84 new schools for Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket

first_imgVery much a part of the international display by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when the regional team plays host in the Caribbean, Scotiabank’s grass-roots thrust, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket, which has turned out an estimated 20 national/West Indies cricketers, will experience even more growth this year in Jamaica.At yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) conference room, it was announced that the kiddies development programme will feature 84 new schools, increasing its overall total to 224.Scotia’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the WICB to help foster skills and passion for the game among West Indian children.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750,000 now participating.Shelley Sykes-Coley, Scotiabank’s manager, sponsorships, said her organisation remains committed to the growth and development of cricket regionally.foundation skills”We will continue to build on the foundation skills of our young cricketers with our Kiddy Cricket skills display, cricket camp, and Kiddy Cricket festival,” she said.”That boys and girls aged 7-12 not only learn to play the game, but acquire love for learning, while building leadership skills in the classroom and on the field.”Courtney Francis, chief executive officer, JCA, was also in attendance, while Phillip Service, WICB Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, distributed newly certified child-protection course certificates to coaches.Since last year, there has been a series of child-protection courses – mandatory for all youth cricket coaches – which hosted over 119 attendees. This course is being facilitated by the JCA and the Child Development Agency.Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are in partnership with UNICEF on this project, and they will endeavour to complete another 12 to 14 workshops across 14 parishes in Jamaica, with the primary focus being 150 primary schools in the Kiddy Cricket programme.Preliminary matches among primary schools started just ahead of the press launch, with an exciting festival featuring Excelsior vs Rollington Town, and Mountain View vs Clan Carthy, at Sabina Park.last_img read more

Samuels: Scorpions all but out of title race

first_imgJamaica Scorpions head coach, Robert Samuels, has all but conceded the Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Tournament title.Now in third position on 95.2 points, Jamaica face a must-win situation in the last two rounds of the six-team championship.They must also hope that the teams in front of them, leaders Guyana Jaguars on 109.8 points, and Barbados Pride 99.2, get unfavourable results in their remaining matches.Twelve points are awarded for a win and three for a draw, while also on offer during a contest are first innings batting and bowling points, as well as fast bowling points.DIVINE INTERVENTION NEEDED”Due to our two home losses at the start of the return-leg matches, we have to now depend on divine intervention and other teams if we are going to win this competition,” said Samuels, prior to the Scorpions’ departure yesterday for St Vincent and the Grenadines.”And, when you are depending on so many variables, usually, it does not work out like that,” he declared.Jamaica, who led the championship after the five rounds have since played three games. This has resulted in two defeats and a victory.The win, which was spearheaded by yet another Man-of-the-Match bowling performance from captain Nikita Miller, was against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Queen’s Park Oval. The Scorpions will face the Windward Island Volcanoes and Barbados Pride in the remaining matches.”We have to play good cricket in St Vincent against the Windwards and then versus Barbados,” Samuels stressed.”We can’t do anything about Guyana as they are at home and are very hard to beat at home. But we can do something about the Windward Islands and about Barbados.”Meanwhile, three changes were made to the squad for the away fixtures. Batsman Andre McCarthy has been dropped while Brandon King is injured. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs is unavailable.Their spots have been taken by uncapped batsmen Oraine Williams and Peat Salmon as well as left-arm wrist spinner, Dennis Bulli, who has one first-class appearance.last_img read more

