Tony Becca: Seven for 20 in 42 minutes

first_imgOnce upon a time, not so long ago, 1976 to 1995 to be exact, the West Indies ruled the world unchallenged as the best cricket team in the world, and between 2008 and 2012, Jamaica dominated West Indies cricket as undisputed champions of the region. For the West Indies, it was 19 years at the top, losing only once to New Zealand in New Zealand, and for Jamaica, it was five years in control. Although nothing lasts forever, today, however, both teams are unrecognisable. The West Indies have lost so many times that it has become the norm, while Jamaica, despite saving their skin with a thrilling victory last week, are being beaten left, right, and centre. It has reached a stage where, in terms of poor performances, one is not sure who is first and who is second, whether it is the West Indies first and Jamaica second or vice-versa. As bad as the West Indies have been playing, and as poor as their cricket is, or may be, if you were at Sabina Park last Sunday and you were a betting man, you would have bet your bottom dollar that Jamaica’s cricket, its batting in particular, was worse than that of the West Indies, and by a long way. As one man sitting in the north stand lamented, loud and clear for all to hear, “Oonu worse than the West Indies.” It was the second round of the West Indies franchise cricket, and going into the third day, the scores were Jamaica Scorpions 259 and five without loss, the Windward Islands Volcanoes 212. The day promised a lot. But for the empty stands, Sabina Park looked good. Ten to 20 spectators were on hand to witness some good cricket. As the lone spectator upstairs the club stand, I was hoping that captain Paul Palmer Jr and Brandon King, especially, would get some runs and that we would have a nice day’s play as a prelude to what promised to be a last day filled with reasonably good cricket and excitement. WALTON MISSING IN ACTION I had asked it on the first day, but as the wickets tumbled at Sabina Park last Sunday, I asked the question again, where was Chadwick Walton? In the last year, he played a few matches for Jamaica and did well with the bat. He represented the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Professional League, and he toured South Africa with the West Indies team. He plays cricket in Barbados, but he is a Jamaican and in the Jamaica squad. Even if he could not get into the team as a wicketkeeper, he certainly could make it as a batsman. Without even remembering Sunday’s performances, even though, sadly, I will remember it for a long, long time, Walton must be numbered among Jamaica’s best batsmen. At least he certainly bats with confidence. With fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell still out due to injury, the selectors responded immediately to the performance on Sunday. Apart from bringing back Tamar Lambert, and probably also embarrassed by the batting, they dropped King, surprisingly, and they also dropped Baugh, which means that Walton will be in against Trinidad and Tobago. POOR BATTING What transpired early in the morning was unbelievable – or almost so. It demonstrated how poor Jamaica’s batting is and possibly the need for more practice by the country’s batsmen; more and better coaches in general; the need for a big and regular competition and for a better structured and well-organised competition, which will pit the best against the best in competition, which will then develop good players. In 42 minutes after the start of the day’s play, in 12.1 overs of spin from Shane Shillingford and pace from Marvin Matthew, Jamaica Scorpions lost seven wickets for 20 runs. In fact, all seven wickets tumbled before the water cart first appeared on the field It was truly embarrassing. It was really a procession from and back to the pavilion. It was, for most of them, like batting without a bat in their hands. They appeared timid and afraid. It seemed as if the bowlers were bowling hand grenades at them instead of a cricket ball. They fell, the five top Scorpion batsmen, one behind the other in order: John Campbell, caught by the wicketkeeper; Palmer, leg before wicket; Kirk Edwards, caught at slip; AndrÈ McCarthy, caught by the wicketkeeper; and King, caught at silly-point. Carlton Baugh Jr and David Bernard Jr were the other two batsmen to fall, and they all died without throwing a punch in anger, all except Baugh, who, after playing and missing, drove wildly and edged Matthew to the wicketkeeper; and King, who, after blocking a few deliveries, lost his cool, ran down the wicket to Shillingford, checked himself, and hastily tapped a catch to silly-point. It was really embarrassing! Thanks to Nikita Miller and Damion Jacobs, who, aided by the generosity of the Windward Islands’ fielders, posted an eight-wicket partnership of 76 runs and carried Jamaica to some sort of respectability and on to victory by the day’s end. As a Jamaican, the result was good. It was, however, a bitter-sweet victory with the memory of Jamaica’s batting on a relatively good pitch haunting me ever since. It was not just poor batting, and it was not just the score. It was simply bad batting, with nobody seemingly knowing what to do. With some decent fielding by the Windward Islands, Jamaica may have been dismissed just after the first water cart and long before lunch. The batting of the Windward Islands was only a little better than Jamaica’s early on Sunday. It was more like that of the West Indies.last_img read more

