St Thomas CA and University of the West Indies (UWI) will be hoping to make full use of home conditions when they entertain Kingston CC and Melbourne CC, respectively, in the semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup today. The two-day matchups will see St Thomas and Kingston squaring off at Goodyear Oval, while relative newcomers, the UWI, will entertain former champions Melbourne at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval. “We won our preliminary-round zone and our quarter-final outright and are in form and looking to go all the way,” said Dennis Gordon, president of St Thomas. “Our bowling attack has been consistent, while our batting continues to improve, and as such, Kingston will have to come good if they are to beat us.” St Thomas’ bowling will be spearheaded by national fast bowlers Keno Wallace and Gavan Brown, while captain Carlton Baugh Jr as well as former national youth captain Jamie Trenchfield and the in-form Oshane Roberts will lead the batting. Kingston, on the other hand, will look to the tournament’s top runs-getters, captain Brandon King, national all-rounder Derval Green, and Garth Garvey to lead their batting. The penetrative left-arm spin pair of Paul Harrison and Patrick Harty alongside Green have been their most consistent bowlers. The other semi-final is set to have the unusual occurrence of the same person, national assistant coach Robert Samuels, preparing both teams. The former West Indies, Jamaica, and Melbourne batsman has been coaching the UWI at the tertiary level since 2002. He then took up similar duties at Melbourne in 2012, two years before the UWI were allowed to participate in national competitions. “I am expecting quality cricket from two quality teams,” was all Samuels was prepared to say ahead of the semi-final. “I think either team can come out on top as Melbourne have experience on their side and top Jamaican players in Nikita Miller and AndrÈ McCarthy. “But UWI have youth and fitness on their side, and players with first-class experience in young Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr and the exciting Rovam Powell.”
The Easter weekend is a crucial time for most clubs but for our local non-League teams it presents them with some of the biggest matches of the season.Last Saturday, relegation threatened Hayes & Yeading United pulled off one of the shock results of the weekend when they grabbed a last-minute goal to win 2-1 at high-flying Southport.Nas Bashir’s struggling side have now won three of their last six games and look like being the only team currently in the Blue Square Bet Premier bottom four who could escape.However, with only five games to bridge a four-point gap the task is still a tough one.The challenge begins with a home game on Saturday against Cambridge United. The U’s are currently 11th and realistically have little to play for at this stage of the season.On Monday United face a far harder opponent in Luton Town, who are still scrapping for points to ensure a place in the play-offs. They currently lie three points outside the top five but have two games in hand so will want the win just as much as the visitors.Hampton & Richmond Borough continue their fight to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet South against Farnborough on Saturday.The Beavers’ recent resurgence has lifted them out of the bottom three but they suffered their first defeat in seven on Monday night at Boreham Wood as they used up one of their two games in hand.Given their overall improved form, manager Mark Harper will be disappointed if his side do not pick up three points as Farnborough are on a poor run which has seen them lose four of their last five games.Arguably the match of the weekend for our local sides will take place at Uxbridge’s Honeycroft ground on Monday night when Hampton then take on Wealdstone in the Middlesex Senior Cup final.This game provides both clubs with the chance of winning a decent bit of silverware and it is quite hard to call who will win.Although the Stones play a division below in the Ryman League, they have had a generally far more positive season than their opponents and with 42-goal striker Richard Jolly (pictured above) in their team should provide decent opposition.It is not just about the cup though for Gordon Bartlett’s team, who also have a very real chance of stealing into the play-offs right at the death.Despite a lengthy fixture backlog, brought on by their cup commitments, they are still winning and are now just five points off fifth place with seven games to go.A win on Saturday at home to Kingstonian, a side who by their own manager’s admission have only just relinquished their promotion ambitions, would really lift them.However, for many Stones fans the match of the week is on Wednesday night when they travel the short distance to Earlsmead for the derby against Harrow Borough.The rivalry between these two is probably as intense as it gets between any non-League clubs in the West London Sport area. The last time they met, on Boxing Day, Boro were crushed 4-0 in front of a crowd of nearly 900 – almost double the Stones’ average attendance.With it being midweek and QPR also playing at home it’s unlikely to reach that level this time, but with Harrow also chasing every point to avoid the drop, the crowd should be substantial.An away win would appear to be the likely outcome but Dave Anderson’s Boro side are really unpredictable at the moment.Back-to-back defeats against Aveley and Canvey Island plunged them back into the relegation zone but on Tuesday they picked up a resounding 3-0 win at East Thurrock, which saw them jump three places back up the table.A victory at fifth-placed Cray Wanderers, who recently lost at home to struggling Leatherhead, on Saturday could see them end the day six points above the relegation places with just four matches to play.One side who would really profit from a Harrow win would be Hendon, who are still just one point behind Cray.The Greens, who play in Wembley, have a very agreeable looking Easter fixture list with matches against mid-table Margate and north London rivals Wingate & Finchley.Although both these sides could mathematically still be promoted or relegated it is very unlikely either will happen, meaning they will have little other than pride to play for.Given how close the battle for fifth place in the Ryman Premier currently is, two wins appear almost essential if Hendon are to keep up.All Premier and Football League season-ticket holders get half-price admission to all our local non-league sides’ home league matches. Check their websites for details.