Kohli praises day-night Test experiment

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):The first day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand to be played at the Adelaide Oval from Friday will be remembered for years to come, India Test captain Virat Kohli said yesterday.”It’s a landmark Test and a big step towards changing something in Test cricket,” Kohli said ahead of the third Test against South Africa. “I hope it can be another option and I’m glad that the two teams have agreed to play an official Test like that, as an experiment.”Kohli said that cricketers should be willing to accept changes to increase attendances in Test cricket, although limited overs games are popular under lights.”It might be a step that we’ll all remember a few years down the line, let’s hope so. As cricketers, we all should be willing and accepting of the need to step forward and contribute to the game, however possible.”If this is a step towards improving the excitement and popularity of Test cricket, then I think every team should be in for it. Hopefully, it will be better for the game,” he said.The opening Test of the four-match series at Mohali saw only a few thousand spectators and crowds are not expected to be high for the Nagpur Test.A pink ball will be used for the historic game. Kohli, whose team leads South Africa 1-0 in the four-Test series, said he had heard seeing the ball could be a problem at twilight.”I’ve heard a few players giving feedback on playing with the pink ball. The only thing they were concerned about was that during twilight it was very hard to pick the ball. During the day it was fine, during the night it was all right as well. But when the floodlights are not on and when the sun is going down, is when they found it difficult,” Kohli said.last_img read more

GECOM has a sacred responsibility

first_imgDear Editor,There are now about twenty political parties who want to contest the upcoming elections, but it seems only the PPP is prepared to struggle for a clean list of electors and for free and fair elections. The others are recklessly staying on the sidelines depending on the PPP to carry the struggle for a clean list of electors and for free and fair elections. Where is Mr Ramkarran and A New and United Guyana (ANUG)? Where is Mr Badal and his Change Guyana? Where is Mr Shuman and his party? Where are all the others, the doctors, the pastors, the lawyers who have all formed parties? Why have they abandoned their obligation to speak out against GECOM’s messing around?GECOM claims there are 20,556 new registrants from the illegal house-to-house (HtH) Registration and they want to merge this list into the OLE. They continue to ignore the salient, critical fact that these names were gathered in an exercise that did not include scrutiny and verification by the largest political party in Guyana, as mandated by law. Already, PPP activists have shown exposed names purported to be new registrants who are really persons previously registered. Two such names that have emerged as examples are the names of Justice Cecil Kennard, a former Chancellor, and Mr Jailall Kissoon, a former Minister of the PNC and a prominent attorney. Then there are names of persons who died many years ago. How did these dead persons get to register in the recent illegal House-to-House Registration? Just these examples demonstrate that the list of new registrants that GECOM has generated is hopelessly flawed and raises the possibility of criminal shenanigans. Why then is GECOM so dead-set to merge these names without 100 per cent verification? Such verification is something that could be done within days. Their haste to merge this list and their absolute objection for comprehensive verification raises serious suspicion that GECOM’s intention is not pure, that GECOM’s intention is towards something evil.A clean list of voters is indispensable for free and fair elections. Guyana’s continuous registration system is designed to ensure that every citizen above 18 years old has the opportunity to be listed. For the upcoming March 2020 general elections, there appears to be a vulgar messing around with the list of voters, promoted by APNU/AFC, with GECOM being complicit as an agent to mess with the list, all in contravention of the laws of Guyana.Initially, GECOM wanted to merge 370,000 names from the HtH into the NRR (National Register of Registrants) and then extract a new PLE (Preliminary Voters’ List). But the mandated fingerprint cross-matching determined that about 300,000 of the names, in fact, were already in the NRR. GECOM then proposed merging the remaining 70,000, even though these were never verified by all political stakeholders and even though there were other anomalies. Under pressure from the PPP, GECOM admitted that only 20,556 names were actually new registrants eligible to vote. Even with serious questions surrounding the list of 20,556 persons, GECOM is insisting they will merge this list into the NRR and into the new OLE. They are steadfast in their refusal for verification, even as the list is already impugned, even as GECOM attracts further humiliation and embarrassment.The refusal for verification is suspicious because this same GECOM wanted to remove about 20,000 names from the list because these persons still are to collect their ID cards. The persons whose names they want to remove were legitimately registered, their registration was scrutinised and verified with at-home proof of residency and they met all legal requirements during their registration exercise and have voted in previous elections. Yet GECOM demands they prove all over again that they actually exist. Contrast this posture with the existing one for the so-called new registrants. These persons were registered with no scrutiny by the largest political party in Guyana or by any of the other political parties outside of the APNU/AFC grouping, in contravention of the laws of Guyana.From even before the No Confidence Motion, GECOM was messing with the voters’ list, the oldest cheating trick in elections around the world. Guyana has a history of bogus voting lists under Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte and the PNC. Just think of the BBC series showing Burnham registering horses in England as Guyanese voters. From the moment Granger became President in 2015, his game-plan was to follow the Burnham formula to mess with the voters’ list. This was the real intention when he bucked the well-established Carter formula to appoint James Patterson as GECOM’s Chair. That is why before the CCJ forced Patterson to leave GECOM, he ordered a new HtH. The intention was clear, pad the voters’ list and remove as many names of persons suspected to be PPP supporters.GECOM has a sacred responsibility to generate an environment of confidence in the election. What GECOM is doing with the OLE presently is creating too much suspicion. The refusal to verify the list of so-called new registrants is reckless, particularly given the flaws already exposed. To add to the recklessness is GECOM’s demand that the PPP can verify by itself. The PPP will do so. But will GECOM accept the PPP’s findings? Is this going to be another unnecessary fight?Justice Claudette Singh must act with fairness and firmness. At the same time, GECOM’s insistence that they will remove 20,000 names of persons who legitimately registered, many of whom voted in previous elections, just because they did not collect their ID cards is puzzling. The bottom line is that there is a compromised group at GECOM which is wickedly fooling around, messing with the list of voters. The question is why? Nothing good could come out of this messing around with the list of voters.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

