Teacher, 45, Kills Girlfriend over Suspicious Phone Call

first_imgSamuel K. Dolo, held for allegedly killing his girlfriendCouple also lived in same house with woman’s ex…A classroom teacher identified as Samuel K. Dolo of the James Samuel Milton Elementary School in Zaybay town, Kpaii District in Bong County on Tuesday April 9, 2019 reportedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Naomi Baby-Girl Cooper on the Palala-Gbarnga Highway for allegedly answering a phone call.Dolo said he teaches Language Arts at the James Samuel Milton Elementary School and is employed with the Ministry of Education.Explaining to Police investigators in Gbarnga, Samuel K. Dolo, 45, said on Tuesday, around 5 a.m.,  he and Naomi Cooper were on traveling on his motorbike to Gbarnga from Palala, where the both of them reside. On the way, Naomi’s mobile phone rang and she answered the phone, saying: “ever since I told you about my trip, you didn’t give me good answer, that’s just now you are calling me. I am on my way.”Naomi Baby-Girl Cooper was a businesswoman who traded between Bong County and Monrovia to buy and sell red palm oil.The incident occurred near a village known as Weamue, about 22 miles from Gbarnga.Samuel Dolo said in that time, Naomi Cooper asked him to stop the motorbike and off-load the two tins of red palm oil, since the driver in question was on his way to her.“When I stopped the bike, and put down the two tins of red pal oil as requested by her, I asked her to handle me the phone and see who was the driver that called her, but she refused to hand me the phone. The both of us started to tussle over the phone and she attempted taking a stone to stone me and running away, so I reached my jacket pocket and took out the short single barrel gun and mistakenly fired her from her back” Dolo explained to police.Samuel Dolo told police investigators that he had on numerous occasions suspected his wife of being in relationship with one Emmanuel Kollie believed to be a commercial taxi driver who commutes between Palala and Monrovia, an allegation his late girlfriend has persistently denied.He said their relationship was blessed with a child but did not say which gender.Samuel Dolo, a 2005 graduate of Dolokelen Gboveh High School, said he and Naomi have been in the relationship since 2009 and have been living in separate homes but they meet at his house regularly.“To talk the God-fearing truth, my woman and I have lived together for those long years without any problem but from the beginning of 2019, I observed change in her attitude and behavior toward me and our relationship,” Dolo said.Investigation conducted by the Daily Observer established that Samuel Dolo and Naomi Cooper have been living in the home of Nyan Ballah, the former husband to Naomi Cooper, in Palala.The investigation revealed that Ballah lives in one room of his house, while Naomi and her boyfriend reside in another room. Ballah’s two children born by Naomi live in a third room.Nyan Ballah, who is the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) coordinator in Kpaii District, was described by many residents of Palala as God fearing. “Who is the man that will build his house and allow different man to live in it with his former woman?”Meanwhile, Police have charged Samuel K. Dolo with murder and illegal possession of fire arm in accordance with sections 14.1 and 17.11 of the New Panel Code of Liberia and he is expected to be sent to court on Thursday April 11, 2019 for prosecution.Police said Samuel Dolo was arrested by community members after shooting and killing his girlfriend with the short single barrel gun.Police said Samuel placed the lifeless body of his girlfriend in an empty rice bag and carried it deep in the swamp in an attempt to destroy evidence.It can be recalled in 2017; a trained traditional hunter, Moses Porkpah, of Cow Farm, Zota District, shot and killed his girlfriend Doris Nyan for making his portion of food too small. He was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life by the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in 2018.At the same time, many residents of Bong County who spoke to this paper are recommending to the Government of Liberia to reintroduce death penalty for people who kill, are investigated in a court of competent jurisdiction and found guilty.They said by doing this, it would reduce the wave of killings in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition to engage int’l community – Jagdeo

