Tony Becca: Trinidad and Tobago all the way

first_img THREE VICTORIES It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTING Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen.last_img read more

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Kescia Branche laid to rest

first_imgGrief-stricken family members and friends of the late Kescia Branche tearfully bade her farewell on Saturday.The 22-year-old teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) two days after her battered body was discovered lying at the corner of Princess Street and Lousia Row in Georgetown on the morning of November 5.The cause of her demise has been determined as brain haemorrhaging and blunt trauma to the head.At her home-going ceremony, those who knew Branche reflected on her life, while other made a strong call for justice to be served.Her devastated twin, Kessandra Branche, who had been at her bedside when she died, begged for her sister to return to her at the funeral service.Kereece Branche, Kescia’s younger sister, described her as having been a driven and determined person who had fought for what she had accomplished in life.“It always seems like Kescia was never too young for anything, but this time she was,” Kereece said in her tribute, as she broke down in tears.Head Teacher of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, Melanie Jones, reiterated her called for justice to be served. “I do hope that they solve your case, and that your killer or killers doesn’t or don’t disappear without a trace. This nonsense has become too commonplace, and I take the blame as part of the human race,” Jones said.The mother of one has been laid to rest at Buxton, East Coast Demerara. Police are yet to charge anyone for her death.Her ex-boyfriend, along with four cops, were questioned about her death, but were later released on station bail. Investigations are still ongoing.last_img read more

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Linden labourer chopped during altercation with man

first_imgA chopping incident has left 28-year-old Morvin Somersol of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, receiving medical attention at the Linden Hospital Complex.He sustained several chops to his right forearm during an altercation with another man at approximately 20:30h on Thursday evening at Canvas City, Wismar, Linden.According to information received, the victim reportedly borrowed a freezer from the suspect to conduct business back in April. The suspect is said to have requested to have the freezer returned sometime last month, however, Somersol refused to do so.It is also alleged that Somersol went to the suspect’s home and damaged several louvre panes.As a result, the two men reportedly got into an altercation on Thursday evening.Following the incident, Somersol was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted, treated and remains a patient in stable condition.last_img read more

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Fighter jet used on ‘JAG’ seized

first_img“I don’t know what was on it that was any value … there were no engines in it.” The jet added a realistic touch to footage shot at Van Nuys Airport, where it was housed. Its static mug was matched with computer-generated images of a plane in flight. The $5,000 paid for the castoff jet went to a Navy relief fund at Point Mugu, where the show often filmed before tighter restrictions after the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the producer said. “JAG” was filmed at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Bouquet Canyon, as well as at College of the Canyons, neighborhoods in Newhall and other spots around Santa Clarita. The plane was sold before the show ended its 10-year run in 2005. Agents seized the jet from a hangar at a Victorville airport. The three other planes were at museums in Chino. Agents from ICE, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are continuing to investigate how the jets were improperly transferred to private owners. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Federal agents seized four decommissioned F-14 fighter jets this week, including one used as a prop in the popular TV series “JAG,” which filmed in Santa Clarita for a decade. The Navy retired the planes in the mid-1990s, and private owners were found. But investigators said the military failed to fully remove sensitive equipment, and on Tuesday immigration and customs enforcement agents seized the jets. “Now, their ultimate fate is in the hands of the courts,” said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Short-term, they’re being taken to Tucson (Ariz.), where any sensitive parts will be removed from the aircraft.” Investigators looking into the possible sale of aircraft parts to Iran discovered the decommissioned planes. Iran still flies F-14s, but it’s illegal for U.S. citizens to export or sell military parts to foreign nationals without the U.S. government’s permission. Government officials confiscated the jets after a multiagency investigation found that the Navy improperly transferred the aircraft because military rules require retired planes to be dismantled to protect any proprietary technology. In addition to security issues, safety issues became a concern because the jets’ ejector seats and canopies are operated by pyrotechnic devices. The unfolding saga could have been fodder for an episode of “JAG,” a drama about top-flight naval officers who investigate and represent military members accused of on-the-job crimes. The show’s F-14 was a shell, used mostly as a backdrop for the action, the show’s producer said. “We dragged it around a lot … as far as I knew, the plane was (demilitarized),” said Don Bellisario, whose Bellisarius Productions now films the show’s spin-off, “NCIS,” at Valencia Studios. last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL’S MICK CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION

