Simmons ready for Tallawahs challenge

first_img STRIKE RATE He holds a big reputation, and he’s more than aware that he has big shoes to fill. Stylish West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons is eager to get his new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 experience going after he was recruited at the number-one spot by defending champions the Jamaica Tallawahs, at the draft in Barbados on Friday. Simmons, who last represented the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, will arrive in Kingston as a direct replacement for swashbuckling megastar Chris Gayle, who announced in December that he was heading in the opposite direction. “I’m ready to show my worth, I know what I am capable of, I know how destructive, I can be at the top of the order, and I am just really looking forward to playing with the Tallawahs,” Simmons told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday. “I am delighted to be selected for the Jamaica Tallawahs. I never thought I would be playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs. It’s a draft and everyone wants the best players, so I am really just delighted to be a part of the Tallawahs,” said Simmons, who was drafted at the top tier on a US$160,000 contract. “Before the draft, my agent was telling me that he spoke to them (Tallawahs management), but that they wanted an all-rounder so I didn’t really know that this would have been the outcome, but I am looking forward to it,” Simmons added. The 32-year-old Trinidadian has established himself around the region as one of the most talented cricketers from the Caribbean and also has international T20 experience with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League. In his 39 CPL matches – 29 of which were played with two-time finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors prior to his move to the Patriots – Simmons scored 1,238 runs with a highest score of 97, an average of 36.4 and a strike rate of 113.5. By comparison, Gayle has played 45 CPL games and has scored 1,452 runs at an average of 42.7 and a strike rate of 137.1. He has a highest score of 111 not out. “Chris Gayle’s shoes is a big one to fill but every batsman has his own s,tyle of batting, and my style is not the same as Chris Gayle’s, but I do know how to accumulate my runs and set up my innings, and every batsman has their own plan,” Simmons said. “When you go in the top bracket (of the draft) for $160,000 a lot will be expected of you, and I know a lot will depend on me at the top of the order, and that’s what I am prepared to give.” “I’m looking to be in the top three in terms of aggregate runs. For the past four years that I have played the CPL, I was in the top four at all times besides when I had that injury and didn’t perform as well as I wanted to. But now I am up to full fitness and I have the IPL to play before, so once I get my form going and come into the CPL and perform for the Tallawahs like I have been doing for the past four years or so in the competition, I will be pleased,” added Simmons. VERY GOOD TEAM The batsman is confident the team can repeat as champions this year and expressed confidence in the abilities of youngster Rovman Powell. “I think we have a very good team. Not having (Andre) Russell is a very big blow; I think he plays a vital role in the Tallawahs team, being able to go out there and get quick runs and giving you outfield ability to catch and save runs. Rovman Powell, I guess, looks up to Russell and can do almost the same things, so hopefully, he can emulate what Russell does and follow in his footsteps.” Simmons finished second among CPL batsmen in 2013 before ending with the most runs a year later and capping his performance with the MVP award, while leading the Amazon Warriors to back-to-back finals. He finished with the fourth most runs in 2015.last_img read more

Motorcyclist critical after crashing into parked car

first_imgThirty-year-old Cappel Deo of Lot 408 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara is battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he reportedly lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and it crashed into motor vehicle PDD 4714, which was parked on the Waller’s Delight Public Road on Sunday evening.He reportedly sustained severe head injuries, and is listed as critical.The injured motorcyclist was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in that very state.The driver of the motor car is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Taxi driver gets 3 years for stealing woman’s underwear

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Yudhister Samjawan, of Third Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess after the prosecution proved he broke into the house of Yanti Stephens and stole a number of items.The young man who was on trial initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated the on October 4, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke into the dwelling house of Stephens and stole one phone, a pair of female underwear and $50,000 in cash.The court was told that on the day in question, the woman was awoken by a noise and as such, she got out of her bed to investigate when she found Samjawan crawling on her floor.She immediately raised an alarm and the man fled the scene via a nearby trench.According to the Prosecutor, the Police were summoned and the accused, who was found hiding in a trench alongside the street, was arrested.The items were found in his possession. The defendant was subsequently charged.After finding sufficient evidence against Samjawan, Magistrate Bess ruled that he be sentenced to three years behind bars.last_img read more

