Pooran slapped with suspension over contract snub

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Exciting West Indies Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran has been slapped with a suspension by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), after snubbing his Leeward Islands Hurricanes contract for the upcoming Professional Cricket League.The 21-year-old, who made his international in the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, opted out of his PCL contract in order to represent the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League (PCL).However, WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said Pooran’s decision would result in a suspension from WICB-sponsored tournaments for an unspecified period.”Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play for the franchise that he was selected for. All persons who are entering the [PCL] draft sign that they will make themselves available and commit themselves to playing for whoever they are drafted by,” Muirhead was quoted as saying.CONSEQUENCES”If you fail to honour that, then there are consequences. The consequence, actually, is that he won’t be able, for a specific period, play for WICB sponsored tournaments.”Pooran was selected for West Indies duty for the three T20s against Pakistan after impressing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League Last Summer.However, the aggressiveleft-hander has not played a first class game in two years and a regional 50-over game in three years.He was kept out of the game for a year back in 2015 when he suffered injuries in a vehicular accident and only returned to action earlier this year.Muirhead said while Pooran’s suspension would not make him ineligible for selection to the regional side, it would certainly hurt the player’s chances.”It does not mean he cannot play in a West Indies team if he is selected, but it might lessen his chances of selection by not playing in our tournaments, but it still means that he could be selected if the selectors see it fit to choose him,” the Jamaican noted.The regional first-class season bowls off next weekend with Hurricanes hosting Barbados Pride at Warner Park in St Kitts.last_img read more

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Road Warriors sink Batang Pier

first_imgAt this stage in the PBA Governors’ Cup, and after all the heartaches NLEX endured in the first two conferences of the season, coach Yeng Guiao wants his Road Warriors to keep working doubly hard despite their magnificent turnaround so far.“We don’t want a tie,” Guiao said after a 109-99 victory over GlobalPort on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum that practically gave the Road Warriors a tie for a top four spot. “We want to be sure, because if you go to the quotient system, you can never tell.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Del Rosario rules Taiwan Royal Open, banks P2M Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX 109 – GLOBALPORT 99NLEX 109—Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.GLOBALPORT 99—Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.Quarters: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Aaron Fuller scored 33 points and had 20 rebounds and Juami Tiongson tossed in 14 of his career-high 21 in the fourth to power the Road Warriors to their seventh win in nine games.In the nightcap, Barangay Ginebra needed an extra five minutes to repulse Star, 105-101, for its sixth straight win.Import Justin Brownlee unloaded 33 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to pace the Gin Kings, who grabbed the solo lead at 6-1 and likewise inched closer to the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Guiao believes they are just one more triumph away from a twice-to-beat edge in the first round of the playoffs.“Being 7-2 is a good place to be at,” said Guiao. “But we need eight [wins] to make the top four and we don’t want to take chances with the quotient system.” “We have two games left against tough teams in TNT (KaTropa) and Star, and if we get lucky enough in one of those games, I think it’s safe to say that we will be in the top four.”Guiao admitted he did not expect this team to get to where it is at this point, especially after tweaking the local roster in the off-season.“They (players) just jelled well,” he said. “We made a lot of hard decisions [in trading away some veterans] and we were really preparing for next year. The chemistry has been great.”Murphey Holloway led the Batang Pier with 29 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, but GlobalPort sorely missed the 20.8-point and 6.5-rebound averages of Stanley Pringle, the other half of the team’s dreaded prolific backcourt.Pringle had to rush home to the US to attend to an emergency family matter.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more

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Berbice teen found hanging from verandah

first_imgAs the world prepares to observe World Suicide Prevention day on September 10, a Blairmont West Bank Berbice teenager was found hanging from the rafter of the verandah of his parents’ home on Tuesday evening. Dead is 17-year-old Yougram Baldesh of Blairmont WBB.Dead: Yougram BaldeshAccording to reports, the now dead teenager reportedly had an argument with a relative prior to the discovery, which was made by his step-father.Guyana Times understands that the teenager went to work as usual and returned at about 17:00h but subsequently left home to visit friends at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice. Sadit Persaud, the young man’s mother told media operatives that her son returned home in a heavily intoxicated state.While at home, she explained that he turned on the music system to the loudest and was looking at television at the same time. She reportedly requested that he turn down the volume of the music system but he refused.However, after some time, his step-father went to check on him but it was then he made the gruesome discovery. He was found hanging in a motionless state. He was cut down and rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.His mother admitted that her now dead son attempted suicide by consuming a poisonous substance on two separate occasions..Meanwhile, a report was made to the Police and an investigation was launched.last_img read more

