Pitches not conducive to big scores – Holder

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Test captain Jason Holder says the standard of regional pitches needs to be improved if teams are to produce more attractive cricket.The 24-year-old, also the Barbados Pride skipper, said that scores in the ongoing Regional Super50 had been low because pitches were slow and turning and not conducive to good strokeplay.”It’s been tough. Obviously, the scores are not what we’ve been accustomed to in one-day cricket, and I think that’s been due to the slow pitches,” Holder said.”I’ve found it very difficult so far batting in this tournament, in the middle overs especially, and trying to get the ball off the square. I think spinners are dominating it, and that’s because the ball has spun quite early and quite sharply.”I just think we need to work a little bit more on improving our pitches and … strokeplay, and the viewing of the cricket would be a lot better.”The highest total of the tournament has been Jamaica Scorpions’ 260 against minnows ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell ground at St Augustine here in the second-round Group ‘A’ contest.In Group ‘B’ played in St Kitts, the highest total there was 255 by Guyana Jaguars in the final round when they chased down a competitive total set by Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Between both groups, there have been 14 totals under 200 runs, with four of these coming at Queen’s Park Oval, and Holder said that the par score at the tournament’s premier venue would be quite small.”It’s been a tough pitch. The games I’ve seen here and have played here have been tough going in terms of batting, so you have to be very sharp in the field in terms of restricting opposition under 200 runs. I think 200, 210 is probably a par score on this track.”The tournament is in its final stages. Barbados Pride clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second semi-final today.last_img read more

China’s football dream more elusive than ever after latest flops

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Some incandescent fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, called for the national team to be disbanded.The 70-year-old Lippi, who is expected to step down after the Asian Cup in the UAE in January, said he had been “surprised and worried about the condition of our players” before the Qatar game.“If the Asian Cup opened next week, I’d be worried, but we still have time to become better,” added Lippi, who led his native Italy to win the World Cup in 2006.Big money, little returnChina improved when Lippi took over nearly two years ago, but that initial bounce is gone. In his 21 games in charge they have won eight, lost eight and drawn five.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Deadline for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft applications set Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img They failed to reach the World Cup in Russia — in Lippi’s defense, most of the damage to China’s qualifying hopes was done before he arrived — and he is under pressure for the first time.Lippi’s side had plenty of the ball against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar but lacked a cutting edge up front, where Chinese Super League (CSL) top-scorer Wu Lei had little support or service.Lippi has previously bemoaned his lack of strikers, saying it was because CSL teams tended to favor expensive foreign forwards, limiting chances for Chinese players.On Monday, the Chinese Football Association announced that another well-known coach, the 71-year-old Guus Hiddink, will take over the under-21 side — another statement of intent.The Dutchman will earn just under four million euros a year after tax, local media said, which is more than England manager Gareth Southgate.With Lippi and now Hiddink, China boasts two top coaches, albeit ones that are nearing the ends of their careers.‘Chronic illness’But there is widespread acknowledgement that China does not have the players to compete even with Asia’s best.The average age of Lippi’s starting line-up against Qatar was 30, underlining the dearth of young talent.“Speaking with no exaggeration, Lippi’s national team is truly standing at a crossroads,” journalist Bai Guohua wrote in the Soccer News newspaper. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s national team have long been an embarrassment to the country and on Friday, Marcello Lippi’s side lost 1-0 to Qatar in Doha, triggering another bout of soul-searching and finger-pointing by Chinese media and fans.Titan Sports, citing “informed sources”, said that an apoplectic “high-ranking official” got on the phone to a team supervisor at the Khalifa Stadium before half-time to demand what was going on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Lippi, said to be the best-paid international coach in the world on reported wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year, admitted he was shocked by the team’s performance in Qatar.That was followed on Monday by a moribund 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who is ranked 113th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 75th, prompting Lippi to say that he was “mentally prepared for criticism”. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college China’s head coach Marcello Lippi gestures during the China Cup International Football Championship third-place playoff match between China and the Czech Republic in Nanning in China’s southern Guangxi region on March 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / – / China OUTChina is throwing money at President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to boast a top-class national football team and one day host a World Cup.But while the latter can be achieved by splashing the cash, the former appears further away than ever after a desperate four days.ADVERTISEMENT Bai said that the inclusion of the 38-year-old midfielder Zheng Zhi “reflects the frustrating reality of Chinese football -– if the younger players could take over quickly, don’t you think Lippi would be willing to bring in more youngsters?”As part of President Xi’s football drive, youth academies and pitches are springing up in China, but it is expected to take several years before they begin to bear fruit.China has only reached the World Cup finals once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or score a goal.Bai lamented that “it feels like we are far from one step away from the World Cup”.“This is not a unique problem for Lippi’s national team, but a chronic illness of the Chinese football team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Mahdia miner murdered, body left on roadway

