January 20

Simmons urges Windies to ‘keep fighting’

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is urging his players to “keep fighting” when the third and final Test against Australia enters its fourth day. The entire third day’s play was washed out Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, leaving West Indies on 248-7 in a match marred by inclement weather. Carlos Brathwaite’s entertaining 69 was the highlight of West Indies innings, which was affected by rain during the first two days, particularly the second day when only 68 balls were bowled. “I think we have seen, in the last three days of cricket (including in Melbourne in the second Test) we’ve had, we’ve improved, and our batting seems to be thinking about it more and fighting a little bit harder to not give the Aussies wickets,” Simmons told reporters. Brathwaite’s counterattacking 69, following his bold 59, has earned him a place in the record books as the second batsman in Test history to score half centuries in his first two matches batting at No. 8. The only other batsman to achieve the feat was Australian wicketkeeper Sammy Carter against England in 1907. “There is a lot of light (at the end of the tunnel) with the players and I think you can mention (Kraigg and Carlos Brathwaite) because they have got runs,” said Simmons. “The way how (Darren) Bravo has batted in all the Test matches. The way (Rajendra) Chandrika has looked. He hasn’t gone on to a big score but the way he looked early on.” Showers are also forecast for the fourth day, but officials are hoping the rain would not be significant enough to affect the chances of play. The weather forecast is for improved conditions, but there is still some rain in the atmosphere. “I think we need to see how much play we get tomorrow first,” he said. “One side is telling me there is showers again in the morning and now I’ve just heard there may be showers in the afternoon too, so we’ve just got to see what happens tomorrow, then we go from there.”last_img read more

January 20

The Wright View: ‘Rolling triple’, but WICB problem persists

first_img ASSUMED POWER PROPLEMS FACED The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!last_img read more

January 18

The Cost of Discipleship

first_imgYesterday the Liberian nation and people commenced three days of fasting and praying for deliverance from the deadly Ebola virus and from the pestilence of every evil that mars (ruins) our peace with God.The three days of fast and prayer were called for by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and its partners, led by the Archbishop of the Interim Province of West Africa, Most Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, who is also the Episcopal Bishop of Liberia.  The Council of Churches prefaced their call by first declaring that God was angry with Liberia because of her disobedience.  The attack of the Ebola virus was a sign of God’s anger with Liberia.Why is God angry with Liberia?  We find it most unfortunate that the LCC did not come out with a clear-cut, explicit, even prophetic statement on the reason for God’s anger. Instead, LCC issued a watered down press release calling for a three-day fast and prayer.  We hope that our church leaders are not shying away from the prophetic calling to shout out fearlessly, “Thus says the Lord . . .” That is why Israel stoned the prophets, remember?  That is why Herod beheaded John the Baptist, who criticized Herod for taking his brother’s wife; St. Stephen was stoned to death, for fearlessly proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.   Jesus Himself was murdered by the Jews, who neither accepted Him as the Messiah nor His message of unconditional forgiveness and salvation.  The world saw a vivid, even ruthless manifestation of this in Israel’s near total destruction of Gaza in the past month and its massacre of over 1000 people.Bishop Adolphus During, who chairs LCC’s National Fast and Prayer committee, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the whole basis of this week’s program is found in 2 Chronicles, 7:13-14.  It says, “If I shut up Heaven and there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; if my people . . . HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”Bishop During was absolutely right!  THAT, and nothing else, is the problem with Liberia right now.  Archbishop Hart said as much in his Sunday, July 20 Independence sermon, when he pointedly named some of the nation’s sins: homosexuality, ritualistic killings, corruption in government.And now, to add insult to injury, we see the continuation of this corruption even in the ruling party, where primary results for the ensuing senatorial elections are being blatantly manipulated, in Bong, Gbarpolu, Nimba and other counties.  The ruling Unity Party either has not been reading or has forgotten the Daily Observer’s  constant editorial reminders that it was the ruling True Whig Party caucus’ interference in the democratic process that consolidated the absolute power TWP wielded for nearly 60 years (1925-80), until the people got fed up and, in whelming bloodshed, ousted TWP from power in 1980.See again what is happening within the ranks of the nation’s leading opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).  Money is being passed to get its leading senatorial contender out of the way to pave the way for whom?  Read the newspapers and listen out for the answer.Are these people determined, as was the TWP, to CORRUPT the political process in Liberia?  Do they know what they are doing–or asking for?Are we serious in asking for God’s help?  The Bible plainly says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.  Whatsoever a man (or nation) soweth, that shall he surely reap.”Homosexuality, lesbianism, ritualistic killing, political corruption, corruption in government–which is so bad and so pervasive that even educational institutions can get NO money out of the Ministry ofFinance unless they surrender some of it to the paper pushing functionaries!  Is that how we will get the quality education we seek?Yes, God is angry with Liberia; but not with Liberia only, but with ANYONE who practices or condones these blatant transgressions.“. . . but if the people . . . HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”This is the cost of discipleship.  This is the path to the deliverance of the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Springtime symphony