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World Bank Group Unveils US$16 Bn Plan

first_imgThe World Bank Group today unveiled a new plan that calls for US$16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent’s resilience to climate shocks, a release said yesterday. Titled Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Development, the Africa Climate Business Plan will be presented at COP21, the global climate talks in Paris, on November 30. It lays out measures to boost the resilience of the continent’s assets – its people, land, water, and cities – as well as other moves, including boosting renewable energy and strengthening early warning systems. “Sub-Saharan Africa is highly vulnerable to climate shocks, and our research shows that could have far-ranging impact — on everything from child stunting and malaria to food price increases and droughts,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “This plan identifies concrete steps that African governments can take to ensure that their countries will not lose hard-won gains in economic growth and poverty reduction, and they can offer some protection from climate change.” Per current estimates, the plan says that the region requires $5-10 billion per year to adapt to global warming of 2°C.The World Bank and the United Nations Environment Program estimate that the cost of managing climate resilience will continue to rise to $20-50 billion by mid-century, and closer to $100 billion in the event of a 4°C warming.Of the $16.1 billion that the ambitious plan proposes for fast-tracking climate adaptation, some $5.7 billion is expected from the International Development Association (IDA), the arm of the World Bank Group that supports the poorest countries. About US$2.2 billion is expected from various climate finance instruments, US$2.0 billion from others in the development community, US$3.5 billion from the private sector, and US$0.7 billion from domestic sources, with an additional $2.0 billion needed to deliver on the plan. “The Africa Climate Business Plan spells out a clear path to invest in the continent’s urgent climate needs and to fast-track the required climate finance to ensure millions of people are protected from sliding into extreme poverty,” explains Makhtar Diop, World Bank Group Vice President for Africa. “While adapting to climate change and mobilizing the necessary resources remain an enormous challenge, the plan represents a critical opportunity to support a priority set of climate-resilient initiatives in Africa.”The plan will boost the region’s ability to adapt to a changing climate while reducing greenhouse emissions, focusing on a number of concrete actions. It identifies a dozen priority areas for action that will enhance Africa’s capacity to adapt to the adverse consequences of climate variation and change. The first area for action aims to boost the resilience of the continent’s assets. These comprise natural capital (landscapes, forests, agricultural land, inland water bodies, oceans); physical capital (cities, transport infrastructure, physical assets in coastal areas); and human and social capital (where efforts should include improving social protection for the people most vulnerable to climate shocks, and addressing climate-related drivers of migration). The second area for action focuses on powering resilience, including opportunities for scaling up low-carbon energy sources. In addition to helping mitigate climate change, these activities offer considerable resilience benefits, as societies with inadequate access to energy are also more vulnerable to climate shocks. And the third area for action will enable resilience by providing essential data, information and decision-making tools for climate-resilient development across sectors. This includes strengthening hydro-met systems at the regional and country levels, and building capacity to plan and design climate-resilient investments. “The plan is a ‘win-win’ for all especially the people in Africa who have to adapt to climate change and work to mitigate its impacts,” said Jamal Saghir, the World Bank’s Senior Regional Adviser for Africa. “We look forward to working with African governments and development partners, including the private sector, to move this plan forward and deliver climate smart development.” The Africa Climate Business Plan reflects contributions and inputs from a wide variety of partners with whom the Bank is already collaborating on the ground, in a coordinated effort to increase Africa’s resilience to climate variability and change. The plan aims to help raise awareness and accelerate resource mobilization for the region’s critical climate-resilience and low-carbon initiatives. The plan warns that unless decisive action is taken, climate variability and change could seriously jeopardize the region’s hard-won development gains and its aspirations for further growth and poverty reduction. And it comes in the wake of Bank analysis which indicates climate change could push up to 43 million more Africans into poverty by 2030.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Provincial arts grants given locally

