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first_imgMarlon Samuels’ performance in the 2016 final of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 has seen him being nominated for this year’s 56th staging of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the year award. Samuels showed once again that he is a man for the big occasion when he turned in a second man-of-the-match performance in an International Cricket Council World Twenty20 final to lead the regional side to the 2016 title. The 35-year-old Jamaican came to crease two deliveries into the second over, as England had the West Indies at one run for the loss of one wicket and that would soon turn 11 runs for three wickets in pursuit of 156 for victory. But despite the team’s precarious position, Samuels exuded his usual confidence which caught the eye of England’s Ben Stokes, who was fielding at mid-off. Stokes began sledging the right-handed batsman and Samuels, not being one to back from a challenge, returned the verbals. But it was his bat that spoke the loudest; cracking nine 4s and two 6s in an unbeaten 85 off 66 deliveries at a strike rate of 128.78, as he was there at the end to witness Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Stokes in the final over, as the West Indies won by four wickets with two deliveries to spare. Samuels’ tournament winning 85 not out was his highest Twenty20 score of the year, as he averaged 29.25 runs from 11 matches. In Test cricket he averaged a modest 23 runs from eight matches with a highest of 76 against Pakistan in October. He, however, starred for the West Indies in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and was the team’s best batsman in the tri-nation series versus Australia and South Africa. He scored 374 runs in 10 ODI matches at an average of over 37.40 including his maiden ODI ton against Australia, 125. Samuels was named West Indies Cricketer of the Year and the One-Day International Cricketer of the Year at the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in July. It is on the back of these performances that former Jamaican and West Indies cricketer and sports analyst, Maurice Foster, believes Samuels is certainly the most deserving cricketer to be considered for sportsman of the year award. “If any cricketer was going to be nominated it had to be Marlon (Samuels), who was the most consistent of all the Jamaican players and he was the man-of-match in the final of the World Cup and his innings really allowed the West Indies to win that World Cup,” Foster, who is a former sportsman of the year award recipient himself, said. “The bar for me is very high where Marlon (Samuels) is concerned based on his potential. But nevertheless when you look at the personalities in cricket he stood out more than others despite a really checkered year for him and a lack of consistency; every now and then he played some crucial innings for the West Indies. And the true test of any cricketer is their performance in Test cricket or in a final.” Foster further reasoned that it is Samuels’ personality that allowed him to thrive in adverse situations, such as in the final against England when he had a confrontation with Stokes and in making his highest score of the year against Australia; a team he has had a bit of history with. “Animosity between teams sometimes motivates you and maybe Marlon was motivated by the fact that he was playing England and them themselves are sledging and making comments about him when he goes to the middle and therefore you have to get the upper hand,” Foster reasoned. “So he probably concentrated a little bit more and was a little bit more determined to perform and also against the Australians, who introduced sledging to cricket and sometimes take it to a level that I believe is not in the realms of sportsmanship.” Foster added: “He could be a bit more motivated when he is playing against England or Australia and wants to do well against them because of the comments and the personalities on the field that he really doesn’t have that kind of friendly rapport with.” Chris Gayle was the last cricketer to cop the coveted Jamaica Sportsman of the Year award winning back in 2010. Besides Gayle; the other cricketers to have won the award are Jackie Hendricks (1966), Lawrence Rowe (1972, 1974), Maurice Foster (1973), Jeffrey Dujon (1988), Patrick Patterson (1991), James Adams (1994), and Courtney Walsh (1998, 1999, 2000). The RJR Sports Foundation is for the 56th year honouring outstanding achievements in sports by professional or amateur Jamaican athletes who have represented the country in an internationally recognised sporting competition between January 1st and December 31st of each year. The award ceremony is slated to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 13, 2017.last_img read more


