SCOREBOARD Newly appointed captain John Campbell believes the Jamaica Scorpions need to bat well in both innings of a match if they are get improve their chances of winning. The opening batsman, who was on debut as leader of the Scorpions at the weekend, made the assessment following his team’s eight-wicket loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round of the WICB Regional First-Class Tournament at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a victory target of 175 and resuming in a commanding 113 for one on the fourth day, the Red Force went on to achieve victory inside the first hour of play, scoring 178 for two. They had made 206 in their first innings in reply to 225 made by Jamaica, who in their second innings posted 155. “In most of the matches, we bat well one time, and we need to take a look at that and try to rectify that,” stated Campbell, who took over from dropped opener Paul Palmer Jr. “We had a slight lead, but setting a (victory) target of 175 was just not good enough. I think that is where we fell short: our batting in the second innings.” OUTSTANDING OPENER Leading the way for the Gus Logie-coached Red Force was outstanding opener Evin Lewis, who followed up his first-innings 87 with an accomplished 104. Starting the day on 66, along with Kyle Hope, 17, the 24-year-old Lewis went on to net his second first-class century before he was dismissed seven runs shy of victory. His innings included nine fours and a six. Hope ended with 27 not out, and with him at the end was Yannic Carriah on six. “The hope was to pick up some early wickets and see what would happen, but that didn’t happen for us,” cited Campbell. “It is very disappointing as it now is the second game we have lost in a row in the second half (of the tournament).” Jamaica, with this, their fourth loss, are now out of the title race. In their previous match, they lost to cellar-dwellers Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs the previous weekend. The Red Force, the reigning regional one-day champions, entered the round as non-title contenders. The win improved their record to two wins, three losses and two draws. “It is good to see us rebound from our loss to the leaders Guyana Jaguars, the last round,” said Logie. “It was good game, one in which I thought we won by virtue of a good second innings bowling performance. Led by Jon-Russ Jagessar, I thought we applied the pressure well.” Off-spinner Jagessar, playing in his second first-class fixture, finished with a match haul of 11 for 111, following figures of three for 53 and eight for 58 in the respective first and second innings. SCORPIONS 1 st Innings 225 RED FORCE 1 st Innings 206 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings 155 RED FORCE 2nd Innings (target: 175 runs) (overnight 113 for one) E Lewis b McCarthy 104 J Solozano c Miller b Campbell 19 K Hope not out 27 Y Cariah not out 6 Extras ((b1, lb18, w1, nb2) 22 TOTAL (2 wkts, 56 overs) 178 Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-168. Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-19-0 (nb1), Mindley 3-0-15-0 (w2), Miller 19-4-39-0, Campbell 14-3-41-1, Jacobs 10-3-25-0, D Thomas 2-0-9-0, McCarthy 3-0-11-1. Result: Red Force beat Scorpions by eight wickets. Points: Red Force 16, Scorpions 4 Toss: Scorpions. Man-of-the-match: Evin Lewis. Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer Jr.
BEIJING, China: It’s been a rough couple of years for Jamaican sprinting superstar Yohan Blake who suffered two serious injuries in as many years. But, his manager Cubie Seegobin is extremely confident that the 2011 world 100-metre champion will return to his best. Blake has suffered from hamstring issues over the past couple seasons but has been working his way back this year and recently closed his season after competing in seven 100m races and a single 200m outing without issue. Seegobin noted that the 25-year-old has matured as an athlete due to his experiences with the injuries and remains determined to get back to the form that saw him becoming the youngest ever world 100m champion and the second-fastest man in the world in both the 100 metres and 200 metres with times of 9.69 and 19.26, respectively. The manager also believes that Blake showed enough in his races this season to suggest that he will be ready to come back much stronger for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “He had fully recovered from the first injury suffered in 2013 and last year he was back doing well and then he got the injury that involved having a procedure done on the tendon. But, I think the last couple of races have really set him up for next year, because I think he is now over the