Contrasting results for Simmons, Sammy

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Lendl Simmons turned around his indifferent form with a half-century to help power Brisbane Heat to victory, but Darren Sammy’s late cameo was not enough to get Hobart Hurricanes over the line in the Big Bash League here yesterday.At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Heat rattled up 162 for eight off their 20 overs and then restricted Sydney Sixers to 156 for eight to come away with a narrow six-run win.The right-handed Simmons was at the heart of Heat’s enterprise, carving out 54 from 30 deliveries, with nine fours and a six, to help pull his side around from 34 for two in the fifth over.With three noughts in his last four outings, Simmons put his head down to post 73 for the third wicket with Joe Burns, who top-scored with 60 off 50 balls with three fours and three sixes.Simmons was eventually out in the 13th over with the score on 107 for three, picking out Doug Bollinger at long off with off-spinner Johan Botha.In reply, Sixers failed to reach their target, despite a knock of 47 from opener Michael Lumb and 42 from wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.TENSE AFFAIRIn Hobart, Sammy very nearly snatched a dramatic win for Hurricanes before Perth Scorchers held their nerve in a tense affair at the Bellerive Oval.Chasing 174 to win, Hurricanes ended on 172 for six off their 20 overs, with Sammy belting 28 not out off a mere 12 deliveries.They were seemingly out of it at 132 for five in the 18th over until Sammy arrived to lash two fours and two sixes in a 36-run stand off 15 balls for the sixth wicket with Jonathan Wells, who made 20 from 10 balls.Requiring 16 from the final over bowled by pacer AndrÈ Tye, Sammy gathered four runs from the first two balls, before smashing the third ball over cover from six.Needing a six off the final delivery, Sammy struck Tye straight for four as Hurricanes missed out. Captain and opener Tim Paine top-scored with 57 off 47 balls.Scorchers had earlier reached 173 for five off their 20 overs, with English left-hander Michael Carberry getting 62 from 35 deliveries.last_img read more

