By Brandon CorletteKeegan Simmons takes a blinder during a GAW practice sessionOne of Trinidad and Tobago’s brightest young talents, Keagan Simmons will wear the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) kit in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The left-handed Simmons who was delighted with his maiden call-up CPL cricket, has dominated cricket at the junior level.He holds the record for the second highest score for West Indies U-19s at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He also scored two centuries at the monumental U-19 showpiece which took place in New Zealand in 2018. The top-order left-hander sits with an elite group of West Indies batsmen as only the third player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat, after his cousin Lendl Simmons and West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.Filled with elegance when batting, the left-handed stroke-maker made his debut at the senior ‘Regional’ level for West Indies ‘B’ in the 2018-19 season, wherein he scored 162 runs in five matches in the Super50 tournament in 2018.The compact top-order batsman who has played alongside veteran batsman Marlon Samuels in that tournament, scored two half-centuries, including a high score of 60 against his home team Trinidad and Tobago and currently has a batting average of 32.40 in List A cricket. He has also added scores of 57 against the Windward Islands and 44 against Guyana to his credentials to cap an impressive debut Regional Super50 for the West Indies ‘B’ team.The motivated player who will also be aiming to make the most of his maiden CPL stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors in 2019 recently inked a contract with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force for the upcoming 2019/2020 CWI Regional Super50 and 4-Day tournaments which is also another major boost to his young career.Pertaining to the future, this talented young player has said his aim is to perform to the best of his ability for the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW). “I am eager to show my ability at this level for the GAW team which has done well in previous CPL seasons,” Simmons disclosed.The Trinidadian with huge dreams also places much emphasis on preparation and training has been going through his paces in a smart and intense fashion. “My preparation has been smart and intense, and I will make sure I am ready to contribute significantly to the team,” Simmons stated. “This selection gives me that added confidence in my talent and performances. I feel this is just the start of my cricketing career, and I feel I have a lot of developing and growing to [do to] become as good as I can be,” Simmons declared.This year at the player draft in London, each CPL franchise were compelled to pick two West Indies emerging white ball players which resulted in Simmons and Jamaican speedster Odean Smith being snapped up by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. While Smith has CPL and international experience this is Simmons’ first showing at the ‘Biggest Party in Sport’ where he will experience Cricket Played Louder.
Since 1997, Guyanese at home and abroad have been calling on the country’s two main political parties to hold meaningful and genuine dialogue, which would see them resolving their ideological and philosophical differences with the aim of putting the country first.The citizenry had also supported a wave of constitutional reforms as proposed by the National Assembly in the early 2000s, as a key step towards building trust, inclusionary democracy, and political consensus among the country’s key political parties and interest groups.However, despite the best efforts of some key independent personalities, agencies and external forces — including former United States President Jimmy Carter — the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNC/R) and the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) have not been able to broker any agreement or deal that could be dubbed ‘solid’ enough to usher in a period of true political reconciliation, healing and appeasement.As a matter of fact, for years, successive PPP Administrations under the presidencies of Janet Jagan, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar continued to engage their Opposition counterparts on a number of matters, as adumbrated by the letter and spirit of the Constitution. While there was minimal progress recorded on some fronts, many of the more substantive issues remained unresolved because the two sides could not agree or arrive at comprises that could see them moving ahead without either side feeling deceived, defeated or wounded. The fact that the country has been without a substantive Chancellor of the Judiciary since 2005 and confirmed Chief Justice since 2015 is enough evidence of the inability of the two sides to arrive at a plausible agreement even when the Constitution compels it.Also, whenever these engagements conclude, there is a return to the normal status quo and the resumption of the trading of infantile and puerile political barbs that sometimes do nothing to build the country up or move it out further away from being described as ‘racially and politically polarised’ or ‘divisive’. In fact, the continuing political wars between the PNC and PPP have deepened the rifts and conflicts among different sections of our society, to the point where some are disillusioned and others are going through a state of hopelessness, because they feel that democracy is not delivering the ‘goods’ that it should.The populace, recognising this, utilised their ballots back in 2011 and 2015 to shift the dynamics and demand results. They changed the configuration of the Legislature, and then who comprised the Executive. They demanded an end to partisanship and political grandstanding by compelling the two parties to dialogue more and talk more.It is in this context that the decision by President David Granger on Thursday last week must be seen. The President has now publicly committed himself to leading discussions with the PPP on a number of areas, inclusive of oil and gas and the environment. He made the decision after the PPP continued to highlight that Prime Minister Nagamootoo cannot lead the talks because he is viewed as not in a position to make any serious or binding commitments on behalf of the coalition Government.While many are disappointed that more pertinent issues, such as constitutional and electoral reform, were not singled out first for special talks, they are satisfied that talks are still going to take place. And when these talks do materialise, the President and the Opposition Leader must ensure that they do not fail, and that a lot of care and caution is taken whenever discussing sensitive issues that could impact future talks — the notion of trust and dream of enhanced political cooperation between the PNC and the PPP.
