March 13, 2020

Tony Becca | Where is Brandon King?

first_img Two seasons ago, on a Sunday at Sabina Park, he took on a Jamaica Defence Force team with their three fast bowlers, including Sheldon Cottrell and Reynard Leveridge, and he gave them a proper caning. He was hit on the head by Cottrell early in the innings before he stood tall and played a real masterpiece of an innings. Kingston needed quick runs to try and win the Senior Cup after trailing on first innings, and he went at the bowling. He went to bat at 15 for one, he scored 92 with six sixes and five fours, he was dismissed at 167 for two, and the fans, on either side, were thrilled by his composure at the wickets, and by his stroke play. It was a classy innings. He demonstrated the stuff of which great batsmen are made. He destroyed the bowlers, including the spin bowler, with lovely, fluent drives, some of them ending in the stands behind the boundary at long-off and long-on. King, on that day, and many days after, in the Senior Cup season and in this year’s Trial matches, during which he made the most runs, including a brilliant century, showed his class. His technique is good, and pleasing to the eye. His style is good, he has the stamp of a future West Indies batsman, and he should be treated as such. He has not really demanded a place on the national team because he has not dominated the scene, but he has performed and he is not the first not to have dominated the scene and then move on to dominate the level above, and he will not be the last. For those who do not know, or who may have forgotten, King scored 438 runs with one century and an average of 43.06 in the 2014 Senior Cup season, he scored 247 runs and one century and an average of 24.76 in the 2015 Senior Cup season, and he scored 647 runs, three centuries with a top score of 179 and an average of 71.89 in the past season. In the past three Senior Cup seasons, he has scored 1,335 runs, he has scored five centuries with a top score of 179, and he has averaged 51.14. On top of that, his runs, his number of centuries, his top score, and his average for the recent season were far above every other player. In the three Trial matches a few weeks ago, King scored 223 runs, he had a top score of 155, and finished with an average of 74.33, all above his contemporaries. He has class and that should be obvious to the selectors. He deserves a run, no question about that. The fans know it, and so should the selectors. Each day I go to Sabina Park, I hear the fans asking one question: Where is young King? Where is Brandon King? King’s figures, overall, may not be the greatest, or not very great. Every time, however, I see Jamaica buckle and fall like ninepins, I remember how men like Sonny Ramadhin and Alfred Valentine, although it was a different era, were selected for the West Indies, how Wes Hall was selected, how Michael Holding was selected, how Malcolm Marshall was selected, and how Fidel Edwards was selected for the West Indies. I also remember, as great as he became, that it took Garry Sobers, the greatest all-rounder cricketer of all time, 16 Test matches before he scored a century, a memorable 365 not out, and that it took Rohan Kanhai, the magician, 12 matches before he scored a century, a scintillating 256 runs. The selectors deserve credit for calling up all-rounder Fabian Allen, no doubt about that, and although they dropped him after a few good games and after a few poor ones, also for the selection of fast bowler Marquino Mindley, who is also a good and promising one. PROPER CANNING I have been watching Jamaica at cricket for a very long time. In fact, I have been watching it for around 60 years or so, and I have been doing so almost non-stop, from the days of batsmen like Frank Worrell, Allan Rae, J. K. Holt Jr, Ken Rickards, Neville Bonitto, and Collie Smith. And from those days until now, I have never seen a Jamaica team bat so poorly, or a Jamaica team of such poor batsmen, like those of the past two or three years. I have also travelled the world of cricket and I have seldom witnessed such poor batting, be it at the first-class or the Test-match level. I have seen wickets fall in bunches, at the beginning of an innings, in the middle of an innings, and at the end of an innings, and in quick time for a few runs. I have seen it happen on sunny days and on rainy days, sometimes because of good bowling, and sometimes because of bad pitches. Mostly, however, I have seen it happen because of poor batting, the kind of batting where good technique is missing, and where playing back and playing forward, playing with a straight bat, knowing when to attack and when to defend, knowing when to cut, and when to sweep are normally foreign things. A batsman like John Campbell is the exception, and each time I see Jamaica collapse recently, and to bowling of average standard and on relatively good pitches, I wonder what has happened to Jamaica’s batting. Most times, however, I wonder what has happened to young promising batsmen, and especially to Brandon King. King is a batsman of pedigree who can develop into a batsman of class. He is a former Jamaica Under-19 and West Indies Under-19 player, he is the captain of Kingston Cricket Club, and he will be, in another week or two, only 22 years old. He is at the age when most good cricketers start their international careers, and although he did likewise last year, it was only a false start, or so it appears. After getting into the national team last year against Trinidad and Tobago, and making an impressive 71 in his second match, he was unceremoniously dropped, and after a couple of matches, and only brought back for the odd match here and there. He has played seven times for Jamaica, he has had no resting place in the batting order, he has scored 285 runs, and he has averaged only 21.92. King, however, is better than those figures suggest he is. He should bat near the top of the order and not up and down the order. He deserves to be treated better by the selectors and the captain. King, however, appears ready to become more than a good one, and he deserves a real chance. Is it that the Senior Cup is not good enough, or the Trials are not good enough, or is it that selectors are waiting on one like Ian Bishop to come in and select King for them? It is neither right nor justified to omit King, not according to the structure, not according to the process, not according to his performance and certainly not according to his talent. King may not reach the heights that others have done, and he may not be really as good as some of us may think, but he deserves the chance to really parade his skills, and because he promises so much, he deserves more than just a chance. Remember Lawrence Rowe, or one like Jeffrey Dujon, and another like Jimmy Adams? King also does not need to score an abundance of runs to prove that he is good, or that he can go further than being a good Senior Cup batsman. Unlike Cleveland Davidson, or Colin Fletcher, he does not need a bagful of runs to prove that he can bat, and that he possesses the pedigree to bat well. On top of parading the class, King made the runs, he has been through the process, and he deserves a good run in the Jamaica team, especially in a weak Jamaica batting team, so that the fans can stop shouting his name and asking the question: Where is young King? Where is Brandon King? DESERVES A REAL CHANCElast_img read more

