first_imgDear Editor,Although no formal study has been done on the effect of the CPL games on the economy, there is no disputing that the matches have been giving a wallop to the overall economy. And as such, there should be bidding for more matches to be played in Guyana. Aside from the Providence stadium, consideration should be given to playing one match in the ancient county of Berbice (Albion), to give a spurt to that county’s economy. Albion did, at one time, host first class cricket as well as one-day internationals.The CPL matches have added significantly to the growth of the economy. Kudos to the organisers and promoters for the professionalism shown in the management and overall staging of the games. They are well organised, administered, and marketed as a business. In today’s sporting events, commercial interests have become paramount in the promotion and success of the games. It is noted that attention is paid to TV audience, tickets sales, web site, concession sales at the stadium, sponsorship, and various forms of media coverage, as well as promotion.The games have indisputably delivered a wide variety of (economic and social) benefits to the country as a whole, individuals, and to communities in the Greater Georgetown and East Bank Demerara areas. The matches have helped to increase personal economic prosperity, as well as provided employment opportunities to hundreds. In particular, the matches help to increase the productivity of individuals involved in cricket and those that sell varied items and foods near the stadium, boosting communities along the way. Besides direct economic benefits like sale of tickets and foods and drinks, there are indirect activities, like shopping for appropriate clothing, and entertainment (balloons, noise makers, other party favours), cricket equipment, hotels, uniform, tee shorts, advertising, printing, etc.Billions of dollars are added to the economy. There are jobs created, social get-togethers occur, there is media coverage, travel from abroad and local transport (car rentals, taxi service, minibus operations, etc). Media such as newspapers, television, the internet, radio, and social media are all providing access to the matches, which help to maintain interest in the games. The matches also showcase Guyana internationally on TV – hopefully creating an impression of our country that would make business people want to invest. This helps to maintain interest in their former homeland.Besides economic benefits, the CPL matches have also contributed in the social area, such as raising aspirations of youngsters to become CPL cricketers, forcing them to increase skill levels in the sports. Youths will be encouraged to aspire to become better cricketers, so they can be chosen for matches. This will force them to seek better training so as to improve their skills. This would help many to keep out of trouble with the law. It is a form of entertainment during peoples’ time off from work. It is also noted that the matches provide opportunities for social interaction at the stadium, bringing diverse people together and helping to narrow social and ethnic differences. It promotes social cohesion.Government should sponsor and promote these matches, for cricket is the only sport that brings the entire diverse nation together.The Government benefits enormously, not only from social cohesion, but economically as well, through taxes and the spread effects of spending related to the CPL matches. It supports many jobs – full time and seasonal, part time. When one does the math, several billions are added to the economy, and this money is re-cycled through various economic activities. Overall, the CPL matches contribute annually perhaps 5% of GDP, if not more. CPL has earned and deserves more Government support.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny’s newest family entertainment complex opened its doors for a sneak preview last night.Century Complex located next door to Century Cinemas was host to the hustle and bustle of people sampling a variety of cocktails and tasters whilst pottering around to check out the new Complex.Century Complex consists of Century Cinemas, Backstage Bar & Grill , Century Play and Century Ice a combination which truly accommodates for everyone in the family. Backstage Bar & Grill is a fresh concept creating a space to relax, wine and dine with friends before a movie or alternatively unwinding over a delicious meal whilst the children experience the wide range of play facilities on offer at Century Play.A lavish-themed interior reflecting the design of a theatre with stylish private dining areas under titles such as Stage Door, Green Room, The Casting Couch and The Balcony.Century Play is the third largest play area of its kind in Ireland and ultimately the ideal base to experience maximum fun and excitement. From aerial runways, 4m drop racing slides, rope bridges, spiral slides, an arcade area and not to mention six themed private party rooms to keep all of the little ones happy. Century Ice will also be opening seasonally from December to February.On the night Mark Doherty, Owner stated, ‘It has