Skipper Holder urges underperforming West Indies to improve

first_img POOR BATTING “When we look back on our performances, I don’t think we were as energetic as we wanted to be in the field. We lapsed a bit in the end. I felt the bowlers did a reasonable job, but when we batted, we were, in no uncertain words, poor. “We’ve got to be better as international cricketers. I just felt we didn’t show that intent upfront. I think the pitch was a very good pitch. It was not one that hampered stroke-play, so I think we all have to be accountable for our actions as batsmen, and now going forward into this game on Sunday – a must-win game – we just need to put things right.” Holder said it was clear his players needed to make adjustments to their mental approach. “It’s more of a mindset. I think we’ve got to adjust our minds to the fact we are playing a very important series against Afghanistan,” the Barbadian all-rounder explained. “I think we just lacked energy at many stages of the game, especially in the field, and it’s something we’ve been talking about in the dressing room for a while, so I think if we can improve our attitudes and body language on the field – look more alive during the innings – I think that would go a long way and then, obviously, we can transcend that into our batting.” He added: “The intent wasn’t there when we batted. I think we can put the Afghans under a little more pressure when they bowl to us and just try to stamp our authority on the game.” GROS ISLET, South Africa (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has minced no words in his assessment of West Indies’ stunning defeat to minnows Afghanistan, describing the performance as “poor” and calling on his embattled side to change their mental approach for today’s must-win encounter. The Caribbean side produced a dreadful performance in Friday’s opening One-Day International at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, crashing to a shocking 63-run defeat to the ICC associate nation. Chasing a modest 213 for victory, West Indies were embarrassingly bundled out for 149, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan picking up seven for 18 – the fourth-best figures in ODI history. “I think Afghanistan played better cricket and they deserved to win the game,” Holder said in a frank interview.last_img read more

Brazil’s injuries raise doubts

first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP):Brazil are going out of their way to defend their World Cup preparations and show that their players’ injuries can’t be blamed on excessive training.Doctors will blame a soft mattress for an injury before admitting that they made mistakes getting the players ready for the tournament in Russia.Questions were raised after Renato Augusto, Danilo, Douglas Costa, and Marcelo all got hit by injuries before and during the World Cup.Augusto himself was the first to put the team’s preparations under the spotlight after he said that an inflammation on his left knee was caused by the amount of training he was subjected to when he reported to the national team. The midfielder hinted that he was not used to this type of training load with his team in China.And after Costa hurt a right thigh muscle in the game again Costa Rica, it was the player’s wife who raised more doubts about the team’s preparations, telling Brazilian newspaper Extra that her husband told her that training with Brazil was too intense, and he was used to lighter practice sessions with Italian club Juventus.After Marcelo had to be replaced only 10 minutes into the match against Serbia, doctors were immediately questioned about the team’s training load, but team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Marcelo’s injury might have been caused by the type of mattress he was using at the team’s hotel, not because of too much training.The team’s physical trainer, Fabio Mahseredjian, admitted that the training load had to be adjusted in cases like Augusto’s but defended the squad’s training regime during the World Cup.”Injuries will happen, it’s inevitable, and for the most varied reasons,” he said. “It’s all under control.”Although doctors said none of the injuries was serious, it wasn’t immediately clear which player would be available for Monday’s round-of-16 match against Mexico in Samara.Costa and Marcelo trained separately from their teammates yesterday, while Danilo was back with the rest of the squad in the practice session in Sochi. Costa exercised on the field, but Marcelo did mostly rehabilitation work.Neymar dealt with an ankle injury after the opener against Switzerland, but he was back in action against Costa Rica and against Serbia.Doctors also had to take care of coach Tite, who pulled a muscle while celebrating one of the team’s goals against Costa Rica.last_img read more

