first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) player development programme, will have a new twist this year, after the local beer giant’s partnership with Nike.The American sports apparel company will send a team to conduct advance fitness and structured football training for selected players and coaches at the Barbican field in a two-day exercise starting today at 8 a.m.Now in its third year, the RSPL player development programme seeks to develop players’ off-field skills such as appearance, media training, social media skills and financial management.The two-day event will this year be split in two segments with on-the-field training for players and coaches on Friday and a seminar on Saturday.Red Stripe’s head of marketing and innovations, Blandine Paul-Reid said they are totally committed to the RSPL players’ development, which is why they have invest in this project and its continued improvement.COMMITTED TO THE LEAGUE”As we look at moving the Red Stripe Premier League to the next level, projects like this are important. Red Stripe is very dedicated to the league and the development of players,” said Paul-Reid.”Developing players has been a long journey. We have gone from a small execution at Courtleigh hotel, to bringing partners like Nike to help our players become better. Having Nike representing the players and helping them build their skills so they can make it big is probably the best development for the League,” she commented.Jamaica and Trinidad’s Nike sales representative, Michael Bookbinder, leads the three man team consisting of himself, former professional footballer and currently top Panamanian Nike coach, Eilado Mitre and head of sport marketing, Pedro Boyd.”I would like to do something positive and get them to a next level, whether in life or in their careers. I want to leave something positive so that people will talk about the event we did. We’ll see what players need to improve on, if it’s speeds, strength,” said Bookbinder.”The coaches will benefit because they are going to see new techniques they are not using now in their daily or weekly routine, and it will help them incorporate new training techniques they are not using now,” Bookbinder added.last_img read more

first_imgMinister within the Public Health Ministry Dr Karen Cummings has said that the long-awaited tobacco legislation will be tabled in the House at the next sitting.Junior Health MinisterKaren CummingsAlthough this has been the cry of the Ministry for the past several months, Dr Cummings stated that because the Bill is in its final draft, they are fine-tuning it. However, she promised that it will be presented to Parliament when the House comes out of recess.“We want to ensure that it is meaningful and it promotes disease control, healthy living and miners not being sold cigarettes,” she said, noting that one of the key aims of the Bill is to reduce second-hand smoking.Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Country Representative Dr William Adu-Krow has stated that there is an urgent need for tobacco restrictions to be enforced in Guyana, underscoring that profits brought in through the tobacco industry does not compensate for the many lives being lost from smoking and second-hand smoke every year.Every year, tobacco kills six million people—5.4 million active smokers and 600,000 non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. It is the only legal consumer product that kills up to half of its users when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer, costing the global economy an estimated US$200 billion each year.In 2005, Guyana assented to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and promised to impose regulations for tobacco consumption and its trade.The Bill, intended to protect present and future generations from the “devastating harms” of tobacco use, exposure to tobacco smoke, and specifically to prevent tobacco use among youths, has been eagerly anticipated by the health sector and dreaded by the tobacco industry.One key stakeholder, Demerara Tobacco Ltd has said that the Bill—in its present state—is heavily flawed. Managing director of the company Maurlaine Argyle-Kirton had stated that the Bill is not balanced and will cripple the tobacco industry once it is passed in Parliament.last_img read more

first_img…at West Coast salonBy Ashraf DabieA mother of one was on Sunday afternoon trailed and eventually attacked by a pair of armed and unmasked bandits while conducting business on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).Bhavana Samtani is now left counting her losses which add up to approximately $900,000.The bandits caught on camera while entering the salonAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, Samtani, accompanied by her son, had just cashed a cheque at a bank in Parika, and while going about her business within the area, she was being tracked by the robbers.Shortly after the woman boarded a bus destined for a salon in Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD; upon arriving at her destination, Samtani was pounced upon by the armed men.While speaking to this publication, the still shaken mother relayed that she had just made her way into the H&S Beauty Salon and while enquiring how long she may have to wait, the two men barged into the business establishment.She told this newspaper that one of the men got down at her feet and started fumbling with her handbag.“At first, I thought it was a prank,” explained the woman, but after glimpsing the man’s face, she quickly realised that she was being robbed.Samtani went on to say that, “One of them was tugging on my bag and I wasn’t going to let loose. It wasn’t until he pulled out the gun that I let go.”After being held at gunpoint by both of the men, fear for the lives of her son and others present in the salon at the time led the woman to surrender her handbag carrying about $800,000 cash, a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone, her Passport and other important documents as well as other valued possessions.Clutching the stolen prize, the unmasked bandits then made good their escape in a dark grey Toyota Premio, heading in the direction of Georgetown.The terrifying incident occurred around 13:30h and lasted for about five to seven minutes.Samtani, in an attempt to recover her valuable documents, chased after the escaping robbers, but lost track of their vehicle a short distance away from the salon.However, it was after launching a personal investigation that she realised she was being trailed all the way from Parika.CCTV footage from a few stops along the way revealed the duo was tracing the woman’s every move following her transaction at the bank that afternoon. They were even seen stopping moderate distances away from the bus to enquire whether she and her son had disembarked the minibus.However, while revisiting the market square at Parika, the woman was informed by vendors that the men were seen chasing after her. One vendor even relayed that when she asked what they were shopping, one of the men responded, “We are shopping guns.”The CCTV footage managed to capture a clear shot of the two men while their car was also seen in the distance.The suspects were described as both of African descent and were believed to be in their late 20s.The CCTV footage, along with a detailed report of what had transpired, was handed over to the Police and as such, investigations are ongoing. However, ranks have not yet zoomed in on the suspects and as such, an arrest is yet to be made.last_img read more