been a busy journey to say the least, we invited you all here tonight to get a taster experience of what Century Complex has to offer and we thank you for your support. Backstage Bar and Grill will be open to the public from Tuesday 29th November whilst the Century Play area will be opening at the weekend. We are all excited and proud of what has been achieved and only look forward to opening the doors to everyone’. To top off the excitement Century Complex have also launched a brand new website to create a fresh online space for their customers – For further information please visit: www.centurycinemas.ie.All in the one area in the heart of Letterkenny; Century Cinemas, Century Play, Century Ice and Backstage Bar & Grill celebrates families, laughter, fun and entertainment for all ages.Mark Doherty with special guest Highland Radio’s John Breslin and head chef Mark Greer at the opening of back stage in Letterkenny. Photos Brian McDaidScott, Alex, Elliot Thompson with mum Lorraine at the the opening of back Stage Letterkenny.Mark Doherty thanks the guest for joining in his celebration at the opening of Backstage on Monday night in Letterkenny.A view of the New Back Stage which opening in Letterkenny this week beside Century CinemasMichael Murray from Greg Foods and Liam Coyle for Trio Food pictured with Head Chef at Backstage Mark Greer at the opening night.Waiter service at Backstage on the opening night. Jenny Doherty and Emer FogartySome of the bar Staff at Back Satge , included Bailey Robinson, Jimmy McAllen, Luke Mc Laughlin , Mary Mc Bride (Manager) Connie Murray Lynch and Patrick Mc Bride. Photos Brian McDaidTrudy O’Donnell on stage at the opening of Backstage in Letterkeny om Monday evening. Photo Brian McDaidFrances and Jim Mc Glynn with Mark Doherty at the opening of Backstage on Monday night.Sally Anne Mulholland and Martina Rodgers at the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny.John and Karen Gildea with Connie Murray Lynch at the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny.Kate Quinlivin and Kevin Mc Laughlin with Paddy Doherty from Backstage in Letterkenny on the official opening night .Stephen Maguire with Chloe and Rachel McLaughlin and Mary Mc Bride Manager at the opening of Backstage.Sisters , Maura McFadden, Pauline Doherty, Emma Mc Fadden and Fionnula Quinn at the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny. Photos Brian McDaidPatsy, Philly and Liam Mc Fadden from Cresslough at the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny.Patrick Annette, Alisha and Eddie Tobin with Mark Doherty at the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny on Monday night.John O Donnell from E and B Foods, with head chef Mark Greer at the opening of backstage in Letterkenny.Packie Mailey and Michael Black at the opening of back Stage.It’s all system go for the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny on Monday night in LetterkennyIt’s all system go for the opening of Backstage in Letterkenny on Monday night in LetterkennyJoan and Kevin Gallinagh at the open on Backstage in Letterkenny. Get a sneak peak of the new Century Cinema Complex – pic special! was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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) Tags:backstageCentury Cinemaseventsletterkennylast_img read more

first_imgNew Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.RORY GALLAGHER’S Donegal have been drawn with Derry, Fermanagh and Queen’s University Belfast in the 2015 Dr McKenna Cup. The winners of Section A and B meet in the semi-finals with the team that tops Section C facing off against the best runners-up.Bank of Ireland have been announced as the new competition sponsors. 2015 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna CupSection A: Jordanstown, Down, Cavan, MonaghanSection B: Queens, Fermanagh, Donegal, DerrySection C: St Mary’s Belfast, Armagh, Antrim, Tyrone The competition will start on Sunday 4 January with further group games scheduled for 11 and 14 January. DR McKENNA CUP: DONEGAL DRAWN WITH DERRY, FERMANAGH AND QUEEN’S was last modified: November 5th, 2014 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:2015donegalDr McKenna Cuplast_img read more

first_img “I missed Monday and Tuesday, but my son Donnie ran practice and my wife (Linda) videotaped practice, so I didn’t miss a thing. “The kids seem pretty united. They’re trying hard and I think we’re doing better. Sometimes something like this shakes up a team.” Said district spokeswoman Katie Orloff: “The coach is back at school and will coach (Saturday) night. That’s all I can say about it. I’m not allowed to elaborate on the situation.” Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, said neither party wanted to press charges. “A school resource officer said no prosecution was desired by either party involved,” Beavers said. Bloomington plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ramona. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was switched at the request of the Rams due to homecoming. Markham has a 291-99-1 record in 32 years of prep coaching, including winning five CIF-Southern Section titles (three at Bloomington). His 1994 team went 14-0 and set a single-season national scoring record (since broken) of 880 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Don Markham is happy to be back coaching his Bloomington High School football team. “Things are going smoothly,” Markham said by telephone as he watched the junior varsity game late Thursday afternoon with athletic director Ron Taylor. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Markham was put on administrative leave for five days following a minor altercation with a player at a pre-game walk-through last Friday before the team played Riverside Norte Vista. Bloomington (3-3, 1-0) won 40-29. He returned to Bloomington on Wednesday. Neither Markham nor Taylor would speak about the incident. “They told us to shut up about it,” said Taylor, referring to the Colton Joint Unified School District. “We’re excited about the prospect of having a good chance to win league and want to put this incident behind us. We think it was blown out of proportion.” last_img read more

first_imgLYNWOOD – Luis del Angel Garcia perks up as the first person in an hour approaches his information booth to ask about voting in the 2006 Mexican presidential election. But like millions of other Mexican citizens living in the United States, the man has no voter card and can’t return to Mexico to get one because he’s in this country illegally. Without the card, he can’t apply for an absentee ballot. That dynamic is threatening to scuttle the first-ever attempt by Mexico to let expatriates vote. With two weeks left before the Jan. 15 deadline to apply for absentee ballots, just more than 8,000 Mexicans in the United States – about two-tenths of 1 percent of those eligible – have filed the necessary paper work. Political analysts and advocacy groups blame the government for the low number of absentee applications, saying the process is difficult at best – and not just for Mexicans in the United States illegally. To get an absentee ballot, expatriates must send copies of their voting card, Mexican identification and proof of U.S. residency to Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute. Those without the card must travel to Mexico to apply for one, then return a few weeks later to pick it up. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “People want to vote, but the Mexican government has put up obstacles that make it almost impossible,” said Garcia, who runs a volunteer booth at a plaza in this heavily Hispanic Los Angeles suburb. The approximately 11 million Mexicans in this country include more than 4 million eligible voters, according to the Mexican government. They represent a potentially huge bloc that could sway the July 2 vote – the first since Vicente Fox won the presidency in 2000, breaking the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s 71-year hold on power. Mexican law prevents Fox from seeking another term. Former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had been the race’s front-runner, though recent polls show the race narrowing to a near-tie with candidates from Fox’s conservative National Action Party and the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The expatriate voting law passed in June was widely interpreted as recognition of the billions of dollars pumped into the national economy when expatriates send money home to relatives. Mexican officials insist tough regulations are necessary to ensure a clean election. They want greater participation by expatriates, “but in the end, it’s up to them to make that decision,” said Ruben Aguilar, a spokesman for Fox. last_img read more

first_imgAlmost 75 years, to the day, when the last train, on the Lough Swilly Burtonport Extension, steamed out of Burtonport, an exciting new development has taken place on the old railway track.A local committee, with financial help from Donegal Co. Council, Údarās na Gaeltachta, Donegal Local Development Company, Randox, The Cope and Burtonport Fisherman’s Co-op, embarked on a journey that has seen the area, now graced with one of the highest quality walkways in the Country. The Official Opening of the Railway Walk will take place, Friday 5th June, and the committee, wish to extend a warm invitation to all walkers, voluntary groups, railway enthusiasts and indeed anybody and everybody, who wish to come along and join them in their festivities.The evening will start at 7pm in St. Columba’s Community Centre, with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the official opening by Inga Bock, Rural Recreational Officer with Donegal Local Development Company.Afterwards, tea and refreshments will be served, followed by a traditional recital by Trād na nÓg, the cream of our young local musicians.There is a full day’s programme scheduled for Saturday 6th June also with a stroll along the walk, historic walks, traditional music and dance, and a series of talks by author Frank Sweeney, railway historian Joe Begley and others. These will be accompanied by a slideshow of old railway photographs and videos.For the children, weather permitting, there will be an adventure tour and story- telling at Lough Meela Lodge.Get yourselves down to Burtonport, this weekend 5th and 6th June.As they say in the ads “You won’t be disappointed.” HISTORIC DAY FOR BURTONPORT AS REVAMPED ‘RAILWAY WALK’ OFFICIALLY OPENS was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

