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Selection intervention – Cameron, Nanthan never had board approval for Shiv’s inclusion in Australia series – report

first_img UNHAPPY SELECTORS ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): A report into alleged interference in the selection process has determined that the two highest ranking officials of the West Indies Cricket Board, spoke without “approval” when they backed the retention of Shiv Chanderpaul for the Australia series. WICB president Dave Cameron and his vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan, had supported Chanderpaul’s selection last May after the Clive Lloyd-led selection panel had decided to drop the veteran left-hander. In a media release on Saturday, the WICB said the findings of the report showed that both Cameron and Nanthan had spoken in personal capacities. “The findings stated that the actions of the president and vice-president to support the selection of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the home series in May last year, were personal statements and were done without approval of the Board of Directors,” the release said. Chanderpaul was controversially left out of the squad for Australia series following a run of low scores in previous series against South Africa and England. According to media reports at the time, Cameron attempted to have Chanderpaul included against the will of selectors. The report, conducted by human resource specialist Colin Barnett, was commissioned by the WICB after head coach Phil Simmons controversially claimed last September that there had been “outside interference” in the selection of the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka. Two other selection cases came under scrutiny of the report, namely the Test squad to Australia last December and the cancelled one-day international series against Zimbabwe. According to the release, the report found no discrepancies in these cases. “The other findings reported support the roles of the director of cricket (Richard Pybus) and the selectors and that they were following the existing selection policies and guidelines.” The report also put forward a list of recommendations to improve the overall selection process, among these the refining of selection policies, updating the terms of reference for selectors and advising the public on selection criteria. Simmons stunned the cricket fraternity ahead of the Test tour of Sri Lanka last year when he told a media conference that the selection of the tour had suffered from “outside interference”. The Trinidadian, who had then been only recently appointed, said he and chairman Lloyd had agreed on the need for Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard to be recalled to the ODI squad only to be outvoted by the three other selectors Eldine Baptiste, Courtney Walsh and Courtney Browne. Simmons said those with influence had interfered to ensure the two players remained sidelined. He was subsequently suspended for the Sri Lanka tour, but reinstated for the Australia series following an inquiry.last_img read more

Giroud points to luck after ‘scorpion’ spectacle

first_imgLONDON (AP):Olivier Giroud scored an exquisite goal from an overhead back-heeled strike as Arsenal beat struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 yesterday to rise to third in the English Premier League.”I have maximum luck,” Giroud said of his “scorpion” kick. “It’s just about luck.”Such a moment of exceptional quality could help Giroud convince manager Arsene Wenger to play him more.”(Giroud) brings the unexpected, and we all come to football to get the unexpected,” Wenger said.Opportunities don’t come often for the France forward since dropping down the pecking order. But with Mesut Ozil ill in bed, Wenger had little choice but to start Giroud for the second consecutive game in the packed festive programme.Giroud, who netted on his first-league start of the season against West Bromwich Albion last Monday, beat Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after 18 minutes.Alexis Sanchez whipped in a cross from the left flank and Giroud connected with a back-heeled flick that sent the ball up against the underside of the bar and into the net.”It was the only thing I could do,” Giroud said. “The ball was behind me and I tried to hit it with a backheel.”Giroud had also played a role during the sweeping counterattack that started inside Arsenal’s own half and ended with the opening goal.”Olivier transformed that goal into art,” Wenger said. “Art because of the surprise, because the beauty of the movement and because the efficiency of the movement – the ball went in.”EYE-CATCHING GOALSFew goals will be as eye-catching all season. Scoring again, though, was important at the chilly Emirates Stadium to prevent Palace from mounting a comeback.It took until the 56th minute when Nacho Monreal’s cross was scooped in the air by Scott Dann’s interception, and Alex Iwobi headed past two Palace players on the goal line.Palace remain two points from the relegation zone, with Sam Allardyce winless in his two matches in charge.Arsenal’s victory, combined with Tottenham’s success at Watford, ensured Manchester City dropped out of the top-four Champions League places.Arsenal, which travel to Bournemouth tomorrow, are nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea and three behind Liverpool.last_img read more

