DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):The young WestIndies cricketer, Shamar Springer, who broke Bangladeshi hearts with an unbeaten half-century that set up a thrilling, three-wicket victory, says it felt good to beat the hosts in front of thousands of spectators.Springer steadied the young West Indies innings with an unbeaten 62 from 88 balls, which steered them past Bangladesh’s 226 all out, with eight balls to spare in front of thousands of dejected home fans.His match-winning effort, which followed a disciplined bowling performance in which he grabbed two wickets, ensured the Caribbean side will meet the undefeated India Under-19s for the title on Sunday at the same venue.”Right now words can’t really explain how I feel,” said Springer, a lanky all-rounder from Haggatt Hall in the Barbadian parish of St. Michael.”This is a very heart-warming feeling to guide my team to victory. It feels very good and it feels even better to beat them in front of 15,000.”WINNING RUNSSpringer capped his performance by hitting the winning runs, a drive through cover, off Mohammad Saiffudin, for his fifth four, and was named Player of the Match.”I was very satisfied,” said Springer, referring to his bowling figures of two for 36 from ten overs, same as compatriot Chemar Holder.”This was my best performance, in my opinion, with the ball, and it was great to get that performance in at this stage”.It will be the second time a West Indies Under-19 teamwill play in the Final of the tournament, following Denesh Ramdin’s side which lost to Pakistan Under-19s 12 years ago.”They should watch us because we are young andexciting and just hungry for victory,” said Springer, in a comment directed at West Indies fans eager for a favourable outcome in Sunday’s final.”They should also look forward to see my chestroll again”.
LEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,ULLOAPALOSCHI,MONTERO, SIGURDSSON, AYEW,FER, CORK,TAYLOR, WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, RANGEL,FABIANSKISWANSEA (4-2-3-1)Leicester City face another huge test of their character, not to mention their title aspirations, when they entertain Swansea at home on Sunday. Last Monday, closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur cut the gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League to just five points – it has been as wide as 10 in recent days – and a Leicester defeat could prove damaging.Spurs are at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, more than 24 hours after Leicester play. If the Foxes lost, Spurs would have the chance to reduce the deficit to just two points with three games left.However, Leicester, held to a controversial 2-2 draw by West Ham United last weekend, should remain confident – even if they will be without England striker Jamie Vardy, sent-off in the Hammers game.Leicester are unbeaten in their last eight games, winning six and taking 20 points from a possible 24. They have lost at the King Power Stadium just once in the league – the fewest home losses in the Premier League.And when they met Swansea in South Wales in December, Leicester won 3-0 with a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick. And their home record against the Welshmen is impressive; they are unbeaten in nine clashes since they last lost this fixture – in October 1950. They have also beaten Swansea in their last four home games, scoring 10 goals and conceding four.As well as the absent Vardy, Leicester cannot use Nathan Dier, on loan from Swansea, who have a clean bill of health.
ZURICH (AP):At one minute past six on Friday evening in Zurich, Sepp Blatter had a glass of white wine and exhaled deeply.FIFA had finally elected a new president and Blatter was relieved of the title after almost 18 years.”It is a relief. I had this burden on me,” he told The Associated Press yesterday, seeming at peace and enjoying his first day out of FIFA’s employment since 1975.”It was even a welcome day yesterday, 18:01, when they had a new president,” Blatter said in the European style for 6:01 p.m.Blatter was unable to hand over power in person to Gianni Infantino, 35 years younger and a fellow native of the rural Valais canton in Switzerland.Banned from duty since October by FIFA’s ethics committee, Blatter was barred from attending the election hall across the city from his daughter’s apartment. There, they watched the tense event unfold on television.When the moment came that his beloved presidency ended, Blatter said he was with his daughter, Corinne, sharing a bottle of white wine from his home region.POTENTIAL NEW DAWNThe election was hailed as a potential new dawn for FIFA after nine months of turmoil since American and Swiss federal prosecutors revealed the scope of their investigations into corruption, which forced Blatter out with three years left in his fifth presidential term.On the day after, there are clear blue skies, but the crisply cold air on a hill overlooking Zurich left the 79-year-old Blatter feeling the chill during several minutes spent outside with the newspaper photographer.”It was important for FIFA to have a change,” said Blatter.”He is a young man, he is powerful, he has a lot of energy, and I am sure he will do the right job,” Blatter said of Infantino, a former lawyer.