first_imgThe body of a young miner was in the wee hours of Monday morning found in the vicinity of Dagagoo Shop, Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) with suspected stab wound and marks of violence.Dead is Romel Daniels, 25, of Campbelltown, Mahdia.According to reports, Police in the area responded to a report of a body on the roadway. Upon arrival the Police found Daniels with a single stab wound to his abdomen and other marks of violence about his body.Upon the discovery, homicide detectives and crime scene officials visited the scene and collected several pieces of evidence. They also questioned several persons in respect of the stabbing incident. The body was taken to the Mahdia Mortuary, awaiting post mortem.The police are continuing their investigations into the murder and are pleading with possible eyewitnesses to come forward. They have not established a motive nor has anyone been arrested yet.last_img read more

4 more Venezuelans deported from Guyana

first_imgAnother group of Venezuelans was on Wednesday deported by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Four Venezuelans were also fined $30,000 each after they admitted to entering Guyana illegally.Appearing at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts were Maria Tores, Edis Herrera, Sihai Herrera and Yisneidi Sidram.The four admitted that on February 2, 2018, via the Cuyuni River, County of Essequibo; they entered Guyana and failed to produce themselves to an immigration officer.The prosecution’s case stated that on February 6, Police on patrol at Two Mile Potaro, Bartica, saw the four persons and requested that they produce travel documents. They failed to produce the documents and as such were all arrested and escorted to the CID headquarters where further investigations were carried out and revealed that they entered Guyana illegally four days prior.Only recently there were reports that boat loads of Venezuelans were entering the country at night without going through proper immigration process.Minister of State Joseph Harmon at a recent media briefing pointed out that with the country’s porous borders; it makes it difficult to effectively man the borders.Nevertheless, he noted that steps are being taken to boost law enforcement presence at these locations. Only recently, a Venezuelan man drowned while trying to swim across the border in search of food.last_img read more

Didier Drogba happy to be Chelsea’s back-up man

first_img Didier Drogba 1 Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says he is not frustrated by his lack of action at Stamford Bridge during his second stint with the club.The Ivory Coast star made a rare start against QPR on Sunday with attacking teammates Loic Remy and Diego Costa injured.It was only Drogba’s fourth Premier League start of the season but the 37-year-old is happy being part of a squad that looks set to lift the title in May.“I was trying to give my best,” he said after the 1-0 win over Rangers. “I haven’t played for a long time but I am always there for the team and I am very happy.“We have a good lead again – we have kept our distance from Arsenal. We have been top of the league since the beginning and now we are waiting for the Manchester United game.“We are playing at home so we are going to do everything to win it. These are the big games we have to win if we want to be champions.”last_img read more

Injury rules Manchester City star out of upcoming internationals

first_img The 26-year-old limped off in City’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on Sunday Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying double-header against Liberia.Bony limped off in City’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.And it was subsequently confirmed by the Confederation of African Football [CAF] on Wednesday that Bony would not be involved in the Elephants’ clashes with Liberia away on Friday and at home next Tuesday.Another City player who will not feature in those matches is midfielder Yaya Toure – although he has declared he will be “ready” to rejoin the national team next year.Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast in February, has not been part of the squad of late having wanted a rest, but it seems he is not about to retire from international football.Meanwhile, Man City striker Sergio Aguero is targetting a return against Liverpool after a spell on the sidelines 1last_img read more

DD TRAVEL: CHECK OUT AMAZING OFFERS TO SALOU WITH ATLANTIC TRAVEL

first_imgCambrils ParkYes, it’s Monday morning and yes, it’s raining cats and dogs across Donegal.Why not cheer yourself up and check out Salou and the fantastic Cambrills Park?Atlantic Travel are offering fantastic value in Cambrils Park, Salou, starting at €459 per bungalow for selected dates in May 2017, The Aloha Bungalows sleep up to 6 people. May 08th €459 – 2017May 22nd €578 – 2017May 29th €714 – 2017Cambrils Park is an immaculately presented campsite, ideal for a fun-filled family holiday. The roads are lined with palm trees and pampas grass, and emplacements are located near the first-class facilities, of which the lagoon-style pool complex is undoubtedly the focal point. 