mental part of the recovery,” Seegobin told the Sunday Gleaner. “Unfortunately, he didn’t have the base that he would normally have because he wasn’t able to train as fully as he wanted to. But, the times that he has run in the last six weeks speaks volumes to the talent and ability that he has. He is able to post times of 10.12 and 10.20 in that range in some really poor conditions,” added Seegobin, who also manages Warren Weir and several other high-profile athletes. “These races were very important for him because they set him up for next year. I think he is going to start training from September 1 ahead of next year and I think we will see the old Yohan. I am 300 per cent convinced that he will be back to his old self,” Seegobin assured. “I think it will be a better Yohan Blake in the sense that he is more mature after what he has been through. I think he totally understands. He had a lot of success at a young age and maybe people expected a lot from him. Though he delivered, these athletes do get hurt at some point in their career,” said Seegobin. “But, he is matured now and he totally understands what it takes to get back.” “I can tell you that after being in this business for 40 plus years, I have never met an athlete with the work ethic that Yohan has. His work ethic is unbelievable and it’s probably to his detriment because when he should be resting, he is working. If he would just train like coach wants him to train and go home and rest then it would be fine. But, he goes home and he does additional things that he wants to do and that gets him in trouble. But, I’ve never met an athlete in my 40 years with his drive and we will certainly see him back to his best soon,” Cubie added. MORE MATURE
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Captain Jason Holder says the first hour on today’s fourth day will be critical and has urged his batsmen to apply themselves, as West Indies look to set up a series-levelling victory in the second Test. The hosts ended day three of the Kensington Oval contest on 40 for one in their second innings, still 41 runs away from cancelling out Pakistan’s first innings lead. But with the pitch becoming increasingly difficult for run-scoring and Pakistan expected to employ a trial by spin, Holder warned that the Windies fortunes now rested heavily on the batting group. “We’ve obviously got to make use of the first hour,” the all-rounder told a media conference. “Similar to what Pakistan did to us today, we’ve got to do to them … make sure we see of that first hour and it’s important that (Shimron) Hetmyer and Kraigg (Brathwaite) do that for us and make sure they solidify the innings, set it up nicely for us in the back end. “I believe it’s a tough pitch to score on. Most batsmen that made runs on the pitch had to graft and really fight hard for their runs so I don’t think it’s going to change much. The pitch may probably deteriorate a little bit more and become difficult to score.” West Indies did well to limit Pakistan to 393 all out in their first innings, after the visitors resumed the day on 172 for three. Opener Azhar Ali converted his overnight unbeaten 81 into 105 while captain Misbah-ul-Haq made 99 after starting the day on seven. With 14 overs left to navigate in the final session, the Windies lost Kieran Powell cheaply for nine but the 20-year-old left-handed Hetmyer hit four fours in a 34-ball unbeaten 22 to push back the Pakistan bowlers. Holder said erasing the deficits and building a lead was crucial and stressed the importance of the top order standing up. “The first priority is to get a lead, put some runs on the board for Pakistan to chase,” he noted. “The way the pitch is playing and if it deteriorates a little bit more, probably anything in excess of 175 would be good for us and give ourselves chance and time to bowl Pakistan out. “But first we’ve got to set it up in the morning. We’ve got to make use of that first session. It’s important that Kraigg and Hetmyer carry it for us as far down as possible and if one of the top four batsmen can get a hundred that will put us in good stead.” He continued: “What we’ve got to do is take our scoring options as they come. You have to graft. The pitch is not a free-scoring surface that you can come in and play strokes so any opportunity we get to put the ball away, we must maximise that and make use of every bad ball. “They rely heavily on the two spinners and we expect that. There’s a lot of rough there especially for the left-handers so they have to be extra cautious playing out of the rough but [each batsman needs to] come up with a pretty decent game plan and look to capitalise on any bad balls that are presented.”
