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‘Scorpions were let down by poor batting’

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first_imgTop batsman AndrÈ McCarthy says poor batting led to Jamaica’s below-par showing during the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament.Jamaica had three wins and as many defeats in Group A before bowing out after finishing third of four teams.”It’s the losing of quick wickets,” said the Scorpions top batsman, a member of the squad, which returned home on Wednesday.”When we batted, we tended to lose two or three quick wickets, which set us back.”It’s something that we need to look into, and work on, as our batting is what has been letting us down over the years.”The Junior Bennett-conditioned Scorpions amassed 14 points, four less than second-place Barbados Pride, who recorded four wins and two defeats.Hosts and title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended tops with 22 points following four wins, a loss, and a no-result.The other contenders, ICC Americas, claimed two points.”The guys are not happy about the situation (early exit),” said McCarthy, who topped the preliminary batting chart with 251 runs at an average of 41.83.”After playing and getting knocked out in the first round, the players are disappointed, and taking it hard.”But everybody has to just learn from their mistakes and try and improve,” McCarthy added.The early exit of Jamaica, a far cry from their title-winning exploits four seasons ago under Chris Gayle, occurred with the team passing 200 just twice in six innings.These were against minnows ICC Americas, where they posted 260 for eight before returning to limit their opponents to 76, and 257 for nine in response to 253 for eight.bowled out for 137They were bowled out for 137 in their opening match in chase of 221 against Trinidad, while in their third game, they limped to 139 for eight in pursuit of 138 made by Barbados.Their fourth game, a return-fixture with Trinidad, then saw them being restricted to 176 before the hosts responded with a comfortable 177 for three.Needing to win their penultimate match against Barbados to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals, the Scorpions were then held to 173 in chase of 246 for nine.”As batters, we need to think about game situations more,” continued McCarty, the leading scorer for Jamaica in the regional first-class tournament.last_img read more

Accused chain snatcher remanded

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first_imgKevin Washington of Lot 4 Princes Street, Georgetown, was on Monday refused bail by Magistrate Judy Latchman after he was accused of snatching a woman’s gold chain.Washington denied the charge, which stated that on September 1, 2018, while in the vicinity of America Street, Georgetown, he stole from the person of Roxcelle DePaul one gold chain valued $60,000.According to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question, DePaul was walking in the western direction on America Street, Georgetown when she observed the 31-year-old man walking towards her. As he got closer he began walking faster and allegedly snatched the woman’s chain as they walked past each other.DePaul raised an alarm and began running after Washington. Several public-spirited persons joined her and gave chase. He was subsequently apprehended and handed over to Police.In a bail application, defence attorney James Bond told the court that his client was severely beaten by Police to confess to the crime. Further, he noted that his client was arrested minutes after the alleged robbery and nothing of substantial value was found on his person.The Police prosecutor objected to bail being granted, while citing the serious nature of the offence.However, the prosecution’s submission was upheld and bail was refused. The matter will continue on September 24.last_img read more

Fly Jamaica fails to refund passengers again

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first_img…CCAC says Board to pass judgementFor the second time, the embattled Fly Jamaica Airline has failed to refund owed passengers, although it promised to process those refunds by July 1.Consumer Affairs OfficerFeyona Austin-PaulConsumer Affairs Officer Feyona Austin-Paul, who is attached to the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), in an interview with this publication on Tuesday said the airline’s officials were contacted after fuming passengers turned up at the agency’s Sophia, Georgetown office on Tuesday morning to seek answers on their owed monies.“They have not processed the refunds. They didn’t give us a reason, so we are trying to organize another meeting with them so that they can update us on what is really going on and we can know what other steps we have to take,” the officer said.Asked about the next decision, given that the airline has failed to deliver on its second promise to repay passengers, Austin-Paul said the Commission’s Board will now hand down judgement.“That’s at the Board level; because once an investigation is finished and they have not complied, then we’ll have to refer to our Board and they will make that decision on what steps should be taken,” she said.Further, the Consumer Affairs Officer noted that this step is usually the one taken after a service or goods provider refuses to comply.On Tuesday morning, a number of aggrieved passengers turned up with plaque cards at the Commission’s office.Initially, the airline had promised the Commission to begin payments in March but was unable to do so due to lack of funds. Subsequent to this announcement, Fly Jamaica made its staff redundant at the end of March.Passengers were left stranded when a Boeing 757 flight crash landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, in November 2018 after encountering hydraulic issues.The flight left the CJIA for Toronto at about 02:10h on November 9 from the CJIA, but the pilot returned to the airport where the aircraft crash-landed at about 02:53h.Of the 120 passengers on board the flight, along with eight crew members, at least six were injured during the crash landing.The cash-strapped airline has since made all its workers redundant, effective from March 1, 2019. Most of the fired former employees are still awaiting their salaries as well.In fact, only earlier last month, those ex-workers stormed out of a meeting with the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department after they claimed the meeting failed to address the issue of owed salaries, among others, affecting some 300 workers.One employee claimed she is owed more than $700,000 for the period of November 2018 through March 2019.last_img read more

