Badree shoots down Stars

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree snatched a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat stormed to a 56-run win over Melbourne Stars and their second on the trot in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday. Defending 189 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Badree sliced through the hosts’ innings with a spell of five for 21 from four overs, as Stars collapsed to 132 for nine off their 20 overs. Evan Gulbis tried to rescue the innings with a top score of 61 not out off 52 deliveries in a 59-run, sixth wicket stand with captain David Hussey who made 25. However, once the stand was broken in the 14th over, Stars struggled to keep up with the required run rate of 17 per over and folded quickly. Earlier, Badree’s West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate Lendl Simmons, had provided the early impetus for Heat with a knock of 44 off 35 deliveries. Sent in, Heat lost Jimmy Peirson without scoring off the first ball he faced at five for one in the first over, but Simmons led the revival in an entertaining 84-run, second-wicket stand off 40 balls with skipper Chris Lynn who made 56. In reply, Stars never got going, due largely to Badree’s devastating spell. Handed the new ball, the Trinidadian accounted for the first five wickets to fall to leave Stars in disarray at 23 for five in the fifth over. With the third ball of the innings, he bowled Luke Wright with a googly off the inside edge before the Englishman had scored, and then trapped marquee batsman Kevin Pietersen leg before wicket for seven and claimed opener Marcus Stoinis for eight to a catch at mid-off, in the third over. Badree has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament. IMPRESSIVE INNINGlast_img read more

Paddy bug ravaging Essequibo Coast rice fields again

first_imgA number of rice farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are once again battling with a paddy bug infestation in their fields.Several of these farmers told Guyana Times that their fields are now blossoming and this is the stage at which bugs are most present in their fields.The affected fields are currently heavily infested with paddy bugs and while spraying is the only solution in order to maintain some control of the insects, the inclement weather pattern is also proving to be a hindrance.According to one farmer, if he or any other rice farmer sprays the field, and then it rains, the chemicals utilised to help save the rice crops will not have the full effect as desired or expected.This, in turn, provides an opportunity for the paddy bugs to become immune to the effects of some of those drugs, he noted.Meanwhile, several rice farmers in the region have since said that they do not believe that the Government, via the Agriculture Ministry, is doing enough to protect the rice industry in their region, but instead, is channelling its resources and focus on the country’s oil and gas sector.“We plant food and we contribute to the economy. We are feeding this nation and generate foreign currency. We are here already in the system, why neglect us?” questioned one frustrated farmer.Many of the affected rice farmers reminded this publication that they are still heavily indebted to various banking institutions and other financial agencies which afforded them loans to commence and upkeep their rice farming activities.They argued that presently, there are some rice millers who still owe rice farmers in Region Two large sums of monies amounting to millions of dollars, and that this is also contributing to the industry suffering a financial crisis.Another rice farmer explained that if they are not being paid by the millers, then they do not have enough money to repay their loans and coupled with the fact of expenses being incurred as a result of the paddy bug infestation, it is having tremendous negative effects on their livelihoods.Meanwhile, he lamented that while most farmers “took the risk to go back on the land” with an aim of getting a good yield to balance off their financial debts, it appears as if they may sink into “a deeper hole” in light of the paddy bug infestation and the Government’s lack of a response in this regard.Just a few months ago, almost half of the Essequibo Coast rice crop had been affected by paddy bugs, resulting in tremendous damage during the last harvest.At that time, President of the Essequibo Paddy Farmers’ Association, Naith Ram, confirmed that the association recorded that 45 per cent of the rice crops on the Essequibo Coast were severely affected by the paddy bug infestation and that the infestation during the final crop last year was worse.He had also noted that despite the presence of a Guyana Rice and Development Board (GRDB) entomologist, the damage by the paddy bugs has been severe.last_img read more

