APPEAL OF THE GAME CASTRIES, St Lucia: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has inked a new agreement with Digicel, marking an extension of the company’s long-running sponsorship of regional cricket. Under the terms, Digicel will now sponsor the women’s senior and Under-19 male teams, in addition to the men’s senior team which they have been funding for the past 12 years. With rising stars from respective units, like Carlos Brathwaite, Hayley Matthews and Shimron Hetmyer, having made a name for themselves on the global stage with their stunning world-beating performances at the World Cup, the next four years of partnership between Digicel and the WICB look brighter than ever. Another major part of Digicel’s new commitment to West Indies cricket will be the coaching clinics that will be developed across the Caribbean to find and nurture the cricket stars of the future, as well as a strong mix of branding and advertising at home games, activations, promotional opportunities and more access to the teams. And, for the first time ever, the Digicel logo will also have a presence on all West Indies team jerseys at ICC events. Digicel’s commitment will help the strategic growth of the WICB’s business and provide greater engagement for fans and benefits to Digicel customers. This includes the support of the longest format of the game (Test), the future of Test Cricket, and this will play out with the broadcasting of the Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional 4-Day Competition, which is set to start later this year. “Our aim with all of our community and sponsorship initiatives is to support our customers and the things that they love and identify with most – and one of those things is cricket,” said John Delves, chief commercial officer, Digicel Group. “The game of cricket has a long and fascinating history in the Caribbean, uniting the people of the islands and the islands themselves through a shared passion and a competitive thrill. “The stunning recent successes of the men’s, women’s and U19 teams have once again broadened the appeal of the game and excited new audiences. We are delighted to be involved now with all of the WICB teams and particularly pleased to be partnering on the coaching clinics which will help to nurture future champions from the Caribbean,” he noted. Michael Muirhead, chief executive officer, WICB, pointed out that “as part of the WICB’s plan to expand its commercial business, a key component of this strategy was the renewal of the relationship with our long term and valued team sponsor. The new partnership meets a number of our strategic commercial goals and we are delighted to be continuing our long association with Digicel.” Muirhead continued: “Over the past 12 years, Digicel has demonstrated its love of the game of cricket and has helped to bring new excitement to our passionate fans. This new era sees an expanded level of support for all of our teams and a focus on growing the next wave of Caribbean cricket champions in all formats. “In addition, our commercial agency, Pitch International, has been key to this renewal of this new look partnership.”
LONG-TIME SPONSOR In an article penned by sports reporter Andre Lowe, and carried by this newspaper, the Nike position is captured by the headline, “Long-time sponsor blocks Shelly-Ann’s MVP exit.” Lowe, lately a significant media figure on the track and field trail, quoting his sources, described the company as having threatened “to pull the plug on their multimillion-dollar deal”. Reference is made therein to Nike “initially giving their blessing to Fraser-Pryce’s move”. The sponsor is further reported to have “changed its position after Stephen Francis, MVP’s head coach and Fraser-Pryce’s long-time conditioner, expressed his preference that she remains with the University of Technology-based outfit”. Strangely enough, the focus is not on Nike and the moves in which the company engages itself to maintain its brand and market share. More importantly, it cannot be over emphasised that what MVP with Nike in tow, is deemed to be doing here is far removed from regular MVP practice. These guys do not bow. They have been resolute in these situations and have shown no prior indication to genuflect to athletes seeking their fortunes elsewhere. So many of their elites have hit the highway with or without coercion. In fact, in some instances, there has been a semblance of a ‘good riddance’ attitude when the question of defection is raised. The likes of elite medallists and a multiple world record holder have exited their ranks. Melaine Walker, Sherone Simpson, Asafa Powell, Kaliese Spencer, Natasha Morrison and Michael Fraser have said goodbye for one reason or another. Foster’s Fairplay remembers the California, USA-based Santa Monica Track Club, rippling with the best of the best athletes the country had to offer, the Carl Lewises and Leroy Burrells of the sport. Where is that outfit now? This must be weighing, with telling effect, on coach Francis’ mind. Can the group survive all this breaking in ranks? Is not the Fraser-Pryce farewell the proverbial last straw? From what Nike is reported to have done in an attempt to halt this slide, it certainly would appear that way. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org What is happening in this MVP/Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce imbroglio? So much is being played out in the public space that hitherto, all the parties in this intriguing back and forth would prefer to remain behind closed doors. There is no history in that or any other local sporting camp for that matter, where certain issues deemed to be secret and delicate are laid bare. Matters, once sacrosanct, are now open to public scrutiny and comment. As time elapses and persons are denied what they might think is rightfully theirs, much more revelations can be expected. The reports out of the Rio Olympics spoke to a cleavage in the relationship between the overpowering personality of Stephen Francis and Fraser-Pryce, who, by a long way, is the world-renowned super coach’s most highly celebrated female charge. It has led to a parting of ways. In her quest for an unprecedented trio of Olympic 100m gold medals, her streak had been halted by a bronze medal finish in Rio. The athlete has now sought a refreshed career under the tutelage of greenhorn in the coaching business, Renaldo ‘Journalist’ Walcott. His camp at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was enriching itself with some talented athletes. The plot gets thicker with a showdown of sorts looming, as the relevant parties are squaring off to protect their turf. Fraser-Pryce has been reported as setting up a residential facility in the rural parish to avoid what would be a stressful daily commute. MVP President Bruce James, her manager and close ally, given his own utterances when the saga saw its first light, is maintaining his usual silence but saying enough to suggest that his role as adviser is alive and kicking. Coach Francis, not normally given to allowing departing athletes a chance to rethink, is in this case leaving at least a window open for that eventuality. With this cementing of positions in progress, here comes the equipment sponsor, Nike, who has been aligned to Fraser-Pryce since she hit the global spotlight. They are not newcomers to the scene as they are immersed in the financial backing of the MVP Group as well.
One hundred youths have completed an 18-month agricultural training in Bentol organized by the Center Songhai Liberia Initiative (CSLI).During the graduation program held on Wednesday, the resident representative of the UNDP, Antonio Vigilante, told the graduates to make use of their skills.He encouraged them to go into the private sector. “In my view, the private sector must be seen as a critical arm because there is greater benefit in agri-business,” he said.He reminded the graduates that the agri-business and technical skills they have acquired could help make them successful in the future if they take advantage of and explore opportunities related to their field.“Make use of your skills because you can transform lives for the better,” Mr. Vigilante urged, emphasizing that agriculture has a huge potential for the development of the country.Mr. Vigilante added that the CSLI would not be sustainable if the initiative does not partner with the private sector to make the center vibrant.Mr. Vigilante said support partners must make available microfinance loans as a prime indicator to helping entrepreneurs in Liberia.Liberia continues to depend heavily on the export of rubber and iron ore whose prices on the world market have declined, he said.“Our approach at the moment is to attach entrepreneurships at institutions that will continue to expand to other parts of the country,” Mr. Vigilante said.He urged these institutions to help each other by democratizing their businesses in order to empower them.“Extensive external support and state sponsored assistance would not make the CSLI sustainable, but the collective effort of all trainees and other stakeholders in Liberia can make some significant difference,” Mr. Vigilante said.“It is our wish that we will assist CSLI so it will expand, be independent and sustainable and move away from the dependency syndrome in the years to come.”Earlier, CSLI Program Director, Christopher K. Fayia, made a power-point presentation outlining some of the success stories of previous training sessions.He said past graduates continue to make impacts through small business enterprises in their various communities.Mr. Fayia intimated that CSLI has a land area of 1,500 acres at Bonzu Community that comprises of 28 villages where the center conducts its agric-business training courses.He indicated that CSLI’s objective is to transform rural Liberia into becoming competitive in agriculture and other businesses.Shedding light on the challenges, Director Fayia said the CSLI needs funding to ensure sustainability for training young Liberians. “We need vehicles to convey our trainees and staff to our activities on the farm,” Director Fayia added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Guyana aims to reclaim the title of “bread basket of the Caribbean”, the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) is working to ensure when it reaches that stage, there are no obstacles.According to Chief Plant Protection Officer of the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO), Brian Sears, Government has already placed much emphasis on assisting farmers in pushing agriculture forward and in diversifying their produce.A section of participants at the Regional Pest Control Training held at NAREIAdditionally, NAREI has been working with a number of agencies and farmers in its attempt to enhance diversification while the NPPO is looking at methods to contain, control, or eradicate pests.On Monday, staffers from NPPO participated in a two-day Regional Pest Prioritisation and Pest Risk Analysis Training hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) at NAREI’s Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara head office.The staffers were trained in the use of the National Pest Prioritisation Tool and the Principles and Procedures for Pest Risk Analysis. The session will be delivered by Juliet Goldsmith, Plant Health Specialist of CAHFSA and Dr Govind Seepersad, Agricultural Economist, University of the West Indies.Sears pointed out, “The workshop will go a long way in enhancing our ability to export and may even assist in speeding up the exportation process, especially when we take into consideration the number of requests that we get for our local produce for export and request for information to conduct pest risk analysis for importation, an area in which I know we are limited.”These training sessions are also being done in Antigua, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad, and Turks and Caicos.To detect pests in the United States, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPA) developed the New Pest Response Guidelines (NPRG), which were used in the training sessions to enhance Guyana’s pest prioritisation capabilities for early pest detection and for the implementation of rapid response for pest control.
