In order to fight misconceptions about the Muslim faith and educate people about specific aspects of Islam, the Notre Dame Muslim Students Association (MSA-ND) is hosting its first Islam Awareness Week from Tuesday to Friday of this week.S.M. Moududul Islam, MSA-ND secretary, said the organization began planning the week last semester, using other universities’ Islam Awareness Weeks as models.He said the goal of the week, which is funded by a Graduate Student Life grant, Campus Ministry, the Islamic Society of Michiana South Bend Mosque, the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Studies, is to provide a series of unified events that allow the Notre Dame community to ask detailed questions about the Muslim faith.“The idea of Islam Awareness Week is to have multiple events within a week so that we can draw the attention of the people here on campus and let them know about Islam, and also to let the people ask questions,” Islam said. “We are having different talks and different … events at which there can be close interaction between the audience and the speaker. It is good to have that forum where you can ask questions.”MSA-ND vice president Md. Itrat Bin Shams said the week would also be an opportunity to learn about certain facets of Islam, such as the pilgrimage to Mecca and the concept of the hijab, in more detail.“[The goal is] to let people know about specific aspects of Islam, some things that are maybe known to us but not to people who believe in other faiths,” Shams said.The week will begin with two events focused on Hajj, the fifth Pillar of Islam, in which Muslims make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. On Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Seven Wonders of the Muslim World,” which features seven mosques in the Islamic world and tells the story of seven pilgrims’ journey to Mecca.On Wednesday, during Campus Ministry’s regular “Prayer from Around the World,” Dr. A. Rashied Omar, a research scholar of Islamic Studies and peace building at the Kroc Institute, will give a talk on Hajj.“We always see the image of the Kaaba in Mecca on TV, but we don’t exactly know any people who are non-Muslim who know what is going on there,” Islam said.“So the idea is to have a lecture, and in addition to the lecture we are having a video demonstration on the pilgrimage to Mecca … [Dr. A. Rashied Omar] will be discussing the spiritual aspect as well as the rituals.”Directly following Omar’s lecture will be a dinner titled “I Believe In . . .” which will consist of small-group discussions of each participant’s faith.On Friday, MSA-ND will provide transportation for 12 students to the mosque at the Islamic Society of Michiana for a prayer service.“Some students from Notre Dame can come with us to see how we perform our prayer and also, there’s a speech just before the prayer by the imam, the leader in the mosque,” Shams said. “They can see the whole picture. The mosque, for us, for Muslims, is not only the place for the prayer, [but] it is [also] a community center, so they can see how these things connect with each other.”The week will culminate with a lecture by Hisham Mahmoud, an instructor of Arabic at Harvard University and prominent scholar of Islam on Friday evening. Mahmoud will discuss the importance of Jesus and Mary in the Islamic tradition.Tags: dr. a. rashied omar, hisham mahmoud, Islam, islam awareness week, islamic society of michiana, kroc institute for international studies, mosque, MSA-ND, muslim faith, muslim students association, notre dame muslim students association, SM Moududal Islam
Samples of the gang slang Tattoos have meaning Who’s who? Street gangs have at least 12,000 members in Guatemala alone, according to the Guatemalan government. Their members commonly are known as “mareros,” but there’s a difference between gangs. The only gang who rightfully can claim the name “mareros” is the Mara Salvatrucha, whose territory, as well as their members, are marked with the initials MS, authorizes said. Mara Salvatrucha originated in El Salvador in the 1980s. Their rival gang, the Mara 18, really can’t be considered “mara,” and to call one of them a “marero” is an insult in the eyes of the Mara Salvatruchas, Agustín said. The Mara 18 was formed by Hispanic immigrants in Los Angeles, during the same decade. But the Mara 18 established a presence in Central America when its members were deported from the U.S. to their native countries. Members of the Mara 18 often can be spotted by the many tattoos, which include the number 18, that cover their bodies. Mara Salvatruchas are harder to identify because most choose to get their tattoos from the waist down, according to law enforcement officials. “[Mara Salvatruchas] can’t be made out by people because they’re less obvious and dress inconspicuously,” said a police officer in Guatemala who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he feared he would be targeted by gang members for speaking publically about them. “The leaders drive late-model cars with all the proper documents, they don’t carry weapons. They’re into trafficking weapons, drugs and people, as well as kidnappings. The other ones (MS) are easier to recognize and they’re associated with more routine acts of delinquency.” By Dialogo March 01, 2011 I only ask God to