Cameron welcomes BCCI’s move to resume ties

first_imgMUMBAI, India, CMC – West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has hailed the resumption of bilateral ties with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), as the region prepares to host India in a four-Test series starting in July. The BCCI announced yesterday it had resumed relations with the WICB after resolving “outstanding issues” pertaining to the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago, when West Indies players quit the one-day tour over pay issues with their board. “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties,” Cameron said in a statement. “West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.” Last December, the WICB announced an agreement to play the four-Test series in the Caribbean, following discussions with BCCI president, Shashank Manohar. The agreement was a crucial step in the thawing of relations between the two bodies and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur yesterday underscored the importance of the upcoming series. “The BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours,” he said. “This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket.” The BCCI had moved swiftly to suspend relations with the WICB, following the abandoned tour which also led to the cancellation of the scheduled Test tour. An upset BCCI blamed the WICB for the abandonment and lodged a US$42 million claim for losses incurred due to the cancellation, and threatened legal action if the Caribbean board did not show how the amount would be settled. At the time, the BCCI labelled the Windies pullout a “monumental disaster” and said it had been faced with “huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners.” The BCCI has since waived the US$42 million claim.last_img read more

Midfielders ‘will score for Bafana’

first_img14 May 2010 Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is confident that South Africa’s midfielders will raise the tempo – and add to the team’s goal-scoring edge – during the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Speaking at the team’s hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on Thursday, the 25-year old star said: “[While] we need to go out as a team and do our best, I strongly believe that as midfielders it is also our duty to score more goals for the team.” During Bafana’s World Cup warm-up matches against local Brazilian teams recently, Tshabalala was a marvel to watch, scoring three goals for his goal-shy team. “I know that most Bafana supporters were excited with my performance in Brazil, so in that regard I know that I set myself a standard which I must sustain,” Tshabalala said. “The team’s supporters should expect to see more of my skills during the World Cup, but only if I can make it to the final line-up,” he added. Tshabalala, whose performances on the field lately could be rated with those of Brazilian star Robinho, said the team will start scoring more goals on Sunday, when they lock horns with little-known Thailand at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana defender Siboniso Gaxa said his main focus was representing the country during the soccer spectacular, adding that if he got selected to play overseas, it would be great. “If I manage to impress one of the European teams, it will be great news for me, but all I am thinking about is to offer my reliable solid defending skills to the national team,” Gaxa said. The no-nonsense Bafana Bafana defender said they were determined to win the match against Thailand on Sunday. “This is going to be a tough encounter for us … because we are expected to start playing as a team … taking no prisoners at the back as well as scoring more goals. “The World Cup is just around the corner, and we have to use these friendly matches to show that we have shaped up for the tournament,” he said. The unluckiest goalkeeper in the German Bundesliga, Rowen Fernandez of Arminia Bielefeld, said that, should he get a chance against Thailand, he would use the opportunity to impress Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Parreira has indicated that he will go to the World Cup with three goalkeepers. There are currently four goalkeepers in the camp: Itumeleng Khune, Moneeb Josephs, Shu-Aib Walters, and Fernandez. Fernandez, who has just come back from an injury, said: “I’ve recovered from my injury and I’ve been declared medically fit by the national team’s doctor. The only thing left is for me to regain my match fitness, and I’m looking forward to being in the final squad.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Library brings culture of reading

