The Wright View | Brute force versus thought

first_img LACKING EXPERIENCE The victory of the West Indies cricket team over Pakistan in Friday’s opening match of their three game One Day International (ODI) series last came as a shock to many of us fans of the game. There may have been West Indians who genuinely thought that we could win the game after Pakistan posted 308 runs in their time at the crease. I have yet to meet any of those fantastic optimists, but I am willing to accept that they may really exist. If memory serves me right, that is the first time in 31 tries that the West Indies have chased such an imposing total and won – a record according to the statisticians! Once again, cries of “dem turn the corner” echoed throughout the region, and Coach Law was rightly credited for explaining to any who would listen that cricket demands “thought” and not “brute force!” Wonderful! Then in the second match on Sunday, the very formula that enabled us to win, was inexplicably abandoned for brute force as thinking was apparently deemed irrelevant. The result: another loss, spectacularly ill-timed as it was necessary to beat Pakistan by three games to nil in order to pass them on the list of teams that will automatically qualify us for major tournaments. On Sunday, the captain of the team, Jason Holder, was praised for his defiant innings, with a strike rate of 87 per 100 balls. He did defy the odds, and he did show the earlier batsmen what was needed early in the game to keep wickets in hand for an onslaught at the end. But I do believe that when he came to the wicket and when the game was over, a strike rate of 87 gave us absolutely no chance of victory. How could a “thinking” victory in the first ODI morph in to a ram-bam-thank-you-ma’am in the second? Experience, my dear Watson, experience. Legendary former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards publicly bemoaned the fact that our best and most experienced cricketers were plying their trade in other leagues while our young and inexperienced “second eleven” struggled. He placed the blame for our predicament squarely on the shoulders of the Dave Cameron led Board, whose policies seem to value “respect” for board members over ability to play cricket. So it is left to Coach Law and Jimmy Adams to fast track thought over brute force in young and inexperienced cricketers. I think that they can, given time. My fervent hope is that for the rest of this year, none of the two gentlemen named pass any board member anywhere and not smile and call them “Sir”. London Marathon and Olympic marathon winner Jemima Sumgong has tested positive for the banned substance EPO in an out-of-competition ‘no notice’ drug test two months ago. The result will be confirmed if the athlete forgoes a B sample test. This is another blow to the authenticity of some of the results seen and lauded in Track and Field. Readers may recall that in the London marathon, Sumgong fell dramatically at the start, and got up and eventually won the race to praises and plaudits all around, only now to be unmasked as a cheater. Then the race director for the London Marathon, Hugh Brasher, has been quoted as saying that there are more cheats in sports. They just have not been caught as yet. He blames the quantum of financial rewards for victory as the driving force behind the use of drugs in sport. He may be right, but spare a thought the idea that if and when cheaters are caught, they can be banned for life, and money earned in the 18 months prior to their positive test be calculated and a repayment schedule implemented with court proceedings to follow if the money is not paid back in full. That would be an attention grabber that would dramatically tilt the scales when contemplating the cost/benefit ratio of taking drugs. Currently, whistle-blowers, no-notice, out-of-competition tests, athletes’ passports and the now-dreaded retest eight years later do not seem to be enough to halt the use of drugs. The sport is being tarnished regularly by these revelations. Something else is needed to discourage cheating.last_img read more

Senior cop accused of raping 13-yr-old granted bail

first_imgAfter being on remand for almost two weeks on a rape charge, Assistant Superintendent of Police Seecharran Singh as released on $250,000 bail on Tuesday.Accused: Seecharran SinghSingh is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl between June 17 and 18, 2018, while they were both in the vicinity of the East Bank of Demerara.On Tuesday, Singh made his second court appearance before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs- Marcus.He was represented by Attorney-at-law Bernard DaSilva.last_img

