Gayle, Lewis inspire Patriots to CPL playoffs

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Half-centuries from captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Evin Lewis propelled in-form St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a handsome 37-run victory over reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League here Monday night.Gayle stroked an unbeaten 71 off 55 deliveries while Lewis got 69 off 39 balls in a man-of-the-match effort as the hosts amassed 208 for three off their 20 overs – the highest total of this year’s campaign.Mohammad Nabi and Carlos Brathwaite chipped in with cameos, the Afghan blasting 29 off 12 balls and the Windies Twenty20 captain belting 26 from 13 deliveries.In reply, Tallawahs made a good fist of the run chase, managing to end on 171 for seven off their allotted 20 overs.Opener Trevon Griffith top-scored with 42 while opening partner Glenn Phillips and all-rounder Rovman Powell both chipped in with 31, but the target proved outside their reach.Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the best bowler with three for 35.The result saw Patriots move to 11 points and continue in second, one point behind leaders Trinbago Knight Riders. Tallawahs remained third on eight points.Sent in at Warner Park, Patriots were given a fine start by the left-handed pair of Gayle and Lewis who put on 110 off 75 balls.Gayle counted four fours and four sixes as he marked his second half-century of the season and went past 200 runs.Lewis, meanwhile, struck five fours and six sixes, as he too passed 200 runs for the campaign with his second half-century.He was moving into high gear when he skied a heave at seamer Odean Smith and was caught by the wicketkeeper in the 13th over.Brathwaite then arrived to add 41 off 24 balls for the second wicket, courtesy of a pair of fours and sixes, before Nabi pitched in with a four and three sixes in posting a further 50 for the third wicket also with Gayle.In reply, Tallawahs were carried by openers Griffith and Phillips who put on 64 off 53 balls for the first wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase.While Griffith smashed four fours and two sixes in a 36-ball knock, New Zealander Phillips punched two fours and a six off 27 deliveries.Griffith’s demise – caught at mid-off off a Jonathan Carter full toss – triggered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 46 runs to leave Tallawahs struggling on 110 for five in the 15th over.Requiring a virtual miracle at this stage, Tallawahs were energised by a 39-run, sixth-wicket partnership off 21 balls between Powell and McCarthy but it fell far short of what was required.last_img read more

Takeaways from Syracuse’s scrimmage against Lehigh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As the buzzer sounded to end the third period, Jakob Phaup was shoved to the ground by Christian McHugh. Phaup stood and exchanged words with the Lehigh midfielder, but then ran back to the Syracuse bench. SU and Lehigh did plenty of talking on Saturday afternoon at Lazer Stadium, starting in warm ups. The Orange fell to Lehigh, 14-10, in their third and final scrimmage of the fall. Here are three takeaways from the game. Time and spaceSyracuse’s defense huddled with goalie Drake Porter outside the goal crease for the third time just over three minutes into the scrimmage. Twice, Christian Mule had cut across the face of goal, received the ball and fired it past Porter. For Lehigh’s second goal, two defenders converged on a cut to the middle, opening up space at the restraining line for a long shot. Throughout the game, SU’s defense was a step behind Lehigh attackers, giving them space to fire shots. Porter improved in the second quarter to limit the Mountain Hawks to two goals, but both came when the left wing was left unattended as Lehigh swung the ball around the outside of the SU defense. The backside defender again lost his mark on the right side to start the second half and backup goalie Luke Strang could do nothing but stand and watch as the ball furrowed into his cage. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was a sharp reminder of the youth in the Orange’s defensive corps. Tyson Bomberry, who co-led Syracuse in caused turnovers and was second in ground balls, graduated. The other co-leader in caused turnovers from last season, Nick Mellen, will have to fill that gap on the field and as a leader. Big names shineTucker Dordevic missed all of last season with a foot injury. Chase Scanlan was part of the Loyola team that knocked Syracuse out of last year’s NCAA tournament. Both are playing for SU this year and showed the most creativity of the players in orange and white on Saturday. Scanlan, along with the rest of the SU offense, took time to get going, but he contributed two first-half goals. First, he spun off a Lehigh defender, leaving him on the ground, and looked off the goalie with a fake pass. He finished the play with a no-look finish. For his second goal, Scanlan took a feed to the right of the Lehigh goalie. Tip-toeing around the crease, he snuck his shot into the net. Dordevic didn’t find twine but was the focal point of the Syracuse offense. He was given freedom to keep the ball and try and dodge the Lehigh defenders. He roamed from behind the net to the wings and all the way up to the top of the restraining box. The closest he got to a goal was when he beat his defender with speed and rung his shot off the post. It was clear that he will be the playmaker in the Orange offense this season. Stagnant offenseDordevic took a pass on the right wing with 75 seconds on the shot clock and drifted down behind the net. For the next 15 seconds, he held the ball, trying to dodge past his defender and get to the side of the net. Without finding any openings, he flung it over the cage and past everyone for an over-and-back. Syracuse’s offense for most of the afternoon forced its star players to have to create without much movement from the other attackers. It led to an 11-6 hole heading into the fourth quarter. Most of Syracuse’s goals in the first three quarters came in transition. It was the most space it had all afternoon. But when Lehigh tracked back and forced SU into half-field sets, the Orange struggled. Lehigh packed the middle, and Syracuse swung the ball around the outside without many looks inside. When it gained position behind the net, there weren’t hard cuts to the sides to gain openings. It took until midway through the final frame for Syracuse to find space in the middle of the Lehigh defense. Jake Nelson took a pass with his back to the net, surrounded by defenders, and flicked the ball behind his back and into the goal. Then Pete Fiorini waltzed toward the front of the goal to bring the lead down to three goals. Without Dordevic and Scanlan on the field, Syracuse finally moved and looked to cut open the Lehigh defense with passing.  Comments Published on October 26, 2019 at 4:57 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder last_img read more

