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Laurie Foster | Shannon Gabriel’s heavy burden

Laurie Foster | Shannon Gabriel’s heavy burden

first_imgWith West Indies Test cricket falling into the barren state that it has, any whiff of hope or threats of resurgence can provide a solid reason for a show of expectancy. The unreal takes on the image of reality and shots in the dark go after invisible targets. This is what is being played out as the team slides down that slippery slope to almost irrelevance. Coming from this, it is natural to seek solace in any event that takes the mind away from the obvious, that the once-revered island cricketers are just not good enough. The skills and the management thereof, that were hitherto taken for granted, have disappeared, and the struggle is on to bring them back on board. In situations like these, panic is known to set in and time that should be spent more productively, is expended on matters of questionable importance. Recently, the West Indies lost a Test match and, with it, a series at home to Pakistan for the first time. These featured a few lower-order batting performances that had to be experienced to be believed. The always traumatic exercise resurfaced at the end of the third Test of three in Dominica. After defending stoutly for 21 balls, number 11 batsman Shannon Gabriel lashed out at the only remaining ball he was required to negotiate. Seemingly oblivious to this genuine last man in, the ball was pitched harmlessly outside his off stump and no physical action was required. He perished, as the ball took an inside edge and crashed into the stumps. The Pakistanis were jubilant, having outfoxed the obstacle standing in their way to a historic triumph on West Indian soil. Out of that sorry situation for the home team, has come a hailstorm of argument as to who is to blame for this last-minute loss of sanity, as that is exactly what it was in the view of this columnist. However, with Gabriel’s lack of status as a batsman, why should there even be the thought that the brunt of blame should fall on his shoulders? Players of Gabriel’s dubious batting ability are always given a heavy burden to carry. When a wicket falls in the closing stages of a day’s play, they are sent in not to protect the next batting expert in the line-up, but the not-out player, who has the required expertise and is settled in, thus better able to withstand what the attacking bowlers have to offer. In other words, the less equipped is expected to monopolise the strike and have the better batsman hiding at the other end. What an injustice! NO LUCK When is it that the specialist batsman is ever asked to bowl out a side when the true trundlers fail? Even if the captain tosses him the ball when all else seems unworkable, a couple of ineffective overs and he is withdrawn from the attack. No such luck exists for the specialist bowler when he is asked to shield or make up for the perceived weaknesses of a competent batsman. In all these circumstances, one should remember that this is the same bowler who is afforded little or minimal practice at batting during net sessions. Yet, he is now asked to ‘hang on’ against some of the meanest opposing bowlers with fieldsmen crouching stealthily, like pickpockets in a crowded bus, preparing to pounce. With all that in mind, when a series or a match is lost following the indiscretion of which Gabriel was clearly guilty, thoughts should be cast at the batting talents that counted for nothing in the 3-4-5-6 positions, at times throwing their wickets away, and spare the 9-10-11 of such adverse comments. They were not selected for batting prowess and were thrust into their unaccustomed and uncomfortable role by genuine batsmen who failed. One look at the batting failures in the middle order in the latest scenario and the point is made. After doing that, one should pity the poor bowler since what he is being asked, is not the reason for his selection. – Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

