West Indies looking for improved performance

first_img(CMC) – FOLLOWING contrasting results in their opening two games of the Tri-Nations Series, West Indies will go in search of an improved performance when they face Ireland again today, hoping to secure a berth in the final of the tournament.The Caribbean side crushed the Irish in their opener last Sunday by 196 runs in a game which featured a world-record opening stand between Shai Hope and John Campbell.However, they were brought back down to earth a few days later when they were easily brushed aside by Bangladesh, in an eight-wicket defeat, marked by mediocre out-fielding and the inability to post a really competitive total.Captain Jason Holder said it was now crucial for West Indies to up their game and rectify the mistakes they had made during that loss.“I thought we batted really well in the first game and in the second game it was probably a little bit tougher in terms of the pace of the wicket and trying to get runs flowing,” Holder said ahead of the contest at The Village in Malahide.“I think we’ve had a few discussions over the last couple days just how we can improve if we find ourselves back in that situation. It’s just a matter for us to try to get 300-plus runs on the board each time we go out there and bat.“I think we were just a little bit off the boil in the last game and in this game, we are just looking to do a few more things better and get up to that 300-run mark that we’re looking for.”West Indies entirely dominated their first meeting with Ireland. Their 381 for three was their second highest in ODIs and the margin of victory was their fourth largest in ODIs and largest in five years.Their bowling was also incisive, especially up front when they reduced the hosts to 21 for three in the fifth over. Following middle-order resistance, they took the last seven Irish wickets for just 33 runs.They will be keeping an anxious watch on the weather, however, especially after heavy rain forced the abandonment of Thursday’s match between Ireland and Bangladesh at the venue.“It should be a really good game again, hopefully the weather stays away,” Holder said.“We had a really good game against Ireland in the first round and basically it’s getting deeper into the competition now and we want to win this game and then secure a spot into the final.“We obviously just need to bat well and bowl well and hopefully we can get the result we’re looking for.”The series will be the final one before West Indies head into the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England, where they open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31.And Holder said one of the aims of the ongoing series is for players to improve themselves ahead of the showpiece.“I’m happy with how things are going so far. I think the guys have been working really hard. They’ve been very, very disciplined,” the world-rated all-rounder pointed out.“We were probably not at our best in the last game but we had tonnes of discussions over the last few days on how we can get better and how we can improve, which is what you want in a young group like this one.“So I’m very, very positive that we can bounce back against Ireland and when we play Bangladesh the second time around, we will put up a much better performance.”TEAMS:IRELAND – William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary WilsonWEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roachlast_img read more

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Hardy homers as Brewers win 3rd straight

first_imgJ.J. Hardy homered in the second and drove in the winning run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly as the Brewers completed a three-game road sweep of the Cleveland Indians.[/media-credit]CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping J.J. Hardy homered early and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman blew an 8-4 lead in the ninth, but the NL Central leaders earned their eighth straight interleague win over Cleveland. Milwaukee also swept three in 2006 and won the final two of a three-game set in 2001.Prince Fielder singled with one out in the 11th off Greg Aquino (1-2), who then walked Corey Hart. The runners advanced on a wild pitch that made the count 1-1 on Mike Cameron. The Indians intentionally walked Cameron to load the bases before Hardy lifted a fly to center, scoring Fielder.Mark DiFelice (4-0) worked 1 1-3 innings for the win. Mitch Stetter struck out two with two runners on to earn his first career save.Ryan Garko’s three-run double with one out in the ninth tied it at 8. Hoffman, baseball’s career saves leader with 570, blew one for the first time in 17 chances since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent.Hoffman entered with runners on second and third and yielded a one-out RBI single to Victor Martinez before walking Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases. Garko followed with a drive to left-center. He overran second base, however, and was tagged out while sprawled on the ground after twisting his right ankle. He walked off and was replaced in left field by Ben Francisco to start the 10th.Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had two hits and scored twice before leaving in the eighth with lower back tightness.After the start was delayed 34 minutes by rain, Hart drove in three runs and hit one of Milwaukee’s three homers as the Brewers took an 8-4 lead.Bill Hall, in a 7-for-77 (.091) slide, broke a 3-all tie in the seventh with his fifth homer — and first since May 14.Hardy hit his sixth homer — his first since May 8 — in the second for a 2-0 lead. He came to bat in a 7-for-63 (.111) skid.The Indians, last in the AL Central, lost for the fourth time in five games. Their bullpen was battered by the Brewers for 21 hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 combined innings in the series.When Cleveland fell behind 1-0 in the first, it brought out the boo birds to replace sea gulls that have pestered patrons at Progressive Field in recent games.Cleveland tied it with a three-run fourth. Consecutive one-out doubles by Martinez, Choo and Garko made it 3-2. Garko scored on Luis Valbuena’s single to tie it.Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan allowed three runs over seven innings. Cleveland’s David Huff gave up three runs in five innings — failing to get past the fifth for the sixth time in seven career starts since May 17.NOTES: Cleveland last beat Milwaukee on June 13, 2001, a 5-2 win in 10 innings. … Indians manager Eric Wedge said OF Grady Sizemore and INF Asdrubal Cabrera will go with the team to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. Sizemore, out since May 31 with a sore left elbow and Cabrera, sidelined since June 3 with a strained left shoulder, will work out and hopefully start injury rehab assignments next week. … Indians RHP Carl Pavano will be moved back a day or two in the rotation. He has a tender shoulder. …Brewers INF Casey McGehee did not play because of knee and ankle injuries.last_img read more

