I don’t feel any pressure, says skipper Holder after second Test loss against Pakistan

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has brushed aside suggestions that he is under “pressure” as a result of a series of losses by the regional side on its current tour of the United Arab Emirates.Holder’s declaration was made after West Indies conceded the three-match Test series to Pakistan yesterday on the heels of losing T20 and ODI series as well.Pakistan beat the Caribbean side by 133 runs with one match remaining, to hand them their eighth straight loss on their current tour.”No, I don’t feel any pressure. It is a young and inexperienced squad and it’s going to take time to get the results we are looking for,” Holder told reporters at the post-match news conference.”We have been in a position of inconsistency for the last number of years. So I don’t feel any pressure. I’m here to do a job. At the end of the day, I can only do the best that I possibly can.”Chasing 456 for victory, West Indies, who resumed the final day on 171 for four, were bowled out for 322 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Their 322 was the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting team to United Arab Emirates and the West Indies’ highest fourth-innings score against Pakistan.”We have not been on the better side of result in the recent past and it’s almost a decade we have been struggling,” said Holder.”We have taken steps and try to mend some younger faces into the team. It would take time for them to come in and nourish and develop.”Jermaine Blackwood batted brilliantly on the final day – scoring 95 off 127 balls with 11 boundaries.He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (20) and another 57 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Shai Hope (41).”We have shown signs of improvement. We stretched the last game in Dubai. We have put ourselves into a position to win it, so we are seeing signs of progression, it’s just a matter of consistency here,” he said.”We have some young batsmen who have done well. We have Devendra Bishoo coming in the last game and taking eight wickets. Shannon Gabriel, in this game, five wickets. So we have seen signs of individual brilliance, it’s just a matter of putting together that strong collective effort and seizing the crucial moments of the game to push forward into a win.”The third and final Test between West Indies and Pakistan will be played in Sharjah from Sunday.last_img read more

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Men trained to deal with violence in home

first_img…as activism program continuesAs the annual ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign continues, the Social Protection Ministry hosted a programme that saw men from all walks of life participating, with the aims of eliminating all forms of violence against women.Held under the theme ‘Hear me too: collective voices against gender-based violence’, the programme aims at targeting all males across the length and breadth of Guyana.According to Social Services Director Whentworth Tanner, activities will be conducted in all 10 administrative regions. Tanner noted that, “We are working closely with the Regional Democratic Councils, but where we don’t have those collaborations, we are working through the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee”.Tanner noted that the through the programme, men complained about not being heard in society as it relates to violence. This, he noted, caused the Ministry to set up a forum where men can freely discuss their social issues.“Most men don’t see themselves as perpetrators but because a few men that participate in activities that are condemned by society, all men are painted with the same brush. We don’t want that so the goal of this activism programme is to be able to help the targeted audience which are men to change their mindsets as it relates to violence against women.”Tanner also related that the Ministry is also working to introduce more male-related programmes where they can be trained in particular divisions which will in return be beneficial “not only to women but society also”.Some of the topics discussed during the 16-day programme were sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence, poor health choices, male perpetrators of violence, masculinity and manhood and consequences and corrections.The awareness session will conclude on December 10. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.Currently, more than 3700 organisations from approximately 164 countries participate in the campaign annually.Joining these organisations this year is Voices Against Violence, an umbrella entity comprising non-government organisations, faith-based organisations, community-based organisations and other entities and activists that organise speak outs across Guyana.This effort has been endorsed by the Ministry, which is partnering with Voices Against Violence; the Women and Gender Equality Commission and Help and Shelter.Organisations, groups and communities are urged to bring people together and have them share experiences, personal or otherwise, on gender-based, child and sexual abuse as well as to brainstorm ideas which will address these scourges.The idea is to create scope for victims to speak out since doing so is a form of catharsis that can also motivate and inspire other victims.last_img read more

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Sanchez’s bill easily passes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Under the Bush administration, the Department of Justice has limited payments, stipulating that states and localities can only be reimbursed for the cost of incarcerating criminal undocumented residents if the person is eventually convicted of a crime, Sanchez said. That makes many of the costs associated with pre-trial detention ineligible for reimbursement. DEADLINE NEARING: Tuesday is the deadline to request absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election. Absentee ballots may be requested by filling out the vote-by-mail application on the back cover of the sample ballot booklet or by letter addressed to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Absentee Voter Section, P.O. Box 30450, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450. You can also go to the Registrar-Recorder’s Office Web site, www.lavote.net, click on the absentee voting page and fill out an absentee ballot application online or go in person to the office, 12400 Imperial Highway, third floor, Room 3002, Norwalk. LUNCH WITH POLITICIANS: The Whittier Boys & Girls Club is more than $5,000 wealthier thanks to Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, and Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Industry, said Samantha Ridout, its executive director. Each auctioned off lunches with themselves and a tour of the state Capitol. Calderon’s deal even included airfare to Sacramento. EDUCATION BRIEFING: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, will provide an update on education issues in the state Legislature from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Yorba Linda Education Center, 4999 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda. For information, call Huff’s office at (909) 860-5560. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Retired Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson, vice chairman for Move America Forward, will speak at the 11 a.m. Nov. 2 meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner at (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. ANTI-GANG MEETING: Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, will hold a “Plain Talk for Parents” meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 at the Artesia High School gymnasium, 12108 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood. Information will be given to empower parents to help their teens resist the temptation of getting involved with the wrong crowd or experimenting with drugs. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com ——— IT’S POLITICS160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously passed Rep. Linda Sanchez’s bill to allow states and localities to be reimbursed for some of the costs of incarcerating criminal undocumented residents before and during trial. “States and counties shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden of incarcerating criminal aliens because of failures in the federal government’s border policy,” said Sanchez, D-Lakewood. “\ will give states and localities more opportunities for reimbursement from the federal government so they aren’t forced to release suspects early just because they can’t afford to keep them in custody.” last_img read more

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