Windies eye fresh start against confident England

first_img Holder said the series against England would mark a reset for West Indies, as the side attempted to put the recent disappointments behind them, especially in the wake of the Champions Trophy debacle. And with the 2019 World Cup looming in the distance, the 25-year-old all-rounder said his unit was aware of the need to string together strong performances, but stressed that the process began with a productive outing against the English. “We’re not in the Champions Trophy [but] it gives us more time to reflect, gives us more time to get things in order in moving forward and then we look obviously towards the World Cup,” he explained. Holder put the Tri-Nations struggles down to inexperience and said this could be only addressed by continuing to play together a unit. “I think one of the major factors which hurt us probably was the inexperience, and it’s just a situation where the more cricket we play together, I think the better we become.” What West Indies lack in experience, they will make up for in talent with the likes of Evin Lewis, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, Alzarri Joseph all with less than 10 ODIs included in the 13-man squad. SQUADS: WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope (wkp), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell. ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wkp), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. Reset from disappointment ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: West Indies will attempt to turn the page on their recent ordinary form and make a bright start to their first series of the year, when they take on favourites England in the first One-Day International (ODI) of a three-match tour here today. The Caribbean side enter the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium with a pretty dismal record in recent months, with just a single win in their last seven outings and four in 14 ODIs last year. Not surprisingly, they lie ninth in the ICC one-day rankings, a factor that caused them to miss out for the first time on qualification for this year’s Champions Trophy. In contrast, England are ranked fifth, and arrive in the Caribbean with just four defeats in their last 16 outings. They will also be seeking to reinforce their recent dominance over West Indies, which has seen them win every bilateral series over the last 10 years. West Indies captain Jason Holder told reporters yesterday that while there was a gap between the two teams, his side would be focused on executing and making consistent steps forward as they sought to rebuild. “They are ranked higher than us. We’ve obviously got some way to go in terms of catching up and going up in the rankings,” Holder pointed out. “We just want to tick off our process boxes in terms of what we set out to achieve as a group. Our main thing is to be a lot more consistent than we have been in the past, and I think once we do that, we could be moving in the right direction.”last_img read more

‘Liberia Ready for Effective Electricity Supply’

first_imgThe executive director of the World Bank Africa Group One, Mr. Louis Rene Peter Larose, says he is taking the message, after his visit to Liberia, to inform the international community that the country is ready for full energy capacity.Speaking to journalists after visiting the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s Bushrod Island office and a tour of the Mount Coffee Hydro in White Plains yesterday, he said Liberia deserves full support to generate electricity supply to build the country’s economy.“Energy is the lifeblood of every economy and with what I have observed so far, I’m convinced that Liberia should be helped by the international community to regain its pre-war status of 200 megawats,” he said.Mr. Larose, who is responsible for 21 African countries, including Liberia, admitted that Africa suffers from energy deficit, which contributes to the economic downturn, and as a result increases poverty in the country.Accompanied by Mr. Henry G. R. Kerali, Country Director for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Mr. Larose said, “I’m taking the message to appeal to the international community to provide the support Liberia needs to regain its pre-war energy capacity to get the country running again.“One of the reasons I am in Liberia is to find out Liberia’s energy challenges and what can the World Bank do to provide support for the economy to reduce poverty.” He said when Liberia enjoys full energy capacity it will reduce poverty and encourage economic prosperity.Among the 21 countries that Mr. Larose is responsible for, others include Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Namibia, Rwanda, Malawi and Somalia.Country Director Kerali said he is impressed with development in the energy sector, after the tour and a power-point presentation by a member of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at Mount Coffee Hydro station. He hoped that by the end of next year Liberians would enjoy full energy capacity.LEC officials informed the Daily Observer that it presently operates below 28 megawatts but that by next month, September, an additional 10 megawatts will be in operation through the Japanese Government.“And by mid-December this year, there will be additional 22 megawatts to make it a total of 60 megawatts to boost the country’s energy capacity,” an LEC official said.He said the LEC is aiming at a total of 88 megawatts, an increase of 24 megawatts over pre-war status. The World Bank Group is funding 18 communities to benefit more than 8,000 consumers and additional 5,000 at the LEC sub-station in Kakata, Margibi County, to include areas in Weala.It is also funding 10 megawatts and the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Light Fuel Oil (LFO) storage facilities at the LEC Bushrod Island station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Did Bility Pay US$23K against Tax Fraud?

