Tharanga, Mendis steer Lankans to title

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):Half-centuries from Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the final of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Playing at Queens Sports Club, Tharanga and Mendis both hit a joint top score of 57 as the Sri Lankans easily chased down a mediocre target of 161 in the 38th over.They were precariously placed at 42 for three in the seventh over after left-arm seamer Brian Vitori, in his first game of the tournament, knocked over Dhananjaya de Silva (0), Niroshan Dickwella (16), and Kusal Perera (14) in quick succession.However, Tharanga then anchored two key partnerships, putting on 75 for the fourth wicket with Mendis before adding a further 49 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Asela Gunaratne, who was unbeaten on 16 at the end.Tharanga’s unbeaten 57 came from 98 deliveries and included six fours and a six, while Mendis faced 72 balls and counted ten fours.Zimbabwe, who beat West Indies on Friday to book their place in the final, had earlier been bundled out for 160 off 36.3 overs, with Tarisai Musakanda top-scoring with 36 from 37 balls and Sean Williams getting a patient 35.Right-armer Gunaratne (3-10) and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay (3-50) claimed three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana took two for 26.last_img read more

No funds available to furnish new Linden passport office

first_img5 months after completionAlmost five months after being constructed, the new passport office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is yet to open its doors to members of the public. Members of the community have voiced some concerns, as they anxiously await the commissioning of the office in an effort to utilise the services. Guyana Times understands that the completed building has already been handed over to the Regional authority following completion. However, it is still to be furnished. In an invited comment on Monday, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said he is aware that estimated funds for the furnishing of the office has beenThe unfurnished new Linden Passport Officeincluded in the 2019 budget.Although completed, the office is said to be awaiting the funds for the required equipment and furniture. According to Morian, when the spending budget is released, this process will be facilitated. The construction of the office commenced in January and saw the erection of the building which measures approximately 2000 square feet. The works were executed by R. Bassoon and Sons Contracting Company, to the tune of $30,604,472 According to a worker on the ground, a new guard hut is also expected to be erected inside the compound. With the new development, residents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 are expected to enjoy the comfort of having a passport office which will cater for new applications within the community, thus easing the burden of having to travel to Georgetown to access the service. Last December, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix, travelled to the community for a sod-turning exercise at the site for the construction of the new office, situated in the vicinity of the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) building at Retrieve, MacKenzie. While Linden has been benefitting from passport renewal services conducted out of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) building at MacKenzie since August 2016, this will be the first time the community will house such a building to cater for new applicants. Applicants who apply at the Georgetown office also benefit from uplifting same at this office. However, this move will see new applicants now having access to the service within the community.The office is expected to process other documents such as birth and death certificates.last_img read more

SARA’s CEO claims political loyalty would not affect work

first_imgA top official from the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) was put in the hot seat on Monday, and was forced to defend the Agency in the face of perceived bias even as members of the former Administration are being brought before the courts to answer to various charges.SARA CEO Aubrey RetmyerSARA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Retmyer was asked about this perceived bias on the sidelines of a training seminar. Reference was made to Retmyer’s perceived affiliation with the People’s National Congress (PNC). However, noting that Guyana is a small country, he claimed not to know many people without political allegiances.“I believe I can have a preference for a political party, but I can be unbiased in a professional sense. And I don’t think that is too much to ask a Guyanese, even if you’re a member or a follower of a political party, to operate professionally.“It’s when you don’t operate professionally, and I’ve said that before that I have no qualms dealing with people that the evidence leads to. And in whatever environment, we’re not going after people because of their political alliance. We’re going after people because of where the evidence leads to.”He was also asked whether SARA has investigated anyone from the current Administration. According to Retmyer, however, a procedure has to be followed, one that involves the provision of information.“No. I remember the PPP, in replying to an invitation they had when we asked them to participate in the anti-corruption walk, they did raise some questions. But we just don’t go after cases. There’s a procedure we use to go after cases. We will stick to that procedure. If we have evidence or information that requires us to investigate something current, we will do it.“What we started off with was the audit reports. Those reports went first to [Special Organised Crime Unit] SOCU; SOCU decided they would take it to PLA (Police Legal Adviser); the PLA took it to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions). We didn’t just jump off and start investigating because people said this or that individual was corrupt.”In April, SARA had invited Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to an anti-corruption walk. The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had declined this invitation, citing several cases which SARA had failed to investigate. The Party had noted that in the meantime, fabricated charges had been instituted against former Government officials.In declining the invitation, the Opposition Leader said that he viewed the walk as it was – a mere “smokescreen” to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency, and accountability ever witnessed since independence.Further, he added that he would not participate in such a walk while members of successive PPP/C Governments and other public officials have been discriminated against, victimised, and targeted by a State-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous, manufactured charges.In a letter sent to SARA Director, Professor Clive Thomas, Jagdeo stated that the parliamentary Opposition held firmly to this position, which was reflected in the PPP press release of April 14, 2018 that stated, among other things, “after being in office for only three years, the APNU/AFC Government can easily be classified as the most corrupt Government in the post-independent English-speaking Caribbean. Indeed, its corruption is only surpassed by its incompetence.”The letter to Dr Thomas added that “the passage of the SARA Act has given you, sir, enormous, in fact, super powers – something we abhor as it is in total contravention to human rights and due process – but sir, you have those powers, so why have you taken no action as a so-called anti-corruption champion to bring members of the present Government to book? As they say, clean your own house so that others can see the light and know you are serious about fighting corruption.”last_img read more

