Hurricanes star Cornwall thrilled with batting form

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: All-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall says the hard work on his batting is now paying dividends, after he hit a classy half-century to steer Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a pulsating four-wicket win over Windward Islands Volcanoes here Wednesday night. With the hosts tottering on 208 for six in the 39th over after losing five wickets for 44 runs, the 24-year-old Cornwall stepped up to stroke an unbeaten 74 off just 50 balls and see his side over the line with eight balls left in the innings. “For the past few years, my batting was giving me a little bit of a problem but I spent some time with Kenny Benjamin and sorted it out,” said the burly right-hander, who hit 10 fours and one six during his cameo. “All he said was do the basics and everything will fall back into place. I think I am doing the basics and everything is falling back [into place].” Unbeaten seventy The half-century was Cornwall’s second of the tournament following his unbeaten 70, also against Volcanoes, in Hurricanes’ third outing of the Regional Super50. The victory was the sixth in seven games for Hurricanes and it allowed them to inch even closer to confirming their status as Group A winners, with their final game on Sunday against reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. “It’s a good feeling. Once you get the team over the line it’s a good feeling,” Cornwall noted. “We were playing this game so we can top the group so we can play whoever is coming from Barbados. I think the team is gelling well, the captain (Kieran Powell) is batting well, I’m getting some runs on the lower end so the feeling is good.” Cornwall is expected to be a key player for Hurricanes in their title bid. Not only is he an aggressive lower batsman but his stingy off-spin has also been a feature of his side’s attack. And the West Indies A star is hoping he can successfully combine both aspects of his game to good effect for Hurricanes. “I am a genuine all-rounder and once I can get the two [components] to click together that would make me an even better player,” he stressed.last_img read more

Fears, Apprehension and Reality of UNMIL Departure

first_imgAnyone who remembers the period spanning from the 1970s to the early 2000s, the social uprising, the military coup, the killings, the wars and their attendant trauma would have cold shivers whenever hearing about UNMIL leaving Liberia in just about a year, when the nation would face a testing political exercise. The 2017 elections will check Liberia’s political maturity and the capacity of politicians to provide the leadership and guidance required to nurture the peace process, which is far from over.By the time the United Nations dispatched a military force to Liberia in 2003, the country had hit rock-bottom. The cruelest memories are numerous, but many remember images of the young fighter up in the air, bare-chested, armed with an AK-47, flying above a bed of empty shells that littered the Gabriel Tucker Bridge and no one can forget images of dead bodies in front of the American Embassy which happened to be across Greystone, where thousands people had taken refuge. The camp of displaced people sleeping under the rain had turned into a killing field, where rockets and gunmen slaughtered scores daily.Before those images, there were the ones in 1979, when demonstrators were gunned down, thrown in mass graves. Those images will be followed by the daylight televised execution on a sunny beach of people that had had absolute control over the nation for a century just a few days earlier. Then came the images of young soldiers who had high jacked power, going on a killing spree, killing each other one after the other, until there was only one man standing, Samuel K. Doe. His death is probably the most gruesome political reality television show. Images of refugees, summary executions at checkpoints, child soldiers, wigged commandoes and the uprooting of almost an entire country, something only akin to what the Khmer Rouge did in Cambodia still linger in the traumatized Liberian collective memory. The fact that nobody has ever been punished or made to pay for all the crimes only makes the situation even more unforgettable and traumatizing. The older generation has good reasons to feel chills when hearing about UNMIL leaving. They are afraid that the country would return to those days of uncertainty, violence and absolute, lawless power. Liberians have learned more and more to trust and depend on foreigners for an entire generation and dread the days when they will be left alone to deal with each other. The fears may be justifiable, but Liberians will have to face their demons. UNMIL has come when it was needed, it did its job of helping to create a relatively secure and peaceful social and political environment conducive for the return of the country to a somehow normally functioning state. UNMIL has completed its job and will be needed in other parts of the world. UNMIL will leave. Liberia is at peace because Liberians want peace, not because UNMIL is here. Some of the most important issues at the core of the agitation in the 1970s have been resolved. The various political movements and the warring factions all fought for the same principle, however different their methods and visions may be: to be part of the political process; to break the cycle of oppression and regain lost dignity; to have the same opportunity as anyone else. All those battles led the nation to where it is today, with freedom of speech, freedom of association, national leadership open to anyone without distinction as in any democracy. There is no guarantee that the peace and freedom that came through 30 years of upheaval will and can withstand destabilization of the kind that devastated the country. Only Liberians can ensure that it will never happen again. No amount of peacekeepers can do that.Rather than calling for UNMIL to extend its stay, political and opinion leaders must start talking to the general citizenry about peace and peace building. So far, this has been mostly the work of international organizations, sometimes with scanty results. The next administration will not only have to maintain the country on a stable trajectory, but also reinforce peace, freedom and social justice. This will demand strengthening the institutions of integrity such as the GAC, the PPCC, the LACC, the Human Rights Commission, the Land Commission and others all set up to check corruption, impunity and injustice but are still in their formative stages. It will also have to narrow the economic inequality gap that seems to grow as a new political class emerges.The danger the country faces will be more about social and economic injustice than outright political violence. The fact that the “emerging” middle class of Liberia uses politics as its only tool to success will lead to the birth of a weak and corrupt bureaucratic elite, less and less connected with the people, busy milking government and the minute private sector. UNMIL will leave and like the child who must get up and walk someday after falling many times, Liberia will have to learn to be its own peacekeeper. The best protection against war is not the presence of peacekeepers, rather social harmony and justice. UNMIL has fulfilled its mandate. Liberians need to start talking and thinking about how to build and maintain peace on their own. This may be the first step towards ending the dependency mentality that has hooked the nation to foreign aid for decades.Ready or not, UNMIL will leave. Liberia will have to live with itself and bury its demons. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Park blues fest to benefit homeless