first_imgNo-confidence resolutionThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is expected to engage the international community following last month’s passage of the no-confidence vote and the Party’s expectations on the way forward.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who told reporters last week that in addition to a recent meeting he had with the diplomats from the ABC countries – United States of America (USA); United Kingdom (UK), and Canada as well as the European Union (EU) – the Party has also reached out to a number of international organisations.“We are setting up these meetings, but the letters … [were sent] to several ofOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothese organisations, almost all the international groups, outlining the situation in Guyana. We have gotten a couple of calls from the technical staff to the heads of these organisations, but I don’t want to reveal who they are, because they are doing research and they wanted to clarify a few things from us. So, clearly people know about it already and there is great interest in it internationally,” the Opposition Leader stated.Just over a week ago, Jagdeo met with the Western diplomats at his Church Street, Queenstown office and during the one-hour meeting, he indicated to the diplomats that if elections were not held within the timeframe stipulated by the Constitution, the Government would be considered an illegitimate and unconstitutional one.“We in the parliamentary Opposition will treat the Government if elections are not held by that date as illegitimate and that no act that they engage in internationally or locally would be recognised. This will have major implications for Guyana, for investors and for all concerned. I have also urged the diplomatic community to be involved in the process of free and fair elections,” Jagdeo had stated following theDiplomats leaving the Opposition Leader officemeeting.According to the Opposition Leader, one of the things the Party wants is observer teams from several international organisations and the customary countries to ensure the vote is free from fraud.“I expressed the desire of the People’s Progressive Party to see a massive observer group from all the agencies – Caricom (Caribbean Community); the European Union; OAS (Organisation of American States); UNASUR (Union of South American Nations); Carter Centre, Commonwealth, etc. Then, I also made it clear to them that we are very concerned about the shenanigans that seem to be brewing behind this Government’s statement that they are exploring legal and other options,” the former President added.Furthermore, Jagdeo had slammed the Government for breaking the trust and goodwill he had hoped would be built up ahead of his meeting with the President, which has been finally set for this Wednesday. In fact, he noted that instead of using the time to calm the country following the vote, Government is causing more tension by challenging the no-confidence resolution.After losing its bid to get the Speaker of the National Assembly to reverse his decision on the passage of the no-confidence resolution last week, an application was filed by a private citizen, Compton Reid, in the High Court on Friday to have the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government remain in office “until the hearing and determination” of the case. A move which the PPP has since condemned, calling it frivolous while adding that it was a deliberate ploy aimed at “unlawfully and unconstitutionally” keeping the current Administration in office.On December 21, 2018, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/C – against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period, as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”last_img read more

Copter lasers may find mines

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy, facing growing threats from improvised explosive devices, is about to deploy new technology that for the first time will allow it to use airborne lasers to search for mines in coastal and oceanic waters. Gary A. Humes, the Navy’s mine warfare program manager, told reporters this week ahead of the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition that the service will begin using in May two airborne laser mine detection systems, or ALMDS, produced by Northrop Grumman Corp. The Melbourne, Fla.-based division of Northrop won a $35.7 million contract in April 2006 for two of the mine-sweeping pods, which can be used day or night and in all weather conditions. They are being installed on MH-60S helicopters built by Lockheed Martin Corp. at Lockheed’s Oswego, N.Y., facilities. The pods are capable of surveying waters more than 40 feet in depth for potential mines, according to Northrop. The aim is to search and detect mines from the air without ever having to make contact with the water – eliminating potential fatalities for Navy divers. Northrop is developing a separate system to destroy mines from the air under a three-year $36.9 million contract awarded in August 2002. The Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System, or RAMICS, will use a 30mm gun, also to be equipped on the MH-60S helicopters, to detonate the mines. ALMDS is an integral part of the mine warfare mission package designed for the Navy’s four new littoral combat ships being built by Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp. and Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed. The ships are designed to carry as many as two MH-60S helicopters on each. However, due to cost overruns on Lockheed’s first ship, there have been significant delays on the programs. The Navy is in negotiations with Lockheed to restructure its contract on both of its ships. Northrop and Navy officials said delays on LCS will not affect delivery of ALMDS. “The system is on budget and on schedule,” said Humes. The Navy has plans to eventually seek funding for 45 pods by 2018. 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