Essien up for Blues utility role

first_imgChelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists he does not mind where he plays for the Blues under manager Jose Mourinho.Essien will return to Stamford Bridge this season following a hugely successful season-long loan spell under Mourinho at Real Madrid.The versatile Ghanaian played both at right-back and in his familiar defensive midfield position at the Bernebeu and was one of Los Blancos’ most consistent players last season.And the former Lyon man says he is prepared to fulfil whatever role the club needs him to, as he looks to translate his successes in La Liga back to the Premier League.“I don’t mind playing anywhere for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho,” the 30-year-old told“I am always positive and I will work hard and make myself always available for him. “Where I play doesn’t matter just put me on the pitch and I will do the business for the club. I don’t have much to prove. I have done it all, so I just go out there, work hard and win games.”last_img read more

Susic Leaves Definitely: Four Names as Potential Successors?

first_img(Source: Sportcentar) After the historical success and placement on the World Championship, Safet Susic will leave the position of selector of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In the previous 43 matches, Pape achieved 21 victories, 15 defeats and 7 draws.The speculations on the possible  successors of Safet Susic started. Apparently, the main candidate is Dušan Bajević, but also there are names of Mehmed Baždarević and Faruk Hadžibegić. Some argue that the former captain of our national team Sergej Barbarez may also be the next selector.There will be a lot of work in front of the key people of national team. Namely, in September the qualifications for the European Championships in 2016 will begin. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in a group with Belgium, Israel, Cyprus, Wales and Andorra.last_img read more