ExxonMobil Under-14 schools Football League The ExxonMobil/Petra Organisation Under-14 Boys & Girls’ School Football League; continues on Saturday with 12 matches set for the Ministry of Education Ground.Weather permitting, action at the Carifesta Avenue Ground kicks off from 11:30h with mouth-watering action set for the day. North Ruimveldt Multilateral will get things underway versus Vergenoegen Secondary in game 13, followed by Charlestown Secondary and Uitvlugt heating things up in match 14.Other exciting encounters billed for Saturday include Tucville versus Friendship Secondary, East Ruimveldt playing Buxton Youth Development, New Campbellville Secondary squaring off against St John’s, among others.Last week’s opening saw a whopping 42 goals being scored on the opening day, with similar action expected to be on exhibition for the second round.Round 2 11:30 h North Ruimveldt Multi vs Vergenoegen Secondary 11:30 h Charlestown Secondary vs Uitvlugt Secondary 12:20 h Tucville vs Friendship Secondary 12:20 h East Ruimveldt vs Buxton Youth Development 13:10 h New Campbellville vs St John’s 13:10 h Dolphin Secondary vs Queenstown Secondary 14:00 h Marian Academy vs Ann’s Grove 14:00 h Bishops’ High School vs South Ruimveldt Secondary 14:50 h Carmel Secondary School vs School of the Nations 14:50 h Tutorial vs St. George’s Secondary 15:40 h Chase Academic Foundation vs Brickdam Secondary 15:40 h Kingston vs Annandale Secondary
0Shares0000PSG star Neymar reconciles with his model girlfriend as the pair pose for a new year photo. Photo/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Neymar has been enjoying the new year already after posting an affectionate picture with his old flame.The PSG star has seemingly rekindled his love for on-and-off girlfriend Bruna Marquezin. The couple had met up on Saturday night at a pre-New Year’s party and were clearly still enjoying each others company.READ:Neymar reconciles with his model girlfriend as the pair pose for a New Year photoNeymar, dressed all in black, took the photo opportunity to kiss the Brazilian actress.Writing to his 86.3 million followers, the star wrote: ‘When I saw it, I was already in your arms… love u pretinha’.The pair have seemingly made up following their split in June earlier this year. It was the third time the pair had split.The reason behind their break-up is thought to be because the star footballer had asked his on-off-girlfriend of five years to marry him.Neymar will hope 2018 will see a continuation of his form on the pitch.Since his glittering move to PSG in the summer, the forward has seemingly stepped up a level and has guided his side to the top of Ligue 1 and into the Champions League knock-out stages.With 11 goals and nine assists in the league already, things are seemingly going well for Neymar on and off the field.–By Agencies-0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Napoli — a massive 15 points behind — have almost no chance of winning the title for the first time since 1990 with nine games to go, but have now a ten-point cushion on third-placed Inter.Lazio, with a game in hand, moved up to fifth, three points behind AC Milan who occupy the final Champions League berth and also fell 1-0 to Sampdoria.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic sealed the three points for Lazio after 13 minutes in the San Siro.“It’s a heavy defeat against a direct rival,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.