Barbados Pride win The Jamaica Scorpions are staring at defeat against Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park. Set a challenging 326 to win heading into the final session yesterday, Jamaica were 83 for three when stumps were drawn, 244 runs shy of their target. At the crease are new number-three batsman Devon Thomas, not out on 20, and former captain Tamar Lambert, who is yet to get off the mark. Towering Guyana off-spinner Steven Jacobs has taken two for 13. Starting the day on 133 for three, an overall lead of 176, Guyana went on to press home their advantage by posting 282 in their second innings, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul leading the way with a well-compiled 82. The 19-year-old, who was not out on 39 overnight, went on to make his maiden first-class half-century before falling short of what would have been a deserved century, on the stroke of lunch. Chanderpaul hit three sixes and four fours in just over five hours, before he was the third man dismissed in the morning session. His overnight partner, Raymon Reifer, who started the day on 12, went on to score 24, while the innings was propped up with a plucky 35 off 75 balls from wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, with four for 78, was the Scorpions’ best bowler, while there were two wickets apiece for his spin compatriot, Nikita Miller, and young fast bowler Marquino Mindley. Needing to make what would be their highest score of the season thus far, Jamaica started cautiously, with the opening pair of John Campbell and Paul Palmer Jr putting on 35 for the first wicket. However, playing leisurely at an outswinger from fast bowler Keon Joseph, Palmer was to depart for 13 off 62 balls; and 13 runs later, Campbell went for 26, leg before wicket to Jacobs. Thomas and AndrÈ McCarthy, with a 32-run third-wicket stand, then attempted to see out the rest of the day. However, with less than three overs remaining, McCarthy misread an arm ball from Jacobs and was stumped by Bramble. Play is scheduled for a 10 a.m. resumption. At Kensington Oval: Defiant half-centuries from Orlando Peters and Jacques Taylor were not enough as Leeward Islands Hurricanes plunged to their fifth straight loss of the Regional First Class Championship yesterday. Following on by 198 runs at the start of the penultimate day of the fifth-round match at Kensington Oval, Hurricanes were bundled out for 198, about 25 minutes after tea, to leave Barbados Pride with a single run for victory. Seamer Gavin Tonge’s no-ball was then enough to secure Pride the result, which gave them 19 points and left Hurricanes with three. Fast bowler Tino Best (2-17) knocked over both openers, Chesney Hughes (0) and Shane Jeffers (1), before left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn sliced through the middle order to finish with four for 50. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse chipped in with three for 67. Barbados Pride had scored 368, to which the Hurricanes had replied with 170 in their first innings. At Beausejour Cricket Stadium: Windward Islands Volcanoes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 76 on first innings, were two without loss at the close on the penultimate day of their fifth-round game yesterday. Scores: Volcanoes 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, Andre Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & two without loss. RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford (3-109). Volcanoes trail Red Force
…politics trumps effectivenessBy Gary EleazarMinister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, has defended his decision to effectively dismiss Permanent Secretary Collin Croal, who had served under three Ministries in the previous Administration, saying he did not have confidence in his ability to function under a new system.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanBulkan, by way of a public missive, has since responded to social commentator Chris Ram, who had questioned the decision not to have Croal serve as a Permanent Secretary under the new Administration.Ram, in a critical missive produced over the weekend and directed towards President David Granger, had urged the Public Service Department to carry out an audit of the persons dismissed since his Administration took office, together with their qualifications and experience.Colin Croal was sacked as PS“There are a lot of discarded and unused brains available; but, unfortunately, they seem to lack the further qualification of the right race. Glaringly, this is true of the permanent secretaries under the PPP/C, but let me give two examples in which an explanation was in fact offered.”Ram pointed to Croal, who “holds an MBA and served creditably as Permanent Secretary in three ministries. He is not implicated in any wrongdoing, but was effectively dismissed by the Granger Administration because he was on the PPP/C list for the 2015 elections.”Minister Bulkan, in response, has stated, “The fact is, though, that the decision to not renew his contract was mine alone…I acted based on my own deliberate judgment.”According to Minister Bulkan, after consideration, “I concluded that based on the record of centralised government embraced by the regime in which Mr Croal functioned, I did not feel confident of his ability or readiness to function in this Administration, one which has as core values the philosophy of strong, autonomous, and empowered local government organs and a decentralised system of multi-tiered government.”He noted, too, that “Mr Croal was effectively dismissed in that his contract of employment was not renewed. (Mr Croal chose to be a contracted employee with the knowledge that contracts are subject to non-renewal.)In regard to Ram’s suggestion that the employment decisions were rooted in race, Minister Bulkan was adamant, “I have always chosen my professional associates based on considerations of character and merit; race has never been a factor.”According to Minister Bulkan, “With reference to President David Granger, any suggestion that he is racially prejudiced borders on the ludicrous.”Ram, in his critique of the President, had said, “Being on an electoral list appears to have been a qualification for top jobs in the Granger Administration for the hierarchy of the APNU and AFC parties, some of whom are paid high salaries determined on the whim of persons of equally suspect expertise for doing work for which they have no academic or professional qualifications or experience.”
Count Steve Mariucci among those who were surprised when the Raiders traded receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.“I didn’t think the Raiders, when I heard rumors about this, were going to get a No. 1 pick, I really didn’t,” Mariucci said Monday appearing on 95.7 The Game. “And the way Dallas is playing, that first-round pick is going to be relatively early, or at least in the middle of the first round. So that’s a win for the Raiders.”We know from Mariucci’s time as head …
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue That’s because every early evening since the start of the training camp, Pacquiao would ask everyone present in his Plymouth Boulevard mansion to place their bets on the night’s NBA match.He would list the names on a sheet of paper to formalize the deal on which side they’re on. Winners get $100. If there are two games for the night, they get to bet on both of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHis official photographer, Wendell Alinea, is one of the biggest winners, with $400 so far.“That would be your allowance in Vegas,” Pacquiao told Alinea. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE LATEST STORIES Photographers crowd Manny Pacquiao during the media workout day. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—All of Team Pacquiao was abuzz on Thursday. And it had nothing to do with the sharpness, quickness and power Manny Pacquiao has been displaying nine days before his Jan. 19 fight.From every corner of Wild Card Gym which, thanks to him has become some sort of a minor tourist spot on Vine Street here, every member of the large, disparate posse was talking about one thing: The Manny Pacquiao NBA sweepstakes.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It’s not unusual for the 40-year-old global boxing idol.Pacquiao would normally organize fun games during his training camps. One time, he put up a prize for a Team Pacquiao member who would lose the most weight during the duration of the camp. But once inside the gym, Pacquiao turns on his “beast mode.”He sparred on Thursday afternoon for six rounds each against two opponents. After that, with Buboy Fernandez in the mitts, he rehearsed punching combinations.“One second lang (only),” Fernandez told Pacquiao, referring to the time in between shots. Of course, Pacquiao’s staccato of punches was thrown in split seconds.Pacquiao is fighting in the United States for the first time in more than two years, putting his WBA welterweight title on the line against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Over in Florida, Broner, speaking to media men via teleconference, said he will defeat Pacquiao and make himself “a legend overnight.”“Pacquiao is a legend, He’s gonna go down as one of the best in boxing business,” he said. “But you know, I feel it’s my time to take over the sport.”“The win would make me an icon,” said the 29-year-old Broner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?