It 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!
Noel Keating’s amazing Timelapse film certainly captured the spirit of the Northern Lights in al their glory last Thursday.Noel managed to snap the Moon and Sun from Rossnowlagh and the Aurora from Murvagh Beach and also Mountcharles.The results, we’ll sure you’ll all agree, are quite stunning. Simply click to play.DDTV – THE AURORA IN STUNNING TIMELAPSE OVER DONEGAL was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AuroraDDTVdonegalNoel Keatingnorthern lights
Chiquita Evans only wanted to be judged for her abilities as an NBA 2K player, not by her gender. But the 30-year-old woman needed someone to give her a real opportunity to do that.The Warriors, who are fond of breaking down barriers, were happy to oblige. They used their NBA 2K team — Warriors Gaming Squad — to make a statement for equality’s sake by making Evans the first woman drafted in the professional eSports league. Evans, who was just one of two women among the 198 draft-eligible …
You can get involved with Dex Kotze, Carol Bouwer and Tony Gum, the guests on Play Your Part episode 11, here:Dex Kotze’s NPO Youth 4 African Wildlife works with youth to create global conservation ambassadors. (Image: Youth 4 African Wildlife)Brand South Africa reporterDex Kotze, a businessman and conservationist, is one of the guests on the Play Your Part television series, episode 11, which will be aired on Saturday, 25 November 2017.This episode is part of a 26-series, broadcast on SABC 2.Here’s how you can get involved with this week’s guests and their initiatives:Dex KotzeKotze, a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), in July led a group of YPO members and their families in participating in and funding the collaring of eight elephants and geotagging of five rhinos.This initiative was for scientific research via Elephants Alive, an NGO that works under the leadership of Dr Michelle Henley in the Associated Private Nature Reserves west of the greater Kruger National Park.Contact detailsWebsite: youth4africanwilflife.org and FacebookTwitter: @DexKotze and @Y4AwildlifeEmail: email@example.comTony GumTony Gum. (Image: Design Indaba)Artist in learning Tony Gum held a solo exhibition, Ode To She, at Christpher Moller gallery in Cape Town in September this year. The blogger and visual artist is known for her eccentric style. She often pays homage to traditional African wear in her art.Contact detailsTwitter: @tony_gumFacebook: Tony GumCarol BouwerCarol Bouwer. (Image: Cape Town News Magazine)Bouwer’s company, Carol Bouwer Productions, is the custodian of the Mbokodo Awards and African Odessey. It celebrates women in various disciplines in the arts. The company also produces the women’s talk show, Motswako, which is aired on SABC.Contact detailsWebsite: cbproductions.co.za and mbokodoawards.co.zaFacebook: AskMotswakoPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
A friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over,A friendly tax regime, low property rates and lucrative investment opportunities may have attracted investors across the world-India included-to the United Arab Emirates (UAE, read Dubai), but they are not the only frequent fliers to the country. For many UPA-II ministers who travel abroad in their personal capacity, the over 40 degrees Celsius temperature in Dubai is little deterrent. One out of five personal trips made by Union ministers is to the uae.Data gathered by india today through the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) shows that of the 39 Union ministers who have travelled abroad in a personal capacity since June 15, 2009, 15 have visited the UAE at least once, if not more. The names include Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Minister of State (MOS) for External Affairs E. Ahamed, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Farooq Abdullah; ministers of state (mos) for Information and Broadcasting S. Jagathrakshakan, Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas, mos for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, mos for Tribal Affairs Mahadev S. Khandela, mos for Petroleum R.P.N. Singh and mos for Tourism Sultan Ahmed. Of the 128 personal foreign trips by ministers in the past 20 months of UPA-II, 27 have been to the uae, particularly Dubai.Patel (earlier civil aviation minister) tops the list with six of his 17 personal foreign trips to Dubai. Of Ahamed’s dozen trips abroad in his personal capacity, four have been to Dubai. All the trips were undertaken as mos Railways. Abdullah has made only two personal foreign trips, both to the UAE. Nath made four personal trips abroad and two of them were to Dubai. Both of Moily’s personal visits abroad in this regime have been to the UAE. While Jagathrakshakan has visited Malaysia and Singapore many times in his 10 jaunts abroad, he has been to the uae thrice. Jaiswal’s lone personal foreign trip has been to Dubai. Ditto for Khandela and Muniyappa.advertisementAccording to the data, the upa-II ministry is a travel-happy lot. Around half of all the Union ministers have a tendency to holiday abroad and most make plans around December-January and June-July. There are a few such as Nath, Maran, Patel, Ahamed, Jagathrakshakan and mos for Social Justice and Empowerment D. Napoleon who buck the twice-a-year trend. While Dubai may be up there, it is not the only the star destination for our ministers. While Maran visited Malaysia, UK, US, Singapore