Tony Becca | India’s Kohli speaks out, at last

first_imgWhen first I saw Virat Kohli at bat, I thought he had everything to become a really top class batsman. When next I saw him, on the television screen, I realised he had become one of the best, probably the best batsmen of his time. Recently, however, I noted that, as the captain of India, he had also developed into a strong, knowledgeable, and confident leader, confident enough to say what he thinks, and especially about the intricacies of the game. Umpiring, and its decisions, especially whenever a team loses, has long been the talk of cricketers and the ridicule of players for a long time, to the point that the International Cricket Council (ICC) went from two home umpires to sometimes one home umpire, to one home umpire, to two ‘neutral’ umpires, and finally to two ‘neutral’ umpires and the Decision Review System (DRS) which calls for the use of the television in close and ‘challenged’ situations. Some of the countries did not fully trust the television to see it right every time but despite that they agreed to its use. There was, and still is one, however, who refused to use it in any Test match, at home or abroad, in which it is involved. And that team is India, the big, rich, and bad India. They have, time and time again, rejected the idea of using it, especially for leg before wicket (LBW) decisions, for the simple that they not believe in the path the ball travels, according to the television, after it hits the pad on the way to the stumps. They also have no confidence in the television’s judgement as to the bounce of the ball in relation to it hitting the stumps after hitting the pads. And their captains, all of them, including the much celebrated Mahendra Singh Dhoni, agreed with India every step of the way, even on those occasions when it appeared that the decision of the umpire on the field went against them.     Recently, however, during the recent India/New Zealand series in India, Kohli stepped up, stepped out of line, and spoke about the need to further discuss the issue because it obviously is hurting India. In giving India’s strongest view that it will start using the DRS system soon, Kohli said recently, ‘we will certainly look to probably introduce it (DRS) in future’. Kohli may be thinking this way because during his short time as captain India have lost a few matches which the DRS may have saved, and this obviously convinced him of the merits of a review system. “Having opposed the DRS system, however, to say that the umpires made an error and it is going against us, is not logical,” said Kohli. “These are the things we have discussed. These are the things we have been meeting on because we felt that these areas can be debated, especially where it concerns the ball-tracking and Hawkeye. “Once DRS is up and running for us as well, then you can sit and think what are the grey areas. We want to definitely think about it,” said the Indian captain. That is well said. India is a part of the cricket family, and an important at that. As probably the world’s strongest team at the moment, as the home of the richest cricket league in the world, the Indian Premier League, and as the country responsible for some 75 percent of the world’s cricket revenue, it is undoubtedly cricket’s most valuable member. It is, to me at least, very strange that India has not fallen in line with the other countries in respect to the use of the DRS. The DRS has its short-comings, but the problems are nothing that round-table talks cannot solve, or could not solve. India should not have been allowed to get away with doing its own thing when it has been a part of cricket, and a big part at that. If Kohli’s wishes come true, cricket will be the better for it, and so will India. The DRS is an expensive exercise, and that is the reason why Zimbabwe is the only other country which no longer uses it in Test matches, which are seen as bilateral arrangements. In ICC-controlled tournaments, such as 50-over tournaments, however, every country, including India, is forced to use DRS, and that is good. Thanks to Kohli, it appears that every team is now singing from the same hymn book, or intends to do so, and in the interest of good cricket and fair play, that must be good for cricket, at least until the whole DRS situation, and certainly as its concerns LBW decisions, is cleared up the satisfaction of all.last_img read more

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

first_imgThe referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79.Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.“It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can’t delve on that,” Perasol told reporters after the Maroons’ 96-82 loss. “It’s something they’ve decided on and they can’t reverse that.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to find a way how we can play through that, but then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job [because] we’re exerting effort to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ Ball, Lopez cleared for practice return from injury

