Tony Becca: Ramdin had to go

first_imgThe West Indies last week announced their squad for a short two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, and the selectors, headed by former captain Clive Lloyd, stepped up to the plate and delivered, at least in one aspect. The selectors, apparently all to a man, decided that it was time for Denesh Ramdin to go and for young Jason Holder to take over as the Test captain, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), despite the insular views of Azim Bassarath, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, bought into the idea. Ramdin had to go. He never produced neither as a captain nor as a batsman. He always, for example, sent the opposition to bat, regardless of the conditions or the state of the pitch, whenever he won the toss, and he usually loses the match. He also batted, most of the time, as if he believed that he was a better batsman than he actually was. Either that, or he just did not know when to attack and when to defend. He also talked too much, saying silly things like, “taking the positives”, “playing with pride”, “back to the drawing board” and “play pressure cricket”. He never said anything worthwhile, or to the point, or hardly anything which made sense. On top of that, he never looked the part as a West Indies captain, not even of the present team. Twice, at least, he embarrassed West Indies cricket and himself. Once, in 2012, when he scored a century at Edgbaston and immediately took a note scribbled with remarks aimed at Viv Richards out of his pocket and held it for the TV cameras to pick up; and again at The Oval, in 2013, when he claimed a catch – which he never made – off Misbah-Ul-Haq of Pakistan. He was suspended for two matches and fined for the indiscretions. Holder, at age 23 and with only eight Test matches under his belt, may be considered too young to be the West Indies captain, but as Lloyd has said, “the time had come for a change”. Lloyd never said it, but the selectors also had no choice. Holder is young, so is his deputy, Kraigg Brathwaite, but the truth is that the West Indies team is a relatively young team, someone had to do the job, and there is no one better or good enough at this time. Holder once led the Barbados Youth team. He is a bright young man, and he promises to develop into a good captain and leader in the near future. West Indies cricket needs a leader at this stage, just as it needs a captain; and providing he does not behave as if he knows all about the game, providing he is willing to listen to people like Lloyd himself, manager Richie Richardson and coach Curtly Ambrose, West Indies cricket should be in good hands for some time. Holder is not only a promising captain and leader, but he is also a promising pace bowler, one who moves the ball about, one who could get faster and better once he corrects his action and straightens his left leg at the moment of delivery. He is also a promising batsman, one good enough to have scored a century for Barbados in Youth cricket and for the West Indies in Test cricket. Holder is an all-rounder in the making. He undoubtedly promises to be the best West Indies captain for some time, better than Shivnarine Chanderpaul, better than Chris Gayle, better than Ramnaresh Sarwan and better also than Darren Ganga. Darren Sammy was a good captain, and he represented the West Indies well as a captain. His problem with the captaincy was that, as the captain, whose place was reserved, he left the team short of a batsman and short of a bowler. As an all-rounder, he was simply not good enough, either as a batsman or as a bowler, to stay in a Test team. Holder, however, looks good, both as bowler and as a batsman; good enough to be the fifth bowler and good enough to bat at number seven on the Test team. Lloyd and his team have undoubtedly delivered for the West Indies as it relates to the captain of the team. The selection of the squad, however, raises some eye-brows. At first glance, the team looks weak and not the best available. On second thought, however, it looks the best available, even with the inclusion of Rajindra Chandrika, Shai Hope, Jomel Warrican, and Shane Dowrich, unless he has been selected as backup for wicketkeeper Ramdin. Looking at the present crop of West Indian batsmen, however, the selectors may have decided that one like Kirk Edwards is not good enough, that one like Leon Johnson is also not good enough, that neither Jonathan Carter nor Assad Fudadin is considered good enough, and preferred to stick with Chandrika and Hope in spite of their dismal failure against Australia, their exceptional pace and their prodigious swing. On top of that, every man, once he was selected one time, deserves a second chance. On almost every touring team there is usually one or two surprise selections, and this time, that surprise, apart from Chandrika and Hope, is left-arm spinner Warrican, who grabbed a bag-full of wickets last season, including hauls of eight for 72 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park and eight for 88 and five for 50 against the Leeward Islands in Basseterre. Suleiman Benn, Veersammy Permaul and Nikita Miller, and especially Miller, who year after year picked up so many wickets in the regional four-day competition, must feel cheated out of a place on the squad. At ages 34, 26, and 33, however, the selectors may have opted for youth in their attempt to take West Indies cricket back to the top, or as close to it as possible. It is a pity that Ronald Beaton of Guyana, once so promising as a young fast bowler, has taken so long to develop, and that the left-handed Sheldon Cottrell of Jamaica has also been marking time.last_img read more

