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

Holiday shopping at Fenway Park, for fans and team alike

first_imgAll that was missing was a power hitter for the middle of the lineup.“We are focused on getting one person,” baseball boss Dave Dombrowski told reporters, repeating the same shopping list he had when he went to baseball’s winter meetings this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Red Sox were non-contenders when the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. The ballclub insisted that their rival’s acquisition doesn’t change the plan.“The worst thing you can do is overreact, or even react to what the Yankees do,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “As a fan, it drives you a little bit crazy to see Giancarlo Stanton in the pinstripes. But we don’t want to overreact to anything a competitor does.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope misses game because of travel restrictions Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox new manager Alex Cora poses in Fenway Park following an introductory news conference in Boston. The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do. Cora said he wasn’t worried about his bosses filling the gap in the lineup. There’s no deadline in the offseason,” Cora said. “When we get to Feb. 16, we’re going to have a good baseball team.” (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do.Thousands of people lined up in 20-degree temperatures to visit the ballpark and have the chance to buy tickets to some home games. There was also a yard sale, rides for the kids, balloon animals, face-painting, carolers and a chance to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ “Earlier, it was more about food and water,” Cora said. “Now it’s rebuilding houses … impacting kids. This is going to be a special day.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The market got even thinner this week when Carlos Santana came off the market, but Boston was not willing to go near the $60 million, three-year contract he got from the Philadelphia Phillies. That leaves free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, as well as a potential trade for Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, as the best sluggers on Boston’s shopping list.New manager Alex Cora said he wasn’t worried about his bosses filling the gap.“There’s no deadline in the offseason,” new manager Alex Cora said. “When we get to February 16, we’re going to have a good baseball team.”A member of Boston’s 2007 World Series winners and a bench coach on the Astros team that won it all this year, Cora said he was planning to go to Florida soon to meet with some of his players. Then he will return home to Puerto Rico, where he has been working to get supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria.The team has a planeload headed for the island at the end of January, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Health Crisis Forces Senatorial Election Postponement

first_imgThe health crisis in the country, caused by the Ebola virus disease, has forced the National Elections Commission (NEC) to recommend the postponement of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.NEC is due to hold elections to replace or reelect 15 Senators that are within the first category of senators during the 2011 elections.Constitutionally, the electoral body is to conduct polling on the second Tuesday of October of this year, but the fear of the “deadly Ebola virus” constrains the Commission to consider requesting a deferment.In a meeting with aspirants Wednesday, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said “The health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible election on October 14, 2014.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates who are desirous of contesting the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to the chairman, the campaign period for the up-coming election is scheduled to commence on August 12; but the NEC is considering a call-off due to the national health crisis.“We want to make this clear that with the current health crisis in the country, NEC will not conduct a free, fair and creditable election for the people, so, we are contemplating on conducting the election by December,” Mr. Kokoya said.NEC does not have the power to suspend a constitutional process, Cllr. Korkoya said, “but the Commission would face problems in the process if continue, including training of over 25,000 polling staff to assist the conduct of election.”Taking the views of the aspirants, including current senators of the 53rd Legislature, many of them agreed with the idea of NEC but called on the NEC to use the Supreme Court of Liberia and advice from the health authority before any decision.According to Bong County’s Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, it is important for the country to focus on combating the deadly Ebola virus and not campaigning amongst people who are dying from the epidemic.She further disclosed that the idea by NEC to suspend the October election was in right direction, as the election is not an event but a process especially the issue of training people to control election materials. “I don’t want to become a senator when my people are dying from a deadly disease,    were we continue to have new cases from other counties on a daily basis,” the senator asserted.One of the newly contestant of Montserrado County, Miatta Fahnbulleh, said, “We all want to be senators but not a dead one.  Our people are dying from the deadly Ebola virus. How are we going to the electorate with our promises if they are dying?” According to her, the international community,  including other partners, will not take Liberians seriously if Liberians will go to election with the national health crisis in the country.Maryland County’s senator  Bhofal Chamber said based on the situation in the country, it is reasonable to have this change carried out.“Who do we have election for if our people are dying from the virus; we want to ask for humanitarian assistance to be extended to other counties.”The lawmaker said  Government needed to have a decent burial for those who are dying from the virus, rather than have them cremated. “I cannot imagine, that, because it is against our culture.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Leader and PPP are the barrier to a dictatorship Government