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19-year-old ordered to pay foster mother

first_imgA man was ordered to pay 0,000 to his foster mother after he pleaded guilty to stealing a number of household items in 2014, which amounted to 2,000. Should Rondell Richard, 19, of Lot 6 Tucville, Georgetown, fail to pay the sum ordered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, a 12-month sentence will be implemented. It was alleged that between April 21 and August 6, 2014 at Port Kaituma Water Front, he broke and entered the dwelling place of Sabatree Harricharran and stole a number of household items. When the Chief Magistrate enquired from the Police about the lengthy delay in bringing the lad before the court, it was revealed that they were unable to locate him for the past two years.In response to the Chief Magistrate’s question to the accused about why he committed the crime, he responded that he was young and at that time and was trying to start a new life on his own. He further explained that he was only in possession of a few of the items, since people would also break and enter his premises at Port Kaituma, while he is at work.last_img read more

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Region 1 Chairman concerned about procurement breaches

first_imgRegional Chairman of Region One, Brentnol AshleyAfter being flagged for the past three years for audit reports which revealed that Region One (Barima-Waini) has been in breach of laws governing the manner in which monies were spent, along with the awarding of contracts, Region One could be repeating the same mistakes.According to Region One Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley, in previous years, a number of projects within that Region had not been managed or monitored properly, and this resulted in overpayments as well as substandard works being done there.He told this publication in a recent telephone interview that it appears as if this trend will continue for this year’s audit report.“There may be some breaches of the procurement laws and the financial laws that are governing how monies are spent, how contracts are awarded. We believe that is actually happening here and that is opening up a recipe of corruption for the region. Even to now, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is still seeing projects that should have been completed in 2018 still being done in 2019 and not yet finished,” he told this publication.He explained that some of these projects that rolled over from 2018 are just about 50 per cent completed presently, but they should have been completed since last year.“We were told at an RDC meeting in October, last year, that there will be no rolled over projects for 2018. There are several rolled over projects across the region which we want to believe that cheques may have been cut for those projects and which is a total breach of the financial regulations Act…in terms of the final payments of projects, I would want to believe that they may have a lot of monies idling there in cut cheques for projects in 2018,” the Regional Chairman stated.Last year, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman, Irfaan Ali, had once again called on the Regional Administrations to pay closer attention to matters which lead to overpayment of contracts.The PAC had expressed disappointment that accounting officers were not adhering to the recommendations by the Committee to address repetitive challenges.Further, the Committee stated that it believed that the culture where certain officials believe that it is simply acceptable to engage in unbecoming financial practices must come to an end.At that time, PAC Chairman Ali had said that it was disheartening to examine the Auditor General’s report, which showed the same financial transgressions were being repeated year after year.To bring an end to this behaviour, he and his fellow committee members put forward a number of recommendations.Among them, the PAC called for the Finance Secretary to be empowered to surcharge defaulting accounting officers.It was also suggested that accounting officers and/or engineering staff that knowingly wait until the end of December to sign off on incomplete projects be removed from the system.last_img read more