Verstappen doubtful he can catch Hamilton in F1 title race

Verstappen doubtful he can catch Hamilton in F1 title race

first_imgSinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops PLAY LIST 02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island But even with his exceptional driving skills, winning at Spa remains complicated.Spa is the longest circuit of the season at 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) and Red Bull is expected to be the third-quickest car overall behind Mercedes and Ferrari, which won here last year after an accomplished drive from Sebastian Vettel.“It will be a bit tougher for us because of the long straights. We just need to find a good balance in the car,” Verstappen said. “It’s flat out and then in sector two there are a lot of corners; so you have to find the right compromise.”Hamilton leads the championship by 62 points ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, but thinks Bottas and Verstappen can still push him.“It could be either of them. Max is catching (Bottas) up and getting quite close on points,” Hamilton said. “Red Bull have a couple of really strong tracks. Look at the end of last year; they were really strong towards the end. So I see them being a threat throughout the rest of the season.”Verstappen’s race-day craft, uncommon speed and ability to withstand pressure is something to be wary of.“You have to look at all the possibilities,” Hamilton said. “If I don’t turn up this weekend or the following one, if I don’t deliver in the next races, if I make mistakes, I could easily lose the championship. There are points (available) to turn the tables.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruptioncenter_img Tens of thousands of Dutch fans are expected to descend on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit nestled in the Ardennes forest, traveling in from the nearby Netherlands to cheer on Verstappen at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix. They’ve attended every race in droves this season, but the sea of orange will be even bigger in Spa given the proximity to Belgium.“It’s amazing to see the big following. Obviously, with the orange it’s quite easy to spot a Dutch fan. Here we created our own grandstand, they’re going crazy already before the race is even (started),” Verstappen said Thursday. “They get a bit crazy with flares and stuff, I remember going up the straight and it was almost turning orange. It’s great to see and I’m happy to have such a big following, and I hope over the years it will only get bigger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another titleThe way things are going for the 21-year-old Verstappen, that seems a certainty.His popularity has soared in recent weeks thanks to an astonishing drive to win the Austrian GP, an ice-cool victory at the rain-soaked German GP in Hockenheim, and a fabulously long duel against Lewis Hamilton in Hungary where he held off the faster Hamilton right until the end, when Hamilton overtook him to clinch victory. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Still, one look at the leaderboard and Verstappen is realistic enough to acknowledge that it will be difficult to catch Hamilton, a five-time world champion driving for a faster Mercedes car which has experienced very few reliability issues. Especially since Spa and the Monza track for the Italian GP which follows are more suited to Mercedes than Red Bull.“I think it’s just going to be a bit track-dependent for us, where we are going to be more competitive. I’m expecting (Spa) to be a bit more tricky and especially Monza,” Verstappen said. “From there onwards with upgrades coming to the car, we’ll have a few tracks where we can have a good go. But for (winning) the championship I don’t think so.”Verstappen is touted as a future F1 champion and shares the unshakeable self-confidence of Hamilton and others before them, like seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher and the late Ayrton Senna — arguably F1’s two best-ever drivers.The unflappable Verstappen seems to take even his rise to the top in his stride.“It’s quite natural, you get older and more experienced so for me it’s not a big surprise what is happening at the moment,” he said. “I think it’s a natural process. I think it would be bad if you were already declining at 21.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, left, talks to his teammate Alexander Albon of Britain during a press conference ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Even the devoted legions of orange-clad fans forming a wall of noise may not be enough to convince Max Verstappen he can catch Lewis Hamilton and win the Formula One title race this season.Making up a 69-point gap to Hamilton is a tall order even for Verstappen.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Warriors bring back Pachulia as consultant, make promotionslast_img read more

Cooper gunning for Azkals reboot in Syria duel

Cooper gunning for Azkals reboot in Syria duel

first_imgLOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View comments Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Under Cooper, the Azkals are getting a fresh start as they plot a way out of their tough group in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers that starts on Wednesday night when they take on Syria at Panaad Stadium here.“It’s about resetting the mind-set of the players,” Cooper told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It’s time to win. We cannot afford to be stuck in the past, but we can take those good qualities and improve them and add more elements to it. We want a team that is confident and also aggressive.”The Azkals, who will also face Guam on Tuesday in the US territory, have been winless in almost eight months with their last victory coming against Timor Leste in the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Kuala Lumpur last November. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist But they’ll be at the familiar confines of Panaad as they test a Syrian side that boasts top attacking talent, including captain Faris Al-Katib, whom Cooper described as an “unbelievable and crafty player.”The Azkals also caught a break with former AFC Asian Player of the Year Omar Kharbin reportedly pulling out of the Syrian squad in anticipation of the birth of his child.“They’re (Syrians) very dangerous up front and it is going to be hard to keep a clean sheet against them,” said Cooper, who is designated as assistant team manager in the roster of officials since he lacks the pro license to be named the national team coach. Goran Milojevic is the assigned coach for the qualifiers, but Azkals manager Dan Palami said the Serbian reports to Cooper.Cooper said the Syrians are also vulnerable defensively and with Stephan Schrock and Javier Patino in fine form, the Azkals are capable of unlocking the visitors.Syria, which reached the fourth round of the last World Cup qualification phase, is 39 places higher than the Philippines at No. 87 in the Fifa rankings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img “They are 40 places above us for a reason, but playing in Bacolod is a leveller,” Cooper said. “We’ve got to find a way to make Panaad intimidating, let our opponents feel they don’t want to be there to face us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption BACOLOD CITY—With a new challenge looming, coach Scott Cooper is pressing the reset button on the Azkals.Forget about coming close to holding South Korea to a draw in the Asian Cup in January in Dubai or even the two losses to China early this year.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LATEST STORIES Like floating in air, says EJ of Olympic-qualifying vaultlast_img read more

