GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan has blamed the regional board for the decline of West Indies cricket and believes Caricom’s intervention represents the best chance 0f ensuring the sport’s revival.The 35-year-old Guyanese, who led West Indies in four Tests and five One-Day Internationals, said the region possessed plenty talent but administrators had failed to manage the game properly, and this had led to the team’s slump internationally.”WICB needs to take responsibility for the fall of WI cricket,” he told the Chronicle newspaper in Guyana.”I don’t think it’s a situation that we are lacking talent. It’s just that we don’t have the right people managing our cricket.”We cannot have so many talented players in the Caribbean and not be in the top four teams in the world [in Tests and ODIs].”Sarwan is the latest player to wade into the debate over the WICB’s management of the game, following Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy’s criticism of the regional governing body after his side’s capture of the T20 World Cup in India last Sunday.SHOCKWAVESIn a post-match interview, Sammy said the players felt “disrespected” by the board, a remark that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. The WICB quickly apologised to the international cricket community for what it labelled an “inappropriate” comment.Since then, former one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, leading opener Chris Gayle, and legendary former captain Sir Viv Richards have come out in support of Sammy.Sarwan, who played 87 Tests and 181 ODIs, said the board had not been accountable enough in the past.”I think (Darren) Sammy was spot on in his interview. Over the years, the West Indies board, especially the directors and administrators – whatever you want to call them – tended to do a lot of stuff and get away with it,” he said.And with a CARICOM-commissioned governance panel recommending the “immediate dissolution” of the board and the formation of a new structure, Sarwan said the regional nation grouping held the key.”I like the initiative that Caricom is taking to try and resolve the problem. I think once Caricom gets involved and they put their foot down, they will find some sort of solution,” he said.
The top two teams from each of the six groups along with the four best third place teams will qualify to the knockout stage of the quadrennial tournament.Palami said they are not in a rush to name a coach yet after Thomas Dooley’s contract expired at the end of March.Palami remained noncommittal on Dooley’s status, saying his performance is still subject to a review with inputs from Philippine Football Federation officials and players to be considered.“I think it’s important that we have to be deliberate and careful in picking the right coach for the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “We have to consider not just the credentials, the experience and a degree of familiarity to Asian football, but also someone who can take us to the next level.”ADVERTISEMENT Pot 4 includes the six lowest-ranked teams in the tournament in the Philippines, North Korea, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Turkmenistan.“It’s a challenge for us to survive the group stage, but its no different from what we have gone through the past few years,” said Palami. “With the our players and the right coach and preparation, I think we can pull off an upset [in the tournament].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Azkals are sure to be bracketed with one of the six top teams in host UAE, Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia, which are all in Pot 1.Pot 2 includes Thailand, China, Syria, Uzbekistan, Iraq and Qatar, while Pot 3 has Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Palestine, Oman, India and Vietnam. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kobe reinforces Gilas 5 in preseason cup Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will Thomas Dooley still be around to coach the Azkals in the Asian Cup next year?The Philippines fell to Pot 4 ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw on May 4, but Azkals manager Dan Palami is brimming with optimism that the national team can survive the group stage of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.Not even its highest-ever ranking of 113 was enough to lift the Azkals to a better position in the draw in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Support for Benoni Urey’s quest for the presidency has begun rising with several prominent personalities joining the struggle.Mr. Urey, former commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs in the government of former President Charles Taylor, announced his intent to stand in the race to replace President Sirleaf after her tenure expires in 2017.Since that pronouncement was made, there have been mixed reactions from the Liberian public. Some have expressed support for his bid, while others believe Urey is similar to his former employer, Charles Taylor, and as such electing him (Urey) would mean “a return to the regime of Charles Taylor.”The latest of Urey’s supporters is constitutional lawyer, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull. In her assertion on a local radio talk show Wednesday, April 9, in Monrovia, Counselor Bull declared her support for Urey, stating that Urey seems to be the right person for the job.Her statement was made in reactio to a recent war of words between Mr. Urey and a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah.Urey had earlier criticized Madam Sirleaf for leaving the country without addressing the problem of the Ebola Virus affecting Liberia.Reacting to said comment, Presidential Press Secretary Piah was quick to condemn Mr. Urey’s accusation that she does not have the country at heart.