With just a few days separating the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Champion-ships now under way at the National Stadium and Jamaica’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the same venue, Independence Park Limited (IPL) has taken several steps to ensure that the wear on the surface is limited. IPL General Manager Major Desmon Brown told The Gleaner that every effort is being made to limit the effect that the five-day high school track and field championships will have on the infield area, with the hope of ensuring the surface remains in pristine condition with the Reggae Boyz March 25 qualifier in mind. “What we hope to do, and we will try as best as possible, is to limit any damage to the infield area during Champs of course,” said Brown. “At the same time, we don’t want to kill the spirit for Champs, but it’s also important to do our best to preserve the surface as best as we can ahead of the World Cup qualifier.” Adjustments include the repositioning of electronic advertising boards to the cycle track in front of the bleachers section – from their customary spot at the edge of the infield area – and the addition of protective mats in the shot put vector. “Basically, events like the javelin and discus don’t do too much damage to the surface itself, but for shot put, we have put in the protective turf because that can really create some problems,” Brown added. Officials will also be limiting movement across the infield and have erected protective bordering to help where this is concerned. Brown did, however, admit that they may find it difficult to enforce this restriction at the end of the championships when the winners are announced. “If it’s a one-off thing like what we see from time to time at the end of Champs when winners are announced, it wont have too much of an effect,” he reasoned. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships will come to an end on Saturday night Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are defending their respective boys’ and girls’ titles. Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will be looking to improve on their three points secured to date in their CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on March 25.
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’ PLAY LIST 01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:40Filipinos 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 ONE Championship already claimed it was the largest sports media property in Asia before the latest round of investment, with video programming seen in 128 countries and live shows attracting large crowds throughout the Eastern hemisphere. The promotion received capital last year from Heliconia Capital Management, which is owned by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.Sityodtong is a Harvard-educated entrepreneur and a lifelong martial artist who left a lucrative career as a hedge fund manager to start ONE Championship as a showcase for homegrown Asian martial artists. He is looking forward to utilizing Sequoia’s expertise on business expansion while he plots his still-young promotion’s next moves.“It’s been a whirlwind,” Sityodtong said. “Just six years ago, this was a PowerPoint presentation, and now we arguably have the most blue chip shareholder base for any sports property out here in Asia.”The UFC, the sport’s richest and most prominent promotion, is striving to increase its presence in Asia with shows in Singapore, Japan and China this year. UFC fights are watched avidly across Asia, and the promotion has a healthy number of fighters under contract with Asian ethnicity, but Sityodtong claims ONE Championship already has “a massive lead over the UFC” in the fight for Asian fans.“We’re very focused on Asia, with Asian content that really resonates,” Sityodtong said. “So it’s very different scale. It would be like ONE Championship coming to America with Asian heroes and trying to ignite American audiences without any Americans on a show. It’s hard to do so.”ADVERTISEMENT Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday that ONE Championship plans to stage up to 30 events in 2018 and will financially compete to sign the world’s best fighters, all while concentrating on its primary goal of being Asia’s dominant MMA brand. To that mission, Sityodtong intends to expand the Singapore-based promotion’s reach next year into Japan, South Korea and eventually India.“Already we’re the largest martial arts organization in the history of Asia,” Sityodtong said. “All the pieces suggest that we have a big, big runway of growth ahead of us and that we’re just scratching the surface of our potential.”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’The growth is already visible: In the final five months of 2017 alone, ONE Championship has 11 scheduled shows spread among Macau, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar.After doing 18 events this year, Sityodtong projects 24 to 30 shows for 2018. The increase will include aggressive expansion into China, where ONE Championship is already staging events this year in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Championship has secured a major equity investment from venture capital firm Sequoia India and investment firm Mission Holdings, positioning the ascendant mixed martial arts promotion to increase its presence throughout Asia.The investment means ONE Championship has raised over $100 million in total capital less than six years after its first show, according to Chatri Sityodtong, the promotion’s chairman and CEO.