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WICB to prioritise fast bowling


first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it wants to stage a series of fast bowling camps as part of a plan to rekindle an area of the game that has been struggling in recent years. WICB director of cricket, Richard Pybus, made the announcement at the conclusion of the 10-round Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional four-day Tournament on Monday. The WICB is pondering the introduction of an off-season training programme targeting fast bowlers after spinners dominated the just ended four-day tournament. “We are prioritising and looking at some camps for our fast bowlers, possibly some measures off season to prioritise fast bowling in the four-day competition,” said Pybus in an interview with WICB media. “This is going to be central to us getting that back at the heart of West Indies cricket again.” Spinners featured prominently during the tournament, including the top wicket- taker, Jamaican  spinner Nikita Miller, who had 65 scalps in nine matches. “The competition has been still dominated too much by the spin bowlers,” said Pybus. “That is something that we will have to seriously address during the off season to make sure that we are prioritising the fast bowlers.” Guyana’s Leon Johnson, with 807, scored the most runs for the season, followed by Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, who scored 719 — though from two matches less. Guyana’s Vishal Singh and Barbados’ Royston Chase were other players who scored over 700 runs. “I think something which is exceptionally positive is the quality of the batting. We are getting a consistency in the scoring,” said Pybus. “We got a core group of young players who have put their hand up all the way through the competition. We are getting consistent with hundreds being scored. Volume of hundreds and volume of runs which I think is very positive.” Guyana Jaguars were crowned champions of the R4Day for the second straight year. They finished with 149 points — seven clear of nearest rivals Barbados Pride — to regain the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional first-class supremacy. “The first season of the PCL was very rushed and the systems we wanted to put in place to be able to support it were not where we wanted them to be,” he said. “So this year is closer to where I would like to see the system in terms of providing support to the players and the structure of the season regarding the off season programmes for the players.”last_img read more


UN climate talks extend Kyoto Protocol


first_img11 December 2012Countries meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) that ended in Doha, Qatar on the weekend agreed on a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015, and launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.They further agreed on a path to raise the necessary ambition to respond to climate change, endorsed the completion of new institutions, and agreed on ways to deliver scaled-up climate finance and technology to developing countries.The Kyoto Protocol, the only existing and binding agreement under which developed countries commit to cutting greenhouse gases, has been amended so that it will continue as of 1 January 2013. The first commitment period ends on 31 December 2012. The length of the second commitment period will be eight years.The agreement came two days after Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa delivered South Africa’s country statement to the conference, urging the delegates to use the Doha talks to find a global solution to the current climate change crisis.“South Africa views the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as the cornerstone of the Doha agreement” Molewa said.From the outset, South Africa was clear that a strengthened international climate regime was needed to ensure global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent climate change from undermining development of the African continent.Governments have agreed to speedily work toward a universal climate change agreement covering all countries from 2020, to be adopted by 2015, and to find ways to scale up efforts before 2020 beyond the existing pledges to curb emissions so that the world can stay below the agreed maximum 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise.Governments also agreed at the Doha summit on the completion of new infrastructure to channel technology and finance to developing nations.Korea has been endorsed as the location of the Green Climate Fund and the work plan of the Standing Committee on Finance. The Green Climate Fund is expected to start its work in Sondgo in the second half of 2013, which means it will be able to launch activities in 2014.In terms of long-term finance, developed countries were encouraged to increase their efforts to provide finance between 2013-15 at the average annual level with which they provided funds during the 2010-2012 “fast-start” finance period.Governments will in the meantime continue a work programme on long-term finance during 2013 under two co-chairs to contribute to the ongoing efforts to scale up the mobilisation of climate finance.Germany, the UK, France, Denmark, Sweden and the EU Commission announced concrete finance pledges of an estimated US$6-billion for the period up to 2015.Countries also agreed on support mechanisms for developing countries. Part of the support is a registry that will record developing country mitigation actions that seek recognition or financial support. The registry will be a flexible, dynamic, web-based platform.Parties will meet again at the next UN Climate Change Conference – COP19 – in Warsaw, Poland at the end of 2013.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


India’s New Laws Silence Online Speech: This Week in Online Tyranny


first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#TWiOT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkinscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… India’s New Laws Silence Online Speech. An innocuous-sounding set of rules called the “Information Technology (Electronic Service Delivery) Rules, 2011” [pdf] went quietly into effect last month in India. These rules, possessing the force of law, practically guarantee that no user of electronic communications in one of the world’s largest countries will ever be completely safe from persecution again. Under the new rules, anyone who objects to content online will be able to effect that content’s immediate removal. The justifications for removal are so extensive and so vague that virtually anything will qualify for removal.Sri Lanka arrests online journalist. Lanka eNews announced one of its journalists, Shantha Wijeysooria, was arrested by a squad of cops at the website’s Colombo offices on contempt of court charges. Wijeysooria had written about a Sri Lankan magistrate – the same he’ll be appearing before – accusing him of holding two suspects in custody illegally. The website later published an apology and said it was not true.Photographers killed in Libya. Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata, Libya, covering the uprising there. They were only two of the 192 who have died in the line of duty since 1992.Syria. In addition to widespread casualties during the ongoing uprising in the streets, the battles against the Assad regime have been active online as well. This report from Global Voices outlines the high- and low-lights. Sri Lanka photo by Bertrand Hüe Related Posts last_img read more


