Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners defeated Jamaica Scorpions by 75 runs, in the opening game of the Regional Super50 at 3Ws Oval in Barbados today. Batting first, the Marooners made 215 for eight in their 50 overs with Amir Jangoo topscoring with 64 runs. He was well supported by Ryan Hinds who scored 39 not out and Cassius Burton, who chipped in with 32. Damion Jacobs was the most successful bowler for the Scorpions with two wickets for 22 runs. In reply the Jamaican team was bundled out for 140 runs in 35 overs. Brandon King with 48 runs and Nikita Miller (25 not out) offered the most resistance while Mark Deyal 3-22 and Keon Harding 3-30 did the damage for the Marooners.
Rafael Nadal donates 1 million euros to Mallorca flood victims The news came several hours after Gordon said he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.Gordon said on Twitter his decision was spurred by his own feelings that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect,” Patriots team officials said.Gordon has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012, and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. After being reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2017, Gordon revealed in an interview with GQ magazine that he drank or used marijuana before games. “Probably every game of my career,” he said.Gordon also said in a 2017 mini-documentary on Uninterreupted.com that he took Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics.Gordon’s outlook had improved with New England, where he landed in September in a trade after the Browns felt it was time to cut ties. He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots, five years removed from an All-Pro season in 2013 with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.Special teams captain and receiver Matt Slater said despite his suspension, Gordon still has support inside the Patriots locker room.“My No. 1 concern is with him as a man,” Slater said. “I’m thankful for the approach he took here, how he was as a teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him in that process and I’ll continue to support him in any way I can.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again.League officials said Thursday that Gordon was returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for breaking the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL substance abuse policy.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Safety Devin McCourty said the 27-year-old’s well-being is his biggest concern, not football.“Life comes before all of that,” McCourty said. “I think we wish him the best and care about that more than wins or losses.”New England officials had insulated Gordon and focused him on getting acclimated to the team’s highly-disciplined culture, while also limiting his time with reporters.Coach Bill Belichick said last week that Gordon was thriving on the field, developing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady and learning the offensive system.“He’s a smart kid, so he learns well,” Belichick said. “For better or worse, he’s been in a lot of different systems. I know it was only one team, but it was a lot of different systems up there. Most everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done somewhere along the line for somebody.“As we go through each week, I would say we’ve gained a little more ground on the overall knowledge of the system,” he said.Gordon said earlier this month he thought he was settling in well with New England.“It felt like home a long time ago,” Gordon said. “The atmosphere is very welcoming. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth so far, and that’s due in part to the facility, the organization, just everybody helping me along the way.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Torrential weekend rains, which swept across Nimba County, have left Saclepea City in the heart of the county, cut-off from the rest of the country.Up to yesterday morning, fleet of vehicles, including those with transshipment goods destined for the Southeastern part of the country, were unable to make their way across the Weih River just across the city limit. While vehicles were prevented from moving in that direction owing to high current from the overflowing water that swept across the main road linking Lower Nimba, with Grand Gedeh County via Tappita, commuters and motorbikes were transported on makeshift rafts steered by at least six to nine able-bodied men.Each of the commuters or a motorbike paid between L$300 to L$600 to be transported by raft to the other end before continuing the journey unto the next connecting van that transports stranded passengers to the nearest parking station.Similar situation also occurred on Ganta-Saclepea Highway when the Leehi River overflowed its banks near Karnwea Town, thus preventing the free movement of goods and services.The two prevailing situations have exacerbated the already bad road network in the county to the extent that transportation fares have increased.Saclepea, a city of more than 12,000 citizens (2008 census report) is predominantly inhabited by the Mah people. The city now hosts one of Liberia’s regional offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and also a camp for refugees from the neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, which is situated on the outskirts of town.Meanwhile, City Mayor Marie D. Sonkarlay, has appealed to the county authority and the national government to prevail on engineers from the Ministry of Public Works to swiftly intervene to bring the flood situation under control.Saclepea’s retail economy is driven by its weekly market, the largest outdoor market in the county, if not in the country, according to marketers. Every Tuesday, people from all over Nimba and the surrounding counties pour into Saclepea to buy and sell in the market.The city’s economy was destroyed by Liberia’s civil war, but has been revived by the Local Economic Development (LED), moving Saclepea from post-war relief to rehabilitation and development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as 2017 production expected to be lowest since 1990The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is contending that the 115,447 tonnes of sugar production target for 2018 is unrealistic, since only three estates will remain operational. This, they said, is grounded in the fact that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is expected to fall behind its 2017 production target which is expected to be the lowest in 27 years.