SUPER ROISIN (14) IS STAR OF THE SHOW AS EUNAN’S GIRLS WIN MINOR TITLE!

first_imgSt Eunan’s Ladies MinorsA 14-year-old Gaelic footballer was certainly the star of the show when she led her club minors to a county title.Roisin McMonagle is a rising talent at county and club level.And yesterday she was given the Shane O’Donnell treatment by her manager at St Eunan’s GAA club – told an hour before throw-in she’d be playing for the team’s U-18s in the County B Final against Naomh Muire. O’Donnell famously starred for Clare with three goals in this year’s All-Ireland final replay, after being told he was playing just before throw-in.Goal hero: RoisinSt Eunan’s U-18 manager Alan O’Connell decided to do the same thing with Roisin yesterday – and her two stunning goals in the final played in Gaoth Dobhair proved the difference in the end.The Letterkenny club won the game 3-07 to 1-06, helped in no small measure by ‘keeper Laura Crawford who made a number of outstanding saves.“It was a brilliant team performance,” said Alan. “I decided not to tell Roisin she was playing until just before throw-in and she was superb and scored two great goals.“Laura had an incredible game too, saving us on several occasions with a number of fine stops.”It’s the clubs second county title on the trot, having won the Minor A Championship last season. SUPER ROISIN (14) IS STAR OF THE SHOW AS EUNAN’S GIRLS WIN MINOR TITLE! was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Minor ChampionsRoisin McMonagleSt Eunans Ladieslast_img read more

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv: Terry, Costa, Matic and Ivanovic out, defender makes debut

first_imgChelsea have left skipper John Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic out of their side for their opening Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.Abdul Baba Rahman makes his debut for the Blues at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back.Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes his first Champions League start in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas, with Oscar restored to the line-up.In Costa’s absence, Loic Remy is the lone striker as Radamel Falcao is resting a knock.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sasol’s synthetic fuels go global

first_img16 March 2007South African petrochemicals group Sasol is taking its synthetic fuel technology global. With gas-to-liquid ventures up and running in Qatar and approaching fruition in Nigeria, the company is pursuing major coal-to-fuel opportunities in China, India and the United States.Sasol, the world’s biggest producer of liquid fuel from coal, was the first company – way back in 1955 – to commercialise the Fischer-Tropsch method of converting coal to liquid fuel and chemicals. More recently, it started converting natural gas piped to South Africa from Mozambique, using a new technology based on the Fischer-Tropsch method.Sasol’s plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga produces around 150 000 barrels of synthetic fuel a day, providing about 28% of South Africa’s annual fuel needs. It is the only commercial coal-to-liquid plant in the world – but that could change by as early as 2012.Gas-to-liquid joint venturesThe company’s gas-to-liquid plant in Qatar – a joint venture with Chevron in partnership with Qatar Petroleum – started producing the world’s first commercial supplies of gas-derived fuel outside South Africa in 2006.According to Business Report, a second Sasol Chevron plant, in Nigeria – in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company – is expected to start operating in 2009, and the joint venture partners are also conducting a feasibility study for a gas-to-liquids facility in Western Australia.Coal-to-liquid prospectsOn the coal-to-liquid front, according to Business Report, Sasol has started feasibility studies for two plants in China which would produce a combined 160 000 barrels of fuel a day and could be in operation by as early as 2012.The group is also eyeing coal-to-liquid opportunities in the three US states of Montana, Illinois and Wyoming, the newspaper reported last week, and has identified coal deposits in India that could support a coal-to-liquid plant.“All three countries are engaged in discussions with Sasol, at different stages of advancement, with a view to developing coal-to-liquid plants that will lessen their dependence on oil imports,” Sasol chief executive Pat Davies said in the group’s 2006 annual report, released in November.Sasol’s benchmark for an international coal-to-liquid plant, according to Business Report, is 80 000 barrels a day, requiring about 60 000 tons of coal a day and costing between US$5-billion and $7-billion to build.With such high costs involved, Sasol is looking to the respective governments to provide suitable incentives, including loan guarantees, to make it possible for the company to secure finance for the plants.Davies said in his annual report that Sasol was “very upbeat” about the prospects for the two planned plants in China.He said the group foresaw “a rebirth in coal utilisation in some of the world’s coal-rich regions. This case is particularly strong in those countries that have insufficient or no oil reserves, such as Australia, India, China and the US.”China, the US and India together hold a large part of the world’s coal reserves. According to Business Report, China’s reserves are estimated at one trillion tons, while Montana, Illinois and Wyoming together account for some 267-billion tons, about 56% of total US reserves.Davies has said that processing just 10% of China’s coal reserves could produce as much liquid fuel equivalent as that produced from the world’s proven oil reserves.And the world’s gas reserves, he said in his 2006 report, were estimated to have an oil equivalent of at least a trillion barrels, which “could meet human needs for at least another 60 years.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Seize the new year

