Cricket News If THIS player has good World Cup, India will win: Ricky Ponting

first_img New Delhi: Three-time World winner and Australia’s best leader, Ricky Ponting believes if the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a fine World Cup, India is going to have their hands on the coveted trophy. Ponting is currently with the IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and the preparations have already begun. In an exclusive interview with the Times of India (TOI), Ricky spoke about a lot of things.When he was asked, who is better between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, he said, “I don’t think we can get to the conclusion till Virat’s career is over. Only then will we have a clearer picture. Sachin is a legend. Yes, you can say Virat is piling up runs. His Test average is more than 50 (53.76). But Sachin maintained that (average) in 200 Tests. Virat’s ODI record, though, is unbelievable. That’s why I feel India are a very dangerous side. If Virat has a good World Cup, India will win.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India was recently up against Australia in a couple of limited-overs series, and when every cricket pundit was expecting India to upstage Australia, the result was an absolute turnaround. The series was also expected to answer a few questions for the men-in-blue, one of which was ‘Who will play at number four for India in the forthcoming World Cup?’On this, Ponting said, “They tried a few even during the recent Australia series. Rayudu was there, Rishabh, Shankar. They could have also have tried Shreyas Iyer. He is a very good player. He has had a great domestic season. I am excited to catch up with him. It’s an interesting conundrum; maybe, they can fit in KL Rahul in that spot.”He also named four teams who can reach the semi-finals. “England, India, Australia and maybe New Zealand. Of course, you never know what Pakistan and West Indies are gonna do!” highlights Ricky Ponting believes Virat Kohli can help India to win their third World cup title. Ricky Ponting will be with the Australian team for the forthcoming World Cup. Australia will be up against Pakistan in their last assignment before the most prestigious tournament. last_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan blasts 17th century

first_imgShikhar Dhawan smashed his fourth century against Australia.Dhawan’s highest individual score in ODIs is against Australia.India last won against Australia in World Cups in 2011. Australia employed the short ball barrage and Dhawan was lucky to get a top edge off a short ball from Coulter-Nile but he was in control of the second short ball when he upper-cut Marcus Stoinis over Alex Carey for a boundary. Both Rohit and Dhawan stitched the highest opening stand in World Cups for India against Australia and he notched up his fifty off just 53 balls.After going past the landmark, Dhawan pounced on Stoinis by smashing two consecutive boundaries and despite losing Rohit for 57, Dhawan continued his aggression. He blasted two fours off legspinner Adam Zampa and got near to his century by getting an under-edge to a short ball from Pat Cummins as he attempted the upper-cut again. The left-hander raced through the 90s by pulling Zampa to the deep square leg fence and he reached the landmark in dramatic fashion.The left-hander pushed a full ball from Marcus Stoinis to the mid-off region and looked for a single but sent Virat Kohi back half-way down the pitch. The fielder scored a direct hit and the ricochet resulted in a single. Dhawan’s knock has put India on course for a score in excess of 300 against Australia. New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan has always reserved his best in major ICC events, be it the Champions Trophy or the World Cup. The left-hander has a wonderful record not only in ICC events but also against five-time champions Australia. In the ICC Cricket World Cup clash at the Kennington Oval, Dhawan showed his brilliance and notched up his 17th century and fourth against Australia as India were in a strong position on Sunday. India chose to bat on a flat deck and both Dhawan and his opening partner Rohit Sharma capitalised on the slowness of the deck and made great progress against a strong bowling unit.Both Dhawan and Rohit started slowly and it was the left-hander who smashed the first boundary of the match when he caressed a full ball from Pat Cummins to the deep extra cover fence. The pressure of the early overs was released when Dhawan slammed three boundaries off Nathan Coulter-Nile in the eighth over. The first boundary was a drive straight down the ground, the second was a cut shot to the deep cover fence while the third was a late-cut to the third man fence. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