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ #KicksStalker: LeBron uncorks ‘Silver Bullet’ “When we’re opponents, we’re opponents, But we know [the Letran players] are good. Here, we’re teammates, so it’s really different for us,” Bolick said. “But this game showed us how smart they are on the court because they were able to adjust. I’m so happy that I was able to have fun playing with them.”Being on the same team was also an eye-opener for players from the two rival schools.“We know that when we’re facing them, they won’t back down. But it really surprised me that when you’re with them, they’re really kind,” said Bolick.“We’re just rivals on the court. Outside the court, we’re all friends,” Nambatac said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt took an unlikely alliance between longtime rivals to finally take down the league-leaders.Stars from San Beda and Letran conspired on Friday as they headlined the Saints’ takedown of Lyceum-powered Heroes in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, 84-80.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “The rivalry was suddenly gone,” said Red Lion Javee Mocon. “We really helped each other out to get the win against CJ Perez because they’re really strong.”The Saints forged a bond between the Red Lions, who had Mocon, Robert Bolick, and Davon Potts, and the Knights, who were represented by Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, as they, together with standouts from Perpetual, St. Benilde, and San Sebastian, dealt Perez his first taste of defeat this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But the players themselves said that the union really wasn’t difficult at all, sharing that being rivals is what actually made playing together easy.“Bolick and I have known each other since high school so we know each other’s games. We just enjoyed the game and it resulted well for us because we really had a chance to play together,” Nambatac said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
In this Aug. 26, 2017, photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in his corner between rounds against Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Federal regulators said Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, that Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are paying a total $750,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in digital-currency securities. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)WASHINGTON — Federal regulators said Thursday that boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are paying a total $750,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in digital-currency securities.The Securities and Exchange Commission said the cases are its first involving charges for violating rules on touting investments in so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs. An ICO allows a startup to use the technology behind bitcoin, known as blockchain, to fund projects.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With no disclosure of the payments, “Mayweather and Khaled’s ICO promotions may have appeared to be unbiased, rather than paid endorsements,” Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division, said in a statement.Under the settlements, Mayweather agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty, give up another $300,000 and pay $14,775 in interest. Khaled is paying a $100,000 penalty, giving up $50,000 and paying $2,725 in interest.They also agreed not to promote any securities, digital or otherwise, for three years in Mayweather’s case and two years for Khaled.Mayweather and Khaled were among a number of celebrities paid by ICOs to endorse them. ICOs have soared in popularity in recent years, raising billions for startups. With an ICO, a startup will issue currency, sometimes called a token, which can be used to buy services from the company. For example, a startup offering online storage could issue tokens that can be used to buy storage.The SEC urges investors to be skeptical of investment advice on social media platforms and to not make decisions based on celebrity endorsements.ADVERTISEMENT How the tokens are marketed is a central question for the SEC. When a company’s marketing implies that the tokens can appreciate in value, that can raise a red flag.Kelly Swanson, a publicist for Mayweather, said he likely wouldn’t comment on the settlement. Representatives for Khaled didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Defining Fiba stretch The SEC said Mayweather failed to disclose promotional payments from three issuers of ICOs, including $100,000 from Centra Tech Inc. Khaled allegedly didn’t disclose a $50,000 payment from Centra, which he touted on his social media accounts as a “game changer.”Mayweather and Khaled neither admitted nor denied the allegations in agreeing to the settlements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMayweather’s promotions were said to include a message to his Twitter followers alerting them that Centra’s ICO “starts in a few hours. Get yours before they sell out, I got mine.” The boxer has almost 8 million followers on Twitter.“You can call me Floyd Crypto Mayweather from now on,” he said in another tweet, according to the SEC. The regulators allege that Mayweather neglected to disclose that he was paid $200,000 to promote the other two ICOs, in addition to Centra’s.
Leader of the The United Force (TUF) Marissa Nadir said the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) administration has so far failed the electorate, particularly youths, whose vote in the last General and Regional Elections were driven by a hope for change.TUF leader Marissa NadirIn an interview with Guyana Times on Thursday, Nadir, an attorney said the loud talk of providing job opportunities were simply used to attract the attention and interest of the masses, since up until now, there is no clear view of the promised jobs for young people.She said the TUF which has been off the political grid following the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, has been very active at the grassroots level, listening and offering counsel to those she said are the “frustrated”.“Having had the political exposure that I have had from a young age, I believe and I still believe that there were many persons who played on young people’s thirst and quest for change”, Nadir told Guyana Times.She said while the party would admit that the country has progressed from the situation of the 1980s and early 1990s, it has found that young persons, although they are educated and are professionals, still cannot find jobs. This she said casts them into a state of depression.“They are very frustrated and many persons fell into a trap of wanting a change, they were promised a change and they were promised betterment and now they are saying that they were better off in the previous regime. Many persons are now saying that we don’t care, we are not going to vote in the next election because both of them are the same and at the end of the day we still have to work, still have to find jobs , still have to figure out how we are going to survive”, the party leader told Guyana Times.She said all this was garnered from the party’s one-on-one connection with communities.“I can tell you, again, because of our interaction, our people are getting very frustrated and are getting in a state of depression and from that, you get a lot of other social ills”, she posited.Reflecting on the National Elections, Nadir recalled that she was the youngest and only female candidate at the forefront of the polls. She said that the persons who really held the deciding votes were basically the youths of Guyana, but yet there is no fulfilment to the promises made to them by the current administration.UG LoansShe also zoned in on the issue of loans repayment at the University of Guyana, noting that the absence of jobs should be considered before government even move in this direction.“It’s not like we don’t want to pay, we do want to pay, but where are we going to get the jobs from and even when we get the jobs we have to help out at home, or help my younger brother or sister has to go to school”, Nadir said, speaking on behalf of studentsReversal of promisesMeanwhile, speaking about government’s performance so far, Nadir said her party is still waiting to see the 100 days plan implemented.“We are seeing things that were promised being done in the reverse, like the increase of certain taxes, and it is more difficult for some businesses to get taken off and we get an entire Ministry of Business up and running. We see a waste of public funds”.According to her, it is time for government to stop focusing on an agenda of what seems to be a “witch-hunt” with the establishment of several inquiries into agencies, and begin taking care of the country.“Our economy is suffering and our people are suffering and that is of utmost importance. They have over a year, suck it up and move on. We need to move on as a nation and the economic development of the Country”, she said.