Olympia’s Own Stars Come Out For “8” The Play

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0 In California, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jamie Lee Curtis took the stage to read the play “8” in 2011. In Olympia, our own “star” performers – among them Clarke Hallum, Brian Tyrrell, Gwen Haw, Brenda Amburgy, Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, Peter Kappler, Andrew Gordon and Samantha Chandler – will perform in a two-night-only run of a historic play.“8” will make its premiere in Olympia at the Washington Center at 7:30 pm on September 28 and 29.The play “8” was written by Oscar Winning director Dustin Lance Black, and is based on research and transcripts from Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the 2010 federal court battle that dealt with the legality of Prop. 8, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. The play uses actual court transcripts from the federal trial of California’s Proposition 8 and first-hand interviews. “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.“In this production, we are excited to have stars from every stage in the South Sound,” said producer Ned Hayes. “For two nights only, you get to see some of the best actors from 5th Avenue, Harlequin, Capital Playhouse, Olympia Family Theater, and Theater Artists of Olympia, all on stage together!”The Olympia production includes a cast of over twenty actors. Performers include Peter Kappler, who has performed in numerous leading roles at Harlequin Theater; Clarke Hallum, who originated the title role in the new Broadway production of “A Christmas Story” and appeared in that role in Chicago and in Seattle; Gwen Haw, most recently seen in the lead role of “Hello Dolly” at Capital Playhouse; Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, who appeared in 5th Avenue’s production of “Oklahoma” and “Cinderella” in 2012; Samantha Chandler, the managing director of Olympia Family Theater (OFT); Scott Douglas, who appeared as “Polonius” in “Hamlet” from Animal Fire Theater in summer 2012; Heather Christopher, leading light at Theater Artists of Olympia; Andrew Gordon, whose adaptation of “Wind in the Willows” opens on the OFT stage in 2012; and theater critic and director Christian Carvajal, whose work has been seen on stage at Olympia Little Theater and Lakewood Playhouse.The “8” website — — includes an online video of the performance with Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, George Clooney, Jaime Lee Curtis and other screen luminaries in Los Angeles in 2011. Olympia’s own reading and performance is listed on the same website – details and tickets at Olympia production was organized by Olympia minister Carol McKinley, a community minister affiliated with Olympia’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation.“The play faithfully portray opinions that are both pro LGBTQ marriage, as well as voices that are against marriage equality,” said McKinley. “We want to fairly represent the arguments that were in the court case in California.”McKinley worked with local theater promoter Ned Hayes to bring the work to stage here in Olympia. Hayes previously produced an 8-hour staged reading of “Paradise Lost” with Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book in Seattle and has worked with several local theaters, including Olympia Family Theater and Capital Playhouse.Brian Tyrrell is directing this production of “8.” Tyrrell’s credits run from the Intiman Theatre in Seattle to the National Shakespeare Company in New York. Centralia College publications describe Tyrrell as “perhaps the premier dramatic arts director in the state.” Tyrrell is currently a professor at Centralia College and is past artistic director of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He is a member of Actors Equity, and was Associate Artistic Director of the Tacoma Actors Guild. He has directed on many South Sound stages ranging from Harlequin to Capital Playhouse.Playwright Dustin Lance Black created the successful television show “Big Love,” and also wrote and directed the Academy Award Winning movie “Milk” about the life of Harvey Milk and the movie “J. Edgar.” Black created the play “8” in light of the federal court system’s refusal to allow release of video recordings from the trial and to give the public a true account of what transpired in the courtroom.The play is written in the style of verbatim theatre reenactment, using transcripts from the trial and journalist records, along with interviews from the plaintiffs, defendants and proponents involved. The audience of this play will learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony and will understand the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In May 2009, AFER filed a lawsuit, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of plaintiffs, two same-sex couples, to challenge a voter-approved constitutional amendment, known as Proposition 8, that eliminated same-sex couples’ right to marry. The same-sex couples were represented by David Boies and former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, two high profile attorneys who opposed each other in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Bush v. Gore. In the Olympia production, Peter Kappler plays David Boies and Scott Douglas plays Theodore Olson.The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, sponsors of the play, have licensed the play for readings nationwide. “8” first opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City on September 19, 2011, and later broadcast worldwide from the Ebell of Los Angeles on March 3, 2012. The September 28 and 29 performances are the only licensed productions in Olympia. After the performance, the artists will engage in a post-show discussion with the audience, facilitated by State Representative Chris Reykdal and other local figures who have been involved in the Washington State marriage equality debate.last_img read more

Can Kojo Prove Prophetic against Meteors on Saturday?

