India plotting for Gayle in World T20 semi-final

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):India plan to specifically target explosive opener Chris Gayle in today’s semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup, team director Ravi Shastri said yesterday.”Bring it on. All our bowlers will target him,” Shastri warned.”I have said this at the beginning. They are probably one of the most dangerous sides in this format,” Shastri said.The left-handed Gayle heads a list of big-hitters in the West Indies side, with the likes of Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell, captain Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo all capable of match-winning innings.”They have got explosive players, match-winners. We know what we are up against and we are up and ready as well. This is not a knockout game for us. The knockout was the last game. That was the quarter-final. This is the semi-final.”I still believe we have played only 70 per cent to our abilities in this tournament. There are still areas where we can improve. Let’s hope it happens tomorrow,” said Shastri.”In a semi-final you got to get your ‘A’ game in. You can’t depend on one or two players, you need six, seven players to step up to the plate. It has not happened so far in this tournament. Let’s hope it happens.”last_img read more

LIBA President Emphasizes Better Business Practices

first_imgMOVEE Chairman Kemayah Liberian Business Association (LIBA) President, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, says in order for significant strides to be taken in the successful ‘conquering’ of the Liberian economy, local entrepreneurs have to adopt better business practices.Mr. Kemayah made the statement while giving an overview of the two-day workshop organized for 40 Liberian entrepreneurs of the association.  Mr. Kemayah underscored some of these better practices as the payment of taxes, provision of quality services and products, and improved customer service.According to Mr. Kemayah, quality goods and services may be provided, but if customer service is poor, the inflow of cash that facilitates continuation of the business would not be ensured.“The customers are the core (center) of all business; we attach serious significance to them and must do all we can to gain their patronage of our businesses. They provide the cash necessary to run our various industries,” Mr. Kemayah stressed.Customer service is seen as a major problem in the Liberian business sector.  It has often been reported that many businesses have employees who are not customer friendly and very aggressive and discourteous towards customers.The organized training funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is a part of LIBA’s objectives.  The objectives include advocacy, capacity building, and facilitation and access to finance.Regarding the capacity building aspect, Mr. Kemayah said, “Strides to take over the economy of the country cannot work if entrepreneurs have no business skills.”He acknowledged that because training was important for Liberian business entrepreneurs. Mr. Kemayah explained that is why LIBA is engaged in organizing training programs which recently led a group to South Korea that returned during the festive season.Focusing onLIBA’s role as an advocacy group for indigenous Liberian businesses, Mr. Kemayah explained that even though government— through the Central Bank of Liberia— had given a US$5 million loan to LIBA to be received through commercial banks; it still needed to review its business policy to suit Liberian businesses.Making reference to the automotive portion of the business sector, Mr. Kemayah said government has a policy not to buy used cars but brand new vehicles. He noted that Liberians are not dealing in newly manufactured vehicles but foreigners, and in this business Liberians’ interest is not protected.In order to have Liberians’ interest protected, Mr. Kemayah suggested that policy be drafted for Liberians to have at least 25% share in such businesses since government should be there to seek and protect the interest of its citizens.In joint views, Mr. Kemayah and Daily Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best said West African Countries including Nigeria and Ghana seek the interest of their citizens by drafting policies that will protect them, noting, “In Ghana, a foreign businessman must have a local Ghanaian partner before making business.”He (Kemayah) said for government to prove its interest in protecting its citizens, more of these protective laws should be drafted and enforced to give a clear picture to Liberian entrepreneurs that government is serious.The training workshop began on January 16, 2014, and is highlighting Managerial Skills, Business Networking, Customer Service, Business Law, Financial Recording Keeping, Leveraging Local Procurement, Human Resource Management, and Sales and Marketing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Goldfields projects 1.4% hike in 2019 production