‘Frustrating and Disappointing’

first_imgDeputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has termed as “frustrating and disappointing” Liberia’s education system.According to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, politics has overshadowed the learning process forcing students to be more interested in “talking politics than focusing on educational materials that will keep them on par with their foreign counterparts.”The current status of the education system is seriously “dysfunctional and needs complete overhauling,” declared Barchue.“The reading and speech capacity of our students is very poor to the extent that sometimes you feel ashamed when some of our students speak in public places.“Nowadays, on our national holidays like Flag Day, Armed Forces Day and Independence you find no programs instituted by school authorities under the supervision of the Ministry of Education befitting these celebrations and all we do is politics.“No programs (are offered) to educate students on the significance of these historical events in our country and that needs to stop right now.“This country will go nowhere when these things are not addressed because this time around, the Legislature intends to checkmate the Education Ministry about most of its deliverables projected under the National Budget,” Rep. Barchue warned.He challenged the new Education Minister George Werner, to ensure that projects captured in the Budget to be implemented by his ministry across the country are effectively executed.The House is keen on adequately performing its oversight responsibility to make sure that whatever is placed in the Budget for school construction, purchase of desks, text books, chairs and other school materials are delivered.He spoke over the weekend at a charity program in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County where thousands of books for elementary and junior high students were brought in for distribution in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi.Deputy Speaker Barchue frowned on education authorities from the three counties, particularly District and County Education Officers (DEOs & CEO) for failing to attend the program.He noted that gone are the days when government functionaries made blanket projections about projects that should be undertaken without providing specifics.“Let’s embrace development and forget politics at this time, building institutions and making sure that what is promised in the budget will be supported by the first branch of government,” Rep. Barchue urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stanleytown illuminated with street lights after 35 years

first_imgThe main access road at Stanleytown, New Amsterdam were on Monday evening illuminated with street lights after residents’ pleadings for some 35 years.Many elated residents came out in their numbers to witness the transformation. For decades, residents had been calling for lights to be placed along Main Street and promises were forthcoming.Back in 1982, there were weekly reports of women being dragged into the Stanleytown Cemetery and raped; those reports were punctuated by reports of robberies being committed in the same way. Many of the victims in both cases were persons on their way home from work.Back then, there were numerous appeals for street lights to be placed at strategic points, with the cemetery being the main focus, but the people had to wait for two changes of Government before the lights became a reality.Under the previous Administration, residents were told that lights were being secured. Residents waited and saw several other parts of the region having street lights installed, with most of those areas significantly less populated.Several petitions had been sent to different levels of Government. The Town Council had distanced itself from the responsibility claiming that since it no longer had the responsibility for providing electricity to residents, the then Guyana Electricity Corporation (GEC) and subsequently Guyana Power and Light (GPL) had been demanding that the Council pay for street lighting, something it could ill-afford.Residents have expressed delight at what could be considered a new development. Constituency representative Eusi Smith says the now lighted streets will have a positive impact and act as a deterrent to persons with criminal intent.In April, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry Annette Ferguson had announced that the street lamps would have been installed soon. The lighting programme will see street lights being installed from Stanleytown to Everton on the East Bank of Berbice covering a distance of more than five miles.last_img read more

