World Cup an opportunity to showcase talent, but focus on Test cricket: Virat Kohli to India U-19 team

first_imgRahul Dravid’s young guns will hope to make India the most successful country at the U19 Cricket World Cup which begins in New Zealand from January 13th 2018. India has won the U19 World title thrice before (2000, 2008, 2012) which is the most number of titles won by a country along with Australia (1988, 2002, 2012).Virat Kohli too impressed first at the U19 World Cup when he captained the Indian young guns to the title in 2008. The Indian skipper also met the current lot led by another exciting prospect Prithvi Shaw before the team departed for New Zealand. Speaking to the ICC a few days earlier, Virat said that the Indian young guns must use this opportunity to dare to impress the world.WATCH VIDEO HERE”The players that will take part in the 2018 edition in New Zealand will have another opportunity to showcase their talent in front of the world and really look to stand out from the bunch, I think that should be the mindset of each and every player because it does present an opportunity. If other people are getting 50s or 60s then I would tell the batsmen to go on and score 120s and 130s at that level and that is how you stand out, that is how people take notice of you. If you go on and score 60s along with 8 other people then no one is going to point you out. It is a great opportunity for those who are mentally strong and can take it in a positive way, they will surely make something out of their careers from there on”, said King Kohli.advertisementIncidentally Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson the current captains of India, Australia and New Zealand and the best batsmen in the world all represented their countries in the 2008 U19 World Cup. With 20 Test tons to his name Virat was quick to remind the current lot that their ultimate goal should remain to represent the country at the Test level.”It is good to know that so many people from that batch and not just the three of us captaining our countries (Virat Kohli, Steve Smith & Kane Williamson) but a lot of players have played for their countries as well. That is a signal to a lot of young cricketers from around the world that you need to focus on Test cricket and wanting to make it big for your country in that particular format and the rest of it trickles down easily to the other formats. If we aspire to play only one format and very quickly play for the country then the longevity is not there and I feel it is not worth it. So the thing that we did was that we kept Test cricket as priority in our heads and our careers went on from there and we could solidify other formats as well”, said the Indian skipper.With two weeks until the #U19CWC gets underway in New Zealand, India’s @imvkohli reflects on his experience at the competition and shares his tips for the next generation of #FutureStars. pic.twitter.com/TxpiccT64Y- ICC (@ICC) December 30, 2017The Indian captain also looked back at his own unbeaten campaign at the 2008 event.”The fondest memory from our U19 World Cup are obviously the wins in the tournament in Malaysia where we went unbeaten through the tournament and that is something very special to remember. The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career when I look back now. The World Cup was important as it was watched by many people, specially ours was the first edition when that started and that really helped us get a good platform to build our careers from there on. It holds a very important place in our minds and hearts”, concluded the skipper.Rahul Dravid’s wards will begin their campaign against the Aussies on Sunday, January 14th.last_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Prithvi Shaw shines as Mumbai thrash Goa