The end of dadagiri


first_imgMinutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should,Minutes before Sourav Ganguly’s name was to be called on the rebound during the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process at Bangalore, Sahara India chairman Subrata Roy requested his son Seemanto to make one last effort to include the former Indian captain in the Pune Warriors team. “Then you should leave me out mate,” quipped coach Geoff Marsh who sat next to Roy Jr at the table.Sourav GangulyWhy Ganguly was droppedPlayed very little competitive cricket since 2008Often argues with coach over team selectionOften involved in dressing room politicsRarely cared about the brand image of KKRHigh base price of Rs 1.86 croreSeconds later, auctioneer Richard Madeley threw a white cricket ball into the basket, declaring Ganguly unsold, having failed to attract a single bid from any of the 10 franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) that he had fondly shaped four years ago with filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and his investors.Ganguly, watching the proceedings on television at his home, did not react on his Black Sunday. He later played a game of basketball with his daughter Sana and her friends and switched off his handset to avoid repeated calls from prying reporters who had gate-crashed his south Kolkata home.Almost 48 hours later, a crestfallen Ganguly told the owner of a sports channel, “I was dropped unceremoniously. It is sad and should not have happened; it is humiliating.” He was one of the icon players when Lalit Modi started the cash-rich league and held his usual, celebrity-infested reality auctions for low-brow television. Now, the same Ganguly was among the three of the 48 capped Indian players up for auction but who remained unsold, the others being Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. Worse for him and his supporters was the selection of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, both members of the 35-plus brigade.advertisementShah Rukh KhanAs the two-day bidding process got over, it was clear that Ganguly will not be playing in the fourth edition of the world’s richest cricket league. Subrata Roy made one last effort on January 12, faxing Ganguly an offer letter to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns the Pune Warriors team.It seemed like a backdoor call to get Ganguly into the IPL and many wondered whether it would be wise for Ganguly to accept such an offer at a time when KKR remains non-committal. “The decision was purely professional, our focus is on young players,” said KKR director Joy Bhattacharya. Agrees former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi, “How can Ganguly handle the Twenty20 pressures? He has not played competitive cricket for the last two years.” The veteran spinner found support from Anil Kumble, chief decision maker of Royal Challengers Bangalore, “It is the new reality of modern cricket. The franchises are looking at three years and not one year.”KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan, who flew to South Africa a day before the start of the auction, merely told reporters in Durban that he would meet Ganguly on his return to ease tensions in Kolkata where fans threatened boycott of KKR matches. Though Ganguly’s supporters argued that the former Indian captain had immensely enhanced KKR’s brand value, the professional management brought in by the owners thought exactly the opposite. Come to think of it, wasn’t KKR the only franchise that didn’t have any of its owners at the auction?Subrata Roy has now requested Ganguly to join the board of directors of Sahara Adventure Sports that owns Pune Warriors. Yet, speculation continued as to why everyone ignored Ganguly. Members of some of the IPL teams confirmed that the former Indian captain’s backroom politics often created serious problems, both on and off the field. “He is a dangerous person to have in the dressing room, often instigating one player against another. And such politicking is routine with him.He comes with a lot of baggage,” remarked a KKR insider, adding, “Age was never an issue for dropping him. It was his attitude. Everyone in Indian cricket is aware of his dressing room politics.” Incidents of such tension between Ganguly and other players were evident during the previous IPL editions when Shah Rukh Khan had to replace him as the captain of the side with New Zealander Brendon McCullum.There were other reasons as well. Ganguly, despite being an integral part of KKR, had started discussing a possible shift to Pune Warriors months before IPL 4 was being planned. “He was being told by the KKR bosses that they would like to have him in a mentor’s role and groom the side but he would not play. He said nothing to that offer,” 66 INDIA TODAY . JANUARY 24, 2011 Cricket IPL said Bhattacharya. Immediately after the weekend auction, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said: “It’s something he will have to think about and if he is interested, I couldn’t be happier.” A sulking Ganguly did not respond.advertisementFor Pune Warriors, the issue was even trickier. Ganguly, long associated with the group, had played the Bengali card well enough with the Roys and was almost guaranteed a place in the side till Marsh played spoilsport and raised serious fitness and man-management issues. The coach, it is reliably learnt, also touched upon the issue of the fees that Ganguly, for reasons known best to him, suddenly raised to Rs 1.86 crore. But nothing was put on paper.Even the Sahara Group, which Ganguly till recently considered his safest batting ground, remained neutral in the blame game. “How can we take him when the chief coach and his juniors are totally against him? It is not as if all 10 franchises had gone to the auction with a mindset that the likes of Ganguly, Chris Gayle, Mark Boucher and Brian Lara were not to be touched. The coach is the best person to pick the side,” said Abhijit Sarkar of the Lucknow-based group.No one disputes Sarkar. The fourth auction round, minus the glitz and glamour that accompanied the previous ones, predictably demolished all existing myths about the sport and business. Any sentimental value of legends up for auction was drowned within the first hour. There was a growing realisation that it is safer to invest in Indians than chase overseas mirages. Even Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir did not think he would lead the pack of multi-millionaires with a whopping $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore), followed by Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa $2.1 million (Rs 9.66 crore) and Rohit Sharma $2 million (Rs 9.20 crore).Three others – Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Saurabh Tiwari – are also not very far from the $2-million mark. “Contrasting these figures with the highest paid overseas player, Mahela Jayawardene ($1.5 million), and the other two foreigners, David Hussey and Dale Steyn, in the $1-million bracket, will give you an instant insight into the mindset of the moneybags controlling the franchises,” said Alan Wilkins, veteran cricket commentator with ESPN Star Sports, the world’s largest sport broadcaster, adding, “Remember Mahendra Singh Dhoni got $1.5 million in 2008 and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen’s price tag was $1.55 million the following year.Now you have a clutch of brash young kids bought for over $2 million each. This trend will continue in coming years as well, as this league is meant for youngsters.” Wilkins knows his IPL. The league is no longer an audacious and untested experiment where the portfolio concentration was on a high-risk, high-return strategy with teams built around a few stars. With the proportion of the budget used to buy the five most expensive players falling sharply, the IPL 4 auction was more about building winning selections than thirsting for marquee crowd-pullers. “It is like a mutual fund manager designing his equity portfolio.advertisementIt’s obvious that IPL team owners will behave like venture capitalists,” said noted cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle. “Forget the stars and let’s focus on the unknowns whose valuations have soared in successive IPL auctions.” Bhogle pointed out that 20 players had seen a 10-time salary hike, eight saw their valuations increase between 500 and 1,000 per cent and 21 saw their valuations increase between 100 and 500 per cent since the cashhappy IPL started.Expectedly, the upshot in the new list of stars has forced some dropouts: Ganguly is one of them. Spare a teardrop for his farewell. No wonder, Kolkata’s widely circulated Ananda Bazar Patrika cryptically commented: “There’s no life after death.”last_img read more


