Former Test opener eyes career in baseball

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC):Enigmatic former West Indies opener Kieran Powell looks set to turn his back on cricket, if his foray into the world of baseball is successful.The 25-year-old is currently in Florida ahead of a trial at the IMG Academy on January 13, as he seeks to land a contract with a Major League Baseball team, media reports have said.”An opportunity came about after a few discrepancies with the West Indies Cricket Board. I decided to take some time off from cricket and some footage of me playing cricket was seen by the LA Dodgers,” Powell said.”I’ve had some training out here in the US for a few months.”Powell was one of the brightest sparks in West Indies cricket before he bizarrely walked away from the game a year and a half ago.He played in the first match of the three-Test series against touring New Zealand last year June but subsequently bowed out of action and never returned.The Nevisian has also not played for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in any format of the West Indies domestic championship.Powell, who has played 21 Tests and 28 one-day internationals, said he was looking forward to his new career.”[Baseball is] really fun, it’s an interesting game, I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my career,” he said.”It’s a unique opportunity, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is what dreams are made of as I said earlier. I’m just so excited about it, like everyone’s so excited about it.”While Powell has a modest average of 27 in Tests, he was good enough to score a hundred in both innings of a Test against Bangladesh three years ago.last_img read more

Chelsea v Burnley player ratings

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QPR round-up: R’s unable to land winger, Barnsley want Kpekawa, Lumley set for loan move

first_imgQPR have missed out on the signing of Swansea City winger Modou Barrow.The 23-year-old Gambian was among Rangers’ top summer targets and the club were initially optimistic they would be able to take him on loan.However, Swansea stalled over a potential deal when he impressed during pre-season, forcing his way into their first team for the start of the new campaign.And with Barrow having also impressed in the Welsh club’s opening couple of Premier League matches, Rangers now accept he will not be joining them.Meanwhile, Barnsley have made an offer for QPR defender Cole Kpekawa.And Rangers have signed goalkeeper Seny Dieng after development squad keeper Conor Hudnott was ruled out for around six months with a shoulder injury.The Swiss 21-year-old was a free agent, having left German club MSV Duisburg at the end of last season.The signing means QPR can send goalkeeper Joe Lumley out on loan in the coming days.Lumley, 21, had been lined up for a loan move to Gillingham but that deal now appears unlikely to go through.Rangers are now looking at other options as they are keen for Lumley to pick up more first-team experience.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Driving a new vision for Africa