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Sunshine Snacks hands lucky fan a ticket to CPL Final

first_imgSUNSHINE Snacks, the official snack of The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), launched its CPL promotion on the August 26, 2019.Customers who purchased Sunshine Snacks Peanuts had a chance to win cricket bats, hampers, tickets to the matches at the Providence stadium and grand prize of an all-expense paid trip for two to Trinidad for the final.The lucky winner of the grand prize, Ms Savitri Basdeo, expressed her excitement about going to Trinidad to watch Guyana Amazon Warriors compete in the final this Saturday, October 12.“I saw the promotion on social media and decided to look for Sunshine Snacks Peanuts with the CPL logo when I was shopping in the supermarket one afternoon. When I got home, after unpacking my groceries I sat on my bed with my phone looking for the code to enter on the site. I thought that was that.”Ms Basdeo reported she initially missed the call from Trinidad which she thought was from a friend, but after receiving the second call; the representative from Sunshine Snacks in Trinidad told her she had won the grand prize for the Sunshine Snacks CPL promotion.She said she thought it was a prank as she was not expecting to win but was ‘extra excited and very appreciative’ because it had always been her dream to go and experience the final in Trinidad. The prize was even more special for her because she has never travelled to Trinidad.Country Manager of Sunshine Snacks brand in Guyana, Mr Jeranzee Marques, who handed over the prize to the winner, thanked all the participants for taking part in the promotion and said he was elated that Sunshine Snacks was able to make a lifelong dream come true for someone.last_img read more

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UEFA suspends Champions League and Europa League matches

first_imgBarcelona v Napoli (1-1) Shakhtar Donetsk v Wolfsburg (2-1) Europa League (aggregate score) Getafe v Inter Milan Roma v Sevilla Juventus v Lyon (0-1) Bayern Munich v Chelsea (3-0) Bayer Leverkusen v Rangers (3-1) Man City v Real Madrid (2-1)center_img Manchester United v LASK (5-0) Wolves v Olympiakos (1-1) FC Basel v Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0) FC Copenhagen v Istanbul Basaksehir (0-1) Champions League (aggregate score) All Uefa competitions, including Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played on 17 and 18 March, have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The draws for the next rounds, set for 20 March, have also been postponed.In the Champions League, Manchester City v Real Madrid, Juventus v Lyon, Barcelona v Napoli and Bayern Munich v Chelsea are all postponed.Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers’ matches in the Europa League are off.All Uefa Youth League quarter-final matches scheduled for 17 and 18 March are also off.Uefa said further decisions on the scheduling of the postponed fixtures “will be communicated in due course”.European football’s governing body has invited representatives from all 55 of its member associations to a meeting on Tuesday in order to discuss a response to the coronavirus outbreak.The scheduling of Euro 2020 will be discussed at the gathering.The matches postponed (17-19 March) Source: BBClast_img read more

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Etoile and Mazembe seek consolation in Confederation Cup

first_imgAfrican club giants Etoile Sahel and TP Mazembe launch their Confederation Cup challenges this weekend at the play-offs stage of a competition they wanted to avoid.Etoile of Tunisia and Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo began the 2016 season in the African Champions League, the most prestigious and richest club event on the African calendar.But both failed to get past the final qualifying round with Etoile losing a penalty shoot-out against Enyimba of Nigeria after wiping out a three-goal first-leg deficit.Reigning African champions Mazembe fell by two goals away to Wydad Casablanca and were held at home with the Moroccans equalising in stoppage time.Etoile and Mazembe have won nine Confederation of African Football titles each, achievements surpassed only by Al Ahly of Egypt with 18 triumphs.The silver lining for Etoile is demotion to the Confederation Cup gives them a chance to win the competition twice in a row after beating Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the final last year. Brazilian striker Diogo Acosta has been in good form for the Red Devils from Mediterranean resort Sousse.If Etoile can close the gaps exposed by Enyimba in Nigeria they should build a lead at home to surprise qualifiers Mounana of Gabon.Recently-appointed Mazembe coach Hubert Velud has appealed for patience from supporters disenchanted by failure to reach the Champions League group stage.”I just got here,” he said, referring to his arrival this year after the contract of fellow French coach Patrice Carteron was not renewed.”Mazembe want to win trophies every year and we have the Confederation Cup in our sights now.” The club from Congolese mining city Lubumbashi have been goal shy lately, sorely missing Tanzanian striker Mbwana Aly Samatta, who moved to Belgium.Ghanaian Daniel Nii Adjei showed signs of inheriting the leading scorer role, but has lacked consistency.Mazembe host Stade Gabesien, a Tunisian outfit competing in Africa for the first time and unbeaten in qualifying tor the play-offs with two victories and four draws.Hichem Essifi, the striker Tunisians call ‘The Hulk’ because of his imposing physique, will warrant special attention from the Congolese.Three days after winning the South African title a record-extending seventh time, Mamelodi Sundowns face Medeama of Ghana near Pretoria. Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango told BBC Sport: “We have to switch our minds to a new focus and concentrate, we know we want the club wants which is to conquer Africa and that’s what we have to think about.”First we have to get to the group stage. But is a dream for the club and the players to conquer Africa and to make history – we know we have an opportunity to do it.”We know we are playing a good team and we must give our best. We are taking it very seriously. If we can win 3-0 at home that would be fantastic.”Young Africans must shackle leading Confederation Cup scorer Arsenio ‘Love’ Cabungula from Angolan club Esperanca Sagrada in Dar es Salaam if they hope to become the first Tanzanian team to reach the group stage.The match between Stade Malien of Mali and FUS Rabat of Morocco pits former Confederation Cup title-holders against each other in Bamako. Al Ahly of Libya host Misr Elmaqasah of Egypt in Tunis because lawlessness prevents the game being staged in Tripoli.Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria against Esperance of Tunisia and Al Merrikh of Sudan against Kawkab Marrakech of Morocco complete the first-leg schedule.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Silver Medal for Irmela Peranovic in Los Angeles

