A time to rejoice – Windies brush aside Pakistan to end winless run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, CMC: West Indies halted their luckless run when they convincingly beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday to record their first Test victory in 19 months and end an otherwise nightmarish tour on a celebratory note. The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morning session on the final day to complete a successful chase of their modest target of 153, as opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/ batsman Shane Dowrich stroked unbeaten half-centuries to end a run of eight successive losses on the tour stretching back to the Twenty20 and one-day series last month. West Indies had not won a Test since beating England in Bridgetown in May last year, and Thursday’s victory marked only their second in 17 matches and first on foreign soil in four years. Significantly, it was the visitors’ first away win over a higher-ranked side in almost 10 years and was also Jason Holder’s first success as captain since taking over the helm in August last year. “It is an extremely important [victory], especially after the Dubai Test match when many people thought we could have won the game. We personally felt we could have won the game, but we didn’t get across the line,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “To come here in this last Test match, putting ourselves in a position to win and actually getting across the line is a huge monkey off the back. It’s a great feeling and it just shows we have the ability to win Test matches. it’s just about stringing together a complete game.” CONFIDENT KNOCKS SCOREBOARD Resuming a tense day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 114 for five, still requiring a further 39 for victory, West Indies showed little signs of nerves as Man of the Match Brathwaite and Dowrich produced confident knocks to extend their unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a defeat. Brathwaite, unbeaten on 44 overnight, finished on 60 not out in an innings requiring 109 deliveries, 201 minutes and including six fours, while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an enterprising unbeaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six. Any early jitters were quickly dispelled when Brathwaite punched the first ball of the day from left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz to the cover boundary, and he brought up his 12th Test half-century four balls later with a couple to deep point, to follow up his unbeaten hundred in the first innings. Dowrich also showed his intent in the next over when he pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to the square boundary to move into the 40s, and the 25-year-old raised his fourth Test fifty in only his eighth game with a delightful cover drive off Wahab in the seventh over of the morning. In the next over, Dowrich smashed a short ball from seamer Mohammed Amir through square for four and raised victory for West Indies with a boundary to third man a few deliveries later. West Indies, however, had already surrendered the series following defeats in the first Test in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi. And despite yesterday’s success, they have now gone two years without a Test series win. PAKISTAN 1st Innings 281 WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337 PAKISTAN 2nd Innings 208 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs) (overnight 114 for five) K. Brathwaite not out 60 +S Dowrich not out 60 Extras (lb2, nb1) 3 TOTAL (5 wkts, 43.5 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9.5-0-43-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 12-0-46-2, Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0. Result: West Indies won by five wickets. Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite. Man-of-the-Series: Yasir Shah. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: M Gough, P Reiffel; TV – R Illingworth. MORE CRICKET ON B3last_img read more

UAAP: UE scores second straight win, stuns NU

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Blue Eagles sweep Tamaraws for PVL men’s crown LATEST STORIES 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ UE’s second unit came up big late in the game and outscored NU’s core unit, 18-9, in the crucial moments of the match.Mark Olayon gave the Red Warriors a 14-point lead, 88-74, on an and-one play with 47 seconds left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren said they have to start strong in the second half of the tournament if they hope of cracking the top four.“We thought about it the whole week that if we want to make a run we have to start the second round on a winning note,” said Pumaren. “The second round will be tighter and there’s no third round for us.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “And I’m proud of the second group because we were able to give Alvin [Pasaol] his much needed rest. These guys were able to deliver and they held the fort for us.”Pasaol, after scoring 49 and 32 points in his previous two games, got his 4th foul late in the third quarter and finished the game with 11 points and 10 boards in 19 minutes of play.It was Olayon who topbilled UE’s offense with 17 points to go along six rebounds and eight assists while Wil Bartolome and Mark Maloles combined for 27 points to help the Red Warriors.Nick Abanto showed his grit underneath finishing with a 13-point, 11 rebound double-double for UE.Issa Gaye led NU with 20 points and 13 rebounds while J-Jay Alejandro almost came away with a triple-double walking off the floor with 16 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists under his name.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East started off its second round campaign in glorious fashion after taking down National University, 90-77, to score back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.The Red Warriors, who started the season 0-6, improved to 2-6 while the Bulldogs slipped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