first_imgThe 2011 Brand Africa Forum, sponsored by Brand South Africa and Brand Leadership Academy, saw an impressive range of pan-African, diasporan and global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers coming together to debate how Africa can drive its growth, reputation and competitiveness.Youngsters from organisations likeBrightest Young Minds, One YoungWorld and the African LeadershipAcademy took part in a paneldiscussion on their vision for Africa.(Image: Ray Maota)The event was held on 29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and attracted more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives.Special focus areas included the role of the nation brand in economic development, governance and sustainability on the continent, economic lessons for Africa and the role of business in driving progress.The significance of South Africa joining Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS bloc was explored, along with lessons to be learnt from emerging markets.The forum shone the spotlight on youth and their vision for the continent by including a panel of young leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal.The inaugural Brand 100 Awards for Africa also took place at the forum.In the opening address, Brand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni challenged African nations to cooperate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness, adding that this would require better cooperation and information-sharing among countries on the continent.“For us, Brand South Africa’s involvement in the Brand Africa Forum is a natural fit because the health of Africa’s brand is important for the strength and health of our own nation brand,” said Brand SA CEO Miller Matola.“If countries on the continent improve in terms of their image and reputation, the same holds for South Africa. Our prosperity is inextricably linked to that of the other countries on the continent,” he said.Nation branding: we must walk the talk“National branding is not about slogans, it is about what you do and what they think, that matters. If one does not change the negative perceptions they will become realities. In Africa we are good at talking and planning, but weak in implementing. We must walk the talk,” said Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Arthur Mutambara.“A brand must transcend political affiliations and should not be the sole property of a set political party … It must be taken it personally because we will never be respected as Africans unless Africa has done well as a continent. This goes the same for individual countries,” he added.Telling it like it isGlobal economist Dr Dambisa Moyo spoke frankly about the current economic crisis, the sovereign debt crisis extending beyond Europe, and Africa’s place in the global picture.“We could be in for a 10-year bear market and recessionary environment. Where does Africa fit into this?” she asked. “We’re facing a very serious problem … there are simply not enough resources to go around.”Moyo said in the coming years the world will increasingly struggle due to a shortage of arable land, energy constraints and a lack of food security, compounded by a lack of water.“This is particularly in the context of the famine that’s going on in the Horn of Africa,” she added.“There are about 1-billion people in the world who go hungry every day – and the majority of them are on this continent. And yet, Africa has the largest amount of untilled land left on the planet.”As an economist, Moyo sees this in terms of supply and demand: “We’ve got hungry people, and we’ve got land.”When there’s a food crisis in Africa, the first response of NGOs is often to “provide a so-called band aid solution, sending bags of maize to Somalia or Ethiopia immediately”.Moyo said she doesn’t find this objectionable, but as an economist, she believes it presents a structural problem.“We’ve got to get to the root cause: why is it that Africa, in the last 30 years, has been the only continent that has failed to feed itself – especially in light of the fact that we have the most untilled land?”But there is some good news, she added: “In a future world of 9-billion people, in a world where we know there are going to be supply constraints in commodities and resources, Africa has an important role to play.“But before we can actually get to a point where we are producing food and coming up with innovative ways to develop, we need to deal with Brand Africa.”Moyo said Africans had to proactively discuss and respond to its important role in the future of the world.“Without us getting our heads around this, it’s all just wonderful conversation – but it’s not going to help us in the long term.”Addressing forum delegates, Moyo concluded: “I urge you in your discussions today – and when you return to your respective businesses – to really focus on where the world is going, and to also focus on Africa and its very important role in the future.“The winners in the decades to come will be the people who look to Africa as a place of business opportunity and a place for partnerships – not as a place that is a drag on the world economy.” What Africa should do to be a powerful continent?Malik Fal, MD of Endeavour spoke about the Africa 2.0: Kenya Report. Endeavour is a New-York based NGO dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in emerging markets.The report is a manifesto of the envisioned economic and political transition Africa should take if it is to rightfully claim its spot as a powerful continent.Fal said: “The manifesto is the collective effort of young African’s views about what Africa should do to be a powerful continent.”Fal added that Africa was in danger of developing presidential monarchies, with leaders favouring their children to become future presidents. He said this was the same as a dictatorship.The report, which comes out in October 2011, will have four main themes: uplifting African’s; creating and sharing African wealth; upgrading Africa’s infrastructure and creating a stable environment for growth.Seeing Africa through the eyes of a youngstersCedric Ntumba, an executive at Capitalworks Investment Partners, led a panel of youngsters in discussing their vision of Africa in the future and how their goals could be achieved.The panel included Gertrude Kitongo of Kenya and Ralph Baumgarten of South Africa – both from Brightest Young Minds organisation; Zamatungwa Khumalo and Erik de Ridder – both of South Africa from the One Young World organisation; and Francis Ekii of Uganda and Linda Rebeiz of Senegal, from the African Leadership Academy.Ntumba asked the panel what should be done to inspire African youngsters.“Youngsters should be forward thinking and their thoughts should sketch a positive future,” Baumgarten said.De Ridder added that for the youngsters of Africa to be inspired, countries should have a human-centred approach to development and that young people should take ownership of the fact that they are the future.Ekii said: “Youngsters should be proactive and not reactive to their situations.”He cited an example of how, when he was just 13 years old, he and a few friends from his hometown in Uganda took it upon themselves to talk openly about HIV in the community.When Khumalo was asked how youngsters from other continents welcomed African youth, she said: “Youngsters from other parts of the world have a warped sense of Africa and African youngsters are more receptive to the outside world than their counterparts.”BRICS and the role of AfricaA panel discussion on South Africa’s role in the BRICS grouping of nations was chaired by Abdullah Verachia, Director of Frontier Advisory.The panel included Ajai Chowdry, chair of HCL in India; Dr Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising; Dr MG Vaidyan, CEO of the State Bank of India in South Africa; James Mwangi, global managing partner at Dalberg and Christine Jiang, from Huawei Technologies.Chowdry said that for Africa was to protect itself from the effects of the looming economic crisis, Africa had to play an indirect role in helping Europe by keeping its domestic consumption growing.He said South Africa would play a direct role with its involvement in BRICS as the bloc would probably contribute money as a group to the International Monetary Fund.Dr Vaidyan said: “India understood early on like China that population size is not a burden but an asset, and an asset should be maintained.”Vaidyan said that although India had a large population; it had 18 000 colleges, 350 universities and 1-million schools to provide education to its citizens.“The country also recognised that for urban India to progress, rural India has to be developed, that is why at least 40% of the loans we give are to small-scale farmers. South Africa needs to follow that route if it is to be a major player in the BRICS grouping,” said Dr Vaidyan.Mahajan said Africa’s greatest challenge was its migrants overseas who talked negatively about their native countries, creating a warped view of the continent. Africa should make sure its “ambassadors” in foreign countries celebrated Africa, he added.Speaking about competition between companies in the BRICS grouping, Mahajan said: “Africa should not just roll out the red carpet for companies from the BRIC grouping to invest in the respective countries on the continent, but should advocate for African companies to also invest in those markets.”Brand Africa 100 awardsThe inaugural Brand Africa 100 awards also took place during forum, giving credit to the continent’s most valued brands as voted for by pan-African consumers.Research methodology for the awards was developed by the Brand Leadership Academy in partnership with TNS, a globally respected consumer knowledge and information company, and Brand Finance – the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy.“One of the primary drivers of Africa’s growth lies in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder and chairperson of Brand Africa.Ikalafeng added that consumers were the ultimate arbiters of a brand’s success and that the awards would show which brands are getting it right on the continent.The award sector categories included food, beverages, electronics, telecoms, automotive, apparel, banks, oil and gas, retail and personal care.Credit was also given to the most valued non-African brand, the most valued brand in Africa and the Grand Prix award for the most valued African brand overall.The winning brands were:Food – McDonaldsBeverages – Coca-ColaElectronics – SamsungTelecoms – MTNAutomotive – ToyotaApparel – NikeBanks – AbsaOil and gas – ShellRetail – Blue BandPersonal Care – NiveaThe most valued non-African brand went to Shell, while MTN was voted the most valued brand in Africa and took the Grand Prix award.last_img read more

