20 Jan

Gordon: Send suspended Simmons to Sri Lanka

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Former West Indies Cricket Board president, Ken Gordon, believes suspending head coach Phil Simmons was the right thing to do but says he should still be allowed to join the squad in Sri Lanka in some capacity.The 85-year-old Gordon, who led the troubled entity between 2005 and 2007, said Simmons’s appointment as head coach had been a positive development, and since he had now apologised for his actions, the WICB needed to find a way of incorporating him.”The reintroduction of Simmons as coach has been an invigorating development. A former Test player, Phil is well respected and liked on all sides,” the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted Gordon as saying.”He is a good leader, knows the game and has come back to us with an impressive track record earned from his virtual transformation of the Ireland cricket team.”Fortunately, too, the board now has a further opportunity to redeem itself if it responds maturely and accepts Phil Simmons’ apology. If they can be magnanimous, even at this late stage, and make him a part of the Sri Lanka team.”Biased selectionsSimmons was suspended for the tour after telling media in Barbados last week that people were using their position to influence the selection process, and keep the Trinidadian duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard out of the one-day team.He said he and chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, had voted for both players to be included for the tour of Sri Lanka next month but revealed that the other members of the selection panel – Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne and Eldine Baptiste – had voted against the move.”I don’t think that it (selection) was done as professionally as it should be done, [there was] too much interference from outside and in this case, I even go as far as saying maybe influence because the reasons that were given for them being out,” Simmons complained.Gordon, a successful Trinidadian businessman, said Simmons’s suspension was warranted but his subsequent apology showed he understood the mistake he had made.”The really terrible irony about the current situation is that suspending Simmons was the right thing to do. Disciplinary action was required in the circumstances,” Gordon pointed out.”He now understands that as coach it was wrong to make such public criticism of the organisation he has been employed to represent. His responsibility was to fight this internally or leave. You cannot have it both ways.”last_img read more

14 Jan

Ganta Street Openings Resumes

first_imgThe Nimba County Administration on Tuesday, September 20, began opening streets and alleys in the commercial city of Ganta, to increase access and social services to residents.As the road building equipment arrived to begin work, the county Development Superintendent, Dorr Cooper, called on the jubilant residents to assist the workers in order to complete the work that will enhance the city’s landscape.He urged the community to provide the needed security for the machines and desist from buying fuel and other lubricants from unscrupolous workers who may have the intention to undermine the process to beautify the city.He informed the residents that during the dry season, the machines will be used to open feeder roads across the county.“These machines were bought by the people of Nimba to carry out road development, and nothing else,” he said.The major opening of Ganta streets and alleys resumed in 2013, but during the administration of former Superintendent J. Fulton Dunbah in the 1970s, Ganta got its face lift which led to the demolition of properties to give way for the city’s development.The street opening exercise went to other communities last year, where two cities, including Karnplay and Bahn were laid out, leaving Tappita, after the residents there filed a Writ of Prohibition at the Supreme Court to halt work in that city.This year’s municipal development in Saclapea, Bahn and Ganta were selected, but Saclepea is following the trend set by Tappita, refusing to be developed because of the large number of buildings that could be demolished in the process.At present, Sanniquellie is benefiting from the process which began last August, with yellow machines currently extending their work into new communities where there are no roads.Superintendent Fong G. Zuagele, in his remark at the Ganta ground breaking ceremony, said the county administration is providing all necessary assistance to facilitate the completion of the work.He said the county will not hesitate to remove the machines from any community that will not cooperate.Ms. Feston Leasah, a resident of LPMC Community said, “We are very happy for the road work to begin in our community and we want to assure the county our fullest cooperation in the opening of the streets.”She added “We know that development comes with pain so we are encouraging everybody to comply for the betterment of our community.”The rehabilitation of feeder roads and the opening of alleys and streets are funded by Arcelor Mittal Social Development Fund, given to the county through the government every year, Supt. Zuagele said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Moose collision sends several to hospital

first_imgAn evening collision with a moose has sent several people to hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.The incident occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday and actually involved two separate collisions with a moose along the Alaska Highway at Braden Road.Dawson Creek RCMP say a northbound pickup truck first hit a moose. The male driver, who was the lone occupant in the vehicle, continued driving before turning around to return to the collision scene. While the moose was in the middle of the road, police say another northbound pickup truck hit the moose, sending the vehicle into the southbound lane and head-on into a third pickup truck. The southbound vehicle was carrying three occupants, including a two year-old child.- Advertisement -Both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John RCMP responded to the accident, along with the Taylor Fire Department. Police say firefighters had to cut a female passenger out of the southbound vehicle.However, police are crediting a car seat for saving the life of the two year-old child in the southbound pickup truck. They say the outcome could have been very different if the child had not been in a car seat. The child was taken to the Fort St. John hospital, along with the other vehicles’ occupants, as a precaution.The collision was eventually cleared up by 10 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

