‘Divisive and unhelpful’ – Mitchell quits sub-committee; accuses ‘couple’ leaders of undermining CARICOM

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Grenada’s Prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, said he resigned as chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket governance because he was angered by the behaviour of “a couple of our leaders in the region”. Prime Minister Mitchell did not call out the names of his regional counterparts, but accused them of undermining CARICOM’s position by making “divisive” public statements after agreements would have been reached at the heads-of-government level. In an interview with Grenada Sports, Prime Minister Mitchell said he has that suggested Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines take up the role. “I gave it up because I felt angered by the behaviour of a couple of our leaders in the region and the way they behaved when we took a decision, and I felt that they undermined the authority of the chairman of the sub-committee at the time, and therefore, I did not feel I could continue in that position,” the Grenadian leader explained. “I spoke to Ralph, and in fact, I sent a message to him because I hold that position of recognising his leadership seriously. So and I told him that I was going to issue a statement as the Prime Minister of Grenada, and he knows my position as a cricket lover.” In June, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, “categorically rejected” the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), putting him at odds with the Grenadian leader. “Today, I categorically reject the call for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board and I do so in my capacity as chairman of the CARICOM Cricket Committee governing West Indies cricket,” Prime Minister Browne said to an audience that included WICB president Dave Cameron. “I believe firmly that to dissolve the West Indies Cricket Board would be to plunge West Indies cricket into further chaos and confusion,” Browne had said. Dr Mitchell has been at the forefront of spearheading efforts to restructure the WICB and has endorsed the recent Barriteau Report, which last year recommended “the immediate dissolution” of the embattled WICB. He stressed that if regional leaders refuse to speak with one voice the WICB would continue to operate without being made to account for their actions. “We have to speak with one voice. The problem is when you have some of us going in different directions, especially when we make decisions at CARICOM level and then one or two of us go off on our own and making opposite statements and claiming that we are not part of the decision,” Prime Minister Mitchell pointed out. “I think that becomes divisive and unhelpful, and it gives those who wish to continue to do as they want the opportunity to do so, and I think that’s unfortunate because the region is the one that is losing.” The Barriteau Report was commissioned by CARICOM, with agreement from the WICB, and authored by UWI Cave Hill Principal Professor Eudine Barriteau. The WICB rejected the findings. ‘CHAOS AND CONFUSION’last_img read more

Teenage conductor granted bail for stealing cellphone

first_imgA Route 42 minibus conductor was on Thursday released on bail after he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.Amid Atkinson, 18, of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is accused of stealing a cellular phone on January 23, 2018 valued $15,000, property of Abiola Kindle. Atkinson pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on $30,000 bail. On the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was a passenger in a minibus in which Atkinson was the conductor and she allegedly left her cellphone in the said minibus. The VC after realising that her phone was left in the minibus later contacted the teenager, who denied having knowledge of the cellphone’s whereabouts. Kindle later found the cellphone in his possession. The matter was then reported and investigated. The case was adjourned to March 26, 2018.last_img read more

