Windies not out of their league – Simmons

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has promised a fightback from his team when they face off against Australia in the second Test match bowling off Boxing Day in Melbourne. The Windies lost the series-opener by a huge margin but have regrouped and will be looking to make amends in the second match, as they try to make up for their huge disappointing showing in Hobart last week. Simmons told reporters the Windies had reflected, analysed where they had gone wrong and were now anxious to show their quality. “The guys sat down and they know exactly what they have to do and they know that they’re capable of doing it. It’s not like it’s out of their league,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to this next one. You saw the way how Darren Bravo played in the first innings, with a well-compiled century and the way how Kraigg Brathwaite played in the second innings, he was solid and played strokes all around the wicket. That’s what we need more of – that kind of determination.” He was speaking at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong as West Indies held a training session yesterday afternoon, ahead of their two-day tour match against the Cricket Victoria XI starting Saturday. From here, they will take the one-hour drive to Melbourne to start preparation for the Boxing Day contest. Simmons said that both the batting and bowling departments needed to prove their worth. “The bowlers have been good in the last four or five Test matches – they weren’t good in the last one – and the batting has let us down quite a bit,” Simmons noted. “The batting is at the point that we need to prove that we are as good as we’re made out to be. They’re good players, we know they can play at this level and it’s up to them to come out now and show everybody that they’re back in good nick.”last_img read more

Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win

first_imgCeres delivers magical win 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took an emphatic opening game win in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, and the talismanic Alyssa Valdez hopes the Filipinos could build on that confidence-booster in the coming days.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes was pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We’re really getting our confidence and we’re hoping we can bring this confidence to future games,” said Valdez at Alonte Sports Arena.“And of course this is also in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games,” she added.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’Valdez was a picture of confidence in the Philippines’ first game with her game-high 14 points on 13 of 21 spikes.The opening win over Hong Kong, she said, was just a part of the process they’re looking to complete in the tournament. Teen gunned down in Masbate The Philippines’ 1-0 card puts the team at an early position atop Pool A and another win will see it strut to the quarterfinals.“We have a bigger goal, and the whole team’s mind-set is to achieve that bigger goal of advancing,” said Valdez. “This game was really for our country. We really wanted to show everyone that we’ve prepared hard for this tournament while we were in Japan and now that we’re here, we’re also preparing for the SEA Games.”Meanwhile, skipper Mika Reyes admitted the Philippines could have gotten off to a better start against Hong Kong.“There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long; it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino after scoring six points in the win. “But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