“Mr. Urey’s comments reflect a serious lack of governance [experience], political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a political nobody, who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous,” Piah said. “Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.”If this statement came from just anybody,” Piah continued, we would not have been surprised at all; but coming from a man who says he has his eyes on the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.”Urey angrily reacted to Piah and the President: “When substantial issues are raised against the presidency, they unleash their dogs to come after you.” Based on these exchanges, Cllr. Bull asserted that the responses from the President’s office are immature and unnecessary.“Judging from comments made by these people the President has around her,” Cllr. Bull said, “Makes me strongly support Mr. Urey for the presidency.”“I never wanted to do so before, but the people the President has around her have forced me to support Mr. Urey,” she asserted.Cllr. Bull is a signatory to the 1986 Liberian Constitution and a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Though she may not be as well known or influential as many politicians in the country, such a statement from a ‘seasoned’ lawyer could serve as a political plus for Mr. Urey’s ambition for the presidency, a political analyst told the Daily Observer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A female team, honoring Minister Julius Duncan Cassell (Gender Ministry) yesterday won the three-day female soccer tournament, defeating their opponents, honoring NPA boss, Matilda Parker 2-0 in the finals.The match, played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium was the climax of the tournament began last Friday. Yesterday’s two goals were scored by Angeline Kieh, one coming through a spot kick. The victors received a trophy and U$100.00, donated by Mr. Cassell Kuouh, vice president for operations of the Liberia Football Association.In last Friday’s match, Matilda Parker defeated Mrs. Cassell Kuouh 3-1 honoring side, and on Saturday Duncan Cassell defeated a side honoring Angeline Weeks 3-1, and the two winners met in the finals yesterday.Gracing the tournament were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US Ambassador Deborah Malac.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Despite more than doubling last year’s December total, the 12 month value of construction in Fort St. John in 2009 was only one-third of what it was in the previous two years.13 permits were issued last month, worth more than 1.8 million dollars, as compared to 6 permits, worth less than 825,000, in December of 2008.However, the year-over-year comparison show, the value of construction was nearly 29 million in 2009 but almost 87 million in both 2008 and 2007.- Advertisement -City revenue from last year’s building permits was also down to about 103,000 dollars from about 184,000 in 2008.
For the second time in as many Premier League matches, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was savaged by supporters demanding he should be sacked.Last season the Toon Army were subjected to a 4-0 battering at Southampton and they repeated the trick this time round, going down 4-0 in another dreadful display against the Saints.The Tyneside outfit were horrific in defence, gifting Ronald Koeman’s side three goals and it was little surprise to see the hashtag #PardewOut trending on Twitter yet again.The travelling Newcastle fans made their feelings heard at St Mary’s loudly chanting along with Southampton fans, ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’, while a ‘Pardew Out’ banner was unfurled in the away end.The Magpies boss had brushed off fears of being sacked prior to the game, but having only won one Premier League game in 13 outings, and with owner Mike Ashley making a rare away trip to watch his team, it appears the end is nigh for Pardew.Check out the fury of Newcastle supporters on Twitter below. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew 1
The Spaniard had watched that match from high in the stands as he served out a suspension.But he played down any significance in being closer to the action as Riyad Mahrez scored twice, his first goals for the club, in an emphatic victory which kept them in touch with the Premier League pace-setters.“I don’t play,” said Guardiola, after watching Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan help his team score five or more goals for the 10th time since he took charge before the 2016-17 season.“The managers, we are there to be there when they have little doubts, to support them.“I don’t know what’s going to happen with these guys. It’s the same group, they keep reacting, they are an exceptional group.“But they know when the situation is not good in terms of results, the closer I am to them.“They deserve all my respect. They made me happy the last two seasons, and that’s why, always, I will be with them.”City were 3-0 ahead and cruising at half-time, before Mahrez replaced Aguero on the hour mark and scored twice, his first goals since his move from Leicester in July.The Algerian has only started two Premier League games for the champions and Guardiola admitted he wished he could offer more minutes on the field to both Mahrez and young England hopeful Phil Foden, who also came off the bench in the second half.