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_imgStan Bowles was given a hero’s reception at Loftus Road, where Tjaronn Chery’s first goal for QPR put them ahead three minutes before the interval. Rangers legend Bowles, who has Alzheimer’s disease, looked in very good physical condition as he was introduced on the pitch to the crowd before kick-off on ‘Stan Bowles Day’.And the home fans were on their feet again when summer signing Chery side-footed home after James Perch’s right-wing cross was nudged into the Dutchman’s path by Charlie Austin.Bowles is a guest of honour at Loftus Road this afternoonRotherham might have taken an early lead when Jonson Clarke-Harris got away from Perch and crossed for Matt Derbyshire, who was unable to finish from close range.And after Chery’s well-taken goal, keeper Rob Green saved at his near post after Lee Frecklington’s intended cross deflected off R’s defender Grant Hall.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin,;Chery, Luongo; Phillips; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Doughty, Kpwekawa, Hoilett, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img6 November 2013The Volvo Golf Champions, to be hosted by South Africa’s Durban Country Club in January, on Tuesday announced a 50 percent increase in its prize fund to US$4-million. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen also confirmed his participation in the event.The exclusive, limited-field event serves as the European Tour’s “Tournament of Champions”.Only players who have won on the Tour in the previous year, or current Tour players who have won 10 or more Tour titles in their careers qualify for the prestigious tournament.Winner’s chequeThe winner will walk away with a cheque for $700 000 (approximately R7.17-million). However, thanks to the event’s elite status, every player will be richly rewarded for qualifying for the tournament. Contesting it will also give those players a head start in the Race to Dubai standings.Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen said in a statement: “It is fantastic for South Africa to get to host the European Tour’s ‘Tournament of Champions’ again.“It is an impressive boost to the prize fund and I am delighted to be defending my title at the Durban Country Club. I love the course and enjoy the advantage of playing in front of my home crowd. I look forward to opening my season there very much.”Per Ericsson, the President of Volvo Event Management, said: “We are thrilled to make this announcement underlining the prestige of our Championship and its key position on the European Tour schedule.“As this event is a very important sales and marketing platform for the Volvo brand, we will soon be revealing some amazing Hole-in-One prizes, which will continue our innovative approach from last year.”‘A must-play’Thomas Bjorn, the Chairman of the European Tour Player Committee and speaking on behalf of the players said: “The players are very grateful to Volvo for all they have contributed to our Tour and I believe that this increase in prize money will make this year opening event a ‘must-play’ for those players hoping to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.“The Volvo Golf Champions is a very prestigious event on our schedule and one that everyone wants to qualify for.”Guy Kinnings, the Global Head of Golf for IMG, the tournament’s co-owners, commented: “This is a very exciting announcement for the Volvo Golf Champions and it’s clear that players qualifying for the Tournament have a great opportunity to get their season off to a flying start.Good feedback“We have had such good feedback from the players about their experiences in KwaZulu-Natal during the Volvo Golf Champions in January, I know that all the players qualifying will be absolutely delighted by this announcement and is yet more evidence of Volvo’s tremendous support of the European Tour.”The Championship is being supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Economic Develop and Tourism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Farm Service Agency is running out of Direct Operating Loan (DOL) and Guaranteed Operating Loan (GOL) Fiscal Year 2016 funding in June, with a third of the fiscal year still remaining. This substantial shortfall will leave many beginning farmers, and others who cannot be fully serviced by commercial credit under current price conditions, without the loans they need to stay in business. It will also create a backlog and long waiting list for Fiscal Year 2017.”This was the beginning of a letter sent to congressional appropriators from groups including the American Bankers Association, Farm Credit Council, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Association of Credit Specialists, National Farmers Union, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Young Farmers Coalition and Opportunity Finance Network. These organizations share the concern about the possibility that farmers and lenders within the agricultural community, counting on FSA loans or guarantees, could see a delay in funding due to a higher than usual volume of interest for those available funds, thus tapping the FSA well dry.Current loan availability depends on the state. FSA grants states each their own allocation so some states may run out of funds before others. So, what does the situation look like for Ohio?