The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more

Bahamas Welcomes Dignitaries and Delegates for Commonwealth Youth Games

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas will take centre stage this week as the country hosts the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games July 18-23. During a press conference held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Monday, July 17, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard welcomed the delegation, which included Secretary-General, Commonwealth Nations, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin.“I would like to take this occasion to welcome the dignitaries and guests of the 64 countries represented during these games,” said Minister Pintard. “This is an important occasion largely because each time we pour into our young people, we are essentially shaping our future.”Mr. Pintard that that the event is not only a ‘sporting’ one but also a ‘cultural’ one, which gives Bahamians the opportunity to display their athletic and cultural talents. In addition, the Minister said that events such as the Commonwealth Youth Games, provide the opportunity for economic growth as they add to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  He said that currently, the government is in the process of trying to tap into ways to monetize these types of events, which are huge undertakings for small countries like The Bahamas.Secretary General, Commonwealth Nations, the Rt. Hon.Patricia Scotland, said that it was a ‘huge pleasure’ and ‘privilege’ for the event to be staged in the Caribbean. She said that the last time the event was held in the Caribbean was in l966. She encouraged the young athletes to do their best during the six-day event.“Young athletes of today tend to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Baroness Scotland. “And so we must do everything possible to help to maximize their potential.”Also delivering brief remarks was President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, who expressed her pleasure at being in The Bahamas.“We were so impressed with the facilities here when we did our tour earlier, therefore, we believe that this will be a wonderful experience for both the athletes and your beautiful country, The Bahamas.”President of the Bahamas Local Olympics Committee, Wellington Miller also welcomed the dignitaries and guests and encouraged the athletes to “do their best.”Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Dexter Cartwright also delivered remarks and said that BTC was proud to be the title sponsor for the event.Young athletes from 64 nations and territories will participate in the six-day event, which will include: Athletics, Aquatics (Swimming), Beach Soccer, Boxing, Cycling (Road), Judo, Rugby Sevens, Tennis and Beach Volleyball.The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18 set to participate in a mix of personal development, competition and long lasting friendships.The Bahamas Commonwealth Games Association and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture coordinated the games.This will be the second edition of the Youth Games to be held on a Small Island Developing State, following the Games in Samoa in September 2016. It is part of the Federation’s commitment to partner and support peaceful, sustainable and prosperous Commonwealth communities. It will also be the first Commonwealth Games event to be held in the Caribbean for over 50 years, with Commonwealth athletes last participating in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica.Story by: Betty VedrinePHOTO CAPTIONS:At Commonwealth Youth Games Press Conference, July 17, 2017 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, seated from left: Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard; President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Louise Martin; President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee Wellington Miller.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Reliance Jio Mukesh Ambanis day out in Indias largest startup

first_imgIt isn’t easy to say if the new work culture adopted by the Reliance Group in India’s largest start-up Reliance Jio, led by Chairman Mukesh Ambani, has raised the rank-and-file a few notches higher in hierarchy or made the top management come a few steps down.However, it appears the “open office” concept Jio adopted this week has been a hit.To give an insider view of that eventful Wednesday, 4 November, Ambani walked into the “TC22 building” at the sprawling Reliance Corporate Park in Mumbai with his close confidant Manoj Modi.Minutes later, his son Akash Ambani — a Brown University alumnus — ambled in, dressed in a pair of black trousers and a tucked in white shirt. No private elevator, no assistants taking notes. No liveried stewards either — the food stations were self-service.Even the security for Ambani — the richest Indian, ranked 36th on Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful people — maintained a respectful distance, despite the Z-category status, which is India’s highest security level with a cover of 36 personnel, accorded to him by the Union Home Ministry.Akash’s twin sister and Yale University graduate Isha Ambani was out of the focus area, engrossed in a chat with Jio and retail veteran Pankaj Pawar in another part of the hall.But, she is no less important as the twins conceptualised the open office for Jio and delivered it in six months.At the epicentre, in walked human resource head Sanjay Jog from his workstation. He had a query, but did not have to wait for an audience. Modi was seated and the father-son duo preferred to stand. They pondered over Jog’s slides — and in 150 seconds the meeting is over.Then, Ambani took a small round and complimented the team with a smile. Initially, there was an apprehension, but the folks were encouraged to keep working and not get up for a customary greeting. Then, Akash left for his own work area to the right of the hall.Back at his workstation, Ambani and Modi spoke for another 10 minutes. By then, others had settled down. A larger review happened over video.Suddenly, one realised that the working day had spilled over to midnight — as has been the case often.However, the team saw it as one day closer to delivering Jio.So, how did it feel to work in the line of sight of the bosses? One Jio leader quipped: “Hands-on but walls-free.”last_img read more