Braves’ comeback falls short

first_img The Braves fell behind 20-7 in the first half but came back to tie it at 35 with 1:08 left in the game on a 3-yard run by running back Aaron Harris. Victor Carillo kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give the Braves their first lead of the night. It was short-lived as Pomona took just three plays to score. A 7-yard run by running back Rodney Alford ended the game. Pomona got a break on its first score. Alford fumbled the ball on the Braves 3-yard line but quarterback Kelly Johnson scooped up the loose ball and dove into the endzone for the score. The Braves tied the score on a quarterback sneak by Angel Acevedo, capping a 53-yard drive. The Red Devils looked like they had taken control of the game when they scored on 92- and 80-yard drives. Baldwin Park stayed in the game on a 59-yard pass from Acevedo to Jose Carcamo with 5:25 left in the half. The Braves defense stiffened in the second half, giving up one touchdown on an 89-yard punt return by Johnson. “We have to learn to put people away,” Hudson said. “We’ll be a much better program if we learn to put people away in the second half.” Baldwin Park went back to basics by giving the ball to Harris. Rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, he brought them back. The Red Devils defense stiffened when it had to, holding Harris to four yards on three carries in the overtime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our line played awesome,” Red Devils coach Leonard Hudson said. “He (Alford) scored behind Cameron (Flippin) and one of the young guys, Danny Morales.” The Braves came into the game on the shoulders of Harris, who led the Braves with 15 touchdowns in the last three games. He finished the game with 165 yards on 35 carries and two touchdown after only gaining 18 yards on nine carries in the first half. “Their defense threw us,” Heggins said. “But, no excuses, they’re a good football team and they beat us tonight.” The teams seemed to reverse roles as the Red Devils rushed for 279 yards to the Braves’ 31 in the first half. Baldwin Park couldn’t find an answer to Alford. He carried the ball 15 times for 260 yards and one touchdown to lead the Red Devils to a 28-14 lead at the half. He finished the game with 277 yards rushing and also caught four passes for 51 yards. center_img POMONA — Baldwin Park High School’s football team dug a huge hole for itself in the first half, then fell just short in a 41-38 overtime loss to Pomona High in the Valle Vista League opener for both teams at the Pomona District Field. “Both sides played their hearts out,” Braves coach James Heggins said. “But we have to go back and fix our mistakes and try and get better.” last_img read more


first_imgCiaran Bonner will be a pivotal player for Glenswilly this weekend, as they host St Michaels knowing nothing other than a victory will do if they’re to advance to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.Glenswilly host St Michaels on Saturday evening at Foxhall, knowing nothing less than a victory will be good enough if they’re to advance to the last eight of the Donegal SFC. St Michaels have won two from two, but they’re not guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages yet either.However, if they were to be defeated by Glenswilly, Kilcar would need to beat Bundoran by over twenty points for Tony Wilkinson’s side to be eliminated. St Michaels recorded excellent victories over Bundoran and Kilcar to sit top of the table after two games on four points.Glenswilly stumbled to defeat in their opening Donegal SFC group game with Kilcar, but hammered Bundoran last week to swing back into contention.A victory over St Michaels on Saturday evening would more than likely see Gary McDaid’s side advance along with St Michaels.However, St Michaels are in fantastic form and their sensational win over Kilcar last weekend in Towney has now made them favourites for the Donegal SFC. It was the manner of their performance which was particularly impressive, they were completely dominant throughout and Kilcar had no response to it.Glenswilly will be fighting for their lives this weekend and will be cheered on by a passionate home support, but with St Michaels not guaranteed of a place in the last eight just yet, they’ll be going all out for victory.If Tony Wilkinson’s side can repeat their performance of last weekend they’ll be hard to stop.The game is on this Saturday evening in Foxhall and throw-in is at 5pm.VERDICT – ST MICHAEL’S DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: GLENSWILLY NEED A VICTORY OVER ST MICHAEL’S TO REMAIN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCGAAglenswillykilcarnewsSportlast_img read more

Tragic road victim was quantity surveyor on holiday with family

first_imgThe young man who lost his life after being struck by a car outside Dunfanaghy yesterday has been named as Sean Heraghty from Scotland.The young man, who worked as a quantity surveyor in Glasgow, died after being hit by a car at Sandhill on the outskirts of the village around 4.15am.The popular young man’s family were originally from Falcarragh and they had a holiday home in Dunfanaghy. The victim had come over to Donegal to celebrate the festive season and was along with his mum Margaret and other members of the family.Mr Heraghty was struck as he walked home to his family’s holiday home.Gardai have a launched a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision.Prayers were said at local mass yesterday morning and it is understood Sean will be waked for at least one night in Donegal. There has been a huge outpouring of grief locally following the accident which resulted in Sean’s tragic death.Local county councillor Seamus O Domhnaill said the young man’s death was even more poignant considering it was Christmas and that such a tragedy would visit his family and the local community.He asked people to keep Sean and his family in their prayers.Tragic road victim was quantity surveyor on holiday with family was last modified: December 29th, 2017 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:deathdonegalSean Heraghtylast_img read more