Soak up the atmosphere on the grassy terrace, or enjoy a cooling short swim across to the bar in the centre of the pool, while the children have fun on the small water slides. There is also a second pool complex on site, popular with young children for its dragon water slide and life-sized elephants that squirt water. In the evening sample a delicious Spanish speciality or tasty pizza from the on-site restaurant, and follow that with some lively family-orientated entertainment.www.atlantictravel.ie074 9126193 SalouThe town of Salou is a favourite destination with Irish tourists; it’s located on the Costa Dorada, or ‘the Gold Coast’, in the Catalonia region of Spain. It is the most visited of the holiday resorts on the Costa Dorada, with a clean, sandy coastline, which stretches far into the horizon. Salou is just 20 minutes from Reus Airport.

Salou has become one of the main tourist areas of Costa Dorada, with over two million visitors a year attracted to its hot, golden Mediterranean beaches. Salou has become a popular family resort with its safe shallow waters, friendly locals, Port Aventura theme park and a great variety of entertainment facilities and attractions.

Culture
Salou, like many other Mediterranean towns, has a rich cultural history. While it doesn’t portray as strong a cultural heritage as the neighbouring towns of Tarragona and Reus, Salou has its own subtleties. 

The modern buildings built as tourism expanded in the town blend with the classical styled older buildings. The Church of Santa María del Mar was built in 1766, consisting of a church with a walled belfry and single bell, it was mainly used by seafaring folk. It was extended early in the 20th century to its present form.

Beaches
The popularity of Salou as a holiday resort is largely built on its superb beaches. The coastline of Salou enjoys eight main beaches, each with fine golden sand and inviting shallow waters due to the long beach and slow tide.

The beaches themselves are quite varied, some beaches consisting of long plains of sand, some mixing with the beachfront hotels and bars, while others have coved areas sheltered with pine trees giving a more intimate feel.

The Ponent Beach joins with neighbouring resort Cambrils, while Llevant beach, the largest in Salou, has specially designated areas in the summer for sporting activities.

Capellans Beach is quite small but a very attractive open beach, while Llenguadets and Llarga beaches are littered with small coves and are shielded by pine trees.

Penya-Tallada, Cala de la Font and Cala Crancs beaches are all quite small but have a very tranquil atmosphere.

Shopping
Keen shoppers will be spoilt for choice in Salou; the local shopkeepers pride themselves on providing a good friendly service. While Salou as a whole has many shopping zones, the Old Town area contains some shops, which are as old as Salou has been a holiday resort. 

The Jaume I Promenade and Major Street areas are more modern shopping areas, containing many restaurants and terrace cafes underneath a canopy of palm trees.

Market day
The weekly market here is a good chance to see what traditional Salou has to offer. The Municipal Market area also contains many solid, year-round businesses including food shops, fashion boutiques and restaurants.

Leisure & recreation
Salou has many activities for both children and grown ups. Port Aventura theme park, owned by Universal, is a fantastic modern theme park built around the basis of five worlds, with rides to match the theme of each world. The park also has 25 live shows a day as well as restaurants and bars.

Salou also has two water parks – Aquaopolis and Aqualeon. While both are filled with the slides and pools you would expect from a waterpark, Aqualeon also has a zoo with a large selection of animals.

Many hotels and bars in Salou will provide entertainment throughout the day and night for both adults and children, while the beaches play host to many sporting activities and water sports, the surrounding streets provide play parks and terrace cafes, and at night a selection of clubs and bars light the pavements.

Bikes are available for hire in Salou. Horse riding is available nearby. The coast here is excellent for sea fishing. The many paths make this a great place for walkers and runners alike. Golf is available nearby.

Eating out
Local restaurants in Salou serve mainly Catalan dishes, many of which are based on fresh fish caught in the local clear waters, but also incorporates many traditional Spanish dishes such as paella. Plenty of restaurants and hotels in Salou will serve traditional foods alongside the more international tasting fast-foods such as burgers, pizzas and hot dogs.

