Blackwood: Extreme heat threatened my focus

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):Middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood said he almost lost concentration as he was forced to battle extreme heat on his way to a polished half century for West Indies against Victoria X1 on the first day of their two-day tour match yesterday.Blackwood compiled a well-played 69 to bolster his confidence after scoring a couple of ducks in the first Test as West Indies amassed 303 for eight at Simonds Stadium.The diminutive Jamaican batsman, who scored seven fours and a six, said it was the first time he experienced such extreme heat as temperatures soared to 43 degrees, one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.”It was extremely hot out there … dry heat. Even when the wind came across the ground, it was a kind of hot wind. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” said Blackwood.”We’ve played in hot, sticky conditions, but never quite like that.”Blackwood added 99 runs for the third wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who top-scored with 78 from 175 deliveries in the first two sessions before retiring to give the rest of his teammates a chance at the wicket.Marlon Samuels struck an aggressive 45 from 39 balls including seven fours. Denesh Ramdin scored 38, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.”I was quite tired after running some threes. It’s a big ground, so we had to run a few threes. At one point, I felt like I was losing concentration, so you had to dig deep for every ball,” said Blackwood.”I had to put that behind me and just focus on each ball. We got some starts. We just need to convert those starts now.”Blackwood added: “This is international cricket and we will face different conditions. It was cold (in Tasmania) for the first Test and now it’s hot here. It’s all about coping.”West Indies are using the match as part of their preparation for the second Test match at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting Boxing Day.”We’ll just have to go back into the nets and continue to work hard,” he said.”We’re just putting in the work and hopefully it will pay off in the next Test match.”last_img read more

Minibus passenger found with illegal gun, ammo

first_imgPolice in C Division (East Coast Demerara) have arrested a male occupant of a Route 44 minibus, who was found in possession of an illegal gun and matching ammunition.According to Police reports, sometime around 00:30h on Tuesday, ranks on mobile patrol acting on information received, intercepted the Route 44 minibus on the Ogle Public Road, ECD.They then conducted a search, during which a .38 revolver along with three matching rounds were found on a male occupant. He was arrested and taken into Police custody to assist with investigations.Only last Tuesday, ranks in Georgetown arrested another man who was found with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.Police reports revealed that around 12:00h, ranks on patrol stopped and searched a male on Duncan Street, Campbellville, during which a .32 pistol and four matching rounds were found in his possession.last_img