watch over and protect the PANDA chis, they risk their lives for usâ€¦and may the terror of Jehova fall on the extortionists..! I just hope that when these gang members decide to repent, it’s not too late. I got out in time. the truth IS that I am impressed by how united the gangs are. if this was like this in our lives we would not be like this… I am glad that many gang members changed their way of seeing things and by not being gang members we can help more people….!!!!! the truth is that I am impressed by how united the gangs are. If it were the same in our lives, we wouldn’t be like this…I am glad that many members of the gang change their way of seeing things and not being gang members we can help more people….!!!!! Only the eternal Father can change their minds and hearts. It is necessary to continue praying so not only them but the world can have love and thus everything can change. Blessings friend reader. This taught me a lot, but more than everything I have to be cautious and always smile so that nothing happens to me. what happens is that sometimes people ask why is there a lot of crime, and it is because there is no work, there is crime because of need, there are many deaths for lack of jobs, and car theft is because people don’t know what to live on. the people in charge of crime do not end it but rather become part of that group of gangsters. But anyways, they are part of their group and that harms us all. It will be useful in the study on gangs for the Doctorate degree I am pursuing. I LIKE STORIES ABOUT GANGS. Guys who flip out who don’t even have the filming done…and there’s no doubt they won’t do it or they’ll do it wrong, which is why they pass it off when they’re 25 or they ruin their lives forever. I like this story This is how people survive in Guatemala. I like this story very much Something really has to be done to make the gangs disappear now from the area of Guatemala. We should all help each other so this doesn’t grow anymore and goes away A tough guy is tough with or without tattoos. Well the story is true. Many youth enter gangs because they donâ€™t know what to do with their lives nor do they have anyone to counsel them to lead a better lifestyle and the only consolation they find is on the streets and then they join a gangâ€¦. Clica (Clique): the cell or neighborhood corresponding to a “mara” or a “Mara 18” Brincar (To jump): To comply with the requirement to become a Mara Chimbas: Makeshift weapons Grapearse (To staple onself): To take drugs Hommies or Jomi: Friends of the maras or their gang “brothers” Jura: The police Luz verde (Green light): Sentenced to death Redra: Crack rock (drug) Rifa (Raffle): To face a rival gang member Tirar Barrio (To “show hood”): To give signals or identify oneself with a specific “mara” Ranfla: “mara” or gang Bato: Partner Ranflero or Palabrero (The one with the words): Mara leader Segundas Palabras (Second words): Second-in-command Encargado de Tributo: Hitman Cabecilla de Cancha (Head of the court): Clique leader Jugadores o Soldados (Players or Soldiers): Members of the Mara Perros (Dogs): Rivals Fanta: Family member Paro: Someone on the outside who does favors for those incarcerated Gang members’ tattoos are filled with symbolism. They can pay homage to a deceased gang member or family member, murders they’ve committed, their girlfriends or wives, or as a reference to the gang in which they belong. The territories occupied by the Mara 18 and the Mara Salvatrucha gangs are sprayed with graffiti that allude to their activities or memorialize those “fallen in combat” (homies who have been killed), according to the Guatemalan police officer. “It’s a form of communication and a way to express their defiance of society,” said Marco Antonio Garavito, director of the Guatemalan League for Mental Hygiene. “They’re saying ‘here we are’ and ‘we’re the product of you.’” Garavito acknowledges these messages have an intimidating and aggressive impact on the communities because these gangs have used their violence, robberies, extortion plots, and the sale of narcotics to take over neighborhoods. The Guatemalan government attributes 60% of the violent deaths that occurred last year to organized crime, and a fourth of these resulted from territorial rivalries among the gangs. GUATEMALA CITY – Agustín, 27, left the street life five years ago. He departed upon realizing “his life was going nowhere” after 13 years in the Mara 18 gang. His skin still has the markings of his years with the gangs, an indelible stain in an otherwise clean life. “You get tattooed to remember your loved ones that died,” said Agustín, who preferred not to use his full name and who now works with an organization that helps rehabilitate former gang members. “But some get tattoos to let the other members of the gang know how tough they are. The gang boss doesn’t allow you to get tattooed because you want to or because he wants you to. You have to earn the right.” But tattoos are not the only means of communication used by the gangs, who rely heavily on them to coordinate their crimes. Words and signs, conveyed by hand signs or by graffiti, are selected carefully, as a misunderstood message can cost somebody’s life, Agustín said. The nation’s media frequently shows detained gang members making hand signals directly