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The city isn’t known for its blues music or as a haven for transients, but a group of musicians wants to put Simi Valley on the map for both by hosting a blues festival to benefit the homeless. The Write 4 Hope Blues Festival is planned for April 28 at Oak County Park, less than a mile from the spot along the Arroyo Simi where officials disbanded a homeless encampment last month. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Center, which provides food, showers, clothing, employment assistance and social services to scores of homeless people in Simi Valley. Last year’s festival raised $1,400 for Samaritan Center and for the Coalition to End Family Violence. “The Samaritan Center plays a real vital role in Simi,” she said. “We have a lot of families that need clothes and shelter. You might not see them but they are there.” The acts slated to appear in the festival include Coco Montoya, the Delgado Brothers, Blues Stew, Gino Matteo, Jeff Jensen, BB Chung King, Toni Dodd, Southland Blues, and Michael John. Actor and musician Mickey Jones, who lives in Simi Valley, will be master of ceremonies. “I’m really high on this whole thing. I applaud the Samaritan Center and totally support their cause,” he said. “Coco Montoya is one of the greatest blues guitar players around. He’s at the top of the game,” said Jones, who has played drums for Bob Dylan, Trini Lopez, Johnny Rivers and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. Jones toured as the drummer in Europe with Dylan in 1966 and recently produced the documentary “1966 World Tour: The Home Movies,” using footage he shot himself on the controversial tour, during which Dylan shocked his fans by changing his style from folk to electrified rock ‘n’ roll. Jones has also appeared in television shows and films, including Kevin Costner’s “Tin Cup,” for which Jones helped create the song “Double Bogey Blues.” “We all need to do what we can to help the homeless,” Jones said of the Simi Valley blues festival. “We’re trying to help them get a leg up. This festival is made up of people from the area that is served by the Samaritan Center. When we get a chance to benefit folks in our own backyard, we love to do that.” Virginia Nelson, director of the Samaritan Center, said she was grateful for the support. “Last year was their first year, so we didn’t know exactly what to expect, but it was great,” she said. “The musicians were great. Goldie is just wonderful. She has taken us under her wing.” Nelson said there is enough variety in the festival to appeal to people of all ages. “People dance and sing along. Everybody has a great time,” she said. Nelson said homeless people who use the Samaritan Center help with the festival, making sure the trash is picked up and the park clean at the end of the day. (805) 583-7602 If you go The Write 4 Hope Blues Festival will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28 at Oak County Park, 901 Quimisa Drive in Simi Valley. Tickets are $15; $5 for ages 5-12; free for children under 4. Call (805) 289-4855 or go to “We sponsor and organize charitable events for local charities that don’t get the federal funding they need,” said Goldie Thomas, founder of Write 4 Hope. “The first year we had around 700 people for the (blues) event, and we’re anticipating we’re going to double the turnout this year. We have really great acts,” said Thomas, who expects it to be Ventura County’s biggest blues festival. “There are a lot of blues fans in Ventura County,” she said. “And last year we had people driving all the way out from Long Beach. A lot of people love the blues and are really excited about it.” “It’s a lot of really top-quality musicians,” she said. “They are coming out of the goodness of their hearts.” Thomas said Simi Valley has a sizable – but relatively invisible – homeless population that camps in the hills and along the arroyo, sleeps in cars and seeks haven at winter shelters. last_img read more