Patterson admits to ‘mix-up’ in bridge study funding

first_img…he can’t just say, “oh I mixed up the bridges, and is not sanctioned” – Bishop EdghillBy Gary EleazarPublic Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMinister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson was forced to backpedal over the weekend when he admitted that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) did not in fact fund the feasibility study for the new Demerara River Crossing – a consultancy mired in controversy over the selection of the Dutch consultants LievenseCSO and their findings.Patterson had claimed it was the IDB that had funded the feasibility study to the tune of $146 million, leading to calls from the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for that international financial institution to make a public pronouncement, since its credibility was at stake.Minister Patterson subsequently issued a retraction, saying, “The Ministry wishes to state that the consultancy was not funded by the IDB, but rather by the Government of Guyana.”PPP/C Member of Parliament Juan EdghillIn an attempt to offer an explanation, Patterson now claims, “The mix-up arose since the IDB was funding the feasibility study and design for the bridge across the Demerara River at Wismar at about the same time.”He had originally claimed it was with funding from the IDB that the Ministry had advertised the consultancy for feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River Bridge.BlundersThe latest blunder on the part of the minister with responsibility for one of Guyana’s largest budgetary agencies is now seeing a growing chorus calling for his resignation or immediate firing.PPP/C Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill, in an interview with this publication on Sunday, reiterated that his call must be seen in its context.“This has nothing to do with politics. The man is demonstrating — more and more every day – his incompetence,” Edghill posited.According to him, “This matter must be seen in context”, and he pointed to the recent scrapping of the planned Diamond vehicular overpass and the reasons given, the spate of blackouts that have been plaguing ordinary Guyanese and the business community. “Even basic functions of this important ministry are not being carried out,” he charged.The PPP/C Member of Parliament, in calling for President Granger to immediately fire Minister Patterson, said, “This latest public blunder by Patterson was no mistake, as he is leading people to believe now.”Edghill explained to this publication that when sums of money are being taken from the treasury to fund a feasibility report, that process is entirely different from one in which the IDB is providing funding. There is a whole long process involved that is completely different, he said.“So Patterson can’t just say, ‘Oh, I mixed up the bridges,’ and is not sanctioned. Clearly he doesn’t know what he is doing,” Edghill charged.Diamond overpassThe Opposition MP also pointed out — lest some would want to point fingers and to say, “The PPP is picking on Minister Patterson because he made a few mistakes with how he handled the bridge” — that one should take a look at the latest botched project under his watch: the Diamond vehicular overpass.According to Edghill, any first-year engineering student would have been able to tell that there was simply not enough space available to make that venture a viable one.“Imagine, one year after you go out with this ‘pie in the sky’ plan and actually get approval for it, you realise that there is no space to build it… What is the reason for cancelling the entire project? Why not just buy out some of the privately owned lands, as is the case with (the coalition financier Stanley) Ming, in order to build the new Demerara bridge?” Edghill asked.Edghill told Guyana Times the Diamond example is but one project, and iterated, “Not wanting to be seen as splitting hairs, but it cannot be mere coincidence that countrywide blackouts have plagued this country ever since Minister Patterson took control of that sector.“We continue to hear a whole host of excuses from GPL, but the only thing that really changed there was the leadership. They put a ‘chicken feed’ maker to run the place. What else would you expect?” the MP asserted.Track recordEdghill, in calling for Minister Patterson’s removal from that ministerial portfolio, observed that an overall assessment of works done by the Ministry since the coalition took office would reveal that not only has there been a halt to any significant infrastructural development, but the country is at a standstill even when it comes to repairing what is already deteriorating.“Look at the financial reports that are coming out from official Government sources prepared by the technical people. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure barely manages to pay its staff and pay its bills. None of the real work is getting done… Look at their track record in the mid-year reports,” Edghill declared.According to the 2017 Mid-Year Report prepared by the Ministry of Finance, Government budgeted $37.2 billion to support continuous improvement to public infrastructure. Of this amount, $4 billion were expended on roads, and $242 million on bridges at the half year.Overall, the Finance Minister, in his report, had confessed that notwithstanding the early budget, the required shift in planning cycles at the sectoral levels failed to keep pace, and the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) was less than one-third of the budgeted allocation.last_img read more

Tagger gets 16-month sentence

first_img“He was a pretty unique case. No witnesses. No one saw him,” Navarro said. But what Carrillo left at the scene was enough to incriminate him, the investigator said. Navarro said he tied graffiti scrawled along Whittier Boulevard on April 25 to Carrillo because Carrillo used the same tagging name he scrawled when he was arrested the first time. “We knew we got a good case. He knew he was guilty,” Navarro said. Police said Carrillo claimed personal problems pushed him to tag, including his eviction from his place of residence and that his grandmother had recently died. He was arrested May 2 in Monterey Park while visiting a family member. Last year, Carrillo was convicted on one count of felony vandalism for tagging in Montebello. He was sent to county jail and placed on five years probation and was ordered to pay the city $2,500 in restitution. He had been out of county jail three months when he struck in the city again, police said. Montebello officials said the city spends an estimated $600,000 a year to clean up graffiti. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A man convicted last year for tagging in Montebello was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in state prison for vandalizing the city again. Jeremia Carrillo, 22, accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to one count of felony vandalism at his preliminary hearing at East Los Angeles Superior Court. The former Rosemead resident still owes the city a $2,500 fine for his previous tagging conviction. He now must pay an additional $896 in restitution, according to Montebello Police Department Detective Ismael Navarro. last_img read more

