The Wright View | Not too late to save WI cricket

first_img Maybe when Afghanistan and Ireland are ranked above us fans will realise what their prime ministers and cricket legends were saying for years, that the present West Indies Cricket Board and their surrogates are only interested in selecting yes-men to represent us and have consistently suppressed individualism, the very trait that made us unbeatable world champions for years! When the history of West Indies cricket and its demise comes to be written, these men will never be forgotten. The passage of Category 4 hurricane Matthew through the Caribbean en route to the islands of the Greater Antilles has caused several local sporting competitions to be postponed. That meant that sport fans could spend more time watching live television of different sports from around the world. Cricket was being played in South Africa, India and in Sharja. To watch the approach of world-class cricketers in ODI’s and Tests made us, quickly realise that cricket greats not only have natural talent, but they are able to think while playing, making critical adjustments during matches in an effort to win. The captaincy on display in these matches reveal that experience is the only attribute that can make a captain assess a pitch before deciding to bat or field when the toss is won, and experience is the only attribute when deciding what bowling change to make when pitches or bowler technique is unhelpful when facing prolonged batting partnerships. The West Indian Way of placing young, inexperienced captains (who have trouble commanding a place on the team based on merit) cannot work, will not work, and will instead embarrass the youngster and the group of nations that he represents. When will the West Indian cricket fan get a chance to celebrate a good cricket again? It doesn’t look like that will happen in the lifetime of this generation, unless we the fans insist on change in the structure of the group managing West Indian cricket. It is not too late! The Courtney Brown-selected group of West Indians now playing against Pakistan in the middle East, have so far lost the T20 series a 3-0 margin and are in the process of losing the One Day Internationals (ODI) by a similar scoreline. That loss will effectively rule us out of automatic qualification for the Champions League next year where the eight top teams in the world vie for supremacy. This is a tough call for West Indian fans who were quite recently celebrating the (temporary) resurgence of West Indian cricket after the teams from this region were crowned world champions in three different competitions. To move seamlessly from first to last, in any world sport is not an easy achievement. The uncertainty around the Champions League has been achieved by a series of events that were easily predicted to result in disaster. And yet we the West Indian cricket fans made only muted token protests and did not support the Caricom Committee on cricket while a group of “administrators” systematically removed from the team, any player of note who dared to question tactics, remuneration or selection criteria. Teams in the lower half of the world ranking in Tests, ODIs and T20s cannot wait to compete against us as it is obvious that they have a very good chance of moving up the rankings by defeating us. Where will it end? Selecting yes-menlast_img read more

Andre Ayew poised to snub Tottenham, Swansea AND West Ham

first_img Andre Ayew 1 Ghana star Andre Ayew has received offers from Tottenham, Swansea and West Ham – but still has his heart set on a move to Roma.The 25-year-old is out of contract this summer and available on a free after he rejected the chance to stay at Marseille.The forward has attracted particular interest from the Premier League, with Tottenham, Swansea and West Ham all offering him a deal.However, according to L’Equipe, Ayew is still holding out for an offer from Italian club Roma.The Serie A side secured Champions League football after finishing second in the league last season and that is believed to be a big factor for the Ghanaian.Before any move takes place though, Roma are hoping to clear up the future of Radja Nainggolan – who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.The Belgian’s departure would free up the necessary wages to seal a swoop for Ayew.last_img read more