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23, missing five consecutive games. The rookie No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 10.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game.Lopez has missed eight games since spraining his right ankle Dec. 18. The veteran big man is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his first season with Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight games to fall back into last place in the Western Conference standings. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to return to practice after recent injury absences.Ball and Lopez are both questionable for the Lakers’ next game against Oklahoma City on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Farmers’ Cooperative Establishes Oil Palm Nursery for Farmers

first_imgThe oil palm nursery in LiberiaOver 4000 oil palm seedlings (young plants) are currently on nursery in Bellemu, Panta District, Bong County, to be distributed to local farmers for cultivation.The business manager of the Panta Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (PANFAMCOS), Isaac B. Yarkparwolo, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer Farmer Desk on Tuesday, January 21, at his office in Bellemu Town in an exclusive interview.Mr. Yarkparwolo stated that the oil palm seedlings are intended to empower local farmers, who have developed interest in growing oil palm in Panta District and its environs.Oil palm (Elaesis Geineensis) is a native crop of Equatorial Guinea. When planted, it gets matured within three to seven years depending on the varieties.It can be planted early April to May.  Mr. Yarkparwolo said that more than 187 farmers from nine communities in Panta district are expected to benefit from the seedling distribution.“Beginning April to June of this year, farmers should have gotten hold of their supplies of oil palm seedlings,” he disclosed.According to him farmers will be obligated to pay back the value of the seedlings in cash at a minimum rate, which he could not say.He stated that his cooperative has received supports from an international NGO, Winkrock to enhance oil palm production in his district.He disclosed that the initiative to grow oil palm started immediately after the civil crisis.“Having realized the need for self employment, we taught of organizing farmers in the district in 1997 to prioritize the production of the crop to earn income. Today many of the farmers have begun to harvest and process palm nuts for market.He mentioned that this process has helped to reduce poverty in the lives of many farmers.“Many farmers including myself, have owned properties just from growing oil palm,” he declared.On the constraints face by farmers, Mr. Yarparwolo told the Observer that they  have serious challenges with marketing the oil that is processed. “We are no longer exporting oil out of the country, so our revenue base has dropped,” he stated. He added that all the oil they process from the palm is consumed right in Liberia.“There is a need that the government thinks seriously about creating market for our produce to encourage more farmers in the business.Moreover, he added that getting improved seeds to nurse is another major challenge.“The Central Agriculture Research Institute(CARI) must now began to provide seeds for farmers in the country,” he noted.He disclosed that due to lack of improved oil palm seeds in the country, farmers buy seeds from La Côte d’Ivoire at exorbitant cost.Meanwhile, the PANFAMCOS business manager also disclosed that his cooperative is also involved into rubber crop farming as well as food crop.But he strongly noted that the monopoly in the rubber business poses a serious a problem for rubber farmers in the country.“Our persistent calls to the government are that the moratorium on the exportation of unprocessed natural rubber should be lifted to allow farmers to make more money and improve their lives. Firestone Rubber Plantation cannot be the only buyer of rubber from farmers. There must be other companies to compete with Firestone to have attractive prices for the purchase of the product,” he stressed.He went as far as criticizing the government for not ensuring that rubber produce in the country by Firestone other companies is processed to create more jobs for the citizens.“We cannot understand why Liberia being the largest producer of rubber in the world is yet to add value to the product,” he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anna Regina Mayor re-elected

first_img…says financial challenges a major hindranceMayor of the town of Anna Regina, Rajendra Prabhulall, was re-elected on Wednesday in the boardroom of the Anna Regina Town Council, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The Deputy Mayor, Rudolph Williams, was also re-elected.Re-elected Anna Regina Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall taking his oath of officePrabhulall said that he is very much thankful to the councillors for having the confidence in him and giving him a second term as Mayor of the township.The Mayor said that his first term in office was very challenging. He said that there are many issues and plans that have to be addressed but financial constraints have posed as his biggest challenge since his election.At present, the Council is cash-strapped and employees have not been paid their November salaries.The Mayor said that the Council has millions of dollars outstanding in rates and taxes but persons are not paying. During brief remarks following his re-election, he called on defaulters to pay up their taxes. This, he said, will enable the Council to provide reliable service to its people.last_img read more