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman claims there should be no shocks for Manchester United during their FA Cup fifth round clash with Preston North End on Monday night.There’s also a preview of the Cheltenham Festival, and a look ahead to England’s Six Nations clash with Ireland, which Clare describes as ‘the decider’.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
NEW YORK – The widening fallout in the U.S. mortgage industry has reminded investors of a risk they had forgotten: the fear of risk itself. As unpaid mortgages and bankrupt lenders bring the weakest segments of the mortgage industry to its knees, investors have begun dumping debt and other investments that would seem to have nothing to do with home loans. Corporations are paying higher interest rates on their bonds, some private-equity firms are having trouble raising money to close big purchases and the stock market has lost 7percent of its value in less than two weeks – all mainly because of an exodus from risk. “I would characterize it as a loss of excessive risk appetite,” said Ian Lyngen, an interest-rate strategist at RBS Greenwich Capital. “There is a lot more apprehension about layering on riskier assets.” “We have the strongest global economy I’ve seen in my business lifetime today,” Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson – the former CEO of Goldman Sachs – told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday. “We have a healthy economy. What is going on in my judgment is a reassessment of risk.” There are plentiful examples of the effect that reassessment is having. Insuring against a defaulted loan using something called a credit-default swap has become pricier. Treasury bonds – the safest investment in the world – have grown more expensive since mid-July because investors crave a safe haven. Robert Bach, senior vice president of research at real-estate services firm Grubb & Ellis, said some of the lenders he works with will not even quote a loan right now. And a measure of volatility known as the VIX has skyrocketed by nearly two-thirds in the past two weeks to reach its highest level in more than four years. “There has been a change in attitude,” said Eric Thorne, investment strategist at Bryn Mawr Trust. “We were in a situation a couple of weeks ago where there wasn’t much that investors were worried about. It’s more a psychological impact of the lending environment in general.” Two mortgage insurers said this week that a $1billion partnership created to invest in mortgage debt might now be worthless for that very reason. The partnership – C-Bass LLC – insists nothing fundamental has changed and the credit quality in its portfolio remains intact. The only problem, it claims, is that it cannot come up with the cash to repay the skittish lenders who have demanded their money back. Wrong-way bets This was similar to the argument presented by Sam Molinaro, the chief financial officer of Bear Stearns Cos. Two of the Wall Street investment bank’s hedge funds filed for bankruptcy protection this week because of their exposure to wrong-way bets on risky mortgages. Molinaro insisted that the loans were safe and backed by sufficient collateral, but he said the funds needed to liquidate to satisfy panicked lenders. And now American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. is teetering on bankruptcy – despite almost no exposure to subprime. The lender’s minimal exposure to subprime is little consolation to the homebuyers to whom it promised $800million in loans this week and failed to deliver. “It’s just a broader fear,” Bach said. “That credit disruption has spread to the point where people are reluctant to make loans. What started in subprime mortgage has sort of transferred into other kinds of debt right now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The flight to safety in the financial markets in the past few weeks can be traced to subprime-mortgage lending. Subprime refers to people with spotty credit histories. Fueled by Wall Street’s easy money, the subprime-mortgage market exploded to $1.3trillion during the past few years. But as home prices sagged and more borrowers missed payments on these loans, the industry fell into turmoil this year. The meltdown of this comparatively small segment of the U.S. economy is contributing to a much bigger and broader issue: Lenders around the world are growing scared to lend. “It is making people pull in their tolerance for risk,” said Doug Sandler, Wachovia’s chief equity strategist. But Sandler thinks investors had been way too eager to take on risk without enough compensation. Return to normal Far from crashing, he said, the market is returning to normal. Important voices agree.