Tottenham find new prodigal Son as £22m man downs Crystal Palace

first_imgHeung-Min Son’s first Premier League goal proved the difference as Tottenham earned a hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.Harry Kane wasted an early header for Spurs in a stale first half, which nearly came to life when Yohan Cabaye struck a post on the cusp of half time.Hugo Lloris made a stupendous save to tip Bakary Sako’s powerful effort against the woodowork halfway through the half, which Spurs used as a platform to take all three points.Son would score soon after Lloris’s intervention, racing free and firing past Alex McCarthy at his near post to hand Mauricio Pochettino’s side their first home win of the season.In a combative first half which saw Palace frustrate their hosts by Alan Pardew’s decision not to field a recognised striker, Kane had an opening in the early stages but couldn’t keep his free header on target.Spurs were in the ascendancy with Dele Alli and Son striking up a promising understanding, and the former had a shot parried by McCarthy before Kane lashed the rebound across the face of goal from a tight angle.Despite Spurs’ dominance in possession, it was the visitors who went closest in the opening period as Cabaye saw his stinging drive come back off the base of the post just before half time.Pardew introduced Frazier Campbell for Wilfried Zaha to give Palace a focal point in attack, but it was Sako who nearly broke the deadlock but for Lloris’s fingertips as the Frenchman tipped his drive onto the post.And that save proved vital as Spurs took the lead just three minutes later after a swift counter attack. Erik Lamela and substitute Christian Eriksen broke quickly from their own penalty area before the latter found Son, who fired through McCarthy’s legs for his first domestic goal after a double in Europe in midweek.Palace never really recovered after Son’s sucker punch, and Ali came the closest to getting on the scoresheet late on as the England youngster curled an effort just wide of the far post. 1 Heung-Min Son last_img read more

Man charged with breaking into Donegal Garda station

first_imgA man has been charged with carrying out a burglary at a Co Donegal Garda station.Michael Brennan was arrested today and appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court. Brennan, aged 21, is charged with two offences at Lifford Garda station on September 5th, 2015.He is charged with entering the building as a trespasser and also causing criminal damage to a wooden counter at the station.The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to summary disposal on both charges.Judge Alan Mitchell was told that the station is an unmanned station at times and that no Gardai were present in the building at the time of the alleged burglary.Garda Robin Doyle said he was not objecting to bail but asked that the accused, of 322 Coneyburrow, Lifford, sign on at a Garda station.The court was told that Brennan’s local Garda station was Lifford but he could not sign on there as it was not a 24-hour station.He was ordered to sign on once a week at Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donough Cleary, said his client was unemployed and was granted legal aid.The case was adjourned until April 9th.Man charged with breaking into Donegal Garda station was last modified: March 5th, 2018 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:break-inGarda stationLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Gaels make the lotto presentation to St Vincent de PaulWhen the winning numbers in the Letterkenny Gaels G.A.A. Club Lotto were checked last weekend, the winner turned out to be the local Society of St Vincent de Paul!Some generous punter had decided, when filling out their entry, to donate the winnings to the local charitable organisation by simply signing their name to the lotto slip.The winning envelope contained no other information to assist the club in identifying the mystery donor! The winning numbers 3, 12, 16 & 23 were drawn by the Club Committee on Monday night last and now the local Charity stands to receive a cheque for €1,450 which was presented to them last night.The club said it is delighted to be associated with this timely boost for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Thérèse.Dan Harnett, Letterkenny Gaels GAA Club Chairman said: “As a voluntary organisation we rely on the generosity of people in order to be in a position to help the youth of Letterkenny.“We’re very happy on this occasion to also assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who also do such great work in our community. It says much for the person who bought the ticket that they would put the less fortunate in our society before themselves. It’s a real Christmas story!”  ST VINCENT DE PAUL RECEIVE CHEQUE FROM MYSTERY LOTTO WINNER was last modified: December 7th, 2012 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:Letterkenny Gaelslotto winnerST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny parade is always great craic.So the final touches are being put to floats and costumes are being prepared for the Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade.With fingers crossed for good weather it is all gearing up for a day of family fun.Come along this year to see your friends, family and work colleagues in the parade. The parade will have the traditional mix of sporting clubs, dance groups, youth groups, clubs and societies as well as businesses getting involved, making it a fun and lively parade for the thousands of spectators. There will be vintage cars, animals and much more besides. The Parade starts at 3pm on Tuesday 17th March making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.Before the parade that is also the inaugural St.Patrick’s Day 5k walk/run/jog. Starting at 1.15pm from The Quiet Moment why not get your running shoes on and join in the family fun. The finishing line is at market Square and winners will be announced before the parade.Letterkenny Chamber that organises the parade would like people to know the following arrangements:* 5k registration takes place at An Grianan Theatre from 11.30am * Road closure from Station Roundabout to old Town is in place from 1pm* 5k starts from The Quiet Moment, Main Street at 1.15pm* Music and entertainment at Market Square from 2.15pm* Parking is available in town centre car parks and also at LYIT.* Parking designated for disabled is available in front of An Grainan Theatre. The Gardai will assist with directions fro accessing this. Motorised entries will queue up along Pearse Road with walking entries gathering at Station Roundabout for a parade start at 3pm sharp.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce says “We are looking forward to a busy parade and we would ask all those entering the parade and spectators to follow the advice of stewards and Gardai with respect to the parade. Safety and family fun is our priority on the day”For more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email PARADE ALMOST READY TO ‘FLOAT’ OFF! was last modified: March 15th, 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:letterkennySt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more