FSJ hopes to take advantage of new cycling grant

first_imgFerris says the majority of trails developed around the city have been recreational, but he expects the new funding to support trails for residents looking to commute by bike. The city of Fort St. John says it hopes to take advantage of cycling grants recently announced by the Premier.The new funding program, called Bike BC, will dedicate $31-million to improve cycling infrastructure across the province. The program comes on the heels of the city’s construction of biking and walking trails under the Localmotion Program. – Advertisement -City Manager Dianne Hunter says the city is planning on making an application for the funding. It’s not clear yet whether the funding can be used to improve the existing trails, or if the city will have to initiate new projects.Pat Ferris, owner of Ferris Fast Cycles in Fort St. John, says the city’s cycling trails haved proved so far to be a wise investment for the local area. [asset|aid=269|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Pat Ferris – Yay_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Lock down

first_imgBryce Taylor waited until everyone in his family was asleep before taking a pair of scissors and cutting all his hair off. Just like that, his popular dreadlocks – that were four years in the making – fell on the floor around him. It was nearly a year ago that Taylor, a starting guard for Oregon, was on spring break when he made the change. Taylor, who starred at Harvard- Westlake of Studio City, wanted an image overhaul. He was so unhappy with his sophomore season that he decided to get rid of any reminders of it. The meat of Taylor’s plan surrounded a rigorous offseason program, and the results of his spontaneous makeover seem straight out of “American Idol.” Taylor’s numbers are up in just about every statistical category, and his improved play helped Oregon (23-7) secure a No. 4 seed in this week’s Pacific-10 Conference Tournament with an 11-7 Pac-10 record. “I felt I was more recognized for my hair than my actual play on the court, and that’s the opposite of what I wanted,” Taylor said. “It was crazy. Something just came over me.” Taylor is averaging 14.6 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and is shooting 50percent from the field – up from 40percent last year. In 2006, Taylor had a fair season with 9.3 points per game, but not by his standards as Oregon fell flat with a 15-18record. The 6-foot-5 guard was frustrated because he wasn’t getting as many shots as he wanted. UCLA had something to do with Taylor’s renewed motivation. Taylor had just finished watching UCLA beat LSU in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament last year, which gave the Bruins a berth in the championship game. “I was watching guys I grew up with,” Taylor said. “I played with Jordan (Farmar) for so long and Arron (Afflalo). I saw them have the success I dreamed of. I felt I deserved to experience what they went through. I had to put my personal agenda aside and stop worrying about my stats. “That’s the one big thing I noticed with (UCLA). They all thrived in their role and did what they did best for the team. I felt I needed to mature as a person and player and make the sacrifices and put in the extra work.” center_img Taylor benefited from a six-week summer workout regimen in Encino with his dad, former NBA player Brian Taylor, and 12-year-old brother, Brendyn. Mostly, he worked out with his younger brother playing hoops, lifting weights and running the hills near their house. Brian Taylor was awfully proud. “I laugh because last summer was probably the first time I didn’t have to get on him and say, `Let’s go work out,”‘ Brian Taylor said. “His self-discipline came into play. His work ethic increased 100 percent. I probably worked Bryce out so much more before last year. The previous years finally clicked. He and his brother would say, `Dad, we don’t need you today.”‘ Many attributed Taylor’s improvements to his dad, which irked Brendyn a little bit. But Bryce Taylor isn’t ashamed to credit his younger brother with much of his success. “He’s … as honest as they come,” Bryce Taylor said. “He kept me focused while running hills. … He’s seen me grow up and how successful I was, and he saw me struggling. He said I just needed to work harder. It’s ironic that I was taking advice from my little brother.” Taylor had a game-high 22 points in Oregon’s 70-49 thrashing of Oregon State on Saturday. He’s one of just twoDucks to play and start all 30 games. There’s plenty of shooters in Eugene and only one basketball to go around. “He’s in a lot better shape and a lot of that had to do with his mind-set,” said guard Chamberlain Oguchi, who’s also Taylor’s roommate. “He just had to be as unselfish as he could, and that helped a lot.” The new Taylor is the best shape of his life. Last year, he tore a ligament in his knee and his recovery was slow. This year, he attributes his off-season program for his stamina. “He definitely got to that place we saw for him as someone who was unstoppable in terms of trying to shut him down offensively,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “He can score, he can post you up and get to the hole, shoot the three. He still needs to work on his ballhandling and mid-range game, but he’s well on his way.” Taylor isn’t the best-known player on the Ducks’ roster. That distinction belongs to point guard Aaron Brooks, who leads the team in scoring at 18points per game and was in the running for the Pacific-10 Conference’s player of the year, which was awarded to Afflalo. Taylor has led Oregon in scoring in nine games and rebounding in five. Of course, opponents have to make a point to defend Brooks at all times, but that leaves Taylor, Tajuan Porter, Malik Hairston and others open. “I think the No. 1 thing that’s been a problem for us is that he’s a triple-threat kind of guy,” said Jeff Reinert, an Oregon State assistant coach. “… When they play him at power forward, it’s a very tough matchup.” Oregon got off to a smashing start this year with a 13-0 record and was ranked as high as No. 9 in the Associated Press poll. The Ducks suffered their first loss to USC, which ruined what would’ve been an undefeated matchup against UCLA at McArthur Court. The Ducks then beat UCLA but have gone 5-6 over their past 11 games. They have won their past three heading into Thursday’s first-round conference game against Arizona. Taylor is confident Oregon can make a big run in the NCAA Tournament. And if not this year, there’s always next year. Taylor said he’s coming back for his final year, even though he’ll graduate this summer with a sociology degree. Taylor’s smile will return. The dreadlocks won’t. Taylor’s mom, Terry Powell, and siblings, weren’t thrilled with his impromptu haircut since they adored his style. His dad loved it on so many levels. “It was probably a symbolic move for him,” Brian Taylor said. “This was a change of his whole mind-set. He figured he had to work harder and present himself smarter and improve his image. He wanted a fresh start.” Makeover complete. – on 9.8 shots per game jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Pochettino gloomy despite Spurs’ best Premier League start