first_imgMusa Bility accusing Tasx Court of being behind his missing US$23,000 as tax obligation payment -Supreme Court to Probe Case A legal contention as to whether or not Srimex, an oil and gas company owned by Musa Bility, actually made a payment of US$23,000 against its tax fraud/obligation of US$300,130.68 and L$37,768,444.77 is to shortly be investigated by the Supreme Court.The Supreme Court’s probe arises from Bility’s argument that he made a payment of US$23,000 of the US$117, 710 that should have reduced his tax obligation to US$94,710. But the alleged US$23,000 payment did not reflect on his debt records at the Tax Court.Bility has made several payments through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), including a check dated June 17, 2017, in the amount of US$28,590 that was paid on June 20, 2017, excluding the US$23,000.Bility had even raised serious concern before the Supreme Court with regards to Judge Chesson’s alleged increment of his tax obligation from US$94,710 to US$300,130.68 and L$37,768,444.77 which the Supreme Court will also look into.Judge Mozart Chesson refutes Bility’s US$23,000 payment claimsThough Chesson had consistently refused to speak to the Daily Observer on the matter of Bility’s alleged US$23,000 payment, some of his staffers, who want to remain anonymous, admitted that Bility’s then lead lawyer, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, in 2016 presented the check of US$23,000 to the court.Later it was reported that Chesson returned the check to Gould, who is now deceased, with a reservation that he should encash it (check) and subsequently bring the cash to the court because the court was interested in the cash and not in the check.“Since the check was given to Gould nothing has been heard about it. So, how Bility expects the court to record that US$23,000 as some of the payments he had made against the judgment debt,” the court staffer(name withheld) wondered.Another staff said,“We are just waiting for the Supreme Court to start the investigation so that we can see the truthfulness about Bility’s US$23,000 payment.”In August 2012, Judge Eva Mappy Morgan held Srimex liable for evading government taxes to the tune of US$190,800 and subsequently ordered the company’s management to make an immediate payment of 25 percent, which is US$47,700, within 24 hours of her ruling.Judge Morgan further threatened to shut down the company if it refused to comply with her decision at that time. Her decision came immediately after Srimex’s legal team, headed by Cllr. Gould, admitted that their client evaded government taxes.After Gould admitted that his client had not paid taxes for some years, he hurriedly proceeded to the Supreme Court, pleading with then Chamber Justice Kabineh Ja’neh to stop Judge Morgan from enforcing her decision, which Justice Ja’neh accepted.Judge Morgan had not enforced her ruling when, in early 2013, she was reassigned by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court to head the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice.In line with his predecessor’s decision, Judge Chesson after several attempts to persuade Bility to pay his due taxes failed, he (Chesson) also issued an order to enforce his judgment by seizing Bility’s properties, to auction them to raise the money.Judge Chesson’s action came after five years of negotiating with Bility, to see the reason to settle his tax evasion obligation, which Bility refused to do, arguing that he made a payment of US$23,000 that was not recorded by the court.Chesson’s ruling against Bility, dated October 23, 2017, declared Bility liable to pay the government US$396,220.58 which includes a monthly compounded interest of US$205,420.68 for 63 months at an interest of 14% as of July 2012 plus the initial tax judgment amount of US$190,800. Enforcement of that ruling has also been stalled by the Supreme Court based on Bility’s argument that it was illegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amazon Warriors mentor differently abled students