first_imgLearners from TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos pose proudly in front of the library that will help them read more. (Images: Musa Sibisi)Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.Learners and teachers at TT Lekalake Primary School in Batharos now have a mobile library that will help in their educational needs.Brand South Africa, in partnership with Shout SA and Breadline Africa, handed over the newly built and fully equipped mobile library on 29 January at Batharos in Northern Cape. Members of the community, parents as well as representatives from neighbouring schools attended the event in numbers.The National Development Plan holds that education is a prerequisite for South Africa’s development, and the community in Batharos encourages learners to be dedicated, studious and focused children in response to this.LEAST RESOURCED SCHOOL“This library is not only a facility for the learners of this school,” said Tumisang Rabi, the principal. “It is a resource for the community at large. It is impossible for a community to grow and improve without proper literacy skills.“This library will instil a love for reading in the smallest of children. It is very important for young children to learn to love reading, as this is a primary skill to ensure success not only in later grades, but also in life in general.”The 2014 Annual National Assessment results revealed that there was a significant gap between children reading, understanding and interpreting information.The library, combined with the commitment of learners and teachers, aims to bridge this gap at TT Lekalake – improving the academic results of the school and creating better opportunities for the learners as they progress into adulthood.Jade Orgill, the project manager at Breadline Africa, articulated the importance of the library.“This school is a government quintile 1 school, which means that they are the least resourced as per the government’s poverty quintile ranking. The lack of access usually translates into low literacy level such as is the case at TT Lekalake.“One of the positive measures currently in place is the learner development programme that has been initiated by the governing body, teachers and parents.”This programme is just one example of the active steps taken by the community of Batharos to improve the state of education in the district.COMPULSORY READING AT SCHOOLWhile the Department of Basic Education had instituted a compulsory reading period for all schools, teachers needed to set small goals for their learners throughout the year, which would contribute to the improvement of the literacy levels in the district, said the circuit manager of John Taoco Gaetsewe District, Mpho Malele.“Make reading a priority at home,” he said. “Initially the children will read slowly and get frustrated, but it is important to encourage them to persevere, because the more they read, the better they will read and the faster they will read.”Malele called on the community at large to play their part and support education initiatives in the community. “By attending school events, you are showing the children that you are committed and care about their education, which will instil the same values in them,” he stressed.Kabelo Mabalane reads to two learners during the launch.Musician and co-founder of Shout SA, Kabelo Mabalane, wrapped up the programme by calling on the children to stay in school, respect their teachers, and read. “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. We all need to play our part and develop a love of reading in our communities,” he concluded.last_img read more

a month agoMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeat

first_imgMoritz Leitner praises Norwich away supporters after Burnley defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner praised their away supporters, who stayed behind the team despite a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday.Burnly won thanks to Chris Wood’s early brace.”The support in every game since I’ve been here has been amazing,” he said. “We are really thankful, each and every player, even after a game like that they stayed behind us and tried to keep going. That’s amazing and it’s something special we have at this club. We will fight for them and I can only say thank you for the support in every minute of every game.”Leitner made a comeback from injury to feature at Turf Moor, replacing Alexander Tettey on the 12th minute, who had himself picked up a knock.”As a player, you always want to come back after injury but it’s not the most important thing,” he said. “The most important thing is the club, and today we had a bad day. We have to show a reaction.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth

first_imgCassidy Hubbarth at the ESPYs. Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN HotInstagram/HubbarthESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth is one of the network’s rising stars, there’s no doubt. Hubbarth, who joined the Worldwide Leader back in 2010, hosts NBA Tonight on ESPN2, works the desk for ESPN News and occasionally gets the look for SportsCenter. You’ll probably be seeing more of her in the near future, too.Where is she from? What has her career looked like? What are her interests? And is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About Cassidy Hubbarth Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

Two booked for harassing 20yrold girl in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A youth and his friend have been booked by police as they allegedly barged into a girl’s house after she rejected his marriage proposal. The accused broke open the door of house, misbehaved with family and threatened them with dire consequences if the proposal in not accepted. According to police, Pratima Singh (20), a student of final year in Diploma of Pharmacy at Delhi Institute of Pharmaceuticals science and research had been staying with her family in Sanjay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPratima’s father Arun Kumar Singh have alleged one Rahul Kumar for allegedly teasing their daughter after she rejected his marriage proposal. “Rahul had been studying with my daughter during her graduation in MMH college of Ghaziabad in 2015. Since her graduation, he had been following my daughter and trying to contact her through every possible way. My daughter had reported the matter to me several times and I also asked him to stay away from my daughter. However, on Tuesday late night, Rahul along with his friend allegedly barged into our house after breaking the back gate and misbehaved with family.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He used abusive words and fled away threatening us with dire consequences if my daughter do not accept his advances,” girl’s father said in a complaint. Meanwhile police have registered an FIR into the matter. “Based on complaint received, an FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 354, 452, 504, 506, 427 has been registered against two persons. No arrest has been made so far while police investigations are underway,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more

