In a bid to address the poor batting fortunes of the Jamaica Scorpions, the national selectors have made two changes heading into the team’s fourth-round clash with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, starting today.In comes recent West Indies one-day international recruit, all-rounder Rovman Powell, and former captain and batsman Paul Palmer Jr, while out goes opener Trevon Griffith and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.The 23-year-old Powell and Palmer Jr are yet to see any action this season, with Powell recently returning from Zimbabwe with the West Indies team, having toured Sri Lanka with West Indies ‘A’ a month earlier.Palmer Jr, in the meantime, who was entrusted with the leadership position last season, but who was overlooked at the start of this year’s campaign, has been named in various Scorpions 13-member squads since the start of the tournament three rounds ago but is yet to make his seasonal debut.The Robert Samuels-led Scorpions will enter the contest one place above the Red Force in the six-team championship.Jamaica are fourth on 28.6 points, 1.6 points ahead of Trinidad, who are fifth. The table, which sees a mere 6.6 points separating the top five teams, is being led by two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars on 33.6 points.They are followed by early-season pace setters Barbados Pride on 33.4 points and surprise package thus far, the Leewards Hurricanes, on 29.4.CRUCIAL GAME”Based on the position of the teams in the standings, it will be a very crucial game,” said Jamaica batsman AndrÈ McCarthy.”Trinidad is always a tough team and has rivalry with us, so it is always our intention to beat them. This match is no different, and it is for us as a team to get our game together, including our batting, which has been struggling a bit.”The Scorpions, who are hoping to better their third-place finish last season, has so far registered a win, a loss, and a no-result, the same as the Red Force.They are, however, slightly ahead of their opponents based on points awarded to fast bowlers as per a new West Indies Cricket Board regulation.Jamaica will look to in-form opener John Campbell, who is third in the batting charts, Jermaine Blackwood and Andre McCarthy to lead their batting, which, with the absence of Walton, could see young Brandon King, who has been part of the squad, making his seasonal debut.As for their bowling, it is again likely that it will be spearheaded by captain and spinner Nikita Miller, along with fast bowler Raynard Leveridge and Powell.Trinidad, in the meanwhile, will welcome the return of new West Indies batsman Jason Mohammed, who also played in Zimbabwe, with the diminutive right-hander set to lead their batting, while bowling-wise, much will be expected of Jamaica-born fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who was drafted in the off-season.SCORPIONS (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Derval Green, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Andre McCarthy, Paul Palmer Jr, Rovman Powell, Devon Thomas, ShacayaThomas.RED FORCE (from): YannickOttley (captain), YannicCariah, Sheldon Cottrell, JydGoolie, Kyle Hope, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Jason Mohammed, Khary Pierre, Roshon Primus, Isaiah Rajah, Marlon Richards.
A man who was almost struck by a drunk-driver after coming out of church with his children drove after the woman before pulling the keys out of her car.Majella McCrory was disqualified from driving for four years. Pic by Northwest News Pics.The man, Winston Kee, had come out of church with his two children in Carnone, Raphoe when the incident happened. Mr Kee was driving home around 11am on September 14th last when a black Seat Ibiza came around a bend on the wrong side of the road forcing Mr Kee to swerve to avoid a collision.He performed a u-turn and drove after the car and eventually pulled out in front of it forcing it to stop.Behind the wheel was Ms Majella McCrory who admitted having drink taken.However, Ms McCrory of Alt, Castlefin, ran from the scene but was apprehended 300 metres from the scene by Gardai who had been alerted to the incident.Gardai said they got a strong smell of alcohol from Ms McCrory and she was taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Defense solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been employed in accountancy-type work but had ben laid off recently after more than six years.He said she would have been better staying home that morning but she had decided to travel to see a friend and chat about her situation.The court heard the mother-of-two also had a conviction for a similar offense in Strabane.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms McCrory €200 and disqualified her from driving for four years.And he added “I presume she is aware she will have to do something with her alcohol issue.”MAN DROVE AFTER DRUNK-DRIVER AFTER ALMOST BEING HIT WHILE COMING OUT OF CHURCH was last modified: November 4th, 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:castlefincourtdonegaldrunkJudge Paul KellyMajella McCroryRaphoe
