LocalNewsPolitics Senator Blanchard is new Public Works & Ports Minister by: Dominica Vibes News – March 8, 2016 Share 1110 Views 4 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Senator Miriam BlanchardThe Dominica Government has appointed Senator Miriam Blanchard as the new Minister for Public Works and Ports.The announcement, made on Tuesday 8 March 2016, follows the resignation of Ian Pinard on Wednesday 2 March 2016.“The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to announce that Senator, Hon. Miriam Blanchard has been appointed Minister for Public Works and Ports, in accordance with the provisions on the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica, with effect from March 7, 2016,” the statement said.Senator Blanchard previously held the Minister of state in the Office of the Prime Minister for project Planning and Implementation.“The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to announce further, that the portfolio of Postal Services has been allocated to Hon. Justina Charles Minister for Youth, Sports, Culture and Constituency Empowerment effective March 7, 2016,” the statement added.
Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 53 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Climate-Resilient Health Service Proposal on the Table by: – September 23, 2019 Share The Ministry of Health has a proposal to minimize the impact of climate change on human health.A national climate and health stakeholder consultation took place on Wednesday, September 18th to develop that plan.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Leticia Lestrade-Wyke, believes that mitigation of the climate impact will allow for sustainable and uninterrupted delivery of health services.She explained that with the Pan-American Health Organization, work is underway to develop and implement a national plan.“We are also developing a health and climate country profile which is a snapshot of up-to-date easily accessible policy information about the current and future impacts of climate change on human health in Dominica,” Lestrade-Wyke explained.“This profile will be available on the World Health Organisation’s website and will provide readers with an overview of the current climate hazards and the activities being undertaken to lesson the impact of climate change on health in Dominica.“While these policy documents are important, the Ministry also considers the implementation of the recommendations, some of which are expected to come out of this stakeholder consultation, [important as well].“The Ministry is committed to policy implementation through various funding mechanisms and with the assistance of PAHO we will submit proposals for grant funding to ensure that these adaptation options are implemented,” Lestrade-Wyke reported.
The president of the Iowa Farm Bureau will lead the board that governs Iowa’s public universities after his colleagues voted to carry out a personnel shake-up orchestrated by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.One day after David Miles, the Board of Regents president, and Jack Evans, its president pro tem, announced they were stepping down at the governor’s request, the board voted 7-0 to name dairy farmer Craig Lang, of Brooklyn, Iowa, as board president. The board also voted 7-0 to name agribusiness leader Bruce Rastetter, the top donor to Branstad’s campaign last year, the president pro tem.advertisementadvertisement The change puts two Republican, agricultural industry leaders in charge of the board as it begins to search for a new president for Iowa State University and manages ongoing funding challenges. Democrats have accused Branstad of politically interfering with a board that they say should be independent.Miles said in a letter to colleagues that Branstad asked the pair to step down in May, a request he called unprecedented. He and Evans, who had had been picked by the board to continue their leadership roles through April 30, 2012, initially declined the governor’s request because they viewed the board’s independence as an important principle, Miles wrote.But he said their colleagues on the board were divided on the issue, and that some regents saw a leadership change as key to improving the working relationship with Branstad’s office. Miles said they ultimately decided to step down because “decision-making has become more difficult” and the division had become a distraction from the board’s work.Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said the governor wanted a board president who shared his vision for the future of the state, and that Lang was best suited for the role. He praised Lang’s understanding of the Iowa and global economy and said, as an Iowa State graduate, he is a good pick to oversee the search for the next ISU president.Lang and Rastetter will serve out the remainder of Miles’ and Evans’ terms, and the board will pick new leaders for a two-year term next year. PDadvertisement—From AP newswire
Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com Basse presented his overview of agricultural economic conditions during a Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) webinar, Nov. 21.advertisementadvertisementStruggling dairy farmers continue to liquidate herds, Basse noted. With dairy cull cow slaughter at the highest rate in years, he forecast U.S. cow numbers to fall to about 9.3 million head in late spring or early summer of next year. He said the Milwaukee Stockyards reported too many cattle coming to market in the week prior to Thanksgiving.While increasing milk production per cow is offsetting declining cow numbers, Basse expects a further reduction in cow numbers into winter should reduce milk receipts beginning in December.“There’s still more liquidation to work through, but this is part of the process to getting the market to turn around,” he said.Other factors providing a brighter dairy outlook include declining milk powder stocks and increased demand from China.Global milk powder prices have been the drag on milk prices, but that trend may be ready to turn, Basse said. Milk powder stocks in the European Union (EU), the U.S. and Oceania are coming down for the first time since 2013, a positive sign for the dairy market. He forecasts milk powder markets could gain 15 to 20 percent in 2019.advertisementOne cloud in that outlook: While drought in the EU has hurt feed supplies and led to higher feed prices that are negatively impacting milk production there, milk production in New Zealand is up substantially and will continue into the first quarter of 2019.U.S. exports of powder are promising even with rising New Zealand milk production, however. Basse said he believes the USDA outlook for China’s milk production is too optimistic, with economics and environmental issues likely to drive production lower. That, in turn, drives up demand for milk powder, making it critical the U.S. get a trade agreement with China by the middle of next year.The dampening impact of tariffs on dairy exports during July-September has lowered U.S. milk prices by about 50 to 75 cents per cwt, he said.Basse said he is more bullish on butter and cheese in 2019, with milk prices showing improvement beyond February 2019. Based on current conditions, he forecasts a Class III milk price of $17 per hundredweight (cwt) by August and September, perhaps reaching $18 per cwt by the fourth quarter.“If we get a U.S.-China trade deal, it could be a really big deal,” Basse said.Threats to an improving dairy and agricultural outlook include Congress voting down the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) and uncertainty over world political issues, which could substantially ramp up volatility in agricultural markets.advertisementCropp-Stephenson outlookTwo University of Wisconsin – Madison dairy economists were less optimistic in their monthly podcast. Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis, and Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus, reviewed recent USDA reports and the impact on dairy markets.Cropp called the Milk Production report somewhat bearish, even though U.S. cow numbers were down and milk production was up just 0.8 percent. (Read: October milk production: Cow numbers continue to drop.)The Cold Storage report (see more below) indicated slight growth in cheese stocks, with American cheese stocks about 10 percent higher than a year earlier and butter stocks up about 6 percent over the same period. Dairy product prices weakened with the news, and Cropp called current cheese prices “terrible, [having] gone down more than I would have anticipated based on the fundamentals.”Cropp and Stephenson cited global factors for weaker prices, including continued softening of Global Dairy Trade prices and strong New Zealand milk production. Softer cheese sales and the impact of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. cheese and dry whey exports were also having a negative impact.As a result, milk prices could end the year on a downward slide and continue weak into the first quarter of 2019.The November Class III price could be as low as $14.60 per cwt, with the current December Class III futures prices of $14.30 per cwt, Cropp said. “If that holds, we’ll have a 2018 Class III average of about $14.60 per cwt, the lowest average in the last four years.” He doesn’t foresee Class III prices hitting $16 per cwt until the second half of the year, which will pressure more farmers to exit the business.“We seem to be range-bound,” Stephenson said. “One month it’s up a little, the next month it‘s down. There’s no piece of news that gives us any comfort to make a big statement about where prices are going.“I think we both agree 2019 will look a lot like 2017,” Stephenson said. “It’s a market that’s range-bound in prices, has a little more than product wants to see and unfriendly trade practices.”Dairy-RP activity nears 4.5 billion pounds of milkThe Thanksgiving holiday and the release of two USDA dairy reports limited activity in the Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) program for the week of Nov. 19-23. Nonetheless, dairy producers have now covered revenue on about 4.5 billion pounds of 2019 milk production, according to a weekly update from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).Based on information as of Nov. 26, 824 dairy producers had filed applications in 28 states (Table 1). A reminder: Dairy producers apply for a Dairy-RP policy, but purchase coverage, called “endorsements,” on a quarterly basis.Of the applications, 300 quarterly endorsements had been purchased, covering 4.48 billion pounds of milk. Total premium costs on purchased endorsements were about $15.4 million, with USDA RMA subsidies covering about $6.6 million of that.Dairy-RP policies are not available for sale on days following USDA dairy reports with a potential impact on markets. The agency released its monthly Milk Production report on Nov. 19, followed by the Cold Storage report on Nov. 21. In addition, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange was closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.Class I base price ends year weakerThe December 2018 Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Class I base price is $15.05 per cwt, down 47 cents from November, $1.83 less than December 2017 and the lowest average for the month since 2009.As a result, the 2018 Class I base average is just $14.84 per cwt, about $1.61 less than 2017 and just 4 cents more than the 2016 average.Some good news in