The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Guyana recently held its annual clean-up campaign at the Number 63 Beach, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The activity was conducted in recognition of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, which was held on September 15. Approximately 35 volunteers were able to remove 80 pounds of garbage left on the beach by those who frequent the seashore.Among the volunteers were students of the University of Guyana Berbice Campus and members of the Rotaract Club of New Amsterdam and Youth Arm of theMembers doing their part to keep the beach cleanChamber of Commerce.National CYEN Coordinator Kiefer Jackson called on those using the beach to be more responsible. She urged them to reduce their usage of single-use plastic, since plastic pollution was a problem.She also urged persons to collect their garbage and place it in disposable bags, but more importantly, she challenged them to use items that could be recycled.Additionally, Jackson stated that the placement of garbage bins on the beach would be an effective method to reduce the amount of garbage on the coastline.She insists that the community and other stakeholders should have systems in place to make sure that the suggestions are adhered to.The CYEN clean-up activities are usually assisted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Puran Brothers and numerous funders.It was noted that the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in the area should play a huge role in assisting the clean-up activity at Number 63 Beach.CYEN is usually involved in clean-up activities and has focused on various locations particularly the seawall and Number 63 Beach in addition to the Wismar riverside in Linden.Recently, the CYEN had approximately 200 volunteers at its clean-up activity
…says such actions dampen investor confidenceOne day after Attorney General, Basil Williams, attempted to quell the brouhaha over Government’s purported intentions to acquire two plots of land for the purpose of expanding the Legal Affairs Ministry, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has cautioned the administration over its action, saying such moves could have negative impacts on investor confidence locally.Attorney General Williams on Thursday distributed a missive to journalists covering the resumption of the Parliamentary sessions, which sought to deny that there has been any compulsory acquisition of the lands at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil WilliamsThe two plots of land at the centre of the brouhaha belong to Guyana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Clarissa Riehl and the other belongs to the Beharry Group of Companies.News of the acquisition of the property was published in the Official Gazette at the end of September and was signed by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson.The Official Gazette of 24 September identified the property as the east quarter of Lot 92 Middle and Carmichael Streets.The property was said to be earmarked by the State for the proposed construction of Government buildings.Attorney General Williams, during a media briefing last week Friday, suggested that “the nation should know that when we [APNU/AFC] entered Government, I inherited that proposal by the PPP to acquire those said lots.”Williams on Thursday last however contended that there has been no compulsory acquisition of the land and any such would have had to be done with the full knowledge of the property owners.The Private Sector Commission, in voicing its concerns, said it takes note of the government’s intention to exercise their right under the Acquisition of Lands for Public Purposes Act to acquire private lands for public use.“Such moves by any government are always viewed with a high level of scepticism and reservation by investors globally,” remarked the PSC, which sought to reiterate that “whilst such acts may be legal, they dampen investor confidence as they deem their right to own property to be insecure, and their investments to be under threat.”The PSC has since called on Government “to be very cautious when invoking their right to acquire private property for public use and to ensure that adequate transparency, thought, public consultations and justifications are made to avoid unnecessary controversy when such decisions are taken.”The PSC, in drawing direct reference to the Riehl and Beharry properties, said it “wishes to highlight to the President and the Cabinet that the current transaction being pursued has caused many owners of private property to be in a state of trepidation… The Government needs to clarify their policy and position on this matter.”Williams in his missive the previous day had, cited the Principal law in question, namely the Acquisition for Public Purposes (Amendment) Act 2001, which provides for, among other things, that, “it shall be lawful under this Act to acquire land for the proposed construction of public work for a public purpose whether or not there is any building or erection on such land.”