Kerber pulls through a surprising challenge, faces Keys next

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With a mix of slice and chips, lobs and bunts, whippy half-volleys and wristy crosscourt ground strokes off both wings, Hsieh pushed Kerber to the extremes and unsettled her rhythm.Former No. 1-ranked Kerber finally got a succession of breaks to take the second set and dominate the third in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory on Monday afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Credit to her. She played an unbelievable match,” said Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Open titles and reached No. 1 in 2016. “I was feeling I was running everywhere. She was playing a lot of corners and drop shots. I was bringing a lot of balls back.”After holding it together to improve her 2018 winning streak to 13, Kerber faces U.S. Open quarterfinalist Madison Keys in the quarterfinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases She took out one major winner — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza — in the second round, and took a set off an almost dumbfounded Kerber to open the fourth.Kerber, returning from a form slump that saw her ranking drop into the 20s in 2017, had to produce some of her best tennis.She finished a 14-shot rally early in the second set by racing to the net and reaching at full stretch to track down a drop shot and send a forehand winner over the net post. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Keys returned to the quarterfinals here for the first time in three years with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Caroline Garcia. She has yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging a brisk 62.5 minutes on court through her first four rounds.Going into the fourth round, Keys had only dropped 14 games — the second fewest among the women through three rounds, just behind Kerber’s 13 games.Keys, the only American woman to reach the fourth round, said she feels like she’s playing without pressure since returning from her wrist injury that forced her out of last year’s Australian Open.“I definitely realize how much l love it and how much pressure I put on myself,” in the past, she said. “Just being really happy to be back out here and not at home in a cast.”Hsieh certainly made the most of her time back in the spotlight, returning to the fourth round at a major for the first round in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts after losing a point to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. APMELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber remains the only Grand Slam singles winner in the Australian Open women’s draw after surviving a frustrating fourth-round match.For a while, though, it appeared Kerber’s progression may have unraveled against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei, a former top-ranked doubles player with a double-handed grip on both sides.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 30-year-old German player had to serve to stay in the match in the ninth game of the second set. Then, after winning four straight points and converting a break-point chance with a sliding forehand winner down the line, Kerber crouched and screamed to celebrate the point.She served out the set at love and then got critical service breaks in the first and fifth games of the final set as Hseih began to tire and started to miss the lines.Hsieh has won two Grand Slam doubles titles, and was ranked No. 1 in doubles in 2014 but had a career-high singles ranking of 23. At age 32, she was oldest woman still in the singles draw. Recent work with former doubles champion — and Australian Open tournament director — Paul McNamee paid off with her singles ranking expected to rise again. She’ll likely also attract more attention from sponsors after going through the singles in an unadorned white tank top and black skirt.On the men’s side, Tomas Berdych returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the seventh time after a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini.Berdych has been this far at Melbourne Park for seven of the last eight years. The only time he’s failed to reach at least the quarters was last year when he lost in the third round to Roger Federer.He could meet Federer again in the next round, if second-ranked Federer wins his fourth-round match against Marton Fucsovics later Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Magnolia wants more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Romeo Travis vs Kevin racal–PBA ImagesSteadier down the stretch, Magnolia averted a huge fourth-quarter collapse to carve out an 83-73 decision of Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, practically clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.“We just want to win more games and see where we will wind up (at the end of the elimination round),” said coach Chito Victolero after his wards rose to 7-1 and remain in the solo lead.ADVERTISEMENT “We kept our flickering (playoff) hopes alive,” Meralco coach Norman Black said after appearing for the customary winning coach’s interview for the first time since a 109-106 nipping of lowly Columbian at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Aug. 17, the tournament’s opening day.“I’m really glad to see you guys. It’s been a long time,” he told reporters with a smile.Amer first completed a three-point play after picking up NLEX import Aaron Fuller’s sixth foul, before making a smart play by calling for a timeout while on the way down on the baseline that enabled Black to set up the game-winning play.He finished with 22 points, all but five of them coming in the fourth quarter where the Bolts erased a 16-point deficit. He topped off his offensive brilliance by nailing the wide-open trey with the shotclock winding down.Amer didn’t score in Meralco’s 94-99 loss to NorthPort on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham scored 36 points, had 18 rebounds and seven assists, finally getting a win after another brilliant all-around effort that saw the Bolts rise to 2-6.Meralco remained way out of the circle of eight teams that will advance to the playoffs. It must win all its remaining three games and hope that others in the bottom half start losing to have a chance of advancing.NLEX is one of those clubs that Meralco could catch after the Road Warriors lost for the third straight time to go down to 4-5.Meralco plays Magnolia on Friday at Ynares Antipolo.“We needed this (win) badly,” he said. “Let’s move on to the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ateneo rises Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Romeo Travis had 19 points and 17 rebounds in his first game against his former team while Jio Jalalon, coming off a first career triple double, chalked up 18 and nine as the Hotshots extended their winning run to five while snapping Alaska’s two-game streak.It was just the second loss in seven games for the Aces, who were very much in the fight with under three minutes remaining after rallying from several huge deficits.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 ChrissEarlier, Baser Amer was at the center of every play in the stretch for Meralco and the Bolts finally held it together to stay in the running for a playoff berth with a 108-105 win over NLEX.Held scoreless in their previous game, Baser hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 13.6 seconds remaining. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Huskies drop game one of NWJHL semi final, look to draw even tonight