Global sales of Tata Motors vehicles cross 1 lakh units in September

first_imgIndian auto giant Tata Motors sold over one lakh vehicles in September globally, up five percent over the sales in September last year. Cumulative sales for the financial year were 537,187, up 12 percent over the previous fiscal.Last month, the Mumbai-based company sold 102,289 in wholesales, including the sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Shares of Tata Motors closed at Rs 562.10 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.64 percent from their previous close. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2016 were at 67,895 nos., higher by 7 percent, compared to September 2015. Cumulative passenger vehicle wholesales for the fiscal were 348,429 vehicles, higher by 6 percent, over FY15-16,” the company said in a statement. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,914 vehicles. Jaguar’s sales for the month were 16,211 vehicles and cumulative wholesales were 78,190 vehicles. Cumulative wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the fiscal were 273,561 vehicles.Domestic car sales during September were robust for most of the automobile companies, barring Honda Cars India, which continues to skip the growth wave.In other news, in a bid to offset rising input costs, Tata Motors is planning to hike prices of its passenger vehicles during the upcoming festive season.”Input costs have increased and some of the industry players have already undertaken price hikes. Moreover, we have also not corrected our prices for a long time. We will hike prices of our vehicles. Currently, we are working out the details,” Mayank Pareek, president (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) at Tata Motors said.last_img read more

JU to study chances of volcanotriggered tsunami

first_imgKolkata: The Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management of Jadavpur University is planning to take up awareness measures on the possibility of a tsunami wreck following a volcanic eruption.The move comes after the death of more than 350 people in a tsunami caused after an earthquake in Indonesia, a volcanically active country, in December 2018. There were no warning signs of such a disaster. “We have no knowledge about the quantum of a volcanic eruption, which can bring about a tsunami. We will collect information in this regard through internet or by coordinating with the national and international universities with whom we have collaborations. This will enable us to make our students and the common people more aware and prepare in the face of such a disaster,” said Gupinath Bhandari of civil engineering department of JU, who is in charge of the Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management college wing. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAfter the devastating tsunami at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands following an earthquake, we started delving deeper into the quantum of a submarine tremor whose after-effect could be a tsunami. A detailed study in this regard made us aware that if the intensity of an earthquake is over 6.3 on the Richter scale, there are chances of a tsunami and if the intensity is over 7.5 on the Richter scale, then the damage of the disaster becomes much greater. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Following this gain of knowledge we have been conducting projects and awareness campaigns and even done some in coordination with Bangladesh. We want to do the same regarding the possibility of a tsunami occurrence after a volcanic eruption. For this, we have to gain knowledge on whether there is any quantum calculation of an eruption that can bring a tsunami as an aftermath,” Bhandari said. The deadly tsunami in Indonesia had killed 373 people and left several trapped in the rubble after strings of buildings collapsed as the tsunami struck almost without any warning. The Ring of Fire where such phenomena occur stretches from Sunda Strait to North America. “It is true that volcano-triggered tsunamis can take place only around the Ring of Fire but as we are working in the area of disaster preparedness, early warning dissemination of knowledge is essential,” Bhandari added.last_img read more

