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‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

first_imgOutgoing Jamaica Under-19 captain, Michael Frew, a member of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team, has listed teamwork as the main reason their historic ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph. The West Indies, led by Man-of-the-Match Leeward Islands batsman, Keacy Carty, who scored an unbeaten 52, defeated title-favourites and previously unbeaten India by five wickets in the final yesterday in Bangladesh. “It was definitely, team performance,” off-spinning all-rounder Frew told The Gleaner.  “It wasn’t one person who really carried the team. Everyone chipped in at the right time. “Our opening bowlers, again, gave us a good start with the new ball and the bowlers in the middle came and finished the job. “In the batting we knew we had a lot of balls and the guys batted patiently,” he added. The triumph, which was wrapped up with three balls to spare, after the West Indies scored 146 for five in response to 145 made by the Indians, represented the first time the regional outfit was lifting the title. The previous best performance was a second place finish in 2004, when the West Indies, led then by current wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, lost to Pakistan in the final, also in Bangladesh. Fast bowlers – the impressive Alzzarri Joseph of the Leewards and, Ryan John of the Windward Islands – spearheaded the West Indies bowling performance with three for 39 and John, three for 38, respectively. “Leading up to the final we were winning matches so our confidence was at a pretty good level,” expressed Frew. “However, we knew that India was a good team and didn’t take anything for granted.” Guided by captain Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana, the West Indies, after going down to England in their opening match, rebounded to defeat Fiji and Zimbabwe in their subsequent group fixtures. They then defeated long-standing nemesis, Pakistan, who also knocked them out of the tournament in 2014, in the quarter-finals, before getting the better of Bangladesh in the semi-finals. One of three Jamaicans in the West Indies squad along with fast bowler Odean Smith and batsman Shahid Crooks, Frew, also said he hoped the win would make the people of the Caribbean happy. “I hope it has made them proud,” he said. “We wanted to do this for the people of the Caribbean, including our family and our friends.”last_img read more

The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the Week

The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgA-maze-ing, amirite? Photo courtesy of WoodnuttGeocache Name:Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Some geocaches just go above and beyond the traditional idea of what a geocache is. In particular, this geocache combines not only a multi-stage puzzle-solving adventure, but also inventive and creative containers. On top of all that, the geocache creator partnered directly with the Alabama State Parks department to ensure that this geocache will entertain geocachers for years to come. Just a look through the Found It logs will give you a glimpse into what geocachers think of this geocache. If you’re ever in the area, stop in, try your luck at the maze and earn this awesome smiley.What the geocache owner, Woodnutt, has to say:“I have always enjoyed working with wood and have built houses, furniture, cabinets and canoes; so geocaches were something that fit right in.  Building different, unique and creative caches is what I enjoy the most…The partnership with the Alabama State Parks began with a request by the manager of Chewacla State Park to the geocaching community about placing caches in his park…I read all the logs on all of my caches, however the ones that are positive and really enjoyed the cache are the ones that I enjoy the most.  Creative caches take a lot of time and money to build and place and when you receive a log from someone that enjoyed the cache and their time outdoors makes the effort to place the cache worthwhile.  The favorite points are nice to see as well and let others know the cache is worth the time to find.To the geocaching community I would like to say thank you for your logs and favorite points and ask that you take care of the cache.  Sometimes things break, just let the cache owner know so it can be corrected.  I have had a number of caches stolen or damaged as I know many other cache owners have which is very dishearten after the effort place in the cache.  Otherwise, enjoy the great outdoors and geocaching.”What geocachers are saying:“I’ve heard so much about this cache through other finders. I wasn’t going to leave the park without it! I played with the maze for a good 30 minutes and had no luck. One of the park workers and her two daughters stopped to help me out, and finally we had the treasure in hand!” – Leleboo_05“Wow! This is one of the best caches we’ve ever done and that’s saying a lot because we’ve done so many of your caches, Woodnutt, and they’ve all been so well thought out, crafty and some were just downright evil (LOL)! We loved them all, but this one was ingenious!” – Zargonians“I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it before, I really enjoyed the concept and the work that went into making this. Gains a favorite point from me and swapped out TBs. TFTC!” – PhystyPhotos:Happy geocachers after the find! Photo by geocacher megrace11Follow the map to the treasure. Photo courtesy of WoodnuttTreasure! Photo courtesy of WoodnuttSolve the maze to open the treasure. Photo courtesy of WoodnuttWhat’s the most creative geocache container you’ve ever found? Tell us and post photos in the comments. SharePrint RelatedAre you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Arrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

