SHARJAH, 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.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest South Africa started accepting U.S. pork exports in February. NPPC, which worked with the Obama administration to convince the African nation to lift a de facto ban on U.S. pork, welcomed the news.The United States can ship to South Africa a variety of raw, frozen pork, including bellies, hams, loins, ribs and shoulders, for unrestricted sale and other pork for further processing. South Africa imposed a number of restrictions on pork imports, including one to prevent the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) to South African livestock even though the risk of disease transmission from U.S. pork products is negligible.There is no documented scientific case of PRRS being transmitted to domestic livestock through imported pork. (New Zealand, a PRRS-free nation, imported pork for 10 years from PRRS-positive countries without getting the disease.) In early January, after the Obama administration threatened to suspend its trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act — duty-free access for products exported to the United States — South Africa announced it would partially lift its ban on U.S. pork. NPPC will continue to work with the governments in Washington and Pretoria to get the South African market fully opened to U.S. pork.
It was hyped beyond comparison – the 2000th Test in the history of cricket had even non-followers stand up and take notice.No wonder there was a lot at stake as the No. 1 Test team was up against the No. 3 Test team. The Test was especially crucial for the statisticians and Sachin Tendulkar’s fans as it was the 100th Test between India and England and Sachin was eyeing his 100 international century, even though he has often said that he does not chase milestones.Zaheer Khan last played during the IPL and was short of the much-needed match practice for the longest version. APHowever, the end result was not what Sachin Tendulkar and India fans would have desired. The Master Blaster failed to score his elusive ton by a huge margin – getting out on 34 and 12 respectively and India ended up losing the match a huge 196-run margin.Call it bizarre, but it was India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who caught all the attention and not Rahul Dravid, who scored his maiden Lord’s Test century, or Sruesh Raina, who scored a dogged 78, or Praveen Kumar, who claimed a fiver.And the reason beats all odds — he shunned his gloves and took to bowling.Of course the move earned a few brickbats too when the captain took off his keeping gloves handed them over to Rahul Dravid and started to bowl.One reasoned that it was the absence of Zaheer Khan, who pulled his hamstring on the first day that prompted him to do so, but the move certainly grabbed eyeballs with purists flashing their knives in the open.advertisementKapil Dev called it a mockery of Test cricket while Sourav Ganguly stood up in support of MSD, saying, “He wanted to give his bowlers the much needed rest.”Meanwhile, the injury-list for India grew.Joining Virender Sehwag, out for first two Tests, was Zaheer Khan (hamstring) and Gautam Gambhir (elbow). Gambhir batted on the final day, but Zaheer, even though he showed up with the bat in second innings, would be iffy for the second Test starting at Nottingham from Friday.Tendulkar, it was later known, batted with a viral infection and missed two sessions during fielding on Day 4.England on the other hand got everything right from Day 1.They lost the toss, so the decision that skippers hate to take was off Andrew Strauss’s head and so was the British media, which loves to tear apart their team much like the Indian media.Then Kevin Pitersen’s maiden double at Lord’s in the first innings followed by Matt Prior’s century in the second innings along with Stuart Broad’s all-round effort was something England would boast about for years to come.No wonder Strauss was seen saying, “The series is up there with the Ashes.”Meanwhile, India or for that matter BCCI needs to think if the shortest form of the game packed to the hilt during the cash-rich IPL is eating away its players.Every season the Indian Premier League ends up with a few bruised players lying by the way side.Let’s not take into account India’s tour of the Caribbean – which certainly wasn’t up to the standards of international cricket. Worst, Chirs Gayle, the man whose all-round blitz made the Bangalore Royal Challengers’ bosses pockets go heavy with advertising money, was seen sitting out.The IPL certainly needs a cut in terms on matches or else it will continue to witness injured players and drop outs like Lasith Malinga, who refused to tour with Sri Lanka, citing an injury while continued to play in the IPL.What’s worse is that other Test playing nations too are planning such fire-packed T20 leagues.God Save Test cricket!
