Ali-Mohamed; a model of consistency

first_imgIf West Indies’ scouts are looking for a few young and raw seam bowling all-rounders to invest in, they should look no further than Guyana; land of many all-rounders, it seems.  At first glance, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Clinton Pestano and the adopted Raymon Reifer are the more prominent names who have captured headlines in recent times and in the process, have created many headaches for the national selectors.  And it’s not about to get any easier.  Why? Simply because of the model of consistency shown by West Indies Under – 19 all-rounder Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed, who, remarkably, recorded five centuries in little under a month-and-a-half, a rarity these days, albeit three were recorded at the second-division level. The other two, however, came in the just-concluded Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) one – day Franchise League where he blistered 101 and 105 against West Demerara and Lower Corentyne, respectively.  He has also been doing well with the ball. It is for those reasons that Stabroek Sports reached out to the young man for him to share his thoughts and formula on the recent rich vein of form. “Yeah! I’m thankful and pleased with my form and for scoring five centuries recently. I must say thanks to the Almighty,” Ali-Mohamed said adding that his current run, is the best in his career to date.  His form though, is no coincidence but mere fruits of his hard work and the investment of others to improve his game. “I’ve been working hard on my game with the franchise coaches, and my club coach Reon King and some of the senior players like Leon Johnson and Robin Bacchus have been guiding me,” the youngster explained. While his recent exploits were not enough to earn him a place in the Guyana team that is set to compete in next month’s Cricket West Indies Regional Super – 50, the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) lad could well get his opportunity as a replacement player after being named among the reserves.  “It will be a great feeling if I can get into the team as a replacement, but at the moment I’m just content and waiting on my opportunity to come and to make full use of it whenever that time is.” Ali-Mohammed’s pedigree is well documented which earned him a West Indies Under – 19 call-up earlier this year for the International Cricket Council Under – 19 World Cup in New Zealand. Prior to that, he captained Guyana to the Regional Under – 19 Double in 2017. All things remaining constant, his achievements will continue to be documented, if he’s managed as he should be.last_img read more

‘It wasn’t my intention to go against him’ – Kepa explains Sarri ‘misunderstanding’

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 The goalkeeper had been treated for cramp and Sarri intended to introduce substitute glovesman Willy Caballero in his place.However, Kepa refused to leave the pitch and stayed in goal for the penalty shootout, which Chelsea lost 4-3 as City secured back-to-back Carabao Cup triumphs.Explaining his actions, Chelsea’s no.1 told the club’s website: “First of all, I have to say it was misunderstood. In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss. Kepa Arrizabalaga insists he never intended to disobey Maurizio Sarri’s orders in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.The Blues boss was furious when Kepa refused to be substituted in the second-half of extra time on Sunday. 3 RANKED “Just that it was misunderstood, because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.“It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well.“This was nothing to do with the problems I had this week, with [my hamstring] it wasn’t that. And, well, it was misunderstood. Because he thought I couldn’t continue, and – fundamentally – I was trying to say that physically I was fine.“I know if you see it from the outside, I don’t know how it went out, it is not the best image. I have spoken with the boss. I think it was misunderstood.“I understand that on television, on social media, they’re talking about this but I am here to explain it, to say that it wasn’t my intention to go against the manager. 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports Maurizio Sarri was left incensed by Kepa’s refusal to leave the pitch Kepa saved one penalty in the shootout Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice “We have spoken now, and I was only trying to say I’m fine. He thought I wasn’t fine.”Kepa’s actions appeared to undermine Sarri, who could face the sack after failing to win the first major trophy of the season.The Italian is under increasing pressure as Chelsea have lost three of their previous four Premier League games.Sarri downplayed Kepa’s refusal to come off and claimed it was a ‘misunderstanding’.The row is set to only increase speculation over Sarri’s future at Stamford Bridge. Sarri had one or two things to say to Kepa but the two were separated at the end of the game REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow ADVICE REVEALED shining MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Kepa added: “I don’t think it has to be the major act of this final. I understand we played a good level against one of the best teams in the world.“We were close to winning, obviously we’re sad that we didn’t, and I think the team needs to continue playing like this, because today we’ve shown we can compete against the best teams.“Among the negatives, we have to take the positives.”last_img read more