first_imgYoung prodigy Prithvi Shaw found his mojo back as domestic giants Mumbai Monday cantered to a fourth straight win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, hammering Goa by six wickets in a Group C game of the T20 tournament in Indore.Earlier, Mumbai had defeated Sikkim, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh in the premier domestic T20 tournament.Mumbai rode on Shaw’s blazing 71 off just 47 balls to reach the target of 140 with 10 balls to spare. Shaw, who struggled in the last three games, finally found momentum and registered his first fifty of the tournament.The 19-year-old batsman’s quickfire knock was studded with five boundaries and seven sixes.Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (31) played his part to perfection as the duo laid the foundation stone of the win with a 95-run opening stand.Mumbai slumped to 117/4 from a healthy 95/1, but experienced Surya Kumar Yadav (24 not out) steered the side home at the Emeralds Heights International School Ground.Earlier, Mumbai bowlers did a decent job to restrict Goa to 140 for 4 in their 20 overs.Goa openers Sagun Kamat (27) and skipper Amogh Desai (38) got starts, but were unable to convert them into big scores.The duo added 58 runs for the first wicket, but both fell in quick succession.One-down Amit Verma (27) and wicket-keeper Keenan (26) were also looking good, but Mumbai bowlers sent them back to the pavilion before they could consolidate further.Mumbai bowlers – Dhawal Kulkarni (1-31), Shardul Thakur (1-25), Shubham Ranjane (1-19) and Shams Mulani (1-20) – put in collective efforts to deny Goa a big score.advertisementBrief scores: At Indore: Goa 140/4 (Amogh Desai 38, Sagun Kamat 27; Shubham Ranjane 1-19) lost to Mumbai 141/4 (Prithvi Shaw 71, Ajinkya Rahane 31; Vijesh Prabhudesai 1-11) by six wickets.Mumbai 4 points, Goa 0 points.At Indore (Holkar Stadium): Madhya Pradesh 159/6 (Naman Ojha 74, Parth Sahani 40; Amit Mishra 3-19) lost to Railways 161/5 (P S Singh 61, Ashish Yadav 32 not out; Mihir Hirwani 3/20) by five wickets.Railways 4 points, MP 0 points.At Holkar Stadium: Sikkim 75 (Milind 28, Nilesh Lamichaney 13; Jaydev Unadkat 2-9) lost to Saurashtra 79/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 39 not out, Sheldon Jackson 24; B B Sharma 3-23) by seven wickets.Saurastra 4 points, Sikkim 0 points.At Surat: C B Patel ground: Vidarbha 117 (J M Sharma 49, Atharva Taide 23; S K K Ahmed 5-18, Nathu Singh 2-11) won against Rajasthan 73 (M N Singh 24, Robin Bist 22; Akshay Karnewar 4-7, R L Jangid 2-11) by 44 runs.Vidarbha 4 points, Rajasthan 0 points.At Lalbhai Contractor Stadium: Tamil Nadu 125/6 (N S Chaturved 34, M S Washington Sundar 33; A Nagwaswalla 3-11, Piyush Chawla 2-16) won against Gujarat 124 all out (Chirag Gandhi 68 not out, Priyank Panchal 14; Washington Sundar 2-10, R Sai Kishore 1-19) by 1 run.Tamil Nadu 4 points, Gujarat 0 points.At Lalbhai Contractor Stadium: Bihar 78 all out (Asfahan Khan 25, Piyush Kumar Singh 21; G K Singh 2-11, Ankit Rajan Maini 2-14) lost to Himachal Pradesh 81/1 (A K Bains 54 not out, P S Chopra 14; Samar Quadri 1-14) by nine wickets.Himachal Pradesh 4 points, Bihar 0 points.Also Watch:last_img read more

Prime Minister Fetes Reggae Girlz

first_img They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound. The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them. Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17). Story Highlights Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, was feted in fine style by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a reception he hosted in the team’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Monday (December 17).The women, who made history in October this year by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, entered the ballroom to much fanfare and applause from the huge audience that turned out to celebrate their achievement with them.They were treated to lively performances by the ASHE Performing Arts Company and Orisha Sound.The evening was topped off by the high-energy performance of popular dancehall entertainer, Ding Dong, who incited the Girlz to get up and dance.Prime Minister Holness, with the team’s image displayed on three large screens on the stage behind him, spoke with admiration as he thanked them for bringing pride to the nation.Mr. Holness said he especially admired the team spirit among the women, who all get along as sisters.“That is the first step towards victory – when you can work together in unity, as one cohesive group,” he said.Reliving the moments leading up to the Girlz making history, the Prime Minister recalled that when the Jamaican team was down two goals, “that would be enough to send home any team of people made of lesser stuff,” but the Girlz persevered.“What gave us the edge is that energy, that passion, and above all else, that discipline to stay together, train, work hard, and do what is necessary on the field to win,” he said.He reminded that the country’s size should be seen as an advantage because Jamaica has always performed “way above its weight class”.The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the football team could win the World Cup competition, which takes place in France next year.Mr. Holness also acknowledged the “great work” of Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation in being the critical sponsor of the Reggae Girlz.“That kind of philanthropic assistance should always be acknowledged, and I encourage other Jamaicans of means to come on board and join this effort,” he said, noting that he would be holding discussions with head coach of the Reggae Girlz, Hue Menzies; and President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, regarding his own personal contribution.In the meantime, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the Reggae Girlz’ qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a major achievement – not just for them but for women across the country.“Because of the Reggae Girlz, young women are confident to dream – dream big dreams – and know that dreams do come true. This achievement provides us with an opportunity to change the game for women and girls everywhere – not only in sports but in every area of life,” she said.She noted that this is the high point of the four-day-long celebrations for the Girlz, which also saw them being presented with the Keys to Montego Bay, Spanish Town and Kingston during civic ceremonies. They are to be presented with the keys to St. Ann’s Bay this evening.A praise, worship and thanksgiving concert was also held for the Girlz at Emancipation Park on December 16. They also participated in a motorcade beginning at G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine and ending at the Tony Spaulding Complex in St Andrew.“We want to acknowledge and pay maximum respect to these high achievers and to tell their stories in the hope that they will help to make a difference, just by their presence, just by being yourselves and just by achieving excellence,” Miss Grange said.Jamaica defeated Panama in the recent CONCACAF Women’s Championship to become the first Caribbean country to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.last_img read more

