Windies Women eager to prove ODI strength – Cooper

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):West Indies Women batsman Britney Cooper says the Twenty20 World Cup champions are out to prove they can also be a force to be reckoned with in the 50-overs format.The 26-year-old, who played a key role in the women’s capture of the T20 title in India last month, said the Caribbean side had already turned their attention to next year’s 50-overs World Cup scheduled for England.”A lot of people feel the West Indies team only knows how to play T20 cricket but it is much more than that,” Cooper said.”I believe we have an opportunity to show all the world that we’re not only a World Cup T20 side but we can also play one-day [cricket]. We’re hoping when we go to England next year that we can bring home another championship back to the Caribbean.”The triumph in the T20 World Cup was their first ever in that format but the women have already strung together some impressive performances in past 50-overs World Cup.In fact, they were good enough to reach the final of the last tournament in India three years ago, when they lost to Australia Women by 114 runs.improving battingCooper, whose career-best unbeaten half-century against New Zealand Women in the semi-final put the Windies Women in the T20 World Cup final, says she was focused on improving her batting in order to strengthen the ODI unit.”I don’t see myself as a T20 player. I really want to find myself higher up the order in the one-day team,” she said.”I bat at five, six sometimes so one day I hope that I can be batting at number three for four, or even opening the batting for West Indies.”Cooper made her debut in 2009 and has since played 31 ODIs and 46 T20s.The Women’s Cricket World Cup is scheduled for June 26 to July 23 next year.last_img read more

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Bandits invade M&M Snackette

first_imgFive heavily armed bandits carted off with in excess of .5 million from the M&M Snackette, located at Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara.The incident reportedly occurred around 01:40h on Tuesday morning.According to Director of the establishment, Mahendra Mookram, he received a telephone call from his guard attached to the outlet who informed him of the crime.“I received a call from one of my junior guards, I have two junior guards because my senior guard passed away recently, telling me to come quick quick,” Mookram explained.Mookram reverted to his video surveillance system to see what had happened. The five men dressed in masks and gloves and armed with guns, crowbars, nippers and axes, made their way through a hole they created in the fence at the back of the compound.The men then turned their attention to the four workers on site – two construction workers and two guards – tying them up before making their way to the office.The thieves broke through the grilled windows and doors of the office, ransacking it in search of the cash.When the men found the last locked cupboard, they nipped the lock open and found canisters containing a quantity of cash which Mookram said he had stored to pay his contractor for the works being done on the premises.The men then made good of their escape.M&M Snackette is no stranger to robberies as they recently suffered heavy losses in November 2015, when bandits carted off with millions that was being stored, as construction of the new building was scheduled to commence.last_img read more

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Firestone Hosts Children’s Surgery Int’l

first_imgFirestone Liberia welcomes Children’s Surgery International (CSI) back to the country for its seventh surgical mission and sixth mission at Firestone, a press release has said. The medical team arrived Friday, January 13, at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, and is expected to be in the country for one week. CSI, along with members of the Firestone Liberia medical team, will perform the operations, including facial and urological surgeries on children completely free of charge. Upon arrival at the Firestone Medical Center in Duside, Lora Stege Koppel, CSI Board Member and Mission Lead, said she and her team were happy to return to Liberia and Firestone after being out of the country for three years due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. CSI is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free surgical services in a safe and compassionate manner around the world. A primary focus of the 2017 medical mission will be to provide teaching and education to its Liberian health care partners, the release said. Since its first mission to Firestone in 2010, the CSI medical team in partnership with Firestone has performed nearly 600 free surgical operations on Liberian children and those from neighboring countries.The Firestone Medical Center is one of the best referral hospitals in the country. They treat about 9,000 patients each month, the release said. In addition, Firestone partners with the Ministry of Health (MoH), and UNICEF to store and administer life-saving vaccines for Liberians. The center also works with the MoH in the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Firestone employees and their dependents also receive free medical care as part of their employment benefits, the release noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Army extends troops’ tours

