Stat Attack: Roosters’ chance to join the 100 club… again

first_imgGiven South Sydney’s dominance in the first two or three decades from the inception of the code in Australia and a strong record through the middle of last century, they hold the edge over the Roosters with 112 wins.However it is the Roosters who boast the record for the most ever wins against one club, with 117 victories against the North Sydney Bears. The Bunnies downed Norths 104 times and the Balmain Tigers got the better of the Bears on 102 occasions.The poor old Western Suburbs Magpies are, like Norths, on the wrong end of 100 wins against three separate clubs. They lost to the Roosters and Rabbitohs 106 times apiece and to Balmain – the club they would eventually merge with – 101 times.last_img read more

Thomas delivers for Scorpions

first_imgJamaica Scorpions opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was the second-highest runs-scorer in regional first-class cricket two years ago.He was, however, lukewarm last season and was in and out of the team at different stages.Fast-forward to this season, where after finishing as one of the top batsmen in the national trials, he did not get a chance to parade his skills until yesterday.So what did he do? On seasonal debut, the 27-year-old hit a second-highest score of 64 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, to put Jamaica on 197 for six at the end on the first day of their WICB First-Class Tournament clash at Sabina Park.”Not bad for me just starting the season,” he said following his 249-ball knock.”The pitch was hard to bat on at the start, but credit to Trinidad. I thought they bowled in some good areas. Instead of coming at us, they played the patient game with us, causing me to play an uncharacteristic innings,” Thomas said.Bereft of his normal attacking flair, Thomas batted throughout all three sessions before falling 17 minutes before the close.The former West Indies Under-19 representative, who following his breakout season in 2014 was called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team, also hit four.”Normally, I am an aggressive player, so facing close to 250 balls and making 64 was really uncharacteristic for me,” he stated.EXTRA WORK”I have been doing some extra work with coach Robert Samuels and Junior Bennett, so I know I could bat as much balls. It was just to do it in a game.”Starting out with Campbell, who fell for eight within the first 20 minutes of play, Thomas shared in two crucial partnerships for the Scorpions, who have been having batting problems all season long.The first was with number-three batsman, Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, who scored 66 to anchor an even 100 runs second wicket stand, and the second with Antiguan-born, Devon Thomas, who made 38, and with whom he put on 66 for the fourth wicket.Thomas’ knock, which was cheered by the sparse crowd that was on hand to witness the match, was also produced amid a penetrative spell of bowling from off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar.The 29-year-old, who played a key role in Trinidad lifting the regional one-day tournament last month, and was drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 later this year, ended with figures of three for 53.But what about his thoughts of being left out of the team from the start of the season?”It is the game of cricket. Today, you up; tomorrow, you down,” Thomas said.”If you check the team, I play as an opener, and the (then) captain (Paul Palmer Jr) and vice-captain (John Campbell) are openers,” he shared.”It would (therefore) have always been difficult to get into the team.””But I think that nothing happens before its time, so I just had to put in the work and wait until I get my chance.”Now that I have gotten my chance, I just want to grab it with both hands.”Play is scheduled to resume today at 10:00 a.m.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st InningsS Thomas lbw b Imran Khan 64*J Campbell c Lewis b Richards 8K Edwards lbw Jagessar 66A McCarthy lbw b Jagessar 14J Blackwood lbw b Jagessar 1D Thomas c Emrit b Imran Khan 38+C Walton not out 1N Miller not out 1Extras (lb2, w2) 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 91 overs) 197To bat: D Jacobs, M Mindley, S Cottrell.Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196.Bowling: Emrit 16-3-33-0, Richards 16-5-24-1, Khan 31-10-59-2, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 5-1-17-0, Mohammed 2-0-9-0.RED FORCE – *J Mohammed, E Lewis, J Solozano, Y Cariah, K Hope, Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Emrit, M Richards, Imran Khan, J Jagessar.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer.last_img read more

