Jamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara says defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors and finishing in the top two will be their primary focus when the teams meet tonight in the Hero Motorcorp Caribbean Premier League at Sabina Park, beginning at 8 p.m. The Tallawahs, who trounced the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 41 runs on Wednesday, are currently second in the six-team standings on 12 points, heading into their final game of the preliminary round. This is one point ahead of the Patriots, and four adrift of runaway leaders Trinbago Knight Riders, who also have a game in hand. ”We are now in second position on the leader board, but we have one more game, which is really important for us,” said Sangakkara, who was once again lethal with the bat in the Tallawahs victory over the Patriots. ”It is against a very, very good Guyana Amazon Warriors side, who have come back into the tournament really strongly, and we know that if we win, it we will get us into the top two.” ”This would be a big advantage for us as it will give us two opportunities of making the final.” Jamaica, who lost the toss and were asked to first strike, scored a highly competitive 157 for seven off their 20 overs against the Patriots with Sangakkara leading the charge with a shot-filled 69. Sangakkara, who hit three sixes and four fours, was supported by all-rounder Rovman Powell, who slammed 43 off 26 balls, and New Zealand opener Glenn Phillips, who made a run-a-ball 31. In reply, St Kitts were blown away for 116 with 2.1 overs remaining largely due to young Jamaican fast bowler Oshane Thomas, who claimed three for 31 off his allotted overs. Playing in his first game of the season, and third Twenty20 match overall, the 20 year-old, in bowling at high speeds, dismissed Gayle for a three-ball duck, West Indies T20 World Cup-winning hero Carlos Brathwaite for seven, and power-hitter Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan for four. Fellow pacer Krishmar Santokie, who did primary damage to the Patriots middle and lower order batters, finished with three for 10. ”The victory was really set up by Oshane coming in today and bowling really quick,” expressed Sangakkara. ”We knew we had to get Gayle and Evin Lewis out early if we were to have a chance of defending 157 and we managed to do that. ”When you have someone like Oshane bowling high 140 kph and 150 kph it gives you a great edge, as extra pace with the control that Oshane had meant that we could hunt wickets at important stages.” Meanwhile, in assessing his team’s loss, which like the Tallawahs was their third of the season, Gayle also mentioned the spell of Thomas as the key. ”Last year when I played with him he bowled with a lot of ‘wheels’. This year, in his first game, he came out and got the start for his team, and put us on the back foot,” said Gayle. BLOWN AWAY
As the year 2016 draws to a close, the Private Sector Commission reflects on achievements during the year and looks forward with confidence to the year 2017. The Commission has achieved much in 2016, in its collaboration with Government, Government agencies, labour and civil society. It values the bonds which have been created and strengthened with these.We have worked closely with all Government Ministries in 2016 and particularly the Ministries of Natural Resources, Public Security, Foreign Affairs, Business, Finance, and Public Infrastructure. Together we were able to establish the pivotal role that the private sector plays in nation building.We would like to express our gratitude to our members for their support throughout the year. In 2017, we will continue to engage all businesses going forward and we would work steadfastly to ensure their voices are heard. We encourage more investment in Guyana, and we will provide assistance to potential investors, as we feel that business plays an important role in the growth and development of any country.As 2017 is here, the Private Sector Commission looks forward to an even closer and more productive collaboration with Government in all areas, and particularly in oil and gas, judicial reform, appointment of judges, examination of the feasibility of the Amaila Falls Project and an overall improvement in the investment climate.The Private Sector Commission takes this opportunity to wish all a peaceful and prosperous 2017.