STETHS face tricky assignment against BB Coke

first_img B.B. Coke are seeking to do the double over the more highly rated STETHS, who they tagged 1-0 on September 22. But playing STETHS at STETHS is a difficult proposition, as they are yet to be defeated at home so far this season. Their troubles, it would seem, happens on their travels. The least they are entertaining is a draw against B.B. Coke, which, if other results go their way, will mean they maintain second place in the group. Lacovia also face a tricky assignment, when they welcome Maggotty to their ground, while Munro (13 points) should be favourites for all three points against lowly opposition in Newell (two points). Another interesting matchup is in Group A, where St James High, second in the standings on 11 points, tackle third in group, Green Pond High (four points), for a place in the next round. The Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whit-more-coached contingent can secure group honours if they defeat the once-promising Green Pond to overtake already-qualified Cornwall College (12 points). – Paul Clarke WESTERN BUREAU: Last year’s beaten daCosta Cup finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), have their fate in their own hands, and a date against the unpredictable B.B. Coke doesn’t make things any easier, as they take aim at each other in today’s penultimate Group E fixture, which is scheduled for the STETHS playing field in Santa Cruz. This group is proving to be one of the toughest to separate the teams, with only seven points between first-place holders Lacovia High School (16 points) and fifth-place team Maggotty (nine). With all that to be considered, STETHS (15 points) need to secure another victory today to keep the pressure on Lacovia, Munro and B.B. Coke, who themselves are fancying an upset. seeking a doublelast_img read more

English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Leicester City 17 11 5 1 37 24 13 382 Arsenal 16 10 3 3 29 13 16 333 Manchester City 16 10 2 4 32 17 15 324 Tottenham Hotspur 17 7 8 2 28 14 14 295 Manchester United 17 8 5 4 22 14 8 296 Crystal Palace 17 9 2 6 23 16 7 297 Watford 17 8 4 5 21 16 5 288 West Ham United 17 6 7 4 25 21 4 259 Liverpool 17 6 6 5 20 22 -2 2410 Everton 17 5 8 4 31 24 7 2311 Stoke City 17 6 5 6 14 16 -2 2312 Southampton 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 2113 West Bromwich Albion 17 5 5 7 17 23 -6 2014 Bournemouth 17 5 4 8 22 32 -10 1915 Chelsea 17 5 3 9 21 27 -6 1816 Norwich City 17 4 5 8 20 29 -9 1717 Newcastle United 17 4 5 8 19 32 -13 1718 Swansea City 17 3 6 8 15 24 -9 1519 Sunderland 17 3 3 11 18 33 -15 1220 Aston Villa 17 1 4 12 14 31 -17 7last_img

Bong Residents Want More Female Teachers, -Lack of Library hamper Students, Teachers in School

first_imgResidents of Bong County have called on the National Government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) to train more female teachers for the classroom.Speaking recently at a 2-Day Policy Dialogue at the Youth Center in Gbarnga, under the theme: Making Service Delivery Work Through Social Accountability, the Director of IREDD, Mr. Harold M. Aidoo said, the policy dialogue was aimed at identifying the needs of the people in Bong County most especially the rural areas.The Director also used the occasion to assured the participants of the national conference also that will highlights all of the challenges in the county and how Government can address some of its.The participants said, there is a need for government to train more people in the classroom most especially the female in the rural areas to help the work of the male teachers.According to the participants, the government needs to built additional classroom that will help to avoid the over crowdedness of many institutions in the county and help ensured better learning atmosphere for teachers and students in the classroom, they said.“We want to called on the National Government to provide logistics to County Education Officers (CEO) and District Education Officers (DEO) to improve monitoring of school materials and ensure that strategies are put into place to help teachers get their salaries at the various campuses in the county.” They further called on the Government to help fight other challenges on the campuses of the public schools in the county including the issues of sanitation and latrines that is posing serious problems for students and teachers as well as other staff of the various schools in the county.According to the participants, the issue of library in the county was lacking especially in the public schools, which is causing some for students out there and called on the Government to help build some library for the students and the teachers, they lamented.The participants said, there is a need for government to train more people both national and international to help strengthen the issue of poor performance of the students in the classroom.They used the occasion to expressed thank and appreciation to the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) for the program that allowed their challenges and constraints to be aired through the policy dialogue.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Council scrutinizes neighborhood panels