Linden to get community app

first_imgLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has announced a soon to be launched ‘Linden app’, which is expected to provide details of numerous aspects relating to the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community. Holland made the disclosure while addressing residents and officials at the recently held Linden Trade and Investment Fair last week.The Mayor also related plans to have the app launched at the upcoming Linden Town Week event. Providing insight into the app, Holland said information relating to the community’s flora, fauna, festivals, restaurants, hotels, recreational spaces, picturesque landscapes, public offices as well as fun activities will be made accessible. Additionally he said information on the community’s hospitals, religions, elderly care, youth employment and various other resources will be made availability in the palms of users’ hands. Holland added that via the app, Linden’s products can be advertised both locally and internationally.“I am proud to announce the development of an app for mobile and android devices, that exposes the wealth of Linden, both locally and internationally,” he said.He noted that he also believes that the initiative will be very beneficial to youths who are in search of jobs, as well as elderly people in the community who are in need of care.“This app has the potential to tap into over 200 or more jobs. Our elderly need better home care. Our tourism is ready for take-off. Our farm products can be made ready for overseas shelves and it’s time Linden retake its rightful place as the standard bearer of Guyana’s economy,” he said.Holland further stated that Linden’s journey to becoming the “strong capital town” which the President envisions must include green, entrepreneurial initiatives such as the soon to be launched ‘Linden app’, while he expressed his hope for the full support and tangible blessings of Government.last_img read more

Gonzaga outlasts Stanford

first_imgThe Zags won their third straight and sixth in seven, spoiling the Cardinal’s return to the rankings. Goods tried to keep Stanford close, making three straight 3s late in the second overtime on the way to 16 points. But Stanford (14-6) missed too many key shots and free throws in the extra periods and had its three-game winning streak snapped only three nights after a thrilling 75-68 upset of No. 5 UCLA. The Cardinal earned a spot in the poll for the first time since the 2005-06 preseason, and third-year coach Trent Johnson has a ranked team for the first time during his Stanford tenure. The Cardinal are in the regular-season poll for the first time since the team ended the 2003-04 season ranked No. 1. Josh Heytvelt hit a key 3-pointer in the first overtime and finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (16-7). Brook Lopez scored 10 of his 20 points in the final 12:47 of regulation and also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Stanford. His twin 7-foot brother, Robin, added four blocks. Lawrence Hill made his first six field-goal tries and had 14 points in the first 11 minutes on the way to 22. It was a tough non-conference matchup for the Cardinal – the second meeting in as many seasons for the schools – before they play at rival California on Saturday night. STANFORD – Jeremy Pargo scored 11 of his 23points in the second overtime and also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, lifting Gonzaga to a thrilling 90-86 victory over No. 23 Stanford on Wednesday night. Derek Raivio added six of his 21 points during the second OT after missing a shot at the end of the first extra period to win it. Anthony Goods swished a long 3 from about 26 feet out with 14 seconds left in the first OT to tie the score at 67 and extend the game further. center_img 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

OUCH! The Premier League’s MOST FOULED player revealed

first_img 10 10 10 10 8) Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom): Fouled 53 times – click the arrow, above, to see who has been brought down more – The West Brom man is quick and his skill has been too much for some players. 2) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool): Fouled 77 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sterling’s speed and skill have proven too much for defenders on occasion. 3) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): Fouled 61 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sanchez has been superb for Arsenal following a £35m transfer from Barcelona. His strength has seen him power his way through a lot of tackles, but the forward’s skill has proven too much for the opposition at times. 5) Steven Naismith (Everton): Fouled 58 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Everton’s attackers have not shown their skill much this season, but Naismith has been one of the club’s better players. 7) Santi Cazorla (Arsenal): Fouled 54 times – cclick the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Cazorla has had a good season with Arsenal, but will it be his last given the rumoured interest from Atletico Madrid. 6) Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa): Fouled 56 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Aston Villa may not have had a good season, but Agbonlahor has been making himself busy and the forward has been fouled 56 times. 9) Connor Wickham (Sunderland): Fouled 50 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Sunderland forward Wickham has scored four goals this season and the strong 22-year-old has been targeted by the opposition, being fouled 50 times. 10 1) Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Fouled 94 times – So often Hazard is fouled, but then the Chelsea magician never lets it get to him. His displays this season has placed him as one of the favourites for the Player of the Year. 10) Remy Cabella (Newcastle): Fouled 49 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – It’s been a season where the skilful players have shone in the Premier League, with Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez shining for Chelsea and Arsenal. Here, talkSPORT looks at which of the league’s tricksters have been fouled more than anyone else. Cabella has had his moments since joining Newcastle in 2014 and it appears his opponents are unable to deal with his bag of tricks a lot of the time. 4) Sadio Mane (Southampton): Fouled 60 times – click the arrow above, right, to see who has been brought down more – Mane has been excellent in his debut season in the Premier League, joining Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg. There he scored 45 goals in 87 games and the attacker has been busy making a menace of himself, with John Terry including him in his Team of the Year for the 2014/15 season. 10 10 This season players like Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling and Alexis Sanchez have dazzled with their skill.They, along with many others, have also been fouled on numerous occasions. A quick change of direction has proven to be too much for some defenders, so talkSPORT looks at the 10 most fouled players of the 2014/15 Premier League season.Click the arrow above, right, to see which player has been brought down on more occasions than anyone else.Stats courtesy of premierleague.com and correct as of 15/04/15. 10 10 10last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp refuses to confirm Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool career is over