Anna Regina residents, businesses under water

first_imgSeveral sections of Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were on Sunday under water owing to excessive downpours over the weekend.As a result, Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall and his deputy, Rudolph Williams met with residents and the business community, located between Anna Regina to Walton Hall to assess the damage.Town Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall and Deputy Mayor Rudolph WilliamsThe Mayor, in his address, stated that the Town Council was concerned about the flooding after a two-hour downpour.“I came on the ground to look at the situation and what was discovered is the pump at the Hampton Court and Windsor Castle sluice is not working due to damage incurred on the radiators,” the Mayor stated.The residents have suffered tremendous losses with many household appliances, paddy and fertilisers damaged or ruined, and the rains have created much inconvenience.“I am very concerned as a mayor, because the town has one small excavator machine. We will be taking swift action tomorrow morning (Monday) in the Windsor Castle area. I already spoke to the Town Clerk and we will be making arrangements to bring the machine in the area to dig out the small pipelines and look at the drainage immediately, along with other areas within the town,” Prabhulall highlighted.Paddy damagedThe Mayor further stated that the Town Council would be taking immediate action to get the workers to clean the drains and canals, but believed that the Council needed two new excavators to assist with the drainage works.Meanwhile, when contact was made with persons in the area late Sunday afternoon, they reported that the water at Walton Hall and Devonshire Castle has receded. The Mayor has promised to address the issue of poor drainage at the earliest.last_img read more

New ownership of St. Martin’s property will maintain graveyard

first_imgMitchel Chilcott says once hazardous materials are removed, it is expected the church building will be demolished late this summer.He also says the new building will be separate from the existing adjacent building, and will provide services now being offered at the credit union’s second Fort St. John location.“Originally we had a plan for a major renovation of our 100 Street facility but it had been constructed over three phases and the renovation wouldn’t have been cost-effective,” says Chilcott.- Advertisement -Chilcott says negotiations for purchase of a portion of the site began back in 2013, but he concedes finalization of the agreement to purchase all of the property has led to questions about the cemetery in one corner of it and a daycare facility in the church building.He says the answer to the second question has been left to discussions between the daycare operator and the church, but the credit union has inherited responsibility for the graveyard – which he says will not inhibit the new development of the property.“We did our research on it to see if the graves could be moved, and with that you need consent from of known descendants,” explains Chilcott. “Where we ended up is we aren’t going to move the graves; we’re going to maintain the graves where they are.”Advertisement Chilcott adds,” When it comes to developing the site, we’ll look at, I guess, enhancing how they’re presented and maintained to make it up to our standard.”As reported earlier, the St. Martin’s congregation has until the end of June to relocate.last_img read more