Notre Dame’s Quinn forced to play defense

first_img“It’s funny to hear some of that and you’re thinking, `Man, did I not lift today? Did somebody see me in the weight room miss a rep?’ ” Quinn wondered. “I’m kind of confused. It’s one of those things you can use as motivation.” Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe would like to tell NFL teams to look past the numbers, in this case his 5-foot-7-inch stature, and focus on numbers that matter – 179 all-purpose yards per game. “People are entitled to their beliefs, and they feel that I wouldn’t have accomplished those same things playing in a bigger conference,” Wolfe said. “But my offensive line coach (Sam Pittman) said it best when he said everything I’ve accomplished I’ve accomplished with a Mid-American Conference offensive line. It wasn’t like I was out there playing with a Big Ten offensive line. (And) I wasn’t running up and down the field against air.” Because much of the NFL is obsessed with what they can measure, Wolfe is prepared to be ignored by many teams. “I’m a running back who may not fit everyone’s scheme,” he said. “I may not fit what everyone’s trying to do offensively, so there probably will be 15 or 20 teams not interested in me at all. But with the NFL draft, you just need one team.” INDIANAPOLIS – Brady Quinn is not working out at the NFL scouting combine this weekend. He will do the interviews, take the Wonderlic intelligence test and go through medical evaluations with teams, particularly those concerned with the knee injury that occurred during the USC game, aggravated in the Sugar Bowl loss to LSU and is not fully healed at this point. But as far as he is concerned, talk that his stock in the April NFL draft may be slipping is something to be ignored and laid to rest on pro days March 4 and 22. He is unequivocal; he will tell NFL general managers he clearly should be one of the top three picks in the draft. “There’s not one other player who has had the kind of coaching I’ve had the past couple of years,” Quinn said. “There’s not one other player who has done what I’ve done the past couple of years. You’ve seen the progress, the numbers and everything we’ve done at Notre Dame, and I feel I am the best leader for a team that needs someone to fulfill that job.” What about the negatives that are coming up, as they inevitably do before the draft? center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DRAGON’S DEN STAR: I WAS STUNNED BY BEAUTY OF DONEGAL

first_imgDRAGAON’S Den star Bobby Kerr says he was so struck by the beauty of Donegal, he’s coming back for more.The entrepreneur and radio station host says staying in Ireland for a holiday or ‘staycation’ helps boost local communities.But he has vowed to return to Donegal to see more. “While we all are guilty of thinking far away hills are greener, there’s great value to be had in holidaying in Ireland,” he said.“It’s that time of the year again when we can start to think about holidays. You can keep your loud Brits in their union jack shorts singing soccer songs in Torremolinos – I’m off to rural Ireland!” Writing for Newstalk, he went on: “I think we are all guilty of thinking that far away hills are greener. I feel that everyone should try and have one holiday in Ireland each year if at all possible. Sunshine might not be guaranteed, but good company, great food, amazing scenery and the best of craic always is. “Travelling around the county on our “Winning Back The High Street” campaign on my Newstalk show Down to Business, I see beauty everywhere. Ireland is blessed with the most wonderful countryside.“Earlier this year I travelled from Limerick to Donegal. I was struck by the beauty of the West Coast and how well served we are by good pubs and eateries to stop in along the way. After visiting Donegal, I vowed to myself that this is a county I need to get to know – I was struck by the beauty of the place. By this time next year, I hope to have had a proper staycation in Donegal.“Staying in Ireland isn’t cheap. When travelling with Mary and the girls I often feel like a mobile ATM. What is great is that your spend is going back to the local economy and this is vital if these areas of great beauty are to survive and thrive.“So, if you can grab a few days this summer, get in the car, get out into the wild, and take time to appreciate rural Ireland for all it has to offer. Spend a few of your hard-earned euro there – it will make a difference and you won’t be disappointed.”  DRAGON’S DEN STAR: I WAS STUNNED BY BEAUTY OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:bobby kerrdonegalholidayslast_img read more

“I’m fighting back but I’m terrified it will happen all over again”

