WICB confirms sacking Simmons

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Phil Simmons’ rocky tenure as head coach of the West Indies cricket team came to a premature end yesterday afternoon after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that they it had terminated his contract.A brief statement released by the WICB confirmed the sacking and ended days of speculation in the regional media, which preceded last weekend’s quarterly board of directors’ meeting in Dominica.The statement said Simmons sacking takes immediate effect and that the decision was taken by the WICB on Saturday.”Effective immediately, the WICB today announced it has separated from the head coach Phil Simmons,” the statement said.”In a meeting of the board of dir-ectors, on Saturday, September 10, this decision was taken.”WICB president, Dave Cameron, consistently dodged reporters’ questions about the impending dismissal in the days leading up to the board meeting in Roseau.Simmons was appointed head coach 18 months ago, after last year’s World Cup, following a spell with Ireland.DIFFERENCES IN CULTUREHowever, the former West Indies all-rounder has had a troubled relationship with his employers, emphasised by his suspension six months later for his controversial comments about team selection.”In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach,” said the WICB statement, released at 4.30 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time.”The WICB would therefore like to thank the coach for his contribution and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.”No replacement has been named for Simmons as the team gets ready to leave in a matter of days for its next international assignment against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The WICB said that the team, which will play T20 Internationals, one-day internationals and Test matches, starting September 23, against Pakistan, will be headed by the Barbadian trio of manager Joel Garner and coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick.Some reports had said that the WICB was interested in hiring Jimmy Adams, the former Test middle-order batsman now coaching English county Kent. But he is reportedly not interested.Another report said that current director of cricket, Richard Pybus, may take up the role in the short term.last_img read more

Bolt plans ‘Bigger, better’ Christmas treat for Sherwood Content

first_imgSprinting superstar Usain Bolt will be spending Boxing Day with members of his hometown community, Sherwood Content in Trelawny, with this year’s annual Christmas treat, adding the screening of his I Am Bolt movie.The showing of the critically acclaimed documentary will be one of several features at this year’s treat, which is expected will cater to at least 600 children.The nine-time Olympic champion’s Christmas treat will take place at the sprinter’s old school – Waldensia Primary, with popular disc jock ZJ Sparks expected to make an appearance, while, prize giveaways, face painting, mechanical bull and several other fun rides are also to be offered.Bolt said he is again looking forward to the opportunity to give back to his community and is particularly happy about the chance to watch his documentary with the youngsters from the area.”Giving back to my community is very important to me. Every year I try to make the experience bigger and better for the children,” Bolt said.”Thankfully, this year, I am also able to show my movie to top off a fun-filled day for all the children,” added Bolt.Bolt, who is expected to retire from competitive athletics at the end of next season, has staged the treat in his community every year since his rise to prominence.last_img read more