first_imgEbola means the fear of helplessness.But we cannot lie down, helpless in our distress. Our artists know and can Inspire us to remember the strength of Discipline when helplessness overwhelms us. Have you ever seen a country cloth weaver tirelessly working at the loom?  A magnificent piece of cloth could be the result.And the Discipline to produce it is an example for us. It’s an example of recovery from doing nothing – out of fear.Just as the weavers Discipline themselves to weave one row at a time before achieving a beautiful tapestry, so we must Discipline ourselves to make one step at a time lifting ourselves from helpless lethargy to courageous action.Take out that old piece of country cloth stored away somewhere. Put it in the sun. Touch it. Study it. Or get out some beautiful hand-made artifact you own. Feel it. Examine it and recognize the Discipline required to produce these hand crafted art pieces. Then allow them to Inspire you to make a Disciplined  move away from fear and toward your own personal recovery.If you don’t own a piece of Liberian art, you can empower our artists by buying a piece of their work. It can Inspire your recovery and that of someone you love.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA local organization, the National Single Parents Association of Liberia (NASPAL), is offering a one-year scholarship to 18 students who lost their parents during the civil war and the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.NASPAL Board of Directors chairman Isaiah Sackor said beneficiaries are free to attend any school of their choice, starting from the first grade to college or any university of their choice.Mr. Sackor, who announced the scholarships in an interview with a reporter from Liberia News Agency (LINA) in Monrovia Thursday, noted that recipients of the scholarships will be given tuition, texts, copy books and uniforms “absolutely free of charge.”According to him, beneficiaries who perform well academically and in deportment will have part of their scholarships extended annually.NASPAL was established in 1994 to respond to the educational needs of orphans; a role it has been fulfilling over the years.Mr. Sackor said his association is lobbying with local and international organizations to expand the scholarship program to cover several other school-going persons directly or indirectly afflicted by the civil war and the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThey cited on a recent tender that an addendum was issued which scheduled a site meeting for the project. Henry says it was clearly stated that any late contractors would not be allowed to attend the meeting.According to Henry, the city representative did not show up. No reason was given and no other representative was sent. Henry also said no questions would be answered before, during, or after the site meeting.There were also restrictions that nobody could visit the site outside of meeting hours. Henry said he has never seen these restrictions before.The 3rd area of concern was communication that the city has with bidders is that the the tender that is now closed should have received 4 addendum’s  to it, but only received 3 official. The first 2 by the consultant and the 3rd was not documented at all was then only documented on the day of closing. The 4th was issued an hour after the revised bid closing but contractors did not receive it until after the tender had closed.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Some construction companies are not pleased with how the city of Fort St. John is handling tenders to construction companies.Aaron Henry of Kalmar Construction and Scott Bone with the Northern Regional Construction Association brought to light problems that they currently see with how the city does business with tenders at a city council meeting June 27th.“I’m hoping that bringing these issues to light, will help the city review its tendering policies and procedures, and be receptive to communication with the contractor and development community at large to hear their concerns.”  said Henry.The first issue brought to light was the city and the award process that they currently use. Henry mentioned a specific tender that was recently closed and came in significantly over budget. Henry said the concern was not that it was awarded to the lowest bidder, but that they haven’t been involved in many tenders. They pointed out they understand that the city is obligated to accept the lowest bidder but that they negotiated to bring the project within budget after it was awarded. Due to the amount this project came in over budget, it would have been impossible to complete without re-scoping the project.- Advertisement -The city said it was something they would have to do, and due to the re-scoping, Henry says the project should have been re-tendered. But it was not.They also wanted clarification on site meetings as well as clarification questions for certain projects.Advertisement The City Manager also wanted to take the time to reiterate that the city has the same goals and expectations as the construction community and that they are very committed to transparency.center_img City managers have been in contact with Bone and Henry to discuss more details and meeting dates. The meeting scheduled with the manager is scheduled for August 8th 2016.Scott Bone says that the city is clearly in a legal responsibility to treat all bidders equally in that process. They also legally are required to comply with the tendering practices that they are using, whether implied or expressed.Mayor Lori Ackerman said council should never be shy about policies. Ackerman said going forward the city will continue dialogue with construction workers.“We should never by shy about looking at our policies. Whenever legislation requires they be changed, 0r when society requires that they be changed, I think it is important that we step up to the plate and ensure that we have policies that ensure equity, fairness and transparency. Always.”Ackerman said council will provide staff with direction to initiate a process to open dialogue.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgRonald de Boer has told disillusioned Manchester United fans to give Louis van Gaal time – because this is not the style of football he wants to play.The Red Devils chief has come in for criticism recently for some below-par performances, despite his side losing just two of their last 20 fixtures.The Dutchman has been set the target of third place in the Premier League and, with 12 matches of the season remaining, United are fourth in the table.De Boer worked with his fellow countryman during their time together at Barcelona and believes it’s only a matter of time before the 63-year-old gets things right at Old Trafford.“Van Gaal is struggling a little bit at Manchester United,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Not with the amount of points he’s got, but with his style.“It’s not the way he wants to play. He’s fighting to get there.“At the moment it’s not the football that we are used to with Louis.”last_img read more