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Gbinije hits game-winner with one-tenth of a second left against Virginia Tech, lifts Syracuse to 72-70 win

first_imgBoth of Devin Wilson’s hands were up, but neither could reach Michael Gbinije or the ball he was about to float through the bottom of the net in front of the Syracuse student section.Gbinije had driven across the top of the key to just outside the left block, spun back to his right and drained the game-winning shot with a tenth of a second remaining to give Syracuse (15-7, 6-3) a win at the end of a furious six-minute comeback over Virginia Tech (9-13, 1-8) on Tuesday night in front of 22,928 in the Carrier Dome.In a game when Rakeem Christmas was below his recently high standards and the Orange’s best shooters struggled to sink open looks, Gbinije provided a third scoring option after Trevor Cooney spared the Orange. Gbinije’s 18 points, seven assists and four steals kept Syracuse close with the Hokies when it struggled, even when the visitors started to hit 3s and put SU in front at the last possible moment.While Syracuse force-fed Christmas, it swung the ball to Gbinije with ease. Whereas when the ball came bouncing back out of the post and into Virginia Tech hands, when the Orange picked out Gbinije, it glided through the hoop.Twice in the final three minutes of the first half, Kaleb Joseph swung the ball to Gbinije. The first, with 2:46 left in the half was from the right wing and tied the game at 28-28. The second, from the left wing, gave SU a 34-30 lead with 34 seconds remaining.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe halftime cushion proved crucial as the Orange got off to as troubling of a start in the second half as it did in the first.Going into the second media timeout with 11:20 remaining, SU trailed 52-49. The Hokies had made all of their six 3s. Gbinije drew two fouls in nine seconds, inching the Orange closer to the bonus.After struggling to hit free throws like so many of his teammates, Gbinije would use that bonus to tie the Hokies before beating them.With 18.9 seconds remaining and SU trailing by 2, his first free throw hit the front rim and the backboard, then dropped in. His next swished through the hoop.After an Adam Smith over-and-back gave the Orange the ball back, Gbinije inbounded the ball in front of SU’s bench. When he was given the ball, he attacked again to give SU a lead too late for the Hokies to take back. Comments Published on February 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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More over 50s Register for 2017 Edition