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship’s talent pool is Asian-focused, but not exclusive. Its champions include Filipino-American heavyweight Brandon Vera, Wisconsin-born welterweight Ben Askren, Brazilian light heavyweight Roger Gracie — and Angela Lee , the Canada-born, Hawaii-raised atomweight who has become one of the promotion’s most popular fighters.While ONE Championship’s roster of fighters probably doesn’t measure up to the UFC’s group on pure overall talent, Sityodtong’s promotion is about much more than blood and belts. Although he has the money to bid for top free-agent fighters alongside the UFC and Bellator, Sityodtong is more interested in creating a product that suits ONE Championship’s conception of the Asian audience’s sensibilities.“The UFC has done a wonderful job in the Western hemisphere and deserve their success, but they focus primarily on the fighting, on the violence, on controversy, on disrespect,” Sityodtong said. “You know, Conor McGregor, in your face, F-this, F-that. We’ve chosen to focus on Asian values, and that kind of stuff just doesn’t fly. ONE Championship is a true celebration of martial arts, which is Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and we want to honor the Asian values of humility, kindness, integrity, strength and discipline. So it’s a very different approach.”Sityodtong believes that cultivated, clean-cut image has the side benefit of attracting corporate sponsors and deep-pocketed partners — including Sequoia India, a branch of the famed U.S. venture capital firm that invested in Apple, Google, PayPal, YouTube, Instagram, Yahoo!, WhatsApp and countless other foundational technology companies.“ONE Championship has been a pioneer and major driving force of the martial arts industry in Asia, with surging popularity across major countries,” said Shailendra J Singh, the managing director of Sequoia Capital (India). “It has played an incredible role in nurturing local talent and developing local stars, led by a wonderful, mission-oriented team. We are delighted to join the team in their pursuit of developing the leading martial arts franchise for Asia’s 4.4 billion people.” LATEST STORIES View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite often being criticized, Navas hasn’t had to seriously compete for the starting position in goal since taking over from club idol Iker Casillas, who was the team’s main ‘keeper for more than a decade until leaving for Porto in 2015.The last time the position was competitive came after Casillas got injured in 2013 and lost his position to Diego Lopez, who remained as the starter for some time after Casillas recovered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 26-year-old Courtois arrived from Chelsea touted as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, finishing third with Belgium at the World Cup where he won the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.But Courtois isn’t getting over-confident. Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto LATEST STORIES 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I’ve met Keylor, we’ve had a little chat,” Courtois said in a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. “From what people have told me, he’s a really great guy, and from a professional point of view, I consider him a fantastic goalkeeper as well. I come in with absolute respect and to compete at the top level.”Coach Julen Lopetegui, making his debut with Madrid this season, will make his first decision about the starting goalkeeper when Madrid faces Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.Courtois, who played three years with Atletico, said he still isn’t in top form following the World Cup, but will be ready to play in the Super Cup if needed.“I feel great, we’ll have to wait and see,” Courtois said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Nobody has given me any guarantees about being the starter,” Courtois said at his presentation with Madrid on Thursday. “It would be a mistake for the club to do that. I’ll have to show I deserve to be the starter during the training sessions. That’s how it should be. I was never given guarantees in any of the clubs where I played. I arrived at Chelsea when (Petr) Cech was there and I ended playing. I arrive to give my best, then the coach will decide who will be the starter.”Navas has succeeded with Madrid but the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in nearly every transfer window since he became the first choice in 2015.Madrid tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United after Casillas left but it missed a deadline and the deal didn’t go through. Last season, the club reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Spain international who has joined Chelsea as Courtois’ replacement. Madrid was also linked to Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who ended transferring from Roma to Liverpool.Kiko Casillas was Navas’ reserve last season, and Luca Zidane, son of the team’s former player and coach Zinedine Zidane, has been included in the squad this season. Madrid