Boakai Wants consolidated Efforts for Disasters Fight

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has told the High Level Disaster Preparedness and Response Meeting that it is only through a well-formulated response strategy—both in terms of available resources and as a result of the training required–that this nation might prevail against disaster.The Liberian Vice President said that bitter experiences have taught us that irregular or knee-jerk responses to situations of disastrous proportions, usually leave us with casualties that should not have been, had we been better coordinated.Vice President Boakai made these remarks on Tuesday when he formally opened a Government High Level Disaster Response Meeting that convened at a local hotel to consider guidance for the future organizational structure of disaster management in the Country.He identified mechanisms to coordinate activities between government ministries and agencies and other stakeholders in the event of a disaster. The Vice President also identified requirements which need further research and action to improve the ability of the Liberian Government to effectively manage disasters and to recognize actions needed for Liberia to comply with Ecowas’ mandate.Hon. Boakai pointed out that no matter how many volunteers or resources one may be able to command from the outside in the event of a disaster, disaster preparation must begin with the host, saying “The better prepared you are, the better you can effectively guide the efforts of those who come to assist.”Speaking further, Vice President Boakai cautioned the meeting that the purpose of the forum was to examine the Liberian Government’s disaster management plans, policies and procedures, and assess their adequacy to respond to a major local, regional or global disaster event. He told the meeting to take into account the low-level of Liberia’s preparedness and noted that we can do far better and we should.VP Boakai furthered that “Government remains focused,  and there is a political will; with our eyes set on the course—even in the face of scarcity of needed resources and technical knowledge—we will explore the most efficient measures of preparation. Disaster does not discriminate and does not choose its victims whether rich or poor, partisan or opposition, weak or strong,” he added.On Monday, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai met with Officials from the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, the United States Africa Command, National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria, and the Chair on the Committee on Disaster of Nigeria on Capitol Hill ahead of the High Level Disaster Preparedness and Response Table Top Exercise.The Officials were, Mr. Kofi Arthur, of the House of Parliament of Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy, of the National Disaster Management Organization of Ghana, Mr. Erik Threet, of the United States Africa Command and Mr. Muhammed Sani Sidi, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency and Sunday Ifedayo Abegunde. They were accompanied to the Office of the Vice President by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Rennie Jackson.According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, the purpose of the meeting was to stimulate discussion among senior officials of the Liberian Government on matters related to improving national disaster management and preparedness capabilities of the country.The meeting was organized by the members of the Liberian Technical Core Team, National Disaster Relief and funded by the United States Africa Command and their implementing partner, the Center for Disaster Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.During the Monday’s meeting Vice President Boakai stressed the need for a clear-cut mandate and implementable terms of reference for Liberia’s disaster relief program, as the Ebola virus continues to “snowball” in the region.In his address today, Vice President Boakai recalled the No Way Camp Disaster, and so many others including the recent fire disaster that left many dead and homeless at Johansson and other fires and storms across the country that destroyed lives and properties.“Today’s meeting is expected to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges that are likely to arise during a major disaster event, identify gaps in the Liberian Government’s disaster management, and recommend changes to plans, policies, and procedure.”Health Ministry authorities in Monrovia have announced that eleven persons have so far died from the Ebola Virus as the Government continues to take measures including awareness programs to stop the spread of the deadly virus that has also left many dead in neighboring Guinea.United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, the Program Manager of the United States Africa Command, Erik Threet, Louis K. Davies-Morris, Director of the National Disaster Relief Commission of Liberia, Daniel Gambo of the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria and George Kofi Arthur of the House of Parliament of Ghana, and Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy National Coordinator of the National Disaster management organization of Ghana  among several international guests as well as Officials of the Liberian Government were in attendance.There were presentations on the United Nations and Ecowas mandate, disaster preparedness program overview, the legislative process, committee oversight and resources, Ecowas Policy and guideline disaster relief management structures and systems and disaster coordination and legal structures, according to a release issued by the Office of the Vice President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Hosts Evansville Wednesday Evening

first_imgSenior Nick McGlynn is averaging 16.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in MVC action to lead the league in rebounding and rank third in scoring in league games. McGlynn has had three double-doubles in five conference games including 19 points and 11 boards at Bradley. Another of those double-doubles came in the first meeting with Evansville this season as he posted 16 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-77 double-overtime loss to the Purple Aces. Live Audio ESPN+ Story Links In its last two games, Drake has owned a halftime advantage of an average of 15.5 points. In those first halves, Drake’s defense has held opponents to 24.6 percent shooting and just 2-of-19 from three-point range. Live Stats Buy Tickets Drake’s Brady Ellingson swept this week’s MVC awards after matching a career high with 25 points on 7-of-8 three-point shooting in the win over Missouri State. He is the second Bulldog to sweep the league’s weekly awards this season, joining Nick Norton. Ellingson leads the league in three-point shooting in league action by shooting 24-of-38 from the arc (.615). Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball wraps up a two-game homestand Wednesday when it welcomes Evansville to the Knapp Center, where the Bulldogs are 8-1 this season. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+The Bulldogs have won back-to-back conference games by double-figures for the first time since 2017 and are outscoring opponents by nearly 15 points per game at the Knapp Center this season. Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to face Valparaiso Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence

first_imgA MAN who threatened a neighbour with a baseball bat has been spared a prison sentence.Jerry Awalusi (48) then of 26 Caislean Court, Castlefin and now with an address in Killygordon, appeared before Letterkenny District Court in connection with an incident at Hill Head, Castlefin on June 6, 2019.  Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Awalusi followed Kevin Boyce to a local national school, where the victim dropped off his two children.Awalusi approached Boyce, shouting in an aggressive manner, accusing Mr Boyce of keeping him awake the previous night and alleging that he was making a loud noise as he rearranged furniture in his home.Awalusi produced a stainless steel baseball bat and waved it aggressively at Mr Boyce.The incident was captured by CCTV.Solicitor for Awalusi, Mr Michael Shiel, said the incident was ‘purely out of frustration’.“He realises at this stage that what he did was completely wrong,” Mr Shiel said.“There has been a history between the pair and the relationship is not very good. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Awalusi, who has four previous assault conviction and one for producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a ‘very marginal call’ and warned Awalusi that he faces a ‘lengthy jail sentence’ should he appear before him on similar charges.Awalusi was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, in lieu of three months imprisonment.  Man who wielded baseball bat outside school is spared prison sentence was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:castlefinJerry AwalusiJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

