Browne defends Ambris snub

first_img LEADING BATSMAN The 23-year-old Ambris was one of the leading batsmen in the just-concluded Regional Super50, gathering 423 runs at an average of 70 with six half-centuries. He was one of only four players to score in excess of 400 runs, with Kieran Powell (513), Kraigg Brathwaite (484), and Shai Hope (482) the others. Inexplicably, Dowrich gained the favour of selectors for the England ODI despite mustering 116 runs at an average of 19 during the recent 50-overs tournament. With Hope the first-choice gloveman for Barbados Pride and West Indies in the one-day format, it meant that Dowrich was chosen as a specialist batsman, making his selection ahead of Ambris all the more baffling. But Browne pointed to Dowrich’s lack of real opportunities in the Super50 and argued that he deserved the chance to prove himself. Barbadian Dowrich toured Zimbabwe for the Tri-Nation Series last November as a late replacement for Marlon Samuels but failed to make his ODI debut. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Chief selector Courtney Browne has sought to defend the controversial non-selection of Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris, who was overlooked for the upcoming three-match one-day international series against England starting next month. In response to swirling criticism over the decision to omit the prolific Ambris in favour of Test wicketkeeper batsman Shane Dowrich, Browne noted that while Ambris’ form was indeed welcome, it did not merit him “walking into the international team”. Browne argued that with West Indies having a packed one-day schedule throughout the year, he expected Ambris to gain selection at some time in the future. “I think one of the things we want to do as a panel, and we’ve said this time and time again, that we want to see people backing up their seasons,” Browne said. “When you look at last season, Sunil would have averaged around just above 35, 36 – around that number last year in about seven matches. But this year now, he tops that and it’s well received by the selection panel, but we do not think at this time that he merits walking into the international team.” He continued: “It’s a developing team; it’s a young team. We have players with just a few ODI matches. If we are developing players, we have to give players time to develop. We have loads of cricket to play this year, and Ambris could find himself in an ODI squad later in the year. “There’re opportunities in the President’s XI [match]; there’s opportunities in the PCL (Professional Cricket League). We have an A-team tour in the Caribbean. So there are loads of opportunities for people to keep pressing their case.”last_img read more

Chief Medical Officer Completes 21-day Self-Imposed Quarantine,

first_imgThe Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Liberia’s  Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has completed her 21-day self-imposed quarantine after the death of her special assistant, Rev. Napoleon Brathwaite.Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry’s Ebola Hour regular press briefing,  Dr. Dahn said, it was  important for every Liberian  to focus on finding the best way of combating the deadly Ebola virus.She explained that her  self-imposed quarantine was tense, especially after losing someone with whom you have worked closely.Immediately following Rev. Brathwaite’s untimely death, his boss, Chief Medical Officer Dahn, in an exemplary display of self discipline and professionalism, quarantined herself at home to avoid further contact with all others, including close family members and coworkers.Speaking of interaction with family, she said, “I separated myself from my husband, Counselor Roland Dahn, and the children at home in Redhill Field, Virginia, Montserrado County. “I only speak with them, but we had absolutely no physical contact whatsoever, she told the Daily Observer newspaper during her self-imposed quarantine.  She told the press briefing that after the 21-days, she is in good health.Rev. Brathwaite’s last day in office at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, according to Dr. Dahn, was Monday, September 15, when he fell ill.   She visited him at his Barnersville Estate residence on September 20, where she saw him but did not touch him, anyone or anything in the house.  It was at that point that she decided to quarantine herself, remaining home, isolating herself from her husband, children and anyone else in the house. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President hiding from criticisms of Govt – Jagdeo