Huskies lose in Whitecourt

first_imgThe Huskies play their next game on the road, on Sunday October 18, in Peace River.  But they won’t have to wait too long to get another crack at Whitecourt.  The following weekend, the Wolverines invade the North Peace Arena for round two of the season series.  It promises to be a heck of a game. The Huskies played some of their best hockey so far this season on Saturday night.   Unfortunately, they only did it for half the game, and against the Whitecourt Wolverines, that isn’t enough. The Huskies held their own in the first period, perhaps even outplaying the defending champs.  But, they were unable to capitalize on their chances, and the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes. It was a different Huskies team that came out in the second period.  Suddenly, the Huskies went from forcing the play to reacting.  Suddenly the Wolverines were controlling the play.   And before they knew it, Whitecourt had pulled away.  Tyler Stubbs, the Wolverines’ new captain, put the first cracks in the façade.  Stubbs scored in the first minute of the second, and added a second six minutes later.  Mitch Ternan added another with six minutes remaining in the second, and the Wolverines led 3-0 after 40 minutes.- Advertisement -The pups did try to fight back in the third.  Dylan Apsassin broke the goose egg when he converted a partial breakaway on a feed from Cody Kalb.   The goal was a powerplay marker, but the Huskies struggled all night with the man advantage.  Fort St. John finished the game 1/7 with the extra man, while Whitecourt finished 1/2.  The pups got the discipline they needed, but couldn’t take advantage of their chances on the powerplay.   “The powerplay wasn’t great tonight – I guess you’ve got to give them credit, they pressured us quite well” said coach Kalb, adding that Wolverines goaltender Ryan Demharter had been a difference maker.  Indeed he had.  On a night where the pups did their best to break through a stingy Wolverines defence, Demharter seemed to have an answer for every opportunity. After Apsassin had given the Huskies life, the Fort St. John squad seemed re-energized.   But, the resurgence didn’t last long, and Whitecourt repelled the attack.  Wolverines Trevor Brophy and Mitch Rose added insurance goals, for a final score of 5-1 Whitecourt.  Click here to listen to a highlights package from Saturday’s game. [asset|aid=1981|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=767df002340edad79713d7a9ba0e46f0-Huskies Vs. Whitecourt Wolverines _1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement After the game, the team lamented the one that got away.   “We were skating well, and being real physical, and I thought took the play to them pretty well, and maybe could have had a lead coming out of that period” said Coach Kalb of his team’s start.  “The second was a complete turnaround, and we just quit working” Kalb said, “that was the difference is that they played 60 minutes, and we only played 40.” Captain Payden Wongstedt echoed his coach’s comments.   For Wongstedt the difference between the Huskies of the first period and the Huskies of the second was clear.  “Effort” he said.   “We slacked.  We were playing the body hard and making them cough it up in the first, and then in the second period we came out and started pokechecking them.” But, coach Kalb still found positives in his team’s effort. Kalb believes his team has the talent level to compete with Whitecourt, if they can make fewer mistakes, and play a complete game.  “These guys are the benchmark in the league right now, and if we want to compete with them, we have to do it for 60 minutes, and we have to eliminate those defensive errors” Kalb said.  If that isn’t simple enough, Payden Wongstedt broke it down further. “We’ve got to play 60 hard minutes like they do” he said.  “And if we do that, we’re guaranteed to come out on top” Advertisementlast_img read more

Judge to rule in beating case

first_imgPASADENA – A judge will decide March 13 if three of four juveniles arrested for the baseball bat beating of a 62-year-old Rowland Unified school officer last August will be tried as adults. The three boys – two 15-year-olds from Walnut and a 17-year-old from La Puente – appeared in the juvenile courtroom in Pasadena Superior Court, 300 E. Walnut St., on Tuesday to determine a date for their fitness hearing, said Jane Robison, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. All three boys are charged with one count each of attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, assault on a peace officer, burglary and vandalism over $400, according to the District Attorney’s Office. In addition, one of the Walnut teens suspected of hitting the officer in the head with a bat is charged with the special allegations of use of a deadly weapon and great bodily injury. Robison noted that a judge determined Nov. 1 that the fourth teen involved – Michael Valladares, 16, of Hacienda Heights – will stand trial as an adult on charges of assault on a peace officer, second-degree commercial burglary and mayhem. His arraignment is set for March 6. Police have said the school police officer, whose name has not been released, was beaten with an aluminum bat after responding to a burglary attempt at Jellick Elementary, 1400 S. Jellick Ave., in Rowland Heights around 5:15 p.m. Aug. 15. The guard, who retired in December after two decades with the school police force, lost his left eye in the beating but has retained sight in his right eye, school police Chief Janis Cavanaugh said. Cavanaugh noted Tuesday that the officer had gotten a prosthetic eye, but that his body rejected it. She said he will have a new eye surgically implanted in the near future. Cavanaugh said the district will soon hold a retirement party for the guard, during which he will receive his “official retirement badge.” Staff Writer Jennifer McLain contributed to this story. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want 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

