MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.
4 TELIZYN, Joshua (T2T 15 M) British Columbia 2,468 8A Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 1 2: 44.343 16A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 2 0: 20.251 24A Champ 1500 (100) mFinale 4 2: 41.037 543 pts 32A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 3 0: 31.678 666 pts 44B Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 1 0: 38.943 52B Champ 400 (100) m Semi 1 0: 38.020 60A Champ 400 (100) m Finale 2 0: 39.460 816 pts 68A Champ 3000 Points (100) m Finale 5 0: 00.005 443 pts 5 “Coming into the relay, Team Saskatchewan had won four years running so there was a lot of pressure to beat them. Right off the start, one of the skaters on Team BC fell putting us a lap behind and by the time we finally caught up a few laps later, a skater off Team Sask fell and took out another Team BC skater. In the end, it turned out to be a full-on three-lap sprint between myself since I was the anchor of Team BC and the anchor of Team Sask. I won the sprint so Team BC won the race but it was a very tight victory.”At the championships, Brooke Braun finished 3rd overall in the T2T 14 Female Category with 2,964 points while Joshua Telizyn finished 4th overall in the T2T 15 Male category with 2,468 points. Sidney Bennie finished in 11th place in the T2T 12 Female Category with 758 points with notable second and third place finishes respectively in the 200m Pursuit and 2000m points Finale.Brooke Braun T2T 14 Female- 3rd Place. Photo by Michael MongSidney Bennie said, “I learnt a ton from the competition; not only from my competitors but also the Team BC coaches that I have never had the opportunity to work with before. Next year, I want to requalify and take what I learned and place higher overall.” Advertisement T2t 12 11 BENNIE, Sidney (T2T 12 F) British Columbia 758 2B Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 2 2: 55.655 10A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 10 0: 24.322 18A Champ 1500 (100) mFinale 6 2: 51.315 362 pts 26C Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 2 0: 24.133 160 pts 38D Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 4 0: 47.078 46C Champ 400 (100) m Semi 2 0: 46.295 54C Champ 400 (100) m Finale 4 P-Impeding 106 pts 62B Champ 2000 Points (100) m Finale 3 0: 00.003 130 pts 42D Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 1 0: 42.352 50B Champ 400 (100) m Semi 2 0: 41.811 58A Champ 400 (100) m Finale 3 0: 41.521 666 pts 66A Champ 3000 Points (100) m Finale 2 0: 00.002 816 pts Head Coach of the Elks Speed Skating Club, Richard Stickel was ecstatic with how the three athletes did.“They all skated super well and even though short track speed skating is not our full-time pursuit. All three were still strong in comparison to the skaters who only skate short track.”Stickel says the big goal for the upcoming season is to prepare the local skaters for the Canada Winter Game Trials that will be taking place this winter.The Elks speed skating season has officially wrapped up as the ice is being removed from the Pomeroy Sports Centre early next week. Skaters will hit the ice again in mid-August. FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Three local speed skaters hit the ice to compete on Team B.C. at the CanWest Short Track Championship in Abbotsford this past weekend.Local athletes Joshua Telizyn, Brooke Braun and Sidney Bennie all represented the local Peace Region and the Elks Speed Skating Club at the championship. The competition featured the best athletes across Western Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The three athletes were selected to don the Team B.C name and compete in the competition based on their performance at the BC Short Track Provincials in early March. Although it was the last competition of the season, the championship offered an excellent environment to compete against the best. “The biggest take away for me, was the opportunity to have fun with the competitors and set goals for the upcoming season,” said Braun. – Advertisement -She added that she plans on continuing to develop her endurance and stamina throughout the summer so she is strong and ready for the first competition of the season. Similarly, veteran athlete Josh Telizyn has competed at the CanWest Championship numerous times. He said the highlight of the competition was his relay. Advertisement T2t 14 3 BRAUN, Brooke (T2T 14 F) British Columbia 2,964 6B Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 1 3: 04.341 14A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 3 0: 22.661 22A Champ 1500 (100) m Finale 2 2: 57.697 816 pts 30A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 3 0: 22.227 666 pts Advertisement Full Results BelowAdvertisement
This year the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers will introduce 600 more students at ten different schools across Western Canada to its Energy in Action program.At two of those schools in the South Peace, Ecole Frank Ross in Dawson Creek and Parkland Elementary in Farmington, a total of 80 grade four and five students participated Thursday and Friday in the program.This was the 8th year of the unique program and it will be running this year from May 3rd to the 31st.- Advertisement -Once again it will be delivering the message of energy literacy and enivornmental stewardship, to the children of those who live and work in oil and gas industry communities, in the three western provinces.Since 2004, close to 2,000 volunteers from 59 different companies have participated in the program and they have reached close to 6,000 students in 75 schools in 55 different communities.
