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first_img POSITIVE IMPACT NEW YORK (CMC): Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, has reacted angrily to the sacking of West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, blasting the move as “bizarre” and motivated by “spite and vendetta”. In a strongly worded press statement released yesterday afternoon, Mitchell expressed his “disgust” with the decision and said it was not in the best interest of West Indies cricket. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced the sacking on Tuesday as the team was preparing to leave for the United Arab Emirates for a series against Pakistan in all three formats of the game. “The decision to fire coach Simmons is consistent with the actions of this current WICB, whose actions are usually motivated by spite and vendetta, rather than by what is in the best interest of West Indies cricket,” said Mitchell, who is in New York on state business. “I wish to go on record to register my disgust, although I am not surprised, at this latest move by the board, which will only be disadvantageous to the game and the players who have come to know and love working with coach Simmons.” Simmons was suspended for public pronouncements over the omissions of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad last year but was reinstalled after issuing a public apology. “Coach Simmons had a positive impact on the players and could have resurrected West Indies cricket if he was allowed to create a learning environment for his players,” said Mitchell. “Instead, he was stymied by uncooperative administrators, antiquated structures and systems, and by a hostile working environment. Once again, the board failed to see and seize a glaring opportunity.” The Grenadian leader, a former national cricket captain and ardent follower of the game, also lamented the steady decline of West Indies cricket in the last two decades, saying: “The board’s major problem over the years has not just been its leadership – some of its former leaders were competent people. “However, it has been doomed to failure because of the environment and structures in which it has operated. Structure controls behaviour and performance,” said the Grenadian leader, who has been spearheading efforts to restructure the WICB as chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket governance. “If reform and restructuring are not incorporated in the board’s improvement plan and strategy, West Indies cricket will remain trapped in its ever-increasing failure spiral.” The WICB has rejected new proposals for reform contained in a CARICOM governance report in which the main recommendation is for the body to be dissolved. In its statement on Tuesday, the WICB said its decision to fire Simmons was based on public pronouncements of the coach, as well as differences in culture and strategic approach.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown This time, though, it was UP that came away with the victory, 73-71, in a stage much grander than the one Manganti performed on—the Final Four.UP won its first Final Four game in 21 years and it was thanks to Akhuetie’s quick thinking in the dying seconds.Manganti tied the game at 71 after hitting two clutch free throws with 3.6 seconds left but Akhuetie scored on an easy layup, off Juan Gomez De Liaño’s inbound pass in the following play for UP’s game-winner with 2.6 ticks left on the game clock.READ: Akhuetie hits game winner, UP forces decider vs AdamsonIt was the Fighting Maroons’ biggest play of the game after they allowed the Soaring Falcons to go on a 26-11 run in the fourth quarter and trail, 65-69, with 2:18 left.ADVERTISEMENT And UP’s game-winner almost didn’t happen as head coach Bo Perasol said Akhuetie blew the ending when they practiced the play.“These are the plays that we practice almost everyday and we also did it last night and in fact I remember that Juan made that alleyoop pass to Bright and in fact Bright missed that,” said Perasol. “We’re just fortunate that he made that point blank shot at the end of the clock.”Perasol added that his team had the gall to hold off the Soaring Falcons until the final seconds in a visible redemption story after losing both of their games in the elimination round in heartbreaking fashion.“What I saw in them is they refused to lose,” said Perasol. “I’m just joyful to see that in them and it’s not about winning or losing, it’s how we play through that.”UP still has to play Adamson on Wednesday in a  do-or-die game for a shot at the finals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil There’s one man who’s managed to shake University of the Philippines’ core in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, and that’s Adamson University’s Sean Manganti.ADVERTISEMENT In the two games between the Fighting Maroons and the Soaring Falcons, Manganti was responsible for sending UP’s collective heart into oblivion.READ: From zero to hero: Sean Manganti redeems himself with game winnerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissManganti decimated UP’s soul twice in the elimination round with a couple of clutch plays that led to two Adamson wins, so when he once again showed signs that he could deliver another crushing blow, it sent chilling memories to the minds of the Fighting Maroons.“For a while I was like ‘oh my God this guy again’ and then I looked up the clock and saw we still have a few seconds to get it back and then ‘okay we can do this’ and yeah we did,” said UP center Bright Akhuetie Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Desiderio, UP show no quit in dramatic win over Adamsonlast_img read more