first_imgJustice MalalaHaving survived the turbulence of 2008, many South Africans are wary of the new year and what it will bring. But if ever there was a time to take advantage of the abundant opportunities in our country, then the year 2009 is it.“How?” you may ask. After all, we face the prospect of a turbulent and uncertain election. Zimbabwe to the north of us continues to bleed. And the global and domestic economy seems to hit new lows all the time.Well, here’s something. It is at times like these that those whose views are long term, and whose planning is grounded on the key principles of patience and courage, who can and will make a success of the year 2009 and beyond.Politically, South Africa enters a period of intense contestation. This should not be a cause for worry. We should celebrate. After the 2009 election South Africa will be into its fourth post-apartheid president. That is an incredible record in Africa and the world! We will have had four presidents in just 15 years.Plus, we have a strong new opposition building up nicely. Plurality is guaranteed, and contestation guarantees that politicians will be motivated to deliver. So what does all this mean? Our democracy is taking root and firming up. The system is not just holding, it is improving.Former state president FW de Klerk said in Durban in early December that it was true that the country was living in an era of doom, despondency and enormous problems. However, he said he saw positive signs for the future.“As we did before in 1994, I feel we have a capacity to do so again. We succeeded in resolving our problems by peaceful means when everybody expected war and violence.“We have one of the best constitutions in the world. We should be proud of this constitution, which provides the framework for a functioning multiparty democracy, independent courts and other institutions that stand for [the] advancement of human rights,” the Mercury newspaper quoted him as saying.He made the point that South Africa had already held three elections and that two presidents had relinquished their power through constitutional means since 1994. Crucially, De Klerk said that although former president Thabo Mbeki had left under difficult conditions, even that had been done constitutionally.“These are all signs of growing constitutional maturity. Our democracy is growing up and there are open debates which will take us to robust contestations,” he said.De Klerk then said it was up to all South Africans, irrespective of race or colour, to take what God had given to the country and to ensure that children would look back at this time and say that those were the years when South Africans came together, grasped the opportunities and made the country great.But what about the weakening economy and business? Globally it is clear that those who start thinking long term today will be the ones who survive and thrive. Chris DeWolfe, co-founder of the US internet phenomenon MySpace, recently said that the economic downturn means digital media start-ups are on the market at knock-down prices.It is the same here. Across the economy, bargains abound. If ever there was a time for a merger, acquisition or a black economic empowerment deal, then it is now. In three years many will look back at this period as a time when we should have picked up the bargains that abound.South African companies also face boom times ahead if they take opportunities that face them. Michael Power, senior strategist with Investec Asset Management, said recently that with the US facing the prospect of a protracted recession and the Asian economies turning their focus from exports to domestic growth, South Africa businesses like Naspers, South AfricaB Miller and Standard Bank are likely to benefit.“I like what Naspers is doing in places like China and Brazil, South AfricaB have a good footprint in China and if one looks at where Richemont’s growth comes from, it comes from Asia,” said Power.He said China will continue to be a large consumer of resources and commodities firms able to add value to their resources, like Kumba, will benefit. “I also see opportunities for platinum companies involved in downstream processing, and even businesses such as Illovo.”And here’s another thing: South African banks have not faced the same liquidity problems as institutions in the United States and Europe largely due to exchange controls that limited foreign exposure. We should congratulate ourselves for this: we did a good job.Sure, there will be turbulence in 2009. But I believe we have entered probably the most exciting period of our young democracy. The political space is opening up and the economic terrain abounds with bargains and opportunity. Carpe diem! Happy new year!Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

