Big total key to Windies’ chances – coach West

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A made a stuttering start to the opening unofficial one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka A before rain intervened to end play prematurely at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here yesterday.Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side had reached 69 for two in the 13th over, with opener Kyle Hope unbeaten on 28 and Andre Fletcher on seven. The game will be concluded on today’s reserve day.Head coach Graeme West rued the weather interruption and said West Indies A would need to find their momentum again on what was a good batting track, if they were to put Sri Lanka A under pressure.”We got ourselves into a good position with some positive batting, and we’ll certainly need more of the same tomorrow,” West said afterwards.”It looks a good wicket, (there’s) not much happening for the spinners and it’s pretty slow for the quicks, so we need to build around Kyle Hope and Andre Fletcher … and set something up for some of the positive players to come later on in the innings and try and post something that will put the Sri Lankans under pressure.”They’ve certainly got an experienced and powerful top six themselves so we’ll certainly need a big score to put them under pressure.”The right-handed Hope put on 40 for the first wicket with Chadwick Walton, who made 16 from 12 balls with two fours and a six, before falling in the sixth over.Hope, who has counted four boundaries in a 39-ball innings, then added a further 23 with left-hander Assad Fudadin, who scored 14 off 10 deliveries with two fours and a six, before perishing in the eighth over.The game is the first of a three-match series against the hosts, with Jason Mohammed leading the unit.West Indies A, under the leadership of Shamarh Brooks, suffered a 2-1 defeat in the three-match, four-day Test series, which ended last week.last_img read more

Labourer crushed by molasses truck

first_imgDead: Keyno Akeem SinclairAn East Canje labourer was on Monday morning crushed to death by a molasses truck along the East Canje Public Road, Berbice.Dead is Keyno Akeem Sinclair, 24, of Lot 136 West Canefield, East Canje. He was last seen leaving a wake house in the community sometime after midnight.However, his body was found lying on the roadway at about 03:00h with his head smashed. He was identified by a pair of slippers that were in close proximity of the body.As news spread, some villagers reported that a driver was seen trying to clean what appeared to be blood from the cargo truck that he operates.As such, Police later arrested a 43-year-old man from Don Robin, East Coast Berbice. He reportedly told investigators that he was unaware that he had hit anything.The dead man’s mother, Jounell Natasha Sinclair, said the suspect is well aware that he stuck down her son.“I am not going to leave this so. It is a life he took. Yes, it was night time but the driver should have seen; the truck have lights.” She referred to her son as very loving and said she is going to miss him.“He does make his achar and mango sour to sell. He send some pepper for me the other day.”The woman, who lives in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, said she did not see her son since last Tuesday. At the time of his demise, he was living with an aunt in East Canje.The grieving mother told this publication that she has a difficult time “bringing up” her four children; two are still at school and one is a cricketer.Meanwhile, the driver remains in custody as Police continue their investigations. Sinclair leaves to mourn his mother and three siblings along with other relatives and friends.last_img read more

Local teenagers learning to build up careers, character

first_imgBURBANK – Inside the Burbank Town Center, 22 teenagers are learning the economics of retail sales, and how to sell gift baskets, T-shirts and stone jewelry. And they’re learning how to sell themselves to prospective employers as part of an after-school program known as We Care for Youth. “Our belief is that all young people are challenged,” said We Care for Youth co-founder Jose Quintanar. “Fast money, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, broken homes – those are the big ones.” We Care for Youth just expanded into Burbank, setting up a store called Bliss Unlimited, where kids peddle baskets made from recyclables from Vietnam, stone jewelry, and creams, flower essences and washes. The money earned from the products goes back into the store. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The program teaches high school kids in Burbank and Glendale leadership skills and how to build character, and offers practical skills such as creating a resume and interviewing for jobs. The kids who participate get 10 high school credits, contacts to employers and a path away from drugs, gangs and teen pregnancy. Karolina Ter-Mirzoyan, 19, is working at the store overseeing a staff of four. The Armenia native moved to the United States when she was 5. She said the program gave her invaluable life lessons. “It seems to, like, change your life,” said the Hoover High School graduate, now at California State University, Northridge. “It teaches you so much leadership. All kids need is a chance, an opportunity to spark that light.” In order to get the high school credits, teens must put in 180 hours of work, which is equivalent to two classes or nearly 23 eight-hour workdays. The teens, who come from Burbank, Burroughs and Glendale high schools, work after school and on weekends over 18 weeks. The nonprofit We Care for Youth operates on $100,000 a year and recently was awarded a one-year, $50,000 federal grant that will go mostly toward youth programs at the Bliss Unlimited store, which had its grand opening Wednesday night. Quintanar said that the program helps teens get jobs after they graduate, but there are no guarantees. “It guarantees them they will have the skills to get a job,” he said. “But the kids can undermine themselves.” He pointed to an example of a teenager who, on his first day of work at a J.C. Penney, was recognized by the head of security as a shoplifter he had arrested years earlier. The teen was forced to resign. “We also teach kids about making good choices,” Quintanar said. “And that actions have consequences.” Herbert Petrosyan, 26, of Glendale is a graduate of the program. The owner of a cellular telephone business, he said that the program gave him discipline. “I was never a troubled kid,” he said. “But the program has guided me in the right way. I was on (the) right path. However, they made me stay on that path. I never strayed.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more