Facilities key to West Indies decline, says former vice-captain

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Brendan Nash believes the poor standard of cricket facilities in the Caribbean has played a role in the decline of the game in the region. The Australia-born left-hander, who played 21 Tests between 2008 and 2011 after qualifying to represent West Indies through his father, who is Jamaican, said the quality of the facilities at all levels had fallen off, and this had directly impacted on development. “A lot of money was spent on the 2007 World Cup to increase the standard of facilities,” Nash said. “I know when I was there towards the end of 2010, the facilities really dropped off. So within four years, they just didn’t have the money to keep it going or it wasn’t run correctly. “It starts with the facilities, because training facilities are poor. Even club matches, facilities are terrible. I can’t see it getting better any time soon, unfortunately.” Much of the decline in West Indies cricket has also been attributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players, and Nash said this appeared to be the case. “I’ve been out of it for two or three years, but from an outsider looking in, there is just no trust between either party,” he said. The 38-year-old ended his association with English County Kent last August, following a productive four-year stint with the club. And he said he was still available for international duty if West Indies required his services. “I’m still available. I’d like to think I can still move around the field quite well, and I’ve been playing county cricket, which has its challenges over there, and done pretty well in the last four seasons.” He added: “They (West Indies) still need that mix of experience and youth, but they need the right kind of experienced players.” Nash averaged 33, with two centuries and eight half-centuries, during his brief Test career.last_img read more

Blind umpire: Joel Wilson’s Wikipedia page vandalised after howlers in 1st Ashes Test

first_imgUmpiring errors took centre stage in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and, as is often the case nowadays when an individual is in the centre of a significant sporting event, their mistakes reflected on Wikipedia. While Aleem Dar’s page was seemingly intact, Joel Wilson’s introduction had been altered through the course of Day 5.”Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is a blind international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilson is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, representing the West Indies. He stands in matches of all the three formats of international cricket – Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is),” the description on Wilson’s Wikipedia page read.The term ‘blind’ was removed soon after but that was not the end of it for Wilson as after that his description started with a line that said: “Joel Sheldon Wilson (born 30 December 1966) is not an international cricket umpire from Trinidad and Tobago.” The page has since been rectified.Both umpires came in for significant criticism from fans and commentators for the 15 glaring mistakes they made that affected significant parts of the match.Australia beat England by 251 runs to in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Australia have also secured 24 points in the World Test Championship with their thumping win in Birmingham on Monday.It was a remarkable fight back by Australia who were tottering at 122 for 8 on the opening day. But Steve Smith’s heroic 144 and stubborn knocks from Peter Siddle (44), Travis Head (35) and Nathan Lyon (12) ensured the visitors made a respectable 284 in the first innings.advertisementAlso Read | What a way to make a comeback to Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Steve SmithAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Joe Root ‘bitterly disappointed’ after England lose 1st TestAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Australia win 1st Test at Edgbaston in 18 yearslast_img read more

Stronger Policing coming to Lower Bight District

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – A new police unit in the west bay area of Providenciales is hoped to be the answer to thwarting a spike in radical break-ins and thefts in the Turtle Cove and Lower Bight areas of Provo. Outgoing Police Commissioner, Colin Farquhar, last week talked about an initiative under construction. “another likely success is our new community group in the West Bay community of Providenciales, representing the areas of Crab Road to Turtle Cove, they are developing a community and security plan for their area also.” With these departing words, Farquhar became emotional in his farewell at that service held at the HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk on Wednesday. “Please remember, have the will the win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential; these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Recommended for you Related Items:Colin Farquhar, lower bight, police Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children onlinelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Fassis thoughts about Mexico and Argentina