earlier this year also signed 19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.According to Spanish media, Navas said he is not worried about Courtois’ arrival, while the Belgian is welcoming the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments MOST READ Belgian new Real Madrid soccer player Thibaut Courtois poses for the media during his official presentation for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Chelsea has sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — Real Madrid will start the season with something it hasn’t had in years: Competition over who will start in goal.Thibaut Courtois was introduced by Madrid on Thursday, setting up a rivalry with Keylor Navas, the Spanish team’s goalkeeper when it won the last three Champions League titles.ADVERTISEMENT
– husband struggling to cope with loss of wifeLess than a week after Nalini Persaud was brutally murdered at her Albouystown, Georgetown home, her husband is struggling to cope with the trauma while the Police are still to make an arrest.Dead: Nalini PersaudStill trying to come to grips with the death of his wife, Mahendra Rampersaud related that it has been very difficult for him to cope, especially since he solely has to make all her funeral arrangements.‘I jus deh by myself all the time and cry sometimes, especially when people are coming and sympathise with you. I don’t have family living in Guyana,” Rampersaud related.The man said his wife was a loving and charitable woman, since she gave back to the children in her community every year on her birthday. “My wife was loved in this community; when she died it was a big commotion, people of all races were crying,” he noted.The grieving man related that he was still waiting on feedback from the Police regarding the arrest of suspects, but was holding out that justice would be served.The businesswoman was killed during a robbery in the wee hours of May 2, 2019 at her home.Her lifeless body was discovered with a rope tied around her neck. Armed men reportedly gained entry into the home by boring a hole in the wall.The woman and her husband were beaten by the men as they demanded cash and other valuables. Before leaving, the woman was strangled to death by the perpetrators while the man had to be taken to the hospital to seek medical attention.The funeral service of the woman is expected to be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Attack on teacher…reportedly lied to Police about whereabouts…found with dead woma n’s cellphone – Police sourceAs the probe continues into the gruesome attack on 22-year-old Kescia Branche, investigators have now hauled in the father of the young teacher’s daughter for questioning.Dead: Kescia BrancheDivision Commander, Marlon Chapman, confirmed on Thursday that they arrested the man earlier in the day and that he is in custody “being questioned”.However, Guyana Times understands that the man was reportedly found with a cellphone belonging to the now dead teacher and allegedly lied to Police about his whereabouts on the night the young woman was reportedly attacked.Moreover, upon examining the device, which the suspect said he found in Branche’s apartment after her battered body was found on Sunday last, detectives came across a cell number that got their attention.Even as the new suspect is being questioned, the two Police Constables remain under close arrest while a civilian, who had a confrontation with the young woman in a night club after he reportedly touched her inappropriately, is still being held.This newspaper was previously told that one of the ranks under close arrest is refusing to cooperate with investigators. Meanwhile, two other ranks were also held for questioning after records showed they were in constant contact with one of the Constables after he left the night club in the company of the now dead young woman.The unconscious body of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown on Sunday morning and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where she remained in an unconscious state on life support until Tuesday when she succumbed to her injuries sometime around 17:00h.Branche, who resides in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday evening when she left for a night out with her friends and the Police are seeking the public’s assistance in determining what may have transpired resulting in the inhumane beating the young woman received.A source close to the investigation revealed that detectives were reviewing the CCTV footage at a popular Newtown nightclub where the woman was seen partying on Saturday evening and came across evidence of the two uniformed officers interacting with the deceased.It was shown that the young woman left with the ranks, hopping on the back of one the motorcycles. This publication understands that investigators were told that they then proceeded to Mandela Avenue to get barbeque and while there, one of the ranks reported left to use the washroom.Upon his return, he told detectives that the young woman was not there, and his colleague said she left in a taxi.Investigators have been reviewing CCTV footage from along the route reportedly used by the Constables on Saturday.Members of the public with any information that would assist in the investigations are being asked to come forward. The investigation continues.