first_imgNational U-23 head coach Thomas Kojo is an optimist in the face of what others would describe as a burden, and I admire him for that.Losing 2-0 to Ghana’s Black Meteors last Sunday at the Tamale Sports Stadium in the first leg of the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers, Kojo told journalists in Ghana that he is hopeful of qualification. Kojo will be inspiring his boys for the return leg at the same venue on Saturday, May 2. Kojo said his team’s overall output in the first encounter was good except few mistakes. “We have a good side. All our plans went well except…few mistakes that led to the two goals.  “Technically, we got what we wanted. Our approach, not hundred per cent though, overall we are impressed.” I am not sure Kojo is arguing that losing 2-0 was the objective of the match but it made sense to speculate that he had had the premonition of losing more than two goals. News reports indicated that Kojo adopted the 4-5-1 system. “The 4-5-1 system is both defensive and offensive,” Kojo admitted. It means that in the first leg, he had four players at the defense, five in the midfield and one on the top. Clearly, concentrating on defense with a player on the top would not threaten their opponents and it was the reason that Black Meteors had a field day, with their domination. But Liberia’s best period game in what a reporter described as, “during the dying embers of the game.” That was after Jr. Lone Star broke away from the 4-5-1 system and began to attack. Though the system may have prevented more goals against Jr. Lone Star, it did not help to threaten the Ghanaians. And though striker Sporo Somah, Prince Saydee, Herron Berrian and goalkeeper Allengton Sembeh proved outstanding, playing the 4-5-1 will hurt Jr. Lone Star on Saturday. Fact is that now the team must score 3-0 to qualify, and with the Ghanaians enjoying a comfortable 2-0 lead, Kojo’s hope to qualify sounds anything but a big HOPE. Another difficulty Kojo encountered was blending the foreign based players with the locals. His reason? “I never had the time to see them play together,” Kojo said of Sporo, Herron and Cooper. Then of course during the game when Jr. Lone Star could not make use of the few chances they created.“We created some good chances but we were robbed by poor finishing; we will indeed work on our scoring techniques,” was Kojo’s promise, all within a week? Kojo’s positive outlook on the two-tie game in Ghana should give his boys the fighting spirit beyond Saturday’s game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ELBC Workers Union Draws Attention to Dilapidated Building

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Broadcasting System’s Workers Union has called on government and the general public to contribute towards the renovation of houses on the ELBC compound.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Moses G. Dorbor said the dilapidated conditions of the buildings have reduced space for various functions at the station, leading to workers being restricted to one building.“I am moved as a leader and a citizen with an intelligent mind to say that ELBC needs to experience better postwar benefits. For a little over 10 years now we have had peace and continue using this state broadcaster to inform, educate and entertain people of all walks of life, but we still see these buildings continue to lie in ruin since the civil war ended,” he said.“Holding all factors constant that this is our ‘Nation’s Pride,’ the government needs to see reason to prioritize the renovation of these buildings,” said Dorbor.LBS sources estimate that about US$1.5 million is needed to address the infrastructural problems of the state run broadcast entity.“Veteran media practitioners who served ELBC and every Liberian are encouraged to contribute towards the rebuilding of the offices and staff quarters at LBS that are important to the running of the station,” he continued.According to him, the daily intake for services at the station cannot amount to the sum that can possibly mitigate the pressing challenges.The LBS Workers Union president said though donors sympathize with ELBC, they are not responsible to do it all.“The international media institutions that come to help us,” he said, “have business oriented motives and are not prepared to do everything.”He said International media like BBC, CCTV and RFI collaborate with foreign media entities in order to get their frequencies active worldwide, but are not responsible to do everything for the station.Meanwhile, Mr. Dorbor appealed to the government to increase the budget of LBS from US$800,000 to an amount that will meet the present economic realities, because the current allotment cannot meet the needs of the station. He said maintenance of the generator, salary payments and stationery, among others, are basic pressing needs of the station that the above amount cannot totally address.He praised all his LBS colleagues for their level of cooperation in realizing successes thought to be impossible in times past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Otiesha” charged with rape of teen boy

first_imgOtis “Otiesha” Pearson was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years. This incident allegedly occurred on December 24, 2017.The 40-year-old Pearson, of Lot 61 Station Street, Kitty Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge. He was placed on bail in the sum ofOtis “Otiesha” Pearson$300,000, and is expected to return to court on June 19.RECAPOtis Pearson was arrested by Police on March 6, 2018 after the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) had closed its investigation into the alleged rape of a child in February.According to CCPA Head Ann Greene, the Agency had gathered statements from a number of persons, including the child in the middle of the controversy.The investigation was launched when Pearson was reportedly heard in an interview reporting that he has “a little boy for every day of the week.”The statement quickly became a serious matter when a photo of Pearson hugging a lad was leaked on Facebook.Investigations revealed that the lad was indeed below the age of 16, and was being bullied after the photos were leaked.last_img read more

PPP lashes out at PNC for fabricating story of “fake birth certificates” in Lethem