first_imgThe final swimming competitions on the program of Summer Olympics in Los Angeles were held yesterday, where the BH competitor Irmela Peranovic performed in the discipline 50 m freestyle and won the second place and the silver medal.After Adnan Pribisic, who won the golden medal in 25 m breaststroke, this is the second medal won for B&H at the Summer Olympics. When it comes to swimming, what remained according to the competition program are the performances of Miro Vasic who is to have tommorow the division in 25 m freestyle and 50 m freestyle, while Irmela Peranovic will on July 30th have a division in 25 m freestyle, as well as Zorana Mitrović, who will perform in 50 m breaststroke.The women football team of the Special Olympics of B&H played today in the second round of the competition a match against the national team of Serbia, whom it defeated with a result of 8:0.When it comes to the performances of athletes, on the program tomorrow are the battles for the medals of Admir Asceric, who will run 400 and 200 m, as well as Vedrana Novic and Kristina Klacar, who will perform in the 200 m discipline.Table tennis players Damir Rimac and Irma Juhic are to continue with their preliminary performances.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Martha Cole, 78, Wellington: June 30, 1937 – Dec. 27, 2015

first_imgMartha A. Cole, age 78, of Wellington, died Sunday morning, December 27, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Martha was a retired Nurse’s Aide.Martha A. (Jones) Cole was born on June 30, 1937 in Wellington to Russell Jones and Geneva (Hull) Jones.  She was raised in Wellington and graduated with the WHS Class of 1956.  She lived most of her adult life in Winfield.She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Betty Jones; two nephews, Mike and Bobby Jones; and a close friend, Elvee Hall.Survivors include her three nieces, Janet Garretson and her husband Dave of Wichita, Judy Leitch and her husband Guy of Wellington, and Karilyn Lockwood and her husband Bob of Peck; many great nieces, nephews, cousins, and several very close friends in Winfield.Memorial Services will be held at the Frank Funeral Home on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pastor Rodger Tyrrell will officiate.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Winfield.   Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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Packers vs. Seahawks final score: Green Bay avoids late-game choke to beat Seattle