first_imgA week after torrential rainfall changed the lives of a generation of Inishowen people forever, the smallest seeds of change are taking root.While the lives of many remain up in the air, some are trying to move on as best they can.Liam Hegarty says he is one of the lucky ones. Liam, from the Lios Na Greine estate in Burnfoot, yesterday locked the door on the place he has called home for the past 12 years.He is lucky that himself, his wife Samantha and three young children are able to move into his mother’s home nearby in Burnfoot as she spends several months living abroad.He is waiting to hear from his insurance company about getting compensation to renovate his home after being forced to leave it.A week ago he stood up to his knees in water as the wooden floor in his hallway floated past him and onto his front driveway. Yesterday, all that was left downstairs was a shell as Liam pulled out everything including his kitchen.He paid tribute to the council and to the army for helping him get it back to some normality.“I have been unlucky but I know I’m lucky to in that I’m not o the streets. The council have been very supportive with skips and setting rodent traps as well as sanitising the house.“I had three lads in from the army who did trojan work and I have to thank them.“I have been able to shut the door behind me and hopefully I will get the insurance sorted and we will start again,” he said. However Liam said he was dreading the prospect of another torrential downpour and high tide locally.“I could have a really nice house again in six months time with a new kitchen and fresh paint but who is to say it will not be destroyed again?“I have already been looking online to get specialist doors in future which might stop the floods coming in but whose to say it won’t come through the windows,” he added.Meanwhile, Donegal County Council has moved to stave off the threat of disease and rodent infestation in the light of last week’s flooding across the Inishowen Peninsula. Specialist teams of workers are visiting a number of housing estates in a number of towns including Burnfoot, Buncrana and Carndonagh left devastated by the flooding.Dozens of families have been forced to flee homes because they were inhabitable and have been sorted with emergency accommodation.For many, it may be months before they are able to return to their homes.Donegal County Council’s environmental teams have been on the ground assessing the damage to homes in the wake of the floods in an effort to secure them.As well as setting rodent traps, homes have been sanitised.The HSE has also issued leaflets advising people how to cope physically and mentally in the aftermath of the floods.Mary Lou McDonald, the Sinn Fein Deputy Leader, visited Inishowen yesterday to see the devastation first hand herself.She said the Government need to press ahead with their plan of action for the ravaged region.“It is just an unbelievable catastrophe that is unfolding. I have spoken to residents and it so difficult for people to lose their home and so many possessions and to get small children back to school and to sort all that.“When I saw these things unfolding I was gobsmacked. It is a devastating thing. This is a moment when we need strong solidarity and we need to be clear that these people need ongoing support from the Government and it’s our job to ensure that no family, farm or business is left behind,” she said.“I’m fighting back but I’m terrified it will happen all over again” was last modified: August 31st, 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:BurnfootdonegalfloodsInishowenLiam Hegartylast_img read more

‘MY WIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN’ – HUSBAND OF ASSAULTED NURSE TELLS COURT

first_imgA heartbroken husband has told how his wife will ‘never be the same woman’ after she was savagely assaulted by a 14 year old boy who robbed her after his parents stopped his pocket-money.Retired nurse Anna McDaid suffered horrific injuries after she was set upon by the boy in Letterkenny in August last year while walking to her local post office.She suffered a broken arm, a dislocated shoulder and was knocked unconscious during the attack which happened in broad daylight at 5pm. Her handbag, which contained €300, was stolen and found later without the money.She was only found by a passer-by and had to spend nine days in hospital being treated for her injuries.Speaking at Milford District Court today, Mrs McDaid’s husband Joe revealed how his wife is still undergoing medical treatment and still only has 50% use of her left arm.“She is trying to get on with her life but she will never be the same woman she was,” he said simply.Mrs McDaid’s young attacker was before the courts to allow Judge Paul Kelly to hear the outcome of a probation report carried on the youth, who is now 15.Solicitor Kieran Dillon told the court that the boy is now a completely different character and is sorry for what happened.He has completed a home-schooling course and is due to begin a computer course with FAS.“Nothing I can say will change what happened to Mrs McDaid and my client is deeply sorry for what he did.“But this has been a life-changing incident for him. His attitude at home has changed completely and there is no defiance that he once showed to his parents.“He is at a crossroads in his life and I would ask you to give him a chance,” he said.At an earlier sitting of the court Mr Dillon said the boy had been causing his parents all sorts of problems before the attack and had tried to discipline him by cutting off his pocket-money which proved disastrous.“He came to Letterkenny and had something in his mind. He had no pocket-money because his parents had cut it because they were trying to control him.“Mrs McDaid became the victim and he caused her the most serious difficulties possible. It was a purely random attack and Mrs McDaid was not targeted,” he said.Mr Dillon said he had tried to arrange a meeting to allow the boy to apologise to Mrs McDaid’s face but she declined the offer.He has given his victim €500 in compensation.Judge Paul Kelly thanked Mr McDaid for coming to court and passed on his best wishes to Mr McDaid’s wife Anna in her ongoing recovery.The court also heard that the boy faced other charges of theft of alcohol from a supermarket and the unauthorized taking of a car to which he pleaded guilty.“This is a catalogue of criminal behaviour over a four or five month period. I have to take into consideration the horrific injuries which Mrs McDaid has suffered and which will remain with her for a long time,” he said.He adjourned the case until September 12th for an updated probation report and said he was considering imposing 120 hours community service on the boy.‘MY WIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN’ – HUSBAND OF ASSAULTED NURSE TELLS COURT was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkenny attackmilford courtlast_img read more