Inquiry focuses on mental health of man who killed Alberta peace officer

first_imgCALGARY – A fatality inquiry into the death of a peace officer in Alberta five years ago focused strongly on the mental health of the killer on its opening day Monday.Rod Lazenby was a retired RCMP officer who was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills south of Calgary.The 62-year-old died in 2012 after being sent to Trevor Kloschinsky’s rural property on a call about dogs. An autopsy found Lazenby was strangled and had 56 cuts and bruises to the face, head, neck, body and back. He also suffered numerous internal injuries.Kloschinsky told officers he had apprehended a dog thief. He was charged with first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible because a mental disorder meant he didn’t understand that what he was doing was wrong.Doctors testified at his trial that they found him “actively psychotic.”RCMP Sgt. Ryan Singleton faced a number of questions at the hearing, which included Lazenby’s sister and daughter as well as a representative of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers.He testified that there was a note on Kloschinsky’s file indicating mental-health issues and the municipal district had made it clear that no one should go to the property without RCMP backup.“It was the MD of Foothills … telling RCMP that they weren’t going to do this and therefore giving them the heads up that we may be requesting your assistance,” said Singleton.“They weren’t going to go out and deal with Mr. Kloschinsky by themselves … on a one-on-one basis without RCMP presence.”Singleton said there hadn’t been any previous indication that Kloschinsky was dangerous.“We had no indication of him being violent. We were dealing with a person who believed his dogs were being stolen.”Singleton said it’s probable that Lazenby, who wore hearing aids, may have turned them down before the attack because of the din created by the barking dogs.“I don’t think Mr. Lazenby knew what was coming.”The Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers held a news conference Monday to call for more collaboration between police agencies, improved access to personal protective equipment and better training.“The training that we get currently is based on different levels of community police officers,” said president Terri Miller. “The three levels that we have don’t get the same amount of training and we want to try and standardize the training.”The group is also recommending officers be trained in how to deal with people experiencing mental-health problems.Jamie Erickson, who was vice-president of the association when Lazenby was killed, hopes the inquiry will push forward changes.“We want to make sure our peace officers are safe.”A fatality inquiry may recommend how to prevent similar deaths, but cannot make any findings of legal responsibility.“The recommendations from the inquiry, although they’re non-legally binding, will provide an opportunity to make those necessary changes to ensure the safety of bylaw and peace officers in Alberta and in other jurisdictions across Canada,” said Dawn Rault from the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.The inquiry is scheduled to run until Friday.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Shooting reported at Texas high school

first_imgA shooting was reported Friday morning at a high school in Texas, where a witness said a gunman opened fire with a shotgun, prompting the district to initiate a “lockdown.””There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg,” an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK of the incident at Santa Fe High School in a suburb of Houston.The eyewitness said students fled the school in a panic.Parent Richard Allen told the station he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.”My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids,” Allen said.A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the school campus.Television footage showed students being led out of the school in a single file.Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU TV.The school district announced a “lockdown” in response to the shooting, but it was not immediately clear how many schools were affected”This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown,” it said on its website.last_img read more

