Looking forward to T&T test – Jacobs

first_imgTop Jamaica Scorpions leg-spin bowler Damion Jacobs says he is looking forward to the challenge of bowling against title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final of the ongoing WICB Super50 Tournament.The match-up, which will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, will see Jamaica and Trinidad renewing their age-old rivalry in one-day cricket, as well as Jacobs looking to improve on his third-place position on the overall bowling charts.He has 16 wickets, one fewer than Red Force fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, and six behind Barbados Pride off-spinner Ashley Nurse.His figures also include two career-best hauls with his best being, six for 34.”Trinidad is a formidable unit and is really good at playing spin bowling, so going up against them is always a challenge,” noted Jacobs. “But it is a challenge I am looking forward to. Our bowling attack is a really good one, and once we all come to the party, we should do very well.”The 31-year-old finished joint second in the bowling standings last season with 14 wickets behind Barbadian Sulieman Benn, who collated 15.FALLINGThis was despite Jamaica falling at the group stages and Barbados going on to claim the crown.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor and part-time off-spinner John Campbell with 13 wickets each are the next best Scorpion bowlers this year, with the top five being completed by captain Nikita Miller and rookie fast bowler Reynard Leveridge, who have seven wickets apiece.”It’s a pleasure knowing that the hard work I have been putting in is paying off,” outlined Jacobs, who was last year called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team.”I’m just now looking forward to semis versus Trinidad.”- J. L.last_img read more

Dacres plans double at Nationals

first_imgEncouraged by good early form, Fedrick Dacres is considering a throws double at the National Senior Championship in June. Speaking on Saturday at the first JAAA All Comers meet of the season, Dacres says he intends to contest both the discus and the shot put at Nationals. A national record holder in the discus, the 23 year old University of the West Indies student has made progress in the shot including a reported mark of 21.49m. “Well for me, shot put is always fun, so I don’t take it as seriously, but if I can do it, I will”, he said to explain that the discus is his primary event. “I’m doing it to get the marks and everything”, he elaborated, “but I just don’t take it as serious as the disc.” Asked about a possible throws double at Nationals, the 2015 Pan-American Games discus champion replied, “I will do it at the Nationals because since I was young I’ve been doing it, so why stop doing it now when it hasn’t hampered me in any way?” “I’m going to see if I can make it for both”, he forwarded. Few successfully double at the global level but Holland’s Rutger Smith did place third in both discus and shot at the 2007 World Championships. Dacres promises that the Nationals will feature great competition in the throws. “It’s going to be very hot overall”, he predicted, “because you have shot, I can compete with the big man a bit so I’ll try to push him.” The ‘big man’ he referred to is 2015 World Championship shot put bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards. Regarding the discus throw, he said, “I think we have, you know, six guys who can get over 60. Dacres extended the national record in the disc to 68.88m at Excelsior High School earlier this year. He also expects great things from the lady throwers, led by Danielle Dodd and Kellion Knibb. Dodd and Knibb, both 2016 Olympians, have already set national records in the shot and discus respectively this season.last_img read more