Miller not bothered by snub from WI selectors

first_imgSpin bowler Nikita Miller is hopeful that another breakout season in the WICB First-Class League will be able to propel his career to another level. At present, the leading wicket-taker with 48 wickets after seven rounds of matches in the 10-round tournament, Miller is again on course to top the bowling charts, something he has been doing consistently for the past nine years. ONE OPPORTUNITY However, for all his regional dominance and subsequent WICB/WIPA Cricketer of the Year awards, the 33-year-old has only ever got one opportunity to prove himself for the West Indies at the Test level. That Test appearance came against Bangladesh when he was drafted among a group of replacement players following the withdrawal of senior players over payment contract disputes in 2009. In that match, he went wicketless for 67 runs off 22 overs, an economy rate of 3.04. Since then, left-arm bowler has only featured in one-day and Twenty20 Internationals. “I am not somebody who dwells on those things too much, as I can’t control it,” Miller outlined, after claiming seven for 69 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their first innings at Sabina Park. The haul was his 22nd five-wicket haul at the first-class level. “What I can control is what I do for Jamaica when I get the ball to do my thing. Whenever I go into a tournament, I look to get the most wickets everytime,” he declared. In 46 one-day internationals, Miller has taken 46 wickets at an average of 36.80 and an economy rate of 4.65. In Twenty20, he played nine matches for the Windies and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 20.36 and an economy rate of 7.07. But why have regional selectors not picked him for Test matches or even as a regular member of their one-day or Twenty20 outfits? REPRESENTING THE WEST INDIES “I am one of the few privileged players to have represented the West Indies, and it is always an honour to play for the team,” stated Miller, who has claimed 386 first-class wickets at an average of 16.93 and impressive economical rate of 1.96. Regarding claims that he should be selected, Miller said: “I have heard that, but I don’t want to comment. You just have to accept what the position is and what decisions are made.” He added: “I am one that believes that once a player is there, he should be given his opportunity to do what he is doing. “There is Warrican that is there now, and he should be given the opportunity to do what he has been doing. “If it doesn’t work out, then you can make your changes. But for now, I am comfortable performing for Jamaica, and wherever that takes me, I am happy.”last_img read more

UWI hold off Tivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

Reggae Boyz whipped 3-0

first_imgJamaica’s 2018 World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread last night after the Reggae Boyz were battered 3-0 by hosts Costa Rica in San Jose. The defeat left Jamaica a poor third in CONCACAF semi-final round Group B. The Boyz are on four points, six behind early final round qualifiers Costa Rica and three short of Panama in second. In last night’s second match in the group Panama clipped Haiti 1-0. The Haitians have already been eliminated. They are at the bottom of the group with one point. Unlike last Friday’s clash between the two countries, Costa Rica started very fast and dominated the action in last night’s match. They went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Celso Borges sent a powerful header past Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake. Captain Bryan Ruiz made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break after he pounced on a rebound following a brilliant block by Blake. The hosts completed the scoring after a lightning attack down the right. Blake was in position to block the first shot but was helpless to prevent Johan Venegas from slotting home under his despairing dive in the 78th minute. With two goals for and six against – a goal difference of minus four – Jamaica’s Boyz  will need big wins in their final two matches to have any hope of getting to the final round. Only the top two from each semi-final round group will advance to the final round of qualifying. Jamaica will travel to Panama for their next match on September 2 and anything but three points will see the Boyz crashing out of contention. The Reggae Boyz’s final match is against Haiti at the National Stadium on September 6.last_img read more