first_imgIf you’re not into gardens, there will be live music, performed by Rio Hondo Symphony members and friends. Appetizers and refreshments will be served, said Dorothea Cummings, publicity manager for the guild. “Some people go and have a snack and listen to the music,” she said. “I take my husband, and he’d find a place to sit while I looked at the gardens.” Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the first home on the tour, 14250 Linda Vista Drive. From there, directions will be given to the other two gardens. The event is the major fund-raiser for the guild, which is the support arm for the symphony, Morgan said. The goal is to raise about $7,000 via the event, she added. “Prelude,” the first garden on the tour, is a California/Mediterranean-style garden with a formal rose garden and box hedges. WHITTIER – Music and garden lovers will come together from this weekend at the Rio Hondo Symphony Guild’s 20th annual Whittier Garden Tour. Tours of three gardens at Whittier homes will be offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. “It’s a nice Sunday afternoon thing to do,” said Alison Morgan, the guild’s fourth vice president in charge of fundraising. “People love to see other gardens.” “Intermezzo,” the second garden, is a rural retreat with everything from roses to roosters. “Finale,” the tour’s third garden, is described as suburbia with landscaping accented with small statues as “grace notes.” Tickets can be purchased at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Or send a check to Beverly Walker, 8104 Arrington Ave., Pico Rivera, CA, 90660. For more information, call (562) 949-2010, or (562) 693-6741. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

December 30


first_imgA CREDITORS’ meeting for bust Buncrana furniture company Flanagan’s will take place at a hotel this morning in Ballybofey.There will also be a creditor’s meeting at the same venue – Jackson’s Hotel – 30 minutes later for a separate limited company trading from the same Buncrana address – New Craft Furniture Limited.The Flanagan’s creditors meeting will take place at 9.30am, and New Craft’s meeting will take place at 10am. Anyone owed money by either company or who has furniture left there for repairs is advised to arrive early.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: CREDITORS MEETING TODAY FOR FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 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:BallybofeybuncranaFlanagan’s FurnitureNew Craft Furniture Limitedlast_img read more

December 29

Eva Carneiro’s tribunal case against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho to start today

first_img Eva Carneiro 1 An employment tribunal brought by former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro against the club and former manager Jose Mourinho is scheduled to begin today.Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea and has a separate, but connected, personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.The case, which is anticipated to be heard over seven to 10 days until June 24, is due to open at Croydon Employment Tribunal in south London, but could be settled at any time.All three parties must agree to a settlement for the tribunal, which would be accessible to the public and the media, to be averted.Private hearings in January and February took place without a resolution and it appears the case will proceed to the tribunal.Witness statements and documents – including texts and emails – would likely be made public, while Carneiro, Mourinho and representatives from Chelsea could be called to appear as witnesses.It could overshadow the start of Mourinho’s employment at Old Trafford after he was named Louis van Gaal’s successor on May 27.Chelsea have declined to comment on the case, but supported Mourinho even after his employment as manager was terminated.Whether or not Chelsea will continue to support Mourinho now he is employed by a rival club is unclear.Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn were criticised by Mourinho and dropped from first-team duties following the draw with Swansea on the opening day of the 2015-16 Premier League season, on August 8 2015.The pair went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, an action which meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men as they had already had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sent off.Afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn “impulsive and naive”.The 42-year-old doctor did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club, while Fearn continues to be employed by Chelsea and returned to the first-team bench in March.Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro following an investigation by the Football Association.Afterwards, Carneiro and the Football Association’s independent board member, Dame Heather Rabbatts, criticised the governing body for not interviewing the doctor as part of its investigation.Carneiro has also had backing from Fifa’s medical chairman, Michel D’Hooghe, who contacted the doctor to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro’s insistence that she was simply doing her job.last_img read more