“We have not run out of funds here yet, but we certainly could,” said Steve Mauer, Ohio FSA Executive Director. “We’ve had a lot of demand for our loan programs and that is simply indicative of the farm economy.”“When things start to get tight in any particular allocation category then the funds will begin to be pooled nationally which we have seen happen, but we still have control of some of our other state allocations.”If more allocations begin to run out, farmers could see a delay in loans granted for this year and a waiting list for loans granted for 2017, but this wouldn’t be a first.“This is not new to the agency,” Mauer said. “When we run out of money nationally to support our loan making, then we have to wait until somebody appropriates more money.”FSA’s fiscal year still has some time left in it as it runs until the end of September.Despite the possibility of funds not being available at their usual times, Mauer said that doesn’t mean that they won’t be accepting applications from farmers looking for loans. Local FSA offices will still have the ability to approve loans, but they may not be able to fund them until more money is made available.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Another quality which people believe puts Harden in a league of his own is his ability to adjust to any defense and figure out ways to play around it. The Jazz tried several tactics to try and corral Harden in their first round series with Houston, but he still averaged 27.8 points as the Rockets won in five games.“He’s like artificial intelligence,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said during the series. “His ability to dissect and recognize different situations, particularly spacing, and they do a great job with him.”Though Harden led Houston in scoring in every game in the first round, he didn’t shoot particularly well in the series, especially in Game 3 when he set an NBA playoff record by missing his first 15 shots. If the Rockets hope to finally knock off the Warriors in the postseason this year they know that Harden will need to continue that improvement D’Antoni raved about. Houston has been eliminated in the playoffs by Golden State in three of the last four seasons including last year in the Western Conference finals.“You’re never satisfied, you never get too comfortable,” Harden said. “I watch film, I’m in the gym. I work on my conditioning. I study moves. I try new moves I just don’t do the normal.”Harden isn’t simply trying to be the best player in the game today. He’s focused on leaving his mark as one of the best the league has ever seen.“That’s one of the things you dream of when you’re a little kid on the playground outside, to be one of the best basketball players ever,” he said. “So that’s what I strive for and that’s what I’ll continue to go (after) until I retire.”A boost to that legacy would be to help Houston win its first title since 1995. Though Harden won’t look too far ahead, he knows that great players are often judged on how they perform in the playoffs and he’s determined to do all he can to get the Rockets past the Warriors and give them a shot at that elusive championship.“It’s very important,” he said. “Obviously, championships are important. But I’m just taking it one game at a time. That’s all I worry about. I let everything fall in place where it needs to be.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Chiefs owner ‘deeply disturbed’ by Tyreek Hill allegations MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts in front of Mike D’Antoni as he fouls out during a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Houston coach Mike D’Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award.The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I don’t know if he’ll get MVP, he should in my opinion,” D’Antoni said. “But he definitely should get most improved player because he’s improved his game.”It’s daunting to think: Harden is actually getting better. And there are plenty of numbers to back it up as the Rockets prepare to play the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals starting Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA year after Harden became the first Rocket to win MVP since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 when he led the team to the first of two titles, Harden has improved in almost every statistical category.He raised his scoring average from 30.4 to 36.1 points lead the NBA, upped his rebounds from 5.4 to 6.6, improved his steals from 1.8 to 2.0, raised his free throw percentage from 85.8 to 87.9 and made 4.8 3-pointers a game after averaging 3.7 a year ago. And those numbers don’t even take into account how much he’s improved on defense and the skill with which he uses his step back 3-pointer.Never lacking in confidence, Harden wasn’t surprised that D’Antoni’s thought he could be called the league’s most improved player a year after winning MVP.“It’s true,” he said. “Every year I try to come back better. I try to come back and find ways to be more impactful than I was the year before and I think I was this year. And hopefully next year it will be the same thing. To try to go up as high as I can until I’m done.”Some criticize Harden’s game because they believe he relies too heavily on drawing fouls and piling up chunks of his points at the free throw line. The Rockets scoff at that notion and even one of the Warriors disputed that theory.