first_imgACCESS/ LAGOS MARATHONProbably buoyed by the success of sexagenarian Abiola Oshodi-Adeniyi Bada and Seni Ogunlende who competed in the 2016 edition of the Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon, more members of the over 50 years club are showing interest in the 2017 edition of the race.Since registration began in November last year, there has been an increase in the number of men and women over age 50 coming to pick entry forms at the Teslim Balogun Stadium office of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. While 68-year-old Oshodi-Adeniyi Bada is yet to pick entry form for the 2017 race, 64-year old Ogunlende was one of the sexagenarians at the marathon office on Monday to register for the road race.Ogunlende was warmly received at the Marathon Office by the Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon General Manager, Yussuf Alli, and Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas.Alli, a former international long jumper, expressed his joy at the increase in the high number of older men and women embracing the culture of running.He said it was a global phenomenon, adding that between 1991 and 2011, 518,000 finished the New York Marathon and about 18 per cent were members of the over 50 club.Alli urged more and more Nigerians, especially those over 50 years to show more interest in walking, jogging, exercise and running as it an anti-aging antidote.“Medical research have proved that exercise by men and women in their 40s, 50s and above counteract the effects of aging,’’ he noted.Alli revealed that running benefits include calorie burn, improved cardio, muscle strength, stress relief, and the prevention of some types of cancers.“Old age comes with certain conditions and diseases, so finding ways to improve your health become more important as you grow older. For example there are simple daily exercises that help over 50 controls their weight, strengthen your heart muscle, lower blood pressure, and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Bring on Ivory Coast says Appiah

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah said he would have wished to battle it out with tournament favourites Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals instead of Cape Verde.Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Appiah said if he had his way he would have changed the pairings to ensure that the Black Stars face the Elephants because the Blue Sharks have got nothing to lose.The former Ghana international said despite his views, he still holds a lot of respect for the Islanders and will employ every strategy to cripple their chances of making history with the Black Stars.“We need to respect Cape Verde,” Appiah said. “They are 100 per cent disciplined. It is not going to be easy. We need to work more to go past them.”He added: “I’ll prefer to meet Ivory Coast than meeting Cape Verde. When you are playing a team that has got nothing to lose it’s difficult because there is no pressure on them. That is the fear in me.”Ghana have booked a quarter-final date with the debutants on Saturday after leading their group following an emphatic 3-0 win over Niger.last_img read more

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter hails Ghana’s performance at AFCON 2015

first_imgFIFA President Sepp Blatter has lauded the performance of the Black Stars at the just ended 2015 AFCON held in Equatorial Guinea where Ghana finished as runners up to Cote D’Ivoire.Mr. Blatter who was in Equatorial Guinea to watch the final match, also congratulated Coach Avram Grant and the entire technical, administrative and medical team.“Congratulations to the national team on reaching the final of the African Nations Cup Equatorial Guinea 2015! The final match against Cote D’Ivoire at the Stadium of Bata was a passionate encounter, which you were unfortunate to lose after a nerve-racking penalty shootout that ended 9-8 in favour of the Elephants”.“Your team played excellent football and could have as well won the trophy”.“Having arrived to Zurich, I would like on behalf of the international football community to extend our warmest congratulations on your second-place finish, not only to the Black Stars, but also to the coach Avram Grant and the entire technical, administrative and medical team”, the FIFA Boss said in a letter sent to the Ghana Football Association.He further wished Ghana continued success for the competitions ahead.last_img read more

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State Lawmakers Favor Spending on Teacher Raises, Tourism and Affordable Housing

first_imgAs state lawmakers move closer to finalizing a $92 billion budget, they are also monitoring the global spread of the coronavirus, which could end up disrupting the anticipated revenues needed for major items in their spending plan.“It’s a serious concern,” says Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva. “It’s a concern because we are making some strong spending commitments in areas that everyone can support, but they’re strong recurring spending commitments.”On Saturday, lawmakers agreed to put more than $500 million into teacher pay raises, which is a three percent across-the-board raise for state workers. They also decided to preserve the full $387 million in the affordable housing trust fund and to set aside $50 million for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization.Each one of those initiatives could instead see cuts if the coronavirus affects tourism.“We’re all concerned primarily for the lives of Floridians and all of our brothers and sisters around the world,” says Senate budget chief Rob Bradley. “The governor and his team are on the case and they’re being very aggressive in dealing with it.”DeSantis recently asked lawmakers for $25 million to help fight the threat of the coronavirus, which has already resulted in two deaths in the state.However, Oliva says people should go about their lives and not give in to “panic” over the virus.He adds, “There is a difference between legitimate concern – and we should all be very legitimately concerned – and panic. When we begin to act in a panicked way the structures of things around us begin to crumble and then we get ourselves into a situation that a special session cannot repair.”last_img read more