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Disability consultation to be held at Quality Inn on Thursday

first_imgThose taking part will be providing input on six areas including innovation, housing and accessibility, work and contribution, social networks, asset accumulation, and personal supports.Anyone wanting to attend the event can do so by registering here.The ideas gathered will be used in the formation of a white paper. That paper will then be used to form a summit on the issue in June of this year. – Advertisement –last_img

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UPDATE: Spirit River RCMP Searching For Missing 66 Year-Old Man

first_img– Advertisement -Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 66-year-old Charles Blake, who was last seen by a family member on the morning of Monday, May 30, 2016.Blake is described as: a Caucasian man, 5′ 8″ tall, weighing between 180 and 190 pounds. He has grey hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and grey quilted coat and hat.Police and family members are concerned for Blake’s well-being, as he has medical conditions and has not been seen or heard from since 9:00 a.m. on past Monday.Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Charles Blake is asked to call the Spirit River RCMP detachment at 780-864-3533. SPIRIT RIVER, A.B. –  Charles Blake has been located.last_img read more

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August 15 will mark 45 years since disappearance of Murphy Williams

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – August 15 will mark 45 years since Murphy Williams disappeared.On August 15, 1974, Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a missing male from a family member in Fort St. John.Police say Williams was last seen at approximately 3:00 a.m. at a farm residence near Mile 30 on the Alaska Highway where he had been working for the previous two days.- Advertisement -According to RCMP, it was reported that Williams was acting strangely throughout the night and when the farmer woke up around 7:30 a.m., Williams was not located in the residence and a thorough search of the property and surrounding area was also negative for him.Williams was described as:Aboriginal35 years old at the time he went missingApproximately weighing 170 lbsApproximately 5’8 tallThis investigation remains active and ongoing.Advertisement Anyone with information is being asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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Blood drive planned for officer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDonors must be in good health, bring a valid photo ID, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Participants must also not have received a tattoo in the past 12 months. Donors should drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal prior to giving blood. For more information, contact Sgt. McDonough at (626) 945-9235, or Joyce Valdez at (714) 926-1286. – From staff reports COVINA – The Covina Police Department will be holding a blood drive Saturday to benefit a Covina police officer who was seriously injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident last week, officials said. The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Covina Public Library, 234 N. Second Ave., Covina police said in a written release. Officer Kenneth Counts, 27, remains in an intensive care unit, but is showing steady progress in his recovery, Sgt. Jim McDonough said. Counts, 27, was driving his personal motorcycle to work about 5:30 a.m. in the carpool lane of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in San Dimas when the crash occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Dulong. 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

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Tamale is a hot choice for Yule