0Shares0000Mile Jedinak says Australia were frustrated at being on the receiving end of the first VAR-assisted penalty in World Cup history © A / SAEED KHANKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – Australia captain Mile Jedinak put on a brave face but admitted the frustration was palpable a day after the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign was compounded by a historic but controversial VAR decision.Making its World Cup debut at Russia 2018, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is the latest technological measure introduced into the ‘beautiful game’ in a bid to eliminate the grey areas surrounding key refereeing decisions. But Australia were beaten 2-1 by France after finding themselves on the wrong end of Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha’s decision to award the French a penalty just before the hour mark.Cunha appeared to wave play on after a tackle by Australia defender Josh Risdon brought down Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann early in the second half.After being informed by the assistant referee that the incident merited a review, he consulted video footage of the incident before pointing to the penalty spot.Griezmann went on to score the first VAR-assisted goal in World Cup history.Jedinak pulled the Socceroos back into the game with a penalty of his own but an 81st-minute Aziz Behich own goal gave France a scrappy victory.– ‘Hard done by’ –Australia’s players claim they are ready to “move on” and are focusing on trying to beat Denmark on Thursday in a bid to reignite their bid for a place in the last 16.But Aston Villa midfielder Jedinak admitted: “If I said I wasn’t frustrated by this decision, I wouldn’t be lying.”He added: “But we can’t change it now. The score says 2-1, penalty to Griezmann and yellow card for Risdon. It is what it is.”“I feel hard done by,” said Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who was powerless against Griezmann’s well-struck spot kick.“I don’t feel we were beaten by a better team but almost by technology a little bit.”Roared on by a sizeable support at Kazan Arena, it is likely many of the fans wearing Australia’s green and gold were left feeling the same.For France coach Didier Deschamps, there were — not surprisingly — no complaints: “I’m not going to complain about the use of video today, because it went in our favour.“The referee saw there had been an error, and recitifed it because there was a foul.“We’ve already been on the wrong end of it (VAR) in the past. That’s how it is, so you have to get used to it.“Even with the video (VAR), decisions are still open to interpretation. The referee is alerted, but in the end it’s him who decides.”VAR focuses on four key areas: goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity.Specifically, when it comes to penalty decisions, FIFA’s rules state: “The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with the award or non-award of a penalty kick.”Jedinak said the issue of whether the penalty was valid could be “debated for as long as we’re here, and beyond”.But he reasoned: “It’s here and it’s here to stay. I think we just have to move on.“People could debate it for as long as we’re here, and beyond. But you know what, it is what it is now and we have to move forward, as harsh as it may be.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The movement by Shiite clan leaders offers the potential to give U.S. and Iraqi forces another tactical advantage in curbing lawlessness in Shiite areas. It also would give the Americans another resource as they beef up their presence on the border with Iran, which the military accuses of arming and training Shiite extremists. Similar alliances with Sunni tribes in the western Anbar province helped break the grip of groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq and were widely cited in the Washington hearings as a major military success this year. Such pacts to fill the vacuum left by Iraqi police and soldiers unable or unwilling to act against Shiite militias carry even greater potential spinoffs for Iraq’s U.S.-backed leadership – but also higher risks. Shiites represent about 60 percent of Iraq’s population and the bulk of the security forces and parliament. Worsening the current Shiite-on-Shiite battles could ripple to the highest levels. But U.S. officials at the heart of the effort hope to tap a wellspring of public frustration with militias and criminal gangs to recruit the tribal volunteers, although they stress it is still in the early stages. KUT, Iraq – U.S. commanders in southern Iraq say Shiite sheiks are showing interest in joining forces with the U.S. military against extremists, in much the same way that Sunni clansmen in the western part of the country have worked with U.S. forces against al-Qaida. Sheik Majid Tahir al-Magsousi, the leader of the Migasees tribe here in Wasit province, acknowledged tribal leaders have discussed creating a brigade of young men trained by the Americans to bolster local security as well as help patrol the border with Iran. He also said last week’s assassination of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, who spearheaded the Sunni uprising against al-Qaida in Anbar province, only made the Shiite tribal leaders more resolute. “The death of Sheik Abu Risha will not thwart us. What matters to us is Iraq and its safety.” “It’s an anti-militia movement … Shiite extremists of all stripes,” said Wade Weems, head of a Provincial Reconstruction Team leading the dialogue in the Wasit province southeast of Baghdad. “We see consistently expressed deep frustration or anger with the activities of militia that appear to be untethered to any sort of guiding authority, appear to be really criminal in nature,” he added. But while the military has made inroads with Sunni leaders in some Baghdad neighborhoods and areas surrounding the capital, officials stressed it’s too early to know if efforts to extend the strategy to Shiite leaders will take root. “This is a very different province and a very different dynamic, and we’re not going to just adopt lock, stock and barrel another province’s model and impose it here,” Weems said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!