Spotlight still on SMB


first_imgSan Miguel’s (from left) June Mar Fajardo, coach Leo Austria, Arwind Santos and new Beerman Terrence Romeo during the PBA Media Day on Thursday at Solaire in Pasay. —SHERWIN VARDELEONFrom a jet-lagged Alex Compton bouncing from one interview station to another, to reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo casually facing cameras everywhere, the PBA’s inaugural Media Day was a resounding success that commissioner Willie Marcial wants the event institutionalized.And even in what was a one-stop setting for reporters to gather different stories, the San Miguel Beermen—like they have done on the floor the past few years—still dominated in the event held at The Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT “They just got Terrence Romeo,” said Compton, the Alaska coach who will again look at the coming 44th season of the PBA to break through as a coach. Compton has steered Alaska to five Finals stints but has yet to win a crown.“San Miguel Beer [has just] made everyone’s lives more difficult [with the Romeo trade],” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo admits that eyes will be on the Beermen, even if Barangay Ginebra has made a strong impression last season with a championship in two Finals appearances.“The pressure is on us because everyone is saying we’re the team to beat,” said Fajardo in Filipino during a live interview with Sports IQ as the Beermen to shoot to improve on their all-time Philippine Cup record by winning the conference for the fifth straight year. View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But I think teams like Ginebra and Magnolia, which played well last conference, are stronger than us. We’ll just have to do everything to defend our crown and it will not be easy, but it’s not impossible as long as we follow the system of coach Leo (Austria),” Fajardo said.Even Romeo, unfazed by the scrutiny he now commands in a venue packed with sports journalists, made an appearance on media day and gladly answered queries relating to his much-ballyhooed transfer that made the Beermen unbeatable on paper.“He’s going to be great there,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas. “Coach Leo thrives in making talented players play within a system.”Romeo later approached Alas and the two shared a casual conversation, something that happened a lot between players and coaches coming from different teams during the Media Day.“Okay ka na ba (Are you ok now)?” Alas asked as he gave Romeo a hug.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Okay na (I’m ok now) coach, happy na ako,” Romeo said.It was these exchanges that Marcial hopes will be a norm during similar events in the future.“They are in a relaxed mode,” said Marcial, adding he wants the event to happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more