6 Jan

Lambert: It will take time for Benteke to get back to his best

first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted it could take Christian Benteke another six games before he gets back to his best.The Belgian striker has played in the Villans’ last two matches after returning from five months out with a ruptured achilles tendon.His return is yet to yield any goals and Lambert has revealed it may be some time before he is hitting the back of the net regularly again.“It may take half a dozen games for him to get back up to speed,” he said after Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to QPR. “There are signs he is coming back but there is still a long way to go.”last_img read more

6 Jan

Defiant Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Juve collapse

first_imgAfter the first leg finished 2-2, Son’s strike put Pochettino’s side ahead on aggregate, but Juventus completely flipped the script in the second leg of the last-16 tie with a stirring second-half fightback.Gonzalo Higuain punished poor Tottenham marking to steer in Juventus’s equaliser and Paulo Dybala bagged the winner three minutes later with a cool finish after splitting the hosts’ poorly-executed offside trap.It was a bitter blow for Tottenham and the loss raised fresh questions about their ability to win major trophies under Pochettino.But, yet to land any silverware with the north Londoners, Pochettino bristled at suggestions Tottenham aren’t mentally strong enough to win on the big occasions.“All this talk is rubbish. At the end it is win or lose. When you assess the game, I think only Tottenham was better for more than 70 minutes,” he said.Juventus players celebrate in front of their supporters beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley, 4-3 on aggregate © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTON“If Harry (Kane) scored at the end or we scored twice in the first half, maybe we are talking differently.“I’m happy with my players. We did everything to try to win.“It was not a lack of experience, not a lack of concentration. How many chances did we concede?“We conceded three chances and they scored twice. We had a lot of chances and only scored one.“We can talk about a lot of situations, but sometimes you need some luck to win.”– Pochettino ‘still ‘a dreamer’ –Pochettino had spoken passionately this week about his dream of making Tottenham one of the best sides in England and Europe.Tottenham’s Harry Kane holds his head in his hands after a chance goes begging against Juventus © AFP / Glyn KIRKAnd even surrendering the lead against the Italian champions couldn’t dissuade the Argentine from his belief Tottenham are on the brink of joining Europe’s superpowers.“I feel very proud, we dominated overall against a very good team like Juventus,” he said.“In the two games we were much better, but at this level the tie went to Juventus in three minutes.“I’m disappointed of course but the quality of the team was very good. We showed massive maturity. I’m relaxed and happy.“I’m still a dreamer. When you compete in the Champions League with these clubs you can win or lose. Football is not a nightmare for me.”Meanwhile, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri claimed he never lost faith his side could fight back despite their lethargic first half.“The guys put in a fantastic performance. Even at 1-0 down we had a good reaction,” he said.“We had created chances in the first half, so we were confident we could get one goal back and kick on from there.“You are going to find games that are difficult. We did suffer a lot but that’s normal in football.“It’s fantastic to win a game at Wembley, a temple of football.”– Calm, clear head –Allegri said Tottenham’s inability to maintain their high tempo was a crucial factor, as was Juventus’s vast Champions League experience.The two-time winners are bidding to reach a third Champions League final in four years.“I thought there was a bit of a dip in the physicality of the Spurs players in the second half,” he said.“We are used to playing these games. We can go in with a clear head and being calm.“We are part of the history of this competition. We are improving as a team in Europe and a performance like this proves that.“We are having a good season so far. Who knows, anything can happen in the Champions League.Down and out: Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min is consoled at the final whistle by Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTON“We are in the last eight. You look around and there are teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich who could do some damage.“That’s not to say we can’t compete with these teams.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Defiant: Mauricio Pochettino © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 8 – Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday.last_img read more

