Hubert Lawrence: Rally around the West Indies

first_imgThe victory by the young West Indians in last week’s Under-19 World Cup is brilliant news. It offers hope that the West Indies has the gumption to organise to win important tournaments in world cricket. It could be a launching pad to a new era of success. However you view the stumping controversy that arose early in the tournament, it must have loaded pressure on the West Indies team and its management. It’s even more reason to tap them all on the back. With Shivnarine Chanderpaul gone and the likelihood of other veterans going in the next few years, the young West Indies could be playing senior international cricket in the near future. Their watchwords must be patience and practise. Both will be needed to hurdle the challenges ahead. The sobering truth is that some young prospects never blossom. In 1995, Obea Moore ran 45.14 seconds for 400 metres to win the Pan-Am Junior title. His form then, at age 16, boosted his Muir High School team to a Penn Relays 4x400m record and vaulted him into the imagination of American track fans. A decade earlier, Richard Bucknor of Calabar held off another US sensation, William Reed of Central High, to secure 4x400m honours at the 1986 Penn Relays. Reed had already run the 400 metres in 45.17 seconds though just 15. Bucknor went on to a noteworthy career as a 110-metre hurdler for Texas A&M University and reached the semi-finals at the 1988 Olympics. By contrast, Reed and Moore faded as they grew older. Neither ever qualified for the US Olympic team. The young West Indians need to work diligently to avoid a similar fate. More than that, those who helped to mastermind their wonderful victory must keep working to groom them. With the cricket classroom of English county cricket long gone, the development of alternative methods of nurturing the region’s young crickets must continue. In this age when the Internet has brought copious knowledge to our fingertips, while also shortening attention spans, this effort must be extended. With a smaller talent pool than Australia, England, India and South Africa, success depends on keeping the champion team and other young West Indies prospects in the game. Late bloomers can jump into the pool of possible selection when the time is right. When the celebrations end, and no one should begrudge the team if it carries them on a bit, we can look to the future with optimism. All stakeholders will have to rally around the West Indies with the needed goodwill, ingenuity, and resources to make Test cricket success a reality again. If the story of these world champion West Indians is to have a happy ending, it’s the only way. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Champs, international cricket, and schoolboy football at Sabina Park.last_img read more

Sameer forced to withdraw from Canada Open due to visa issue

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) Fit-again Indian shuttler Sameer Verma was left disappointed after he was forced to withdraw from next weeks Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after failing to get visa on time. “I have withdrawn from the Canada Open GP as I couldnt procure my visa in time, really disappointed as I was really looking forward to play at Calgary,” Sameer wrote on his facebook page. “As international athletes, I think we shouldnt be facing visa issues but again it is not something which I could do about it, will be playing US Open GPG next week, looking forward to another week of training before I leave.” Canada Open is scheduled to be held from July 11 to 16, while the US Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from July 19- 23. A former National champion Sameer, who had reached the finals of 2016 Hong Kong Super Series and clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this year, had suffered a shoulder injury and couldnt participate at Indonesia and Australia Super Series last month. “It has been a couple of tough months for me, had to withdraw from the Indonesia and Australia Open due to a shoulder injury. After about 6 weeks of rehabilitation, I am back on court,” he wrote. Interestingly, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy and N Sikki Reddy had to request the Ministry of External Affairs and Sports Ministry to receive their passports on time to travel to Canada. Earlier, ahead of the Indonesia Super Series, shuttlers faced similar problems and it was only after their social media outcry that the Badminton Association of India (BAI) stepped in and the players received their passports just a day before they were scheduled to leave for Jakarta. PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Fantasy: World Cup Expert XI