CSIR at the World Water Forum

first_imgThe Orange River is one of South Africa’smajor water sources. (Image: GraemeWilliams, more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research will feature prominently at the World Water Forum in Istanbul this month, with a number of the organisation’s groundbreaking research projects going on show. Top South African water scientists will also take part in discussions and presentations.CSIR group executive Khungeka Njobe is excited about the organisation’s participation in the fifth edition of the World Water Forum (WWF5), particularly as South Africa is on the shortlist to host the next event.“South Africa is competing against France and Canada to host WWF6 in 2012,” she said. “We will be using this opportunity to share with the global water community our progressive legislative and policy framework and world-class research. The Department of Water Affairs is leading the bid process, but the CSIR has a critical role to play in demonstrating the country’s leadership in water research.”The host for 2012 will be announced during the forthcoming session. Should South Africa be awarded the sixth World Water Forum, it will be a major coup for the southern hemisphere, which has never had the chance to host the event. The country’s bid is centred on Durban, which has the infrastructure and facilities to host an event of this magnitude.The 2012 World Water Forum in South Africa will mean that water problems relevant to sub-Saharan Africa will come under the global spotlight, and that the Southern African Development Community region will be placed on the global water map. The event will give Africa the chance to become a valued contributor to the water-related issues of the world, rather than merely a recipient of donor aid and professional advice.Top-level representationCSIR projects on display at the Forum include acid mine drainage methodologies, human health projects, rural service delivery, and programmes focusing on water for growth and development. Many of these projects fall under the CSIR Built Environment and CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment sectors.CSIR representatives at WWF5 include engineer Dr Kevin Wall, CSIR water resources manager Marius Claassen and researcher Renias Dube. Wall is also scheduled to present a paper on South Africa’s strategy for water services asset management, and the three scientists will assist Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Lindiwe Hendricks during the week-long event. Hendricks will host a round table involving her ministerial counterparts from around the world.The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s Water for Growth and Development programme, one of the projects on show in Istanbul, is in the running for the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, one of three prestigious water-related awards up for grabs.The other two awards are the Turkish Republic Prime Minister’s Water Prize, and the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.The King Hassan prize, worth R1-million (US$100 000), is for individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions in various aspects of water resources, whether scientific, economic, technical, environmental, social, institutional, cultural or political.The Kyoto prize is worth R280 000 ($28 000) and acknowledges grassroots-level activities that work towards addressing critical water needs of communities and regions. The Turkish Republic Prime Minister’s Water Prize is for journalistic excellence in the coverage of water issues. A prize of R264 000 (€20 000) each will be awarded to two journalists.Global collaboration on water problemsAccording to the World Water Council, 1.1-billion people around the world live without clean drinking water, and 2.6-billion people lack adequate sanitation. Poor access to safe water increases child mortality by up to 20 times, and in areas not served by usable water 3 900 children die every day from water-borne diseases.The World Water Forum is the largest water-related event in the world and aims to facilitate global collaboration on these critical water problems. The forum is organised by the World Water Council and takes place every three years, providing an ideal platform for policy-makers from all over the world to press for greater political commitment to and higher priority for water management strategies.The 2009 forum takes place in March in Istanbul, Turkey, after successful events in Mexico (2006), Kyoto (2003), The Hague (2000), and Marrakech (1997). This year’s theme is “Bridging Divides for Water” and is a reference to the location – Istanbul stands at the cross-roads of Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa – as well as the intent of providing a bridge between the developed and developing worlds.There are a number of side events associated with the main forum, among them the World Water Forum Expo and Water Fair, the Global Water Education Village, and the Youth World Water Forum.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksWorld Water ForumWorld Water Forum – Facebook pageWorld Water CouncilDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryWater for Growth and Development (pdf)last_img read more