first_imgFormer President and current Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo has slammed President David Granger for failing to hold a press conference since October of 2015.According to Jagdeo, the President’s reluctance to face an open media corps is his way of hiding from scrutiny and rigorous questioning from the press.The Opposition Leader called the President out on the issue while hosting his own weekly press conference at his Church Street office on Thursday. He was at the time pointing to attempts by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) to secure a meeting with the President.“I’ve seen the miners; they’re trying to meet the President. I hope he meets withOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothem. But I have a major issue with the President and his accountability to the nation. He hides behind these prepackaged interviews and I think it’s time now the media said to him, we’re not going to be complicit in this.”“Because by doing that, you create the impression that he is facing a free, independent media corps and is accountable to them. And that people can’t rigorously contest your views. He has not held press conferences because I think he does not want to be held accountable on several matters that are happening in his government.”Jagdeo expressed confusion over several aspects of Government policy. One issue he highlighted was the President’s rationale in asking Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Chairman, Retired Justice Cecil Kennard to resign. Granger, who is 71 years old, had stated that the former Chancellor of the Judiciary was too old. This is despite the proliferation of retirees within the Cabinet and on State Boards and Commissions.“So he packages these things and he deals with safe subject, in a safe environment. Now I hope that he meets with the miners, that he doesn’t take the safe road again like he has done with so many other things.” Jagdeo’s challenge follows criticism from other public figures about the President’s lack of accessibility to the full media corps. Former Speaker of the House, Ralph Ramkarran, had stated in a post on social media that the President ought to face scrutiny on thePresident David Grangersubject of hydropower.Ramkarran had questioned the conflicting contents of the Final Report of Norconsult’s “Review of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project in Guyana”, and the Government’s position on the issue. On the subject of press conferences, Ramkarran made comparisons with the period when former President Janet Jagan faced an outcry after one year without a press conference.“I recall that long before a year had elapsed of Mrs Janet Jagan’s presidency, an outcry arose regarding her failure to hold a press conference. She eventually held one about one year into her presidency,” Ramkarran had posted on his Facebook page last month.“The voices calling out Mrs Jagan in 1997-8 are still around, but have gone silent on President Granger’s failure to hold a press conference despite having been elected to office one and a half years ago.”When Granger was challenged about this trend late last month, he had stated that he was not opposed to holding a press conference. However, he had spoken of a busy schedule as precluding him from doing so. At present, the President is questioned by the media when he is interviewed on the “Public Interest”, a televised show which features a moderator, one journalist from State media and one journalist from the private media.The show usually lasts for half an hour and is aired weekly. There is a preamble where the President addresses a topic introduced by the moderator, and then the reporters are invited to begin the question-and-answer segment. When questioned, the President defended this system.“It does not mean that my engagement of one or two persons is inferior to my engagement of four or five persons or 10 or 20 persons. I am not going to fight it.” “If you want a ‘mass games’, I can have it, but the important thing now is that you have access to the Head of State and he will answer your questions. So, there is nothing wrong with my meeting with you in this format,” he said.Asked whether he was opposed to meeting members of the media, via a press conference, the President responded in the negative, stating that when the need arose, he did not mind engaging the entire press.“I don’t have an objection to having a large press conference. I have a very busy schedule and it is difficult to spend a lot of time in the media, but I try to make it possible every week. But if that is the desire of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), then that could be arranged with my press team,” he said.Since then, no press conference has been held by the President.last_img read more

Photo’s from around Fort St. John this Weekend

first_imgPhoto: The season ending race took place on Sunday at the Northern Lights Raceway – Robyn Guidon/– Advertisement -Photo: Just a few of the bikes that took part in the annual Compassion Ride on Saturday and Sunday for the Salvation Army – Robyn Guidon/Energeticcity.caPhoto: The Huskies held their tryouts on the weekend. Their first game is at the end of this month – Robyn Guidon/Energeticcity.caPhoto: All kinds of groups got together for the annual One Stop Registration held on Saturday at NPSS – Robyn Guidon/Energeticcity.caAnd if you have any photo’s from around Fort St. John and the North Peace send them our way by e-mailing contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more

McMahon plant turnaround wrapping up

first_imgThe McMahon gas plant in Taylor is expected to resume gas processing activities tonight.Spectra Energy confirms it is in the final stages of its turnaround of the plant, which included three weeks of regulatory inspections, maintenance, and upgrades, said spokeswoman Jennifer Thomlinson.“The plant is expecting to return to gas processing activities (June 30),” Thomlinson said.- Advertisement -Back in March, Spectra told city council it predicted the work would inject about $50 million into the local economy, largely driven by the workers involved in the project. Some 600 workers were estimated to be involved.The plant had its last turnaround in 2011.last_img read more

Liverpool eye Man United target, plus links to Barcelona star!

