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Legends demand dissolution of WICB

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first_img The statement from the former West Indies cricketers pointed to structural reforms to the Australian, New Zealand, India and England and Wales cricket boards, while accusing the WICB of resisting “all recommendations for structural change”. “In recent years, it has rejected the proposals of the Lucky, Patterson and Wilkin Committees,” the legends said. “And a few months ago, it did the same thing to the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Committee.” The legends’ statement also said: “We believe that revival of West Indies cricket will only happen when the Board undergoes structural adjustment and when it improves the quality of its communication and leadership and upgrades the management of key relationships.” Pressure has been mounting on Cameron’s WICB to step down after Sammy’s emotional criticism of the board minutes after the regional side regained the T20 World Cup in India recently. The legends, who led a dominant era when West Indies were world beaters, said they are bent on protecting their rich legacy. “Throughout our history, West Indies teams and West Indies players have had great triumphs. We are very proud of our legacy,” the statement said. “We cannot now in good conscience stand idly by and watch everything that we fought so hard to build and achieve disappear right before our eyes because of the actions of inept board members and an incompetent board.” ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): West Indies cricket legends are demanding the “immediate resignation” of the Dave Cameron-led West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), in line with the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. The legends are also insisting on the establishment of an interim board and the creation of a new structure to replace the WICB and manage the regional game. In a statement released after a meeting in Grenada, the legends have called for the WICB to honour a promise that it made to accept the recommendations of the WICB/Caricom Governance Review Panel. WICB had given a commitment to implement the recommendations during a meeting with the legends and Caricom chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, in Grenada year ago, but has since been accused of reneging. “We, the Legends call on the WICB to honour its solemn promise to Caribbean prime ministers in April 2015 to accept and implement the recommendations of the WICB/CARICOM Governance Review Panel – the immediate resignation of current directors, the establishment of an interim board and the design of a new board structure,” the legends said in a statement released late Monday. Legends participating in the meeting at the Spice Island Beach Resort last Thursday were Sir Gary Sobers, Sir Wes Hall, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Andy Roberts, Deryck Murray, Charlie Griffith, Desmond Haynes, as well as former West Indies players Dinanath Ramnarine and Roger Harper. West Indies men’s T20 captain, Darren Sammy and sports psychologist, Dr Rudy Webster, also attended. The legends’ statement also called on Caricom to appoint an independent auditor to carry out a detailed forensic audit of the board and requested that sponsors of West Indies cricket make good governance a condition for financial support. “Continual backing of an inefficient board and an out-of-date structure will result in irreparable damage to West Indies cricket,” said the statement. During their meeting in Grenada, the legends also held discussions with Prime Minister Mitchell, chairman of Caricom’s subcommittee of Cricket Governance. “We are satisfied that Caricom has no intention of engaging in the day-to-day management of West Indies cricket. Caricom’s aim is to help create a structure and an enabling environment in which West Indies cricket can develop and flourish,” the statement pointed out. “During the last two decades, many different presidents and CEOs have led the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and yet, its performance has declined steadily with each passing year. The board is an oligarchic structure that considers itself answerable to no one but itself.” STRUCTURAL REFORMSlast_img read more

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Fort St. John Senior Flyers open the Allan Cup with a win

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first_imgClayton Bahm responded just 2 minutes later to tie the game, and the Flyers would add in one more in each frame as Todd Alexander and Tyler Brough scored respectively to make it 3-1 in the third period.The Eagles would close to within one in the final stanza, however goalie Troy Hunt, as he has been all season, was stellar down the stretch as he locked down the fort, giving the Fort St. John Flyers the 3-2 victory, and the early lead in division one of the Allan Cup.The Flyers, after surrendering 10 shots in the first period, played a very stout defensive game in the final 40 minutes, including allowing only 4 shots in the second period.- Advertisement -Fort St. John will now move onto to tomorrow’s tilt against the Clarenville Caribous at 3 PM, a game that can be heard live once again on Moose FM, with the pre-game show slated for 2:45. A win by the Flyers will see them take the division, and receive a bye into Friday’s semi-final.last_img read more

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Arsenal keeper Cech out for a month

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first_img0Shares0000Arsenal captain Petr Cech will be sidelined for up to a month © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.Cech limped off late in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Watford on Saturday after suffering the injury while taking a goal-kick. Arsenal said in an update on their official website ahead of their Europa League tie at Qarabag on Thursday that Gunners captain Cech had a “left hamstring injury” and was “expected to return to full training in three to four weeks”.The former Chelsea star has not made the trip to Azerbaijan and will definitely miss Sunday’s visit to Fulham, Arsenal’s last Premier League before an international break, and the home game on October 22 against Leicester.Bernd Leno produced an impressive display after replacing Cech against Watford and boss Unai Emery backed the German to prove a sturdy understudy.Leno arrived from Bayer Leverkusen during the close season, but before Cech’s injury had only featured in the Europa League and the League Cup.Arsenal also confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles was expected back in full training during early October, quicker than initially suggested after he fractured his left fibula.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Barry Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction charges