first_imgOn Sunday, though, Rodgers willed the Packers past Seattle with a series of clutch throws to prevent another collapse. He hit Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham on a pair of third-down throws to seal the game. Green Bay’s 28-23 win sends it to an NFC championship game matchup against San Francisco.MORE: Packers will face 49ers buzzsaw next weekendRodgers went 16-for-27 through the air for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. Aaron Jones rushed for a couple scores, though he averaged just 3 yards per carry.Offensive efficiency and a dynamic first-half performance on defense put Green Bay ahead 21-3 at halftime.Russell Wilson helped Seattle back into the game when he became more aggressive with his legs in the second half. The quarterback finished with 64 yards on the ground to go with 277 through the air. But with a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Wilson was sacked by Preston Smith on third down. The Seahawks never got the ball back.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Packers vs. Seahawks in the NFL divisional round playoff game. Here’s how Green Bay won:(All times ET)Packers vs. Seahawks final score 1Q2Q3Q4QFPackers7147028Seahawks3014623Highlights from Packers vs. Seahawks divisional playoff game9:47 p.m.: FINAL: Rodgers kneels to run out the remainder of the clock. The Packers hang on to advance the NFC championship game.9:42 p.m.: Another third down, another Green Bay conversion. It’s former Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham making the crucial reception this time. There is 1:48 left on the clock and the Seahawks can’t stop it.9:40 p.m.: Two-minute warning. Packers still have the ball.9:36 p.m.: On third-and-8, Rodgers delivers a clutch touch pass to Adams that is more than enough to move the chains.Aaron Rodgers. Bad man. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/IRGGyOJ3v7— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20209:32 p.m.: Preston Smith sacks Wilson on third down to force a punt.The @Packers ‘ fifth sack of the game is a big one! #NFLPlayoffs #GoPackGo📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/2WkaGS1fc6— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20209:31 p.m.: Wilson and Lockett combine for a quick first down.9:26 p.m.: Rodgers is taken down on third down. Green Bay will punt with 5:30 remaining.🚨🚨🚨 WE JUST HAD A GRIFFIN BROTHERS BLITZ COMBO IN CLUTCH TIME 🚨🚨🚨 @Shaquemgriffin @ShaquillG pic.twitter.com/sMaXcLhPxr— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 13, 20209:22 p.m.: Rodgers converts third-and-10. That was huge. Packers need to keep their defense off the field.9:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks. Lynch punches it in for the second time. The two-point conversion is unsuccessful. 28-23, Packers.9:16 p.m.: Not only are the Seahawks now inside the Packers’ 10 once again, but Green Bay’s defense has picked up a number of injuries this drive.9:08 p.m.: Seattle is past midfield. The offense has completely rebounded in the second half.9:01 p.m.: Green Bay punts the ball back. Seattle can cut its deficit to four here if it manages a touchdown.End of third quarter: Packers 28, Seahawks 178:52 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks. Wilson is getting hot. He slings a pass to Lockett for the score, and Seattle is now down 11. 28-17, Packers.The Seahawks answer right back!Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett for the score. pic.twitter.com/y7zCXUB4bq— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 13, 20208:51 p.m.: Wilson runs it down to the 6.8:49 p.m. : Wilson is making plays with his legs in the second half. He’s up to 54 rushing yards on just five carries. Seattle is on the move again.8:39 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Packers.  What a response from Green Bay. Adams breaks to the sideline on a corner route, then evades two defenders en route to the end zone after making the catch. He has 128 receiving yards.  28-10, Packers.. @Tae15Adams just gets open.40-yard TD on the throw from @AaronRodgers12 ! #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/0xS53XExYf— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20208:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks.  Lynch pushes through the line for Seattle’s first touchdown tonight. 21-10, Packers.A second effort puts BeastMode in the end zone! @MoneyLynch ‘s 11th career TD in the #NFLPlayoffs . #Seahawks📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/zkShfnbKcV— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20208:27 p.m.: Wilson breaks a 22-yard run past midfield.DangeRuss 💨💨💨 #Seahawks #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/WeX8gra9tB— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20208:24 p.m.: Seattle receives the second half kickoff. Can the Seahawks stage a dramatic comeback?8:17 p.m.: A nice halftime moment for Jimmie Johnson, who was told he’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame.Former @dallascowboys head coach @JimmyJohnson has been elected to the @ProFootballHOF as a member of the Class of 2020.Incredible moment as he finds out he is now a Hall of Famer. #PFHOF20 (via @NFLonFOX ) pic.twitter.com/EydJ1GDX8Y— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20208:11 p.m.: Just a dominant performance on both sides of the ball from Green Bay across the first two quarters. Rodgers went 10-for-15 for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Jones ran for 46 yards and two scores. The Packers defense might have been even more impressive. Wilson took three sacks and appeared out of sync most of the half.Halftime: Packers 21, Seahawks 38:03 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Packers. Jones notches his second rushing touchdown of the night. 