Kirby Dreher set to play in US Open

first_imgFort St. John’s Kirby Dreher will play in this weekends United States Women’s Open golf tournament.Dreher will tee off today at 11:42am, Fort St. John time, in the biggest tournament she’s ever played in. The tournament is being held on the tough Oakmont course in Pennsylvania.Dreher will be in the final group on Thursday and paired with one of the greatest Canadian golfers of all time, Lorie Kane.- Advertisement -Click here to follow Kirby Dreher live during the tournament.last_img

L.B. Grand Prix construction starts

first_imgLONG BEACH – The 33rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach took its first step toward the green flag when construction began Monday morning on Shoreline Drive, the famed racing circuit’s front straightaway. The setting of the first of more than 14 million pounds of concrete blocks that line the 1.97-mile circuit in downtown Long Beach marks the beginning of two months of work preparing the 11-turn racing circuit for the nearly 200,000 fans expected April 13-15. Grand Prix Association of Long Beach Director of Operations Dwight Tanaka and his staff of 40 will put in more than 30,000 working hours installing concrete blocks, three miles of fencing and 16,000 bolted-together tires, along with 15 huge spectator grandstands, seven pedestrian bridges and eight giant-vision boards for full-circuit TV coverage. “We want to keep the circuit exciting for our fans and, of course, competitive and safe for the drivers,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “While Dwight and his staff do a terrific job, we couldn’t do it without the help of many Long Beach city departments and a host of private entities. “Quite frankly, their support is what helps us make the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the premier street race in America.” All businesses along the race circuit, which includes Shoreline Drive, Aquarium Way and Pine Avenue, will remain open during construction of the racetrack. 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

One step forward, one back

first_img• Photo Gallery: UCLA vs. Cal LOS ANGELES – The top seeding in the upcoming NCAA tournament so vital a week ago now seems meaningless. Discussions of UCLA’s hand-picked road to the Final Four, through Sacramento and San Jose are tabled for talk about how to fix the broken Bruins. The loss comes after the Bruins lost its regular-season finale at Washington and sweeps away aspirations of gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs. More pressing now is how UCLA corrects horrid free-throw shooting, solves another sub-standard effort and, most glaringly, how Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American guard Arron Afflalo will be affected by the worst game of his career. “At this point, after losing two games like this, seedings don’t mean much to me anymore,” said Afflalo, who fouled out with three points on 1 of 7 shooting. “It’s all about how you approach the game, and if you can go out there and beat the other team in front of you. We were a No. 1 seed in this tournament and it didn’t make a difference.” Howland said he still expected the Bruins (26-5) to be placed in Sacramento, but followed the path of his players in adding UCLA’s seeding now is irrelevant. No longer does it matter where the Bruins are sent in the NCAAs, because issues exist well beyond UCLA’s standing in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee. In the most shocking result of UCLA coach Ben Howland’s four-year tenure, the Pac-10 tournament was thrown into turmoil when eighth-seeded California stunned top- seeded and fourth-ranked UCLA 76-69 in overtime in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Staples Center. center_img “I’m not really worried about (a No. 1 seed) because bottom line, we have to play better than we played in the last two games,” Howland said. “Anybody can beat us on a given day, and I still believe this team can beat anybody on a given day. It’s how we prepare, and so it’s going to get back to fundamentals in everything we do, beginning Saturday when we have our next practice.” Howland was quick to remind everyone the defeat came one week after the Bruins clinched the regular-season title, and if this was a one-game happenstance, the tenor of UCLA’s plight likely would be different. Thursday’s loss, however, came on the heels of a poor effort at Washington. UCLA’s success the last two seasons was built on effort, defense and rebounding, and it faltered in each aspect for the second game in a row. Cal shot 54.2 percent in the first half and built a 31-15 lead before taking a 37-25 advantage into the locker room. It also made all three of its shots in overtime. The Bruins shot 15 of 29 from the free-throw line, something Howland attributed to fatigued legs in expending so much energy in rallying from a big deficit. The Bears made 20 of 25 free throws after playing Oregon State the night before. “It’s all mental,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “If you’re mentally in the game and ready to play, those things shouldn’t affect you. I thought, collectively, we weren’t ready to play.” Cal (16-16) lost both regular- season games to the Bruins by a combined 26 points, but now are two wins away from an improbable NCAA berth. The Bears play fourth-seeded Oregon today at 6:20 p.m. Bears guard Ayinde Ubaka, who was held scoreless by Afflalo during a January meeting, torched the Bruins for 29 points. Afflalo, who matched is career low in scoring, made his only basket of the second half on a baseline drive on UCLA’s first possession of overtime, but it was a short-lived lead as Cal used an 11-1 run to take control. “I still think we’re one of the best teams in the country,” Afflalo said. “We will have our opportunity to prove it once again.” brian.dohn@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!last_img read more