to the TV camera. The National Action Unit Against the Criminal Development of Gangs (PANDA), which is part of the National Civilian Police of Guatemala, said this form of encoded communication enables gang members to coordinate their crimes, whether they are in society or behind bars. “Once we realized what the gang members were up to, the authorities began handcuffing them in the back,” said officer David Boteo, 30, who has worked in PANDA since September. “It’s a clear act of defying the authorities,” says Nidia Aguilar, who directs the Childhood and Adolescence Defense office at the Attorney General Human Rights Bureau. These cryptic gestures are not simply a way for gang member to identify themselves as members of a specific gang, Aguilar said. The gestures contain encoded messages for their “homies” (fellow gang members) to understand so they can carry out crimes. Gang members have been known to use hand signs to convey the name of the police officer who arrested them to fellow gang members, who can seek retribution. “Each generation has its own way of expressing inconformity with society,” said Aguilar, adding the members of the youth gangs, also called “Maras,” come “from marginal neighborhoods that are surrounded by extreme poverty and offer no betterment opportunities.” The gangs use their secret language on the streets – and many go as far as inking its symbols in their skin, Aguilar said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elder law attorney from Great Neck has been indicted on charges of stealing about $700,000 from her clients—more than quadruple the $150,000 she was originally accused of stealing, authorities said.Martha Brosius, 50, tearfully pleaded not guilty Friday at Nassau County court to charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud and offering a false instrument for filing. Queens prosecutors are handling the case because Brosius’ husband works for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, which requested a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.“She’s retired from law and is returning files from clients,” her Garden City-based attorney, Marc Gann, told Judge Helene Gugerty when his client was arraigned on the new charges.In the 18 months since Brosius’ arrest in September 2013, investigators discovered additional instances of alleged theft, which increased the original three charges to 12, said James Liander, bureau chief of the Queens District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau. The case was sent to the grand jury twice last year, the Press has learned.The victims included an incapacitated 77-year-old man and a disabled woman who was the sole inheritor of her father’s estate. Some of that money has since been repaid, authorities said.Liander requested that Brosius’ bail be increased from $10,000 to $150,000. The judge declined the request after Gann argued that it was unnecessary because Brosius has attended every court and remains at home, caring for her two elementary-school-aged children.“The defendant is accused of breaching her fiduciary duty and unjustly enriching herself at the expense of her clients,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement at the time of her arrest. “Such alleged actions cannot go unpunished.”The case was referred to prosecutors by the Office of Court Administration’s Inspector General. If convicted, Brosius faces up to 15 years in prison. She is due back in court on March 11.—With Timothy Bolger
One of my mentors shared this curious quote with me several months ago. I wrestled with the words at first, but eventually grasped the truth they contained. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t help a client. What do I mean by that?Picture this scenario:You hire a personal trainer and tell her you want to lose 20 pounds. She lists out the steps you should take to lose the weight: “Stop eating at McDonald’s. No more soda. No more Krispy Kreme. Hit the gym for 30 minutes every day.” You go the gym a few times a week, but you’re still eating a whole pizza and a dozen donuts every night. Three weeks later you raise hell with your trainer because you’re spending a ton of money with her, but you’re not losing the weight. “Your plan isn’t working! This is a waste of money!” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Most of the new cases, he says, are contained to nursing homes. Coronavirus numbers Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says there is no reason to panic over the “slight” increase. He says it’s expected that there will sometimes be increases in reported cases as the region reopens. June 25 Broome County coronavirus update (WBNG) — The county announced there are 50 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. This is an increase from 37 reported on Wednesday. Coronavirus advice from Garnar He says he encourages people to continue wearing masks, remain social-distant and wash their hands as cases throughout the country climb. 51 people died from the virus and 550 recovered. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here. Garnar is warning county residents that the coronavirus “is not going away anytime soon.” Garnar says the region is still on track to move onto phase four Friday. Which is the last day he will hold a daily update.
