cancellation Their actions led to the cancellation of the Test tour, and an angry BCCI subsequently slapped the WICB with a US$42 million claim for losses, while also threatening legal action. The BCCI also suspended bilateral relations with the WICB. Following the October meeting between Cameron, Muirhead, and BCCI officials, the WICB said it hoped for an amicable resolution, especially with the BCCI set to meet in the AGM. “We had discussions on the resolution of the impasse that currently exists. It was very cordial,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Muirhead as saying recently. “We discussed everything that would affect us at length. We were sure that a resolution would be forthcoming in the very near future. We are hoping that it will take root at the AGM.” According to the noted cricket website, the WICB has indicated its inability to settle the multi-million-dollar claim and has proposed touring India in 2017 instead. Since the abandoned tour, the WICB has subsequently come under pressure at home, with a recent commission of eminent persons, established by the regional nation-state grouping CARICOM, proposing the “immediate dissolution” of the board. MUMBAI, India, (CMC): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) says it will take its time in mulling over the normalising of relations with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Following the conclusion of its annual general meeting (AGM) here Monday, BCCI president Shashank Manohar said the board would “take a call” on resuming bilateral tours with the Windies, which were suspended last year in the wake of the ill-fated limited overs and Test series. “There is still plenty of time to go and play in West Indies. We will decide at the appropriate time,” Manohar said. “They met us recently … the CEO of the West Indies Board and the chairman of the West Indies Board. They have given their viewpoint. We will take a call.” WICB president Dave Cameron, along with chief executive Michael Muirhead, recently met with BCCI officials to discuss a resolution to the dispute which arose in October last year when the West Indies one-day team abruptly abandoned the tour of India over a contracts squabble with players union WIPA.
Rev. John Troseh of the Liberia Inland Church performs the ground breaking ceremony for the annex as other guests look on.The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) funded child-friendly school, otherwise referred to as Francis Manweah Public School, is embarking on an annex worth about US$91,000.At the groundbreaking ceremony recently, Principal Rannie Gbatu said the construction of the annex comes due to the overcrowding of the school to the extent that a single classroom now accommodates about 75 students.Gbatu said the school was initially constructed for classes up to junior high level, but due to the influx of students as well as the demand for public schools in the community, the administration, with support from the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), decided to elevate it to high school.The child-friendly school started three years ago. However, according to Mr. Gbatu, since then there has been an influx of high school students, which makes student enrollment imperative, thus compelling the administration to construct an annex for additional classrooms, in order to cope with the influx.The school recently graduated about 103 students, something of which the principal boasted, because of the school’s success in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), where about 75 percent of the senior students scored high marks in nearly all the nine subjects.The school was constructed by UNICEF as pilot project for students to learn extra curriculum activities, including “preaching of peace messages among community dwellers depicting the name; Child Friendly School.”The school was expected to have a minibus to transport students that live Guinean/Liberian border near Ganta, and a mini radio station to air peace messages, but these materials are yet to be available up to press time last night.The laboratory has remained empty, “but we are still lobbying for money to have this annex completed and also equip our lab,” said Mr. Gbatu.There are 13 high schools in Ganta, three of them being government-owned. The increase in tuition in private schools is putting tension on public schools, where student enrollment has increased dramatically.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)