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Kashmir witnessed a shutdown on Monday over the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) move to summon Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Yasin Khan and Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazil to New Delhi for questioning in an “illegal funding case”.Several supporters of Mr. Khan held a silent sit-in in Lal Chowk against his summoning. The NIA had asked Mr. Khan to asked present himself before the NIA on Monday.“We would continue our peaceful protest until Yasin sahab leaves the NIA headquarter,” said a protesting trader.The shutdown call by traders, supported by separatists, impacted the daily life in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads as educational institutions, petrol pumps and banks remained closed. The authorities placed areas under five police stations in the old city under restrictions. Train service in south Kashmir was also stopped. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The NIA is resorting to coercive and intimidating tactics against people of Kashmir”.NIA raids continueMeanwhile, the NIA on Monday continued with its raids in Kashmir Valley.Police sources said two youth, one from Ganderbal and another from Baramulla, were questioned regarding their involvement in stone pelting.The NIA has registered a case in May regarding illegal funding from across the border to fuel violence in J&K. Seven separatist leaders are already in the NIA custody.Court grants bail to Jamaat-e-Islami spokesmanThe high court on Monday granted bail to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) spokesman Zahid Ali Lone.“Freedom of speech and expression is the soul of our democratic and secular fabric. The might of our great India is not so weak that by using a few nonproductive and ego satisfying slogans the people will be scared even by a grain of fear that their levies will be put at a peril,” said Justice M. K. Hanjura, while granting bail.Lone’s lawyer Salih Pirzada said his client was arrested on August 4 “for raising slogans.” The police had alleged Mr. Lone’s objecting was “to induce the youth of the adjoining areas to indulge in rioting and join the militant ranks to accomplish the ultimate aim of seceding Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India”.
Toronto can’t go on losing like this PBA Press Corps awards night PLAY LIST 01:15PBA Press Corps awards night00:39Ross ‘getting closer to a hundred percent’02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew For sure, Calvin Abueva cannot dance to this tune.The PBA on Tuesday afternoon threw the full weight of the rule book on the Phoenix Pulse forward, suspending Abueva indefinitely and slapping a P70,000 fine on him for a controversial two-game stretch and what many felt was an arrogant act toward those running the league.ADVERTISEMENT A story on the league’s pba.ph website confirmed an Inquirer report Tuesday of a lengthy ban and a stiff fine on Abueva, who got into an altercation with the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Ray Parks Jr. last Friday and on Sunday was part of a tumultuous stretch against TNT where he clotheslined KaTropa import Terrence Jones before mockingly dancing in front of everyone on the official’s table.He also reportedly told technical officials “tignan nyo ako (look at what I am going to do)” before the hit on Jones that almost sparked a free-for-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCommissioner Willie Marcial spoke with Abueva and the others involved in the physical Phoenix-TNT game and meted out a total of P264,000 in fines and another two-day suspension on Fuel Masters’ coach Louie Alas for being involved in a scuffle three minutes into the contest.The PBA report said that Marcial “can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players, which the fiery player is known for.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Abueva is one of the most energetic players in the league. An undersized forward who can battle underneath with big men, “The Beast” has been however hampered by his inability to keep his emotions in check.Abueva reportedly called Maika Rivera, Parks’ girlfriend, a “bitch” and flashed a lewd gesture towards her and her friends in a win over the Elite last Friday.“The commissioner said that the indefinite suspension of Abueva should serve as a stern warning for him and other players to act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished,” the report also said.Alas, aside the ban, was also fined a total of P40,000 for his flagrant misconduct in being involved in the scuffle and for issuing statements detrimental to the league.Jones was slapped a P50,000 fine for hitting Abueva in the private area and P20,000 for physical contact on an official.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport
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EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition United Conservatives say there should be no more carbon tax hikes without the consent of the people.United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney introduced a private member’s bill today banning any future hikes on the tax without a referendum.The bill would also prevent future governments from imposing a similar regime without the direct consent of voters.Kenney has called the carbon tax an unfair burden on Alberta residents and has promised to kill it altogether if he becomes premier in the spring 2019 election.The levy was imposed in 2017 on home and business heating and gasoline to fund green projects ranging from solar panels to multibillion-dollar transit projects and programs to phase out coal-fired electricity.The province is taking in about $1 billion this fiscal year from the levy but is returning some of that through rebates to middle and low-income earning families.