first_imgDear Editor,After almost three years of Local Government Elections in Guyana, Guyanese believe that many local issues would have been resolved. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The question is: what differences have Local Government Elections and governance made to our lives and communities?I am absolutely sure that nothing much has changed in your communities or lives, but it is absolutely necessary to ensure that you continue to vote, in order for you to be protected against any increase in rates and taxes or any additional burdens by this coalition Government.The Government’s policies of modernising the country local system of democracy are nothing but increased hardship and burdens. Since the Local Government Elections of 2016, the coalition Government has refused to increase and delay subventions to assist LAA areas, but has insisted that rates and taxes’ increases is the solutions to various issues within these areas.This contributed significantly to the decline of the local authority areas, some areas are even worse than before 2016, with clogged drains, deplorable streets, garbage disposal crisis etc., and this continues to plague all the NDCs and municipalities across the country.Even the municipalities and NDC that are governed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, where they imposed 100 per cent increases in rates and taxes, nothing has changed.The reason why the APNU/AFC coalition Government is trying to impose local democracy pressure on the Guyanese people is because of the numerous failures of the Government to deliver; as such, they are using the local authorities’ management as a scapegoat, to hide their incompetence and mismanagement.If the APNU/AFC were serious about the success of the LAA areas, then they would pump more resources into the LAA areas to satisfy the needs of the grassroots people.Remember that Local Government Elections are just the renewal of Local Democracy.Guyanese should recognise that the only hindrance for the APNU/AFC to become a total dictatorship Government is the Opposition Leader, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, and the Peoples Progressive Party.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

The Pot Turns Over

first_imgIt is just too sizzling it is just so peculiarIt is surely too twisty it is just too awfulIt is so inhumane it is actually maliciousThat Pot Just Turn OverIt was about harmony until war was citedIt was all about unity yet scuffle surfacedIt was about common grounds not variedThat Pot Just Turn OverShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Jagdeo slams Granger for lack of policies to support growth

first_img– accuses him of peddling more platitudes and rhetoricNot only has Guyana’s economic growth rate for the last financial year been poor, it has proved to be extremely disappointing, as the economy has been in a bad state especially over the past three years ever since the coalition took over Government from the People’s Progressive Party/Civic(PPP/C).Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis point was underscored by Opposition Leader and PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, who recently criticised the David Granger-led Government for a lack of policies to support growth, both at the national and regional levels.Citing the recent statements made by the President about the need to attract investment here, Jagdeo, a trained economist, stated that “if there is no vision, then there won’t be any growth”.The former Head of State said Granger continued to “walk in the clouds”, especially given the statement he made in reference to urging people to be innovative and to get out of the mind-set of mining and producing raw materials only when there is clearly no sound policies to help nurture and support this ‘so-called’ vision.Jagdeo was referring to statements made by the President at the recent Linden Exhibition & Trade Fair.Instead of presenting a thought-out approach that could result in greater progress for Lindeners, Jagdeo observed that the President instead went to the event with more platitudes.He said the 2.1 per cent dismal growth rate gave a clear picture of how incompetent the current Government was at managing the financial and economic affairs of the country.Jagdeo said the economic growth figure was low by all standards, and was in no way lending to the growth and development that were required in the country. He also reminded that the Government had to revise the growth projection three times, and that called into question its presentations to Parliament regarding the economy.“So now that it is low, all of the ratios they spoke to us about in the last budget in November would have to be recalibrated. And so the size of our fiscal deficit would climb, our balance of payments in relation to [Gross Domestic Production] GDP will climb et cetera … rather than the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) seriously addressing the issues to say what policy-wise can I do to stimulate the economy, he then makes excuses,” he added.The PPP General Secretary has also taken note of the Government’s intention to collectively borrow approximately $220 billion (the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) bond of $30 billion and the Islamic Development Bank loan of US$900 million) which he described as ‘shocking and cause for worry’.BorrowingAccording to the Opposition Leader, “This failed approach to national economic management was tried in the past. It led to a bankrupt country and resulted in devastating consequences for our people. I am sure everyone would recall that the external debt was over 900 per cent of GDP in 1992, which was reduced to 36 per cent of GDP in 2015.”He said the PPP had predicted that this Government would go this route, since “the massive growth in the size of the national budgets, primarily on consumption, could not be financed by the hefty increase in taxation, so this hopelessly-misguided [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU Government had to resort to large-scale borrowing.”With Guyana’s growth rate regressing, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) recently stepped up and compiled a report detailing several recommendations to put the country on a path to greater economic growth. The PSC’s “Action plan for the sustainable development of Guyana” report was handed over to Jagdeo and the Government.An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded quarterly Labour Force Survey done during the period July to September 2017 has revealed that the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 12 per cent. In addition, the situation for women was found to be substantially worse than that for men.The survey was done on a total population of 550,831 persons aged 15 years and above, with some 72.2 per cent living in urban areas. Given these figures, only 271,068 persons comprised the total employed population during the time of the quarterly survey – 166,873 males and 104,195 females. Urban workers totalled 188,774, while their rural counterparts numbered 82,294.Close to 7000 sugar workers were fired by Government last year.last_img read more