Angels notes: Weaver, Colon looking good

first_imgMore and more, the Angels are envisioning their full pitching staff intact by the first week of May. “They’re both on course,” said Butcher, who supervised Monday’s session. “This is another big step forward.” TEMPE, Ariz. – There were handshakes and smiles all around Monday morning in the bullpen behind Diablo Stadium. Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver, the two injured aces of the Angels’ pitching staff, inched closer to rejoining the rotation after completing 45-pitch bullpen sessions. Both pitchers are at least a week away from taking the mound in an actual game, and neither is expected to start the season in Anaheim, but none of that dampened the mood of manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, threw for the second time this spring. He was limited to fastballs only, but looked smooth and sharp throughout. He’ll throw again Thursday, this time mixing in some changeups, and could pitch in a simulated game by the end of the week. The lanky right-hander hasn’t ruled out making a start on April 6 – his first turn in the rotation – but the question now is whether he’ll do it with the Angels or here, where he’ll remain if he’s not in Anaheim to begin the season. Butcher isn’t about to talk about Weaver aiming for April6, regardless of where Weaver might be at the time. “I want him to have a goal,” Butcher said. “I want him to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I like the April 6 thing, but it’s not set in stone or ink right now.” Colon’s status is less certain, but no less encouraging. He has made significant strides since the opening of camp, surprising the Angels with his progress coming back from the rotator cuff injury that ended his season last June. It’s now very likely that Colon will be pitching with the Angels by the beginning of the summer rather than the end. center_img Colon was limited to fastballs Monday, but like Weaver he will add some changeups when he takes the mound on Thursday. Colon isn’t talking to the media until he throws to batters, but the big smile he wore after completing his workout was proof that he’s headed in the right direction. “He’s made tremendous progress,” Scioscia said. Matthews apologizes: Outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. apologized to the Angels for causing a distraction to the team during spring training. Matthews allegedly was sent human growth hormone in 2004 from a pharmacy that’s part of a widespread steroid investigation, and Angels owner Arte Moreno has asked Matthews to publicly address the issue, a stance baseball commissioner Bud Selig backed Saturday. “Gary regrets the distraction this story has caused the Angels front office, the manager and his staff, teammates and fans,” Matthews’ agent, Scott Leventhal, said in a statement. “However, given the ongoing investigation, he simply cannot discuss the matter until appropriate to do so. Gary sincerely apologizes for this distraction and is determined to resolve this issue in a timely manner.” HGH was not banned by baseball for players with major league contracts until 2005. This investigation appears to be targeting the suppliers of the substances, not those who might have received anything from the suppliers. He said, he said: Angels left-hander Joe Saunders told reporters after his start Sunday that he felt some tightness in his left elbow. That was news to Scioscia, who said Monday all his health reports on Saunders were positive. “Who’s your source on that?” Scioscia joked. When told it was Saunders himself, Scioscia didn’t miss a beat. “Joe’s not privy to that information,” he said, drawing a big laugh. Scioscia chalked Saunders’ discomfort up to the normal pain and irritation of spring training, and Saunders didn’t sound concerned. “I’ll be fine,” he said. Taking the 11th: The battle for the final spot in the bullpen is still an open race. The Angels will carry 11 pitchers, according to Scioscia, and are looking for a durable arm to round out the staff. Three of the candidates – Dustin Moseley, Chris Bootcheck and Alex Serrano – fared well Sunday in a combined shutout effort against the Rangers, who were playing most of their regulars. (818) 713-3609 160Want 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

Canadian Debt Clock Makes Stop In Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Canadian federal debt over $624 billion dollars and climbing every second, a non-profit group is heading across Canada to spread a message.Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of, says people need to be more aware of how much debt the country is actually in, at least federally. Right now, it equates to $17,337 per person.“We’re a group that is concerned about debt, the government is borrowing too much money. When you borrow the money, you have to pay it back. A lot of young supporters are increasing concern because they are going to be getting stuck with a bill. We’re driving this across Canada to get more attention. People don’t really think about it at all, so the only way to kind of get in peoples faces is to drive around with this big clock with numbers.”The debt runs up every second and Wudrick also warns people that this number is just federal debt, and doesn’t include provincial debt.- Advertisement -This is the first time in 5 years the clock has been on tour, but the group hopes people start to see what impact the debt can have on them and the country.last_img read more