Citizenship, Land Ownership for All Races, Says Weah

first_imgPresident Weah believes the constitutional restrictions on citizenship and land ownership in Liberia are racist and ancient. (Photo by: Nick N. Seebeh)By Robin Dopoe, Jr and Gloria T. TambaPresident George Weah has said his administration will propose changes to the Constitution to offer citizenship to people of non-Negro descent who have been denied such privilege since the founding of the country.President Weah in his state of the Nation Address yesterday at the Capitol building said since the founding of the country in 1847, there have been restrictions on citizenship and property ownership that – in his view – have become serious impediments to the development and progress of the country.“These restrictions include the limitation of citizenship only to black people, the limitation of property ownership exclusively to citizens, and the non-allowance of dual citizenship.“The framers of the 1847 Constitution may have had every reason and justification to include these restrictions in that historic document. They, as freed slaves, were fleeing from the oppressive yoke of slavery imposed upon them by white slave owners. They therefore wanted Liberia to be a safe refuge and a haven for freed men of color, and so they restricted citizenship only to black people.President Weah expressed his willingness to grant non-Negros citizenship through a referendum that will be submitted as an additional proposal to the seven accepted among the propositions that were submitted to the Constitution Review Committee last year.According to the President, the restriction of land ownership exclusively to citizens in Article 22 (a) of the constitution impedes progress and stunt growth and development.Article 27 (c) of the constitution said: “In order to preserve, foster and maintain the positive Liberian culture, values and character, only persons who are Negroes or of Negro descent shall qualify by birth or by naturalization to be citizens of Liberia.”The President said this nationality law is a contradiction to the definition of Liberia, which is derived from the Latin word “liber,” meaning “liberty.”Meanwhile, another issue of concern to President Weah is the restriction placed in the constitution forbidding dual citizenship which, he said, should not be so in the 21st century.On dual citizenship, President Weah said: “I believe that most Liberians who are also citizens of another country probably acquired the additional nationality as a means to escape from the terrible atrocities which characterized our civil conflict, and for economic survival in their new countries of residence.“If, as a condition precedent for other countries to grant citizenship to these persons, they had to dis-avow their loyalty to Liberia and pledge allegiance to the laws of another country, then it could have been out of necessity, rather than a matter of the heart.He added that natural born Liberians who have obtained citizenship elsewhere, were Liberians first, and he believes that they should be welcomed back home with open arms.“Whether or not they are required to renounce their adopted nationalities should be a matter of their consciences and the laws which govern their naturalization in their respective domiciles. They should be free to make those choices and decisions,” President Weah noted.President Weah however did not comment on public concerns about his dual nationalities which according to sources includes French and U.S. citizenship. Legal analysts however hold the view that President Weah’s previous acquisition of French citizenship and then U.S. citizenship in 2013 automatically annulled his rights to Liberian citizenship.Legally speaking, according to analysts, President Weah’s tenure is illegitimate because he swore allegiance to the United States of America and has not since renounced his U.S. citizenship even though he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of Liberia. Analysts recall for instance the case of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori who fled to Japan after being accused of involvement in corruption and human rights abuse.While this situation may not necessarily obtain in the case of President Weah, according to a former legislator (name withheld), it only highlights the problems associated with dual citizenship particularly with regards to individuals desiring to contest political office. It must however be observed that this is not the first time that such an idea has been bandied about. It was more recently rejected in the 2005 national referendum. Moreover, the idea was discussed quite extensively but failed to make it to the 2011 national referendum.Under Liberia’s alien and nationality laws, any person who is a citizen by birth or by naturalization shall lose his citizenship by  (a) Obtaining naturalization in a foreign state upon his own application (b) Taking an oath or making an affirmation or other formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or a political subdivision thereof: (c) Exercising a free choice to enter or serve in the armed forces of a foreign state, unless, prior to such entry or service, such entry or service is specifically authorized by the President (d) Voting in a political election in a foreign state or voting in an election or plebiscite to determine the sovereignty of a foreign state over foreign territory; or (e) Making a formal renunciation of Liberian nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of Liberia in a foreign state in such form may be prescribed by the Secretary of State.Additionally, legal analysts maintain that President Weah’s wife, Clar Duncan Weah may have also been in violation of the law when she voted in the 2017 elections as there is no record anywhere showing that she applied for and was granted Liberian citizenship which would have conferred upon her the right to vote in Liberian elections.Under Subchapter B Section 21.30 of Liberia’s Alien and Nationality laws “A woman of negro descent who marries a citizen of the Republic shall not become by virtue of such act of marriage a citizen of Liberia. Such woman may be naturalized if she is qualified in conformity with all of the provisions of section 21.1 of this title and complies with all the procedural requirements for naturalization set forth in this chapter.As President Weah has stressed that the Constitution will be his principal guide for leadership and governance throughout his tenure as President, it remains to be seen how he is going to address issues about the constitutionality of his tenure or the legitimacy or relevance  of the country’s  Alien and Nationality laws.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lakers embarrassed at home by the Mavs

