Tweak eligibility rule – Ambrose

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Legendary former pacer Sir Curtly Ambrose says tweaks need to be made to the controversial eligibility rule in order to have the best players available for West Indies duty.Sir Curtly, who currently serves as a West Indies team bowling consultant, said while he appreciated the objective of the rule, the overall focus should be on ensuring that the region always fielded its best XI.”I still believe that there are a few guys out there who I believe can play the ODIs and the Test cricket but there are criteria that you have to play the first-class cricket here in the region to be selected or eligible for Test cricket, and you have to also play the regional one-day tournament to play for the ODI [team],” Ambrose said.”I can understand that because you must have some structure, but I still believe that we should be looking to get our best team.”I am not saying guys should just walk into the team willy-nilly, but if there is a situation where guys are available and we are looking to get our best team, I still believe we should get them in.”Currently, the West Indies Cricket Board requires players to make themselves available for the Regional First Class Championship in order to qualify for the Test team. Similarly, players need to play the Regional Super50 if they are to be considered for selection for ODIs.However, many of the leading players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, and Sunil Narine all ply their trade in Twenty20 tournaments across the globe, often conflicting with the scheduling of Caribbean tournaments.For instance, the Australian Big Bash clashed with the Regional Super50 last January, and West Indies players opted for the T20 tournament.Weakened squadThis means that West Indies are likely to have a weakened squad for the upcoming Tri-Series in June involving South Africa and Australia.Sir Curtly, one of the finest fast bowlers the sport has seen, advocates for a better relationship between the players and administrators in order to address the many existing issues.”If you have a better relationship or a great relationship, I believe the cricket will get better because guys will go to play cricket feeling relaxed, knowing that their business off the field is being taken care of, so all they have to worry about is playing cricket,” the Antiguan said.”I honestly believe a better relationship between board and players will change our cricket and make it better.”last_img read more

San Miguel-Alab coasts to 8th win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Balkman fired 21 points while Josh Urbiztondo notched 17 points built on five triples as Alab rolled to its eighth win in 12 games to move within half a game off Thailand club Mono Vampire at third spot.Justin Brownlee also had another solid outing with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Ray Parks Jr. poured 16 points for Alab which now owns two road wins over the Slingers this season.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 folkIn another match, former PBA first round pick Keith Jensen powered CLS Indonesia Knights to an 82-72 victory over Westports Malaysia Dragons at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Jensen, who replaced compatriot Rudy Lingganay, debuted with 18 points. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas partnership got off to a rousing start in the Asean Basketball League on Sunday.With Renaldo Balkman leading another balanced charge, Alab hammered out an 82-69 victory over the Singapore Slingers for its fifth straight win at OCBC Arena in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas stops yet another challenger 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Corriverton Town Council suspends treasurer over financial irregularities

first_imgCorriverton MayorWinston RobertsThe Corriverton Town Council wants the Local Government Commission (LGC) to dismiss its Treasurer, whom it alleges has been engaged in gross financial irregularities, causing the Council to be in debt.In a recent statement, Corriverton Mayor Winston Roberts said the Council has written the Commission about the Treasurer’s actions and recommended that she be dismissed after sending her on administrative leave last week.According to Roberts, this decision was taken after it was uncovered that she deliberately misled the Council, kept inaccurate records and could not account for an expenditure of some $3.2 million.“As a direct of result of the municipal Treasurer’s actions, the Council spent money that it never had in 2017/2018, and now finds itself in a deficit of $3.2 million for the year 2019. This will adversely affect the execution of a number of projects and the delivery of services by the Council. Needless to say, the Council has been placed in an embarrassing position,” the Mayor lamented.Roberts explained that the glaring deficit was discovered back in February upon examination of the Council’s records and financial statements prepared by the Treasurer. According to the Mayor, the Council has been requesting a proper explanation from the Treasurer on the matter but she had been giving several different explanations.“One explanation given by the municipal Treasurer is that the sum of $3.2 was utilised to purchase a skid steer in the year 2016. However, the records of the Council that were prepared by the Treasurer shows no expenditure in the year 2016,” Roberts stated.Furthermore, the Mayor went on to claim that before a decision was made, the Treasurer’s personal file was reviewed by the Councillors and it was revealed that due to her “gross incompetence”, the Council lost in excess of $3.6 million in rates and taxes from the Black Bush Rice Milling Company for the period 2007 to 2016, which she claimed was a miscalculation.“For this infraction, the Council had recommended to the Local Government Commission that the [Treasurer] be suspended but no action was taken by the Local Government Commission to date. Taking the above matters into consideration and other infractions, the Council immediately after its ordinary meeting dispatched a letter to the Local Government Commission with its recommendation. Given the serious nature of the issues raised, the Council is expecting swift action from the Local Government Commission. It is hoped that there will be no foot-dragging,” the mayor posited.On the other hand, however, Roberts revealed that despite being sent on leave on May 22, the Treasure turned up to work the following day and declared that she spoke with “her people” at the Local Government Commission and “she is not going anywhere” and that “no one can touch her from the Council.”In light of this, the Corriverton Mayor said the Council has taken the necessary steps to secure all records and the office of the Town Council. He said the Council holds strong of its decision to send the Treasurer on administrative leave pending any investigations or decisions of the LGC since it has “absolutely no confidence” in her, and that her continued presence on the job will undermine any investigation undertaken.Nevertheless, Mayor Roberts pointed out that despite the glaring financial irregularities uncovered involving public funds, the Commission seems “quite comfortable” with the Treasurer remaining on the job pending a decision.Chairman of LGCMortimer Mingolast_img read more