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Our expert shares his personal XI for the start of the World Cup Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 1 year ago 22:56 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Gaming World Cup Mohamed Salah Olivier Giroud Cristiano Ronaldo France v Australia Peru v Denmark Egypt v Uruguay Portugal v Spain Croatia v Nigeria Germany v Mexico Brazil v Switzerland Belgium v Panama Croatia Brazil Switzerland Panama Spain France Australia Denmark Peru Uruguay Egypt Portugal Nigeria Germany Mexico Belgium Our Fantasy writer picks out the 11 best players and values on offer in the Goal game including stars from Portugal, Spain, Germany, France and more Throughout the run-up to the World Cup we’ve offered plenty of advice on how you should build your team. We are now just days away from the start of the tournament and it’s time to put the tyres to the road.So today I offer you my personal XI, with a quick sentence on why I selected them. Good luck to you and your Fantasy team and, if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to do so here.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move GK: Alisson – Brazil, £6.1m, owned in 9.25% of teamsHe has been phenomenal for both Roma and Brazil over the last year and sits perfectly at the nexus of ability and matchups.DEF: Joshua Kimmich – Germany, £6.4m, owned in 13.79% of teamsKimmich is, without doubt, the best defender in the Goal game having led all players in assists during qualifying whilst part of a top five defence at this tournament.DEF: Thomas Meunier – Belgium, £6.1m, owned in 8.85% of teamsOnly five players contributed towards more goals (goals+assists) than Meunier’s 12 and Belgium should have little trouble keeping clean sheets against Panama and Tunisia.Thomas Meunier BelgiumDEF: Sime Vrsaljko – Croatia, £5.8m, owned in 1.39% of teamsHe’s being slept on at the moment but Vrsaljko picked up three assists and six clean sheets in qualifying and will not face a top 10 attack in the group stage.MID: Mohamed Salah – Egypt, £7.3m, owned in 15.9% of teamsObviously this depends on his fitness, but he scored 63 per cent of Egypt’s qualifier goals is in the easiest group, and starts the tournament with a double gameweek.MID: David Silva – Spain, £6.8m, owned in 8.77% of teamsSilva found his shooting this boots this season for both club (nine) and country (five) and is as close to a guaranteed starter as you’ll find this summer.David Silva SpainMID: Mile Jedinak – Australia, £5.6m, owned in 0.37% of teamsThe Aston Villa man notched five penalties for Australia en route to Russia and, considering his heinously low cost and ownership, he’s a gamble I’m willing to take.MID: Christian Eriksen – Denmark – £7.2m, owned in 10.3% of teamsHe led all midfielders in goals during qualifying (11) and both scored and assisted in Denmark’s final tune-up against Mexico, just to firm up his standing as an elite option in the Goal game.FOR: Olivier Giroud – France, £7.3m, owned in 3.15% of teamsGiroud had just as many goals as Griezmann on the road to Russia and, if he doesn’t start, you can always replace him midweek with someone who will.Olivier Giroud France 2018FOR: Edinson Cavani – Uruguay, £8.0m, owned in 5.22% of teamsHe led all of South America in scoring during South American qualifiers (10) and will get plenty of opportunities to score as no opponent in Group A has a top 20 defence.FOR: Cristiano Ronaldo – £8.2m, owned in 27.06% of teamsRonaldo has a surprisingly tough group, but he had more combined goals (18) than any other player in qualifying and, you know, is Ronaldo.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinlast_img read more

Bridge work to force overnight I5 closure from I805 to La Jolla

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening to 5 a.m. Friday morning for road work, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.SANDAG construction crews plan to continue construction on a new trolley overpass over I-5 at Voigt Drive during the closure. According to the agency, work crews plan to pour concrete to form the bridge that will support the trolley tracks. I-5 southbound will be closed from the I-5 and Interstate 805 interchange to La Jolla Village Drive and significant delays are expected.The bridge is being constructed as part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension, which includes a planned 11-mile extension of trolley service by the Metropolitan Transit System from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City.The extension will add trolley stops in Mission Bay Park, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC. SANDAG is receiving $1.04 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to complete the project.The extension and related projects are intended to reduce traffic congestion as the county’s population increases. Construction on the extension began in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Bridge work to force overnight I-5 closure from I-805 to La Jolla Village Posted: February 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents center_img KUSI Newsroom February 28, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

North East comes calling

first_imgThe event held an interactive session based on the North East Fest and several discussions were conducted regarding how the fest is playing a vital role in enhancing the North East market. A fashion show was organised during the event where Soha Ali Khan, actor and brand ambassador of the NEF walked the ramp accompanied by other models.Explaining the importance of the event, director of Home Affairs North East division, Ajay Kanaujia said, ‘NEF is an important step in bringing the North East closer to the rest of the country. With the Delhi chapter the event is sure to bring national focus to the splendor that this region contains across industries be it fashion ,music, food, culture or tourism. We look forward to open a platform to provide various opportunities for the people of the region.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking about the upcoming fest Soha said, ‘The NEF in its second edition will prove to be even more bigger and better occasion for the promotion of talent, craft, skill, food and beauty in the North East. I am personally a big fan of everything from this area, the food, the warm and friendly people,the musical tradition, the fashion, the intricate and their weaving skills. I look forward to the NEF as it will allows everyone to get acquainted with the delights this region has to offer.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeka, a fashion designer from Guwahati said, ‘North East and its people have always been known for fashion in the entire nation. The design in its area is a perfect blend of global style and traditional allure. The NEF will bring the immense wealth in design and fashion to the fore at the mainstream level. The workshop and one-on-one interaction with design will offer an opportunity for exchange and learning for both the designers and the aspiring members of the fashion.’The dignitaries who were present during the event were Chairman and MD of National Textile Corporation, RK Sinha, Director Technical, RK Sharma and Joi Barua, famous Singer of North East.last_img read more

Oscar for Unbroken would be great

first_imgUnbroken is about the life of World War II hero Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini, a former American Olympic track star who survives a plane crash in the Pacific, and after being discovered floating on a raft after 47 days, is made a prisoner of war by Japan and spends two-and-half years being tortured whilst incarcerated.The Hollywood star has said that it meant a lot to her to be able to bring Zamperini’s story to the big screen and therefore she would cherish any Oscar win even more than her first Academy Award 14 years ago for ‘Girl, Interrupted’, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Speaking at the British premiere of the film here, she said: ‘I love directing and most of all I felt very responsible to this story and this man’s life.’ When asked what Oscar success would mean, she replied: ‘It would mean a great deal to me, for sure.’ The much anticipated film is set to release Dec 25.last_img read more