first_imgElected to three-year terms as board members are: Martin Camero, Home Loan Center, and Eric Finley, Finley Holiday Film Corporation. The board governs the Whittier Uptown Association, which helps promote and market the business district. Their annual events include: Antique Street Faire’s, Uptown Car Show and Christmas Parade and Holiday Sonata. They also present the Wednesday night Family Fair event and weekly Friday Certified Farmer’s Market. Whittier resident Mike Kazarian was presented the Uptown Volunteer of the Year award. A listing of the the year’s calendar of events for Uptown can be found by calling up the association’s website at or calling (562)696-2662. WHITTIER – Robert Ruiz, owner of Melrose Vintage, is the new president of the Whittier Uptown Association for 2007-08. He and other officers were recently installed by Whittier Mayor Pro Tem Owen Newcomer. Also installed were: Vice-President Caroll Kudinoff, of Adobe Escrow; Secretary Jeff Langan, Uptown building owner, and Treasurer Mark Wilson of Merrill Gardens. Returning directors are: Susie Cruz, Simply Susie’s Boutique; Yolanda Garcia, Casita del Pueblo; Chuck Griffith, Concave Skate Shop; Michael Moniak, Uptown Commercial Real Estate; Anna Sauceda, ACS Group; and as past president, Nothy Garcia, from Scraparazzi. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3032160Want 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

first_img Liverpool midfielder Emre Can 1 Liverpool midfielder Emre Can’s could miss the rest of the season after he was ruled out for at least four weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments.The 22-year-old limped off in Thursday’s dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund and left Anfield on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot.He underwent a scan yesterday and the results indicated ruptured ligaments which could sideline him for up to six weeks.The news means he looks set to miss the rest of the Premier League campaign but could make a comeback if they reach the final of the Europa League.last_img read more

first_imgTEENAGE KICKS AND EPIC WAVES IN FANADYoung surfers were on the crest of a wave at Ballyhiernan Bay, Fanad, at the weekend as they stretched out summer with help from Adventure One Surf School.A windswept day didn’t stop the groms riding the waves to make the most of the tail-end of the season before hitting the school books this week. Pix: Declan Devlin     PICTURE SPECIAL: TEENAGE KICKS AND EPIC WAVES IN FANAD was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles police sought the public’s help today in identifying two girls photographed by a man arrested in January for illegally taking pictures of children at the Griffith Park. Sergio Perez, 52, of Los Angeles, was charged with misdemeanor counts of upskirting, child exploitation, possession of child pornography, loitering and child annoying, Los Angeles police said. Perez was taken into custody on Jan. 28 after a Griffith Park pony ride manager noticed his behavior and made a citizen’s arrest, Los Angeles Lt. Paul Vernon said. Armed with a search warrant, detectives from the Sexually Exploited Child Unit found 200 images of children on Perez’s digital camera, seized during the arrest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Detectives want to identify two girls whose pictures were allegedly found on Perez’s camera: A white girl, 9-11 years old, with blond hair and blue eyes, wearing a sleeveless, pale-colored 3/4-length dress printed with colorful fairies, maroon mushrooms, blue butterflies and yellow dragonflies, with white socks and brown tennis shoes. A black girl, 5-9 years old, with long corn-row braids with colored beads, wearing a burgundy crushed velvet dress and a mostly blue jacket, with black cowboy boots with white stitching. Anyone who saw him photographing children is asked to call Detective Kathleen McCarthy at (213) 485-2883.last_img read more