December 24


first_imgSo where was Grace Boyle canvassing yesterday?Local election candidate Grace Boyle has slammed the lack of signage on many of Letterkenny’s housing estates.The Fine Gael candidate said the lack of such signage could prove fatal for some residents in the case of an emergency.Grace Boyle told Donegal Daily, “This is the entrance to Mountain View housing estate in Mountain Top, Letterkenny. While canvassing this area, we couldn’t figure out what estate we were going into because there is absolutely no signage identifying the estate”. According to Boyle residents there are seriously concerned that there is no signage to identify their estate.“They have witnessed ambulances pulling into the estate trying to answer an emergency call, only to find out that they should be in a different estate. What if an ambulance cannot find someone who needs emergency attention?”.Grace concluded by calling on Donegal County Council to prioritise the up-grading and maintenance of signage on our roads.“The Council must also ensure that every area or estate is adequately identified, whether an estate is in charge of the Council or not. As well as the fact that good signage will reduce accidents and ensure that our tourists don’t get lost, it will also ensure that emergency vehicles can find patients, before it is too late”.  ELECTION 2014: BOYLE SAYS LACK OF HOUSING ESTATE SIGNAGE COULD BE FATAL was last modified: May 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AMBULANCESdonegalGrace Boylehousing estatelast_img read more

December 21

Gritters to be deployed early this evening

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced its fleet of gritters will be out across the county tonight (Tues).As temperatures plunge once more the gritters will be deployed from 7pm this evening.All primary routes will be covered. Gritters to be deployed early this evening was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:councildonegalgritterslast_img read more

December 19

Densely-Packed Dinosaur Raptor Bones Found

first_imgA stunning matrix of densely-packed bones from multiple carnivorous dinosaurs has been found in a big block of Utah sandstone.National Geographic announced a nine-ton block of sandstone in Utah with multiple Utahraptor individuals (six so far), old and young, densely packed together.   The location was found in 2001 but has been analyzed for the past decade by James Kirkland and team.The densely packed dinosaurs (in some places, fossils are stacked three feet thick) may have died at different times as they blundered into quicksand, or perhaps they died together in a social supper gone horribly wrong….The recent finds include never-before-seen bones that are already changing scientific views of the Utahraptor anatomy.Some details seem problematic with the theory the raptors were attracted to a prey animal, an iguanadont, in a pool of quicksand.  For one, it’s a unique interpretation: “We believe it’s going to be the first example of dinosaurs trapped in quicksand en masse in the fossil record,” one of the scientists said.  Another is the density of the bone matrix: “every time we tried to cut in, we kept hitting legs and vertebral columns,” he said.  A third is that “it will take years to reveal the block’s true tale.”National Geographic added imaginary feathers to the fossils: “Covered in feathers, with a huge sickle claw on each second toe, Utahraptor looked like a pumped-up version of the Jurassic Park star Velociraptor,” reporter Brian Switek wrote.The evidence so far looks like they were buried in a flood.  We will have to hear more details of to make a case.  Are the bones articulated?  Are the individuals found in the “dinosaur death pose” indicative of drowning?  What other species are found in the sandstone tomb?  Anyway, it looks interesting so far.  Nothing in the data indicated the presence of feathers.  Switek added feathers because it fits with the current evolutionary dreamscape.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 15

