Tony Becca: Rally ‘round the West Indies

first_img HIGH PRAISE These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable. LOW-SCORING FINAL The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead.last_img read more

Flipping’ heck…why all these shoes have been washing up in Donegal

first_imgRunners and flip flops have been washing up along Donegal beaches for the past month after containers spilt off a Maersk Shanghai ship near North Carolina last year.FlipBeaches at other parts of the country including Valentia, Fanore and Connemara have also reported coming across the footwear.And they have also reached Cornwall in the UK, Brest and Brittany in France, the Azores, parts of Spain and Jersey. Liam MacNamara of Burren Shores Beachcombing and More told the Irish Times the companies responsible, Great Wolf Lodge and Just Speed have been contacted.“I have a contact in Florida who took up the case for me and he made contact with the companies . . . Just Speed and Great Wolf Lodge have confirmed that they had a shipment on that boat.”Nike have also been contacted regarding the lost containers but said “they weren’t aware of any containers that were missing”.Mr MacNamara is concerned at the potential environmental impact of plastic footwear in the oceans having seen bite marks on several pairs in Fanore. Nike have also been contacted regarding the lost shipments but said “they weren’t aware of any containers that were missing”.“Most of the soles themselves are made from plastic. The material side of it wouldn’t be overly harmful because that would break down, but the plastic of course never breaks down. And it just gets smaller and smaller, eventually it could end up in fish.”The clean-up now falls upon volunteers. In 2015, ink cartridges belonging to Hewlett Packard washed up on beaches and the American multinational company later made a donation to environmental groups as an apology.Flipping’ heck…why all these shoes have been washing up in Donegal was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 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)last_img read more

SA woman conquers Seven Summits

first_imgMandy Ramdsen at the top of the world. At 07h45 on 22 May 2010, Mandy Ramsden was on top of the world. Literally. The South African mountaineer had just reached the 8 848-metre summit of Mount Everest. And she had plenty to be excited about. Not only is she now the second South African woman to climb Everest, she is also the first South African – indeed, African – woman to have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world’s seven continents.The first South African woman to climb Everest was Cathy O’Dowd, who reached the top on Ian Woodall’s controversial first South African Everest expedition in 1996, during which cameraman Bruce Herrod died. O’Dowd went on to climb Everest from the north side in 1999, becoming the first woman in the world to summit from both sides.Ramsden, a Zimbabwe-born single mother of four, has been working to claim the Seven Summits for five years. Since conquering Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006, she has ticked off Mount Elbrus in Europe (2006), Aconcagua in South America (2006), Carstenz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Australasia/Oceania 2007, Denali (Mount McKinley) in North America (2008), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (2009) and now the Big E.A perfect summitEverything went perfectly for the Adventure Consultants team, led by veteran New Zealand guide Mike Roberts and made up of Ramsden, fellow South African Tony Hampson-Tindale and Irishman James Haydock. After a stay down the valley in the village of Periche, enjoying the oxygen-rich air of the lower altitude and recovering from their acclimatisation programme, the team moved back to base camp on 11 May.Waiting for the weather window that would allow them to start the climb, the team focused on their preparation, visualising the climb ahead, fitting and testing their oxygen masks and regulators, familiarising themselves with the process of changing oxygen bottles, and experimenting with various combinations of headgear and warm clothing. Finally, on 19 May, they got the green light and made their way up through the Khumbu Icefall for the last time.On 21 May the team arrived at their final camp on the South Col, at 7 935 metres less than a thousand metres short of the summit. After a few hours rest and rehydration Ramsden and team leader Roberts left the South Col at 22h00. Although it was snowing lightly they could see the stars above – conditions looked good.They radioed in at the Balcony, roughly the half-way point in terms of height gain, and then made their way along the snowy southeast ridge to the South Summit Rocks, reaching the South Summit as dawn was breaking. After changing their oxygen bottles they were ready for the final push. At 06h00 the first team member, James Haydock, stood on the summit. Roberts and Ramsden, accompanied by Pemba Choti, on his sixth summit and Passang Bhote, on his third, topped out just under two hours later.Record-breakersOn the summit with them was another new record holder: Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old American from Big Bear, California, and the youngest to ever climb Everest. Romera, climbing with his father and three sherpa guides, climbed the mountain’s northeast ridge from Tibet because China has no age restrictions for Everest climbers. Those attempting to climb the south side from Nepal must be a minimum of 16 years old. The previous record for the youngest summiteer was held by Temba Tshering of Nepal, who summited at the age of 16 in 2001.After the obligatory photo shots in her South African-made Cape Storm ASR high altitude down suit, Ramsden and the rest of the Adventure Consultants team returned to the South Col for the night, before descending to Camp 2 the next day. They awoke to falling snow the next morning but, undeterred, were the first team to leave camp and begin the strenuous task of trail-breaking down to base camp. They are all now safely back at the camp, refreshed, clean, well fed – and celebrating.South Africans on the mountainIt was a good climbing season for South African mountaineers on Everest. A day after Ramsden stood on the world’s highest peak, five members of the South African Adventure Dynamics team, and team leader Sean Disney, summited from Everest’s north side. It was a particularly poignant occasion for Disney and team member Vaughan de la Harpe, both also Seven Summiteers – exactly four years ago they summited Everest from the south side.Three climbers from the Adventures Global team, led by South African Ronnie Muhl and comprising both South Africans and Australians, summited on 23 May with two more reaching the top on the 24th. Muhl himself, who had climbed Everest from the north side in 2007, decided to turn back before the summit.To date 424 climbers have summited Everest in 2010, with two fatalities. A new record for the number of ascents was set by the 50-year-old Apa Sherpa, leader of Eco Everest Expedition 2010, who now has 20 summits under his belt.How high is Mount Everest?China and Nepal have finally agreed that the height of world’s highest mountain is 8 848 metres – the height of its summit snows. The Chinese previously argued that it should be measured by its rock height, 8 844 metres.That said, the mountain is growing taller all the time, thanks to the collision of tectonic plates, so they might both be wrong. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology to record a height of 8 850 metres. This figure is now used by the US National Geographic Society, although it has not been officially accepted by Nepal.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Provide Focus