first_imgOne artist and an arts organization in the Peace River Region are receiving several thousand dollars in grants from the B.C. Arts Council.Writing on the Ridge in Rolla is receiving $7,500 in funding for a community festival. In Taylor, musician Jody Peck is receiving $2,400 for touring.- Advertisement -The artist and the organization are two of 143 groups from across the province receiving $3.578 million in funding for a wide range of programs, including touring and visual arts.The funding is provided based on recommendations made by an independent board and is aided by the 2010 Sports and Arts Legacy.last_img read more

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Two people seriously injured following rollover on Alaska Highway

first_imgNorthern Rockies RCMP and Northern Rockies Traffic Services arrived on the scene to find that a 22 year old male and his 19 year old female passenger had been ejected from the vehicle.The 2004 Dodge Ram truck was northbound as it went into the ditch at high speed, and subsequently rolled multiple times. The occupants were airlifted by STARS to Grande Prairie for treatment.RCMP continues to investigate the cause of the crash, and is asking those with information to contact Northern Rockies Traffic Services at 250-774-3883.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Mourinho’s job not under immediate threat

first_imgThe Daily Mirror reported late Friday that Mourinho would be dismissed regardless of the result of United’s match at home to Newcastle on Saturday.But senior figures at United told Press Association Sport that Mourinho would retain his job for the immediate future.The agency reported that United look set to give Mourinho the upcoming international break to turn things around at Old Trafford.Tuesday’s goalless Champions League draw against Valencia in the Champions League also meant the former Chelsea boss had gone four home matches without a win for the first time in his managerial career.In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho accepted that the performance was not good enough.“We are better than this and because we are better than this, our situation is going to improve. I have no doubts about that,” he said.Eyebrows were raised when the press conference, called for the unusually early time of 8:00 am (0700 GMT), lasted a mere eight minutes and 29 seconds.Mourinho claimed United had overachieved in finishing second last season, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, and said he always expected this campaign to be more difficult.“I think opponents with much more potential than us finished behind us,” he said.“That is the reason why it was a phenomenal season.”United became a byword for managerial stability during Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden 26-and-a-half years in charge.But were Mourinho to be dismissed, it would mean United had got through three full-time managers, plus club great Ryan Giggs’s spell as caretaker, in the five years since the legendary Scottish boss retired in 2013 — a period that has coincided with the club failing to win either the Premier League or Europe’s Champions League.– ‘Absolute disgrace’ –Former United and England full-back Gary Neville, one of Ferguson’s most dependable players, said such an attrition rate went against the “principles and values” of the club.Asked if United would be right to sack Mourinho, Sky Sports pundit Neville replied: “No. To be honest I’m furious.“I’m furious going back three, four years ago when David Moyes was sacked, when it broke a day before to journalists.“I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of a cup final and finding out from other people.”In what appeared to be an attack on Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, Neville added: “At the end of the day this is now going on five or six years and I have to say that any manager — Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world — and I think in this moment in time any manager would struggle in that football club, the way in which recruitment is handled, the way in which it operates.“Enough is enough for me… I have to say something has to change and it isn’t the manager, it’s above that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s stuttering start to the season has seen Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho’s position repeatedly called into question © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Jose Mourinho’s position as Manchester United manager is not under immediate threat, senior figures at the club have said, denying a report he was set to be sacked next week.United are struggling in 10th place and last week’s 3-1 loss to West Ham made it the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 29 years.last_img read more

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Pellegrini dismisses Messi to Man City rumours