Ramkarran to Ramjattan:– says no one can ‘block’ him from speaking or writingOne week after criticising the Alliance for Change (AFC) for not taking a firm stand within the coalition Government on many important issues, prominent Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has responded to some comments made by Chairman of the AFC, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.In quoting some of the comments reportedly made by Ramjattan, the former Speaker of the National Assembly said the AFC chairman has succumbed to the temptation of the ‘politics of abuse’. He also claimed that Ramjattan’s behaviour exposes the inability of the AFC to answer serious questions about its political posture.The attorney recalled that at the post-2015 election celebration, Ramjattan had given him a congratulatory embrace for what he believed was his (Ramkarran’s) contribution to the victory of the APNU+AFC coalition. He said, too, that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had thanked him in the presence of several persons.However, things have changed, and Ramkarran’s observation is that Minister Ramjattan has now become abusive and Nagamootoo uses the State-owned Chronicle newspaper to denigrate him.“Minister Ramjattan does his high political status no justice (by) invoking abuse as a political response to what he feels is criticism; but he is in deadly error when he assumes that I write or speak with his or his government’s sufferance,” Ramkarran wrote in his weekly column, the Conversation Tree.Alleging that Ramjattan said he would “allow the chatterati to continue to chat, and we are not going to block them,” Ramkarran stated his firm belief that neither the Minister nor his Government has the power to ‘block’ him from speaking or writing. He said Ramjattan should know better.“I have no political axe to grind, and do not care who holds political office in Guyana. I have criticised both the Government, APNU, the PPP, and indeed the AFC in the past. I will continue to do so. I will also cooperate or assist and work with any political party, once it is (in) the interest of Guyana, as I perceive it,” he wrote.The former Speaker of the House noted that while he is motivated to write about a wide variety of issues, he generally emphasises politics. He also pointed out that most of his writings are centred on constitutional reform as a means by which Guyana can overcome the politics of ethno-political dominance.Referring to his previous column, Ramkarran said his criticism of the AFC is that that party had subscribed to the same goal of ending ethno-political dominance, but is now allowing itself to lapse. “I saw the AFC as a powerful and critical political instrument in achieving our shared objective, which I believe is in the interest of all Guyana. Bringing the AFC back to its original intent was what my article was all about.”He reiterated that his suggestion was that the AFC ministers should resign from the Government and the AFC MPs should sit on the back benches. The AFC should then negotiate with the Government a programme for constitutional reform. By so doing, Ramkarran said, he feels the AFC would be in a better position to pressure the Government to implement such a programme; because the threat of not supporting the Government’s parliamentary agenda would be more real.“In writing the article, I thought that APNU would be more inclined to take exception. But instead, to my surprise, it is the AFC that took umbrage at my effort to stimulate their integrity by urging them to stand up for what they promised all of us. And I pointed a way in which this can be done without bringing down the Government. Minister Ramjattan and PM Nagamootoo are deeply bothered by it. Why? And why not respond in a constructive, rather than an abusive, manner?” Ramkarran asked.The former Speaker reminded that Guyana faces a future as an oil producing country, and there are many examples to learn from, especially where oil resources have dissipated because the countries cannot get their politics right.“We read constantly about Nigeria. We have been recently reading about Angola, where the daughter of the former president is the richest woman in Africa, and was recently dismissed as the head of the state oil company, which is experiencing great difficulties. We have the example of Trinidad next door,” he explained.Ramkarran feels Guyana could face a similar fate because of its distorted politics. This, he said, could result in endless controversy in relation to the management of its oil resources and the expenditure of its oil income.However, he noted that Guyana has the opportunity now to solve its political problems, and then to deal in a consensual way with the issues that would arise from oil.“This will stop massive leakages from corruption and mismanagement. Within the next two years, the AFC can play a decisive role in solving these political problems. But it can only do so if it reverts to its original credo, stop treating itself as an appendage to APNU, and understand that it holds a trump card to the future of Guyana,” he explained.
TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – 747 hikers took to the hills south of Tumbler Ridge on Saturday to compete in the 18th annual Emperor’s Challenge.After placing 1st in last year’s half-marathon despite competing with a broken collarbone and some serious road rash, Victoria’s Kris Swanson managed to repeat once again with a time of 1:31:57 despite breaking his foot back in January of this year. Prince George’s Jim Van Bakel was the top competitor from Northern BC, and managed to finish only twenty-eight seconds behind Swanson for a 2nd-place finish. Jayms Morrison did Fort St. John proud with a fourth place finish in 1:38:09.Fort St. John can also lay claim to the fastest female hikers in the Peace Region. Bailey and Niki Haugan were this year’s leading ladies in the 20 kilometre hike finishing in 11th and 12th spots, respectively. Only 38 seconds separated Niki from Bailey, who hiked the Challenge in 1:45:42.- Advertisement -Kids from the Fort St. John also managed impressive showings in the 4- and 2-kilometre Emperor’s Challenges. 13 year-old Troyer James placed 3rd in the 4-kilometre hike, while 11 year-old Levi VanderMeulen came 2nd in the 2 km, only 6 seconds behind Dawson Creek’s Tegan Steckly. Steckly topped the 2-kilometre hike in 10:29.
Early stages of the investigation indicate alcohol is not being considered as a contributing factor, and the detachment is using the expertise of a Traffic Collision Analyst to identify causal factors. One man has hospitalized after a serious collision near Hythe.A 70 year old Hythe man was transported by STARS to a Grande Prairie hospital, as a result of sustaining injuries in a two vehicle collision on Saturday April 30, just after 2:00 p.m.An RCMP officer was patrolling near Hythe on Highway 43, when he came upon the collision at the intersection of Secondary Highway 672 (Emerson Trail).- Advertisement -Reportedly, a Vanderhoof, B.C. man was operating a 2001 Green Ford south east toward Grande Prairie on Highway 43 when he collided with a 2011 GMC Sierra, operated by the injured 70 year old Hythe man, who was traveling west on Secondary Highway 672.Police allege the injured driver of the GMC Sierra failed to proceed into the intersection safely, and as a result, struck the 2001 Green Ford. The Vanderhoof, B.C. man was taken to a Beaverlodge hospital by ground ambulance for minor injuries and was later released. There were no other passengers in their respective vehicles.The Hythe resident remains in hospital with critical injuries; the extent to which are not known at this time. Advertisement
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Another astounding performance from the Jamaica Tallawahs led them to a 47-run victory over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to make it three consecutive wins, and an absolute excellent start to their campaign of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Jamaica Tallawahs celebrate the dismissal of Evin LewisIt seemed the Tallawahs had more than enough in the tank to steamroll the Patriots in front of their home crowd at Sabina Park in Kingston on Wednesday evening, after disposing of a luckless St Lucia Stars on Tuesday.The tournament leaders, Tallawahs, are now on six points while the Guyana Amazon Warriors are second on four points.Patriots won the toss and gave Tallahwas the first strike. They were able to post 178-4 before the overs expired, a target that proved an uphill task for a squad which included the likes of Chris Gayle, Devon Thomas and skipper Carlos Brathwaite.Ross Taylor top scoring for the Jamaica Tallawahs with an unbeaten 51 off 35 which included two fours and four sixesThe St Kitts team eventually got to 131-9 in their allotted overs. Gayle did top score for his side, but with just 24 to his name and Mahmudullah’s 22, Patriots made a mess of the chase.On the other hand, a disciplined bowling attack was what made the challenge quite tuff for the visiting side.Krishmar Santokie led with 2 – 13 and was resolutely supported by Imad Wasim and Adam Zampa who had 2 – 21 and 2 – 38, respectively. A wicket each also went to Oshane Thomas, Steven Jacobs and Andre Russell.Evin Lewis (00) and Tom Cooper (07) were back in the dugout in underway five overs as Patriots slumped to 9 – 2. Gayle cautiously launched back but was the next to fall when he held out to Oshane Thomas off Steven Jacobs.The wickets continued to fall; Devon Thomas (10), Anton Devcich (11), Ben Cutting (02), Mahmudullah, Brathwaite (10) and Sheldon Cottrell (18) were all part of the paltry effort.Jeremiah Louis (11) and Sandeep Lamichhane (02) were the final two batsmen left