SA’s new draft law on sex crimes

first_img20 October 2006South Africa’s draft Sexual Offences Bill introduces a range of new measures to help the country’s police and prosecutors tackle sexual offences against women and children.The stated aim of the proposed law is to give the victims of sexual offences in South Africa – whether or not they themselves are South African – “the maximum and least traumatising protection that the law can provide”.The Bill is currently under consideration by Parliament in Cape Town. If passed into law in its current form, it will, among other things:Redefine all “indecent assaults” – which carry a relatively lenient sentence – as “sexual assaults”. Redefine rape as involving any form of penetration without consent, whether vaginal or anal, and regardless of the gender of the people involved. Make provision for rape victims to receive treatment at selected state institutions within 72 hours to help prevent transmission of HIV/Aids. Prohibit any form of exposure of sexual activities to children. Declare all children and victims of sexual offences as “vulnerable witnesses,” to ensure that they are given the protection they need to help them lay charges and give evidence. Allow for children’s evidence to be led through closed circuit television, freeing them from the trauma of testifying in the courtroom. Abolish the “cautionary rules” relating to children’s evidence on sexual offences.The draft law also includes stringent provisions that criminalise every aspect of child prostitution; provisions that protect all mentally impaired people from sexual exploitation; and provision for the supervision and treatment of sexual offendersIt keeps 16 as the age of consent for girls, and reduces the age of consent for boys from 19 to 16.Advocate Aaron Raletjena of the Department of Justice’s sexual offence and community affairs unit warns, however, that the best law can still be “paralysed” by the actions of peopleAddressing members of the Men for Change initiative of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria on Thursday, Raletjena recalled that, while he was working as a prosecutor, a woman had refused to testify against her husband for raping her daughter.“The husband had impregnated a 15-year-old stepdaughter, but the woman refused to testify against him because she was afraid he would stop financing their material life,” Raletjena said.“The woman never imagined the pain that her child was enduring. I’m saying the biggest centre of human law is our own consciousness.”The SAPS launched the Men for Change initiative in April to help shift perceptions regarding the role of men in society.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Goals galore as SA hockey women fire

first_img7 August 2012 Wow! Where did that come from? The previously winless South African women’s hockey team delivered a scintillating performance at the Riverbank Arena on Monday to thrash the USA 7-0 in a pool B clash at the London Olympic Games. “We are pleased. It was an excellent performance from the whole team, definitely our best performance of the tournament.” The domination was underlined by the total number of shots the teams had on goal. South Africa had 27, the USA just six. Penalty cornerThe South African penalty corner, which had not produced a goal in the tournament until then, proved to be very effective as the team netted four goals from 10 corners. The Americans forced five short corners without managing a goal. ‘A very good feeling’She added: “Today, the first goal made all the difference. Before this match we hadn’t scored any goals from the penalty corners. It was a good way to finish. It is a very good feeling to have won so well. Coetzee, the all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey, is now just two goals shy of 250 in an outstanding career. Hurried and hassledThey hurried and hassled the Americans when they were in possession, quickly forcing a turnover of possession, or conceding a free hit to slow down the opposition’s attack. Olivier, a bronze medal winner at the World Junior Championships in 2008, contested the first round of the 800 metres on Monday. The top three finishers in each of the seven heats were guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, along with the next two fastest men. In their previous matches, the South African team had misfired to an extent, they had missed chances they might have taken on another day, some bad luck had befallen them, but against the USA everything clicked. South Africa, ranked 12th in the world, had gone into the contest needing to win by six goals to finish above the Americans, whose world ranking is sixth, in their pool. They went one better and delivered seven with a strong performance from first whistle to last.center_img “We struggled to find rhythm at the beginning of the week,” Bright said after the match. “Each game we have played better and finally we got it together today.” The tempo and intensity of the South African effort was impressive, especially so since it never flagged throughout the game. The ball movement was good and Marsha Marescia and company proved very effective down the flanks. Tarryn Bright, who played a commanding role in the midfield, struck twice, Pietie Coetzee added two goals from penalty corners, and Lesley-Ann George, Dirkie Chamberlain and Jen Wilson also got onto the scoreboard. Running in the final heat, Olivier ran with a plan in mind and finished third in 1:46.42 to secure his place in Tuesday’s semi-finals. There will be three semi-final races, with the top two from each race going through, as well as the two fastest men besides them. 800 metresSince 1996, South Africa has produced two medal winners in the 800 metres, with Hezekiel Sepeng claiming silver in Atlanta, and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi winning another silver in Athens. The country’s hopes in the event in London lie with Andre Olivier. The USA’s Katie Reinprecht commented: “South Africa came out super-aggressive. They really put us under the pump. I will give them credit. They were lethal on the circle. They got us pretty good.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Coach Giles Bonnet’s charges will next face Japan on Wednesday for ninth place.last_img read more