Riverside train line to undergo repairs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A massive project to replace worn railroad tracks between the eastern San Gabriel Valley and Riverside will begin next week, causing disruptions for some Metrolink passengers and traffic detours on some roads along the route. Union Pacific will begin replacing 43 miles of track on Metrolink’s Riverside Line on Feb. 2, starting in the city of Industry. Crews will gradually work their way eastward through Pomona, Ontario and Riverside, spacing out the work through April. On days when work is scheduled, Metrolink trains will not run between Riverside and the location where work is occurring. Roads that cross the tracks in areas where work is being performed will be closed, forcing detours. “There have been several breaks of rail along that stretch,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “I know this is a terrible inconvenience, but it is a matter of safety.” More than 4,600 passengers typically ride the Riverside Line train each day. The tracks are also heavily used by freight trains, which will be rerouted during the work. Union Pacific’s $21.3 million project will replace the tracks’ current wooden ties and steel rail and resurface many public crossings along the route. Concrete ties will be used to anchor the new steel rail, making the tracks more durable and easier to maintain, Union Pacific officials said. “We believe the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term delays,” Dave Wickersham, Midwest and West Regions chief engineer, said in a statement. “Concrete ties offer superior track support, and last longer than wooden ties, which should reduce the time the track will have to be out of service for future maintenance.” Work will be performed about two weeks each month and will be spaced out to minimize disruptions, the railroad said. The work is slated to be performed in Industry Feb. 2-3; in Walnut Feb. 4-8; in Pomona Feb. 16-22 and March 1-7; in Ontario March 8-9 and 16-23; and Riverside April 1-6. Metrolink service between the Industry station and Union Station in Los Angeles should not be affected during the upgrades. As construction progresses, completed areas will be reopened to train service. Metrolink passengers can check the agency’s Web site at or call (800) 371-LINK for work schedule updates to find out when they’ll need to make other travel arrangements. On days when a portion of the Riverside Line is shut down, limited bus service will be available to transport riders from closed stations to one of the other two nearby lines that run into Los Angeles. However, Metrolink officials advise customers it will be faster to drive themselves if possible. “We are strongly recommending that they drive to the closest station on the San Bernardino or 91 Freeway lines,” Tyrrell said. “Many of our customers who ride the Riverside Line may be able to move over to either of those lines while the work is being done.” Ontario resident Bob Bryant, who takes the Metrolink train to work in Los Angeles every day, said Wednesday he hadn’t decided what he would do on days when service is shut down. He might just take the bus, he said. “Or else I’m going to drive to Rancho Cucamonga and take the San Bernardino Line,” he said, “or I’m going to drive to Industry to take the Riverside line from there.” Once the project is complete, Metrolink will compensate Riverside Line monthly pass holders for their troubles, although officials aren’t yet sure how much. “We don’t know how big of a pain in the neck it’s going to be,” Tyrrell said. “We don’t really want to determine how much of a discount it’s going to be until we see how much grief we’ve caused.” (909) 483-9338last_img read more


first_imgSmeared: Letterkenny Garda StationA STUDENT smeared his own excrement all over the walls of a Co Donegal Garda station after he was arrested four weeks ago, a court has heard.But Robert O’Connor told a judge in Letterkenny that he was “mortified and embarrassed” by his actions and was seeing a counsellor to stop drinking. Garda Sgt Joe Keeley told the court that officers came across O’Connor, a 23-year-old from Ballymacool, in the early hours of October 6th.Sgt Keeley said a foot patrol in Letterkenny saw a number of men fighting on the main street.“Mr O’Connor was ordered to leave the area but he refused to do so. He wanted to fight again and he was arrested,” said the officer in evidence.“He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station where damaged the walls of the cells and the floor.“He smeared his own faeces over the walls and urinated over the floor.”The court heard the clean-up cost almost €200.O’Connor’s solicitor Ciaran Dillon said his client was very embarrassed by the incident.O’Connor had two previous convictions for public order offences, the last in 2009, but he had not been before the courts since.“He was very embarrassed. He was heavily intoxicated on the occasion. He has gone back to college and is now a full time student,” said Mr DillonO’Connor stood up in court and told Judge Paul Kelly: “I am deeply ashamed by what I have done and I want to apologise.”Judge Kelly adjourned sentencing until February to give O’Connor time to come up with the cash to pay for the clean-up.STUDENT WHO SMEARED EXCREMENT ON WALLS OF GARDA STATION CELL TOLD TO PAY FOR CLEAN-UP was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by John2Share 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:excrementLetterkenny Garda stationsmearedlast_img read more