Federal leaders make appeal to Quebec voters, as Bloc Quebecois surges

first_imgScheer said if Quebecers choose to elect Bloc Quebecois MPs, it would guarantee a win for Trudeau and ruin the chance of the province to gain more autonomy over immigration policies.Blanchet shot back that “voting for the Bloc is voting for Quebec.”That comment revived the federalist feelings among the other leaders, who leapt in to try to stop the Bloc leader from speaking for the province in its entirety.“You’re the Bloc, but Quebec is a diversity of opinion, a diversity of regions, a diversity of voices. You don’t have a monopoly on Quebec,” Singh said.“I’m a proud Quebecer, and I’m a federalist, and I’m a proud Canadian,” Trudeau said.Advertisement OTTAWA — Combating the danger that a resurgent Bloc Quebecois will take seats away from all of them in the Oct. 21 election, federal party leaders sought Thursday to endear themselves to francophone voters in the final debate of the election campaign.The Bloc’s rising popularity — now sitting at around 25 per cent support in Quebec, recent polls suggest — under leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has upended the electoral battle in the crucial province, adding even greater weight to the French-language event.For much of Thursday night Blanchet skated by and discussed his own platform, which includes taxes on web giants with funds going back to artists, the end to oil-industry subsidies, and a new equalization payment scheme focused on fighting climate change.- Advertisement -Other leaders took the opportunity of a question on the rights of francophones outside of Quebec to profess their affection for the French language and their support for a guarantee of equal services.“It may be a surprise, but French is not my first language” Scheer joked, before describing his experience in French immersion school in Ottawa. He went on to promise to modernize laws around official languages.On the issue of a proposed Toronto-Quebec high-frequency rail link, the leaders of the NDP, Conservatives and Liberals all voiced their support, while Blanchet called the project a sasquatch: always talked about and never seen.Advertisement The Liberal leader went on to say that it was Quebecers’ decision to elect MPs in 2015 who put an end to a Conservative government. Quebecers need to choose once more whether they will join a government and accomplish real change or join the opposition once more, he said.“I think what is clear is Quebecers want to be part of the action, not part of the opposition,” Trudeau said to reporters after the debate.He said a strong Bloc caucus during the Harper years was unable to defend against inaction on climate and cuts to cultural funding.But throughout the conversation on Bill 21 later in the second half, it was Scheer who led the attack against Blanchet, repeatedly accusing him on being in league with the provincial Parti Quebecois and looking to revive a referendum movement in the province “the day after the election.”In a post-debate appearance in front of reporters, Blanchet once more tried to extract himself from the arguments over whether a strong Bloc benefits one party or the other.“We are not there to participate in any government. We are there only to carry the voice, and only the voice, of Quebec in that parliament.”This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 10, 2019.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press Trudeau, who said he would leave the door open to potentially joining a court challenge in the future, went so far as to say it was important for a government to be ready to protect minorities everywhere — including, for example, francophone minorities in Ontario under threat from Premier Doug Ford.“We’ll be there to defend the fundamental rights of everyone,” Trudeau said.Bernier allied himself with Blanchet on the issue, saying the federal government needs to respect Quebec’s jurisdiction.Throughout the evening, Blanchet attempted to position himself as the voice of Quebec values, and framed Bill 21 as part of a secularism movement that is seen as “progressive” in Quebec. The discussion on the secularism law took place in the second half of the debate, when the tension between Blanchet and the other leaders had increased, beginning with a tense exchange between Scheer and Blanchet.Advertisement And on the major issue of Bill 21 — the province’s secularism law, which bans the wearing of religious garb by many public servants — most federalist leaders professed respect for the jurisdictional rights of Quebec while expressing their opposition to the law.“Yes, I wear a turban, but I share your values, and it’s a question of values” Singh said, noting his support for abortion rights and the rights of women.The NDP leader would not join a court challenge against Bill 21, but Singh said he hoped to change the underlying views of people that support it.“What I want to do is win the hearts of people,” Singh said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Covina council delays vote on senior housing project

