Bishoo hails Brathwaite after strong Windies start

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):For the third straight match, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was reduced to watching from the sidelines, but that did not prevent him from having a profound impact on the opening day of the third Test here yesterday.Brathwaite has failed to make the final XI in the series, but with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo’s confidence sagging after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq put him to the sword, the reserve player was quick to respond, encouraging his teammate to remain on top of his game and not to let his head drop.The net effect was that Bishoo went on to claim four for 74 and trigger a slide in the final hour, which saw Pakistan crash from 230 for four to 255 for eight at the close.”He (Misbah) tried to get after me in the second Test match. He tried to pick me off … attack me a bit, but, in this game, I tried to do the basics. I tried to bowl my lengths [in] my areas and don’t try too much,” Bishoo told reporters following the day’s play.”When I had just started my spell, I had gone for a few runs, but Carlos (Brathwaite) saw my body language was a bit down and he came and told me, ‘You need to pick up yourself.'”[He said], ‘You’ve done well in international cricket already. You got eight in the first game, so why can’t you do it again?’ And he said ‘I want to see some confidence in you’, and I started to be a bit more lively.”MULTIPLE WICKETSBishoo picked up three of the four wickets to fall late in the day, including that of Misbah, who gloved a catch behind for 53, as he attempted to reverse sweep.Misbah was one of four players to make half-centuries as 20-year-old opener Sami Aslam top-scored with 74 and Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed both made 51.With Pakistan coasting in the second session and in the first hour after tea, Bishoo said West Indies were focused on drying up the scoring and creating pressure.”In the second session, we decided if we were not going to get wickets, we were not going to let them score as much,” he said.”We were trying to keep the run rate under three [runs per over], so we tried to bowl our areas, be patient and let them make the mistakes.”The Guyanese, who took a career-best eight-wicket haul in the second innings of the historic day/night opening Test, was well supported by in-form pacer Shannon Gabriel, who once again bowled with pace to claim three for 58.Gabriel picked up two wickets in four balls in the first over of the day to reduce Pakistan to one run for two wickets.”It’s the first day of the game and I think we’ve put ourselves in a very good position and we need to capitalise from here on. The job isn’t finished as yet, but it’s good start for us on the first day,” Bishoo said.”It was a good bowling effort. I think we tried to bowl as tight as possible, tried to hold our line and lengths, and if they wanted to take the chances, they take the chances.”last_img read more

Alliance For Change

first_imgThe Alliance For Change wishes all our Muslim brothers and sisters across Guyana, the Diaspora and the world a happy and blessed Eid-ul-Adha.Eid-ul-Adha is a time when Muslims reflect on and celebrate human selflessness and self-denial in submission to God – a lesson from which we can all learn in the quest to live a life of greater inner peace and humility.The AFC recognises the invaluable contributions of the Muslim community in all spheres of life in Guyana and their quiet but commendable charity work in helping to uplift people of all faiths.We take this opportunity to once again appeal for religious tolerance and understanding in our beautiful and blessed land of diverse cultures.last_img

WAJA Boss Donates Computer to Journalism School

first_imgThe President of the West African Journalists Association-(WAJA), Mr. Peter Quaqua, has presented a new laptop computer to the ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism’-PQSJ as his initial contribution to the institution.The laptop, according to MediaAid Foundation’s Program Assistant Abersau G. Baker, will enhance the ongoing journalism training, particularly the Adobe Audition and Cool Edit session.A MediaAid release quoted Ms. Baker as saying that the WAJA president’s donation is in fulfillment of a pledge he made to trainees of the ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism’-PQSJ, during his first visit to the training session on August 10.The ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism’ is a private and media training program of MediaAid Foundation named in honor of Mr. Peter Quaqua, past president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).MediaAid Foundation’s release also announced that the journalism school will formally be launched November later this year at an elaborate ceremony, where Mr. Quaqua will get an official recognition for his struggle as an advocate for free press and social justice in Africa.Meanwhile, about forty-five trainees of the ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism’ were scheduled for a field trip Friday, August 21.The field trip, according to MediaAid Foundation, would allow the student journalists write and tell the stories of orphans at the ‘Child Survival Children Welfare Center at Bernard Farm Community and Margibi County local administration in Kakata City.The field trip is a requirement by the ‘Peter Quaqua School of Journalism to further expose and test the student journalists’ news gathering skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI to crack down on delinquent water users

