Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

USAID Emphasizes Need for More Female Teachers

first_imgThe Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), John Mark Winfield, has stressed the need for more women to get involved in Teacher training and enter the classroom.In his keynote address recently in Zorzor, Lofa County where the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) graduated 150 teachers, Mr. Winfield who himself is a teacher, underscored that it is important to increase the enrollment of women in the teacher training program.He did not state in his keynote address why it would be important to increase women in the Teaching field; however, a campaign to have women participation in key decision making and workplaces has taken center stage over the years.Moreover, educators believe that women make good teachers because of their patience and compassion especially in dealing with kindergarten and primary students who need special and dedicated care to grasp the lessons.There were 30 women represented in the recently held graduation exercise in Zorzor.  Despite this number that observers believe was huge at the time, the USAID Mission Director intoned that there is still a need to encourage more to join.He challenged the newly recruited teachers to demonstrate diligence and shape the lives of young people coming up for a better future.“You are now in the position to educate and shape the future leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, doctors, and yes—teachers—of Liberia,” he said.  “By touching so many young lives, you can open the door… you can change the face…you can change the direction of Liberia.”He said the United States Government remains a partner to Liberia in developing teacher education, emphasizing that Liberia and the US have a common goal—to ensure that every Liberian child has an opportunity to learn, a chance to be educated. The graduation of yet another group of qualified teachers is bringing both governments one step closer to achieving that goal.Earlier, the Director of the ZRTTI, Dr. Advertus O.  Wright, called on the Liberian Government to elevate the institution to a full-fledged degree-granting college. He said that if Liberia is to compete internationally, granting “C” certificates is not enough.In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Education for Administration, Ramses Kumbuyah, challenged the new teachers to aspire to greater heights and to serve as role models for their students. The Ministry of Education is working with donors and partners to validate the credentials of teachers across the country with the objective of ensuring that all trained teachers have the opportunity to teach.One hundred and fifty-six graduates were awarded pre-service “C” certificates, qualifying them to teach at the primary school level.The colorful ceremony was witnessed by hundreds of people.The graduates, mostly between the ages of 25 to 35, are from Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties. They are the most recent additions to a new cadre of teachers being trained by the Government of Liberia, with support from the USAID, to ensure that qualified teachers are in classrooms across the country.In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the USAID Liberia Teacher Training Program is   supporting the Rural Teacher Training Institutes in Zorzor, Kakata and Webbo to develop teacher standards, improve curricula, provide teaching and learning resources and, through school-based teacher training, implement Liberia’s national plan to ensure that  all children are reading by the end of grade three.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barca want Chelsea keeper – report

first_imgBarcelona want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.It is claimed the Catalan giants have identified him as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes and that sources close to the Belgian say Barca have made an approach.Courtois, 20, joined Chelsea from Genk for £8m last year and is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.Fulham are interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, according to the Daily Mirror.Norwich and Aston Villa are also said to be keen on the Seagulls star, who started his career at Chelsea.Bridcutt is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree a new deal at Brighton.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

There was a time for the Giants to bring in the fences, but that was 58 years ago

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Giants officials, including team president Farhan​ Zaidi​, are entertaining the notion of reconfiguring Oracle Park. As in bringing in the fences.They have one unassailable talking point: removing the bullpens from the field of play. That was an injury waiting to happen. A year ago next week it happened. Giants outfielder Mac Williamson, while chasing a fly ball, tripped over the bullpen mound and suffered a profound …last_img read more

Dismal revenue collection for Games organizing committee

first_imgWith the fall in sponsorship amount, coupled with poor ticket and merchandise sale, the total revenue collection of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is expected to come down to Rs 600 crore only against an expenditure of about Rs 1,820 crore.CWG closing ceremony.”Many sponsors including the Railways, the lead partner of the Commonwealth Games, are yet to make full payments. But we are hopeful that sponsors will make payments as per their commitment,” said a senior OC official. The OC was given Rs 1,820 crore as a loan by the government for organizing the Games.”We are expecting Rs 600 crore as revenue including about 350 crores from sponsorship and Rs 215 crore from TV rights,” the official said.Railways has committed to give Rs 100 crore for the Games. It had also operated a special Taj Express for delegates and athletes during the event as part of its agreement with the OC.”The issue regarding the payment by railways have been resolved now. Railways is expected to deposit the money in a joint account of Sports Ministry and Organising Committee soon,” he said.As far as ticket sale is concerned, only Rs 20 crore has come to the OC kitty as against the target of Rs 100 crore.However, the official said, “The total earning from ticket sale will be about Rs 40 crore, as all the collection money has not been deposited yet.”Blaming the negative publicity following reports of irregularities surrounding the sporting extravaganza, the official said even the income from licensing and merchandise was dismal. “Only some lakhs were collected from merchandise sale,” he said.advertisement–With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

10 months agoHiguain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals. last_img read more

20 days agoReally? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd formby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba’s personal barber has defended the Manchester United midfielder’s form.Pogba has beem criticised for caring more about his haircut than he is about playing football.But Pogba’s barber Ahmed Alsanawi told the Sportsman: “People say ‘What’s the haircut?’“Think about it, they’re always on TV, millions and millions of people are watching them.“What would you rather look like? S***, or good?“People don’t get that and it winds me up sometimes.“Hair is the crown you wear.“If I’m going out, and my hair is messy and my beard is all over the place, my confidence isn’t going to be as good as if I have a proper decent fade and I’m feeling myself.”That’s every aspect of life, anything; if you feel confident in yourself and the haircut makes you feel that way, you’re going to perform better.” last_img read more

13 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Foden

first_imgChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Fodenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is being backed for a senior England return.Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes Hudson-Odoi will be knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door ahead of the senior internationals next month.”Callum’s a special talent and I’ve known him for a long time now,” Foden said. “We played together in the youth teams and I’m positive he’ll be back up to the first team in the next camp. I’m hoping so.”He actually looks even sharper. That’s just Callum for you. He’s always got a smile on his face and just loves the game. He hasn’t dropped standards in any way. He’ll obviously feel like his sharpness isn’t quite there but you can see the signs.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Real estate sector on growth trajectory CREDAICBRE report

first_imgTel Aviv: India’s economic transition, workforce expansion and urbanisation will boost investment opportunities in real estate sector in the next decade, leading to significant growth in housing, office, retail and warehousing space, says a CREDAI and CBRE report. In its joint report released at a real estate conference held here, property consultant CBRE said the sector would expand tremendously by 2030, led by new asset classes such as coworking, coliving, student housing and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report estimated that office space stock will touch one billion sq ft by 2030, with flexible workspace accounting for 8-10 per cent of the total stock. The retail shopping centre stock is estimated to cross 120 million sq ft by 2030, while warehousing stock could touch 500 million sq ft by then. By 2030, residential real estate has the potential to almost double from the current stock of 1.5 million units in key cities, the report said. “As the Indian economy transitions and its workforce expands, it will offer vast development and investment opportunities for the real estate sector,” CREDAI-CBRE report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe growth of cities is going to further influence the country’s built environment, while technology, demographics and environmental issues will become the new value drivers, it added. Commenting on the report, CREDAI President Satish Magar said, “India continues to remain a high-priority market for long term growth potential as is evident from the increased investment flows in the last few years. “In the wake of positive policy reforms and emergence of a strong workforce, the momentum of India’s economic growth is steady and it will only grow stronger in the next 10 years,” said Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE. The factors which will further facilitate this growth trajectory are investment, improved governance, human capital upgrade, improved connectivity, infrastructure enhancement, strengthened institutions, policy reforms and integrated sustainability of the entire ecosystem, he added.last_img read more