‘Junk dealer’ establishes questionable operations in Atlantic Gardens

first_img– NDC launches investigationResidents of Atlantic Gardens are peeved at what appears to be the unlawful establishment of a ‘junkyard’ at Lot 169 Azalea Avenue, Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara.Parked trucks in Atlantic GardensGuyana Times recently visited the location and saw what appeared to be several dilapidated heavy-duty trucks parked on the Government reserve precariously close to the main roadway and old rotted truck cabins, trays, chassis and other vehicular parts on the once lush green plot.One visibly upset resident explained that he managed to get the Overseer of the La Bonne Intention/Better Hope Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Shevonne Savory, to visit the site and inspect the operations.He related that the Overseer confirmed that what was occurring was illegal and the NDC would take steps to have the operations removed.More than a month later, the situation has gotten worse.Residents are peeved at the eyesore the business has become, the apparent loss of affluence and value in their properties, as some even questioned whether Atlantic Gardens was still a residential area.Other residents took the opportunity to lambaste the NDC for not fulfilling its mandate of collecting garbage, weeding the drains and for turning a blind eye to littering in addition to condoning this disgrace.Upon enquiry, one resident mentioned that the owner of the property upon which the operations was established was only known as “Fat Man” and he owned a spare parts dealership situated opposite Apex School on the Public Road.Residents are claiming that the ‘junkyard’ would become a haven for thieves and animals, had the potential to be a public health hazard by adding to already unsanitary conditions, while polluting the environment with rubbish, which was already evident on the southern parapet, as well as obstruct traffic and pose a fire hazard through the use of welding torches to cut the metal.The daily traversing of heavy-duty vehicles was seen as bringing further destruction to the already severely potholed roads and damaged parapets.Damage to the parapets was clearly visible when Guyana Times visited, as heavy machinery was rolling upon the reserves to manipulate their overweight and over-sized cargo into position.InvestigationsThe Overseer who initially visited the site and suspected the operations to be illegal has resigned from her post with the NDC.NDC Chairman Zamin Shaw, when contacted, explained that an investigation was ongoing into the matter and assured residents that all steps were being taken to address the issue.Shaw said the NDC was unable to ascertain the owner of the property; however, a notice to clear the roadways was dispatched to a caretaker who often visited the property.Currently, the NDC is awaiting a response.Moreover, the Chairman said he was in the process of seeking advice from technical personnel on how to proceed with the matter, since not much substantial information has been gathered on the operations.last_img read more

No plan to boycott Russia World Cup over spy poisoning: Adidas

first_img0Shares0000Adidas is standing by its sponsorship of Russia 2018 despite a row over the poisoning of an ex-spy © AFP / CHRISTOF STACHEFRANKFURT, Germany, Mar 14 – The chief executive of German sportswear maker Adidas said Wednesday it stood by its sponsorship of this year’s football World Cup in Russia, as tensions mount between Moscow and London over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil.Football gear makes up a smaller share of Adidas’ fast-growing business than in the past, but the firm remains keen to see the balls it has provided to FIFA since 1970 and the shirts of its sponsored teams adorn TV screens worldwide. “We do hope that the tournament goes on, because isolation is not the best way to resolution” of tensions with Russia, Kasper Rorsted told journalists at the group’s Bavarian headquarters.“There are hundreds of millions of consumers around the world that are looking forward to a football tournament and want to watch football despite the political situation.”British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to tell lawmakers Wednesday how her government will retaliate against Russia for its alleged role in the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent.May has said it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the attack, either directly or because Moscow had “lost control” of the poison.“How can we go to (President Vladimir) Putin’s World Cup now?” the front page of influential tabloid the Daily Mail asked Tuesday.The British government has so far threatened a boycott by officials and dignitaries, but there are as yet no plans to withdraw the England squad.If it materialises, a boycott would not harm Adidas’ business as much as it might have in the past, with the beautiful game now accounting for around 2.0 billion euros ($2.5 billion) of the group’s 21.2 billion euros in sales last year.“The times are gone when one event can make a huge impact on the overall number,” CEO Rorsted said.– Eyes on 2020 –Presenting its annual results for 2017, Adidas reported higher profits as its most popular lines sold more and it honed efficiency, putting it on track for more muscular returns in future.Net profit at the group grew 7.8 percent to 1.1 billion euros last year, with sales up almost 15 percent.The revenue boost was powered by a 27-percent surge in currency-adjusted North American sales and a 29-percent leap in China.Operating, or underlying profit grew almost 31 percent, to 2.1 billion euros.“We want to have the right balance of growing market share and profitability, that is what we call winning,” Rorsted said as he laid out an upgraded profitability goal for 2020.Adidas aims to boost its operating margin to 11.5 percent by 2020, from 9.8 percent last year.That would put the group on track to hit its upgraded target of average growth between 22 and 24 percent per year in net profit from continuing operations between 2015 and 2020.Looking ahead to 2018, Adidas expects currency-adjusted sales to grow around 10 percent in 2018, combining with efficiency savings to produce an operating profit between 9.0 and 13 percent higher.Executives plan to offer investors a dividend of 2.60 euros per share for 2017, up from 2.00 euros the previous year.The group also unveiled plans to further reward shareholders with a 3.0-billion-euro share buyback scheme to run until May 2021, with 1.0 billion euros of purchases set for this year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-convict held for trial on murder charge

