Scorpions facing defeat in WICB First-Class Championship

first_img 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 Forcelast_img read more

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KC hunts title sweep

first_imgKingston College (KC) coach Ludlow Bernard says that despite a 1-1 draw against St Andrew Technical High (STATHS) in the Manning Cup competition last Wednesday, the focus remains on a sweep of schoolboy titles this season. The North Street-based KC are favoured to win their first Manning Cup title in three decades. They last won the title in 1986 and expectations are very high for this year’s team. KC are in line for another Walker Cup title as they are in the ISSA/FLOW knockout competition final against Jamaica College scheduled for November 26. KC’s last hold on that title was in 2000. The KC team is also on course for a first hold on the prestigious FLOW Super Cup, which is in its third year. KC will face Wolmer’s in a quarter-final match today at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 7 p.m. With KC being the only Manning Cup team that can win all four titles at stake, coach Ludlow Bernard admitted that the pressure is mounting. “The pressure is always going to be there. We have risen to the moment and are unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions this season,” Bernard, who is a KC past student, told The Gleaner yesterday. “We have to be prepared as the team played 14 games in 42 days. We have to keep the players focused as it is down to the starting eleven and about three other players on the bench,” he shared about his squad of young players. Looking back at the game against STATHS three days ago at Constant Spring Sports Complex, Bernard said he tried some players and was not satisfied with their performances. “The result against STATHS was disappointing as we used some players who we put in for the first time. However, the regular players showed maturity and we came back and earned a point. I am reliant on some senior players to take us through,” he said. One of those players is midfielder Rashawn Mackison, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions. “Rashawn is stretched physically because he has played in all 14 games this season and substituted in six of them,” he pointed out about the midfielder who has done the bulk of the scoring for KC. Looking to the Super Cup game tonight against Wolmer’s, who they eliminated during the Walker Cup quarter-final, Bernard said: “We expect Wolmer’s to be coming for revenge.” “The vibe in our camp is high but one of tremendous anxiety among the supporters. They are hungry for success,” he pointed out. DISAPPOINTEDlast_img read more

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US Rate Differs at Street Bureaus

first_img– L$118 – L$120 = US$1 The unprecedented rise in the buying rate of the United States dollar to the Liberian dollar varies between L$118 and L$120 to US$1 at street vendors and forex bureaus in central Monrovia and Paynesville.The Daily Observer has observed that up to yesterday in central Monrovia, the exchange rate of the US dollar to the Liberian dollar ranged from L$119 – L$120 per US$1, while in Paynesville, especially in the Red Light Market, the rate was L$118 – L$119 to US$1.The selling rate of the United States dollar to the Liberian dollar at stores ranged between L$125 to L$130.This contradicts the buying and selling rate of the Liberian dollar to the US dollar at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).Up to June 24, 2017, the CBL announced the buying rate as L$112.75 to US$1 and to be sold at L$113.46 to US$1.“These are indicative rates based on results of daily surveys of foreign exchange markets in Monrovia and selected cities,” the CBL explains in the daily exchange rate postings found on the front pages of a number of daily newspapers including the Daily Observer. “These rates are collected from the Central Bank, commercial banks, parallel markets and the licensed forex bureaus.” Tha CBL adds: “The rates are not set by the Central Bank of Liberia.”Financial experts say the Liberian dollar would likely keep dipping against the US dollar from L$135 to US$1 and the US may steadily rise up to the eve of the October elections.The hike of the US dollar to the Liberian dollar is obviously causing hardship for marketers and consumers because of the arbitrary increase in goods and services as well as high punishing interest repayments to commercial banks.Expert OpinionsTwo experts from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia confided in the Daily Observer that the exchange rate is one of the most important determinants of a country’s relative level of economic health, and it plays a vital role in a country’s level of trade.The experts said there are numerous factors which determine the hike in the exchange rate, and most especially when a country is perceived to have more political and economic risks. The pending elections amid threats from political parties, is causing a loss of confidence in the currency and the movement of capital.They also said the hike is also an engagement in large-scale deficit financing by the Liberian government to pay public sector projects that are funded by the government.“A large debt encourages inflation, and if inflation is high, the debt will be serviced and ultimately paid off with cheaper dollars in the future,” they said.They also pinned the hike to the decline in the prices of the country’s major commodity exports, rising import demands and deteriorating terms of trade, the departure of concession companies and widespread capital flights, citing them as contributing factors to the increase in the depreciation of the Liberian dollar.They also said a country with a consistently lower inflation rate exhibits a rising currency value, as its purchasing power increases relative to other currencies, and indicated that interest rates, inflation and exchange rates are all correlated and cause the exchange rate to rise.“By manipulating interest rates, central and commercial banks exert influence over both inflation and exchange rates, and changing interest rates impact inflation and currency values. Higher interest rates offer lenders in an economy a higher return relative to other countries. Therefore, higher interest rates attract foreign capital and cause the exchange rate to rise,” they said.They added: “The impact of higher interest rates is mitigated, however, if inflation in the country is much higher than others, or if additional factors serve to drive the currency down. The opposite exists for decreasing interest rates – that is, lower interest rates tend to decrease exchange rates.”The experts further argued that the exchange rate can hike if the country is spending more on foreign trade than it is earning, and if it is borrowing capital from foreign sources to make up the deficit. In other words, the country requires more foreign currency than it receives through sales of exports, and it supplies more of its own currency than foreign states demand for their products. The excess demand for foreign currency lowers the country’s exchange rate until domestic goods and services are cheap enough for foreign states to buy, and foreign assets are too expensive to generate sales for domestic interests.The opinions of the President and CBLIt may be recalled that the CBL has blamed the depreciation of the Liberian dollar to 7.1 percent against the US dollar mainly on account of declines in the prices of the country’s major commodity exports, rising import demand and deteriorating terms of trade.But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in addition to the reasons provided by the CBL, the departure of concession companies and widespread capital flights are contributing factors to the increase in the depreciation of the Liberian dollar.“We have a problem with foreign exchange because many of our iron ore companies closed down due to the drop in the price of global commodity. So, the US dollar is not plenty like it used to be. Once you have small US dollars with plenty people chasing it, it puts strain on the Liberian dollar. Many people are transporting money through wires like Western Union and Money Gram to support their families abroad. Betting companies are also wiring the US dollar,” President Sirleaf said during her recent regular Simple Liberian English Chat with Torwon Sulonteh Brown of UNMIL Radio.She indicated that the government’s economic management team is working to improve the situation in the shortest possible time and added that due to the lack of enough US dollars in the country, the government has employed a new measure of paying some public servants’ salaries in Liberian dollars.As a consequence of the high exchange rate, Liberians who used to buy a 25kg bag of rice for L$1,600 at the rate of US$20 are now buying the same bag of rice for L$1,880 or US$20.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man who beat brother to death slapped with murder charge