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In August, when the 43-year-old Bonds passed Hank Aaron to become the career home run leader, he flatly rejected any suggestion that the milestone was stained by steroids. “This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period,” Bonds said. But while San Franciscans cheered his every swing and fans elsewhere scorned every homer, a grand jury quietly worked behind closed doors to put the finishing touches on the long-rumored indictment. Bonds is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in the steroids probe, which also ensnared track star Marion Jones. She pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal investigators about using steroids and faces up to six months in prison. Bonds finished the year with 762 homers, seven more than Aaron, and is currently a free agent. In 2001, he set the season record with 73 home runs. SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds, baseball’s home run king, was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday and could go to prison instead of the Hall of Fame for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. The indictment, culminating a four-year investigation into steroid use by elite athletes, charged Bonds with four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison. Shortly after the indictment was handed up, Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was ordered released after spending most of the past year in prison for refusing to testify against his longtime friend. “During the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained including positive tests for the presence of anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing substances for Bonds and other athletes,” the indictment said. Late in the season, the San Francisco Giants told the seven-time National League MVP they didn’t want him back next year. Bonds could not immediately be reached for comment. One of his attorneys, John Burris, didn’t know of the indictment before being alerted by The Associated Press and said he would call Bonds to notify him. “I’m surprised,” Burris said, “but there’s been an effort to get Barry for a long time. I’m curious what evidence they have now they didn’t have before.” Bonds’ defense attorney, Mike Rains, declined comment because he hadn’t seen a copy of the indictment. “However, it goes without saying that we look forward to rebutting these unsupported charges in court,” Rains said. “We will no doubt have more specific comments in the very near future once we have had the opportunity to actually see this indictment that took so long to generate.” Bonds is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Dec. 7. He has never been identified by Major League Baseball as testing positive for steroids. The Giants, the players’ union and even the White House called it a sad day for baseball. “This is a very sad day. For many years, Barry Bonds was an important member of our team and is one of the most talented baseball players of his era. These are serious charges. Now that the judicial process has begun, we look forward to this matter being resolved in a court of law,” the Giants said. Union head Donald Fehr said he was “saddened” to learn of the indictment, but cautioned that “every defendant, including Barry Bonds, is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless and until such time as he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” In Washington, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said: “The president is very disappointed to hear this. As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad day for baseball.” Commissioner Bud Selig withheld judgment, saying, “I take this indictment very seriously and will follow its progress closely.” Bush, who once owned the Texas Rangers, called Bonds to congratulate him in August when the Giants’ outfielder broke the home run mark. “You’ve always been a great hitter and you broke a great record,” Bush said at the time. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, who is investigating drug use in baseball, declined comment. So did Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson. Bonds was charged in the indictment with lying when he said he didn’t knowingly take steroids given to him by Anderson. Bonds is also charged with lying that Anderson never injected him with steroids. “Greg wouldn’t do that,” Bonds testified in December 2003 when asked if Anderson ever gave him any drugs that needed to be injected. “He knows I’m against that stuff.” Anderson’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said the trainer didn’t cooperate with the grand jury that indicted Bonds. “This indictment came out of left field,” Geragos said. “Frankly I’m aghast. It looks like the government misled me and Greg as well, saying this case couldn’t go forward without him.” Prosecutors promised Bonds they wouldn’t charge him with any drug-related counts if he testified truthfully. But according to the indictment, Bonds repeatedly denied taking any steroids or performance-enhancing drugs despite evidence to the contrary. For instance, investigators seized a so-called “doping calendar” labeled “BB” during a raid of Anderson’s house. “He could know other BBs,” Bonds replied when shown the calendar during his testimony. Asked directly if Anderson supplied him with steroids, Bonds answered: “Not that I know of.” Bonds even denied taking steroids when he was shown documents revealing a positive steroids test for a player named Barry B. Bonds said at the end of the 2003 season, Anderson rubbed some cream on his arm that the trainer said would help him recover. Anderson also gave him something he called “flax seed oil,” Bonds said. Bonds then testified that prior to the 2003 season, he never took anything supplied by Anderson – which the indictment alleges was a lie because the doping calendars seized from Anderson’s house were dated 2001. Bonds has long been shadowed by allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs. The son of former big league star Bobby Bonds, Barry broke into the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 as a lithe, base-stealing outfielder. By the late 1990s, he’d bulked up to more than 240 pounds – his head, in particular, becoming noticeably bigger. His physical growth was accompanied by a remarkable power surge. Speculation of his impending indictment had mounted for more than a year, but the specter of steroid allegations have shadowed him for much longer. The government’s steroids probe went public in September 2003, when federal agents raided the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) – the Burlingame-based supplements lab that was the center of a steroids distribution ring. Bonds joins a parade of defendants tied to the BALCO investigation, including Anderson, who served three months in prison and three months of home detention after pleading guilty to steroid distribution and money laundering. BALCO founder Victor Conte also served three months in prison after he pleaded guilty to steroids distribution. But Conte has long insisted that Bonds didn’t get steroids from his lab. — Associated Press Writer Chris Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.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