first_imgAssistant coach Todd Alexander says the team didn’t play particularly poorly but seemed to have an issue finding their legs after being off for nearly a full week.“We played okay tonight, we were just a little bit flat. Sometimes that happens. Maybe it was too much lay off for us; we are a team that likes to play a little back to back and stay in the trenches and battle. Sometimes when we have an extended layoff we come out a little bit flat and that’s what happened tonight,” he explains. “We’ll get home and we’ll be energized. Now we’ve got our feet wet in this series. We know what Grande Prairie is bringing so I think we’ll answer the bell for sure, we’ll be ready to go and have a little better effort.”He adds that the powerplay needs to do a better job of creating mismatches with puck movement, but is optimistic for a better effort with the man advantage for game two.- Advertisement -“The powerplay just wasn’t moving the puck. They’re trying to skate it too much. They weren’t getting in their proper positions. There was a lot of chaos going on out there and frustration and it showed. We’re a lot better puck moving hockey club than that and I think tomorrow night we’ll fix that and it will be better. I think the lines are fine it’s just the guys that are on the lines need to come a little better prepared and we need to move the puck, period. Anytime you get into the final four and you try to outskate your man on the powerplay it’s just not going to happen. You’re playing into the penalty kill’s strengths and at this level you’re not going to get away with it. You have to move the puck and create an open man and we weren’t doing it.”Goalie Travis McLean had a lot of pucks fired his way in the contest. He turned aside 38 of 42 shots in the game.The Huskies will be looking to tie up the best of seven series at one with a win at the North Peace Arena tonight at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Double-cross Sunday for Blizzards

first_img-submitted The Blizzard Bike Club had a tough, ‘Double Cross’ cyclo cross, Sunday.Stephen Ferris won the 1 hour morning event doing 10 laps of the North Peace circuit in a total time of 1:13:32 hours.  Sven Svenson was second at 1:18:32.- Advertisement -Pat Ferris was third with 9 laps at 1:14:12.  Roger St. Jean was 4th at 9 laps at 1:16:22, Gord Harris 9 – 1:19:42, Kevin Shaw 9 – 1:22:18.  Sam Keats did 8 laps at 1:16:54, George Gamble 8-1:17:48, Rob Churchill 8 – 1:22:44. Owen Giebelhaus did 7 laps at 1:22:08.Bob Andrews did 6 laps at 58:10.Advertisement Riders used the lower mountain bike 1.5 km loop.Thanks to Floyd Polehoykie and Gord Harris for timing!Coming up:-Club Meeting 7:30 pm at Wendy’s.-Thursday night final ‘Toony Cross’ race at North Peace High School at 6 pm.Advertisement The circuit featured an expanded ‘Hells Gate’ maze and an enlarged route through the sand trap on the 2.8 km loop.Thanks to Barb Polehoykie for timing!Sven Svenson won the afternoon 30 minute Beatton Cactus cyclo cross with 3 laps in 34:24 minutes.  Pat Ferris was second also with 3 laps at 40:19, Gary Hilderman 45:25 for third, George Gamble 4th at 45:25, and Sam Keats 5th at 48:53.Adam Currie was 6th at 2 laps at 36:07, Ken Nix 36:23, Dean Lowry 36:55, Barb Polehoykie 39:26, and Owen Giebelhaus 48:02.Advertisementcenter_img -Sunday Cyclo-cross at NPSS at 10:00 am Weekend:-Pat and Stephen Ferris will be traveling to Edmonton for the National Cyclo-cross Championships.Photo – Gord Harris and Roger St. Jean pushing through the sand-trap on Sundaylast_img read more