Dear Editor,A historic magazine was published of Guyana’s participation at the EXPO 1967 in Canada and the ‘Forward’ was penned by one Frank Pilgrim, Public Relations Officer to the Prime Minister.It was also the event where “Mille” became world famous for swearing in both the French and English languages respectively. I will also add that in commemoration, stamps were produced in four different colours in the denominations of five and 25 cents with “Millie’s” photo attached.However, as a philatelist, avid reader and collector of historic artefacts, I stumbled on something on page 17 of the magazine mentioned above and I would like to agree with F Pilgrim’s description ‘Millie the macaw.’The stamp which was produced described “Millie” as a bilingual ‘parrot.’At first glance, I believe almost every human on earth will say or agree that “Millie” is a Macaw. However, if anyone was tasked to prepare a research paper, they will produce one saying that macaws are specie of the parrot family which is totally accurate.Did Guyana get it wrong with the description of “Millie” as a bilingual parrot instead of a bilingual macaw?Could it be considered an error on the stamps and perhaps should be included with other stamps globally in that category?I am opened to be schooled by an English major, historian, specialist on the subject of parrots and macaws, general public…Yours faithfully,T Pemberton
The result opens the door for title co-favourites Ivory Coast to reach the quarter-finals if they defeat neighbours Burkina Faso in the second half of a double-header.Angola came into the game anxious to silence critics like Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte, who accused his conquerors of being a route-one team fond of time wasting.Coach Mohamed Abdalla sprang a surprise by ditching long-time Sudan first choice goalkeeper Almoiz Mahgoub and promoting Akram while fit-again Mohamed Tahir returned in the other change from a team narrowly beaten by Ivory Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MALABO, Equatorial Guinea January 26 – Sudan ended a 36-year Africa Cup of Nations goal drought as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Angola Thursday in a Group B match.Former Manchester United striker Manucho scored five minutes into each half for the Black Antelopes and Mohamed Bashir twice levelled for the Jediane Falcons at a sparsely populated Estadio Nuevo de Malabo.
“It’s one win, but it’s a big win. I’ve never shied away from the rivalry of the three schools down here, and it’s a big win,” Lowe said. “It’s not something that I made up – this was here long before me, and when I got here they told me this was a big game, and I believed them.” Courtney Fells scored 21points for N.C. State (13-8, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) – which led by 12, held off the Tar Heels’ frantic comeback bid and beat two of the ACC’s best teams in a four-day span. The Wolfpack upset No. 16 Virginia Tech 70-59 on Wednesday. Sidney Lowe always knew how to beat North Carolina as a player. The first-year coach proved he can also top the Tar Heels from the sideline. The former North Carolina State point guard earned his firstbig victory as its coach when the host Wolfpack upset No. 3 North Carolina 83-79 on Saturday in just the kind of rivalry game he was hired to win. No. 11 Memphis 88, SMU52: Doneal Mack scored 17 points, hitting all five of his 3-point attempts, and the host Tigers (19-3, 9-0) remained undefeated in Conference USA. Colorado 89, No. 12 Oklahoma State 77: Dominique Coleman and Kal Bay tied career highs with 21 points for the Buffaloes (6-13, 2-7 Big 12) in the win over the Cowboys (18-4, 4-3). No. 13 Butler 66, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 47: A.J. Graves scored 20 points, Mike Green added 14 points and ninerebounds for the host Bulldogs (22-2, 10-1 Horizon). No. 14 Marquette 69, Providence 62: Jerel McNeal had 18points and 12 rebounds to help the host Golden Eagles (20-4, 7-2 Big East) win their seventh consecutive game. No. 15 Nevada 69, Hawaii 68: Marcelus Kemp scored 23points as the 15th-ranked Wolf Pack (21-2, 9-1 Western Athletic Conference) survived a wild finish in the final seconds to hold on in Reno, Nev. Boston College 80, No.16Virginia Tech 59: Jared Dudley had 30 points and 11rebounds for the host Eagles (16-6, 7-2 ACC). No. 17 Air Force 88, Wyoming 43: Dan Nwaelele and Jacob Burtschi each scored 18points in limited minutes and the host Falcons (20-3, 7-2 Mountain West) led by as many as 50 in the second half. No. 19 Alabama 64, SouthCarolina 61: Mykal Riley scored 14 of his 15 points over the final 12 minutes and the host Crimson Tide (16-5, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from an eight-point deficit. Kansas State 73, No. 22 Texas 72: Cartier Martin’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds left helped the Wildcats (17-6, 6-2 Big 12) upset the Longhorns (16-6, 6-2), whose 22-game home winning streak was snapped. South Florida 69, No. 21 Notre Dame 63: McHugh Mattis scored 13 of his season-high 23points in the second half as the host Bulls (12-11, 