“It’s good for him to get the first goals,” added Guardiola.“Of course it’s important for him. He came here, he’s an incredibly talented player. He deserves to play more minutes, like Phil Foden.“It’s a pleasure to watch Phil play football and, of course, Riyad as well.“But the season is too long and they have to be ready, prepared, because they are going to play a lot of minutes.”– Slick City –City are now only two points behind leaders Liverpool after emphatically banishing any suggestions their European angst might leak into their domestic form.They toyed with Cardiff for much of a one-sided contest and if they had doubled their scoreline then the Bluebirds, who dropped into the relegation zone, could have had few complaints.“After a not good result in midweek, we responded with the same level we had for the last 12 or 13 months,” Guardiola said.“The first 20-25 minutes is always complicated, not easy, but after one or two goals immediately it was easier.”For Cardiff manager Neil Warnock, the defeat means they are still seeking their first victory of the campaign.They also lost full-back Lee Peltier with a dislocated shoulder, which Warnock expects will keep the defender out for a number of months.Warnock acknowledged the divide in class between the teams and added: “It was a long afternoon. We are finding it difficult at the moment against the top clubs.“But, like I have said before, it’s not going to define our season.“It will knock our chins to the floor for a bit, but the lads have got to get over this and get on with next week.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team-mates after scoring his second goal © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Pep Guardiola insisted it was his players who deserved the spotlight after the Manchester City manager returned to the dug-out to inspire a 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff on Saturday.Guardiola was back on the touchline in the Welsh capital and the champions were back in the old routine after their shock midweek defeat at home by Lyon in the Champions League.
He beat main rival Scott Robertson to the job, despite the Crusaders mentor winning three straight Super Rugby titles, with NZR saying the 54-year-old offered “fresh energy”.“He brings world-class international experience to the role, an incredibly strong coaching team, and we think he’ll do an outstanding job,” chairman Brent Impey said in a statement.Foster, who has signed a two-year contract — which stops short of the 2023 World Cup in France — said he was humbled to take over one of the most coveted roles in rugby.He said he was pleased to step into the shoes of the “big fella” Hansen and wanted to build on his legacy of a success rate approaching 90 percent.“Obviously we need to grow, we need to tweak, we didn’t get what we wanted in the last World Cup, losing that semi-final,” he said, referring to the 19-7 defeat by Eddie Jones’ England in Japan.“I’m extremely passionate about adding a new touch, to really grow and get some mana back on the field, which we felt we’ve lost a little bit,” Foster added, using the Maori word for aura.Despite working under Hansen during a period of outstanding All Blacks success, including winning the 2015 World Cup, Foster is a controversial choice for some Kiwi rugby fans.Critics point to an uninspiring eight-year spell in charge of the Waikato Chiefs, when their best result was a losing appearance in the 2009 final.NZR are gambling that he can maintain the success achieved under Hansen and repeat the smooth transition his predecessor made from assistant to head coach.However, the fact that his contract does not run until the next World Cup may be a sign that NZR chiefs are hedging their bets.– ‘Utterly predictable’ –Foster is widely seen as a conservative option, unlike the break-dancing, left-field Robertson.His appointment comes as no surprise and follows a selection process that some pundits have described as deeply flawed, believing Foster was always going to get the job.Hansen announced in December 2018 that he would leave after the this year’s World Cup in Japan, yet the search for a replacement did not officially begin until the tournament ended 11 months later.In the meantime, many leading Kiwi candidates had committed themselves elsewhere rather than gamble on breaking into a coaching set-up renowned for promoting from within.Jamie Joseph opted to stay with Japan, Dave Rennie took over the Wallabies and Warren Gatland signed on with Waikato Chiefs, while Joe Schmidt announced he was taking a career break.It set up a two-way contest between Foster and Robertson, despite NZR’s insistence it had invited 26 candidates to apply.Rennie was frank about the fact that NZR had left its request for his CV too late to prevent him from signing for arch-rivals Australia.Another complication was the fact that red-hot favourites New Zealand not only failed to win the World Cup, they were humbled in the stunning semi-final loss to England.The manner of the defeat raised uncomfortable questions about whether the All Blacks’ coaching team had become stale and needed to be revitalised.New Zealand Herald columnist Dylan Cleaver described reaction to Foster’s appointment as “collective ennui”.“It’s totally underwhelming, utterly predictable news,” he wrote.Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge said he was disappointed for Robertson but glad he was staying with the Christchurch-based team.