3 `Mod Squad’ Dems locked out of offices

first_imgSenate President pro tem Don Perata flashed a show of power Monday by locking three moderate Democratic senators out of their offices after they attended a fundraiser last week. The Oakland Democrat apparently was irked that the three Southern California lawmakers – Sens. Ron Calderon of Montebello, Gloria Negrete-McLeod of Montclair and Lou Correa of Garden Grove – attended a dinner in Sacramento held by pro-business Assembly Democrats who call themselves the “Mod Squad.” Senate Democrats have an unwritten rule forbidding members from joining caucuses except those reflecting gender, geography or ethnicity – such as the Latino or rural caucuses – mostly as a way to keep lawmakers from forming voting blocs that could hinder the party’s agenda. Perata would not comment, saying he wanted to keep the issue confined to those concerned. But the sergeant at arms, Tony Beard, confirmed that he’d had the locks changed on all three members’ office doors. By the end of the day, two of the three locked-out senators had received new keys and were back in their offices. “It’s a matter among members,” Perata said, “… nothing more than that.” But it was clear that Perata sought to send a signal to lawmakers who might be hoping to assert themselves as a voting bloc challenging Perata’s leadership or agenda: They could find themselves out in the cold. All three were part of the Assembly’s moderate caucus in the past legislative session, and were responsible for killing a number of pro-consumer Senate bills they saw as harmful to business. “They’re now in the Senate,” Perata said. Getting things done is hard enough, said John Burton, Perata’s predecessor as Senate leader, without having to worry about a group of lawmakers challenging the leadership. “Don’s probably sending a message, that you’re either a team player with the Democrats, or go get an office in the Esquire building with the Chamber of Commerce,” Burton said. But one staffer said it was an overreaction to an innocent gathering. “There’s not an organized bloc and they’re not meeting in private,” said the staffer, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid antagonizing Perata. “That’s why we’re all scratching our heads.” Calderon said he’d ordered new locks on his door earlier this year, so he wasn’t surprised to find the doors locked Monday. He had no idea he’d been locked out as a punishment for meeting with other pro-business Democrats. “There’s nothing going on with the moderate caucus in the Senate, so I don’t know why he did this,” he said. “I’ve never been admonished about a moderate caucus. Perata would never tell us we can’t join a caucus.” Negrete-McLeod’s staff members were able to get back into their office by late Monday morning, said her chief of staff, Don Wilcox. Correa’s office was the only one still locked by the end of the business day Monday, likely because he had yet to meet with Perata. He said he was scheduled to meet with Perata following the afternoon session. The only member of the Senate moderates who didn’t attend the fundraiser was Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys, who said he hadn’t heard about the lock-out. He also said he was unaware of a ban on vote-bloc caucuses. Some observers say Padilla has already paid for trying to assert himself among Senate Democrats. When Padilla’s name surfaced as a potential challenger to Perata’s leadership post, Perata withheld committee chairmanships from him, assigning him to the rules committee – seated very close to Perata, who happens to be the chairman. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101160Want 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

