Red Force wary of Jaguars’ spin for NAGICO Super50 semi-final

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here today, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to step up if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.”I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that we have some quality batters in our team as well,” said Mohammed.”So I think we have the ammunition to counteract the Guyana bowlers, and hopefully we will come out on top tomorrow in terms of the batting, and the bowling will take care of itself.”In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss.”It’s going to be a tough game; at the end of the day, we have to enjoy it as cricketers. This is the moment we cherish, when we beat the best team and we come up good against the best team and the best bowlers.”The match will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when the Red Force – inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine – completed a comprehensive 135-run victory to take the title.”I don’t think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge),” declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.”I think it will be a negative … us losing last year in the finals to Red Force … but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds.”We just have to go out and play the game hard,” he said. “They will have a lot of crowd support obviously, and we normally get good support here in Trinidad as well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”last_img read more

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‘No pressure’, says Holder, as he embraces WI leadership

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Newly appointed West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is looking forward to the responsibility the new role will bring but says he does not feel under any pressure as he gears up for the assignment.The 23-year-old fast bowler was announced to replace Denesh Ramdin as Test captain earlier this month, ahead of next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.Holder, also the one-day international captain, is a relative newcomer to international cricket with just eight Tests and 33 ODIs behind him but believes he has what is required to handle the responsibility of leadership.”At this present time, there’s no pressure on me. Obviously, it is something I’ve done before. I’m the captain of the one-day team,” Holder said here yesterday in his first official media conference.”It’s obviously some added responsibility in the Test arena (but) I don’t think it is something that I can’t handle, if not I would not have taken the job. It’s about me gelling the guys together and getting the best out of everybody.”He added: “It is something I am looking forward to. I’ve done it a little bit in the one-day arena, and it is about translating that into the Test arena now. I’ve obviously led teams before. I’ve led Barbados in youth cricket and I’ve led West Indies A teams, and stuff like that, so I’m not, in a sense, new to it.”It is something that I’ve handled in the past before and I don’t expect to falter in this arena in a sense. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m always up for the challenge and I will try to take it on as best as I possibly can.”meteoric riseHolder’s rise has been meteoric since his international debut just over two years ago, and he has become an entrenched member of the West Indies in all formats of the game.Picked for his bowling, he pressed his case as a genuine all-rounder with a maiden Test century against England in Antigua last April and an unbeaten 82 against the touring Australians in Kingston last June.Holder said that he did not envision the burden of captaincy getting in the way of his continued development as a cricketer.”It is international cricket; it is international sport. You have to expect these things (leadership roles) as they always come up in international sport,” he told journalists.”It’s more responsibility, but I don’t think that should impede my cricket. My cricket is at heart first. I have to play as a cricketer first and lead the guys afterwards, and I think once I do that, I don’t think it (captaincy) should get in the way of my actual cricket.”last_img read more

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Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.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’Earlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

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Rivero brothers out of Green Archers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s Office of Sports Development, meanwhile, issued a statement clarifying that the Riveros and Paraiso are still enrolled in Taft, but were asked to go on leave from the team after enforcing a policy “that prohibits players to enter into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities.”De La Salle University – Office Of Sports Development’s Official Statement:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe DLSU Men’s Basketball Team management announces that they have implemented a policy that prohibits players to enter into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities. 1/4— DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 This will allow the players to focus on the games and team practices without any restrictions. 2/4— DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 Perasol not putting too much pressure on prized recruit Gozum Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed In this connection, team members Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Brent Paraiso have requested to go on leave from the basketball team to honor their contractual obligations to their existing endorsements. 3/4ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLa Salle continues to lose key cogs from its core in the past two seasons.High-flying Ricci Rivero and brother Prince are reportedly out of the squad along with third-string guard Brent Paraiso over what the school calls a violation of certain university policies.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew — DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 Prince, Ricci, and Brent are currently enrolled in the University and are attending their respective classes. 4/4— DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018The statement did not expound on what endorsement deals violated university rules.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the Riveros and  Paraiso may have been axed on a more serious violation but gave no further details.Ricci, 19, experienced a huge surge in his performance this past UAAP Season 80, averaging 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals in his sophomore year, which merited him a spot in the Mythical Team.His stellar play also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.With the Riveros leading the way, La Salle won a UAAP title and a runnerup finish over the last two seasons. The brothers’ departure is just the latest in a string of exits from La Salle following head coach Aldin Ayo bolting to University of Santo Tomas and two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala deciding to turn pro in Mexico.INQUIRER.net tried to get the side of all parties involved, but they have yet to respond to the queries. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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WIRSPA to engage regional Govts on tax-free rum