first_imgInterview by Alejandro Ramirez, cameraman for Ronaldo.comPachuca’s vice-chairman Andres Fassi, spoke exclusively to Ronaldo.com about the similar process that Mexico and Argentina’s national teams have.With the first of two Mexico vs Argentina matches already in the can, Ronaldo.com had a presence in the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium and had the chance to speak exclusively with Andres Fassi, Mexican Club Pachuca’s vice-chairman.During the short exchange we had with him, the board member revealed that he traveled to his country of origin to watch both national teams and agreed to talk to us about three specific topics related to both national teams.Naturally, being from Argentina, Fassi has a soft spot for his home country but he also feels a deep connection to Mexico as he’s lived in the country for a great part of his life.The most pressing questions we could ask him about were related to the future of both national teams, as well as the new manager for Mexico who is also from Argentina: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.Fassi was gracious enough to grant us a couple of minutes of his time outside of the stadium, where he painted us a hopeful picture of what lies in the future for Mexico in the next four years and what he thinks of Argentina’s recently ended process.Echenle un ojo al color del primer partido 🆚 🇦🇷El apoyo de nuestros Incondicionales no podía faltar. 🇲🇽🙋🏻‍♀🙋🏻‍♂#PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/b8CJYruVQX— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 17, 2018The first matter of discussion was El Tri, where Fassi knows practically everybody and where he sends a few of his Pachuca players regularly.To those who may not know, Pachuca currently has the most prolific youth academy in the country and they have brought up players like Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutierrez, Hector Herrera, and many more who still play in Liga MX.“Very well, I think Mexico is right on the brink of having one of the best generations in Mexican football’s history,” said Fassi to Ronaldo.com.“I believe that it’s been long or maybe never, that a process like this where you have between 15 and 18 players between 18 and 23 years old of such a high level.”“We are really very close to having an incredible generation of players, even six or seven of them who are very young and are already playing in Europe which allows you to trust in a process while thinking on the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the same time.”“But Mexico also has six or seven players who are very experienced, people like Ochoa, Guardado, Herrera, these are players with a lot of experience that can be combined with the young talents and put together a competitive side.”“I personally see a very optimistic process for Mexico in the future, that will start in January 2019,” he added.La nota de la #MLS sobre lo que reporta @FerCevallosF de la llegada del Tata a @miseleccionmx 🇲🇽 https://t.co/GqrJETaTTI— Patrick Meehan Nader (@Pixterrey) November 17, 2018Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…When asked about the announcement of Gerardo Martino as the new manager for the Mexican National Team, Fassi didn’t sound too convinced but he still gave his impression on the now former DC United boss.“Frankly I didn’t know he was already confirmed but if you say so, I think Martino is a great manager because he is a great professional,” he continued.“When people ask me about his contractual situation, I always say I have no idea how it is but a manager with his personality would be very positive for Mexico.”“I know Martino very well as a person, as a professional and what he has generated both in football and with the trust that he bestows upon all the young talents.”“The process he has fills all the blanks that are needed for a manager to do well with Mexico.”#SelecciónMayor @nico_taglia fue el encargado de levantar la Copa Adidas 2018 luego del triunfo por 2-0 ante México. pic.twitter.com/TiNZZ5G7tN— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 17, 2018And lastly, we asked Fassi about the current situation with the Argentina National Team and he compared it with the same process that Mexico is going through.Where many players from an older generation just finished their tenure and a new wave with fresh blood is starting to step forward.“I believe Argentina is in a similar process compared to Mexico, where you have seven or eight players who are ending a very successful process that the major National Team has gone through over the last years,” said Fassi.“They reached the World Cup final in Brazil, they also reached the last two Copa America finals where they haven’t won the trophy but they have always remained on the limelight in every competition.”“I believe that today, it’s time that a younger structure and players who haven’t had more chances can also get their shot. I see two very similar processes between Argentina and Mexico and I feel very optimistic about both,” he concluded.Club Talleres de Cordoba president, Andres Fassi, believes former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino would be a great manager for Mexico.Do you think this is a good next step for the ex-Blaugrana boss? pic.twitter.com/2gqDKQOMFc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 19, 2018Do you agree with Andres Fassi, do Mexico and Argentina have a similar process with their National Teams? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Facebook to Launch App Center

first_imgAs for monetization, Brady writes, “Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on Facebook.com, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps. This is a simple-to-implement payment feature that lets people pay a flat fee to use an app on Facebook.com.”App detail pages must receive Facebook approval, and those who submit completed pages before May 18 will be given review priority.CNN.com reports Facebook operates under an Apple-like revenue split with brands selling through the social network, pocketing 30 percent of each sale. While it is unclear whether Facebook’s fees will be in addition to what the App Store typically charges for download, the announcement is generating buzz throughout the industry. “We’re still gathering information about the App Center, but Atlantic Media currently reaches millions of monthly users via Facebook platform through our brand page and audience sharing, and thus the potential to reach one billion users with Atlantic Media Apps is certainly attractive. The App Center should become an important distribution channel for Atlantic Media as we accelerate our investment in mobile and app development on all platforms, including HTML5,” Scott Havens, SVP of finance and digital operations with Atlantic Media, tells FOLIO:. “Having said that, Facebook is smartly launching the App Center to help Facebook compete against Apple, Google, Microsoft and other social media networks, not necessarily to help Atlantic Media drive incremental revenue, traffic or engagement. So of course, understanding the ROI and/or the tradeoffs—such as using FB login—is important for a media company our size to evaluate before we invest too much time.” The App Center will be available on the Web, as well as for iOS and Android systems. If an app requires installation, Facebook will redirect the user to either the App Store or Google Play to complete the process. Just in case publishers didn’t have enough platforms to push their apps through already, Facebook is jumping into the game with the debut of its App Center. In a post on its Facebook Developers page, software engineer Aaron Brady urges, “All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.”Positioned as “the new, central place to find great apps,” the App Center mandates an app detail page for each submission. FB will decide which products to promote by monitoring app success through its Insights feature, a system already in place for brand pages (the tool monitors likes, number of users “talking about this,” weekly reach and a combined social circle tally dubbed “Friends of Fans”). Brady writes, “Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed.” Quality is quantified through characteristics such as “an easy-to-use interface, clear content, value to users and no significant bugs”; minimal advertising; positive user feedback; and included apps must “set clear expectations about what user activity it shares on Facebook, and when.”last_img read more