first_imgMinister Finian Mc Grath and HSE officials are to meet with a delegation from the Cleary Centre in Donegal Town over growing concerns regarding previous commitments given regarding capital funding for the centre.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher welcomed the move after he helped to organise the meeting.He said “I can now confirm that the Minister of State Finian Mc Grath along with HSE officials have agreed to meet with a delegation from the Cleary Centre in order to progress this project. I have been lobbying the Department and the Minister on this matter for some time and firmly believe the only way to progress this project is to have all parties around the one table in order to resolve the outstanding matters.” Pat the Cope added the Department has assured him that there are adequate funds within the HSE budget in order to deliver this project but meantime the project is stalled to all intents and purposes.“The Minister’s office has confirmed to me that he will meet with a delegation from the Cleary Centre on the 18th of April; the meeting will also have the necessary HSE Officials present who have first-hand knowledge of this project.“It is evident that the difficulties in progressing the Cleary centre project are down to Government procrastination. Earlier this year the HSE failed to meet a deadline in submitting an application for funding for the centre, but subsequent lobbying by me ensured that the application was accepted by the HSE National Capital & Property Steering Group.“It is essential that funding is approved for this project without further delay and the necessary permissions and funding are given to the centre.” Deputy Gallagher added stated the meeting arranged for the 18th of April provides an excellent opportunity to progress this project and the Department and HSE to co-ordinate their joint strategy for delivering this project.“All Dáil Deputies for the constituency have been invited to attend the meeting in addition to representatives of the centre. I am fully committed to seeing this project delivered and will maintain the pressure on the Minister’s office to keep it as a priority for funding.”Minister and HSE to meet delegation over future of Cleary Centre was last modified: March 7th, 2018 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) Tags:CLEARY CENTREDonegal TownmeetingPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgOnce upon a time, air travel was just about the only time I could escape the Internet. Now with in-flight Wi-Fi becoming more pervasive, even air travel has become a time to check Twitter, respond to emails and keep up with Arsenal’s latest loss. I nearly always fly Delta, which has Wi-Fi on virtually every flight. But for those who fly other airlines, here’s a quick review of which airlines lead and which lag in providing in-flight Wi-Fi.As of September 2012, only 31% of US domestic flights came equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, nearly always through GoGo Internet, though there are other options. Then, as now, Delta led the pack, but now everyone, including Delta, has expanded coverage. While only 5 to 10% of travelers actually use in-flight Wi-Fi, for those who do, it can be essential. (And peace destroying, but that’s hardly the airlines’ fault.)Here’s how things stack up:Air Canada: A few 319s have GoGo service, but only for travel over the USAirTran: All planes have GoGo Wi-FiAmerican: GoGo available on all 767-200 and 737 aircraft and most MD80 and 757 aircraftAlaska: GoGo on virtually all flights over the lower 48 states, except for a few of the oldest 737-400sDelta: Wifi on nearly all domestic flights, including all 319s, 320s, 737-700s, 757-300s, 767-300s, MD88s, MD90s, CRJ 700/900s and ERJ 170/175s, plus some DC9-50s and 757-200s. International flights are promised “soon” but there is no definition of “soon.”Frontier: GoGo available only on Embraer 190 aircraft.JetBlue: Doesn’t provide Wi-Fi at all, but promises a dramatically faster service in the near future.Southwest: Southwest uses Row 44, and just announced that 70% of its flights now have in-flight Wi-Fi, including all of its -700 and -800 aircraftUnited: GoGo currently on transcontinental “PS” flights only, and has started rolling out service to its international flights, with just two 747s equipped with satellite Wi-Fi systems as of March 2013, but is adding Wi-Fi to roughly 25 (domestic) planes each month in 2013. United will reportedy “first outfit the narrow body planes — such as the Airbus 319 and 320 — which fly domestically, but will also have more than 50 wide-body, international aircraft outfitted by the end of the year”US Airways: GoGo on all Airbus 321s, and is expanding to all Embraer 170, 175 and 190 aircraft in 2013Virgin America: GoGo on all planes, and up to 100 miles into MexicoAs for airlines outside the US, Ed Perkins points out that all of them use satellite systems, with some of the more advanced airlines being Emirates (Wi-Fi on all 380s), Gulf Air (more than 50% of its planes carry Wi-Fi), Lufthansa (Wi-Fi available on all 330s, some 340s and 747s) and Singapore (“select” planes). British Airways offers something called handheld link which allows you to use your mobile phone in the air, but it’s not Wi-Fi.As it stands, your best options for in-flight Wi-Fi are in the US. Abroad, well, you might just have to read a book.