The crime ministers

The crime ministers

first_imgThe symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far,,The symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far, two dozen cave-ins have been reported from various parts of the city since July. It was yet another ominous portent for an event already mired in scandals and embarrassing failures.The last minute interventions at the highest levels of government seem to have salvaged some pride but it could not compensate for the damage to the country’s image and the growing sense of anger among residents of Delhi and the feeling that the Games were used as a cover-up for large scale loot. The true extent of that will only emerge after the event is over since the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiries and other audits on cost overruns, corruption and deliberate delays have been put on the backburner, again to save national pride.But the contours of what is potentially the biggest collective scam in modern India have already emerged. Such is the cynicism that SMS jokes doing the rounds refer to CWG boss Suresh Kalmadi as Chef de Commission. Kalmadi may not have put his hand in the till, as he declares often, but certainly there is enough evidence to show that the embarrassments and scandals have not ended. They may have just begun.It starts with the showpiece of the CWG, the Village. The basements in the Games Village towers are flooded because the builders, Emaar MGF, in league with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), violated the original norms. Each tower was meant to have two levels of basement parking since the flats were to be sold after the Games. To increase the number of flats, the builders ensured that the final design had just one basement level. That’s not all.advertisementThe massive water seepage in the basement is because the foundation level is lower than that of the Yamuna River, just 150 metre away. The seepage has caused lifts and other electrical fittings to malfunction. Initially, the Games Village was to be built near Bawana, but it was shifted to the current location near the Yamuna at the insistence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It was a violation of the National Capital Region Plan that calls for decongestion of Delhi by focusing on development of satellite towns. The controversial project started on the PPP model with the DDA joining hands with Emaar MGF.A portion of Delhi’s Vikas Marg caves in after rains.Once construction was on in full swing, the latter claimed to have run out of funds and was bailed out by the DDA which bought 333 flats for Rs 766 crore last year. The real situation came to light only when the project was completed in June this year and the extra flats were discovered in areas originally meant for parking. DDA sources now say that Rs 250 crore, a part of the bailout amount, was diverted by Emaar MGF to other projects they were involved in. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has now ordered an audit and quality report to ascertain how original rules were flouted by the builders and whether the DDA was in the know all along. At the intervention of Khanna, who is also its chairman, the DDA gave Emaar MGF a temporary completion certificate so that the Village could be used for the Games.The Scapegoat?: Suresh Kalmadi takes the flak but the blame extends far beyond his jurisdiction.”The lieutenant governor has ordered to keep the bank guarantee of the developer alive till the enquiry is complete,” says Ranjan Mukherjee, Khanna’s Officer on Special Duty for the CWG.Then there is the scandal surrounding the Rs 5-crore pedestrian overbridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium that collapsed last month and is now the most potent symbol of how most of the CWG projects were marred by huge cost over-runs, poor site management, delays and quality compromises. Remarking that the overbridge “collapsed like a pack of cards”, the Supreme Court slammed the Centre and Delhi government for “rampant corruption” in the Games “where the payments are made without work being done”.The bridge was being constructed under the supervision of Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD). It was designed by Tandon Consultants Private Limited, based in Jangpura, Delhi, who were debarred for two years in July 2009 by the Delhi Metro following an accident where a cantilever arm gave in at Zamrudpur in south Delhi. An enquiry revealed “serious” deficiency in their design. The contractor was Chandigarh-based PR Infrastructures who were involved in another overbridge, construction of which has now been stopped. Another potential scam is the Rs 650-crore contract for upgrading streetlights across Delhi.advertisementAGENCIES THAT GOT YOU CWG 2010Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF): Owner of the Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee (OC): Responsible for successful conduct of the GamesGovernment of IndiaMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports: Nodal Ministry responsible for the Games Group of Ministers, chaired by Urban Development