EL SEGUNDO, CA – Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans.The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year.“Kobe is probably not going to play” again this season, Scott said.“We all know how tough he is,” Scott added after Monday’s practice. “He’s a trooper, so we pray for him that his return will be sooner rather than later.”Bryant’s torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee. His famously resilient body has finally worn down from the accumulated grind of 19 seasons and several lengthy postseasons with the Lakers, including five NBA title runs.After returning at nearly full strength in training camp, Bryant sat out eight games in the last month and played on a strict minutes limit to rest his 36-year-old body. He still dealt with assorted aches and setbacks before he injured his shoulder while dunking against the Pelicans.The Lakers reacted to the news with disappointment and respect for Bryant, who was selected to the All-Star game for the 17th time last week. Bryant is averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.“Kobe is a warrior,” Lakers forward Carlos Boozer said. “He’s strong, and he’s going to attack rehab like he always has.”The Lakers also discouraged speculation that Bryant’s career might be over. He is the NBA’s highest-paid player at $23.5 million this season, and he is under contract for $25 million next year.“I think he’s done everything that you can possibly do in this league, and I think at times, we don’t appreciate all the stuff that he’s been able to accomplish,” Scott said. “I don’t think we appreciate how tough he is, all the injuries and other things that he’s played with, to be able to come back the way that he’s come back. I don’t see Kobe as the type of guy that wants to leave his legacy on (these) terms. I think he wants to go out on his own terms. We’ll just have to wait and see.”The Lakers (12-33) are in the midst of another aimless season, losing eight straight heading into Tuesday’s visit from Washington. The 16-time NBA champion franchise is almost certain to miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1976.The Lakers also owe a first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns to complete their disastrous trade for Steve Nash, who played just 50 games in three years and never suited up this season. But Los Angeles will keep the pick this summer if it lands in the top five, providing ample incentive for fans to hope the Lakers’ collapse is total.Bryant wasn’t at the Lakers’ training complex Monday, and he didn’t attend their loss to Houston on Sunday night. Scott plans to speak with Bryant throughout the week to see what he’s thinking about his future, but he hopes Bryant isn’t ready to quit.“With the Achilles last year, everybody said he was done,” Scott said. “He came back and I think the first month of the season, he proved to everybody that he still has a lot left in the tank. I think he still has that hunger and that competitive nature to come out and prove it again. After the surgery, I’ll talk to him and see how it is. We’ll talk and we’ll go from there.”GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
APTN National NewsOpposition continues to grow in British Columbia against Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project.The Haida Nation is fiercely against the proposal which they belive could seriously threaten the environment if there was a spill.APTN National News reporter Tina House explains.
Two Indian-origin founders of Waymade Plc, a pharmaceutical conglomerate based in the United Kingdom, are in the midst of a pricing scandal on generic drugs, reported the Press Trust of India. The millionaire brothers, Bhikhu and Vijay Patel, have their names featured in an investigative write-up by the Times.The daily claimed the brothers were among three sets of entrepreneurs exploiting a flaw in UK’s National Health Service (NHS) rules on drug pricing, which allowed pharma firms to rake up prices of generic drugs once they dropped the brand name. It added that this profiteering was at the expense of many of UK’s dutiful taxpayers. The Times added that these entrepreneurs’ “extortionate” pricing added $260 million each year to NHS drug subsidy bill.PTI noted that their company Atnahs bought rights to older medicines still used by patients, but are no longer of interest to major pharmaceutical companies, and hiked its prices after removing its brand name.Dailymail quoted Times report as saying that four of their businesses (two sold off) allegedly hiked up price of common drugs by 12,500 percent and helped them accumulate $380 million a year. In one of the cases, the price of a generic drug that was $1.08 in 2008 was increased to more than $123 in 2016, it added.UK’s Department of Health told PTI that the country’s Competition and Markets Authority is already investigating exploitation of common drug pricing, however, there was no sign of Patels’ firm being probed.”…as part of a public consultation we have asked for views on government powers to limit the prices of generic medicines where there is no competitive market,” said the department’s spokesperson.The rags-to-riches story of the Kenya-born businessmen brothers is celebrated in the U.K’s British-Indian network. The 68-year-old Bikhu, an architect graduate, and his two-year younger brother, Vijay, have consistently risen on the Sunday Times’ Rich List and collectively own wealth of $979 million.Based in their mansions in Essex, and with suite of properties, the brothers also own a company that offers chauffeur-driven cars. PTI added that their charity organisation, Shanta Foundation, funds educational medical projects both in their home country Kenya, and India.