first_img…as DDL’s Komal Samaroo re-elected as ChairmanDemerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Group Chairman Komal Samaroo has been re-elected to serve as Chairman for the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA) and plans to engage Caribbean leaDemerara Distillers Limited Chairman, Komal Samarooders on the importation of duty-free rums.He was elected to continue serving in the capacity when rum producers from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Dominican Republic met with members of WIRSPA earlier this month in St Lucia for the biannual Directors’ and Annual General Meetings.Speaking at the event, Samaroo said that the availability of imported duty-free spirits to both visitors and locals alike, whether through legitimate sale or through (tax) controls, is a real threat to regional domestic markets.“We have recently placed this as an active issue before Caricom Ministers of Trade and we will work with Governments to address these challenges which impact so negatively on our international competitiveness,” Samaroo is quoted as saying by the Association in a release to the media.During the two days of meetings, Caribbean rum producers were urged to exploit the potential of the regional tourism industry to build their brands.St Lucia’s Tourism Minister and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Dominic Fedee said there was tremendous opportunity for the Region’s two preeminent brands – tourism and rum.The Minister at a tasting of Authentic Caribbean Rums (ACR) shared that some of the best rums are being produced right in the Region and must be promoted. He said, “As a people we need to be prouder of our indigenous world-class brands… many persons aspire to foreign brands, while consumers in those self-same countries crave our products.”Minister Fedee reminded those in attendance that millions of visitors pour into various Caribbean countries each year which presents a unique opportunity for them to sample and purchase the high-grade products, whether on board a ship, in resorts or in their respective touring initiatives.In response to the Minister’s call, the reappointed Chairman informed that, “The potential to improve the visitor package and to increase exposure of our high-quality premium brands through leveraging our 300-plus years of rum history and heritage are well appreciated, and an opportunity our producers are actively addressing.”Meanwhile, St Lucia Distillers Managing Director Margaret Monplaisir, in her remarks, underscored the importance of visitors and shared the country’s plans for tourists.“Visitors are an increasingly important part of our business model. We are currently planning a major investment in a new visitor facility that will expose the best of St Lucia and, of course, the best of our rums,” she revealed.Monplaisir noted that the investment was a substantial one and, once completed, would be among St Lucia’s premier visitor attractions.WIRSPA is one of the oldest Private Sector trade associations in the Caribbean. It represents rum producers in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.ACR, the products produced by the membership of WIRSPA, represent a unique and distinct sector within the drinks industry, supported by common quality standards and rules. The ACR marque was developed as a symbol of authenticity, provenance, and quality for rums, within the WIRSPA family.last_img read more

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Lusignan escapee found in pit latrine

