Windies beaten – easily in second ODI

West Indies' batsman Jerome Taylor is run out by Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga (unseen) during their second one-day international cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):

West Indies’ disappointing tour of Sri Lanka continued here yesterday, when they plunged to an eight-wicket loss in the second one-day international (ODI) to tamely concede the three-match series.

In another rain-affected encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium which was reduced to 38 overs per side, West Indies rallied to 214 all out off their allotted overs and watched helplessly as the hosts raced to their adjusted target of 225, with nine balls remaining.

Opener Kusal Perera put the tourists to the sword before falling agonisingly for 99, while Lahiru Thirimanne saw Sri Lanka over the line with an unbeaten 81.

The pair put on 156 in a busy second-wicket stand which killed off West Indies’ hopes of levelling the series, after they had claimed dangerous opener Tillakaratne Dilshan cheaply for 17 with the score on 40 in the fifth over.

West Indies had been earlier bailed out by half-centuries from opener Johnson Charles and stand-in captain Marlon Samuels, after enduring another poor start.

Charles blasted 83 off 70 deliveries, while Samuels controlled the innings with 63 off 61 balls, with left-hander Darren Bravo chipping in with 21.

Off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana was the best bowler with two for 27, while speedster Lasith Malinga snared two for 43.

West Indies lost Andre Fletcher to the second ball of the innings without scoring, edging a defensive push at Malinga behind with a single run on the board.

Jermaine Blackwood then failed to make any impression on his ODI debut, spending 15 balls over his nine before attempting to go over the top with off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake and being held by Siriwardana running backward at mid-on.

Tottering at 29 for two in the fifth over, the Windies were rescued by Charles, who put on 70 for the third wicket with Bravo, and then another 40 runs for the fourth wicket with Samuels.

The right-hander struck seven fours and four sixes, playing with ease against both pace and spin. He cleared long on with Senanayake in the seventh over for his first six and raised West Indies’ 50 in the following over by pulling pacer Suranga Lakmal to fine leg for four.

Charles brought up his fourth ODI half-century in style in the 12th over, sweeping spinner Ajantha Mendis fine for four to move to 46 before lifting the next delivery over long on for six.

Bravo had struck a single boundary off 33 deliveries when he picked out Dilshan at mid-wicket off Siriwardana at 99 for three in the 16th over, and Charles was in sight of his third ODI century when he missed a sweep at the same bowler and perished lbw in the 24th over.

West Indies were then held up by a three-hour rain break at 149 for four in the 27th over and when play resumed, they had all of 11 overs to give Sri Lanka a competitive total to chase.

They quickly lost Jonathan Carter for five and Jason Mohammed, in his first ODI in four years, fell for four, as the Windies stumbled to 169 for six in the 32nd.

Carlos Brathwaite blasted a four and a six in 17 off 13 balls but, importantly, added 42 for the seventh wicket with Samuels, who managed to reach his first half-century of the tour and the 26th of his ODI career.

Once Samuels was run out in a mix-up with Brathwaite at 211 for seven in the 37th over, the Windies wilted with the last four wickets going down for just three runs.


WEST INDIES (38 overs)

J Charles lbw b Siriwardana 83

+A Fletcher c wkp Perera b Malinga 0

J Blackwood c Siriwardana b Senanayake 9

DM Bravo c Dilshan b Siriwardana 21

*M Samuels run out 63

J Carter b Lakmal 5

J Mohammed c Chandimal b Malinga 4

C Brathwaite run out 17

J Taylor run out 1

S Narine run out 0

R Rampaul not out 1

Extras (lb6, w3, nb1) 10

TOTAL (all out, 37.4 overs) 214

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Fletcher, 0.2 overs), 2-29 (Blackwood, 4.1), 3-99 (Bravo, 15.5), 4-139 (Charles, 23.2), 5-152 (Carter, 28.2), 6-169 (Mohammed, 31.2), 7-211 (Samuels, 36.5), 8-212 (Taylor, 37.1), 9-213 (Brathwaite, 37.3), 10-214 (Narine, 37.4)

Bowling: Malinga 7.4-0-43-2, Lakmal 7-0-51-1 (w2), Senanayake 6-0-25-1, Mendis 7-0-44-0 (w1, nb1), Jayasuriya 2-0-11-0, Siriwardana 7-1-27-2, Dilshan 1-0-7-0.