New 2018 African Travel brochure includes Kenya Zanzibar

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> New 2018 African Travel brochure includes Kenya, Zanzibar DELRAY BEACH — African Travel Inc., part of The Travel Corporation, has released its 2018 brochure featuring three new itineraries and more than 20 returning favourites to southern and eastern Africa.New trip offerings for 2018 include a 10-day trip to South Africa, an 11-day East Africa itinerary and an 11-day South Africa tour that includes Victoria Falls.Majestic South Africa: This 10-day experience includes four nights in Cape Town and three nights at Shamwari Game Reserve. Guests explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the ‘Mother City’, and spend their nights at the five-star Table Bay Hotel. Then they move on to Shamwari, where twice-daily game drives and nature walks provide plenty of opportunities to see big game such as rhinos, elephants, hippos, kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, zebras and hyenas.Enchanting East Africa: This 11-day trip showcases Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania, plus the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Guests start in Nairobi, where they stay at the famed Giraffe Manor and visit an elephant orphanage before heading off for five days of game drives at Maasai Mara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Then it’s on to Zanzibar for a seaside stay, and two days of relaxation and exploration of the island’s architecture, food and sea life.Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls: This 11-day itinerary “is the ultimate sensory journey, offering cosmopolitan exploration, wildlife viewing, and a visit to a bucket-list icon,” says the company. Highlights include a helicopter ride over the Cape Town skyline, wine tasting in the South African winelands, Big Five game viewing at Lion Sands Reserve, and exploration of Victoria Falls. Along the way guests stay in exclusive surrounds at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, the five-star Silo Hotel in Cape Town and the treehouse suites at Victoria Falls River Lodge.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAs part of the #AfricanTravelCares program, on select itineraries a contribution is made in each guest’s name toward rhino conservation and in support of sustainable development, African Travel’s partnership with ME to WE allows guests the opportunity to participate in a culturally immersive experience in Kenya. Additionally, in 2018, guests who book an east Africa trip with African Travel will also help support children’s education by sending a child to school for a year.“To know Africa is to reinvest in it,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “Our commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability is at the core of who we are and what we do. It allows our guests to delve deeper into Africa and have a truly authentic and memorable experience on their trip of a lifetime.” Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more

WestJet wraps up crossCanada trade Expos launches gift cards for purchase

first_img Share WestJet wraps up cross-Canada trade Expos, launches gift cards for purchase CALGARY — WestJet’s travel trade Expos were a resounding success this year, reaching over 4,000 travel agents in over 30 cities across Canada.The first round of Expos took place in April in Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with fall events starting in St. John’s in early September before travelling west to Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Langley. The last Expo took place on Oct. 4 in Parksville, B.C.“With our larger travel trade Expos in the spring of 2017, our fall Expos and local presentations hosted by WestJet’s Business Development Managers throughout the year, we have had the chance to have face-time with thousands of our agent partners,” said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President, Sales and Distribution. “Every year, we are adding more events and seeing more agents in more cities because we know how valuable these events are for the travel agent community and for all of us at WestJet.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?During the Expos, travel agents were able to visit with their regional WestJet representative and WestJet Vacations hotel and destination partners. The airline also gave presentations focused on its vision for the future and its plans for expanding into new markets in order to become a global airline.The airline’s next big event is its fifth annual Travel Partner Awards at the end of October.On the consumer side of things, WestJet has also announced that gift cards are now available for purchase on westjet.com/giftcard, just in time for the busy holiday season.Gift cards can be used to pay for travel on WestJet or WestJet Encore, seat selection and taxes and fees on travel. Denominations start at $25 and go up to $2,000 per card. Cards can be purchased through a secured transaction, combined with a credit card when redeeming for a flight purchase, and are redeemable on westjet.com or through travel agents.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backCards come in two forms: plastic gift cards and eGift cards.“The gift of flight is the gift of experience, adventure and travel to any of WestJet’s more than 100 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Chief Loyalty Officer. “You can now give and receive the gift of travel, whether that is to cover the entire cost of someone’s ticket or make a contribution; it’s a very special gift to give.” Posted by Friday, October 6, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJetlast_img read more