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Salary package driving WI players from Tests – Samuels

first_imgFront-line West Indies batsman, Marlon Samuels, said conditions relating to salary packages are driving senior players away from Test representation.The situation, he declared, is forcing him to retire from Tests.”The way how things are right now, it is forcing me to give it (Test cricket) up,” stated Samuels, who was Player of the Final in the just-concluded ICC WorldTwenty20 in India.”I would like to continue and play as long as possible, however, until things improve, I doubt it,” he offered, as this summer’s home series against India in the Caribbean loom large.He continued: “If you look at the system now, we have more young players playing when we should have more senior players and a couple of young players.”It means, therefore, that it could be said that we are not going in the right direction when it comes to the longer version.NO ENCOURAGEMENT”For example, a lot of players (are) playing only Twenty20 cricket, who I know have a lot of ability and could do well in the Test side. However, at the end of the day, they are not being encouraged, including financially, and as such, do what they have to do.”According to Samuels, one of the reasons for a lack of interest generally by senior players in Test cricket appears to be how they are treated by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as it relates to financial matters.He said with a changing worldwide cricket landscape, their net worth is being recognised internationally, but regionally, there seems to be reluctance.This, he said, is evidenced by the new player payment scheme that was negotiated between the regional entity and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).”Test cricket is the most important part of our West Indies heritage, but it is also a job for us,” commented Samuels.”I don’t think we are being paid particularly well at the moment, as we got a big pay cut recently with virtually little consent on our part.”Some of us as players agreed in principle for a pay cut with WIPA to help with the paying of first-class cricketers in the regional professional league, but none of us had signed off on the exact percentage.”WIPA then went literally behind our backs and signed off on close to a 75 per cent match-fee pay cut, and I can tell you none of the players are happy about it.”He added: “Situations like these do not motivate or encourage our senior players to want to play the longest version of the game.”Samuels, who made his Test debut in 2000, has an average of 33.53, including seven centuries and 22 half centuries.last_img read more

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Local businesses taking donations for Slave Lake residents

first_imgA group of businesses in Fort St. John are doing what they can to aid Slave Lake, Alta. residents displaced by massive wildfires that have destroyed much of the town.The massive wildfires ripped through the town, forcing a mandatory evacuation of 7,000 residents over the weekend and Monday.- Advertisement -The last report indicated that at least 30 per cent of the town had been destroyed, including the town hall and library.Grimshaw Trucking, Greyhound and the Cash Store in Fort St. John are all accepting donations for Slave Lake residents.Grimshaw Trucking will be accepting donations at all of their locations across the province, as well as in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In Fort St. John, residents can drop off needed supplies to their location at 9316 102 St.Donations can also be made through Greyhound at both its Dawson Creek and Fort St. John locations. Greyhound officials are asking that all donations are appropriately packed and say there will not be any shipping charges for the donations.Advertisement Furthermore, the Cash Store and Instaloans in Fort St. John will be accepting donations in the form of clothing, food, household items and money. Anyone interested in making a donation can drop them off at either 9125 96ASt. or 9908 100 Ave. anytime between Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.Shelters have been set up in various towns for Slave Lake evacuees, including as far away as Edmonton. The town currently has no phone service, power, or drinkable water.– with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