VCs Voice Opinions as Carried Interest Debate Nears Conclusion

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The United States Congress, which has been debating the issue of carried interest and capital gains tax for quite some time now, may be inching towards a solution as a vote is expected on the issue some time this week. As we’ve discusses as recently as last week, Congress, in an attempt to raise money, is considering hiking taxes on capital gains – the income a VC might make on a long-term investment with a startup. This week, as Congress nears a resolution, VCs have begun raising their voices against these tax increases.As the National Venture Capital Association pointed out Wednesday, the venture capital community is largely united against capital gains tax hikes. Tuesday, Foundry Group’s Jason Mendelson reiterated the negative impacts of the proposed legislation and provided a first-person point-of-view on the issue. He blames the current political climate – one where cooperation is at its lowest – for creating a “boy who cried wolf” scenario for topics of true importance which could have measurable effects on an industry. “There is no doubt in my mind that this massive alteration in how we tax the work of a group of people who nurture and fund innovation in the US will radically change the long term trajectory of the our country’s innovation economy.”– Seth LevineWhen a new tax is proposed, he says, some group always stands up and claims it will destroy this or that. Mendelson argues that venture capital and innovation are truly in danger from this legislation, but they are having a hard time being taken seriously. What he says is most direly at stake in this legislation is what the government has been striving for since the economic meltdown – job creation.“One thing that is apparent is that VCs partner with great entrepreneurs to create jobs,” writes Mendelson. “In fact, we risk our personal wealth and reputations to invest money in highly risky startups that take 5 to 10 years to mature in these efforts. Most of our investments do not work out as we plan. The ones that do, create sustainable, long-lasting jobs that benefit the job market today and for future generations.”It is because of these “highly risky” investments that he and other VCs believe the current incentives are necessary to sustain innovation and job creation. If VCs are held accountable for higher tax rates on their investment returns, they will be much more selective of their investments, and total dollars invested will likely take a significant dive. Seth Levine, who like Mendelson is a partner at Foundry Group, agrees that a capital gains tax increase would hinder innovation. His justification for this argument stems from the fact that other tax incentives have directly influenced taxpayer behavior. Give people tax breaks on buying a house, and more people buy houses, he says. Taking away these incentives for VCs will have a direct negative impact on their behavior, says Levine.“There is no doubt in my mind that this massive alteration in how we tax the work of a group of people who nurture and fund innovation in the US will radically change the long term trajectory of the our country’s innovation economy,” he says.But not all VCs are against the legislation. Chris Dixon, co-founder of Hunch and a prominent angel investor, tweeted recently that he hopes the tax increase passes. As he sees it, it’s simply a “matter of basic fairness.” Dixon and other angels recently wiped the sweat from their brows when legislation that would have placed strict regulations on angels was either struck down or changed in their favor. Now he believes it is only fair that VCs pay the same income tax as everyday citizens.Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, like Dixon, also agrees that VCs should pay capital gains taxes as if they are normal income as expressed in a blog from 2007.“If congress is successful in taxing carried interest as ordinary income, it will massively increase the amount of taxes I pay. So be it,” wrote Wilson. “Someone has to pay the taxes to keep our troops equipped, our borders secured, our schools modernized, and our children healthy. It might as well be me and my wife.”Regardless of your opinion on the capital gains issue, these VC perspectives are certainly worth exploring. A decision is expected on the issue sometime this week, and early predictions do not look good for VCs. Increased taxes could directly affect a startup’s ability to secure funding, so keep an eye out for news about the legislation later this week.Photo by Flickr users Alan Cleaver and Kevin Dooley. Tags:#Analysis#start last_img read more

Army kills 5 militants on LoC

first_imgFive militants were killed in an Army operation in the Macchil sector of Kupwara on the Line of Control on Monday, while a Lashkar-e-Taiba member was shot dead in an encounter that began in Pulwama on Sunday night. Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the Macchil operation was still on. “Five weapons have been recovered,” he said.In the other incident, security forces encircled Akram Dar Mohalla, Samboora, in Pulwama, as three top Lashkar militants, including two foreigners, were tipped to be hiding in the area.2 militants escaped“The hiding militants opened fire on the joint search party, triggering an encounter. One Pakistani militant of the Abu Ismail group of the LeT outfit, identified as Umar, was neutralised,” said a police spokesman. He said two militants escaped from the encounter site as the operation continued till 3 a.m. on Monday. “One militant is injured and an AK-47 rifle was seized from the encounter site,” said the spokesman.The Abu Ismail group is believed to be behind the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. In a separate incident, the police foiled an attempt by three unknown persons to snatch a weapon from a bank guard in the Chrar-i-Sharief area, Budgam, on Monday afternoon. “The three who escaped from the spot were caught on CCTV footage. Anyone who helps in their identification will be suitably rewarded,” said the police.Meanwhile, teachers of a Pahalgam school in Anantnag accused the Army of “manhandling” them and lodged a complaint with the police. Ajaz Ahmad, a school teacher, said soldiers apparently made their entry into the school premises at Yanner after spotting pro-Burhan Wani graffiti on the wall.“We explained that locals had painted it. They misbehaved and manhandled even headmaster Ghulam Nabi Mir,” alleged the teacher. The soldiers also directed the children to sing the national anthem and ‘Vande Mataram.’The Army said it is “verifying the details.”last_img read more