SRI LANKA (target: 225 off 38 overs)

+K Perera c Brathwaite b Rampaul 99

T Dilshan b Narine 17

L Thirimanne not out 81

D Chandimal not out 15

Extras (lb6, w6, nb1) 13

TOTAL (2 wkts, 36.3 overs) 225

Did not bat: *A Mathews, M Siriwardana, S Jayasuriya, S Senanayake, A Mendis, L Malinga, S Lakmal

Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Dilshan, 4.1 overs), 2-196 (Perera, 30.2)

Bowling: Rampaul 6-0-39-1, Taylor 5-0-47-0 (w1), Narine 8-0-27-1, Samuels 5.3-0-34-0, Mohammed 6-0-25-0, Brathwaite 4-0-35-0 (w1, nb1), Carter 2-0-12-0 (w3).

Result: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets.

Series: Sri Lanka lead three-match series 2-0.

Man of the Match: Kusal Perera.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: R Martinesz, R Tucker; TV – M Gough.

Manchester businessman in court after guns went missing from home

Manchester businessman in court after guns went missing from home

by Primrose Oliver

The Manchester businessman facing the court in connection with the theft of six firearms from his home is to return to court, next year.

David McMorris was charged with breaching the Firearms Act.

He appeared before the Mandeville RM court this morning.

The weapons were stolen from a safe at his home while he was overseas.

He was summoned to court today for alleged negligence in leaving his six firearms at his house unattended while he was overseas.

Reports are that, while Mr McMorris was abroad last month, thieves broke into his house, and stole the six firearms from a safe.

McMorris appeared before RM Gayle Staple, and was ordered to return on January 20.

The court was told, that the file was incomplete, so a trial date could not be set.

The police are reporting that McMorris was negligent in leaving the firearms at home, while he went abroad.

It’s also reported, that the rule is, that if a person is going away, they should leave their licence firearm at the nearest police station, or with the firearm licensing authority.

A woman was also summoned along with McMorris in relation to the Breaches of the Firearms Act.

She too is to return to court on January 20.

They are being represented by Attorney-at-law, Carolyn Chuck.

No state funds – Gov't to break ECJ convention, opposes taxpayers' financing of political parties

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Phillip Paulwell
Rudolph Brown
Everald Warmington

A long-established convention of Parliament following the dictates and wishes of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is to be broken, with the Government indicating it will not be supporting a provision for state funding of political parties that has been proposed in the campaign-finance reform bill.

Phillip Paulwell, leader of government business in the House of Representatives, said Cabinet has already advised the ECJ that it will not support the clause for state funding of political campaigns.

“The Jamaican electorate now, they are very mindful and very cagey about political parties receiving funds from the state,” Paulwell told The Gleaner. “Based on the canvassing, it is not a matter that the electorate would support, and so we didn’t want to upset and anger the electorate.”

“Having reviewed it, we would not be able to convince our side to support it,” he added.


As part of a move to preserve the integrity of the electoral process, Parliament has always passed bills and adopted reports of the ECJ without making amendments to them.

South West St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington, who strenuously objected to the proposal for state funding of political parties, said while “the convention is not worth the paper on which it is written”, it would be a bad thing for the Government to go against the ECJ at this stage.

“If they send to us and make recommendations and we observe it all the while, I don’t believe we should break it now, especially on a fundamental issue as that,” Warmington said.

Paulwell said the Government has reached out to the selected commissioners on the ECJ – Dorothy Pine McLarty, Earl Jarrett, Justice Karl Harrison and Professor Alvin Wint – to get support for the amendment.

“I have already written to the selected members of the ECJ and I do believe they will give support,” he said.

The proposal for the state to fund political campaigns was robustly debated in the Houses of Parliament when a report from the ECJ, with proposals for campaign-finance reform, was considered.

