The PNG Hunters started off on a high note

first_imgOn the 11th minute a penalty was awarded to the Hunters and Zeming converts to take the score to 8 points to nil. Israel Eliab re-gather a charge down and scored on the left wing to bring the score to 12 points to nil.The tide turns towards the Blackhawks and Neville Costigan scores under the uprights through some Hunters slack defense. Convertion was successful and brings the score to 12 points to Hunters and Blackhawks 6  points.  After re start Kelepi Tengiola burst open Hunters again to score . Kyle coverts to level the score 12 all.After smart set play by the Wartovo Puara JNR and the Hunters pack they set up Stargroth Amean to take over the line some tiring defenders of the Blackhawks.  Zeming converts on the 35th minute to take the lead to 18 points Hunters to 12 points for Blackhawks.Huñters went into the the sheds at halftime with a 18 points to 12 lead.The second half started well for the PNG Hunters with Ase Boas scoring in the 46th minute. Zeming converted to take the score to Hunters 24 points to Blackhawks 12 points.In the 56th minute Ate Bin Wabo chipped the ball which Adex Wera seized to score on the right wing. Zeming missed the conversion which took the score to Hunters 28 and Blackhawks 12.On the 58th minute Michael Parker scored on their left wing dragging  several Hunters players. Over the line. The kick failed; leaving the score at  Hunters 28 and Blackhawks 16.After some quick plays Blackhawks scored on the left wing. But the conversion was unsuccessful. The Blackhawks backed up again on the 70th minute and the  conversion was successful to narrow the gap to Hunters 28 Blackhawks 26.The game went down to  to the wire with Hunters holding on to take home the 2 points.Full time score PNG Hunters 28 Townsville Blackhawks 26.last_img read more

Anil al Barça dart: “We do not entertain offers that are not backed by money”

first_img And gave details of the Barca proposal, lthrowing a dart to Barcelona:“Valencia did not receive an offer that reflects Rodrigo’s high quality. Everyone knows what we ask for him. If you can bid for a real, magnificent amount. If you cannot guarantee an exact payment type, then we cannot move forward. We do not entertain ourselves with offers that are not backed by money“He also confirmed that they were interested in Cancelo, Manchester City player, but his salary was prohibitive for Valencia:“About Cancelo was very difficult. Sometimes players go to English clubs and their salaries are very high for clubs like Valencia. Cancelo’s salary is very high and we have to be realistic with our budget. The rest of the locker room would wonder why this player would win so much and I would win so little. This is how inflation starts in football. Managing the wardrobe salary is very important“ “We had many calls by several of our soccer players. In the marking there were many offers. At the end, if the offer is very good you have to accept it as a responsible club. Before buying you have to sell, you have to manage your economy. It is normal that there are offers for Rodrigo. Before it was Atlético, now Barça“ Anil Murthy, president of Valencia, granted an interview to the English-speaking fanzine ‘Batzine’. In it, he analyzed the latest transfer market and, above all, everything that happened with Barcelona’s interest in signing Rodrigo Moreno:last_img read more

Brand new Hero CPL trophy launched for 2018

first_imgThe 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season is here and there has been a refresh of the trophy for this year. The sleek and modern design integrates the colourful and vibrate Hero CPL logo with a cutting edge look. Designed by Ryan McClean of Ryan McClean Silver, the new trophy will be up for grabs when the tournament gets underway on 8 August with defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars.The trophy was delivered to Queen’s Park Oval by Hero CPL’s official logistics partner, eZone. Present at the unveiling were Damien O’Donohoe and Pete Russell, CEO and COO of the Hero CPL, and Dwayne Bravo and Javon Searles from the Trinbago Knight Riders.Speaking about the vision behind the trophy McClean said: “I designed the trophy after spending time looking at the Hero CPL logo. I wanted to try and tie the two things together. The logo, just like Hero CPL, is dynamic and colourful and I felt the trophy should mirror this. The swirls from the logo holding a cricket ball seemed a perfect fit to reflect what Hero CPL represents – the perfect synergy of carnival and cricket.”This year will also see the arrival of the Bouncers, the new mascots for Hero CPL. The cricket loving siblings – Vivian and Richard – will be helping to keep the crowd entertained across the tournament. They were both present at the trophy launch in Port of Spain to help celebrate the new trophy and get us ready for the upcoming tournament.Damien O’Donohoe, Hero CPL CEO said: “It’s great to be back here again at the Queen’s Park Oval. It is hard to believe for Pete and I that this is year six, we couldn’t be more excited. We definitely believe that this is going to be the biggest and best year by far. It’s great to be playing the home games here at Queen’s Park Oval and the finals at the Brian Lara Stadium. We just want to showcase our new trophy which we’re very proud of. We had a top silversmith working on this for about six months and we think it’s first class.”Dwayne Bravo, captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders said: “It’s a pleasure for me to be standing here next to this nice trophy. Hopefully I’ll be the first captain to lift it again this year. CPL is a very good tournament, it’s one of the most successful tournaments in the world one of the most anticipated tournaments in the world. Playing the first game here at my home ground here at the Queen’s Park Oval it’s going to be a full house. I want to wish all the teams all the best in this tournament – the fans are going to get their monies worth and once again thanks to CPL for continuing to support Caribbean cricket.”last_img read more