first_imgDONEGAL strongman Micky Coleman has been crowned a double European Champion!The Stranorlar man took on competitors across Europe in Estonia today and won TWO gold medals.Micky, who has been writing about the build-up to the championships on donegaldaily.com, won the raw and equipped 100kg bench press….meaning he will return to Stranorlar Champion of Europe! Said the 35-year-old: “I was only aiming to get into the top five in Europe so to win is just unbelievable. I’m just incredibly delighted.”His biggest fans are his wife Paulina and has two children Kate, aged 11 and five-year-old Jake.Staff at the Energie Gym in Letterkenny where he works…..and works out…are over the moon.“They’ve been superb,” said the new European Champ! “The top class equipment here at the gym in Letterkenny is the best available.“I use it in my spare time….I suppose no-one can ever accuse me of slacking around the place!”BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL’S MICK CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION was last modified: September 18th, 2011 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:energie gymeuropean championmicky colemanlast_img read more

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Wall Street has modest gain

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street made a muted advance Friday but still finished the week lower after a better-than-expected employment report raised hopes about the economy’s strength despite the recent hurricanes. The major indexes each lost more than 2 percent for the week. The market came back Friday from three straight days of losses after the Labor Department said September payrolls, while down for the first time in two years, fell by only 35,000 jobs. Fearing an economic slump in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, economists had forecast a drop of 150,000. But while the Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 60 shortly after the opening bell, stocks gave up most of their gains throughout the day amid some skepticism about the report. Investors also awaited greater clarity about the economy’s health from upcoming third-quarter earnings and forward-looking estimates. Meanwhile, a rise in oil prices broke a five-day slide as traders looked past news that U.S. fuel consumption declined last month amid expectations for increased demand this winter. A barrel of light crude added 48 cents to settle at $61.84 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. last_img read more

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Mary Johnson keeps Town Council seat

first_img160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With the win, Johnson joins Ze Gonzales, Don MacAdam and Peg Spry serving two-year terms advising 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on area issues. Controversies such as the proposed expansion of the small Agua Dulce Air Park have appeared before the panel. Green is former president of the Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, an anti-airport expansion group. Johnson and Cangiano were plaintiffs in a lawsuit that demanded the council abide by the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law governing public boards. Fallout from the lawsuit led four – including Gonzales – to resign from the Town Council. Johnson was elected in an August special election held to restore a quorum. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com AGUA DULCE – Incumbent Mary Johnson bested two others to retain her seat on the Agua Dulce Town Council after election officials tallied a handful of provisional ballots over the weekend, the group’s president said Monday. Johnson, who was elected to the local policy panel in a special election just two months ago, carried the last of four open seats with 275 votes, Town Council President Andy Fried said. Patrick Green finished with 267 votes, followed by Lorene Cangiano with 239. The results were announced Saturday, four days after the Nov. 8 election, as officials took time to verify nine provisional ballots from residents whose names did not appear a list of local registered voters. Of those, seven matched the county voter rolls and were counted. last_img read more

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Forecaster: Scorching weather for Donegal set to follow deluge

first_imgDONEGAL is set to bask in at least FIVE DAYS of glorious sunshine – with temperatures in the 20s.Monday is set to be miserable with loads of rain, and temperatures struggling to reach 12C.But things will get better from Tuesday before glorious sunny weather from Wednesday until at least Sunday. BBC NI weather forecaster Geoff Maskell warned that Monday will be horrible.However he said the cloud will soon lift on Tuesday with warm sunshine by the afternoon with temperatures set to top 16C.A high pressure system will then settle over Ulster “with temperatures rising very nicely indeed” for the rest of the week with 20, 21 or even 22C possible.Met Eireann said: “Current indications are that it will be quite warm and mostly dry, with sunny intervals and just a few scattered showers. Daytime temperatures will reach the low 20s in many areas, but it will be cooler on coasts, with sea breezes.”  Forecaster: Scorching weather for Donegal set to follow deluge was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by John2Share 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:donegalheatwaveweatherlast_img read more