first_imgOne of the remaining five inmates on the run after escaping from the fenced-in pasture at the Lusignan Prison earlier this week was in a messy situation Friday afternoon as Police ranks hauled him out from a pit latrine at his Kitty, Georgetown home.According to information released by the Police, 25-year-old Pascal Smith, aRecaptured escapee: Pascal Smithmurder accused, of Lot 123 Barr Street, Kitty, was recaptured around 12:30h after ranks of the Joint Services received information that he was hiding there.It is believed that the man went to the house to visit the mother of his child. Upon seeing him, the woman reportedly contacted the Police.With his arrest, the Joint Services have been successful in recapturing nine of the 13 escapees, who fled through a hole under the fence at the fenced-in pasture at Lusignan between Sunday night and Monday morning. While there are three layers of security at the penitentiary, the men were able to escape during the downpour in the wee hours of Sunday.It was reported that the men escaped from the fenced-in swampy pasture of the Lusignan Prison by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole, which was about five feet in length and another five feet in depth, was located within an area that was cordoned off with zinc sheets as a makeshift pit latrine for the inmates.However, the freedom of most of this group of escapees was short-lived as seven of them were recaptured during the course of Monday by ranks of the Joint Services. They were since charged and appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, facing charges of escaping from lawful custody.During the arraignment, three of the men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one-year imprisonment. They were: 22-year-old Jamal Forde, Jamal Joseph and 19-year-old Winston Long.The four other escapees: Teshawn McKenzie, Royan Jones, Jason Howard, and Odel Roberts, pleaded not guilty and were remanded until their case is called again in August at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court. The men told the court that they escaped from a pasture and not a prison, arguing that the only reason they did so was because of the conditions they were forced to stay in.Meanwhile, another escapee, Kendall Skeete, 25, was recaptured on Wednesday morning at a relative’s abandoned house in Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, Linden.According to Police reports, the Police Anti-Crime Squad, acting on confirmed information from its intelligence network, swooped down on the Wisroc residence and was able to apprehend the fugitive without any use of force.Skeete, who was in prison for the murder of a Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara man back in 2008, was allegedly trying to make his way into the interior.Meanwhile, efforts are continuing for the recapture of the remaining four fugitives. Additionally, the Joint Services are also still hunting for the four inmates who were among the group that initially escaped from lawful custody on July 9 after staging an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison and setting the penitentiary alight.So the eight escapees currently on the run are: Clive Forde, called “El Sinkie”; Shawn Harris, called “Shawny”; Kerry Cromwell; Paul Goriah; the alleged mastermind behind the Camp Street fire, Mark Royden Durant; ex-cop Uree Varswyck; Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens. The last four are the escapees from the Camp Street facility.JurisdictionOn Friday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives that he believed the men were still in the jurisdiction. This is in light of reports that some of the escapees had fled the jurisdiction.“Intelligence is going on (in terms of recapturing the escapees) and there is no intelligence that is indicating (they fled the jurisdiction). Somehow, we believe that they are still in Guyana probably harboured by people and I’m urging members of the public do not – these are dangerous men and they could do the society tremendous harm. Obviously, they will need your support, do not support them,” urged Minister Ramjattan.In its efforts to recapture the inmates, the Guyana Police Force is pleading with the public and relatives of these escapees to inform law enforcement of any relevant information as to the whereabouts of the fugitives.The authorities are also urging the escapees to surrender themselves to avoid any serious confrontation that is likely to result in the use of force.last_img read more

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Vandalism to Local Parks

first_imgPhoto: Submitted City of Fort St. John – Damaged Trees at Surerus Ball DiamondsThe City of Fort St. John is looking for your help to curb vandalism in the community this summer. Over the past weekend over $8,000 in damage was caused by vehicles driving through parks and boulevards, running down newly-planted trees.- Advertisement -The vandalism isn’t a first for our community as over 50 street signs were knocked down in one weekend and graffiti and damage was done to dugouts at Surerus Park. According to the City one of the hardest-hit areas is Mathews Park where the Northern Environmental Action Team recently planted 100 trees for Arbour Day. The City is asking that if anyone witnesses an act of vandalism in our parks, or someone driving off City streets in parks or trails, or any other suspicious behaviour, to contact RCMP immediately.On average, vandalism costs Fort St. John taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars each year.last_img read more

