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

Picture special: See some of the happy Donegal fans in Cavan!

first_imgDONEGAL SUPPORTERS were singing into the night in Cavan as they saw their team reach another Ulster final.For the eighth time in nine years Donegal will march behind the band for the final after a 1-16 to 0-15 win at Breffni Park.Jamie Brennan’s early goal gave Donegal the platform and Declan Bonner’s men were excellent as they booked a place in the decider. A crowd of 13,579 was in attendance.Evan Logan was there to capture some of the happy Donegal faces …Picture special: See some of the happy Donegal fans in Cavan! was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Ulster SFCDeclan BonnerdonegalMichael MurphyTyronelast_img read more

Spur, Relate partner to help mothers

first_imgBy purchasing a Relate Bracelet at R34 you contribute to women and child development in the country. (Image: Spur Foundation)The pride of many African families is securing their children a future through education, and the Spur Foundation and Relate Bracelets is helping people to achieve this.Research conducted by The Clothing Bank, a Spur Foundation partner, asking 100 women in South African townships how their lives had changed since they had a steady income, resoundingly showed that their quality of living was vastly improved. And while their lives had improved generally, the one aspect that made all of them proud was that they could provide a better education for their children.With this in mind, the Spur Foundation is working with Relate Bracelets on an endeavour to raise R750 000. The cash will be used to set up micro franchises that will empower single mothers to earn a living and so afford a better education for their children.The aim of the campaign is to reiterate the values of the late Nelson Mandela by getting 67 000 people to help change the lives of South African families. People are encouraged to buy a Relate Bracelet for R30 from the Spur family of brands – Spur Steak Ranches, Panarottis and John Dory’s.“It’s already proven to be a remarkably successful campaign in a short space of time, as more than 30 000 bracelets have sold,” said Neil Robinson, the chief executive of Relate Bracelets. “The fact that so many bracelets have sold in a matter of weeks is an incredible success story for Relate, and it shows that there is a huge consumer appetite for helping others.”TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECTThe women who do the beadwork for the bracelets, are mostly pensioners, and many of them care for children orphaned by Aids. The young packers and closers, however, benefit the most as they are prepped for life outside the Spur Foundation initiatives.“But they also help the cause they are sold in aid of, in our case the Spur Foundation and the beneficiaries we support. So a small spend goes a long way,” said Ronel van Dijk, the chairperson of the Spur Foundation.Once 67 000 bracelets have been sold, the Spur Foundation will use the money to focus on early childhood development and empowering South African families.“We want to use funds raised for early childhood development, but we recognise that there are many single mothers out there in the townships who cannot afford quality education for their children. What we would like to do is utilise funds to develop a franchising model for townships for a food offering that will enable single mothers to earn a living and to pay for quality education for their children,” she added.GIVING TO SINGLE MOTHERSWorking with organisations like the Asha Trust and The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator, the Spur Foundation has learned that about 70% of children in townships are being brought up by single mothers or grandmothers, with little or no help from the fathers.“The franchisees will predominantly be young mothers and the income they earn from the micro franchises we help them empower themselves to set their children up for a better education, and life, by being able to send them to early childhood development centres – also franchised by The Clothing Bank’s Micro Franchise Accelerator,” Van Dijk said.The Spur Foundation believes this will be a long-term partnership, with the micro franchises first rolled out carefully in selected areas and later countrywide once the model proves itself.“What if,” Robinson asked, “every employed South African spent just R35 on one bracelet each year? That would mean close to a quarter of a billion rand towards these causes annually, with this easy to do, small spend impacting on our country in a big way. It could result in a big dent in our country’s problems.”last_img read more