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Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney has joined League One strugglers Barnsley on loan.The 19-year-old moved to St. James’ Park in August, arriving from Northampton Town.Since then the youngster has impressed boss Steve McClaren nd made his first Premier League appearance against Chelsea in September.Now Toney will continue his development out loan and has joined Barnsley on a 28-day contract. 1 Ivan Toney
TRAGEDY UPDATE: The victim of the drowning tragedy off the coastline at Ardara has been named as father-of-two Conor Cunningham.Conor CunninghamConor, 24, who was originally from Clonmel, had been living with his family in Donegal for the past 20 years.Details of the freak accident are still emerging. However it is understood Conor was swimming with a female friend at the time of the tragedy at Maghera beach around 1pm.The pair were in shallow water but may have entered a deeper hole and Conor got into trouble.His companion managed to get him out of the water and tried to administer CPR.Medical personnel and the Killybegs Coastguard arrived on the scene a short time later. It is believed the emergency services had difficulty getting to the area and had to carry out some of the journey on foot.The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was dispatched to the scene and flew Conor to Letterkenny General Hospital.However he was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.Conor’s companion was also taken to Letterkenny General but her injuries are not understood to be serious apart from shock.Conor’s parents including two brothers traveled to the hospital to see him. DROWNING VICTIM CONOR WAS VICTIM OF FREAK SEASIDE ACCIDENT was last modified: July 21st, 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:24ArdaraConor CunninghamdrownedMaghera Beach
You don’t know how much you love doing it, until you can’t do it anymore. By Lucy Costello‘What in the name of God is wrong with you?’ My mother’s bemused words weren’t that surprising, seeing as I was doing my best grumpy octogenarian impression; between hobbling around on an injured leg, and doing a considerable amount of complaining due to the aforementioned limb, it’s a wonder I wasn’t stuffed into a rocking chair with a bingo book. Two 5k races into my running career, and I was down. A niggling muscle pain, which I had ignored, had turned into a painful strain, which had rooted itself firmly into my calf muscles, and was showing no signs of budging. In a way, it was my own fault. I shouldn’t have run; palming two Anadin tablets before my last 5k was no substitute for decent rest and relaxation. And I was paying for my stubbornness. My daily runs and trips to the gym had been replaced with ice-packs, chocolate bars, and a hefty dose of complaining. If moaning could have cured injures, I’d had been back into the Nike trainers in no time. I complained my way to heaven and back, made a great show of half-dragging myself into the pharmacist’s to buy a thermal muscle pack, and an even greater escapade hauling myself back onto the sofa with a bowlful of chocolate cereal and a face that would’ve curdled the milk that I’d just poured into it. ‘You never know how much you love doing it, until you can’t do it anymore,’ I ruminated aloud to my mother, probably while wearing a look of sage suffering on my face and rubbing my leg for dramatic effect.I hated myself for slacking off, but I had convinced myself that it was inevitable. Not only was my calf muscle on strike with no signs of relenting, it was also exam time. Between a painful leg, a bad mood, cramming the entirety of the French Revolution and the Tuisil Ginideach of Irish into my skull, and pure laziness, my motivation to keep fit was disappearing fast. Sure, my leg was sore, and it was better to avoid running on it. But did that mean I couldn’t go to the gym and lift weights or use the exercise bike? Yes, my lazy self whispered. You’re injured. You have to study… Is that a Wispa Bar? *** The horror of the Boston Marathon bombings was fully realised in the facial expression of the young man, slumped in a wheelchair, covered in blood, and with the lower portion of his legs blown to pieces. Staring gobsmacked at the internet site, I convinced myself that the photographs couldn’t be real. The young man’s legs were… gone. All that was left of his calves were two splintered shards of bone, dyed bloody red, protruding downwards from his knees. His arteries were dangling out like pieces of wet string, and had to be held closed by bystanders. I gazed at the image, unable to believe what I was seeing. Because of the actions of two bombers, whose motives at this time still remain unknown, that man’s normal life, at least in any normal sense of the word, is over. More than that, his normal, day-to-day life is over. That young man, Jeff Bauman, who had been waiting at the finish line for his girlfriend to finish the race, should have been celebrating her feat. He should not have been crippled for life by the actions of two selfish men. He should not have been half-conscious and slumped like a broken doll in the wheelchair, as he was transported towards urgent medical attention. Both his legs were amputated from the knee down. The world was in shock, and so was I. I turned off the computer, unable and unwilling to comprehend what I’d just seen. I felt sick to my stomach, not just because of the chaos in Boston and the images of pain and suffering, but also because of how childish I had been regarding my own minor injury. I had spent the whole week complaining about a minor quibble, something that a bit of gentle exercise and plenty of sleep would probably clear up. While I had been bemoaning the travesty of a tiny muscle strain, that young man had lost the entire lower half of his legs and would never walk unassisted again. You never know how much you love doing it, until you can’t do it anymore. I had had no right to use that phrase. I had had no right to complain, no right to bemoan my ‘injury.’ My muscle strain feels like nothing now, as it rightly should, because it is truly nothing compared to what those runners and spectators have been forced to go through. Sure, I might not be able to run the 10km race I was aiming for in May, and that’s disappointing. But those people who died and those people who have been maimed or injured by the actions of two bombers have lost so much more than I have, and that’s not a ‘disappointment’, that’s a tragedy. For several of the injured, running will be nothing more than a memory: a memory of pounding the pavement, of feeling the wind in your hair, the feeling of crossing the finish line. *** So, I have made a decision. Tomorrow, I’m going back to the gym. If I can’t run, then I’m going to cycle. If I can’t cycle, I’m going to walk. If I can’t walk, then by damned I’ll do something. I’m going to do something to get me back to physical fitness, something to take me one step closer to running again, something to loosen up that tight muscle. Because like the rest of the running world, I’ll be running my next race for those who no longer can. With thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. THOUGHTS OF BOSTON: ‘YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE DOING IT UNTIL YOU CAN’T ANYMORE’ was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:THOUGHTS OF BOSTON: ‘YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE DOING IT UNTIL YOU CAN’T ANYMORE’
Tags: dan sserunkumaHamis Diego KiizaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sc Diego, signing for Vipers on Sunday (Photo by Vipers Media)KITENDE – StarTimes Uganda Premier League defending champions, Vipers SC have completed the signing of Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza.Diego who is understood to be in his final months at Ethiopian side, Fasil Kenema, put pen to paper on a six months deal that will see him at Kitende until the close of the current season.The striker still has a running contract with Fasil and he will see out the rest of it so as to activate a permanent deal at Vipers.Diego becomes the club’s second signing in the January transfer window after Kenyan defender-Innocent Wafula who joined from Gor Mahia.With Vipers struggling to find the back of the net lately, scoring only once in their last 4 competitive matches, Diego who was 2010/11 UPL top scorer is expected to help cub the issue alongside another proven goal scorer-Dan Muzei Sserunkuma.The 29 year old striker, arrives at Kitende with an impressive goal scoring record and a vast amount of top flight league experience, his footballing career began at Nalubaale FC in 2007 before URA snatched him in 2009.The moments of brilliance at the tax collectors where he won the League in 2011, caught the eye of Tanzania’s Yanga who eventually signed him later that year.In 2015, Kiiza left Yanga to join bitter rivals Simba where he played for one year before moving to Free State Stars of South Africa.He re-joined URA in 2017 enroute to El Hilal Obeid of Sudan the same year.A series of issues disrupted his short lived stay at the Sudanese club hence he moved to Fasil Kenema FC where he has been at the time of recruitment by the three time league champions.Comments
Delighted Derby County boss Steve McClaren hailed Simon Dawkins after his team’s 5-2 victory at Fulham.Dawkins scored twice in the Rams’ Capital One Cup fourth-round win at Craven Cottage, where they stormed back from two down.He put them ahead with a thumping strike after cutting in from the left and later cheekily flicked the ball in at the near post.McClaren said: “I love him. As a player that’s what he can do. He was positive in the second half and he got his rewards.“He gives us good balance on that left-hand side as he’s got a good understanding wth Craig Forsyth, Craig Bryson and Chris Martin. When he’s fit he’s a hell of a player.”Fulham looked to be heading for the quarter-finals after Moussa Dembele’s first senior goals.But Martin pulled a goal back with a penalty in the final seconds of the first half and Derby were excellent after the break.McClaren, who said he thought Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons should be given the manager’s job, admitted: “The importance of the goal just before half-time can’t be overstated. It gave us a lifeline.”See also:Fulham out after Derby goal blitzFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
