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Badree’s plea: WI need help

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”last_img read more

A playground providing opportunities for youngsters

first_imgProject Playground strives to foster capable individuals through running life orientation programmes in a safe and nurturing environment.(Image: Project Playground)Brand South Africa attended a fundraising event in October 2017 hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in support of Project Playground.Project Playground is a Swedish-South African non-profit organisation founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg. Their mission was to give youngsters between the ages of four and 18 better opportunities in life through recreational and educational activities.The project currently helps about 750 youngsters in the Western Cape townships of Langa and Gugulethu.Attending the fundraiser, Brand South Africa CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela spoke of the long-standing relations between Sweden and South Africa. “Swedish-South Africa links go as far back as the 1960s when a countrywide Swedish anti-apartheid movement was founded in support of the struggle for liberation.”In true Play Your Part spirit, Sweden contributed a great deal to bringing about positive change in South Africa, and the relations between Sweden and South Africa have continued beyond the struggle for liberation. They now include partnerships that address other socio-economic and political challenges – children’s rights being one of them.Project Playground strives to champion children’s rights through various life orientation programmes. The project provides a safe environment where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the desire to positively improve their own life. It is hoped that by making available good role models for the children, Project Playground can nurture capable and assured individuals.Project Playground is a sanctuary away from the insecurity that characterises many of the children’s lives. Life orientation is achieved by means of team sports, dance, music, art, and drama, among other activities.The 50 staff members are highly dedicated to the project’s vision and mission. Through regular staff development programmes the team is able to gain knowledge in their specific areas of specialisation in the organisation. This means that the children’s interactions with their mentors is effective because they have a comprehensive view of the child’s environment and represent a continuous and secure contact throughout the child’s upbringing.Project Playground is a wonderful demonstration of how individuals and collectives can come together and play their part for the greater good of their society.Visit the Project Playground website to find out more about how this organisation is playing its part and how you can get involved in helping children in South Africa reach their potential.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Court quashes Pune builder D.S. Kulkarni’s interim bail plea

first_imgA special court on Wednesday rejected the interim bail plea of developer Deepak S. Kulkarni, who is accused of defrauding thousands of investors in the State.Special court judge J. T. Utpat passed the directive quashing Mr. Kulkarni’s bail plea. The developer and his wife, Hemanti, now face the prospect of arrest.It now remains to be seen whether officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) will take the builder into custody, or if he will move the Bombay High Court for bail.Mr. Kulkarni, known as DSK, is facing a rash of fraud complaints by investors in Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur. FIRs have been lodged against him in Pune and Mumbai, while the EOW has raided his properties and offices in both cities.Mr. Kulkarni and his wife were granted temporary respite last week after Judge Utpat directed the police to refrain from arresting them as the prosecution had yet to present its arguments.last_img read more

Perigean Spring Tides putGoa on alert

first_imgThe Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) issued an alert saying that tidal waves may be above normal in low lying areas in the State owing to Perigean Spring Tides. The INCOIS said that the high tides would lash the State between Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 11. p.m. and 2 a.m. The State government in a press release on Tuesday advised people residing in low lying areas such as Mormugao, Panaji and Vasco da Gama to remain alert.last_img

Four Kashmiri-origin women students booked for sedition in Rajasthan for social media posts over Pulwama attack

first_imgThe Rajasthan police on Sunday booked four women paramedical students of Kashmiri origin under sedition charges for allegedly posting on social media pictures of their purported celebration of the Pulwama terror attack.An FIR was registered at Jaipur district’s Chandwaji police station based on a complaint lodged by authorities of the National Institute of Medical Sciences, a private university where the students are studying.The university has also suspended the second-year students.Jaipur (Rural) Superintendent of Police Harendra Kumar said the FIR was registered under Sections 124-A (sedition) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the IPC and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act.“A senior officer is probing the matter,” he said.last_img read more

Will missing out on the World Cup kill US soccer … or save it?