The Empty Shop is filled with promise

first_imgThe mannequins are clothed daily with the clothes donated for those who would like to buy the clothes for a worthy cause at reasonable prices. (Image: My Joburg)If you are stuck with a cupboard full of clothes you don’t wear anymore, there’s a great way to get rid of them while doing a worthy cause.Sandton City, the upmarket retail mall, and McCann Johannesburg, a brand development agency, have partnered again to bring the global charity initiative, The Empty Shop, to Johannesburg. It’s the second time the campaign is being held; in 2014, it collected over four tons of clothes.CHARITY AND FASHIONFrom 28 October to 15 November, members of the public are encouraged to drop off clothes at the pop-up shop in Sandton City, where the clothes are styled on mannequins for the day before being removed for storage when the day is over.This year, children’s educational toys and books have been added to the collection. On 14 and 15 November, selected items go on sale. People can buy the donated items that catch their eye, at affordable prices.All proceeds, as well as the unsold items, will be donated to the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation that supports orphaned and vulnerable children throughout their educational journey. Through a holistic education that focuses on academic and life skills, the Tomorrow Trust empowers these youngsters to reach their full potential.“The 2014 Empty Shop project was a phenomenal success and we are very excited to host the initiative for a second time, in partnership with McCann Johannesburg,” said Julie Hilary, the general manager of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.“Through The Empty Shop, we are able to assist people we may never have reached. Last year The Empty Shop collected four tons of clothing, exceeding the 3.2 ton record set by Brazil, which was truly humbling for all involved. To date, more than R600 000 has been raised from the clothing sold at Hospice Wits stores.”The shop concept was pioneered in 2013 at the Villalobos Mall, in São Paulo, Brazil. Other cities that have hosted The Empty Shop include Milan, Berlin, Austin, Manchester, Buenos Aires and Riga.Situated in the Checkers Court in Sandton City, The Empty Shop will open and operate during Sandton City’s trading hours, from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 8pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 6pm.“The Empty Shop has demonstrated that everyone can play a role, no matter how small, in making a difference,” said Karabo Denalane, the managing director of McCann Johannesburg. “Our vision at McCann is to help brands play a meaningful role in people’s lives, and it’s projects like these that allow us to reach our goal and potential.”last_img read more

First time voters in South Africa speak out

first_imgShe was motivated to register to vote in the upcoming local elections because she hoped South Africa would be a better country than it was today, said 19-year-old Sisipho Luyanda Stuurman from King William’s Town in Eastern Cape. She will be voting for the first time.“It is important to vote because if you vote, you will be involved in the development of your country and voicing your choices,” she said.Stuurman is studying tourism and events management at the Central University of Technology in Free State.While she said services in her home town were efficiently delivered, she felt service delivery in the country needed improvement. “South Africa’s service delivery needs to be worked on because people with disadvantaged backgrounds are supposed to be taken care of, and not only be thought of once elections are around the corner.”Magauta Ntsoeu from Welkom in Free State said those who were proudly South Africans should vote. “Voting isa way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard,” she said. “I am going to vote so that I effect change. That’s what motivated me to register.”She said the municipality in her area provided efficient services. “Spending money on education and providing jobs for those who are unemployed, as well as improving infrastructure, I think our government is playing an important role in our lives,” she said.According to the Independent Electoral Commission, about 48% of all registered voters are under 40 years old.By age, +- 48% of all voters on #2016MunicipalElections voters’ roll are under 40 years of age (12.7 million). pic.twitter.com/D4XtKwf9ux— IEC South Africa (@IECSouthAfrica) June 2, 2016 Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Gorakhpur tragedy: CM Adityanath raised caution flag during previous visits

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Ministers have claimed that officials did not discuss the crisis in oxygen supply during his visit to the BRD medical college hospital in Gorakhpur on August 9.While the minute details of his interaction with the doctors there are unknown, during his visit Mr. Adityanath inspected the Japanese Encephalitis/Acute Encephalitis Syndrome ward.Mr. Adityanath had also cautioned doctors that no patient should die due to lack of medical care. “He instructed doctors that patients should receive better treatment and no patient should die due to lack of medical care [upchaar ka abhaav],” said the government statement issued on Wednesday evening.Nine children died in the hospital that day, including two in the AES ward. Twenty-one children died on August 7 and 8, including five in the AES ward, prior to his visit.The figure took a big jump on August 10 when 23 children died. The government admitted that the supply of oxygen was interrupted on the night of August 10 but stressed that no deaths were caused due to this or during the period when oxygen supply was hit.Inspections conductedOn Wednesday, Mr. Adityanath conducted a bed-to-bed inspection of the wards, unveiled a 10-BED ICU and six-bed CCI wards. He also inaugurated a CCU ward for critical children affected by JE and AES.According to the government, Mr. Adityanath had also inspected the emergency ward, infant ward, and ICU and checked on the availability of medicines.Mr. Adityanath later conducted a review meeting with health officials and doctors from Gorakpur and Basti divisions. Incidentally, he had made another visit to the hospital on July 9.last_img read more