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Around Whittier

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A suspected drug dealer is in jail after Montebello Special Investigations Unit detectives staked out his home and then searched it Thursday night. Detectives recovered an ounce of methamphetamines, $16,000 in cash and two handguns during a search of the south Montebello home, Sgt. Brian Dragoo said. Officers would not release the suspect’s name because of a continuing investigation. Police discover missing gun MONTEBELLO – Authorities uncovered a missing gun five days after arresting a man suspected of transporting a half pound of methamphetamine and shooting a gun from his car window. Montebello police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Bluff Road and Washington Boulevard on Jan. 20. They found gun casings on the ground next to a car. They searched the car, and found a half pound of methamphetamine. They arrested the man and woman who were in the car, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. Officials identified the man and primary suspect as Joe Garcia, 31, of East Los Angeles. Garcia posted bail two days later and officers got word that he was trying to recover his car from a tow yard, Dragoo said. Officers suspected the gun was in the car and wrote a search warrant for the vehicle on Wednesday. When they searched it, they found a .40-caliber handgun hidden in the air-conditioning vent. Officers arrested Garcia again and added an additional weapons charge. After searching his home, they found narcotics paraphernalia, Dragoo said. Singing group offers scholarships WHITTIER – Vocal scholarships are being offered by the New Century Singers to college, community college and high school vocal students. There will be two $1,000 scholarships for students in four-year universities, two $500 scholarships for students in community colleges and two $250 scholarships for high school students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens between 16 and 26 years old and have a recommendation from a vocal faculty member. They also must be available to perform at the annual New Century Singer’s Spring Scholarship Concert on May 21. Applications must be received by March 3. Auditions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at First Friends Church, 13205 Philadelphia St. Candidates must provide their own accompanists and perform two songs showing contrasting style. The entry fee is $25 for university students, $15 for community college students and $10 for high school students. Last year’s winners are ineligible. For more information, call scholarship Chairwoman Maxine Hoth at (562) 696-2248 or (714) 609-1773. YMCA breakfast set for Feb. 4 WHITTIER – The annual YMCA Pancake Breakfast, held by the Whittier A.M. Y’s Men Club, will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Uptown Whittier YMCA, 12510 E. Hadley St. Tickets cost $4 and children 5 and under get in free. Money raised at the event will support youth sports programs at the YMCA. For more information, call (562) 907-6530. – From staff reportslast_img read more

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Guest tea celebrates memory of singer Stevie Martin – Picture Special

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first_imgA community came together in the Social Centre Lifford last night to celebrate the memory of the late singer Stevie Martin (aka Rainy Boy Sleep) and to help raise funds for the new Pieta House North West Centre.The day of events yesterday began with a coffee morning, before the evening guest tea, where everyone was entertained by local musicians Martin McColgan, Ted Ponsonby and the Henry Girls as they sampled some of the finest home baking provided.  The successful event was the culmination of much hard work put in by the organisers.The late Stevie’s Mother Marina Martin who organised the event spoke passionately of the benefits of Pieta House and the needs for this service in Donegal. The new Pieta House is due to open in Letterkenny on the 15th of May. Marina, not wanting to single anyone out, wished to thank everyone that helped with this event which she planned to mark Stevie’s memory.  Stevie’s 30th Birthday would have been celebrated on the 11th of March. The talented musician was laid to rest in August 2016.Marina only recently learned how passionate Stevie was about the issues of mental health, as he had taken part in last year’s Darkness into Light walk. She now intends to join the annual awareness event this year herself.Pictures by Máirtin Mac CrábhagáinThe talented Martin McColgan getting the night underwayAnastasia Roache from Pieta House addressing the guestsCaroline and Kathleen all smiles for the cameraCaroline and Rhylie McBrideDanny and Georgie complementing Dympna on her teaMargaret and Mia enjoying the Henry GirlsMarina Martin and Anastasia Roache Martina, Katie and Ann enjoying the treats on offerThe Henry Girls and Ted Ponsonby providing top class entertainment_Guest tea celebrates memory of singer Stevie Martin – Picture Special was last modified: April 18th, 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:coffee morningGuest TeaPIeta HouseRainy Boy SleepStevie Martinlast_img read more

