BEARING FRUIT The preliminary-round matches are scheduled to run from February 20 to March 20. Teams comprising both boys and girls, will compete to be named in the top eight. These top eight schools will playoff at the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival, scheduled to take place on April 7. Billy Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, endorsed the expanded programme. Heaven said it has been bearing fruit with several alumni now playing at the highest level. Scotiabank is the exclusive sponsor of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and the official bank of West Indies Cricket. According to Hope McMillan-Canaan, manager – public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, the bank was committed to the programme for the long haul. Eighteen new schools have been added to the Kiddy Cricket lineup, moving the number of participants from 224 up to 242 for the Scotiabank-WICB Kiddy Cricket programme. The 2017 programme was officially launched at Sabina Park yesterday. Key stakeholders from the West Indies Cricket Board, the Jamaica Cricket Association, the Ministry of Education and Scotiabank were on hand to welcome the participants. There has also been an increase in the number of coaches, one for each parish, an adjustment that will allow at least 16 schools in each parish to get special attention during the programme. According to Phillip Service, West Indies Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica, “with this new structure, we have been able to provide greater quality coaching to more boys and girls, improved assistance in the cricket skill development of young cricketers, as well as to have a closer link with the schools in the programme”. Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket started in Jamaica in 2001 and has exposed thousands of young children to the game in a modified form, where they play ten overs per match consisting of ten persons per team. Since its inception, numerous players have gone on to represent their countries and the West Indies. Some former Kiddy Cricketers of note in Jamaica are Brandon King, who now represents Jamaica, and Jermaine Blackwood, who plays for the West Indies at the highest level.
Guyana is preparing to host the 24th Congress of Ministers and high officials of tourism in March.Ministers from 34 countries that are part of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will meet for the Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR).This year’s Congress is being held under the theme “Connecting the Americas Through Sustainable Tourism”. The focus of the meeting will be how to “connect our countries a little better through a common approach to sustainable tourism”, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin noted.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Gaskin, who has responsibility for tourism, said this was the first-ever OAS ministerial conference to be held in Guyana.“It’s very significant to host these international events. It raises the profile of our country. We, of course, have to ensure it comes off successfully so there is a lot of work to be done.”“It puts us on the map. I think it is something we can be proud of,” he added.Gaskin noted that over the past two years, there has been increased interest in Guyana as a destination for the hosting of conferences.“People want to be in Guyana; they sense that there are exciting things happening in Guyana and so Guyana has now become an interesting place and that puts us in the running for hosting various conferences and events,” the Minister asserted.
Garbage, mainly single-use plastics dumped aback the Marriott HotelThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Environment (DOE) is calling on citizens to refrain from the careless dumping of garbage, particularly single-use plastics, along Seawalls and other public spaces.During a visit to the area aback the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, Stakeholder Management Coordinator, DOE, Aretha Forde highlighted that most of the garbage dumped at the location and many other sites comprise mainly of harmful plastics.This, she noted, is harming the environment as single-use and other plastics are non-biodegradable, which means they cannot break down or decay for many years.“There is no nutrient to return to the soil, this means when the plastic finally breaks down, it breaks down by light, by a process we call photodegradation and so those smaller pieces end up in our waterways,” Forde said.The smaller pieces of plastic are often eaten by marine life including fish, which are either poisoned by the chemicals contained in the plastic or are eaten by humans, who then become exposed to the toxic chemicals.The DOE Coordinator noted that scientific studies have shown that the chemicals in these plastics can cause hormone imbalance and certain types of cancers in humans.Guyana is going ‘green’ and according to Forde, there is no room for single-use plastics and other materials similar to plastics that are “environmentally unfriendly.”To raise awareness, the department will embark on a series of national consultations with various stakeholders especially the private sector to inform them about the impending ban on single-use plastics.“To kick-start the process, what we have learnt from experience that there are several processes that need to be ongoing before we draft legislation,” she pointed out.The ban on single-use plastics, which is expected to take effect within three years, was proposed to the Cabinet by the DOE. It will prevent the manufacture and sale of single-use plastics in Guyana.The department will also be working with the private sector to find suitable alternatives to the plastics, which include black and coloured plastic bags, plastic forks, spoons, cups, water bottles and single-use plastic items.“We need to get the message out to the students, they are the best carriers of positive messages especially about the environment and we need the general public to come on board,” she noted, adding that citizens will also determine the success of the initiative.
