Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

Paul, Pope fire but Windies lose opener to England

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (CMC):Half-centuries from Keemo Paul and Gidron Pope failed to save West Indies Under-19s from a 61-run loss to England Under-19s in their opening game of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup here Friday.Chasing an imposing 283 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, West Indies collapsed for 221 all out off 43.4 overs, with Paul top scoring with an aggressive 65 and opener Pope gathering an equally fluent run-a-ball 60.However, the Caribbean side were hamstrung by the loss of two wickets off the first four deliveries of the innings and never recovered.Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood tormented the Windies with four for 42 while left-arm seamer Sam Curran (2-23) and leg-spinner Dan Lawrence (2-38) provided support with two wickets apiece.Earlier, England paced their innings well to reached 282 for seven off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first.Callum Taylor, with 59 and Lawrence, 55, stroked half-centuries while George Bartlett struck 48, James Burnham, 44, and Curran, 39.Pope was the best West Indies bowler, picking up two for 45 with his off spin.England benefited from several partnerships early on which provided the ideal foundation.Lawrence, who faced 56 balls and counted eight fours, posted 43 for the first wicket with Max Holden (4) before adding a further 41 for the second wicket with Burnham.When Lawrence was bowled by off-spinner Michael Frew in the 15th over, Burnham and Taylor put on 62 for the third wicket to give England momentum at the half-way stage of the innings.Pope got the breakthrough in the 28th over when he removed Burnham caught and bowled but Bartlett anchored two key partnerships to sustain the momentum, posting 50 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and another 67 for the fifth wicket with Curran.last_img read more

IAAF dismisses Athletics Kenya CEO’s challenge

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP):The IAAF’s ethics board yesterday rejected an appeal from the CEO of Kenya’s track and field federation against his provisional suspension for allegedly soliciting bribes from two athletes.Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended in February after The Associated Press first reported the allegations from runners Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga.Mwangi challenged that decision in March.In a statement, the ethics board said it has dismissed his challenge.Sakari and Manunga are serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships. In an AP interview, they said Athletics Kenya CEO Mwangi asked them each for a US$24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. They said he asked for the payment in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They then were informed of their four-year bans in a November 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they said, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.The ethics board said the athletes – who are both serving police officers – have since reiterated their allegations in signed written statements.”They state that the accounts that they gave The Associated Press, and the content of The Associated Press article dated 10 February 2016, are true,” the ethics board said.Mwangi’s challenge countered that the athletes are “cheats” and “liars” and that “their evidence should not be trusted”, the ethics board said.Yesterday, Mwangi told the AP that he now wanted a public hearing “so that we can meet these accusers”.NO ALIBIWhen presented with the allegations in February, Mwangi denied meeting the athletes. In its decision, the IAAF’s ethics board said he provided no alibi. The board also said his defence that he could not have influenced their doping cases was “not wholly convincing”.The board said Mwangi has not “identified anything” that sufficiently undermines the probe for his 180-day provisional suspension to be lifted.Sakari and Manunga told AP the alleged October 16 meeting took place at AK’s headquarters in Nairobi.The ethics board said Mwangi “accepts that both he and the athletes were indeed present in the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on the day in question”, but says he could not have met them because his schedule was “very tight”.The board said the probe should continue.The ethics board’s decision to reject the appeal now frees up the IAAF investigator in Kenya, Sharad Rao, to begin a formal investigation of Mwangi, Rao said.Rao is a former director of public prosecutions in Kenya and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IAAF ethics board, through Rao, is also investigating three other senior executives from the Kenyan federation for alleged corruption.last_img read more

Four-timer for Nelson

first_imgEDMONTON, Canada, (CMC):Jamaican Dane Nelson laid down the marker on the opening day of the new season at Northlands Park, riding four winners to dominate the nine-race programme here Friday.The 31-year-old captured race three with 6-1 chance Harbor Gold, race four with 3-1 bet Onestaratatime, race eight with favourite Eustacia, before closing out the day with a strong victory aboard 14-1 outsider Doc.Former champion, Barbadian Quincy Welch, shared some of the headlines with a double, raising the curtain on the day’s action with victory aboard 2-1 bet Macho North and following up with success in race six with favourite Geaux Claire.last_img