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Multiple Faiths Rally For Justice, Climate Change

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK –
Different faiths, different religions but one message—we must work to save our planet.“I never protested in the ’60s,” said Judy Reichard, a Manalapan resident. “So, I’m doing it in my 70s.”Reichard, joined an estimated 100 from a wide array of area churches, as they came together Sunday evening on the front lawn of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St., for a prayer service and candlelight vigil. The purpose was to raise awareness for social justice issues and what the participants believe is the growing threat posed by climate change, in preparation of the United Nations’ climate change conference scheduled for Paris in December.It was interfaith but the timing also coincided with the arrival of Pope Francis, who stepped foot on American soil for the first time as his plane touched down at Andrews Area Base Tuesday. Pope Francis called on Catholics around the world to make social justice and global warning a moral imperative.The Rev. Jessica Brendler-Naulty, the Methodist church’s pastor, was responsible for organizing the event, said she had been an environmental science teacher for about a year before attending the seminary.In addition to Brendler-Naulty, the gathering featured comments from a Roman Catholic priest, a Baptist minister, a Muslim woman, a Sikh man and others, who offered their shared views about expressing the importance of informing the public about the issue, which for them has taken on a moral dimension.Brendler-Naulty said she was encouraged by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, with its pronouncements about the dangers of climate change and the impact wealthier nations are having on the environment of poorer ones. “He set the moral compass that we’re all in this together,” was Brendler-Naulty’s takeaway from the pope’s words. “And we can take strength from it.”“It’s for us to all work together,” said Red Bank resident Patty Casey who participated in the service. “We’re all on this planet together.”“We are the stewards,” of the planet, said Esmat Mahmoud, a board member of the Monmouth Center of World Religion and Ethical Thought, a Lincroft-based group that celebrates cultural and religious diversity. On our environment, “It is up to us for its safe keeping,”Mahmoud added. “God has given us the ability to take care of this earth.”Reichard said her children and grandkids would describe themselves as environmentalists. She embraced the message one day accompanying her son to a Starbucks for coffee. Her son asked Reichard if she remembered to bring her reusable cup. She didn’t, she recalled, with her son telling her she really didn’t need the coffee.“That’s what I would like people to understand,” Reichard explained, “that we can all make a difference. Even the little stuff helps.”“We’re hoping for a continued conversation,” on this topic, is Brendler-Naulty’s wish.For Amy Goldsmith it’s about getting the message out. Goldsmith, who lives in Red Bank and is executive director of Clean Water Action, a statewide environmental group, asked participants to take to social media and spread the word, to inform others. “Information is power,” she told the gathering.last_img read more

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CONSIDER OTHERS TO BECOME CITIZENS