Five persons are now homeless after a fire destroyed their home at Number 69 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, on Wednesday evening.Reports are that the fire started on the upper flat of the two storied building around 20:30h; it is believed to be electrical in nature. A middle-aged couple, their daughter and her two children occupy the home.The family now left destitute as a result of the fire that ravaged their homeAt the time of the blaze, one of the couple’s sons was visiting. According to Seekumari Dauroop, 58, they were all under the house when the flames were seen in the upper part of the building through the floor.“Me hear like something ah crack… an so me sent up mi son fo see wha going on and when he go up he say, ‘Mummy! Mummy fire!’ when he come down, he get two bucket water but that couldn’t do nothing so we ent save nothing,” a tearful Seekumari said.Her husband, Ramcharran, 63, estimated his losses in excess of $3 million. He said the home was equipped with two furnished sitting rooms, three bedrooms. A generator, washing machine, three gas stoves, refrigerator and a music system were a few of the items destroyed.His daughter Gashmarie said the fire started in the middle bedroom in the vicinity of where the fuse box and main switch are. She explained that it was moments after the fire started, it was discovered but they could save nothing.According to a source from the Skeldon Fire Service, they responded with one unit and encountered difficulty sourcing water because of the current dry weather. The source said the water they arrived with was inadequate since the fire had engulfed to building when they arrived.Meanwhile, the family is currently being rescued by a neighbour. The Dauroop’s have been renting the building for the past three months and estimate damages in the vicinity of $3 million.So far this year, 38 buildings have been destroyed by fire in Berbice compared with 24 for the corresponding period last year.Currently, the Guyana Fire Service is observing Fire Prevention Week under the theme, ‘“Fire Safety, a National Priority – Get Involved’.In Berbice, firefighters operating out of fire stations at New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Onverwagt have so far responded to 273 fire calls as compared to 255 for the corresponding period last year.Fires this year have so far claimed the lives of two persons on Berbice, a similar number for the corresponding period last year.
Datsyuk tied the score at 1-1 for Detroit with 5:56 left in the second period on his 21st goal. He put a loose puck in off Burke’s skate. Willsie gave the Kings a 2-1 lead just 27 seconds later when he batted a rebound past Hasek. The Kings opened the scoring on Ivanans’ goal with 8:44 left in the first period. He put in the rebound of John Zeiler’s shot after Zeiler had picked the puck up off a turnover by Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The Kings’ Rob Blake missed his third game with a groin injury and Anze Kopitar missed his fourth game with a muscle strain. Later, center Derek Armstrong was helped off the ice favoring his left knee after a hit by Andreas Lilja late in the first period. The extent of the injury wasn’t known after the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Raitis Ivanans and Brian Willsie scored for the Kings, and Sean Burke stopped 51shots. “We worked hard and our goaltender gave us a great effort,” Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. “We were in our end most of the last two periods.” Samuelsson tipped in a pass from Datsyuk on a 2-on-1 break to end it. Lebda tied the score at 2-2 with 5:58 left in the third period off an end-to-end rush on which he cut around The Red Wings outshot the Kings 26-4 in the third period. “It’s (Detroit) a great hockey club,” said Burke. “You can tell they never feel desperate. They just keep working.” Samuelsson had been out since late January with a broken bone in his foot. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and assisted on the game-winner, and Brett Lebda also scored for Detroit. Dominik Hasek, who returned after missing three games with tightness in his thigh, made 24 saves. DETROIT – Mikael Samuelsson made an impact in his first game in more than a month. His goal 3:26 into overtime completed a comeback and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Kings on Friday night.
0Shares0000Guangzhou Evergrande have Fabio Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week © AFP/FileHONG KONG, China, Feb 12 – Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro and Shanghai SIPG’s record signing Oscar will spearhead a four-pronged Chinese assault when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins this week.Evergrande, Asian champions in 2013 and 2015, have Cannavaro back at the helm for the second time and open their campaign at home to Thailand’s Buriram United on Wednesday in Group G. Oscar, a 60-million-euro signing a year ago, is looking for a first trophy with SIPG after they crashed out in the semi-finals last season under Andre Villas-Boas, having beaten Evergrande in the quarter-finals.Villas-Boas has been replaced at SIPG by fellow Portuguese Vitor Pereira who has vowed to win a trophy and gets the first test of his management away to Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale, who reached the quarter-finals last season, on Tuesday.“The opening match is particularly important if we want to qualify for the knockout stage, so we have to prepare well,” said Kawasaki’s Yu Kobayashi, who netted six goals in the competition last season.“Shanghai have Oscar and Hulk, who are experienced, high-quality players.”Joining them in Group F are South Korea’s Ulsan who open with a long journey south to Melbourne Victory in Australia.