Experienced Saints retain 50-Overs title

first_imgCaptain of St Catherine CC Danza Hyatt has pin-pointed experience as the main reason why they were able to beat the University of The West Indies (UWI) in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship at Sabina Park on Monday. The final, which represented the first time a competitive day-night national fixture was being played at the venue, saw St Catherine coming away victors by 28 runs. St Catherine, after winning the toss and electing to take first strike, posted a challenging 261 for seven off their allotted overs, before restricting UWI to 233 with 13 balls remaining. The Garwaine Johnson-coached St Catherine were claiming the title for the second time in consecutive years, and third overall. “It was a really good effort by UWI. However, I believe, in the end, the experience of our players pulled us through,” remarked Hyatt. “We lost early wickets when we batted. However, the experience of Gavin (Wallace) and Wayne (Morgan) and later Darnell McCallum gave us very a good total.” Electing to bat on a good track, St Catherine lost their first two wickets with only 15 runs on the board. The wickets were of their two West Indies batsmen, Hyatt and Barbadian Kirk Edwards. Opener Hyatt was dismissed caught without scoring by fast bowler Christopher Powell, while Edwards was adjudged leg before wicket for four, also off Powell. However, through opener Shacaya Thomas and Lambert, who put on 45 for for the third wicket before being dislodged for 27 and 25, respectively, the ‘Saints’ staged a comeback, which was later completed by Wallace, Morgan and McCallum. Wallace stroked an attractive 41; all-rounder Morgan scored 52; while wicketkeeper McCallum, with a few lofty blows towards the death, ended unbeaten on 53. Powell finished with two for two for 55. UWI, in their response, also started shakily, losing the wicket of their influential captain, Paul Palmer Jr, leg before wicket without scoring off the bowling of Brian Buchanan in the third over. However, thanks to Nicholas Walters (49), Jonathan Solomon (38), Chrishna Graham (31), and Rovman Powell (27), they were able to get themselves within striking distance. Brown was involved in two controversial incidents on his follow-through and entangling with the batsmen. The last appeared deliberate. It drew the ire of the crowd after it resulted in Omar Samuels (nine) being run out, with 30 runs needed off 17 balls, and the UWI tail gathering momentum. Brown ended with three for 42 off 8.5 overs, with off-spinner Pete Salmon, two for 41, and pacer Morgan, two for 42, providing good support. “Congrats to St Catherine; they played a very good game,” conceded Palmer Jr. “We kept on fighting when it mattered. This, however, was our second season; and for us to make the final is a good feat.” SAINTS’ COMEBACKlast_img read more

Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue upgrade begins

first_imgRehabilitation work on the $6.4Billion Sheriff/Mandela Road upgrade project has begun.The project is being carried out in phases beginning with drainage works and the relocation of pipes/utilities. Acting Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Green told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that contractor Sinohydro Corporation Limited is currently cleaning all the canals and doing sand filling to facilitate the installation of the new pipes and fittings.“Once we complete the drains and pipe works we’ll then start the embankment work which is to excavate the earth with the sand, loam and crusher run. From then we’ll get a repaired surface on which we’ll build the sidewalks and parking lanes. Once that is completed then we will look to do the pavement rehabilitation,” Green explained.Once completed, Sheriff Street will remain a two-lane road while Mandela will be aActing Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Greenfour-lane. Green said the upgraded roads will be outfitted with new features including cycle lanes, separate sidewalks and smart traffic signals which will use above ground vehicle detectors.“Also, along the roadway, there’ll be a concrete median similar to that on Carifesta Avenue so you won’t have vehicles changing lanes randomly and colliding with other vehicles. In that median, there will be LED street lighting. At the four-lane from Mandela Avenue to the Hunter Street junction, the concrete median will be retained and a shared pedestrian and cyclist path will be included.”Additionally, two culverts at the junctions of David Street with the Cummings Canal and Lamaha Canal bridges will also be replaced. The wooden bridge atA section of the drainage works being done on the road upgrade projectHomestretch Avenue will be replaced with a concrete structure and other culverts will be extended. A pedestrian overpass and roundabout at the Sheriff Street-David Street junction are also included. Safety features include traffic signs and thermoplastic reflectors and road markings.The final phase of works will see the pavement upgraded and asphalted. All the entrances to side roads will be upgraded, however, side roads will not be rehabilitated. Most of the construction materials and equipment will be sourced locally.Work on the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) venture is being executed with an eye to ensure minimal disruption to traffic and should wrap up within two years.last_img read more

ERC finalising code of conduct for politicians

first_imgIn a bid to ensure politicians are held accountable for their actions, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is compiling a code of conduct for political parties and politicians ahead of the upcoming elections.The Commission has already met with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party on the development of this code of conduct.In essence, the document will address the conduct of politicians in all public forums, including political rallies, according to Commissioner Neaz Subhan, who said the code will be “comprehensive”.Upon completion, the ERC will lobby political parties and politicians to sign onto it.The ERC is currently empowered to recommend the banning of political parties from participating in elections if it is found guilty of breaching laws dealing with ethnicity.Ethic Relations Commission building, Queenstown, GeorgetownBut over the years, no action was ever taken against groups or individuals for breaching such laws.ERC Chairman, Reverend John Smith however said that is going to change.After several years of being defunct, a new ERC was established in 2018.The body’s mandate is to provide equality of opportunity between persons of different ethnic groups and to promote harmony and good relations between such persons and provide the elimination of all forms of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.It is also required to discourage and prohibit persons, institutions, political parties and associates from indulging in, advocating or promoting discriminatory practices on the ground of ethnicity.last_img read more