21-3, Packers.Aaron Jones is a touchdown machine 💪 @Packers extend their lead before halftime. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs @Showtyme_33📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/BMt2d7yLyX— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20207:46 p.m.: Two-minute warning. The Packers are inside the 10 with a chance to further expand their lead before halftime.7:54 p.m.: Jadeveon Clowney commits a facemask penalty, giving Green Bay first down in the red zone.7:48 p.m.: Tyler Ervin gashes the Seahawks on first down. He’s a nice change-of-pace weapon for the Packers.7:45 p.m.: NO GOOD. Jason Myers can’t hit his field goal attempt from 50 yards out.7:43 p.m.: This Packers defense is a different animal than the one that last appeared in the playoffs. The unit is giving Wilson a number of looks to keep him out of sorts.Za’Darius Smith works for his second sack of the half! #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs @TheRealZSmith📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/YOcZAcY4Mp— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20207:40 p.m.: Lockett hauls in a 31-yard reception, his second big play of the contest.7:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Packers. Jones barely pushes past the goal line on a third-down rush up the middle. 14-3, Packers.Aaron Jones powers through for the one-yard touchdown! @Packers take a 14-3 lead with 9:49 left in the half. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs @Showtyme_33📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/yyi9P2fBTi— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20207:33 p.m.: Rodgers burns his last remaining timeout with more than nine minutes left in the half. Third-and-goal coming up.7:29 p.m.: The Packers are marching again. Rodgers draws Seattle offside to push the offense inside the 10.7:25 p.m.: Adams already has five catches for 78 yards and a score.End of first quarter: Packers 7, Seahawks 37:19 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. Wilson’s 28-yard connection with Tyler Lockett sets up a 45-yard kick. 7-3, Packers.7:17 p.m.: Finally some ball movement for the Seahawks.. @DangeRussWilson hits @TDLockett12 in stride for 28 yards! #Seahawks #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/gICEYY1MVX— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 20207:14 p.m.: An offensive pass interference costs Green Bay a first down. A strong open field tackle by safety Bradley McDougald on Jamaal Williams then ends the Packers’ drive.7:08 p.m.: Marshawn Lynch rumbles for eight yards on first down to begin Seattle’s drive before being bottled up at the line of scrimmage on second and third down. Disappointing for the Seahawks not to convert there.7:04 p.m.: Seattle’s defense looks much, much better its second time on the field. The Seahawks make Green Bay punt from its own end zone.6:59 p.m.: Green Bay forces a punt. While it was frustrated with the result of the replay review, its defense comes away unscathed.6:55 p.m.: The call stands. While it was ruled a fumble, there was no clear recovery, according to officials.6:52 p.m.: Seattle’s Jacob Hollister appears to fumble the ball after securing a catch, but officials rule him down on the field. Green Bay will challenge that ruling.6:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Packers. Rodgers hits a wide-open Davante Adams down the sideline to put Green Bay ahead. That was a very impressive first drive.  7-0, Packers.The @packers strike first! @AaronRodgers12 finds @tae15adams for the score. #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL ap // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/2ztdI7dQuh— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20206:45 p.m.: Green Bay is in rhythm early on. A couple of nice throws from Rodgers has the home team inside the Seattle 30. Aaron Rodgers had seen this script before. His Packers staked to a huge second-half postseason lead over the Seahawks, watching their advantage evaporate.In the NFC championship game in 2015, of course, Green Bay blew a 19-7 fourth-quarter lead in a matter of three minutes. 6:42 p.m.: Aaron Jones picks up 23 yards on the first play of the game.Aaron Jones starting off the game with a 23-yard gain! #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs @Showtyme_33📺: #SEAvsGB on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/8lgzlFahDc pic.twitter.com/3snGKUiu0e— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 20206:40 p.m. — Hello, all. The Packers receive the opening kickoff, and we’re underway.6:30 p.m.: Anthony Davis is in the house. As is Lil Wayne.. @AntDavis23 puts on the championship belt in the 1️⃣2️⃣ jersey. pic.twitter.com/xTMI1fDnJz— Scott Grodsky (@ScottGrodsky) January 12, 2020. @LilTunechi live from Lambeau Field: #GoPackGo #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/IYIH1I1wnZ— NFL (@NFL) January 12, 2020last_img read more