THE LIFE JOURNEY…A Poetic Memoire On My Birthday

first_imgBy Charles G. TiahIt took several years to remake this man.Too many of me burned in the SMITH’s hearthAnd the ego cut off in the MIGHTY POTTER’s PALM.Now losses have transformed to inner might,The first beatitude should we inherit Earth.My craving not for world’s wealth, but forChrist all pleasures traded – call them dead!Through failures and gains, through loss to GOD,Grave sins of self-ruled life; preyed by Devil’s tricksBut His grace had me made it through it all to this day.I sit in the frost of this dawn and reminisce:At age 8, in early childhood we lived a life full of honey-crumb.Renney, Kollie, Bassau, Siakor; St. Martin school made a big part of me.Mama and Mommy loves fill my world. And Papa’scares overflowed but less part of him was with us. It seemed healways looked outside.Even in the house he appeared standing looking throughwindows.And the POTTER was weaving….At age 12 Step-Mommy passed. I missed her. Joyous life. Was chooked.And I bled inside. In minutes, a replacee was usheredfrom the queues. Thousands of dollars was lavished monthly onface powders, nails polish, and mascaras.Compute the other wastes on clothing, home bar, dinners, outdoor funs.The story ended as all other would do. And the awful transitionfrom honey crumb began.We swamped in a sea of wilderness back and forth exilewith the promised-land barely in sight. Sisters lived to peers’ rhythm.Mama often roared and seemed to wear the traditional lens:girls are women at age 14. This made me simmer with anger inside.Yet, sweet experiences included a life ofmartial arts, football, company with cousin Junior.And the POTTER was molding….At age 16, I galloped into adolescent life ill-preparedSocial winds was tensed in Montserrado and our world wasshattered with mixed pleasures:  nicom products. A taste ofmarijuana. Teens hit-and-run sex game were our “fun thing.”Eman, Patsy, X-Zibit, Joshua, Mercy, J. Solo, Rufus, Dennis, Isaac,Rebecca, Ericson, and Mcintosh, Paynesville AGM, and Billie CallSchools all made that “me.”Yet, Sweet experiences included a life of modeling, martial arts,football, movie-making, high school journalism, scholastic displayin discourses, poetry and reading.And the POTTER was knocking….At age 19, the climb to young adulthood was tensely steep-forces,pulling me back from fixed focus. Passion for newly-found moralscontradicted by peers’ rules. Then the raising actions began peakingto a climax. I spent hours in solitude, soliloquizing with wishful musesand prayers made with a half-believing heart, seeking but wavering,often drifting. Soon I launched into career path: salesmanshipand dispensing in pharmacy but hated the act. Took the chalk, a loved field.And we stood for others, advocating, mobilizing…Uncle Gus, Henry, Rickey, Mark, Boakai, Amos, Bopolu Central High,Federation of Liberian Youth, Ministry of Youth and Sports,All made that part of me.And the POTTER was still knocking….I was still seeking, wavering, often drifting, and then launchedthe search: fame. Status. Money. And then god. God…GOd…and finally GOD.Mommy Abigail was the vessel used.And the POTTER that saves was regenerating….When my heart turned its door open and Christ came in: craved for purity…detachment from money….Yet the old struggled with the New.The Old Serpent raged, roared, tormented me at all sidesBut now he is so faint, laying overdosed by the Spirit’s Fire within.Only GOD’s Grace that preserves.And the POTTER is transforming, Sanctifying….When I look behind and see the steps: nursery. Elementary.High school. College. Trainings.  And volunteer. Teacher. Assistant. Officer.Manager. Consultant and specialist. Preacher.When I look inward I appreciate the notes: The Potter’s Palm is a refinery.His culture: holiness, righteous, obedience, humility.His gifts: salvation; the Indwelling Spirit and imputed righteousness;Faith; Grace for service;Peace in crisis; Fruits of the Spirit and ambition to soldier the Word.And the POTTER’s Equipping and Launching… Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NDCs, citizens urged to help alleviate mosquito infestation

first_imgDirector of Regional Health Services in Berbice, Jevaughn Stephens, is calling on Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to play their part in alleviating the mosquito infestation across the country.Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn StephensThe insect is common in Regions Six and Five, particularly before the rainy season.  Stephens explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that though environmental health officers were equipped with the necessary skills to reduce the occurrence of this vector, NDCs must ensure that certain practices and behaviours were maintained to alleviate the infestation.“We have met with NDCs and asked them to assist us to ensure that within their NDCs there are no clogged drains, there is a reduction of overgrown bushes where mosquitoes mostly breed, properly covered drums, and properly disposal of solid waste,” Stephens underscored.In most instances, when these measures are not maintained, the department is forced to use fogging as a last resort to control the mosquito population. According to Stephens, the vector control department has a staff complement of 12 officers and is equipped with three vehicles and two fogging machines. The fogging exercise is now extended to the 16 NDCs and three municipalities. “So the process takes longer than we would have anticipated, but we’re calling on the NDCs to play their part so that going forward, we can have this done differently,” Stephen reiterated.Two weeks ago, fogging commenced in the New Amsterdam area. Stephens encouraged that citizens play their part also and practise hygienic measures such as having bins in which to store their refuse and weeding their parapets.last_img read more