2 engineers to be 1st of their kind

first_imgGaudi, who is wrapping up one major class project and a few minor ones before graduating this month, has already landed a job with Northrop Grumman. She will be working on the F-35 fighter fuselage program in Palmdale. “That’s the whole idea of the program – grow your own engineers,” Gaudi said. “The idea is getting engineers who are used to the environment here and who don’t get freaked out when they come here and don’t see any trees.” The degrees will be awarded to Gaudi and Hecker by Fresno State University. Although the two did not have access to the same resources as their counterparts at the main campus, the curriculum was was the same. “It is a full-fledged engineering curriculum,” Hecker said. “It’s not some watered-down version.” The Lancaster University Center is the product of more than seven years of effort to address the region’s need for engineers. In addition to Fresno State, the partners in the effort are Lancaster city government, the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Antelope Valley College, California State University, Bakersfield, and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. LANCASTER There were lonely classes and long trips for laboratory work, but Rebecca Gaudi and Richard Hecker are about to become the Antelope Valley’s first “homegrown” engineers. Gaudi and Hecker will be the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Lancaster University Center, a collaborative effort among academia, municipal government, the Air Force and NASA to allow students to complete their engineering course work in the Antelope Valley. Gaudi will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, while Hecker will receive a degree in electrical engineering. The program is structured so students can take their freshman and sophomore courses at Antelope Valley College and then complete their upper-division work at the center, located at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Division Street north of AvenueI. The courses are offered in a mix of classes with a teacher in the classroom and computer-based classes from a distance. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the program is academically the same as at the main campus,” said Jeigh Shelley, a rocket lab researcher who is teaching at the center. “Having the program here is very important. There’s an incredible demand for engineers in the valley.” The center celebrated a major milestone last month when it opened its own mechanical-engineering lab. “We now have all the equipment to run all the laboratories,” Shelley said. “Commuting out of the area is no longer necessary.” For Gaudi, a single mom with two young children, having the center meant she was able to stay with her own mom while getting her education. “I could take care of her, and she could support me,” Gaudi said. “I took all my classes here. I did go to Fresno a handful of times – once to tour a facility for a design project.” For Hecker, there was one semester that required about a dozen trips to Fresno for lab work. Another class required a daylong lab session at Fresno to finish an assignment that couldn’t be done locally at the time. Hecker will take one last trip to Fresno to make a project presentation before graduating this spring. In addition to her Fresno trips, Gaudi also had to do some work one semester at the rocket lab because the center didn’t have the mechanical lab at the time. There are some drawbacks to distance learning. On campus, students have ready access to resources, such as counseling and support groups. “At a remote location, you are on your own,” Hecker said. There were also some lonely classes for both Gaudi and Hecker. “When I started the program, 90percent of the time I was the only student taking the class,” Hecker said. “I was taking classes with no one around.” Gaudi said in the majority of her classes she was either alone or with one other student. The biggest class had five students. The center currently has 13 students. “I’m happy the opportunity was here for me, and I hope it’s here for generations of engineers to come,” Hecker said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want 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

Fraser Institute highlights growing debt across the country

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — A new study concludes interest payments on debt, piled up by all three levels of Canadian government, continue to be a major problem.The Fraser Institute study found, at the expense of other budget priorities, federal, provincial and local governments spent $60.8 billion on debt interest payments in the 2014-15 fiscal.That was nearly equal the $62.2 billion in the latest year of available data, spent on kindergarten to grade twelve education.- Advertisement -In addition, according to the Institute’s associate director of provincial prosperity, Ben Eisen, it’s anticipated the risk associated with rising interest rates is also about to rise.Citing 2015-16 numbers, the study puts Ontario at the top of the provincial list with a debit interest payment total of $11.3 billion, $1 billion more than second place Quebec’s total, which is four times more than that of third place B-C at $2.5 billion.All the other provincial totals are under $1 billion but the payments for Newfoundland/Labrador, at $888 million, the fourth highest provincial total, are also the highest percentage of provincial revenue at 12.7 per cent.Advertisement Quebec is the only other province in double digits on that chart, at 10.3 per cent, with BC at 5.4, trailing only Saskatchewan and Alberta at 3.7 and 1.8 per cent respectively.last_img read more

‘Imperious’ Man City shouldn’t be worried about Champions League draw, claims Ray Wilkins

first_imgRay Wilkins expects Manchester City to qualify from the Champions League group stages ‘quite comfortably’, despite being drawn against the toughest opponents in this season’s competition.City will face Juventus, Sevilla and impressive German outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach in Group D, which will provide more of a test than their Premier League rivals.Man United have been drawn against PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg; Chelsea will play Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Group G; while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich once again, along with Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.Despite claiming two Premier League titles, City have struggled to perform at Europe’s top table since their big-money takeover, with the Blues never progressing past the last 16.But, following their ‘imperious’ start to the season, former England captain Wilkins believes Manuel Pellegrini’s side will storm to the knock-out stages.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Aston Villa assistant coach said: “It’s a tough group, but when you look at the squad Manchester City have, and the way they’ve started the Premier League, you would expect them to qualify quite comfortably, because they do look exceptional“They shouldn’t be worrying about anybody. They’ve got probably one of the best squads in world football, so should they be worrying about Borussia Monchengladbach?“They way City have started, they’ve been absolutely imperious.“It’s not just the football, it’s the speed in which they’re playing as well – the ball is like a pinball machine with them.“Chelsea – for me – are the team to beat in the Premier League, but City just tore them apart.“I don’t think they should worry about anyone in the Champions League, because they have a squad of players who are quite exceptional.”last_img read more