“Not my parcel”— man allegedly caught with ganja tells court

first_imgA 25-year-old man who was arrested during a sting operation carried out by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for possession of narcotics on Monday made his first court appearance to answer to the charge.Marlon Belle, of Lot 141 Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, is accused of having 46 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking while he was in the vicinity of Plum Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown on October 15, 2018.The father of two denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman. The prosecution is contending that on October 15, 2018, ranks went to the Black and White Bridge in Sophia, where they observed several suspicious males hanging out in the area. As such, they were approached, and a search was carried out of their person.It was during that search that the ranks unearthed seeds, leaves, and stems suspected to be cannabis, which were concealed in a blue bag that Belle had in his possession. The construction worker was taken into custody.During his court appearance on Monday, Belle, in a bail application on his own behalf, told the court that “it was not my parcel”. He further explained that it was after the Police carried out the search, the parcel was found on the ground.Moreover, he said: “I was the only target among the other men; nobody else ain’t get lock up, so after they put me to lay down on the ground, I get confused and then they see de bag drop from somebody else on me.”The court was also informed by the unrepresented man that he was detained for more than 72 hours.While objecting to bail being granted, Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris informed the court that there were no special reasons for bail to be granted.Magistrate Latchman upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded the man to prison. The case will continue on October 30, 2018.last_img read more

Forever in their hearts

first_imgSOUTH WHITTIER – Gerard Pepe felt physical pain when he met three young children clutching their dead father’s photograph. “It literally broke our hearts that they’re growing up without a father,” he said Monday. Pepe manages Ocean’s Sports Bar, where the father, Reyes Armando Garcia, 28, of Pico Rivera was shot to death while working as a security guard at about 10:15 p.m. Friday. Homicide detectives said Monday that no arrests have been made. Garcia was the primary supporter of his three children, said Pepe, who along with the sports bar’s staff and Garcia’s friends met at the establishment Monday to plan a series of fundraisers to help Garcia’s family. “My security is pretty sharp noticing gang attire,” said Pepe. “Reyes told them they weren’t allowed. They had an attitude.” The men walked away, Pepe said, but Garcia was worried that they had gone to the parking lot to drink. He followed them, with the three other guards trailing behind. When Pepe realized his entire security staff had left the bar, he went looking for them. As he went outside, he saw sparks from five gunshots, Pepe said. “I saw my security dive toward me, yelling to call 9-1-1,” said Pepe. The group of men sped away in a beige Chevrolet Silverado pickup, he said. Reyes was shot four times in the back and once in the neck, said Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives. “We’re following up on a couple of leads that we have,” said Detective Sandy Nava. On Monday, a memorial of candles, flowers and cards were left in the parking lot where Garcia died. “Big brother, watch over me. I love you forever and always,” one card read. Another said, “I love you, daddy. You will always be in my heart.” Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Nava at (323) 890-5500. For more information about the planned fundraisers for Garcia’s children, call (562)756-1565. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first will be a daylong carwash at 9 a.m. Saturday at the sports bar, 14304 Telegraph Road. Hot dogs will be sold for $1 and cars will be washed for donations. All proceeds will go into trust funds for Reyes’ children, who range in age from 4 to 9. “We want to take care of those children,” Pepe said. “We can’t bring their father back. … We’re working on converting something negative into something positive.” He said Garcia had worked at the bar for only a few months. He added that Garcia was a respectful, humble man. Garcia was among four security guards working at the sports bar Friday night when a group of men with shaved heads and wearing baggy jeans and sports jackets walked up to the door. last_img read more

Number of fires reported in the South Peace

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The RCMP has sent out an official press release, advising that there is a large forest fire burning East of Kelly Lake and approaching the provincial border. Police are cautioning the public of heavy smoke and fires in a number of areas.A grass fire is burning west of Dawson Creek, as is brush fire in the Arras area.A forest fire in the East Pine area of the Alaska Highway has jumped the highway heading North.- Advertisement -With the high winds the area is currently experiencing, people are warned to be extremely cautious in these areas as these fires are or can be fast moving.last_img

Inter to sue La Liga boss over Modric comments

first_imgIn a media rant Tebas criticised clubs such as Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City and claimed he had doubts whether the Italian club had the cash to buy midfielder Modric.“You’ll need to ask why state-owned clubs exist as they are inflating the market when they buy players,” said Tebas.The La Liga chief also said he wanted to look at how Italian champions Juventus paid 100 million euros to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Real earlier this summer.“Regarding Inter, the offer made for Modric is trickery. The affair of PSG for Neymar is cheating.”The Italian League said they were “surprised and bitter” at Tebas’s “completely unfounded” comments.Midfielder Modric, 33, inspired Croatia to the World Cup final last month and was named the player of the tournament.He had been touted for a move to Italy but opted instead to extend his six-year stay with Real Madrid after securing a salary rise.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric prepares to kick the ball during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy football match between Real Madrid and AC Milan in Madrid on August 11, 2018. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMILAN, Italy, Aug 17 – Inter Milan said Friday they were ready to sue Spanish football league president Javier Tebas over comments he made concerning the Italian team’s bid to sign Real Madrid’s Croatian star Luka Modric this summer.“Inter Milan announces that it will take legal action against Mr Javier Tebas in relation to statements made today to the press,” the northern Italian club said in a statement.last_img read more