cold storage inventoriesThere was some good news in the USDA’s latest Cold Storage estimates: Dairy product inventories were somewhat lower than the month before, or at least didn’t increase dramatically.As of Oct. 31, U.S. butter stocks were estimated at 230.7 million pounds, down 19 percent from Sept. 30, 2018, but up 6 percent from Oct. 31, 2017.Total natural cheese stocks were estimated at 1.37 billion pounds, unchanged from Sept. 30, 2018, but up 8 percent from a year earlier. American cheese stocks, at 813.8 million pounds, were up 1 percent from September and up 10 percent from a year earlier. Swiss and “other” cheese stocks were down from the previous month, but up from a year earlier.Dairy margins started November weakerDairy margins weakened further through the first half of November as lower milk prices more than offset a slight decline in projected feed costs, according to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC. Nearby dairy margins in both the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019 are now negative, with deferred margins in the second and third quarters of 2019 only slightly positive and above average from a historical perspective.Milk prices continue to suffer from increased production and insufficient demand. USDA reported October milk production up 0.8 percent from last year, despite increased cow slaughter.USDA’s November World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates provided shocking revisions to the world balance sheet. U.S. corn production declined 152 million bushels from October due to a reduced yield forecast, with ending stocks down 77 million bushels from last month. World ending stocks increased, however, with China’s corn production raised by 266 million tons. While the changes are not expected to factor into world trade, the tone of the report was decidedly bearish for the corn market. The outlook for dairy prices will be somewhat brighter moving into the middle of 2019, with a much more bullish forecast possible if the U.S. and China can reach a trade agreement, according to Dan Basse, economist and president of AgResource Company.
Aside from the exciting anecdotes, Sports LANG also hosts weekly video podcasts via Zoom on Facebook Live featuring Ilonggo and Ilongga athletes all over the world every Sunday. Villaruz and Emel Maulas serve as the moderators. ### According to Villaruz, Sports Lang has already published several inspiring stories of Ilonggo and Ilongga athletes within just a month after it was created. “We would like to share inspiration and entertainment to Ilonggos amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic,” Villaruz said. “Iloilo will always be the home where sports can live and grow.” “Each Ilonggo athlete has inspiring stories to tell. We want them to share those with their fellow Ilonggos through Sports LANG,” said Villaruz. “The page aims to continually promote sports and champion the Ilonggo sporting personalities both in the past and present times who made names locally, nationally and internationally,” he added. De La Salle University Lady Spikers’ Aduke Ogunsanya; Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors’ Glaudine Trongcoso; NorthPort Batang Pier’s Juan Paolo Taha; and TNT KaTropa head coach Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena were among those who already guested in the podcast. Upcoming guests, on the other hand, include National University Lady Bulldogs cagers Kaye and Karl Ann Pingol from Pototan, Iloilo on Aug. 2, NLEX Road Warriors guard Kiefer Ravena on Aug. 9 and Philippine Army Lady Troopers star Jovelyn Gonzaga on Aug. 16. I would like to use this space to greet University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons women’s volleyball team middle blocker Lorie Lyn Bernardo a happy birthday. A group of sports enthusiasts in Iloilo City created a Facebook page dedicated to past and present Ilonggo and Ilongga athletes.Sports LANG page hopes to provide inspiration to future athletes of the city and Iloilo province, said Ilonggo sportsman Rodolfo Go Villaruz in an interview with the Buzzer Beater. The six-footer Bernardo is one of the kindest players in the Fighting Maroons squad of head coach Godfrey Okumu. She is also a gracious one when it comes to media interviews.Keep spreading your wings, Lorie!/PN
According to Natalie Lowman, ConocoPhillips Alaska’s Director of Communications, the COVID-19 pandemic was presenting a heightened risk to their North Slope workforce: “We are taking action to significantly reduce the number of personnel on the Slope in a managed fashion. To do this, we’ve made the decision to demobilize our rig fleet. Demobilizing our rig fleet means our drilling rigs will stop drilling and the rigs will be placed in long term storage. Wells in production will continue to produce oil. Given the high degree of uncertainty on how the situation plays out, we can’t say how long these measures will be in place.” This is the not the first change in services to the area from a major player in the Alaskan oil market. As previously reported by KSRM, BP Alaska previously announced one of their workers had tested positive and said they were eliminating nonessential activity on the North Slope. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ConocoPhillips Alaska announced that they will be demobilizing their drilling rig fleet on their North Slope fields, as a direct response to the threat posed by COVID-19. She added: “The health and well-being of our workforce, along with mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is our top priority. The preventative actions we’re taking in Alaska are primarily due to the remoteness and complexity of operating on the North Slope during the COVID pandemic.”
Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Terry Rozier is just here to get better.In Thursday’s Las Vegas Summer League nightcap, Rozier, James Young and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers 91-85 to advance to the quarterfinals — and the ex-Card played hero.Rozier netted the game’s final eight points, including back-to-back go-ahead jumpers within the last minute, one of which being a contested catch-and-shoot 3-pointer.The U of L product had 19 points on the game, bringing his averages to 13.1 points and 3.9 assists in seven games for the Celtics.Boston will face the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.Per a tweet from Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, the buzz in Vegas was that the Celtics reached a bit on Rozier, who was drafted 16th overall last month.Nevertheless, the two-year Cardinal told MassLive.com he’s not focused on proving doubters wrong.“I’m just learning the pace of the game,” he said. “The speed is kind of fast. Everybody is trying to make a roster, so I’m just learning the pace, just listening. It’s been a lot of fun playing.“I’m not here to prove anyone wrong. I’m just here to get better.”Rozier’s Clutch ThreeYoung, in his first Vegas summer league game, scored nine points for the Celtics. He had been sidelined due to a hip injury. Noah Vonleh, an IU product, had 20 points and nine boards for Portland.Wayne Blackshear failed to score in San Antonio’s 74-71 win over Brooklyn Thursday. The 6-5 guard is averaging 3.5 points in 7.5 minutes per game for the Spurs.Kentucky products Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin and Josh Harrellson propelled the Phoenix Suns into the quarterfinals as well, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 106-80.The trio combined to score 50 of the Suns’ 106 points, with Devin Booker and Goodwin netting 19 and 18, respectively, while Harrellson totaled 13. Booker was 7-for-13 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Goodwin and Harrellson each added six rebounds, and Josh, a 6-10, 175-pound big man, dished out a team-high five assists in just 14 minutes.In his first two summer league games, Booker shot 0-for-8 from the 3-point range and just 6-for-23 overall for a total of 16 points. The ex-Cat is averaging 18.5 points on 50-percent shooting from distance in his past two.Goodwin ranks in the top 20 in Vegas summer league scoring at 16.8 points while nabbing five boards per game at the guard spot.Harrellson, a fan favorite during his three seasons at UK, averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He had a 15-point, 9-rebound performance on Tuesday.[tweet https://twitter.com/Suns/status/621838347875430401%5DFrom Wednesday:No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns turned in his most impressive game on Wednesday, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, but the Minnesota Timberwolves dropped a 82-77 decision to Daniel Orton, Keith Bogans and the Trail Blazers.U of L’s Montrezl Harrell dropped 16 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Houston Rockets’ fell to the Bucks. Harrell’s averaging 14 points – scoring in a variety of ways – and 6.7 rebounds in three games.Trey Lyles had seven points and seven rebounds in a Jazz first-round loss, while Willie Cauley-Stein had six points and four boards in a Kings loss. Cauley-Stein, who’s been a menace on the defensive end for Sacramento, is totaling 11.2 points, 4.5 boards and 3.5 blocks per game. Lyles is at 9.6 points and five rebounds per.Kings summer league coach John Welch told Michael Pina of Sports on Earth that Cauley-Stein’s defensive ability is highlighted by his rim protection and pick-and-roll defense.“Willie has extremely quick feet,” Welch said. “He can get up on the pick-and-rolls. You can switch with him. It gives you a lot of options then at the rim, if someone gets beat he can take care of a lot of mistakes.”Louisville native and No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell scored eight points and dished out a game-high five assists for the LA Lakers Wednesday. UK’s Julius Randle had 17 points.