Take a stand during 16 Days of Activism

first_imgMonday, November 25, 2019The annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, known as the 16 Days campaign, is expected to be launched in Lephalale, in Limpopo, this morning.President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch the campaign with a visit to the Victim Support Centre at Witpoort Police Station.The visit to the police station will be followed by an event at the Ga-Seleka Community Hall, expected to be led by the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.The objectives of the 16 Days of Activism campaign include expanding the call on men and boys to take a stand against all forms of abuse and the killing of women and children and promoting a multi-sectoral, collective action and responsibility in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children.It is also an opportunity to update the public on the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) and foster partnership for its implementation.All South Africans are during this time mobilised to commit to ending gender-based violence and femicide by signing the National Pledge on GBVF.This year’s campaign is themed “Enough is Enough: 365 days to end Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF)”.If you need help, the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) is the toll free number to call to speak to a social worker for assistance and counselling. Contact 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV). Callers can also request a social worker from the Command Centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from any cell phone. – SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Growers shouldn’t switch up their hybrids…yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn planting across the U.S. is generally tracking ahead of schedule this season, but excessive rainfall is delaying planting in some counties across the Midwest. Syngenta agronomist Eric Anderson offers his thoughts to farmers who are contemplating making changes to their original plans. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Film review: Endhiran

first_imgHappy Diwali, folks Rating: RobotDirector: ShankarStarring: Superstar Rajinikant, Aishwarya Rai BachchanAishwarya is pocketing a cool Rs 6 crore for Endhiran, making her the highest paid actress in the country.Okay, how do we know Rajinkant is a superstar? Well, because the opening titles misspell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s surname, and the Bachchans haven’t boycotted the film. Because he is the only who can have 112 missed calls from such a beautiful woman. And because only he can shoot with his finger.A Rajni film is not just a two dimensional experience. It’s a 360 degrees experience which involves getting plugged into the energy source. There are three Rajni’s for the price of one, well actually, a 100 in the extended climax. This is a film that makes Bollywood look puny in both its imagination and intent. It has special effects that have never been seen before on Indian screens–a shape shifting giant, a snake, a human train. Just think, and Shankar does it.It also has powerful emotional scenes, surprisingly involving the scientist and his creation, Chitti, who can dance like Prabhudeva, fight like Bruce Lee, and love like Rajni. There’s a big moral dilemma at the heart of the film, about man and machine, and what makes us human (love, of course, especially if the object of our affections is Aishwarya Rai).We know Rajni is the rational, thinking scientist, because he reads Freakonomics and Stephen Hawking, because he speaks in English when he gets angry (irresponsible idiots, shocking surprise, he says) and because he doesn’t have time to reply to Aishwarya Rai’s emails (silly man).advertisementRajni can do anything. He wears big wigs and short wigs, goes bald and sports a white streak, dances and plays the guitar, gets kissed by Aishwarya and has her kissing him back. The robot is a delight–unlike the rival Danny’s robot, he doesn’t confuse a bun with a gun. Little wonder then that Aishwarya calls him her toy friend, not boy friend. But my personal favourite is the third Rajni, the one who can float like the Green Goblin and fight like Darth Vader. He snarls, clones, laughs madly and grabs Aishwarya as if she was a luscious fruit (she looks particularly beautiful here, a fitting queen for a king).So anyway, Rajni walks sideways, runs on trains, flies, sprouts wheels, even talks to mosquitoes. He also tells us in a wonderful scene what humanity is all about. There’s a me too 3 Idiots scene involving the birth of a child and lots of wasteful footage involving giving of roses and showering of praise, but the film’s climax is worth the wait. Rajni tells us why robot sapiens are superior to homo sapiens. It also tells us that it’s Happy Diwali, folks.Enjoy.last_img read more