COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Legendary all-rounder Sir Garry Sobers believes West Indies’ downward spiral will continue unless players begin to pledge their allegiance to the Caribbean side over the lucrative Twenty20 leagues across the globe.The 79-year-old said that many of West Indies’ best players were often unavailable due to their T20 commitments and unlike other cricketing nations, this was having a significant impact on the team’s development.”I think the Twenty20 is taking a toll. It seems to be more so on West Indies cricket than any other nation because we seem to be finding it more difficult to put good teams together,” said Sir Garry, who arrived here earlier this week as a guest of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.”England had limited their players from going to play in the IPL (Indian Premier League). If you look at the West Indies, a lot of players are there.”West Indies players have become fixtures in the IPL in recent years, with the likes of opener Chris Gayle, all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and AndrÈ Russell, along with mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine, all attached to franchises.In their absence from the longest format of the game, West Indies have continued to slide down the rankings, and are now ranked number eight – only above minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.Once the number-one side in the world during their heyday, Sir Garry now fears for the Windies’ future, especially if some of their best players continue to opt for the T20 format.”Until we can get people who are willing to play for the West Indies in the right way, I think we are going to be struggling for a long time,” the former West Indies captain said.”Other countries are going to come and surpass us.”Sir Garry has long been regarded as the finest all-rounder to play the game. He scored 8,032 runs, snared 235 wickets and 109 catches in a 93-Test career that spanned 1954 to 1974.He perhaps became best known for his World record 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958, a mark eventually overtaken by batting prodigy Brian Lara in 1994.Referring to his time in the game, Sir Garry pointed out that his only commitment then was to West Indies cricket.”My whole obligation was to the West Indies cricket. I have never made a run for me … records meant nothing, the team was always important,” he stressed.
The 2011 portion of the flyers’ season starts tonight.The Fort St. John Senior Mens Flyers will start the second half of their season at home, as they welcome the Horse Lake Chiefs to the North Peace Arena tonight.- Advertisement -This game marks the third meeting between the Flyers and the Chiefs, with the Flyers winning both previous games, outscoring the chiefs 18-4.Although, the Chiefs have added some extra depth, as two skilled players in Mike Lalonde and Sasha Lakovic have joined the Horse Lake roster.Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to attend and support the Flyers for their first game back.
Video streaming specialist RealNetworks is making its RealTimes app, its highlight product from this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, available to Vodafone Backup+ users via a partnership between the pair.RealTimes provides edited versions of users’ personal media including video via an algorithm that automatically selects the best content created by consumers on their phones, sets them to music and creates ‘stories’ based on a range of factors including location, enabling them to be uploaded to social media.“We are getting good traction with the Real Player base. To charge our distribution we want to team up with strategic partners,” said Max Pellegrini president products and marketing RealNetworks at MWC. He said the app was useful for mobile carriers in creating loyalty and fidelity to the brand among customers.Vodafone is enabling users to ‘bring their own cloud’, with the ability to access content via Dropbox and other web-based services, said Pellegrini.Separately, RealNetworks has also struck an agreement with cloud services provider Funambol, to bring the app to Funambol’s mobile operator customers.RealNetworks has already teamed up with carriers including KDDI, with which it has a co-marketing agreement for the app, and Verizon, where the RealTimes app is integrated with Verizon’s existing cloud app.
Kate MarshSony Pictures Television Networks UK is due to launch a rebranded Sony Movie Channel on the Freeview and Virgin Media in the UK next month.The flagship channel will consolidate Movie Mix, which is already available on Freeview and Virgin, and Sony Movie Channel, which is available on Sky.The Sony Movie Channel, which currently airs on Sky channel 323, will also have an “enhanced schedule” and a new look, according to Sony.The refreshed Sony Movie Channel will have a new logo, on-screen look and will air catalogue titles such as Twilight, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Maid In Manhattan, The Mask of Zorro and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.“Sony has a rich cinematic heritage. With our knowledge and love of movies we want to present the best possible movie channel for audiences across the UK,” said Kate Marsh, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Television’s Western Europe International Networks division.“The cinematic new look reflects the new channel content offering – favourite movies you will know and love.”The revamped free-to-air channel will be available from 10th January 2017 on Freeview channel 32, Sky 323 and Virgin 425.
Subscribers to Telefónica’s recently launched OTT TV service Movistar+ Lite are using the service for an average of two and half hours a day, with 80% of that time being spent on video-on-demand content, according to the Spanish telco.According to Telefónica, the data from June on usage of the €8 a month service shows that it has received a positive reception.“The degree of acceptance on the part of users has greatly exceeded our expectations and the level of consumption is very high, especially for a month like June, which make us very hopeful for the new season in September,” said Sergio Oslé, president of Movistar+, the group’s pay TV arm.Telefónica debuted the new service at the beginning of June, offering eight linear channels and a raft of on-demand content and live sports, including the Wimbledon tennis championship.The subscription covers reception on two devices. Customers can sign up for one month free of charge as a trial.The service includes a range of comedy, entertainment and factual shows as well as series from Fox, TNT, Comedy Central and AMC including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Deadand The Big Bang Theory, as well as Movistar+ originals including Instinto, Arde Madrid, Gigantes, El Embarcadero, Félix, Vergüenza, Hierroand the first Movistar+ original movie, the forthcoming Mientras dure la Guerra, directed by Alejandro Amenábar.Movistar+ Lite is currently available via iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, the web, Samsung and LG smart TVs and TVs with Android TV functionality from Sony, Phillips and Panasonic.Users can watch content offline and Telefónica will shortly introduce cloud recording, seven-day catch-up and personal profiles.