Injury-prone Welbeck deserves a break – Wenger

first_imgSouthampton’s Jack Stephens was sent off in stoppage time for a clash with Gunners substitute Jack Wilshere — who should also have been dismissed according to Southampton manager Mark Hughes.Arsenal did finish with 10 men when Mohamed Elneny saw red for a hand in the face of Cedric Soares, but Wenger believed the game should be remembered most for Welbeck’s first Premier League goals since September last year.Welbeck, whose Arsenal career has been dogged by injury problems, shrugged off missing a glorious chance seconds before he headed home the winner nine minutes from time.“I’m pleased for him because he has been through difficult times,” Wenger said. “I have seen him behave (well) when it was really tough so he deserves everything he gets.“He had every reason to feel sorry for himself, to think the mountain was too big to climb, because it was the right knee, then the left knee and a year out every time.“People were questioning whether he would come back and I believe what he has done is exceptional.”Welbeck will be hoping a late-season revival increases his chances of making England’s World Cup squad.“I’m happy with the assist and glad to get the goals,” he said. “I know when I get the opportunities in front of goal I will put them away — apart from the one I put over!“I thought I would get another opportunity to get a winner and I kept focused on that. The World Cup will take care of itself — I don’t pick the team.”The game ended petulantly when Stephens threw Wilshere to the ground after the Arsenal substitute had ripped his shirt.Elneny then saw red for a hand in Cedric Soares’ face straight after, but Hughes was convinced referee Andre Marriner should also have dismissed Wilshere.“I saw a definite movement with his knee towards Jack (Stephens),” said Hughes. “The referee should have seen that and sent both off.“Elneny has raised a hand to Cedric’s face — that’s a sending off clearly. So maybe there should have been three.”Southampton remain three points adrift of safety but this was a much better performance than Hughes’ first Premier League game in charge — a 3-0 defeat at West Ham.Shane Long took advantage of a comical mix-up between Petr Cech and Shkodran Mustafi to put the visitors in front early on.And they were well worth their equaliser when Charlie Austin came off the bench to level at 2-2 17 minutes from time before Welbeck’s late winner.“It was a good performance and a marked contrast to West Ham,” added Hughes. “The only criticism is that when you get back on level terms you need to have the clarity of thought to make sure you take something out of the game.“It was clearly encouraging in terms of what we need to do to get out of this situation. Clearly we have got talented players, you saw that today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Welbeck scored his first league goals since September. © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Arsene Wenger hailed Danny Welbeck’s return to form as his double inspired Arsenal to a bad-tempered 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.England World Cup hopeful Welbeck also made Arsenal’s other goal for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang as the Gunners fought off a spirited challenge from the Saints, who remain in the Premier League relegation zone.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL was today named as the worst local authority in Ireland for unpaid rates.Local government auditors found that Donegal County Council is losing an incredible €12 in unpaid rates and levies from businesses, property developers and householders.It has meant the authority has been left struggling to collect enough money to pay for vital services. A report by the Department of the Environment’s local government audit service shows the majority of local authorities recorded a deficit at the end of 2009.But the most significant were Donegal (which faced a deficit of €12 million), Meath (a €9 million deficit) and Waterford (a €7 million deficit).By comparison, Dublin’s three local authorities actually had a surplus.Auditors say the poor performance in collecting water charges in Donegal and other counties appears to be linked to problems such as the introduction of meters, disputed charges, inadequate follow-up of arrears and financial difficulties experienced by customers. BUSINESSES STRUGGLINGSources in Donegal County Council told today said the biggest problem in collecting arrears related to businesses which are ‘simply struggling to survive’.The source added: “The figure looks bad but it reflects where the county is right now with so many small businesses really struggling to pay any bills.”TELL US YOUR VIEW….LEAVE A COMMENT BELOWDONEGAL AT TOP OF UNPAID RATES LEAGUE was last modified: June 30th, 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) Tags:Department of EnvironmentDONEGAL AT TOP OF UNPAID RATES LEAGUEDonegal County Councillast_img read more


first_imgAt first glance it looks like a team getting ready to play 70 minutes of football to claim the All-Ireland football title.All are singing off the same hymn sheet and all togged out exactly the same – or are they? A number of Donegal Daily readers have contacted the site asking us why Karl Lacey is wearing different shorts than the rest of the team.The answer is we don’t know.Perhaps it was just a mistake or was it another of Jim McGuinness’ tactical plans?Anybody who has any inside information on the secret of the shorts can let us know!  THE REAL REASON WHY LACEY WAS ‘SHORT’-CHANGED AT CROKER! was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 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:Croke Parkkarl laceyMichael Murphyshortslast_img read more

iPad Goes International

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Tags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts On Friday, Apple debuted their iPad tablet in nine countries. Apple already pushed back international sales a month with the explanation that the demand in the U.S. was too great to go international at that time. May 28th saw the iPad on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Although relatively long lines were reported in the U.K., Germany and Australia, the American debut stole a lot of the thunder from the international debuts. ReadWriteWeb France editor, Fabrice Epelboin said in that country the press more than consumers are interested in what the iPad can do. “The press here is already dead, so all of them are praying for the iPad to resurrect them, but after a few weeks, they are starting to realize things aren’t that simple. The US iPad release sounded like a big PR party in all the french press, but today’s official launch in France looks more like a hangover.”About a month ago, Apple had sold half a million devices and said inventory would not tolerate opening to foreign markets as soon as they had planned. Inventory is still an issue, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Analysts estimate that Apple will sell about 1.7 million iPads in the April-to-June quarter and five million for the year world-wide.”Analysts also anticipate that about a third of Apple’s sales will be U.S.-based and the rest shared with the remaining global market.With over a million iPads sold, it has been described as “the fastest consumer product growth to the $1 billion revenue mark in history.”last_img read more