CWI to stage emerging players’ training camp

first_img(CMC) – CRICKET West Indies (CWI) will stage a training camp for emerging players at month end, geared towards developing their skills in the limited overs formats.Fifteen players will gather at the West Indies High Performance Centre at the Coolidge Cricket Ground here for the May 27 to June 13 programme which is part of a new CWI thrust to invest heavily in player-development at the youth level.“The camp will be delivered by the CWI high-performance team with a focus on developing the players’ white-ball skills and building on the potential the players have shown coming through the CWI pathway of youth and senior regional tournaments,” said High Performance Centre programme manager Graeme West.“The development of players is key to the West Indies’ future success and we have to begin to build the depth of talent in the white-ball formats, especially 50 overs.”The group selected includes four members of the ICC Under-19 World Cup-winning side from 2016 with batsman Keacy Carty and seamers Odean Smith, Chemar Holder and all-rounder Shamar Springer.Left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes, son of former West Indies fast bowler Vasbert Drakes, has also been included.“We have seen the emergence of a number of our talented Under-23s, like Shimron Hetmyer, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas, Sherfane Rutherford and Obed McCoy, into the West Indies white-ball squads in recent matches and all have performed creditably,” West explained.“We have a strong group of emerging players and this initiative is a good opportunity at harnessing that talent, raising the profiles of some of our outstanding young talent, and preparing them to be future West Indies stars.”Twelve of the 15 players, including the likes of Drakes, Smith and Springer, have been identified for next week’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft and West said they would be guaranteed spots in the various franchises.“This is the first time that the CWI selection panel has provided a pool of emerging players to CPL,” said West.“The 12 players who have been identified by the selection panel are guaranteed contracts with the six franchises and will be entered into the CPL Draft taking place later this month in London, where the franchises will make their squad selections.”SQUAD – Joshua Bishop, *Leniko Boucher, Keacy Carty, *Roland Cato, *Dominic Drakes, Keon Harding, *Chemar Holder, *Amir Jangoo, *Ramaal Lewis, *Jeremiah Louis, *Anderson Phillips, *Jeavor Royal, *Keagan Simmons, *Odean Smith, *Shamar Springer.(Asterisk denotes players chosen for CPL draft)last_img read more

SU receives $20.8 million in ACC revenue

first_img Published on June 14, 2014 at 11:24 pm Contact Brett: [email protected] | @Brett_Samuels27 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse University is set to receive $20.8 million in revenue from the Atlantic Coast Conference after its first year in the league.The ACC distributed $291.7 million in revenue for the 2013-2014 fiscal year according to ESPN.com, resulting in each of the 14 full-time conference members receiving an average of $20.8 million. It’s a $56.6 million revenue increase for the league, which added Pittsburgh University and SU as full-time members in 2013.Joe Giansante, SU Athletics chief communications officer, said the revenue is a sum of the money from ACC television rights and the league’s bowl contracts from the past year. He added that this year’s revenue total from the ACC “far surpasses” the amount SU received from the Big East conference in past years.Giansante said, in general, the money in the five power conferences—the ACC, the Southeastern Conference, the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Pac-12—is increasing, while money outside those conferences is falling.“If we’d stayed in what’s now the AAC [American Athletic Conference] or another league, it [the revenue] would’ve been lower,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU is in constant contact with the ACC about financial matters, Giansante said. Members of the league then have an idea of where revenue numbers will come in and can budget appropriately.“It’s not like a surprise or winning the lottery,” he said. “We know what our expenses will be and we count on certain revenues.”The money goes toward building facilities, operation of the athletic department, retaining coaches and student athlete services, he said. He added that the revenue also funds sports including the tennis program and football, allowing them to compete at a high level in the ACC.Said Giansante: “We make sure we balance our budget on an annual basis and these dollars help us do that.” Commentslast_img read more

