WI looking to drive ‘fear’ into opponents

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, said his players will use warm-up matches against English County Warwickshire this weekend to ramp up their fielding arsenal in preparation for the T20 World Cup starting next week in India.West Indies start a two-match series against Warwickshire tomorrow at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, after thrashing Zimbabwe 2-0 in a similar series which ended here on Monday.”It’s a case of making sure that we get back to a standard where people are afraid of us in the field, and we have the players that can put that fear into other people in the field,” said Simmons.”I think we, as a unit, have to make sure everybody is doing their job and if we can get it to that stage by the 16th then people will be in for a shock.”The Caribbean side displayed solid batting in their confidence-boosting warm-up victories against Zimbabwe.However, Simmons expressed some reservations about their fielding, especially during their final match against the Zimbabweans where catches were dropped.”I think we need to make sure that we are in the field, that we are getting to the ball and we are hitting stumps and things like that,” he said.”We dropped a few catches today … but we got to make sure that we are doing everything right by the time we leave here.”UNBEATEN CENTURYThe former West Indies all-rounder says he was impressed with the unbeaten century stand for the first wicket between Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher, which led them to a 10-wicket victory against Zimbabwe on Monday.He says competition for Chris Gayle’s opening spot is healthy for the regional side.”This was a much better wicket than two days ago and they showed what they are capable of doing,” said Simmons.”They are both in a way fighting for a spot as Chris Gayle has to come in, so it’s good for them to show what they have and for us to know that if Chris is not there that we still have people who can do the job up top.”West Indies are also scheduled to play warm-up matches against India and Australia next week.last_img read more

The joy of being alive

first_imgJohannesburg residents turned out in numbers to pay their respect to former president Nelson Mandela outside his home in HoughtonBy Lorraine Kearney6 December 2013I am immensely privileged to have been born and lived in the same country as Nelson Mandela, to have seen him freed, to have grown in stature under his care, as are we all.I know that today and over the next few days the ether will be cluttered with tributes from those who knew him, those who didn’t, those who pretended to know him, and the many, many people whose lives he enriched simply by being the man he was.I never had the privilege of meeting uTata, but I am immensely privileged to have walked Vilikazi Street, the street he lived on, to have touched the wall of his little home, to have passed through the front door he passed through; to have stood on the pavements of downtown Joburg outside the court where he stood, to have sat in the old jail on Constitution Hill where he sat. I am immensely privileged to have stood outside his backyard room in Alex, to have felt the sun on my face as he must have felt.I am immensely privileged to have sat in the lounge of a friend in Grahamstown and watched him walk out of prison. I am immensely privileged to have stood on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall, to have touched the doorway he walked out of to greet his public; to have stood in his cell on Robben Island, to have looked out of the window he looked out of; to have walked on the dry and dusty earth he walked on.I am indescribably privileged as a white woman who grew up in upper class South Africa during the apartheid years, going to my hugely posh and expensive school while Mandela toiled on The Island. Here my political awakening started. At my privileged university it continued. And now, in my beautiful country, I can say ‘Thank you and farewell. Travel safely.’To have lived through these times, to have known these privileges, to be grateful, to know my humanity and the humanity of others – this is a priceless gift he gave me.last_img read more