first_imgThe changes proposed by the Neighborhood Council Review Commission come after 15 months of study and include plans to streamline the council system. The system was created in the new City Charter that was adopted in 1996. Today, more than 89 neighborhood councils – each with an annual budget of $50,000 – operate throughout the city. But the system has drawn complaints that many of the councils are isolationist, cantankerous and caught up in internal battles that distract people from policy involvement. “The system is still young and developing,” said Altagarcia Perez, who chaired the Neighborhood Council Review Commission. “What we found is that our system is unique among cities. None have to deal with such a diverse population. We believe our system needs to be reconstituted to make it possible for the neighborhood councils to function.” Addressing one of the key problems for many of the groups, the commission has proposed transferring councils’ elections process to the City Clerk’s Office. The move would provide uniform rules and ballots, while still allowing the councils to decide the size of boards and qualifying stakeholders who can vote. But the issue of stakeholder status – and who is eligible to serve on the neighborhood councils – has been contentious. The commission has proposed the councils be as open as possible to bring in renters, business owners and others who work in the councils’ communities. But Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has dealt with the issue in the Playa Vista area of his district, said opening the system could mean a large developer could stack a council to back policies that support a project. “Let’s face it, a lot of these neighborhood council are just powerful homeowner groups,” Rosendahl said. “I don’t see where the renters are involved.” But Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who has supported the neighborhood councils since serving on the Elected Charter Reform Commission, said the groups should be as open as possible. “Hopefully, it will be about more people becoming involved and holding city government accountable and making their neighborhoods and the city a better place,” Hahn said. Raphael Sonenshein, who served as director for the commission, said the goal of the report is to make it easier for people to become involved in neighborhood councils. “This really is about empowering people,” Sonenshein said. “It is designed to get people involved.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amid growing concerns about the effectiveness of Los Angeles’ network of neighborhood councils, the City Council on Tuesday began reviewing broad changes that could reinvigorate the panels and strengthen the system of grass-roots democracy. After a two-hour presentation in which council members voiced their own frustrations with neighborhood councils, the proposed changes were sent to the council’s Education and Neighborhoods Committee for analysis. “We will bring this back as quickly as we can, but we have to realize we are a long way from perfection,” said Councilman Richard Alarc n, who chairs the committee and has been a longtime supporter of neighborhood councils. “The neighborhood councils are at a new stage. Like all democracies, they have to be prepared for change.” last_img read more

ACC a rough place for Boston College

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita No. 20 N. Carolina 64, at Virginia Tech 61 Freshman Tyler Hansbrough scored four of his 20 points in the final 1:07 and grabbed nine rebounds as the Tar Heels beat the Hokies for the 18th consecutive time. North Carolina (10-2, 2-0 ACC) also got 10 points from foul-plagued David Noel and nine from Reyshawn Terry, seven over the last 7:37. Virginia Tech (10-6, 0-3) got 17 points from Wyton Witherspoon. Jared Dudley had 16 points and nine rebounds for BC (11-4, 0-3) in its ACC home opener. The Eagles shot 33 percent to lose their second straight game and drop to 0-3 against ranked teams. N.C. State opened the second half with an 11-0 run to go up 43-28 as the Eagles missed their first eight shots. BOSTON – Cedric Simmons was 6-for-6 from the field and scored 17 points for North Carolina State on Tuesday night as the 18th-ranked Wolfpack beat No. 15 Boston College 78-60, leaving the Eagles winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Cameron Bennerman scored 14 points and Tony Bethel went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and had seven rebounds for N.C. State (13-2, 2-1), which lost to North Carolina on Saturday to snap a seven-game winning streak. center_img No. 21 Wisconsin 64, at Minnesota 62 Alando Tucker had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Brian Butch added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers (13-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who led by 19 points in the first half and by 14 early in the second. Vincent Grier had 17 points and 11 rebounds and reserve Rico Tucker had 17 points for Minnesota (9-4, 0-2). Missouri 71, at No. 22 Oklahoma 69 Marshall Brown scored a career-high 21 points, including the two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining that lifted the Tigers (9-4, 2-0 Big 12) to their fifth consecutive victory. Taj Gray scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half for the Sooners (9-4, 0-2). 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

