Brilliant Taylor shines for Windies

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (CMC):Captain Stafanie Taylor struck an invaluable half-century as part of a solid all-roundperformance to power West Indies Women to a convincing series-levelling 45-run victory over South Africa Women in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday.Sent in at the New Wanderers Stadium, the Windies Women marched to 143 for six off their 20 overs with Taylor top-scoring with an attractive 63.The Jamaican then captured two for 17 from four overs of off-spin as the Proteas Women crashed to a paltry 98 all out in the 19th over.The third and final game is set for Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.West Indies Women had a poor start, losing openers Kycia Knight (4) and Hayley Matthews (1) cheaply to seamer Shabnim Ismail (3-25) to slip to 17 for two in the third over.Knight top-edged a pull to point off the fourth delivery of the opening over while Matthews was taken at mid-off off a leading edge.Taylor and Deandra Dottin, who scored 19, then put on 68 for the third wicket to put the innings back on course.The right-handed Taylor faced 53 balls and struck seven fours and one six, while Dottin once again looked in good touch in gathering two fours off 27 deliveries.In reply, the Proteas Women struggled from the outset, fell further and further behind the run rate and failed to find a way back.No player reached 20 as Marizanne Kapp top-scored with 17 to be one of only four players in double figures.Taylor was supported by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Matthews (2-17), who finished with two wickets apiece.last_img read more

AfDB, Brazil to Train African Youth in Cassava Processing

first_imgCassava is considered crucial to the food security of millions of people in Sub-Saharan AfricaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) − an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer, contributing to local capacity development.The YTTP initiative is sponsored under the South–South Cooperation Trust Fund (SSCTF) and will consists of an array of professional development schemes to meet diverse needs of African countries by utilizing Brazil’s technology, skills and knowledge. Focus areas include agriculture and rural development, health, education, information and communication, infrastructure, and the creative industry.As part of this initiative, both parties on Thursday, September 14, announced the commencement of training of African youth for rewarding careers in cassava processing.The first batch of the YTTP training, which was flagged off at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, targets 30 young African professionals (between the ages of 18 and 35) of the cassava value-chain selected from 14 countries. The trainees will receive a two-month training on the production chain of cassava at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) − a state-owned centre in Brazil.The cassava training initiative was launched in close collaboration with the Brazil-Africa Institute, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).Cassava is considered crucial to the food security of millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa.Most technologies developed in Brazil, especially those which relate to agriculture, are relevant for Africa. In addition, there is an increasing demand for Brazilian technology applicable to the African context.Speaking at the launch of the YTTP, the Bank’s Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industries, Chiji Ojukwu, explained that the first batch of cassava processing trainees would be for two months.“The development of the cassava training programme is one of the many programmes of ENABLE (Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment) Youth Program of the AfDB. There will be more of such programmes to be developed with the Brazil Africa Institute,” he said.The President of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte, was optimistic that the trainees go back to their different counties with sound cassava production and processing training and skills at the end of the two months training.Bosco Monte said the dream of his Institute was to work with AfDB to increase the number of participants for the cassava processing training to at least 300 in the coming years.“This is just the beginning,” he assured.The Minister of Youth and Employment of Côte d’Ivoire, Sidi Touré, described the YTTP as important to Africa, stressing how the country would tap from the knowledge of Ivorian participants.“I am optimistic that this programme will change the fortune of African youths,” he added.The Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nteranya Sangina, urged the trainees to tap into the expertise available in Brazil and prepare to contribute to making cassava a crop for food security in Africa.He recalled how, as Nigeria’s Minister, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina moved aggressively on import substitution with the use of cassava flour for composite flours in bread-making and confectionery industries.“Brazil has several products processed from cassava. When you get to there, study and acquire knowledge of modern technologies as much as you can,” he charged the 30 YTTP trainees.“My dream is to have greater collaborations between young Brazilians and young African in the cassava processing sector.”In their speeches, Bright Okogu, the AfDB Executive Director for Nigeria and São Tomé and Príncipe; and Hiromi Ozawa, Executive Director for Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Japan and Saudi Arabia, highlighted the potential impact of the project on the relationship between Africa and Brazil.“We are eager to have you come back to practice and teach your generation what you have learnt.  Financial and technical assistance will certainly come as some point. Things are not what they used to be,” Okogu told the participants.“The YTTP feeds into the Bank’s ENABLE Youth Program, which directly relates to two of the Bank’s High 5  priority areas: Feed Africa and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa,” Ozawa said.“The focus of the first class of the YTTP on providing technical training for a cohort of young Africans operating in various stages of the cassava value chain, highlights the connection between these two High 5 priority areas.”Two of the trainees, Viviane Kacou of Côte d’Ivoire and Oyesiji Funmilayo of Nigeria, stressed how they would use the opportunity of the training to enhance their capacities and become role models for other youths in their respective countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for B.C. Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgThe public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at Highway 97 – Pine PassHeavy snow for today and tonight.A significant winter storm will bring heavy snow to the above regions today and tonight. Total accumulations of up to 25 cm are expected with this storm. In addition, strong northeast winds of 40 km/h gusting to 70 through Pine Pass and near Terrace will give reduced visibility in blowing snow.Travellers are advised to exercise due caution and to be prepared for quickly changing road conditions.Please see for the latest forecasts from Environment Canada and WWW.DRIVEBC.CA for road information.Advertisement 4:25 AM PST Thursday 05 February 2015Winter storm warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverHazardous winter conditions are expected.A significant winter storm will spread snow to the Central Interior and BC Peace this morning. The snow will be heavy at times and last through tonight resulting in total accumulations of 15 to 25 cm. In addtion, northeast winds of 30 km/h gusting to 50 will give reduced visiblity in blowing snow.- Advertisement -Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm.5:03 AM PST Thursday 05 February 2015Special weather statement in effect for:Advertisementlast_img read more