West Ham fans will love this, but Spurs supporters should look away now

first_imgThere were 41,349 fans crammed into Ibrox on the weekend to see a Rangers XI take on an All Star side in Fernando Ricksen’s tribute match.Former Ger Ricksen was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in October 2013 and in emotional scenes, he was given an enormous cheer when he emerged from the tunnel before kick-off.The Dutchman spent six years in Glasgow, winning the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup twice, while he was a League Cup winner on three occasions. Ricksen got the match underway with former team-mate Ronald de Boer, with appearances from Peter Lovenkrands, Gennaro Gattuso and Gordon Durie.However, the select Rangers team were beaten 7-4 and this goal from former Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham opened the scoring.Sheringham is currently a coach at West Ham and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has praised the impact of the former England man on striker Andy Carroll, who recently scored his fifth goal in eight Premier League games in the 3-0 win against Hull.“It shows he’s building his awareness and, probably, the sort of stuff Teddy [Sheringham] is talking to him about is helping”.last_img read more

Students host raffle with prize worth over €1,200 in aid of Jigsaw

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are fundraising in Letterkenny Shopping Centre this afternoon for youth mental health organisation Jigsaw.They have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to give away and The Little Things book to sell. The laptop and accessories are worth over €1200! Tickets will be €2 for a line or €5 for 3 lines and can be bought at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.For more see their Facebook page.Students host raffle with prize worth over €1,200 in aid of Jigsaw was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:JigsawLaptopletterkennyLetterkenny Shopping Centre.little thingsLORETO CONVENTRafflelast_img read more

HALF-TIME BUST-UP AS DONEGAL LEAD TYRONE

first_imgRory GallagherDONEGAL lead Tyrone by 2 points at half-time in a ‘war’ of a match at Mac Cumhaill Park today marred by a half-time bust-up.A number of members of the Tyrone backroom staff began to push and shove Donegal players as they tried to leave the field at the break.Stewards had to step in as the Donegal players refused to respond from foul-mouthed insults hurled at them as they attempted to go off. Tyrone thought they had the lead in the game as they went two points ahead on the half hour mark.But Donegal stunned the Red Hand county with a Martin McElhinney volleyed goal and a super Colm McFadden point to lead 1-08 to 1-06.The game has been marred by a number of off the ball incidents during play, with Donegal captain Michael Murphy hauled and hit off the ball a number of times.It’s not a pretty game in dreadful conditions but Donegal do lead. They had a blistering start with three unanswered points, the pick of them from Frank McGlynn.Tyrone then got a goal from Darren McCurry. Donegal kept ahead until Sean Cavanagh took them into the lead with a good point.But them McElhinney’s goal and McFadden’s point has swung things Donegal’s way.HALF-TIME BUST-UP AS DONEGAL LEAD TYRONE was last modified: May 17th, 2015 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:donegalTyronelast_img read more