The Path

first_imgThe path isn’t easy.Many want the results of following the path, but they aren’t willing to walk to path.Some will try anything to get the results that following the path provides—except actually following the path.Some will pay guides that promise to make the path easy, never realizing that the path is what it is; it can’t be made easy.Many will believe that the path isn’t worth following and seek instead to do something that requires less effort.The few that choose to follow the path will struggle. Some will spend themselves and fail on the path. Some will succeed and reap all of the rewards that following the path provides.But all who attempt to follow the path will be irrevocably changed for the better. Their lives will not have been wasted. Their efforts will not have been in vain.Following the path is its own reward. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit undergoes bypass surgery

first_imgAjit TendulkarSachin Tendulkar’s elder brother Ajit, who was the single biggest influence on his cricket in his early days, had to undergo a bypass surgery last week at the Jaslok hospital.According to information available to, Ajit went through the knife last week and the operation was successfully performed by Dr. Sudhanshu Bhattacharya, one of the best known cardiac doctors in the country.Sachin’s wife Anjali, who is also a qualified doctor herself, along with another family member went to Dr. Bhattacharya for initial consultation after which he suggested bypass surgery over angioplasty. “There was a blockage in one of the main arteries that supplies 50 per cent of the blood to the heart. The best way to deal with such cases is to go for surgery as it means relief of lifetime. The patient can live for 35-40 years without any reintervention. I am glad he responded well to treatment,” Dr. Bhattacharya told Tendulkar, who would make daily visits to the hospital, thanked well wishers through this tweet today. “A big thank you to all my friends for their prayers n good wishes. My brother Ajit is recovering well after undergoing a bypass surgery.”Ajit is 9 years elder to Sachin and was the man who spotted a special spark in Sachin’s free flowing stroke play and took him to coach Ramakant Achrekar when he was aged 11. Guru Achrekar went on to shape the diamond.last_img read more