11 Margarita Crt, Bushland Beach“This home has been like a dream come true for us and I think whoever buys it in today’s market is getting themselves a bargain.“We’ve enjoyed Christmases there, our first grandson visited us there this year and we’ve had form Sydney as well as s the UK visit us.“Our family in the UK think we’re crazy for moving.” 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachExplore Property Townsville principal Dean Dank said the property’s quiet, becahside location was hard to beat.“The property is beachfront plus you can see the top end of Magnetic Island while standing in the kitchen,” he said.“It’s tucked away but there is a walkway to the beach and whether it’s low tide or high tide the views are just amazing.“The guest wing on the bottom floor has some of the best views as does the master with a big patio.“This would be a great house for people how never want to go anywhere end just enjoy the home.” 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The house has contemporary decor and is surrounded by native parkland.The house has multiple living areas, a gourmet kitchen and outdoor entertain that overlooks an in-ground swimming pool that also features a waterfall.The house has high-ceiling and a hardwood timber staircase as well as under stairwell storage.There is also a bar, study nook, 5KW solar system and McGovern security system.Owner Andrew Vernon said he had lived in the house for seven years with his wife after they moved from Sydney following migrating from the United Kingdom.He said they would be sad to farewell the home but were having to relocate for work.“It’s so completely private and on one side your only neighbours are the wallabies and lorikeets,” he said. 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland Beach 11 Margarita Crt, Bushland BeachTHIS four bedroom home is located only footsteps from the beach and offers the ultimate seaside lifestyle.11 Margarita Court in Bushland Beach is on the market for offers over $800,000.It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread over two levels as well as three car accommodation positioned on a 986 sqm block.A track from the home leads straight to the beach and most of the rooms in the house have ocean views.
By Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (Aug. 5) – The 12th points race of the season Tri-State Speedway was a night of repeat winners with young Kayden Menasco becoming the first to reach the five-win mark on the season.Menasco notched his fifth local IMCA Modified win of the season over Jason Peyton and Michael Hines.
Lawrenceburg, In. — Kyle Larson versus Christopher Bell. It’s a tale that’s been told many times, in many ways.But Larson’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory Monday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway may be the most enticing tale of them, yet. And controversial.Or as Larson put it, “It was a heck of a race.”The stage was set at the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash draw. Larson drew the second-place starting spot. Bell drew the pole. Behind them, an abundance of fast World of Outlaws stars, such as two-time winner at the speedway, Shane Stewart, and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz.Bell dominated them all in the Dash. He was three-tenths of a second quicker than Larson and ended the eight-lap race more than two seconds in front of him. Larson’s runner-up finish placed the two NASCAR stars back on the front row for the 35-lap Feature.Larson versus Bell. Again.This chapter of the tail usually ends in Bell’s favor, though. During the Turkey Night Classic midget race last year, Bell beat Larson for the second consecutive year. And earlier this year, Bell denied Larson his first Chili Bowl Nationals win by passing him late in the race to claim his third Chili Bowl win in-a-row.Larson also had to cope with defeat during the first night of the World of Outlaws Patriot Nationals race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday. After dominating the majority of the Feature, a late race mistake allowed Giovanni Scelzi to slip by the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series $1 million All-Star winner and roll into Victory Lane.Bell and Larson were hungry for another win.However, Stewart looked to spoil the NASCAR party in the early stage of the race by charging to second on the first lap and keeping pace with Bell – making it an Oklahoma-native shootout at the front.No one could touch Bell, though. Once the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab car clicked off laps on the high side of the 12-degree banked track, he out paced Stewart every lap. Larson was mired in third-place watching another potential victory drive away.However, cautions came to Larson’s rescue. With 19 laps to go, Sheldon Haudenschild spun directly in front of Bell, bringing out the second caution of the night – the first being early in the race for Spencer Bayston breaking a rear end.On the restart, Larson rode the cushion through turns one and two and carried enough momentum to throw a slide job underneath Stewart the next corner. Coming off turn four, the two made contact. Both kept control of their car, but it was to the benefit of Larson. He secured second-place, while Stewart eventually faded to fourth-place after an intense battle with Schatz for third.From there, Larson seemed destined for another runner-up finish. There was no catching Bell.Then came