first_imgUnder 8 Blitz: Four Masters GAA Under 8, older team, will play a blitz this Saturday, 10th August at 11am in Tirchonaill Park. Good luck to all the players involved.Fundraising Draw: The Club have launched the 2013 Training Pitch Development Draw. There are 6 major prizes up for grabs, first prize being an All Ireland Football Final 2013 Package together with €250 spending money! The Club strives to meet the needs of everyone who uses the facility, members and supporters and we need your support and assistance to maintain what we have and continue to develop. Tickets cost only €5 each or a book of five tickets costs only €20. Books are being sent out to members, please support.Club Games: On Saturday 10th August Four Masters Senior Reserves will play St. Michael’s Reserves in Mac Cumhaill Park, throw in 7.30pm. On Sunday 11th August, Four Masters Senior team will meet St. Michaels Senior team in a Division 1 clash at St. Michaels. Throw in 3pm. Please come out and support your local Club.  GAA NEWS – FOUR MASTERS LAUNCH DEVELOPMENT DRAW was last modified: August 6th, 2013 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:Four Masters club noteslast_img read more


first_imgA young boy whose dog was butchered to death has spent hours making a touching memorial for his tragic pet.Luke’s touching tribute to his murdered dogLuke Turner was left devastated when his pet dog Duke was found shot in the head just one hundred yards from his home in Milford.Luke’s teacher has read about the disturbing incident on Donegal Daily and helped Luke create the memorial for his dog. Luke’s mum Nicola said she is delighted her eldest son is trying to do something positive but is still upset at what happened to the family’s dog.“Luke’s woodwork teacher Mr Scott heard about Duke and the two of them set about making the cross.“It’s a really lovely gesture and it has helped him get over Duke’s horrible death.Duke was blasted in the head at point-blank range“But we are still very raw about all that has happened and we are still determined to get to the bottom of it,” she said. Nicola revealed that she approached Donegal County Councillors who agreed to back her campaign ‘Justice for Duke’ in an effort to find who killed Duke.Donegal Daily is among a number of groups who have offered a reward for information to find Duke’s killer.That reward has now gone up to €2,000.Gardai have confirmed they are aware of the incident and have interviewed a number of people about Duke’s killing.Nicola and her family are continuing to put up posters in the hope that’s someone may have seen what happened to Duke. BOY’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE FOR HIS BUTCHERED DOG was last modified: May 31st, 2013 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:DOGDukeGardaiMilfordshotlast_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: A group of hardy souls from Donegal went to ‘Hell and Back’ in aid of the Donegal Hospice.The sun was shining in Sligo last Saturday as FORTY-FIVE participants from Donegal embarked on “Irelands’ toughest mental and physical endurance challenge” in aid of the Donegal Hospice. A 12km course riddled with obstacles including barbed wire crawls, log-carrying hill climbs, 10 foot walls, electric fence gauntlets, a sniper alley and a never ending amount of mud and freezing water!The Donegal Devils took on this challenge with admirable enthusiasm and proudly wore their Donegal Hospice t-shirts throughout.Specsavers Letterkenny would like to extend a massive thank you and congratulations to everybody who took on this challenge for such a great cause.You should all be very proud of yourselves! Also thanks to McLaughlin Coaches in Convoy for getting the Devils up and down in one piece. 🙂DONEGAL GROUP GO TO ‘HELL AND BACK’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

South African sets diving record

first_img13 June 2005South African Nuno Gomes reclaimed the world scuba deep-diving record by descending to 318.25m below the Red Sea on Friday. The 52-year-old civil engineer now holds the cave, sea and overall depth records.In 1996 Gomes reached a depth of 286.2m in the Northern Cape’s Boesmansgat cave. With the cave’s altitude of 1 500m above sea level, this represented a dive of 337m – making it the world’s deepest scuba dive at the time.Gomes’s new record beats the 313m set by Briton Mark Ellyat off the coast of Thailand in 2003.Gomes made an attempt on the record at Daha in the Red Sea last year, but was forced to turn around at “only 271m” due to equipment failure caused by the extreme pressure.As well as the intense pressure, the deep diver braves helium tremors and nitrogen narcosis, due to the vast quantity of gases consumed. In setting the Boesmansgat record, Gomes inhaled over 54 000 litres of various gases, using nine different gas mixtures.While the descent to 318.25m took less than 15 minutes, with one minute of “bottom time”, the ascent took more than 12 hours. This was to allow Gomes’s body to decompress, flushing out all the gas inspired under pressure. Many of those 12 hours were spent within a few metres of the surface.During the ascent Gomes was accompanied by the nine members of his support team, who communicated with him using pens and boards.An “oxygen tree” was constructed for the 2004 record attempt, allowing Gomes to hang at -9m, -6m or -3m for the last, and longest, stages of his decompression.The women’s world scuba deep-diving record is also held by a South African, Verna van Schaik. Both Van Schaik and Gomes are members of Wits University’s Underwater Club, one of the world’s most experienced deep diving outfits.last_img read more

