Former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director, Jackie Hendriks, believes the regional governing body was wrong in its decision to suspend West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, for recent comments he made regarding team selection. Hendriks, a retired president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, is of the opinion that what should have been done instead was for Simmons to be reprimanded with a warning. “I can understand the frustration that Simmons may have felt with him going and talking to (Dwayne) Bravo and (Kieron) Pollard, and wanting them to play, and his frustration of not getting them to be a part of the one-day squad,” said Hendriks. “However, it’s rather unfortunate the comments he made. They were totally out of place, and temperate, and, should have been kept to himself,” added Hendriks. “However, having said that, I don’t believe the action of the board to suspend him was the right one.” “I think it was a bit harsh, given that it is the head coach we are dealing with, and, could have been handled in a much more diplomatic manner,” Hendriks said. Continued Hendriks: “He (Simmons) should have been called in, and be asked to explain the reason behind his outbursts. “Thereafter, a stern warning should have been issues that such utterances are unacceptable, and a repeat of would lead to his ultimate dismissal.” Simmons, said he believed there were outside “interference” in the selection of the one-day team for Sri Lanka. According to the 52-year-old Trinidadian, who was this summer offered the reigns of the regional side, he along with chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, was of the opinion that Bravo and Pollard should be included in the team, however, other selectors disagreed. Former West Indies players Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne, and Eldine Baptiste, are the other voting members on the selection panel. Meanwhile, Hendriks, who represented the West Indies in the 1960s as a wicketkeeper, said he found it rather “peculiar” that Bravo and Pollard are good enough for the Twenty20 team and not the one-day side. He said, while not exceptional, the duo remain two of the region’s best limited overs players, and deserved a place in both regional squads. “I find it peculiar that they are selected for the Twenty20 team, and not the one-day team,” he said. “They are two of the players we have in limited overs cricket, and as such I am still struggling to see why they were not in the World Cup squad to begin with, and now not in the one-day squad for Sri Lanka. The West Indies are down to play two Tests, three one-dayers, and two Twenty20s, respectively, while on tour of Sri Lanka.
LOS Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton are asking for cooler heads to prevail as officers threaten to quit their gang and narcotics details if they are forced to sign financial statements as part of their anti-gang work. Yet what’s needed is not for cooler heads to prevail, but saner heads. The disclosure is part of the federal consent decree that was put into effect as a result of the Rampart Division scandal, when several anti-gang officers were accused of framing and assaulting gang members; and several officers were convicted. More than 600 officers are affected by this ill-considered provision of the decree, and if they go through with their threat to transfer to other duties, we could see a lot more traffic cops on the streets, which might ease traffic congestion, but certainly won’t help eradicate the gangs. According to Bob Baker, president of the Police Protective League, “If an officer fills it out, it becomes part of his record and can be subpoenaed in court.” This is a grave worry for any officer working gang or narco details. “I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want some gang member having access to my bank account or Social Security number,” Baker added. As Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD officer and former PPL president, put it: “After Rampart, the city disbanded the gang units, which led to an upsurge in violence. We don’t want to see that repeated. We had complete chaos and that’s why we have so many gang problems now.” L.A. is the only city that has a financial-disclosure caveat for its police officers, and there hasn’t been a police department or any other enterprise that hasn’t had its share of corrupt employees – no mater how rigorously they are screened. If saner heads prevail, they can simply go back to good old-fashioned police work and investigate when suspicion of a police officer gone bad arises. Investigate away and see if he’s a cop on the take or … has a wife who writes best-selling salacious novels or inherited his mega-wealthy Uncle Harry’s estate. Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills and former editor of the Tolucan and reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! U.S. District Judge Gary Feess, who presides over the decree, should do a big rethink here. He has already turned down a request to lift the requirement, and is now considering a compromise that would instead allow for random audits of gang-unit officers. Whose side is Feess on? The gangbangers or the cops who are trying to keep the streets safe? Taking the side of the government – and exhibiting a most convenient memory – is former police chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks, even though he opposed the consent decree in the first place. “We should not give in to the tantrums of a union that is spreading fear among its members,” Parks said. One has to wonder what Parks would call it when, in November 2003, he threw a hissy fit of a tantrum and raises for council members – himself included – became a matter of public debate. He said his raise was a “private matter.” If a raise is a “private matter,” what does Parks call full financial disclosure before an officer is accused of misconduct?
Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Donegal Town couldn’t be accused of following the flock!The team managed to raised €584 this week in aid of the Donegal Hospice, hosting a “guess the weight of Ben the sheep” competition.With over 200 guesses, Deborah Bonnar was the lucky winner who guessed the correct weight and won €50 worth of lamb. Store Manager Gareth Ferry said the event was a huge success.“We were delighted with the success of this week’s fundraiser and would like to give special thanks to Mary Carr for giving us Ben the sheep for the day, he appeared to enjoy the event as much as we all did!“We would also like to thank all the customers and community who joined in the fun and donated generously to this worthy cause. Each week we draw closer to our €30,000 goal for the Hospice and we are very grateful to all the people of Donegal who are generously helping us to help others”Launching their “Help Us Help Others” campaign on the 6th of May 2011, Kavanagh’s SuperValu committed to raising €30,000 minimum for the Donegal Hospice. With four SuperValu stores throughout Donegal, in Ballybofey, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Dungloe, the Kavanagh Group will give 5c to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout each store from May 6th 2011 until October 22nd 2011.Ben, originally from Benbulben thus receiving his name is an 8year old pet ram and weighed in at a massive 114kg.He lapped up the attention on the day and generated great excitement and competition with guesses ranging from 52kg-150kg at €3 per guess. Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Town’s Grocery Manager Paul Gallagher will also be selling a sheep at the mart in the upcoming weeks in aid of the hospice.Kavanagh’s SuperValu have been hosting a whole range of fundraising events across their four stores including a fun filled day of car washing, coffee mornings, bonanza draws, table quizzes and bag packs so far raising over €6,000 and well on their way to reaching their €30,000 goal.With many more exciting events in the pipeline including a climb of Mount Errigal on 21st of August, a flagship run/walk on the 25th September and their upcoming match this Friday 8th of July in Finn Park Ballybofey against Highland Radio. Kick off at 7.30pm, with a raffle and refreshments served in Jacksons Hotel after the game for all players and supporters. Don’t miss out, come along and cheer on your favourite team as they go head to head for the title.For more information on “Help Us Help Others” Campaign and upcoming fundraising activities please logon to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kavanaghs-SuperValu-Donegal/137605522975301#!/pages/Kavanaghs-SuperValu-Donegal/137605522975301SUPERVALU NOT ‘SHEEPISH’ ABOUT HITTING €30,000 FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Kavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal Town