27 Dec

England’s youth must prove they deserve Premier League chance, talkSPORT told

first_imgEngland’s youth players must prove they deserve a chance in the Premier League, according to Dan Ashworth, technical director of the Football Association.Ashworth joined talkSPORT on Monday following England’s success in the Under-20 World Cup, which they won courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Venezuela in the final.This success at youth level has caused much celebration and increased hope for the future of the Three Lions, though the same long-standing doubts remain about members of the squad – will they be given the opportunity at club level?Across the 2016/17 season, England’s World Cup heroes played just 1,094 Premier League minutes between them – equivalent to about 12 full matches.One major criticism of the Premier League has been the lack of minutes afforded to teenagers when compared with Europe’s other top leagues, though Ashworth feels the players need to prove they deserve the chance to play.Speaking to Drivetime, Ashworth said: “One of the mantras for the Premier League is to develop and attract the best players in the world; develop is to develop your own and home-grown players.“Coupled with that is that Premier League managers have got to stay in their jobs and win football matches in order to do that.“So the players have got to prove to the managers they are good enough to compete in the Premier League, and keep those managers in jobs.“They can do that in a number of ways: it might be out on loan, it might be in training, it might be in pre-season fixtures, it might be in the Under-23s.“In this particular case it is being with England on the international stage.“As I said, I do believe there is some enormous potential in our international teams, and they’ve got to be ready when given the opportunity.“You’re given the opportunity for a debut, whenever that is, and you’ve got to be ready to take that chance.“I’m sure they’ll be given those chances. I’m sure the Premier League managers would have been watching, and will continue to watch their progress, and will hopefully give them the chance to produce that form on the Premier League stage.”England’s Under-20 success came one day after the Three Lions won the Toulon Tournament for the second successive year, beating the Ivory Coast on penalties after a 1-1 draw.This progress at youth level has been put down to the excellent work done at St. George’s Park, the FA national football centre opened in 2012.Ashworth continued: “The people at the FA had the foresight to build St. George’s Park, well before my time. It opened five years ago, and has given us a base for all 16 England teams – it would be like a club not having a training ground.“So having that we are able to get a club feel, get the players, the coaches and the teams working in a consistent manner, and get a really good spirit among the players and the teams.“From a national team point of view, we firmly believe we need a varied games programme, we need to test them against the best. So the Under-18s and Under-20s we take to Toulon; we play against South American, Asian, African opposition at all age groups to give them a challenge and a test to hopefully put them in better stead to compete with the best in the world and so they can handle things like World Cups.”last_img read more

25 Dec

Groundwater cleanup starts

first_imgVALENCIA – Nearly two decades after the Whittaker-Bermite munitions testing plant closed, chemical remnants that have fouled the local groundwater supply finally are being cleaned up. Valencia Water Co., taking the lead in treating contaminated water found recently in one of its wells, cut the ribbon on two filter vessels last week. They will pull perchlorate, a salt used in weapons manufacturing, from a shallow alluvial well near the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads. “We are committed to ensuring that our drinking water is safe, that it is reliable and that it meets the highest standards of water quality set by the EPA and the California Department of Health Services,” said Bob DiPrimio, president of Valencia Water. The utility owned by investors who also own half of The Newhall Land and Farming Company serves about 94,000 and pipes water to future subdivisions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the chemical in large doses can interfere with thyroid function. The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment deemed water with as much as 6 parts per billion safe to drink. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Tests conducted in March and April found the well dubbed Q2 contained perchlorate levels of seven to 11 parts per billion. A resin inside the treatment tanks bonds with the salt through ion exchange to cut that down to about four parts per billion, officials said. The tanks installed by US Filter can treat 2,400 gallons of water per minute, and are installed at contaminated sites throughout Southern California, including the San Gabriel Valley. Whittaker-Bermite’s insurers contributed $500,000 to the treatment. “The same technology has been used at numerous locations throughout California and is recognized by DHS as one of the best available technologies for removing perchlorate from water,” DiPrimio said. The vessels are part of a larger cleanup plan from the Castaic Lake Water Agency, the region’s state water wholesaler, to remove perchlorate from local groundwater supplies. Since contamination was discovered on the Whittaker-Bermite property in 1997, six wells including Q2 have been capped – four of them tap into the deep Saugus Aquifer, a prime water storage spot for this parched valley. The CLWA’s estimated $15.3 million two-step program includes expanded treatment and drilling three replacement wells. It is expected to begin in 2006, officials said. Meanwhile, attorneys for CLWA and the city of Santa Clarita are twisting a cleanup settlement from Whittaker-Bermite’s current owners and insurers. A detailed plan released Nov. 15 – some six months after the parties agreed to settled – is under review. “We’ve been waiting and we had to crank up the litigation again,” said Fred Fudacz, an attorney representing the CLWA. “We obviously don’t have a settlement at this point. We’re hopping this agreement will provide a basis for a settlement for our client.” The city also is anxious for a final settlement – it will allow development at the bankrupted company’s 996-acre property off Soledad Canyon Road in the heart of Santa Clarita. The case is under review by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Arizona, where current owner Remediation Financial Inc. is based. Irvine-based SunCal Co. – currently planning a 3,900-home subdivision in Castaic; the Lewis Group, which has projects in California and Nevada; and North Carolina-based Cherokee Investment Partners are eyeing the property. “We’re looking at progress being made on this problem,” Santa Clarita city councilman and local real estate agent Bob Kellar said at the event. “We are going to get this problem fixed for this community. “The day is going to come when those thousand acres (will be developed).” The Whittaker-Bermite site was used to test small rockets and missiles for nearly 50 years. Weapons manufacturing ended in 1987, but it contaminated the property with various chemical compounds, including perchlorate, heavy metals and solvents – some of which have migrated into the Santa Clarita Valley’s groundwater supply. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 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