Mother, male friend in custody after 3-year-old molested

Mother, male friend in custody after 3-year-old molested

first_imgA Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) mother is now in custody following the discovery that her 3-year-old daughter was sexually molested.This newspaper was told that the child is hospitalised.The woman was taken into custody along with a male friend after she reported to the Springlands Police Station that her infant was bleeding profusely from the vagina.According to reports, the mother made the report on Saturday and she and her male friend were arrested on Monday.At the time the report was made the woman’s husband along with their two other children, was at sea working. The father of the child is a fisherman.According to Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam, the mother of the child had not given Police the name of any suspect who may have committed the act, and as such she was taken into custody.Amsterdam said following investigations, the woman’s siblings provided information which led to the arrest of the man. He said it was revealed that relatives reported that the man had some interactions with the child’s mother earlier in the day.The investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Kwakwani NDC Chairman, Vice Chairman sworn-in

Kwakwani NDC Chairman, Vice Chairman sworn-in

first_imgChairman of the Kwakwani Neighbourhood Development Council (KNDC) Merna Adrian and Vice Chairman Kelvin Daly were officially sworn in as elected representatives of the Council on Thursday, at a swearing in exercise, conducted at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in Linden.The exercise, which saw the two officials taking the oath of office, was conducted in the presence of Regional officials, including Chairman Renis Morian, ViceKNDC Chairman and Vice Chairman (centre) with regional officials following the swearing in ceremonyChairman Elroy Adolph, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Gavin Clarke and numerous Councillors.Speaking with Guyana Times following the ceremony, Chairman of the KNDC, noted that elected representatives have several developmental activities planned, some of which are already ongoing in Kwakwani. She stressed also that there is much work to be done within the community by the NDC.“We started some projects in 2016 that we will be completing in 2017. We have some road projects and we have a lot of infrastructural works to do- like school fences and grounds, the ball field area. We have a lot of work to do”, Adrian pointed out.Additionally, highlighting several issues in the community, Adrian pointed to roads, garbage collection and drainage. In an effort to curb garbage woes, she noted that a community clean-up campaign commenced last year and is presently ongoing.last_img read more

Unemployment rate drops in the Northeast

Unemployment rate drops in the Northeast

first_imgIn November, 400 new jobs were created in our region bringing the total number of people working to 40,300 and the unemployment rate unavailable.This region still has the lowest unemployment rate in the Province.  The North Coast & Nechako region has the highest unemployment rate in the province at 8.5 per cent. The Provincial rate dropped to 6.2 per cent from 6.5 in October.  Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.2 per cent. – Advertisement –last_img

Flash flood traps Chinese miners

Flash flood traps Chinese miners

first_imgBEIJING – Water from a rain-swollen river poured into a coal mine in eastern China, leaving 172 miners trapped and feared dead, government officials and a state news agency reported tonight. A dike on the Wen river in Shandong province broke Friday afternoon, sending water flooding into the mine in the city of Xintai, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Work areas were submerged and the miners “had only slim chances of survival,” Xinhua said, citing Wang Ziqi, director of Shandong’s coal mine safety agency. There was no indication whether rescuers had any sign that miners were alive. Employees who answered the phone at the national coal mine safety agency in Beijing and refused to give their names said none of the miners had been found. The disaster came as rescuers in Utah suspended the search for six coal miners trapped since Aug. 6 by a cave-in. Authorities announced the suspension Friday following a tunnel collapse that killed three rescue workers. The Xintai mine was operated by the Huayuan Mining Co., Xinhua said. A total of 756 miners were working underground at the time of the flood and 584 escaped, the report said. About 2,000 soldiers, police and miners were trying to close the 175-foot-wide gap in the flood dike, the agency reported. The directors of China’s industrial safety and coal mine safety agencies rushed to Xintai from Beijing to oversee rescue work, the report said. China’s coal mines are the world’s deadliest, with thousands of fatalities each year in fires, floods and other disasters. Many are blamed on managers who disregard safety rules, fail to install required fire-control and other equipment or push miners to dig far more coal than the mine’s license allows. The government has promised for years to improve mine safety. Authorities have ordered thousands of small pits closed, offer rewards to whistleblowers who expose problems and prosecute officials who collude with unscrupulous mine bosses. But China depends on coal for most of its electric power and the country’s economic boom has created voracious demand. Production has more than doubled since 2000 to supply factories, shopping malls and other customers. In China’s deadliest reported coal mine disaster since the 1949 communist revolution, an explosion killed 214 miners on Feb. 14, 2005, in the Sunjiawan mine in Liaoning province.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