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#air travel#Delta Airlines#in-flight wifi#Trip Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgTwo events leap out of the Indian cricket calendar for June 2007.  In the last week of the month, India takes on Ireland and South Africa in a tripartite One Day International series in Belfast. The curiosity in that series, funnily enough, is not so much the India v South Africa match-up, but the performance of Ireland against the two more established teams. Ireland, the new kid on the global cricket block, debuted in World Cup 2007 stunning Pakistan with a three-wicket victory with 32 balls to spare, and then tied with Zimbabwe to reach the Super Eight stage where it beat Bangladesh before bowing out against Sri Lanka.The other event of the month precedes the Ireland tour. On June 4, a 7-member committee headed by Sharad Pawar, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is scheduled to begin discussions on India’s next cricket coach. Apart from the BCCI bigwigs, the committee has three former India captains Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and S.Venkataraghavan. The final choice is expected to be announced on June 10.Another related development. In May, the BCCI top brass flew to Chittagong, the venue of the first test between India and Bangladesh. Their stated reason? They were “invited” by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to watch Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly score their long-awaited centuries. But they fooled nobody. True, both senior Indian batsmen had gone without a test century for a long time. But then, neither was doing anything close to spectacular – like breaking a world record. Pawar and his lackeys had in fact gone there to interview hopeful and front-runner Dave Whatmore who is concluding his stint as Bangladesh coach.Soon after the day’s play, Tendulkar, buoyed by his century, spoke to the media on cricketing matters. And what was his prime peeve? That senior team players should be consulted before the coach’s appointment. “We hope that our inputs would be considered,” he said, adding pointedly that he was very happy with the stand-in coach Ravi Shastri. Interestingly, Shastri, a member of the selection committee, is reported to be pushing his name as a dark horse for the post.How does one react to this web of machination and intrigue accompanying the selection process? And what does one make of the astonishing importance given to the choice and appointment of the Indian cricket coach?Part of the hype derives from the controversial tenures of the two previous coaches – John Wright of New Zealand and particularly Greg Chappell of Australia. While the former was known to be low-key and is whispered to have silently swallowed abuses from some senior Indian players, the latter had a mind – and a sizable ego – of his own. Insiders spoke of frequent run-ins between him and the team seniors. The cold war between Chappell and Tendulkar was evident during the later part of the Chappell tenure.Wright described his experiences as coach of the Indian team in his book Indian Summers, a characteristically tactful and well-meaning account that nonetheless betrayed his frustrations at the Indian cricketing system, including his pique at the appointment of Sunil Gavaskar as “consultant” during part of his stint and his physical shaking-up of Virender Sehwag after the mercurial player continued with his wayward batting ways. Greg Chappell, when and if he comes out with his own book on the subject, will be, one reckons, far more scathing.Some of the media attention on the Indian coach also concerns his background and origin (especially if he is not an Indian), and remuneration. Much was made of Greg Chappell being paid $20,000 per month for close to two years before he quit. Come to think of it, that’s peanuts compared to what several Indian cricket stars make just posing alongside cars and hrefrigerators, and cutting ribbons at boutique launches.The point about the coach being a foreign national calls for some discussion. After former Indian cricketers Ajit Wadekar, Anshuman Gaekwad, Madan Lal and briefly Sunil Gavaskar as a stand-in coached the Indian team in the mid and late-1990s, the BCCI opted to look beyond the country’s shores for filling the coach’s slot. The reasons were two-fold – one stated, the other implied. The stated reason was, of course, that a foreign coach would be free from the regional pulls and petty political pressures that a local coach has to contend with, and would bring a new and fresh perspective