3-6) squandered a double-digit lead before pulling away to win for only the fourth time in 25 conference games since entering the Big East last season. No. 24 Vanderbilt 66, Georgia 61: Derrick Byars scored 20points and Dan Cage had all 19 of his points in the second half as the host Commodores (16-7, 6-3) broke a tie with the Bulldogs (13-8, 5-4) to take took sole possession of third in the SEC. Georgia Tech 80, No.25Clemson 62: Javaris Crittenton scored a career-high 26points to help the host Yellow Jackets (14-8, 3-6 ACC) end a four-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tyler Hansbrough led the TarHeels (20-3, 6-2) with 24points and scored his 1,000thcareer point in the firsthalf. No. 1 Florida 94, Tennessee 78: Al Horford had a career-high 22 points, 13rebounds, five assists and twokey second-half blocks to help the host Gators (21-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games. No. 2 Wisconsin 69, Northwestern 52: Alando Tucker scored 20 points and the host Badgers (22-2, 8-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first conference loss of the season. No. 4 Ohio State 63, Michigan State 54: Greg Oden had 16points, 11 rebounds and fourblocks and the visiting Buckeyes (20-3, 8-1 Big Ten) won their seventh straight game. No. 10 Texas A&M 69, No. 6 Kansas 66: Acie Law scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, and the Aggies (19-3, 7-1) took over first place in the Big 12 with their win over the host Jayhawks (19-4, 6-2).
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Illicit drug deaths continue to rise at an alarming rate in 2016.From January 1st to October 31st in B.C., there have been 622 deaths from overdoses. In 2015, during the same time period, there were 397.The total number of deaths in October was 63. That is up from the 57 deaths in September.- Advertisement -Fentanyl is still found in a high number of illicit drug deaths. From January 1st through September 30th, 2016, fentanyl was detected in a total of 332 cases, or around 60% of all illicit drug deaths. That is almost triple the number of fentanyl-detected deaths for the same period last year.The majority of illicit drug deaths are males. 80.7% of deaths have been males which is up from 71.2% in 2012.There have been 36 illicit drug deaths in Northern B.C. so far in 2016. That is 10 more from the previous year when it was 26.Advertisement In Northeast B.C., there have been 13 illicit drug deaths so far in 2016. There were 5 in 2015.Fentanyl was found in 10 deaths in Northeast B.C., up from 4 in 2015. The drug has been found in 23 deaths from 2012-2016 in the Northeast.
Mauricio Pochettino has played down Tottenham’s chances of launching a Premier League title challenge.Spurs stretched their unbeaten run to 12 matches with a 4-1 thrashing of London rivals West Ham on Sunday.The victory puts Tottenham four points behind surprise table-toppers Leicester, and with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all unconvincing in recent weeks, Pochettino’s side seem capable of keeping pace at the top.But the Argentine said: “It is early to start talking about that, there is too far until the end of the season.“We have a young squad, we need to develop our way to be consistent. It is true we have shown from the beginning of the season we are consistent but to win the title we need more.“It is step by step. It is difficult to say today what will happen in four or five months.“We need to keep working hard and stay with our feet on the ground.”Pochettino, however, does admit a top four finish is in his sights this season.Tottenham have not finished in a Champions League qualification spot since 2012 but Chelsea’s dismal start and Liverpool’s inconsistency appears to have opened up a prime opportunity for them.“After the game we played tonight I think we have enough quality (to finish in the top four),” Pochettino said.“But football is not about enough quality – it is about mentality and a lot of components. We are in a period that we feel very proud of.“We share the same philosophy and are convinced the way we play is the best in the world. Because of this we feel very proud of them.” Tottenham celebrate 1
Coral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.This morning we looked ahead to tonight and tomorrow’s EFL Cup semi-final clashes, with Manchester United v Hull City LIVE on talkSPORT!United are 2/11 favourites as they aim to make it nine straight wins in all competition, while the Tigers are 16/1 shots to claim a shock victory at Old Trafford.Tune in from 8pm GMT for LIVE commentary of the semi-final clashA cup final would bring a big boost to the Tigers, who are labouring the Premier League and are 1/8 to be relegated this season.Liverpool will then travel south to face Southampton on Wednesday night, with the Saints 21/10 to win the home first leg, while the Reds are 13/10 favourites to take an advantage back to Anfield.