Man wanted for “Diesel Boss” murder shot by cops

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first_imgThirty-six-year-old Marlon Badley, who is wanted by the police for murder, was on Sunday evening shot and injured after he pulled a gun on a team of Police ranks in the Stabroek Market Square.Dead: Reginald Atherly, also known as “Diesel Boss”The injured man of Morcut Square, East La Penitence and of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, was wanted for the murder of Reginald Atherley, who was gunned down during a robbery at his Guyhoc Park home.Based on information received, a team of Police officers were on patrol duty at Stabroek Market Square when they observed Badley also called “Maley” walking on Cornhill Street. He was reportedly walking towards a route 32 minibus.Two ranks, Detective Corporal Cosbert and Constable Harris, approached the wanted man and as they were in the process of arresting him, he allegedly whipped out a handgun from his crotch and pointed it at Harris.As a result, Harris drew his service pistol – a 9mm Taurus – and discharged a round in Badley’s direction thus hitting him to the upper left leg. He reportedly fell onto the ground and was arrested.The gun that was found in the wanted man’s possessionA .32 Taurus pistol along with a magazine and eight live .32 rounds of ammunition were retrieved from the wanted man. He was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated and is presently under guard.Atherly, popularly known as “Diesel Boss” and “Reggie”, of Lot G26 Guyhoc Park, East La Penitence, Georgetown, owned and operated a mechanic shop at his home.It was reported that the father of five was shot multiple times at close range by two masked gunmen who invaded his home one morning.The gunmen gained access to the home by removing louvred panes from the windows situated on the side of the house.The man’s wife, Roxanne Crawford, had stated that she was awoken by voices of men inside the home, whom she soon realised had guns. She quickly raised an alarm and Atherly, who was on the bed with her, sprung up and rushed towards the men.It was at this time that the mechanic was shot. After the shooting, Atherly was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.last_img read more

TRAGIC DONEGAL SCHOOLTEACHER TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY

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first_imgTHE funeral will take place today of a popular young Co Donegal teacher.Elizabeth ‘Eilish’ McGrory, who was just 34, passed away at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital after a short illness.The Buncrana native was a much loved member of staff at Loreto Community School in Milford. Mrs McGrory was on maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter Rose two months ago.The young mother will be laid to rest after Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, Buncrana, at 11am today. TRAGIC DONEGAL SCHOOLTEACHER TO BE LAID TO REST TODAY was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaElizabeth McGroryloreto schoolMilfordTEACHERlast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Popular Donegal Hotel require full-time receptionist

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first_imgJOB VACANCY: One of Donegal’s most popular and successful hotels are on the lookout for a full-time ‘Receptionist’ to join their dynamic, innovative and hardworking team. Management at McGettigan’s Hotel, Letterkenny (formerly Gallaghers Hotel) currently have a vacancy for an experienced full-time Receptionist to join their workforce.Job Responsibilities: Duties to include taking bookings.Dealing with guest queries.Front of house duties, answering the telephone and general reception duties.Job Requirements: Ideal candidate will have previous hotel experience in Front of House/Reservations. Knowledge of reservation system, hot soft would be an advantage.Excellent organisational and communication skills.A commitment to exceptional customer service.If would like to join their team, then please email your CV to hr@mcgettiganshotel.comJob Vacancy: Popular Donegal Hotel require full-time receptionist was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Urgent funding sought to protect Donegal Town from future floods