to the coaching drills and strategy sessions. Left unsaid, but roundly resented by aspiring former Indian cricketers, was the implication that a foreign coach would be technically more solid and attitudinally more professional than an Indian coach. And that his very nationality (or un-Indianness) would instill a sense of awe among the boys, making it easier for him to crack the whip when required.The resentment is valid. After all, Indian coaches – particularly Ajit Wadekar, Mohinder Amarnath and Sandeep Patil – have proved their worth in the international arena. Under Wadekar as coach, India made commendable strides in both tests and One-Dayers. Amarnath and Patil have coached teams in other countries with distinction, and Patil shepherded a relatively callow Kenyan team to the semi-final stage in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Does the BCCI’s ongoing fascination for a firang (foreigner) as cricket coach have something to do with the famous Indian weakness for the gori chamdi (fair skin)? Gavaskar hinted at this chink in our collective national psyche when he wrote in a column in an angry response to a proposal to offer the outgoing coach Greg Chappell the post of consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore: “It’s never easy sacking somebody, however incapable and inefficient he/she may be … but to give another job and that too one which deals with the future of Indian cricket after the mess the present of Indian cricket has been landed into, makes one wonder if we will ever get out of the inferior complex syndrome.”The case against foreign coaches – and more so against Chappell – is bolstered by a telling statistic. When the former Aussie great took over as coach, India was ranked second in the International Cricket Council rankings. Currently India has dropped to sixth position. The blame to some extent could be laid at Chappell’s door – his excessive experimentation and his cold demeanor, bordering on arrogance. The argument thus runs: a foreign coach is bad enough, a coach with a star status is worse. Is that why the likes of Chappell, Clive Lloyd and Javed Miandad have fared poorly as coaches in comparison with John Buchanan, Duncan Fletcher, Dave Whatmore and Tom Moody?There is also the problem of cultural understanding and adjustment. Can a foreign coach truly connect with a bunch of youths brought up in an ethos totally alien to his own? Bob Woolmer is a case in point. Woolmer was born in Kanpur, India. So many, including probably Woolmer himself, believed he was more than halfway home in bonding with teams from the Indian subcontinent, and his initial honeymoon period with the Pakistani team appeared to confirm this notion. But the reports that are now spilling out about his spats with Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamamul Haq over non-cricketing matters like religion tell another story.One can only hope that the new Indian coach is selected on grounds that are less tenuous. Front-runner Davenell Frederick Whatmore is a 53-year-old Colombo-born who emigrated to Australia in his early years and represented that country in seven Tests without great distinction at a time when the Aussie stars were away playing in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. But Whatmore’s record as coach is indeed enviable. After retiring as a player in the late 1980s, he helped steer Sri Lanka to their 1996 World Cup victory. He then moved to the English country Lancashire for a brief, but successful stint. But his most recent laurel is Bangladesh’s gutsy performance in the 2007 World Cup.On the minus side, is the question-mark on Whatmore’s sense of loyalty and commitment. Even as early as the first round of the recent World Cup, the Bangladesh coach was known to have eyed the greener grass across the border and begun networking quite openly for the job of Indian coach, much to the consternation of the Bangladeshis. Will a careerist foreign coach fit the bill for India?The real question, I believe, hinges not on whether Team India needs a local or foreign coach, but on whether it really needs a cricket coach at all.Come to think of it, the exact job description has never been specified. A “coach” by definition and dictionary meaning, is basically a trainer. Training, in turn, implies developing technical skills. By that yardstick, it should be clear as daylight to any lay observer, that by the time cricketers reach the international level they don’t need coaches. Or rather, they’re beyond coaching, being just too set in their playing ways to be hauled back and hreformed at the drawing board. No “coach”, for instance, can now mend Virender Sehwag’s technique or his lack of it. The time for sorting out technical glitches is at the junior level – particularly in countries like India where the game has a long tradition and a system of training and recruitment is already in place. At most, the concept of coach-as-technical-tutor may work in countries where the game has not taken firm systemic root and players are amenable to grooming.What Team India really needs is a manager. In other words, a man who can manage