Thunderstorm watch issued for Peace River North & South and Fort Nelson

first_imgSevere thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening.This is an alert to the potential development of severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds.Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements. If threatening weather approaches take immediate safety precautions.- Advertisement -Conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Potential exists that some of these thunderstorms may become severe. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy downpours, large hail, strong wind gusts and intense lightning.Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.last_img

President sees Napa on bicycle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe ride started at an elevation of about 1,700 feet above sea level and dropped steeply for several miles, prompting a bit of anxiety in the president. He is not accustomed to the sustained drops and climbs of California’s mountains, having ridden mostly in the Washington, D.C., area and on his ranch near Crawford, Texas. Riding Mountain Bike One – a blue and white Trek Fuel bicycle emblazoned with the presidential seal – he glided confidently over loose rocks and deep gullies carved by rain runoff. Bush recovered from a near spill on a fast downhill, but four riders behind him went down in a Tour de France-style pileup, leaving them caked with dirt. Bush settled into a steady rhythm on the way back up – an ascent he said pushed him to near his physical limits. When a fellow rider spoke up from behind him, Bush said between grunts, “Can’t you at least act like you’re breathing hard?” A long convoy of SUVs and off-road vehicles rumbled behind the group, carrying medics and security agents with machine guns. LAS POSADAS STATE FOREST – President George W. Bush marked Earth Day with a lung-busting mountain bike ride high above Napa County wine country, dodging ruts that sent several of his riding partners crashing into the mud. The president spent Saturday morning with a small pack of riders in a foggy redwood forest about 90 minutes north of San Francisco. He relished the swampy conditions on parts of the trail in this remote state-owned tract, leading his partners repeatedly through huge puddles and streams running high after weeks of heavy rain. “I still ride the mountain bike primarily to help settle the soul and to burn off the excess energy one gets when you’re living life to its fullest,” Bush told an Associated Press reporter who accompanied him on the ride. “We’re able to enjoy the beauty without really disrupting the pristine nature of the place,” the mud-splattered president said after the 65-minute ride. “It’s a classic way for mankind to enjoy God’s gift. Plus, we get some exercise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPictured at The World Down Syndrome Day in The Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town are Hannah and Michael McFadden ,(Mcfaddens Pharmacy, Letterkenny) with Anne Biddie, presenting Gearoid Melvin, Chairperson of Donegal Down Syndrome, with a cheque for €3000. The money was raised following a Fundraising Dance organised by Anne Biddie, on March 14th last at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny in memory of Maria McFadden. THREE THOUSAND WONDERFUL REASONS TO REMEMBER MARIA BY! was last modified: March 26th, 2014 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) Tags:Anne BiddieMcFadden’s Chemistlast_img

2020 U17 Women World Cup: Uganda to face Ethiopia in qualifiers

first_imgUganda won the COSAFA U17 tournament earlier this year. (PHOTO/File)The Uganda U17 Women team have been drawn to face Ethiopia as they bid to reach the World Cup.The two nations will face off in the Preliminary round of the African qualifiers.Their match-up was confirmed on Wednesday during the draws held in Cairo, Egypt.The first leg will happen on January 10th while the two face off in the return (leg) on the 26th of the same month (January).There will be three rounds of qualification until the three African representative at the finals’ tournament are known.After the preliminary round, the second round will take place between February and March while the third round is slated for May.The winner between Uganda and Ethiopia will next take on either Tanzania or Djibouti.Uganda’s team has been consistently playing tournaments that will shape them ahead of the double header with their neighbours and the rest of the qualifiers.They won the 2019 COSAFA tournament and are part of the CECAFA Girls Cup that will kick off this weekend in Njeru, Jinja.Must know about the FIFA U17 World CupThe FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is an international association football tournament for female players under the age of 17.It is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).The tournament is held in even-numbered years, starting in 2008.The current champion is Spain, which won its first title at the 2018 tournament m in Uruguay.For the 2020 edition, it will be the 7th edition of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, the biennial international women’s youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 2008.The tournament will be held in India between 2 and 21 November 2020. It will mark the first time that India has hosted a FIFA women’s football tournament.Comments Tags: CECAFA U17 Girls CupCOSAFA U17 Women’s ChampionshipsU17 Women World Cuplast_img read more