first_imgNow, she plans to serve tamales for Christmas dinner along with ham, a green bean casserole and scalloped potatoes. Yona Hong, 35, said that as a Korean-American, rice is always the main dish when she joins family for a big meal. But this Christmas, tamales will be a side-dish, sharing the bill with turkey, shrimp and kimchi, a fermented mix of vegetables and seasoning. Hong, who lives in Koreatown, sees tamales as a delicious alternative to fried food. “Burgers and French fries, if you think about it, it’s not good for you,” Hong said. “But tamales, it’s made out of vegetables or meat and it’s cooked.” Fellow tamale fan Gloria Lusear will fly home to Arkansas with the treats also in tow to have with champagne in a light Christmas Eve dinner with her family. She says L.A. tamales are better than the Mississippi Delta variety called “hot tamales” that she grew up with – which came out of a can. For this Christmas, she is ordering her tamales from a bakery in East Los Angeles. “I love them, and I’ve never had a decent tamale in Arkansas,” Lusear said. Mexican tamales are usually filled with shredded beef or chicken and a mole sauce of chilies and spices, surrounded by a layer of dough called “masa” made from ground corn mixed with some kind of fat. The Gourmet Tamale Factory uses a spread that has no trans fat, but in Mexico tamale makers often use lard. In the two years since opening California Tamale House in North Hills, Juan Gonzalez, 40, said he has also noticed the popularity of tamales among non-Latinos reach new heights. Filipino-Americans and Korean- Americans especially like them, he said. The tamale also is growing in popularity in other parts of the United States because of the globalization of tastes, said Teresa Esquivel, the Phoenix-based managing editor of Food Product Design magazine. Whole Foods and other specialty stores, as well as TV’s Food Network, are introducing consumers to food from around the world, Esquivel said. “Everyone’s expectations are a little higher, and their taste buds are a little more curious,” she said. Just as the tamale has grown in popularity among non-Latinos, Monica Melgoza, 30, of Lincoln Heights, has grown less enamored of it. In the days before Christmas, she watches her aunts make tamales in their kitchen – a couple of thousand for family, friends and clients. There are some Japanese-American clients, and the aunts have even shipped tamales to Mexico. But it’s not easy. “It’s really a bonding experience because there’s so much work, you have to spend a lot of hours together,” Melgoza said. Tamales are the main dish on Christmas Eve at the Melgoza household, but Melgoza said she no longer can stand them. “Maybe because my family is so involved in tamales and I have to smell it every Christmas,” said Melgoza, who is a development officer at the Los Angeles Music Center. But others, including Sandi Romero, have not lost their taste for tamales. Romero is co-founder of a Westlake nonprofit called Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe that is a business incubator giving struggling tamale vendors a chance to begin a career. Romero, too, has noticed the growing popularity of tamales among non-Latinos. Her tamales are organic and lard-free, and Romero said that appeals to a broad range of customers. “That’s where I see the trend growing, a lot of vegan people, a lot of people who are health conscious,” she said. Ortega at Gourmet Tamale Factory, however, has a different vision for the American tamale. He sees a tamale chain restaurant as a good business venture. “I’m almost positive,” he said, “that pretty soon someone’s going to come out with a … fast- food tamale.” alex.dobuzinskis@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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWhen Ortega and his wife, Magali, opened Gourmet Tamale Factory a couple of years ago, just 30percent of customers were non- Latino. Now, that’s up to nearly 50percent, Ortega said. And in the tamale rush leading up to Christmas, non-Latino customers surge to 70percent, Ortega said. Born of German and Slavic ancestry, Peggy Arndt, 57, is one of those customers. Arndt grew up around tamales while living in San Fernando, but she generally avoided them. She had a change of heart, however, after tasting an Ortega family tamale. With practiced hands, workers at Gourmet Tamale Factory have been turning out the tasty tidbits as fast as they can for the past few weeks as they brace for today when dozens of customers will throng to the store. For many families from Mexico and Latin America, it’s just not Christmas without tamales, and there will be plenty of folks flocking to the San Fernando eatery to get a last-minute taste of tradition. But a growing number of non-Latinos are also starting to make tamales a Christmas tradition, said Roberto Ortega, owner of the factory. “I feel like I’m doing something right, that I got hold of something, a little trend, and I need to do something more with it,” the 37-year-old Ortega said. last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN ADMITS TO HAVING SEX WITH CHILD

first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded guilty to having sex with a child under 17 years of age.Letterkenny District Court.The man, who cannot be named, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The man admitted to two charges of engaging in a sexual act with a child under 17 at two dates, in February 2012 and April 6th, at locations in East Donegal. The case has been adjourned until April 6th for sentencing.State prosecutor Patricia McLoughlin asked for a victim impact statement and also that the man be placed on the sex offender’s register.A psychological report and probation report was also ordered.  DONEGAL MAN ADMITS TO HAVING SEX WITH CHILD was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalguiltyLetterkenny Circuit Courtunderage sexlast_img read more