SA’s BRIC membership to boost country

first_imgPresndent Jacob Zuma addresses business leaders during his state visit to China in August 2010 (Image: GCIS) South Africa’s invitation by BRIC (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China) to join the bloc as a full member will propel the country to new heights. “It can expect to boost investment and trade opportunities for the country, as it has done for the other four states comprising the informal grouping,” said the International Marketing Council of South Africa’s CEO, Miller Matola.South Africa, which received an invitation to join the powerful group of emerging economies, had a combined GDP of R18-trillion (US$2.6-trillion) late in December.BRIC will account for 61% of global growth in three years’ time, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“The fact that South Africa has the opportunity to be affiliated to this group of powerful emerging economies underlines two main points. The country is recognised as a developing economy of significance in its own right, but also that it is the gateway to the continent of Africa – the next growth superstar,” said Matola.Matola expressed his belief that this is a good step for South Africa, not only economically but also politically. He said a new world order is unfolding where economic clout – and therefore political power – is shifting from West to East, with the BRIC countries as the visible face of this movement.South Africa, along with other emerging economies, has long been punting for a greater role in international organisations like the IMF and the World Bank.Enhancing South Africa’s influenceMatola added that the invitation to join BRIC, combined with South Africa’s renewed membership of the UN Security Council, will enhance the country’s influence in this regard too.He predicted important opportunities opening up on the investment and trade front, with private companies possibly finding it easier to gain a foothold into BRIC markets. Partnerships with BRIC-based companies may also bloom.“This might become particularly important as South Africa is already the biggest emerging economy investor in the continent and its companies are active in at least half of all African countries,” Matola said.Joining BRIC – soon to be BRICS – will also mean that South Africa must use these new opportunities to increase its competitive edge.Last year, the country’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum dropped, but its performance has in fact remained stable. Rather, the decline reflects improvements from other countries and their ability to spur growth.“South Africa will play in a different league and as such, will have to improve its delivery and performance,” said Matola.“To draw South Africa into this powerful club underlines the country’s growing international role and its future significance for those who want to make use of the expanding African opportunities.“It is, in fact, an association that does not only benefit the group, but the emerging world as a whole and Africa, in particular,” he said.It is expected that South Africa will be accepted formally as a new BRIC member at these emerging powers’ next summit in April.last_img read more

Poultry documentary filmed at the Ohio Expo Center debuts this week on CMT

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Look at you. You are a warrior,” is not typically a phrase one would utter to a chicken, unless, that is, you are considered Chicken People.There are few places where more of these birds of a feather flock together than the Ohio National Poultry Show held at the Ohio Expo Center each November — the PERFECT place to film portions of the new Chicken People movie that will have its broadcast premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 23 on Country Music Television (CMT) at 8 p.m.The film is described as a “charming, critically acclaimed CMT documentary about the colorful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders…A real life ‘Best in Show,’ but about chickens, the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their feathered muses on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens. Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some.”Indeed. The New York Times said Chicken People is “a fun and at times astonishing film,” and the Los Angeles Times called the movie “poignant and illuminating.”Chicken People made its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was featured at SIFF, Nashville Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, AFI Docs, Laemmle Monica Film Center and Village East Cinema. Any Ohio State Fair visitor will recognize scenes in the movie trailer and anyone closely associated with Ohio’s poultry show culture will surely recognize some faces in what looks to be an entertaining look into the unique world of Chicken People.last_img read more