Authorities arrest sex offender at school

first_imgSOUTH BAY: Man violated a new law that bans convicted felons from places where children congregate. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER While sex offender Richard Gibbons was under police surveillance for about six hours this week, he drove to about a dozen elementary schools, including two in the South Bay. Before the law took effect, sex offenders could go onto school campuses – unless they had been specifically ordered to stay away. Von Helmolt said the legislation closed a gap that left children vulnerable to predators. “He is not on probation or parole, and his being on school grounds would have been perfectly fine in the eyes of the law,” Von Helmolt said. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1128, penned by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, and Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, he said it would give law enforcement better tools to catch and convict high-risk sex offenders. Other provisions of the law set the prison term for raping a child at 25 years to life and toughened penalties for possession of child pornography and Internet predators. Gibbons, who is being held on $50,000 bail, pleaded not guilty in Torrance Superior Court on Thursday. He returns to court Oct. 25. He faces a maximum year in county jail if convicted. Gibbons was placed under surveillance by the Santa Monica Police Department. According to a police bulletin, Gibbons had been seen repeatedly since 2004 loitering around several areas of Santa Monica, including Clover Park. Additionally, he was spotted recently hanging around a residence in the 1100 block of Stanford Street in Santa Monica where three girls live, the police said. When confronted by neighbors, Gibbons fled in his 1983 red Volvo. Although a police spokesman was not available, it would seem officers placed Gibbons under surveillance as a result of that incident. The police bulletin states that Gibbons is “drawn to elementary school-age children, particularly girls.” It is not known what other schools he drove to while under surveillance. Gibbons, who listed his residence as Culver City on the state’s sex offender database, was ordered to register after he was convicted of molesting a 9-year-old girl in 2002, Von Helmolt said. Details about that crime were not available. Gibbons also has a prior conviction and served a prison sentence for sexually assaulting a girl in Florida sometime in the 1980s, Von Helmolt added. 160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He usually parked his car outside the campuses and stayed inside, authorities said. But on Tuesday, when he allegedly parked his car in the school lot at Cowan Elementary School in Westchester, Gibbons violated a new state law. The Sex Offender Control and Containment Act, enacted last year, makes it a misdemeanor for anyone required to register as a sex offender to go onto school grounds without reason and written permission. The law also bans sex offenders from parks and other places where children congregate. Gibbons, 54, was arrested later that day outside Pacific Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, where he was allegedly masturbating inside his parked car. Gibbons was charged with a misdemeanor for going onto the Westchester campus and another for engaging in lewd conduct in a public place. Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt of the Torrance sex crimes unit said Gibbons displayed the type of behavior the new law was designed to curtail. last_img read more


