West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Round-up: Terry injury, Courtois criticism, Polter, QPR look at ex-Spurs youngster

first_imgJohn Terry is due to undergo a scan on his injured ankle on Tuesday.The Chelsea skipper suffered the injury towards the end of the 2-2 draw at Swansea and is a doubt for Friday’s game against Liverpool.Many Blues fans on Twitter have been critical of keeper Thibaut Courtois – and the decision to sell Petr Cech – in the wake of Sunday’s match.QPR also have an injury concern – Sebastian Polter did not train with the rest of the squad on Monday and is a doubt for the match against Newcastle.Polter did not appear for the second half against BlackburnBoth Rangers’ and Fulham’s development sides were in action on Monday evening.Former Tottenham youngster Channing Campbell-Young, who has been on trial with the R’s, featured in a 6-1 defeat at Bolton.Fulham’s Under-23s fared better, beating Aston Villa 3-0 at the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground.Kalas has impressed since joining Fulham on loanMeanwhile, on-loan Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas says he believes Fulham’s squad is stronger than the promotion-winning Middlesbrough one he was part of last season.Chelsea Ladies full-back Hannah Blundell has told West London Sport her team are still very much in the WSL title race.In cricket, half-centuries from Middlesex’s top three put Championship leaders Middlesex into a commanding position against Lancashire at Old Trafford.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Alf Khumalo: 5 decades in photos

first_img5 November 2004To take a photograph is to aspire to an art form. To have taken pictures of the most prominent South African leaders of the past five decades, from Albert Luthuli to Thabo Mbeki – that is a privilege, says internationally renowned photograher Alf Khumalo.Khumalo, recently awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa’s highest award for excellence in the creative arts, is a self-taught photographer.The essence of what attracted Khumalo to photography was and still is the visual impact of a picture. From the beginning, he says, it was always about capturing the movement – the visual impact.He even tried his hand at drawing in an attempt to capture the movement of the situations he found fascinating, but, he says, eventually realised that the camera does a better job.This he discovered when he launched his career as a journalist in the 1950s. Then, he was not only taking pictures, but writing stories as well. He was freelancing for Bantu World, a newspaper regarded as the voice of the black middle class at the time.His beat was covering court cases in Evaton. He says the magistrate so admired his accurate reporting that a special place was created for him inside the courtroom.“This is the time I met Mandela for the first time”, says Khumalo, adding that he enjoyed watching Nelson Mandela at work, drilling and questioning white people who did not want to be questioned by a black lawyer.Their relationship evolved from a professional one into a close friendship. According to Khumalo, when Mandela was in prison it became his duty to take pictures of Mandala’s family and send them to him.Photography won Khumalo his first car, in a 1963 competition run by South African Breweries. Khumalo submitted an image of mine workers, fatigued and sweaty against the background of a mine.Photography also landed him in New York, in 1971, where he tried to crack it as a freelancer. Although he did not plan to stay in the Big Apple for too long, he says he ended up spending eight months in New York.In 1980 Khumalo joined The Star as a permanent staff member. However, his freelance experience is as wide and extensive as his experience as a staff journalist.His work has appeared in international newspapers like The Observer, New York Times, New York Post, and Sunday Independent (UK). Locally, he also worked for Drum magazine and the long defunct Rand Daily Mail.In the course of a career spanning over half a century, Khumalo has documented the life and times of the evolving South Africa, both the commonplace and the historic, in the process capturing, for all time, much of the country’s collective history.He documented, inter alia, the Treason Trial, the Rivonia Trial, the resurgence of the trade unions in the 1970s, the emergence of Black Consciousness, the student uprising of 1976, the states of emergency of the 1980s, the unbanning of the liberation movements, the Codesa talks and the country’s first democratic elections.In September 2004, Khumalo was given the honour of exhibiting a collection of his life’s work at the 59th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, an exhibition that drew much acclaim.His drive to capture the moment gave him the privilege of witnessing extraordinary moments – and forced him to endure detention, arrest and harassment at the hands of apartheid officials.Despite his age, Khumalo continues to work professionally – and to dedicate his time and effort to promoting his craft.In an effort to ensure that a new generation of South African photographers emerge, and to make sure that aspiring photographers do not face the same obstacles he did when he started out, he has opened a photographic school in Diepkloof, Soweto, which offers nine-month courses designed to train photographers from disadvantaged backgrounds.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