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Nadal to miss Basel in boost to Federer’s No.1 bid

first_img“I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain,” he wrote.Federer beat the Spaniard at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday to close the gap at the top of the ATP rankings.Federer has closed to within 1,960 points of Nadal with 500 on offer in Basel followed by the indoor tournament at Bercy in Paris and the end-of-season ATP Finals in London.In his social media statement, Nadal said he had seen his doctor on his return from China.“I am suffering from an over-stressing of the knee and the problems were already present at the tournament in Shanghai which now forces me to take a time off on advice of my doctor.“After two great weeks in China, with the title in Beijing and the final in Shanghai it is time for some rest.“I want to send a special message to the many tennis fans in Switzerland which have always showed great support and respect also on my matches with Roger. Hope to see you next year.”Federer put on a masterclass to beat Nadal 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday, the 36-year-old lifting his sixth trophy this season and underlining a turnaround in fortunes against his long-time nemesis.The world number two ended a sequence of five straight defeats to Nadal at Basel last year, before winning their gripping Australian Open final in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rafael Nadal told his Facebook followers he was skipping the 2018 Swiss Indoors tournament due to a knee injury © AFP/File / NICOLAS ASFOURIMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – Rafael Nadal on Tuesday announced he will miss this month’s Swiss Indoors tournament, boosting arch rival Roger Federer’s dream of ending the season as world number one.The 16-time Grand Slam winner told his Facebook followers he was skipping the October 21-29 tournament due to a knee injury.last_img read more

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Championship: Bristol City 2-0 Nottingham Forest – Aaron Wilbraham brace lifts Robins off the bottom

first_img1 Two goals from Aaron Wilbraham were enough to lift Bristol City off the bottom of the Championship as they beat Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate.The hosts were ahead within four minutes through the 35-year-old Wilbraham before he scored again after 11 minutes.Bristol dominated the game with a Henri Lansbury volley which rebounded off the bar all Forest could muster.And that was how it stayed as the Robins claimed their first win since August to move out of the relegation zone, while Forest remain in 14th place.It only took four minutes for Wilbraham to give Bristol City the lead after Jonathon Kodjia’s flick on from Elliot Bennett’s cross gave him the opportunity to calmly side-foot home.And barely five minutes later he had doubled the lead and his tally for the night.This time Forest made a mess of clearing their lines, allowing Derek Williams to deliver a pinpoint cross for Wilbraham to head into the back of the net.Forest had a brilliant chance to pull a goal back but Jack Hobb’s header was saved brilliantly by goalkeeper Frank Fielding.The Robins completely dominated the first half with a speculative Lansbury shot all Forest had to show for their journey to the West Country.Lansbury continued to be the visitors’ biggest threat after the break, first seeing his dipping volley go wide before rattling the crossbar with another looping volley after a lovely bit of control.However, with 15 minutes remaining it would have been 3-0 but for incredible goalkeeping from Forest’s Dorus de Vries as he made two smart stops in quick succession from Kodjia and Luke Ayling.De Vries was at it again moments later, this time twice denying Wilbraham his hat-trick from point-blank range.That was how it remained as Bristol City managed to survive some nervy moments to record only their second win of the season. Aaron Wilbraham last_img read more

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Morgan Schneiderlin urges Everton to improve in one area to break into top six

first_imgMorgan Schneiderlin believes Everton’s away form has held them back this season and must be improved upon if the Toffees are to break into the Premier League’s top six.The French midfielder expects manager Ronald Koeman’s summer recruitment to help close the gap, which is currently five points to a Manchester United side whose concentration on the Europa League final means they have coasted towards the end of the campaign.However, the Toffees’ away record needs to change drastically if they are to mount a genuine challenge next term.Everton posted their best return at home since 1989-90 by amassing 43 points, with 13 wins and 42 goals scored at Goodison Park.There is a stark difference on the road, though, with eight defeats meaning they have taken just 18 points from as many matches, scoring just 19 goals, with a trip to Arsenal to come on Sunday representing their final match.“We look stronger at home but we need to progress away from home and hopefully next year we will do that to catch the team above us because there is not a lot of margin between us and the top six,” Schneiderlin said.“You can see the difference between home form and away form. That is the main thing.“If we won more games away from home we could have been top five so we need to be able to rectify that and know why we have not had the results we want away from home.“But the team is doing well and hopefully we can keep good players and bring in some good players to the club.” Morgan Schneiderlin moved to Everton in January 1last_img read more

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