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Seven-week road closure for Falcarragh water works

first_imgIrish Water has announced the latest plans to replace part of the ageing water mains which have caused major problems in Falcarragh this year.The upgrade works will require a seven-week road closure from the top of Falcarragh Hill (R256) along the Ballintemple Lower Road. Irish Water has been granted the closure from 8am on Monday 4th November 2019 to 6pm on Friday 20th December 2019. The company has assured local residents that emergency and local access for residents will be maintained at all times. An alternative route will be available and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Approximately 1.6 kilometres of problematic water mains will be replaced with high density polyethylene (plastic) materials during this time.Works to replace 1.7 kilometres of problematic water mains to the Cashel reservoir in Gortahork continues to make headway with 1.1 kilometres replaced to date since construction commencement in early September.  These works are on programme and are expected to be completed in March 2020. Irish Water Regional Lead Declan Cawley said: “The works in Gortahork are progressing well and we thank the local community for their ongoing patience and look forward to commencing the next phase of works in Falcarragh.”Details of work in the area will be updated regularly on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website at https://www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/ Seven-week road closure for Falcarragh water works was last modified: November 1st, 2019 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:FalcarraghIrish Waterlast_img read more

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Donegal man giving up his Christmas to help others in Somalia

first_imgA young Donegal man will be swapping a cosy Christmas at home to help people in Somalia, one of the poorest regions of the world.Paul Carr, from Cranford, whose sister is senior Donegal footballer Niamh Carr, works in Somalia for aid agency Concern Worldwide as their emergency programme officer. This is a critical role in a country where 5.2 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.He has been there for over a year in a region troubled by droughts, severe flooding and conflict. “We are at the front lines of any crisis that hits the Somali people,” said Paul, a DCU and Trinity College graduate who previously worked overseas in Panama with the United Nations.Makeshift tents into Baidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern Somalia“Just this year, Somali’s have been hit by severe droughts resulting in loss of crops and livestock, extreme flooding and a constant threat of conflict and forced evictions from their homes and shelters.“My job is to help manage the response to these crises. When drought hits, we provide cash transfers so families can buy the food they need to survive, build wells and truck water across the desert to families without water.“When rivers burst their banks we are there piling sandbags to protect shelters and farmland and repair toilets and other sanitation facilities to prevent the outbreak of disease. “And all year round, we are there to provide critical medical support to malnourished children and those suffering from illness and disease and providing protection and education for children who have been forced to flee their homes.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr (on right) with a colleague in Somalia discussing with a local village committee about what challenges they have faced in recent monthsBaidoa – an internally displaced persons Camp Concern SomaliaPaul admits that it is most likely that Christmas Day will be like any other in Somalia with more women and children arriving at nutrition centres in need of food and treatment for malnutrition.He said he will miss spending Christmas with his family, especially his nieces, but he said he chose to be in Somalia and he “wouldn’t have it any other way.”Paul CarrPaul is also an avid hiker and plans to take advantage of his time off from St. Stephen’s Day when he begins a six-day trek up Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania that is Africa’s highest peak.He hopes to reach the peak by sunrise on New Year’s Day and he is ready for temperatures, which can drop to -10, in addition to the challenges with nausea and fatigue. He said it is something he always wanted to do. “It’s not very often you get the opportunity to spend Christmas in Africa doing the job you love or to scale volcanoes for the New Year, so I’m more than happy to seize this opportunity,” he said.“At 5,895 metres, it’s Africa’s highest peak and over 500 metres above the Everest basecamp.“It will be cold, it will be long, but the killer will be the altitude, I’ve gone over 5,000 metres before and it wasn’t easy, but I am really looking forward to it.”Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Programme Officer Paul Carr hiking Slieve League cliffs in Donegal with Concern’s Climb4Concern challenge in 2018Paul praised his Concern colleagues, who he said “work tirelessly with families and communities to try and build a Somalia where possibly one day, Concern won’t need to be there.” Concern has been in Somalia for 33 years where the aid agency has responded to famines and refugee crises caused by conflict and droughts.An estimated two million people are displaced inside the country.Successive below-average rainy seasons in recent years has resulted in crop failure, widespread livestock deaths and loss of people’s assets, causing hunger and malnutrition.Donegal man giving up his Christmas to help others in Somalia was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:aid workcharityCHristmasConcernPaul Carrsomalialast_img read more

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