Blacks in Wax Museum Expands and Fights for Community

first_imgWax figures of Black soldiers. (Courtesy photo)When you hear the phrase ‘wax figurines’, your mind probably jumps to either Madame Tussauds or The Great Blacks In Wax Museum right here in Baltimore. If you were born and raised here, chances are you have already been to it as a child. There’s also a chance that you too have probably been frightened to near tears by the jarring realness of the slave ship exhibit. Its okay if you have, because of the three times I’ve visited, I’ve only had to leave once due to uncontrollable tears.The owner and co-founder, Joanne Martin, is used to that. She actually expects and doesn’t treat it as some weird uncomfortable thing. “When I have young people that come in and cry because of the slave ship, I’m not as upset as a parent might be,” she says. “That, for me, is part of what I want to happen. It means that we have some empathy and we won’t be so quick to kill one of our own”.Recently, our city’s beloved museum has announced plans for a massive renovation and expansion. The expansion will take over the entire 1600 block of North Ave, stretching between Broadway and Bond Street with plans for a garden, a theater and educational programs.In an exclusive interview with The Afro, we caught up with Martin for more details about this piece of Baltimore history.The idea of expansion for Blacks in Wax was always in the works for Martin and her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, but did not officially get underway until his passing in 2001.“One day, I found myself on a ship on the Nile river dealing with his sudden death. I made a vow to God and him that I would spend my life carrying out his dream,” she said. “When you walk around the museum, it’s like walking around the head of Elmer.”Wax figure of Bessie Coleman. (Courtesy photo)“My husband always said that we had to be a museum with a message, not just black figures standing around. They had to be a part of a bigger story,” she said.Martin hopes that the expansion will not only fulfill her husband’s wishes, but bring some much needed tourism to the economically deprived area.“I don’t think that we should think our neighborhoods aren’t worthwhile and that you have to leave them to find something good,” she said. “My husband and I wanted to show that tourism can thrive in that area. Visitors come from all over to this fragile community for the Blacks in Wax.”So far, the expansion boasts ideas for a sculpture garden, an improvement upon their standing educational programs and even a small marketplace for budding entrepreneurs.The rear of the museum will house a beautiful entryway as well as a cultural and community hub for guests to experience.“The rear of the museum will be a major entrance, so that area will be a garden space. Phase 1 of the idea of a sculpture garden is planting trees native to the city.”The massive plans are an effort to shine a positive light back onto the city and help educate the youth.“We are making it the education institution that it should be and expanding on programs that we have for children,” she said. “We are talking to other venues in Baltimore and showing them how to become a curator, designing your own studio and etc.”“There will be film screenings and panel discussions afterwards,” she said. “We’re having a place for art exhibition, places to sell fashion designs and [building] economic opportunity”.Since the opening of the museum in 1983, its main mission has always involved what it can do for the community.“We are trying in every way to be a force for change, create job opportunities and have a cultural hub on that block,” she said. “The 1500 block would be an Uhure Village, which is Swahili for ‘let us come together”.It is not only a mission to Martin for the community to come together, but for the city itself to see the combined efforts of everyone to rebuild and take a step back. She feels that the city could ‘do better’ in terms of seeing the extended vision of this expansion.“I’d like to see [Baltimore city government] do better but I think we need to do a better job of helping them to see the vision,” she said. “I feel that maybe we have tried and missed the mark but we will try again.”“We will sit down with them and talk about what this project means in terms of jobs, community building and tourism development.”She feels that after that is done, there is ‘no reason’ that the Blacks in Wax and other museums should not ‘be funded to the level they feel they deserve’. As the museum continues to look to the local and state government for more federal dollars, they also appreciate the efforts of their everyday supporters and donors.“The ways in which we have to come together to build the African American community and get back to that commitment of family is what we will try to do”.last_img read more

For the Chinese connect

first_imgShe started liking the poetry of India’s poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China’s noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore’s songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week. ‘Tagore’s poetry is like music, it is melodic, sweet and lovely,’ Liu said in an interview here on her way back from Kolkata where she attended the opening of a China gallery at Rabindra Bharati University in Jorasanko, Tagore’s ancestral estate, earlier this week. The gallery has several photographs of Tagore and his family members’ visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ At a concert in Kolkata to mark the 150th anniversary Tagore’s birth in 2011, Liu on the dulcimer had presented a combination of Chinese and Indian music accompanied by Indian musicians and instruments like the tabla. Beyond her childhood love for Tagore’s poetry, it is her musical instrument – yangqin or the Chinese-hammered dulcimer – that has made Liu the leading exponent of the India-China music dialogue and a key ambassador of culture. The yangqin is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘The first world-wide dialogue between Indian yangqin or santoor and Chinese yangqin was held in Calcutta in 2011 at the concert themed ‘Night of the Orient, When East Meets East’, said Liu, who has studied in India with noted santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma. ‘More than 20 countries around the world have this instrument that originated in the Iran-Iraq region,’ Liu said of the Chinese dulcimer that is quite similar to the santoor.Liu undertook a seven-month research at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation fellowship in 2009 to explore the grammar of the two musical instruments of the same family. Liu, who is a professor at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and the youngest professor of yangqin in the country’s history, aims to create an enduring basis of dialogue ‘between our two oriental cultures’.  ‘With my Indian gurus, I am trying to make a new style of India-China music… Chinese melody, put in the Indian raga structure to create a new sentence and style,’ Liu said.Liu directs a yangqin ensemble called Jasmine and plans to bring it to India on a music tour of the Buddhist heritage sites. In May 2009, Liu held a trio concert with an Indian band called the Kedia Brothers in Jharkhand, where the yangqin, the sitar and the sarod were played together. ‘The basic tones in Chinese music are also found in India music,’ said Liu. Chinese Premier arrived in the Capital to have the first summit-level formal talks.last_img read more