Tribute to the late Harold B Davis

first_imgDear Editor,This week marks the 6th anniversary of the death of Mr Harold B Davis; I feel a strong need to publicly acknowledge the sterling contributions made by this great son of Guyana in the development of the human resources of this dear land of ours.First as the education and training officer, then as the Director of Human Resources of Bookers Sugar Estates Ltd, and finally as Chairman of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, Mr Davis’ contribution to Human Resources Development has so far been unparalleled.His initiation of the Bookers Cadetship programme, which was responsible for the identification and development of a slew of Guyanese with the technical and managerial skills to run the sugar industry, is among his most nodal contribution and undoubtedly the most notable of his many achievements. I am happy to acknowledge my own good fortune in benefitting from the GuySuCo cadetship programme.It is also interesting to note that he has also provided the country with a son, HB Davis (Jnr), who is the current Chairman of GuySuCo.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Energetic Roller Derby opening season with home bout

first_imgThe first match of the season will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 6 p.m.Tickets can be purchased in advance from one of the team’s derby girls, costing only $6, or tickets can be bought at the door of the event for $8. Admission is free for kids 5 and under.The event will be looking to support the local food bank, as organizers are asking anyone in attendance to please bring a non-perishable food item.- Advertisement -Speaking of delicious food, there will also be concessions available for those in attendance.Along with an entertaining roller derby bout, the Fort St. John team is also asking for the audience’s participation in helping to pick a team name for this season. Present at the event will be a ballot box open to the public to submit their original ideas.For more information on the event or to request the purchase of pre-sale tickets, email info@energeticcityrollerderby.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Province to help Peace flooding victims

first_imgLocal governments may even be eligible to apply for the assistance. The Province says the local governments that will be considered for DFA are:The City of Dawson CreekThe City of Fort. St. JohnThe District of ChetwyndThe District of TaylorThe District of Tumbler RidgeHudson’s HopeElectoral Area B – on an east/west line south from Pink MountainElectoral Areas C, D and EDFA application forms, guidelines and more information about the program are available at www.pep.bc.ca or by calling 1 888 257-4777. The deadline for submitting DFA applications is  Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The provincial government is ready to start the flow of disaster relief funds to communities in the Northeast after a large rainfall event caused flooding in some areas.Areas around the Peace River Region were hit with upwards of 160 millimetres of rain that washed out roads and flooded several homes and businesses.- Advertisement -The Province says financial assistance will be made available for eligible homeowners, residential tenants, farms, small businesses and charitable organizations.The Disaster Financial Assistance program will cover 80 per cent of claims between $1,000 and $300,000.Communities all across the Peace suffered at least some flood damage, but some of the hardest hit areas were in and around Chetwynd. The District had to deal with overflowing creeks and some road washouts.Peace River Regional District officials had said that flooding was so bad in some areas, that approximately nine families west of Chetwynd near Highway 97 that were completely cut off for several days until road access was restored.Advertisementlast_img read more

