Good luck, but fight harder, West Indies!

first_imgDear Editor,First, congratulations to the West Indies for making it to the World Cup 2019. However, there are some gaps in the team. We need an experienced wicket taking spinner to bowl the middle overs, even opening the batting if needed. The great Chris Gayle’s fitness and age seem to have taken its toll on the Universe Boss. Sunil Narine may be the best candidate for recall, especially since his batting has improved also, but he has to get his action cleared. Shai Hope has to increase his scoring rate, while Bishoo has to air the ball more, and bowl more accurately. Shimron Hetmyer is one of my favourite young batsmen, and we hope he makes use of his undoubted talents and makes it all the way to the top.Some sort of amnesty must be worked out to get match winners like with Pollard, the Bravo brothers, Simmons, Badree, Russell and others who are definitely more suited for One Day cricket. Also, why is Phil Simmons not a part of the West Indian management outfit? Simmons had proved his coaching ability with assisting lesser teams, most recently Afghanistan in reaching the World Cup qualifiers, despite all odds.We hope West Indies will compete hard and effectively. Hopefully win, if possible, although that is very unlikely. The other team members cannot leave everything to the captain Holder. The fact that he had to summon Evin Lewis from the pavilion to take the field to qualify to open West Indies batting, and step up in all roles when his team fails, happens too often. Every player needs to pull his weight. Cricket remains a game of glorious uncertainties, so step up Windies, the entire Caribbean will be rallying around you!Sincerely,Albert Baldeolast_img read more

Temps could break records this week

first_imgThis year, nothing could be better for local area farmers and ranchers, not to mention wildfire fighters, provided it comes with little or no lightning and extends over the entire Peace/Liard region.So far, the airport station has recorded only 2.8 millimeters of rain this month and only 46.1 mm since the first of June. The local area average for June and July combined is 140.8 millimeters.As for the forest fires, the province-wide burn area this fiscal year is now estimated at just over 215,000 hectares, with more than 72 per cent of it still listed as in the Prince George Fire Centre. After finishing June with record highs on three of the last four days of the month, the local airport weather station has yet to post a daily record in July.However, that could change today or tomorrow with the forecast calling for highs of 27 C today and 29 C tomorrow.The current records for July 7 and 8 are 27.3 C and 29.8 C — both set in 2010 — and, if the forecast is accurate, we could set new records on both days this year, without matching last Thursday’s high.That was 30.4 C and it just missed the July 2 record of 30.7 C recorded in 2006.- Advertisement -Meantime, the forecast also calls for another drop in temperature on Thursday, with a high of only 23 C, and the possibility of a double digit rainfall total.However, the chances of that total approaching the local area precipitation record are slim, as this coming Thursday is also the 43rd anniversary of the wettest day of this month in the airport station’s recorded history.Again we note, those records date back to 1942, and it was July 9 of 1972 that the station posted a rainfall of 60.2 millimeters — or nearly two and half inches.Advertisementlast_img read more