first_imgEx-Justice Cooper signs the Book of Condolence at the LNBA office in Monrovia.-Former Chief Justice CooperFormer Chief Justice Henry Reed Cooper has described the late Dean David A.B. Jallah as one of the best and astute legal practitioners, who inspired a generation of young lawyers and whose death is an irreparable loss to the nation.Justice Cooper said that Jallah’s death is a loss not only to the legal community, but also to the country’s Judiciary System and the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, where he once served as a president.Cllr. Cooper was among several lawyers that include four of the five current associate justices of the Supreme Court to sign the Book of Condolence yesterday in honor of the late Cllr. Jallah, former Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.The signing ceremony was opened by the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) at its office on Ashmun Street office where Jallah also served as one of its president.Cllr. Jallah passed away on the morning of Monday, May 20, when he fainted and was rushed to the Redemption Hospital. There, doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.Before he signed the book of condolence, Cllr. Cooper recalled how Cllr. Jallah was under his mentorship with the passion to become a “very successful” lawyer that Liberia can boast of.“He wanted to become a good lawyer and so, he worked very hard to earn that. He did plenty of things for this country and the legal community, so we are going to miss him a lot,” the former chief justice lamented of the late Dean Jallah.On behalf of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard Wolokollie informed the bereaved family and the LNBA members that the judiciary stands and mourns with them in this difficult period of bereavement.“Dean Jallah played a very good role, particularly with the legal process and we are going to miss him,” Justice Wolokollie said.LNBA President Moses Peagar said Dean Jallah was a ‘reservoir of knowledge,’ and that his death was a loss to the country, specifically in the legal corridor.“Dean Jallah was not just a lawyer, but an educator who imparted knowledge unto us, because he believed in sharing knowledge,” Cllr. Paegar said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTwo local heritage projects have been given a 30 thousand dollar boost by the BC150 Heritage Legacy Fund. The Tumblar Ridge Museum Foundation will receive 20 thousand dollars to enhance the Tumbler Ridge and BC Heritage exhibits.Almost 11 thousand dollars are going towards the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society for ‘Our Hudson’s Hope Cowboys: Packers on the Trail, the 75th Anniversary Celebration.’ – Advertisement -The Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia Society administered the fund. The grants were awarded in support of BC150-related heritage projects ranging from special exhibits and events, to minor upgrades to heritage facilities. BC150 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in 1858.last_img read more

first_imgThe event is being emceed by Larry Espe with an opening musical performance by Wesley Kaophan.Awards categories include cultural, recreation, literacy, humanitarian, youth and mayor’s choice.Tickets – which run a cost of $20 for youth/seniors and $30 for adults – can be purchased at the Lido Theatre, City Hall, and the Visitors Centre.- Advertisement -The 8th Annual Community Awards take place Thursday April 16, 2015 at the Lido Theatre – located at 10156 100 Avenue.The award ceremony is scheduled to run 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s B.C. government revenue drought from oil and gas sales continues as this week’s August Sale of crown petroleum and natural gas rights was another brutal one in terms of bonus bids.The Ministry of Natural Gas Development says the total was only $381,000, as just six of nine parcels offered, covering 2,500 hectares were sold.That makes seven consecutive months of sales under two million dollars and three of them were below $500,000.- Advertisement -As a result, with two thirds of the 2015 monthly sales now concluded, the year-to-date bonus bids total is less than $8.5 million, and on pace to easily result in the lowest calendar-year-end-total in more than three decades.last_img read more