Another Site-C Dam critic says construction is unlikely

first_img“It may be build someday but I don’t think it’s going to be build anytime soon,” Austin said. “I have my doubts as to whether it will ever be built”The panel made 50 recommendations to the federal and provincial governments. If they decide to go ahead with the project, a final decision is expected to be made this fall. David Austin says the biggest obstacle remains the impact on treaty rights of First Nations and he doubts all the adverse impact could be mitigated.However, he says that’s not the only issue working against construction of the third dam on the Peace River, at its proposed location southwest of Fort St. John.“It’s always been a low quality large hydro site because of the geology of the area,” Austin said. “Suppose you’re able to make this thing work from a cross perspective as compared to the alternative, than you actually have to go out a build it. The geology of the site c area is not promising for large structures like dams.”- Advertisement -The government has been pushing the electricity from the $8 billion dam, as one of the keys to development of the LNG Industry.However, in its report released a week ago today, a Joint Federal-Provincial Review Panel said BC Hydro has not demonstrated the need to complete the project according to its time line of 2024.Austin disagrees.Advertisementlast_img read more

UPDATE: Power restored in Fort St. John

first_imgBC Hydro says power was restored to customers at 4:09 pm.No cause has been confirmed yet, but crews suspect the outage was caused by wind gusts, as they might have caused the power lines to sway and contact each other.2,182 customers in Eastern Fort St John, reaching across Baldonnel to the Alberta border had no power since the early afternoon.- Advertisement –last_img

QPR investigate coin-throwing incident during Birmingham win

first_imgQPR are to looking into an incident in which a coin was allegedly thrown at their players during the 2-0 Championship win over Birmingham at Loftus Road.Rangers players were celebrating Junior Hoilett’s penalty after 39 minutes of the match when the incident allegedly took place.Rangers had taken the lead through Tjaronn Chery four minutes earlier but it was after Hoilett’s penalty and when Rangers players were celebrating that a coin was allegedly thrown at them from an away supporters section of the stadium.Following the game Rangers issued a statement which read: “Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club is aware of a coin throwing incident that took place during the first half of today’s fixture against Birmingham City.“A coin from the School End stand, in which the visiting supporters were situated, was thrown towards the Rangers players as the Rs celebrated their second goal in our Sky Bet Championship fixture at Loftus Road.“The club will continue to review video footage and liaise with the Metropolitan and West Midlands police.“The club will be making no further comment at this time.”A Birmingham spokesman said: “If anybody is found to have thrown a coin we will take the strongest possible action.“As a club we utterly condemn that sort of behaviour.“We will be liaising with the relevant bodies, including West Midlands Police, to investigate such allegations.” 1 Rangers players were celebrating Junior Hoilett’s penalty after 39 minutes last_img read more

Marseille want former West Brom man to replace Tottenham-bound N’Koudou

first_img1 Marseille are working on a deal for former West Brom winger Stephane Sessegnon.The Benin international is currently a free agent after his contract at the Hawthorns expired last month.The former Sunderland man has been linked with a number of clubs, including some from China and the Middle East.But, according to France Football, Sessegnon is in fact closing in on a move to Marseille.The French club are in need of a winger after agreeing to sell Georges-Kevin N’Koudou to Tottenham.Given the fact he is available for free, Sessegnon is seen as the best replacement on offer and Marseille hope to push through a deal for the 32-year-old by the end of the week. Stephane Sessegnon last_img

