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  • India, NZ clash in Twenty20 World Cup Super 10 opener

    first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is wary of the threat Indian spinners could pose for his batsmen in their World Twenty20 match yesterday.”The pitch will be on the slow side and perhaps take a little turn,” Williamson said yesterday ahead of the Super 10 opener. “In Indian conditions, we can expect spin to play a big part, and it’s important that we adjust our game accordingly.”The pitch used here for a Test match against South Africa last year was rated as poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the game ending inside three days.The World T20 qualifying games also saw the ball turn. That could magnify the challenge in batting against India’s Ravichandran Ashwin-led spin attack, which also boasts all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, part-timer Suresh Raina, and the backup of Harbhajan Singh.New Zealand have the added challenge of adjusting quickly to the format as their last engagement was a Test series against Australia, but Williamson played down this concern.”In international games, you get to change formats consistently,” Williamson said.Hosts India are the favourites to win the tournament but start their campaign against an opposition they have never beaten in four previous meetings, including in the 2007 edition, which India won in South Africa.”I don’t think our previous record has any meaning. We go into the match tomorrow with a clean slate. India is a strong side, and Twenty20 cricket is fickle in nature,” said Williamson, who has match winners of his own such as batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill and all-rounder Corey Anderson.India’s in-form batsman, Virat Kohli said that the team’s fine recent run gave them a lot of confidence.”We’re pretty confident after winning 10 of 11 games and hope to take that momentum into the World Twenty20,” Kohli said. “This is going to be far more challenging. This is a big event and the whole feeling, vibe, is different.”India’s recent successes include winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as a 3-0 series victory in Australia. Kohli led the way, scoring 352 runs in eight T20 games at a strike rate of 134 and an average of 117.33, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also among the runs.”The middle order has not got too much of an opportunity in recent games. So it becomes our responsibility to get the runs at the top of the order,” Kohli said. “I come in at No. 3, so I have a better chance of getting runs than batsmen to follow. We all understand that.”India and New Zealand are with Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in Group Two. Group One consists of the West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.- APlast_img read more

  • The decision to honour Kadir was no mistake

    first_imgDear Editor,There is total public outrage on the recent honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir by the PNC Government. Chief among those who have expressed their amazement and indignation is the USA through its embassy here in Guyana. The move to honour a terrorist who clearly plotted to commit mass terrorism in their country certainly brought stern rebuke by the superpower. However, it must be noted that even amidst their rebuke, the USA has given recognition to the following commendable acts by the PNC regime.Those commendable acts as stated by the US Embassy are: “Guyana is a model to the world on religious tolerance and understanding.” These words of commendation were made at an international forum. Further, the US Embassy’s statement affirms the fact that “The Guyana Government has shown security cooperation with the US Government in its extradition of an alleged murderer.”So, the question any sane person would ask is, why would the PNC-led coalition Government want to change the time honoured good relations with the US, why would they want to upset the US in this wild, reckless move to acclaim a terrorist? Well, the answer is ever so clear. Now, here is the answer to my question. Pursuant to the US making such sweet words of the PNC, they have also made statements to the effect “All parties in Guyana must abide by the Constitution.” The US has also made statements that “there should be free and fair elections in Guyana”. And here is where the rubber hits the road, these statements made by the US do not sit well with the PNC. Whenever you speak of “respect for the Constitution” or the conduct of “free and fair elections,” you have automatically hit a raw nerve on the PNC’s side and this is the real reason for their reaction by honouring Kadir.The PNC, in a cold, heartless and calculated response to the USA’s what they would call, “interference in their domestic affairs,” plotted this response. The decision to honour a convicted terrorist was not spontaneous nor was it a mistake, it was a clear cut attack on the USA sending that message that you need to butt out of Guyana whenever we are in charge. The PNC is on a course to rig the next election and they are of the firm resolve that the USA should have no oversight of things here while they conduct that nefarious scheme of theirs.The real reason is as clear as day. Why they would want to sully the good relations they have had with the USA at this time? By their latest actions, they are sending a clear and decisive message to the superpower as to what they want to achieve in this country.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

