Lara advocates ending test match ties

first_imgLara..wants an end to test match ties World record holder and West Indies batting legend Brian Lara believes banishing the no result ending to test matches could be the fillip the longer version of cricket needs.With the dawn of the faster-paced T20 format of the game, interest in test cricket has been on a downward spiral in recent years, with many of the sports top players opting out of test cricket.Lara, now 47, has played 131 Tests and is test cricket’s sixth highest run-scorer with 11,953 and holds the record for highest score in a match with 400. He previously held the world record of 375 not out.He is of the firm belief that with a little tweaking Test cricket could regain its place at the pinnacle of the sport.“I played in a period when Test cricket was waning and the crowds were a bit smaller and I grew up in the 70s and 80s and lined up at five o’clock in the morning to watch a Test match with a packed house,” Lara told BBC.“T20 has brought a new spectator in.”“One of the complaints by an American is ‘how can you play a game for five days and it ends in a draw?’ I would like to maybe see results in every single Test match,” he added.“I know seventy per cent of the time the game takes its natural course and you get a result.“Maybe find a way where you structure the game … and come up with some formula that can bring a winner at the end of it.”last_img read more

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South Africa’s Jessica Mbangeni to perform at Bob Marley birthday celebration

first_imgAward-winning Praise poet, entertainer and community development specialist, Jessica Mbangeni from South Africa (Azania) had her sights set on returning to Jamaica since her first visit in August 2017. Her wish has come true and she returns to the island to perform for Bob Marley’s 73rd Birthday celebration, February 6, 2018 to be staged at the Bob Marley Museum, Kingston.Soul RebelThe event is themed: ‘Soul Rebel,’ a call for people to unite against violence and divisiveness in society. Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.Tuff Gong & the Family of Bob Marley leads worldwide tributes to the music icon, which are independently being produced in the United Kingdom, Hawaii, New York, Denmark, and Negril with the 26th annual staging of the Bob Marley Birthday Bash, just to name a few locations.Morgan Heritage headlinesHeadlining the music showcase is Morgan Heritage live from Denmark. Among the Special guest performers is Jessica Mbangeni who made her maiden voyage to the island to perform for the Jamaica Poetry Festival, produced by Yasus Afari, in August 2017.  She also ‘brought the house down’ at the Marcus Garvey Tribute & Concert staged by IRIE FM Radio in Coconut Grove, St. Ann, Ocho Rios.Having tasted our trademarked cuisine and grounded in the warm hospitality of our people, Jessica pledged to return to the Island to further immerse in its culture and  heritage. She sought out community tourism events to connect with her work in community development, which has led her to an upcoming performance at the Marcus Garvey Fair, produced by Valerie C. Dixon, to be staged in its new location, Cross Keys High School, Mandeville.Fashion showcaseFollowing the performance, Jessica Mbangeni will engage with the students in a Fashion Showcase to include a Seminar comparing and contrasting design techniques, which culminates in a Fashion Show.During her five-week trip, Mbangeni will be do a feasibility study observing the culture of the island and work with the South African economic diplomatic office.The celebration activities will commence at 7 a.m. The showcase will present three symposia with specially invited guests and will include the blowing of the Abeng, Nyabinghi drumming and the cutting of the birthday cake, accompanied by the traditional welcome from the Marley family and management of the Bob Marley Group.Ms Mbangeni will speak on the state of Reggae in South Africa.last_img read more