first_img– as 2018 figures plungeThe Canadian-based Guyana Goldfields Inc is looking to increase gold production at its Aurora Gold Mine in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) this year after recording a decline in 2018. The company currently operates the large gold mining operation in the country.According to financial records, the company produced 150,450 ounces last year, a decrease of 10,050 ounces compared to production from the prior year. The decrease, it explained, was mainly attributable to a lower head grade of 1.99 g/t Au (2017 – 2.46 g/t Au), offset by higher mill throughputs averaging 7100 tpd (2017 – 6100 tpd). The daily average mining rate improved by 50 per cent in order to meet the increase in stripping ratio for Rory’s Knoll open pit development. In 2018, the mill processed an average of 7000 tpd, representing a 15 per cent increase compared to an average of 6100 tpd in the prior year.However, with the Phase 2 mill expansion commissioned in February 2019, it is expected to further improve recovery by up to two per cent, throughout by 10 per cent, and allow for 75 per cent redundancy of the primary crusher.The Guyana Goldfields’ earnings from mine operations were $36.6 million for 2018, a decline of $21.6 million from the prior year and this was largely driven by increased mining and processing volumes, lower gold ounces sold from lower average head grade and increased production costs. These declines in production costs were offset by lower deprecation and lower cost of sales adjustment.Consequently, the company finished the year with a cash balance of $82 million and total debt reduced to $40 million, down from $60 million as at the end of 2017. The company elected not to make the voluntary accelerated debt repayment of $20 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, providing the company with additional short-term liquidity.  Under the current terms of the loan agreement, the company is scheduled to make eight additional quarterly payments of $5 million to retire the debt over the next two years.Nevertheless, going forward in 2019, the Canadian-based company expects gold production to be between 145,000-160,000 ounces in 2019. The mid-point of production guidance is 152,500 ounces, which, if achieved, would represent an increase of 1.4 per cent from 2018. The company expects production will be evenly weighted in first and second half of the year.President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Scott Caldwell says, “As we open a new chapter at Aurora, we will continue to focus on improving efficiency and maximising operating cash flow, while maintaining our admirable safety record, including our achievement earlier this month of one million-person hours without a lost time injury.”As part of its 2019 work programme, the company has updated its resource model and the life of mine plan. This includes an estimated average annual recovered gold production of 218,000 ounces over the next five years; a total recovered gold production of 2.15 million ounces at an average estimated head grade of 2.6 grams per tonne (g/t Au) over a 13-year mine life, and a total capital of $124 million to develop the underground mine and $256 million in sustaining capital.“Aurora has produced more than 500,000 ounces of gold in just over three years of commercial production and, despite some tough challenges, we remain confident in our future success,” Caldwell pointed out.He stressed that a profitable future is inevitable as the mine transitions from an open pit operation into an underground mine.“We have identified and initiated a number of cost savings programmes that will lead to improved operational efficiency. We have strengthened our leadership team, streamlined our organisational structure, initiated partnership arrangements with key contractors and suppliers and, in addition, implemented improved operating procedures and optimised our capital spending.We continue to believe that there is considerable, untapped potential for additional, high-quality ounces in this system. We expect to access high-grade zones beneath “Mad Kiss” with our underground exploration development later this year and will look to secure our permit for commercial underground production in a timely manner.”However, even as the Guyana Goldfields gears up for its underground operations – the first modern underground mine developed in Guyana – it recently had a run in with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), which has admonished the company for insinuating that it was granted approval to commence underground operations when it only received a permit to conduct prospective works for the collection of data.As such, the Canadian mining company noted that the underground decline is intended for “exploration and definition drilling in support of eventual planned underground production.”Going forward, it added that the contractor will complete and reinforce the collar and extend the decline 200 metres to fulfil the scope of the early works phase. The company expects this work will take approximately three months to complete once the contractor is fully mobilised. A budget of $2.0 million has been approved for the early works phase.In addition, the company said it is finalising the review of bids received for the underground development contract with the target of final award in the second quarter of 2019.Apart of the recent run in with the EPA, the company is also facing internal issues with shareholders calling for shake-up of the company’s leadership reportedly over poor performance and declining stock prices.last_img read more

