T20 commitments will ensure continued decline, says Sir Garry

first_imgCOLOMBO, 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.last_img read more

Murray, Nadal advance to China Open 2nd round

first_imgBEIJING (AP): Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced to the second round of the China Open with straight-set wins in back-to-back matches on centre court yesterday. Nadal needed little more than an hour to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, fending off two break points as he took time to get his serve under control in the first set. The 2005 China Open champion, seeded second in Beijing, improved his first-service percentage from 42 to 85 in the second set. Murray defeated Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5 in the next match, dropping serve once in the second set. Murray, who took over the No. 1 seeding when Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament, is playing at the China Open for the third time. He reached the quarter-finals in his debut and then the semi-finals. “I thought I did OK considering I hadn’t played much the past couple of weeks,” said Murray, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury. “But there was some good stuff in there. With each match, I’ll play better, hopefully. No injuries. Felt fine. Just need matches now.” Also, Alexander Zverev eliminated fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, and Jack Sock beat Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Ze 6-3, 7-5 in other men’s matches. On the women’s side, Petra Kvitova beat Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-4, 6-1 to reach the third round. The Czech, who last week won the Wuhan Open, will next face defending China Open champion Garbine Muguruza.last_img read more

Anglican women can now be ordained to priesthood in Guyana

first_img144th Session of SynodBreaking hundreds of years of tradition, the Anglican Diocese in a historical session has approved the ordination of women to the priesthood.This was a unanimous decision taken during the 144th Synod session of the regional Anglican Diocese, which includes Suriname and French Guyana. The highest decision-making forum of the Anglican Church in Guyana got underway with a Grand Mass at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday.However, the historical moment was made on Monday when the members unanimously voted to allow the ordination of women in the Diocese of Guyana. This means that the door is now open for women to be trained for the priesthood in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.Last year, Bolivia became the first Diocese in the Anglican Province of South America (formerly known as the Southern Cone) to ordain women as priests. Also in 2015, the Reverend Susana Lopez Lerena, the Reverend Cynthia Myers Dickin, and the Reverend Audrey Taylor Gonzalez became the first women Anglican priests ordained in the Diocese of Uruguay.The ordination of women in the Anglican Communion has become increasingly common in certain provinces since the 1970s. However,The 144th Synod session of the Anglican Diocese in Guyana voted for the ordination of women on Mondaythere are some provinces and certain Dioceses that continue to ordain only men.The first woman ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion was Florence Li Tim-Oi, who was ordained in 1944 by Ronald Hall, Bishop of Victoria, Hong Kong, in response to the crisis among Anglican Christians in China caused by the Japanese invasion. To avoid controversy, she resigned her licence after the end of the war but kept her priestly orders.The service on Sunday was attended by Marin Porter, Diocesan President, Brotherhood of St Andrew; Joan James, Diocesan President, Mother’s Union; Henrietta Edwards, the Clergy of Diocese among others.This is the first Synod since the consecration of the Right Reverend Charles Davidson as the eighth Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Guyana.In the Bishop’s address to the hundreds in the gathering, he reiterated the importance of our individual responsibility in making sure the body of Christ continued to be vibrant and avoided the negative influences present in our everyday lives.last_img read more