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first_imgA Donegal deputy has warned that Donegal Town will see more flooding chaos if pressure is not applied on the government to approve funding.Pat the Cope Gallagher TD, who was in Donegal in the wake of Storm Lorenzo on Friday, said that action must be taken urgently to complete flood prevention works in key areas.The alarm was raised after 5am on Friday morning when heavy downpours hit Donegal Town during Storm Lorenzo.  Fourteen homes and four businesses were damaged by floodwater, with a number of roads blocked during the morning. “Overall the picture in Donegal Town was critical, with serious flooding in Clarendon Drive, New Row, Drumlonagher and serious potential threat of flooding in Castle Street, in the area around the John Bosco Centre and Magee’s factory area, the latter areas only saved by the hide tide not fully coinciding with the heavy rainfall which had occurred earlier,” Pat the Cope said.Sean Bonner clearing out the water from the Alzhemiers Society charity shop in Donegal Town on Friday (North West Newspix)Deputy Gallagher said he has been in contact with the OPW and Minister of State Kevin Boxer Moran on the urgent need for Flood Relief in south Donegal.“The OPW have confirmed that in relation to Brookfield, that the bridge which is causing the flooding has already had a Part 8 approved for works to be carried out, and all that is required is sanction of a grant of €70,000,” Deputy Gallagher said. “Today’s flooding at Brookfield where at least 7 houses have been seriously flooded in this area alone, along with other flooding of lands, yards and the nearby Gaelscoil.” He added: “What is immediately required for the Donegal Town is for the Government to sanction a full technical assessment of the town and environs, in order that a comprehensive strategy can be put in place. “Presently the initial flooding survey compiled for Donegal Town, is part of a list of over 300 similar projects nationwide, and unless serious pressure applied, Donegal Town will languish without any progress being made.“The Government, local authority and Department of Social Protection need to provide immediate assistance to all those seriously affected by today’s flooding. “This is the third flooding of Donegal Town in the past three years alone, this cannot be allowed to continue, action must be taken and in order to get the necessary measures in place, the OPW and Government need to sanction for funding for Donegal Town flooding prevention,” concluded Pat the Cope. Urgent funding sought to protect Donegal Town from future floods was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

G8’s $50bn aid uplift for Africa

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first_img8 July 2005The leaders of the G8 group of developed nations have reaffirmed their commitment to Africa, expressing the hope that their promise of a US$50-billion uplift in aid would seen as a “stark contrast” to the terror that hit London on Thursday.In a statement released after the summit on Friday, host British Prime Minister Tony Blair promised a range of measures not limited to financial aid to help put Africa on the path to development.Blair referred to the “remarkable” campaigns Live8 and Make Poverty History, and how these had raised expectations around the summit.“It isn’t the end of poverty in Africa, but it is the hope that it can be ended,” Blair said.The G8 leaders agreed to double aid for Africa by 2010. Aid for all developing countries will increase, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, by around $50-billion per year by 2010, of which at least $25-billion extra per year will go to Africa.The recent write-off of the debt of heavily indebted nations by the Paris Club and the G8 Finance ministers was endorsed. This write-off amounts to $17-billion.In addition to the announcements on financial aid, the summit leaders promised:To provide extra resources for Africa’s peacekeeping forces.To give enhanced support for greater democracy.To boost investment in health and education, and to take action to combat HIV/Aids.To stimulate growth and to improve the investment climate.The G8 leaders promised to phase out farm export subsidies, as African leaders had demanded, but failed to give a date for this.Blair admitted that “it isn’t all everyone wanted, but it is progress.”The assembled leaders believed that together these measure could double African economy and trade by 2015, and help lift tens of millions of people from poverty each year.In response to Blair’s statement, Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo took the opportunity to condemn the previous day’s terror attacks.He called the meeting of the G8 and African leaders a “great success.”The summit was less successful in dealing with climate change, the other major issue on the agenda, noting only “that climate change is happening now, that human activity is contributing to it, and that it could affect every part of the globe.”The issue will be revisited in a November meeting.last_img read more

