Much has been said in support of and opposing the recently appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coach Phil Simmons. The Trinidadian assumed the mantle following the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in March. He had, before that, worked in a similar capacity with Ireland, where his work was duly recognised with good reports. Noted was his ability to positively influence his players. His recent charge was that he had publicly commented on matters taken from the selection room meeting called to name the West Indies squad for the Sri Lanka tour, now in session. While declaring his failed attempts to have Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard enplaned for the ODI games, he went a few steps further. As it was reported, while claiming that he was not given the “best 50-over ODI squad”, he went on to blame “interference from outside”. In this columnist’s view, the former swashbuckling Test opener put his foot deeper in his mouth’ by revealing information that should have been left within the confines of the meeting room. It spoke to the matter that not only by him, but, Bravo and Pollard were supported by Clive Lloyd, the chairman of selectors, as well as West Indies Test and ODI , Jason Holder. Wrong move Chambers responded, “Phil Simmons was wrong. Most definitely unethical for him to breach the selection code of conduct. He was outvoted by the majority in a democratic process and should, therefore, accept the decision, as required by the selection policy. For him to have addressed the media that the strongest team was not selected by the exclusion of Bravo and Pollard, and to name the selectors who opposed their selection, was a betrayal of trust and confidentiality.” It was a view chock-full of the principles the Jamaican cricketing fraternity had come to expect from the former administrator. Chambers, always clothed in admirable dignity and decency, had, as a young batsman, caught the eye of the great Renford Pinnock in a trial match for national selection. In it he demonstrated his potential and class when scoring an eye-catching 70 against the likes of pacers Rudy Cohen and one of the best Wes Hall, who was coaching in Jamaica at the time. He had harsher words for Simmons, showing a preference for a former coach. “He should be relieved of the coaching job permanently with Gus Logie the best individual suited for the job replacing him.” The outcome is eagerly awaited. – For feedback: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Selectors outed The understandably irate Simmons explained, too, that Lloyd and himself were outvoted 3-2 in the selection process. The three other selectors are Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne, and Eldine Baptiste. So, in effect, Simmons blew the cover of those three as the Bravo/Pollard selection dissenters. For his public outburst, frowned on by his employers, the WICB, he was suspended. Baptiste took his position to be interim coach in Sri Lanka. A hearing will follow. Foster’s Fairplay, despite recognising and appreciating Simmons’ sentiment of the best team to be made available, cannot give the wink to such utterances when they are made in public. Journalists have been known to make their breakout on leaks and this columnist has benefited in the past. This, in no way can justify what the now-suspended coach has done. There must be some sanctity afforded to what is held in private. To ignore that would be a serious breach of simply the right thing. There is always juicy “suss” to which many are drawn. It provides a type of crackers and salt fish that go with a social drinking lyme. However, it is against acceptable tenets and ideals of proper governance, especially when it comes from an area which is so dear to the hearts of the people – West Indies cricket. Thoughts were sought from a highly respected by many, former Jamaica first-class player, a guide to and confidant of many young cricketers over time. Leonard Chambers, affectionately known and respected as ‘Skipper Len’, ‘Vijay’ or just simply ‘Manage’, was this writer’s sounding board.
The Natural Resources Ministry has announced that lands for small-scale miners will be made available shortly. This was revealed on Wednesday when the Ministry conveyed the message to the press. According to officials from the Ministry, arrangements are currently being finalised to make more lands available for small-scale miners to improve their livelihoods.Minister of Natural Resourced Raphael Trotman“This is in fulfilment of a promise made by Honourable Minister Raphael Trotman when he addressed over 300 miners at the Small Scale Miners Meetings held at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in January 2016,” an official related.During the meeting, the Minister had reiterated that small-scale miners play an important role in sustaining the mining sector and the economy, and as such, he had vowed that the Government would remain committed to creating an environment that supports them in their ventures and efforts. During the panel discussions, miners’ concerns about the unavailability of land and landlordism were raised before Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes, and subsequent to those discussions, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Closed Area Committee (CAC) were charged with the task of ensuring that the small-scale miners have land available to continue their operations.“The finalisation of these arrangements will pave the way for genuine small-scale miners to begin applying for lands that are not only accessible but also hold encouraging prospects for gold mining. The Ministry will make announcement in the fortnight,” the release stated. The official stated that the Government remains committed to improving the conditions that miners work and operate under.“The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, remains committed to working with all stakeholders in the mining sector to ensure that miners – small, medium and large-scale – can operate equitably in compliance with laws and regulations while ensuring safety and promoting sustainability in the mining sector,” the release stated.
