One day before the semi-final of the World Twenty20 in India recently, before the West Indies dazzled the world by clipping India and England with three deliveries and two deliveries to spare, respectively, to win the championship in style, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron opened up and explained his philosophy, the reason why he is, or was, probably public enemy number one in the West Indies. Sitting in a Mumbai hotel, he said, apparently quite meekly: “I just want us to get better. I am tired of losing.” And then, as arrogantly as ever, he said: “My role is to run the business and your role is to play cricket.” The “your” he was referring to was the players – and he was correct. Cameron, not knowing that his team would have won the match the following day, or the final showdown a few days later, but hoping against hope that they would, was engaged in a long interview at the time and he tried to explain his unpopularity around the West Indies and the reason why he behaves the way he does, especially when it comes to his treatment of the West Indies players. “We have had strikes or potential strikes for the last 14 years. And we have gone and met the players and given in. And we are ranked eight or nine. I am not sure going and meeting them would have solved it. Good faith However, I commend him for three things. For looking towards hiring West Indians such as coach Phil Simmons to assist in the development of West Indies cricket, for professionalising regional cricket, and for getting West Indies first-class cricket to be played on a return basis. A week or so ago, however, when I read his interview in Mumbai and read what he had to say about the reasons for his attitude towards the players, I was touched. I was moved. Cameron, whatever we thought of him, was, indeed, a West Indian. He wanted the West Indies to win, he wanted the players to play well and, like every West Indian, he wanted the players to play for the West Indies and to win for the West Indies. He wanted them, however, to be reasonable, to realise that the West Indies is a poor place and cannot afford to pay them what they probably deserve, or what some other countries pay their players. He wants them to understand that they are West Indians and he wants them to understand that while it is hard for them to do, they should be West Indians and give a little to other West Indians to help in their development. He probably remembered how they benefited as youngsters coming up in the region from those who went before and probably argued that they should give back a little. He also wants them to make as much as they can make by allowing them to go and play in the many T20 leagues around the world, by giving them the required “no objection certificates” and whatever they want in order to play. In other words, he would like the players to cooperate with the board, particularly in the interest of West Indies cricket. In other words, although money is important, he would like the West Indies players to respect West Indies cricket, to play whatever cricket they want to play, but only when the West Indies are not in action. All he wanted was that the players be a little bit less selfish. Regional cricket “As a matter fact, for the first time my board said to me, ‘President, you are not authorised to do anything to this agreement because you paid the guys money for the last year and a half when you had the opportunity to change the agreement. You have demonstrated good faith. You have worked with WIPA (West Indies Players’ Association) to get the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) done. For the last how many years, every time we are trying to move the process forward so that we can create a professional set-up, we get held to ransom. We are just tired as an organisation’. “Wes Hall had strikes against him. Sir Julian Hunte had a couple of issues. It started under Pat Rousseau. It happened to Teddy Griffith. “Everybody went and gave them what they wanted. Did our system get any better? It got worse. We moved from number one in the world in 1995 to eight and nine in Tests and ODIs.” I am not a fan of Cameron for many reasons, including his treatment of the players, his treatment of Caribbean journalists especially one like Tony Cozier, his attitude overall, his use of the little money in West Indies cricket and, last but not least, the part he played in the takeover of the International Cricket Council (ICC) by India, England and Australia. Problem continued The players, however, right or wrong, and from way back when, quarrelled with the board over money, from George Headley and Alfred Valentine and even in those times when the board had no money, or very little money. The problem continued with the coming of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, it continued when West Indies became champions of the world, and it got worse under presidents Peter Short and Rousseau. Short went to London to sort out Brian Lara’s problem when Lara moved out of the team’s hotel; and Rousseau went to London when the team flew from a series against Pakistan to Johannesburg and then to London to sort out the dispute over money. The West Indies were big, the players were big and it appeared that every problem the board had with the players ended with the players rolling up their sleeves and ready for a fight. On many of those occasions, the board had dialogue with representatives of the players before they left the West Indies, but it was as if the players were saying to the board, “You can’t do without us; pay us, or else.” And the board always paid up, more or less. Cameron is right. Every time there was a tour in recent years, the players threatened or went on strike for one thing or the other. No one, except the senior players, ever knew if a tour was really on. That had to stop, or rather, have to stop. West Indies cricket is big. It means a lot to the people. The board, the players’ association and the players must get together in the interest of West Indies cricket and the people. Cameron’s attitude to solve the problem is not the recommended style, but there are some who believe that there comes a time when you should, or must fight fire with fire if you hope to survive. On top of it all, the players’ way doing of business can only be successful if they win all the time. When they win, as they did in India, they can flex their muscles, or cock a hoop at the board, as they did in India. Well said, Cameron. Your role, as president of the board, and as you said, is definitely to run West Indies cricket and the players’ role, as players, is definitely to play cricket to the best of their ability. If you both do that, definitely to the best of your abilities, West Indies will shortly be on top, or they will be very close to the top.
