Led by a solid half-century from Andre McCarthy, Jamaica Scorpions made a positive start to their WICB First-Class Championship clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.McCarthy, batting a number four, scored 92 as the Scorpions, electing to bat, closed the day on 230 for seven.McCarthy, the former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who last season was in and out of the side after a series of low scores, hit two sixes and two fours in a knock that lasted close to 31/2 hours.His innings, which laid the platform for a rally after the Scorpions, had sunk to 126 for five, saw McCarthy displaying a foray of entertaining on and offside shots. This included two huge sixes off left-arm spinner, Alston Bobb, which went over wide mid-on boundary and into the north stand.However, sitting on 92 for over close to 20 minutes, he eventually fell short of triple figures when he played around a straight ball from left-arm seamer, Kenroy Peters, and was adjudged leg before wicket.He was dismissed with the score on 214, a knock which came after he had put on a fighting 88 with David Bernard Jr for the sixth wicket.Bernard Jr, who throughout the partnership largely played an anchor role, finished the day on 32 not out, while with him is leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who is yet to score.”I went out there and tried to apply myself and wanted to get the team in a nice position going into the second day. However, I got out for 92, which is not acceptable,” explained McCarthy.”I feel disappointed in myself knowing that in nine first-class cricket matches I am yet to score a century, and this should have been it. But I guess I will just have to put that behind me now and focus on the second innings, where if I get the chance I hope to do better.”Earlier, Jamaica, after again leaving out West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman, Chadwick Walton, as well as fast bowler Nicholson Gordon, got off to a slow start.This was after the dismissal of young captain Paul Palmer Jr, who faced three balls before being caught at slip off towering fast bowler, Mervin Matthews, for zero.It was the third failure for the 23-year-old Palmer Jr in as many innings, having made a one-ball duck and a 77-ball against Barbados in the team’s opener at Kensington Oval.However, thanks to a 70-run second wicket stand between opener John Campbell and Kirk Edwards, the Scorpions were able to rally. Campbell made 48, while Edwards got 24.All-rounder Liam Sebastien, with five for 53 off 20 overs, led the way for the visitors. He dismissed Campbell and Carlton Baugh Jr, who made eight, leg before wicket, and Edwards and Brandon King, 17, caught at bat pad. His other victim, Nikita Miller, also went out caught, close to the wicket for eight.
WASHINGTON – The nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general encountered resistance on Friday, with Democratic senators suggesting for the first time that they might oppose Mukasey if he did not make clear that he opposed waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques that have been used against terrorism suspects. The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, joined in the expressions of concern about Mukasey. Specter said in an interview on Friday that the nomination could hinge on Mukasey’s written responses to questions posed to him this week about the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies, including its use of interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which simulates drowning, and about his larger views on executive power. At his Senate confirmation hearings last week, Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, declined to say whether he agreed with many lawmakers and human rights groups that waterboarding is a form of torture and is unconstitutional. He said he did not know the details of how waterboarding, which has been used by the CIA against senior leaders of al-Qaida, was conducted. In waterboarding, interrogators pour water onto cloth or cellophane that has been placed over the face of a suspect, creating the sensation of drowning. In an initial letter to the Judiciary Committee that was dated Wednesday and made public Friday, Mukasey repeated the assertion he had made at his confirmation hearings that torture was unconstitutional and a violation of American obligations under international treaties. But once again, he did not address the question of whether waterboarding was torture. In the letter, he also repeated his suggestion that the administration’s program of eavesdropping without warrants was legal despite criticism by lawmakers that it violated terms of federal surveillance laws. Specter said he hoped Mukasey would offer satisfactory responses, especially about his views on waterboarding. “I think now that he has had a chance to know exactly what waterboarding is, my expectation would be that – like everyone else – he would condemn it,” the senator said. “But he’s got to speak for himself.” Bush complained Friday that Democratic leaders in Congress were acting too slowly on Mukasey’s nomination, as well as on several pieces of legislation. He noted that the Senate had failed to approve the nomination “even as members complain about the lack of leadership at the Department of Justice.” On Tuesday, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Mukasey asking him to make a clear-cut statement of opposition to waterboarding and to describe it as illegal. On Thursday, the majority leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, was asked by a reporter if Mukasey should be confirmed in light of his failure to make a statement of opposition to waterboarding. “We’ll have to wait and see,” Reid said, adding that he was “troubled” by Mukasey’s testimony last week about waterboarding. “I think if he doesn’t change his direction in that regard, he could have at least one concern. And that’s me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Until this week, the nomination of Mukasey to replace Alberto R. Gonzales as attorney general appeared to be a sure thing. Many Democratic lawmakers say privately that he is still likely to be confirmed, given the need for leadership in the Justice Department after months of turmoil. Apart from Specter, no Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have raised public doubts about the nomination. But Mukasey’s sometimes awkward responses at his confirmation hearings to a series of questions about his views on the administration’s anti-terrorism policies and its expansive views of its wartime powers under the Constitution prompted the first significant expressions of concern about the nomination from some lawmakers. “A number of issues need clarification,” Specter said in a telephone interview on Friday. “I’m troubled by the depth of his assertion of executive powers.” Spector said he was worried specifically about whether Mukasey would advise President George W. Bush to disregard acts of Congress, including a proposed law that would limit the ability of the White House to conduct electronic eavesdropping. “I don’t know that I would confirm a guy who is going to say that he’d advise the president that he has the constitutional authority to ignore a deal he has made with Congress on a specific provision” of a law, Specter said in reference to the eavesdropping legislation.