Beckles urges WICB to implement Patterson Report reform

first_imgVice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMClast_img read more

Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments No slaughter? Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to score his side’s first goal passing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MADRID — One is keeping Barcelona in contention for a treble, and the other is putting Real Madrid in position to clinch a third straight Champions League title.Of course, it’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — and it’s not the least bit surprising that they are stepping up at just the right time for their teams.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Messi has scored 32 goals in 41 matches for Spanish-league leader Barcelona this season, while Ronaldo has 31 from 33 for two-time defending Champions League champion Madrid.Ronaldo has been the more lethal one in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in his last six matches as the league title slips away but the Champions League becomes all the more important. Three of his latest goals came in the 5-2 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkScoring goals in Europe’s most prestigious club competition is nothing new, however. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117.FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Messi has been pretty impressive, too. The Argentina forward has scored five goals in his last five matches, including the lone strike in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. The second leg is Wednesday at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “There is no player like Messi in the world,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, perhaps even understating the value of a guy who has helped the club win eight league titles and four Champions League titles in his 14 years with the team.Barcelona leads the Spanish league and is still alive in the Copa del Rey. Madrid, however, trails the leaders by 15 points in the league and has already been eliminated from the cup competition.That leaves the Champions League as the main head-to-head competition for the two players who have split the last 10 FIFA player of the year awards.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ceres has eyes on lead

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the other match in Laguna, Global Cebu returns to action against leader Kaya Iloilo at 4 p.m.The Iloilo side is gunning for a fifth straight victory against Global, last season’s runner-up that has struggled to get going this year after key players like Rufo Sanchez, Wesley Dos Santos, Paolo Bugas and Marco Casambre left the club. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The match features the biggest names in Philippine football with the Busmen parading national team stars Manny Ott, Kevin Ingreso and Patrick Reichelt while the Aguilas counter with Phil and James Younghusband and Simone Rota.Ceres is a point behind Kaya with 15 points from six matches, while Davao has 14 points from seven matches.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 crownIt will be the second meeting this season between the two sides with Ceres overcoming the Aguilas, 2-0, at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Busmen last played a league match last May 12 when they lost to Kaya, 0-1, also at Panaad Stadium. Defending champion Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas seek to bounce back when they clash on Wednesday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.A week removed from their last match in the AFC Cup in Myanmar, the Busmen can regain top spot with a win in their 7 p.m. duel with the Aguilas, who dropped a 2-4 result to Kaya Iloilo on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Unified corner best foil versus Matthysse MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Alterations must be approached with caution – Toshao warns

first_imgAmerindian Act amendmentsThe revision of the Amerindian Act is a vital part of addressing Indigenous peoples’ rights and development, and it is crucial for the amendment to be carried out with caution.Vice Chairman of the National Toshaos’ Council, Lenox ShumanThis warning was sounded by the Vice Chairman of the National Toshaos’ Council, Lenox Shuman, as the week long debates of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) conference comes to a close.He further asserted that the relevant parties have only scratched the surface in the discussions for the amendment of the Amerindian Act.“We have gotten our toe in the room. I would say we need to be reminded that the revision would affect 212 communities and over 70,000 people so it must be done in a very careful manner,” he said, adding that the people should not expect that the revision would be completed within a year.“We cannot look at the revision of the Act being done in a single year… what we have done is simply scratch the surface,” Shuman continued.The NTC Vice Chairman said debaters need to take a very “careful and cautious approach because what we don’t want is another Act of 2006 because it would lead to our continued destruction,” he said.Shuman, however, acknowledged that the conference was a success and noted that the Council is pleased that they were given a great opportunity to control the agenda and chair without any political interference, which he pronounced was a very good start.Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, was adamant that the purpose of the Amerindian Act catered for the needs of the Amerindian people of Guyana and said the People’s Progressive Party/Civic will never, at the national level, support any changes that will erode the rights afforded to the Amerindian people.He had urged the Toshaos to enquire diligently about the benefits to be accrued by any proposed changes and if, however, the answer is in the negative then it is the duty of the Amerindian people to fight against the changes.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock admitted that there are some hiccups as it relates to the submission of proposals for the revision of the Amerindian Act.According to the Minister, in 2015 they had discussed the need for the strengthening of the Amerindian Act and when he addressed the Executive Council on the first meeting, he had vowed to take to Cabinet a menu of the amendments of the Act for approval and present them to the National Assembly for passage into law.Allicock related that he had requested the Council to submit within two weeks, written proposals for amendment but none were submitted.He expressed his willingness to work with them to strengthen the Amerindian Act, but pointed to the fact that he is still awaiting their submissions.The revision of the Act was high on the agenda for this year’s NTC conference. The Minister stated that they are also pursuing an extension into the Amerindian land titling project.According to Minister Allicock, the Government believes that the Indigenous people’s land issues are critical to nation building. And they are certain that with an extension to the project, they will be able to address this matter in a very significant way.He added that contrary to what some will have them believe, the Government continues to offer significant support to the sustainable development of indigenous villages and communities across Guyana. (Jeanna Pearson)last_img read more