Russia hit Spain to advance to W Cup quarters

first_imgRussia hit back just before the interval as Artem Dzyuba nervelessly converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique.Spain controlled the game as expected but struggled to create genuine chances, with Akinfeev sharp on the few occasions they did before saving from Koke and Iago Aspas to seal a 4-3 win on penalties.“We are having a fantastic World Cup,” said Akinfeev.“Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries got a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football.”Russia players celebrate after beating Spain on penalties. PHOTO/IAAFRussia will meet either Croatia or Denmark for a place in the semi-finals, as Spain’s rotten run against hosts nation at major tournaments continued.Fernando Hierro made the bold decision to drop Andres Iniesta for Koke in central midfield, with Marco Asensio handed his first start of the competition.Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov left out leading scorer Denis Cheryshev, opting for three central defenders in a conservative 5-3-2 formation.It was Nacho, in for Dani Carvajal at right-back, who won the free-kick that led to Spain taking the lead as he was caught by Yury Zhirkov to the right of the penalty area.Asensio, who made two brief substitute appearances in the group stage, whipped in dangerously to the far post where the ball looped in off an unsighted Ignashevich as he tussled with Ramos.Spain dominated the first 30 minutes, pressing Russia heavily as the hosts struggled to advance beyond the halfway line in humid conditions.Aleksandr Golovin carved out their first chance of note, starting a move with a jinking run before bending just wide of David de Gea’s left-hand post.Isco produced a series of regal touches with Spain’s King Felipe VI among those in the crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Russia equalised shortly before half-time.– Pique penalised –Spain defender Gerrard Pique handled the ball to hand Russia the penalty which they scored to equalize. PHOTO/FIFAA deep corner was met by Dzyuba, whose header struck the outstretched arm of Pique, with referee Bjorn Kuipers contemplating his decision before pointing to the spot.Dzyuba calmly sent De Gea the wrong with his penalty to join Cheryshev on a team-leading three goals.Akinfeev snuffed out an opening for Diego Costa on the stroke of half-time as the Spain striker tried to latch onto a through ball.The Russia goalkeeper was again involved early in the second half, flying to his left to pluck a spinning Jordi Alba effort from the air.Cherchesov introduced Cheryshev for Alexander Samedov on the hour, a move greeted by a deafening roar from the home support.Iniesta replaced David Silva, while Costa was withdrawn for Aspas, and the two substitutes went close to winning it late in regulation time.Spain’s Dani Carvajal vies for the ball with Russia’s Fedrov Kudriashov during their World Cup round of 16 match in Moscow. PHOTO/FIFAA low 20-yard drive heading towards was palmed away by at Akinfeev at full stretch, with the angled follow-up from Aspas also pushed to safety.Aspas nearly picked out Carvajal with a cut-back seconds into the start of extra time, which saw Aleksandr Erokhin come on as Russia’s fourth sub — the first time the rule has been applied at the World Cup.Spain followed suit as Rodrigo replaced Asensio, and the former went closest to ending the impasse, sprinting towards goal after a clever dummy only for Akinfeev to claw his shot away before the rebound from Koke was blocked.Russia endured a tense wait when Kuipers was in communication with the video assistant referee following a late tug on Pique in the box, before Akinfeev’s shootout heroics clinched an unforgettable triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian players celebrate with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who saved two penalties as they beat Spain 4-3 to advance to the World Cup quarter finals. PHOTO/FIFAMOSCOW, Russia, Jul 1- Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw.Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos.last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Hugh Gallagher and the Termon GAA Ladies squad were yesterday given a Civic Reception to honour their incredible achievements. The Termon Ladies squad have enjoyed remarkable success over the last number of years and have won multiple titles at County, Province and National level.Hugh Gallagher is also a truly incredible sportsman and is still competing at the highest level in his ninetieth year.Both were truly deserving of their Civic Reception and Voice of Donegal Sport Charlie Collins was on hand for Donegal TV to interview the recipients.To see the interviews simply click play on the video above and enjoy. Thanks to Shane Wallace at Donegal TV for sending us on the video.DDTV: WATCH CIVIC RECEPTIONS FOR TERMON LADIES AND HUGH GALLAGHER 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:Charlie Collinscivic receptiondonegal tvHugh GallaghernewsSportTermon GAAlast_img read more

FD Webinar| TRANSforming Conversations: Addressing Needs of Transgender Youth and Their Families

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin[male and female hands holding rainbow heart by Lev Dolgachov]Dr. Jenifer McGuire will join us again on April 20th at 11am ET in facilitating part 2 of this 2-part webinar series on working with LGBT families. While part 1 focuses on language, terms, and background information to assist providers in their work with LGBT families, part 2 will shift the focus to Transgender youth and their families in particular.The topic of Transgender youth and their families is one of great interest to Dr. McGuire. She will be discussing her research and the ways in which family environments can best support the healthy development of Transgender youth. If you are interested in joining us for this webinar, you can click here to register.We will be offering  1  FREE CEU for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (in the state of Georgia) for each of the webinars in this series. For more information on future programming in the 2017 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team.last_img read more