first_imgMeddie Kagere, Geoffrey Walusimbi, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Joachim Oluoch and Bernard Ondiek scored for Gor while AFC’s Ezekiel Odera, Baker Lukooya, Duncan Otieno and Robinson Kamura converted theirs.It wasn’t a pleasant start to new AFC head coach Radolfo Zapata who was making his first appearance on the dug out on a day that also happened to be his birthday.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr made a complete overhaul of the squad that played in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Mathare United in Machakos with shot-stopper Boniface Oluoch returning to the starting team and donning the skipper’s armband.Walusimbi also made his first start for Gor since February’s CAF Champions League tie against Esperance in Machakos.In his first match in charge, Ingwe’s new coach Zapata fielded his strongest team but made changes in the goalkeeping department with younster Ezekiel Owade making his first start since making the switch from Nakumatt.Gor Mahia FC players jam keeper Shabaan Odhoji celebrating his penalty save as they beat AFC Leopards 5-4 on penalties in the Hull City play off match in Nakuru on May 1Jairus Adira, who has been error prone over the last few matches, was left out of the team while Gabriel Andika made the substitutes bench.It was Ingwe who started faster off the blocks and within the first minute of the game, Vincent Oburu surged forward from the left and into the box but his shot at goal was blocked by Charles Momanyi.On the other end, Charles Momanyi had a great chance when an in-swinging freekick delivered from the left by Walusimbi found him unmarked at the far post but he could not direct his header on target.In the 10th minute, an error from Robinson Kamura almost gifted Gor the lead when the defender’s miscued clearance was contested and won by Ephraim Guikan who headed it to Lawrence Juma, but the midfielder’s shot went inches over.Gor continued to dominate in terms of chances and three minutes later, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi was set up by Juma, but his first time curling shot went straight to keeper Owade.AFC were forced into an early sub when left-back Isaac Oduro limped off injured after a collision with Omondi and was replaced by Moses Mburu.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno dueing their Hull City play-off match in Nakuru on May 1. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluZapata’s charges settled into the game but they couldn’t crack the Gor defense, the tact of using Brian Marita and Oburu’s speed on the wings not working to prescription.Late on, Gor had another chance with Juma’s freekick from the right being punched away by Owade who was the busiest of the two keepers.A lapse in concentration in the Gor defense almost saw AFC start the second half with a goal when they assumed a dipping freekick from the right but Robinson Kamura followed through and back-heeled back into the area, but Ezekiel Odera’s effort was blocked by Oluoch.AFC started the second period better but in the 55th minute they were almost caught on the counter.Gor Mahia midfielder Cersidy Okeyo attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno during their Hull City challenge match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluA misplaced pass from Oburu to Mburu saw Juma win the ball and spread to Guikan in the middle of the pack. The Ivorian had a good touch on the turn but his final pass to a rushing Omondi was poor.Ingwe made their first chance after 20 minutes, Brin Marita coming off for Baker Lukooya. Gor responded with a twin change, Meddie Kagere and Jack Tuyisenge coming on for Omondi and Guikan.Later on, George Odhiambo was also introduced for Boniface Omondi as Gor went full throttle on attack. However, the pace of the game was hugely pedestrian and no meaningful chances were created.At the death though, Kagere almost won it for Gor with a shot at the near post but Owade made a brilliant one handed save to turn the ball behind for a corner.With the penalties beckoning, Kerr made his final change, goalkeeper Oluoch coming off for Shabaan Odhoji.k0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate with a Hull City jersey after beating AFC Leopards in the play off on May 1 in Nakuru. K’Ogalo will play the Championship side in a friendly match on May 13NAKURU, Kenya, May 1- Vincent Oburu rocketed his penalty high in the sky as AFC Leopards lost to Gor Mahia 5-4 on post-match penalties, K’Ogalo booking a date with English Championship side Hull City in a friendly match on May 13 in Nairobi.The game had been tied at 0-0 in regular time and headed straight to penalties. The first five ended 4-4 after Gor substitute keeper, Shabaan Odhoji had saved from Whyvonne Isuza while Jack Tuyisenge saw his penalty go high over.