Ref, technology controversies cast shadow over Ligue 1

first_img0Shares0000Nantes’ Brazilian defender Diego Carlos (C) receives a red card from French referee Tony Chapron during the French L1 football match between Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain (Paris-SG) at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Jan 15 – France’s Ligue 1 launches into a midweek round of games after a weekend marred by referee Tony Chapron’s bizarre kick at a Nantes player and goal-line technology glitches.Chapron has been suspended by the French Football Federation “until further notice” after kicking the Nantes defender Diego Carlos and then sending him off towards the end of their 1-0 defeat to league leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. The bizarre incident, footage of which has gone viral, could have serious consequences for 45-year-old official Chapron, who has apologised.Diego Carlos has since had the second yellow card rescinded after it was shown when he knocked Chapron over in an accidental collision at the Stade de la Beaujoire.That means he can play for Claudio Ranieri’s fifth-placed side at Toulouse on Wednesday, but Chapron — who recently refereed a game in the Chinese Super League — will not be the man in the middle for the match between Angers and Troyes.He will be called to appear before the French league’s disciplinary commission at a later date to explain himself.He may also have to explain why Nantes had an equalising goal disallowed against PSG — Emiliano Sala, who headed in from a free-kick, was not in an offside position, although two of his team-mates were.“We tried to equalise, but here there is no VAR (video assistant referees)”, bemoaned Ranieri. “Except, for me, Sala was coming from behind and the goal was valid.”VAR is now used in several leagues, including in the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.However, the French league (LFP) are hoping to introduce it for next season and carried out tests in last week’s League Cup quarter-finals.In the meantime, the LFP have indefinitely suspended their use of goal-line technology because of “serious dysfunctions”, including in the League Cup tie between Amiens and PSG.– Cavani targets goal record –Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates after scoring a penalty kick during the French League Cup quarter-final football match between Amiens (ASC) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Licorne Stadium in Amiens, northern France © AFP/File / FRANCOIS LO PRESTIThe capital club moved 11 points clear at the summit after beating Nantes courtesy of an early Angel Di Maria goal for their seventh straight win in all competitions.PSG coach Unai Emery will hope to have Neymar back against Dijon at the Parc des Princes after the world’s most expensive player missed Sunday’s game with a rib problem.Edinson Cavani, who returned against Nantes after being left out of PSG’s first two games of 2018 following a late return from a holiday in South America, is still just one goal away from equalling Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record tally of 156.Behind the leaders, only one point separates second-placed Monaco, Lyon in third and Marseille in fourth.Reigning champions Monaco host Cote d’Azur rivals Nice, a week after beating them 2-1 away in the League Cup quarter-finals.Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is hoping Radamel Falcao can feature for the first time in 2018.“Falcao and (Guido) Carrillo have had problems, but we need a striker to maintain an impact in attack. Both of them can play,” Jardim said.Player to watch: Yann M’VilaSunderland’s French midfielder Yann M’vila (L) vies with West Ham United’s English midfielder Michail Antonio during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Sunderland © AFP/File / IAN KINGTONThe 27-year-old midfielder will hope to make his first appearance in French football in five years when Saint-Etienne go to Metz.M’Vila joined struggling Saint-Etienne last week after leaving Russian club Rubin Kazan. Once a great French hope, the midfielder has had spells at Sunderland and Inter Milan since leaving Rennes.He has won 22 caps for France, although the last of those came at Euro 2012.Fixtures (1800 GMT unless stated)TuesdayBordeaux v Caen, Marseille v Strasbourg, Monaco v Nice (2000 GMT)WednesdayAmiens v Montpellier, Angers v Troyes, Guingamp v Lyon, Lille v Rennes, Metz v Saint-Etienne, Toulouse v Nantes, Paris Saint-Germain v Dijon (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Football fans to return to stadiums for Egypt league games

first_imgClubs would be held responsible for their fans’ behaviour, he said, following a partial lifting of the five-year ban decided at a meeting Sunday of the football federation.Egyptian authorities imposed the ban on fans at local matches after a February 2012 stadium riot in Port Said that left 74 people dead at a game between local club Al-Masry and Cairo’s Al-Ahly.Three years after that tragedy, at least 20 fans of Cairo club Zamalek were killed in clashes with security forces outside a stadium in the capital in February 2015.An Egyptian court last month sentenced to jail 28 Al Ahly fans for wearing T-shirts paying tribute to the “martyrs” of the Port Said riot, accusing them of “incitement”.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Before rows of empty stands, Al-Ahly footballers celebrate after scoring in a January 8 Egyptian Premier League match against Zamalek at Cairo Stadium © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Feb 12 – Limited numbers of football fans are to be allowed into stadiums for league matches in Egypt for the first time since deadly riots in 2012, the country’s football federation said Monday.Mostafa Tantawi, a spokesman for the federation, told AFP that up to 300 fans would from Monday be allowed to attend championship matches, while no restriction on numbers would apply to cup games.last_img read more