Bielsa keeps Leeds flying, Villa extend streak in League Cup

first_imgErhun Oztumer got one back for Bolton in the second half.But Leeds easily held on to clinch a third consecutive win in charge for former Argentina and Chile boss Bielsa, who had already won his first two second-tier matches.Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa survived a scare in their 1-0 win at Yeovil as Conor Hourihane’s strike saw them join Leeds in the second round.Hourihane’s 77th-minute tap-in came as a relief for Villa boss Steve Bruce after fourth-tier Yeovil had a second-half penalty from Alex Fisher saved.Yeovil were on top for much of the first half, with Fisher twice forcing good saves out of Villa goalkeeper Andre Moreira, on loan from Atletico Madrid.Referee John Brooks pointed to the spot after Gary Warren was ajudged to have pushed Tommy Elphick, but Moreira bailed out his side as he saved Fisher’s spot-kick.Jonathan Kodija made his influence felt when he left Warren flat-footed in the box and played it square for Hourihane to seal Villa’s third successive victory.Oliver Burke’s first West Brom goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over third-tier Luton at the Hawthorns.Albion, relegated from the Premier League last year, were tested by Luton, with Jake Jervis wasting their best chance.But Scotland midfielder Burke struck to send West Brom through and revive hopes he can get his career back on track after a poor run following last summer’s move from RB Leipzig.Frank Lampard’s Derby eased into the second round with a 2-0 win at fourth-tier Oldham.Former Chelsea star Lampard was beaten for the first time as a manager on Saturday as Leeds won 4-1 at the iPro Stadium.The Rams went ahead in the 36th minute as Harry Wilson delivered a right-wing free-kick and Fikayo Tomori challenged for the ball with Oldham’s Sam Graham, who appeared to deflect into his own net from six yards.Mason Mount made it 2-0 in the 70th minute with a sweet half-volley from just outside the box.Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was Middlesbrough’s hero as they won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out against fourth-tier Notts County.Lonergan saved from Jon Stead and Dan Jones after the two sides played out a 3-3 draw at the Riverside Stadium.Nottingham Forest won 10-9 on penalties against Bury after being held to a 1-1 draw by the League Two club.Championship outfit Bristol City lost 1-0 at home to third-tier Plymouth, while second tier Ipswich were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at League Two side Exeter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, pictured May 2015, got off the mark in his first Leeds start after 27 minutes with a goal, helping put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Patrick Bamford celebrated his first Leeds start with a goal as new boss Marcelo Bielsa extended in his flying start with a 2-1 win against Bolton in the League Cup first round on Tuesday.Bamford, a £7 million signing from Middlesbrough, got off the mark after 27 minutes at Elland Road before Samuel Saiz netted to put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals.last_img read more

‘Villainous’ Diego Costa not to blame for Arsenal defeat, claims Gunners legend

first_imgArsenal legend Liam Brady has called Chelsea striker Diego Costa ‘a villain’, but concedes the Spanish hitman was not to blame for the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat on Sunday.The Blues made it nine games without defeat against Arsene Wenger’s men as Costa’s first-half goal claimed victory over the Gunners, who played more than 70 minutes with ten men after Per Mertesacker was sent off after an early tangle with the striker.Costa was at the centre of controversy the last time the two Premier League giants clashed in September, as Arsenal ending the Stamford Bridge encounter with nine men largely thanks to the forward’s theatrics with Chelsea winning 2-0.Gunners boss Wenger has again accused the former Atletico Madrid man of deliberately getting one of men sent off, after Mertesacker was shown red for a last-man challenge, though replays showed contact between the pair was minimal.But former midfielder Brady believes the call from referee Mark Clattenburg was the correct one.“Diego Costa was without a doubt the villain of the game at Stamford Bridge, but I don’t think you can blame too much on him yesterday,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It was a sending off, Costa was through on goal. If Mertesacker watches that again I think he’d feel he should have let Costa take his chance and let him go on goal. He had Petr Cech to beat and Koscielney would have put him under all sorts of pressure and he might not have scored.“With 11 men we could have won the game. The team played well in spells and with ten men we had a few great chances to score and get the draw.”The defeat meant Arsenal missed the chance to climb above Leicester City to the top of the Premier League standings, after the Foxes beat Stoke on Saturday to go three points clear at the summit.The Gunners remain tied on points [44] with second place Manchester City, while fierce rivals Tottenham are only two points behind in fourth, but Brady believes Wenger’s men still have a great chance to end their wait for a Premier League title.“If you look at the table, it looks like the title race is between four teams – the current top four,” he added.“If Arsenal can stay around the top for the next five or six weeks, get good results against Leicester, Spurs and Manchester United and win against the other teams, then I think we’re in with a great chance of winning the title this year.”last_img read more