DRDGold in R250m plant expansion

first_img15 February 2012South African gold miner DRDGold is to spend R250-million to expand its treatment plant in Brakpan, east of Johannesburg, a move that will enable the company to extract up to 20% more gold from the mine dumps that it re-treats.According to DRDGold CEO Niel Pretorius, the decision to proceed with the addition of a flotation and fine-grind circuit to the plant stems from the findings of about two years of in-house research and development (R&D), the purpose of which was to find a way to liberate more gold from the mine dumps.“It was discovered during R&D that gold trapped in high-pyrite material contained in the total feed to the Brakpan plant was not being liberated by the plant’s conventional carbon in leach process,” he told SouthAfrica.info this week.The Brakpan plant forms part of the company’s Ergo operation, which was established in 2007 as a joint venture between DRDGold and Mintails Limited to recover and treat surface tailings in the Elsburg Tailings Complex.Now wholly owned by DRDGold, Ergo has a network of surface rights that provide access to surface tailings deposited across the western, central and eastern Witwatersrand.More gold extracted, possible uranium recoveryThe company’s research also revealed that by putting the total feed to the plant through a flotation process, the high-pyrite material could be separated from the rest of the feed.The separated high-pyrite material would then be fine-ground through a separate milling process, and the gold it contained could be recovered.“So, the decision has been made to spend some R250-million to refurbish Ergo’s existing flotation plant to do the necessary flotation and to build a fine-grind milling circuit to fine-grind the high-pyrite material,” said Pretorius. “It is expected that the flotation [and] fine-grind process will liberate between 16-20% more gold.”He added that the fine-grind process has another potential benefit: by linking it to resin-in-pulp technology, it should be possible to recover uranium contained in the feed material at a fraction of the cost of building and operating a conventional uranium extraction plant.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Foton rips UVC; Sta. Lucia triumphs in PSL opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas seeks a season sweep of the Wolf Warriors on Sunday night when the Filipino club hosts the Chinese squad in Asean Basketball League Season 9 at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.With 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos returning from sick bay and delivering a triple-double, Alab walloped Wolf Warriors, 105-79, on Friday night at Doumen Gymnasium in Zhuhai, China, for their 14th win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Renaldo Balkman had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Brandon Rosser chipped in 10 points for Alab.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It’s a quick turnaround and we just have to make sure the team has enough legs for battle on Sunday after this road trip,” said Alab coach Jimmy Alapag, who went 1-1 in their latest road trip that included an 83-88 loss to Hong Kong Eastern.With Ramos back after missing the game against Hong Kong due to food poisoning, Alab outscored the Warriors, 69-40, in the middle quarters to take the fight away from the home team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was Alab’s third win in as many games against the Warriors, who remain as the league’s worst team with a 2-16 record.Ramos finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the Warriors couldn’t find an answer to his strong play on both ends of the floor. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

4 days ago​Liverpool striker Mane happy with Messi praise

first_img​Liverpool striker Mane happy with Messi praiseby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSadio Mane is happy to receive praise from Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.Messi voted for Mane in the FIFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award.Mane told reporters: “It’s a great compliment when Messi votes for you. If you look at where I’ve come from, it shows I’ve come quite far.”All I can say [to kids] is to keep working hard and go for your dream.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Wrestling Ohio State unveils 201718 wrestling schedule

Sun., Feb. 11vs. MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Fri., Jan. 5vs. Maryland College Park, Maryland Feb. 16 or 18vs. North Carolina State Raleigh, North Carolina Sun., Nov. 12vs. Arizona StateColumbus Tue., Nov. 21vs. Cleveland State (Thanksgiving Throwdown)vs. Kent State (Thanksgiving ThrowdownColumbus Then-sophomore Myles Martin checks the clock as he looks for back-points against Bo Nickal of Penn State on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorOhio State wrestling unveiled its 2017-18 schedule Thursday, which includes 14 dual meets and two tournaments.The reigning Big Ten champion Buckeyes will host six duals during the upcoming season. The competitions will be held in three different cities and four different venues. While St. John Arena is the conventional home for Ohio State wrestling, duals will be hosted at the Schottenstein Center, and at two in-state high schools. The season will kick off on Nov. 4 when the Buckeyes compete in the Princeton Open, a tournament hosted by Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. Ohio State will then host three non-conference foes at St. John Arena, beginning with Arizona State on Nov. 12. Cleveland State and Kent State will visit Columbus to take part in the Thanksgiving Throwdown on Nov. 21. On Dec. 2-3, the Buckeyes travel west to compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.The Big Ten opener against Indiana on Dec. 10 will be hosted by the Buckeyes at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the alma mater of Nathan Tomasello, the reigning Big Ten champion at 133 pounds. Ohio State will have three straight duals on the road before rounding out regular-season conference play with six weekend matches, including a match against Purdue on Jan. 28 at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, which produced brothers Bo and Micah Jordan. Before beginning postseason play in the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State will travel to Raleigh, N.C. for a dual with North Carolina State on either Feb. 16 or 18, with the official date to be announced at a later time. The Buckeyes will have an opportunity to repeat as conference champions when the Big Ten tournament takes place on March 3-4 in East Lansing, Michigan.If all goes well for certain Ohio State wrestlers, their season will conclude in their home state as the NCAA championships will be held Mar. 15-17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.The season schedule will see Ohio State face seven schools that finished in the top-20 at the 2017 NCAA championships. Ohio State will return a wealth of talent from its 2016-17 roster, including two-time defending national champion heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Returning along with Snyder will be the Jordan brothers, Tomasello, Kollin Moore and Myles Martin.Bo, the elder brother, is the defending Big Ten champion at 174 pounds. Micah, a redshirt junior, finished as a runner-up at 149 pounds in the Big Ten last season. Moore was the reigning champion at 197 pounds, while Martin won the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2016 at 174 pounds. Sat., Nov, 4Princeton OpenPrinceton, New Jersey Fri., Jan. 26vs. Michigan StateEast Lansing, Michigan Sun., Dec. 17vs. ChattanoogaAtlanta Feb. 2 or 4vs. Penn StateUniversity Park, Pennsylvania Fri., Jan. 12vs. Minnesota Columbus (Schottenstein Center) Dec. 2-3Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Las Vegas Mar. 3-4Big Ten Championships  East Lansing, Michigan Sun., Jan. 28vs. PurdueSt. Paris, Ohio Jan. 19 or 21vs. IowaColumbus Sun., Dec. 10vs. IndianaCuyahoga Falls, Ohio Sun., Jan. 7vs. RutgersPiscataway, New Jersey Schedule: Mar. 15-17NCAA ChampionshipsCleveland, Ohio read more