HC refuses to restrict media from publishing allegations against CJI

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the media from publishing allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former Supreme Court employee.A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani disposed the plea filed by an NGO saying that the top court is seized of the matter and various orders have been passed, including directing initiation of certain inquiry. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOnce the top court is seized of the matter interference in the matter by this court is not called for, the bench said. “We have considered the contentions advanced and we are of the considered view that when the issue is pending consideration before the Supreme Court in the suo motu writ petition…and the Supreme Court has already expressed itself…, judicial propriety and discipline require that this Court should not interfere in the matter at all, when the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”In view of the above we see no reason to make any indulgence in the matter and, accordingly, we refrain from exercising jurisdiction,” the high court said. During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General of India Maninder Acharya, appearing for the Centre, informed the court that the apex court is already seized of the matter and the question of restraining the media was raised before it. The NGO Anti Corruption Council of India had said publication of allegations against the CJI directly hit the Indian judicial system. The petition had sought immediate restriction on the media from further telecasting or publishing the allegations till conclusion of the three-judge panel’s inquiry.last_img read more

Bengals intellectuals call for Mamata as PM in unison

first_imgKolkata: Prominent intellectuals from Bengal stood by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in her fight against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, for dividing people on religious lines and damaging the secular fabric of the country.All the intellectuals who joined a programme at Kolkata Press Club on Tuesday with the slogan of ‘check the communal forces from unleashing a reign of terror in Bengal, an embodiment of communal harmony’, echoed the opinion that Banerjee is the only viable alternative in the country to fight Modi and his fellow BJP leaders, who carry with them a baggage of bigotry and intolerance. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe intellectuals also made it clear that they want to see the Trinamool supremo, who has the capability to ease the tension and fear prevailing among the people across the country, as the Prime Minister. They also strongly objected to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark that Bengalis have been turned to Kangals (beggars). Renowned artist Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya said: “Saffron is the colour of sacrifice. A political party with a saffron flag is trying to spark communal tension in Bengal. We came across a rally (one attended by Amit Shah) while coming here. Where are these people coming from? They certainly do not look like our fellow citizens. They were shouting objectionable slogans and showing gestures which the people here in Bengal are not familiar with.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We must prevent the extremism and intolerance triggered by some people in the state. They are coming from outside the state and maligning Bengal. Our Chief Minister had hinted many days ago at the attempts to spread communal tension, which is being witnessed now. These communal forces are targeting Banerjee as they are scared of her. We must build opinions and support her,” he added. Economist Abhirup Sarkar said that the saffron party has been trying to destroy institutions including the Reserve Bank of India, which gives an idea as to which direction our democracy is heading toward. “The institutions which are supposed to keep a vigil on the ‘Chowkidar’, have been destroyed,” said Sarkar. Well-known singer Kabir Suman said that they must lend support to the Chief Minister, who has given a clarion call to oust Modi. “They have seen a revolution in the development works initiated by her. BJP has waged a war and she must win to restore communal harmony,” the singer said. He also said that he would have slapped Shah, had he been present when the former had termed Bengalis as ‘Kangals’.last_img read more