Mauling of infant may spur dog law

first_imgSpurred by a recent pit bull attack on an 11-month-old Palmdale girl, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will ask county officials Tuesday to draft an ordinance regulating the breeding of pit bulls and rottweilers. The county supervisor plans to ask officials, including those in the Department of Animal Care and Control, to draft a proposed ordinance requiring some dogs to be spayed and neutered, said Antonovich aide Tony Bell. Though details of the proposed ordinance have not been discussed, Antonovich expects the Board of Supervisors to vote on the rules Feb. 14, Bell said. “Responsible dog owners should be supportive of this measure,” Bell said. “It’s the irresponsible dog owners and breeders that need to be aware that Los Angeles County will hold them responsible for the actions of their animals.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Last fall, the Legislature passed a bill authorizing local governments to enact breed-specific ordinances on dogs pertaining to mandatory spay-neuter programs. The board vote would apply only to unincorporated areas such as Quartz Hill, Lake Los Angeles and Littlerock, but cities such as Palmdale and Lancaster that use county animal-control services usually adopt county animal-control laws. If the supervisors pass the measure, Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts said he expects both Palmdale and Lancaster to adopt it as well. “It seems like those are the two breeds that we constantly hear about and read about,” Roberts said about pit bulls and rottweilers. One factor in breed-specific legislation is what critics say is difficulty in defining what dogs it applies to. A pit bull is a type of dog and not a breed, critics say, and many breeds resemble pit bulls or share characteristics. Antonovich’s plan comes after an 11-month-old girl was attacked Monday by a pit bull at a neighbor’s house. Animal-control officials said the pit bull was a neutered male. The girl’s injuries were mostly around her face. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center were unable to reattach her ear that had been torn off when she was attacked, said Lt. Don Ford of the Palmdale sheriff’s station. The infant was with her aunt, who had gone to visit friends. The dog, which had had no problem with the girl on previous visits, attacked her for no apparent reason, Ford said. The animal was destroyed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.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