first_img• Photo Gallery: 03/11: Lakers vs. Mavericks LOS ANGELES – Wasn’t it only last season that Kobe Bryant was scoring 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks, outscoring the eventual Western Conference champions all by himself in a game the Lakers won by 22 points? The contrast couldn’t have been any greater Sunday night as the Lakers suffered their worst home loss since moving to L.A. from Minneapolis in 1960. All Bryant could do was watch the final minutes tick away in a 108-72 loss to the Mavericks at Staples Center. Bryant sat at the end of the bench, talking with injured forward Lamar Odom, and there was more than a glimmer of hope in that meeting. Odom was cleared to practice today with his torn labrum and guaranteed that he will play Thursday at Denver. But Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not about to claim that Odom’s return – as well as Luke Walton’s – would be enough to stabilize the Lakers, who are riding their second six-game losing streak in barely a month. “The way they’re playing now, it doesn’t matter who comes back,” Jackson said. “Jesus Christ could come back and we still wouldn’t have a chance because we’ve ruined the mix by not playing together, not doing the right thing.” The 36-point loss matched the sixth-worst defeat in franchise history. The Lakers’ worst loss ever came in a 129-83 blowout at Portland in January 1995. They also were saved from matching the lowest-scoring game in their history when Jordan Farmar’s jumper went in with 6.9 seconds left. The Lakers scored just 70 points in a 19-point loss at Cleveland in November 2002. center_img “We were embarrassed today,” Jackson said. “That was an embarrassing loss for us. There’s no excuse for the way we played. I don’t care if it’s the first day of Daylight Savings Time. It’s still not a good enough excuse.” It was the predictable result from a game that matched the NBA’s unstoppable force – the Mavericks won their 17th consecutive game, improving to 52-9 – and the sinking ship that is the Lakers, who lost for the 12th time in 15 games. Bryant made just 4 of 16 shots in the first half and finished the game with 25 points. Kwame Brown was the only other Laker to finish in double figures with 10 points. “I told Kobe at halftime that I thought he was trying to take it all on himself,” Jackson said, “and in the process he didn’t give the other guys a chance to get started and get things going. He felt the urgency in that regard.” After he referenced the “unbelievable energy” that brings together teams like the Mavericks, Jackson could only watch as guard Smush Parker was ejected in the second quarter after his second technical foul. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Qatar, FIFA urged to protect 800,000 workers from desert heat

first_img“The Qatari authorities’ failure to put in place the most basic protection from the heat, their decision to ignore recommendations that they investigate worker deaths, and their refusal to release data on these deaths, constitutes a wilful abdication of responsibility,” said report author Nicholas McGeehan.He also called on football’s world governing body, FIFA, national associations and World Cup sponsors to demand further protection from heat and humidity for Qatar’s workers.McGeehan added: “They should also be demanding answers to two simple questions — how many workers have died since 2012 and how they have died?”Qatar has introduced laws to stop people working outside between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm annually from June 15 to August 31, when temperatures can reach around 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).But HRW says these measures do not go far enough.“Limiting work temperatures to safe temperatures — not set by a clock or calendar — is well within the capacity of the Qatari government and will help protect hundreds of thousands of workers,” said Sarah Leah Whitson.Temperatures in Qatar are currently in the high 30s Celsius and humidity levels are above 50 percent.The HRW says medical research suggests heat stress is a genuine risk to those working outside, and it has called for greater flexibility by Qatari authorities.In rare praise for Qatar’s World Cup organisers, it said the government should follow the example of compulsory work-to-rest ratios introduced for the 12,000 helping build venues for 2022.“If Qatar’s World Cup organisers can mandate a climate-based work ban, then the Qatar government can follow its lead,” added Whitson.However it called for much greater transparency by Doha on the vexed issue of worker deaths.It said figures were last made available in 2012.Out of the 520 deaths then for workers from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, 385, or 74 percent, were “neither explained nor investigated”.The HRW said there had been 10 deaths reported by World Cup organisers between October 2015 and July 2017, eight classified as “non-work related”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 67th FIFA Congress in the Bahraini capital Manama, on May 11, 2017DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 27 – World Cup 2022 host Qatar must urgently introduce laws to protect the lives of up to 800,000 migrant construction labourers working in scorching temperatures, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.The New York-based organisation also called on the Gulf state to investigate workers’ deaths and make those findings public.last_img read more