The Greenacres Mustangs eighth-grade team and the Elm Grove seventh-grade squad clinched shares of their respective district titles with victories Tuesday.The Mustangs defeated the Cope Cougars in a thrilling, hard-fought game at Airline Stadium that took three overtimes to decide. The game was tied at 8 after regulation, 16 after the first overtime and 24 after the second.Greenacres scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third overtime and then held the Cougars out of the end zone for a 32-24 victory. Cope dropped to 3-1 in district.Greenacres (4-0) can win the title outright with a victory over the Haughton Bucs at Haughton this Tuesday. Haughton defeated Benton to improve to 3-1.If Haughton defeats Greenacres and Cope defeats Rusheon, then the Bucs, Mustangs and Cougars will share the eighth-grade title. In the other eighth-grade game Tuesday, Elm Grove defeated Rusheon 24-0.The Elm Grove seventh-graders defeated Rusheon 32-6 to improve to 4-0 in district play. Haughton edged Benton 22-14, handing the Tigers their first loss. Haughton and Benton are both 3-1.Elm Grove will be undefeated district champion if it defeats Benton at Preston Crownover Stadium on Tuesday. Benton can claim a share of the title with a win. If Benton wins, Haughton can also win a share if it defeats Greenacres. In the other seventh-grade game Tuesday, Greenacres defeated Cope.At Airline Stadium, Greenacres took an 8-0 lead into the lockerroom at halftime. Cope tied the game in the third quarter on a quarterback sneak by Kyle McConathy and Bryan Marshall’s two-point conversion run.Frank Hamilton, Jakeldrick Thomas and Dre Robinson scored Greenacres’ TDs in the overtimes. Marshall and Thomas Williams scored for Cope.In the third overtime, the Mustangs forced the Cougars into a fourth-and-goal from the 10 with some good defensive play. McConathy’s pass was tipped in the back right corner of the end zone by a leaping Mustang and caught by a Cougar out of bounds.While backs from both teams ran the ball well, the game was a defensive struggle. Both teams had just over 100 yards rushing and about 150 total yards in regulation.Thomas Williams led Cope with 130 yards on 22 carries, including the overtimes. He also scored a conversion. Jamal Johnson had 60 all-purpose yards. Marshall rushed for 33 yards.Williams was also a standout on defense with 11 tackles. Brandon Marshall had nine tackles. Decameron Richardson made some big defensive plays, coaches said.Devarrick Woods, Deveon Carley, Frederick Manning and Makhi Tanner scored touchdowns in Greenacres’ seventh-grade win.Coaches also credited the defense with an outstanding effort in the shutout victory.At Benton, CJ McWilliams ran and passed for more than 100 yards and tossed four TD passes in Haughton’s eighth-grade victory.Tristan Sweeney caught two touchdown passes and ran for another. Keyshawn Davis had a TD reception and also picked off a pass. Matthew Whitten caught a touchdown pass.Antoine Ball scored a late touchdown, and Caden Wheeler returned an interception for a touchdown. Caleb Green also had an interception. Kilian Malena was a standout on defense, coaches said.The seventh-grade game was tight and not decided until the final minutes.De’mareya Howard scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a long pass from Peyton Stovall early in the fourth quarter. Howard broke several tackles along the way.Stovall also threw a touchdown pass to Jack Edwards. Dustin Phillips rushed for 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Jaden Osborne recovered a fumble late in the game.Haughton led 14-8 at the half, but Clint Lassiter swept around left end for a touchdown late in the third quarter to tie it. Lassiter, who has had an outstanding season, also scored Benton’s first TD. At Bossier’s Memorial Stadium, four Eagles scored touchdowns in Elm Grove’s eighth-grade victory.Zi Dooley scored on a 15-yard run, and Adam Johnson went in from 10 yards out. Drake Fontenot hit Gnoble Peterson with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Peterson also scored the final touchdown on a 70-yard fumble return.Coaches said Micah Roberts and Sonny Reed were standouts on the offensive line. Peterson and Peyton Lewis were defensive standouts, coaches said.Gabe Larry passed for one touchdown and ran for another in Elm Grove’s seventh-grade victory. Larry’s TD run covered 60 yards. 