first_imgWASHINGTON – Stretched thin by four years of war, the Army is adding three months to the standard yearlong tour for all active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, an extraordinary step aimed at maintaining the troop buildup in Baghdad. The change, announced Wednesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is the latest blow to an all-volunteer Army that has been given ever-shorter periods of rest and retraining at home between overseas deployments. Rather than continue to shrink the at-home intervals to a point that might compromise soldiers’ preparedness for combat, Gates chose to lengthen combat tours to buy time for units newly returned from battle. The longer tours will affect about 100,000 soldiers currently in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus untold thousands more who deploy later. It does not affect the Marine Corps or the National Guard or Reserve. “Our forces are stretched, there’s no question about that,” Gates said. “Extending the tours of all active-duty Army personnel is an unacceptable price for our troops and their families to pay,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the longer tours will have a “chilling effect” on recruiting and the Army’s ability to keep soldiers from quitting the service. “We also must not underestimate the enormous negative impact this will have on Army families,” Skelton said. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who supports the troop buildup, said of the affected soldiers, “They’ll be disappointed, but they’ll do it.” Indeed, at Fort Bliss, Texas, home of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, some Army families took the news in stride. Carol Frennier, whose husband, Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Frennier, is in Iraq, said she had prepared herself and her family for a longer deployment. “They kind of told us to expect 12 months to 18 months,” she said. “We were already prepared to have them extended.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The extended tours are a price the Army must pay to sustain the troop buildup that President Bush ordered in January as part of his rejiggered strategy for stabilizing Baghdad and averting a U.S. defeat. Troop levels are being boosted from 15 brigades to 20 brigades, and in order to keep that up beyond summer the Army faced harsh choices: Either send units to Iraq with less than 12 months at home, or extend tours. The decision also underscores the political cost the administration has had to pay in order to keep alive its hope that higher troop levels in Iraq, combined with a push for Iraqi political reconciliation, will finally produce the stability in Baghdad that experts say is needed before U.S. troops can begin going home. In recent days, the Pentagon has notified National Guard brigades from four states that they are in line to deploy to Iraq for a second time, eliciting complaints from governors. Also, the Pentagon poured more than $1 billion into bonuses last year to keep soldiers and Marines in the military in the face of an unpopular war. At a Pentagon news conference, Gates said that it was too early to estimate how long the troop buildup would last but that his new policy would give the Pentagon the capability to maintain the higher force levels until next April. Democrats in Congress, and some Republicans, oppose the buildup and are trying to force Bush to change course. In January, the administration indicated the buildup might begin to be reversed by late summer or fall. Reaction on Capitol Hill to Gates’ announcement was harsh. last_img read more

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MAN WITH SLEEPING DISORDER MAY HAVE DOZED OFF AT THE WHEEL

first_imgA charge of dangerous driving against a man was struck out after a court heard he suffers from a sleeping condition and may have dosed off at the wheel.Letterkenny District Court heard how St Johnston man Edward Flanagan, 45, did not remember the last half mile of his journey.He appeared in court charged with dangerous driving at Tullyrap, Lifford on April 4th, 2014. Witnesses to the incident revealed how Mr Flanagan was driving on the wrong side of the road.His solicitor, Mr Donagh Cleary, told the court how his client had no recollection at all of the incident.“He suffered a catastrophic loss of consciousness,” he said.Mr Flanagan, a father-of-two, had been tested for alcohol intake which had proved negative.Mr Cleary said his client suffered from sleep apnea and had no previous convictions.He produced a medical report which stated that his client did suffer from a sleeping disorder and that he wore a mask at night to help with his condition.However Judge Paul Kelly said the incident raises questions as to should he be driving at all.“It’s very worrying for anybody else driving on day this man is,” he remarked.He then said he would strike out the charge against Mr Flanagan.MAN WITH SLEEPING DISORDER MAY HAVE DOZED OFF AT THE WHEEL was last modified: March 16th, 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:carcourtdonegalLiffordsleepinglast_img read more

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WELL-KNOWN REFEREE TOGS OUT FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS

first_imgThe Chairman of Donegal South West Ógra and well known Donegal GAA referee Ian Daniel Molloy is to seek the Fianna Fáil nomination at his party selection convention on March 8th.Ian MolloyIan is to run in the six seater Glenties Electoral Area.In the pasted Molloy has served on the Ógra National Youth Committee for 18 months as a representative for 3rd level Universities and Institutes of Technology. From 2008-2009 he also served as Communications officer on the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Students Union.Molloy, who is 26 next month, would most likely be the youngest candidate to stand in the Glenties Electoral Area if he receives the nomination.The popular Glenties based referee who works for his father’s construction company, says he is hopeful of having a realistic chance of taking one of the six seats on May 23rd.  WELL-KNOWN REFEREE TOGS OUT FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS was last modified: February 1st, 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:electionGlentiesIan Molloylast_img read more