“This is really just another tool for us to enforce these speed laws,” Peavy said. Officer Henry Ross said Wednesday’s team yielded 45 citations, including three to motorists driving more than 100mph. One vehicle was impounded because of a suspended license, Ross said. “We’re targeting the people who are driving at high speeds and threatening public safety,” Peavy said. Motorists traveling faster than 100mph will have to make a court appearance and should expect a 30-day suspension of their license along with a fine, he said. A Lancaster man who received a citation for driving 91mph during Wednesday’s speed sting said he didn’t believe he was going as fast as the ticket indicated, but he nevertheless praised the CHP’s efforts to make the road safer. “I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing that,” Jerry Garcia said. “I’m glad they’re out here.” Ross said the CHP will hold about three such efforts a month and will likely conduct more once the Antelope Valley’s CHP station gets more staffing and LIDAR devices. A similar detail is scheduled for Tuesday morning at an unspecified location on Highway138. Peavy said he typically focuses on drivers traveling at the higher speeds, but he noted other factors such as road conditions figure into his decision to issue tickets. email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Peavy stood on a bridge atop the Antelope Valley Freeway on Wednesday armed with the CHP’s latest tool against the lead foot. As part of a five-person Speed Enforcement Unit, Peavy pointed the high-tech speed gun, called LIDAR, at cars zooming below, then radioed information to officers in patrol cars so they could make the bust. “It is personal for me,” Peavy said. “I’m not going to have my 2-year-old son on the road with drivers who are putting their lives and everybody else’s life in danger.” LIDAR – or Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging – resembles the radar guns used to clock a pitcher in baseball. And it gauges speed much more accurately than its predecessor, which had been used for decades.
AC Milan have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.talkSPORT told you yesterday that Arsenal were closing in on a deal for the 19-year-old, with some reports claiming that a £5.6m fee had been agreed between the Gunners and PSG.However, Milan are now attempting to scupper Arsenal’s move by offering to take Rabiot on loan for the season.The midfielder has just one year remaining on his current contract and has been reluctant to sign a new one.PSG have not given up hope of extending his deal, though, and a loan move would provide Laurent Blance with more time to try and convince the starlet his future is in France. 1 Adrien Rabiot
The president of the LYIY student’s union LYIT has called for childcare in education to be unionised and an introduction of a living wage in the sector.Dylan McGowan said students in childcare education are facing a massive battle with regards to rates of pay and being recognised as a profession.Students who have qualified in Early Years Childhood education receive an average wage of €10 per hour on completion of education. Childcare nationally are facing a huge battle nationwide due to salaries for being underneath liveable wage. Students are now starting to look at different professions in order to achieve a wage that shows through value of their reflection.Mr McGowan said “The childcare system in Ireland is nothing short of dysfunctional, childcare professionals in Ireland have no unionised voice which leaves them at a clear disadvantage when lobbying and asking the Government questions within the sector.”“Early years childhood education isn’t regarded as a serious profession we need to start asking questions, early years education looks after the most vulnerable age group in education.”Ireland funds 0.3% OECD towards childcare compared to an EU average of 0.7%, childcare for children between the ages of 1-5 years of provides platform of individuals’ capabilities in the future. The Department of Education have recently administered plans to inspect educators in their professions of early year’s childhood education, however the Department of Education do not fund contribute any investment in this sector; which can leave people disillusioned due to the measures of inspections for such low paying wage.“Many people complete childcare degrees because they love working with children, implementing below standard wage is now beginning to drive them away.” McGowan said.He added “I’ve spoken to the students on the ground, they feel undervalued and undermined, the childcare sector needs to be unionised so these people get the voice they deserve, I also think that those working in early years childhood education deserve a living wage along with proper job security.”LYIT STUDENT PRESIDENT CALLS FOR LIVING WAGE FOR THOSE IN CHILDCARE SECTOR was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:childcaredonegalDylan McGowanLYIT