Celtic sign defender on one-year contract

first_img Rangers slip up at Aberdeen as Celtic go two points clear in Scottish Premiership rival joy Celtic fans have cost club over €500,000 – ‘They’re an embarrassment’, says McCoist The left-back played 252 times for the Hoops 1 Big Sam makes ‘Allardicio’ Man United claim, says anyone can win with Celtic Man United, Arsenal, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic discover Europa League opponents Celtic skipper expecting Old Firm title race to go down to the wire this season CONFIRMED ‘Rangers must deliver’ – Celtic hero warns Gerrard and slams ‘serial loser’ Tavernier Old Firm NAME GAME Forster heroics as ten-man Celtic stun dominant Rangers to win League Cup Rangers vs Celtic: Kick-off time, how to watch for free and team news cup final center_img Celtic have re-signed Emilio Izaguirre on a one-year deal.The Honduran left-back departed from the club in 2017 to join Saudi side Al-Fahya. GOT IT ALL ✍️ Delight as Emilio Izaguirre rejoins the Hoops!#WelcomeBackEmilio pic.twitter.com/CdCkfZMmQQ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 10, 2018Speaking on the move, Izaguirre told Celtic TV: “We were crying when we left here.“We were sad for one year but now I have the opportunity to come back and I’m so happy. This is my second home.” BRING IT ON round-up TOP BOSS Latest Celtic News However, he opted to end his contract early after struggling to adapt to the country’s culture.Now, the 32-year-old has returned to Scotland and claims to be delighted to be back at Celtic Park. do it Arsenal fans are in for a treat when Tierney gets into stride, Brown says ultras ‘Celtic were lucky to have Brendan Rodgers’, says Bhoys captain Scott Brownlast_img read more

TD DOHERTY IN TV DEBATE CLASH WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTER

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has clashed with a Fine Gael Minister over property tax.Brian Hayes and the Sinn Fein TD spoke over each other repeatedly on RTE1’s The Frontline programme as they debated the cuts and taxes in this week’s Budget.At one stage Deputy Hayes – Minister of State for Public Reform – goaded the Donegal politician over the household charge. The Minister told Deputy Doherty that he appeared happy with property taxes in the North “where the average household pays £1,000 a year.”Then the Gaoth Dobhair man hit back: “Yes, but they can free bins, free water, free septic tanks, a free health service…..”Then the Minister interrupted again, leaving show host Pat Kenny to move the debate on.A member of the audience then accused the Minister of being overpaid with “a Taoiseach who gets more money than the President of the United States.” The Minister rejected this – but it wasn’t long before he was clashing with Pearse Doherty again, this time over how the last budget was “the most unequal of the last six.”As the Minister insisted that wasn’t true, Doherty jibed: “You weren’t responsible for four of them, are you now going on the coat trails of Fianna Fail.”Professor Brian Lucey then backed the Donegal TD on his figures, saying the ESRI report had, in fact shown the most vulnerable had been forced to pay more.As Minister Hayes spoke again over Doherty, the Sinn Fein man could be heard saying sarcastically: “Relax, relax relax.”The debate then switched to education, with Doherty insisting: “Education is a right not a privilege.” The Donegal man said it should be free at all levels, primary, secondary and at third level, telling Pat Kenny it should be paid for with taxes on the rich.TD DOHERTY IN TV DEBATE CLASH WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTER was last modified: December 3rd, 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)Tags:brian hayesPearse DohertyTD DOHERTY IN TV DEBATE CLASH WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERlast_img read more