December 29, 2019
Karen McHugh, from Glenview, Ardara.Karen wins a family night out at the Cafe Renaissance at the Mount Errigal where a new Gourmet Burger menu has been launched.But don’t worry if you didn’t win…. All those who entered with the correct answer – Cashel – will receive an email voucher for 10% off when you visit Cafe Renaissance. AND THE WINNER OF THE FAMILY MEAL AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL IS… was last modified: July 29th, 2013 by John2Share 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:AND THE WINNER OF THE FAMILY MEAL AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL IS…
December 29, 2019
Andreas Christensen (right) ready for action with Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to break their transfer record to land Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.The 20-year-old is currently halfway through a two-year loan at the Bundesliga club but they want to make his switch permanent now.Chelsea are still keen to keep hold of the Denmark international, who has been tipped as one for the future by youth coaches at Stamford Bridge.But Monchengladbach are ready to test the Blues’ resolve by making an offer of £15m for Christensen.Indeed, the club’s sporting director Max Eberl told Bild: “We’re in close contact. For Christensen, we’re ready to make a record transfer.”Monchengladbach’s current transfer record stands at around £13m, but they may be forced to bid as much as £18m to land Christensen.
December 28, 2019
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In one of Los Angeles County’s larger payouts in a sexual-abuse case, the Claims Board on Monday recommended a $230,000 settlement for three children who were sexually, physically and emotionally abused in foster care. In two lawsuits, siblings identified as Marilyn and Kevin and their half-brother, Martin, alleged that during the 5 1/2 years they were in foster care, social workers failed to properly visit and supervise them to ensure they were protected, Assistant County Counsel Andrew W. Owens wrote in Claims Board documents. The suits also claim Marilyn and Kevin were forced to engage in sex acts while the foster parents’ children watched and that the girl was forced to watch as the biological children sexually abused her brother. The foster parents’ juvenile son later pleaded guilty to prohibited conduct with a minor and was placed on probation. An adult son pleaded guilty to one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and lewd or lascivious acts with a child and was sentenced to prison. The foster mother pleaded no contest to a charge of child endangerment and was placed on probation. The total payout in the case is $775,000, but the county is liable for only $230,000. The rest will be paid by two foster family agencies. The Board of Supervisors will vote April 18 whether to give final approval to the settlement. Although a large settlement in a sexual-abuse case is relatively rare, hundreds of foster children have been sexually abused in recent years, according to Department of Children and Family Services data obtained by the Daily News. From 2000 to 2005, the DCFS received 725 allegations that foster children had been sexually abused, including 213 that were substantiated. The number of substantiated cases rose from 26 in 2000 and peaked at 40 in 2002, falling to 27 last year. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 email@example.com
December 28, 2019
The dedicated fans!Fans have already started to queue for one Direction Tickets.This was the scene outside the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny this afternoon in anticipation for the sale of the tickets which start tomorrow.Let’s hope it doesn’t snow now! FANS BEGIN TO QUEUE FOR ONE DIRECTION TICKETS OVERNIGHT! was last modified: December 5th, 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)
December 27, 2019
A LETTERKENNY man has been given a prison sentence after appearing on court on charged connected with two separate incidents.Boyle was before the Court charged with criminal damage and of theft. Keith Boyle (22) of 11 Derryveagh Avenue, Letterkenny appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court over an incident at 13 Burnside, Letterkenny on October 16, 2017.Sergeant Jim Collins said Gardaí received report of criminal damage at Burnside. Boyle refused to leave the apartment and the woman was ‘distressed and crying’.Boyle, the court heard had called the woman ‘a rat’ and punched the 42-inch television, smashing the screen.Boyle was also charged over an incident on August 13, 2018.Staff at the Glencar Inn reported that Boyle had entered the off licence at the premises and stole a case of Bulmers and a bottle of Druids cider. After a member of staff attempted to stop Boyle, he dropped the Bulmers and left in a taxi. Last week, Boyle was given a two-and-a-half year sentence, with the last year suspended, at Letterkenny Circuit Court, where he appeared on charges of assault causing harm and making off without payment. Mr Kieran O’Gorman, solicitor for Boyle, said his client allowed himself to be involved in ‘the most ridiculous and silly situations’.“Every problem has been related to drink, but he wants to try and move forward,” Mr O’Gorman said.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a total of four months imprisonment on Boyle.Prison for Letterkenny man involved in ‘ridiculous and silly situations’ was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Keith BoyleKIeran O’GormanletterkennyLetterkenny District Court