Dear Editor,By now it must be pellucid to the youngest child why the City Council is always broke, and in fact totally bankrupt; and that is because of the reckless behaviour and irresponsible actions of the administrative leadership at City Hall.How could the Town Clerk explain maintaining a staff strength of nearly 1000 employees with a monthly payroll of $130 million, whilst contracting out almost all of its services, from refuse collection to brush cutting, for hundreds of millions of dollars.This is just not sustainable, and benefits only the senior administrators at Council.But quite disconcerting is the propensity of the administration of the City Council to boast and pat itself on the back when it finally does something that it should have been doing all along. Examples of this would be the debushing of the Le Repentir Cemetery and the repair of the Kitty Market, where they criticized the previous Central Government for not maintaining these facilities. News flash: these facilities belong to the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, and therefore it is the duty and responsibility of the City Council to maintain them, as was done in years gone by.But this current Council has become so accustomed to bailouts from Central Government that it thinks it is an obligation. It is not.Quite dishonestly, City Council continuously announces that property rates have not been increased for more than twenty years. Just two years ago, property rates were increased by a whopping 10%.For such treachery, the senior administrator of Council should be sanctioned.But very alarming is the cavalier approach the administration has taken to its indebtedness to the Guyana Revenue Authority, the National Insurance Scheme, and the utility companies; stating it is not the only entity that has outstanding payments to entities. These entities should take them to court to receive their monies. It is illegal, and it is not that the Council does not have the money, it is that they spend it recklessly on foreign travel and contractors who do not have to subscribe to Tender Board procedures.And about the holding of Mayoral elections until March 15, I must say that I smell a rat. Why did all the other municipalities except Georgetown have theirs in December? Why did the Georgetown Municipality have theirs the last time in December? I believe that there is some jiggery-pokery afoot. Bearing in mind that the next Mayor would only have at best a term of nine months, it would make perfect sense for that individual to know three months in advance that they have been elected, so that they could plan their programmes and policies.Benjamin Franklin once said: Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough to be honest.Sincerely,Shanta Singh
Three years after the first major oil find by ExxonMobil, the Government is yet to set up the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) now termed the Natural Resources Fund as well as to table the Local Content Policy Framework legislation, but according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson these critical pieces of legislation are expected to be tabled, passed and assented to by the end of the year.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson“The National Resources Fund will be tabled and hopefully passed and supported this year. I am satisfied, and in Cabinet we had a full update on one outstanding issue and it will be here and in place long before any oil is drilled as well as the Local Content Policy. Before the end of the year, both will be up and running,” Patterson told a news conference on Friday.In January, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman promised the legislation by the first quarter in 2018, but it is yet to be delivered.The Bill was drafted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and scrutinised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The Natural Resources Fund aims to save funds for future generations; one way includes converting non-renewable assets into a more diversified portfolio of assets and to mitigate the effects of “Dutch Disease”.A SWF is defined as pools of money derived from a country’s reserves, which are set aside for investment purposes that will benefit the country’s economy and citizens.The funding for a SWF comes from Central Bank reserves that accumulate because of budget and trade surpluses, and even from revenue generated from the exports of natural resources.Guyana’s international partners and others have urged that the fund be transparent, independent and non-partisan to better protect the Guyanese people.Commonwealth Economic Adviser, Natural Resources Division, Dr Daniel Wilde, just last month said Guyana was on the right track in relation to the SWF.“The main components were the relationship between the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the annual budget, ensuring that all petroleum revenues are transparently paid into the fund. The management of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, which ensures appropriate checks and balances and the Ministry of Finance is the overall manager on behalf of the Government, and that the Bank of Guyana is the operational manager. We also talked about the reporting arrangements and auditing arrangements, which should ensure that the fund is transparently and well, managed with a number of reporting requirements,” Dr Wilde said following a Cabinet briefing in April.The Commonwealth expert, who has experience in helping to design similar legislation in other countries, added that reports compiled quarterly and annually to international standards “must be submitted to Parliament and be made public” .Local Content FrameworkAs ExxonMobil prepares to officially commence production in 2020, there is a lot of preparatory work currently ongoing, which requires services tailored to the specific needs of the industry. Over the weeks, there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies being favoured. In the past, ExxonMobil has indicated that it was working with over 300 local companies, but to date the names of those companies are yet to be released.However, on Friday, Minister Patterson said that they have to be vigilant in terms of local content, and identified that there were companies that were eligible for work with Exxon which were not making use of the opportunities before them.“We have companies that are eligible, but they are not applying and I know that in the maritime sector and know personally because I have had to go to them and get the documents and have them submitted to Exxon and I don’t know why. The onus is not only on Exxon, the onus is on us,” the Minister added.He also asked for evidence of qualified local companies that would have applied for work with the oil giant and were unsuccessful, noting that they were yet to find any in the maritime sector. Additionally, he explained that he would have already assisted over 100 mariners to gain employment with Exxon as a part of utilising local content.“In 2016-2017, I met with a group of sailors and they came to my office and they said they have some of the skills and I asked them to go around and every mariner, seafarers you know to write their names down, what they can do. We compiled a list of almost 200 persons and we sent this list to Exxon…of the 200, 100 have been employed in the maritime industry, but you will hear the complaint of someone saying that I am a sailor and I am not employed and it is the process and they have to be competent,” Patterson explained.He added: “No one speaks about the employment. We have to be aware of the opportunities and we have to tap into it and it is not the responsibility of Exxon to go knocking on the doors of people offering jobs.”According to the draft Local Content Framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.