first_imgSATURDAY night is warming up to be a barrel of laughs at the Mount Errigal Hotel when Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage.The hotel has confirmed that an incredible 950 tickets have been sold for the show.“We’ve less than 50 left,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Letterkenny hotel. “We’re all looking forward to the show, but we’ve just a few dozen left. It promises to be a great night. JUST A HANDFUL OF TICKETS LEFT FOR TOMMY TIERNAN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 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:Mount Errigal Hoteltommy tiernanlast_img read more

Medicare session clarifies plan

first_imgWHITTIER One of President Bush’s administration officials joined Rep. Linda Sanchez on Tuesday at an informational workshop for the new Medicare prescription drug plan for seniors. Dr. Mark McClellan, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, encouraged about 100 seniors who attended to explore and enroll in Medicare Part D before the May 15 deadline. The new health program has been under fire over what some say is the complexity of its options. Some seniors are facing a difficult time sifting through hundreds of benefit options to determine how much coverage to get. “The thing about Medicare is that it touches just about everyone in our country,” McClellan said. “What’s important is that people with Medicare understand what the law means to them.” Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said she organized the event after receiving a large number of phone calls from confused and frustrated seniors. Prescription drug benefits became available to all Medicare recipients on Jan. 1. Every person receiving Medicare regardless of income or current health coverage can apply to receive brand-name prescription drugs. “I did not support the new prescription drug benefit,” Sanchez said. “But now that it is law, we need to help seniors figure out how to use the program.” Sanchez said that she believes seniors are “scared and overwhelmed” by the new Medicare program. “I don’t think it’s … so much about change. It’s an overwhelming bombardment of information,” she said. Representatives from various health organizations were on hand to provide participants with information regarding their options. “We’re here primarily to educate people on Part D,” said Anita Chun, community education coordinator with the Center for Health Care Rights. “Medicare never used to cover any kinds of drugs, and now Part D will offer some prescription coverage.” Gloria and Gilbert Flores of Diamond Bar said the workshop was helpful. The couple met with a consultant from My Medicare Matters to compare their current prescription drug benefits with Medicare Part D. “We’re not here to tell you what plan to take,” said Dan Witzling, a representative with Medicare Rx Access. “We’re here to let them know what plans to choose from.” For more information about Medicare Part D, or to enroll in the program, call (800) 633-4227, or visit (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSick of all that turkey and ham and chocolate?Why not get out into the countryside around Letterkenny this Sunday for a very worthy cause.You can walk or run and it’s all in aid of a very good cause. See all the details above for an adventure which promises to blow all those Christmas cobwebs away once and for all!FANCY JOINING RUDOLPH FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE? was last modified: December 26th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Leos can’t stay with Redlands