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s first goal of the Liga season came from a cheeky free-kick © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi’s start to the Liga season after the Argentine bounced back from a disappointing World Cup with two goals against Alaves.Messi sent an audacious second-half free-kick under the jumping wall and into the net for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal, at the Camp Nou on Saturday before slotting in his second in injury-time after Philippe Coutinho had also scored in the 3-0 win. “With Messi, you can expect absolutely anything,” Valverde said. “He sees things that others don’t see on the pitch.“Sometimes we get too used to seeing it, he does things like he did today and we want him to pull a rabbit of the hat every time.“He’s a genius and we’re lucky to be able to see him play every day.”Messi has been left out of Argentina’s squad for the first post-World Cup friendlies following reports that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked to be excused from the four games.He was unable to prevent a shambolic Argentina side from being knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 stage in a 4-3 defeat to eventual winners France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSUPERB goals by Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Frank McGlynn have been named in the top 5 goals of the year by the GAA.Murphy’s stunner in the final against Mayo and McGlynn’s finish against Down in the Ulster Championship are picked.You can watch them all over again here.  DDTV: MURPHY AND McGLYNN GOALS NAMED IN TOP 5 OF 2012 was last modified: November 16th, 2012 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:DDTV: MURPHY AND McGLYNN GOALS NAMED IN TOP 5 OF 2012last_img read more

first_imgA former HSE executive has claimed he saves the Government hundreds of thousands of euro despite receiving more than €1million in consultancy fees since retiring.Former North Western Health Board CEO Pat Harvey was forced to retire in 2005.However in 2006 he set up a consultancy firm which has been awarded numerous HSE contracts. However the Letterkenny consultant says he never sought or tendered for any of the consultancy work he received.“I want to dismiss the suggestion that I gained advantage (by being a former HSE employee).“I can’t tender; when management and unions ring me up. When I was invited to chair the Croke Park agreement, it was the same scenario.“They want someone they can trust, who brings balance – so I got a phone call from the Department of Finance; I get a phone call from a union. “If I was sitting back from this and I wasn’t personally involved, I’d say there is something fundamentally wrong with someone who gets a severance package and yet who gets additionally money from the public service. I don’t disagree with that principle.“I happen to be somebody who didn’t have a choice but to leave and I got what everybody was getting in the circumstances. I started up a consultancy – people asked me to do work.“Do I turn around and say I am going to be biased and not do work for the public sector? I am not so sure that I should.“This is a public service and a HSE issue, not a Pat Harvey one. If they believe the public service benefits and there is an advantage in having someone like Pat Harvey coming in and helping to resolve a dispute which is complex, which in the background could be costing hundreds of thousands.“The country is awash with people who exit the public service and go into business or who are employed by others who then charge the public service for their time,” he insisted. When Mr Harvey left the HSE he received a once-off “severance gratuity” of €194,655.49 and a €60,934 “ex-gratia payment” given to former regional chief executives.He also receives an annual pension of €64,855.16.Since retiring Mr Harvey, chairman of the Croke Park agreement’s health service group, has received:* €389,130.90 pension. * €295,526 in non-tendered contracts from a group he used to chair.* €255,589.49 in one-off severance pay.* Just under €200,000 in HSE projects tendered for since 2007.* An annual salary of €20,520 as chair of the implementation body on health-sector reform.However Mr Harvey told Highland Radio that his fees are not just “dreamt up.”“The fees that I get are not something that are dreamt up. They are agreed in advance.“Part of the fees I get are maybe fees that I pass on to others who provide some work.“If I got €100,000 over a period I might have handed over €35,000, €40,000 or €50,000 of that there to others.“If you take my pension and multiply it by six or seven years; if you take my lump sum; if you take what the consultancy; if you take what’s paid to others, you can come up with a figure of a million,” he said.EndsFORMER HEALTH BOARD BOSS DEFENDS CONSULTANCY WORK was last modified: September 30th, 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)last_img read more