first_img Mamadou Sakho has been sent to Crystal Palace on loan 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out a potential future at the club for outcast defender Mamadou Sakho.The France international joined Crystal Palace on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day, having not played a single minute of senior football for the Reds this season.Sakho spent the first half of the Premier League campaign on the sidelines after an apparent falling out with Klopp, where he was sent home early from Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in the United States.The 26-year-old rejected the chance to leave the Merseyside club on loan in August, despite being told he would not be featuring in the manager’s plans and so was made to train and play with the under-23 squad.Liverpool were keen to offload the centre-back in January for somewhere in the region of £20million, but with no takers a loan was the next best option with Palace paying a £2m fee and all of the Frenchman’s wages.It is widely thought that Sakho has no future at the club, but Klopp refused to confirm the player’s Anfield career was officially over.“Who knows what happens in half a year? We’ve [the team] felt already what changed in one month and there is another five to go,” the Reds boss said, referring to a miserable January which saw them claim just one victory from nine matches.“He should concentrate on the job at Palace and we should concentrate on the job here.“At the moment he is on loan and he still has a contract at Liverpool but that is not the thing we talk or think about at this moment.“It is a solution for the moment and we can wait for new impressions and what happens.”last_img read more

Expansion of Panama

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous government agency that runs the canal, says the project will double capacity of a waterway already on pace to generate about $1.4 billion this year. Expansion will be paid for by increasing tolls and take in more than $6 billion annually in revenue by 2025. “Voting `no’ is like closing the door on the canal. It’s the top source of income for Panama and improving it means more money for the government and less poverty,” said Leonardo Aspira, a boat salesman who sported a “Yes” shirt in Kuna Nega, a largely Indian town near Panama City. The canal employs 8,000 workers and the expansion is expected to generate as many as 40,000 construction jobs. Unemployment in Panama is 9.5 percent, and 40 percent of the country lives in poverty. Critics contend the expansion will benefit the canal’s customers more than Panamanians, and fear it will stoke corruption and uncontrolled debt. Former President Guillermo Endara complained that polling place workers wore “Yes” clothing and handed out cards with directions on where and how to vote with propaganda supporting the plan printed on the opposite side. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANAMA CITY, Panama – Voters overwhelmingly approved the largest modernization plan in the 92-year history of the Panama Canal on Sunday, backing a multibillion-dollar expansion that will allow the world’s largest ships to squeeze through the shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. About 79 percent of Panamanians voted in favor the expansion with 42 percent of 4,416 polling stations reporting, according to preliminary results released by the country’s electoral tribunal. Nearly 21 percent opposed the plan. There were not enough ballots remaining to be counted to reverse the results. Early returns pointed to a dismally low turnout with nearly 60 percent of the country’s more than 2.1 million voters abstaining. Thousands of supporters in green “Yes” T-shirts cast ballots endorsing the $5.25 billion overhaul which would allow the canal to handle modern container ships, cruise liners and tankers that are too large for its current 108-foot-wide locks. The plan is to build a third set of locks on the Pacific and Atlantic ends by 2015. last_img