NoHo man cut from ‘Idol’ lineup

first_img“She didn’t sing that badly, she just didn’t make an impression,” noted Simon Cowell, who said Wednesday that Krebs had “the personality of a candle.” Cowell also criticized Tranquillo for her “over-rehearsed” cover of Chaka Khan’s “Stay.” Abdul, though, had some kind words. “You’re a brilliant vocalist,” she told Tranquillo, who was holding back tears. “You really are.” Abdul was also a fan of Cardenas. She praised his falsetto as “amazing,” even though Cowell called him an “OK singer.” LaKisha Jones, a 27-year-old single mother from Flint, Mich., drew praise from the hard-to-please Cowell. “I’m very tempted to say to 23 people, `Book your plane ticket home,”‘ Cowell said on Wednesday’s show after Jones’ commanding take on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” “American Idol,” now running three times a week, will return to a twice-weekly schedule next month for the elimination of the final dozen.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rudy’s “Free Ride” ended in free fall Thursday. North Hollywood hopeful Rudy Cardenas and three other singers were booted from “American Idol,” leaving 20 contestants remaining. Nearly 32 million votes were cast by viewers after this week’s performances Tuesday and Wednesday, according to series host Ryan Seacrest. Cardenas’ version of the Edgar Winter Group’s ’70s hit “Free Ride” was labeled “corny” in competition by judge Randy Jackson. The others sent home were Paul Kim, 25, of Saratoga, Calif.; Amy Krebs, 22, of Federal Way, Wash.; and Nicole Tranquillo, 20, of Philadelphia. Cardenas, 28, sings semiprofessionally in an a cappella group called M-Pact. Thursday’s show also featured a performance by third-season winner Fantasia Barrino, who announced she will star as Celie in the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She will join the show April 10. Kim was the first one cut after failing to impress even Paula Abdul with his rendition of “Careless Whisper.” “It hurts, man,” Kim told Seacrest. “It hurts.” The elimination of Krebs, who sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” proves that it helps to stand out in the crowd. last_img

School district working with City on enhanced gymnasium project

first_imgWhile the City looks into adding a new school to the district, Sloan said that the Northwest area of Fort St. John is a good candidate.Explosive growth over the past few years has added more residents to the area than ever before, and as CM Finch remained the only elementary school, the School District has tried to make accommodations for more students – including adding a portable to the property. City Council debut their first draft of the Capital & Operating Budget for 2016 under the Peace River Agreement during a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.In that draft, council noted that ‘enhanced SD60 gymnasium’ is a project that not only fits in the budget, but is a high-priority one.The project is part of a plan to create an bigger gymnasium in a new school. Right now, School District 60 is waiting on the Ministry of Education and the Treasury Board to approve the building of a new school.- Advertisement -“If and when, and I’m thinking it’s when, the province approves further school projects within the community, we’ll be looking to maximize the recreational use potential of any gymnasiums associated with those buildings by partnering with the city to an enhanced facility,” Superintendent of School District 60 Dave Sloan said. “That’s pretty much where things are as at this point.”Many of the gymnasiums in the community are already used outside of school hours for community events and recreation – and he said the problem of fewer resources in a fast-growing town is something a bigger gymnasium in a new school could help settle.Sloan said working with the City could give the School District the possibility to get a sizable facility. “It only makes sense for the City and the School Board to work together,” he added.Advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer fight! Everton consider battle for ex-Sunderland loan star’s signature

first_img Yann M’Vila: The Frenchman made 37 appearances for the Black Cats last term 1 Everton are considering a move to hijack Sunderland’s plans to sign Yann M’Vila on a permanent deal.The Rubin Kazan man spent last season on loan with the Black Cats and played an important role in helping them stave off relegation under Sam Allardyce’s guidance.The midfielder, 26, made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Wearsiders, scoring once, and he could be set to return to the Stadium of Light.The Sunderland boss – who has been linked with the England job in recent days – has reportedly travelled back from the club’s pre-season training camp to ensure the deal for M’Vila gets over the line.However, according to Foot Mercato, the Frenchman is being chased by Koeman’s Toffees, who are ready to pay over the odds to land him.While Kazan are keen to keep hold of highly-rated midfielder M’Vila, they will reluctantly sell if the right offer comes in, rather than risk losing him on a free when his contract expires next summer.last_img read more