AFTER months of internal backbiting, the members of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) on Monday evening elected a new executive, with Patrick Harding replacing the long-serving Alfred Mentore as the new president.The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the elections were held at the club’s Queenstown pavilion. Mentore, who decided not to seek re-election, clearly indicated that he will support the next president and executive in the transition period.Former West Indies all-rounder Roger Harper and Lawrence Smith were elected the first and second vice-presidents respectively.Reginald Brotherson is the new club secretary, while Ruth Howard is the treasurer.Kirk Douglas is the assistant secretary/treasurer and Dennis Squires the Club captain.The Indoor Club captain and Public Relations Officer positions have been taken up by Troy Halley and Adam Harris respectively.Paul Wintz, Dexter George, Gladwin Brandis, Dionne Cush, and Mahendra Jaikarran make up the rest of the executive.
After a stressful month of play, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will travel over 3,000 miles in hopes of recapturing their championship glory from last season. Saturday, the Badgers were officially swept by Boston College in a rematch of last year’s Frozen Four title game, and this weekend, they will resume conference play when they travel to Anchorage, Ala. Despite the Badgers daunting trek, UW head coach Mike Eaves believes a road trip is just what his team needs. “I’m looking forward to [the trip]. It’s exactly what we need right now; we need to get out of town,” Eaves said in his weekly press conference. “It’s early in the season, and it’s basically a five day trip for us; and we get to be on the road and get to know each other. … It’s going to be a great opportunity for us to become closer as a team.”The Badgers were outscored 7-1 this weekend due in large part to the Eagles’ edge in experience. B.C. returned 16 players from last year’s title bout, while UW returned nine, losing major contributors to graduation and the NHL. Their rookie replacements, most notably Jamie McBain, Mike Davies and John Mitchell, all seemed to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of a championship rematch.”The whole coaching staff, we were disappointed in the way we played; we wondered what happened with this young group … I think our kids were too tight Friday night, they wanted to play so well and they were outside their ideal performance state and they were too tight and didn’t play the way they were capable of,” Eaves said. “On Saturday we saw them play the way they were capable of, and because of their youth, when we go into another big weekend, we can be more sensitive to that fact and get them to loosen up a little bit.”The talented freshman class has shown flashes of greatness this season, but Eaves knows it is a long process before they reach their full potential.”We’re a younger group, and we have to get these younger guys up to speed with the older guys and upperclassmen as quick as we can,” Eaves said. “Last year, we were an all upperclassman team for the first time, and as coaches, we could sit back and let the team do the work. This year, we have to work with our captains and everybody else to bring them up to speed as quickly as we can.”Despite the disappointing result, Eaves has found a number of bright spots in the Badgers’ forgetful weekend. Eaves attributes much of Boston College’s success to stellar goaltending from Cory Schneider while crediting his team for bouncing back in the series finale. “I watched the [Boston College game Sunday], and by our count, we out-chanced them and we played pretty well,” Eaves said. “We talked Saturday night about how [Boston College] scored on their scoring chances and on our chances (Cory) Schneider was pretty good and he made some terrific saves.”Regardless of the Badgers’ disappointing .500 record, Eaves maintains that the team’s spirits are high, dismissing the idea that a championship repeat is unattainable. Eaves sees the upcoming road trip as a chance for Wisconsin to build on past performances as well as afford them the opportunity to discover who they are as a team.”This is a growth process, and there are a lot of good things we can take away from this weekend even though we lost,” Eaves said. “It’s early in the season, and now we kind of find out where we’re at as a group … can we regroup ourselves here with a direction and an attitude that will help us in the upcoming weekend.” Injury ReportUW forward Jack Skille is continuing to participate in skating drills, and Eaves is hopeful the sophomore standout will be able to increase mobility in his injured elbow. “He is going to have a stick in his hand this week and hopefully get to the point where he can do some skill drills with us, but the contact is a little bit away,” Eaves said.
The Offaly native ended the tournament in a tie for 16th place on 10 under par.Graeme McDowell is up 8 places to 87th after his strong showing at the Dubai Desert Classic.Winner Sergio Garcia has jumped from 15th to 9th after his first victory on the European Tour in over three years.
A leading campaigner for a clerical abuse inquiry in the North has repeated his call for the Stormont government to initiate an investigation after claims made by Ian Elliott saying that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church are using “covert means to limit internal investigations”.Donegal man Michael Connolly says the victims of abuse can have no faith or confidence in any reports prepared and produced by the Catholic Church child watchdog organisation.“The only inquiry that victims of abuse can have confidence in is one based on a statutory footing which would have the legal ability to obtain information and produce a transparent outcome,” said Mr Connolly. “These types of revelations made by Mr Elliott create more hurt to the hundreds of survivors who have been subjected to horrendous physical, mental and sexual abuse in parishes and schools across Northern Ireland for decades who are not getting any younger.”The Donegal man says victims of clerical abuse feel they are been ignored by political leaders in the North.Said Michael: “Survivors over the age of eighteen abused in Magdalena laundries and victims of clerical abuse met with junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann at the beginning of June 2013. Since then we have written on a number of occasions to the joint committee in the hope of a positive response but despite our best efforts we have only received a number of letters in response from the correspondence secretary which reads “your correspondence is currently under consideration”“One must only look to the reports released by the Catholic Church child watchdog committee for a small indication of the amount of victims throughout Northern Ireland, one must also take note of the recommendations made by the European Committee on Torture and also the outcome of the European convention of human rights Vatican public Inquiry last month of a much-needed Northern Ireland state Inquiry. “We urge the Northern Ireland assembly to respond positively to our call and begin the process of initiating a state Inquiry without further delay and give the abuse victims the justice they deserve.” DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM DEMANDS NEW INQUIRY IN THE NORTH was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:DONEGAL ABUSE VICTIM DEMANDS NEW INQUIRY IN THE NORTHMichael Connolly