The contentious clause proposes that a registered political party that meets certain requirements, including having its annual financial statements independently audited by a registered public accountant, be entitled to receive state funding in each financial year.

It is also proposing that a registered political party receive, in any financial year, up to 40 per cent of its income for the previous financial year.

However, despite howls of protest from some members of parliament and senators, among them Warmington and K.D. Knight, the report was approved without amendment, paving the way for the drafting of a bill to provide for, among other things, the state to fund political campaigns.

“Most people (MPs) agreed that the state should fund campaigns. I don’t agree with it, but the Parliament majority voted for it,” Warmington said.

“If you have put it in the bill, I am not supporting any amend-ment. It came to Parliament and they accepted the report. I was the only person who voted against it then, so if you have 62 persons who voted for the report in its entirety, how can you talk about not wanting to go with it at this stage,” he added.

Should the state-funding clause be removed, it will mean that only one other designated pool of funds would be available to political candidates to pay for campaign activities.

In addition to state funding, the bill also proposes the setting up of a national election fund, which would enable individuals, companies, other entities and Jamaica diaspora groups to make contributions to campaign financing.

These monies would be disbursed to candidates within 180 days after an election is held, for the purposes of reimbursing expenses incurred by the candidates in their campaigns. Up to 40 per cent of the amount spent by each candidate may be reimbursed from the national campaign fund.

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Chelsea, Roma stay alive

Chelsea’s Willian (centre) celebrates with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard (right) after scoring the winning goal during the Champions League Group G soccer match at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London yesterday. Chelsea won 2-1.


Chelsea and Roma scored late goals to earn crucial victories in the Champions League yesterday, improving their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.

Chelsea defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in England thanks to an 83rd-minute free kick by Willian, while Miralem Pjanic’s 80th-minute penalty kick gave Roma a 3-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Zenit St Petersburg secured their place in the round of 16 with a win at Lyon, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, and Olympiakos also won yesterday, staying on track to advance.

Arsenal remain in trouble and are on the brink of elimination after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich in Germany.

Neymar and Luis Suarez continued their excellent scoring form to make up for the absence of Lionel Messi and help Barcelona move closer to the round of 16 with an easy 3-0 win over BATE Borisov.

Barcelona lead the group with 10 points, five more than Roma, which moved into second place thanks to the late 3-2 win over Leverkusen, which stayed on four points, one more than BATE.

“The aim was to win, and the victory gives us a great chance to seal our qualification,” Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said.

Leverkusen had rallied from two goals down to draw level with Roma before captain Omer Toprak was shown a red card for pushing Mohamed Salah inside the area, prompting the penalty that Pjanic converted for the victory.

“We absolutely had to win and we did,” Pjanic said.

Thomas Mueller scored two goals as Bayern Munich dominated Arsenal in a 5-1 win in Bavaria, while Felipe Pardo scored both goals for Olympiakos as they rallied to beat 10-man Dinamo Zagreb 2-1. Bayern and Olympiakos reached nine points, while Arsenal and Dinamo stayed with three each with two games remaining.

Multiple goals

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern in the 10th minute, Mueller doubled the lead in the 29th and David Alaba made it 3-0 in the 44th. Arjen Robben scored with his first touch of the ball in the 55th, less than a minute after coming off the bench, and Mueller added his second in the 89th.

Olivier Giroud pulled one back for Arsenal in the 69th.

Willian produced a late winner as Chelsea fans put on a show of support for embattled manager JosÈ Mourinho, scoring from a free kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev.

“From the mental point of view, it was important,” Mourinho said. “A reaction to a negative moment.”

Chelsea rose to second in the group with seven points, two more than Dynamo. Porto, which moved closer to a place in the knockout stage after easing to a 3-1 victory at Maccabi Tel-Aviv, have 10 points.

Enquiry told ‘Dudus’ was tight-lipped when caught

Enquiry told ‘Dudus’ was tight-lipped when caught

by Primrose Oliver

Superintendent Michael Phipps testified today that former Tivoli Gardens strong man, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, was tight-lipped about his  activities,  during an interview involving 182 questions with police investigators, a day after he was captured in May 2010.

Jilleen Pearson reports.