“The Budget tells us that sugar production will reach 115,447 tonnes next year from the three estates that will remain under GuySuCo’s management. This year, those three estates have produced aggregately 88,116 tonnes sugar… and therefore, are budgeted to record a 31 per cent improvement in 2018. For the GAWU, which has been associated with the sugar industry for decades now, this is a magnificent improvement and we cannot help but wonder whether it is grounded in reality,” the Assistant General Secretary of the Union, Aslim Singh, noted.In his 2018 Budget speech, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said the key to the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) is tasked with examining and articulating the way forward with respect to the divestment of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, and East Demerara estates. He noted that the SPU would also work to reconfigure operations to guarantee economic viability at the Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont estates.Lacking leadershipHe also said the Government intends to uphold its duty to the communities and families in the areas affected by divestment, as part of the GuySuCo restructuring.During GAWU’s end of year press conference, Singh told reporters that that sugar production is not expected to exceed 140,000 tonnes in 2017; representing a 23 per cent decline from 2016’s production of 183,000 tonnes. For 2017, GuySuCo expected production is 152,000 tonnes of sugar.“It may have missed many that sugar production this year will be the lowest since 1990. As at last Saturday (December 16, 2017), sugar production for the year stood at 137,233 tonnes. With the cessation of cane cutting across the industry, from all indications, sugar production may not top 140,000 tonnes sugar. For us of the GAWU the excitement which greeted the 231,000 tonnes sugar production in 2015, has now come crashing down as production has plummeted by over 40 per cent between then and now,” he said.“The dramatic decline of the industry has to be placed squarely at the feet of the industry’s leadership. Clearly, their stewardship is questionable and obvious questions about their performance have arisen,” Singh added.He noted that the Union is cognizant of that fact that the Corporation’s administration is seeking to cast blame on the workers and the Union but alluded to statements made by Labour Minister Keith Scott, where he reported a 49.1 per cent decline in strikes for 2017. He noted that GAWU is eagerly awaiting the next excuse from the Corporation as they seek to defend what he terms as a miserable production.Mountain out of a molehillMeanwhile, GAWU’s General Secretary Seepaul Narine noted that the 2016 financial statements revealed that the Corporation recorded a profit of $905 million in 2016, adding that it is intriguing considering that production in 2016 stood at just over 183,000 tonnes sugar; a 26 per cent decline from the previous year.He said the average price GuySuCo received for sugar rose by nearly 20 per cent in 2016, projecting had the Corporation realised its original 242,000 tonne target in 2016, revenues would have been $5.6 billion higher.Additionally, Narine said had the sale of the Skeldon Co-Generation plant been reversed as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry into sugar, GuySuCo’s revenues would have been enhanced by at least $9.5 billion more. He further explained that Government’s $11 billion subvention to GuySuCo may not have been required since the Corporation would have been in an even more profitable state.“Clearly, the data serves to indicate that all is not lost, and the Corporation is seeking to make a mountain out of a molehill,” he said. He added that there is need to also emphasise that faced with daunting challenges, the workers did not give up hope. “They stood up and defended militantly their jobs, their families and their communities.They demonstrated an indomitable will to succeed and to call attention to and overcome their plight. Their laudable actions to counter the deathly hands of the State on their jobs and livelihood found sincere sympathy among a wide cross-section of Guyanese and also from several overseas organisations.”According to the Union, the workers sustained struggles brought several allies who spoke up in their defence in the press, in social media and elsewhere. “This is a monumental achievement and one that workers should take great pride and solace in,” the Union said.Last week, following the High Court denial of its application to quash the decision to shut down the Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates and the subsequent adjournment of the appeal, GAWU moved to the Caribbean Court of Justice to have a hearing.GAWU President, Komal Chand, told a press conference that as a result of the adjournment of the case locally to January 15, 2018, the Union approached the CCJ to have the matter heard since it is one that is based on time.In what is described as the largest retrenchment by a private or public corporation in recent history, GuySuCo is expected to send home an estimated 4000 workers by the end of 2017 as part of plans to restructure the sugar industry.