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has labelled the recent claims of its Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Essequibo) office issuing fake birth certificates to persons as not only false, but noted that it shows the desperation of the APNU/AFC coalition Government as elections looms.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn Friday the State’s newspaper published an article in which the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the leading party in the APNU fraction of the coalition – Region Nine Chairperson, Wendella Franklin alleges that the PPP Region Nine office is issuing fake birth certificates. However, in a statement on Friday, the PPP pointed out that this “false accusation” is demonstrative of the Government’s increasing desperation since the successful passage of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“Having failed abysmally in office through unbridled ineptitude and corruption and having failed in its sinister plan to disenfranchise thousands of Guyanese through House-to-House Registration, the caretaker Government will continue to fabricate scenarios to distract from its unrestrained violation of the Constitution and the rule of law,” the party contended.It went on to say in the missive that the taxpayer-funded State newspaper has been usurped as the mouthpiece of the dominant party in the coalition, the PNCR, which will spare no effort to wantonly spread misinformation to deliberately mislead and to create a sense of uneasiness as election looms. To this end, the PPP called on Guyanese not to be misled by the increasingly desperate APNU/AFC caretaker Government.“The PPP urges that Guyanese not succumb to the deviousness of this most desperate APNU/AFC caretaker Government,” Friday’s missive stated.Only on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accused the caretaker coalition Government of misleading Guyanese with the conduct of House-to-House Registration.According to reports, Public Relations Officer attached to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Yolanda Ward had said the matter would be looked into. However, efforts by this newspaper to solicit an update from her on the matter to ascertain whether these claims were true or not proved futile.These new allegations come as the controversial House-to-House Registration comes to an early end today. The exercise, which the PPP had long opposed saying it would delay the hosting of early elections, was scrapped by the Justice Claudette Singh-led Elections Commission on Tuesday.GECOM said that the information gathered thus far via the H2H exercise will be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database. The Commission said too that it will be moving to an extensive Claims and Objections exercise but no date was set for this.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday argued that the merging of the data will not only create duplication within the database but will further delay the hosting of General and Regional elections to April 2020, which is what the PNC-led coalition wants.Jagdeo noted that there is a much simpler way of ensuring that everyone, including new registrants, gets on the voters’ list. He explained that of the 285,000 registrations that were obtained during the H2H exercise, only approximately 2000 are new registrants.As such, instead of adding the more than 280,000 registrations to the existing National Register of Registrants database, which would cause massive repetition, the Opposition Leader said GECOM should filter out those new registrants and have them re-register at their local divisions.This, he added, will save some three months off the merging process.“With this merger, the optimistic scenario is to go to Claims and Objections in November because the merger will make about three months and then elections on the 27th April, next year. So you understand this merger will not improve the database. It’s a delaying tactic once again,” Jagdeo stressed.last_img read more


first_imgONE of Donegal’s biggest farms is set to be auctioned off by its owners – and could fetch up to €20M.The 2,400 acre An Grianan Estate at Burt is one of Europe’s largest organic farms – it has 1,900 acres of prime farmland and 500 acres of lakes.It is currently owned by the agri-good business Donegal Investment Group – the new name for Donegal Creameries. The land was all reclaimed from Lough Swilly and includes its own pump house and extensive drainage system.It has a 500-cow herd.Auctioneers Savills has been appointed to handle the land sale with anything between €15M and €20M expected.Dublin-listed Donegal Investment Group saw pretax profits fall by more than 10 per cent last year despite a rise in turnover. The food group, which rebranded from Donegal Creameries in 2013, operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments. It has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil.Donegal recorded full-year pre-tax profits of €3.7 million versus €4.2 million in 2014 on revenues that were up 2.7 per cent from €81 million to €82.9 million. Operating profit increased from €900,000 to €1 million.The group said that as with 2014, last year saw continued challenges for its produce seed potato business and further progress for its speciality dairy division.Donegal’s balance sheet remained reasonably strong with shareholder funds of €60.7 million.Net debt reduced by €4.6million, primarily due to the proceeds of the sale of the Ballyraine Halls student accommodation in Letterkenny. MASSIVE DONEGAL FARM GOES ON MARKET WITH €20 MILLION PRICE TAG was last modified: June 5th, 2016 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:auctionBURTDonegal CreameriesDonegal INvestment Groupfarmlast_img read more