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Two or three times a month, Larry Bailey makes the trip from his Torrance home to do some fishing in the San Gabriel Canyon area of the Angeles National Forest. With each trek, Bailey has become more and more bothered by the amount of debris other visitors leave behind. On a flyfishers’ message board on the Internet, Bailey learned of Operation Super Canyon Sweep and knew he had to get involved. Bailey joined more than 200 volunteers in Saturday’s annual cleanup effort, which focused on a 15-mile stretch of the North Fork, East Fork and West Fork sections of the canyon along the river. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Operation Super Canyon Sweep was presented by Public Lands for the People, a nonprofit corporation “dedicated to the public’s use of public lands,” in association with the U.S. Forest Service-San Gabriel River Ranger District, Azusa Canyon Off Road Association and California Trail Users Coalition. “Tires, grocery carts, you name it, I’ve seen trashed in and around the river,” Bailey said. “The message board encouraged everyone to come out, and I said `I’m all for that.’ “We’ll make it spiffy, but unfortunately it’s only a Band-Aid. It doesn’t fix the problem, but it helps.” “It is against the law to litter in the Angeles National Forest. I really wish more citations would be given,” said Walt Wegner, a PLP member and co-coordinator of the event, along with founding PLP member Barry Wetherby. “Some people just don’t know any better, but in most cases, people don’t care. “The forest service gets a lot of trash out of here, constantly picking it up, but can’t keep up and doesn’t seem to have the manpower. We come here once a year and with great support are able to lend a hand.” In addition to the volunteers, that support comes via sponsorship, both from many local businesses and individuals. For example, the employees fund of Boeing California made a $2,000 donation while Sizzler restaurant in Azusa donated 300 hamburger patties, buns and cheese to provide lunch for the staff and volunteers. “It takes a whole lot of people working together to make this happen,” Wetherby said. “Every year it gets better, and we’re able to educate more and more younger folks. We’re just trying to help clean up the canyon so that people can keep on enjoying themselves here.” “It’s amazing how much trash gets dumped here,” said Don Crites, another PLP founding member on hand. “What’s nice is that there are so many people from so many different backgrounds willing to help.” Cleanup crews included all ages – some coming on their own, others in groups, including three Boy Scout troops. Mercedes Castro was joined by five fellow members of the Azusa Canyon Lions Club. “We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Castro, who admitted she was concerned about the beware of snakes warnings, “We’re a relatively new group. We don’t have a lot of money, so we thought we’d give back in labor.” “I’ve been here fishing a few times, but I thought I’d come and clean it up before using the river again,” said Miles Neimeyer, who made the long drive from Seal Beach to participate in the sweep. “I felt I should pay my dues.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img*Ladies Presentation Night*The ladies team had their presentation last Saturday night in the Travellers and we would like to thank Michael for his hospitality and his sponsorship. We would also like to thank County player Karen Guthrie who presented the girls with their medals and awards. The award winners were: Senior Player: Amber BarrettMost Improved: Aisling McBrideYoung player: Shannon McGroddyMinor Player: Niamh Carr Awards were also presented to Orla Harrisson and Niamh Carr who represented the county at senior and minor level last season. The girls were also presented with their Championship and Gaelteacht winners medals and can now look forward to the season ahead with training starting back this week.*Jigs and Reels*There are less than two weeks to go until Milford GAA in association with Milford National School present Jigs and Reels in the Silver Tassie Hotel on February 15th, 2013. A fantastic nights fun and laughter guaranteed!! Only 15 Euro for an Adult and 5 Euro for children. Tickets are still available but do not count on tickets being available at the door on the night, only children will be able to pay at the door. Support the club and the national school and get your ticket from any committee member, the Milford Post Office or from any of the participants*Club Membership*Please note that club membership is now due. Membership rates are €20 for adults, €10 for children, and €50 per family. Alternatively you can download a standing order form from the club website ( for the weekly club lotto. Entry to the lotto database costs €17 per month which also entitles you to 11 weeks free entry to the lotto as well as full family membership. Membership forms will also be available to download from the website in the coming days. The deadline for payment of membership is the 17th of March and can be paid to any committee member, see the website for committee details. PLEASE NOTE: The club will only source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members as of the 17th of March.*Sen/Res/u21/Minor Training* Training for all Senior, Reserve, U21 and Minor players continues every Wednesday at 7pm and Friday at 9pm at the pitch in Milford. Players will receive notifications on any changes to these times. If for any reason you are unable to attend let the management know.*U14 Training*The U14’s have training every Friday at Fern from 5.30pm to 7pm.with League starting at the start of March it is important we get everyone out. Managers are Darragh Kelly and Gerry Crossan.*Milford GAA Club Gear* Club gear is now available to order. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with either Barry on 086-3400082 or Aidan on 087-1223177.Hoodies (Kids 5-11: €29.99. Kids 13-14: €38. Adults S-XXL: €39.99)Track top (13/14 – Adult XXL: €38)Windcheater (Adult S-XXL: €23)Hat (€7.50)Polo Shirts (2 varieties, White & Navy) (13/14- – Adult XXL: €29.99)Training T-Shirt (Kids 5-11: €18. Kids 13-14: €19.99. Adults S-XXL: €23)Initials can be added at an additional €2 each*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 1-13-16-18. No jackpot winner, 2 match 3 winners gets €35. The winners were: Annemarie McGettigan, Carrigart, and May Henderson, Ballyare. Next weeks Jackpot is €5,540.*Conversational Irish Classes*Conversational Irish classes continue every Wednesday at 7pm in the clubhouse at Moyleview Park. Adults and children welcome. Admission: Adults €2, Children €1. The classes will be for 1.5 hours and refreshments will be provided.GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: MILFORD GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more