Farmers fear substantial financial losses

first_imgBerbice paddy bug woes… GRDB still to intervene for aerial sprayingRice farmers in Berbice are expected to harvest their rice fields within weeks, but with the current untreated paddy bug infestation crisis that is affecting the region, the quality of paddy reaped will be terrible and worth nothing.Paddy bugs on rice plants in BerbiceThis is according to Regional Chairman of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), David Armogan, who on Sunday told Guyana Times that most rice farmers in the Ancient County will suffer substantial financial losses from this crop if the matter is not addressed within the next few days.“The representative of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) came to our agriculture committee meeting last week and he said that the GRDB is in the process of arranging to do aerial spraying in the region. They recognise that you have to kill all these paddy bugs at one blow…you have to be able to do one spray that could take care of all of them at the same time. The GRDB understands that but I don’t know what is preventing them from doing the aerial spray.”According to the Chairman, the GRDB indicated that it will commence the aerial spraying in Region Six, but failed to correspond how soon this much-needed intervention will commence.“The time is running because most of the rice is flowering and this is the time that the paddy bugs would infest the fields when there is flowering. In another two or three weeks, rice farmers will be harvesting so you would not get a good quality of paddy if these bugs continue to be in these fields. The whole of Berbice is basically an agricultural community and so if we don’t get help in the agriculture sector, it means that people are going to suffer.”Deplorable damsCompounding the plight of these rice farmers is the current deplorable state of the dams that they have to traverse to access their fields and transport their yields when harvesting commences.“The dams are in a very bad condition and it might very well be difficult for them to take out the paddy with the present state. But at the regional level and at the level of National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), I am trying to put together some help to see how we can be able to assist them with the dams once the weather holds up,” Armogan stated.He stressed the importance of remedying the issues affecting the rice farmers and pointed out that there is only so much that the regional authorities can do and without the intervention of Central Government, the economic situation in Berbice will continue to decline.Just recently, a number of rice farmers reached out to this publication calling for aerial spraying to be allowed, claiming that if not, losses will be worse than those suffered during the last crop.The GRDB had announced that it was expanding its paddy bug campaigns with intent to completely eradicate the issue.Last crop, in the Number 52-72 Villages and Crabwood Creek, 17 farmers were forced to dump their paddy after mills refused them because of the damage as a result of the paddy bug infestation.According to the GRDB, it has now adopted the strategy of using trained and experienced personnel to conduct spraying.The new approach will see the GRDB not only spraying the fields, but also the perimeter to avoid the bugs getting to the actual rice crop, GRDB’s Allison Peters had stated.However, Extension Officer Ramglan Singh explained that the GRDB has only contracted two motor blowers to the entire Region Six. The project commenced in the Number 52-74 rice cultivation area only.“It has approximately 300 miles access dams, irrigation dams and drainage dams and two motor blowers will take them several months to complete just 52-74,” the Extension Officer had revealed.However, that does not include the Black Bush Polder, Crabwood Creek, Lower Corentyne, both East and West Canje and East Bank Berbice, where rice is also being cultivated.However, farmers are calling on Government to allow aerial spraying, noting that the paddy bugs are in the savannah and field, and dam spraying will not eradicate the insects.last_img read more

Simi Valley senior’s menu

first_imgHere is this week’s menu: Monday: Beef stew, vegetable blend. Tuesday: Chicken a la king, peas and carrots. Wednesday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, cauliflower. Thursday: Sweet and sour chicken, spinach. Friday: Vegetable lasagna, broccoli.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Donation is $5, or $2.25 for ages 60 and older. Reservations are due 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. Call (805) 517-6261. Meals include salad, whole-grain bread, fruit, milk and choice of yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick. last_img read more

Alexandre Pato ‘so happy’ as Chelsea move nears completion

first_img1 Alexandre Pato Alexandre Pato has said he is ‘so happy’ and has called Chelsea his ‘new home’ after arriving in London to finalise his loan move to Stamford Bridge.The Premier League club are yet to comment on Pato’s proposed switch from Corinthians.But the Brazilian forward openly thanked the Blues for the chance to prove himself, as he takes a step closer to joining on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent switch.“I am so happy – Chelsea is my new home,” 26-year-old Pato told Sky Sports News.“Thanks Chelsea for the support and thanks for my fans and my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook followers.“I need to play. I don’t know what to say because I am so happy. I am very anxious. I want to know my new friends, the new players, and the team. I really want to play for Chelsea.”Pato, who has been capped 27 times for Brazil, has not played since November and is reportedly set to undergo a medical at Stamford Bridge later on Wednesday.His arrival in the capital coincided with Chelsea announcing that midfielder Ramires had ended his five-and-a-half-year stint with the club after joining Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.last_img read more