Ohio State bullpen blows 40 lead to Iowa at Big Ten tournament

OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Credit: Nathan Rubinstein | Lantern photographerAfter being postponed the night before, the fourth-seeded Ohio State baseball team took the field against the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes trying to move two games closer to a Big Ten championship.Greg Beals’ team had been riding high coming into Friday winning 13 of its last 15 games. Senior starting pitcher John Havird retired Hawkeye after Hawkeye while the offense dug in and capitalized on nearly every presented opportunity. OSU tacked on two runs in the sixth, and sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt singled to straight-away center in the top of the ninth to pad the cushion for OSU, extending the lead to 4-0 over Iowa.However, the smooth-sailing through eight and one-half innings quickly capsized the Buckeyes in the bottom half of the ninth.After receiving eight scoreless innings from senior starter John Havird, OSU called upon sophomore reliever Seth Kinker to finish the game. Kinker, who entered the day with an ERA of 1.33, struggled right out of the gate as he faced the top of the Iowa order.The Hawkeyes strung together four consecutive hits to lead off the inning to cut the deficit to 4-1. Kinker forced senior catcher Daniel Moriel to ground into a double play which did allow one extra run to score. Sophomore first baseman Austin Guzzo singled up the middle to drive in a run and draw Iowa within one. With a runner on first and the score now 4-3, the Buckeyes called on senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei to come in and get the final out of the game. The first batter he faced, senior pinch-hitter Jimmy Frankos, was hit by a pitch, putting the winning run on first base. Redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos was the third reliever of the inning brought in to try and nail down this game. With runners on first and second, Pavlopoulos surrendered a single to redshirt junior Devin Pickett that tied the game up at four.Following a scoreless tenth inning from the Buckeyes, Iowa would load the bases on the strength of a four-pitch walk, a fielder’s choice bunt, and a hit-by-pitch. With a 1-1 count, junior infielder Mason McCoy singled to right center field to send the Hawkeyes home as winners, 5-4 in extras.For many, this harkened back to the demoralizing loss in the first round of last year’s Big Ten tournament with OSU pitted against Iowa. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, then OSU’s senior closer Trace Dempsey walked a batter and surrendered a walk-off two-run home run to Iowa’s senior infielder Nick Day. OSU was eliminated from the tournament on the next day against No. 6 seed Indiana.Against Iowa, John Havird gave up only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in eight scoreless frames while Iowa senior starting pitcher Tyler Peyton struck out five and issued no walks over seven innings of five hit, three run baseball. Peyton struck out five and walked none, but hit two batters with pitches. Neither starter factored into the decision.The Buckeyes will hope to stave off elimination and continue their run in this year’s Big Ten tournament where they will take on the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines at 10 p.m. on Friday. OSU defeated the Wolverines 8-3 on Wednesday night. read more

Quick Hits Ohio State football news and notes

First-year Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell lauded Buckeye Nation’s contribution to Saturday’s win against then-No. 12 Wisconsin and senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he thinks the offense could score 50 points against Indiana (1-8, 0-5) during a Tuesday press conference. Neither addressed the forthcoming decision from the NCAA regarding the football program’s rules violations, though a university spokeman told The Lantern Tuesday that the expected announcement date of the ruling is “hard to predict.” A nod to students Fickell began his remarks by thanking the OSU students and fans for helping create an atmosphere at Ohio Stadium that he said was “unbelievable.” “(I) wouldn’t want to start any other way but to thank the fans, the crowd and the students for an unbelievable atmosphere this weekend,” Fickell said. Fickell said he even needed he wife’s reassurance that the Horseshoe, which held 105,511 fans on Saturday, was as loud as he perceived it. “Sometimes, I had to get in the car afterward, ask my wife to make sure I saw and felt that atmosphere as well as it was,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if it was my heart that was pounding or the screams from the crowd, but it was an unbelievable atmosphere, unbelievable experience, just to be a part of something, obviously a game like that. But that’s what Ohio State football’s all about.” “Signature” win? Not a chance With the 33-29 win against the then-No.12 Badgers Saturday, Fickell clinched his second consecutive win against a ranked opponent. OSU beat then-No.16 Illinois, 17-7, on Oct. 15. Fickell rejected the notion that Saturday’s win was a “signature” win in his young career as a head coach, saying, “Every win is big.” “The way it was won, obviously, maybe that might mean something different, the atmosphere it was won in,” he said. “But still it goes down the same on the schedule — it goes down as a win.” Running the score up on Indiana The Indiana Hoosiers, which have allowed opponents to score 204 points combined in their last four games, could be in for more trouble Saturday. OSU senior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron said he wants the Buckeyes to score 50 points against the Hoosiers. “Yeah, I mean, you gotta look at it that way. Whatever we could do to put points on the board,” Herron said. “I think it’s possible. It’s definitely possible.” All crickets on the NCAA front After its Aug. 12 hearing with the NCAA in Indianapolis regarding the football program’s infractions, the university originally expected the final ruling to arrive sometime during the Buckeyes’ four-game stretch between Oct. 8, when they traveled to Nebraska, and this Saturday’s home game against Indiana. There was no mention Tuesday of the NCAA violations, or when the ruling would be handed down. In a Tuesday email to The Lantern, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said that since additional violations were considered by the NCAA after the Aug. 12 hearing, “We (OSU and the NCAA) are no longer on the same timetable.” As a result, Lynch said in the email that it is difficult for him to predict when the ruling will be announced. read more