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Senator on Fanad Great Arch controversy: “Our natural amenities must belong to our people”

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first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has stated that the current controversy over public access to Fanad’s Great Arch or the Pollet Arch is just the latest in a series of areas of natural beauty which have become restricted to the people of Donegal and tourists.He was speaking after attending a protest last Saturday at the Pollet Arch in solidarity with the local community in Fanad who are incensed at the decision of private interests to block public access to the arch.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “This controversy at the Pollet Arch is just the latest worrying episode of the people of Donegal and our visitors being denied access to our beaches and natural amenities. That list includes Drumnacraig beach, Fanad’s Seven Arches, Aughadahor beach near Carrigart and now Fanad’s Great Arch or the Pollet Arch. “Our beaches and natural amenities must belong to our people. Both for the people living in the communities adjacent to these amenities and visitors alike to enjoy.“If we are serious about developing the tourism offering of Donegal to its maximum potential, then we cannot deny access to such an important amenity as the Pollet Arch. This is a magnificent natural amenity. It is a wonder to get up close to it. It must be accessible to the people of Fanad and their visitors. That is why I stood with the local community last Saturday”.“I have made representations to Donegal County Council and I understand that they are seeking to mediate a solution that will facilitate public access to the arch. “However, from here on, Donegal County Council and other State agencies must remain vigilant. They must protect the public interest. The public interest or greater good must always take precedence over private interests.“The success of the greenway movement across Ireland has proven that good communications, assurances around public liability and investment can often resolve issues of public access to amenities.“But there are situations such as access to our beaches and natural amenities where the public interest must be protected by what ever means available to local authorities and State agencies”.Senator on Fanad Great Arch controversy: “Our natural amenities must belong to our people” was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fanad archmarch to the archPadraig Mac Lochlainnpollet archlast_img read more

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Fianna Fail bring fodder crisis debate to Dail and Seanad

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first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says his party is standing with rural communities and farming families by continuing to highlight the appalling response by government to the ongoing fodder crisis.This week Fianna Fáil is bringing forward motions in the Dáil and the Seanad calling for the government to take immediate action to remedy the situation.“What was a fodder shortage has become a fodder crisis. Since last September, Fianna Fáil has consistently called on the government to tackle the escalating fodder shortages throughout the country”, said Deputy McConalogue. “However, as a result of the Minister’s failure to acknowledge the emerging issues and engage with farmers, the situation has now become a national emergency, which is putting a huge strain on farmers’ mental health and is creating animal welfare issues. This crisis is yet another example of just how out of touch Fine Gael is with rural Ireland.”He added that Fianna Fáil from the outset has called for a meal voucher scheme to be set up for affected farmers to help them plug the fodder gap.He said “The transport subsidy scheme has been a failure and has actually driven up the demand and price for already scarce domestically sourced fodder.“Our motion also calls on the government to immediately pay outstanding 2017 balancing payments for GLAS and the Sheep Welfare Scheme to ease the cash flow difficulties that farmers are facing. The low cost loan scheme for farmers announced last October also needs to be opened. “We look forward to getting cross-party support in both houses for our motion, which we hope will send a signal to government that inaction is no longer an option and that swift decisions are needed to alleviate the crisis”.Fianna Fail bring fodder crisis debate to Dail and Seanad was last modified: April 16th, 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)last_img read more

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NCS Playoffs: Fortuna advances to second straight D-1 title game with 4-1 win over Arcata

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first_imgFORTUNA >> The Huskies’ unblemished 2016 season now has one final step before reaching a perfect ending.The fourth-seeded Fortuna boys soccer team advanced to its second straight North Coast Section Division I championship game with a 4-1 win over its arch-rival and No. 8 seed Arcata at Husky Field on Wednesday night.Twelve months after having to log hundreds upon hundreds of miles to even play for a section title, the Huskies were able to get a welcome change this time around — clinching …last_img

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Watch: DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant square off at Warriors’ practice facility

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first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Kevin Durant played one-on-one Monday at the Warriors practice in Oakland.Cousins has been practicing his five-on-five action in Santa Cruz with the NBA G League Warriors as he recovers from a left Achilles tendon injury. But on Monday, he joined Durant and the rest of his teammates at the practice facility. Also on the practice courts were Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, …last_img

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