first_img– unmetered car washes to be targeted; steep tampering fines proposedWith the entity’s revenues dropping, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will be cracking down on a number of delinquent water users; of which unmetered car washes are among those in its sights.This was revealed during the first public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and consumer representatives into GWI’s proposed rate hikes; a hearing that saw the entity facing questions about what it planned to do withCar washes are in the cross hairs of GWIthose who do not pay their fair share.GWI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Richard Van West-Charles sought to assuage those concerns, noting that steps are being taken to protect the company’s losses. In fact, the entity is even contemplating hikes in fines for tampering.“The public has been very helpful in helping us find many people who are stealing. The people that are stealing are not necessarily small people. They are big, commercial people,” Dr Van West-Charles explained.“We are metering every car wash and the people to the left, right, back and front of the car washes. If they give access to a car wash, they give access at their own cost,” the CEO made clear.Dr Van West-Charles revealed that a $50,000 fine for domestic customers found to be tampering with connections or the meters is on the table; while a $100,000 fine for commercial customers is also being proposed.For unmetered residential properties, GWI is already proposing a monthly fixed charge of $500 along with $1500 per month. Their metered counterparts face charges of $500 per month and $112 per cubic meter. For unmetered pensioners, a water usage charge of $740 per month is proposed, while the fixed charge will be waived.Metered non-residential customers face a monthly charge of $500 and a monthly consumption charge of $150 per cubic meter. Unmetered non-residential customers are charged based on the category of their operations… small, medium and large.All these categories are proposed to pay a fixed monthly charge of $500. In the case of small operations, it is proposed that they pay $3750 per month, while medium operations are facing a $12,000 charge. Large scale consumers can end up paying $24,000.For the sewerage tariff, GWI is proposing $417 per month for residential customers and pensioners; while a monthly charge of $2860 is being proposed for non-residential metered and unmetered small-scale consumers. Medium-scale consumers are facing a $4350 fee and large-scale consumers, a $6375 per month fee.These charges exclude ancillary charges, which will encompass fees, including reconnection charges.last_img read more

Give Rashford time to shine, insists Southgate

first_imgHowever, he has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and will be suspended for United’s next three domestic games after being sent off at Burnley before the international break.Southgate, though, used the example of England captain Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo to show that at just 20, Rashford has plenty of time on his side.“We have to remember that Harry, at that age, had hardly played anywhere near the same number of matches for Spurs,” said Southgate.“Even with some of the step-overs and things Ronaldo was doing at that age he wasn’t converting them into the number of goals.“So we have to give him time to develop. He has still played a lot of football, although maybe not continuous starts, and I’m really pleased for him that he leaves us full of confidence.”Southgate has raised concerns over the lack of opportunities afforded to English players in the Premier League, making the pool he has to select from ever shallower.Ruben Loftus-Cheek has struggled to get a game in Chelsea’s midfield © AFP / Ian KINGTONYet, he refused to criticise any of the top six managers, all of whom are foreign, for putting their own interests first.“It’s not my business to interfere with club managers. They have a difficult job to do and they have big squads at the top six, with huge competition for places.“Jose thinks the world of Marcus. He’s a huge admirer of him, but he has got his job to do. There is huge competition for places at his club so you can understand that.”Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another of England’s squad that advanced to the semi-finals of the World Cup struggling for minutes at Chelsea.The midfielder made his first start of the season against Switzerland having previously just come off the bench twice for Maurizio Sarri’s men.“Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea,” said Loftus-Cheek. “That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.“I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marcus Rashford scored twice for England against Spain and Switzerland in the past week © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – England manager Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford should be given time to flourish despite clamour for the Manchester United forward to be given more minutes at club level.Rashford was one of few bright sparks for Southgate, scoring both England’s goals in a 2-1 defeat to Spain and 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the past week.last_img read more