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CRICKET Canada president Ranjit Saini and organisers of the inaugural Global T20 Canada cricket tournament deserve to take a bow for the splendid effort made in staging an event of such magnitude. According to an excited Saini, “In many ways, GT20 has kindled hope of a new and vibrant Cricket Canada, you can take my word on it, a new cricket nation is in the making.”As expected and not surprisingly, there were itches but by the time the tournament climaxed at King City last Sunday, both Cricket Canada and league owner Gurmeet Singh of Mercuri Canada must have been pleased with the bold and exciting start in what promises to be years of fruitful entertainment for cricket-starved Torontonians.That the spectators chose the final day to come out in their numbers after disappointing attendance in the previous matches was quite understandable, taking into consideration the location of the ground and the times the matches were being played.The organisers were able to attract a galaxy of international stars, including West Indians Chris Gayle and Andre Russell plus banned Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner among others which should be considered a plus when so many leagues around the globe are staging tournaments of this nature.What was quite significant was the fact that Singh disclosed that he only acquired licence for the tournament in April and was contemplating whether he should go ahead with its first staging this year, taking into consideration the time factor, or wait until 2019. In the end, a decision was taken to go ahead this year since they were also assured of getting the “big name” players.The organisers also felt that North America was in dire need of a professional cricket league and it was essential to explore the market with the full understanding that profits wouldn’t be imminent and that they are prepared to sustain losses for at least the first three years.Originally set to be played at three venues, Cricket Canada and the organisers ruled out Sunnybrook and the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and instead settled for the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground, King City for the tournament which had the blessings of the International Cricket Conference (ICC).Sherfane Rutherford celebrates his brilliant undefeated 134.Prior to the commencement of the tournament, it was announced that the league had been conceptualised, designed, developed and managed by Mercuri Talent Management Pvt Ltd, an Indian company, with Cricket Canada, the official governing body for the sport in the country and that the two had entered into a 25-year Master Licensing Agreement which covers not just the Global T20 Canada, but also investment in developing the grassroots for the sport in the country.Saini had boasted then that “Twenty20 Major League Cricket has the potential to change Canadian cricket forever. It is a great challenge and Cricket Canada is ready to deliver a resounding success. That it did cannot be disputed, especially when several prior attempts never got off the ground.Mercuri had also made it clear that it was absolutely delighted to partner with Cricket Canada to contribute directly to aiding in the development of a world class Canadian national side. So it is not just about the league, but about the all-round development of the sport.As expected, since the officials were only using three pitches throughout the almost three weeks, some players and coaches were measured in their criticism of playing conditions, alluding to the fact that it was not quite world class. Nevertheless, there were several high-scoring encounters and it all boiled down in some instances to mind over matter.Still, frustration has come out at times. Montreal coach Tom Moody, whose team finished fifth in the six-team league, said that top-level batsmen are not accustomed to balls exploding off the pitch in front of their face.Former Pakistan fast bowling great Waqar Younis, who was coach of Winnipeg Hawks, while admitting there was definite need for improvement, complimented the organisers for a splendid job in putting the tournament together in such short time.Despite being runners-up, after going down to the star-studded Vancouver Hawks in the final, Cricket West Indies B were undoubtedly the talk of the tournament. Starting as the underdogs, the youthful side whose average age was 22 surprised all and sundry with some mouth-watering performances. After playing unbeaten in their first four games and suffering two consecutive losses, they stunned Chris Gayle’s Vancouver Knights with a last-ball victory in their first qualifying encounter which propelled them to the final.The victory was engineered by a fantastic unbeaten 134 by 19-year-old Guyanese Sherfane Rutherford whose 66-ball boundary-studded knock was spiced with 10 massive sixes and 11 fours and was the only century of the tournament.Inexperience finally took its toll on CWI B as they stuttered to defeat against the same opponents in the final, a loss that was by no means a disgrace, following their earlier exploits.The tournament organisers have promised that with more time to market the tournament next year, the possibility of starting shuttle services for fans from central points to King City is very much on the cards.Indications are that there will be no major change as far as venue is concerned for the next few years although ardent cricket fans are hoping that the organisers will be able to persuade officials of the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club into an agreement for the use of that facility which is more centrally located from downtown Toronto.Promises have also been made to construct a stadium but that seems far off at the moment but there’s no doubt Global T20 Canada is here to stay.