December 27, 2019
MILFORD Ladies lost their Ulster Intermediate Final in an enthralling match with Derry champions Glen at Clones this afternoon.The Co Donegal girls did their club proud with an outstanding display, only to lose out in the dying seconds.Milford had gone in at half-time cruelly a point behind. The sides were tied in the early stages on two points apiece before Milford established a two point advantage at 0-06 to 0-04.But Glen’s Louise Gunn scored a goal in injury time to put the Derry side ahead at the break.It was end-to-end in the second half as Glen nudged further into the lead.But trailing by three points, Amber Barrett popped up to score a superb goal to tie the sides at 1-10 each. Glen however nudged a point back into the lead and time ran out for another Milford comeback.But the girls can head back north this evening having put Donegal football firmly on the Ulster map in a provincial final. HEARTACHE AS PROUD MILFORD LADIES LOSE OUT IN LAST GASP THRILLER was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:glenMilfordUlster Final
December 26, 2019
Taisir Al-Jassim (Saudi Arabia): “Tomorrow’s match will be very difficult. We didn’t manage to live up to our fans’ hopes in the match against Russia. I hope that we will live up to their expectations tomorrow. We’ll try to improve… in the game with Uruguay. Many unexpected things always happen at the World Cup, we’ll try to put in a better performance tomorrow.”Key players:Uruguay: Luis Suarez is exceptional and will likely be on penalty duty in Russia, but Edinson Cavani just edges out the Barcelona man. The 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker has struck 42 times in 100 Uruguay appearances, and he has been banging them in for fun at club level in 2017/18 with 39 goals in 47 games. 4 4 The Rostov Arena will host Uruguay v Saudi Arabia The 2018 World Cup is in full swing and all of the matches have been live on talkSPORT.Today, Wednesday, there are another three games, the last of which sees Uruguay take on Saudi Arabia from Rostov. 4 Saudi Arabia: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored 16 goals in just 14 matches to finish the AFC qualification campaign as joint-top scorer with Ahmed Khalil of the UAE. However, there are suggestions he is no more than a flat-track bully, as 14 of those goals came in the weaker first group stage rather than the tougher second group stage. To be fair, he did play just five of those latter games, and a record of two goals in five appearances is not too shabby.Predicted line-ups:Uruguay: Muslera; Varela, Godin, Gimenez, Caceres; Nandez, Bentancur, Vecino, De Arrascaeta; Suarez, CavaniSaudi Arabia: Al-Maiouf, Alburayk, Os.Hawsawi, Om.Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani, Otayf, Al-Dawsari, Al-Faraj, Al-Jassam, Al-Shehri, Al-Sahlawi 4 Team news:Neither teams have any serious injury worries heading into the match but several players’ positions are under threat after both sides underperformed in their opening matches.What the players are saying:Fernando Muslera (Uruguay): “I don’t think that our opponents will be feeling great ahead of the game with us because of their result in the first match. I think they will do their best to beat us. We have to defeat them, which will mean we qualify [for the knockout stage]. We are feeling stronger ahead of tomorrow’s match.” Cavani is one half of Uruguay’s star striker pairing Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera talks to the press ahead of the match with Saudi Arabia. Where can I stream Uruguay v Saudi Arabia?Uruguay v Saudi Arabia is live to stream on talkSPORT.com, or you can listen on 1089 or 1053 AM, DAB radio or through the talkSPORT mobile app.
December 26, 2019
GARDAI and council officials say they will work this weekend to prevent a repeat of the shocking scenes at one of Donegal’s most popular beaches as forecasters predict a week of sunshine ahead.BBC Northern Ireland forecasters say drizzle and cloud will delay the arrival of hot weather until late Saturday and into Sunday in Donegal, whilst the rest of the country will get the better of the weather..However the hot weather, when it does arrive, will continue right through next week with temperatures of around 22C for the North West. Forecasters had predicted a warm spell for last weekend, but a series of low fronts from the Atlantic wrecked hopes of good start to the summer. It’s understood Gardai and council officials have drawn up plans to prevent a repeat of the scenes in Rossnowlagh three weeks ago when hundreds of cars caused gridlock on the popular beach.The number of vehicles allowed on to the beach this weekend will be restricted by gardai. Council officials will also work to prevent a repeat of the littering which occurred in June. COUNCIL TO CONTROL ACCESS TO ROSSNOWLAGH BEACH AS SUN SET TO ARRIVE was last modified: July 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:COUNCIL TO CONTROL ACCESS TO ROSSNOWLAGH BEACH AS SUN SET TO ARRIVE
December 25, 2019
DDTV: They were dancing everywhere except on the ceilings in Ardara last night as the town’s Gathering Festival gets into full swing. Hugh Campbell was there to capture some of the craic.Click play to watch – and tap those toes! DDTV: STREET DANCING IN ARDARA AS FESTIVAL GETS INTO SWING was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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:ArdaradancingfestivalThe Gathering