24 Dec

NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH FOR LYIT HILLWALKING CLUB

first_imgPictured above are members of the LYIT Hillwalking Club, who recently presented members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) with a cheque for €600.The money was raised during the LYIT Hillwalking Club’s Moonlight Walk which took place in November, 2014 in Glenveagh National Park.The joint initiative, between LYIT Hillwalking Club and Donegal Mountain Rescue Team was supported by Campus Engage, a national network set up to promote civic engagement as a core function of Higher Education on the island of Ireland. The LYIT Hillwalking Club hope to undertake more initiatives with the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team in the future. NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH FOR LYIT HILLWALKING CLUB was last modified: February 19th, 2015 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

22 Dec

ESB restores power to 6,700 homes in wake of Storm Dylan

first_imgESB Networks restored supply to approximately 6,700 customers in the west and north west during the 9 hour period that Storm Dylan battered Ireland.They report minimal impact on the electricity network.As at 8am this morning, 800 customers remain without supply and ESB Networks crews continue to work to restore supply to these customers as quickly as possible. 14 Donegal homes in Creeslough/Dunfanaghy were left without power last night due to an electrical fault. ESB Networks say that they have now mended the issue.ESB Networks have reiterated their appeal for members of the public to avoid fallen wires.“Strong winds can cause trees and branches to fall across or bring down electricity wires. If you see any fallen wires, or trees or branches lying across electricity wires, please do not approach or touch the tree or wire.“Please ring ESB Networks at 1850 372 999 immediately to report it,” a spokesperson says. ESB restores power to 6,700 homes in wake of Storm Dylan was last modified: December 31st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ESB Networksstorm dylanlast_img read more

21 Dec

Minister to meet with group to examine future of Parent Stop

first_imgChildren’s Minister Catherine Catherine Zappone has agreed to meet with members of Parent Stop.Deputy Pat the Cope Galagher raised the issue of the imminent closure of the organisation in Letterkenny, in the Dail last night.Unless additional funding can be sourced from the Government, Tusla, Department of Justice and the Department of Health, the centre will close. The Parent Stop organisation has been in operation since 2005 and provides a universal parent support service dealing with all kinds of issues that impact on the lives of families.It provides free and confidential one-to-one, telephone and group support to parents who need some help with parenting challenges.Deputy Gallagher said “I impressed upon the Minister the importance of the role and services being provided by Parent Stop, in their advocacy and support network for families and young people in Co Donegal, whilst the Minister acknowledged the great work of Parent Stop, she completely failed to commit the necessary funding for the organisation added Pat the Cope.“Unless the Government commits to a new funding model the Parent Stop organization will cease operating at the end of December, and the county will lose a much-needed service, and I might add the expertise they have garnered since their establishment in 2005. It is essential that every effort is made to save the services of Parent Stop.” In 2018 – 602 families benefitted directly from the services of Parent Stop, numerous families were supported by this organization, the alternative would have been long protracted court cases or issues left unresolved.Deputy Gallagher added “Whilst I am disappointed that the Minister did not commit to fully supporting the project, she did accept my invitation to meet with the group and to see first hand the great work they carry out in Co Donegal.“I will now arrange a delegation to meet with Minister Catherine Zappone, as a last ditched attempt to secure the necessary funding, otherwise these services will be lost for all time and many hundreds of families will be left disadvantaged as a result stated Pat the Cope.“It is shocking that for as little as €100,000 this Government are willing to let this service close for all time and to further deprive the people of Donegal of much needed services such as provided by Parent Stop.”Minister to meet with group to examine future of Parent Stop was last modified: October 24th, 2019 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:Catherine ZapponeletterkennyParent Stoplast_img read more