first_imgJason Quigley will fight live on Fox Sports 1 next month.Jason Quigley will fight LIVE on American TV for his next bout which will take place at the end of April. Quigley delivered another sensational KO on Friday night as he continued his phenomenal start to professional boxing.Quigley’s blistering start has caught the eye in America and he has endeared himself to fight fans stateside because of his aggressive style. His reward for his impressive start to life in America is to fight LIVE on major American Sports Channel Fox Sports 1 on April 30th.Quigley will be the opening fight of the night on Fox Sports and his supporters will be delighted he fighting on mainstream TV in the US.Quigley’s other bouts have been streamed and sometimes it can be problematic to source the fights.Quigley announced the good news to his followers on Facebook. Quigley wrote, “Buzzing to announce my next fight date!!!“I head back to Fantasy Springs Resort April 30th as the FOX SPORTS 1 TV OPENER!!!“Which is great news as my Irish fans back home will be able to tune in and see me do my thing live!!“For all my American fans and for my crazy Irish fans that want to travel over to see the fight, keep an eye out for your tickets on and for hotel rooms & tickets!!‪#‎TeamQuigley‬ ‪#‎Goldenboy‬ ‪#‎SheersportsMGMT‬ ‪#‎April30‬ ‪#‎Everlast‬ ‪#‎FantasySprings‬ @everlast @goldenboyboxing @supremeboxing Quigley’s opponent for the fight has not yet been named for the fight.JASON QUIGLEY TO FIGHT LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 IN HIS NEXT BOUT IN APRIL was last modified: March 22nd, 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:boxingFox Sports 1Jason QuigleyLivenewsSportlast_img read more

Uproar as yet ANOTHER Letterkenny memorial is destroyed

first_imgAn iconic war memorial in the heart of Letterkenny has been vandalised by criminals in yet another attack on public monuments.The World War 1 Memorial in the St. Eunan’s Cathedral car park is the latest feature to be destroyed by vandals this week.The structure was erected in 2014 by the Letterkenny Heritage Committee to commemorate the many lives of locals which were lost in battle. Now, the memorial stone has been smashed to pieces in another shocking act of vandalism. This is the third act of vandalism in the town in recent weeks. Letterkenny Mayor Jimmy Kavanagh has strongly condemned the act and said it is “time these idiots were arrested.”“No words for the clowns who do these things,” Cllr Kavanagh said.The Gardai have been notified of the damage and it is hoped the culprits will be stopped before they ruin any more iconic structures in the town.Letterkenny Heritage Committee member Johnny McCollum with the vandalised WW1 memorial in Letterkenny’s Cathedral car parkCllr Kavanagh said this memorial has a strong link to the history of Letterkenny: “Over 90 people from Letterkenny were killed in World War 1 from right across the community. The memorial was erected by the community heritage group and over 500 people from every section of the community attended the event,” he told Donegal Daily. Cllr Jimmy KavanaghThis wrecking is now part of a series of attacks on public memorials this summer. A statue in the Market Square was toppled last week which depicts local children at a hiring fair day in Letterkenny. The figures are one of the town’s most notable and recognisable structures.A bench in memory of the late historian and environmentalist May McClintock was also vandalised on Sentry Hill this summer. This seat was installed by the Letterkenny Community Heritage Group to celebrate the much-respected woman who contributed so much to the area.Uproar as yet ANOTHER Letterkenny memorial is destroyed was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghletterkennyvandalismlast_img read more

Draymond Green on Spurs-Wolves back-to-back: ‘We get it every year’

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MINNEAPOLIS – Draymond Green shook his head in frustration. For once, his befuddled look had nothing to do with an officials’ call. It had everything to do with his upcoming itinerary.The Warriors just concluded a 111-105 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. Then, the Warriors would take a flight here where they landed at 2:30 am CT. The Warriors (47-22) …last_img