“We controlled the game for long periods, but were unlucky to waste our chances and then go behind, allowing Lazio to dictate their style of play.”In Rome, Arkadiusz Milik put the visitors ahead after two minutes with Dries Mertens, Simone Verdi and Amin Younes adding three more in the second half to inflict another blow on the hosts’ Champions League ambitions next season.“I expected a performance like this, the team is growing,” said Carlo Ancelotti, whose side are building towards a Europa League quarter-final clash against Arsenal.“We were masters of the pitch.”It was a further blow for Roma coach Claudio Ranieri in just his third game since taking over from Eusebio Di Francesco as the Romans fell to their second consecutive defeat after lowly SPAL last time out.“It’s tough. We’re going through a period where we concede from the first attack,” said former Leicester boss Ranieri.“Do I regret having accepted Roma? Never. I could never regret training this club,” he added.“We’re doing everything we can, but we’re not giving up.”– Roma suffers –Roma are in danger of missing out on European football altogether as they drop to seventh, a point outside the Europa League places.Atalanta are in sixth after a 3-1 comeback win against Parma.Ancelotti’s Napoli dominated against the club where he spent eight seasons as a player.Roma were struggling to keep up from the start when Verdi sent the ball over for Milik to blast the visitors ahead early.Lazio’s Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic nodded in the winner in the San Siro © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOThe Polish striker had a second goal disallowed for offside before Diego Perotti pulled Roma level just before the break with a penalty after a foul on Patrik Schick.But hopes of a revival were short-lived with Mertens tapping in a second four minutes after the break off a Jose Callejon assist.Verdi piled more pressure on Ranieri’s side with a third on 54 minutes following good work by Fabian Ruiz on the counter attack.Roma had chances with Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret denying Bryan Cristante with Steven Nzonzi heading the rebound onto the bar.But Younes compounded the misery of the hosts, adding the fourth nine minutes from time following a scramble on front of goal after a poorly cleared corner.“It’s a bit of everything — the physical level, the mental level and the injuries,” added Ranieri.Colombian striker Duvan Zapata scored a late brace in a 3-1 comeback win for Atalanta who are three points off the Champions League places.Zapata, 27, has scored 19 league goals this season, matching Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo’s haul and two behind Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella.Torino held Fiorentina 1-1 in Tuscany and are three points adrift of the Europa League places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Simone Verdi and Arkadiusz Milik both scored for Napoli © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Apr 1 – Napoli ran riot in Rome on Sunday with a 4-1 victory which pushed Roma out of the European places and consolidated second place for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in Serie A ahead of Inter Milan who fell 1-0 at home against Lazio.Juventus closed in on an eighth consecutive Serie A title with on-form teenager Moise Kean scoring the only goal against Empoli on Saturday.