Researchers Spar Over Tests for Breast Cancer Risks

first_imgBOSTON—A heated discussion broke out here today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics over a hot-button topic: When will we know enough about rare cancer risk genes to begin routinely testing for them in patients with a family history of cancer?On one side of the debate was a team led by breast cancer geneticist Mary-Claire King, who discovered the first inherited breast cancer risk gene, BRCA1. King’s group now wants to routinely test certain women for other cancer-linked genes. Other researchers, however, argued that it is premature to test for these other genes, which are less well understood.Doctors often offer women with breast cancer in their family testing for mutations in BRCA1 and a related gene, BRCA2. If the tests are positive, some women may take preventive measures. Earlier this year, for example, actress Angelina Jolie drew widespread attention for her decision to have a double mastectomy because she inherited a version of BRCA1 that carries an 87% risk of developing breast cancer.Many women with breast cancer in their family don’t test positive for BRCA mutations, however. At the meeting, Tomas Walsh of the University of Washington, Seattle, reported on a test he and King developed, called BROCA, that sequences not only the BRCA genes, but also about 38 other cancer risk genes. They ran the BROCA test on nearly 2300 women from 743 families with breast cancer. In 77 families, they did not find BRCA mutations, but did find changes in other genes they say are definitely linked to breast cancer, such as TP53 and CHEK2. Another 41 families carried mutations in a larger set of genes whose role in cancer is “emerging,” Walsh said.King and Walsh aren’t just using their BROCA test in research, however—their university is also offering it as a clinical test to patients. And physicians elsewhere can order the commercial test.That did not sit well with other researchers in today’s session. “It is irresponsible and unacceptable” to clinically test for genes other than BRCA for which risks aren’t well established, said Nazneen Rahman of the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, U.K. Doing so is “damaging,” she tells ScienceInsider, because it could lead women to take drastic steps such as having their breasts removed. King’s team has “mixed up research and clinical” testing, she said.King’s group defended their test in a discussion with reporters. Physicians receive results only for 12 genes that the evidence suggests can double or quadruple the risk of cancer; that translates to a 25% to 50% chance of a woman developing breast cancer, Walsh said. When the team detects these genes, they do not recommend surgery, but instead regular screening with imaging.King points out that testing for BRCA1 was controversial before the community came to a consensus in 1997. “I have a sense of déjà vu,” she tells ScienceInsider. She said her critics mistakenly think the clinical BROCA test returns results for all 40 genes, not just the 12. “We’re comfortable about the ones for which we already have data,” based on their own studies and the literature, she said. “We have been extremely conservative in not reporting back variants” of uncertain significance, she said.  Surgeon Greta Bernier from King’s group added that while testing only for BRCA genes is recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which issues guidelines for cancer treatment, her team is hopeful that the network will soon add more genes on their list. She also points out that physicians can already order tests for the genes on her team’s list from gene-testing companies.Melissa Southey of the University of Melbourne in Australia believes that while it’s important to test for all cancer risk genes in research, the evidence for clinical testing is strong enough only for a few genes, and even then only for a few specific variants. The problem, she says, is that many of the other variants are so rare that it may never be possible to study enough people to pin down the risks. Instead, researchers will have to rely on other evidence that the mutations are harmful, such as lab studies of the proteins encoded by the genes.The same difficulty will confront geneticists as they discover other rare disease risk genetic variants, Southey adds. “This is the edge, where we are,” she says. “We have a lot of information, but not enough to offer advice.”last_img read more

ICC World T20: Shane Warne blames team selection for Australia’s early exit

first_imgFormer Australia spinner Shane Warne slammed Australia’s team selection in the World Twenty20 matches and said wrong choices were made while picking up the playing XIs. Australia were knocked out of the tournament after losing to India in a do-or-die match in Mohali.”First of all, our selection was wrong in my opinion,” Warne told cricket.com.au.”I don’t think we got that right, we messed around with it too much rather than sticking with what’s been a proven formula and we probably didn’t play well enough, which is the brutal truth.”The spin legend also didn’t like the idea of splitting the regular opening combination of Aaron Finch and David Warner.”I don’t think they should have broken up Finch and Warner and I think it upset the balance of the team,” Warne said, adding that their partnership would have been an “intimidatory factor before a ball was bowled”.”Those two guys had been batting together for a long time, they have done well in Twenty20, they’ve done well in one-day cricket, and suddenly they got spilt up.”And I just would never, ever have left Aaron Finch out… It’s not to say they didn’t worry about Khawaja, but I just think the other two are more destructive.”Warne also questioned Josh Hazlewood’s selection over allrounder John Hastings for Australia’s final two matches in the Group 10 stage.”I just think because we had so much talent in our team and so much skill, they (Australia’s selectors) thought ‘it doesn’t matter what the combinations are we’re still going to do OK’, but it wasn’t to be,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Smog turns Delhi into gas chamber, parking fees hiked

