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Ramdin to focus on batting, after being rid of captaincy

first_img With the tour of Sri Lanka beginning next month, he said he was already working on improving his batting with the aim of getting among the runs. “I have been doing some technical work in the nets,” he noted. “I know Sri Lanka is going to be a tough place to score runs with a lot of balls spinning and turning, and hopefully I can get a good start and cash in once I get a start.” Ramdin led the side for just over a year, during which time he faced tough series against the likes of England and Australia. West Indies managed to draw the three-match series against England after falling behind 1-0, but lost both Tests of a similar home series to Australia. Ramdin said despite the disappointment of losing the captaincy, he was in “a good place” in his life. “I was a little disappointed, but I looked back at it and I am really happy at this point in my life and I am not going to let anything stress me out,” he said. “I have a fantastic young boy coming up and everything is for him and my wife, so I think I am in a good place right now.” He added: “He (Holder) has handled himself quite nicely in the one-day series and in the World Cup, so hopefully he can take that over to the Test team. He is a very good guy to work with. “He will just have to learn from his experience and the senior guys around him will have to guide him.” IMPROVING HIS BATTING PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Denesh Ramdin has admitted to being a “little disappointed” after being sacked as Test captain on Friday, but said he now plans to focus on his family, improving his batting, and providing as much support as he can to his replacement Jason Holder. The 30-year-old Ramdin assumed the captaincy 15 months ago after taking over from Darren Sammy, winning four Tests, losing seven and drawing two. In explaining the decision to replace Ramdin, chief selector Clive Lloyd said they wanted him to produce more with the bat. “When I look back at it, in addition to being captain, there were a lot of times I went in to bat with not a lot of runs on the board and a lot of wickets falling, and plus sometimes after keeping for a day and a half and then having to come in and bat after an hour,” the Trinidad Express newspaper quoted Ramdin as saying. “It is really tough, but I guess I will have a lot more time to relax more and to focus more on my side of things.” Ramdin experienced a poor run with the bat during his tenure as captain, managing just 472 runs at an average of 22, with two half-centuries.last_img read more

3 years’ jail time for cocaine addict

first_img“I was there, right, but it is impossible to take all those shoes at one time…there was a broken window and I took a couple shoes…I was using drugs and intoxicated”.Michael Singh offered this explanation on Monday when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer charges of break and enter and larceny.Singh is alleged to have broken and entered the storage bond of city businessman Ashraf Ali in King Street, Georgetown, and stolen therefrom a quantity of footwear valued at $367,000 on November 1, 2017.A second charge he faces allege that Singh had broken and entered the said storage bond on a previous occasion, when he carted off some $40,000 worth in footwear.The accused sought to raise a defence of intoxication by alleging that he was “high” on drugs (cocaine) and therefore could not have been of sober mind to intend the offence in question or realise what he was doing. This was rejected by the magistrate, who passed a sentence of eighteen months’ imprisonment for each offence, but the sentences are set to run concurrently.During his presentation of the facts to the court, Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves said that on September 9, 2017, the businessman had secured the storage bond, and upon his return on October 11, 2017, discovered the items missing. He reported the matter to the police. Similar facts follow for the second offence before the courts.There was no breakthrough in the investigation until November 25, when a police constable in the vicinity saw the defendant on the premises and arrested him. However, it is unclear what had prompted the arrest.Following his apprehension Singh reportedly confessed to his crimes, and told investigating officials that he had sold the items on the street to purchase cocaine for his own use.Michael Singh is a 40-year-old father of one, and is a mason by trade.last_img read more