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County so-so for Latinos

first_img Still, community leaders said the findings were troubling. “This shows we still have huge challenges in the areas of health and housing, some notable progress in public safety as we become the second safest big city in America, and a huge challenge to turn around our educational system,” said City Council President Eric Garcetti. “The largest-growing population in the San Fernando Valley is the Latino population. I grew up as a Latino in the Valley myself, and on my block there was maybe at the time two or three other Latinos. Now, it’s hard to find any block in the Valley where there aren’t quite a few Latinos.” In 2004, Latinos were 47 percent of the county’s population – about 4.6 million out of 9.76 million residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But in the scorecard released Wednesday, researchers found Latinos continue to be the least likely to have health insurance – at 34 percent – and have the highest rate of unhealthy behavior, such as physical inactivity, tobacco use and obesity. Latinos also are severely underrepresented in local medical schools – just 14 percent of first-year medical students – which partly accounts for a shortage of Spanish-speaking doctors in the county. In education, the researchers found the graduating Class of 2005 in public high schools countywide had 30,000 fewer Latino students than the number who enrolled in ninth grade, a 40 percent drop. Also, only 26 percent of Latino high school graduates in 2004 completed the minimum requirements to apply to public universities – compared with 43 percent of whites, 31 percent of African-Americans and 57 percent of Asians. And while Latinos have a strong work ethic and a thriving entrepreneurial spirit, low rates of high school and college graduations have translated into the lowest per capita income at $12,464 – less than one-third of the $38,001 per capita income of whites. “It’s not that the students are failing. It’s that our system is failing,” said Monica Lozana, publisher and chief executive officer of La Opinion newspaper, who chairs the Latino Scorecard project. “And we have to recognize that we all have to pull together and work together as a community … in the areas of health care, education, economic development and housing.” The exorbitantly high price of housing in the county has locked many Latinos out of homeownership, forcing them to live in low-quality, crowded and expensive apartments. Although Latinos constitute almost half of the county’s population, they received only 25 percent of new home loans in 2003. Those who did get loans were nearly twice as likely as whites to receive loans from higher-cost, subprime lenders. Latinos also continue to be overrepresented as victims of violent crimes and continue to be underrepresented in law enforcement, accounting for 30 percent of all sworn officers in the Sheriff’s Department – a 17 percent disparity from Latinos’ proportion in the county population as a whole. At the conference unveiling the scorecard Wednesday at the University of Southern California, participants offered recommendations on how to improve county conditions for Latinos. They called for increased public awareness and education about healthy behavior, setting educational achievement standards, advancing business and financial literacy education and supporting public infrastructure improvements, promoting quality affordable housing that is accessible to transit and schools, and hiring and training culturally competent police officers. Other goals include 100 percent enrollment of children in health insurance programs, increasing the availability and quality of preschool education, and focusing attention on the importance of the earned income tax credit or EITC. “We want to make sure that everyone has access to the American dream,” said Janet Murguia, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza. “I think Los Angeles can lead the way. We have the opportunity. This is our moment.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card And despite a burgeoning Latino population that accounts for nearly half of the county’s population, the scorecard showed little improvement since the first one was issued three years ago. “There has been some positive movement, but there are still some rather large shortfalls – and some are quite alarming,” Hayes-Bautista said. “The report card overall is not that good. If we were kids, our parents would have reprimanded us. We have some work ahead of us.” The scorecard, authored by researchers at five universities, found that Latinos continue to lag behind the general population in the five areas, while showing improvements in youth violence, some aspects of educational achievement and labor force participation. For example, the review found a growing number of Latino fourth-graders scoring above the national average in math, reading and language, and Latino men had the highest labor force participation rate at 78 percent – compared with 72 percent of whites, 67 percent of African-Americans and 66 percent of Asians. Los Angeles County gets barely passing grades in providing quality-of-life services – including health care, housing, education and economic development – for the region’s large Latino population, according to a review released Wednesday by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In its annual Latino Scorecard, the county received D’s in education, economic development and housing, with researchers finding Latinos have the lowest rates of health insurance, highest rates of poverty and lowest per capita incomes, and only 39 percent are homeowners. Researchers issued a C for health care, and the highest grade the county received – a C-plus – was in public safety, with researchers finding that youth violence and juvenile arrests among Latinos have fallen substantially since 2001. “If this were your report card, it would be a C-minus or a D-plus,” said David Hayes-Bautista, lead researcher and executive director of the Center for Study of Latino Health & Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. last_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: STOKES HITS HAT-TRICK TO STAKE CLAIM FOR NATIONAL CALL-UP

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: ANTHONY Stokes scored a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup today to show why Ireland could do with him on the plane to Euro2012 in Poland and the Ukraine.Club manager Neil Lennon was delighted with the goals which came in a potentially tricky game away at Peterhead.Stokes tapped in Celtic’s first after 36 minutes, then hit two after the break, while Ki Sung-Yueng crashed a shot against the crossbar. Said Lennon afterwards: “Anthony can tidy up his game. He’s only a young man yet he’s been around a while. He’s got so much potential.“He could have had six today. Some of his link-up play was not great but he always gets a chance in a game.“He is a goalscorer. He’s a great lad and he’s having a great season and we want him to continue that.“He creates a lot for himself. He worked really hard for the team today and it was a good all-round performance.” Asked about his chances of playing for Ireland this summer, Stokes himself would only say: “I would of course like to be given a chance, but I will just do my very best for Celtic and see what happens from there.”Lennon also revealed that Southampton have made an enquiry about striker Gary Hooper but said that was “as far as it went”, before adding that he was not looking to sell any players, “especially not my leading goalscorer”.Midfielder Joe Ledley was forced off with an eye injury and was replaced by Victor Wanyama but Lennon is confident the Welshman will be available to face Dundee United at Celtic Park on Saturday.“He got a cut eye on the eyelid from an elbow which I wasn’t altogether pleased with, but the referee deemed it to be accidental,” added the manager.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com THE HOOPS REPORT: STOKES HITS HAT-TRICK TO STAKE CLAIM FOR NATIONAL CALL-UP was last modified: January 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Anthony StokesCelticpeterheadthe hoops reportlast_img read more