Study: Rising PSA signals aggressive prostate cancer

first_imgWASHINGTON – How fast a man’s PSA level is rising – even before it’s high enough to trigger a doctor’s alarm – may signal that he has a life-threatening form of prostate cancer when the tumor is still small enough to be curable, researchers said Tuesday. A new study backs a small but growing trend of evaluating the common blood tests in a more in-depth way, in hopes of better predicting who has aggressive cancer that needs aggressive treatment and who just needs monitoring. The study is far from proof that making health decisions based on so-called PSA velocity can save lives. But the findings suggest men should consider getting a first PSA test around age 40, instead of the more usual 50, to use as comparison for future changes, contends Dr. H. Ballentine Carter of Johns Hopkins University, the study’s lead author. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The rate at which a man’s PSA rises may be more important than any absolute level for identifying men who will develop life-threatening cancer while their disease is still curable,” he said. “This is a test that doesn’t just diagnose prostate cancer. It diagnoses prostate cancer that’s going to actually cause harm.” PSA tests are a recommended way to screen for prostate cancer, but they’re imprecise. Too much PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, in a man’s blood can indicate that he has either a benign enlarged prostate or cancer. Only a biopsy can tell the difference. It’s not even clear when is the best time to do a biopsy. Some men have cancer despite a “normal” PSA count of 4 or below. Yet routinely biopsying men with low PSA would worsen another problem, overdiagnosis. Many specialists say too many men today are undergoing side effect-prone treatment for tumors too small and slow-growing to ever threaten their lives. The new study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggests that evaluating how fast a man’s PSA level rises may help that tricky balancing act of when to biopsy and how aggressive to treat. 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

Almost €15million in funding for Donegal and surrounding Greenways Network

first_imgCathaoirleach, Cllr. Terence Slowey has today welcomed the announcement from the Special EU Programmes Body that funding of €14.86 million is being awarded to the North West Greenways Network.The project will see the creation of 46.5km of new greenways through three distinct routes connecting Donegal to Derry and Strabane.“This is wonderful news for the North West Region. We have been working closely with our partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council, Transport NI and Sustrans to develop this funding proposal that will see the development of an extensive greenways route in this part of Donegal connecting across the border into Derry and Strabane.” The new Greenway routes will connect Buncrana to Derry-Londonderry via Pennyburn (32.5km); Muff Village to Derry via Culmore (10.5km) and Lifford to Strabane via Lifford Bridge (3.5km).Greenways are corridors of land that are recognised for their ability to connect people and places together. They enhance existing outdoor recreational opportunities and can be used equally by cyclists, walkers and joggers. The North West Greenways Network is one of three new crossborder greenway projects being funded under the EU’s Interreg VA programme.The objective of the programme in supporting these projects is to increase the number of cross-border journeys made by cycling or walking by up to 10% across the region by 2023.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council believes that the potential benefits of the new North West Greenways Network will be far reaching in that the route will impact on people’s health and wellbeing, it will help stimulate local economic activity by attracting visitors to the local areas, it will help reduce carbon emissions as it will provide commuters with an opportunity to leave their cars at home and cycle or walk to work and most importantly it will enhance the quality of life for the local community by enhancing the existing leisure and recreational opportunities in their areas. Donegal’s Local Economic and Community Plan 2012 – 2016 identified the need for recreational infrastructure such as greenways as a critical resource for the county and the new North West Greenways Network will go a long way in meeting the need for this type of infrastructure in this part of Donegal.In thanking the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) for their support and assistance throughout the application process Seamus Neely said that the Council will continue to work closely with the SEUPB and the Lead Partner, Derry City and Strabane District Council along with the other project partners in delivering this exciting project over the next five years.Almost €15million in funding for Donegal and surrounding Greenways Network was last modified: June 24th, 2019 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

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!Everyone’s pal Mickey Mouse is getting his own attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.In Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and into the unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon. You are the star and anything can happen in this zany and out-of-control adventure that will feature surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects, and mind-boggling transformations happening right before your eyes.Copyright Disney The attraction will be based off the new Mickey Mouse shorts that can be seen on Disney Channel.Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a catchy theme song. This “2 1/2-D” attraction won’t require 3D glasses to bring the flat world of a cartoon into the real world.Of course, with the new, we must say goodbye to a favorite. The Great Movie Ride will officially be closing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 13.Stay tuned to the blog for more information about Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.last_img read more