first_imgPochettino, who has been praised for nurturing a group of talented young players delivering an eye-catching style of football, has had to contend with a number of frustrations despite the bright start to the Premier League season, which has brought seven wins from nine games.Tottenham’s new stadium is facing ongoing delays, with the club announcing that the rest of their 2018 home games will be at the national stadium.And Spurs became the first club in Premier League history not to sign anyone during the summer transfer window, even though many of their players were involved in the latter stages of the World Cup.“The season so far, it’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here,” said Pochettino.Harry Kane finally celebrates after scoring in a past Premier League game“It’s the worst. My feeling, but it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no?”Pochettino, who has in the past been linked with the Real Madrid job even though he is yet to win silverware, said his depressed mood dated back to events in the summer.“I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season,” he said.“I don’t know, many things happened in the summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or best humour.”Pochettino’s main frustration on the pitch has been the lack of a killer touch. The club have reached the FA Cup semi-finals in the past two years only to be defeated by Chelsea and Manchester United.“I think, like a team, we still didn’t win nothing,” he said. “We fail but we achieve. And of course always when we arrive at like a final game, we always fail.“It’s about learning to compete. It’s about learning to be better. It’s about changing something we need to do different.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victory at Brighton eased the pressure on Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after three straight defeatsLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Mauricio Pochettino says he feels the “worst” he has done as Tottenham manager despite guiding the club to their best-ever Premier League start as he prepares his team to take on Manchester City.The 46-year-old Argentine believes Spurs are “not showing that level to be a real contender” even though they would leapfrog the defending champions if they beat them at Wembley.last_img read more

WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgThe Alan Kelly Gang have teamed up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas for a concert at An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 22nd September.And Donegal Daily has a pair of FREE tickets to see the show (see bottom of article for simple details.)The show is an unmissable experience, brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and magnetic harmonies. Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’. Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums.His friendship with Eddi first resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album,After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a “humdinger of a collection”.In 2010, Alan and Eddi joined forces for three Irish festivals, The Cork Folk Festival, Sligo Live and The Galway Artsfestival. Each was a huge success, receiving glowing reviews and propelled the collaboration further onwards.In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang teamed up with Eddi and John for the beautiful and evocative song, ‘Connemara‘,released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. To book call An Grianan Theatre on 074 91 20777 or go online at angrianan.comBut to win the free tickets just tell us what ‘perfect’ band Eddi Reader topped the charts with? Email info@donegaldaily.com with your name, phone number and answer and we’ll pick your name at random.WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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:An griananEddi Reader and the Alan Kelly Gangfree ticketslast_img read more