Minister: Responsible for top-level policy decisionsCommittee of Secretaries, chaired by Cabinet Secretary: Monitors implementation of policy decisionsGOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI (GNCTD)Lieutenant Governor: Responsible for security, law & order and DDA-related workChief Minister’s Committee: Responsible for infrastructure and other activities within GNCTDEmpowered Committee Chaired by chief secretary: Oversees projects executed by the GNCTD and its agenciesImplementing Agencies (For infrastructure and venue development)PARIMAL RAI, NDMC ChairmanCentral PWD, DDA, NDMC, MCD, GNCTD (PWD), Engineers India Ltd and RITES LtdK.S. MEHRA, MCD CommissionerA.K. NIGAM, DDA Vice-chairman  The project was to replace perfectly functional street lighting systems with a new one. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) floated a tender for the project, with an estimated cost of Rs 62 crore. Phillips Electronics India agreed to execute the project at Rs 34 crore, which indicated that the project budget was outlandish. That a scam was in the making was evidenced by the fact that MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, who is also a member of the NDMC, raised the issue and officially recorded his dissent.There have been allegations that NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai has been sheltering the chief engineer in charge of the project. The vigilance department of the NDMC diverted the issue by putting the blame for delays and cost over-runs on two assistant engineers, one of who has already retired. Later it was concluded that “there was no mala fide intention.”That will be under scrutiny when the Games are over and the full-scale investigation into the delays and sub-standard work begins. The technical wing of the CVC has inspected 16 Games-related projects which came under the Union Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Government and made damaging revelations. Its report says that all the organisations executing works for the Games had used “inadmissible factors” to raise the budgeted costs citing “urgent/emergent circumstances”. Further, certain items, which were not part of the tender, were later incorporated in the contract at higher rates.There’s more. Of all the upgrades that greet Delhi citizens these days, the most common are the swanky new buses ordered to ferry athletes and CWG officials. The Delhi government spent Rs 1,800 crore to augment the existing fleet with 2,276 extra buses and spent another Rs 900 crore to construct bus depots to house them.The combined expenditure is three times the cost of constructing the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. This translates into an average cost of Rs 80 lakh per bus. What has raised eyebrows in official circles is that a state-of-the-art Volvo luxury ac bus is available in India for Rs 40 lakh, exactly half of what the Dikshit Government paid.advertisementThere have been numerous other instances highlighted by the media but nothing illustrates official apathy and lack of priorities more than the fact that even while the scandals and embarrassments were piling up with venues unfinished and shoddy workmanship, the highest official body responsible for the Games, the Group of Ministers under Urban Development Minister, Jaipal Reddy, in their last two meetings on September 6 and 16, discussed just two issues: the opening and closing ceremonies. With that sort of priority, it’s no wonder that the CWG has become a symbol of India’s backwardness rather than a showpiece for India Rising.last_img read more

Kat Tolentino forgoes last playing year, leaves Ateneo a champion

Kat Tolentino forgoes last playing year, leaves Ateneo a champion

first_imgMOST READ Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tolentino, Season 81’s Best Opposite Hitter, started her collegiate career with the Lady Eagles in the worst way having suffered three ACL tears that kept her out in Season 78.She eventually made her debut in Season 79 and became Ateneo’s best offensive threat in 2019 scoring a total of 266 points throughout the tournament.“This is Kat Tolentino, number 10, signing off.”ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino announced her decision after the Lady Eagles’ thanksgiving mass at the Church of the Gesu Saturday.“I just want to say how blessed and thankful I am to God that I am not just an athlete who had three ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries,” said Tolentino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“But one can finally say that I’m an athlete with three ACL injuries and one absolutely unforgettable championship, and one Ateneo family forever.”READ: Tolentino overcomes 3 ACL tears on way to 1st UAAP title Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kat Tolentino is leaving Ateneo a champion.The Lady Eagles’ talisman has decided to forgo her fifth year of collegiate eligibility on the same day they ruled over the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and defeated University of Santo Tomas for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more