Joey Barton finally gets Championship winners’ medal after embarrassing mix-up

first_img1 Joey Barton looks glum after initally missing out on Championship winners’ medal Joey Barton and James Tarkowski finally received their Championship winners’ medals on Tuesday having been left empty-handed during Burnley’s promotion parade.The Clarets had celebrated returning to the Premier League in front of thousands of fans on Monday at a ceremony where they were also awarded their champions’ trophy.They had been made to wait two days for that honour, following a controversial order from the Football League not to hand the silverware out at an opposing ground, and Barton and Tarkowski then missed out on the chance to collect a medal like the rest of their team-mates because of an administrative mix-up.The east Lancashire club had only requested 25 medals and they had already been distributed by the time defender Tarkowski and one-time England cap Barton came out with their colleagues for the trophy presentation.However, the error has now been rectified after Burnley uploaded a picture on to their Twitter account of the pair clutching medals alongside the caption: “Thanks to @SkyBet and @football_league for these. #Champions.”Both Barton and Tarkowski also posted images onto social media having played down the incident on Monday night.Defender Tarkowski, who only made four appearances for the Clarets following his mid-season switch from Brentford, had joked he would “use it as a coaster for my hot chocolates now” before saying “It’s not even big enough to fit brew on, I’m sending it back!!”The Football League’s decision not to hand Burnley the trophy on the pitch at The Valley following their 3-0 title-clinching win over Charlton was criticised by players, including Barton, and a delegate from the governing body was jeered by Clarets supporters at the ceremony on Monday.Barton, 33, then refused to lift the cup when it was passed around Dyche’s squad, instead preferring to celebrate with an inflatable version, as the team had done at the weekend.last_img read more

PRIEST SLAMS PEOPLE FOR PUTTING SHOPPING BEFORE MASS

first_imgA Donegal parish priest has slammed people for choosing shopping malls as their new places of worship.Fr Martin Colum said more and more people now prefer to spend their Sundays buying clothes and material things than going to mass.The priest spoke out as he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his own church, St Peters in Milford. “What does the future hold? What will we pass on to our tortured youth – that which our ancestors passed onto us?“The modern day church for many is the shopping malls, the cathedrals of consumerism with Gucci, Channel, Calvin Klein, Boss or whatever their God is at that moment of time.“There is a danger that the church will be out on the fringes…on the margins and not at the centre of our lives in the future,” he said.Fr Colum said he refused to accept people who claimed they didn’t go to mass anymore but practiced their faith at home. And he added that churches were not places that could simply be wrapped up and rolled out for special occasions like weddings and funerals and then left as an empty building.“This is a self service religion where we can pick and choose,” he said.EndsPRIEST SLAMS PEOPLE FOR PUTTING SHOPPING BEFORE MASS was last modified: June 24th, 2011 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

Colts roll over Diamond Ranch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our defensive line did a great job of penetrating and redirecting to the football,’ Thomas said. Covina’s offensive attack was paced by senior running back Art Combest, who had 116 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. The Colts came out of the gates strong with Combest scoring on a 64-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. “Art did a good job of running the ball, receiving and returning punts,’ Thomas said. Covina’s junior quarterback, Michael McDonough, also had an impressive night. He threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown and recorded a sack on defense. With the win, Covina improved its record to 4-1. Thomas was quick to recognize that league play is most important. “We played a good complete game tonight,’ Thomas said. “Now it’s a new season and we’re 0-0. We have a lot to work on. We need to improve our fundamentals and cut down on our penalties.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA — Diamond Ranch High School’s Joshua Sifuentes is a talented quarterback, but it was very difficult for him to display it Friday night. Sifuentes was pressured all night long in his team’s 37-0 nonleague loss to Covina. center_img The Colts’ ball-hawking defense sacked Sifuentes nine times as it brought multiple blitzes. Junior linebacker Manny Esquivel recorded three of the nine sacks. Covina coach Darryl H. Thomas credited defensive linemen Ralph Diaz, Kenneth Toms and Rory Parker for their strong performances. last_img read more