Spurs working hard on new Eriksen deal, says Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has become one of the Premier League’s major attacking threats © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday that Tottenham are working hard to get Christian Eriksen to commit his future to the club after tying down a clutch of other top players.Eriksen, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, still has 18 months to run on his current deal but Spurs are keen to make him their latest star to sign a new bumper deal. Pochettino himself, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks have all signed new contracts in the past few months and the Argentine wants to see a deal done.“He knows, we know what we are doing and we are working hard,” he said. “The club is working, trying to take the best decision. Christian is going to take the best decision.“I am not worried. In football I am never worried but I prefer he is going to sign the new contract and stay a long time at Tottenham. That would be fantastic.”Eriksen, 26, arrived from Ajax in 2013 for around 13.5 million euros (£12 million, $15.5 million) and he has become one of the top creative forces in the Premier League.“Eriksen and Tottenham, and Tottenham and Eriksen was a very good mix,” said Pochettino. “Good for Tottenham, good for Christian Eriksen. That’s why I hope Christian continues to develop his career his with Tottenham.”Eriksen has not been at his best this season and has struggled since the World Cup with an abdominal injury.He has not started a league game for Spurs since September but he started twice for Denmark in the recent international break and could be ready to play from the kick-off when Chelsea visit Wembley on Saturday.Jan Vertonghen could also be involved as he is back in full training following a hamstring injury, which has kept him out of the past nine games.“There’s still one day more but it’s very good news that he’s involved again with the group,” Pochettino said. “In the last two weeks he was training very well and now we wait until Friday and decide if we believe he can be involved for Saturday.“I think it’s important to have all the players fit. Jan is such an important player for us.”Pochettino also said he hopes Tottenham will be in their new stadium in January or February after a long delay.“To wait maybe one or two months more, we need to have patience,” he said. “We are so disappointed because we expect to play in 2018 and it should be ready for play before the end of the year.“But that is not going to be possible and we need to wish and hope that in January or February we can move there and it will be a fantastic moment for everyone, the supporters, the players. It will be a massive boost.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgChantelle is welcomed to Finn Harps by Kevin McHughFinn Harps have signed a former Chelsea star.No, Frank Lampard won’t be signing autographs at Finn Park this season but ladies player Chantelle Grant has joined the coaching staff of the clubs schools programme.The Letterkenny native began her football career with Oldtown Celtic boys team and Bonagee underage sides before joining Lagan Harps ladies team. Next up was the plush but highly competitive environs at Chelsea ladies academy, where Chantelle spent 18 months receiving elite coaching which she hopes to pass onto aspiring young female players.Since returning home Chantelle has received a sports scholarship from LYIT, has represented Ulster in the Gaynor Cup whilst also continuing her playing career with Lagan ladies team.So what was it like playing for Chelsea? “It was an unbelievable experience” says Chantelle.“It was hard at first trying to get used to the pace of the game and competing against the other girls, as the standard was very high – however everyone at the club was lovely and made me feel at home straight away. “I was in awe of the facilities that Chelsea had. They were so much different to what I was used to seeing from playing football at home. I learned so much during my time at Chelsea and through the Finn Harps schools programme I hope to share that experience with both male and female kids. Coaching is something I am very passionate about and it would be great to encourage more girls to play football,” she saidFinn Harps Schools officer John Campbell says ” Everyone at the club is delighted to have Chantelle on board as she will bring great qualities to our programme.“In addition to being a qualified coach, Chantelles experience as professional footballer means we can offer young female footballers invaluable advice and training so they can improve their game.”FINN HARPS SIGN FORMER CHELSEA STAR! was last modified: January 25th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more