A 35 year old married father-of-four broke down in court yesterday as he told how his uncle allegedly abused him in Downings more than 20 years ago.Letterkenny court.Patrick Cunningham has waived his anonymity against his uncle Samuel Cunningham. Patrick Cunningham claims that he was sexually assaulted by his uncle Sam between December 1st, 1993 and January 1st, 1994.The alleged victim sobbed in court as he recounted the night on which his uncle allegedly abused him.He had traveled to the holiday home in Rosguill on the Atlantic Drive to carry out some repairs on the house with his uncle.He said he was forced to take off his clothes after spilling water from a bucket on them.He said his uncle told him to get under some blankets on a makeshift bed on a sofa and then abused him.He claims he fondled him and was also forced to put his penis in Sam Cunningham’s mouth.He said he tried to count flowers on the curtains of the house and think of his dead grandfather so as to not become aroused when being allegedly abused by Sam Cunningham.Sam Cunningham, of Glenside Road, Dunmurray, Belfast has denied any of the events ever took place.The case, before a jury of eight men and four women at Letterkenny Circuit Court, continues today.MAN COUNTED FLOWERS ON CURTAINS TO SHUT OUT ALLEGED SEX ABUSE BY UNCLE was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalDowningsLetterkenny Circuit CourtPatrick CunninghamSamuel Cunninghamsex abuse
A Donegal landlord has received a criminal conviction for failing to register her tenancy.The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) has secured criminal convictions against two landlords who failed to register their tenancies, despite receiving a number of statutory notices and warning letters instructing them to do so.In the first case proceedings were taken against Eileen Maguire of Ballydevitt, Donegal Town, Donegal, for failing to register a tenancy at Ballydevitt, Donegal. The case was heard by Judge John O’Neill on April 4th, 2016.The Irish Times reports that Ms Maguire was sent two notices ordering her to comply with the legislation but failed to register the tenancy.The RTB’s solicitors, sent two further warning letters prior to the initiation of proceedings, offering Ms Maguire further opportunities to register the tenancy, which was not availed of.Mr O’Neill convicted Ms Maguire of an offence under Section 144(3) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and imposed a fine of €1,000.Mr O’Neill made an order for costs against Ms Maguire in favour of the RTB in the amount of €2,500. The tenancy was registered at the time of the court hearing.DONEGAL LANDLORD CONVICTED AND FINED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER TENANT was last modified: May 15th, 2016 by StephenShare 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 TownfinedJUDGErenttenancy
A man told how he could not carry the coffin of his dead mother to her final resting place because of a chest injury he received in a road accident.Letterkenny court.Declan Orr appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court this morning where he made a personal injury claim. The windscreen repair company owner revealed how his life had fallen apart since the accident which took place on June 22nd, 2011.The court heard how the 48 year old was driving from Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan when he was struck side-on by another car.Mr Orr, of Calhame, Letterkenny, received major chest injuries which he said are still affecting him today.He revealed how he has been forced to give up motor-rallying and also Kung Fu because of pain and despite trying to take up jiving, he could not do so because of the pain.Mr Orr revealed “My whole life fell apart after the accident. I used to do Kung Fu and my daughter drives a rally car and I used to sit on but I can’t put on a seat belt now.“Also just before Christmas my um passed away and I couldn’t carry the coffin,” he revealed.He said that almost three years later he still hears bubbling sounds in his chest at night and feels his chest is going to “cave in.”He also said that he has become “very crabbed” and finds it difficult dealing with people in business.Medical evidence was read into court stating that Mr Orr had suffered soft-tissue injury to his sternum.Barrister Miriam Reilly for defendants Vanessa Stewart and Stephen Browne said she accepted there were injuries but she was trying to clarify the extent of the injuries.She said that although Mr Orr had said he also had foot, shoulder, neck and arm pain, there was no medical evidence of this.In reply Mr Orr said he simply got on with his life and took pain-killers for the other pain but his chest was his real problem.Judge Mary Faherty said she was ruling in favour of Mr Orr.“I am satisfied that two and half years later he hasn’t recovered although medical reports state that a gradual reduction in symptoms will be anticipated,” she said.She awarded Mr Orr damages of €25,000 with special costs of €1,515.52 and also allowed barrister Fiona Crawford her costs.MAN WHO COULD NOT CARRY HIS MOTHER’S COFFIN AWARDED €25,000 FOR CHEST INJURY was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:accidentCostsDamagesDeclan OrrJudge Mary FahertyLetterkenny Circuit Civil Court
Rehearsals are in full swing at Rosses Community School for tonight’s Mary from Dungloe Crowning Cabaret.Martina Diver is directing events as the nerves start to kick in for the sixteen contestants and their escorts.Donegal Daily will bring you live footage of every minute of the event from 8pm onwards. The show, which will be hosted by the man himself Daniel O’Donnell, promises to be an amazing spectacle.Rehearsals in full-swing for tonight’s Mary from Dungloe extravaganza was last modified: August 6th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalMary From Dungloerehearsals
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson is back, healthy and picking up where he left off before he missed nine games with a groin injury.Karlsson suited up for his first regular season game since Jan. 16 on Saturday, logging his usual ice time, hounding the puck and recording a point that helped as the Sharks knock off the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at SAP Center.Joe Pavelski scored the game-winning goal, burying the …