Zimbabwean fathers fight HIV

first_imgA Zimbabwean couple. UNAids hasestimated Zimbabwe’s national HIVprevalence rate at about 15%.(Image: Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Unicef Zimbabwe+263 4 703 941+263 4 703 [email protected]• Unicef South Africa+27 12 354 8200+27 12 354 [email protected] ARTICLES• SA’s HIV treatment revamped• Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids• R13m boost for HIV clinic in SAMen in rural Zimbabwe are taking a hands-on approach to pregnancy – and to preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child.The Unicef-sponsored Male Champions programme is working to get men involved in their partners’ pregnancies in the rural district of Mberengwa, about 300 kilometres outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. The programme uses HIV-positive male caregivers to mobilise men and their partners to undergo HIV testing and access prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).“When we first started, most men were not willing to get tested, especially when we sent female caregivers,” said Elijah Mumba, a home caregiver who works out of the Musumi Mission hospital, where the programme is based.“The problem is that because of our socialisation some men may not value advice when it comes from a woman, and that was the reason we decided to use men to talk to other men.”Pregnant women often discover their HIV status when they use voluntary testing and counselling (VCT) services as part of antenatal care, but are usually afraid that they will be blamed for introducing the virus into the relationship if they disclose a positive diagnosis to their partner.Fear of stigma, abuse, and rejection by communities and partners were among the main reasons women shunned PMTCT services, according to a recent report, Missing the Target: Failing Women, Failing Children, by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, a global lobby group.Unicef said more than 93% of pregnant women in Zimbabwe attended antenatal clinics, but less than half of those requiring prevention of mother to child transmission services received it. Unicef communications officer Tsitsi Singizi noted that whether a woman accessed PMTCT services might be a man’s decision.“In most communities men are the decision-makers – they decide on whether to disclose HIV status, and they can chase their wives away after disclosure,” Singizi said.“Although they do not ultimately feed the baby, men also decide on the feeding practices – it is crucial that they are included and mobilised for the success of any viable PMTCT programme,” she said.The World Health Organisation recommends that HIV-positive mothers on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs breastfeed their children for up to two months; those not on treatment are encouraged to give their children formula to reduce the chance of HIV transmission. Many women find this difficult because of the stigma attached to bottle feeding, and the cost of formula.UNAids has estimated Zimbabwe’s national HIV prevalence rate at about 15%, with children below the age of 15 years accounting for about 9% of the 1.3-million people living with HIV.Man-to-man, father-to-childIn 2008 Mernat Hove and his wife, Elizabeth, learned they were both HIV-positive. She was the first to discover her status after being tested at the local antenatal clinic. “I was not sure whether or not to tell my husband, so I kept it a secret for about two months,” Elizabeth said.“One day, one of the caregivers, Mercy Marimo, came to check on me and I found the courage to tell her.” Marimo volunteered to speak to Elizabeth’s husband and called on her colleague, Elijah Mumba.When Marimo and Mumba broke the news to Mernat, he stormed out of the house. Elizabeth said, “At first I was angry that she had told my secret to another person, but later on I found out that this was actually to my advantage.”Mumba followed Mernat out of the house. Hours later they came back. “Mernat was looking less furious, and that’s when he accepted to get tested with me. He also tested HIV-positive, but we have been together since then,” Elizabeth said.Mernat said Mumba had explained how important testing and PMTCT services were to his baby, and his desire to protect his unborn child had prompted him to get tested, and to support his wife. The couple now have two healthy, HIV-negative children.The experience has made Mernat consider becoming a male champion. “I have great joy seeing my two children looking healthy like this – if you look at them, you cannot believe that their parents are HIV-positive.”Source: Irin PlusNewslast_img read more

Grants awarded for Young Agricultural Professionals programming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program recently awarded $500 grants to 10 local YAP groups and one Collegiate Farm Bureau group. Courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America, the grants fund YAP-focused educational programming or events, aimed at members ages 18-35.The recipients and their programming are:Ashland/Wayne Counties YAPFunds will support YAP’s third annual Ag Toy Drive in November. Toy donations over the past two years have resulted in more than $3,000 worth of toys being donated to Toys for Tots. Ashtabula County Farm BureauThe Ashtabula County Farm Bureau will partner with Farm Credit Mid-America and other local organizations to host a Developing Young Ag Professionals seminar for FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau youth in which they will learn public speaking skills, interview tips and resume building. Clinton County YAPA “Sign, Sip and Paint” event is planned for YAP members and those interested in becoming a member. Participants will paint an agriculture-based picture while enjoying refreshments and camaraderie. Darke County YAPPlans are to create a “YAP Blastoff” event that will take place throughout the year and be focused on agriculture education and awareness. A goal is to create social networks that help YAP members improve their farming operations. Fulton, Henry, Defiance and Williams Counties YAPA “Young Farmer Resources” event will feature an evening of dinner, networking and learning about local resources available to young farmers. Topics include business planning, land access and starting a freezer meat operation. Gallia County Farm BureauThe Gallia County Farm Bureau board of trustees plans to start a local Young Farmers Community Council that will meet throughout the year and allow young farmers to talk about the physical, financial and policy struggles they are facing in agriculture today. Geauga and Lake County Farm BureausAn Ag Career Day will be held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark with industry experts describing the wide variety of jobs available in the agricultural industry. Montgomery County YAPAn “Equipment, Farm and Livestock Safety” event will be held during the county fair with various stations that have hands-on learning about farm safety. Ohio State University Collegiate Farm BureauCollegiate Farm Bureau will partner with student clubs on an event that welcomes new students to Ohio State University and informs them on how to become involved with Collegiate Farm Bureau. Trumbull County Farm BureauAn educational series will teach residents about the life cycle of food and feature visits to working farms, meat processors, grocery stores, sale barns and an orchard. Warren County YAPWarren County YAP plans to do a financial literacy series with programs on credit, loans, financial security and debt. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals are singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more visit experienceyap.com.last_img read more

Shahabuddin named accused in scribe’s murder

first_imgA special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday named former Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP and Siwan strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin as an accused in the murder case of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. The CBI is also likely to file a charge-sheet against him.Facing trial in more than 45 criminal cases, the four-time RJD MP from Siwan was shifted to the Tihar Jail in February this year following a Supreme Court order on the pleas by Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three young sons were allegedly killed by Shahabuddin’s henchmen in separate incidents, and Asha Ranjan, wife of slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.Shahabuddin was produced on Friday in the court of CBI special judge Anupam Kumari in Muzaffarpur through video conferencing facility. The jailed RJD leader has been named as the tenth accused in the journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case. The court fixed June 9 as the next date of hearing.The CBI, sources said, has submitted a 51-page investigation report detailing Shahabuddin’s involvement in the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan to the special court. The investigating agency has already filed a charge-sheet against seven accused in the case, while two others — Mohammad Javed and Mohammad Kaif — have been granted bail by the court as the CBI had failed to file a formal charge-sheet against them within 90 days.Rajdeo Ranjan, in his early forties, was district bureau chief of a Hindi daily in Siwan for over two decades. He was gunned down on May 13 last year near the Siwan Railway Station when he was returning home from office. His wife Asha Ranjan, a school teacher, had accused Shahabuddin in the killing of her husband and demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder case.last_img read more