standing, the final pair.Earlier in the night, it was the openers who began the show for the Tallawahs. Kennar Lewis moved up the order and played an entertaining innings which included four maximums and an equal amount of fours but got out on 49 after facing 24 deliveries.His partner, Glen Phillips faced a bit more of the Patriots bowling but was still effective in his 41-run performance that took 38 balls to construct.Patriots struck in quick succession with the removal of Lewis and then new batsman Andre McCarthy without scoring.However, Ross Taylor immediately made amends for missing out on scoring in the first two matches and rebounded with an aggressive 51. The 35-ball innings was just what the doctor ordered to keep the run rate pumping; it was laced with two fours and four sixes.Rovman Powell tried to get into his stride but 18 was all he could muster before he fell to Brathwaite in the 17th over.Russell was left unbeaten once again on ten alongside the experienced New Zealander, Taylor.Meanwhile, Lamichhane finished with 2 – 21 while Brathwaite and Cutting had one each.Tallawahs will face the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their next match on Saturday, August 18 in Florida while Patriots take on St Lucia Stars next Tuesday, August 21, at Gros Islet, St Lucia.
LONDON – A boy’s question cut to the chase. “My family lives in Iran and I’m worried that you might invade my home country,” the 10-year-old told Prime Minister Tony Blair’s likely successor. The reply was that Britain is seeking a diplomatic solution – for now. As the crisis over Iran’s capture of 15 sailors deepens, Britain faces fresh criticism at home over its military presence in the Persian Gulf and anger over failed efforts to free the crew. Few fear an invasion like that in Iraq, but many worry any military operation – however small – could end in bloodshed and upset plans for a British troop withdrawal from the region. Britain has been pummeled by fierce protests since it became America’s strongest ally in the war in Iraq, sentiment that has weakened Blair’s government and caused his Labour Party to lose a significant number of Parliament seats in 2005 elections. Iran released a second letter Thursday, also attributed to Turney, who asked whether it wasn’t time for Britain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. In Plymouth, where her ship is based, readers vented their frustration and fears. “It’s time to show how tough we can be and let’s pull troops out of Iraq – a war which isn’t going far – and into Iran and let’s fight a war that has meaning,” a reader identified as Peter Wilkes wrote to the Plymouth Herald. Some pointed to Israel’s invasion of Lebanon after two Israeli soldiers were captured by Hezbollah guerrillas last summer. Others said the Americans would have taken tougher action. “Show some backbone, Blair, just like the Iron Lady!” a reader identified as Dan wrote, referring to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Britain’s popular tabloid, the Daily Mail, printed a column on its front page that read: “A British mother paraded on state TV. Forced to wear the hijab. Made to praise her Iranian kidnappers. And the response from our mighty Foreign Office? This is unacceptable, they squeaked.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most Britons have rallied behind the captured crew – some even want the government to attempt a rescue – but others say they can’t stomach the possibility of another Middle East conflict. “We want a resolution of the particular problems we’ve got at the moment where some of our British troops are being held in Tehran,” Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown told his young questioner on a Channel Five News forum. “And I think the Iranian government should want that solution as well. And let’s hope we can get a peaceful solution to this. Everybody wants to live in peace.” The crisis began last Friday when armed Iranian forces detained the British naval crew near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which forms the border between Iran and Iraq. Tempers flared in newspaper editorials, on radio talk shows and online forums once Iran broadcast video of the British crew – including footage focusing on the lone female sailor, 26-year-old Faye Turney, a blond mother of a toddler named Molly. Iranian television aired pictures of her wearing a head scarf and offering soft-spoken words on how her crew allegedly entered Iranian waters; Tehran also issued a letter attributed to Turney saying she was sorry they had done so. The British government suggested she may have been forced to make the statement.