It’s been an incredible start to the season for Tottenham youngster Dele Alli.He’d only played League One football with MK Dons until the start of the new campaign but now, after just 10 appearances for Spurs, he’s made his England debut, coming on as a substitute for Ross Barkley late on against Estonia.To feature so soon for the Three Lions must have been a shock even for the ambitious 19-year-old, and Tottenham fans quickly took to Twitter to praise their new hero after his international bow.You can see how supporters reacted below… Dele Alli makes his England debut 1
This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIf I was a young boy in the market for a new grandfather, I reckon I’d be calling Manuel Pellegrini in for a second interview.The Chilean is 62 years old, but at first glance could pass for a man at least a decade older. Under that reassuringly thick mane of hair sits a face like a map – lines everywhere, all somehow meeting to form the quietly benevolent expression that has characterised his time as manager of Manchester City. His skin tone is dark enough to betray his South American roots, while also bearing a pallor that hints at a lifetime of smoking strong tobacco. Fragrant, warming tobacco – the kind that makes you feel better on an icy winter’s night.Pellegrini is not a man to make, nor indeed court, headlines. His one Premier League title was claimed in the shadows, the spotlight shone firmly on Steven Gerrard and the slip that cost Liverpool that elusive maiden Premier League. He is deemed almost incidental to City’s progress or otherwise, his name mentioned only in dispatches as fans speak of Sergio Aguero’s goals, Vincent Kompany’s injuries, Yaya Toure’s unique approach to tracking back.Even in truly beautiful moments – specifically, when Alan Pardew told him to “shut your noise, you f**king old c**t” – Pellegrini has been the silent partner, the straight guy, the stooge.Premier League football is a world of noise. Sky and now BT Sport scream at us weekly, not to mention at each other in an increasingly expensive room. Pundits with little idea what else to do post-retirement bombard us with views we don’t necessarily want, while the few managers who somehow survive a never-ending cull spend much of their time bemoaning the luck and/or decisions that go against them.Some of that noise – we’re looking at you, Herr Klopp – still entertains. But, in the middle of it all, Pellegrini has oozed a dignified, studied tranquillity that has risen above the rabble. If his departure from the Etihad is also one from England, then he will be missed. 1 Manuel Pellegrini
Centre midfield: Hector Herrera – Porto captain Herrera is currently at the Copa America and is being heavily linked with a move this summer. Napoli are also interested but his box-to-box style is clearly something which appeals to Jurgen Klopp. 11 Left back: Jonas Hector – A reliable figure at full-back for Cologne, the Reds have been heavily linked with his signature. He may cost a few bob but the Bundesliga star and German international may well be worth it. 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino – The Brazilian got better as the season went on, following his move from Hoffenheim, and will be key again for the Reds. Right back: Nathaniel Clyne – The ex-Southampton star has had a steady campaign with the Reds, theres no reason to ditch him and he could yet improve too. Centre midfield: James Milner – An upturn in form from January onwards should mean his place at Anfield is safe for the foreseeable future. He was a smart acquisition last summer. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Loris Karius – Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool’s starting XI could look next season… – Simon Mignolets time as Anfield No.1 is, surely, up. Handsome German shot-stopper Karius is set to keep clean sheets and melt some hearts on Merseyside next season. 11 11 Centre back: Joel Matip – A free transfer, the Cameroonian is likely to be a starter for Klopp after being rated as Schalkes best centre-back last season. 11 Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho – Interest is high in the Brazilian but Liverpool will do all they can to hold onto their midfield magician. 11 Centre back: Mamadou Sakho – Although, hes had his issues, Liverpool may well keep faith in the Frenchman next season. If he doesnt up his game he could soon find himself on the way out though. Liverpool fans are getting very excited for next season.Jurgen Klopp is preparing for his first full campaign at Anfield and, as well as completing several transfers, appears to be plotting more summer raids.Rumours are rife the club will be signing a new left-back, while the German was spotted checking out Argentina’s 2-1 victory in the Copa America.So, with all the speculation considered, is this how Liverpool could look… Centre midfield: Emre Can – The German international midfielder has been a real hit with Reds fans and has continued his development under Klopp. We can expect more of the same from him next year. 11 Stirker: Gonzalo Higuain – It would be a huge statement of intent should it happen, but rumours, boosted by Klopps appearance at Argentinas victory over Chile at the Copa America, are suggesting Liverpool could swoop for the Serie A golden boot winner.