Assault charges against hotelier dismissed

first_imgNine months after Diamond Strip Club owner Freeman Fordyce was charged for assaulting a cop and behaving in a disorderly manner, the cases against him were dismissed because the key witness, a Police Inspector, had failed to attend court on five occasions.Freeman FordyceParticulars of the two charges for which 41-year-old Fordyce, of Collingswood Avenue, Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara, had been on trial before Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess were that on November 9, 2018 at George Street, Georgetown, he had assaulted Police Inspector Prem Narine; and that on the same day and at the same location, he had behaved in a disorderly manner.Before dismissing the charges, Magistrate Bess adverted that the dismissals resulted from insufficient evidence provided by the prosecutor; and given that, after five occasions, the virtual complainant, Inspector Narine, had failed to show up in court.According to information received, the Inspector and other Policemen had gone to search the strip club after four Venezuelan women had complained that the businessman had seized their passports and had threatened to kill them and their families if they refused to work as sex workers.This issue had come to light when two of the entertainers had escaped from the club. It was their statements that had prompted Police ranks to carry out the raid. During the search, however, Fordyce is alleged to have punched the Inspector to his neck. The officer had accordingly pulled out his gun to keep the attacker at bay. The entire incident had been recorded on surveillance camera.Fordyce was, in February 2019, given a four-year suspended sentence for being in possession of an illegal firearm after he had been found guilty of that offence.The Director of Public Prosecutions has since appealed that magisterial decision.The businessman is currently before the courts on an allegation of trafficking two Venezuelans for sexual exploitation at his club. In relation to this matter, the Police had carried out a raid at his Diamond club, which had led to the arrest of 15 women, all said to be foreign nationals.This was after a video had circulated on social media showing a woman jumping over a locked gate to get into the compound. The woman was assisted by four of her friends who were on the other side of the fence. They were holding up the security barbed wire so that the woman could gain entry to the premises.Hours after the video hit social media, Police raided the premises and detained the 15 women, suspected to be victims of trafficking in persons (TIP).The woman who was seen climbing the fence, Dailyn Garcia, 25, a Venezuelan, was later charged for overstaying her time in Guyana. She was fined $30,000 for the offence, in default of which a term of six months’ imprisonment becomes applicable. Upon paying the fine or serving time, Garcia would be escorted to the nearest port of exit and deported to her homeland.last_img read more

Fort St. John Resident breaks four Canadian bench press records

first_imgNikoleychuk plans to prepare for his next competitions by training at Gators Gym right here in Fort St. John. Up next for Nikoleychuk is the Canadian Open competition in Prince George on May 27th, the IPL Nationals in Red Deer on August 11th, and then Worlds in Budapest, Hungary on September 14th. REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN – The Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) / Canadian Powerlifting Federation (CPF) held the Western Canadian Championships in Regina on May 5th and 6th, where a Fort St. John resident broke four Canadian bench Press Records.Rob Nikoleychuk competed in the 100kg weight class where he participated in the bench press equipped event, as well as the raw bench press event. In the bench equipped Nikoleychuk lifted 500 pounds, and in the bench raw event he lifted 440 pounds. His lifts were both good enough for Canadian titles, as well as Canadian records in the GPC and CFP.“I was gunning for all the records for the raw and equipped, my goal was to get the GPC and CPF records.”- Advertisement -The bench equipped event involves a supportive shirt that is designed to protect the athletes body and help them lift more weight, where as the bench raw event doesn’t give the athletes any support. When competing in the events athletes have three lifts, the second lift must be higher weight then the first, and the third lift higher then the second.During the bench equipped Nikoleychuk lifted his foot which resulted in a “no lift’ and meant he only had two more attempts to put up the weight.“It made me nervous, you only get three lifts, the best of the three count and since I was aiming at going for all the records I got a little nervous.” Nikoleychuk said. “I went for the same weight for my second lift and then took a huge jump in my third lift and went for the 500 pounds.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Teacher Recruitment Up This Year