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Jamaican PM declares State of Emergency in Corporate Area

first_imgA State of Public Emergency (SOE) has been declared in sections of the Corporate Area.The announcement was made on Sunday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a press conference at Jamaica House.The enhanced security measures include several communities such as Denham Town and Trench Town, that have become crime hotspots across the island .The latest announcement is a continuation of the government’s use of emergency powers in the fight against crime. Holness who is also Defense minister said the measure became necessary because the capacity of the force was limited   to deal with the high levels of criminal activity.“The government considers the crime situation in these areas to be over and above the capacity of existing law enforcement. The objective is therefore to degrade and erode the capacity of criminal organizations to operate and control these spaces to break and indeed challenge the culture of lawless that exits in some communities in these areas and ultimately to provide the space in which law abiding citizens and regular policing can work together to provide peace and harmony in these areas.”He also told reporters that his administration is not contemplating an islandwide State of Emergency.“If you are going to use the state of emergency as a knee jerk response, then you could contemplate an islandwide SOE…….but the state of emergency also gives you powers that you can use for the long term degrading of the capacity of a threat. We are using it for the erosion of capabilities and the degrading of the capacity of what we consider to be long term well entrenched threats,” he saidMeanwhile, leader of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Dr. Peter Phillips expressed concern about “unending States of Emergencies”.It’s a judgement tha the government has to exercise but I would still make the point that we cannot have unending States of Emergency,…” said Phillips. According to Phillips, who was a former National Security Minister, the PNP still awaits confirmation of more long term initiatives to counter the incidence of serious crimes, outside of these security measures which should only be short term in duration.In 2017,  1, 600 people were murdered across the island and so far this year, more than 700 people have been killed.last_img read more

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Dortmund Suspends Barcelona Target Ousmane Dembele For Missing Training Without Permission

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have suspended wantaway forward and Barcelona target, Ousmane Dembele, for missing Training Without Permission.A statement by Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, reads: “Ousmane Dembélé missed training without notifying the club and has clearly taken this action consciously. We will obviously sanction him for this,”“We have also suspended the player until after the cup game at the weekend.”Earlier today, Franch new outlet, L’Equipe, reported that 20-year-old Dembele is close to signing for Barcelona and is believed to have travelled to France to visit his family on Thursday.The German club also confirmed Barcelona’s interest in the youngster, an official statement from Dortmund explained: “There has been a discussion with Barcelona in regards to a possible transfer of Ousmane Dembélé,”“In these talks Barcelona have presented an offer that does not match the extraordinary footballing and otherwise status of the player and also not the current market situation. BVB have turned this offer down.”“And as there is no other offer from Barcelona a transfer should not be expected and is at this moment in time unlikely.” RelatedBreaking: Dortmund Agrees £110m Ousmane Dembele Transfer Fee From BarcelonaAugust 24, 2017In “Europe”Dortmund Accepts €100million Ousmane Dembele Bid From BarcelonaAugust 15, 2017In “Europe”Barcelona want to “help” Ousmane Dembele Reach his Potential – ValverdeDecember 10, 2018In “Spain”last_img read more

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AITEO Cup Round of 32: Defending Champions Start Strong As Delta State Teams Bow…