first_imgAsgar Ally of Bella Dam, West Bank Demerara (WBD), who allegedly beat his 61-year-old brother Nazir Khan to death over a box of food, was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge and appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.Reports are Khan, called “Karie”, of Lot 37 Bella Dam, WBD, was beaten by Ally, who is his younger brother, after he failed to return with a box of food which he was sent to purchase.According to information received, at about 18:30h on July 5, 2018, the accused, who works with a garbage disposal company, had sent Khan to purchase a box of food for him from a nearby shop. However, after some time had elapsed and the man did not return with the food, the suspect went in search of him in the company of a friend.Khan was found at a neighbour’s house where he was confronted and admitted to his brother that he had eaten the food since he was hungry. The suspect allegedly became enraged and he along with his friend began to beat Khan.After the beating, the 61-year-old man who does handy work around the village, went to another neighbouring house, where he subsequently died.Meanwhile, Khan’s body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home, where a post-mortem examination was conducted by State Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh.The cause of death was given as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head, compounded by compression injuries to the neck.The case will continue on August 13.last_img read more

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Govt to upgrade road from Belfield to Rosignol

first_imgResidents along the roadway from Belfield, East Coast Demerara to Rosignol, West Coast Berbice (WCD) can now look forward to improved road access with Government’s announced plan to upgrade the roadway.“We have just recently received technical assistance from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to do the study of a continuation of the widening of the road on the East Coast from Belfield to Rosignol,” Finance Minister Winston Jordon disclosed on Friday, while making the remarks at an event.According to Minister Jordan, this and other infrastructural projects undertaken by Government will strengthen the infrastructure network, which is critical for reducing the cost as it relates to production and export.This new project will be a continuation of the East Coast Road Widening and Expansion Project currently ongoing.The US$50.2 million project has two components: a four-lane expansion from Better Hope to Annandale, and an upgrade to the existing two-lane road from Annandale to Belfield.The project is being funded by a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China Export-Import Bank.Earlier this week, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told <> that the project is expected to be completed by September. He noted that some 60 per cent of the work has been completed, and the other 40 per cent will take shape in the coming months.The project commenced under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, which had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available. The then administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works. The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014.The load agreement was subsequently signed back in 2016 by Minister Jordan.With the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group, costing some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The PPP/C Administration had stated that it was saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Upon completion of the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion. Apart from the road being expanded, the project includes improved drainage for the East Coast, which is usually susceptible to flooding.last_img read more