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Bailly, Ramos, Terry and Jose Mourinho’s best ever centre-backs ranked

first_img 5. Sergio Ramos – Ramos remains one of Europe’s greatest defenders, and he benefited greatly from playing under Mourinho for three seasons – even if their relationship did sour in the Portuguese’s last season in Madrid. Though he played right-back for much of Mourinho’s debut season at Real, he featured prominently in the heart of the defence when they won La Liga in 2011/12. 10 2. Ricardo Carvalho – One half of arguably the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-back partnership, Carvalho played under Mourinho for three different clubs. He built his reputation in 2003/04 as Porto won the Champions League, then established himself as one of the best in the world with Chelsea – following Mourinho to Stamford Bridge. He stayed in London until 2010, then linked up with his compatriot for the third time at Real Madrid. His debut season was excellent, though injuries started to affect him and limited his gametime in the following years. He will go down as one of the best defenders of his generation, and would be Mourinho’s best ever where it not for the man he played alongside at Stamford Bridge. 10 Jose Mourinho has completed his first signing of the summer, with Victor Lindelof’s move to Manchester United finally confirmed.It is hardly surprising his first move in the transfer market was to bring in a centre-back, as he looks to return the Red Devils to the pinnacle of English and European football.Throughout his career Mourinho has helped develop some of the best defenders in the European game, and Lindelof is sure to become exceptional under the Portuguese coach’s guidance.But just who is the best defender to have played under Mourinho? talkSPORT have taken a look back at his career, and rank Mourinho’s 10 best ever centre-backs.You can see the top 10 by clicking the right arrow, above… 9. Raphael Varane – Like the aforementioned Bailly, Real Madrid’s Varane is considered one of Europe’s best defenders despite his youth. It was Mourinho who took him to the Bernabeu from Lens in 2011, and offered him the chance to impress in the first-team. He only played 15 times in his debut season, but became a consistent starter in his second year – making 33 appearances. However, Mourinho departed that summer, and the lack of time Varane spent under his tutorship is the reason he ranks so low. 10 3. Lucio – Brazil international Lucio had enjoyed a glorious nine-season stay in Germany before signing for Inter in 2009. Once he started playing, it was clear why Mourinho went out to sign him. Despite playing just one season under the Portuguese, Lucio helped Inter win the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League. His performances were deservedly praised, and it is not far-fetched to presume Inter, if they hadn’t signed Lucio, would not have won Europe’s premier competition. 10. Eric Bailly – click the right arrow to see Jose Mourinho’s best centre-backs ranked – Give it a few more years, and Bailly is sure to be shooting to the top of this list. The young Ivorian arrived at Manchester United last summer and has already established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Europe. His performances have already made his £30m fee seem like a bargain, and under Mourinho Bailly is only going to get better and better as he ages. 10 10 10 4. Pepe – Pepe was a fine defender when he first signed for Real in 2007, but it was when he was joined in Madrid by Mourinho and fellow international Ricardo Carvalho that he developed into a world class centre-back. At times he played in a defensive midfield role, but his best performances came in the heart of defence. With his uncompromising style of play, Pepe was the archetypal Mourinho defender – though his occasionally dirty tactics have really reduced his reputation. 6. Walter Samuel – Due to injuries, Samuel hardly played in the two seasons before Mourinho became Inter Milan manager. But when he started training after surgery in October 2008 it was clear the Portuguese had big plans for him. In fact, he became a vital player for Inter, and was one half of their great defence which led the club to the treble in 2009/10. Like others on this list, Samuel excelled because Mourinho built the team around his strengths – and the Argentine paid back the faith shown in him. 10 8. Ivan Cordoba – Although he had a fractious relationship with Mourinho, Cordoba proved a valuable servant for Inter Milan in the Portuguese’s two seasons at the San Siro. Already a club legend when Mourinho arrived, Cordoba remained a consistent starter, making over 60 appearances as he helped Inter win two league titles, the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. He started to lose his place in 2009/10, but remained an important character around the club. 10 10 10 7. Gary Cahill – Cahill is certainly not the most naturally talented footballer, but he excelled under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s second spell in charge of Chelsea. He was a guaranteed starter during Mourinho’s two-and-a-bit seasons at Stamford Bridge, and formed a superb partnership with John Terry. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in both 2014 and 2015, and remains one of the better centre-backs in the league thanks to Mourinho’s coaching. 1. John Terry – Terry is regarded as one of the finest centre-backs of the Premier League era, and will be remembered as one of England’s best ever defenders. He was highly-rated before Mourinho arrived in London, but developed into a world class defender under his guidance. By 2012 it appeared Terry was in decline, but Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge the following year and built his new-look team around him. Chelsea won the Premier League for the fourth time in 2014/15, with Terry playing every minute, and once again regarded as the best centre-back in English football.last_img read more

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