QPR set to hijack Aston Villa’s move for Swindon duo

QPR set to hijack Aston Villa’s move for Swindon duo

first_img Swindon duo Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin 1 Queens Park Rangers are set to hijack Aston Villa’s move for Swindon duo Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin.Following Swindon’s crushing 4-0 defeat in the League One play-off final, an exodus of players is expected at the County Ground this summer.And two of the first expected to leave are midfield stars Luongo and Gladwin – with Villa highly interested in doing a deal.Tim Sherwood worked with Australian playmaker Luongo during his time at Tottenham while Gladwin was one of Town’s best players last season, having signed from non-League Marlow in 2013.However Sherwood’s old friends Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, who are now at QPR, are also well aware of the duo’s talent.And, following Rangers’ relegation from the top flight, they must now prepare a squad capable of winning promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and reckon Luongo and Gladwin would fit right in.It has been reported that both men have already had medicals at QPR with a joint fee agreed with Swindon and the deal could be completed before the end of the week.last_img read more

‘He has the style of Barcelona’ – Neymar wants Liverpool star at the Nou Camp

‘He has the style of Barcelona’ – Neymar wants Liverpool star at the Nou Camp

first_img Philippe Coutinho and Neymar 1 Barcelona star Neymar has admitted he would relish the chance to play alongside compatriot and close friend Philippe Coutinho at the Nou Camp.Reports in Spain on Monday claimed that Barca were considering an approach for the talented Liverpool playmaker at the end of the season.Now Neymar has further fuelled speculation a move for his fellow 23-year-old could be on the cards by claiming his style of play would suit the Catalans perfectly.“I see many Brazilian players with quality today,” said the superstar forward. “But one that I like and I think could play here is Coutinho. He has the style of Barcelona.”Neymar’s statement will worry Liverpool fans.The Merseyside club have lost Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in recent seasons, and there are real fears Coutinho could be the next star man to depart.last_img read more

Taggers to pay the price for graffti crime

Taggers to pay the price for graffti crime

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMolina and Knabe drafted the motion in response to the shooting deaths of two individuals who were trying to stop graffiti vandalism. Maria Hicks, a 57-year-old grandmother from Pico Rivera, was shot and killed Aug. 10 while attempting to prevent four vandals from defacing a wall in her neighborhood with graffiti. Robert Whitehead of unincorporated Valinda was shot and killed last year while attempting to stop vandals from spray-painting graffiti on his neighbor’s home. “These incidents demonstrate vividly that local residents are eager to defend their neighborhood against graffiti vandals and other scofflaws,” Molina and Knabe said in their motion. “They also illustrate that graffiti is not a minor transgression but one that relies on fear, intimidation and violence to silence law-abiding residents.” ————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to decide today whether to recommend automatic fines for people cited for graffiti vandalism. If the recommendation is approved, county supervisors will designate which county department would operate as the lead agency in civil graffiti citation cases and establish a set of civil fine standards in which graffiti vandals — and, in cases involving minors, their parents — would automatically be issued a fine and charged for the cost of removing graffiti. County supervisors will also create a hearing panel whose members would convene in graffiti vandalism cases and provide due process to accused graffiti vandals — a process similar to traffic court. “The community has spoken and we say, `Enough!”‘ said Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe in their motion. “Vandals and their families should pay a stiff price for their misdeeds.” last_img