– Modeste double –Cannavaro resigned at Tianjin Quanjian just days after steering them into the Champions League for the first time.Oscar (R), a 60-million-euro signing a year ago, is looking for a first trophy with Shanghai SIPG © AFP/File / Toshifumi KITAMURATianjin have a new Portuguese coach in Paulo Sousa who is already beginning to like what he is seeing from Cannavaro’s high-profile French recruit Anthony Modeste, who scored both goals to beat Ceres Negros of the Philippines 2-0 in a playoff to reach the group phase.Sousa’s side will begin at home to Hong Kong debutants Kitchee, who have signed 38-year-old former Manchester United and Uruguay striker Diego Forlan to bolster their challenge.Shanghai Shenhua, minus expensive misfit Carlos Tevez who has returned to Argentina, complete the Chinese quartet with Wu Jingui in charge for their first group match since 2011, having replaced Gus Poyet in September.But they face a tough baptism away to Japan’s Kashima Antlers in Group H which also sees Sydney FC host Suwon Bluewings, who will field new signing Dejan Damjanovic up front after snaring the 36-year-old K-league goal machine from FC Seoul last month.For the second year running there will be no defending champions taking part. Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds failed to qualify despite beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in November’s two-legged final.And last season the 2016 winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were kicked out of the Champions League for their part in a match-fixing, scouting and bribery scandal, though they return this year after serving their ban.– Sneijder debut –The tournament will feature Monday games in the Western region, which will remain separated from the Eastern region until the final.Suwon Bluewings will field new signing Dejan Damjanovic (R) up front when the 2018 AFC Champions League group phase begins after snaring the 36-year-old K-league goal machine from FC Seoul last month © AFP/File / JUNG YEON-JEAl Hilal and Al Ain have come closest to breaking the East’s stranglehold on the trophy in recent times -– the sides finished runners-up in 2017 and 2016 respectively -– and they face off in one of the clashes of the round in Group D in Riyadh on Tuesday.The UAE’s Al Ain have strengthened their line-up by signing former Asian player of the year Ahmed Khalil to team up with shaggy-haired star Omar Abdulrahman in a formidable attacking line-up.Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira, fresh from hosting the FIFA Club World Cup in December, welcome Qatar’s Al Gharafa who will have former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 33, making his AFC Champions League debut.The Dutch maestro will play alongside another new signing, Iran’s Mehdi Taremi, who bagged seven goals last season as Persepolis reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Kerr is aiming to defend the title with Gor on Sunday against his former side Simba SCNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8- Ahead of their meeting in the SportPesa Super Cup final on Sunday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has said he has nothing to prove to his former employers Simba SC.Gor booked a date with the recently crowned Tanzanian champions Simba SC after beating Singida United 2-0 in the semis while Simba were 5-4 winners over Kakamega Homeboyz in the earlier semi. “I have nothing to prove to them. What happened happened; the board makes decisions and for me, I am happy to be at Gor. They (Simba officials) can come and watch I don’t care. I have good memories with Simba players and they are happy to see me; they love me. It is just the people who didn’t but all I am bothered of is Gor,” the coach said on Thursday.Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre watches from the bench during his side’s SportPesa Super Cup clash against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKerr was fired at the Dar es Salaam based club in January 2016, just six months after taking charge and he could not hid his displeasure at some of the club’s leadership, two of who are in Nakuru for the Super Cup tournament.Kerr was specifically irked when one of the officials Hajji Manara went into the Singida dressing room after Thursday’s match to ‘high-five’ the players, noting that it showed a lack of respect.Nonetheless, Kerr has chosen to stick his eyes on the prize urging his players to approach the final with confidence and the grab the opportunity that comes with the winner of the week-long tournament travelling to England to play Premier League side Everton FC at their Goodison Park backyard.“It is a final and the winner goes to England. That’s a massive incentive. It is a massive opportunity to the players to showcase themselves playing at Goodison Park. I have said to the players that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they should use it,” the tactician said.“It will be a tough final because Simba want to win. They want to beat me and my players should come down ready and prepared with the right attitude,” added Kerr.-Defending champions-Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the SportPesa Super Cup. PHOTO/SportPesaGor won the tournament last year in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final and went on to play against Everton losing 2-1.The tactician now wants the side to defend the title and travel for a ‘rematch’ with the Merseyside club.Meanwhile, the coach has lauded his players for their performance against Singida playing in tough conditions, saying they showed the character of a champion.“I thought we were brilliant. We dictated the game, played good passes and credit to Meddie (Kagere) who fought hard to get his two goals. If we get into the final with this kind of attitude I think it will be great,” added the coach.He has called on fans to come down to the Afraha Stadium in their droves and push the team to the title, noting they have been brilliant in both matches they have played in the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Fortner said that in the event a proposed settlement needs to be brought to the supervisors in an emergency – such as during a trial – details will be released after the board has voted on it. “While things are still in flux, we’d prefer to wait to release any information that might cause a plaintiff to have second thoughts,” Fortner said. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! County legal costs hit a high of $109 million in 2002-03, dropped to $74 million in 2003-04, but are set to hit $89 million in 2006-07. Supervisor Gloria Molina said she has agreed with a new format for releasing details about strategies used in the legal deals. “The County Counsel’s Office has provided examples where we might be compromising our position by releasing those details,” Molina said. “There are sections that can be eliminated regarding our overall strategy. But I am more concerned than anything else that we maintain a very effective corrective-action process and address the issue of the facts of a case, and not tell the public a different set of facts than what actually occurred.” Molina also called on Fortner’s office to release details of lawsuit settlements that had previously been taken to the supervisors in closed session. Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the County Counsel’s Office to publicly release summaries of all proposed legal settlements of more than $20,000 – including those that have long remained secret. The vote rejected a policy enacted by County Counsel Ray Fortner earlier this year to make all details of legal settlements confidential. At the time, Fortner said lawyers suing the county were using the information to demand more money in settlement negotiations. The policy reversal comes as the county’s legal costs have risen in recent years and officials had come under fire for fostering a culture of secrecy.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush gave new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert more than he expected at the two leaders’ first Oval Office meeting Tuesday: qualified support for a plan – previously given a chilly reception – to unilaterally define Israel’s West Bank borders. At a time when the Palestinian leadership is bitterly divided and partly controlled by a group the United States considers terrorists, Bush acknowledged that the preferred course of negotiated borders might be impossible. For his part, Olmert promised to spare no effort to seek a settlement before acting unilaterally. Bush said Olmert presented bold ideas that could lead to the goal of an independent Palestinian state “if a pathway to progress on the road map is not opened in the period ahead.” He was referring to the U.S.-backed peace plan known as the road map. “Our preferred option, of course, is (for) there to be a negotiated settlement,” Bush said at a chummy news conference with Olmert. “On the other hand, as the prime minister said, … if he is unable to find a partner in peace, if nothing can go forward, he is willing to think about ways to advance the process forward.” The two leaders’ statements after their first White House meeting amounted to agreement that the United States won’t endorse the plan now but will not stand in Olmert’s way if the Palestinians prove unable to negotiate. Bush also urged Israel to reach out to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an alternative to dealing with the Palestinian Authority now led by the radical Islamic Hamas movement. Abbas was elected separately and remains in office, but the extent of his power is unclear. No one is certain whether a deal can be struck with Abbas or how meaningful such a deal would be if Hamas rejected it. U.S. officials had been cool to Olmert’s plan while so many questions remain about the scope, cost and consequences of what could be a $10 billion resettlement program. Palestinians, Arab neighbors and European allies widely oppose the plan as one-sided. But a senior Bush administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was describing private meetings, said Olmert convinced administration leaders in recent days that he is sincere about reaching out to Abbas as a first step. Bush also became convinced that Olmert’s plan could be compatible with the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state, even if the Palestinians had little hand in creating it, the official said. As if to illustrate that point, Bush invited Olmert for a lengthy unscheduled private meeting in the Bush family’s private quarters after their news conference. Separately on Tuesday, Bush gave his strongest assurance to date that the United States will not stand by if the rising anti-Semitic rhetoric from Iran turns more violent. “Israel is a close friend and ally of the United States. And in the event of any attack on Israel, the United States will come to Israel’s aid,” Bush said. Both Bush and Olmert said Iran must not be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal. “We determined that the Iranian regime must not obtain nuclear weapons,” Bush said. Earlier Tuesday, Olmert discussed concerns about Iran with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in a 35-minute meeting at the Pentagon. At the White House, he said it was not too late to stop Iran from getting the bomb. “This is a moment of truth,” Olmert said. Under his West Bank plan, Olmert could move on his own to remove many isolated Israeli settlements while defending major enclaves Israel intends to keep. A border would be drawn by 2010. “I believe, and Prime Minister Olmert agrees, that a negotiated final-status agreement best serves both the Israelis and the Palestinians and the cause of peace,” Bush said. Still, “the prime minister’s ideas could be an important step toward the peace we both support,” Bush said. Olmert said he would go forward with his plan “in the event that all other options may not be possible.”
Lorenzo Insigne has urged Dries Mertens to snub interest from elsewhere and sign a new deal at Napoli – just like he did.Arsenal were very keen on a move for Insigne this summer but the striker decided to commit his future to Napoli by penning a contract until 2022.However, the long-term future of another key man, Mertens, is still unclear with the Belgian yet to extend his current deal beyond 2018.That means Napoli may feel forced to cash in on him this summer – and Manchester United are reported to be the front-runners in the race to land the forward.But now Insigne has pleaded with his team-mate to follow his lead and remain with him at Napoli.Insigne told Mediaset: “Mertens has a lot of quality and can do well in any role.“His goals are important, I hope he remains with us so that I get to play alongside him for a long time. He’s a great player.“The club knows how to keep its best players. I renewed my contract for a winning project and I hope he can do the same.” Dries Mertens in action for Napoli 1