Brathwaite innings inspired by mom

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite’s boundary-studded half-century on yesterday’s rain-hit second day of the third Test against Australia carried deeper value than just fours and sixes.The audacious right-hander carved out 69 off 71 deliveries with seven fours and four sixes, and while the innings sustained West Indies’ fightback at 248 for seven at the close at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it also had a special significance.Brathwaite has dedicated his career to his mother, Joycelyn, who is a breast cancer survivor. And with the third day of the Sydney Test designated ‘Pink Day’ in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Barbadian’s knock could not have been more timely.”Mom messaged me and said the first 50 was for her. So, overnight, she was telling me that I have 35 of her runs, so get the other 15 today and then start over fresh for mine,” Brathwaite said yesterday.”I ended with 69 – so that’s 19 for me,” he added with a smile. “She not a ‘big’ cricket person, but she understands a bit about the game and she has been a tremendous supporter all my life.”‘Pink Day’ is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation – organised by fast bowler legend Glenn McGrath in honour of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer seven years ago.Ahead of the match, members of the West Indies and Australia teams posed for special team photos wearing pink caps and interacted with breast cancer patients and their caregivers.With first-hand knowledge of the struggle against the disease, Brathwaite made it his duty to speak to the visitors and offer words of encouragement.”Just to see someone who went through it and people that care for people going through it, I just felt the need to put my arm around them and say, ‘Thanks for the job you are doing’,” he said.”And then I went to the lady (with breast cancer) to say, ‘You are a fighter, you are a survivor, and just keep going’.”Brathwaite revealed that his mother was diagnosed during 2011, the year he made his debut for the Windies in Bangladesh. He shaved his head during that tour to show solidarity and sent the photos home to show his support.”She took it better than I did. I was the one stressing all the time, wondering if she was okay, crying at times, and she was always the one with a smile on her face,” he recalled.”Through the ordeal, I cried the whole night, slept away from home because I couldn’t manage to stay with her and watch her going through it. But she was really buoyant throughout, always smiling and cracking jokes.”She is a very spiritual person and she was always saying, ‘Just keep faith and God will come through for you’. And her ordeal showed me what God can do, and that is why I have the faith I have.”SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st innings(overnight 207 for six)K Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85S Hope c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 9DM Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33M Samuels run out 4J Blackwood b Lyon 10+D Ramdin not out 30*J Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1C Brathwaite b Pattinson 69K Roach not out 1Extras (b5, lb1, nb1) 7TOTAL (7 wkts, 86.2 overs) 248To bat: J Taylor, J Warrican.Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite)Bowling: Hazlewood 15.2-5-37-2, Pattinson 16-3-67-2 (nb1), Lyon 35-12-78-2, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 16-5-45-1.AUSTRALIA – *S Smith, D Warner, J Burns, U Khawaja, A Voges, M Marsh, +P Nevill, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus.last_img read more

Jamaica to host WI Women, England ODIs

first_img West Indies Women and their English rivals met during the T20 World Cup in Dharamsala, when the Caribbean side missed out by one wicket in a last-ball thriller during the group stage. England Women’s head coach, Mark Robinson, said the recent T20 World Cup had been a stern reminder of the Caribbean side’s quality and noted his squad was preparing for a tough battle. “The five-match ODI series against the West Indies in Jamaica will be a great test for us,” Robinson said. “We all saw during the ICC Women’s World T20 what a talented side they are, and they will be especially dangerous in home conditions. It should be a really exciting tour and a challenge that we will relish.” The first two games have been scheduled for October 8 and 10 at the little-used Trelawny Stadium, which first hosted warm-up games for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but to date has never staged an international fixture. For the last three games, the teams will turn their attention to the historic Sabina Park in Kingston, where they play games on October 14, 16 and 19. West Indies Women are second in the ICC Women’s Championship on 20 points, four points adrift of Australia Women. England, in the meantime, are way off the pace lying sixth on 13 points. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Twenty20 World champions West Indies Women will turn their attention to the 50 overs format when they clash with England Women in a five-match one-day international (ODI) series this October in the Caribbean. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday confirm that the two sides would meet in a series from October 8-19, with the three final games designated with ICC Women’s Championship points. For West Indies Women, the tournament will be the first since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India last month and WICB’s project officer for women’s cricket, Josina Luke, said the series is “great” for the women’s game regionally. “Winning the World T20 continues to be great for women’s cricket in the Caribbean,” Luke said. “We are taking nothing for granted and we look forward to an exciting series with England.” MISSED BY A WICKETlast_img read more

Sandals makes swing for PGA status

first_imgSandals Golf and Country Club, in the hills of Upton, St Ann, is already the most-played in the Caribbean, logging 25,600 rounds last year.That number could increase significantly as Sandals boldly moves to position the par-71 course to Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) status in “the very near future”, according to general manager Miguel Arthurs.Among the events Sandals hosts annually are three marketing competitions, one of which ended at the weekend, the 14th US Travel Agents Golf Tournament. Travel agents from Latin America and Canada are hosted in two other tournaments.More than 100 travel professionals from the United States played 36 holes, in a four-man scramble format, “giving the travel partners a chance to experience the products first-hand and, hence, being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients”, explained Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director, Travel Industry Programmes.Team 10A, led by Christopher Ward, a professional player, won ahead of Team 10 by virtue of having a better back nine, after both sides tied with overall scores of 121 on Saturday.FIRST-TIME EXPERIENCEWard was among the first-timers at the tournament, who Laird said would get to experience “the renovations done at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the most complete destination in the Caribbean”.Ward, who organises groups travelling to golf destinations, was a big catch for Sandals as he has been playing on the second-tier professional Web.com tour since 2011 and competed as recently as June in the Air Capital Classic.He described the course as “fairly easy and enjoyable to play”, considering it has shorter holes, compared with others.”It’s been great. It’s my first time in Jamaica. I have been to other parts of the Caribbean before. Overall, the experience has been great, a laid-back atmosphere,” he said, watching teammate Lindsay Forrester as she birdied the par-four eighth hole, cheered on by Russell and Cody Hulse, the other members of Team 10A.Ward’s comments scored a hole-in-one for Arthurs, general manager for a year-and-a-half, and proud of the role annual travel agents’ tournaments play in supporting Sandals Foundation’s Junior Golfers programme.Sandals Golf and Country Club hosted the Jamaica National Amateur Championship earlier this year, the first time the tournament was being held outside the Corporate Area or St Catherine, which Arthurs described as “a resounding success”.The long-term goal, though, is to return Jamaica to pride of place in hosting international tournaments as the island did from 1991 to 1995 when Tryall Golf Club was home to the invitational Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship.last_img read more