Done deals! Man United v Liverpool in the transfer market – which club has done the better business so far

first_imgThe rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United, England’s two most successful clubs, runs deep.Not only are they in close proximity geographically, but the history of the two clubs suggests they have driven each other to success.United replaced their bitter rivals in the Premier League’s top four last season after a temporary hiatus under the disastrous David Moyes era, so the onus is on the Reds to strike back in the coming campaign.Both clubs have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, with various ins and outs at both Anfield and Old Trafford.If you take a closer look at their business, the clubs appear to be trading blows in their bid to secure the upper hand next term.United laid down an early marker in May, with Memphis Depay citing Louis van Gaal’s presence as a defining factor in his decision to opt for United over Liverpool, completing a £25m move from PSV.The Merseysiders then responded impressively, supposedly trumping United with the capture of £29m Brazilian star Roberto Firmino.The north west giants have both also reinforced defensively. After Liverpool secured a £12.5m deal for Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who was thought to be on Van Gaal’s radar, United brought in his Italian counterpart Matteo Darmian for just £200,000 more.And from a midfield perspective, James Milner and Bastian Schweinsteiger will bring plentiful experience to the Anfield and Old Trafford squads.While the Reds have added depth with bargain deals for Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, Morgan Schneiderlin’s big money move from Southampton to Old Trafford has ticked another box on Man United’s shopping list.Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is likely to recoup his entire summer expenditure to date when the £49m sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City goes through, and Reds fans will be expecting to see that money reinvested wisely.Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and everyone’s favourite pantomime villain Mario Balotelli could all be offloaded this summer, which means attacking recruits are very much still on Rodgers’ agenda.Just down the East Lancs Road, United have successfully shipped out Robin van Persie, while Javier Hernandez is also being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.If departures transpire as expected, both sides could start the season with requiring additional firepower. Due to Daniel Sturridge’s ongoing injury troubles, the relatively inexperienced duo of Ings and Divock Origi could be Liverpool’s only striking options, while United would be left with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson up front.A host of names are being thrown around with both sides looking to bolster their front lines, including Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke, Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Marco Reus.At the other end of the pitch, United are reportedly keen to bring in another defender, namely Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, while Nicolas Otamendi is also a target. But Liverpool could yet choose to invest some of the Sterling cash in a new centre-back, with Dejan Lovren yet to convince and Kolo Toure a last resort option.Right now, with just under a month to go until the start of the new campaign and the game of cat and mouse showing no signs of drawing to a close, United’s prospected deals for Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin appear to have swung the pendulum back their way.Over to you Brendan… Manchester United or Liverpool: who has done the better summer business so far? 1last_img read more

Prep extra

first_img This week’s must see Dorsey at Taft Boys’ basketball, Saturday, 7 p.m. The vitals: After Campbell Hall of North Hollywood extended its winning streak to an area-record 42 games, Taft of Woodland Hills and Dorsey of Los Angeles beat the Vikings on consecutive nights at the Modesto Christian tournament. Now, the City Section powers get to face off in a big nonleague game. Today 3 Boys’ basketball Hart at Crescenta Valley, 7 p.m. The vitals: Annual clash between two of the area’s most successful programs is final tune-up before Foothill and Pacific leagues open play Friday. Wednesday 4 Girls’ soccer Harvard-Westlake vs. Louisville at Crespi HS, 5 p.m. The vitals: Top-ranked Harvard-Westlake of Studio City opens Mission League against old nemesis Louisville of Woodland Hills, which tied the Wolverines and lost in overtime last season. Thursday 5 Girls’ basketball Chaminade at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. The vitals: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks captured the Mission title last year, a game ahead of Chaminade of West Hills. Their first showdown this year should again have championship implications. Friday 6 Girls’ basketball Westlake at Royal, 7 p.m. The vitals: Royal of Simi Valley tries to knock off defending-champion Westlake as two of Marmonte League’s top teams meet in first-place showdown. Saturday 7 Girls’ basketball Harvard-Westlake at Oaks Christian, 2:30 p.m. The vitals: Wolverines, led by YoYo Greenfield, will look to gain a measure of revenge against Lions after earlier loss in Santa Barbara tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THEY SAID IT “We see us, Harvard-Westlake and Campbell Hall being the premier teams in the Valley. So when we get together, we have to sort out the pecking order.” – Taft of Woodland Hills boys’ basketball coach Derrick Taylor on his team’s 68-51 victory over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood in the semifinals of the Modesto Christian tournament, snapping the Vikings’ 42-game winning streak. RANDOM NUMBERS 29, 5, 12 Lancaster’s girls’ soccer team outscored opponents 29-0 over five games en route to winning its own tournament for the first time since 2001. The Eagles (9-0-2) defeated Golden League rival Highland of Palmdale 2-0 in Thursday’s championship game to snap the Bulldogs’ run of 12 consecutive tournament victories over a three-year span. Highland (9-2-2) was bidding for its third successive title and fourth in the tournament’s 10-year history. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson TRIVIA QUESTION With Campbell Hall of North Hollywood having its 42-game winning streak snapped by Taft of Woodland Hills on Thursday, which area boys’ basketball team now holds the longest active winning streak? TRIVIA ANSWER Chatsworth has won five in a row, including four victories to capture the title at the Chaminade of West Hills tournament. Campbell Hall had the longest winning streak this season at 10 games. DAY PLANNER last_img read more