BFF Wants Schools Reopened

first_imgBFF’s Augustine Arkoi: “Liberians have been victims of ‘deliberate politics and policies’ of socioeconomic marginalization…’Better Future Foundation, BFF, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to reopen all learning institutions from kindergarten to university levels throughout the country.In a statement issued in Monrovia over the weekend, BFF president, Rev. Augustine Arkoi, criticized the indefinite closure of schools nationwide by the government under the pretext of the fight against Ebola, according to him, while video clubs and other entertainment centers remain fully operational.It added that such approach defeats the intents and purposes of the Liberian government’s declared war against the Ebola outbreak in the country.He pointed out that the current approach by the Government in the war against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease without a well-defined containment plan, coupled with the abrupt imposition of a State of Emergency and a curfew being enforced by armed military and paramilitary forces are causing more harms than good to the country and its people.BFF, in the statement, signed by its president, Arkoi, also called for reevaluation of the current approach being carried out by the National Ebola Taskforce, describing it as “reactionary” as it has made little or no tangible positive impacts in the fight against Ebola in Liberia. “Government must reevaluate the State of Emergency and the Curfew and establish a clear roadmap in its fight against Ebola, otherwise the situation would create more unanticipated problems for the country,” BFF emphasized.“The Closure of schools as well as placing restriction on school authorities from conducting registration exercises and prohibiting them from engaging in capacity building training for teachers and school administrators by the government is not a Smart Way of combating the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. We, as a country and people, cannot successfully eliminate Ebola Virus Disease in the face of mass illiteracy,” BFF maintained.“Schools should not be closed while video clubs are operational.  Instead learning institutions should be used to create more awareness and education in the minds of students from grade school to colleges and universities relative to the dangers of the Ebola virus and its preventive methods,” BFF furthered.According to BFF, the halting of learning opportunities for students throughout the country is not only counterproductive to the fight against Ebola but also inimical to national growth and development.BFF is a local-based NGO that is dedicated to the rebuilding of post-war Liberia; and promotes socioeconomic, international cultural understanding and cooperation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PUL, NEC Pledge Support to EMOL’s Voter Education

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) have pledged their support to not-for-profit group Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) to strengthen voter education to ensure Liberia’s democratic empowerment.The pledge was made when an EMOL delegation, led by its Executive Director, Jarwinken Wiah, visited the NEC and PUL.NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said citizens’ empowerment for democratic participation on the community level before and after elections has been a vacuum in the country.As a result of the vacuum, elected officials take advantage of their electorates and don’t work in their interest, Korkoya said.“Citizens have the right to hold their elected officers accountable after elections, and such democratic engagements need to be practised in the country,” he added. He expressed appreciation for the EMOL delegation’s drive to create awareness on the importance of the right citizens have to participate in the elections as well as hold their officials accountable for what they do.The NEC chairman pledged to partner with EMOL in its community engagement and democratic empowerment programs after the elections.EMOL Project Director Aaron Manneh said elections is an event after which sustaining peace and national development must be handled with care.He said EMOL is determined to empower citizens of the 73 electoral districts to help them put into practice Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution to compel elected officials to be accountable to them.EMOL Executive Director Jarwinken Wiah said the delegation is in the country to launch and implement the ‘MY Vote is Power’ project. At the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) headquarters on Clay Street, PUL President Charles Coffey praised the vision of EMOL and also pledged to partner with EMOL to realize its objectives.Mr. Coffey said: “The PUL will partner with EMOL in enlightening Liberians on their civic responsibilities.” He expressed PUL’s appreciation and promised to work along with EMOL to enhance national peace and democracy.EMOL officials informed PUL officials of their core activities aimed at nurturing national peace and sustaining Liberia’s democracy beyond the October elections.They said building true democracy amid extreme poverty and illiteracy has challenges that only through adequate information can the people understand their roles in the process.EMOL is a Liberian civil society organization registered in both the United States and Liberia as a not for profit, non-partisan community empowerment and peace building institution. It has been accredited by the NEC to conduct voter and civic education nationwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GuySuCo ‘valuators’ to be selected by mid-December