Illegal U-turn results in accident on Alaska Highway

first_imgThe incident occurred around Road 271 on the Alaska Highway just before 7:00 a.m.Cpl. Jodi Shelki says the driver of the vehicle is recovering appropriately while there are no injuries reported on the driver of the semi-truck.- Advertisement –last_img

Giroud wants to win trophies at Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Olivier Giroud has revealed that he would love to win another title with Arsenal as he aims to continue his career with the Gunners. PHOTO/FILE.LONDON, United Kingdom, July 4 – Olivier Giroud has revealed that he would love to win another title with Arsenal as he aims to continue his career with the Gunners.The Frenchman has been linked with moves to Premier League rivals West Ham United and Everton, but has stated that he wants to remain where he is. “I want to carry on my good journey at Arsenal and I always want to give my best,” he told the club’s official website. “I would love to win another title, or maybe more until the end of my contract.”Speculation regarding the 30-year-old’s future was fueled due to his apparent frustration with the limited amount of starts he made last season. Giroud started only 11 Premier League games, and came off the bench on 18 occasions.Giroud has three years left on his contract at Arsenal, where he has scored 98 goals in 227 appearances across all competitions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo strikes brace as Real Madrid hit PSG

first_imgThe Portuguese star then turned the ball home from close range with seven minutes left before Marcelo secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent nearly 80,000 home fans into raptures.“These days are to be remembered, and what better way to do it than with the character we showed,” Real skipper Sergio Ramos told Spanish television.“We need to keep playing like that, with the desire to defend the Champions League. You can never consider Real Madrid to be dead and buried.”Rabiot said PSG were plagued by familiar problems“We always say the same things and we always get caught out in the same way,” Rabiot told beIN Sports.“The problem is it’s easy to score eight against Dijon, or four goals in league games. It is in these matches that you need to be decisive.” ”The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way they fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on their way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season.Bad night: Neymar grimaces as PSG lose to Real Madrid © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRENeymar, in Barcelona’s ranks then, could not make the difference for PSG, who now have a huge job on their hands to turn the tie around.Having looked set to come away with a precious draw, the defeat piles the pressure on coach Unai Emery, but for Real the outcome is an enormous boost for their boss Zinedine Zidane.Under pressure himself with Real flagging domestically, he needed this win, and will earn praise for his substitutions, with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to set up each of the two late goals.That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. The Welshman’s place in the line-up was taken by Isco.Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.– Difficult night for Neymar –Real supporters chose an image of a famous fan in Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end of the ground as the sides came out, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.World-record signing Neymar struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREThe hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.Neymar could claim an assist, although it didn’t look like the Brazilian meant to help Kylian Mbappe’s low ball across the box from the right into the path of Rabiot, who swept home unmarked.PSG had a precious away goal, but they could not hold their lead until the break as Giovani Lo Celso gave away a penalty for a foul on Toni Kroos.Areola, having just made a superb save from Karim Benzema, could do nothing to keep out Ronaldo’s spot-kick.The visitors had chances to go ahead again in the second half, Keylor Navas saving well from Mbappe and Sergio Ramos blocking bravely from Rabiot.Emery then surprisingly took off Edinson Cavani and replaced him with Thomas Meunier, a right-back. But it was Zidane’s decision to send on Asensio that proved crucial.In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo’s thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo starred as defending champions Real took control of their tie against PSG © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.Ronaldo scored his 100th Champions League goal for title-holders Real from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side at the Santiago Bernabeu, set up by Neymar.last_img read more