Palmer Jr back in charge

first_imgPaul Palmer Jr will lead the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team for the final two matches of the WICB Professional League.The 24-year-old opener was dropped during the Scorpions? last two matches against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride at Sabina Park following a poor run of form with the bat.No official reason has been given for Palmer?s return. In his absence, the team was led by John Campbell, who is now the vice-captain. In 12 outings this season, Palmer has only passed 50 on one occasion.The recalled skipper is one of three new faces to the Scorpions 13-man squad for matches away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and title-contenders Guyana Jaguars.The others are Jermaine Blackwood, who missed the last fixture against Barbados due to a minor shoulder injury, and uncapped wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas.REPLACEMENTSThe trio has replaced young batsmen Brandon King; Trevon Griffith, who was 12th man in the last match; and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.Jamaica, boasting a record of five losses and three wins, are fourth in the six-team tournament on 63 points.Guyana, 125, lead the standings, with Barbados, 106, and Trinidad, 74, rounding off the top three.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell (vice-captain), Shacaya Thomas, Kirk Edwards, André McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Jason Dawes, Nicholson Gordon, Gavon Brown.last_img read more

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‘We are ready to fight’ – Simmons warns against writing off young Windies

first_img ‘mediocre’ BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said yesterday that he was not too worried by his side’s ongoing challenges in the tour match against Cricket Australia XI and has warned detractors not to underestimate the Caribbean side in the three-Test series starting next week. The tourists have been unconvincing over the two days of the four-day match at Allan Border Field – dismissed for 243 in their first innings and then struggling as a youthful CA XI side coasted to 244 for four. However, Simmons said it would be a mistake to write West Indies off based on their current form. “That’s the thing with young teams. It is easy for people to do that and write off teams. I don’t take any notice of it,” Simmons told reporters. “It might encourage us to do better and push ourselves. It’s good when people do that. England did that at their peril.” Simmons was making reference to England’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean earlier this year when a senior official of the England and Wales Cricket Board described the West Indies as “mediocre” ahead of the series. The incident seemed to motivate West Indies, and despite starting as massive underdogs, they pulled off an emphatic five-wicket victory inside three days in the third Test in Bridgetown to steal a 1-1 share of the series. Since arriving here, West Indies have been written off by local media and several observers, but Simmons has reposed confidence in his young players. “It is always going to be a challenge. Coming to Australia with a young team has always been a challenge, but it’s good when you can face up to your challenges and defy the odds,” the former Test batsman said. “It’s in our hands; we can do something about it. My role is to prepare the players and give them the confidence to go out and face the challenge. I have belief that they will. “In 1975-76, we had that, but you saw where we went from there. Hopefully, that is a good omen, and we can follow from there.” West Indies have not won a Test Down Under in nearly two decades and have not beaten Australia in Tests in 12 years. They face Australia in the opening Test at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart, starting next Thursday.last_img read more

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WEST HAM VS ARSENAL

first_imgWEST HAM (4-2-3-1)ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL,KOUYATE, NOBLE,EMENIKE, LANZINI, PAYET, SAKHOWELBECK, IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,COQUELIN, ELNENY,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,CECHARSENAL (4-2-3-1)Two London rivals clash both needing to win. West Ham were hoping to finish in the top four and bring Champions League football to their new Olympic Stadium next season but, with seven games left, they are on 51 points, three points outside the top four.Even if they fail to break into the top four, they could still qualify for the Europa League. But they face a team with an outside chance of winning the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal in third spot, albeit a massive 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.West Ham could be forgiven for having one eye on their FA Cup final quarter-final replay, against Manchester United, which takes place at the Boleyn Stadium the following Wednesday.The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six league games, taking 12 points from the 18 available but, in their last season at the Boleyn, they are unbeaten since August, winning seven and drawing seven of the last 14 there in the league.On the opening day of the league season the Hammers shocked Arsenal with a 2-0 win, but at the Boleyn Arsenal have a good record, with nine wins and six draws from 17 visits.The Gunners have 11 goals in their last four there, all wins, and last lost there in November 2006.West Ham were set to miss the banned Cheikhou Kouyate, red-carded in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but the dismissal was overturned on appeal.Arsenal, meanwhile, miss Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, but goalkeeper Petr Cech could return.last_img read more