Why DeMarcus Cousins believes Damian Jones will have a lucrative career

first_imgOAKLAND – DeMarcus Cousins leaped off the bench. After seeing Warriors third-year center Damian Jones throw down some lobs during preseason play, the Warriors’ newest All-Star could not contain his excitement.So Cousins yelled out a nickname that captures his encouraging nature and outlook on Jones’ trajectory.“100 M’s!!!” Cousins shouted.The “M” stands for the millions of dollars Cousins believes Jones will earn throughout his NBA career. What a tall order for a third-year center currently …last_img

Tata chooses South Africa

first_img11 April 2006The Tata Group, one of India’s top two corporations, has identified South Africa as a major growth area in its plans to increase the contribution of its non-Indian businesses worldwide from 25 to 35% within five years.The group is poised to pump billions of rands into a range of South African industries, spurred by chairman Ratan Tata’s admission to having “lost my heart to South Africa”.Tata Africa Holdings, the group’s dedicated enterprise in Johannesburg, acts as the headquarters for all Tata operations in Africa. “Success in South Africa is a benchmark for the African continent,” says Tata Africa Holdings MD Raman Dhawan. “If a product sells here, it will sell in the rest of Africa.”Tata’s computer arm, TCS, has already been performing well in South Africa for the past decade, and chief executive S Ramadorai has said the company has plans to upscale the brand’s presence in the country.Tata Motors takes offTata Motors has been in South Africa almost as long as TCS, initially selling its trucks independently and, from late 2004, selling its cars and light commercial vehicles (“bakkies”) through a joint venture with the local Imperial Group.The car maker sold around 11 000 units in 2005 – double the number it expected – and hopes to double that number again in 2006, helped by the planned introduction of about five new models in the country.Based partly on its success in South Africa, Tata Motors has opened dealerships in neighbouring Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, and aims to increase its southern African dealerships from about 45 to 65 by the end of 2006.R1.2-billion telecoms investmentMeanwhile, VSNL, the former Indian state-owned telecoms business in which Tata has a 26% stake and management control, is expected to make a US$200-million (R1.2-billion) seed investment in South Africa’s second fixed-line operator, which is due to start offering the first real competition to state-owned provider Telkom by the end of 2006.Also poised to enter South Africa is Indian Hotels, Tata’s hospitality wing, which is reportedly keen to bring its luxury Taj chain of hotels to the country in order to capitalise on growing numbers of tourists from India.India’s Business Standard reports that Indian Hotels has recently held talks with both the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provincial governments, and is weighing the options of entering South Africa either through an acquisition or by setting up a new hotel.R600-million ferrochrome plantAnd most recently – last month – the South African government gave Tata Steel the green light to start construction on its US$103-million (R600-million) ferrochrome steel plant at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.Tata Steel has also expressed an interest in buying a controlling stake in South African steelmaker Highveld Steel and Vanadium, after Anglo American said in October 2005 that it planned to sell its 79% stake in Highveld.Last month, Highveld announced that “several interested parties” had started due diligence investigations in respect of Highveld, but would not confirm reports that Tata Steel, Mittal Steel, and a consortium led by the South African arm of UK-based Kermas Group, were among the bidders.In November, Ratan Tata confirmed that his group was trying to convince Anglo American to separate its steel and vanadium operations, with Tata Steel chief executive B Muthuraman saying: “We are very interested, as South Africa is one of only six places in the world where it makes sense to produce steel … But as it now stands, Highveld is a vanadium producer that has steel as a by-product.”Following Tata’s leadTata is not the only major Indian player waking up to the potential of the South African market.Lakshmi Mittal’s LNM Group took over former state-owned steel maker Iscor in 2004, renaming the company Mittal Steel SA.And a number of other Indian companies, including pharmaceutical group Lupin, automotive and farm equipment manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra, and ICICI Bank, are reportedly eyeing South Africa as a base for their African operations.“There is a big pharma company. Mahindra is also coming in. There are a number of other companies that are beginning to find their feet,” Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad told Indian journalists recently. “One of your biggest banks is now having a discussion to open a branch in South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more