first_img…reps from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte in GuyanaAs Government moves ahead with plans to privatise and diversify the sugar industry, three firms who met the deadline for tender for International Financial Services Provider all made presentations to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) evaluation team.Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopersHead of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under NICIL, Colvin Heath-London said the second stage in the process of selecting an International Financial Services Provider was conducted on Monday at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. The SPU is expected to announce a selection by mid-December, he said.The selected International Services Provider would be conducting the valuation of all assets related to the sugar estates up for privatisation and diversification, in addition to advisory, financial, and other related services. The three firms that met the October 30 deadline for submissions and made presentations are: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte.Representatives from DeloitteFollowing the presentations, Heath-London said they were “all very engaging and the firms all have the international and regional experience as expected”.Each of the firms included persons with substantial experience in sugar diversification and privatisation in the Region, and as such, the dialogue was rigorous and engaging.The SPU Head also indicated that the other preparations were on track to have the assets ready for privatisation and/or diversification.The SPU has been meeting with the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as well as with other industry stakeholders, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Employees (NAACIE).Representatives from Ernst & YoungAccording to a statement from the SPU on Monday, both GAWU and NAACIE expressed support for the Unit’s efforts to keep the estates operational in the interest of the economy and the workers.The unions also expressed concern over the reported moving of equipment from the estates set for privatisation and diversification, and urged the SPU to quickly safeguard the assets to ensure the best possible deal for these estates and the workers and communities they support.The SPU also met with executives of the Private Sector Commission (PSC).The SPU has said it was interested in companies, both local and international, that could integrate the production of sugar into their existing operations and product mix. According to the Head, companies that are in rum production, other beverage manufacturing, and food processing, for example, would be ideal as potential operators of some of the current GuySuCo assets. While factories could be sold to potential operators and investors, lands will not be sold but could be leased.The Opposition has since said that the SPU, set up by the Administration in order to sell assets belonging to GuySuCo, is nothing but a vehicle for corruption that completely bypasses the established privatisation procedures and the sale of State assets.last_img read more

Wilson, Millikan draw top two seeds

first_img David Felton can be reached at david.felton@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bruins coach D’Angelo Waddington said his team is focused on its first-round game and not a potential rematch with Millikan in the final. “We’re not concerned about anybody (other than Schurr),” Waddington said. “We’re healthy, everybody looks good and the boys are working hard. We can’t wait for Saturday and go take care of business.” The Rams, who have more wins than any other Southern Section team, are thrilled to be seeded second, according to coach Rod Petkovic. “We’re a young team,” said Petkovic, who lost 22 seniors from last year’s team. “We’re so happy to be where we are. We’ve exceeded all expectations for this year.” In other Division I first-round games, Jordan (12-6-2) visits Royal (20-2-4), San Clemente (11-5-9) visits Sunset League champion Los Alamitos (18-4-6) and Agoura (9-9-4) visits Bell Gardens (16-2-3). Cabrillo (6-11-4) hosts Westlake (12-9-2) in a wild-card game Wednesday. Another seeded local team is Suburban League champ Bellflower, which drew the No. 2 seed in Division III. The Buccaneers (22-4-3), who may have lost the No. 1 seed after a loss to Artesia last week, open the playoffs Saturday against either Saddleback or Norco, who play a wild-card game Wednesday. Paramount (11-3-9) hosts the Santa Ynez-Crescenta Valley wild-card winner, La Mirada (19-5-1) hosts Santa Fe (11-10-2) and Warren (8-11-2) visits El Rancho (13-8-1). In wild-card games Wednesday, Norwalk (17-6-2) visits Irvine (9-11-1) and Artesia (13-5-4) hosts Lynwood (10-7-5). center_img The top two boys soccer teams in the Moore League are also the top two teams in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoff bracket, which was released Monday. Wilson (22-1-4), which claimed the Moore League title this season, drew the No. 1 seed and hosts Schurr (6-6-8) in the first round at 3 p.m. Saturday. And Millikan, runner-up in the Moore League and Wilson’s top soccer rival, is seeded second. The Rams (25-1-3) open the playoffs Saturday against either Crespi (15-9-1) or Quartz Hill (10-5-4), who play a wild-card game Wednesday. Wilson and Millikan played to a pair of draws this season in league play. last_img read more

Barcelona chief dismisses reports linking La Liga side with Man City striker

first_img Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero during their time with Argentina 1 Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has dismissed reports Lionel Messi told him to sign fellow Argentine countryman Sergio Aguero.Barca ace Messi and Manchester City striker Aguero are due to face each other in their club’s Champions League last 16 tie, with the first leg in Manchester.But Enrique has told Spanish reporters that he is the only one who decides the club’s transfer targets.“Messi has never asked me for his (Aguero’s) signing,” Enrique said. “Messi does not ask for signings and it is false to say that he asked me to do that as head coach.”last_img read more