first_img 7 Could this Barca star be a better option than Clyne? – Having been on Liverpool’s radar for past two years, Martin Montoya could be on his way to Anfield following Glen Johnson’s exit. Nathaniel Clyne is the clear favourite to replace the former Chelsea and West Ham full-back but if Rodgers and FSG want to look for a cheaper deal then Montoya is a fine replacement. 7 Can Liverpool beat Manchester United to the signing of England’s right back? Click the arrow above, to see a cheaper option at right back for Brendan Rodgers – Having nearly signed for Manchester United, Liverpool are now in line to sign yet another Southampton player in Nathaniel Clyne. Glen Johnson’s Anfield exit, and John Flanagan’s curse with injuries, makes the right back spot a priority for Rodgers. In a season that has resulted in an England call-up, Clyne looks to be ending up in Merseyside soon with The Independent reporting Southampton are asking for £15m. Liverpool’s fourth summer signing, Charlton Athletic’s promising defender. Click on the arrow above, to see which European star is back on Liverpool’s radar – Liverpool have completed the signing of Charlton’s Joe Gomez. The 18-year-old has agreed a ‘long-term’ deal at Anfield, on an undisclosed fee Is this the powerhouse to lead Liverpool’s attack? Find out which Bundesliga star is subject in a transfer war between Liverpool and Manchester United by click the arrow above – Christian Benteke saw his season revitalised after Tim Sherwood’s introduction as Aston Villa manager. The Belgian striker scored 12 goals in 13 games towards the end of the season, find the back of the net four more goals than all of Liverpool’s strikers. The 24 year-old has 42 Premier League goals to his name and with his height and presence he has proven to be a nightmare for defenders. Something in which Liverpool desperately need. Former Reds midfielder Ray Houghton claimed in an interview with talkSPORT, the Villans striker is Brendan Rodgers’ No.1 target: “I heard Benteke was one of their major priorities in the summer, that he was the one that they were looking for.” The attacking midfielder in a transfer tug of war between Liverpool and Manchester United. Click right to see which youngster is Liverpool’s fourth confirmed signing of the transfer window – The Mirror report Liverpool are trying to tempt Bundesliga star Roberto Firmino away from a move to Manchester United. The attacking midfielder, currently playing for Hoffenheim, has scored 49 goals in 153 games whilst in Germany. With a bid of around £20m, the German side will be willing to negotiate. The Ukrainian winger linked with a host of Premier League clubs could replace Sterling, if sold. Click the arrow above to see which England international could be on his way to Anfield – Metro report Liverpool are back in the market for Yevhen Konoplyanka. The Ukrainian winger was linked with a move to Anfield last season as well as a move to Tottenham and West Ham. With the potential departure of Raheem Sterling, a winger with experience in Europe would be a great replacement. The transfer window will open officially in just 11 days time, and the speculation is reaching fever pitch as Premier League clubs get set to splash the cash.Liverpool have been one of the busiest clubs in the window so far, completing their fourth signing in Joe Gomez on Saturday having already signed James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan.But what’s the latest gossip surrounding their transfer plans? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see the players linked with a switch to Anfield… 7 7 7 7 7 Is this man’s future at Anfield drawing to a close? Read all about the latest transfer rumours below, then find out which Premier League star could partner Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge upfront – Manchester City have so far seen initial package offers of £30m and £35m dismissed for Raheem Sterling, but believe that an offer comprising a larger up-front payment of £40m plus add-ons amounting to around £5m could get the deal done. Pellegrini’s side are the outright favourites to sign the England winger, who has admitted his future lies elsewhere. last_img read more

Campus repairs begin after fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN GABRIEL – A demolition crew will begin removing debris at Emperor Elementary School today, and school officials plan to have four portable classrooms on campus Monday following suspected arson earlier this week. David Jaynes, Temple City Unified School District business manager, said he was authorized Friday at an emergency school board meeting to spend up to $1 million to demolish four classrooms damaged in the blaze and acquire temporary housing for 77 displaced first- and second-grade students. The four portables were acquired Friday from the Covina-Valley Unified School District, Jaynes said, and he was working Friday afternoon to find a trucker to bring them to Emperor on Monday. District officials are moving swiftly to recover from the Wednesday night fire that destroyed one classroom and heavily damaged three others. Joan Hillard, Temple City Unified’s superintendent, estimated the damage at $1 million. The school has more than 600 K-6 students. Sgt. Craig Anderson with the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Arson Explosives Unit was at the school Friday inspecting the ruins and taking photographs. “The investigation is continuing and we haven’t found a cause,” he said. “We believe it was arson-related and incendiary in nature.” Jaimi Harrison, the school’s community liaison, said a storage room that housed school supplies was destroyed. Jerri Williamson, the school secretary, said the school lacks a place to store donated supplies that are now pouring in, and is trying to secure a 40-foot-long storage container. “We took some items out of one room that were very stained, very soot-filled and smelly, and moved them into the cafeteria to sort them,” she said. The smoky smell was so strong that students had lunch outside on the front lawn, something they do occasionally, Harrison said. And the community has shown strong support for the school, she said. Wal-Mart has established an emergency fund for situations like the Emperor fire, and Harrison said if they qualify, the school wants to install air purifiers in classrooms near the fire, where the odor of smoke is strongest. Williamson said families and community members have so far donated $3,000. Officials at Longden Elementary School sent a truckload of first- and second-grade materials, while Oak Avenue Intermediate School officials sent a list of available furniture. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475last_img read more