Cato Institute chairman Bob Levy explains the Supreme Court to AFF-Atlanta

first_imgOn Monday, August 13, 2012, the Atlanta chapter of America’s Future Foundation was joined by Robert A. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute and author of the book The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.Dr. Levy began his presentation by contrasting conservative, liberal, and libertarian constitutional perspectives, each of which leads to very different conclusions as to the proper role of government. He then detailed the importance of viewing our political system through the prism of the 9th and 10th Amendments.As Dr. Levy explained, “If you understand the concepts of the 9th and 10th Amendments then you grasp the whole structure of the federal constitution.”Dr. Levy then explored several modern Supreme Court cases that have expanded the power of the federal government and restrained the rights of individuals. During his discussion of Helvering v. Davis (1937)–a case centered on Congress’s ability to tax in order to provide for the general welfare, Social Security specifically–Levy explained that the Supreme Court effectively granted the federal government general, rather than enumerated powers. This decision legitimized expansive federal welfare programs and was instrumental in the ruling to uphold President Obama’s health care legislation on the grounds of Congress’s taxing power.While Helvering v. Davis ushered in a redistributive government, Dr. Levy maintained that it was Wickard v. Filburn (1942) that gave the government the power to regulate nearly anything under the rubric of the Commerce Clause, including activities that are neither interstate nor commerce.Dr. Levy corrected a few common misrepresentations of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) and explained how this decision rightly overturned two key restrictions to political speech from McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003).Finally, Dr. Levy explored the case of Kelo v. City of New London (2005), which involved the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner if there was public benefit.Although the Supreme Court cases shared by Dr. Levy on Monday are not well known to most Americans, they have all had a tremendous impact on our individual liberty. During his closing thoughts, Dr. Levy stressed the importance of vigilant courts willing to “bind the legislative and executive branches with the chains of the constitution” if we hope to preserve liberty.Click here to listen to audio from the event (MP3).– By Jason Riddle, Chairman, AFF-Atlantalast_img read more

Meet the Coaches – Phil Gyemore

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2016 All Stars weekend, we’ve caught up with both coaches to get their thoughts in the lead up to the event. Join us as we hear from TFA Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore about how much he is looking forward to the 2016 event and what it means to take part in the weekend. Having coached as part of TFA’s first involvement in the All Stars event in 2015, what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again?It means that we have opportunity to showcase our great sport on the big stage. The NRL All Stars event showcases Rugby League around the world so it’s great to highlight the sport of Touch Football to a captive audience.  We are proud indigenous people and we are excited to be able to represent all indigenous people in this special event.How do you see Touch Football Australia and the NRL’s partnership, in regards to the opportunities like this it is presenting our athletes?We have seen numerous opportunities due to the NRL and TFA partnership and the All Stars event is a clear example of this. Both sports can share and promote knowledge and experiences that have been successful. I’m sure that we have only touched the surface of how we can both take our sports to the next level.Our players have the chance to share the stage and so many of our players have gone on to become the stars of the NRL.  Players like Benji Marshall, Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Ashley Taylor have honed their skills in our great game.What are you looking forward to most about the 2016 All Stars events?Being able to walk onto Suncorp Stadium will be amazing. We have all seen the Queensland dominance against New South Wales in the Rugby League State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium. To see first-hand the surface and get a small taste of the atmosphere at one of the world’s best arenas will be something that I’ll never forget.  The Mixed format of the game is a prime example of the inclusive nature of Touch Football, what else makes this form of the game so important to the sport?Mixed Touch Football is unique in the fact that we rely on all players that need to trust one another regardless of whether they are male or female.  No player takes a backwards step and all players are treated equally.The All Stars event is about recognising and showcasing the amazing talent within Touch Football and Rugby League community, including those of Indigenous heritage. As a coach, if you could have any indigenous player in your team who would it be? And why?This is a really good question. If I could choose any indigenous player it would have to be Matt Bowen, the North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons star.  His amazing turn of speed, footwork and finishing ability would be an amazing asset in any Touch Football team.  2015 was a huge year for the sport, including a victorious World Cup campaign, what has been your highlight?It has been a great year for Touch Football but one of the highlights for me would have been watching Peter Bell going out a true winner in the Women’s Open World Cup Final against New Zealand.  Seeing his face in the latter stages of the game and the joy on his face during the team photo after being presented the World Cup medal was special. We had to establish a game plan that was going to prove effective and the girls executed it perfectly.What is your prediction for the result on Saturday, 13 February? TFA or Indigenous All Stars to take out the title for 2016?The Mick Lovett-coached TFA All Stars will be clear favourites however like last year we won’t be holding anything back.  We will win 8-7. Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 All Stars event for all of the latest news and information:Website – – – – Related LinksMeet The Coacheslast_img read more