Anthony Martial in action for Monaco 1 Tottenham are closing in on the signing of teen sensation Anthony Martial, according to reports in France.The 19-year-old has been tipped for a big future by Monaco and has been likened to Thierry Henry.Several clubs have shown an interest in the striker, including Italian champions Juventus and sides in Spain.But, according to France Football, Tottenham are hoping to tie up a deal for the France Under-21 international.Spurs have reportedly agreed a fee of £18m with Monaco and they are now due to discuss personal terms with the player.Martial had previously been expected to sign a new deal at the Stade Louis II, but Monaco have deemed Tottenham’s offer too good to turn down.
Marcos Llorente has been tipped for a big future 1 Arsenal are working on a deal for Real Madrid starlet Marcos Llorente.The 21-year-old has been tipped for a big future and he is currently on loan at Alaves getting first-team experience.The midfielder is due to return to Real Madrid next summer and fight for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.But, according to Don Balon, Arsene Wenger is trying to lure Llorente to north London instead.Arsenal have reportedly been scouting the Spaniard for some time and are prepared to offer him more first-team football than he could secure in Madrid.Llorente, however, maybe difficult to prise away from his boyhood club – where both his father and grandfather played too.
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1 Gareth Barry has joined West Brom West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Gareth Barry from Everton on a one-year deal.The 36-year-old midfielder arrives for an undisclosed fee and comes with bags of Premier League experience.Capped 53 times for England, Barry has made over 600 league appearances for Aston Villa, Manchester City and the Toffees.The midfield stalwart won the league title and an FA Cup during his time with City and has received plenty of plaudits over the years for his play and attitude.Barry arrives at the Hawthorns just five appearances short of overtaking Ryan Giggs as the Premier League’s all-time record appearance maker and Baggies boss Tony Pulis will understandably be delighted to add experience in the middle of the park following the departure of Darren Fletcher.“There was a big void when we lost ‘Fletch’ and Gareth will fill that void,” Pulis told the club website.“He’s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.“He really wants to play and I’m really looking forward to working with him.” 📷 Our newest recruit…#WBA pic.twitter.com/IpQIo8GqAg— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 15, 2017 Barry is also pleased to be joining West Brom and is targeting immediate success on the pitch.“I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played,” he said.“I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”
The Scottish FA has confirmed the dates and times of the Scottish Cup semi-finals, with the Glasgow derby moved to a Sunday lunchtime.Celtic and Rangers were paired together in the last four of the competition and the match has been set for Sunday, April 23, at noon.Hibernian and Aberdeen will play their semi-final a day earlier, with a 12.15pm kick-off.Celtic hold hopes of a domestic treble, having already won the League Cup and with a 27-point lead in the Premiership. The Dons defeated Partick Thistle 1-0 with a Graeme Shinnie strike to keep their silverware hopes alive. They come up against city rivals they have already defeated three times this season. Brendan Rodgers’ side booked their place in the draw with a 4-1 win over St Mirren on Sunday. Rangers had already secured their last four spot with a 6-0 thumping of Hamilton 24 hours earlier.Holders Hibernian will continue their defence of the trophy against Aberdeen, who have not won the competition since 1990.
Share This!Well, just like that, the holiday season is here! Are you going to be seeing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms this weekend?In this week’s news and rumors, find out what we could see in the upcoming Marvel land, learn when we’ll finally see the Jungle Cruise movie, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsWhirlpool and Disney are now collaborating, as the company is now the official sponsor of kitchen and laundry appliances.Could Disneyland be getting Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway? Rumors indicate that it could be true. What do you think about this latest idea?Set those DVRs! This weekend is the two hour special on ABC honoring Mickey Mouse for his 90th birthday! Who else will be watching with me?Oh my goodness. Neil Patrick Harris and his family dress up every year for Halloween and this year, they won because they dressed up as the ghosts from the Haunted Mansion.Did you know that Universal Orlando has recently rolled out Mobile Ordering? This is going to be so helpful!In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Slow Cooker and send it to email@example.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.