first_imgShare on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp So, stronger? No. What the confounding 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday will do is accelerate by nine months a process of hand-wringing, navel-gazing, retirements and resolutions to make structural changes that probably would have occurred next summer anyway. It is hard to believe that a mediocre group of players under Bruce Arena’s monochrome management would have made it very far in Russia.Other than that, and reducing the chances of any more radioactive “why soccer is un-American” columns from Ann Coulter, there can be no benefits to losing an invitation to the party.It’s impossible to say just how harmful the US’s absence will prove because of the lack of recent precedents. Next year’s World Cup finals will be the first without American involvement since 1986. That’s 10 years before the inaugural season of Major League Soccer transformed the landscape. In the mid-80s the team included part-timers and players more used to the indoor format.The magnitude of the shockwave on Tuesday night is a reflection of how far soccer in the US has developed in the past three decades. But if a solid platform means that publicity, attention and reputation are less vital than they were 10 or 20 years ago for a sport that’s facing obstacles to continued growth rather than an existential crisis, that very progress underlines why failing to make the tournament now is so unacceptable.The US was part of the World Cup furniture; a familiar, solid, comfortable piece. Not especially ornate; but an absence that will be noticed in Russia. The Americans had become such a fixture every four years, and Concacaf’s qualification such a simple test, that it is more eyebrow-raising to see them missing from Russia than to anticipate a tournament without the Netherlands.Yet anyone expecting swift accountability and humility from US soccer’s key figures would have been disappointed (though perhaps not surprised). More than 24 hours after the trauma in Trinidad, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati – the man chiefly responsible for hiring Arena and appointing then culling his predecessor, Jürgen Klinsmann – had not resigned. Nor had Arena.England are a shrivelled side these days, but even there, Roy Hodgson had quit after the Euro 2016 loss to Iceland before the sound of the Viking clap was done echoing in his ears. “You don’t make wholesale changes based on the ball being two inches wide or two inches in,” a tone-deaf Gulati told reporters straight after the T&T defeat, sounding every inch the calm, ruminative economics lecturer that he is, curiously enough, when he’s not being an unpaid volunteer who directs a non-profit governing body that’s reportedly sitting on $100m.But you should make wholesale changes after failing to prosper in one of the planet’s least-challenging qualification formats, a blunder marking a nadir after several years of uneven but palpable decline. Four years ago the US topped their qualifying group with seven wins from 10 games. They won the qualifying group for the 2010 and 2006 World Cups, too.Dominance built buzz. Viewing parties in a Chicago park attracted 20,000 fans per game in 2014. Television ratings were strong (even if they only amounted to about 7% of the population watching the big games).Christian Pulisic, the US’s best player in the qualifying campaign, was poised for a mainstream breakout. Now, as SI.com reports, Fox Sports, the US rights holder for 2018, is expected to try to mitigate the inevitable decline in viewership with a redoubled emphasis on Mexico and overseas superstars such as Lionel Messi.Instead of acting as US Soccer’s quadrennial marketing opportunity, the tournament will cement America’s status as football’s greatest multicultural marketplace. It’s not that there isn’t a thriving soccer culture in the US; it’s that the environment is diverse, crowded and not fully centered around the national side as it is in most other countries. It’s entirely possible to be deeply passionate about the sport while maintaining only a passing interest in the US national team and MLS.Last year’s Copa América Centenario, more PR gimmick than prestige event, attracted an average crowd in excess of 46,000 despite high ticket prices. The US’s quarter-final win over Ecuador in Seattle drew 47,322 and was by far the worst-attended of the four games in the round.Instead of looking forward to 14 June, when the tournament kicks off in Moscow, American anticipation will center on the day before, when Fifa decides the hosts of the 2026 tournament. Spoiler alert: the joint US, Canada and Mexico bid is almost certain to get the nod ahead of Morocco.Given 2026, Gulati’s influence within Fifa, the US Department of Justice’s 2015 corruption investigations, the excellence of the women’s team and the country’s appeal to national and club sides enticed by its facilities, wealth, size and untapped potential, the US is and will remain an influential country regardless of how its men perform on the pitch.The relevant question, then, is not new, just more pointed now: how does the US graduate from hosting elites to joining them?Only 15 months ago the aim was for the US to ascend from regional power to global force, with Klinsmann targeting the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. “Things are definitely moving in the right direction. Our goals are challenging but achievable,” he told CNN. Four months later he was sacked after the final qualifying phase began with losses to Mexico and Costa Rica. It concluded a five-year stint in which Klinsmann set lofty standards which he and his players mostly failed to reach.In place of a clear vision of tactics and youth development there was a rose-tinted fog of good intentions. He challenged America’s best players to show they could compete with the world’s finest; on Tuesday they were outfought by the worst team in their qualifying group. As for bringing through young talent: of Arena’s 23-man squad in Trinidad, 14 were older than 30. The 19-year-old attacker, Pulisic, was the only player under 22.Would lowered expectations – a return to the old hallmarks of spirit, solidity, athleticism and organization rather than a more ambitious emphasis on stylish play and dazzling individual expression – in fact herald better results? Is only a moderate squad overhaul required, or are the five years before Qatar 2022 enough time to effect a total rebuild that places the emphasis on youth development and shrugs off short-term results with a view to securing medium- and long-term success?That reaching the World Cup finals became so routine may have flecked US Soccer from boardroom to field with a hint of the arrogance and entitlement of the traditional old-world powers, without the results, coaching structure, strong domestic league or effective youth system that would merit such self-assurance.The country clearly has the resources and potential for greatness, but right now the old underdog identity that served them well in the past seems like a more natural fit. Klinsmann’s blueprint was an Icarus project. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Read more World Cup 2018 qualifiers US sports USA’s World Cup failure was a catastrophe years in the making features USA Could the US ultimately emerge from the wreckage of its failed attempt to reach the 2018 World Cup finals as a bigger power?“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” striker Jozy Altidore wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night.He might have added that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you miss out on millions of dollars of sponsorship and prize money, an incalculable amount of free publicity, invaluable experience for young players, expanding the fanbase, enhancing international credibility and leveraging the only way to achieve a mass domestic television audience.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Parliament Hosts Kiddie’s Treat