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Making the impossible possible: Nikki Bradley announced as first No Barriers Ambassador

first_imgLetterkenny woman Nikki Bradley has been announced as the first charity ambassador for the No Barriers Foundation.Nikki, who is an award-winning adaptive adventurer and motivational speaker, has come on board to represent the values of No Barriers as they provide specialist rehabilitation services in Donegal and Sligo.The partnership is a perfect fit, according to Nikki, who leads her own campaign called Fighting Fit For Ewing’s to highlight the importance of exercise for rehabilitation. After surviving cancer as a teen, Nikki suffered irreversible hip damage from the treatment and is now a permanent crutch user. However, she uses her challenges to overcome greater physical challenges and to motivate others.No Barriers Foundation Ambassador Nikki Bradley at FitHub LetterkennyNikki’s feats, from scaling a glacier on crutches to completing a Four Peaks challenge, are about making the impossible possible.“That’s the way of thinking I’d like to bring to No Barriers. And that’s the kind of thinking they have already so I think I’ll slot in nicely,” Nikki told Donegal Daily.No Barriers, directed by Letterkenny Physiotherapist Johnny Loughrey, leads unparalleled rehab therapy with an Eksobionics robotic exoskeleton, alongside inclusive training for people with disabilities. Now based at FitHub Letterkenny, the foundation is piloting exercise classes for wheelchair users. “What Johnny and the entire No Barriers team is doing is amazing,” Nikki said. “To get the opportunity to train in general is amazing, but to train in an environment where everyone else is training, I know for me that makes a huge difference.”No Barriers Physiotherapist Stephen McNally, FitHub Letterkenny owner Neil Barrett, No Barriers Charity Ambassador Nikki Bradley, Exercise Therapist David Hone and Director Johnny LoughreyNikki sees the clear benefits that come with people of all abilities training alongside each other.“FitHub is a great facility, I find it very inclusive. I’ve trained here myself for years. Neil Barrett trained me at the start and he changed my way of thinking. They think outside the box all that time.“For the people using the Exoskeleton, it is great for them to see others training, but more importantly for others to see them training, it’s a really inspiring environment to be in.“When you are working out, it’s not easy. Everybody is sweating, but to see these people pushing themselves is really a great motivator for everybody,” she said. No Barriers Foundation Ambassador Nikki Bradley at FitHub LetterkennyMotivation is a key driver for Nikki, who brings contagious positivity to her motivational talks.“I hope to bring my experiences and the knowledge I have gained over the last six years since setting up my campaign to No Barriers. I’ve come across lots of different challenges within challenges,” she said.Nikki’s next challenge has taken an unexpected route. She had been training for the Dublin Marathon until a once-in-a-lifetime mission came along recently. Instead, she will be travelling to Africa next month with ALPS, a suicide prevention charity based in Northern Ireland.“My way of thinking is: If I do the Dublin Marathon, the only person that benefits is me. If I travel to Africa and do this type of amazing work with an amazing group, I’m getting the opportunity to help others and give back. I’ve been so lucky since 2013 with my charity, so it feels right.” Johnny Loughrey welcomed Nikki as an Ambassador for No Barriers, saying: “Nikki’s limitations have actually given her more mental strength and more determination to show they haven’t really limited her at all.“Everything that Nikki is doing with Fighting Fit for Ewing’s ties in so well with No Barriers. We are delighted to have her on board. She pushes the boundaries of her own mental and physical strength and shows that using crutches or having a different level of mobility doesn’t limit what you can do or achieve in life.Johnny continued: “No Barriers revolves around staying strong and keeping fit, regardless of your injuries. We adapt all the exercises to suit what level of injury someone has.“We know there is a massive mental health aspect too. When someone suffers a stroke, spinal injury or brain injury they perceive that a lot of their life has been taken away or they can’t do as much as they previously could. No Barriers is about teaching people what they can do and creating a support network and social outlet.”No Barriers Foundation Ambassador Nikki Bradley at FitHub LetterkennyMaking the impossible possible: Nikki Bradley announced as first No Barriers Ambassador was last modified: September 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:exercisefithub letterkennynikki bradleyno barriers foundationlast_img read more