USL game pits twins against each other!

first_imgA unique rivalry took place in the Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League on Sunday when the McCroary twins from Dromore, Letterkenny played on opposing sides.Evan McCroary lined out for Bonagee United while his twin brother Dylan played for Finn Harps Reserves.Bonagee won the game 2-1 with Francesco Crisco and Aidan McLaughlin firing Harps two ahead before Declan Sharkey pulled one back for Harps Reserves, who were appearing in their first game back in the USL. The McCroarys are sons of Gary and Lorraine McCroary, who live in Dromore.USL game pits twins against each other! was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 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:BONAGEE UNITEDdylan mc croaryevan mc croaryfinn harpstwinslast_img read more

Students capture images of lives

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “What ended up happening, being such a new school, we didn’t have much equipment of our own, so they ended up being our school photographers. They got to be big brother ambassadors. They knew how to work the cameras, and their class was in charge of them,” Conry said. The project was organized by a school administrator in the Covina-Valley Unified School District, Bob Pletka, who is the technology director there. As part of the project, some students were bused to schools in different parts of the state, including inner cities, rural and suburban areas, according to an Amazon.com review. “This complex project tracks the students as they take on issues of identity, education, alienation, safety, technology, family, work and friendship,” the review said. Golden Poppy eighth-grade teacher Fred Jaramillo applied for the grant and got eight cameras and a digital printer. His class of about 30 students split up into teams and each student got to have a camera for a day, and one child got to take it home on the weekends. PALMDALE – Equipped with digital cameras from a state grant, Golden Poppy School eighth-graders took photos chronicling their lives before, during and after school. Nine of their photos accompany similar images from teenagers around the United States in a new book called “My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World.” Golden Poppy School, a 2-year-old kindergarten-through-eighth grade school in the Palmdale School District, was one of 30 schools in the state to receive the grant in the 2004-05 school year. “It was a good project. I think that they did a lot of collaboration with one another, learned to use digital cameras and edit on the computer. There was writing practice with the journaling,” Principal Dawn Conry said. They were assigned to take pictures before, during and after school, Jaramillo said. “We had a whole class session on how to take pictures, how to set up shots. They were given examples,” Jaramillo said. They talked about the “rule of three,” where “you split the screen into sections of three, like a tick-tack-toe board. You want to get the subject in one of the right or left columns,” Jaramillo said. The students wrote captions for the pictures and documented in writing their experiences. “The main thing our kids got out of it was a lot of practice in writing. It was purposeful writing. They had a goal and they knew they were accomplishing a task,” Jaramillo said. “This was something really authentic and they were going to get published. It really sharpened their writing skills as a result of that. It was really motivating.” Out of a dozen pictures submitted, nine were published in the book. Many of them were candid shots showing students walking to school, students playing basketball, someone holding a computer keyboard. Conry said the project kept the students motivated and on their best behavior. “(Jaramillo) explained it was privilege for them to be able to do it,” Conry said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