Khaleda bail extended until 19 July

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Thursday extended the bail of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia until 19 July in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer, reports UNB.The court also adjourned the hearing on the review petition filed by the BNP chief against a lower court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.Earlier, in the day, the HC started hearing on the review petition around 11:00am following the order of the Supreme Court.Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Rezak Khan read out the FIR from the paper book while AJ Mohammad Ali read out the charge sheet before the court.Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said the bail of Khaleda Zia in the case expired today and the lawyers filed a petition before the court seeking extension of the bail.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted four-month bail to Khaleda in the case which was to expire today (12 July).On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.last_img read more

DU teachers students protest at attacks by BCL men

first_imgStudents and teachers of International Relations department at Dhaka University on Monday formed a human chain protesting at attacks on teachers and students, allgedly by BCL men on SundayStudents and teachers of International Relations department at Dhaka University on Monday protested against the assault on associate professor Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan and two other teachers of the university allegedly by BCL men.They formed a human chain on the campus carrying placards inscribed with different messages such as “Why are teachers assaulted” and “We want justice”.The teachers and students under the banner of ‘Students of International Relations’ formed the human chain in front of Social Science faculty around 11am Monday, a day after ruling Awami League-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men attacked teachers and students who protested at arrest of quota reform activists.The teachers and students of the International Relations demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.Professor Md Abdul Mannan, and lecturers Lamea Momen and Md. Ali Siddiquee were present at the human chain.They also brought out a procession on the campus.Tanzimuddin Khan, professor Fahmidul Haq and associate professor Abdur Razzaque Khan of Mass Communication and Journalism department and some quota movement activists were assaulted allegedly by leaders and activists of BCL during their human chain programme at the central Shaheed Minar premises on Sunday.Also, t6he teachers and students of Economics department of the university formed another human chain protesting at assault on two students by three BCL activists and demanding safe campus.Professor MM Akash of the department said the attack on the students by the BCL activists in broad daylight is not tolerable. He demanded expulsion of the attackers.”It is duty of the university administration to ensure security on the campus. If they fail, they should resign. They should also ensure students’ freedom of speech.”Earlier on Saturday evening, some BCL activists beat up two students of Economics department of Dhaka University in front of Surja Sen Hall.last_img read more

11 Trade Ministers Reach Deal On Pacific Trade Without US

first_imgPhoto via Twitter Justin Trudeau‏ @JustinTrudeauJapanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin TrudeauIn a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it.A statement issued in the early hours Saturday said an accord was reached on “core elements” of the 11-member pact. The compromise was delayed by last-minute disagreements that prevented the TPP leaders from meeting to endorse a plan on Friday.“Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the 11 nations said in a statement.It said that the ministers maintained “the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants and preserving our inherent right to regulate, including the flexibility of the parties to set legislative and regulatory priorities.”In January, Trump pulled out of the deal that was championed by his predecessor Barack Obama. Leaders of the 11 countries remaining in the TPP had been due to meet and endorse a deal worked out in last-minute talks overnight.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier Friday that the 11 leaders had to postpone their meeting on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam. Abe spoke after meeting with Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, who had said days earlier that Canada would not be rushed into an agreement.The TPP member countries are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and, before Trump took office, one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America first.”Trump reiterated his markedly different stance on trade before the 21-member APEC summit convened late Friday with a gala banquet.The U.S. president told an APEC business conference that “we are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.” He lambasted the World Trade Organization and other trade forums as unfair to the United States and reiterated his preference for bilateral trade deals, saying “I am always going to put America first.”Trump said he would not enter into large trade agreements, alluding to U.S. involvement in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the TPP.In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the same group that nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.The Chinese president drew loud applause when he urged support for the “multilateral trading regime” and progress toward a free-trade zone in the Asia-Pacific. China is not part of the TPP.APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements. TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap the APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, this year’s host country, Vietnam, has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam. Sharelast_img read more