Cuisine
A coastal town, Salou favours seafood in its local gastronomy; there are some excellent bars and restaurants in the town and along the coast where you can enjoy the delicious catch of the day. 

Romesco Sauce made with olive oil, hazlenuts, almonds sweet peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes, is a local speciality; its mainly served with fish, but is also delicious accompanying meat dishes. 

Other specialities of the region include Arrs Negre – rice boiled in cuttlefish ink, Rossejat – a rice or noodle dish made with fish broth and calamars amb xocolata, or chocolate squid. Tarragona is renowned for its white wine production; look out for the Tarragona wine denomination when selecting a wine to accompany your meal. 

Climate
Salou enjoys mild winters with some rainfall, warm blossom filled springs long hot summers and autumns of golden sunlight and rich sweet plums.DD TRAVEL: CHECK OUT AMAZING OFFERS TO SALOU WITH ATLANTIC TRAVEL was last modified: June 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Croatia key man set to miss England game at Wembley

first_img Getty Ivan Rakitic will miss Croatia’s crucial Nations League showdown with England.The Barcelona midfielder has been allowed to return to his club by national team manager Zlatko Dalic due to an unspecified injury problem. 1 BEST OF latest revealed scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Most Popular Football Stories gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rakitic will miss the game at Wembley on Sunday Sunday’s game at Wembley will decide who is relegated from League A Group 4, while both countries can still finish top of the group ahead of current leaders Spain.“Rakitic will return to Barcelona because we do not want to risk anything, we want to be healthy and ready,” said coach Dalic, according to his country’s website.“We have the solutions and we go to Wembley to enjoy the football.”Rakitic, 30, has won 101 caps for Croatia, scoring 15 goals. His composed play from deep helping the eastern Europeans reach the World Cup Final in Russia during the summer. Although they were defeated by France, Rakitic was one of the standout players for his country.En route to the final, he helped eliminate England at the semi-final stage via an extra-time win in Moscow.last_img read more

TAOISEACH STEPS IN TO TRY AND SAVE THE GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS

first_imgAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped in to try and save the Garth Brooks concerts.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stepped in to try and save the Garth Brooks concerts.Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke and the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council Owen Keegan are to meet tomorrow, to see if the five Garth Brooks concerts can still be staged at Croke Park.The meeting was requested by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who asked the Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey to see if the concerts could be salvaged. A spokesman for Mr Kenny said that if there was an opportunity to facilitate a positive outcome, the Government would certainly consider it.It comes after Garth Brooks told promoter Peter Aiken that if there is any chance that the five planned concerts can be salvaged and “nobody is being let down” then “we can proceed as planned until the refunds begin”.In a letter sent to Mr Aiken, the musician says his gear and crew are still en route, but if he is told “Garth, thanks but it is over”, he will bring them back to the US.Mr Brooks said to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. He wrote: “I cannot begin to tell you how badly my heart is breaking right now”.Earlier, Ticketmaster released details of how to get refunds for the five cancelled concerts.Hundreds of thousands of fans were left disappointed yesterday when it was announced that none of the five shows planned for Dublin would be going ahead. TAOISEACH STEPS IN TO TRY AND SAVE THE GARTH BROOKS CONCERTS was last modified: July 10th, 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:ConcertsCroke ParkEnda KennyGarth BrooksTaoiseachlast_img read more

Ireland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer

first_imgJust in time for spring getaways, Ireland West Airport Knock is presenting a new and exclusive offer on parking for Donegal Daily readers.Ireland West Airport offers over 1,500 accessible car parking spaces within minutes walk of the terminal at excellent rates.When you book your parking direct and online with Ireland West Airport you’re guaranteed the best price – with savings of up to 30% compared to the gate price. Enter Promo Code “DONEGALDAILY” to qualify for an additional 10% discount off the current cheapest online price for airport parking at Ireland West Airport.This offer is only valid for bookings made online up to midnight on Sunday 31st March and is available for travel at any stage up until 30th June 2019!For the best parking rates click here to prebook your parking online: https://prebook-irelandwestairport.com/ Ryanair announces new flights from Knock to TenerifeIreland West Airport launch exclusive Donegal Daily Reader Offer was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:car parking airport parkingIRELAND WEST AIRPORT KNOCKpromo codereader offerlast_img read more