Sterling calls for bans as racism overshadows England win

first_img0Shares0000England’s Raheem Sterling spoke out after alleged racist abuse in Monday’s 5-1 win over Montenegro © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICPODGORICA, Montenegro, Mar 26 – Raheem Sterling believes UEFA should punish alleged racist chanting aimed at England players in Monday’s 5-1 win over Montenegro in Podgorica with a stadium closure.Manchester City’s Sterling celebrated the visitors’ fifth goal by cupping his ears towards the home fans on a night when another impressive performance to start Euro 2020 qualifying by the Three Lions was overshadowed. “I just want to show them you need more than that to upset us and stop us,” Sterling told Sky Sports.“It’s 2019 now, I keep saying it. It’s a shame to see this going on and we can only bring awareness to the situation.“It’s now time for the people in charge to put a real stamp on it because you can fine someone, but what is that going to do?“You’ve got to make it a bit harder, punish fans that can’t come to games. Do something that’s going to make them think twice. If their team can’t play with fans, it’s going to be difficult.”Sterling also tweeted a photo of his celebration with the message: “Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists).”England manager Gareth Southgate said he heard racist chants aimed at Danny Rose and promised to report the issue to UEFA.“There is no doubt in my mind it happened. We will make sure that is reported to UEFA because it’s not acceptable,” said Southgate. “We’ve got to make sure we support our players.”– England among Euro favourites –On the field, the World Cup semi-finalists showed why they are among the favourites to be European champions next year.Southgate’s trust in youth was again rewarded as 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea, shone on his full international debut, while Declan Rice, 20, was also handed his first England start.“Fabulous performance,” said Southgate on Hudson-Odoi. “With young players it is always up to them. You can see the talent, his application has been excellent. He’s got to continue that.”England are not used to falling behind these days, but showed a resilience to bounce back after Marko Vesovic turned inside Michael Keane and curled past Jordan Pickford on 17 minutes.Keane made amends for his earlier error with a commanding header from Ross Barkley’s free-kick on the half hour mark to settle England’s nerves.Nine minutes later, Barkley applied the finishing touch after Hudson-Odoi’s positive run into the box and shot which his club teammate turned in from close range.Further goals from Barkley, Harry Kane and Sterling rounded off an excellent start to qualifying for England after a 5-0 thrashing of Czech Republic on Friday.Sterling scored a hat-trick against the Czechs at Wembley, but also played provider here as his cut-back broke perfectly for Barkley to coolly side-foot home.The Manchester City winger then led a rapid counter-attack with only Kane for company and squared for the England captain to tap home his 22nd international goal.And after scoring just twice in his first 45 caps, Sterling now has six goals in his last four England games as he raced onto Jordan Henderson’s through ball before slotting low past the goalkeeper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

David Moyes set to scupper Liverpool’s move for £12m Spanish star

first_img Asier Illarramendi 1 Asier Illarramendi is set to return to Real Sociedad from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.The Spaniard has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Madrid first-team since moving to the club in 2013 and has been expected to move on this summer.He was linked with Liverpool earlier this month but Sociedad have stolen a march on the pack as they look to bring back their former youth-team product for a fee of around £12m.AS claim the transfer is close to completion, and although there is still time for a foreign club to offer a higher bid, that is not expected to happen and Illarramendi will return to Sociedad, who are now managed by David Moyes.last_img


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first_imgMinister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has defended his decision to sanction a grant of €485,000 to restore a theatre in Gaoth Dobhair, against the advice of Department officials.Mr McHugh was warned by senior officials in the Department of the Gaeltacht that it would be “irresponsible”, “negligent” and even “dangerous” to do so, according to documents given to Irish languge news website under the Freedom of Information Act.A senior official informed Mr McHugh on the evening of February 1st, 2016, the day before he approved the grant, that there was no “proper examination” as yet of the application submitted by Iontaobhas Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, the Gaoth Dobhair theatre trust. Mr McHugh was told that sanctioning of a grant could be a “catastrophe”, as department officials believed very little effort was being made to raise the local contribution of 20 per cent of the project’s cost, which would be €120,000.The theatre in Mr McHugh’s Donegal constituency was opened by actress Siobhán MacKenna in 1961, and the project involves upgrading the building, according to the trust chairman Pól MacCumhaill.Mr MacCumhaill told The Irish Times that some €20,000 had been raised locally and a bridging loan acquired, and planning permission had already been secured.He said that Mr McHugh was very familiar with the project and was very supportive, and the trust could not understand the tone of the language used by the officials in the documents. In the Freedom of Information response, Mr McHugh was told of other applications, including an emigrants’ centre in Carna, Co Galway, and a project in Falcarragh, Co Donegal, which had raised the 20 per cent contribution.Mr McHugh was advised to sanction €31,961 in principle to defray professional expenses connected with the restoration of the Gaoth Dobhair theatre, but he decided instead to sanction a full grant in principle.Mr Mairtín Ó Catháin, chairman of the Carna emigrants’ centre project, Co Galway, said his group was disappointed that a grant application it had submitted to Mr McHugh’s department had not been approved.He said that the Gaoth Dobhair project did not concern his group, and he “wished everyone involved well”.However, the Carna project, priced at €800,000, had met all the criteria set by the Department of the Gaeltacht, and was still awaiting ministerial sanction, he said. Mr McHugh said that “all grants” awarded by the Department “have been sanctioned in accordance and in consultation with department officials”.He said he had approved funding for numerous projects in counties Galway, Cork, Kerry, Mayo and Donegal.He said that the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park Enterprise Development Report of 2014 had “specifically referenced” the Amharclann Gaoth Dobhair project as a “key action” .McHUGH DEFENDS DECISION TO GRANT €485,000 TO DONEGAL THEATRE was last modified: April 8th, 2016 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)Tags:donegalgrantJoe McHughtheatrelast_img read more