first_imgThe family of a man only found out he may have died from the deadly Ebola virus after hearing the story on the RTE television news.The late Dessie Quinn.The heartbroken family of Dessie Quinn, 44, from Mountcharles, had presumed he died from malaria for which he was being treated since returning from Africa two weeks ago.But his family were shocked to discover that HSE officials were suspicious he may have contracted the disease. Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, told Donegal Daily that it was “very poor form” that the family had not been contacted.“The first they heard of it was when someone watched the six one news. Before that, they had just presumed that Dessie had died from malaria.“Nothing had suggested anything different and for his family to find out like this was very poor form in my opinion.“This is a small place and a phonecall to the family would have gone a long way. Instead they find out by watching the news on television,” he said. Fr Gavigan said he now hoped that Dessie was not suffering from the Ebola virus when he passed away.“I hope and pray for the family that this is not the case.“I’m not sure how this has all come about. Perhaps if this was a year ago and Ebola was not being talked about, then we would not have this situation now.“There was never any mention of Ebola and everyone just presumed that he was showing all the signs of malaria.“I’m not sure how this has come out or how the hospital have come to this conclusion. I just hope for the family’s sake that this is not the case,” he said. He added that there had been no isolation precautions erected at the man’s home.He added that the Quinn family are very well-known in the area and very well respected.“This has come as an awful shock to them. I genuinely hope that this is not confirmed,” he said.Meanwhile there have been no visiting restrictions at Letterkenny General Hospital despite scare. Mr Quinn’s remains have been sent to the hospital’s mortuary which has now been sealed off and will remain so overnight.The HSE is expected to release a statement on the results of tests carried out on the dead man later on today to determine the cause of death.FAMILY ONLY DISCOVERED MAN MAY HAVE DIED FROM EBOLA DISEASE AFTER WATCHING RTE NEWS REPORT was last modified: August 22nd, 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:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaFr Adrian GaviganHSEMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

It’s happening…Hayley Paige is coming to McElhinneys!

first_imgOn the 13th May, New York based designer Hayley Paige will display her eccentric and whimsical wedding dress collection in the beautiful surroundings of McElhinneys Bridal Rooms. The full 2017 Hayley Paige collection will be available to try on at McElhinneys, who are the only stockist in the Republic of Ireland. The wedding dress collection is straight from a fairy tale wedding story with different silhouettes designed to emphasise each bride’s unique style whilst embodying the sweeter side of femininity, from the quirky and charming to the fun and fabulous.Hayley will be at McElhinneys on Saturday 13th May to help brides find the wedding dress of their dreams plus bringing her expertise, knowledge and infectious personality to the appointment experience.  If you are getting married and want to create an individual and unique look, then you definitely need to get to the Hayley Paige event at McElhinneys. To book your appointment to view the Hayley Paige collection and meet Hayley in person at McElhinneys on Saturday 13th May, call 074 91 31217 or email bridalrooms@mcelhinneys.comBrowse her current collection: Bridal RoomsBallybofey Co. Donegal0749131217It’s happening…Hayley Paige is coming to McElhinneys! was last modified: April 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofeybridaleventshayley paigeMCELHINNEYSlast_img read more