  • Armed bandits storm auto shop

    first_img…beat, rob customer, employees…escape with businessman’s gunPolice are on the hunt for six men, who beat and robbed employees and a customer at the Rich Thriving Auto Repair and Servicing Company, Industrial Site Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The brazen daylight robbery occurred at about 14:45h on Wednesday.When Guyana Times arrived on the scene moments after the incident, a worker attached to the company related that the armed men were all clad in black hoodies, long sleeve jerseys and tope headwear. He related that the bandits exited two motorcars – a Toyota Allion and Premio – which bore “straight plate” as if the vehicles came from an auto sale dealer. Another employee related that the bandits immediately rushed into the auto repair shop, where at least nine employees were on duty with one customer, who had arrived at the business premises minutes before the gunmen pounced. The bandits hit some of the staff and the lone customer over the head with their guns and demanded that they turn over all their valuables. The victim of the attack, a businessman, explained that he would normally fix his car at the auto body and repair shop.“I come here at the workshop to fix my car and I saw two cars with six to eight persons come out. They take money, phone and my licensed guns. I saw four or five guns, they lash me,” the battered Chinese businessman told this publication.When he spoke to Guyana Times, he was holding his head with a cloth as blood was at the time still streaming from his head. The injured employee, who had a stream of blood flowing from his head, was too distraught to speak with this newspaper.Another employee who witnessed the ordeal pointed out that the men were arguing.“They had jersey to cover their nose but they’re eyes and head were showing. I doing me work and see the two cars pull up and I see this thing long in he bag. They [were] just arguing with one another and one said, we got to get something before we leff here,” the young man added.Police responded promptly and took statements from those who witnessed the robbery.Last Tuesday at Stabroek Market Square, a taxi driver plying his trade had his silver-grey Toyota Premio hijacked by bandits at Atlantic Ville, Greater Georgetown. Police subsequently issued an advisory which warned taxi operators in the city to be on guard against bandits who had the aim of carjacking Toyota Premio and Allion models which were the same two identified in Wednesday afternoon’s brazen robbery at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt.Police investigations are continuing. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

  • Temperatures should rise tomorrow but we still have a Wind Chill Warning

    first_imgThe Peace Country may see a break in the cold weather Friday.Environment Canada’s latest forcast shows the temperature should rise on Friday to a high of minus nine and a low of -23.  Today the wind is expected to get up  to 15 km/h with a high minus 17. Wind chill minus 43 this morning and minus 33 this afternoon with a risk of frostbite.Some would say we are not as bad off as the rest of the province.  Snowfall warnings have been lifted in most areas including the south coast, Fraser Valley and most of southeastern B-C, but they remain in effect through the Similkameen, Boundary, Okanagan and Elk valleys. – Advertisement -Roads are described as extremely slippery around most of suburban Vancouver but all B-C highways are open again — except Highway 3 from Sparwood to the Alberta boundary, which is closed by blowing snow.last_img read more

  • FIFA fails to take decision in Israel-Palestinian dispute

    first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures as he address a press conference following the FIFA Council meeting in Kolkata on October 27 © AFP / Dibyangshu SARKARKOLKATA, India, Oct 27 – FIFA’s leadership refused Friday to intervene in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over football in the occupied territories, opening up a likely confrontation at the international sports tribunal.The world body’s ruling council declined to adopt any of three possible actions recommended by an international commission which spent more than two years looking at the long-running battle. The FIFA Council said it “must remain neutral with regard to political matters” in line with the world body’s statutes.The Palestinian football association had demanded FIFA sanctions over six teams playing in the Israeli league which are based in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.FIFA president Gianni Infantino called the dispute “exceptionally complex” because of the political situation in the Middle East.It involved “issues which are there since 10,000 years and have not been solved yet and football is not going to solve them either I am afraid,” he told a press conference.He added that “any interference in the status quo in these territories, in the whole area, with regard to football, would have or could have an aggravating effect.”The Palestinians complain that their players face harassment and even arrest by Israel when trying to move between the occupied West Bank and Gaza and that some have been prevented from travelling to international tournaments.The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) said Israel had breached FIFA statutes which state that a member country’s teams cannot play matches on the territory of another association without permission.Israel said FIFA should stay out as there are no recognised frontiers for a Palestinian state.FIFA in 2015 appointed a commission led by Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and politician, to look into the complaints.Sexwale told AFP there has been “marked progress” in conditions in the past two years but that Palestinian football has been left “in limbo”.“I have an opinion on whether the council took the right decision but for the moment it is irrelevant,” he said.The FIFA Council in an extraordinary move refused to let the world body’s annual congress in May take a decision on Sexwale’s report and said it would choose the action. Its final decision rejected all the options put forward by Sexwale however.However the Palestinian association has already gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which is expected to give a ruling in January.Palestinian Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub said that “the FIFA Council’s decision is taken in violation of its own statutes, it is a violation of international law and international humanitarian law.”Israel’s Minister of Interior Security Gilad Erdan called the FIFA decision “a great victory”.“The attempt of the instigator of terrorism Jibril Rajoub to use sports as a political weapon against Israel has failed and we will continue to work to thwart the boycott initiatives of the Palestinians.”The CAS could force FIFA to hold a vote at its next congress on the Palestinian demands.Infantino said that FIFA would follow any CAS decision.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Arsenal handed major boost as FIVE stars return to action