Shelby FFA looks back on 2015 fruit donations

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Shelby FFA does multiple community service projects throughout the year, one of them is donating fruit to the Shelby Help Line.The FFA has donated fruit for many consecutive years. Members say it’s one of their favorite community service projects.This year, Shelby FFA donated $2,274 worth of fruit to the Help Line.This project would not be possible without the generous donations from community members as well as the FFA.The chapter also started another community service project in the later part of 2015. 25 boxes of fruit, or $625.00 worth, were taken to 25 different people/families that were  nominated.The Shelby FFA prides itself on all of our different community service activities.last_img

Timberwolves’ Towns NBA’s Rookie of Year

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first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns has the height and agility, plus the intensity and intelligence.Relentlessness might be his most valuable gift of all.The unflappable 7-footer, admittedly unsatisfied with any performance short of perfection, is a unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award, giving the blossoming Minnesota Timberwolves consecutive winners after Andrew Wiggins took the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy last season.“This is such a landmark in my career,” Towns said, “but it’s not the last one.”The first pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky received all 130 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, joining Damian Lillard (2013), Blake Griffin (2011), David Robinson (1990) and Ralph Sampson (1984) as recent unanimous winners.The league unveiled the award May 16. New York’s Kristaps Porzingis finished second, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic was third.Towns ranked eighth in the NBA in rebounds and field-goal percentage while producing the best debut for a big man since Tim Duncan in 1998. The 20-year-old Towns averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, helping the Timberwolves win 13 more games than the previous season.They’re the first team with back-to-back winners of the award since Bob McAdoo (1973) and Ernie DiGregorio (1974) with the Buffalo Braves.The only rookie in the league to start all 82 games, Towns was named Western Conference rookie of the month in all six months the award was handed out.The figurative wall that so many first-year players hit during a schedule more than twice as long as college never impeded his progress. He only got better, averaging 21.3 points on 55 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds over the final 31 games.“I’m just used to this grind,” said Towns, crediting his year under coach John Calipari at Kentucky for the NBA prep.Displaying the polish and poise of a veteran from the earliest stages of his career, Towns showed an elite ability to pass, rebound and score from both the paint and the 3-point line, making him the quintessential big man for the modern era and giving the Timberwolves hope they’ve finally found the star needed to carry them out of the league’s dregs.With Towns, Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad to be coached next season by Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves believe they have the ingredients to finally reach the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Wiggins and Towns are the star-crossed franchise’s first winners of the Rookie award.“We’re doing a great job, every single day, every single minute, second, of improving our team to be the team that we want to be,” Towns said, “and I see nothing but aspirations to be in the playoffs next year and trying to make a run.”Thibodeau and Towns have already spoken “a lot,” according to the player whom the new coach has already begun to lean heavily on.“He has to be a leader,” Thibodeau said. “He has to help sell the vision for the team.”Towns has spoken of his obsessive focus on excellence, and his appearance on the stage set up on the arena floor was the embodiment of this extremity in so many ways.Cool and confident in the spotlight, Towns brought an All-Star fashion game to the event with a black suit accessorized by a Prince-inspired silky purple pocket square and a long, lavender tie. He wore loafers without socks and bookish-yet-stylish glasses with circular gold rims.Deferential to the greater cause, Towns brought a list of teammates, coaches, trainers and others to thank so as not to leave anyone out. He woke at 6:15 a.m. for two hours in the gym before getting ready for the event.Family-first, Towns remembered his upbringing in New Jersey while speaking proudly of his father and sister and bringing his mother in the audience to tears.“I think my personality is not because I was born this way but because I was raised this way,” Towns said. “I was raised with a lot of fun, a lot of joy, a lot of happiness, a lot of passion, and that’s how my family is.”Towns zeroed in on his appreciation of the presence of his father, Karl, in his life. The former high school coach was the key to his learning of the game.“He understands that this is just one step, and that the key is to get the Timberwolves to the playoffs and win a championship,” Karl Towns said.Towns donated the Kia Sorento he received from the award’s sponsor to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in honor of former Timberwolves executive and coach Flip Saunders, who died in October after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He gave the keys to the sports utility vehicle to Saunders’ wife, Debbie.“It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to do that,” Towns said.___By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer. AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more