Lap 27. Bell slid up into the cushion in turn two, throwing his 27 laps of domination out the window. In the second it took Bell to correct his car, the white No. 57 was there. Larson torpedoed his car underneath Bell in turn three and cleared him through the center of the turn.Bell charged back, getting a run to the outside of Larson down the front stretch. This was it. This was the battle fans waited at the edge of their seat for.Side by side going into turn one, both were committed to their line. Bell pressed to the cushion. Larson a lane below. The two were close enough to grab each other’s steering wheel. Then, those fans at the edge of their seat left them.The hard racing between Larson and Bell resulted in the black No. 39 jumping the cushion and spinning through the air before tumbling to the center of the turn. Bell’s night was over.“I’m not sure what happened into (turn) one there,” Larson said after the race. “He probably didn’t know exactly where I was going. He thought I might slide myself or what, and I think I just entered in a spot that put him in a bad spot and he probably got tight on the cushion.”From Bell’s point of view, “I didn’t run him over, but I didn’t have an option.”“My car was really fast,” a dejected Bell said. “The thing was the best I’ve ever been here, for sure. Thank you to Kevin and Jordan (Swindell) for allowing me to drive their car. So, bummer we didn’t win.”Larson said he didn’t feel any contact between the two of them.“It was unfortunate on his part to wreck,” Larson said. “It would have been a good battle for the fans, but at the same time it’s always nice when you don’t have to battle Chris for a win because he’s so good.”There were still seven laps to go, and Larson now had Schatz and Scelzi lurking behind him. But once the race went back green, Larson put a period on the night charging to his seventh career Series win at the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts.“These Outlaw wins are so hard to win,” Larson said, while holding a new burgundy and gold trophy to add to his collection. “I mean, you’ve got Bell, leading, he’s one of, if not the best drivers in the country or in the world right now, in open wheel cars. And Donny Schatz (the Series’ points leader by 48 points), who’s arguably the best in winged sprint cars. So, to beat those two feels really cool.”Larson versus Bell. It’s a tale that’s been told many times and will continue to be told for years to come.This time, though, Larson won.UP NEXT:The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will next make history by making its first trip to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.RESULTS:NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [$5,500]; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [$3,200]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,500]; 6. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [$2,100]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$1,200]; 13. 41-David Gravel [$1,100]; 14. 91-Cale Thomas [$1,050]; 15. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg [$1,000]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [$900]; 17. 2-Carson Macedo [$800]; 18. 26-Cory Eliason [$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$800]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [$800]; 21. A79-Brandon Wimmer [$800]; 22. 39-Christopher Bell [$800]; 23. 87-Aaron Reutzel [$800]; 24. 70X-Spencer Bayston [$800]; Lap Leaders: Christopher Bell 1-27, Kyle Larson 28-35; KSE Hard Charger Award:11K-Kraig Kinser[+12]Qualifying – 1. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.166; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.208; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.226; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.233; 5. 39-Christopher Bell, 12.321; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.35; 7. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 12.36; 8. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 12.361; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.383; 10. 41-David Gravel, 12.387; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.406; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.411; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.423; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 12.425; 15. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.431; 16. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.434; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.45; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.456; 19. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.48; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.489; 21. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 12.497; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.534; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.542; 24. 6-Bill Rose, 12.557; 25. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.566; 26. 85-Mike Terry, 12.573; 27. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.624; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.637; 29. 21-Brinton Marvel, 12.678; 30. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.701; 31. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 13.187