‘Innocent farmers should not be penalised for hill fires’ – Donegal TD

first_imgDonegal TD Charlie McConalogue has called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to ensure that farmers are treated fairly and are not penalised for gorse fires that occurred in May earlier this year. The Department of Agriculture has withheld payments from farmers who have commonage shares alongside or in areas where the hill fires took place, leaving them without payments or income in the run up to Christmas.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture and TD McConalogue said the system leaves farmers in a difficult position. He said: “These farmers were not responsible for the fires that took place but they are being victimised by the Department, which is refusing to release payments to them.“Many were issued with summary fines on their Single Farm Payment as a result of their land being burned outside the designated burning season, and now they are being forced to choose between accepting the summary fines or appealing them and having to wait months for any payment pending the outcome of the appeal.“This is an entirely unacceptable and unjust system and Minister Creed must change his approach.  I have already raised it with the Minister and I will continue to press the issue with him.  It is crucial that this matter is resolved so that farmers can be issued with their payments before Christmas.“Hill farming is a low income occupation and farm support payments are critically important in ensuring a farm’s viability.  Farmers should not be left in the lurch because of the Department’s hard line and unjust approach in the run up to Christmas.  I will continue to pursue this issue until we secure a successful outcome”. ‘Innocent farmers should not be penalised for hill fires’ – Donegal TD was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogue TDfarmershill firelast_img read more

How prospect Jaylin Davis’ arrival impacts Giants plans in the outfield

first_imgDavis hit a combined 35 home runs over 126 games for three different minor league teams this year. Ten of Davis’ 25 home runs at the Triple-A level came following his July 31 trade, which took the former 24th round draft pick by surprise.“When it happened, it was just a shock at first,” Davis said. “Then I was excited to get a chance to prove myself.”It’s not exactly clear how many opportunities Davis will receive during the final 24 games of the season, but Bochy said he’ll receive some starts in the corner outfield spots this month. Davis’ arrival will force Bochy to balance playing time for a large group of corner outfielders that includes Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Austin Slater and Joey Rickard.“One, it keeps those guys fresh and two, it keeps everybody involved,” Bochy said. “I’d hate to sit a kid for a week and then ask him to do something.”Slater and Rickard will continue to receive most of their opportunities against left-handed pitchers, but the right-handed hitting Davis had reverse splits at Triple-A this year and was far superior against right-handed pitchers.Bochy said he’ll use all of his outfielders in pinch-hitting situations when they don’t start.Davis said his mother, his grandparents and his brother were all en route to St. Louis on Wednesday to take in his major league debut. The number belonged to River Cats manager Dave Brundage, who joked around before informing Davis he would soon be making his MLB debut. It was past midnight on the east coast when Davis heard the news, but he kept the phone in his hand and immediately dialed his mom in North Carolina anyway.“She started crying a little when I first told her,” Davis said. “At first she thought something was wrong because it was late back home.”Davis, 25, was one of three prospects acquired by the Giants in a July 31 trade with the Minnesota Twins. The other two –pitchers Kai-Wei Teng and Prelander Berroa– have never played above A-ball, but Giants’ president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi hinted that Davis could help the big league club as soon as this season.The Giants didn’t add Davis to the club when rosters expanded on September 1, but the front office elected to reward him for a strong month at Triple-A with a call-up on Wednesday.“We’re trying to put our best team here and he’s been playing very well,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’ll get some playing time.” ST. LOUIS — An already crowded Giants outfield welcomed a new arrival Wednesday in St. Louis.Fewer than 24 hours after receiving word that he would be headed to the big leagues, power-hitting prospect Jaylin Davis is starting in right field and batting seventh for a slumping Giants offense.“It almost doesn’t feel real,” Davis said.Davis thought he’d spend Wednesday at Raley Field in Sacramento for the Triple-A River Cats’ first playoff game, but he received a surprise call from a number with an Oregon area code late Tuesday evening.last_img read more