Phillies get MVP at a bargain price

first_imgRyan Howard got a raise. He’s still one of the biggest bargains in baseball, though. The Philadelphia Phillies renewed the NL MVP’s contract Friday, giving the first baseman a $900,000 salary after the sides failed to agree on a long-term deal. New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez can start throwing Saturday as part of his recuperation from October rotator cuff surgery. Team physician Dr. David Altchek gave the approval for Martinez’s next step, general manager Omar Minaya said Friday. Minaya said the most realistic expectation is for the three-time Cy Young Award to return by August. Daisuke Matsuzaka fired his first pitch in a Red Sox uniform to a college kid who just wanted to make contact. That kid lined an opposite-field double that was seen on live television in Japan. Cliff Lee doesn’t think the his abdomen injury will linger. “I’m better than five days ago, but I still feel it,” the Cleveland Indians pitcher said Friday, when he missed what would have been his first exhibition outing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The figure matches the highest base salary in a one-year contract for a player not eligible for arbitration. St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract in 2003 – that deal included a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team, which Pujols earned. Pujols started a $100 million, seven-year deal the following season. center_img Around the horn DirectTV acknowledged an agreement with Major League Baseball to become the sole television distributor of the sport’s out-of-market package in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, saying the deal will benefit consumers. Torii Hunter was hit in the head by a first-inning pitch from former teammate Kyle Lohse on Friday night and left the Minnesota Twins’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. Sammy Sosa went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk Friday in his spring training debut, a “B” game for the Texas Rangers. Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Kotsay plans on seeking a third opinion on his troublesome back after meeting with a private physician in California on Friday. last_img read more


first_imgFORECASTERS have issued a weather warning for Co Donegal for Monday, and warn a Big Freeze could follow next weekend with temperatures falling as low as -10C.Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online says latest weather models show that snow showers on Monday and Tuesday will be accompanied by winds gusting to 110km/hr.He says some models are warning of severe cold spell to follow from next weekend, although he says this is less certain at this stage. “We have issued an alert for severe wintry weather arriving on Monday (afternoon to evening) in the form of wintry showers, snow on at least higher ground, and very strong winds gusting to 110 km/hr at times on Monday and Tuesday,” said Peter today.“With somewhat less confidence, we are also looking further ahead to possible severe cold by the following weekend if some models are correct, and that might bring temperatures as low as -10 C over any snow cover that develops, otherwise about -7 C. There might also be limited recovery in the daytime with the possibility of freezing fog and “ice days” where daily maxima are also below freezing.“Confidence on the early phase of strong winds and wintry showers is about 90% now, and remains about 50-60 per cent on the severe cold to follow. It should be noted that the GFS model has begun to show this severe cold on today’s guidance, and the leading European model continues about as before, so now it’s only some of the less reliable guidance that is hesitant on the severe cold.”  MONDAY … Windy and turning colder in stages, with showers or drizzly rain in a strong to gale force westerly, temperatures steady 7-9 C during the early morning hours, then slowly falling to about 3-5 C later in the morning to mid-day for south which will see the cold front passing around 10:00 a.m. to noon, later showers possibly becoming wintry by afternoon and evening especially in Connacht and West Ulster, as temperatures continue to drift down in a strong westerly wind. There could be some hail and thunder with a second cold front arriving during the overnight hours. The overnight period will be very windy with blustery showers of sleet, hail and snow, and possibly some thunder, with temperatures not far from 1-2 C on average (the flow is coming straight from Greenland and over the near Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures of 9-10 C will warm the lower levels of this very cold air to about 3-5 C but those temperatures will only be felt briefly on land near sea-level, then temperatures will fall off rather quickly in the air mass when it loses contact with the ocean — this process will also generate a strong potential for thundery showers some of which could be snow and hail). TUESDAY … Very windy and cold with mixed wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow (accumulating to 3-7 cm on some northern hills) with west to northwest gale force winds 70-110 km/hr, risk of some severe gusts in the north, and temperatures steady in the 2-4 C range possibly dropping to 0-2 C where snow accumulates. The rain-snow line will rapidly fall to about 150m or lower and some of the passing squally showers could be thundery with large hail or snow. Blizzard-like conditions may develop in higher sections of the north. It will feel exceptionally cold in the wind and conditions may become severe for livestock in higher elevations especially. The northern coastal areas will be seeing near-hurricane force wind gusts at times and together with western Scotland they may be experiencing this as a sort of wintry version of a tropical storm force event (force 10-12 winds in the range of 50-70 knots over the North Atlantic both west and north of Donegal Bay).WEEKEND OUTLOOK … Colder again with the possibility of some snow streamers in eastern and central counties, as well as some parts of the northwest. Winds generally from the northeast although ranging from east to a little west of due north as troughs move southwest around the remnants of the earlier storm (by now in the Alps region of Europe). Severe cold may develop during the weekend, but for now we will suggest lows -5 to -2 C and highs -1 to +3 C with variable skies and some sunshine, also some patchy ice fog well inland, streamers of snow near east coast and Donegal Bay. The coldest part of this pattern is suggested for about Monday 11th and could persist for several days. At some point there could be highs below freezing and lows in the -10 to -7 C range, even colder if snow cover developed and clear skies followed. This scenario is the most likely, but there is some chance of a milder outcome with highs in the 4-7 C range and mixed or sleety precipitation in this time frame. WEATHER ALERT: ‘SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL AND BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOW’ – FORECASTER was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:donegal daily weatherWEATHER ALERT: SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL – BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOWlast_img read more