NHT Announces $25B Housing Solution

The National Housing Trust, NHT, has announced a $25-billion programme to provide 9,000 housing solutions to Jamaicans over the next two years.

The NHT says the programme will enable thousands of families to realize the dream of owning a home.

The Trust says it will increase the housing solutions available to contributors through a mix of NHT directed schemes and joint financing projects with private developers.

It says it will provide 7,900 housing solutions directly, in the first instance.

The remaining 1,455 houses will be provided in the second instance through interim financing with private developers.

The NHT says the housing projects, some of which are already underway, will involve a mix of houses and residential lots in 42 housing developments.

NHT Chairman, Dr. Carlton Davis says the need for affordable housing is great.

Noting the contribution that the NHT has made over the years, Dr. Davis says the Trust would be aggressively redoubling its efforts to fulfill its mandate of making it easier for Jamaicans to own homes.

No election date hurting business – says pollster

No election date hurting business – says pollster

by Primrose Oliver

Pollster, Don Anderson is indicating that the uncertainty over when the next general election will be held is having an effect on business confidence.

Anderson, who is managing director of market research services limited, says consumers are losing patience, in having to wait for what he says, is the trickle-down effect, of the reported improvements in the economy.

He explains, that business people are saying that jobs are not being generated the way they had expected them to, which is resulting in those who had confidence in the economy up to 2 months ago now losing faith.

Mr Anderson says, this problem results mainly from the anticipation, which surrounds the impending election.

Mr Anderson explains, that companies are mostly concerned about the results investments will generate, at this time.

Managing Director, Market Research Services Limited and pollster Don Anderson

He was speaking at the  monthly meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston, this afternoon.

Regional Health Authorities Back Ferguson

The embattled Health Minister is getting support from the Chairmen of the Boards of the country’s four Regional Health Authorities.

The four, who’re all appointed by Dr. Ferguson, say they have confidence in him.

The expression of confidence was voiced in a five page statement issued today by the Southern, South East, Western and Northern Regional Health Authorities.

The Chairmen say despite the challenges faced by the health sector, doctors have been working tirelessly to deliver quality health care to patients.

They note that over the past few days, there have been unwarranted attacks in the media on the Minister and the hard working health workers, in relation to fatal bacterial outbreaks in the neo-natal wards of two of our major institutions.

The Chairmen say they recognize that such occurrences are not uncommon in any hospital internationally nor locally, but it’s as painful to the boards as it is to the families of the dead infants.

They say it’s downright insensitive when the memory of that pain is regurgitated ad nauseam in the public media.

They’re urging the media to remember that the families are still under their professional clinical care.

The statement says it’s highly irresponsible for elements and agendas to try to undermine the excellent service delivery at hospitals which have made Jamaica the envy of the world.

All four Chairmen of the Regional Health Authorities serve at the pleasure of Dr. Ferguson.

WADA confirms sharing of information with French Police

WADA confirms sharing of information with French Police

by Dwight Fraser

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed it passed information onto French police that saw the headquarters of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) been raided yesterday.

WADA has been investigating serious doping allegations within athletics since January and information collected by its independent commission during this time has led to the latest developments in Monaco.

Yesterday it emerged that former IAAF president Lamine Diack is reportedly being investigated by French authorities amid allegations of corruption and money laundering.

Diack, who has since been replaced by Sebastian Coe, is also being accused of covering up positive drugs tests from Russian athletes.


REJECTED! PNP Looking Past Peter Blake

Nationwide News understands that the governing People’s National Party has rejected businessman, Peter Blake, despite him winning a selection contest to represent the party in East Rural St. Andrew in the next General Election.

On October 4, Blake defeated the incumbent MP Damion Crawford in the candidate selection exercise.

It’s understood that the PNP has asked Senator Imani Duncan Pryce to contest the seat on its behalf.

Duncan-Pryce has reportedly told the party that she’ll decide sometime this week, whether to accept the offer.

When contacted by our news centre this afternoon, Senator Duncan Pryce declined comment.

Calls placed to the mobile phones of Mr. Blake and PNP General Secretary Paul Burke went to voicemail.