But now Dotson’s fast by any standard, thanks to a summer of resistance training with Mira Costa trainer Mo Williams that included work with bungee cords and weight vests. Morrow said Dotson, a senior, has been clocked several times at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a couple times just under 4.5. “I guess Mira Costa’s always wanted a back who can break away from everyone,” said Dotson, who had a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters at the Bay League track and field finals. “After track, I worked a lot on my speed, and I’m a lot faster this season. I ran away from a few guys in our scrimmage and against North.” Mira Costa has been fortunate with a plethora of top running backs in recent years, including 2002 Daily Breeze Player of the Year Michael Okwo, Tyler Pringle, Briton Ertman and Charles Wolfgramm. But Morrow said Dotson is creating separation from this group. “He runs from the physical standpoint like all our good backs, but he might be the fastest,” Morrow said. “Even Mike Okwo, as great as he was, wasn’t a breakaway guy. We usually don’t have a guy who can go that fast. “He wasn’t slow by any stretch of the imagination last year, he’s just at a different gear now.” Dotson has rushed for 240 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries in his first two games after totaling 840 yards and three touchdowns last season. But even with his improved speedwork, Dotson knows he will need to do something extra against Narbonne’s team of speedsters. “A lot of them will be just as quick if not quicker than me, so I have to use my power run game and hit them rather than trying to speed away from them,” Dotson said. “But I love our (nonleague) season. We’re playing Esperanza, Narbonne and Newport Harbor, and they’re all tremendous teams.” Dotson may not have the flash and panache of a running back like West Torrance’s Brian Baucham or Banning’s Josh Limosnero, but he’s just as effective with his combination of speed and power. “I’m not a juking back. I’m more of a downhill runner,” Dotson said. “When I get the ball, I tune out everybody and look for the hole. Once I see it, I explode through it, then I look to set up my blockers down field and look for the cutback. If there’s no hole, I just try to keep going.” Dotson is drawing lukewarm recruiting interest after attending several football camps, including ones at UCLA and USC. He said UCLA, UC Davis, Hawaii and Oregon have shown interest, but most have inquired about him for his defense. Dotson, an All-Bay League performer last season as a cornerback, admittedly prefers to be on the offensive side of the ball. “I want to try to find a school that sees me as a running back, but I know that’s hard because there are so many great running backs out there,” said Dotson, who thinks he would like to study graphic design or computer engineering in college. “I like running back because you deliver the blow on offense. I feel I have the vision to be a running back, and I’ve been doing it since I started football at age 8.” Morrow describes Dotson as a disciplined player who is polite and team-oriented, a main reason why Morrow chose Dotson to be one of the Mustangs’ captains. “He’s kind of a throwback kid,” Morrow said. “He’s very, very respectful, a real yes-sir, no-sir, no-nonsense kind of guy. He gets real good direction from his dad and mom.” His father, Arnold, is an LAPD officer whose focus is on weapons of mass destruction and counter-terrorism units. His mother, Ana, is also a foundation for him. “My dad and mom have taught me how to treat people, and I try to do so with respect,” said Dotson, who has two sisters, Amy, 20, and Ashley, 13. “I’m pretty family-oriented. I go to church with them every Sunday, we visit my grandparents every week and we have a lot of family in the area, so we hang out as a family a lot.” That carries onto the football field. “He’s very team-oriented,” Morrow said. “Whether he gets the ball 30 times or three times, he doesn’t care, as long as we’re winning.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When running back Adrien Dotson took off down the sideline and easily pulled away from the pack for a touchdown in a scrimmage against Pacifica, Morrow realized he finally found a running back with true breakaway speed. Then in the season opener against North Torrance, Dotson had a 90-yard punt return, showing off more of that blazing speed he worked so hard to harness during the offseason. Now Mira Costa will unleash Dotson on a speedy Narbonne team tonight at 7 in a South Bay showdown at Mira Costa. “He’s faster than anyone we’ve had in a while,” Morrow said. “He’s breaking away from us pretty easily at practice, but a lot of guys do against us because we’re pretty slow. But in the scrimmage against Pacifica, he got out in the open and reached a new gear. He’s definitely a gear faster than he was last year.” Dotson was fast last season, but by Mira Costa standards. PREP FOOTBALL: Mira Costa’s Dotson is running away from people this year. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER It may have just been one play in a scrimmage, but it was all Mira Costa football coach Don Morrow needed to see.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour raked Southern California on Sunday as the first Santa Anas of the fall spread one small fire near San Fernando, and prompted parking restrictions in the Hollywood Hills. A wind gauge at Laguna Peak near Point Mugu clocked a 65-mph gust, and a gauge in the hills above Malibu clocked a top speed of 57 mph early Sunday morning. But by midafternoon, winds had diminished somewhat. The National Weather Service extended its Red Flag warning until 11 p.m. Sunday, and warned that lingering very low humidities may extend the red alert into today, even after the winds die down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe city of Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that it could enforce its new Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules if Red Flag conditions persist. Certain narrow and steep roadways there are posted as tow-away zones during Red Flag situations, and the designation went into effect Sunday morning but was lifted by 9 p.m. Hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home Sunday afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided and a small-craft warning expired. Waves described as “snotty” by one mariner had spoiled the sail over for the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday, that ocean was terrible,” said Two Harbors employee Mary Brye.
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