CECAFA U20: Byekwaso not worried despite Eritrea draw

first_imgMorley Byekwaso was impressed with the Hippos’s performance on Saturday. (PHOTO/File)Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso is optimistic his side will bounce back and win their next game at the on-going CECAFA U20 Championships.The Uganda U20 side drew 1-1 with Eritrea on Saturday in what was their first game at the tournament.Proline FC striker Ivan Bogere opened the scoring with a poked-in effort on 37 minutes but despite dominating proceedings, the Hippos conceded 12 minutes into the second half to share spoils in the end.It was a game that promised so much for the team as they created more and better chances but could only burry one.KCCA FC striker Sadat Anaku was guilty of missing the lion share of the chances, most notably missing from a one-on-one situation inside the opening ten minutes.The likes of Hassan Ssenyonjo and substitute Steve Sserwadda also failed to score from good positions as Eritrea held on to what had early seemed like an unlikely point.Speaking after the game, Byekwaso noted that despite not winning, he was happy about his team’s performance.“Everyone who watched the game saw that we played well, said Byekwaso at the post match press conference.“We created nine clear chances but the boys are still shy but I will talk to them and ensure they overcome the issue.“Otherwise, the game was ok although we did not score.“We will go back and correct mistakes so as we want to win the next game.”The contest was indeed ok with the Hippos having more control over the proceedings and pegging Eritrea back.The Hippos line-up before the game on Saturday. (PHOTO/FUFA)Much od the dominance was down to Kenneth Ssemakula who provided proper cover to the back-line and also linked up play with the forwards.However, Ssemakula was a surprise inclusion in midfield as he is known to be a center-back at club side Busoga United.Asked about the decision to play Ssemakula in midfield, Byekwaso had this to say;“Ssemakula is a good ball player.“I had a week to look at him and impressed me and i think he is a player who will be of good service to the nation in the next few years.”Uganda was without playmaker Bright Anukani for the game against Eritrea.The Proline FC player who is expected to be available in the next game, was away with the CHAN team that defeated Burundi 3-0 in Bujumbura on the same day.Speaking about Anukani, Byekwaso claimed that his team did not miss the youthful playmaker.“I do not think we missed Anukani because everyone had a good game and we are happy although we did not score.Our target and focus is tow in the next game against Djibouti and we are optimistic that we will get the desired result especially after the sort of performance we put out today.”The Hippos will return to action on Tuesday against Djibouti, a game that they need to win in order to ease up on the pressure that started mounting on them after the draw on Saturday.Comments Tags: CECAFA U20DjiboutiEritreaHassan SsenyonjoIvan Bogeremorley byekwasoSadat AnakuSteven Sserwaddatoplast_img read more

Photographer shares never-before-seen view of Donegal’s Star Wars set

first_imgThe excitement for the new Star Wars movie release is a force to be reckoned with as fans count down the days until they see the next episode on the big screen.Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out this Friday and fans in Donegal will be keeping a close eye on Ahch-To scenes to spot some familiar sights.The Star Wars crew descended on Malin Head in Co. Donegal last May to use the jarring landscape as a backdrop to the blockbuster. Skellig Michael in Kerry and other spots along the Wild Atlantic Way will also feature in the film, and it is yet to be revealed how much screentime Donegal will get. One local photographer caught an all-encompassing image of the big budget production camp at Malin Head on May 16th, 2016. Strabane photographer Gareth Wray chose to keep the photo for release until this week, making it all the more exciting for fans.“Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Set” – Malin Head, by Gareth Wray PhotographyThe incredible photo contains many details, which Wray himself describes in an informative caption:“If you look onto the rocky outcrop you can see the “Millennium Falcon” spaceship set. To the right you can see all the tents and storage for the gear used for filming. On the foreground is scaffolding and cables which were used to suspend the actors to the side of this cliff for an amazing action scene!”, Wray wrote.The photographer often captures impressive views of Donegal, and shared his delight that the Star Wars filmmakers also saw the potential of the landscape: “I really can’t wait to see this movie in the cinema and it is such a claim to fame for County Donegal and all Ireland for that matter! In my humble opinion, JJ Abram couldn’t have sourced a better filming location for his newest Star Wars Movies!,” Wray said.Thanks to Gareth Wray for sharing this photo. Prints are available from garethwray.com. You can follow www.facebook.com/garethwrayphotography for more images from Ireland and the North West.Photographer shares never-before-seen view of Donegal’s Star Wars set was last modified: December 11th, 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)last_img read more