first_imgOne hundred and sixty seven years ago, Liberia declared independence as the First African Republic and by so doing, gave birth to the land we call our Home.The framers of our constitution established a system of government which is a replica of the United States’ constitution; the place where the founders of Liberia were uprooted from Africa and transplanted.  The constitution was to serve as a pedestal of a new nation. The architect of that constitution intentionally enshrined a certain clause under Article 27B of the Citizenship and Naturalization Section: which states “only individuals of negro descent can become citizens of Liberia.”  In my view, this protective clause was done in order to safeguard the infant nation from the manacles of the imperialists, which circumscribed us at that time, of which I totally agree.  Arguably, this restriction was appropriate then; one should also agree it has outlived its long validity and relevance in these days and times.Nations which were regarded as segregated, of which we could give so many examples, have now racially integrated populations and engaged in the process of amalgamation.  What more about a Country which has always been a relatively liberal and circular society? This clause already mentioned in our constitution is not only out rightly obsolete, but is also inimical to the developmental process of a country, which is trying to exhaust every means for economic resuscitation and reconstruction.  Liberia is badly in need of infrastructural development and emerging from nearly two decades of bloody civil crisis, resulting into the wholesale destruction of socio-economic and political fabric, we need to open up to a world so compressed that we are now next door neighbors.  This will enhance the unevenness and disparities, caused by political upheavals, tribalism and wars.Most naturally, the question comes to mind: why then should we maintain the status quo?  Xenophobia, of course cannot be the right answer, because aliens have been literally involved in every sector of our society.  They have contributed immensely in the areas of health delivery, education, religion, trade and industry, just to name a few.  Some of them have even married Liberian citizens and established families here.  But one important thing worth noting is that, throughout the ups-and-downs in the course of the national existence, some of them have existed with us as friends, teachers, doctors, business partners, neighbors, etc.  We should consider them as fellow compatriots working together in a beautiful symphony of development to stimulate an epoch of development and prosperity, which will reverberate in every hamlet, village and town across our common patrimony.  Our developmental agenda is mammoth and we cannot do it all by ourselves.  It is a Liberian saying that, one finger does not pick lice, so we need all persons of substance to join hands with us in the herculean task of development and reconstruction. Even though people of black or Negro, etc. descent are coming into our country, we need quality and a quota system for immigration.For example, while the world is changing at the speed of light, Providence Island remains the same since 1847. Someone might be quick to ask: why can’t we do it now?  It can be done now by people who have foresight and vision for the future.  What economic sense does it make if one is allowed to acquire wealth in a particular country and yet be barred from developing that country, because he cannot become a member of the body politics? For him, the country will be only a tunnel or conduit from which he will channel all his time, energy, efforts and money to.  Also, they will transfer what they gain from Liberia to their own countries because of this clause of segregated oneness. This clause has only encouraged capital flight which is detrimental to any effort resuscitate our ailing economy.  One just has to ask, where do all the dollars go?As a lover of nature, I sometime travel to some areas of our country’s most magnificent sites, like Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County; Edina in Grand Bassa; Marshall City in Margibi County; the St. Paul River basin and other attractive breathtaking natural areas, to gaze at their elegance and while enthralled by them, I wonder why these natural magnificent scenes remain unimproved across the years; and why we have ocean, rivers, lakes and streams and yet we lack adequate safe drinking water; and why we have fertile land and heavy rainfall and cannot feed ourselves with cassava, one of the staples of our country.In conclusion, I call upon the Commissioner of the Constitutional Review Committee, Cllr. Gloria Scott and the men of foresight and vision to revisit this citizen clause in our constitution and look to the future with hope and trust and by putting in place the necessary laws.endI would like to recommend and petition that this Government set up a Citizenship Commission, charged with whatever it takes to revisit and repeal Article 27B, regarding Citizenship and Naturalization in our constitution.  If we must expand and realize our tremendous untapped God-given resources to develop, and develop we must, it is time that we consider others who have the technology know how, in line with our national manpower projection needs to become a part of our body politics within the rule of law working for the common good.  Let other become citizens of Liberia!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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‘Timely Intervention’

first_imgThe leadership of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) said it welcomes the move by the president of the Liberian Football Association (LFA), Musa Bility, pledging his support to the development of the Union.“For years the Union has been without a permanent place to call a home before Musa Bility made a timely intervention that got us our new home,” Martha E. Akorsah, President of the Union, said.“When the Union wrote his office for assistance, we were not let down. His pledge to continue assisting the Union is more than a rescue.“The Union will forever remain grateful to the LFA boss for giving us US$5,000, which helped us to rent our office space.” The Union’s leadership portrays Musa Bility as an upright man who keeps his promises.For his part, Musa Bility said, “If Liberia intends to be counted with other nations, the film industry should not be rooted out. I feel this is the right time to help the movie industry to realize its full potential.“It’s time we help the movie industry to extend its activities far beyond the borders of Liberia.” Mr Bility urged filmmakers to invest more time in producing quality films that will attract more investments in the industry, adding that any failure on their part has the possibility to scale back the Union’s progress.Mr. Bility, who is also the CEO of Srimex Oil and Gas Company, added: “I sincerely think that such a task is not difficult to be achieved, depending on the level of commitment that the individual is willing to exercise. “What I have done for the industry is something that I have been doing for other sectors. I feel happy with the way things are improving.” Mr. Bility also reaffirmed his support to help the industry extend and expand beyond the borders of Liberia “only if the leadership can brave the storm and apply effort.”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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