Plan Ahead For Insulation

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members For decades, designers and builders of wood-framed homes didn’t spend much time thinking about insulation. The usual approach — still followed in much of the U.S. — was to fill the stud bays with fiberglass batts, and, once the ceiling drywall was installed, to unroll some fiberglass insulation in the attic.Because of this decades-long legacy, it’s not unusual for a designer, builder, or homeowner to post the following question on Green Building Advisor: “We just finished framing, installing windows, and roofing. Now we have a few questions about the best way to insulate.”My usual reaction is, “Really? You’re asking now?” These decisions need to be made early In many cases, these insulation questions are posted a few weeks too late. Why?Why would builders leave these decisions to the last minute? Well, some builders think, “We’ll either fill the stud bays with fiberglass batts — or, if the homeowner wants to pay for an upgrade, we’ll just use spray foam.” The trouble with that approach is that a wall with insulation between the studs has a lot of thermal bridging through the framing. If you care about this thermal bridging, you really need to include exterior rigid foam insulation or exterior mineral wool insulation — or frame a double-stud wall.So this important decision — about how to address thermal bridging — has to be made at the design stage, before the walls are framed. You have to plan ahead for roof insulation, too In most climates, cathedral ceilings are also best insulated with exterior rigid foam. But the decision to install rigid foam has to be made before the roofing is installed.True, it’s possible to thoroughly insulate a cathedral… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Congress takes up farmers’ cause in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Opposition Congress workers on Wednesday staged demonstrations and held protests at all district headquarters in Rajasthan in support of farmers’ demands for loan waivers and minimum support prices for crops. Party leaders addressed farmers at meetings and handed over memorandums to District Collectors.Protest govt. policiesA huge rally of farmers of the Shekhawati region was organised at Krishi Upaj Mandi in Sikar, where the Congress showed its strength and registered a strong protest against the BJP government’s policies.Addressing the rally, Congress leader Sachin Pilot demanded to know why farmers’ loans were not being waived in Rajasthan after a similar decision was taken by the BJP governments in U.P. and Maharashtra.last_img

Ben Stokes’ power-packed IPL hundred wows David Warner and Kevin Pietersen

first_imgThe twitter world erupted in plaudits for Ben Stokes as his maiden IPL hundred took Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions .Ben Stokes was the costliest buy at the auction , as Rising Pune Supergiant had to shell out a cool 14.5 crore for his services.The English all-rounder reached the milestone in just 61 balls, becoming the fourth centurion in this season of the Indian Premier League, Sanju Samson, Hashim Amla and David Warner being the others.  The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, David Warner congratulated the hard-hitting Englishman on his feat, as he tweeted, ” 11/3 and now he is 100no out well played @benstokes38 take a bow. It’s all about time in this game. Took it deep great win.”11/3 and now he is 100no out well played @benstokes38 take a bow. It’s all about time in this game. Took it deep ???? great win.- David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 1, 2017Another swashbuckling left hander, Yuvraj Singh, was in awe of the sheer power of Ben Stokes.Ben strokes ! A serious knock @benstokes38 too much talent this guy possesses! Beautiful to watch as a left hander ????- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 1, 2017His fellow Englishmen were not behind in congratulating Ben Stokes, as Kevin Pietersen, Eion Morgan and Ben Duckett showered him with praise.You absolutely STAR – @benstokes38 ????????????????????????????- KP (@KP24) May 1, 2017Stokesy you little beauty!! @IPL- Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) May 1, 2017What’s why he’s the most valuable man in the IPL… @benstokes38 ????????????- Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) May 1, 2017That’s as good as a t20 hundred can get! Coming in at 5 in the 2nd over under pressure. Incredible @benstokes38! #wortheverycent?? #freak- Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) May 1, 2017 We showed some great fight tonight but sometimes a player is just too good on his day. Well played @benstokes38, innings was unbelievable…advertisement- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) May 1, 2017Brilliant Strokeplay from @benstokes38. One of the BEST ?? you will ever see.The one man army of today’s chase for the @RPSupergiants #RPSvGL- Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) May 1, 2017Take a bow @benstokes38 what a batting display that was…- Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) May 1, 2017BIG BEN @benstokes38 ????what an inn that was.. congratulations super game @RPSupergiants vs @TheGujaratLions @IPL at its best now ??- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 1, 2017What a win @RPSupergiants ???????? absolutely marvellous innings by @benstokes38 ??????- Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) May 1, 2017last_img read more