JCA election! – Incumbent Heaven, Harris bowl off for cricket’s top job

first_img VICE-PRESIDENTS Harris, a business executive and educator, has former West Indies player Nehemiah Perry as his first vice-president nominee and Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, principal of G.C. Foster College, as second vice-president. The other executive committee nominees are: Team Heaven – Diahann Campbell, honorary secretary; Clinton Clarke, assistant secretary; Hopeton Morrison, treasurer and Kerry Scott, assistant treasurer. Team Harris – Randy Nelson, honorary secretary; Dennis Gordon, assistant secretary; Loren Edwards, treasurer; Errol Moodie, assistant treasurer. “We came into office with the promise that we would work to improve the quality of life for all our stakeholders in the Jamaican cricket family. We have kept our promise,” Heaven said. “There is still, however, much to be done to widen and deepen the scope of that improvement.” Harris, in the meanwhile, in his pre-election document, which was titled “Team Cricket”, said his mission was to rebuild the sport. “I am challenging because there is a cry for help,” he told The Gleaner. “Cricket is really struggling and the kind of will that is required was not shown by the president over the past two years.” Incumbent president Wilford “Billy” Heaven will be challenged by incumbent secretary Fritz Harris at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre. The contenders, who will enter the elections with a slate of six other executive committee nominees, will be vying for votes from a delegate list of 101 members. Topping the list other executive committee nominees are by Dr Donovan Bennett and former West Indies ‘A’ representative, Mark Neita, running as first and second vice-president, respectively, along with Heaven, the chief executive officer of the state-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.last_img read more

Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers

first_imgThe Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on Tuesday issued shoot-at-sight orders against poachers. But the orders were to be carried out only for “self-protection against poachers carrying arms,” CTR director Parag Madhukar Dhakate said.A five-day anti-poaching operation was initiated on Tuesday following information about suspected movement of poachers.According to the tiger census data released in 2015, Uttarakhand, with 340 tigers, has the second highest tiger population in the country after Karnataka. According to wildlife experts, the tiger population has gone up in the past two years.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve Director removed after his shoot-at-sight order  “We received some inputs from the intelligence agencies following which we began an anti-poaching operation. We have sealed the entry points on the northern and southern borders. Forest workers have been ordered to instantly shoot any poacher or hunter seen with arms in the core critical tiger habitat zone,” Mr. Dhakate said.Such orders were given by the State Chief Secretary in the past too for the protection of forest department workers.Sharp shooters have been placed at vantage points and 388 camera traps set up across the reserve. Two drones, night vision equipment and 150 forest department workers would be used in the operation, he said.According to the data provided by the Uttarakhand forest department, 112 tigers have died between November 2000 and November 2016. This includes 56 natural deaths, 19 due to fights between the animals, 17 in accidents and six deaths in poaching incidents.last_img read more

Numero uno spot at stake for India

first_imgIndia face South Africa in the first of a three-Test cricket series starting at the Super Sport Park in Centurion on Thursday.India will not only try to retain their No. 1 spot in the Test rankings but will try to improve their poor record in South Africa.Described as the “final frontier” by coach Gary Kirsten, world number two South Africa will look to exploit the Indian batsmen’s well-known susceptibility to the rising deliveries on bouncy tracks and the hosts have the necessary arsenal to do that — the most potent of their weapons being world number one pacer Dale Steyn.The Indians go into the series well aware that they have won just one out of the 12 Tests they have played in South Africa. Even if they didn’t, Graeme Smith’s men have not missed an opportunity to remind the visitors of the unflattering record ever since their arrival.In fact, the pre-series verbal sparring has added the ting of drama to the series which would make the contest even more interesting.When South African coach Corrie van Zyl stated that “record books don’t lie” in an apparent reference to India’s over the years poor showing here, India coach Gary Kirsten was quick to retort that things have changed in the past couple of years.Indeed, things do seem to have changed as the Indians have been on a dream run in the Test arena, winning seven of their last nine series, but most of them have come on the turning tracks of the sub-continent.advertisementThe pace and bounce of South Africa would not be as easy to adapt considering the visitors go into the series without playing a single warm-up match.Add to this, the Indians also have to deal with a couple of injury worries in pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth. Zaheer suffered a hamstring injury during the fourth ODI against New Zealand while Sreesanth hurt himself during training.Zaheer and Sreesanth are crucial to the team’s chances given the conditions and it would be a massive jolt if they are ruled out.The conditions, in fact, would prove to be India’s biggest challenge against a quality opposition but captain Dhoni said the his side is ready with a blend of youth and experience to record their first Test series win in South Africa.”It will be important for us to adapt to the conditions. Yet I believe we will be better prepared than before, because the guys have played here in the IPL and in the Champions League and it is not that foreign to them,” Dhoni said.”We do not pay attention to what history says about what happened here in the past. We do not think too much about the statistics,” he added.Dhoni’s confidence does not seem misplaced considering the Indian batting line-up boasts of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who would be gunning for his historic 50th Test ton, the aggressive opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and the ever-reliable middle-order mainstays Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.Suresh Raina provides the touch of youth and it would be interesting to see how the likes of Steyn, the lanky Morne Morkel and the exciting Wayne Parnell unsettle such a formidable combination.In comparison, the South African batting may not be as experienced but it is no less dangerous with Smith being the rock.The inspirational captain has veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, the prolific Hashim Amla and the in-form A B de Villiers for company in an impressive order which would be difficult to contain in home conditions.The hosts have the edge on the bowling front with the tearaway pace of Steyn being the major difference.India would be looking mainly towards Zaheer to provide the spark with Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth doing the back-up job.Given the interesting build-up, it promises to be a mouth-watering contest between two sides who are battling it out to fill in the void that has been created by Australia’s decline as the clear numero uno team in the world.The only spoilsport could be the weather with the forecast of rain here this week.SquadsSouth Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind

first_imgFILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, watches during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr called Steve Clifford in support after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches among other symptoms. The NBA Coaches Association now provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT “We also have a unique group of head coaches right now, guys that are extremely competitive but have great respect for one another and provide a high level of support for each other,” Carlisle said. “Guys who are going through tough times with health and even things like losing streaks. We’ve got a very high character group.”For example, Clifford so appreciated a call he got last season from Kerr, each having gone through his own challenging health ordeal that kept him from the bench for an extensive stretch.Clifford, then coaching the Charlotte Hornets, missed more than five weeks dealing with agonizing headaches that after a battery of tests were deemed to be caused by sleep deprivation.Kerr has endured some of the most high-profile absences.He missed the initial 43 games of the 2015-16 season — including a record 24-0 start — dealing with painful and confounding symptoms following a pair of back surgeries.Kerr was sidelined again for 11 games during the Warriors’ 16-1 postseason in 2017 before returning to the bench for Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Warriors wound up winning in five games against LeBron James and Cleveland. Kerr had undergone a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5, 2017, at Duke University but was not well enough to return until June 4.He made it through last year’s repeat run to a title.“My advice to coaches who are coming into the league: Don’t get back surgery,” Kerr quipped. “That’s my main advice. Sorry, bad joke. Luke Walton, when he took the Laker job, we talked a lot about that. He told me his whole staff is really on a conditioning program and a health-wellness program. I think it’s really smart, something that every staff should try to do is just make sure you’ve got people looking after you and looking after each other.”Kerr practices regular yoga and can often be seen on the elliptical machine after practice in a corner of the gym, getting loose on a foam roller or stretching with the assistance of an athletic trainer.Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts appreciates the points of emphasis and information provided by the coaches association “whether it’s diet or things to alleviate stress.” He watches what he eats and works in exercise whenever he can, saying those two things are “the remedy for everybody.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Often, coaches are so focused on taking care of the players that they are not always focused on taking care of themselves,” said Goldberg, founder and CEO of Savorfull. “This is especially true when it comes to their nutrition.”Added Carlisle: “We view this as important as anything else we do with the NBA coaches association.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments NBA clears Cavaliers of wrongdoing in Patrick McCaw signing, waiving LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s a priority,” Lakers assistant Mark Madsen said. “It’s important because think about all the late nights. We’ll get into cities at 4 in the morning sometimes. You have to stay on top of it.”As a youngster, J.B. Bickerstaff knew there were a couple of hours in the afternoon on game days his father needed for himself. Bernie Bickerstaff took a power nap that allowed him to be fresh for a long night on the NBA bench.J.B. Bickerstaff now does it the same exact way as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.The coaches association is providing support and guidance like never before, and many coaches are making a point to openly discuss wellness strategies and share ideas.There’s also a close-knit support system within this crop of NBA coaches that Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, the coaches association president, considers special.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte That hasn’t always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health.“Well, we’re trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re very good at it, honestly. I know I’ve tried. It’s still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it’s just hard to turn off. It’s important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAfter a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tissue therapist work on his body, including knees and ankle — “and my brain.” He has consulted a sleep doctor, too.In L.A., Walton is being proactive by encouraging every member of his staff to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Recharge when necessary, however that is best accomplished for each individual. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “A lot of it is just common sense that everybody has to deal with to take care of yourself,” Stotts said. “It’s not just coaches, obviously, it’s everybody, a lot of middle-aged men need to be doing the same, and some like me, beyond-middle-aged men. The fact that our lifestyle, if you give in to it, it can be a detriment, and everybody needs to be aware of it.”Clifford is in Orlando now, and he understands better than ever the importance of taking care of himself and monitoring his own health in a business where keeping your job depends largely on winning. He took significant steps to improve his sleep patterns and overall health, this after a previous heart scare as well.The 57-year-old Clifford deeply appreciated Kerr’s call.“It was great,” Clifford said. “He was one of the guys who reached out and obviously we had the health issue in common. It was a terrific gesture.”Last season, former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue dealt with anxiety and needed a mental and physical break.“Wellness isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “I think the position we’re in as professional athletes and with coaches in the social media age, it’s a little more difficult. That takes it to a much higher level from physical and mental … when you’ve got people talking about you all the time, on Twitter bashing you. People just have so much more access to you. It becomes a more stressful job, much more pressure on your job and so many more eyes.”Coaches are also realizing they can’t always do it alone, relying on experts to stay healthy.Golden State hired Rick Celebrini this past offseason as director of sports medicine and performance.“If you can find some help, somebody to give you a little guidance,” Kerr said, “like we have here with Rick and Drew Yoder, I think it’s a big help.”The coaches association sends out a newsletter at least once a month with guidance from nutrition consultant Stacy Goldberg, who also is always available for 1-on-1 conversations. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more