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mohali: Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock on Tuesday said the additional responsibility could be a double-edged sword but he is not thinking too much about it.De Kock is one of the senior players in this new-look team and has been handed captaincy in the absence of Faf du Plessis as the management is looking to groom him ahead of the T20 World Cup next year.“Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively,” said the wicket-keeper batsman ahead of the second T20 against India here on Wednesday.IPL regular de Kock, who won the final with Mumbai Indians earlier this year, is pretty familiar with the conditions in India.Asked if he is prepared to play the mentor’s role in the team, like du Plessis and Ab de Villiers played when he burst on to the scene, de Kock said: “I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don’t see it why that would change without them being here.“Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group.”De Kock said some youngsters could get a longer rope while some may not.“I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can’t really say.”It has effectively become a two-match series with the series opener in Dharamasala being washed out.“It is a bit of a negative,” said de Kock.“We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is.”After the IPL final, de Kock had made an interesting comment, calling the triumph with Mumbai Indies the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same on the subject.“It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far.”Asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he added: “They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play.”
ALL tournaments planned for this year by the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) have been blown off until 2021.President of CBC, Glyne Clarke, said that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has mandated that all championships this year including those hosted by the CBC be suspended.Clarke explained that going forward they would monitor closely what is happening around the world because even though they are planning to have those tournaments played sometime next year, there were no guarantees that the host countries would be ready.“We will be monitoring to see how the world is recovering and it is subject to the governmental restrictions this will have on countries. Even though we may restart, some countries might not be in a position to start as well.“We are actually in the process of sending out some communication to the member countries, not only to check on their state of readiness but in terms of being able to play and what the government restrictions are.“In terms of financing, as you know many of the Caribbean countries depend heavily on assistance from the government in their competitions. So it is how well they are able to recover and to get the funding both governmental and corporate to help the teams to compete,” he said.During a recent meeting, Clarke noted that the CBC management had decided to use this time to do some online training, particularly for the coaches.“We have already started from the Americas doing some virtual programs like Zoom and so on with coaching at different levels. But what we are going to be doing too at the Caribbean level is working on developing our mini-league coaches and the mini-league programs, and also doing some training for the referees and table officials.“We are capitalising on the downtime to make sure people get the training and in many areas now people are more receptive now to doing training online than before. This also saves some cost as well,” he said.Clarke who is also chairman for the FIBA Americas Competitions Commission noted that among the events called off this year were the women’s championship which is a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, the Under-15, 17 and18 Central Baskets for junior boys and girls. Then there is the FIBA 2023 Caribbean qualifier.Every year CBC, a sub-sub-zone of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), has a packed schedule. Clarke explained that each year there were different qualifying championships within the zone.According to the CBC president, one of the challenges they are usually faced with was hosting junior and senior championships in the same year. He also said it was dependent on the country’s ability to participate.“We’ve had lots of challenges especially in the junior category. The last junior championship we had was an under-18 in Guyana back in 2016. So the challenge is when you have a junior championship like an under-16, 18 in the same year as a senior championship.“That’s the challenge we are having, we have lots of countries who are interested in competing in the senior championship, the Women’s Caribbean Cup and the men’s pre-qualifiers. The challenge is getting teams to play both. We find that in many cases when it comes to senior championships that a lot of countries opt to play in the senior championship and leave out the junior championship. So it is always a challenge when we have to host two championships in a year,” he said.To avoid such a challenge, Clarke explained that when CBC sends out its bid to host, they ask countries to host both males and females.“When we give people the opportunity they choose to host the men. The men are more competitive, they draw bigger crowds and are better able to manage the championship because they would get the receipts from the men’s championship.We found that over the years in the women’s championship, the spectatorship is not as big as the men’s,” he said. (Reprinted from Barbados Today).