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Arsene Wenger was happy to hear his name chanted after Arsenal beat West Ham on Wednesday night for their first league win in almost two months.Mesut Ozil spearheaded a morale-boosting 3-0 win for the Gunners, their first in the league since February 11, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also getting on the scoresheet to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United and move up to fifth.Fan protests calling for Wenger to go had gathered pace in recent weeks and the night started with a section of the club’s support staying away until the 13th minute – 13 signifying the number of years since the Gunners last won the league – but it ended with fans staying behind the chant the Frenchman’s name.“I’m happy when people are happy,” Wenger said.“And when you’re at the club for such a long time and you really care about people who care about the club, you know how sad they are when it doesn’t go well.“So I can take care of myself because I am used to dealing with difficult periods but you want people who love the club to be happy, so I’m happy.”While Wenger was able to put questions over his future to one side for the time being, a fifth successive league defeat heaped more pressure on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, and Saturday’s fixture against 18th-placed Swansea has become a must win.The Hammers now sit five points above the relegation zone and Bilic has insisted that his side must forget about their most recent defeat“It is the key point for me to get that confidence back before Saturday,” Bilic said.“We need one win and it will change everything for us. Three points at this stage of the season are massive.“We are looking over our shoulders, of course, and there is no point in hiding it. It’s not being negative, it’s being realistic.“I told the guys ‘okay, forget tonight, we have a few massive games in front of us’.”Bilic also confirmed that the reason behind Michail Antonio’s half-time substitution was due to sickness he suffered hours before kick-off – but Bilic expects him to be fit for the weekend. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1
1 Stoke boss Mark Hughes has emphasised his confidence that Saido Berahino will soon be scoring goals for the club.Berahino’s wait for his first goal for the Potters, who he joined from West Brom in January, extended to a 10th appearance with Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Hull.The 23-year-old forward made his sixth straight start in the game and was substituted by Hughes in the 58th minute, shortly after the visitors had equalised.The decision to withdraw Berahino was booed by some Stoke fans, but the call was subsequently vindicated as his replacement Peter Crouch put the hosts 2-1 up by heading home a cross from Jonathan Walters, who had also come on just before the hour mark.Asked about that at his press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Hughes said: “My interpretation is that a number of people didn’t agree with my decision to take him off.“I just felt we needed to change our approach.“My view was that Jon and Peter would give the opposition a different problem. You want your subs to have an impact and you have to say they did.“It wasn’t a reflection on how Saido was playing – far from it, because I thought he had one of his more effective games.“But I just thought we had got to a point in the game where we needed to change things around.”Berahino arrived at Stoke having not played first-team football since September, a spell out of action at West Brom that included an eight-week Football Association ban after he tested positive for a recreational drug.Hughes added on Friday: “I think everybody can see he is getting stronger. He needs a goal, which is what all strikers need, just to settle into a club.“He’s been close in recent weeks and it’s only a matter of time.“He will score goals before the end of the season, we are convinced of that – and even if he doesn’t he is going to be in great shape for next year.“We were always of the view that next season would be when he could really hit the ground running, with a full pre-season behind him.“But we’ve been really pleased with what he has produced up to this point and he is continuing to progress.“He will probably be disappointed when the season ends, because he’s only just starting to get going.”Hughes is hopeful of having two midfielders back available for this weekend’s contest in his native Wales, in compatriot Joe Allen – a former Swansea player – and Glenn Whelan.The pair have trained this week after missing the Hull match due to a hamstring problem and virus respectively.Goalkeeper Jack Butland was an unused substitute against the Tigers, returning to the matchday squad for the first time since fracturing his ankle just over a year ago.And Hughes said regarding the goalkeeper’s chances of playing on Saturday: “There is a possibility.“He will get game time at some point before the end of the season – we’ll see how he goes today.”Saturday’s match is a second in a row for 11th-placed Stoke against an outfit battling for their Premier League lives, with Swansea currently lying 18th, two points adrift of 17th-placed Hull, with five games left to play. Saido Berahino is yet to score for Stoke City