“While this announcement means he will remain in the head coach position with the Crusaders, it is bittersweet for us in that we would have loved to see him get the All Blacks role,” he said in a statement.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ian Foster has been appointed as New Zealand rugby coach © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec 11 – Ian Foster pledged to restore the All Blacks’ aura of invincibility on Wednesday as the former assistant coach was promoted to the top job, tasked with rebuilding the three-time world champions after a disappointing World Cup.New Zealand Rugby opted for continuity in naming Foster, who was the preferred candidate of illustrious departing coach Steve Hansen, under whom he worked for eight years.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWS flash: Scandal has emerged on a state commission that bought TV ads to convince Californians not to smoke, because the ads ran while some commissioners were finishing up a petition drive to broaden California’s fight to save lives by reducing smoking. Political journalists were outraged at the double duty played by the commission. At a Sacramento Press Club event, they pilloried the Commission Against Smoking for using $23 million from its voter-approved ad budget to spread the “propaganda that smoking kills.” The state is investigating, since it is illegal to use public funds for political campaigns. Critics charge that the anti-smoking ads, though not directly promoting the signature-gathering effort, might have helped by causing people to fear smoking. Now, tell the truth. Can you imagine a real news story (the above news flash being my own fabrication) that took this attitude? Not in a million years. Not in California. The media would bend over backward to pooh-pooh any inadvertent appearance of misusing public funds. The politicians would attack Big Tobacco and rush to the beleaguered commission’s side. Yet this is the case being made hysterically so against the First 5 California Children and Families Commission, created by voters to spend billions of dollars on the health and education needs of California’s increasingly disadvantaged preschoolers. Chairing the commission until his resignation a few days ago was film director Rob Reiner, an exceedingly rare example of a Hollywood big name who decided to put in some big-time elbow grease for the larger good instead of hanging around Morton’s eating canap?s and blathering about how awful things are in Iraq. Unlike the journalists and politicians who hectored Reiner out of his position a few days ago, Reiner spent much of the past decade educating himself about the demographic time bomb we face if California does not help its vast population of small children thrive. I don’t know Reiner and probably don’t agree with most of his liberal Democratic views. However, when it comes to California’s growing toddler disaster children so neglected and behind that they show up at kindergarten unable to name their crayon colors or count to 10 on their fingers I’ve been impressed by Reiner. While Hollywood types blame crime, illiteracy and ignorance on somebody else, Reiner put in thousands of hours to create an unprecedented, voter-approved infrastructure to improve the “first 5” years of life for the tiniest Californians. For his troubles, Reiner has been demonized by Sacramento’s anti-reform, me-first politicians and cynical, all-knowing “gotcha!” journalists, neither of whom gives a rip if our preschoolers sink or swim. These two insider groups have an ugly history of demonizing big ideas. They fanatically opposed Proposition 227 (English-language immersion in the schools), and are still bitterly attacking Proposition 13 (the 1978 property-tax revolt). The utterly unsubstantiated accusation against the First 5 Commission is that it wrongly spent $23 million from its legally allotted, voter-approved, 6 percent public-advertising budget on a TV campaign telling California’s scads of unengaged parents that preschool is good. How dare they? If First 5 is guilty of anything, it is for its stupidity in launching its important $23 million public-education effort just as Reiner’s separate Proposition 82 measure to provide universal preschool by taxing the rich was gathering final signatures. Journalists and politicians called it a “scandal,” implying that Proposition 82’s signature-gathering, which ended in early November, was somehow helped by the TV education effort. How absurd. At the time, Proposition 82 enjoyed a cushy $2 million budget and voters were happily signing the latest petition drive to tax the rich. Don’t get me wrong. I view singling out the rich as a backward, anti-democratic tax strategy, so I’m torn about Proposition 82. Yet we desperately need free preschool in our increasingly Third World state, given our porous border with Mexico, or we are lost. These are legitimate, if wonky, issues. Journalists and Sacramento politicians need to address them. Instead, in a slow news year, Reiner offered these two groups an easy way to manufacture a self-promoting controversy. When I Googled “Rob Reiner” and “preschool” and “scandal,” I got 15,800 items. We should all be ashamed. In the end, California, facing an endless influx of poor immigrants and grossly under-educated children, has hounded out of civic life a Hollywood icon who broke with the Morton’s crowd to put his time where his mouth is. I feel so proud. Jill Stewart is a print, radio and television commentator on California politics. She can be reached via her Web site, www.jillstewart.net.
