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first_imgJamaica and West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner will be aiming to make an impact in the four-day West Indies Professional League this season with his new team, the Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Bonner, who was not re-signed as one of Jamaica’s 15 contracted players, was drafted by the Leewards during this season’s annual player draft. “I want to make an impact with the Leewards, and hopefully take my career to another level,” said Bonner, one of two mandatory overseas players picked by the Leewards. “For the past two years, I have not been performing well in four-dayers, and this I want to change. “I am now in good shape both physically and mentally, and plan to go there and do my best, which I hope will be enough to see the team challenge for the title.” The 26-year-old, who represented West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals four years ago, but has failed to kick on, has had a checkered regional career. In 40 first-class matches, he averages 21.19, and has made one century and seven fifties. He, however, boasts a slightly better one-day record, averaging 34.17 in 34 appearances, and has scored three hundreds and five half-centuries. “I have been performing fairly well in one-day cricket. It is just for me to transfer that energy and aggression to the four-dayers,” he said. “Once I do that and demonstrate more concentration and discipline, I know I will do well.” Meanwhile, Bonner, who was initially drafted by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and was later swapped with the Leewards’ final pick, Narsingh Deonarine, said he holds no ill feelings to the Jamaica selectors. “I was not surprised at being dropped by Jamaica,” he said. “It was a job, and like any 9-5, if you do not perform your services can be terminated. “I am, however, lucky enough to be contracted by another team. I can focus on my game, and don’t have to fight as a pay-for-play player .” Bonner will be based in St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

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first_imgLouis van Gaal has lost the support of the Manchester United dressing room and should be SACKED as manager.That’s the view of ex-England international Danny Murphy after Saturday’s shock defeat to Norwich at Old Trafford left United without a win in six games.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-England international said: “I think United need a change. I am not one of these people that think you should sack managers every time you have a bad run but I can see the players’ body language and I can sense the players aren’t [behind him].”Jose Mourinho’s availability following his exit from Chelsea has sparked rumours he could be drafted into the Old Trafford hotseat to replace Van Gaal.But Murphy believes club legend and current assistant boss Giggs should be the man the United board turn to if they do decide to make a managerial change.“I would give it to Giggs,” he said. “At least until the end of the season to see how it goes.“He looks like he wants it, he is passionate and he knows how United fans want them to play.”last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing an internal investigation, figures show that over a five year period almost one million Garda breath tests recorded on the Pulse system did not happen.Over five years, 1,200 devices were in use across 108 Garda Districts with no central recording process.Nationwide between November 2011 and October 2016 , the MBRS recorded 1,058,157 breath tests – almost half of the alleged 1,996,365 breath tests that were lodged on the Pulse system. The breath test controversy was brought to light after The Irish Times published an article earlier this year outlining how the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) noted that the number of tests being recorded on Pulse did not correlate with the amount of disposable mouth pieces being ordered.The discrepancies were so large in Cork and Kerry Garda stations, that a nationwide investigation was launched.“Some officers provided guestimates”An internal Garda investigation has been launched to investigate the inaccuracies, with assistant Garda commissioner Michael Sullivan expected to publish a report including recommendations for improvement next month. The Sunday Times report that the investigation involved interviewing Gardaí across the country in an attempt to determine why breath tests had inflated by 88% between November 2011 and October 2016.Made-up figures and mistakes made during administration and data input were blamed for the major discrepancies.A source with knowledge of the inquiry told journalist John Mooney that there are a number of reasons to explain how certain divisions appear to have “exaggerated their results”.“Some officers provided guestimates, some made up statistics while others provided information on how many cars they stopped as opposed to the number of drivers they breathalysed.”“A matter of grave disappointment”Speaking following the discovery of the major discrepancy, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said that the findings were a “grave disappointment” and says corrective action is to follow. She also promised to be completely open about the matter with the public, in order to “sustain public trust.”“What we’ve found thus far is totally unacceptable and not in keeping with the standards of a modern and professional police service,” she said. “The Policing Authority and Garda management are ad idem that this is a matter of individual and collective ethical behaviour and not one of occasional systems failure.“It is a matter of grave disappointment that this has apparently been happening for so long, unchallenged.“Every single member of the organisation must recognise that their individual actions, in all areas of policing, reflects on the organisation as a whole and impacts on the trust between ourselves and the communities we serve.“However, as evidenced this week, I am determined that where we identify problems in the organisation, we admit these issues publicly, take whatever corrective action is necessary and ensure they do not recur. That is what I expect of the organisation and what is demanded of us by the community. “In addition to correcting these issues, we must share that information, no matter how negative it is, not just with the Authority, but also with the public. Only through that openness can we sustain public trust,” concluded the Garda Commissioner.Gardaí also say that data recorded on Pulse for 2016 is accurate based on the data available to AGS from the Medical Bureau for Road Safety.Report shows that Gardaí “guestimated” one million breath test statistics was last modified: August 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:breath testbreathalyserGardaiinvestigationnoirin o sullivanlast_img read more

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