GTU must take some responsibility for current situation

first_imgDear Editor,I sincerely hope that the current impasse in relation to the contract for teachers could be resolved without a prolonged saga; our teachers deserve better. Having said that, I cannot help but feel that the Guyana Teachers Union must also take some responsibility for the current sad situation our teachers find themselves in. This position was arrived at as a result of the following three points:1. The initial offer proposed could at best be regarded as reckless and would have contributed to the perception that the Union is not taking this process seriously. It is one thing to devise a wish list for consideration under ideal circumstances and entirely another to establish a basis for serious engagement in the best interest of those you represent.The proposal from the Union was clearly the former and would have undermined their ability to sit at the table and engage in worthwhile negotiations without seeming to lose significantly – let us be real, a 40 per cent increase for over 9000 teachers retroactive to 2015 in this economic climate is a tall ask. Add that to the request for debunching, which any government would balk at given the enormity of the payout, you leave yourself in the untenable situation we currently face.More importantly, the Union seems to lack the capacity to devise alternative practical arrangements that would see the disbursement of those funds over a protracted period in forms that would see teachers potentially benefiting without an actual cash payout – it appears that they are hoping that the Government would devise same and they will wait forever for that.2. The Guyana Teachers Union, whether they would accept it or not, appeared to be playing politics all along rather than strictly sticking to the business of teachers’ welfare.Unfortunately, like other unions in Guyana, the GTU showed its hand early in 2015 when the pre-existing contract expired under the previous Government and just prior to the general elections they decided to ‘work to rule’ as a form of protest for not arriving at a speedy contract renewal engagement. Three years hence, they have not yet treated the business of teachers’ livelihoods with equal urgency and allowed themselves to be exposed in numerous charades and exercises in futility.The fact that it was Minister Ally who was sent to the meeting with the GTU, instead of someone with more authority to fully address the issues at hand, speaks volumes in relation to how the Union is regarded by the Government. One could only assume that she was sent there to appeal to their political sensibilities.As such, the opportunity for objective and balanced engagement has long been squandered and teachers are now in a rather tenuous situation. Few would be surprised if in a few days a different pronouncement is heard from the Union regarding some compromise that leaves teachers in no better position than they currently are – that has been the pattern, talk big then back down.3. The GTU has failed to establish themselves as a formidable force that would give them the clout to truly orchestrate the coup they are attempting. Their laughable mini protests to date, with the same faces I might add, are a reflection of the fact that they are out of step with the masses they represent. Teachers are not engaged in the type of professional experiences that would move them to develop the collective consciousness that the Union is now desperately relying on. The occasional meeting and some cases of advocacy on the part of teachers within the system is a far cry from the role this Union should play in the lives of the almost 10,000 teachers they represent.The Union needs to demonstrate that they are contributing to the professional development of teachers on a consistent basis. Teachers need to see tangible evidence that they are part of a professional association that contributes to their professional and personal advancement.On this count, the Union has failed miserably. Unfortunately, our teachers are now asked to awaken some dormant affiliation to a cause that they have no faith has been handled in the best manner.The almost three-year delay in promotions a few years ago did nothing to help thousands of teachers who saw their professional advancement delayed for an issue few still understand –who really won? In the midst of this crisis, this might be bitter medicine for the Union to stomach, but it should at the least awaken a desire to do better in the future, because simply put, our teachers truly deserve better.Sincerely,Vivian D Brothersonlast_img read more

Brown to miss another month

first_img“For us, we’re trying to get to that point as well, and for us to come into this building and come out of here with a `W,’ I think that would do wonders for our confidence.” If the Lakers can win tonight, they would keep alive their chances of a successful 6-2 trip. If they lose, they would have to win one of their final two games to head home with a 4-4 split. Jackson doesn’t like his memories of how the Lakers played the last time they faced the Pistons, either. They had few answers for the zone defense Detroit played for three-plus quarters in a 97-83 Pistons win on Nov. 10 at Staples Center. “Their zone, it was weak,” Jackson said. “That was probably the worst performance I’ve seen a Lakers team play in their building.” ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brown already has missed 18 games since he suffered the injury Dec. 31 against Philadelphia. The loss of Brown has forced 19-year-old Andrew Bynum into the starting lineup, a spot he will hold for the foreseeable future. The Lakers had hoped Brown might be able to return on this eight-game trip. The team has been burdened by injuries all season – Smush Parker is the only starter not to miss a game – and it is waiting for Luke Walton to return from a sprained ankle as well. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Lakers center Kwame Brown flew back to Los Angeles after seeing a specialist in Indianapolis for a second opinion on his severely sprained left ankle and is expected to be out at least another month. The Lakers said the doctor confirmed that Brown has a severe sprain and a bone bruise. They declined to set a timetable for his return, but a source said Brown was told he will be out another four to six weeks. center_img Before his team hit the road last week, Lakers coach Phil Jackson joked about still hearing the echoes of the Detroit fans who kept him awake at night during the 2004 NBA Finals. They stood atop the parking garage opposite Jackson’s hotel room and left his ears ringing at 2 a.m. with chants of “L.A. Sucks.” Little wonder that Jackson opted to spend an extra off night in Atlanta this week instead of the Detroit suburbs. The Lakers lost all three games of those Finals on the road and have not won at the Palace of Auburn Hills since Jan. 8, 2002, a span of seven games that has led to more than a few nights of lost sleep. Maybe it’s only fitting that the arena will be the site for the pivotal game tonight on the Lakers’ longest trip since December 1989. “I think a win here would be big for us just from a confidence perspective,” Kobe Bryant said, “because Detroit is such an experienced team, extremely savvy and they play well together. last_img