Handling a Windfall

first_img https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-holding-coins-1288483/ Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto by rawpixel.com from PexelsSo, what do financial experts actually recommend to people who experience an inflow of money that’s more than they’re used to? Whether the source is a military bonus or Aunt Myrtle’s will, here are some guidelines.Slow down. If you haven’t got a plan, consider just “parking” the money in a simple and unglamorous savings fund while you figure out what to do with it. You have time. (But don’t leave it there forever!)Consider allocating some percentage of the windfall to a fun or “splurge” purchase, but be modest. Depending on the amount and your personal money situation, 5-20% of the amount may be reasonable. Stay at the low end if you have debt or little savings.If you have any high-interest consumer debt, such as credit card debt, a car loan, or medical bills, pay that off first.Your next priority should probably be creating or plumping up your emergency fund, though you can skip this step if you already have 3-6 months of living expense stashed away.Third on the list: max out your retirement savings for the year. For service members, contribute the max to TSP!Anything left? Homeowners could consider making any needed repairs or home improvements, but be cautious: not all will actually increase the value of your home.Although it may seem freeing, it’s probably not necessary to rush to pay off student loans or mortgages. These particular obligations are typically considered “good debt”: they are low interest and low risk. Your money is likely to be better used elsewhere. For instance, investing the same amount of money in a retirement fund will most likely yield you more interest than the interest you will pay on either of those type of loans.Depending on the amount of money, your personal financial situation, and your level of financial knowledge, it may be a very good idea to consult a financial planner or other financial professional. Of course, service members have access to financial assistance on base. If this is not sufficient or not available, consider hiring a certified financial planner. Many experts advise using a fee-only planner. To find one, search the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).Watch Wealth Building with Saving, Investing & Windfalls: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/28146/References:Dratch, D.(2011). 8 smart ways to approach a hefty windfall. Retrieved from http://www.bankrate.com/retirement/8-smart-ways-to-spend-a-hefty-windfall/McGurran, B. (2017). https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/ask-brianna-financial-windfall/ By Carol ChurchAs far as financial issues go, experiencing an unexpected windfall or a sudden infusion of cash may sound like a solution in search of a problem. But as anyone who’s experienced something like this (at least on a large scale) can testify, it can be destabilizing to have your financial situation change quickly, even if the change is for the better.Why Jackpots Aren’t Always Great NewsFor one thing, many people really might not know what to do with a lot of extra funds, especially if their typical way of handling money is just to try to make it to the end of the month. As a result, they might feel paralyzed or anxious, or make bad decisions. Friends and family may start asking for financial help, which can be hard.The situation is tricky enough that many find it difficult to handle well. In fact, when the amount of money is really large, it often goes quite poorly. One study showed that 70 percent of lottery winners go bankrupt within a few years.Of course, not every financial windfall is as large or dramatic as a lottery win. Members of the military receive extra-large infusions of pay on a regular basis, due to combat pay, hazardous duty pay, and a slew of available bonuses. These large checks may not be as dramatic as an unexpected inheritance or a winning Powerball ticket, but experience shows that some of the same behaviors can occur, with service members tending to spend their earnings quickly on new cars, electronics, and the like.last_img read more

Sambhaji Brigade objects to Padma Vibhushan awarded to Purandare

first_imgThe pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade has taken objection to the Centre’s announcement to honour right-wing history scholar Babasaheb Purandare with the Padma Vibhushan.The Brigade, along with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad, has strongly condemned the Narendra Modi government, alleging that the 96-year-old had falsified the history of the Maratha King Shivaji with mala fide intent.They said the work of Mr. Purandare, who is called Shiv Sahir (Shivaji’s poet), are often given a casteist and communal spin. He intentionally distorted facts about Shivaji’s life by glorying the achievements of his Brahmin guardian and mentor Dadaji Konddev and insinuating that Shivaji, his mother Jijabai and Konddev were of the same lineage. The outfit has consistently demanded the deletion of the allegedly defamatory paragraphs from Raja Shivchhatrapati, Mr. Purandare’s popular two-part magnum opus on Shivaji.“The only reason Mr. Purandare has been given the Padma Vibhushan is because he is a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) hack and a champion of the Brahmin supremacist cause… It is shocking that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has given this honour to a person who has repeatedly defamed Shivaji and Jijabai,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.Saying the Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards had been “utterly devalued”, Mr. Shinde said that the outfit will soon launch a statewide agitation if the award conferred on Mr. Purandare was not immediately revoked.“Going by the list of awardees, it is evident that those who have done the RSS’ bidding have been rewarded by the Sangh’s political arm, the BJP. We will be holding Shiv Samnan Jaagar Parishads at the taluk and district-level to expose Mr. Purandare,” Mr. Shinde said.Meanwhile, Mr. Awhad said that the BJP had deliberately rubbed salt on the wounds of Shivaji’s ardent followers “[We] will set Maharashtra on fire…this honour given to a falsifier is a shameful blot on the history of Shivaji’s life,” he tweeted on Friday.In August 2015, Brigade activists had vehemently opposed the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government’s decision to honour Mr. Purandare with the prestigious Maharashtra Bhushan award. Members had even pelted stones and damaged the office of Minister Ram Shinde in Ahmednagar district.The Sambhaji Brigade was in the political limelight in 2004 after it vandalised the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune in protest against American scholar James Laine’s book on Shivaji titled Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India (2003).last_img read more