Asthma sufferers in Donegal say the condition has robbed them of their lives and that it is not taken seriously enough.Hundreds of young Donegal children suffer from asthma.A total of 15, 894 people across Donegal live with asthma.Many of these patients from Donegal attended Ireland’s largest patient event for all those living with asthma. The Asthma Society of Ireland held the event to mark the launch of their “Living with Asthma” study results.This study, and the dialogue between the Asthma Society and asthma sufferers on the impact that this condition has on quality of life, confirmed the immediate need for the implementation of the National Clinical Programme.Highlighting the findings of the Living with Asthma study, the Asthma Society found that people in Donegal with asthma are frustrated and feel lost.They feel that asthma has robbed them of their lives and that it is not taken seriously enough. In Ireland asthma affects 470,000 people, with over 15, 800 people affected in Donegal alone, we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. Participants of the Living with Asthma study revealed that they feel there is a “one size fits all” system of management in Ireland, and that they are not treated as individuals with specific goals and outcomes. They believe this is because asthma is so prevalent, therefore appearing to be less important.The need for primary care solutions is apparent, with the results of the survey revealing that people with asthma feel abandoned by the system. They describe their experience of disjointed services and poor follow-on care as distressing. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable.Commmenting on the Living with Asthma results, Sharon Cosgrove CEO Asthma Society of Ireland said the resilience and personal strength of people with asthma is remarkable.“They describe the relentless need to be vigilant and aware of their own bodies all the time, and of the unpredictable nature of asthma, with the constant fear of things getting worse. They are limiting their activity levels, giving up hobbies and withdrawing from social and family life because of their asthma.“They are embarrassed about taking medication publically; they are being teased and seen as lazy, overweight and inactive. These are very significant impacts on wellbeing and are without a doubt taking its toll. We are calling on the Government to take these findings under advisement and support a new approach to asthma management.” “I would like to thank the Living with Asthma study sponsors, Boehringer Ingelheim for their help on this research. With their support, we now have the information to further understand and empower our members with the support they need.”Speaking at the event Asthma patient and Paralympic Athlete Darragh McDonald said “Asthma impacts families throughout Ireland in different ways and can negatively affect people’s mental health, their self confidence and stop them from doing every day activities like exercising or running for a bus; but it doesn’t have to be that way.“The Asthma Society of Ireland is helping people throughout Ireland live well with asthma. Our message is that living with asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy and achieve your goals. With the right education and supports, I haven’t let asthma hold me back from competing as a Paralympian. I urge everyone to follow my lead and contact the Asthma Society to find out what they can do to change the way they are living with asthma.”There are more than 5,000 admissions per year to hospital for asthma treatment, with the average cost of a hospital admission for asthma costing a staggering €2,737. Every 26 minutes someone with asthma attends a hospital emergency department. The burden of the financial cost of asthma stands out in the Living with Asthma report, with some extremely troubling disclosures; people described how they skip their medication, GP visits and have even started travelling abroad to buy cheaper medicationPeople with chronic illnesses such as asthma find themselves labeled and marginalised due to a lack of awareness from others about their condition. The Asthma Society of Ireland aims to empower and provide those affected by Asthma with the support they need and the reassurance that there is a secure and safe place where they can get information and support on an on-going basis.For advice or support on asthma, or for further information about the Asthma Society of Ireland visit www.asthma.ie or call 1850 44 54 64DONEGAL’S 15,894 ASTHMA SUFFERERS SAY NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP THEM was last modified: February 27th, 2015 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:asthmadonegalinhalers