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Body building action set for next week

first_imgThe New Caledonia body building team arrived in the country today.Bodybuilding has over the years seen some strong men and women compete from the Pacific Nations.With the history and culture of strong warriors coming from the various participating countries, it promises to be exciting and captivating. Tahiti and Papua New Guinea are favorites for this event. Weight divisions range from 65 kg to 100 kg and all categories.In New Caledonia in 2011 only women competed in the +55 kg and less -55 kg. 27 medals were contested in the last games.last_img read more

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Entire AFC should have supported Charrandas

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyanese people have, for three and a half years, been badly smitten by a morose sense of hopelessness, which gets progressively worse with each passing year the Coalition has been in government. The people saw not even a glimmer of hope on the horizon, since they knew that, as each day progresses, this nation has been fed a bitter diet of party paramountcy as the old PNC dictatorship began to emerge.In the weeks preceding the no-confidence motion, the Coalition spent a fortune on advertisements and TV programmes in an effort to brainwash the Guyanese public. However, the endless stream of wastage and extravagance; the countless acts of mismanagement, corruption and barefaced thievery; the cronyism and the innumerable ‘gifts’ to party hacks in the form of Commissions of Inquiry and forensic audits; the debilitating burden of increased taxation and worsening standard of living; the massive and vindictive dismissals of workers; the catapulting of numerous communities into poverty; the completely visionless annual budgets; the destruction of all the productive sectors; the increasingly huge deficits of the public enterprises; the voracious appetite for borrowing — ignoring the old, the young and the vulnerable groups, but shamelessly affording themselves the good life — have all contributed to the success of the ‘NO- CONFIDENCE’ motion.Why call Charrandas a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Judas’? He gave an interview wherein he gave valid reasons for supporting the motion!This member of Parliament took an oath to office in which he swore to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the people of Guyana’ and that he would ‘faithfully execute the Office of Member of Parliament without fear or favour, affection or ill-will’, and that in the functions of that office, “I will honour, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana”.Anyone who listened to his interview in aftermath of the passage of the no-confidence motion would conclude that he gave effect to that oath, and allowed the facts outlined above to ignite his conscience, resulting in his support of the motion.What is a ‘conscience vote’? A conscience vote, or free vote, can be defined as ‘a type of vote in a legislative body where legislators are allowed to vote according to their personal conscience rather than according to an official line set down by their political party’. On one hand, the Coalition had instructed its members that the no-confidence motion is a ‘vote of conscience’ and should be voted along party lines. However, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jagdeo, is cognisant that, given the numbers, the motion would need the support of at least one member of the Coalition side of the House, therefore he exhorted those members that, “There are many of them that express displeasure about the state of affairs within that camp and about the policies they are pursuing…[We hope]  that some of them will grow a conscience and translate what they say privately into a vote, and we hope that that will happen because it wouldn’t mean an act of betrayal, it would be an act of patriotism.” This exhortation of the Opposition Leader bore fruit. A patriot answered this call!It must also be borne in mind that this change of conscience did not happen overnight. Since this Coalition took office in 2015, there has been a continuous awakening of the consciousness of its supporters, who became greatly disillusioned by its performance in office and the fact that the ‘good life’ as promised has dissipated into thin air. I have written extensively about the AFC reneging on its founding principles and its ‘subservience’ to the APNU, and Charrandas echoed this in his interview.The move by Charrandas was in the making all the time, and should have been supported by the entire AFC members of the House. At least that would have erased the shameless position to which they have been relegated, while renewing their commitment to the AFC’s founding principles; but, instead, they have opted to expel the one person who has stood as a beacon of sacrifice to this nation. The AFC have again squandered an ideal opportunity to make amends.Charrandas had offered that final opportunity to the AFC, but has gifted great hope to the Guyanese people at this year’s Christmas!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region 6last_img read more

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