Kenyan running shoe company inspired by country’s Olympic spirit

first_img— Enda (@EndaSportswear) June 30, 2016Kenyan entrepreneur Navalayo Osembo, together with American investor Weldon Kennedy, have created Kenya’s first running shoe company. Enda, which is the Swahili word for ‘go’ is inspired by the country’s global dominance in long-distance running. This proud legacy has, over the last four decades, earned Kenyan runners over 50 Olympic medals, piqued the interest of sport science and created a worldwide fan base for endurance sport.“[We want] to create a way through which Kenya can economically benefit from the running industry, given its reputation on distance running,” Osembo said in an interview with Nigeria’s Signal newspaper. She grew up in Eldoret in the Rift Valley area, a highland region that also produced some of the country’s best long-distance athletes, including two-time Olympic gold medallist Kip Keino.Co-Founder @NavalayoOsembo sharing the Enda story again today— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 19, 2016DevelopmentEnda raised over $75 000 (R1.1-million) in start-up capital with a kick-starter campaign ahead of its production launch in September 2015. Through its detailed designs and its use of Kenyan culture and sport, the world is starting to take notice of Enda.The company’s first fully developed product – called Iten – is a lightweight trainer with a low heels-to-toe-drop, for use by both professional and amateur runners. It is currently available to purchase via the Enda’s website, with the company hoping to get the product in US and African stores in 2017.According to 2015 market research by the National Purchase Diary group, Enda is targeting the highly competitive $17.2-billion (R246-billion) American sport shoe market with retail prices that are almost 50% less than major name brands. It is also aiming to capture African consumers, including South Africans, who have recently become interested in running competitively or as amateurs.DesignThe company has worked with some of the world’s top designers and consulted with some of the best Kenyan and international runners to create a shoe that is both practical and eye-catching.“What our logo means to me” – @NavalayoOsembo— Enda (@EndaSportswear) September 14, 2015Enda’s logo is a minimalist Maasai spearhead that pays tribute to the company’s origins and fits comfortably among familiar global branding like the Nike swoosh and Adidas’ trefoil.The US product design firm Birdhaus that has worked with Reebok, helped develop the first Enda designs. The shoe parts are manufactured by Jones & Vining, the world’s leading maker of outsoles, inserts, and other advanced components.“We wanted [the shoe] to look contemporary and urbane anywhere in the world, but whisper a Kenyan feel,” Kennedy told Fast Company magazine in June 2016.The parts are all assembled in Kenya, but the company is aiming to make the entire design, manufacturing and marketing processes a fully Kenyan operation.The shoes are currently being tested in the Rift Valley region, at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) High Altitude Training Centre, by up-and-coming Kenyan runners Justin Lagat and Joan Cherop.Despite being the least popular shoe color, when it comes to T-shirts, black is the color of choice— Enda (@EndaSportswear) July 18, 2016FutureWhile the more decorated runners have sponsorships from famous running shoe brands, Enda hopes to make an impact on the next generation of professional runners, particularly from Africa, as well as the casual consumer market.Ultimately, the company wants to connect runners in the West to Kenya’s running culture, leveraging it to create domestic jobs and economic growth rather than benefit global corporations.“We wanted to channel the energy around running into something that can have much more of an impact on the people of Kenya,” Osembo told Fast Company. “If you think about the magnitude of the industry worldwide, and if you think about how Kenya is used for marketing, this is low-lying fruit.”Enda’s social enterprise efforts are small, but growing, with plans to invest part of the company’s profits in local and regional community initiatives that focus on sanitation, education and healthcare.According to the company’s kick-starter page “working with experts, we’ll identify a handful of the most effective projects that could use some extra support every six months. Anyone who buys a pair of Enda shoes and registers their purchase will get one vote to help us determine which projects will receive money from the pool.”“Through this, we will link Enda runners across the globe to local communities in Kenya and vice versa, and encourage sympathy, creativity and innovation.”Source: AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more