first_img Seydou Doumbia Newcastle have completed the loan signing of Roma forward Seydou Doumbia.The 28-year-old Roma will spend the rest of the campaign at St James’ Park, subject to being awarded a visa, and the Magpies have an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.Doumbia has been a prolific marksman in Switzerland and Russia, with Young Boys and CSKA Moscow respectively.He moved to Roma in a €15m deal last January but made just 13 Serie A appearances before rejoining CSKA on loan in AugustThe Ivory Coast international has scored eight goals in 19 appearances for the Russian top-flight side and they were keen to land him on permanent deal.But Newcastle made their move last week and have now wrapped up a deal after Doumbia underwent a successful medical on Tyneside.Doumbia said: “I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I’ve already started to prepare. I’ve arrived and I’m ready to go.“It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and now that dream has come true, so I’m absolutely delighted. I am looking forward to helping the club get some wins and climb the table.” 1last_img read more


first_img1 Each week, a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. But this week we’ve gone mad and we’re bringing you a double header ahead of Newcastle v Sunderland on Sunday lunchtime.Representing the Toon is Boy Jumps Ship vocalist and guitarist Si Todd, while in the red and white corner it’s bassist Jonny Rob…SI TODD (NEWCASTLE)Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?I’d have to say Liam Gallagher. He’d be a total loose cannon, but we’d sign him as a striker and he’d cause absolute havoc on the pitch. He’d be one of those players that would be a total cult hero if he played for you, but every other team would hate him.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?It would have to Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating. I don’t think there is a lyric that could describe being a Newcastle United fan better than that.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)? Wembley would be the one, obviously! But if I couldn’t do St. James’ Park, my second choice would definitely be The Emirates, it’s an unbelievable ground.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?I’d have to say Diego Costa, he has all the attributes to be a total diva. He’d be a nightmare to be in a band with, probably because he’d pick a fight with everyone all of the time. In my head I can see him being the singer in a punk band, he’d constantly be jumping into the crowd picking fights with everyone.Brit award or Premier League trophy?A Brit award would be unbelievable, but it’s been so long since Newcastle won anything that I’d have to say the Premier League trophy. Newcastle fans have a great reputation for being so loyal, I can’t imagine how good it would feel for us to actually have something to celebrate.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall? I’ve been a Newcastle fan since I was five years old and one of the earliest posters I can remember having on my wall was Peter Beardsley. When I started playing football I learned using my left foot, so I used to love left wingers like Ryan Giggs and David Ginola, too. In terms of music, it would have to be Guns ‘N’ Roses or Oasis, they were some of the first bands I put up on my wall when I first started learning to play the guitar.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?For me it has to be Cristiano Ronaldo. I can’t deny how good Lional Messi is, I just prefer Ronaldo. I think he has a bit more about him. Ever since he won the Champions League with Manchester United he’s been at the top of his game. If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?It would definitely have to be some sort of rock music. Nothing gets you more pumped up than a big rock song in my opinion, so something like Run To You by Bryan Adams or Welcome To The Jungle by Guns ‘N’ Roses. You can’t beat a classic!Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart? I was still really young at the time, but the one that broke my heart would have to be Andy Cole, he was banging them in and I remember being so gutted when he got sold to Manchester United. I was disappointed to see Hatem Ben Arfa leave, too, he was one of the most exciting players I’ve seen at Newcastle in a long time. He was frustrating at times but he always had you on the edge of your seat! The most exciting one would naturally be Alan Shearer, I don’t think many Newcastle fans would argue with that. It was one of those moments where every fan remembers where they were when he signed.