England keeper Matt Prior takes break from cricket due to fitness problems after his team loses to India at Lord’s

first_imgMatt Prior leaves the field after being dismissed during the first Test match against India at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England on July 11, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown(Reuters)England wicket-keeper Matt Prior on Monday announced that he is taking break from cricket due to fitness problems.According to reports, he will miss the remainder of the home series against India and also the entire season for Sussex which he represents in county cricket. Prior is likely to be replaced by Jos Butler. The 32-year-old cricketer’s decision comes hours after the hosts lost to India by 95 runs at Lord’s in London.This is India’s second Test win at Lord’s after a period of 28 years. At the same venue, India registered their lone win back in 1986.Resuming the second session at 173/5, England were bowled out for 223 while chasing a target of 319 runs.Pacer Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers with career best figures of 7/74. He was adjudged the Man of the Match.Prior did not have a good stint with his bat, scoring 23 and 12 in the match.The third Test between India and England is scheduled to be held at Southampton from July 27.last_img read more

Mourinho has run out of excuses at Man Utd

first_imgManchester United No more excuses, Mourinho needs to prove himself worthy of Man Utd in 2018-19 Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Jose Mourinho, Old Trafford monochrome Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Performances like Saturday’s won’t be forgiven much longer and United fans will soon turn on their manager if next season follows the same script It has been a 2017-18 campaign in which Manchester United have undoubtedly progressed under Jose Mourinho.Their second place finish in the Premier League says much about their increased durability, and as they look to make that next step and truly compete for a league title again they head into the new season in far better shape than they were 12 months ago.Yet Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea was just the latest reminder that all is not well at Old Trafford, and if Mourinho doesn’t hit the ground running in 2018-19 then sympathy among the United fan base will be in very short supply. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Most fans have been accepting of Mourinho’s need to do things his way despite the obvious drawbacks. The football is far from easy on the eye, and the cup final defeat was just another example of a game in which supremely talented players were either stymied due to tactics, given almost no time to impress because of selection, or, worse still, not called upon at all.Without the returning Romelu Lukaku among their starters, United had no direction in attack. But rather than change his plan tactically to play to Marcus Rashford’s attributes, Mourinho simply threw his hands in the air afterwards and cursed Lukaku’s refusal to put his body on the line for longer than the final 20 minutes.He told reporters afterwards: “When a player tells you he is not ready to play, when a player tells you that he’s not ready to start the game, then the question is ‘How many minutes do you think you can play?’ But how can I convince a player who tells me that he’s not ready to play. That’s nonsense.”It is far from the first time he has decried the lack of commitment of a player who would not commit to playing through an injury, and from the look of Lukaku’s movement when he did enter in the 73rd minute the Belgian was barely mobile enough to have made an appearance at all.The perception of disharmony this type of behaviour presents does nothing to help him in his task to buy credit with United fans.The vast majority of those who had made the trip to Wembley on Saturday headed for the exits within seconds of the final whistle, so distressed were they with their team’s inability to put together anything resembling a fight in the first half. By the time the United players went up for their medals you could practically count the number of Reds watching on.Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United FA Cup final 19052018While it’s normal for supporters to be downbeat about a cup final loss, the biggest frustration for United fans right now is that their team are not playing to their potential and that is due in large part to the decisions made by their manager.Mourinho blasted Chelsea’s long-ball football afterwards, insisting: “They only played long balls for Giroud to flick and then Hazard to get second balls in individual actions, but when you play against a team so predictable it’s quite easy to adapt to it.” That assessment failed to address the fact that he had in part allowed the west Londoners to play exactly that way by handing them the initiative with his negative approach to the opening stages.It’s the same old story. Jose never accepts responsibility and was looking in every other direction for a potential fall guy. He was attempting to pick fights with the media, moaning at Antonio Conte’s tactics and even blaming his striker for being injured.Lukaku injuryBut if he chooses to adapt the same approach next season then the United fans will not stick with him unless he delivers in a big way. They need to push all the way in the title race, and arguably win it, for him to keep justifying his tactics and his attitude. There can be no more days like Saturday, no more nights like Sevilla.Mourinho’s insistence on doing everything his own way with complete disregard for the consequences and firing broadsides left, right and centre when it all goes wrong is not in keeping with the United way. He may have been given the backing of the board to keep doing what he’s doing, with executive vice-chair Ed Woodward admitting last week that results matter little to the club’s commercial entity, but as soon as he loses the fans he will need to go a long way to win them back and make his continued position at the club tenable.While it should be appreciated that he has moved the club in the right direction, now is the time for him deliver on the greatest stages. United need actions now, because all the words are becoming predictable, tedious and damaging. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