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDLANDS — It has been 10 years since the University of La Verne has won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football title. It was also the last time the Leopards defeated rival Redlands. Redlands again proved to be a thorn in the Leopards’ side Saturday night, scoring a 32-14 victory at Ted Runner Stadium. It was the SCIAC opener for Redlands (2-2, 1-0), which was idle last week. La Verne (3-2, 1-1) opened conference play last week with a win over Pomona-Pitzer. The difference was that they hit some big plays and we didn’t,” La Verne coach Don Morel said. Their defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage most of the night.” La Verne totaled 305 yards passing, but quarterback Brian Guerrero was picked off three times. Leading rusher Michael Anello had just 49 yards. La Verne scored first, marching 90 yards in 10 plays on its second possession. The Leopards climaxed the drive with a 19-yard toss from Guerrero to Anello. But it was the only time the Leopards led in the game after Redlands took a 10-7 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs blew the game open in the second half. They led 10-7 at halftime and tacked on nine points in the third quarter via Sean Conway’s 19-yard field goal and Karl Mikolon’s 72-yard TD run. Mikolon rushed for 220 yards overall. This was a big win for us,” Redlands coach Mike Maynard said. They had been playing very well. We knew we were going to have our work cut out for us.” Backup quarterback Chris Saras led the charge for Redlands after starter Nick Brown went down with a knee injury that will require an MRI. Saras, who had been sick all week and didn’t practice until Thursday, threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns. I felt confident going in there,” Saras said. The guys have confidence in me and I have confidence in them. I’m glad I came through when I was given the opportunity.” The wheels fell off for the Leopards in the final quarter. Still within striking distance at 19-7, Redlands capped a 14-play drive with a 19-yard scoring pass from Saras to Alex Ballard to make it 26-7. La Verne fumbled the kickoff moments later and Redlands’ Richard Green recovered to set up another score. Saras found Kyle Godfrey from 32 yards, hiking the lead to 32-7. La Verne scored its final touchdown at the 9:40 mark of the fourth quarter, making it 32-14, and moved into the red zone with three minutes left before a fourth-down incompletion with 2:57 left dashed any hopes of a comeback. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 last_img read more


first_imgA young woman drove a man on the bonnet of her car and broke a red light after he demanded she take him for chips.Lisa McGinley – drove man on bonnet of her car. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Student Lisa McGinley drove her car for more than 500 yards up the Main Street of Letterkenny with the stranger on board. Ms McGinley, 20, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today facing a number of charges.The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which took place on October 20th, 2013.The footage showed hundreds of revellers emerging from a local nightclub and a man jumping onto the bonnet of Ms McGinley’s white Honda Civic car.The video then shows the man giving the thumbs-up to passers by as Ms McGinley carries the man on the bonnet, before breaking a red light and then pulling in at a local chip-shop.The man is then seen shaking Ms McGinley’s hand after the incident.Solicitor for McGinley, of Broomfield, Castlefin, Lifford, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the man was a complete stranger and said he would only get off the car if the driver took him for chips.He added that his client was very anxious on the night and had been remonstrating with the man to get off her car bonnet.Mr Dorrian said his client was a science student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and had no previous convictions of any kind.Judge Paul Kelly asked “Why didn’t she just stop? What would have happened if this lunatic had fallen off the bonnet?”The court was told the identity of the man who jumped onto the car bonnet was still not known.Ms McGinley faces three charges including dangerous driving, driving past a red light and using a vehicle without an NCT certificate.Judge Kelly said he was recommending that Ms McGinley undertake the local Pro Social Drivers course to improve her skills and knowledge of the road.WOMAN DROVE MAN ON BONNET OF CAR AFTER HE DEMANDED TO BE TAKEN FOR CHIPS was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 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:bonnetchipscourtdangerous drivingdonegalJudge Paul KellyLIsa McGinleylast_img read more

Corsairs look to close out strong

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods softball team closes out the season this weekend, with four home games.First up, the Corsairs host Siskiyous today in a doubleheader beginning at noon, and they follow that with two more games against Shasta to end the season on Saturday.And the CR women will be looking to go out with a bang and eager to end a 12-game losing streak dating back to last month.The Corsairs come into today’s game at 2-14 in the Golden Valley Conference and 7-24 on the season, but have …last_img read more