Stones can force his way into Chelsea’s first-team’, claims Everton legend Andy Gray

first_imgEverton legend Andy Gray ruefully expects John Stones to join Chelsea before the close of the transfer window, and believes the young defender can immediately challenge for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have been chasing the 21-year-old defender all summer, and have so far had three big-money bids – with the most recent reportedly around £30million – rejected by the Merseyside outfit.Stones has kept his head down throughout the whole saga, continuing to take to the field for the Toffees amid the speculation.But reports emerged on Tuesday that the England international had finally submitted a transfer request, while the Blues are thought to be ‘confident’ of landing him with an increased offer of £40million – which would make Stones the second most expensive defender in history.Former Toffees striker Gray is keen for Stones to remain at Goodison Park, but concedes the opportunity to join the Premier League champions is too good to turn down.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Goodison Park hero said: “It’s tough. As an Evertonian, I obviously don’t want him to go, I’d rather he stayed at Everton for another couple of years.“But it’s really difficult for him. He’s been very quiet, he’s gone on and played, he’s done the right thing and gone about it really well.“But now with the transfer request, all that does is just tell everybody that he would like Everton to take the offer, if it’s acceptable, and he would like to move on.“Of course I would like him to stay, but I really do understand that the young lad has an opportunity to play for Chelsea.“But I don’t agree that he might spend the next two years on the bench, I don’t think that will happen. I think he’s good enough to force his way into that team sooner rather than later.“Even if he did spend a year learning about Chelsea, working with John Terry and Gary Cahill and making himself a better player and then coming into the team constantly next season – I can see him doing that.“I can’t see the deal not going through.“It’ll be a really big call from Everton if they turn down another bid, but I think Everton fans will have to get used to the fact that by next Tuesday, John Stones will be a Chelsea player.”last_img read more

Prenatal testing for HIV gaining

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – HIV testing will soon become part of routine prenatal care and be required for some newborns in New Jersey under a new law that supporters say is putting the state in the forefront of the national fight against HIV transmission to babies. Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey signed the measure into law Wednesday at University Hospital in Newark. The law will take effect in six months. “We can significantly reduce the number of infections to newborns and help break down the stigma associated with the disease,” Codey said. “For newborns, early detection can be the ultimate lifesaving measure.” Codey, the acting governor while Gov. Jon S. Corzine is out of the country this week for the holidays, sponsored the bill as the Senate president. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMeanwhile, a ban in Washington, D.C., against using city money for needle-exchange programs was lifted Wednesday, a move that officials say will help reduce the soaring rate of AIDS and HIV there. A provision allowing the city to fund needle exchanges was included in the $555billion spending bill signed by President Bush on Wednesday. Federal spending packages dating back to 1998 had previously blocked such programs. The New Jersey bill allows women to opt out of the HIV testing, but critics contend that the screening will deprive women of their right to make medical decisions. According to the Kaiser Foundation, a nonprofit research organization focusing on U.S. health care, New Jersey is the first state to push HIV testing for both pregnant women and newborns. Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas require health-care providers to test a mother for HIV, unless the mother asks not to be tested, while Connecticut, Illinois and New York test all newborns for HIV, according to the foundation. New Jersey has required providers only to offer HIV testing to pregnant women. Under the new law, HIV testing will be part of routine prenatal care for all pregnant women, and doctors will provide pregnant women with information about HIV and AIDS. It also requires newborns to be tested when the mother has tested positive or her HIV status is unknown. Riki E. Jacobs, executive director of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Brunswick, the state’s largest AIDS service agency, said the law won’t help the women who don’t get prenatal care. “We need to focus on getting people into care and keeping them in care,” Jacobs said. “That is our most potent prevention weapon.” The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all pregnant women be tested for HIV, though it has said testing should be voluntary. The CDC also found that medical intervention during pregnancy can cut mother-to-child HIV transmission from 25percent to 2percent. New Jersey has about 17,600 AIDS cases, according to the Kaiser Foundation. Women represent 32.4percent of the cases – the third-highest rate in the nation. The national average is 23.4percent. The state has about 115,000 births per year and had seven infants born with HIV in 2005, according to state health department officials. The American Civil Liberties Union and some women’s groups contend that the bill deprives women of authority to make medical decisions. “Women’s privacy rights and choices are as constitutionally valid as any other citizen, regardless of reproductive status,” said Maretta J. Short, New Jersey’s National Organization of Women president. In Washington, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said in a statement Wednesday that needle exchanges will be included in a larger city program to reduce AIDS and HIV infections. About $1million will be devoted to the exchanges. About 128 of every 100,000 Washington residents have AIDS, compared with 14 cases per 100,000 people nationwide, according to a recent study. 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

