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Champions!!

first_imgA time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.last_img read more

Ackerman to address Energy East conference

first_img“Through the opportunities we have had primarily with the Fair Share agreement, and the policies council has had in place and has stayed focused on, we threw about $100 million into roads and related infrastructure.“Do we have more to do, yes we do. But we’ve come along way in 10 years,” she said.The survey areas where Fort St. John scored well included low unemployment, high incomes, healthy population growth, and low taxes.As a result, it was ranked 21st among the smallest cities in the country, and second only to Comox in B.C., with a population under 30,000.Advertisement Having just attended the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Edmonton, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman will now travel to the Maritimes where she will address an Energy East Conference in New Brunswick.“Fort St. John is very much on the minds of people that are interested in municipalities and how things are going,” Ackerman said in an interview.“How we’ve approached our industry and how we’ve worked with our industry is significantly different than other regions, because local governments are not decision makers. So, how do you create that opportunity to work with the industry, and create, if you need, community measures agreements.”- Advertisement -Her address this week follows word last week that among the major centres in this region, only Fort St. John moved forward this year in the annual MoneySense magazine rankings of the best places to live in Canada.While Fort St. John jumped from 96th to 47th place among the 209 cities surveyed across the country, Grande Prairie dropped from 51st to 107th, Dawson Creek from 73 to 113, and Prince George from 148 to 163.“What a lot of people don’t recognize in Fort St. John is that 10 years ago over 50 per cent of our roads were gravel with open ditches,” said Ackerman.Advertisementlast_img read more