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PM Mitchell chides colleagues for disunity over WI crisis

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Incoming chairman of CARICOM, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, has chided some of his fellow leaders for breaking ranks with the regional nation grouping over a collective decision taken on the way forward for West Indies cricket. Addressing the opening of the three-day CARICOM summit on Tuesday evening, Mitchell said it was “greatly disheartening” to see regional leaders agree to a unified position in private, only to then announce opposing positions publicly. “The legacies that have been created by our players on the field, and the voice they have given throughout generations, to expressions of West Indian identity, have been well-documented and chronicled through the years,” said Mitchell, a former chairman of CARICOM’s prime ministerial subcommittee on cricket. “Gary Sobers, Learie Constantine, Frank Worrell, Michael Holding and Vivian Richards were not just great cricketers. They helped to forge a West Indian identity globally, that impacted all facets of Caribbean life. “So, when we get together to discuss the current challenges of the regional game, it is not merely a case of politicians dabbling in some useless pastime.” He continued: “It is, therefore, greatly disheartening to me, and several other colleague heads, that after CARICOM had taken common positions to assist in addressing the crisis of West Indies cricket, certain Member Governments thereafter publicly adopted different positions.” At the 27th inter sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Belize earlier last year, a decision was taken to enforce the recommendations of the CARICOM Governance Review Commission – chief of which was the “immediate dissolution” of the then, West Indies Cricket Board recently renamed Cricket West Indies (CWI). Just months later, however, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne broke ranks with CARICOM saying he “categorically rejected the call for the dissolution” of the WICB, contending that any such move would “plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion.” Mitchell said West Indies cricket was in “crisis” and pointed to the team’s failure to qualify for the recent ICC Champions Trophy in England and the unlikelihood of their automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup, as indicators of the malaise. The veteran leader said that with CWI not discharging its role, CARICOM had a responsibility to act. CWI has also opposed CARICOM’s moves with president Dave Cameron arguing that the organisation should be free of interference from governments.last_img read more

JFK Absolved of Blame in Death of Forh’s Daughter

first_imgFamily members of the late Nakita Forh, daughter of Representative Edward Forh, yesterday wept bitterly in the Civil Law Court in Monrovia after a six member jury announced that the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) was not responsible for her death.Rep. Forh sought US$25 million as damages for the death of his daughter, which he claimed was the result of negligence on the part of medical doctors assigned at the hospital.Nakita, who suffered from asthma, died on September 27, 2014, on the grounds of the hospital while gasping for air because she was denied the use of the hospital’s nebulizer during the height of the Ebola crisis in the country. For their failure to provide his daughter medical care when she sought treatment at the JFK hospital, Rep. Forh was claiming US$25 million in damages for her death.After several hours of closed door deliberations in the Chamber of Judge Yussif Kaba, the jury came down with a unanimous non-liable (not guilty) verdict in favor of 11 health practitioners who Rep. Forh accused of being responsible for his daughter’s death.After the jury’s decision, lawyers representing the lawmaker announced an appeal against the verdict to the Supreme Court.The Forh family declined to speak with journalists who for the past months had converged at the court to follow the trial that is considered the first of its kind in the country. The case was interesting because it was the first time in this country for a sitting lawmaker to file a lawsuit against a hospital claiming damages for the death of his daughter, one of those in the queue remarked.Rep. Forth accused Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, JFK General Administrator; Munah Tarpeh, Deputy for Administration; Tannie Sneh, Nursing Supervisor; Mary Howard Nyaquie, Administrator; Dr. Korto Dorbor; Dr. Billy C. Johnson, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. David Okiror, Staff Physician; Professor Joseph Njoh, Department Chairman on Internal Medicine and the Administrator of the Ministry of Health, of his daughter’s death.The lawsuit against the healthcare givers, according to Counselor Arthur Johnson, lead lawyer for the Forh family, was based on what he described as a “very devastating and frustrating experience,” which he claims, caused the family significant damages and an unforgettable state of trauma for their daughter’s death.Cllr. Johnson argued that Nakita died in the arms of her father on the grounds of the hospital while struggling and crying for help.For that reason, Rep. Forh was seeking not less than US$10 million in general damages; US$5 million in punitive damages; another US$5 million in compensatory damages; and US$5 million in substantial damages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img World champion and world record holder Kylie Masse continues her dominance on the world stage, sweeping the backstroke events at the prestigious Einladung Invitational swimming competition in Zurich, Switzerland this weekend.The fourth-year kinesiology student captured gold on Sunday in the 100-metre backstroke in a winning time of 58.54 seconds. This is over half a second faster than anyone has done in the world this season.On Saturday, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist came within 0.2 seconds of her Canadian record in the 50-metre backstroke, clocking 27.84 seconds. In the 200 backstroke, Masse finished in a meet record time of 2:07.47 for a decisive victory. Margherita Panziera of Italy was second in 2:09.86 and Kata Burian of Italy third in 2:11.19.”Kylie has stepped up her training to another level this year and is now reaping the rewards,” said Varsity Blues swimming head coach Byron MacDonald. “Her improvements under strength coach Alanna Veerman are superb and it’s helping her advance her career.”The Blues sent three athletes to the meet. Sophomore sensation Hannah Genich earned the bronze medal in the 200 butterfly (2:13.77) and just missed the podium in the 100-metre fly, while posting a personal best time.Third-year engineering student Osvald Nitski was seventh in the 200 butterfly – a race that featured two Olympic medalists. Also of note, former Varsity Blues Scott McGillivray traveled to the Swiss meet with the current swimmers and finished fourth in the men’s 100 freestyle.”We send Blues swimmers to this meet for a few reasons,’ continued MacDonald. First, they need to race people they have never seen and who are among the world’s best. It offers a little adversity – they need to be tough to compete after only a couple days to adjust to the six-hour time change and overnight flight. Lastly, it’s a unique opportunity for them to compete overseas!”Next up for the Varsity Blues swimmers is the OUA championships, February 8-10, at Western University in London, Ont.The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2018 U SPORTS swimming championships, Feb. 22-24 at the Athletic Centre Varsity Pool. For ticket information and other details, click here.With files from Swimming Canada Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Ex-Ferrari boss has no ‘good news’ on Schumacher

