ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):West Indies Women’s bid to win the ICC Women’s World Cup will begin with a two-week training camp in England.The West Indies Cricket Board announced details of the training yesterday, which will lead into the global tournament that starts on June 26.Windies Women secured one of the four automatic qualification spots for the eight-team tournament on the strength of their performance in the ICC Women’s Championship over the last two years.”We made arrangements for the team to assemble in England in early June for their camp ahead of the World Cup,” WICB Project Officer for Women’s cricket Josina Luke said.”We want to offer them all the support we can as we look to add the 50-overs World title to the Twenty20 World title.”Luke said: “This should provide them with ideal preparation as they get acclimatised to the conditions and look to win another major international title.”The team has improved a lot since the last World Cup in India when they reached their first international final. We are good contenders to win this time around.”The Windies Women were runners-up at the last ICC Women’s World Cup when they lost the final against Australia Women four years ago in Mumbai, India.Last April, however, they claimed their first global title when they prevailed over the Aussie Women to capture the ICC Women’s World T20 title at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India.
MIAMI – A tropical depression in the Caribbean headed toward Florida on Saturday and was expected to become the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season. The depression formed earlier in the day, nine days after the official start of the season, but the poorly organized system was not expected to become a hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. “It will be relatively weak in terms of wind, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be weak in terms of rainfall,” senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said. The system, which had maximum sustained wind near 35 mph, would be named Alberto if it reaches the 39 mph threshold for a tropical storm. “The media overplays this; they get people very scared,” said Tim Roberts, a Fort Lauderdale condo owner who was visiting Tallahassee. “Sure, when the time comes to be alarmed, yes, but don’t make more out of it until it’s time.” Scientists predict the 2006 season could produce up to 16 named storms, six of them major hurricanes. Last year’s hurricane season was the busiest and most destructive in recorded history. Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and was blamed for more than 1,570 deaths in Louisiana alone. Mike Martino lost his Navarre Beach home twice in the past two hurricane seasons – first to Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and never got to move into a new home built on the same lot because Hurricane Dennis wiped it out in 2005. Instead of rebuilding again, he moved to the mainland. Martino, who rents kayaks, bikes and surfboards out of his store in Navarre Beach, worried that the weather would do more economic damage than property damage. “I know that we have weather coming, so I can’t have weekly rentals, it’s all going to have to be done by the day,” he said. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest in 154 years of storm tracking, with records set for the number of named storms (28) and hurricanes (15). Forecasters used up their list of 21 proper names (beginning with Arlene and ending with Wilma) and had to use the Greek alphabet to name storms for the first time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2At 5 p.m. EDT, the depression was centered in the Caribbean Sea about 50 miles west of Cabo San Antonio on the western tip of Cuba, forecasters said. It was moving north-northwest near 6 mph. The hurricane center recommended tropical storm warnings for the Cuban provinces of Pinar Del Rio and the Isle of Youth. Over the next three days, the system is expected to move through the Yucatan Channel into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, then toward Florida where it could make landfall Monday or Tuesday somewhere between South Florida and the western tip of the Panhandle, forecasters said. The depression’s outer rainbands stretched Saturday to the southern tip of Florida, and heavy rain was forecast over the state’s Gulf Coast and the Florida Keys through Monday. State officials pleaded with residents to update their hurricane preparedness plans but most shrugged at the news.