    first_img1 Jack Wilshere stepped up his return from injury by scoring and helping an Arsenal XI defeat Brentford on Tuesday.The midfielder was part of a mixed side which took on Brentford at the Gunners’ training base in London Colney.He was among five senior stars to return to action, with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini all starting alongside members of Steve Gatting’s under-21 squad.January signing Krystian Bielik also played as Arsenal ran out 4-0 against their Championship opponents.Wilshere opened the scoring before setting up youngster Daniel Crowley for the second. Alex Iwobi completed the win with a brace.Arteta, Wilshere and Diaby all played 45 minutes in the victory, while Debuchy and Flamini completed an hour. Jack Wilshere last_img read more

  • Transferring to universities can be rough

    first_img Boyum said students can get help by accessing CSU Mentor for an online transfer planner. “For the student who knows what she wants to do and where she wants to go, (it) is going to (give) a very direct route for doing that.” Students who don’t know where they want to transfer to or what they want to study would be directed to take general-education classes, with the hope that they would find their chosen major in one of those classes, Boyum said. “We always believe we can do a better job,” remarked Brad Hayward, spokesman for the UC system, although he said he had not yet had a chance to review the LAO report in detail. “We have been working with the community colleges around the state to make sure every UC has an agreement with every community college specifying how students can prepare for a UC major and have a smooth path to a UC degree.” Some students at Los Angeles Valley College and Pierce College said it’s fairly easy to figure out what courses are required to transfer – if the student has selected the transfer destination and major. “It’s not rocket science,” said LAVC student Ashley Dickerson, 18, of Toluca Lake, who said she found most of the information she needed online. Robert Cojulun, 20, of Panorama City, another LAVC student, said he has known for a long time that he wants to study human genetics at UC Berkeley. But he says he knows other students who attend community college without such goals. “My mom says I have to do something, either get a job or go to school,” he said uncommitted students often tell him, “and they don’t want to work, so they go to school.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Transferring community college credits to universities remains difficult and confusing for students and should be made more consistent, state Legislative Analyst’s Office officials said Tuesday. For example, students who take a particular set of math classes to meet the transfer admission requirements for the University of California, Los Angeles, might find they need a different set to get into UC at Berkeley. The difficulty in determining what will be accepted at different University of California and California State University campuses leads to confusion and often forces community college students to spend more time and money on classes than necessary, according to a report from Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill’s office. “At the student level, it’s difficult to determine: Does this course meet this requirement, or which requirement does this course meet?” said Anthony Simbol, an analyst in the office. “If you streamlined it, a student takes a course and he’ll know this course meets the UC requirement for introductory physics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “They won’t have to worry about: Well, does it meet Berkeley’s physics requirement? It makes the process a lot easier.” State officials have recently tried to improve the process for CSU campuses, enacting a 2004 bill from Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, that required the CSU system and community colleges to develop a uniform set of requirements. But Simbol noted the bill allowed a few loopholes for a small number of courses that continue to vary across campuses. The LAO report recommends closing those loopholes, as well as applying the same process to the UC system. Scott has a pending bill now to do that, but the process is seen as more complicated for UC than it was for CSU. Keith Boyum, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the CSU system, said its 23 campuses were already pretty much “one size fits all” in terms of transfer requirements, with some variations for impacted programs. For example, students who want to transfer to the impacted campuses at CSU Long Beach and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo need to declare a major when they apply. last_img read more

  • Nuclear deal with India is reached

    first_img “Terrorists and killers are not going to prevent me from going to Pakistan,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Bush, mindful of opposition among some in the U.S. Congress to such a deal, called it “a necessary agreement.” “It’s one that will help both our peoples,” he said. “Again, I applaud you for your courage and your leadership.” Later in the week, Bush was heading to Pakistan where early today two bombs ripped through the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Karachi, exploding windows in the nearby U.S. consulate. Bush said he had been briefed on the bombing and been told that the victims included at least one U.S. citizen, a foreign service officer he did not identify by name. The attack occurred hundreds of miles from Islamabad, where Bush’s events were taking place, but underscored the need for the extraordinary security planned for his visit there. Bush said the attack would not deter him in his travels. NEW DELHI, India – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President George W. Bush announced today that their nations have reached agreement on a landmark nuclear deal, a coup for Bush’s first visit to India. “We have reached an understanding on the implementation of our agreement on civil nuclear cooperation,” Singh said during a joint appearance by the two leaders. “I have conveyed to the president that India has finalized the identification of civilian facilities to which we had committed.” Under the accord, the United States would share American nuclear know-how and fuel with India to help power its fast-growing economy, even though India won’t sign the international nonproliferation treaty. It would represent a major shift in policy for the United States, which imposed temporary sanctions on India in 1998 after it conducted nuclear tests. “We concluded an historic agreement today on nuclear power,” Bush said. “It’s not an easy job for the prime minister to achieve this agreement. I understand. It’s not easy for the American president to achieve this agreement.” last_img read more