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “How much less? We’ll say somewhat less. We’re moderating growth in operating expenses, but I would not expect a huge drop – just a small drop.” Ballmer also responded to a question about a series of commercials made by smaller computer maker Apple Inc. The ads poke fun at Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, through a geeky character who calls himself a “PC.” “I’ll give Apple credit for what it’s done,” Ballmer said. “It’s not like they’ve really grown a lot of market share (through the commercials). Remember, when you’re the little tiny niche guy who owns about 2percent of the worldwide (computer) market, you can be cute one time, and it helps you grow.” NEW YORK – Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that Wall Street’s current expectations for revenue from its newest operating system may be too “optimistic.” “I’m really excited about how enthusiastic people are about Vista, but I think some of the revenue forecasts for Vista in 2008 are overly aggressive,” Ballmer said in a meeting for financial analysts. “(Vista) is primarily a chance to sustain what (Windows) revenue we have – not every release is a revenue-growing opportunity.” Windows Vista, the company’s long-delayed operating system upgrade, was released with much fanfare to consumers at the end of January. The delayed release was largely to blame for the company’s 28percent drop in second-quarter profits last month. The excitable CEO declined to disclose specific financial guidance, but Ballmer did say he expects 2008 operating expenses to grow by less than the $2.7billion increase in 2007.
Forty years ago, the Doors’ late singer Jim Morrison seduced Hollywood with his wild moves and wilder poetry. On Wednesday, the rock band cemented its legendary status with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, 68, and guitarist Robby Krieger, 61, showed up minus the group’s estranged member, drummer John Densmore, for the dedication of the walk’s 2,325th star. “Jim always used to say: The West is the best!” Krieger said. “It has been an incredible 40 years, and now I’m back with Ray and we’re still playing and, you know, it may never end.” The band, whose dark sound helped to define the ’60s, is known for such hits as “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman.” “It is a great honor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame … a street that Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and I traipsed up and down, going into bars, asking if they’d hire a rock band,” Densmore said in a statement read by Morrison’s nephew, Dylan Graham. Densmore said he was unable to make the ceremony because of another obligation. He became estranged from Manzarek and Krieger after a lawsuit over the group’s name. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Dimitri Payet Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term deal at West Ham, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.The 28-year-old French attacker was only seven months into a five-year deal having joined from Marseille for £10.75million in the summer, but had been a reported £38m target for an unnamed Chinese club.Such has been Payet’s impact for the Irons, the east London club moved to ensure he will not be easily lured elsewhere. That is because he has scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Hammers and the level of performance of Slaven Bilic’s side has been much higher when Payet is involved.A club statement on the official website read: “West Ham United are delighted to announce that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.“The outstanding France playmaker, who has made a huge impact in claret and blue since arriving from Marseille last summer, has penned a deal until the summer of 2021…. and is delighted to have pledged his long-term future to the club.”In his press conference earlier on Thursday, Bilic said of Payet before the contract extension was confirmed: “When you are playing like he is playing many clubs are showing interest, but we are going to do everything we can to keep him with us.“Every player has a price but the good thing is he is happy at West Ham, we are more than happy with him and I hope – and I really think – that he will play with us for a long, long time.” 1