first_img0Shares0000Michael Schumacher. PHOTO/FileMILAN, February 4th – Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted on Thursday that he did not have “good news” regarding the condition of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.Former world champion Schumacher has been in a coma since suffering head injuries from a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013. “I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it’s not good,” said Montezemolo when asked about Schumacher in Milan on Thursday.Montezemolo did not elaborate on 47-year-old Schumacher’s condition, but he added: “He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered one accident in his entire career, in 1999, and it was our fault, not his.“Unfortunately, a skiing accident ruined his life.”Amid speculation Schumacher was at fault for the accident that has left him in a coma for over two years, Montezemolo defended the former champion.“It’s not true that Michael wasn’t careful on his skis. When he went off piste, he was always careful,” he added.“More than anything, on skis he was very careful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iraqi officials call for self-defense

first_imgBAGHDAD – Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings around Baghdad. The calls reflect growing frustration with the inability of Iraqi security forces to prevent extremist attacks. The weekend deaths included two American soldiers – one killed Sunday in a suicide bombing on the western outskirts of Baghdad and another who died in combat Saturday in Salahuddin province north of the capital, the U.S. command said. Sunday’s deadliest attack occurred when a bomb struck a truckload of newly recruited Iraqi soldiers on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing 15 and wounding 20, a police official at the nearest police station said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Also Sunday, two car bombs exploded near simultaneously in Baghdad’s mostly Shiite Karradah district, killing eight people. The first detonated at 10:30 a.m. near a closed restaurant, destroying stalls and soft drink stands. Two passers-by were killed and eight wounded, a police official said. In a joint statement, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said the attack against the Turkoman Shiites was “another sad example of the nature of the enemy and their use of indiscriminate violence to kill innocent citizens.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About five minutes later, the second car exploded about a mile away near shops selling leather jackets and shoes. Six people were killed and seven wounded, said the official. The Karradah area includes the offices of the Supreme Islamic Council in Iraq, the biggest Shiite party in parliament, and is considered among the safest parts of the capital. But the bloodshed in the Baghdad area paled in comparison to the carnage Saturday when a truck bomb devastated the public market in Armili, a town north of the capital whose inhabitants are mostly Shiites from the Turkoman ethnic minority. There was still confusion over the death toll. Two police officers – Col. Sherzad Abdullah and Col. Abbas Mohammed Amin – said 150 people were killed. Other officials put the death toll at 115. Abbas al-Bayati, a Shiite Turkoman lawmaker, told reporters in Baghdad that 130 had died. last_img read more