Travel Tech Company Stay22 Raises $750K As Event Travel Industry Calls for Change

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Stay22, a travel tech company based in Montreal, announced it raised $750K in its first round of funding. The company has also amassed a growing roster of partnerships – including Pearl Jam, France’s Weezevent and Canada’s Evenko. Along with a growing team and a breakout amount of gross bookings in Q1 2018, totaling $600K, Stay22 is setting the stage for major changes in the event travel industry.The company’s growth is largely thanks to its collaborators – Travelport, its first investor and incubator, lead investor 7 Gate Ventures, and Real Venture. Recent funding is being used to develop its product using predictive booking pattern algorithms and to expand its sales and development teams. Business is progressing well for Stay22. It achieved a conversion rate of up to 4.48%, approximately twice as high as the next leading online travel agency (2.4%). The company is making a name for itself as a provider of convenient, alternative accommodation for event travelers – and organizations in the industry are taking note.Since its founding in 2016, Stay22 has sought to design a solution to streamline the process of accommodation bookings for event travelers. As we know it, this feat requires tens of open browser tabs, including lodging and pricing options, along with multiple maps estimating the distance between hotel and event venue. For organizers, it often means the room block model. The Stay22 map combines all of these features.“Event organizers have been using costly room blocks for decades,” says Stay22 CEO, Andrew Lockhead. “But the majority of the event organizers around the globe have not yet tried a map-based accommodation system. With no solution made for their needs to save time and money, they were disadvantaged in a function that’s critical for every multi-day event.”Stay22’s product is an interactive map created for consumers, ticketers and organizers in the event travel industry. It aggregates listings in over 200 countries from the likes of Expedia, Booking.com, and Airbnb, along with other alternative types of accommodation, into an embeddable widget. Stay22 is quickly becoming an indispensable ally to event planners, allowing them to offload the task of organizing accommodation for event attendees. Meanwhile, planners and ticketing platforms benefit financially from each booking.“The necessity to allow event organizers to focus on putting out the best show to their audience quickly and efficiently is highly important. Stay22 has made a notably valuable product for event organizers that leapfrogs the cumbersome arrangements that came before it,” says Ali Saheli, Partner at 7 Gates Venture and new board member at Stay22. Stay22 has found entry to the music festival sphere by partnering with Evenko and Pearl Jam. Evenko, a Quebec company, and Canada’s top independent event promoter and producer is the creator of Osheaga and exclusive manager of Montreal’s Bell Centre. Pearl Jam’s fans are using Stay22 to book accommodation for the band’s US Summer 2018 tour, fittingly entitled HOME & AWAYWeezevent, the first self-service ticketing and RFID solution based in France, has also partnered with Stay22. As a service platform, Weezevent’s software boasts over 200,000 events in Europe, with increasing numbers in Canada as well.Stay22 is not alone in its vision for increased convenience in the event travel and accommodation industries. Recently, Airbnb announced the launch of Airbnb for Events, wherein event organizers can embed an interactive map of Airbnbs near their venues into the event website. The two companies have prioritized the needs of a growing segment of the workforce: Millennials, a generation known to be avid event-goers. Technology geared toward creating convenience and a streamlined experience is essential for companies looking to meet the demands of this generation.Airbnb and Stay22 are tapping into a marked difference between Millennials and past generations: the desire for and expectation of individualized travel experiences. Hotel room blocks located just upstairs from a conference venue don’t cut it anymore. With the map-based model, event-goers are able to determine what type of lodging they desire, as well as its location and price range. While Stay22’s listings include hotel rooms, Airbnb for Events does not. The event travel industry is in a period of flux, heralded largely by recent announcements from Marriott International and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The reduction in commission rates for meeting planners on group bookings at the two hotel giants signals a need for new solutions for concert, conference, meeting, and trade-show event travelers. Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture How to Get Started in China and Have Success Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. last_img read more