Three Inconnu swimmers qualify for Western Canadian Open in Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. — While four of their younger fellow teammates were at AA Provincials in Chilliwack,  seven senior members of the Inconnu Swim Club travelled to Edmonton last weekend to participate in the OSC Mystery Meet.The meet was put together with very short notice, and was hosted to enable athletes to try and attain qualifying times for the Speedo Western Canadian Open meet in April. With new regulations put in place this year by Swimming Canada, swimmers can only qualify for the meet with long course qualifying times, meaning that they must compete in a 50 metre pool. Since nearly all swimming pools in the Peace Region are 25 metres in length, the meet was the only opportunity for Inconnu’s swimmers to be able to qualify for the Western Canadian Open.Of the seven swimmers that made the trip, three were able to make the qualifying standards. Brittany Welsh, Eric Louie and Tate Haugan all qualified, while Haugan also qualified for the Junior Canadian Championships in July in his last swim of the meet.- Advertisement -Head coach Steve Carson said that the meet was the first chance for the Inconnu to swim in a 50 metre pool this year. Carson explained that no matter how many years the athletes have been swimming, it can be difficult for the body to adjust to a course that has doubled in length. So far this year, Inconnu’s swimmers have swam more than 575 kilometres in training, all of it in the 25 metre lap pool at the North Peace Leisure Pool. Before they competed in the long course pool they were able to get in three and a half kilometres to try and get used to the new distance.Carson said that with the tournament being put on with such short notice, and with Alberta Provincials this coming weekend, there were no more than 100 swimmers competing at the meet. This in turn meant that the swimmers would complete one events and then get right back up onto the blocks for the next with very little rest.In an attempt to motivate the team coach Carson put his beard on the line, offering the next swimmer to make a qualifying time to shave his beard however they liked, which Carson would sport for a week. In his last swim of the meet Tate Haugan came through, and Carson will be spending the next few days with a Harvey Dent-style beard.Advertisement Carson added that he was extremely proud of how all the team’s athletes rose to the challenges at the meet with the amount of pressure that was on them.The Inconnu Swim Club will be travelling to Victoria next Wednesday to compete at the Swim BC AAA Provincials, starting Thursday March 2nd.last_img read more

Playhouse Art Gallery features touch of tropics

first_imgThe Palmdale Playhouse Art Gallery will feature tropical-themed paintings by Becky Misso in an exhibit that opens Wednesday and runs through June 17 at the playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale. A public reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Using acrylics on canvas, wood and vertical blinds, Misso creates visions of a tropical paradise that are picture-postcard perfect. Her highly detailed watercolors bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the viewer. “My paintings and murals evoke visions of a far-off tropical paradise of long ago … unspoiled, undisturbed, welcoming and inviting,” said Misso. “I have always dreamed of beautiful, mystic places in my mind’s eye – places where I could go to relax.” Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, contact the Palmdale Playhouse at (661) 267-5684. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John Mlynar runs the public information office for Palmdale. He posted this story May 16 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. last_img read more

‘Sanchez is injured from carrying Arsenal’ – Spurs fans happy with news

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s match against fierce rivals Tottenham.A hamstring injury has prevented the Chile international from playing in the season’s second north London derby of the season and when the news first broke, some Spurs fans were pretty happy.However, Arsenal supporters simply laughed at their neighbours’ cheers, believing their squad possesses enough depth to beat Tottenham on their own turf.What do you think the score will be? 1 Alexis Sanchez is out of the north London derby last_img read more