Glove story: Dispute solved for rematch

first_imgMorales, however, has scoffed all along at this notion, as well as at the myriad of excuses that came out of the Pacquiao camp after Pacquiao’s loss to Morales. Other reasons for the defeat ranged from problems Pacquiao was having with his promoter at the time, Murad Muhammad, to being unable to see after suffering a cut in the fifth round. “I think, psychologically, maybe wearing the (Reyes) gloves makes him feel that he is a stronger puncher than he really is,” Morales said. “All I can tell you is that I fight with both kinds of gloves and I knock people out with both kinds of gloves. “So I know that the gloves don’t mean anything. It is just how hard a puncher you are.” Morales suggested all of this talk about why the fight went his way is nothing more than head games. “They are giving themselves a pep talk, sort of, you know, by talking about these things did happen, didn’t happen the first time around,” Morales said. “The gloves are not going to make a big difference to me. “It is not an issue to me, anyway. The issue is to be ready to fight, to be ready to give a good showing of yourself.” It is something Morales did not do in his last fight, a defeat by decision to Zahir Raheem on Sept. 10 at Staples Center. Pacquiao also fought on the card and stopped Hector Velazquez in the sixth round. Going in, the deal was both Morales and Pacquiao had to win in order for this rematch to happen. After Morales lost, his promoter, Bob Arum, announced it would take place anyway. “Yes, without a doubt, the last fight was an embarrassment,” Morales said. “A lot of people pay the ticket. I could have done better. I should have done better. “That never should have happened. That is why I want to do real well in this fight, get some credibility back into my career, and with a great showing I can.” Morales and Pacquiao will fight for the World Boxing Council International super featherweight championship. Also on the line will be mandatory challenger status to WBC champion Marco Antonio Barrera. The 29-year-old Morales, of Tijuana, is 48-3 with 34 knockouts. He has won world championships in the super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight divisions. The loss to Raheem was Morales’ only fight at lightweight. Pacquiao, of the Philippines, is 40-3-2 with 32 knockouts. The 27-year-old has won world championships in the flyweight and super bantamweight divisions. The card will be available on pay-per-view. Unfortunately, it lost some of its gusto Wednesday when it was announced top 10 middleweight Kelly Pavlik is off the card because of an injured hand. Pavlik was supposed to fight Jose Luis Zertuche in a 12-round special attraction. Negotiations have come to a halt for a fight between middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and top contender Winky Wright. The reason why is simple: Gary Shaw, Wright’s promoter, wants a 50-50 split of both the purse and promotional control. Taylor’s promoter, Lou DiBella, wanted no part of that. As it stands, the fight could go to a WBC-ordered purse bid next week, or DiBella could decline the purse bid, at which time the WBC could strip its belt from Taylor. “I have the legitimate Ring Magazine middleweight champion who beat Bernard Hopkins twice in a row and I’m supposed to give 50-50 to a guy who doesn’t even have a belt?” DiBella said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To Pacquiao, using the Winning brand gloves that are preferred by Morales, took steam out of his punches. The Reyes gloves are considered puncher’s gloves. For the rematch, each fighter will be able to use whatever gloves he prefers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaDuring a recent conference call, Pacquiao was asked if not being able to use his customary gloves bothered him as much mentally as it did physically. “Both,” he said. “It was a distraction and it was my first time using Winning gloves.” Freddie Roach trains Pacquiao out of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. He was emphatic about the difference in gloves. “The thing is that Winning gloves, they are like pillows,” Roach said. “They are not puncher’s gloves, so they definitely have some effect on the punching power. “I think we will be much more comfortable going into the fight with the gloves we choose and it will be one less distraction.” center_img Manny Pacquiao is going to get his wish. He is going to be able to use Reyes brand gloves for his rematch against Erik Morales on Jan. 21 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao believes not being able to use the gloves – because of contractual language – in their first fight on March 19 in Las Vegas is one reason why he lost a narrow unanimous decision at the MGM Grand. last_img read more