Al Gore slams investor short-sightedness

first_img22 September 2011Investors’ increasingly short-term outlooks are bad for the ability of markets to create value and of economies to recover from recessions, former US vice-president Al Gore said at the Discovery Investec Leadership Summit in Johannesburg on Wednesday.“I think we really do need to work for change in capital markets and not be so focused on the short term,” he told a Discovery leadership summit in Johannesburg.“The increasing short-term focus for investment decisions and business planning has been harmful to creating sustainable value.”This could be the reason it was taking longer for economies to recover from recessions.He said the period of time taken after recessions to restore the economy and jobs had been stretching out considerably.It changed from about six months after World War II to the over two years, or more, of today.Investors used to retain stocks for six to seven years, but now they sold them after less than a year, he said.“As it happens, the average period for 75 percent to 80 percent of real building up of value is six to seven years,” Gore said.“But, if investors are getting in and out of stock in just a few months, that does not synchronise with the long-term build-up of value.”There was now an increasing focus on even shorter investment time-periods.“On many exchanges in the world today, 50 to 60 percent of trades are high-speed, high-frequency,” Gore said.This led to “flash crashes” on stock exchanges, where the value of the market dropped significantly and recovered in a very short time period.“One of the proposed remedies to flash crashes was a new rule that caught my attention … an offer to buy or sell has to remain open for one second. The reaction to this proposal was, ‘Oh no, the whole system will collapse’.”Although these short-term trades could serve a purpose, they caused more harm.“I don’t think the value they add is anywhere close to the risk that they cause,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

Now You Can Chat With Your Team For Free With Talker

first_imgTags:#biz#Software Guides Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Talker, a Web-based group chat application geared toward remote teams is now available for free, having been rolled into the Teambox collaboration suite. Talker is one of the many group messaging apps that seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately. It’s a browser-based chat environment that supports inline images and videos and has a slew of plugins and integrations available via its REST API. Starting today, its price tag has been removed. “We are doing this because Teambox is our premium offering, and we consider group chat something essential for any team,” reads a post on the company’s blog. “There is still a premium Talker version offering more storage and logs for those who choose paid accounts.”Teambox is another all-in-one collaboration Web app akin to products like Basecamp, Projecturf and Apollo. Interested in taking Talker for a spin? Sign up here for free. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img john paul titlow Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tourists throng Goa’s Curdi village that remains submerged for 11 months in a year

first_imgCurdi, a small village in Goa known for its scenic beaches and Portuguese-era structures, is attracting tourists this season for a different reason. Though the village remains submerged under dam water in the rest of the year, in the month of May, it would rise above the water level, making it visible. Tourists as well as the original inhabitants of the village would visit the place during May, when water recedes exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple’s remnants, much to the delight of domestic and foreign visitors. Once the monsoon rains pick up, the low-lying village gets submerged, making those displaced sad again. Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families. However, its natives agreed to “sacrifice” their homes in late 1970s when then Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI. As per official records, the dam construction started in 1976 and was completed in 2000. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was earlier a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water.“It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,” he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.State Water Resources Department’s executive engineer K.K. Ravindran said streams around the village have started getting filled up due to the pre-monsoon showers.“If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village would be submerged. It will be visible only after 11 months next year,” he said. This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa and the rains have started picking up now, he said.“So, if it rains for next seven days, then by the end of this month, Curdi will disappear,” Mr. Ravindran said, adding that the village is located 5km away from the catchment area of Selaulim dam. Locals claim that before getting submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.last_img read more

BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United gamelast_img read more