first_imgAN INCREDIBLE FOUR players lining up for Ireland against Macedonia this Saturday will have Donegal connections – and that’s without injured keeper Shay Given.Killybegs Seamus Coleman is being tipped to start the match.And other players with Donegal connections – Ciaran Clark, of Aston Villa whose family is from Milford, and Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow with relatives in Gaoth Dobhair  – are tipped to start. Another player who qualifies for the Irish team is James McCarthy, in his case through a grandfather that was born in Gaoth Dobhair.Glasgow-born McCarthy pulled out of the Wales game as he was only returning after three months out with an ankle injury, but a rigmarole followed and it was claimed the Wigan Athletic midfielder would switch his allegiances to Scotland.However, having spoken publicly about the debacle for the first time, the 20-year-old has set the record straight.“I’ve had to contend with this for a few years,” he said of his international future. “But it has really all stemmed from other people wanting it to happen. I am, and will remain, a Republic of Ireland player. I hope to play against Macedonia next weekend and that will put any talk of Scotland to bed once and for all. “It reached new levels, went too far really, when I withdrew from the Ireland squad to play Wales. It was all above board. I was not long back in the Wigan team after three months out with an ankle injury and I was still taking things slowly as I didn’t want to risk anything. But this became a huge story and all the talk of me playing for Scotland resurfaced.“My phone never stopped ringing. I’ve never received so many text messages and listened to so many voicemails. It was mental really. I’ve never been so popular!“Trapattoni flew across to England to see me and we met at a hotel. He wanted to look me in the eye and ask if I was happy and committed to Ireland. I told him I was happy and wanted to play for him. It was a good meeting. We were both satisfied at the end of it. I appreciate the interest from Scotland but don’t want to go back on my word.”McCarthy has taken some stick in the Scottish media – with one paper slamming him.You can take the man out of Gaoth Dobhair – but you can’t take Gaoth Dobhair out of the man! See separate interview with Seamus Coleman on SPORT.EURO 2012: FOUR DONEGAL-LINKED PLAYERS COULD START FOR IRELAND AGAINST MACEDONIA was last modified: March 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgMARTIN O’NEILL has recalled Shay Given back into the Ireland squad tonight for the friendly against Oman and opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.The Donegal man, now 38, retired from international football two years ago, but said he would return of needed.Given lost his first-team place at Aston Villa in the early part of last season but went on to impress during a loan spell at Middlesbrough. The Lifford native is now back at Villa Park and made an eye-catching save in his club’s Capital One Cup defeat by Leyton Orient in midweek.However, Brad Guzan is set to replace Given in Sunday’s Premier League game against Hull City.Speaking on Twitter, Given said that he was “delighted to be back” in the Republic squad.REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SQUAD Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Kieran Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Rob Elliott (Newcastle United)Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Joey O’Brien (West Ham), Stephen Ward (Brighton)Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Stephen Quinn (Hull), David Meyler (Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)Strikers: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (QPR), Anthony Stokes (Celtic)MARTIN O’NEILL has recalled Shay Given back into the Ireland squad tonight. The Donegal man, now 38, retired from international football two years ago, but said he would return of needed.SHAY GIVEN BACK IN IRELAND SQUAD was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:IrelandShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgNOTTS COUNTY manager Shaun Derry wants Stephen McLaughlin back at the club in January and revealed talks have already begun with Forest over the Donegal man’s future.The former Clonmany Shamrocks, Finn Harps and Derry City winger played the last game of his loan spell in the 1-0 defeat at Bradford City on Sunday as the Magpies’ unbeaten away record in League One was brought to a halt.McLaughlin has excelled during his stint on loan at County, which has seen him become the club’s leading creator with seven assists. And the importance of the 24-year-old’s contribution has not gone unrecognised by Derry, although he admits McLaughlin’s destination is out of his control.“What Stephen has delivered for us during his time here has been excellent and I would like to keep him,” he said.“The conversations with Forest have already taken place but they have their own agendas to consider.“They’ve had a loss to Birmingham which will hurt them and their season has tailed off in recent weeks. “Stuart will want to get his troops back on fire like they were at the start of the season.“At this moment in time, we are not too sure whether Stephen fits into their jigsaw.” NOTTS COUNTY KEEN TO HOLD ON TO WINGER McLAUGHLIN was last modified: December 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:clonmanyNotts CountyNotts ForestStephen McLaughlinlast_img read more


first_imgLife doesn’t have to be a beach – just ask Philip McFadden.Philip’s hours of work has paid off with a new entrance onto Trawbreaga Bay on Five Finger Beach.Like many others, the Inishowen artist missed his walks on stunning Lagg beach on the shores of Trawbreaga Bay.The recent storms washed away the entrance and left a six foot drop to the beach which many could not access. Even an online petition to Donegal County Council and 6,000 signatures didn’t get the necessary repair work done.So Carndonagh man Philip decided he would get a shovel and give it a go himself.And many hours later he can be vastly proudly of himself after single-handidly opening up the beach for many to use again.Many people including local Sinn Fein candidate Albert Doherty, who has been campaigning on the issue, have heaped praise on Philip’s work. One man and a shovel. Just imagine what a county council team could do?The entrance to Lagg Beach before Philip’s repairs. PHILIP (AND HIS SHOVEL!) COME TO AID OF STRANDED BEACH-LOVERS was last modified: March 25th, 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:Donegal County Councilfive finger strandPhilip McFaddenstormTrawbreaga Baylast_img read more