safety tips in mind before heading out for your Halloween festivities.- Advertisement -Have fun but keep safe!Around the house…Jack a lanternMany people enjoy transforming their homes into eerie scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those with masks and limited vision.Advertisement If a child’s costume requires the use of props, such as a flexible-plastic sword, make sure the sharp tip is cut or filed round. FireworksPlease be aware that in many BC communities, the use of fireworks is strictly prohibited by law.Each and every Hallowe’en, hospital emergency rooms prepare for an influx of children and adults with firework-associated injuries.Parents are urged to be alert to the many dangers posed to young people who are allowed to use fireworks at Hallowe’en.To summarize, make your ‘Trick or Treating’ fun and safeBring a flashlight; Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials. Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and to protect ‘trick or treaters’.Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using safety glow sticks. Nothing says creepy like a glowing jack-o-lantern.CostumesAn adult with two kids in costumesIt is important to remember that when helping a child pick out a costume or when choosing one for the grownups, safety should be top of mind.Advertisement Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up rather than masks. Masks may require that the eye-holes be cut larger for the sake of good peripheral vision. Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic).Don’t jaywalk.Stop and check for cars before crossing the street. Accessorize with a flashlight. Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles; Talk about being ‘street smart’ before your children go out.Before the kids hit the streets, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow.If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling or babysitter to do the honours for you.Ensuring your child is wearing a watch also allows you to establish an agreed upon curfew.Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help: Police Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.Advertisement Bring your treats homeAlthough tampering of loot is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them. Advertisementlast_img read more

Safety plan in place for Colima Road

first_imgWHITTIER – After three young people were killed in a horrific crash on Colima Road earlier this month, Whittier officials are moving on several different fronts to improve safety along the hilly stretch of road. The city plans to install automated speed signs on Colima where the three youths died April 3 when the compact car they were in went out of control near Mar Vista Street, struck a tree and splt in half. The new electronic, solar-powered signs will tell driver how fast they are going compared to the posted speed limit. Also, officers armed with radar guns will begin patrolling Colima next week, officials announced. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 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!last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Chief Financial Officer sought for leading electrical store

first_imgJob Vacancy: Irwin Expert Electrical store in Letterkenny are seeking to recruit a Chief Financial Officer. Applicants must have at least three years experience in a similar role and must have a recognised professional accounting qualification. Job responsibilities include: Accounts receivable & payablePayrollBank reconciliationsStock controlExperience with VAT, VIES and Intrastat returns. Good knowledge of Sage is essentialApplicants must have excellent verbal and communication skills, be self motivated and be able to work under their own initiative in a busy office environment.To apply: Please send your cv to: info@irwinexpert.ie Job Vacancy: Chief Financial Officer sought for leading electrical store was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Chief Financial OfficerIrwin Expert ElectricalJob Vacanciesletterkennylast_img read more

DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY!

first_imgSHE’S made headlines for being the first woman to surf on a beach in the Islamic Republic of Iran.Now Donegal woman Easkey Britton is making more headlines for her studies.Her research project at the University of Ulster looked at the social value of small scale fisheries to the local economy and the impacts of policy change on their livelihoods are poorly understood or considered in fisheries policy! Not bad for a woman named after a fish!The research, which highlights social cohesion and mental wellbeing in fishing communities and households as priorities for policy makers, was carried out by Rossnowlagh native Easkey who this week was awarded a PhD at the University’s summer graduation ceremonies at Coleraine.Easkey explained: “Similar to those in other parts of the world, small-scale fishers in Europe face many challenges, like market competition, fisheries decline and increasing competition for access to marine resources. Despite their numbers, small-scale fisheries have tended to get relatively little attention in fishery management debates.“The new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which is still under negotiation and expected to enter into force in 2014, is likely to introduce specific new measures for small-scale fisheries. That raises challenges: is there appropriate knowledge on small-scale fisheries and what governance arrangements would best achieve the policy goals?” The sea has always figured prominently in Easkey’s life and although she is now making waves in academic circles, she is much better known as one of Ireland’s top female surfers.Born into Ireland’s first surfing family, Easkey is even named after her parents’ favourite wave – which takes its meaning from the Irish for ‘fish’.She has a hugely impressive list of surfing accomplishments under her belt including: five times Irish National Champion; International Billabong XXL Big Wave finalist (Women’s Performance of the Year Award), 2011; three times Intervarsities Champion; former British Universities champion and Women’s British Pro Tour champion.She has also scored a number of notable firsts: the first woman to score a perfect 10 at the Irish National Championships; the first woman to surf Ireland’s most famous big wave, Aill na Searrach; the first woman to surf in Iran and she is now to feature in ‘Waves of Freedom’, a documentary on engaging women in sport in Iran.Easkey admits that her whole life has been shaped by the sea. “Surfing is my greatest passion in life and has given me my drive and focus. The biggest lessons in life I’ve learnt have been through surfing or from being able to experience life through that lens. It’s mind opening, healing, energising and both inspiring and humbling.”She is now working as a post-doctoral research fellow on ‘Too Big to Ignore’, a global research project on sustainable fisheries led by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently based in the Centre for Maritime Research in Amsterdam (MARE).Not surprisingly Easkey, who has taken on a new role as Clean Coasts Ambassador for Ireland, 2013, says one of her biggest challenges is finding the time to fit everything in.Amsterdam and its environs are not renowned for surfing but Easkey says the ultimate place for her to unwind is still the sea. “Whether you’re after a 20 foot wave or just happy to be in a 2 foot whitewash, the feeling you are searching for is the same. It’s that buzz you get from simply being in the ocean.”DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY! was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY!easkey brittonRossnowlaghlast_img read more