Voguecom Site Director Departs People on the Move – 8316

first_img Incidentally, in 2014, Code and Theory redesigned “Ben is joining Code and Theory in a senior director role, focusing on expanding and developing new service offerings to help our clients continue to shift their businesses within the fast-changing world of content creation and content marketing,” Mike Treff, managing partner at Code and Theory, told WWD. Mediagazer has hired Matthew Kassel as a part-time editor, following the departure of Patricia Sauthoff. Most recently, Kassel was a staff writer and editor at The New York Observer. The Wrap has promoted Tim Molloy and Thom Geier to executive editor and managing editor, respectively. Most recently, Molloy and Geier both served as deputy managing editor. Prior to joining the brand, Molloy worked at the AP and TV Guide Magazine, while Geier served as a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly. Jeremy Keehn has joined Bloomberg Businessweek as a features editor. Most recently, Keehn served as a news and business editor at Previously, he was a digital director and editor at Harper’s Magazine and senior editor at The Walrus. Hitomi Sato and Raymond Ho have joined Men’s Health as art director and deputy art director, respectively. Both will work with creative director Tom O’Quinn and co-art director Pete Sucheski. Previously, Sako served as senior art director at Condé Nast Traveler, while Ho joins the brand from House Beautiful and Travel + Leisure, where he was the art director. TV Guide Magazine has appointed Jim Halterman west coast bureau chief and Christine Petrillo vice president of brand partnerships, both effective August 1. Most recently, Halterman served as an editor at and, while Petrillo was director of branded entertainment sales at iHeartMedia. site director Ben Berentson has left the brand to join digital creative agency Code and Theory as senior director. Meredith Corporation has named Lauren Iannotti executive editor of Rachel Ray Every Day magazine, effective August 3. As executive editor, Iannotti will oversee editorial content and design of the magazine. She joins the company from Condé Nast, where she served as executive editor of Brides.  Christine Mitchell will join Government Executive Media Group as its digital general manager. Mitchell comes to the company from Uber, where she served as general manager for the Orlando and Tampa Bay area. In her new role, Mitchell will focus on digital revenue and growing Government Executive’s audience. Additionally, Bridget Forbes has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and operations. Sandeep Hulsandra and Bobby Moran have been promoted at Politico. Hulsandra was promoted from senior director of software engineering to VP of engineering. Moran was promoted from VP of business development and strategy of Politico Pro to VP and general manager of Politico Pro. Traci Schweikert has also joined Politico as VP of human resources. She comes from NPR, where she served as senior director of talent acquisition and development. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Mashable has named Damon Beres deputy tech editor. He comes from The Huffington Post, where he was senior technology editor. Esquire has hired Kevin Sintumuang and Jeff Gordinier. Sintumuang will serve as culture and lifestyle director while Gordinier will assume the role of food and drinks editor. Sintumuang joins the brand from The Wall Street Journal, where he was digital director for life and style. Previously, Gordinier was as a food writer and contributor to The New York Times’ T Magazine, as well as its book reviews, styles, and travel sections. Business Insider has appointed Anthony Iaffaldano to the newly created position of VP of corporate marketing. Most recently, he served as VP of marketing for digital agency Undertone. Columbia Journalism Review has named Kyle Pope its next editor and publisher, effective in September. Pope most recently served as editor-in-chief of Straus News, and has also previously served as editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Scott Gold will join Time Inc.’s breakfast site Extra Crispy as bacon critic. Gold is a food and drink writer, and has contributed to Gourmet, Edible Brooklyn, Thrillist, Eater, Tasting Table, and more brands. Berentson was instrumental in relaunching Vogue Runway and helped build’s digital team. Prior to joining Vogue, he held a range of roles at Condé Nast over the course of 11 years. Aaron Edwards, Adrianne Jeffries, and Amanda Hale have all joined co-founder of The Verge and former Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky’s new media project, The Outline. Previously, Edwards worked at BuzzFeed News, Jeffries served as a managing editor at Vice, and Hale worked for Talking Points Memo. Melissa Bell, vice president for growth at Vox Media, has been promoted to publisher. In this position, Bell will help develop Vox Media’s brands and identify opportunities to grow its audience across different platforms, working with the sales, product, and editorial teams. Omeda has announced James Capo will join the company as chief revenue officer responsible for sales, marketing, and product development. Capo previously served as VP of digital business development at Access Intelligence. O, The Oprah Magazine has hired Kristina McMahon as associate publisher of marketing. She joins the brand from Women’s Health, where she served as senior associate publisher, brand innovation, creative services and marketing. Anne Sachs, Condé Nast’s executive director of social content and strategy, will serve as’s site director in the interim.last_img read more