Arroyo to face Bassett without top scorer

first_imgArroyo High School’s boys soccer team will likely be without leading scorer Victor Cardenas for today’s CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals game at Bassett. Cardenas was ejected from Wednesday’s win over Pasadena Poly after receiving a controversial red card when the referee ruled he went in cleats up against Pasadena Poly’s goalie while pursuing a loose ball. “It was very unjust, very unfair,” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “In our opinion, and having reviewed it on tape, it was a bad decision by the referee. We’re going to appeal it.” Ramirez contends that Cardenas was going for the ball and he and the goalie converged on it at the same time. Cardenas did get a piece of the ball, according to Ramirez, and therefore shouldn’t have been penalized. The Knights aren’t likely to win the appeal, and even if they did, Ramirez said Cardenas may not be healthy enough to play because of the pounding he received. “We’re not a one-player team,” Ramirez said. “We’re very strong everywhere. I have a lot of confidence in my defense. We shut out a lot of good teams during the year. Obviously, up front we won’t be as strong.” Today’s game is a local showdown that could be hampered by rain, but it won’t be as big of an issue on Bassett’s field turf as it would be on a grass field. Don’t try telling that to Ramirez, though. “I’d rather play on natural turf,” he said. “It’s going to be like a slip-and-slide out there. I’m sure they’ll have an advantage because they’re used to playing on that field. It will affect both teams, but it will effect us more because we’ve played only one game on artificial turf.” Arroyo, which won the Mission Valley League this season, is 17-3-4. Bassett won the Montview League this season and downed the division’s top-seed, Sultana, on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals. center_img The Olympians are 17-3-2 and haven’t lost a game since Dec. 18 against La Puente. Bassett owns wins over Mission Valley League teams Mountain View and South El Monte. “I think we’re going to be similar teams,” Ramirez said. “They appear to be very strong. I think it will be a pretty even game.” Two other local teams remain alive in the boys soccer postseason. South Hills downed Division III’s top seed, Santa Ana, on Wednesday. The Huskies visit La Habra in today’s quarterfinals. Baldwin Park kept its run in Division IV going by beating Perris on Wednesday. The Braves host Pacifica of Oxnard today. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 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

Spark 2016 conference secures keynote speaker

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As registration for the Spark 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference begins today, the keynote speaker for the event has also been announced.The speaker is Christopher Flett, who is the frontrunner behind the women’s leadership program Ghost CEO.Flett has spoken at post-secondary institutions globally, and made appearances in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Forbes.- Advertisement -He is the author of ‘What Men Don’t Tell Women About Business’ and followed up that title with the release of ‘Market Shark – How to be a Big Fish in a Small Pond’, which has sold over 150,000 copies since 2014.The Spark 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference is designed specifically for women meet the professional and educational needs of women in business and those wanting to get into business.The conference is ideal for any woman working or managing small, and large, business — as well, for women working in all levels of government, education, tourism and hospitality, energy sector and home-based business.Advertisement This year’s theme is ‘Step Boldly’ and planning is underway.last_img read more

CELEBRATIONS IN THE ROSSES AS NAOMH MUIRE LAND INTERMEDIATE TITLE

first_imgTHERE are celebrations in the Rosses tonight after Naomh Muire won today’s Intermediate Championship title in a fine final win over St Naul’s at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.In the end the Annagry men had six points to spare, winning on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-07.The Yank Boyles did most of the damage, Shaun scoring the early first half goal, leaving his marker and firing past Lee McBrearty. When Harry Harden had a chance of a second goal, his effort was blocked by an illegal foot challenge, but Paul Yank Boyle had his penalty saved.It was a let off for St Naul’s who went in at half-time trailing 1-06 to 0-05.Shaun and Paul both pointed at the start of the second half and it was all Naomh Muire after that.St Naul’s James Flynn bagged a goal in the dying seconds but it was merely a consolation. St Naul’s can look forward to Division 2 football next year and there is little doubt that Naomh Muire deserved today’s championship. CELEBRATIONS IN THE ROSSES AS NAOMH MUIRE LAND INTERMEDIATE TITLE was last modified: October 13th, 2013 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)last_img read more