star-player egos. Till the game got obscenely wealthy and high-tech, this role was usually played without fuss or hype by an Indian ex-cricketer who went by the job-title of “manager.” And his skills were tested largely on foreign tours.I suspect that this kind of artificial hype routinely attached to the Indian coach’s job has become a convenient escape route for the BCCI to lay blame when the team falters during the coach’s stint at major multi-nation tournaments like the World Cup.Let’s face the truth. Whether it’s a World Cup match or an NBA playoff game, it’s the players who win it or lose it – not the coach. He is, at best, a facilitator. Remember Coach K.C. Jones of the Boston Celtics, my favorite basketball team of the 1980s, who got the best out of their talent by keeping out of their way as much as possible? The karta of that team was its captain Larry Bird. But not even a master player like Larry Bird – with all his strategic acumen – could later coach the Indiana Pacers into winning the NBA title.My case rests. Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgLeg-spinner Imran Tahir had rocked the Lions’ batting order with a three-wicket burst to help his side bundle out the rivals for a modest 161 in 19.5 overs. Rising Pune Supergiants batsman Ben Stokes plays a shot during the IPL Match against Gujarat Lions in Pune on Monday. – PTI Lions raced to fifty in the sixth over but leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who bowled the last over in PowerPlay, brought relief for the hosts by scalping Kishan. × Soon it came 42 for four when Manoj Tiwary (0) was trapped by Basil Tahmpi and Rahul Tripathi (6) was run out. Earlier, Kishan took some time to get his eye in but made up for the dot balls by hitting a few big shots quite comfortably. On the other end, McCulllum was on fire from the beginning, treating both spinners and pacers with disdain. RPS needed 60 off the final five overs. Stokes creamed off 16 runs from Dwayne Smith’s 16th over but Dhoni hit one straight to McCullum in the next over by Thampi. After that, James Faulkner (6) and Jadeja (19) too departed soon to leave Lions struggling. The South African also succeeded in creating pressure on Lions batsmen by bowling dot balls and soon rival captain Suresh Raina was run out. Paceman Jaydev Unadkat (3/29) also took three wickets to wipe off the tail. Rising Pune Supergiants batsman Ben Stokes plays a shot during the IPL Match against Gujarat Lions in Pune on Monday. – PTI Kishan lofted Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar for sixes in the square leg region. Ben Stokes was introduced early into the attack but McCullum had no problems in finding boundaries. Stokes, though, stayed till the end to take the side to finish line. His 103 came off 63 balls with seven fours and six sixes. The South African spinner conceded 27 runs in his four overs. SHARE COMMENT Chasing a modest 162 to win, the hosts were reeling at 42 for four when the England batsman came out firing on all cylinders to ensure that the good job done by the bowlers does not go waste. Published oncenter_img May 01, 2017 Left-arm paceman Pradeep Sangwan provided the Lions a perfect start by scalping dismissing both Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Steve Smith (4) in the very first over. RPS now have 12 points from 10 matches to be in fourth spot while Lions are sixth with six points. Stokes braved cramps towards the end of the chase and batted with determination to help RPS take two points and enhance their Play-offs chances. The Lions were off to a flying start with Brendon McCullum (45) and Ishan Kishan (31) adding 55 quick runs for the first wicket but lost wickets in a heap to lose way. Lions had 94 runs on the board at half-way mark but had lost four key batsmen. McCullum was being troubled by Ben Stokes and was hit on the shoulder. The Kiwi was though dismissed by Shardul Thakur after miscuing one off paceman. Ben Stokes hammered an unbeaten 103 under pressure to lead Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket win over Gujarat Lions that consolidated their fourth position in IPL, here tonight. Finch decided to take on Tahir and hammered him for a six over mid-wicket but the bowler had the last laugh as he caught and bowled the Australian. Tahir clean bowled Dwayne Smith with a googly in the next ball to stun the rival camp. Stokes’ onslaught began when he smashed Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes to collect 15 runs from the 10th over and never looked back. Dhoni played the second-fiddle as the former India captain was happy rotating the strike and finding a boundary here and there. From here, Stokes joined forces with MS Dhoni and the duo added 76 runs for the fifth-wicket to frustrate the Lions. IPL 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket Tahir not only broke the opening stand but also got rid of Aaron Finch (13) and Dwyane Smith (0) in successive balls. Lions could not exploit a good batting wicket and if it was not for Dinesh Karthik’s sensible 29-run knock, they would not have put on board a respectable total. COMMENTSlast_img read more