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished suggestions Manchester City are set to bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.The Argentine’s future at the La Liga side has been the subject of recent speculation despite his hero status at the Nou Camp and a phenomenal goalscoring record.The 27-year-old scored a hat-trick against Sevilla last weekend to become the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga history.Messi has been at Barcelona since the age of 13 but uncertainty stems from some fairly equivocal comments he made in the Argentinian media and an ongoing dispute with the Spanish authorities over tax issues.City are one of few clubs in the world with the finance and status to attempt to lure Messi.The fact Messi trained at the Barclays Premier League champions’ facilities with Argentina prior to last week’s friendly with Portugal at Old Trafford also added fuel to speculation linking him to the club.But Pellegrini said: “The rumours are only rumours.“What he did was exceptional and there are few players that can reach his level. The record he has got reflects how important he is for Barcelona.” Lionel Messi last_img read more

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Cairo women take to the American football field

first_imgThe version played by women here is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands.For the young women who have taken up the game, which faces stiff competition for attention in a nation mad about soccer, it’s a chance to escape the many pressures of city life.Habiba Mohamed, 19, says her friends and parents were surprised about her new passion.For the young Egyptian women who have taken up the game, American football is a chance to escape the many pressures of city life in Cairo © AFP / KHALED DESOUKI“When I told them at home I will practice American football, my father and mother told me: ‘How is this possible? You need to be careful,’” she says.Mohamed is kitted out in the green-and-yellow jersey of her team, Gezira Thunder, which is playing rivals the AUC Titans at the Maadi Olympics Centre, a stadium that normally functions as a soccer venue.It proves a good day for her, as Gezira storms to victory, albeit in a largely empty arena, save for a smattering of cheering friends and family.A teammate is keen to emphasise the non-contact nature of flag football.“My friends thought it was a violent sport but it is not, as I have told them, and when they came to watch the games, they liked the sport a lot,” says 20-year-old quarterback Yara Tawheed.“The level of violence in this sport is similar to that in ballet,” she adds.– Release for stress and anger –In a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIBut some would prefer to play the full contact version. Alia Haytham, 22, a student at Cairo’s American University, says she hopes to play the undiluted game, to help her release anger and energy.“But this does not detract from flag football being fun,” she says. “All of us here have problems at university and at home, but as soon as we enter the pitch we forget everything that preoccupies us.”The coach of another female team, the adventurously named Hell Hounds, is proud of his players.“If you see how hard these girls work, I think you would really admire what they put into it,” says 30-year old American Matthew Kershey.Some of the women would prefer to play the full contact version of the sport © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIEgypt became a member of the International Federation of American Football in 2014. The federation is leading a drive to register teams outside Cairo and expects several new clubs will be up and running in time for next season.But the game “is not new in Egypt, where it was initiated among men in 2007”, Asmaa Marie, a spokeswoman for the Egyptian Federation of American Football, tells AFP.Marie, who wears the Islamic hair cover and plays regularly, cites similar motivations to Haytham. “The game has helped me control my anger and release stress.”– International games –Games have even been organised against teams in other countries. Last year, Cairo Warriors, another of the capital’s teams, played a Moroccan outfit in a friendly, and early this year they took part in a tournament in the US.Games have even been organised against teams in other countries © AFP / KHALED DESOUKIIn a socially conservative country, playing a spectator sport can be a radical departure from the norm for women — especially games traditionally associated with Western men.But Marie believes that “the game’s popularity in Egypt will surpass that of many team sports, like volleyball and handball”.“The American football community in Egypt has grown, and we feel that we all know each other,” she says.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The version played by the Egyptian women is non-contact, with players seeking to snatch flags tucked into opponents’ waistbands © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Apr 10 – It’s a spectacle that few would imagine in Cairo — an American football field full of Egyptian women.From humble beginnings in 2016 with only three teams, Egypt’s all-female informal “flag football” league now has eight clubs vying for supremacy in the capital.last_img read more

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The end for Garde? Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle unlucky relegation frontrunners – Coral Daily Download

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Having brought you the latest on the title race yesterday, Coral’s PR director brings us the odds with the battle against relegation hotting up.Aston Villa face a crucial game against relegation rivals Norwich at the weekend, can they boost their chances with only thier third win of the season?Villa, who are ten points away from safety, are 1/50 to go down, with Norwich 11/10 and Newcastle, who suffered a blow with a 3-0 defeat to Everton on Wednesday, also 11/10.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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