RGD to Host Registration Fair in Gayle, St. Mary

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church. Residents of Gayle and its environs in St. Mary, will be able to access late registration and late entry of name services, free of cost at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) registration fair slated for Tuesday, February 26 at the Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church.Speaking with JIS News, RGD’s Marketing and Planning Manager, Nicole Whyte noted that the fair is to facilitate persons who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.“So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.She explained that the intent is to host a series of registration fairs across the island as part of the Agency’s drive “to register all unregistered persons in Jamaica, as there are persons who are not accounted for – they do not have an identity; they were born but were never, ever registered.”“So, there is no name at registration, just the sex of male or female, the date and where they were born. Also there are persons who were given a first name but no surname, and that is not acceptable now. We cannot print or generate a birth certificate without a name or surname on it, and so the registration process would be deemed incomplete in these instances,” she pointed out.For the fair, Mrs. Whyte said that persons will be required to present whatever documents they possess that can be used as verification, in addition to completing a form.“If persons have access to their christening records, a marriage certificate, if any of their parents is deceased and they have the death certificate, immunisation card, or school records… whatever they have as proof of name or to substantiate who they say they are, will be accepted and used in the registration process,” she pointed out.Persons will also need to indicate which of the RGD offices they will collect the certificate when the process is completed.Highlighting the importance of registration, Mrs. Whyte pointed out that a birth certificate is needed, in order to obtain other important documents.“So you need a birth certificate in order to obtain a passport, tax registration number (TRN), to apply and get benefits from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), or for persons who are working and approaching retirement, they need their birth certificate in order to access their pension,” she noted.“Also, in preparation for the National Identification System (NIDS), persons will need their birth certificate to get their national identification. So we ask persons if they know they are not registered, they need to start the process of registration now,” the Marketing and Planning Manager urged.At the fair, persons may also be able to access all other services such as applying for a birth, marriage or death certificate; correction of error; addition of father’s particulars, at the regular cost.Persons who are already registered, but need another copy of their birth certificate, can also access the service at a cost.This is the second, in a series of registration fairs, with the first held in June 2018 in Linstead, St. Catherine.“The first fair was an overwhelming success, so we are expecting a similar or bigger turnout for this our second staging, and will continue to have as many as possible across the island, as we find that persons like when you take things almost to their doorsteps,” Mrs. Whyte pointed out.The fair will last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information on dates and locations of the fairs, members of the public can contact the RGD at 876-619-1260 or 749-0550. “So, if you are not sure you were registered, never seen a copy of your birth certificate, have a birth certificate but no surname or name on it, then we will help you get an identity,” Mrs. Whyte said.last_img read more

Restored Seville Heritage Site Reopens

first_imgThe Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann has reopened after extensive restoration works by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), just in time for the start of the winter tourist season. A popular heritage attraction for students and visitors, the site had been closed since April 2011 to facilitate rehabilitation of the great house and install a multimedia interactive attraction. Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Laleta Davis-Mattis, described the new exhibition as “first class” and is “the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.” The JNHT head explained that restoration of the site was of such importance that the Board of Trustees decided to utilize all available funds for the project. She expressed thanks to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, which also provided funding, and Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, who is also the Director of the Museums of History & Ethnography at the Institute of Jamaica. Tour operators and stakeholders were given a tour of the renovated site earlier this month. The 18th century plantation house has been beautifully restored, with roof, floor and bathrooms overhauled.  A new state of the art exhibition has been installed,  which exhibition features carved stone pieces from the 1500s uncovered in archaeological excavations of an artisan’s workshop on the property in 2002, as well as several other new pieces.  In addition, historical reconstructions of Sevilla la Nueva (the Spanish village), both in paintings by renowned British reconstruction artist Peter Dunn, and computer generated imagery (CGI), offer the visitor a glimpse into the rich history of the site. The artifacts on the site, from the Spanish sugar mill to the water wheel and replicas of the Taíno and African houses, trace the history of Jamaica from its earliest beginnings to the end of the British era. As with the previous exhibition, there is a room with artifacts dedicated to each culture (Taino, Spanish, African, English). Mrs. Davis-Mattis informed that the park is now open seven days per week with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. She is encouraging persons to book their tours ahead of time. She said that the target audience is Jamaicans and visitors, as the agency seeks to educate persons about the nation’s heritage. The Seville Heritage Park, located along the north coast approximately four kilometres from St. Ann’s Bay, is regarded as one of Jamaica’s most significant cultural heritage sites. It includes the archaeological remains of the indigenous Taino village of Maima, the 16th century Spanish settlement of Sevilla la Nueva, and the post-1655 British sugar plantation known as New Seville. The encounter, co-existence, and intermingling  of Taino, Europeans and Africans at the site typifies the current Jamaican demography and gives credence to the National Motto, Out of Many, One People. The JNHT head informed that the heritage park along with the Underwater City of Port Royal and the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, have been placed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) tentative list for nomination as a World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria, which are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention.last_img read more