Chino has plenty of challengers in Sierra

first_imgChino coach John Monger understands why his team is considered the favorite in the Sierra League. “We’re on top and I know we’ve been league champions or part of it for the last four years,” Monger said. “I think we’re picked first only because of the past.” “Our tackling was very inconsistent last year,” Morrison said. “This year, we’re tackling better and flying to the ball better. Our guys are committed to our style of defense.” Another team that some say is improved is Diamond Bar, which is 3-1-1 this year under first-year coach Nick Cuccia. However, the Brahmas were 4-1 at this point a year ago before finishing 4-6. “I think this is an exceptionally good league, and I think the division (Division II) is the best in California,” Cuccia said. “Chino, Damien, Chino Hills and Glendora are the class of the league and those are our first four games in league. We have to figure a way to get in there.” Cuccia doesn’t see anyone getting through the Sierra League this year undefeated. “I think the winner of this league is going to have at least two losses (overall),” he said. Morrison believes anyone can beat anyone. “Ayala is improved on offense this year,” he said. “Glendora does a great job on offense. Chino is Chino. Coach (Terry) Roche does a great job at Chino Hills. Diamond Bar has a guy who can throw and a good running back.” A year ago, four of the six teams had at least a 4-1 record or better entering Week 6. This year, it’s a similar situation, with five teams owning at least a 3-1-1 record and all six believing they have a chance to win the league title. Chino Hills is the lone league team that owns an undefeated 5-0 record, but similar to last year, observers won’t know how good the Huskies are until they get into league. None of their wins have been against opponents ranked in the top 10 of their CIF division. Ayala is the only team with a losing record, but the Bulldogs (2-3) fell to Division VII No. 1-ranked West Covina last week by just 10 points. In the end, Chino seems to still be the consensus favorite. “They’re the league favorite because they’ve got a darn good football team,” Morrison said. “We know they’re going to be well-coached, and they’ve got solid football players. They’re the league favorite because they’ve got a very good football team.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Probably the biggest reason why coaches believe the league is improved this year, is the enhanced resume of Damien. The Spartans were 0-5 at this time a year ago, but is 4-1 this time around. A year ago, Damien coach Scott Morrison was criticized for a brutal nonleague schedule that left the team battered in terms of wins and losses. This year, with virtually the same schedule, Morrison’s team looks well-prepared for league. “I’m trying to dial into our team this year,” Morrison said. “We don’t want to forget last year, but we do want to put it behind us.” Morrison believes the best defense will win the league, and it’s been defense that has been an important part of the Spartans’ success in 2005. center_img That doesn’t mean there aren’t contenders to knock off the Cowboys. “Based on the records of the teams, it’s going to be a CIF game every week,” Monger said. last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITION

first_imgThe grand opening of the Donegal Sporting Heroes Exhibition and Ulster Sports Museum took place at the Donegal County Museum on Friday last.The two exhibitions celebrate sporting heroes from Donegal and Ulster. Visitors can see sporting memorabilia, photographs and information boards charting the rise of legendary sports stars.The exhibitions cover a wide range of sporting fields: from All Ireland GAA winners to World Champion Tug of War teams. It is hoped that the displays will inspire a new generation of sporting heroes.Brendan Hone, Anne Marie Ward, Maire Kelly, Brian Anderson, Paddy Doherty and Frankie Doherty at the openingCorner Exhibition CaseDanny Mc Daid, Toni Kelly and Myles SweeneyJosie Murray , Myles Duggan and Eamonn CoyleMayor Ian Mc Garvey with World Champion Tug Of War Team from Clonmany and Eamonn Coyle , former Super Heavyweight BoxerTea , Coffee or Football Special!Myles Sweeney ,Anne Marie Ward and Brendan Boyce with his Participants medal for 2012 London Olympics.Michael Crossan from Donegal Community Games and guests at opening PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITION was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL – OPENING OF DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES EXHIBITIONlast_img read more

Lukaku linked with neighbours

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has demanded answers from Chelsea over his continuing exclusion by boss Andre Villas-Boas and is ready to join Fulham on loan, the Daily Mail say.They report that Lukaku’s agent Christophe Henrotay has held talks with Chelsea directors about the 18-year-old striker’s future and suggest QPR may also be interested in signing him.He is widely tipped to move on a season-long loan this summer and Henrotay said: “It is clear that, if Romelu’s situation stays the same, we have to search for a solution.Lampard is known to be unhappy at being overlooked by AVB.“Chelsea want to loan him to another Premier League team, preferably one in London, so they can follow his evolution.”Meanwhile, The Independent report David Luiz’s denial that he criticised his Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard in an interview with the Portuguese press.Blues defender Luiz was quoted by O Jogo newspaper as commenting on team-mate Lampard’s widely publicised problems with Villas-Boas.But Luiz was adamant his words had been taken out of context and were not directed specifically at Lampard.The Brazilian wrote on Twitter: “This is media, Frank know me, and I never said about him! I said generaly! I only talked about coaches and players in general. Always CFC.”The Sun’s response is the headline: ‘Twit Luiz Grovels’.They say Luiz was backtracking after accusing Lampard of acting like a spoilt brat.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more