Jobs: Machine Operators and Store Workers sought by growing Donegal firm

first_imgJOB VACANCIES: A Donegal packaging company, a market leader in its industry – are seeking to recruit Machine Operators and Store Workers to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team.RA Pacaistí, based in the Gweedore Business Park, in Derrybeg, is the market leader in Food To Go packaging.Management at RA Pacaistí have a number of exciting positions now vacant within the business. Job Requirements:Successful candidates must be trustworthy, diligent, reliable and experienced.Be flexible with hours, and possess the ability to work as part of a team.Experienced in multi-shift operation and production.Professional, dependable and hardworking.Candidates applying for the role of Store Worker are required to have previous experience as well as a valid forklift licence.If you’re interested in the position then please contact  Jobs: Machine Operators and Store Workers sought by growing Donegal firm was last modified: September 5th, 2017 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:Machine OperatorsRA Pacaistílast_img read more

Watford vs Everton live on talkSPORT: Listen live as Silva takes on his former club

first_imgEverton make the trip to Watford this afternoon with Marco Silva needing a win to lift the pressure on him.The Toffees know they must perform at Vicarage Road having lost four of last five games and just scraping a victory at Huddersfield. getty Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? They are a point and a place behind Watford in the Premier League table as Javi Gracia’s men continue to impress this term.The reverse fixture ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in December with Lucas Digne scoring a last-minute equaliser. huge blow LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Marco Silva’s Everton make the trip to Watford this weekend no dice 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops getty images shining gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL REVEALED 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Watford vs Everton: How to listenFull commentary of Watford vs Everton will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at 1pm.Adrian Durham will bring you all the build up with Ian Danter and Perry Groves on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Watford vs Everton: Kick-off timeThe Premier League clash will get underway at Vicarage Road at 3pm on Saturday, February 9. Watford vs Everton: Confirmed teamsWatford: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Sema, Deulofeu, Deeney.Subs: Gomes, Cleverley, Masina, Chalobah, Penaranda, Gray, Kabasele.Everton: Pickford, Digne, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Davies, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.Subs: Stekelenburg, Walcott, McCarthy, Bernard, Coleman, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman. deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Javi Gracia’s Watford take on Everton this weekend last_img read more

Craig Levein: Be patient, future is bright for Scotland

first_imgHearts boss Craig Levein insists the future is bright for the Scottish national team.The former Scotland head coach has spent times watching Hearts’ and the nation’s youngsters in his role as director of football at Tynecastle.He has been impressed by the talent coming through across the country.Levein said: “As a nation, I spend a lot of time watching youth football still, the players are improving. The players are getting better, I really believe that. “If we show a bit of patience I think there has been a big shift to improve the quality of the system.“Project Brave will help, these things don’t happen overnight. Everyone has to give it time and support. We want to be in a position to continually play at major events, not just one or two.He added: “We suffer from a lack of confidence and are quick to knock things that don’t happen immediately. “I think our squads are better, they are getting better results and take comfort that things will improve.” Looking ahead to the weekend clash between Hearts and Ross County, Levein said he expects a tough afternoon in Dingwall.He lauded Owen Coyle’s move to the Highlands despite his surprise at Jim McIntyre’s departure.“It’s a very good appointment,” said the Hearts boss. “I did think it was a bit harsh on Jim given that he had won Ross County’s first major trophy with the League Cup. I think he deserved a little bit longer.“But I’m not the man who makes the decisions at Ross County. Roy has obviously decided it is time for a new manager and has done very well to get someone of Owen’s calibre.“He has managed at a very high level. He’s managed in Scotland, which I think is important as well. He knows the league and the players and will be a good addition to the game up here.”last_img read more

SBE Extends Voter Registration to 36 NC Counties

first_imgWake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered that the regular voter registration deadline be extended until close of business on Wednesday (October 19) in 36 counties receiving assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. “Our agency appreciates Judge Stephens’ thoughtful consideration of this matter and will fully comply with his order,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director.The deadline extension will be in effect in the following counties:In the other 64 counties, the regular voter registration deadline ends today. Would-be voters may still register and vote at the same time during the 17-day early voting period, which begins Thursday (October 20) and runs through November 5.“Same-day registration is available during the three-week period after the regular registration deadlines,” Strach said.  “We encourage those displaced by Hurricane Matthew to take advantage of same-day registration opportunities throughout their county.”last_img read more