Fundraising walk raises over €4K for Oncology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgA fundraising walk has raised over €4,000 for the Oncology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital. The proceeds from the Gibbons Loop Walk which was held on August 8th raised a fantastic €4,875 in total. Bernie Gibbons told Donegal Daily, “I’ve feeling proud to present this cheque of €4,875 to the Oncology family room at Letterkenny University Hospital.“This was the proceeds raised from the ‘Gibbons Loop Walk’ which was held in August.“This would not have been possible without all the walkers and everyone who greatly donated and helped on the day. “On behalf of all the Gibbons Family we would like to thank you all sincerely.”Fundraising walk raises over €4K for Oncology Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:4KcharityFeaturesfundraisingluhnewsOncology Unitlast_img read more

GARDAI PRAISE MOTORISTS AFTER ‘OPERATION SLOW DOWN’ SUCCESS

first_imgGardaí say they wish to thank the public for their co-operation during Operation Slow Down.Reports from around the country indicate that the response to the key message of the initiative – to slow down – was heeded, and there was a visible reduction in speed from the motoring public.The initiative was launched by the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to remind road users that a reduction in speed helps to reduce collisions, which, in turn, lowers the number of deaths on our roads. A small reduction in speed loses you an insignificant amount of time on long journeys, however, it makes a huge difference in terms of road safety.Commissioner Martin Callinan said today: “Safety on our roads is the responsibility of everyone and as Garda Commissioner I wish to acknowledge the positive response from the motoring public during this particular operation. I also wish to acknowledge the significant contribution made be the RSA, the media and all of the stakeholders.”The Garda Commissioner continued that the feedback from members of the Garda Traffic Corps accross the country would indicate a significant reduction in speed accross the road network during the operation.Detections in Donegal were down massively on a normal Friday/Saturday. Nationally up to 4pm over 33,000 vehicles were monitiored and only 45 were detected for exceeding the speed limit.The Commissioner said that this clearly demostrates the public ” buy in” to road safety and he welcomed the change in driver behaviour and urged the motoring public to continue to ” reduce speed, drive at an appropraite speed for the conditions and therefore save lives. Gardai will continue to enforce the legislation for those drivers who speed and fail to change their driving behaviour.”  GARDAI PRAISE MOTORISTS AFTER ‘OPERATION SLOW DOWN’ SUCCESS was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GALLIGAN CLAIMS HIS CAMPAIGN TEAM WERE ‘BULLIED AND ABUSED” BY PROTESTERS

first_imgLocal election candidate, Christy Galligan, said he is deeply shocked after his campaign team were surrounded by protesters on the Market Square in Letterkenny yesterday, and subjected to abusive and intimidating behaviour.Election candidate Christy GalliganThe former Garda was canvassing with family and friends when he claimed they were set upon.“A member of my campaign team was going around with speakers on her car, and at one point, had her younger sister in the back of the car as she was dropping her off at a relative’s house. “There was an anti water charges protest in the Market Square in Letterkenny, which the campaign member was not aware of at the time. As they approached the Market Square drove down Letterkenny Main Street, their car was surrounded by protesters and she was verbally abused while her young sister was terrified, and placed in great fear and distress.“They also banged on the car roof several times, and someone was filming the event on a phone.“The campaign member repeatedly asked these demonstrators to stop, particularly because there was a child in the back seat – but they didn’t listen. The vile verbal abuse, intimidation and harassment suffered at the hands of these thugs, mostly female may I add, is the very antithesis of everything I and other law abiding people stand for,” he said.Mr Galligan said formal statement has been made to the Gardai in Letterkenny and the matter is now under investigation with a view to identify the criminal effort involved in the protest. “I agree we are entitled to protest in a peaceful, law abiding manner, but when you verbally abuse, intimidate and threaten people who were helping on an election campaign, then your protest is no longer a lawful protest but and affray, which then becomes unlawful.“This disgraceful episode, like other episodes where Fine Gael and Labour Candidates are being assaulted, intimidated and verbally abused, because of their commitment to the democratic process is disgraceful.“We as a public must take a clear look at ourselves as to what direction we want to go as we move forward. We either live in a Democracy or we live in fear. Which would people prefer?,” he asked.GALLIGAN CLAIMS HIS CAMPAIGN TEAM WERE ‘BULLIED AND ABUSED” BY PROTESTERS was last modified: May 18th, 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:abuseChristy Galliganelectioninitimidationprotestslast_img read more