Young Windies lose opener

first_imgMIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s produced a weak batting performance to go down by eight wickets to Bangladesh Under-19s, in their opening one-day game of the three-match warm-up series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here yesterday.Sent in, the visitors struggled from the outset and were dismissed for 114 off 39.2 overs, with opener Gidron Pope top-scoring with 31 and Emmanuel Stewart getting 30.Left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed ran through the innings with a spell of four for 24 while off-spinners Saeed Sarkar (2-9) and Sanjit Saha (2-14) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Nazmul Hossain stroked 41 not out and Saif Hassan an unbeaten 39 as Bangladesh Under-19s cruised to their target in the 21st over.West Indies Under-19s are preparing for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which bowls off later this month.last_img read more

Local Authorities Must Take the Lead to Prevent Squatting – Mckenzie

first_img “The municipal corporations will now have to begin to take a much more proactive approach to the question of squatting, and they must now start to take a much greater proactive approach to persons who are building illegally and blocking drains and waterways,” the Minister emphasised. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the island’s local authorities must take the lead in preventing squatter settlements and illegal buildings from mushrooming in their respective municipalities. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the island’s local authorities must take the lead in preventing squatter settlements and illegal buildings from mushrooming in their respective municipalities.Speaking at a press conference at the St. James Municipal Corporation on November 29, Mr. McKenzie said there are far too many people building houses in areas that are unsuitable for human habitation.“The municipal corporations will now have to begin to take a much more proactive approach to the question of squatting, and they must now start to take a much greater proactive approach to persons who are building illegally and blocking drains and waterways,” the Minister emphasised.“What we need is the will to execute the laws that are presently on the books that speak to the question of illegal building, that speak to the question of squatting and that speak to the question of how you dispose of your garbage,” he added.Mr. McKenzie said come January 2018, his Ministry will bring all relevant stakeholders together across the country to conduct a rapid assessment of squatting and illegal buildings, and to come up with strategies for remedying the issues.“This collective force that we are bringing together will form a core of what the new Building Bill that was passed in the House is calling for – to seriously look at the no-build zones and to look at how people build,” he said.“If the law is to be effective, and if it is to change the face of how we do business as it relates to building, we have to be in a position to enforce the Regulations that have been passed as they relate to the Building Bill,” the Minister said.The Minister said public education has to be a critical part of the focus of the local authorities next year, especially due to the recent and imminent changes in weather patterns.He said the situation requires an “open response” from residents and a change in attitudes, as, if there is no change, despite the funding disbursed by the Government and any disaster mitigation works undertaken by the State, the problems will recur.“We have not had this amount of rain for the last 30 years… . In some communities in Clarendon, we witnessed rainfall of over 10 inches within a short period of time,” he pointed out.“Outside of what the climate is doing, there is also the human side, which is of grave concern to the Government. Regardless of how much money we provide for clean-up, and regardless of how many drains we clean, if there is not a change in attitude, then we are going to be back here in a short time saying the same thing,” he said. Mr. McKenzie said come January 2018, his Ministry will bring all relevant stakeholders together across the country to conduct a rapid assessment of squatting and illegal buildings, and to come up with strategies for remedying the issues.last_img read more

Man daughter mowed down by speeding truck

first_imgNew Delhi: India Gate outing turns tragic for man and his 8-year-old daughter as dumper truck rams into pedestrians at India gate on Monday night.The man and his daughter had been eating ice cream on their scooty when they were hit by the driver of the dumper truck that lost control, hit a divider and then rammed into the autos and pedestrians. The deceased have been identified as 42-year-old Kewal Diwan and his eight-year-old daughter Manya. The autos were seen mangled beyond recognition by the fatal impact. It is said that around midnight the truck driver lost control of his vehicle and ran over other vehicles and pedestrians before crossing the divider and landing in the lawns of India gate at Man Singh Road. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe deceased Kewal Diwan, 42, and his daughter Manya, 8, were residents of Geeta Colony. Sources say that the family arrived at India gate after Manya completed her exams. Kewal’s wife was also present but miraculously survived the accident. The driver, identified as Raman, 24, a resident of Badarpur, was arrested on the spot and the vehicle was seized, police said. The cops are awaiting a medical report to ascertain if he was under the influence of alcohol. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We received information around 12.20 am regarding the accident near India Gate on Man Singh Road. A team rushed to the spot and found that one dumper had entered Rajpath lawns after hitting several vehicles and crossing over the footpath,” said a senior police officer. Eyewitnesses told police the truck first hit the divider after which it hit the autos and pedestrians standing near the footpath. Diwan was found lying near the truck. He was immediately shifted to hospital where he was declared brought dead along with his daughter Manya. Police said that the driver, Raman, received a fracture on his right hand. “He has been sent to the LNJP hospital, where he is undergoing treatment and will be tested for alcohol. A case under relevant sections of the law has been registered in the case,” the official said. Those injured have been identified as Deepak Kumar, 27, an auto-rickshaw driver and a resident of Mata Sundari Road, and Ram Singh, 24, a labourer who was on the footpath and is a resident of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more