first_imgThe victim and Simpson had known each other for several weeks, officials said. Fairbank was reported missing March 1 in what friends and family suspected was foul play. He was found dead off a dirt road the next day by friends searching the desert for him, police said. When Mendocino County deputies arrested Simpson, he was inside a home and his 1995 green Ford pickup truck was parked outside, police said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe is in jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Simpson was convicted of residential burglary and arson in 1997 and of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm in 2000, Spielman said. Fairbank, who completed parole six weeks before he was killed, had an adult record of drug and firearm offenses dating back to 1994 in Ventura County, as well as a juvenile record, state records show. Simpson was arrested by Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies outside the city of Ukiah on March 4, four days after Fairbank was killed. California City police said the men were together in Simpson’s vehicle when Simpson shot Fairbank in the back of the head. Simpson dragged the body about 20 feet into the desert and then left, police said. CALIFORNIA CITY – A California City ex-convict accused of killing another ex-convict was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a charge of murder. Lee Wayne Simpson, 34, is charged with fatally shooting 35-year-old Daryth Fairbank in February in the desert northeast of the city’s airport. Kern County Deputy District Attorney Scott Spielman declined to comment on a motive for the shooting. At the conclusion of a preliminary court hearing in Bakersfield, Simpson was bound over for trial on charges of murder and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. last_img read more

Holiday Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Shabbat Sounds service and Hanukkah party, 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Santa Clarita Ballet will present the “Nutcracker Ballet,” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $22-$28 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Call (661) 251-6844. “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22 and 6:30 Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $13-$17 for adults and $10-$13 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Christmas in Other Lands story time, 10 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Holiday celebration for children ages 2-12 will feature crafts, games, a bounce house, prizes and a visit from Santa, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Hanukkah party, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Granary Square shopping center on the corner of Arroyo Park Drive and McBean Parkway, Valencia. Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. Call Linda Hollingsworth at (661) 296-3408. Sixth annual holiday show, titled “Enjoying the Holidays,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686 for ticket information. Drive-Through Living Nativity will feature hundreds of costumed actors performing scenes from the birth of Christ, 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Family caroling party will meet in the parking lot, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The caravan of singers will provide the gift of song and spread the holiday spirit to surrounding neighborhoods and return to the church around 8 p.m. to warm up with hot beverages and cookies. Call (661) 297-3783. Jam For Jesus will feature some of the top music artists in Southern California playing a variety of styles from pop to rock, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-0622. Animal Christmas story time, 10 a.m. Dec. 24 at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Christmas Eve services with worship led by the Living Proof Choir and Steve Lively, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita. Traditional Communion celebration at 11 p.m. Call (661) 296-8737, Ext. 142. Christmas Eve service will feature the children’s musical “Once Upon a Night” at 5:30 and 7 p.m.; the adult and youth choirs, bells, dance and candlelight at 9 p.m.; and adult choirs, communion and candlelight at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Party Havdalah, 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Bring a picnic lunch. Call (661) 255-6410. Hanukkah pancake breakfast will include breakfast, beverages and Hanukkah fun, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 25 at a private home in Stevenson Ranch. Cost: $15 for adults; children under 12 are free. Sponsored by Hadassah’s Kochava Group. Call Robin Bratlavsky at (661) 297-2960 or e-mail KochavaGroup@yahoo.com. Family Christmas service, 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Hanukkah Family Festival will feature children’s crafts, live music, entertainment, hot latkes and a raffle, 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Sponsored by Chabad of SCV. Call (661) 254-3434. To submit an event for the Holiday Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Holiday stories and craft, 3:30-4:30 p.m. today at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Children’s Holiday Music Program will feature holiday music performed by children from local elementary schools and performers from Vibe Performing Arts Studios, 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21 outside the food court entrances at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 298-1220. Holipalooza, a musical variety-show fundraiser, will feature talented local young people, 7 p.m. today at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 799-2702. Living Proof will present a contemporary Christmas concert under the direction of Steve Lively, 7 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita. Admission is free. Call (661) 296-8737. last_img read more