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News Release and Photo Credit: TCIG Press office#MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 24, 2017 – Armed with facts, figures and well sharpened perspectives, battle ready is the most fitting description for the students who participated in the 19th annual HIV/AIDS debate. The moot this year “Be it resolved, societal awareness of HIV/AIDS is enough to guarantee zero new infections and deaths, fight stigma and empower people” was debated in an upbeat exciting and highly charged manner.High schools participating this year were TCIPS, Elite High, Marjorie Basden High, Long Bay High, HJ Robinson High, Raymond Gardiner High, Wesley Methodist High and Clement Howell High. There were 2 new schools joining the debate for the first time Elite High and Long Bay High.The Hon. Josephine Connolly stated during her remarks; “Despite the significant strides that have been made over the years by our government’s Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit, we recognize that stigma and discrimination continues to adversely affect HIV testing.” She then asked; “Do you remember the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the devastation of those deaths, the sorrow, the loss? Today, that picture is transformed. Thanks to the courage and love of so many of you in this room and around the world, awareness has soared; research has surged. Prevention, treatment and care are now saving millions of lives. Getting to zero is a worthy goal and we as a country need to make sure no-one is left behind.”The Hon. Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services Edwin Astwood made mention of his love for debates and the skills demonstrated by the body of students who took part in the day’s competition. High in commendation for the level of preparation displayed by participants, he also made mention of the ability of the students to develop their points with pinpoint accuracy like the gladiators of old to best their opponents.The Minister mentioned that as a health professional he was particularly impressed with the standards set by the students in not only their delivery, but also in the construction of their arguments and efficient use of content.In closing the Minister of Health Agriculture and Human Services stated; “Addressing stigma and discrimination at all levels is a priority within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services. This includes continuous training of health care workers; improving workplace policies; sensitizing school staff and students; promoting education and training programmes on sexuality, gender equality and anti-bullying; advocating for law reform.”First place went to Clement Howell High while Raymond Gardiner came in second with Long Bay High directly on their heels in third place. The quality of the debate was evident in the close scores among the victors of the competition. Best female speaker Jameika Noel of Clement Howell High and best male speaker Joshua Maghoo of Raymond Gardiner High schools.Mrs. Robinson expressed how pleased she was with the level of debating skills of students and that there has been significant improvement over the years. She also looks forward to seeing more high schools participate in the next debate. She congratulated all debaters and debating teams stating; “Although there can only be one winner in a competition, each student was a winner in their own right.”The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services wishes to say thanks to the hard working students, head teachers, teachers, parents and guardians, judges, RTC and Beaches Resort and Spa for making the 19th Annual HIV/AIDS debate a success. Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
ReutersSoftware major Infosys on Thursday said it will be creating 1,200 jobs and opening three innovation hubs in Australia by 2020 to reduce the digital skills gap.”We are creating 1,200 new skilled jobs for graduates and professionals and opening three innovation hubs by 2020 to accelerate digital leadership for our clients in Australia,” said the city-based IT behemoth in a statement here.To meet Australia’s growing demand for digital expertise, the $11-billion Indian firm also formed an education ecosystem for providing learning opportunities.”Of the 1,200 jobs, 40 per cent will be Australian university graduates from computer science and design. Academic partnerships will be strengthened to attract top graduate talent and ramp up skill building in the country,” the statement said.
Map of KurigramA schoolboy was killed as a tree branch fell on him during a nor’wester at Islampur village in Bhurungamari upazila of Kurigram on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sumir Uddin, a Class-VI student of a kindergarten and son of Mohar Ali of the village.Officer-in-charge of Bhurungamari police station Imtiaj Kabir said Sumir was returning home from his school amid a violent storm.Suddenly, a branch of a tree collapsed on him around 11:30am, leaving him severely injured.He was pronounced dead after being taken to Upazila Health Complex.In another incident, a young man, Al Amin, sustained injuries as a bamboo fell on him during the storm while attending an Independence Day programme at Nehal Uddin Girls’ High School in the upazila.