FODDER CRISIS IS GETTING WORSE, SAYS MEP HARKIN

first_imgIndependent MEP Marian Harkin has called on the Irish government to heed the call of farming organisations and “immediately apply for EU Solidarity funding” to alleviate the worsening fodder crisis.Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Harkin noted that “in the middle of the worst economic crisis ever endured by Ireland, we have just two beacons of hope on the horizon – the agricultural sector and our exports”.“Now,” the Ireland North & West MEP added, “the agricultural sector has been hit by an unprecedented fodder shortage due to extraordinary weather conditions. It started during the second half of 2012 and continued into 2013. Large parts of the country – particularly the region I represent, have seen little or no growth and extremely heavy rainfall. “This means that there is no grass and no first cut of silage, amounting to a desperate fodder crisis which is continuing unabated and could easily drag into next year.“There are frantic efforts to import fodder from the UK and France but animals are falling, costs have escalated for imported feed, and to make matters worse, there is little or no credit available. In truth, farmers and their livestock are facing ruin.“Farming organisations have estimated that the fodder crisis will cost Irish farming €1 Billion and in this context I am calling on the Irish government to immediately apply to the EU Solidarity Fund for some respite for the agricultural sector,” Harkin concluded.  FODDER CRISIS IS GETTING WORSE, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FODDER CRISIS IS GETTING WORSESAYS MEP HARKINlast_img read more

BUNCRANA GAA CLUB LANDS ULSTER SCOR NA nOG TITLE!

first_imgULSTER Champions: BuncranaThe wonderful kids from Buncrana CLG have won the Ulster final of Scór Na nÓg in Armagh.The team was the sole representatives of Donegal left in the competition and they did themselves, the town and indeed the country proud!The Buncrana team were competing in the Léiriú section of the competition with their drama, Iona, based on Saint Columba’s arrival on the island. They will now go forward to the All-Ireland finals, which are being held in Castlebar in March. Club Scor Officer, Sinead McLaughlin was delighted with the result. “The acting on the night was excellent throughout, with great music, song and dance. The judges said ‘it was entertaining from start to finish’ and I totally agree with their judgement. The kids and Patricia put in a great deal of work preparing for this competition and I’m so proud of them.”The play was written and directed by Patricia Doherty Tinney and the judges commended her on a truly original and quality presentation. Mention was also given in the adjudication to the tin whistle playing of Noeleen Doherty which helped portray the dramatic effect in the story.This is a great achievement for Buncrana GAA as the club is relatively new to participating in Scór Na nÓg. The club and the team are looking forward now to the national final and hope to take an All-Ireland of a different kind back home to Donegal!The winning team are pictured here with Ulster GAA president, Martin McAviney. Front row L to R: Shannon Doherty, Annie Powell, Martin McAviney, President Ulster GAA, Emer Grant, and Naomi Mc Laughlin. Back row L to R: Liam Coyle, Aoife Lennon, Dylan Cuffe and Adrian McMyler. BUNCRANA GAA CLUB LANDS ULSTER SCOR NA nOG TITLE! was last modified: January 26th, 2014 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:buncranaScor na nOgUlster titlelast_img read more

Aquariums in Cape Town and Durban: a blue delight for all

first_imgMarine Month is the perfect time for a visit to the aquarium, where sea creatures and humans meet. The two biggest in South Africa are the uShaka Marine World in Durban and the Two Aquarium in Cape Town.        Old and young alike are fascinated by aquariums. (Image: uShaka Marine World, Facebook, reposted from Allyzahra Dinath)Compiled by Priya PitamberIt is easy for a grown-up to capture the wonder of a kid again when they visit an aquarium, where the otherworldly sea creatures open their minds to adventure and discovery.South Africa’s main coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town house the country’s two largest aquariums, the uShaka Marine World and Two Oceans Aquarium, respectively. Both are immensely delightful to young and old alike.Make the most of the last week of Marine Month to visit these water treasures.Two Oceans AquariumLocated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium opened its doors in November 1995.Today, it is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in the Mother City, reads its website.Through its various exhibits, education and conservation programmes, it has become integral in increasing environmental awareness.There is a lot to see at the Two Oceans: it houses more than 3 000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins.It also has an ethereal kelp forest and an exhilarating predator exhibit.WatchSee images of some of the amazing specimens at the aquarium:        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)        (Image: Priya Pitamber)uShaka Marine WorldSpanning more than 16 hectares of prime beachfront, it is easy to understand why uShaka Marine World is the biggest theme park in Africa and the fifth-largest aquarium in the world.There is a lot for visitors to do: wild water rides, visit the aquarium, watch the dolphin shows, or eat and shop.There is also a recreation of a 1920s ship wreck.Watch:See some of the amazing activities at the aquarium:        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)        (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)       (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more