Announcing the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit, Research Report and Month of Special Coverage

first_imgToday ReadWriteWeb is excited to announce our very first event, as part of a month-long engagement with one of the most important trends changing the way the internet works – the rise of the Real-Time Web.We’re kicking off a series of inter-related projects that will culminate with the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15th in Mountain View, California. It’s a 1-day event that will bring together some of the smartest minds doing real-time work for an industry-changing, face-to-face conversation. Throughout the next month there will be something for everyone, too, even if you can’t make it to the Summit. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ReadWriteWeb is an industry leader in covering the changes the web is going through as it becomes a real-time experience. We’re excited to leverage that expertise and help our community of readers and supporters grow our collective knowledge about the topic together through the following initiatives.The Summit We’re hosting a day of interactive conversations about the real-time web at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on October 15th. We’ve partnered with professional facilitator Kaliya Hamlin, a web-industry veteran from the bleeding edge of identity standards, who will facilitate the creation of the day’s agenda in real-time. Along with Kaliya, ReadWriteWeb Founder and Editor Richard MacManus from New Zealand, RWW COO Bernard Lunn from New York, and myself, will convene a gathering on that day of smart people with diverse experiences doing real-time work. We’ll tackle some of the biggest questions our industries face as the Web undergoes this fundamental shift.This isn’t going to be talking heads, on-stage sales pitches or stale presentations that aren’t as good as the conversation in the halls. This is going to be a participatory gathering of people engaging with the real-time web and responding to the most pressing issues and opportunities.A selection of the topics we expect to see discussed include:* The potential and pitfalls of real-time for social networking, media, financial services, humanitarian work and political advocacy.* How will ubiquitous real-time information delivery change the web in the future? What will it make possible? How will it change user expectations?* How can real-time information overload be dealt with, technically and culturally?* How can small organizations use the real-time web to challenge market incumbents? How can market incumbents continue to thrive in a real-time environment?Register TodayRegistration for the event opens today. We’ll be highlighting select early registrants in the coming days, but we’ll tell you now that this is a conversation you won’t want to miss. SponsorshipsCompanies interested in being a sponsor of the Summit should contact ReadWriteWeb COO Bernard Lunn.The Research ReportIn conjunction with the Summit, we’ll be releasing our second original premium research report. This Spring we published a well-received Guide to Online Community Management and we aim to make our report on the state of the real-time web even better. It will include interviews with 30 organizations doing cutting edge work in this market, curated highlights from the best writing about the real-time web from around the blogosphere, professionally produced documentation of all the conversation sessions at the Summit (which will also be made available for free to all Summit participants) and a few surprise resources. Readers of the report will have a solid foundation to take action on the real-time web.Watch this space for pre-ordering information about that forthcoming report and about discounts available to registrants for the Summit.A Month of Special CoverageThe real-time web is changing fields like social networking, media, search, humanitarian work and financial markets dramatically. In the month leading up to the Summit, we’ll be highlighting one “article of the day” about the real-time web that we’ve uncovered using the same research methods we use to break news about the topic regularly. If that article happens to be yours, we’ll link out to your blog and tell our readers why we think what you’ve written is so important. We’ll point readers to articles like Adam Tinworth’s thoughtful To LiveBlog or LiveTweet? or Steven Bell’s thought provoking post on the blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries titled The Real-Time Library and we’ll put those writings by others into perspective for the wider real-time world. We hope you’ll point us to the best articles you find on the topic as well, so we can share those with our community of readers.There’s an active conversation going on right now about the real-time web and we want to help our community of readers be as informed as possible about where the web is headed. We also believe that this series of highlights will help conversation at the Summit be all the better informed.We’re excited to focus on this big change the web is going through and to do it together with our community of readers and supporters. We hope you’ll join us for the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit and participate in all the parts of this special area of focus.Suggestions, questions and feedback can be directed to We won’t just see you in California in October, we’ll see you on the real-time web.Photo of Kaliya Hamlin by Bill Johnston Tags:#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