first_imgRivers Angels Technical Adviser Edwin Okon has expressed delight at his side’s emphatic 5-0 victory over Delta Babes in the AITEO Cup Round of 32 on Wednesday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.Amarachi Ojinma scored twice while Chinaza Uchendu, Patience Kalu, Cecilia Nku contributed one goal each to ensure an easy start for the Jewel of Rivers in their quest to defend the title.Okon believes they could have even scored more.“I am happy because playing an amateur team like this isn’t an easy task,” the former Super Falcons coach said. “We were in a hurry to score in the first half which made us miss so many chances.”He, however, pointed out that regardless of the result, progressing to the Round of 16 is what matters the most.“All we needed was qualification, even if it had ended 1-0, qualifying was the target,” Okon added.Visiting Delta Babes were no match for the Angels as they could only manage two shots on target in the match.Elsewhere in Lagos, another Delta State team kissed the tournament goodbye as FC Robo Queens shocked Delta Queens 1-0 to book a place in the next round.Esther Ndubuisi’s goal in the second half of that encounter made the difference.Speaking to the media after the match, Delta Queens Right Back, Lilian Cole said, “I had so much expectation before the match based on our excellent run in the league but the outcome of the match actually confirms that there are no underdogs especially in women’s football.”Delta Queens who finished on top of Group B in the regular season of the Nigeria Women Premier League still has a shot at a title though as they now concentrate fully on the NWPL Super Four tournament scheduled for next month.“I think our focus now should be on the Super Four as this defeat will certainly spur us to claim the title as a compensation,” Cole added.The defender represented Bayelsa Queens in last season’s AITEO Cup and was the one who missed the vital penalty kick which led to Rivers Angels emerging as champions.AITEO Cup Round of 32 RESULTSRivers Angels 5-0 Delta BabesAdamawa Queens 0-1 Edo QueensFC Robo Queens 1-0 Delta QueensConfluence Queens 3-0 Invincible Queens (walk over)Beautiful Tours 3-1 Moje QueensBayelsa Queens Feeders 4-0 Fortress LadiesPelican Stars 1-0 Young Talents 99TEAMS IN THE AITEO CUP ROUND OF 16Ben Women FC, Ibom Angels, Jokodolu Babes, Sure Babes, Sunshine Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Osun Babes, Abia Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Edo Queens, FC Robo Queens, Confluence Queens, Beautiful Tours, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa United Feeders and Pelican Stars.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/OKON-AUG-31.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedWomen’s AITEO Cup final preview: Badly wounded Rivers Angels seek healing in JosOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria”Ibom Angels, Rivers Angels Progress into Quarterfinals as Olori Babes Suffer Autocrash SetbackJune 21, 2019In “FA Cup”AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels Team Manager Plays Down Favourites’ Tag [AUDIO]August 29, 2017In “NWL”last_img read more

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La Liga Update: Celta, Girona Serve Up Six-Goal Thriller

first_imgCelta Vigo and Girona played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in their Spanish La Liga Matchday 7 clash played at Balaidos.In-form Celta Vigo midfielder Pione Sisto gave Celta an early lead before two goals in four minutes from Portu and Christian Stuani gave the away side a 2-1 lead but the hosts were back level within two minutes courtesy Maxi Gomez. All the four goals coming within the space of eight minutes.The second half didn’t produce much goals like the first half with both sides getting one each. Daniel Wass gave the home side a second lead in the 76th minute before defender Juanpe earned a draw for his side with four minutes left on the clock.The draw moves Celta Vigo from 13th to 11th with 8 points from their first seven league games of the season. Girona also move two spots from 17th to 15th with 6 points ahead of the remaining matches for Matchday 7.Relatedlast_img read more

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Pique Wants To Retire From Football Now If…

first_imgBarcelona star Gerard Pique has revealed that he is ready to retire from international football before 2018 If his endorsement of Catalonia’s independence referendum is seen as a problem by Spanish football authorities.Pique, who had been outspoken about him retiring from the Spanish national team setup after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, disclosed this after he helped his Barcelona team overcome visitors Las Palmas 3-0 in an empty stadium on Sunday evening due to the unrest in the city. He also stated that the Spanish La Liga Matchday 7 clash was his “hardest game”.In his words, the 30-year old defender said: “I think I can continue.”“But if the board really thinks I’m a problem, I will take a step back and leave the national team before 2018.“There are many people in Spain who disagree with what happened today and believe in democracy.” he added.Gerard Pique has become a controversial figure in Spanish football despite featuring 91 times for the La Furia Roja because of his position on the referendum.Prior to Sunday’s game against Las Palmas, the former Manchester United central defender posted a picture on Twitter of him voting in the referendum and wrote: “I have already voted. Together we are unstoppable defending democracy.”Speaking further about the Las Palmas game, Pique said: “The board tried to suspend the match, but it wasn’t possible. We debated it and the club decided we should play.“I am and I feel Catalan, today more than ever. I am proud of the behaviour of the people of Catalonia. Voting is a right that must be defended.” he stated.Pique believes Sunday’s events will further heighten the political instability in Spain. In his chat with AFP Agency, he said: “For a moment I couldn’t believe it.”“I thought they would try to block the vote but they would try to do it in a peaceful manner.“It wasn’t like that, but at least the whole world has seen it.“This decision has made things a lot worse. It is one of the worst decisions made by this country in 40 or 50 years.“It has only served to separate Catalonia and Spain more and it will have consequences.” he concluded. RelatedSpanish Fans Boo Barcelona Star Over Catalan SupportOctober 3, 2017In “Europe”David Silva Retires From International FootballAugust 13, 2018In “Europe”Barcelona Star Reiterates Commitment To Spain Despite Catalan Independence SupportOctober 5, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil And Spain Secure Final Last Four Spots