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs? Fabio Borini. He always scores against Newcastle, so that’s a good enough reason to refuse him!What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?For me, the worst would definitely have to be the song Pitbull put out for the most recent World Cup. We Are One it’s called. It’s horrific. My favourite would have to be Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. JONNY ROB (SUNDERLAND)Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make? Well, until very recently I probably would have said Lemmy! Imagine him at centre-back!? The opposition would play every corner short so they didn’t have to put it in the box, they’d be too scared! If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? At this very moment? Has to be Under Pressure by Queen/Bowie. Hopefully that’ll soon change to Dancing In The Street by Bowie/Jagger if we stay up.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)? There’s the obvious cliche of Wembley Stadium, that would be amazing. However , as I’m not allowed to pick the Stadium Of Light I’d pick St James’, to play a stadium in the north-east would be a huge achievement.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?In terms of rock ’n’ roll footballers there’s only a few to choose from! I’d go with someone like Daniel Agger, he looks like he should be singing in a hardcore punk band. His tattoo collection is impressive. I’ve read David De Gea is into his metal as well, so maybe him.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League trophy, every time. I can’t even imagine what Leicester fans will go through if they pull it off. Absolute scenes!When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?I think I had a poster of Kevin Ball on my wall, it came with my first season ticket at the Stadium Of Light! That sat alongside all the tickets of gigs I had attended when I was growing up. And a big picture of Jimi Hendrix.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?For me, Zinedine Zidane. What a legend. Unbelievable on the pitch, super cool, didn’t care what people thought of him. Definitely the king.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?I’ve got a bit of a reputation in the band for jumping on the decks/iPod at shows and parties after a few too many. As long as I’ve had a couple I’d be playing all sorts of mid 90s dance music! It would get the players proper fired up! Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?I am still a bit shocked that Jermaine Defoe came to Sunderland. Every time I see him in the line-up I wonder, “has he not realised who he’s playing for yet?!”. I think the biggest disappointment was seeing Darren Bent leave. I am not sure what was going on, but he had the chance to become a proper club legend. At a time when we were arguably at our best for many a year.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Joey Barton… do I need to say any more?What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?Worst – Liverpool’s Anfield Rap. Bruce Grobbelaar dressed as a Beastie Boy trying to rap is enough to turn you off after 30 seconds.  Best – Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, purely from a nostalgic point of view. That whole tournament, the way England progressed, tonking the Dutch, Gazza’s goal against Scotland. Good memories! Boy Jumps Ship last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Americans may be geographically ignorant, but we know courage and we know tragedy. And both are evident in the story of Benazir Bhutto, the exiled former prime minister of Pakistan who returned home, despite the danger, and was assassinated Wednesday. This was a grave turn of events, and not just for the millions of Pakistanis hoping for political stability. Whatever the flaws of her former two terms as prime minister, Bhutto represented a hope for democracy in a troubled land. Her campaign in the Jan. 8 elections could have been the precursor to the flowering of real democracy. But a gunman/suicide bomber ended the hope for millions of Pakistanis of all classes, and raises the specter of this nuclear power falling into radical Islamist hands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNow even people who couldn’t find Pakistan on a map can intuit how this assassination may profoundly alter the future – not just for that region, but for the entire world.last_img read more


first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Friday’s Sports Bar show.On today’s show, the boys reflect and take calls after Tottenham’s defeat to West Ham all-but ended their title hopes, plus there’s the latest Catch Cundy and Trev-anorey!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img


first_img1 England women’s striker Toni Duggan has left Manchester City to join Barcelona.The 25-year-old forward has agreed a two-year deal with the Spanish side and moves with immediate effect.She is the first English footballer to join the Catalan club since Gary Lineker’s move to the Nou Camp in 1986.Duggan told her new club’s website: “For me, FC Barcelona is the biggest club in the world and naturally I wanted to come here and be part of it.“I have had a lot of success in England but I want to have even more. I think I need another trophy on my list and I know that Barca’s ambition is to win the Champions League. This is my goal too.”Duggan leaves Man City for an undisclosed fee, having been with the club since arriving from Everton in November 2013.She helped City win the Women’s Super League One title for the first time in 2016, and was part of the squad that won this year’s Women’s FA Cup.She was also part of the England team that finished third in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.Duggan has scored 15 goals in 47 senior appearances for England and is also part of their squad for Women’s Euro 2017. New Barcelona forward Toni Duggan is one of England’s highest profile female players last_img read more