DONEGAL’S BATHING WATERS GET TOP QUALITY STATUS IN EPA REPORT

first_imgDunfanaghyDONEGAL was one of just six local authorities given quality status out of 18 around the country today for our bathing waters.The Environmental Protection Agency gave its figures in a report out today.In 2013, 97% of bathing areas (131 of the 135 bathing areas) complied with the EU mandatory standards and were classified as achieving at least ‘sufficient’ water quality status – similar to the 2012 bathing season. The proportion of bathing areas that complied with the much stricter EU guideline standards indicating ‘good’ water quality status was up at 84.4% (114 of 135) compared to just 66.9% (91of 136) in 2012.Donegal, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Meath, Clare, Kerry and Louth were in this stricter category and given the ‘good’ status. These account for 38.5% (52 of 135) of all bathing waters.Four of the 135 bathing waters (3%) failed to comply with the minimum mandatory standards, indicating ‘poor’ bathing water quality status. These were Clifden Beach (Galway), Lilliput (Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath), Dugort (Achill, Co. Mayo) and Ballyloughane (Galway City).Throughout the 2014 bathing season, up-to-date bathing water quality information and notifications of any incidents affecting bathing waters will be displayed on the Splash website at splash.epa.ie.   DONEGAL’S BATHING WATERS GET TOP QUALITY STATUS IN EPA REPORT was last modified: May 1st, 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:bathing watersdonegalEPAlast_img read more

DONEGAL HOSPICE NURSES RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMIC AWARD

first_imgSusan McCarroll and Liam Patton receive their awards.Two staff nurses at the Donegal Hospice have received prestigious academic awards.Lucy McGettigan, Clinical Nurse Manager at Donegal Hospice, said it is with great pride that we congratulate our two staff nurses Susan McCarroll and Liam Patton on their recent award at University College Dublin.Not only were they awarded a graduate diploma in palliative care nursing they were also awarded the Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn OHL medal for acquiring the top academic marks in the country. “Singularly to achieve this award is remarkable but for both to achieve it from the same unit is outstanding and as their mentor and line manager I can speak on behalf of all the management and staff at the Hospice to say we are very proud indeed,” said Ms McGettigan.The course was a Level 9 graduate diploma in palliative care in UCD in affiliation with our lady’s hospice Harold’s cross. The Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn OLH Medal is awarded to the graduate with the highest grades overall in the palliative care modules.This year was the first time it was a joint award. The course required them to attend college in Dublin one day per week for the academic year and in their own time to secureplacements in various work areas, to add to their experience.This is not an easy task while continuing to work full time and both having young families. The graduates now have a specialist palliative care qualification which makes it extremely relevant for practice in the Donegal Hospice which is a specialist palliative care unit. Liam’s stated “It’s a great privilege to work in palliative care and I have always had a special interest in palliative care nursing. Therefore it was right to further my studies in this area .“The course was intense but extremely rewarding with great support from my wife and family, my mentor Lucy McGettigan, my workplace and Dr Donal Martin’s support and of course the college itself all which made it more manageable.“I feel humbled to receive this medal for my academic efforts. My challenge now as a nurse is to contribute to providing excellent standards of palliative care by putting what I have learned into practice’.Susan has worked in the Donegal Hospice for almost eleven years.She said she was passionate about palliative care and cannot imagine working in any other area of nursing. “The organisation and support from the college and tutors was amazing. As well as gaining new knowledge and insights, it was great to see that our work practices at the Donegal Hospice are very much on a par with other specialist palliative care unitsthroughout the country.“It was very educational carrying out placements in Sligo hospice and our lady’s hospice in Harold’s cross in Dublin. Personally I could not have done any of this without the support my family, friends, Lucy McGettigan and my colleagues at the hospice. That I received the Sr Francis Rose O’Flynn medal for academic achievement jointly with my colleague Liam was an honour and the icing on the cake.“Completion of this course has affirmed my passion for my chosen area of nursing and has provided me with increased knowledge and confidence in carrying out this very privileged role.”Dr Donal Martin, Medical Director at the Hospice said they are very proud of our two staff who achieved this academic success. “The fact that this is the first time ever that two staff from one unit were awarded jointly makes their achievement even more remarkable. I am delighted to support these staff in their education and hopefully support other staff who may now decide to apply to undertake further education,” he said.DONEGAL HOSPICE NURSES RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS ACADEMIC AWARD was last modified: May 26th, 2015 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:awardsdonegal hospiceLiam PattonSusan McCarrolllast_img read more