The game which Tottenham hope will be the first at their new stadium

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker In recent weeks, the ground has begun to look all-but finished with the pitch being laid, goalposts being erected, and shots from inside the arena appearing on social media sites.Manager Mauricio Pochettino has also told reporters he believed the club would be returning home before the New Year.It would be a huge boost for all concerned, including fans themselves who appear to have had enough of their trips to Wembley, with just 43,268 making it to the 1-0 win over Cardiff City and many experienced problems after their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona with waiting times to enter Wembley Park tube station longer than ever before. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Test events still need to be arranged to allow the club to get vital safety certificates but Tottenham are reportedly optimistic they have overcome the majority of the issues affecting the site.If it is not ready for the Burnley match then the next possible date will be the Boxing Day visit of Bournemouth. Latest Premier League News tense Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Tottenham Hotspur are hoping they can open their new stadium on December 15 against Burnley in the Premier League, according to the Telegraph.Spurs had hoped to stage the first game against Liverpool on September 15 but were forced to delay it due to issues with ‘critical safety systems’. no dice REVEALED center_img How Tottenham Hotspur’s Stadium looked on October 9, 2018. huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star silverware last_img read more

MURDER ACCUSED SAID HE IS 100% SURE HE DID NOT KILL BOGDAN

first_imgThe murder accused is led away from court. Copyright Donegal Daily.A man has told Gardai that he is “more than 100% sure” he did not murder another man.Dariuusz Weckowicz appeared at Carndonagh District Court today charged with the murder of fellow Polish national Bogdan Michalkiawicz in Letterkenny. The 47 year old was arrested on Sunday night and questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.He was charged with the murder of Mr Michalkiawicz at 12.05pm today by Detecive Garda Michael Carroll.When the charge was put to him he replied “I did not kill this man. I am more than 100% sure of that.”The body of Mr Michalkiawicz was found by his brother Tomaz at his apartment at Westside at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny on May 15th.At the time Gardai Inspector Michael Harrison said Mr Michalkiawicz has suffered a horrific death.Weckowicz appeared in court yesterday wearing a blue tracksuit top, jeans and a baseball cap and was handcuffed.The services of an interpreptor were made available to him.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon questioned arresting Garda Detective Michael Carroll on the timeframe in relation to the detention of his client.He later told Judge Paul Kelly that there may be issues at future sittings of the court over his client’s detention at Letterkenny Garda station.Judge Kelly remanded Weckowicz to a sitting of Harristown District Court this Friday, June 21st.MURDER ACCUSED SAID HE IS 100% SURE HE DID NOT KILL BOGDAN was last modified: June 18th, 2013 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:CARNDONAGH DISTRICT COURTMURDRWESTSIDE APARTMENTSlast_img read more

Friday’s prep scores

first_imgCITRUS BELT LEAGUE Colton 66, Yucaipa 0 Miller 27, Eisenhower 24 Redlands East Valley 27, Redlands 12 Rialto 26, Fontana 18 DE ANZA LEAGUE Desert Hot Springs 89, Desert Mirage 0 GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE Westminster La Quinta 7, Bolsa Grande 6 Fountain Valley 28, Pacifica 14 GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE Santa Ana 34, Saddleback 7 NONLEAGUE Alta Loma 36, Walnut 0 Charter Oak 21, Claremont 7 Etiwanda 33, Diamond Bar 15 Los Osos 35, Carter 21 Upland 66, Colony 7 West Covina 31, Ayala 21 Chino Hills 42, Ganesha 0 Damien 22, St. John Bosco 20 Moreno Valley 24, Pacific 15 Chaffey 34, San Bernardino 6 Apple Valley 32, San Gorgonio 14 Sultana 21, Montclair 6 Covina 37, Diamond Ranch 0 Don Lugo 21, Santa Ana Valley 7 Jurupa Valley at Ontario Pomona at Garey Bonita 34, San Dimas 33 Aquinas 47, Calipatria 6 Sunny Hills 31, Ontario Christian 29 La Salle 37, La Canada 20 Sierra Vista 23, La Puente 3 Rio Hondo Prep 50, Maranatha 0 Pasadena 31, Whittier 14 Riverside Poly 31, Gabrielino 7 Rosemead 41, Temple City 7 West Covina 31, Ayala 21 San Gabriel 20, San Marino 3 Gladstone 28, Bassett 0 Schurr 40, Bosco Tech 0 Whittier Christian 45, Western Christian 6 California 46, Lawndale 7 Serna 48, Century 7 La Habra 24, Brea Olinda 0 La Mirada 21, Bellflower 14 Bell Gardens 40, El Monte 23 Santa Fe 49, Downey 0 South Pasadena 32, Keppel 16 St. Paul 35, L.A. Washington 0 Cantwell 21, Lucerne Valley 10 Glendora 42, Arcadia 25 Oange Lutheran 42, El Rancho 2 St. Francis 20, Saugus 0 South El Monte 48, Wilson 42 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 last_img read more