first_imgAs students return to classes this week, fewer schools in the district will be missing staff members thanks to a combination of improved staff retention this year as well as new recruitment methods. Director of Instruction Dave Sloan says recruitment efforts have included participation in a province-wide teacher recruitment program as well as travelling to other towns and provinces in order to bring teachers to the Peace Region. [asset|aid=215|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave Sloan – Recruitment Regions_1_Pub.mp3] Sloan says the district has also benefitted from the influx of new workers into town. [asset|aid=216|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave Sloan – Teacher Spouses_1_Pub.mp3] Sloan also credits SD60 teachers for a successful recruitment year, saying their word-of-mouth reccomendations of the Peace Region have brought other teachers to the district.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Crews work to contain Beatton Airport Road fire after windy day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Beatton Airport Road Fire remained near 15,000 hectares after a day of warm weather and strong winds.With gusts up to 45 km/h firefighters were facing another day of challenges with the fire.  The wind was pushing the fire to the north for most of the day.According to the Williams Lake Tribune, a structural protection crew from Williams Lake spent Monday protecting a ranch near the Beatton Airport Road Fire.- Advertisement -In a quote provided to the Tribune, Williams Lake Fire Chief Des Webster said the ranch is 300 acres with several buildings.  “We will be here until at least the weekend.”  The fire is estimated to be four or five kilometres away from the ranch.As of Monday night the fire remains 45 per cent contained.An evacuation order and alert remains in place for residents near the fire.Advertisement Below is a map of the areas under an evacuation order and alert.  The map also shows the approximate location of the fire.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.The B.C. Wildfire Service is also reminding the public the fire is a worksite.  The worksite includes includes any heli-staging sites and the airspace above. Residents are not allowed in the area while fire suppression operations are under way.Resources • 113 firefighters Advertisement • 13 helicopters • 16 heavy equipment A 9 person Incident Management Team is co-ordinating the response to this wildfire.last_img read more

New SAT is also test of stamina

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCounting tests taken through January, scores for the upcoming college freshman class are down between four and five points on the combined math and critical reading sections, according to the College Board, which owns the SAT. Full-year numbers are expected to show a “small additional decline.” The change, over two sections totaling 1,600 points, is not unprecedented; scores have changed as much as eight points per year over the last quarter century. But it would be the biggest jump in at least a decade, and sticks out because it coincides with changes made to the test. The College Board added a writing section and made other adjustments to the new test, which debuted in March 2005, but insisted scores would remain comparable. Some colleges, however, are reporting substantial declines. The University of California system saw a 15-point drop, while La Salle University in Philadelphia saw a 12-point drop – even as their applicants looked better than last year’s group by other measures. “I’ve never seen better \ records, and lower scores. Never seen it in At 3 hours, 45 minutes, the newly expanded SAT exam can be a grueling marathon of essays and multiple-choice bubbles, many high schoolers say. Now, with preliminary figures showing a small but noticeable drop in scores this year, some experts wonder if student fatigue is to blame. That could further pressure the College Board to let students take different sections of the test on separate days. “Right now, it’s longer than the GRE, the LSAT and the GMATs, and those are all taken by college students or college graduates,” said Brad MacGowan, a guidance counselor at Newton North High School in Massachusetts, who has asked the College Board to let students split up the exam. 36 years,” said Bob Voss, La Salle dean of admissions. There may be other explanations. Typically, students’ scores rise a combined 30 points on the math and critical reading sections on a second try. While more students are taking the SAT, fewer are taking it multiple times, said College Board spokeswoman Chiara Coletti. The price of the test has risen from $28.50 to $41.50, though fees are sometimes waived. Jeff Olson, executive director of research at test-prep company Kaplan, said some high-achieving students may have decided to stick with the good scores they got on the old SAT. But he said fatigue could have played a role, too. The College Board says it surveyed research on test-taking fatigue and, before debuting the new SAT, conducted its own study, which concluded scores would not be affected by the additional 45 minutes. But MacGowan said that simply didn’t ring true to his experience with 16- and 17-year-olds. He re-examined the research cited by the College Board and wrote up his findings in a paper posted on his Web site. Some of the research the College Board relied on dated back as far as 1921, and often involved older students and shorter tests. The College Board’s own study included just 97 students, divided into three groups. “The fatigue studies were nowhere close to conclusive,” he said. Coletti said College Board was conducting a more extensive study on fatigue, based on actual SAT exams. But she said the College Board believes it is unlikely fatigue is a factor.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