first_imgMiller said she had a petition signed by 750 Covina residents opposing the project. Residents said the buildings would ruin the undeveloped feel of the neighborhood. The development would would have 171 apartments. Other concerns aired were increased density, the potential removal of up to 250 trees, a 27-foot retaining wall, plus traffic, noise and dust from construction. City staff acknowledged that passing the plan would require giving Masonic Homes, the nonprofit senior complex at 1650 East Old Badillo St., an exception on 14 building codes required by the residential zone where it is located. Some of the exceptions include the height of buildings, the number of people on the property, and the removal of several large, old oak trees. More than 20 people spoke at the meeting. Masonic Homes only takes in seniors who belong to the Freemasonry organization, a centuries- old fraternal order with chapters all over the country. People who spoke in favor of the project identified themselves as Masons who hoped to move into the new senior apartments. The City Council voted to delay action on the issue until October. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – At the end of a late night facing down angry residents, the City Council postponed a decision on a senior housing project. The expansion of the senior center on East Old Badillo Street would include four new apartment and activities buildings, eight townhome and duplex structures, a skilled nursing center, and a memory care center. At Tuesday’s packed council meeting, most of the people complaining about the project said they would back plans for the northern portion of the property. “We are residential,” said Cookie Miller, a resident who lives near the project. “Please respect that and build within the code.” last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: There has been heartbreak for Letterkenny woman Maria McCambridge after she was left out of the Irish Squad for the London Olympics Games – despite making the qualifying time.Maria, who is married to well-known Letterkenny athlete Gary Crossan, was one of four Irish athletes who made the 2:27.00 qualifying time for the marathon.However only three athletes could qualify. There was good news for another Letterkenny athlete Catriona Jennings who was chosen to take part in the marathon event.Brendan Boyce from Milford was also chosen to compete at the Olympic Games in the 50km walk.Friends of Maria McCambridge say she is devastated by the news.She will now be allowed time to appeal the decision if she chooses to do so. “Maria has put so much into this and to reach the time an still not be chosen is heartbreaking,” said the friend.Selectors had to choose the athletes on a range of criteria including previous performances in the event.  HEARTBREAK FOR DONEGAL WOMAN AS SHE IS LEFT OUT OF OLYMPICS TEAM was last modified: May 21st, 2012 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:catriona jenningsMaria McCambridgelast_img read more


first_imgScene of the two car collision just outside Murray Motors in Manorcunningham. Pic by John BorelandEmergency services are currently attending the scene of a two-car collision on the main road from Letterkenny to Derry.The accident occurred just past the garage of Murray Motors in Manorcunningham.It’s the second accident in the vicinity in the last week following an accident last Thursday afternoon. Two ambulances, Gardaí and members of the fire brigade are also in attendance at the scene.It is not yet know if any occupants of the vehicles have been seriously injured.Gardaí are warning motorists to expect traffic delays in and around the area until the crash site has been cleared, and they carry out their investigations into the accident.We’ll have more on this story when more detail emerges from it.    TWO CAR COLLISION CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS IN MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AMBULANCEScrashFIRE BRIGADEnewsTwo Car collisionlast_img read more

Race to top draft pick: 49ers on top, but don’t rule out Raiders

first_imgWhere do the teams competing for the grand booby prize of NFL football, the No. 1 pick in late April’s draft, stand after Week 12?49ers (2-9)Lost to Tampa Bay 27-9After loss to Bucs, only Denver remains as an opponent with a sub-.500 record. Staggering to the finish line and the last five games are brutal.Remaining schedule: at Seattle (6-5), Denver (5-6), Seattle (6-5), Chicago (8-3), at L.A. Rams (10-1). Arizona (2-9)Lost to Chargers 45-10Never got anything going against the …last_img

Former 49ers GM: Team made the right call on Reuben Foster, who faces a rough road in Washington

first_imgIn the nine years since he left the 49ers, former general manager Scot McCloughan hasn’t missed many chances to drop a judgment call on his former employer.Two recent examples: During a recent game, McCloughan took to Twitter to criticize quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, recovering from surgery to repair his left ACL, for watching the action from a suite.Why is Jimmy G in a suite when all his teammates are on the field fighting to get a W?— Scot Mccloughan (@MccloughanScot) November 13, 2018 …last_img