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Old tricks again

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance For Change (AFC) is once again resorting to the tactics it used in 2005 and in subsequent years – attack the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in an attempt to garner support and voters’ sympathy.The AFC in just three years has lost its identity. It has been consumed and has become a mere pawn to the PNC-dominated Government – agreeing or disagreeing as the need arises. When one reads the statements in the Action Plan written by Messrs Khemraj Ramjattan and Raphael Trotman, it is pellucid that those lofty ideals were just window dressing to appeal to the people.I wish to remind the Guyanese public of what Ramjattan and Trotman had stated in that manifesto called the Action Plan. Ramjattan had stated that the AFC will free us from “the divisive racial politics of the past, from the corruption that engulfs us, from the oppressive taxes we are forced to pay, from the deadly crime that haunts and traumatises us, from the economic decline, and from the hopelessness that we breathe daily…. Over four decades of PNC and PPP Governments have left us all bruised, weary and hopeless.”His counterpart, Mr Trotman had echoed similar proclamations. He had stated that “the rich get richer while most Guyanese continue to remain poor…Failure to change now will lead to five more years of high taxation, higher unemployment, soaring crimes and widespread hopelessness”. (AFC’s Action Plan 2011).Let us now analyse what has happened since 2015. Unfortunately, the racial vendetta unleashed on the PPP members and supporters across Guyana, especially in the sugar industry, has proven the hypocrisy of this statement. The AFC has remained silent while this ‘divisive racial politics’ is being unleashed. Persons perceived as supporters and members of the PPP have been unconscionably kicked out of their jobs. The ethnic cleaning and the witch-hunting are quite horrific!Moreover, the corruption is now pervasive and out of control, the D’Urban Park mega-corruption, the Drugs Bond deal, the prefeasibility contract for the New Demerara Harbour Bridge scandal, the flagrant disregard for the procurement process in the $605 million drugs purchase for the GPHC, the US$18 million signing bonus which is still to be placed in the Consolidated Fund and the mother of all corruption – the surreptitiously negotiated petroleum sharing oil contract with ExxonMobil. The Auditor General’s Annual Report for Y2016 found 82 breaches of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) and 71 breaches of the Procurement Act. This is still continuing, and the AFC has fully supported its coalition partner, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)!Both Trotman and Ramjattan spoke about ‘oppressive taxes’ against the people, but they should now recognise and admit that since 2015, there has been a drastic increase in taxes as well as the introduction of new taxes (over 200 taxes), “the rich is getting richer while most Guyanese remain poor” and there is now more than ever “high taxation, higher unemployment, soaring crimes and widespread hopelessness” (Trotman). Ramjattan should also admit that just after three years this nation has become more “bruised, weary and hopeless”. Over 30,000 Guyanese have been thrown on the breadline while the economy is precariously placed at 2.1 per cent growth and all economic indicators point in a downward descent.Now this deceitful tactic of the AFC has once again become evident. For the past three years the AFC has fully supported the actions of this Government, which is PNC-dominated, and has remained silent on all the wrongs meted out to the Guyanese people, but now it has come full circle and decided to once again attack the PNC. This is a vain attempt to regain the support it once had. Its glory days are over! The AFC will do better if it withdraws from contesting in those constituencies where it committed blatant electoral fraud. That will at least give the AFC some credibility. Time to follow Jagdeo!The President at Anna Regina had told the people that, “Local Government Elections is not about victim or victor, winning or losing; it is about giving the people the opportunity to run their own affairs”. This is far from the truth since neither the APNU nor the AFC had condemned the widespread electoral fraud perpetrated by their respective parties on the same people whom he wants to empower.The AFC has not only committed political hara-kiri by coalescing with the PNC and then become partners in corruption and mismanagement, but it has caused this nation to deeply bury its trust in any third force for generations to come!!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Team Tardi qualifies for BC Men’s Provincials

first_imgMAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and his three fellow teammates have qualified for the BC Men’s Curling Championships in Abbotsford this upcoming February.The Fort St. John native and the rest of his rink skipped by Tyler Tardi were the top-seeded team heading to the tournament, and earned a bye in the first round. In Round 2, the quartet faced a tough challenge from Ron Leech’s rink. Leech, a previous Brier alumnus, gave Team Tardi a tough fight, but ultimately was defeated 11-4 by Tardi. In the ‘A’ semifinals, Andrew Bilesky’s rink was Team Tardi’s opponent. Middleton says that the match featured less scoring than in their first game, but that the quartet were able to outmaneuver Bilesky’s rink 7-3 after eight ends.In the finals, Team Tardi played against Steven Schneider. Team Tardi scored singles in the first, fourth, seventh, and ninth ends, while Schneider only managed a single point in the eighth end. Final score after ten ends was 4-1.- Advertisement -Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi will be in action in New Westminster on Boxing Day, when they they play their first games at the BC Junior Provincials.last_img read more