Together for Yes launches poster campaign and male awareness initiative in Donegal

first_imgThe Together for Yes Campaign in Donegal has set out to encourage men to see how the 8th amendment matters to them too. The #men4yes is a nationwide pro-repeal movement to increase male involvement in the conversation on the abortion referendum. The campaign was officially launched on Monday by Irish celebrity sports stars and presenters including Richie Sadlier, Gordon D’Arcy, Andy Lee, Kevin McGahern and Con Murphy.In Donegal, male campaigners have been out canvassing door-to-door and putting up new Yes posters for the pro-choice campaign in local towns. Doneal Men for YesDonegal Together for Yes spokesperson Cathleen Shiels said: “We understand that men might be hesitant to engage in this debate, as the 8th amendment is largely seen as a women’s healthcare issue. But the 8th is also an issue for men because it affects their daughters, wives, sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces and friends.“Donegal Together For Yes is urging men, young and old, to engage in the referendum debate by sharing their story with our campaign, have a discussion, or joining one of our men-specific events around the country. Most men feel compassion for the women who are damaged by the 8th Amendment – for the 3,000 women forced to travel overseas and the countless other forced to buy illegal pills online comes through.“A YES vote allows us to create a safer, compassionate, and regulated system that protects women, their partners and families. A ‘No’ vote does nothing to improve the situation for those women and men who receive a diagnosis of fatal foetal anomaly or need to access abortion services due to a risk to health of the pregnant woman.”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also supported the initiative, saying: “Some men feel the #8thref doesn’t affect us, or is an issue we should stay out of. It’s not. Talk to your daughters, sisters, mothers, girlfriends, wives and friends. We need your votes.”  Together for Yes launches poster campaign and male awareness initiative in Donegal was last modified: April 25th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegal together for yesmen4yeslast_img read more

Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar

first_imgUpdated 2pm 29/10/2019Gardaí are investigating the burglary of a pensioner’s home in Lifford on Friday night.The incident occurred at Croaghan Heights on Gallows Lane near the town centre, where an elderly woman’s home was broken into and ransacked as the thief, or thieves, searched for cash. The woman was fortunately not home on the night, as she has been unwell and was staying with her sister.No money was taken in the incident and no other items were stolen.The burglary has left the family badly shaken and they are warning other Lifford residents to look out for their neighbours.“Keep an eye out for the old folk who could be vulnerable and make sure they’re safe. God knows what would have happened if Mum was at home,” said a family member. Gardaí have launched an investigation into the break-in.If anyone in the Croaghan Heights area or the Lifford area in general noticed any unusual behaviour or movements of people or vehicles on the 25th and 26th of October (Friday/Saturday) between 4pm and 9am, please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Does 49ers Jed York still sound committed to Kyle Shanahan?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Somewhat astonishingly, or somewhat as a neon sign depicting the NFL’s win-now mandate, only one NFL coach has a longer playoff drought with their current team than Kyle Shanahan.He is a mere two years into a 49ers tenure that remains promising, with pressure to win inevitably mounting, per NFL protocol.Only Washington’s Jay Gruden has missed the last three postseasons, and he’s gone just once in five years since replacing Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father.Failing to make the …last_img read more

Giants tweak starting staff, move Drew Pomeranz to bullpen

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Drew Pomeranz is moving to the bullpen and Conner Menez will start Sunday in his Major League debut, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday before the Giants faced the New York Mets in the third of four games between the two teams this weekend at Oracle Park.Pomeranz was solid in his July 16 start in Colorado against the Rockies, allowing one earned run in five innings in what became an 8-4 Giants win. But Pomeranz, signed by the Giants in January, has largely struggled this season, …last_img read more