first_imgChildren enjoy the bounce-about at the kiddies’ treat held at the Houses of Parliament parking lot, 81 Duke Street, Kingston, on December 20. A little girl enjoys a mechanical bull ride at a kiddies treat held at the Houses of Parliament parking lot, 81 Duke Street, Kingston, on December 20. A little boy shows off his jumping skills in a bounce-about, during a kiddies’ treat held at the Houses of Parliament parking lot, 81 Duke Street, Kingston, on December 20.last_img

GulfNav Eyes Expansion in Northern Emirates

first_imgzoom Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding (GulfNav) is looking to expand its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates with a set of maritime activities under the GNH Northern Project.A consortium consisting of GulfNav and two members of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) group, namely, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group and Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, has started to review and finalize the plans for the start of the project.GulfNav said that the maritime activities would include ship building, ship repair and offshore platforms, equipment and services, logistics, marine specialized operations and global mobile ship repair and services including a float and during voyage.The GNH Northern project will be developed in three phases and as part of future business expansion and growth conceived and approved by the board of Directors of GNH under its “change and transformation” plans, which intends development and expansion of GNH’s infrastructure in the northern coast and deep waters areas including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Indian subcontinent, Eastern Africa and the Red Sea.The first phase of the project will include development and upgrade of capacity of existing facilities and a Floating Dock, as well as the development of specialized mobile cranes working remotely for all types of ships and offshore platforms.“We are working on creating partnerships as part of GNH’s global expansion and development strategy and to establish ourselves are market leaders in all areas of the maritime sector and to diversify sources of our income and create value for our shareholders,” Khamis Juma Buamim, GNH Board Member, MD & GROUP CEO said.last_img read more