Celebrity T20 charity match aims to raise funds for hurricane-ravaged islands

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning skipper, Darren Sammy, will lead an Invitational XI against a Trinidad and Tobago side, in a celebrity charity Twenty20 match later this month aimed at raising TT$1 million (US$148 085) for Caribbean countries affected by the recent passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.The match, scheduled for October 14 at Queen’s Park Oval, has been organised as a joint venture by Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT), the T&T Cricket Board and Queen’s Park Cricket Club.Sammy, a former Test captain, will preside over a side including the likes of West Indies stars Chris Gayle, Rovman Powell, Kesrick William and Chadwick Walton, with Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake also expected to participate.The T&T outfit will be led by Kieron Pollard and is expected to comprise some of the biggest names on the international T20 circuit.Dinanath Ramnarine, chairman of SporTT, said the venue was vitally important in light of the recent devastation, especially in Dominica.“The Leewards Islands and Greater Antilles bore the brunt of the 180 mph winds and torrential rain while the destruction has been immeasurable on all levels with dozens of lives lost, hundreds of homes damaged and basic utilities and infrastructure on many islands devastated,” said Ramnarine.“While the Caribbean is not immune or unaccustomed to the sometimes destructive forces of nature, the call for immediate relief from neighbouring countries was met with urgency and the entire region has rallied around the most affected.”He added: “The intention of this charity match is to use sport as the unifying force for good that we all know it is and can be.“It is important that our sporting heroes can stand up and be counted when their assistance is required they are ready to put their talent on display for the benefit of more than just those who spectate but those who need it most.”Dominica suffered widespread devastation and the loss of 15 lives when Hurricane Maria slammed into the island two weeks ago as a category five cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson scale.Only two weeks earlier, Hurricane Irma struck Barbuda, leaving the tiny island uninhabitable.Several other islands especially in the northern Leewards were also affected by the tropical systems.last_img read more

Fast reaction: Syracuse beats No. 25 Texas A&M to win Battle 4 Atlantis championship

first_img Related Stories Grade the Orange’s performance against No. 25 Texas A&M and pick SU’s player of the gameGallery: Syracuse wins Battle 4 Atlantis championship game against Texas A&MStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Battle 4 Atlantis title win over No. 25 Texas A&M Published on November 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (6-0) defeated No. 25 Texas A&M (6-1) in the the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, 74-67 on Friday afternoon. The Orange won three games in three days and beat two ranked teams, matching last season’s total. Here are three quick observations from the win.Can’t be trustedMichael Gbinije picked up an offensive foul with 14:08 to go in the first half. It was his second foul of the game. His continued presence in the game might have jeopardized his ability to play in the second half, but Syracuse’s backup point guard stayed right on the bench. Kaleb Joseph played only four minutes of Syracuse’s 79-76 win over Connecticut. On Friday, he played limited minutes in the first half. On a transition steal by Trevor Cooney, a pass to Joseph went off his fingertips and out of bounds for a turnover. A timeout was called and Boeheim screamed at Joseph on his way back to the bench. Moments later he was subbed out for Malachi Richardson. Glass half fullAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA night after Richardson said he found himself in the second half despite playing his worst brand of basketball in the first half, the freshman wrote a similar narrative. He scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in the opening 20 minutes, but scored SU’s first seven points out of the break. He connected on four free throws, the first of which came when he was the victim of a flagrant foul on a drive to the basket. Later, he showed poise in going up and under on an and-one layup that tied the game.Richardson finished with 16 points in the contest. Floor-Boards Syracuse was dominated on the glass on Friday, getting out rebounded 39-31.  Jim Boehiem called the Aggies the biggest and strongest team he’s ever seen after SU’s win on Thursday. They lived up to the hyperbolic billing as Syracuse overcame the struggles on the boards.The second-chance points didn’t burn the Orange too badly. On one play in the second half, Texas A&M had four opportunities to score in the span of a few seconds. The final rebound ended in Lydon’s hands. Syracuse caught the breaks on Friday and executed as well in the win.  Commentslast_img read more

The Coach of Andorra: B&H is a World National Team

first_imgThe selector of Andorra Koldo Alvarez de Eulate addressed the journalists prior to the training of the players, stating that ahead of today’s match they have rested since the past match and that they will most probably have four or five players in defense.“There are no injured players, everyone is ready”, Alvarez said.Until now, the selector of Andorra always gave an opportunity to the younger players.“They are in the selection and there is a possibility that they will play today. We have watched the recordings and we will work on the problems we have. There is a great physical difference between these two selections. Since B&H is playing for the third position, we will probably see the best selection of B&H today. B&H is a world national team, it is enough just to see how many players play in the strongest leagues, that speaks enough of the selection of B&H”.Alvarez reminded that Dzeko scored three goals in the first match against Andorra.“It will be a mistake to only concentrate on Dzeko, B&H has a strong national team, but the forces must be distributed equally. We will play defense, we will attempt to score a goal in the beginning, and maintain the result afterwards”, the selector said.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)last_img read more

Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation welcome European Council commitment to fisheries

first_imgNew draft guidelines published by the European Council this week, have been very positively received by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation.Its key concerns of avoidance of separation from other sectors as well as the retention of existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources are fully recognised in the draft text.The draft guidelines, issued by the Council which sketch out the likely course of negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, make specific reference to fisheries in article seven which states: “Trade in goods, with the aim of covering all sectors, which should be subject to zero tariffs and no quantitative restrictions with appropriate accompanying rules of origin. In this context, existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained.”This good news comes on top of the transitional guidelines issued by the Council on January 29th last, which clearly states that during the transition period:“Specific consultations should also be foreseen with regard to the fixing of fishing opportunities (total allowable catches) during the transition period, in full respect of the Union acquis.”KFO Chief Executive, Seán O’Donoghue said the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has lobbied intensely, in conjunction with our European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) colleagues, to have these key commitments included both in the transitional arrangements and in the phase two trade negotiations. He added “I would like to acknowledge the role played by Minister Creed and his officials in achieving this welcome result. I would simultaneously like to put on record it is now imperative that the Minister and his team fight tooth and nail to ensure the commitments set out in the draft text are retained in the final document to be agreed at Council by the end of this month.“I held lengthy discussions with the French Ambassador, Stéphane Crouzat in Killybegs this week and he has developed a deep appreciation of the situation in which the Irish fishing industry finds itself. The French industry too, would be decimated were the UK to restrict access to its waters and increase its percentage share of the TACs.”EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has also last week, reiterated his message that the issue of fisheries cannot be addressed in isolation from the wider trade agreement which is what the KFO and EUFA have stated from the outset.Both firmly believe that the unique nature of fisheries, a shared resource, must be considered within the context of wider trade relations as has now been set out in the draft guidelines.Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation welcome European Council commitment to fisheries was last modified: March 9th, 2018 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:BrexitdonegalKFOKillybegslast_img read more