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Reports – Man City ready bumper bid for Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea target

first_img1 Juventus star Paul Pogba Manchester City are ready to offer Paul Pogba a whopping £240,000-a-week in order to lure him to the Etihad, according to reports in France.The midfielder is one of the most in-demand players in European football, with clubs all over the continent competing for his signature.Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with world record bids, while Bayern Munich and Chelsea also hold an interest.However, according to L’Equipe, Manchester City are ready to blow all of them out of the water by offering Pogba a huge salary.The deal for the Frenchman would take place in the summer of 2016, though, once UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations against City have loosened.The 22-year-old is also wary of moving prior to next summer’s Euros as any transfer could affect his place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad.For that reason, both parties are working on laying the groundwork for a blockbuster move in July 2016.last_img read more

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Kelly’s Mountain Top to host fun-filled customer appreciation day

first_imgKelly’s at Mountain Top Letterkenny are celebrating their successes of the year by saying a big thank you to customers this Friday.Kelly’s Centra Customer Appreciation Day takes place on Friday 31st August. All are welcome to grab great offers and goodie bags, enter store giveaways and enjoy delicious tastings throughout the day. To mark the occasion, the store team have taken the opportunity to look back on how Kelly’s at the Mountain Top leads the way in convenience shopping and food on the go: Business owner Mairtin Kelly is the first to acknowledge that it’s the support and encouragement of his customers which has helped the business expand and become what it is today.Seven years on since they first took over at the Mountain Top they’ve continued to keep with consumer trends and they have shaped their product range to suit an ever changing demand for healthy meals.Tomorrow (Friday) Mairtin and his staff will show their thanks to the people who have put them on top of the convenience store pile with a customer appreciation day. This is the 5th time the team at Kelly’s has held these type of events and it has set a trend that others have followed across the county. “This is a great way to showcase our new ranges and also a great way to give back to our loyal customers” explains Susan Doherty, event co-ordinator and a senior member of the management team at Kelly’s.As a genuine thank you there will be loads given away to customers in vouchers and hampers and also customer goodie bags.There will be great offers to be had on the day like wine, and great offers in the deli and diner not to mention plenty of tastings!Kelly’s Centra Mountain TopKelly’s at the Mountain Top are really leading the way in terms of convenience retailing and fresh and healthy on-the-road dining.The high profile site has a multi award winning Centra store and an all new award-winning Diner. With Topaz-Circle K as a fuel partner you’re sure to get quality fuel at a very keen price.Kelly’s Centra has won the National Centra Convenience Store of the year and has been in the final every year for the past 7 years. Having won this award they feel it’s important to continue with the very high standards and this is why it was time again to see how they could improve their offering to the customer.They set about increasing the space at the front of store making it much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit n veg, fresh homemade takeaway meals not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh world breads, from Polish to Romanian to Italian style bread all delivered fresh instore daily.Clare McGlynn deli manager said “We have been hard at work bringing new and interesting products to the store and with all the healthy breads, we felt that some tasty treats were needed too, so we’ve some new products from our Aine Brand that will tickle your taste buds.” Kelly’s Centra Mountain TopKellys has seen a lot of requests over the last 6 months or so from consumers to improve the range for vegetarians and vegans, with this in mind they’ve really increased the range to accommodate these requests. Mairtin Kelly said: “We are delighted with the range we now have in store and on top of the fresh products we make in store we carry THE HAPPY PEAR range exclusive to Kelly’s Centra here in Letterkenny. “We are currently in talks with the founders of the HAPPY PEAR brand to come and visit their fans here in Letterkenny so watch this space”.On top of this they added a new self service hot food unit with a range of tasty products including cooked chickens, chicken strips, bbq ribs and BBQ chicken wings to name just a few. This offering runs well into the evening and, with people working later, the team at Kelly’s felt it is a great way of helping busy families grab something for the tea on the way home. The Centra BEAT THE QUEUE app is another way to help the time strapped customer. This is an app for ordering your lunch in advance via your phone or from your computer and than simply collect at store – NO QUEUEING NO WAITING ….. SIMPLY GRAB & GO. Get the app here: Centra ‘Beat the Queue’ Kelly’s Diner has become famous over the last 7 years for quality food at affordable prices, portions are big and the service is the best around.Our diner has seen a facelift at the start of 2018 and customers are loving it.We are just delighted to serve what we see as the best burgers and breakfasts around and with FRANK & HONEST coffee selling in our diner it’s a great place to meet up and share a treat and cappuccino with friends.After a recent trip abroad to the UK, Mairtin Kelly was surprised to see how his diner was very similar to the best he has visited. “I believe we’ve captured perfectly what other high profile diners in the UK do really well and we’ve put our own stamp on it in our own restaurant,” said Mairtin.Kelly’s Diner2018 saw Kellys win a national award for Customer Service Excellence. Having been recognised as a leader in this department, the staff are only too aware that the customer is king and they really go the extra mile for them every day. Most recently the store won yet another award for Customer Service from Topaz for the best mystery shopper results for the region of Donegal and in the top 2% in Ireland. David Bonner manager at Kelly’s Centra says “This is further recognition of the hard work the team put in every day meeting and exceeding customers’ expectations, we just want customers to experience the very best service we can offer”.And they will prove that once again tomorrow with an unforgettable customer appreciation day.For all the details check out Kelly’s Centra of Mountain Top’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintopSponsored PostKelly’s Mountain Top to host fun-filled customer appreciation day was last modified: August 30th, 2018 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:customer appreciation dayKelly’s Centra Mountain TopKelly’s Dinerretailshoppinglast_img read more