CB Facey Foundation returns to the green for SANTA

first_imgKINGSTON: The C.B. Facey Foundation (CBFF), the charitable arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited (Pan-Jam), are back for the third year as title sponsors for the SANTA (Seeing A Need, Taking Action) charity golf tournament. “We are thrilled to be the title sponsors for yet another SANTA charity golf tournament as we are dedicated to satisfying children’s needs. This partnership aligns with the values of our Foundation, as we see a need and take action for the charities and organisations that will benefit this year,” said Brittany Singh Williams, executive director of CBFF. This year’s golf tournament proceeds will continue the reconstruction efforts at the Wortley Home for Girls, which was destroyed by fire in June 2015. Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School is also among the list of other beneficiaries. The 16th annual charity golf tournament will be held at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The weekend-long event begins on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m., hosting a cocktail party and a VIP putting tourney where participants can register for the tournament that tees off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 with the junior competition. On Sunday, December 4, the seniors will begin the day’s tournament at 6:30 a.m. Participants will be separated into four categories – men and women – who are required to pay $10,000 to register. Juniors can play for 18 holes, nine holes or five holes will contribute $6,000, $4,000 and $2,500, respectively, to compete. “The primary objective is to continue to bring golfers together and to support charity. We expect to have in excess of 144 adult golf players and approximately 30 juniors,” said SANTA organiser Nigel Davy. SANTA seeks to raise funds to make Christmas, and the rest of the year, a bit merrier for non-profit organisations in Jamaica that cater to children’s needs. Participants and spectators may pledge donations via pledge cards available at the tournament or on the new C.B. Facey Foundation website www.cbfacyfoundation.org.last_img read more

Maverley-Hughenden, Waterhouse in Boulevard clash

first_imgPromoted Maverley-Hughenden will look to step out of the Red Stripe Premier League’s relegation zone when they face neighbouring Waterhouse in a battle of the Washington Boulevard-based teams at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew, today, starting at 3:30 p.m. Neither team is doing particularly well with Maverley-Hughenden struggling in eleventh place on 24 points and Waterhouse sitting on 28 points in eight position. The Maverley team are yet to beat their neighbours this season, losing 2-1 and drawing 1-1 in their two previous meetings. With seven games remaining before the conclusion of the third and final round of preliminary games, Maverley-will have to come all out for a win. It will be a tall task for the Anthony Patrick-coached team as they have not won in the last ten games. Maverley’s last victory was a 1-0 result against Arnett Gardens on November 18. Meanwhile, Waterhouse have been unbeaten in the last seven games, and are growing in confidence since Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey replaced Marvin Tate as coach late last year. In the day’s other game, Humble Lion will face Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Today’s games 3:30 p.m.: Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Constant Spring 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre Tomorrow’s games 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC at Barbican Complex 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Jamalco at Edward Seaga Complex 3:30 p.m.: Reno F vs Portmore United at STETHS Complex 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United at Anthony Spaulding Complexlast_img read more

Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineup

first_imgDawn Macandili. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Dawn Macandili, the 19-year-old newly-acclaimed best libero of Asia, has replaced Denden Lazaro in the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.With her no-nonsense defense, Macandili was plucked out of the reserve list to serve as the main foundation of defense of the Philippine women’s volleyball team.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game is important and we need all players to play their hearts out from start to finish,” added Vicente.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Head coach Francis Vicente said they prioritised the health of Lazaro who was among the A-listers in the team brimming with highly popular players like Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes.“We know how hard she worked and how eager she is in representing the country, but she will be a crucial part of the team in the next few years, we can’t risk it and aggravate her condition,” said Vicente.Macadili, however, is a wise choice as she just snagged the second best libero award during the Asian Championships where the Philippine ended 8th place out of 14 countries.Other members of the women’s team are Kim Fajardo, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Jovelyn Gonzaga.The Philippines will only have four games, two in the group stages, a game in the semis and a possible match in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best LiberoLazaro has been nursing a hamstring injury since after the team’s exhibition match prior to the Asian Championship in Binan, Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’With a huge following back home, the Philippine women’s volleyball team is counted upon to score as many victories as it can, battling Malaysia on Friday abd Vietnam on Saturday at MITEC Hall 1.Lazaro and another reserve Kim Dy are with the team which arrived Saturday afternoon here. Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more