If you’re new to the road and traveling internationally anytime soon, here are some recommendations on how to master the art of packing light.Top image via ShutterstockIn our globalized and mobilized world, it’s easier than ever to shoot high-quality video in some of the world’s most remote places. But just as much as we have the world at our fingertips, we also have a mountain of gear that we assume we need to make our projects shine. Spare your back and your luggage fines by taking a more practical and thoughtful approach to shooting remote.Below you will find a comprehensive packing list for video pros, as well as a few tips to streamline your ultra-sleek and incognito camera package. The Packing ListTravel-Friendly Camera BodySony a7S ($2,998), Canon 5D Mark III ($2,599), or a Canon C300 ($11,999) or C100 ($2,499) are a few of my top recommendations for the most quality per square inch of camera.Prime Lens KitIf you prefer the look of primes like me, make space for a basic set of four. I always run with 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm kit. The Zeiss CP.2 ($3,990) is my first pick and Rokinons ($1,996) are my budget backup.Zoom LensesWhen there’s no time to be switching between lenses, I make sure to always have two zooms. The Canon EF 24-105 mm ($999) and Canon EF 70-200 mm (above, $1,999) are what usually make it into my bag.Spare Camera BatteriesDo not skimp here. You’ll need lots of juice if you’re away from power sources for long periods of time. And don’t forget plenty of spare chargers as well, so you can knock out your nightly recharge in one punch.Power StripsMake sure you have the correct outlet style and wattage. Here is a list of what is compatible by country.On-Camera Shotgun MicThe Rode VideoMic Pro (above, $199.95) or the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone ($598) if you’re shooting on the a7S. A perk to shooting on the Sony a7S with the Sony XLR Adapter is that you have an extra XLR input for your lavs or your shotgun. Same perk applies to the c100 or c300, which have XLR inputs built into the camera.LavaliersI have worked most frequently with Seinheisser Lavs ($679). I usually travel with a minimum of three sets of transmitters and receivers to cover my interview subjects and the translator.Shotgun Mic and Boom PoleI work most frequently with a Sennheiser MKE 600 (329.95) and a boom pole. Don’t forget your XLR cable as well!Video TripodThe Sachtler Ace ($621) is a travel-friendly size. I also recommend all your baseplates between all your support be seamless. Keep this in mind when picking out your gear. This makes it easier to move quickly between each support system.Small SliderThe Duzi Slider (above, $439) might not give a ton of range, but it’s super lightweight and compact and will at least give you a little extra clean movement in your shots without weighing you down. If you’re on a larger budget, check out the latest lightweight slider that’s changing the game: Rhino Slider ($500).Simple Handheld RigSay goodbye to your shoulder rig with the ten-pound counterweight. Strip it down to something with a plastic cage, rods and a follow focus. I throw a baseplate on the bottom of my rig and it lives on my camera and I just snap the whole rig into a monopod, sticks, or a slider when shooting documentary style.GlidecamIf you absolutely need something a bit more stable for tracking shots, throw a Glidecam ($469) into your checked bag.MonopodsThese Manfrotto Monopods ($279.88) are my best friend when shooting international documentaries.Small ReflectorRaya makes a great 5-in-1 Reflector ($23.95) for a fair price. And it comes with its own carrying bag!FiltrationA good Variable ND like the one Tiffen ($129.95) makes will save you time and space. Toss in a Polarizer ($93.90) and some step-up rings to sync all your lens diameters to the same size (for ease and speed when moving your filters between lenses) and you’re golden.Panel LightsPair a panel light ($159.95) with a GorillaPod, some gaff tape, and your reflector and you can give a pop to any scene.Carry-On BagLowePro Roller x200 ($284.19) is my favorite roller board camera bag. If the airlines hassles you about overhead space, you pop the main compartment of the bag out into a backpack and check the shell. This has saved me from having to send expensive gear rattling down into the bottom of the plane many times.Large Checked BagI recommend a bag by someone like Tenba ($599.95) versus the popular Pelican Case. It’s more discreet and calls less attention to itself, while still providing great protection.Shooting BagI toss a Think Tank Sling ($99.75) into my Tenba to carry my lenses, filters, cards, and spare batteries once on the ground shooting.AccessoriesLet us not forget our roll of gaff tape, spare batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, etc), clamps, GorillaPods, a small tool kit with your necessary flat head and allen wrenches, etc. Most of these items do better in your checked bag.LaptopMake sure all necessary updates are complete and all needed software is downloaded, incase Wi-Fi is spotty where you’re shooting.3x Portable HardrivesLacie Rugged Hardrives ($139) are compact and their name says it all. I always backup my footage between three drives every night and spread the drives between people and bags when traveling.This is a package that has worked great for me across several continents. I was able to capture competitive documentary footage in India, Cambodia, and all across Africa with this exact kit.Note: The opinions expressed in this guide are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of PremiumBeat.Got any secrets for traveling light? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.