PBL: PV Sindhu leads Chennai Smashers to win, heartbreak for Sameer Verma

first_imgPV Sindhu put up a gritty performance on Wednesday to come back from behind against world No. 11 Beiwen Zhang of USA to eke out a 4-3 win for Chennai Smashers in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie against Mumbai Rockets in Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.Sindhu had to battle against Zhang 12-15, 15-7, 15-9 to consolidate Chennai’s position in the tie with a 2-1 lead.Sindhu’s match was the third match of the day and Zhang was at the top of her game in the initial half of the match. Zhang smashed and rallied her way over Sindhu to down the Indian.However, the Indian world No.2 bounced right back and put all her smashing prowess on display in the second game. Zhang also began to look a bit tired by the second half of the second game and eventually surrendered to Sindhu’s power.The world No.2 continued with the same strategy in the third game and despite Zhang matching toe to toe initially, she failed pose any real threat to Sindhu..@ChennaiSmashers’ @Pvsindhu1 is the IndianOil Indian Player of the Day after her hard-fought victory against Beiwen Zhang.#CHEvMUM #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 27, 2017Earlier, Sameer Verma had a heartbreak against Chennai’s Brice Leverdez as the Indian lost 14-15, 15-10, 14-15, which got the Smashers to a 1-1 tie with Mumbai.Sameer won the first point of the match and his net drops troubled Leverdez from the outset, which helped the Indian go into the break with an 8-6 lead.advertisementHowever, Leverdez came back hard despite being 10-14 down and levelled the game at 14-14.With the factor of sudden death, Leverdez clinched the decisive last point to win the game 15-14.Sameer made a strong comeback in the second game with his deceptive shots and started to play Leverdez at the back which started giving him spaces to attack.With the right strategy and implementation, Sameer raced to a 13-9 and it was only a matter of time from there and Sameer took the second game to force the match into the decider.The third game turned out to be equally interesting with both Sameer and Leverdez staying neck-and-neck.Leverdez found his stride in the right moment and raced to a 13-10 lead, only for Sameer to hit a wonderful patch, where he levelled the game 14-14.However, Leverdez dictated the pace of the final rally and Sameer hit the net to lose the match.The first match of the tie had gone to Mumbai’s favour when Lee Yong Dae and Tan Boon Heong crushed B Sumeeth Reddy and Lee Yang 15-9, 15-6Former world No.1 Son Wan Ho brought Mumbai Rockets right back into the tie in a dominating fashion, pulling off a commanding 15-11, 15-5 win over Tanongsak Saesomboonsuk in Mumbai’s Trump match.With two points at stake, Son Wan Ho brought his A game to the table and Tanongsak had no answers to him.Son Wan Ho, who is essentially a defensive player, began on an attacking note and maintained his momentum and tempo throughout the match.Tanongsak attempted to play Wan Ho up front but with the strong rally game of Wan Ho, it proved to be no real roadblock.Wan Ho completely outplayed the Thai player to put Mumbai 3-2 up and decision of the tie went to the final match, the mixed doubles match, which was Chennai’s Trump match.Some scintillating shots and a victory in straight games against TanongsakSaensomboonsuk, Son Wan Ho is tonight’s Vodafone Super Player of thetie!#CHEvMUM #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 27, 2017The mixed doubles tie between Chennai’s Chris and Gabrielle Adcock and Mumbai’s MR Arjun and Gabriela Stoeva proved to be a fitting finale to the night.With absolutely the win on the line, both teams gave it their all but the Adcocks emerged victorious 15-9, 13-15, 15-9.Adcocks absolutely dominated the Mumbai pair in the first game of the match with Chris’ smashes being the biggest takeaway of the game.However, it was the second game that turned the tables when world no.41 in men’s doubles Arjun and Stoeva began playing some brilliant net drops and started putting up a fabulous defensive show.Blocking each of Chris’ smashes with equal vigour and conviction, Arjun and Stoeva led 8-6 at the break.They eventually raced to a 13-10 before the Adcocks drew level 13-13, only for Arjun and Stoeva to step up the tempo to take the game 15-13.advertisementAdcocks began the third game with absolute vengeance and smashed their way to a 6-0 lead.Arjun and Stoeva, thereafter, put Gabriela in some tough spots and managed four points back, before the Adcocks lead 8-4 at the break.Despite some excellent fight from Mumbai,  Chris and Gabrielle handed Chennai their first win of the season with 15-9 win in the final game.last_img read more