and Hong Kong, the preferred destinations for mos for Sports Ajay Maken have been UK, Sri Lanka and Thailand. mos for Communications and Information Technology Gurudas Kamat visited Spain, Malta, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Greece and Turkey in one long trip. MOS for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju visited Mauritius in May last year, and in August, he travelled to Kenya. mos for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot has made six foreign trips on his own to Senegal, UK, Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. Former telecom minister A. Raja visited France in June last year in his personal capacity, along with his private secretary.Access to personal travel details of ministers did not come easy. An RTI application to the Prime Minister’s Office elicited no response and was, in turn, forwarded to the MEA which, after much tarrying, provided the information.Thailand and Malaysia are the other preferred destinations. The data shows that seven ministers made 10 personal trips to Thailand and spent 48 days there in total. Thailand travellers include Maran, Maken, mos for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada, Patel, Singh, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Pilot. On the other hand, six ministers made 13 personal trips to Malaysia and spent 79 days there in total. The list of Malaysia visitors include Maran, Patel, Napoleon, MOS for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia, Thomas and Jagathrakshakan. While some took families, the clearance given by the mea does not reflect any names of companions for other ministers.Following an India Today investigation (“Frequent Fliers”, February 18, 2008), restrictions were imposed on official foreign travel by ministers, with the prime minister urging them to curtail travel expenditure by issuing a letter on June 4, 2008. The ministers’ official travel details show that all the Union ministers in UPA-II have made 463 official foreign trips in the past one-and-half years and spent 1,875 days abroad, which excludes travel time. However, there are no restrictions on personal trips. In under two years of UPA-II, 39 personal travellers have spent 828 days abroad (around 27 months) in total, a figure that excludes travel time.advertisementThough ministers are supposed to take permission from the prime minister along with clearance from the MEA for every trip, personal travel is hardly, if ever, stopped.
Shimla: Almost a year after its restoration, the British-era Town Hall, one of Shimla’s monumental buildings, will finally go back to Shimla Municipal Corporation — its legitimate owner though will locate the only office of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a condition imposed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, flanked by Chief Secretary Srikant Baldi and Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret on Sunday visited the Town Hall and inspected room-by-room space. More than a century-old Gothic-style building is a favourite haunt for the tourists. But this has remained unoccupied due to High Court orders. “The building has gone complete restoration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding to the tune of Rs 8 crore. We don’t want the landmark building to suffer ruins and thus need to be used for the benefit of the citizens, tourists and stake-holders. I am happy the High Court has allowed it to be handed back to the Shimla MC though only Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be able to get offices here,” he told the Millennium Post, after spending 45 minutes at the complex. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and Commissioner Pankaj Rai briefed the Chief Minister about orders of the High Court and made suggestions as to how the ground floor and top floor can best be used for the tourists and citizens. “If the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the High Court gives us some concessions, we will like to install a lift for the top storey for its use as city museum while the lower storey will remain as an activity area, besides having commercial use of the space,” he said. Town Hall is a grand old legacy. Its condition had turned very bad thus the state government got ADB funding for major restoration works from floor to the ground, besides re-creating an old charm of architectural importance and woodwork inside the building. But lobbying has begun within the Municipal Corporation as Councillors, more than 40 in number, also want space in the building while the Commissioner also has taken up the issue to set-up a camp office. “We may have to approach the High Court afresh and inform about we practical difficulties. I am, however, in any case, will move to the building on September 29 along with Deputy Mayor,” said Sadret. There are possibilities for the building having a high-end cafe shop, information centre and a boutique of traditional crafts and arts for tourists. Terming the Town Hall as “priceless architectural marvel”, the High Court has reminded the government of its responsibility to maintain the historic landmark building, located on the Mall road as also being a major tourists’ attraction. Earlier in 2017, the High Court had opined that the important heritage building could be used either as a city museum or a library rather than leaving it at the mercy of the ‘babus’ by allowing a public office to run from there.