first_imgFocus is the elimination of options. Focus is the discipline of saying no to all but the few things that are most important. Leaders provide that focus.A leader is often presented with countless opportunities. There is always an endless stream of ideas, some of them good, a few of them great, and a very small number that are compelling. A leader has to protect the organization he leads from most of these opportunities to pursue the few opportunities that will deliver their strategic objectives.Not every potential client is worth pursuing. They’re not all created equal. Some of your prospective clients are going to be willing to work with you, provided you do something way outside your core competencies. It can sound and feel like a good idea to gain new competencies, but it is almost always a distraction.There are countless change initiatives that would help you improve your efficiencies or improve your operational capabilities. There are now hundreds of things you could be doing better. But you must deploy the limited time, energy, and psychic bandwidth against only the most important initiatives.There is always some new, shiny object that captures your attention as a leader. It might be social selling. It might be big data. It might be the latest and greatest sales methodology. You cannot ignore the major political, economic, societal, and technological trends that are reshaping the world in this Disruptive Age. But you also can’t allow your team to tackle projects that aren’t going to produce the results you need, and you can’t allow them to spread their effort across so many initiatives that nothing gets done as well–or completely–as it needs to be.Leadership requires that you say no to all but the few, critical, strategic initiatives that are going to move the organization you lead into the future. Saying no to small things is the only way to protect the time and energy necessary to say yes to big things. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Send Metro officials to PoK to destroy terror camps rather than trees, says Aaditya Thackeray

first_imgTerming the axing of trees in Aarey Colony as “shameful and disgusting”, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Saturday tweeted that the Mumbai Metro 3 officials should be posted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to destroy terror camps rather than trees. In a series of tweets, he also said that several environmentalists and even local Shiv Sena members tried to stop the tree felling. The Yuva Sena chief went on to say that with the increased police presence and deforestation, Mumbai Metro 3 is destroying everything that India had said at the United Nations (UN). He said Shiv Sena leaders Sheetal Mhatre, Shubha Raul and MLA Sunil Prabhu have been standing up in support of the citizens. “Wonder why Mumbai Metro is treating Mumbaikars like criminals and not listening to their sensible demand of sustainable development,” Mr. Thackeray said. The Central government ministry of climate change doesn’t need to exist or speak about plastic pollution, when Mumbai Metro 3 is senselessly destroying Aarey, Mumbai’s green lung, he added. “This ego battle taken up by Metro 3 is destroying the purpose of making it,” the 29-year-old leader, who is contesting the Assembly election from Worli constituency in Mumbai, said. “The vigour with which the Mumbai Metro 3 is slyly and swiftly cutting down an ecosystem in Aarey is shameful and disgusting. How about posting these officials in POK giving them charge to destroy terror camps rather than trees,” Mr. Thackeray tweeted. “A project that should be executed with pride, the Metro 3, Mumbai Metro 3 had to do it in the cover of the night, with shame, slyness and heavy cop cover. The project supposed to get Mumbai clean air, is hacking a forest with a leopard, rusty spotted cat and more,” he said in another tweet. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) started cutting trees from Friday evening to make way for its car shed, hours after the Bombay High Court dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and activists challenging the decision to allow felling of trees in the prime green lung of the city.last_img read more

Democrats Reject GOPs Omnibus Proposal over Policy Riders

first_imgDemocratic leaders on Wednesday slammed the Republicans’ opening offer for a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill over more than 30 “poison pill” add-ons covering policy issues including the environment, financial regulations and Syrian refugees.“Their offer wasn’t real. We couldn’t accept it,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.“When you’re working on a bill that, you know, we hope can pass the House and the Senate, you don’t send over an offer … that’s going nowhere,” Lowey said, reported the Hill.On Wednesday night, Democrats said they intended to respond to the GOP with a counteroffer shortly. The back-and-forth comes as lawmakers are trying to strike a deal over a $1.1 trillion spending package before the current continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. Even though topline spending levels were agreed to in October’s two-year budget deal, Congress still needs to come to terms over 12 separate spending titles, including any language affecting federal policy.The Republican’s initial offer, however, did not touch most of the thousands of smaller, line-by-line agreements on funding levels and bill language struck by appropriations staff in recent weeks, reported CQ.The process is typical of high-level discussions conducted under a looming deadline, although the negotiations usually take place hidden from public view. In fact, Democrats said they will not be releasing any details on their response.Examples of provisions rejected by the Democrats include one scaling back Wall Street reforms and another adding hurdles to the screening process for refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq, according to the Hill.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest echoed the concerns of congressional Democrats about the objectionable riders, and said Republicans are “whistling past the graveyard of a government shutdown.” Earnest specifically pointed to Republican language on financial and environmental regulations, reported CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more