India in a state of desperate crisis against West Indies

first_imgIt was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings,It was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings and 83 runs.The second Test, a fascinating match because of the constant ebb and flow of fortunes, was one of those rare contests between India and the giants of Test cricket in which India led on the first innings.Theirs was a substantial advantage of 80 runs and yet, India found themselves in a state of desperate crisis on the last morning. And they may not have been able to extricate themselves from this tangle had the West Indies attack not been depleted by a hamstring injury to Michael Holding, who, was confined to the players’ balcony on the final day.In taking stock after the first two Tests, it must be remembered that India has not so far been pitted against Andy Roberts, the main wicket-taker for the West Indies when India played them at home, not many months ago. In the light of India’s performance in the three Tests against Pakistan, the current state of the series against the West Indies is not surprising.Marshall in his delivery strideFormidable Side: There are, indeed, many chinks in India’s armour, but that is not to deny the West Indies full credit for their achievements. They are an ageing side but still very formidable. There is depth to their batting and they are capable of throwing a fresh fast bowler at the opposition for most of the day.Malcolm Marshall has been outstanding for speed and control, threatening to bang a nail into the coffin with every spell. Holding and Daniel are not as explosive as in their youth, but they remain extremely penetrative bowlers, able to get pace and bounce from the deadest pitch as they demonstrated at Ferozeshah Kotia.advertisementWinston Davis, the junior most of the West Indies’ fast bowling combination has not lived up to the potential he showed in the zone matches preceding the Tests. He has lacked consistency in control and has had chronic ‘no ball’ problems. But he too has made his contribution, getting important wickets at vital stages of the first Test.From the Indian viewpoint, it has not been all gloom. India have had moments of satisfaction and even glory, none more stirring than Sunil Gavaskar’s achievement, on the first afternoon of the second Test, when he completed his 29th Test century, which put him level with the immortal Bradman.Promising Players: In only three innings, Kapil Dev has picked up ten wickets, showing himself to be a much better bowler with the old ball than he used to be. Both as a player of fast bowling and as a spinner, Ravi Shastri has risen in stature and is clearly destined to become one of the world’s leading all-rounders.Dilip Vengsarkar has made a happy comeback to Test cricket, seemingly the more relaxed after his exile. He has scored 69, 159 (his highest ever Test score) and 63 in consecutive innings, all of them very enjoyable to watch. Another growing asset is Roger Binny. He continues to look a good confident player of fast bowling, who is not unnerved by adversity. Now that he is more experienced, Binny might well plug the widening cracks in the upper half of the batting order.The achievement of Sunil Gavaskar’s 29th century was an occasion to savour, a source of pride and delight. This century will be remembered not just for its significance as a landmark in the history of the game, fitting the occasion, this innings was a genuine work of art. Its start was uncertain but long before Gavaskar reached 50, from only 37 balls, the canvas was resplendent with strokes of rare beauty and radiance.Vengsarkar square driving: India bamboozledClassic Century: When Gavaskar arrived at his century with a classic on-drive off his arch foe, Malcolm Marshall, he had been batting for three hours. By modern Test standards, this was a good rate, but not exceptional. However, measured in the sounder currency of balls received – 94 in this instance – this was Gavaskar’s most rapid century ever and probably the fifth fastest ever recorded.Gavaskar has always said that he is not a chaser of records. But he would not deny that it was a relief to get the burden of the 29th century off his shoulders. His reaction was one of genuine modesty. Although a very great player in his own right, Gavaskar is still a wide-eyed young hero-worshipper of Bradman when he is in the presence of the old master. He said: “I have equalled Sir Donald’s achievement, not his record. He got his 29 hunderds in only 52 Tests, I have played 95.”advertisementThe scene when Gavaskar reached his hundred was touching. There was spontaneous exuberance in the manner in which he was congratulated (“Bloody hell, you’ve done it at last”) by his partner, Dilip Vengsarkar, and that despite the fact that the two are no longer the closest of friends. The West Indians, who have spent many hot and frustrating hours in the field while Gavaskar has piled up thousands of runs against them since 1971, all beamed broad smiles as they lined up to pat his back or shake his hand.By the end of that memorable day, Vengsarkar too had completed his century, remained unbeaten, and India were in the commanding position of 299 for three. On the next day, India went on to amass a total of 464, their highest in their last 13 Test matches. It was an imposing score but one which was disappointing when viewed against the background of the overnight score. Only Shastri and Binny, who was last out with 52, played with requisite application. The pitch being what it was, India should have made no less than 500.With India’s bowling so limited, the only way of putting the West Indies under pressure was to confront them with a gigantic total. However, India’s fortunes continued to rise