22 days agoAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come good

first_imgAston Villa boss Dean Smith says Wesley will come goodby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has backed new striker Wesley to be a success at Villa Park.Wesley had a disappointing performance against Burnley last week.“His performance wasn’t great on Saturday against Burnley and he was the first to admit that to me afterwards as well when I went through his clips with him,” Smith said.“But what I’ve seen in training this week has been a reaction, he’s trained very well this week and he’ll be the first to go out there and try to prove people wrong.“It’s a tough job as a lone striker and he was up against two street-wise centre-backs in James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, both very strong and street-wise centre-halves who can give a lot of centre forwards problems in this league.“I think that they got the upper hand on [Wesley] early on in the game and he showed his frustrations a little bit during the game, but he’ll learn from that. “He’s a young striker, still only 22 and he’ll get better and better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lily Tomlin Reads For SAGAFTRA Foundations Storyline Online

first_imgLily Tomlin, the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient, has added another title to her list of accolades – children’s literacy advocate.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online (, sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has released its newest video featuring the five-time Emmy Award winning actress, producer, and singer reading Hey, That’s My Monster, written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.Video: Hey That’s My Monster read by Lily TomlinStoryline Online streams free videos featuring acclaimed actors including Kevin Costner, Allison Janney, Christian Slater, Ed O’Neill and Mary Steenburgen reading children’s books alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. With over 12 million views every month, Storyline Online has brought the love of reading to hundreds of millions of children, and is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. Each video comes with supplemental curriculum for both home and school, aimed at strengthening verbal, written and comprehension skills in children grades K-5th grades.The sequel to Scholastic Book Club Selection I Need My Monster, Hey, That’s My Monster tells the story of Ethan and Emma – two young siblings who bond over their experience dealing with the world of monsters residing under their beds. The Storyline Online video library also includes Noll’s original I Need My Monster, read by 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno, with almost 8 million views.“We are incredibly grateful to Lily Tomlin for donating her time and talent to Storyline Online. Her reading of this colorful book is going to be watched by millions of children in classrooms and homes all over the world,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Lily’s love of story and character shines through when you watch her bring these children and monsters to life though her animated voicing and narration. We just added one of the most talented performers of our time to the Storyline Online library and we couldn’t be more excited to release this video just in time for the SAG Awards.”At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29, Lily Tomlin will become the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, which honors acclaimed performers for encouraging the exemplary values of the acting profession. With Hey, That’s My Monster, Lily joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Rita Moreno, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White and James Earl Jones on Storyline Online’s growing list of readers. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is the benefiting charity of the annual SAG Awards. Proceeds from the annual show and auction series support the Foundation’s programs including Storyline Online.To watch Lily Tomlin read Hey, That’s My Monster and to view all of the Storyline Online videos, visit Several new videos will be released in 2017.last_img read more