Youths getting jump on college

first_imgAfter four years of high school, students in Pomona can graduate with not only a diploma but a two-year community college degree, without paying a dime toward books and tuition. Through the Early College High School program that will begin in September, Village Academy freshmen can take classes toward an associate’s degree or earn community college credits to transfer to a four-year university. Any student in the Pomona Unified School District can enroll, and 50 to 100 freshmen are expected to join the first class, according to John Nixon, vice president of instruction at Mt. San Antonio College, which has partnered with Village Academy. “The middle college high school movement has been very successful,” Nixon said. “It has attracted largely students who, for whatever reason, are underperforming in middle school or for the first year of high school, and don’t really fit in in a comprehensive high school.” Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other groups, the Early College High School initiative recruits minority and poor students who might not otherwise go to college. “It’s the underserved who aren’t getting the benefit of our educational system,” said Carmon Cunningham, vice president of communications of Jobs for the Future, a research and policy advocacy group. “If you look at the horrific dropout rates, for many of these students, existing educational models don’t work.” Started in 2002, the Early College High School Initiative reformulates the entire high school experience, from the curriculum to the social aspect. The most obvious change are the classes. Students will be taught by both Pomona Unified and Mt. SAC educators, depending on the class. Some classes, especially during the later years, will count toward college credit. In the freshmen year, students will take an Intro to College class taught by a Mt. SAC guidance counselor. Enrollment will be capped at 400, so students and teachers can cultivate personal relationships and have personalized learning opportunities, Cunningham said. In addition, students will be part of the high school and the community college. While they may not be able to participate in high school athletics – Village Academy doesn’t offer it – they can use Mt. SAC’s science lab facilities or participate in the college’s music and theater events. “The students from day one perceive themselves as college students. That shift in thinking can be transformational for a young student, who may be the first person in their family who may have gone to college,” Cunningham said. In September, there were 67 Early College High School programs with 12,000 students in the country. By 2011, an additional 170 programs are expected to open. esther.chou@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

THWARTED PASSIONS AND MURDER WITH NORTH WEST OPERA AT AN GRIANAN

first_imgPrepare for a night of fiery passion and seduction when North West Opera present Bizet’s Carmen at An Grianán Theatre later this month. With members of the Cairo Opera Orchestra and international soloists from Britain, America and Germany, under the expert baton of conductor Nader Abbassi, this is the North West Opera’s follow up to their highly successful La Boheme.Under the expert Baton of world-renowned Maestro, Nader Abbassi, the chorus of North West Opera and soloists will be accompanied by the professional musicians of Cairo’s Opera House. Featuring 22 musicians, this will be the largest live orchestra to accompany an opera here at An Grianán. Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time and tells the story of young, army corporal Don Josè who is bewitched by the exotic Gypsy Carmen and so the tale of jealousy and murder begins.With its instantly recognisable score, including the seductive Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’, this North West Opera production will feature Flamenco dancing, fortune-telling gypsies, smugglers and murder.Sharing the stage with Irish Soprano Ann Jennings are Soprano Diana Bryan-Mc Laughlin who performs the role of Michaela and a chorus of 60 local adults and children.Gaoth Dobhair actor Eoghan McBride will play the role of Lillas Pastia and Mezzo Soprano Ruth McPhillips plays the role of Frasquita. Critics branded Carmen too immoral for public performance when it had its world premiere in Paris in 1875.Bizet did not live long enough to see become a success. He died three months after the premier.Carmen, An Grianan, Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18th 8pm. Sung in English with English dialogue. THWARTED PASSIONS AND MURDER WITH NORTH WEST OPERA AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:An Grianan TheatreCairo Opera OrchestraEoghan McBrideletterkennyNader AbbassiNorth West Operalast_img read more