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6-year-old killed on EBE public road

first_imgA six-year-old girl is now dead after she was struck by a motorcar on the East Bank of Essequibo (EBE) on Saturday evening. Dead is Kellisa Richards of Lot 4 Farm Railway Embankment, EBE, Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara). The accident occurred sometime around 17:00h on the Farm Railway Embankment. According to Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon Mc Bean, Richards was attempting to cross the public road unattended when a car, bearing registration number PRR 7918, hit her. As a result of the impact, both the child and vehicle ended up on the opposite side of the road. Kellisa’s mother told the police that the former Greenwich Primary pupil had asked to go to the nearby shop but she refused to let her go. However, the sixyear- old, unknowing to her mother, went on the road by herself and it was then that she met her demise. After she was hit, the injured and unconscious child was picked up by the driver of the car and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. There, she was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA). Meanwhile, the 32-yearold driver of Tuschen, EBE, was taken into custody and is assisting with further investigationslast_img read more

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Rangers target arrives in Glasgow to discuss transfer to Ibrox

first_imgRangers target Bruno Alves has arrived in Glasgow for signing talks.The Portugal defender is halfway through a two-year deal with Serie A side Cagliari but has flown in for discussions about a move to Glasgow.The 35-year-old former Porto, Zenit St Petersburg and Fenerbahce centre-back has won 89 caps and was in Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad. Bruno Alves 1last_img

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SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS HOPING TO MAKE A SPLASH AT UK FINALS IN MANCHESTER

first_imgSwilly Seals 5K 2016 Results.Some great times recored by our club and local athletes at the Swilly seals 5k. Top scorers were Ciaran McGonigal, Noel Diver and Kevin McGee who showed great early season form. Well done to all the local athletes who competed. Please refer to our facebook page for full results and times.Sports hallGood luck to all the Gweedore and Rosses athletes who make up the Donegal team competing in the UK Sports hall finals in Manchester this weekend. Training Continues as follows:Seniors:Industrial Estate Tue/Thurs evenings and Sunday 11am at the blue bridge. Contact the rossesac@yahoo.ie for further details.Juvenile:Training every Tues/Thur 6pm – 7pm at the Track in Carrickfinn for ages 7 upwards including u13-u19Sunday 10am u13 and older.Contact: rossesac@yahoo.ieSWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS HOPING TO MAKE A SPLASH AT UK FINALS IN MANCHESTER was last modified: April 12th, 2016 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:SportSwilly SealsSWIMMINGlast_img read more

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Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son ‘wanted by three Premier League rivals’

first_img LIVING THE DREAM 1 RANKED IN DEMAND The 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season for Spurs last term, finishing the campaign with 12 Premier League goals and six assists.After a slow start to English football back in 2015, the South Korean star has now found his feet and his form isn’t going unnoticed.Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United – according to German broadcaster Sport 1 – are all interested in former Hamburg and Bayern Leverkusen ace Son, and are ready to move for him this summer. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, according to reports. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img targets Tottenham are unlikely to want to sell one of their star forwards, but their Premier League rivals are ready to test their resolve.Spurs shelled out around £22million to sign Son from Leverkusen in August 2015 and he still has two years to run on his current contract. Heung-Min Son is reportedly wanted by Spurs’ top Premier League rivals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets last_img read more

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MARIA FIRED UP FOR HER FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION

first_imgCERAMICIST Maria Connolly has forged a new path in her work with her first solo exhibition which opens this Saturday.Inspired by her rural industrialised surroundings, the Manorcunningham-based designer has spent the last nine months crafting her striking pieces which will be shown at the Geraldine Harrigan Gallery, Port Road, Letterkenny for two weeks. Maria’s handmade work has previously been available for sale at the Kilkenny Design Centre but after taking time out to raise her two sons, she has now re-emerged, re-energised and inspired. Speaking about her exhibition “Pathways”, she said: “I’ve sourced my ideas from the natural environment. I wanted to incorporate the forms and attachments of everyday clearly identifiable functional items like kettles, bottles, vessels and tea-pots but not be constrained by them.“It’s been a joy for me and I’ve spent the last nine months rediscovering my path.”Living in the flight path of geese, the path of the Swilly, the landscape has played a huge part in Maria’s work.She told how she tried different techniques to create her pieces using mono-printing and sgraffito and is now really excited to see her new work on show. It is a new direction for the designer who used to be based at her ceramics shop at Church Lane in Letterkenny.“Some people might remember it. It was called Hidden Earth but it closed in 2001 after five years.”Maria also hopes to take her work to Potfest – a huge UK ceramics festival for potters to market their work.She said: “I want to take the exhibition to Potfest. I am also really excited about seeing the pieces in environment of the gallery. I hope people come along and enjoy it.”Pathways opens this Saturday, May 25th and runs until June 8 – gallery 4, 4 Port Road, Lettekenny Tel 074 9125312. MARIA FIRED UP FOR HER FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ceramics exhibitionletterkennymanorcunninghamMARIA FIRED UP FOR HER FIRST SOLO EXHIBITIONlast_img read more

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