“He can do everything,” said Golden State’s Kevin Durant said, a former teammate in Oklahoma City. “If you’re not focused, he can drive past you, hit you with the shoulder because he’s strong, finish with either hand. He’s shooting floaters now. Obviously the step back 3-pointer is one of his staples, but I never really believed he was just a free throw guy. He can score in a variety of ways.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 20-year-old Sexton’s promising rookie season was one of the few bright spots for the Cavaliers, who finished tied with the Phoenix Suns for the second-worst record at 19-63 in their first year since LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 16.7 points on 40 percent shooting from the three-point area, 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his maiden NBA season.Aside from Sexton, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro is also in town for the Jr. NBA Philippines.Game 7 saw a crowd of 12,871.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Dani Ravena gets her time to shine for Ateneo DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP .@cavs guard Collin Sexton watching @thesmbeermen and @M_Hotshots battle for the Philippine Cup. #PBAFinals @sonrdINQ pic.twitter.com/LIFXlHYVRs— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 15, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Collin Sexton, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rising star, was among the packed crowd in Game 7 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Magnolia at Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSexton, who was the eighth pick by the Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Draft, is in Manila for the Jr. NBA Philippines national training camp.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMichigan State's mascot performing during a basketball game.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 23: Michigan State Spartans mascot entertains the fans during a time out against the Maryland Terrapins in the second half at the Breslin Center on January 23, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)Here’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours. The LSU men’s basketball program is trying everything in its power to give itself an advantage over undefeated Kentucky. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston may have had too much fun in his recent visit to San Diego. lsuexcuseTwitter/LSU1. LSU released a letter to excuse fans from work so they could be in attendance for tonight’s game against undefeated Kentucky. 2. Ohio State running back signee Mike Weber was seen on Instagram wearing Michigan gear yesterday.3. Eastern Washington Athletic Director Bill Chaves released a somewhat critical statement about quaterback Vernon Adams leaving for Oregon.  4. Former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was seen flying with a jet pack in San Diego. 5. Kentucky coach John Calipari is claiming that star big man Trey Lyles is “missing.” Twitter/@BigJah15Twitter/@BigJah156. UNC fans posted photos from Chapel Hill over the weekend as they payed their respects to the late Coach Smith.7. Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh was annoyed as he expressed his feelings via Twitter about a passenger who tried giving him advice on film. 8. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones expressed how winning the national championship still doesn’t feel real. 9. Iowa Hawkeye’s center Adam Woodbury has been proven to be college basketball’s eye poker. 10. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was photographed in an supervillain’s mask while he trained over the weekend. Video of the Day: Michigan State fan caught checking out girl’s backsideTweet of the Day: Florida Gators celebratory Tweet after CeCe Jefferson’s commitmentAnd with that, #Gators15 class is now complete. http://t.co/AE4EDMxLTO pic.twitter.com/9TGQzKYewK— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) February 9, 2015Ranking College Football’s 15 Most Difficult Schedules In 2015last_img read more

first_imgPhil Steele ranks his most experienced teams heading into the 2016 CFB season.Phil SteeleOhio State is the least-experienced college football team in the country heading into the 2016 season according to Phil Steele. The college football expert released his annual preview magazine earlier this week and in it is a ranking, No. 1 to No. 128, of every college football team based on experience. Steele’s formula:I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A 100 would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. A 0 would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep. Just as in years past the first number is where each team ranks in the NCAA.Here’s his top 25:Kent StateCharlotteTennesseeBYUEastern MichiganOklahoma StatePittsburghLSUColoradoUCFPurdueConnecticutNew MexicoLouisvilleIdahoSouthern MissOld DominionWake ForestSMUAppalachian StateKansasBall StateWashington StateMiamiCentral MichiganAs you can see, some of college football’s expected best teams are not among the most-experience. We talked about Ohio State, ranked No. 128, being the least-experienced team in the country, but they’re not the only power near the bottom of the list. Alabama (No. 116), Michigan State (No. 117), Notre Dame (No. 121) and Stanford (No. 122) are also pretty inexperienced heading into the 2016 season. They’ve got a ton of talent, though. And that’s usually what matters more than anything. You can view Steele’s full ranking here.last_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Pakistan to discuss revival of the peace talks with the Pakistani leaders and a possible meeting with a Taliban delegation headed by the group’s co-founder and chief peace negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The visit comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met President Donald Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khalilzad also met Prime Minister Khan in New York, where he was to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, and exchanged views about renegotiating with the Taliban. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. A delegation of Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Baradar will visit Pakistan on Wednesday for talks aiming to put the peace process back on track, a Taliban spokesman has said. Suhail Shaheen announced on social media that the delegation will hold discussions with the Pakistani officials on a range of key issues. Baradar had travelled to China, Russia and Iran since the collapsing of peace talks with US last month, Shaheen tweeted. Khalilzad landed in Islamabad on Tuesday and is expected to meet foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He is expected to meet the Taliban delegation which will be first direct contact between the two sides in about a month. The talks with the Taliban delegation are expected to help revive the stalled Afghan peace process. Apart from the presence of Khalilzad in Islamabad, two American congressmen and NATO military chief in Afghanistan, General Austin Scott Miller are also in the Pakistani capital. Representative Jim Himes and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney met Pakistan’s foreign minister Qureshi on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Foreign Office here. Khalilzad’s visit is part of efforts to build trust before sitting with the Taliban and prepare them for intra-Afghan dialogue. Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan on September 28 and the winner will be announced next month. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. During the talks held in January, the Taliban signalled their seriousness by appointing Baradar as their chief peace negotiator. Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Taliban in 1994, was released from jail last year by the Pakistan government. He is believed to be the highest ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner freed so far. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before its fall in 2001 and once considered the most influential Taliban leader after Mullah Muhammad Omar.last_img read more

first_imgPoetry has the power to change, transform and bring in a better social order said, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha on October 2, 2019.Inaugurating the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) at KIIT, he said, “We are celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the epitome of peace and non-violence. And, as the world congress of poets is all about promotion of poetry as a natural and vital network connecting poets to the world’s need for cooperation and peace; for us here, creativity coupled with peace and non-violence is taking new strides.” Also Read – The Puja carnival”Odisha is a land of cultural pluralism having a rich and enviable tradition of poetry. The worldview in the immortal lines of our 19th century poet Bhima Bhoi in the UNO Headquarters, which is now illuminating and igniting million minds.” he further added. Speaking on the occasion Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India stated, “Poetry is the way to develop mutual understanding between us. Indian literature and poetry is very ancient. We can develop universal brotherhood and peace through poetry. Our rigved is the ancient poetry of the world. ” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraProfessor Ernesto Kahan, the 1st Vice President, World Academy of Arts and Culture also extended his thoughts on the occassion by saying, “WCP is increasing day by day in terms of quality and quantity. Its main motto is world brotherhood and peace through poetry. We can bring change in the world through poetry.” Dr Maurus Young, President, WCP shared that India is the land of poetry. And, he has seen many WCP, but this World Congress is unique and marvellous. he also thanked Dr Achyuta Samanta for organising the event. Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and President, 39th P gave the welcome address, while Dr María Eugenia Soberanis, General Secretary, World Academy of Art and Culture proposed the vote of thanks. On this occasion of 39th WCP conferred D Litt on Eminent Writer and Poet, Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond; Eminent Artist, Ganesh Haloi; and presented Gandhi Prize for literature to eminent Gandhian and Anthropologist, Acharya Bhabananda. Poets from 82 countries unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and paid tribute to him early in the morning before the event. They also inaugurated the public library Karamchand (Gandhi Library) and celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with the 27500 students of KISS.last_img read more