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PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAMMES NOW STARTING ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe ParentHub Donegal has announced upcoming Programmes for parents.There are so many new Parent Support programmes starting in the coming days and weeks in Donegal.And guess what? They are all free to attend with a small charge only for the Manual. The Parents Plus Programme for parents of children aged 1-6 years starts in Killybegs this morning Tuesday 12th April. Ring Katy on 074 9733111 to get one of the remaining spaces. Then on Thursday 14th April the Parenting When Separated programme starts in Donegal Town.Contact Katy or Bernie on 074 9733111 asap for a place. Next up is a Programme for parents of teenagers starting in Raphoe on the 20th April. Places must be booked by contacting Freda on 086 4127103 or Celine on 074 9173918.Finally there are two programmes starting for parents of Primary school aged children.The first starts in Buncrana on Tuesday 26th April. All inquiries to Annette on 086 4127209 or John on 086 6015084. The Letterkenny Group starts on Thursday 28th April. Places can be booked through Ciara on 086 4102725. So whatever you are looking for there is something for parents of all ages.PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAMMES NOW STARTING ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 12th, 2016 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

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CONFIRMED: Garry Monk resigns as Leeds United manager

first_imgGarry Monk has resigned as manager of Leeds United, the Championship club have confirmed.Monk, 38, took charge at Elland Road in June 2016 and guided the Whites to a seventh place finish – although the club did spend much of the season in the play-off places.Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who took full control of Leeds earlier this week, had made it clear he wished to extend Monk’s contract by another 12 months – as per a clause in his existing deal – but after two meetings between the pair no deal was reached.The club released a statement saying they ‘are shocked and disappointed” by Monk’s resignation.The statement read: ‘Leeds United can confirm that we have received Garry Monk’s resignation from his role as First Team Manager.‘We are shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by Chairman Andrea Radrizzani.‘Andrea made it clear to the media yesterday that his intention was to exercise the Club’s option to extended the Manager’s contract for another 12 months and immediately begin negotiations for a longer term deal.‘Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.‘Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.‘Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our Club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new Head Coach to take the club to the next level.‘We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that would could not continue on this journey together.’Monk, whose only other job in management was at Swansea, won 48 per cent of his games in charge at Elland Road, the fifth highest percentage in Leeds’ history. 1 Garry Monk has left his job at Elland Road last_img read more

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Man due in court as staff member threatened with knife in Newtown shop

first_imgA man in his late 20s is expected to appear before a sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Monday following an attempted robbery in Newtowncunningham this morning.At approximately 11.45am, a lone male entered a convenience store in the east Donegal village. He threatened a staff member at knife point before leaving the store on foot empty handed.It’s understood the staff member was not physically harmed during the incident.The alarm was raised and a Garda unit on covert patrol in the area at the time arrested a man in his 20s who was near the scene a short time later. He was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station and detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.The investigation is ongoing.Man due in court as staff member threatened with knife in Newtown shop was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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