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) A combination of smoke from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana and moisture turned Delhi into a “gas chamber” today, prompting authorities to announce a series of preventive measures including a four-fold hike in parking fees and slashing of metro fares.The smog brought down visibility levels, affecting flight and train operations. The heavy air permeated living rooms and even the underground metro stations in the city making it difficult to breathe, turning eyes watery.In the evening, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that primary schools in the national capital will remain close tomorrow.The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), also directed the states in the region to start preparing for implementing measures like odd-even in light of the “crisis situation”.The air quality index was in the severe, with a score of 448 in a scale of 500, category for the second time this year. Earlier, Diwali fireworks had triggered peak pollution levels on October 20.The National Green Tribunal took the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana to task, seeking to know why steps to prevent steps were not taken despite knowing well in advance that such a situation was likely to arise.The Delhi government is mulling over shutting schools till the peak pollution levels prevail. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of year. We have to find a solution to crop burning in adjoining states.”advertisement”Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for few days,” he added.The Indian Medical Association said Delhi was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.Later, in a meeting to review the status of air quality, the EPCA announced that all measures under the GRAPs severe category will be implemented across the region till further notice.CPCB member secretary A Sudhakar told PTI the intensity of pollution peaked since last night as moisture-heavy winds from Uttar Pradesh and hot winds carrying emissions from stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana have dealt a double- whammy.”We are not expecting a dramatic change in the next two- three days. Shallow fog and a complete absence of wind are preventing the dissipation of pollutants at the ground level,” Sudhakar said.The wind speed is currently around 3 metres per second, Sudhakar said, explaining it is inadequate to disperse particulate matter like PM2.5 and PM10.EPCA chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain directed the municipal bodies in the region to immediately enhance parking fees by four times and instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and ensure frequent services.Among other measures, the EPCA instructed Delhi and neighbouring states – Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana — to strengthen the public transport system by introducing more buses and said a fine of Rs 50,000 would be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms.The body asked the Delhi-NCR governments to start preparing for measures like odd-even and a complete ban on construction activities if pollution aggravates.The measures also include complete closure of brick kilns, hot mix plants and stone crushers across the region till further notice and a ban on entry of goods vehicles – not destined for Delhi for the next 20 days – in the city.Sisodia, who is also Delhis education minister, convened a meeting of officials of education, health and environment departments over shutting schools. He directed the environment department to submit a report on the citys pollution levels.Meanwhile, the CISF ordered issuance of over 9,000 face masks for its personnel deployed to guard the IGI Airport, the Delhi Metro and other government ministries and installations here.”Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of year. We have to find a soln to crop burning in adjoining states,” Kejriwal tweeted. PTI TEAM SBR ZMNlast_img read more

Asian Para Games: Blind judoka Miftahul Jannah disqualified for refusing to remove hijab

first_imgBlind Indonesian judoka Miftahul Jannah was not allowed to compete in the women’s 52kg visual impairment category at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta after she refused to remove her hijab.Jannah was disqualified from the competition for breaching the International Judo Federation (IJF) rules, which state that a judoka’s head “may not be covered except for bandaging of a medical nature.”The 21-year-old left the tatami in tears and that triggered a public uproar over the incident, which according to the fans was discriminative.Support for Jannah poured in on social media with people expressing their admiration towards the athlete.@Paralympics shame on you. Discriminating and disqualifying an athlete based on their ethnicity is not fair at all. Better reflect on your decisions. #MiftahulJannah #AsianParaGames2018Jazeel Ferry (@acemi10) October 10, 2018#MiftahulJannah We in Kenya are proud of your decision.Only those blessed by Almighty have that courage to go against commonly worldly beliefs. You are the winner of not only this match, but your life time. Be strong and Allah (S.W) will strength you in all aspects of life.Adherkis (@Adanow11) October 10, 2018While some of you proud to go out without hijab, there’s a person named Miftahul Jannah refused to open her hijab and throw away a chance to get a medal. pic.twitter.com/cHnGu1Vh8TAfriza (@adhaafriza) October 8, 2018No matter what the reason was,Im proud of you miftahul jannah. #AsianParaGames2018 #judo https://t.co/fUKOkWFs8VJonesRzk (@JonesRzk) October 10, 2018Miftahul Jannah being disqualified for refusing to remove her hijabduring Asian Para Games 2018She maybe blind, but she can see that religion is beyond sport#Respect pic.twitter.com/dW8oNZcCB3advertisementgunawan (@aagunawan) October 9, 2018In just 3 days,i saw 2 fighters who have great honor,great confidence,n hold to their principle greatly n still cling firmly to their belief despite in under pressure condition n situation,high respect for both of you,you are a real fighter #KhabibNurmagomedov n #MiftahulJannahRozan Widhi jatnika (@rozanwidjat) October 8, 2018The president of the Indonesian National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Senny Marbun blamed negligence for the controversy and added that the team coach was unaware of the rule because his English was poor.”On behalf of the NPC I apologize for this. This is really embarrassing, and I hope it will not occur again in the future,” Senny said during a press conference.The incident was largely covered by the Indonesia media and the coverage reached the country’s House of Representatives (DPR), whose members rewarded Jannah with an Umrah trip to Mecca.”I sincerely appreciate it and would like to say thank you to whomever rewarded me an Umrah ticket. I am truly elated. It personally feels like a gold medal for me since I failed to participate in yesterday’s match,” the athlete said on Tuesday.last_img read more