ScienceShot: Flipper’s Dark Side

first_imgWith their built-in smiles and sociable ways, common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) strike most of us as cheery, good-natured beings. But dolphins, particularly males, have a darker side. They battle each other to capture female dolphins, clobber unwilling female partners, and beat up (and sometimes kill) harbor porpoises. They also practice infanticide, killing newborn calves of females they have not mated with—a reproductive strategy that causes the female to become fertile a few months after losing her calf. Direct observations of these lethal calf attacks are rare. But a scientist witnessed one such incident on a newborn calf and mother, like the pair in the photo, in 2009 in Moray Firth, Scotland, which he reports in full in this month’s issue of Marine Mammal Science. A single male dolphin, known to the scientist’s research team as ID#021, swam rapidly into a group of 42 dolphins of mixed sexes. Among them were several mothers with their young calves. He targeted one mother and emerged from the group clutching her newborn calf in his jaws, writes the study’s author, Kevin Robinson. She and the others chased after him, as he butted, rammed, and pushed the calf deep underwater. The mother managed to retrieve her calf and surfaced with him lying motionless on her back. But the male seized the calf again, striking him with such force that he flew through the air. Other dolphins—males and females—came to the mother’s aid, and she was ultimately able to rescue her calf. But he was severely injured, and stranded himself 8 months later near Aberdeen, where he died. A necropsy revealed that he suffered from acute scoliosis—deformation of the spine—which the scientists believe was a result of the attack. In 2007, the research team reported that a high number of calves in the Moray Firth had these spinal deformities. They now believe they know at least one cause.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

IPL 2017: Inability to win tight games hurt Delhi Daredevils, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgDelhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid has admitted that his team’s inability to win close contests was one of the main reasons for their dismal performance in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Delhi Daredevils, who made a good start to the 2017 IPL season, failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth year in succession, finishing at the sixth spot like they did in 2016.They had made a good start to the 2017 season, but a five-match losing streak ruined their prospects.”You need eight wins to qualify in this tournament, we got seven last year, six this year and I think the close games we lost probably cost us,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Dravid as saying the Daredevils lost their final game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 10 runs on Sunday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.”If I look at five or six of the games, we were actually ahead and we couldn’t close out those games. Maybe that’s a lack of experience, maybe that’s something we can learn from and take ahead in the future,” he stressed.”There were probably seven or eight games that were close and we probably won only two of them, five or six we lost and you can’t afford to lose that many. Obviously, it is a little bit disappointing but there were positives as well right through the season,” he added.The Delhi-based franchise suffered a huge blow before the start of the season when Quinton De Kock and JP Duminy both opted out of the tournament. De Kock sustained a finger injury while fielding during his side’s eight-wicket over New Zealand in second Test in March and did not play a single game in this edition of the IPL.advertisementOn the other hand, Duminy opted out of the tournament citing personal reasons.It left a huge hole in their batting line up and Dravid believes that they were never really able to recover from those losses.”Unfortunately for us at the start of the season, after the auction, Quinton [de Kock] and JP [Duminy], who were probably our two experienced players, pulled out of the IPL because of injury and we had to look for replacements at the last minute and, which, I guess, isn’t easy when most of the players are taken,” Dravid said.Delhi Daredevils finished the season at sixth with 12 points from 14 matches. It was a disappointing run for the franchise, but ‘The Wall’ believes that the team can take quite a lot of positives from this IPL season.”We have all seen flashes of brilliance, we have seen some fantastic performances, he (Sanju Samson) scored a hundred and some of the innings that he has played but, by his own admission, he probably would have liked to be more consistent,” Dravid said.”That’s the nature of the tournament as well: sometimes when you are on a roll, when you are playing well, you can’t afford to relax. You got to keep going because it’s tough if you get into a slump and if you have a few bad games,” he added.last_img read more