IAF airlifts stranded rescue team from An32 crash site in Arunachal

first_imgThe rescue team was retrieved with the help of Advanced Light Helicopters and Mi-17V5 helicopters.TwitterAll 15 members of a search and rescue team, stranded at the An-32 crash site in Arunachal Pradesh’s Siang district, were retrieved by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday, June 29.The team, comprising of eight IAF personnel, four from the Army and three civilians were air-dropped on June 12 to retrieve the bodies of 13 IAF personnel who were killed in the crash on June 3.”All members are fit and in good health. IAF is thankful to the Indian Army, Arunachal Pradesh state administration, the police and local civilians for their unflinching support in this search and rescue mission,” said Shillong-based IAF spokesman Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh.The rescue team was retrieved with the help of Advanced Light Helicopters and Mi-17V5 helicopters. The task was delayed due to monsoon rains, hostile terrain, clouds, wild animals, snakes and insects.Effort to retrieve them was delayed due to inclement weather & rain, which improved slightly today evening, allowing the risky operations to be undertaken. IAF is thankful to #IndianArmy, Arunachal Pradesh State Admin, Police & local civilians for their unflinching support.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 29, 2019″The IAF has been trying to retrieve the mountaineering team as soon as possible. Despite ongoing active monsoon conditions, several sorties have been launched to reach the crash site but excessive clouding has prevented helicopter landings there,” Singh had said earlier.The Russian-origin An-32 aircraft went missing after it took off from Jorhat airbase in Assam at 12.25 pm on June 3 for the Mechuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh. The plane’s last contact with ground agencies was at around 1.00 pm on the same day, within 33 minutes of taking off.last_img read more

Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova

first_img Exploding star in NGC 2397 Citation: Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova (2010, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Image: David Grennan/Astronomy forum. Astronomer David Grennan and his wife Carol were about to turn in from their garden shed observatory in Raheny in Dublin on 17th September when they discovered a supernova. The explosion that caused the burst of light occurred an estimated 290 million years ago. The discovery was confirmed officially by International astronomers earlier this week.Supernovae are stellar explosions that can outshine entire galaxies for a short time, and they are the major source of heavy elements in the Universe.Mr Grennan is a software developer by day, but at night he spends as much time as the Irish weather permits in his home-made observatory, which is a converted garden shed with a retractable roof. Grennan said he had been stargazing since he was about five years old, and had always been fascinated by the stars. He bought his first telescope in 1991, and has continually upgraded his equipment. In 2005 he built his home observatory using standard DIY parts. The observatory is equipped with a 14 inch Cassegrain telescope.David’s wife Carol analyzes the images he takes with his telescope and helps identify interesting objects. They discovered the supernova by comparing images of the galaxy UGC 112 taken in August and September. The signs were tiny, but David’s many years of experience helped him to spot them.David said the discovery was the result of a year’s work, during which he surveyed 2,611 galaxies. He said it was “mind-boggling” to be the first to see something that happened almost 300 million years ago, and the time-lag “is on a scale almost as difficult to comprehend as Ireland’s astronomical debt.” Carol was even more excited than he was, and the two shared a bottle of champagne when the supernova was confirmed. The supernova, named 2010 IK by official astronomy bodies, is the first to be discovered by someone in Ireland, but it is not Grennan’s first discovery. In 2008 he discovered a three-meter-wide asteroid (his second), which he named after his mother, Catherine Griffin, in honor of her encouragement of his stargazing hobby.Grennan, who was once chairman of Astronomy Ireland, said he would love to see young children becoming interested in astrophysics because “it’s amazing what you discover.”Supernovae are spotted regularly, but Professor Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast said it was unusual for astronomers in northern Europe to find one. He confirmed the finding was the first supernova to be discovered from Ireland.The supernova is expected to be visible with a powerful telescope for the next two or three months, after which it will fade from view.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — An amateur astronomer working from his backyard shed in Ireland was the first in the world to spot a supernova explosion last month. The discovery is the biggest ever in amateur astronomy in Ireland. Explore furtherlast_img read more