MCCUMHAILLS 0-10 ST MICHAELS 0-12A second half revival led by the O’Reilly brothers Stephen and Marty still wasn’t enough to give McCumhaills victory at Ballybofey today.St Michael’s were well on top at half-time and but for a controversial late point by county star Colm McFadden, McCumhaills could well have snatched a draw. EndsSecond half revival by mc cool led by Reilly brothers Stephen and man of the match Marty scoring a pt each.ate controversial pt from Colman mc fadden gave st Micheala 2 pt victory over wasteful mc cool in exciting start to senior champ 2011.SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: MCCUMHAILLS COMEBACK STILL NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME ST MICHAELS was last modified: May 21st, 2011 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)
Some of the large crowd which turned out for Fr O’Donnell’s farewell function.The organising committee for Fr. Joe O’Donnell’s farewell function has expressed their sincere gratitude to all who attended the function on Thursday night last and who contributed in any way in making it such a resounding success.There was a great turnout on the night with Parishioners from the Church of the Irish Martyrs and the Cathedral Parish as well as representatives from the Church of Ireland and other faiths in attendance.Fr O’Donnell with Bishop Philip BoyceThis was an example of true community spirit at work in Letterkenny that also clearly reflects the good work being done by our Bishop and Priests. We are also most grateful to the management of the Mount Errigal Hotel, Mr. & Mrs. Terry McEniff, who made their facilities available to us and sponsored the food on the night,and to the hotel staff who looked after us in such an efficient and friendly manner.The Church was very well represented at the function by the attendance of His Lordship Most Rev. Philip Boyce, OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, Very Rev. Fr. B. Quinn P.P. Church of the Irish Martyrs, Very Rev. Fr. E Kelly Adm., V.F., Rev. Fr. E. McLaughlin and Rev. Fr. S. Gorman, Cathedral Parish, and Revd’ Canon Stewart Wright, Church of Ireland, Letterkenny.Bishop Boyce and Fr. Quinn expressed their thanks for the great work that Fr. O’Donnell did in the Cathedral Parish for eight years and for the last sixteen years in the Parish of Aughininshin.Father Joe’s sister Miss Elaine O’Donnell was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Mrs. Kathleen Deeney on behalf of the committee. Miss Ann Foxe, Principal of Lurgybrack National School expressed witty and thought provoking words of praise for the work that Fr. Joe was involved in, on behalf of the Lurgybrack school community. Mr. Colm Rafferty made a presentation on behalf of the local members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A presentation of a hardwood plaque that has an image of the church of the Irish Martyrs carved on it was made by Lydia Fowley and Katie O’Sullivan on behalf of the Altar Servers, past and present.Bridget Harper and Mary Fowley presented Fr. Joe with a laptop computer and a sum of money on behalf of the parishioners.Fr. O’Donnell thanked everyone for their kind words and generosity and a very good night was enjoyed by all in attendance as they danced the night away to the music of the band Whats Up Doc.We will miss Fr. Joe’s cheery smile, his updates on his favourite football club, Leeds United, (he started their supporters club in Downtown in 1992) and of course his story telling homily’s that brought so much meaning to the readings and Gospel at week-end Masses.We will also miss his presence at the Children’s Mass at Christmas time that was always packed to capacity, as Fr. Joe brought to life the true meaning of Christmas for parents and children alike. We wish him well in his new surroundings in Mountcharles and know that he will be made most welcome by the good people of the Parish of Frosses, Inver, Mountcharles, and Drimarone and held in the same high regard as he was in Letterkenny.FAREWELL FUNCTION FOR FR JOE O’DONNELL A HUGE SUCCESS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: October 29th, 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:donegalfarewell functionFr Joe o’Donnell