England can be proud – Drogba

first_imgDidier Drogba has told England to be proud of themselves.Former Chelsea striker has urged Gareth Southgate and the England team to be proud of their achievements at this year’s summer World Cup in Russia.England will be competing for third-place against Belgium on Saturday after they were defeated by Croatia in their semi-final clash on Wednesday.But Drogba who is working as a pundit for one of the British broadcasters believes England should be proud of their performance at the tournament.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think the country can be proud of their achievement, this young generation have done a very good job. Of course it’s disappointing to get this close and fall short but they can look forward with hope.” Drogba said, according to  Sky Sports.“I was impressed with fans and the fantastic atmosphere they created all through the tournament. I’m also glad that Young players like Loftus-cheek and Rashford were able to play at the World Cup.Drogba played in three World Cups for the Ivory Coast which including his last one in Brazil.last_img read more

Matteo Politano cant wait for his first Derby

first_imgInter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for his first Derby della Madonnina in an Inter jersey.He states that one can breathe the derby in the air.” The match will kick off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time and Politano has this following to say:“I am really excited and can’t wait for Sunday to come,” the former Sassuolo winger told Inter TV via Football Italia.Prade revealed Fiorentina wanted to sign Suso and Politano Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Fiorentina sporting director explained what players his team wanted to acquire but couldn’t, including Suso from AC Milan and Matteo Politano.“You can breathe the derby in the air. I’m so proud and am so fired up to get on that pitch. We’re coming off a good period of form and so are Milan. I expect a balanced game, but as with all derbies, there’s never a favourite.“Our fans are exceptional, they always pack the stadium and we are proud to represent all those people. We hope to make them proud of us in return on Sunday.”It could be tough set of games coming up for Inter, as they will face Barcelona in the Champions League and Lazio in Serie A.last_img read more

Lazios director calls for teams change in mentality

first_imgLazio director of sports Igli Tare urged his side to claim a win in their clash against Eintracht Frankfurt in the bid to boost their confidence.Simone Inzaghi’s men have struggled to maintain a consistent run of form and have found it difficult to win games on the local scene.“This game certainly is important, for the victory we haven’t had in a while and to rediscover our confidence,” the director told Football Italia.“We decided to make many changes ahead of Monday’s match with Atalanta, but we still want to put in a good performance and end the group stage on a high.“If I knew what the problem was, I wouldn’t be here! We are missing a great deal in terms of mentality and must realise that at a certain level we’ve got to be there mentally for the whole game. Our approach to the last few matches was not appreciated.Inzaghi admits Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Simone Inzaghi admits Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could leave Lazio amid reports.  Reports are rife in England that Manchester United are close to a…“We must try to dominate from the start, so our reaction in the second half isn’t good enough. We don’t need alibis, as we must try to play every game to the best of our abilities and go for the win.“Last season should’ve taught us a lesson, as we missed out on the Champions League by one point.”Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been criticised in the media and even fans turned against him with an offensive banner.“He has been working hard, the statistics show he ran over 13km on Saturday. He is missing a goal, some decisive moment that can increase his confidence.“He is still 23 years old and has to understand how to handle situations. He’ll emerge eventually, we just need to leave him be.”last_img read more