first_imgBy Ashraf DabieJust hours after the Guyana Amazon Warriors swept their way to the first home victory in this year’s CPL tournament, the local team on Monday morning took on the role of ‘Big Brothers’ to a batch of students attached to the Diamond Special Needs School.A group of young sport fanatics currently enrolled at the Diamond Special Needs School were afforded the opportunity of their lifetime as they met with, and were mentored by, players of the Guyana Amazon Warriors cricket team.Fresh off their victory following a record breaking win against the Barbados Tridents at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday, the local squad kicked off their week by sharing lights moments with students who are living with various forms of disabilities.The Guyana Amazon Warriors while meeting with students of the Diamond Special Needs School on MondayThe event, hosted at the Georgetown Marriott on Monday, was the result of a partnership between Digicel and the CPL organisation. Vidya Sanichara, Digicel’s Communications Manager, expressed delight at being part of the Big Brother programme, and even outlined the objectives of this collaborative initiative.She noted that following the tiresome efforts to secure a win within the past few days, “We are giving them (the players) the opportunity to meet some of the real hearts of Guyana, so that’s why we are doing this activity; to bring the players and Digicel a little closer to the people….”Moreover, she indicated that given some of the students have never been exposed to the true wonders of the game, Digicel is happy to bring the CPL experience to the students.On that note, the Digicel spokesperson relayed, “The guys won yesterday (Sunday), we know that. But today they are winning even bigger, because they are winning the hearts of the kids here from the Diamond Special Needs School.”Adding to that, Sanichara pointed out that this is not the first time an event of such nature was being executed, as it is customary for Digicel to bring the sport festivities to children within the various CPL destinations throughout the Region.Sharing in the excitement of participating in the meet-and-greet between the students and international cricketers was West Indian all-rounder Rayad Emrit, who is currently enlisted on the Amazon Warriors squad.Emrit relayed the team’s experience in Guyana thus far, pin pointing their time with the children as one of their highlights.“Being in Guyana is always a good experience for us. The people in Guyana always treat us well. It’s always a pleasure to be there,” the Trinidadian conveyed.Zooming in on the experience of sharing their morning with the students, the Amazon Warrior continued, “It’s always good to share our knowledge with the kids. Having played last night and coming out with a victory, the guys are excited to be here with the kids.”Meanwhile, conveying her gratitude to both Digicel and the Amazon Warriors for taking the time out of their schedule to socialise with the students was Tracey Michael, a teacher attached the Diamond Special Needs School.Michael relayed that for many of the students, meeting the local and international cricket stars is a dream come true.“I think they find this is a great opportunity to get to meet the Warriors, because some of them are really interested in cricket,” stated the teacher.The Diamond Special Needs School is an educational institution that currently caters for 58 students of varying disabilities.The school has, over the years, seen the support of Digicel, with CPL now coming on board to add to their work of developing the young minds.However, this is the second time the Guyana Amazon Warriors have taken the cricket cheer to the lesser fortunate Guyanese youth as a part of their home tour in this year’s CPL tournament.last_img read more

Huskies snap losing streak as offense comes to play

first_imgSaturday’s game was a busy one for both goaltenders, who each faced close to 40 shots on the evening.Following the game, Huskies head coach Gary Alexander said despite the win, he still feels his team needs to perform better in the third period.“We’ve jumped up into the lead and lost games in the third period, just because we lose our focus. These teams aren’t beating us, we’re beating ourselves. And the same thing tonight, we wondered right back into that poor discipline in the third period and luckily we came out ahead tonight.”Alexander added he was happy with the effort his team put out for the majority of the game, and said he was glad the team was able to get the win.Advertisement The game began just as a home team would want it to, by scoring first. At 6:22 of the first, a Huskies power-play allowed some skating room for Robbie Sidhu, who passed the put to a streaking Taylor Greatrex entering the Blades zone with speed, making a nice move around a defender and shooting low blocker for the 1-0 lead.The lead was doubled as the period hit the 16:25 marker when Sidhu once again helped his team on the scoreboard, this time putting the puck past Blades goalie Emile Kappo on a nice deke to his backhand after undressing the blades defense on a great solo effort.With the Huskies leading 2-0, an entertaining second produced four goals for the home team, while the opposing Blades also managed to get on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the middle frame.- Advertisement -After Beaverlodge got on the scoreboard at 3:32 of the second, cutting the Huskies lead in half 2-1, Cody Hildebrand scored another power-play goal for Fort St. John, once again providing a two goal lead 3-1.Another Beaverlodge goal at 6:33 once again brought the Blades within one, but an offensive explosion produced a significant cushion for the Huskies. Hildebrand got the ball rolling at 10:52 by scoring his second of the period, followed by a power-play goal from Daylen Pearson, and capped off by Cayle Bell, scoring in a nice breakaway move, wrapping up the second with the Huskies leading 6-2.Third periods haven’t been the kindest to the Fort St. John Huskies as of late, and while the Blades were able to score three goals on Ty Gullickson in the third, the team’s solid lead, combined with another two third period goals scored by the Huskies, was enough to secure the win on home ice 8-5.Advertisement The Huskies will only have a few days off, and then it’s right back to business, as the team hits the road for a rare Wednesday evening game, taking place November 14, when they travel to Sexsmith to take on the Vipers.last_img read more