Valaika connects – just like his brother

first_img“They had to change the bats because people were getting killed,” Ozella said. Spring swings: Hart, Valencia and Saugus are competing in a spring tournament in San Diego, and all enjoyed a good day Wednesday. Hart defeated Rancho Bernardo of San Diego 2-0 behind left-hander Mike Montgomery’s four-hit shutout, his fourth victory in a row. Valencia (12-3) defeated St. Augustine of San Diego 13-6, and Saugus (6-9) defeated Folsom 21-5. Montgomery is 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 43 innings. After losing six in a row, including a 6-3 defeat to Cathedral of San Diego in the first round of the San Diego tournament, Saugus has rebounded with two consecutive victories. The Centurions have 47 hits during the streak, 26 against Folsom. All’s well. Saugus multisport athlete Nick Gauthier, the football team’s quarterback, appears to have recovered well from an injury suffered in the final football game last fall. He’s among the standouts for Saugus’ JV team this season. Hay is hot: The last guy who wants a spring break is Canyon power hitter Johnny Hay, who has a California-best eight home runs – five in the past four games. Browne’s still got it: Promising prospect Michael Browne is enjoying another solid season at West Ranch, a second-year JV program consisting of freshmen and sophomores. He’s batting .435 in 23 at-bats. Another West Ranch player to watch is pitcher Drew Wagner, a freshman who is 1-0. Tough change: After winning 17 games over two seasons at Santa Clarita Christian, pitcher Augie Detres is 0-3 since transferring to Vasquez of Acton. The junior right-hander perhaps deserves better, considering he has a 2.55 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 innings. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA starting infielder since the beginning of his sophomore year, Valaika waited more than 200 at-bats for his first home run – the longest homerless drought at Hart since 1987. Valaika is hitting .341 this season with seven RBIs in 44 at-bats. Add Hart home runs: Chris Valaika, a junior at UC Santa Barbara, finished with 19 prep home runs, but there’s been a trend of fewer homers at Hart over the years. The Indians have hit just 27 home runs over the past 21/2 years. The team season record is 49, in 1999. From 1995 to 2003, Hart averaged more than 30 home runs per year – and the dimensions at Hart’s home field have never changed. Part of the reason it’s more difficult – not just for Hart, but for all high school teams – is a progressive change to heavier bats. Hitters used to be allowed to use “minus-five” bats, which meant the bats weighed five ounces less than the inch count of the bat (i.e. 34 inches and 29 ounces). Now the limit is minus-three. “With the minus-fives, it used to be you make one little mistake as a pitcher, and that would be it – guys wouldn’t just hit the ball over our fence, they’d hit it all the way across the parking lot,” Hart coach Jim Ozella said. “And you’ve got to remember, home runs build confidence. So when you have a lighter bat, you hit a home run, and that builds confidence for the next time you get up there.” Bats changed because the game was becoming too dangerous – particularly in college competition – because of line drives hit directly back to the pitcher. A huge monkey has been removed from Matt Valaika’s back. The brother of Hart High’s all-time home run leader, Chris Valaika, Matt finally hit his first career home run with a shot Friday at Canyon. “It was pretty cool,” Valaika said. “I was looking forward to it.” Valaika, a UC Santa Barbara-bound senior who has a career .400 batting average, left no doubt – the ball traveled about 400 feet and cleared Canyon’s fence by about 50 feet. “I hit it out pretty good,” he said. “It felt sweet coming off my bat, and once I hit it, I knew it was out, so I just kind of looked at it go out. But nothing is going to change. I’m not going to start swinging for the fences.” last_img read more