first_imgBrazil and Spain have secured the final two slots in the last four of the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup in India after their respective quarterfinal wins over Germany and Iran.Favourites Brazil came from a goal down to beat Germany 2-1 thereby sealing a mouthwatering semifinal clash with the junior Three Lions of England to determine who will play in the final.Jann Fiete-Arp gave the Germans a first half lead to notch his 5th goal of the tournament and that was how it remained until Brazil got two second half goals within six minutes to turn the game on its head.In the other last eight clash played on Sunday, Barcelona B star Abel Ruiz scored the opener as he helped Spain beat Asian side Iran 3-1. The Spanish team will next face West African opposition in the form of Mali in the semis.Semifinal Pairings:Mali vs. SpainEngland vs. BrazilRelated2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Mali, England Into The SemisOctober 22, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Wrap: Ghana And Brazil Complete Quarterfinal LineupOctober 19, 2017In “FIFA”2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: England And Spain To Contest FinalOctober 25, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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French League Cup Round of 32 (Tuesday) Wrap: Away Sides On Top

first_imgThe theme for the French League Cup round of 32 matches played on Tuesday night was away win after the visiting sides emerged victorious.Ivorian striker Christian Kouakou scored the only goal of the game for Caen in their 1-0 win over Lorient in the battle of two top flight sides thereby helping his side book their place in the next round of the competition.In the other game played, Souleymane Camara and Casimir Ningi secured a 2-0 win for Montpellier in their round of 32 away clash at fellow French Ligue 1 side Guingamp.RelatedFrench Cup Review: Marseille Book Last 16 Place With Two Late Goals Over Lowly EpinalJanuary 24, 2018In “Europe”French League Cup (Tuesday): Monaco Into Quarters After Caen WinDecember 13, 2017In “Europe”French Cup Review: PSG Hit Rennes For Six As Marseille Survive Valenciennes ScareJanuary 8, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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Big Blow! French Striker Set To Miss NLD Clash

first_imgArsenal have been hit with the blow that their French striker Olivier Giroud is almost certain to miss the upcoming North London Derby (NLD) with Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.Giroud picked up a thigh injury while on international duty prompting him to sit out the exciting friendly match against Germany in Cologne on Tuesday night.His participation in Saturday’s NLD in the league was put in doubt by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger while giving his injury update ahead of the huge game.The Frenchman said: “Giroud picked up an injury.”“I don’t think he will be available.“It’s short-term, we have to assess him again on Monday.” he added.Previous injury absentees like Shkrodan Mustafi and Danny Welbeck might feature but they will have to pass a late fitness test on Friday.The Arsenal manager gave an update on them as follows: “They have to be checked.”“Mustafi will have a final check tomorrow, Welbeck as well.” he added.One positive news that the Gunners can hold on to amidst the uncertainties on their players’ fitness is that Calum Chambers has been declared fit for the game after an injury-ravaged start to the season and will provide cover for the team in defence. RelatedPremier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International DutyOctober 9, 2017In “England”Alexander Lacazette: Turning Point For Arsenal?August 3, 2017In “England”Giroud Will Be Fit For World Cup Opener – France Coach DeschampsJune 11, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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