Vintage Shiv gets Jaguars’ first win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul rolled back the years with a vintage half-century, as Guyana Jaguars trounced hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 72 runs to post their first win of the Regional Super50 here Saturday. Stumbling on 51 for three at the end of the 17th over, Jaguars were steadied by Chanderpaul’s polished 81 and recovered to reach 219 for nine off their 50 overs at Warner Park. Seamer Quinton Boatswain was the best bowler with four for 54, while medium pacer Daron Cruickshank (2-26) and leg-spinner Odeane Browne (2-39) captured two wickets apiece. In reply, Hurricanes were 39 for one in the 13th over before losing their last nine wickets for 108 runs, as left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snared three for 32 to cripple the innings. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-16) and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-19) both ended with two wickets apiece. Orlando Peters led the Hurricanes’ fight with 35, and opener Chesney Hughes got 27, but wickets fell steadily to derail the run chase. Medium pacer Paul Wintz claimed Shane Jeffers in the second over for two with three on the board, before Hughes and Nkrumah Bonner – replacing Cruickshank, who retired hurt before he had scored – ensured a stand of 36 for the second wicket. The right-handed Bonner managed just six before perishing in the 13th over, and Hughes followed in the next over after facing 42 balls and counting two fours, run out by good work from Reifer. Going nowhere at 69 for five, Hurricanes were handed a flicker of hope by Peters and Jacques Taylor (22), who put on 48 for the sixth wicket. Peters struck two fours and a six in a 79-ball innings, while Taylor supported in a 39-ball knock, which included a single boundary. Once the stand was broken, however, the last five wickets crashed for just 30 runs. Chanderpaul had earlier spared Jaguars blushes after they had been sent in. Cruickshank produced a burst that accounted for in-form opener Vishaul Singh (20) and captain Leon Johnson for eight. However, the 41-year-old Chanderpaul faced 128 balls and struck six fours and two sixes to lead the Jaguars’ comeback. He added 33 for the fourth wicket with Reifer (13) and a further 54 with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, whose 21 came from 20 balls. Chanderpaul also forged a 29-run, sixth-wicket stand with Royston Crandon (9), before both fell in successive deliveries at the start of the 46th over. Permaul then added precious runs for Jaguars at the death, lashing three fours and a six in a cameo 30 off 14 balls.last_img read more

Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill

first_imgThe Extreme Weather (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 has been proposed in the Dáil, but has not been prioritized by the Taoiseach.The Bill, proposed by Sinn Féin, seeks to protect workers and employers and first responders who are faced with an extreme weather event.It proposes that when a status red severe weather warning in effect, it will be made an offence to act “recklessly or without reasonable cause or excuse and engages in any activity that directly or indirectly.” If convicted, the person could face up to 6 months in prison and may be liable to a class D fine, or both. This includes people who endanger their own life/the life of any other person, including emergency services personnel, by engaging in reckless activities.Debate surrounding the endangerment of emergency services personnel erupted during Met Eireann’s last status red warning, for Hurricane Ophelia. Many raised concern after a pensioner decided to go swimming at Salthill during the storm. Although he did not have to be rescued, his behaviour was criticised by the authorities and locals.The Bill also proposes that during a status red weather alert, the event should be treated as a public holiday and people should be allowed to take a paid day off.Speaking after discussing the Bill with an Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday afternoon, SF Deputy Imelda Munster said: “We are expected to experience a severe weather event this week. This weather event will make life very difficult for vulnerable members of society, and also for those who may feel obliged to travel to work in poor weather conditions.“At the beginning of the month, my colleagues Gerry Adams TD and David Cullinane TD and I introduced the Extreme Weather Warning (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 in order to provide certainty for workers, employers and the emergency services during an extreme weather event.“The confusion during Storm Ophelia regarding what actions employers and workers in the private sector and self-employed persons should take during an extreme weather warning had tragic consequences.“This Bill will provide for the safety of employees during certain severe weather warnings. It will enhance public safety and ensure the safety of rescue service personnel during such a weather warning.“The Bill would also impose penalties on those who would put lives in danger through reckless behaviour when an extreme weather warning has been called. It seeks to give an Garda Síochána enhanced powers to pursue such behaviour. “This afternoon in the Dáil, I asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to prioritise this legislation and bring the bill to second stage this week. The Taoiseach declined to facilitate my request.“As legislators, we must do everything we can to guide employers, protect workers, and strengthen the powers of emergency services in the case of severe weather warnings in order to prevent future tragedies.“As we face into what is forecast to be a severe weather event, the Taoiseach’s lack of action on this matter is very disappointing.”Reiterating his colleague’s comment, Gerry Adams TD today added that he is also “disappointed” by the Taoiseach’s response. “Earlier this month Imelda Munster TD, David Cullinane TD and I introduced the weather warning Bill in the Dáil.“Its purpose is to provide guidelines for public sector employers and self-employed persons in the event of an extreme weather warning being enacted.“The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in reckless behaviour in the midst of a severe weather warning.“This week the island of Ireland is facing a severe weather situation. If weather reports are true it may be among the most dangerous in recent decades.“During Storm Ophelia last October claimed three lives, including Fintan Goss from Ravensdale. As a result of those tragedies and a campaign for stronger legislation by the family, Sinn Féin TDs introduced our Bill.“I am very disappointed that when my colleague Imelda Munster raised this issue in the Dáil the Taoiseach refused to prioritise the draft legislation.”Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:extreme weather miscellaneous provisions bill 2018Sinn Feinlast_img read more