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Half-time: RZ Pellets 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgBertrand Traore put Chelsea ahead five minutes before half-time in their pre-season friendly in Austria.Traore bundled the ball in from close range after being teed up Willian’s low cross from the right.Earlier, Willian picked out Victor Moses, who fired against the post.Moses then squared the ball for Traore, who shot over, and Papy Djilobodji’s header from Willian’s corner was saved before Chelsea eventually found the net.Diego Costa almost doubled their lead just before the interval when his shot from the edge of the penalty area was well saved.Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Terry, Djilobodji, Aina, Willian, Matic, Oscar, Moses, Traore, Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Delac, Miazga, Hector, Chalobah, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Cuevas, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Atsu, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Laureano, Chapman start to get hot as A’s win eighth straight

first_imgRamon Laureano is heating up >> What was the most important swing of the game? A quick … Oakland >> Mike Fiers returned to the Oakland Coliseum mound for the first time since his no-hitter and, this time around, tossed something a little more on brand.A six-inning, three-run outing helped the A’s to their eighth straight victory after taking the 6-5 win over Seattle on Saturday in Oakland. The A’s go for a sweep of the Mariners on Sunday.Here are three observations from the win:last_img read more

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USDA natural disaster designations declaration affects 40 Ohio counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging farmers in 40 Ohio counties to seek potential relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) following the USDA Secretarial disaster designation in their counties or contiguous counties due to rain, flooding, or other weather conditions.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, in letters dated July 25, 2019, designated several counties as primary natural disaster areas due to production losses caused by extreme weather events that occurred during the 2019 crop year.“This has been a very tough year for farmers,” Governor DeWine said. “We appreciate the Secretary’s actions in reviewing the information about production losses in these counties and making these natural disaster designations.”In June, Governor DeWine requested a USDA Secretarial disaster designation for Ohio and met with farmers about the effects of heavy rainfall this year.“Inclement weather conditions have caused farmers across our state to make tough economic decisions that will have a long-term impact on the agricultural industry,” said Dorothy Pelanda, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director. “Secretary Perdue’s assistance is greatly appreciated.”According to the USDA, a Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, which may include FSA emergency loans.The following counties were designated by the Secretary either as primary counties or contiguous counties affected by natural disasters:AllenAthensAuglaizeCoshoctonCrawfordDefianceDelawareErieFairfieldFranklinHancockHardinHenryHockingHuronKnoxLickingLoganLucasMarionMeigsMercerMonroeMorganMuskingumNobleOttawaPauldingPerryPickawayPutnamRossSanduskySenecaShelbyVan WertVintonWashingtonWoodWyandotFarmers should contact their local FSA offices for additional information. Additional information on USDA’s disaster assistance program can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.                Farmers should contact their local FSA offices for additional information. Additional information on USDA’s disaster assistance program can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.last_img read more

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I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. — Antuna Underground (GC2B3BY) — Geocache of the Week Video Edition

first_img SharePrint RelatedTop Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”Down, down, down into the underground – Below Above, The Fallen Monarch (GC2GAMT) – Geocache of the WeekApril 3, 2013In “Community”It’s the Spookiest Time of Year — Manunka Chunk Tunnels (GC82B5) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 23, 2013In “Community” If you’ve found a few geocaches, you know that sometimes in order to find the geocache, you have to explore places you’ve never been before. Sometimes those places are in full-view of the public or in a popular park. And sometimes, like in the case of this week’s Geocache of the Week, the geocache will take you to an abandoned underground hideout.Just outside of Stockholm, Sweden lies Antuna Underground (GC2B3BY), a difficulty/terrain 4 Unknown Cache that only the brave should attempt. For safety reasons, it’s probably best to tackle this geocache with two or more people. In order to find the physical geocache, you’ll have to don a headlamp, put on some boots, and overcome any spider fears you have as you descend into a forgotten place. Check out the video below to see two brave cachers earn their smiley:Thumbs up for a find! Photo by geocacher IJayZzLocations like this have long histories. From the geocache page: “This facility was completed in 1944 as a backup location for power generators for the railway system in times of war. It was finally shutdown in 1991 and is today completely abandoned.” In Sweden and some other countries (not the United States), venturing into places like this is not considered trespassing. To complete the geocache, you have to navigate through the facility, find hidden numbers and solve an equation to locate the final geocache location.This geocache was actually the product of a collaboration between several geocachers who call themselves TeamGroundZerO8. One team member had this to say about their geocache, “The thing that makes me proud of this cache is that it has made many geocachers stretch their comfort zone quite alot. Many [Urban Exploration] caches are T5 and out of reach for a big majority of our community. This cache offers a great adventure in a type of location few have ever visited and forces our visitors to do things they never thought they dared such as climbing rusty ladders 10 m above ground in darkness with only a headlamp. Almost all visitors have come out on the other side with a smiley on their map, and I think that almost all did it with a big smile on their face. The average length of the log entries also shows that most of them have a great story to tell both us and probably their friends afterwards.”This geocache takes you to a place with quite a history. What geocaches have you found that have been in amazing historical places? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more