first_imgA staggering €17,500 has been raised by over ONE HUNDRED athletes who took part in the Belfast Marathon to raise funds for the Mammy, I Want to Walk fund.We think this is one of the pictures which best sums up little battler Paul Doherty!A massive fundraising campaign to help Paul Doherty 6, to walk again was launched by his devoted mother Ann-Marie last year.Paul, from Killygordon, was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair. However, his mum never gave up the hope of him walking one day and launched a fundraising campaign to enable him to get ground-breaking surgery in the USA.Brave little Paul Doherty 6, underwent some major operations in the USA in March this year and doctors deemed the surgery a huge success.Paul’s arms and legs had strengthened significantly and the surgery has given him real hope that he could walk one day.The on-going campaign to raise money continues and after SIX months of planning over ONE HUNDRED athletes took part in the Belfast Marathon last month and raised €17,500. Ann-Marie wants to thank everyone who took part and to all those who helped raise such a brilliant amount of money for the Mammy, I Want to Walk fund.MAMMY, I WANT TO WALK FUND RAISES A STAGGERING €17,500 FOLLOWING BELFAST MARATHON was last modified: June 5th, 2015 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:Featureshealthnewslast_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: Killybegs History and Heritage Committee are hosting a craft fair – in an attempt to raise funding to help stabilise one of Donegal’s oldest churches – St Catherine’s, in Killybegs.Organisers are charging €10 per table to local craft people to sell their wares at a craft fair. Patricia Murrin, Sec History and Heritage Committee, “Massive craft fair being held in Bay View Hotel, Killybegs on Sat 5th December from 6 pm to 8.30 pm.“Twenty five crafts people from Killybegs and the surrounding areas will display their wares.“Funds going for necessary work on St Catherine’s Old Church which is 600 years old. Santa and Christmas lights switch on at 8pm.”CRAFT FAIR TO RAISE FUNDS TO RESTORE 600 YEAR-OLD CHURCH IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 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:600 years-oldchurchCraft FairSt Catherineslast_img read more

Eagle Scout revives pond, rouses wildlife

first_imgSOUTH EL MONTE – It took an Eagle Scout three days to dig out a buried pond at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, but already it has become a watering hole for a variety of critters. El Monte High School senior Glen Maldonado decided to rehabilitate the pond, which had become choked with plants and debris over the years, as his Eagle Scout project. Three years ago it was filled in with rocks, bricks and mulch to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and spreading the West Nile virus. The pond has now been stocked with mosquito fish to eat mosquito larvae, said Nature Center superintendent Colleen Mackay. Mackay said when more vegetation is planted, the added cover will attract more birds. “It’s really a special place,” she said. Building a crescent-shaped wooden railing around the pond will be the next project for another Eagle Scout. Maldonado, who plans to go to Cal State Los Angeles in the fall, said he became interested in civil engineering after playing The Sims, a computer game in which players create characters and design entire cities. “You build houses, buildings, bridges,” he said. “I started learning more about that type of career.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Maldonado said one reason he worked on the pond was that it’s next to to a handicapped-accessible concrete trail. “I chose that spot because all the seniors who go there walk by on the cement trail, so they could have some scenery,” said Maldonado, who plans to become a civil engineer. His family often comes to Whittier Narrows to walk and relax, he said. Maldonado and a group of volunteers pulled out 9-foot-high thistles, mulefat and mustard plants overgrowing the pond, and shoveled out the rocks and dirt. Within an hour one warm recent morning, observers spotted several bird species: a house wren, California towhee, house finch, hummingbird, mockingbird, black phoebe, lesser goldfinch, phainopepla and a woodpecker. “Out of nowhere, things have starting coming out towards the water,” Mackay said. last_img read more