    first_imgBuncrana man John Cutliffe and a young friend in Gaza.Gaza City may be nearly 3,000 miles away from Buncrana but the tragic events happening there have been brought into sharp focus in our homes daily through our TV screens and social media.Even though many miles separate us we cannot ignore the pain and suffering of the inhabitants of the besieged city, especially innocent civilians, caught up in the deadly struggle between Hamas and the Israeli defence forces.And they don’t come any more innocent than children, hundreds of whom have been killed and many thousands injured from the fierce Israeli onslaught. For several weeks now Buncrana native John Cutliffe has been doing what he can to make life more bearable for the kids being treated in Jerusalem hospitals.His daily posts on social media show how desperate things are for the kids and the shortage of supplies in the hospitals. Musician John decided that in their time of need who better to turn to than the good people of Inishowen and his friends in the entertainment world. So Plaza for Gaza was born!On Saturday, September 6th the Plaza will be rocking to the rafters when bands and performers from near and far will take to the stage to present a musical extravaganza.Everything from jazz to trad to rock to folk will be heard on the night and a few surprises will be in store too! Headline act is the highly acclaimed Honor Heffernan and her band with popular local acts Larry and The Ladyboy’s, Don’t Fear The Natives, Studio 47 dance group, and the Passion Fruit Club DJs. More acts will be confirmed nearer the date but that’s an impressive line-up to be getting on with! All of the performers and organisers are giving their time for free and all proceeds from the night are going directly to the hospitals in Jerusalem. Indeed, Honor Heffernan is also kindly donating the proceeds from sales of her CD on the night to the fund.The money raised will all go to buy much needed equipment, medical supplies, toys and aid for the injured kids many of whom have lost everything. Tickets are on sale in a range of outlets throughout Buncrana and Inishowen or simply pay at the door on the night.An account has been opened in Buncrana Credit Union and all proceeds from Plaza for Gaza will be lodged there. After the big event the money will be electronically transferred to the bank accounts of hospitals in Jerusalem treating sick and injured children.The organisers are appealing for any businesses or individuals out there who want to help or contribute in any way to get in touch either through our Facebook page, Plaza for Gaza or Twitter @plazaforgaza.For example, one salon in Carn has offered to donate their takings on the day to the fund and other businesses have kindly offered items for raffle prizes. All donations and sponsorship will be gladly accepted and acknowledged. Please share our page to spread the word about the upcoming event in the Plaza Buncrana.The organisers are keen to point out that there is no political agenda here and the sole purpose of the event is to raise much-needed funds for innocent children.This is guaranteed to be a great night of music and a brilliant opportunity to make a meaningful and direct impact on the lives of those who have been injured, bereaved or displaced because of the crisis in Gaza.PLAZA FOR GAZA SHAPING UP TO BE THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN! was last modified: August 19th, 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:donegalGAZAJohn CutliffePlaza for Gazalast_img read more

  • Man charged with €500,000 Letterkenny blaze says it was his friend’s idea

    first_imgA man accused in connection with a fire which caused more than €500,000 of damage to premises and an apartment block in Letterkenny has said the fire was the idea of his friend.Paul McGinley appeared at Letterkenny District Court to face fresh charges surrounding the blaze at a carpark at Rosemount Lane on September 29th last. A number of young families had to be evacuated form their homes during the blaze while a number of businesses inlcuding Watson’s Menswear and O’Heir’s Bakery were damaged.McGinley, aged 30, of Glen Hola, Gortahork, was arrested along with his co-accused Owen McFadden hours after the incident.However, Mr McFadden, of Cavanconor, Falcarragh, has tragically died since the blaze.Some of the cars damaged by the fire.Garda Sergeant Elaine Gordon told the court that when arrested in connection with further charges, McGinley replied “My co accused is dead now. It was mainly his idea I went along with it.”Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that they were consenting to a number of charges against McGinley being struck out.However, he said that two new charges are now proceeding to the Circuit Court.A full book of evidence is to be made ready in the case and will be brought before the court this Monday.Man charged with €500,000 Letterkenny blaze says it was his friend’s idea was last modified: January 22nd, 2017 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:blazecourtfireletterkennyOwen McFaddenPaul McGinleyWatson’s Menswearlast_img read more