Meetings 6/12

first_imgPanorama City Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. June 22 in the second floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. West Hills Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. July 5 at the 911 Communication Center, 23001 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 719-8656 or see www.westhillsnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. July 5 at Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Send information two weeks in advance, including time, date, location and a phone number. Fax to (818) 713-0058 or e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at San Jose Street Elementary School, 14928 Clymer St., Mission Hills. Call (818) 892-2414 or see www.mhnc.org. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Northridge West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Beckford Avenue Elementary School, 19130 Tulsa St., Northridge. Call (818) 886-8028. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Parkman Middle School, 20800 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 713-8600 or see www.woodlandhillscouncil.org. Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 1B at the Marvin Braude Community Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 787-2737. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. June 19 at Canoas Banquet Hall, use rear entrance, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil,org. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 20 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 896-5860. Pacoima Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. June 21 in the community room at the Pacoima Youth and Family Center, 11243 Glenoaks Blvd., Pacoima. Call (818) 590-4792. last_img read more

DDTV: QUICK FIRE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE VICTORY OVER KILDARE

first_imgHAS the heart settled down yet?Have the hands stopped shaking after Donegal’s victory over Kildare at Croke Park this evening? Well then watch the first of a series of videos donegaldaily.com will bring you over this brilliant Bank Holiday Weekend celebrating our passage through to the All-Ireland Semi-Final.Start booking those hotel rooms in Dublin folks for the last weekend in August!DDTV: QUICK FIRE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE VICTORY OVER KILDARE was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:all-ireland quarter finalDDTVdonegal beatdonegal beat kildaredonegaldaily.comlast_img read more

FOUR MASTERS MINORS CELEBRATE SEMI-FINAL WIN – AND THEN GO OFF TO THEIR DEBS!

first_imgFour Masters 3-09. Ardara 1-05IT was probably the last evening they wanted to play a match – on the same night as many of them were going to their Debs.In the Division 1 Minor Championship Semi-Final which took place in Dunkineely this evening Four Masters boys recorded a huge victory over Ardara to claim their place in the Final….and they are celebrating into the night at their Debs. Four Masters began the game in a flurry of activity quickly taking the lead with two successive points. This was then followed by three quick goals from Patrick Reid, Emmet Doogan and Padraig Carr. The breeze was with the Masters and their confidence and self-assurance was sky high as they continued to dominate, with a consistently impressive team effort. As the half-time whistle was blown the score line said it all, Four Masters 3-08, Ardara 0-02.As the second half commenced the sky opened with torrential rain and the wind began to howl, Ardara went into the battle full-throttle as the Masters put in a mighty back to the wall performance to contain the renewed Ardara offensive.As the final whistle blew the score was 3-09 for Four Masters and 1-05 for Ardara.Tony Cornyn, joint Manager of the Four Masters Minor Team, with Michael Breslin, commented, “we are all absolutely delighted. This is a huge victory for the team and highlights the massive effort that all the lads have put in on the training field and in each and every game they have played. This is a great team and their efforts and dedication are paying off”. Some of the team were celebrating their Deb’s on the same evening and having had such a fantastic victory their celebrations were surely that much better. It was certainly a great night for these young men, one they will never forget.Four Masters will now face either Aodh Rua or Dungloe in the Final who will meet on Monday 29th July. FOUR MASTERS MINORS CELEBRATE SEMI-FINAL WIN – AND THEN GO OFF TO THEIR DEBS! was last modified: July 24th, 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) Tags:Ardarafour mastersMinorswinlast_img read more