for some while longer. Gordon Greenidge, who had made 156 and 194 in his two previous innings against India, was out at 44 and on the following day, Desmond Haynes, his opening partner went at 45.But the fact that Winston Davis, the night watchman batted quite safely for more than an hour on the third morning was an ominous sign. The pitch was somnolent, except that the ball was beginning to keep low and rough outside the left-hander’s off stump. Shastri used this rough to prise out the obdurate Larry Gomes and also harried Clive Lloyd. But the veteran, with Logie as his sixth-wicket partner, held on grimly.Valuable Wicket: Viv Richards was out, shortly after lunch, having made 67, a figure India would willingly have settled for, because Richards was in good touch and ruthless form, having hit eight fours and a six in the most arrogant manner. He fell lbw to Kapil as he shaped to flick the ball to mid-wicket, Clive Lloyd, the non-striker, indicating amazement when umpire Dotiwala’s finger went up.The dreaded letters “lbw” were a recurring factor in the scorecard, which was symptomatic of a pitch on which the ball kept low. There were murmurs about indifferent umpiring but Clive Lloyd put the lid on the controversy by saying at his end-of-the-match press conference that mistakes were inevitable when two men had to stand out there in heat and an atmosphere of high tension for five days.advertisementRavi Shastri: Rising all-rounderLloyd, the grafter, rather than the old destructor, made his sixth Test century against India and West Indies got to within 80 runs of India’s score. Kapil Dev set up a new personal best in this innings, taking six wickets, his biggest haul in 13 Test matches against the West Indies.Slow Pitch: Only nine hours remained in the match when the second innings started, which was hardly time enough for the production of a decisive finish on a dreadfully slow pitch. India lost Gavaskar disconcertingly early, lbw to a ball from Holding that cut back quite viciously. There was more trauma when two wickets went down in one over, at 73, but India ended the day in the fairly secure position of 145 for four.A tame draw was inevitable and, indeed, that was the eventual outcome. But the match did not peter out in the expected manner. There were such violent upheavals in the first half hour of the morning that a West Indies victory became a strong possibility. The fuse which threatened the Indian innings with demolition was lit by Malcolm Marshall, who took three wickets in five balls.With just under five hours’ playing time left, India were 166 for eight, leading by only 246 runs. If the two remaining wickets had gone down with half the swiftness with which four had fallen in the morning, India’s goose would have been cooked. But Binny and Madan Lal, who had also staged a face-saving partnership of 117 in the first Test, checked the rot and West Indies, when they batted again, were left with a runs-to-time equation which, on this uneven pitch, they could not attempt to solve.Threatening Pace: It was Marshall who had provided West Indies with such an easy victory in the first Test. He took four wickets in each innings, having bowled spectacularly fast and also scored 92 runs at a time when runs were needed.India, clearly were undermined by speed, which is hardly surprising for, they are so unaccustomed to it. No doubt, they will be better adjusted to it as the series progresses but by then it will be too late. There is a mechanical method of preparing for a series in which pace is the opponents’ major weapon. That is to practice with a bowling machine. It costs a modest sum but the Board seems to have other uses for its crores.Another nettle that the Board refuses to grasp is Mohinder Amarnath. The leave of absence he asked for at the end of the series with Pakistan did him no good. He bagged a pair at Kanpur in the first Test and was not well enough to bat in his appointed place at number three in either innings at Delhi.The Board will not confirm or deny that the viral fever which Amarnath claims to suffer from has been investigated. The selectors, when asked, just shrug their shoulders and slavishly keep picking him for each succeeding Test. I am becoming convinced that Indian cricket’s administration no longer has a backbone.last_img read more

Sport Minister announces upgradation, new stadia in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Sport Minister Jitendra Singh today said that the government would upgrade two major sports stadia in Jammu & Kashmir and also construct a new one. The Minister announced that Rs 42 crore has been allocated for the upgradation of Jammus Maulana Azad Stadium. “The execution of work has been entrusted to NPCC, which will further engage different agencies for upgrading M A Stadium,” said the Minister after convening a meeting of the Ministry to discuss some of the pending issues related to J&K. The work is scheduled to start sometime after the end of the monsoon season and before the year end. “The upgradation of the MA Stadium will include a modern synthetic athletic track, synthetic hockey track, swimming pool, upgraded facility of toilets, galleries and change rooms as well as provision for latest sports equipment. “In addition to stadia in Jammu and Srinagar (Bakshi Stadium), the existing stadia in Poonch and Rajouri will also be upgraded at the cost of Rs 4 crore,” he added. He also said that there were plans to build 12 new indoor game halls at other different locations in the state. “An execution plan is also being worked out for promotion of water sports at Mansar in Jammu and Pahalgam in Kashmir,” Jitender added. Sports Secretary Rajeev Yadav and other senior officers were present at the meeting. PTI CM PDS PDSlast_img read more