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Vipers SC beat Express to signing of Burundian goalkeeper

first_imgFabien Mutombora after signing for Vipers SC (photo by Vipers Medai)Reigning Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC have completed the signing of Burundi goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora.The Keeper who was reported as having agreed terms with Express FC last week is believed to have inked a three year deal at the Kitende based side.Mutombore has been training at Express FC for weeks and also featured in their 1-1 draw with Azam FC in a friendly.The signing was confirmed by Vipers through a statement on the club’s website:“Vipers SC is pleased to announce the signing of Fabien Mutombora from Lydia Ludic Académic FC of Burundi,” read a statement on the club website.“The Burundi International goal keeper has put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at Vipers for 3 years until 2021.It’s believed that Vipers spotted the custodian while with the Red Eagles and immediately made a move which tempted him to move to Kitende at the expense of Wankulukuku.Mutombora previously featured for Burundi giants LLD Academy and was part of their team in the CECAFA Kagame Cup in July this year in Dar es Salaam.Mutombora was in goal for the Venoms in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mbarara City in a friendly game at Kakyeeka on Wednesday.His capture sends a signal that the club is poised to lose first choice goalkeeper Ismail Watenga who is yet to renew his contract at the club.He joins young-star Bashir Ssekagya and and James Alitho who are already at the club as goalkeepers.Comments Tags: Express FCFabien MutomboraLLD Academyvipers sclast_img read more

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Draymond Green explains DeMarcus Cousins, provides grist for a killer alternative nickname

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.If you liked our report regarding Draymond Green’s recent appearance on a podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, this is your lucky day.There was so much on that bone that we saved some for leftovers. Today’s take: DeMarcus Cousins.Green forged a bond with Cousins shortly after Boogie signed with the Warriors this past summer. Perhaps it’s because they are cut from the same cloth: big, strong, …last_img read more

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Video: Crowne Plaza returns to SA

first_imgThe old Rosebank Hotel has re-launched as the Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank, following a R315-million refurbishment that sees the return of Crowne Plaza, an internationally recognised brand that falls under the InterContinental Hotels Group, to South Africa.Zoopy TV attended the hotel’s launch in late May.Click arrow to play video.last_img

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Woza! Google gets small business online

first_img20 January 2012Internet giant Google has teamed up with the Department of Industry and other partners to launch Woza Online, an initiative that aims to transform tens of thousands of South African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by giving them an online presence.The announcement, made at the Innovation Hub in Tshwane this week, was followed by demonstrations during which small business owners – ranging from a Johannesburg cake business to a Soweto bird-watching company – created their own websites from scratch.Other partners to the initiative include the Human Resources Development Council (HDRC), Vodacom and Lead SA, a Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Group initiative that aims to mobilise change among South Africans for the benefit of the country.Businesses participating in the initiative will get a free, easy-to-build professional website; a matching mobile site; a free sub-domain name and hosting; an automatic listing on Google Places, which shows on Google Maps; access to training material and workshops; and free online support via Google Chat and e-mail.The first 10 000 applicants will also get top-level .co.za domain name for free for one year.Link between online presence and profitabilityAccording to the interim results of the latest SME survey conducted by World Wide Worx in January 2012, there is a strong link between being online and being competitive, profitable and sustainable. 79% of SMEs with a website reported profitability, whereas only 59% of SMEs without a website reported the same.“The more small businesses are online, the more customers they will be able to reach,” said Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the launch. “We often hear entrepreneurs or business owners describing the challenges of building an online presence.“With Woza Online removing those obstacles, SMEs are empowered to take that first bold step towards getting online.”Website as important as telephoneThe HRDC is a platform where social partners can jointly seek solutions to identified blockages and the provision of websites to entrepreneurs will provide them with a head start by making it quick and easy for them to have an online presence.“Today having a website is as important as having a telephone, yet over a third of SMEs are not online, and businesses with a website are four times more profitable than those without one,” said Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. “Many businesses think that having a website is expensive or complicated.“The HRDC has partnered with Google to provide entrepreneurs with free websites.”Vodacom MD Sipho Maseko added that being connected was essential to business growth, and possibly the most cost-effective means of marketing for most SMEs. “This is a step towards economic freedom and growth for many who previously were denied due to cost, technology know-how and access,” he said.Joining the digital revolutionWorld Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said Woza Online presented a “fantastic opportunity” for SMEs across the country to join in the digital revolution, at no expense.He said that research showed that company websites, as well as the use of cloud computing, were closely correlated with being highly competitive and strongly visible. It also showed that many SMEs only survived though conditions thanks to their online presence.“We believe that the power of the internet will help small businesses in South Africa to grow, and will help entrepreneurs thrive, by bringing more local information online and making it accessible, said Google South Africa country manager Luke Mckend.“The Woza Online process is simple and business owners can be online in less than an hour – whether you sell transport services, cakes, crafts or electronics, locally or internationally.”Google has launched similar initiatives in 23 other countries around the world, from the UK, Canada, and Australia to Brazil, Indonesia, France, and Poland, bringing 400 000 businesses online over two years.In Africa, the programme was launched in Kenya and Nigeria last year, with these countries seeing over 20 000 businesses going online within the first two months.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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