Looking forward to 2016 – Irene Lanzinger

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The President of the BC Federation of Labour sees poverty as one of the province’s key concerns to be addressed in 2016, and Irene Lanzinger is holding firm in her belief that a $15 an hour minimum wage is the best way to start doing it.She believes another key B.C. concern is what she calls the ‘astronomical cost of child care.’- Advertisement –last_img

Watch: Five FA Cup crackers, starring Eden Hazard

first_imgCheck out this video of the best ever goals scored in the sixth round of the FA Cup, including a cracker from Chelsea star Eden Hazard and THAT strike against Barnsley from Tottenham legend David Ginola.last_img

Arsenal and Man United told: Dortmund star wants to leave

first_img1 Ilkay Gundogan Arsenal and Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan has asked to leave Borussia Dortmund, according to the club’s sporting director.The Germany international will have just one year remaining on his contract in the summer and is refusing to pen an extension.Arsenal have been chasing the midfielder since 2013, while Manchester United are also said to keen on the 24-year-old.And now Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed Gundogan wants to leave the Bundesliga side.“He would like to move this summer. That’s what he told us,” Zorc told Sky.“Depending on the value of the offers on the table for us, we will decide accordingly.”last_img

AC Milan aim to fight Arsenal interest to land ‘new Ozil’

first_imgAC Milan are lining up a move for Arsenal target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports in Italy.The Bayer Leverkusen ace, who has been dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’, has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while but Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on him.But now Tuttosport have revealed that Milan have placed the 21-year-old at the top of their transfer wishlist after a meeting between manager Sinisa Mihajlovic and chief executive Adriano Galliani.Calhanoglu arrived from Hamburg last year and scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances during his first season at the club.The Turkish set-piece specialist has scored once in seven outings so far this campaign and now Leverkusen are bracing themselves for interest from Milan. Hakan Calhanoglu 1last_img

Sales-plump Federated has plans for Macy’s

first_imgCINCINNATI – Federated Department Stores Inc., which reported a 59 percent jump in earnings Tuesday on the strength of last year’s acquisition of May Department Stores Co., said it is pushing ahead with plans to build its Macy’s name into a national brand. “The Macy’s brand is one of the most recognizable names in the retail department store/specialty store industry,” Federated Chairman Terry J. Lundgren told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I’ve felt for a long time that this is an asset that we haven’t fully maximized in terms of its potential.” Federated said it made $699 million for the quarter ended Jan. 28, compared with $440 million a year ago, helped by stronger-than-expected performance in both the Federated and former May division, as well as a benefit from a tax settlement and related adjustments. Revenue totaled $9.57 billion, up from $5.12 billion a year ago. Per-share earnings fell to $2.52 from $2.55, reflecting a hefty increase in the company’s share count. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Stripping out costs related to the May acquisition totaling $82 million, or 29 cents per share, Federated reported earnings from continuing operations of $2.74 per share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial forecast a profit of $2.62 per share and projected sales of $9.42 billion. Sales at stores open at least one year – a key indicator of a retailer’s strength – rose 1.1 percent. Shares of Federated fell $1.23, or nearly 2 percent, to close at $70.40 on the New York Stock Exchange. Federated shares have traded between $54.90 and $78.05 in the past year. Federated already has warned that 2006 would be a lackluster year as it works through store conversions and other changes from its acquisition of its former rival and that earnings would pick up in 2007. “We will have the full benefit of the stores up and running with the re-branding process intact, and that is really the first full year we expect to see some of the benefits,” Lundgren said. 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