Imperial tackles SA artisan shortage

first_img7 March 2013 South African transport group Imperial Holdings has opened a state-of-the-art automotive technical training academy in Bellville, Cape Town. The R4-million facility, officially unveiled by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Tuesday, will help the country tackle its shortage of qualified artisans. “Statistics show that the country has a shortfall of 40 000 qualified artisans against the current production rate of about 13 000 qualified artisans a year,” Nzimande said. “This academy could not have come at a better time, when the [automotive] sector is embarking on an aggressive drive to accelerate the production of qualified artisans and a technically skilled labour force.”One of three training academies The Imperial Technical Training Academy, one of three in the country, will focus on meeting the country’s need for technical skills in the passenger and commercial vehicle, auto electrical and auto-tronics industries. Sean Fenn, general manager of development and training at the academy, said the pipeline that had produced apprentices in South Africa in the past was broken. The academy was part of an engagement to repair that pipeline. According to Engineering News, Imperial will train over 350 apprentices in various related automotive trades at its Belville academy this year, and another 500 apprentices at its Germiston and Wadeville academies in Gauteng province.FET colleges key to tackling skills shortage South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) – which aims to ensure that all South Africans attain a decent standard of living through the elimination of poverty and reduction of inequality by 2030 – states that the country should produce more than 30 000 qualified artisans a year to meet its skilled labour demands. In squaring up to this challenge, the government had identified Further Education and Training (FET) colleges as a key part of the solution. A variety of strategies have been introduced, including introducing what can technically be called fee-free education for poor and deserving students at FET colleges, along with a turnaround strategy to improve the quality of management and teaching at these institutions. The government is also making a concerted effort to change the negative perceptions around FET colleges. It has declared 2013 the Year of the Artisan, with the slogan “It’s cool to be an Artisan”. Funding for students, work seekers Nzimande said the government had made a firm commitment to implement a funding mechanism that would subsidize young people seeking work or placement in various companies. Funding for loans and bursaries for students wanting to study at universities and colleges has been upped from R2.375-billion in 2008 to well over R6-billion this year. In addition, over the next three years, an amount of R1.7-billion has been set aside for student accommodation, with universities contributing R600-million to this project. The initiatives are bearing fruit. Enrolment at these colleges shot up from 350 000 in 2010 to 650 000 last year, with about 42 percent of students enrolled for engineering. The government’s massive investments must be viewed against one of the most concerning features of the South African landscape – a steadily growing number of people aged between the ages of 18 and 24 who are not in education, employment or training. “I must assure you though that a lot is being done to ensure that these young people have a second chance to become productive citizens and take their right place in society,” Nzimande said on Wednesday. and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Woman killed, 8 protesters injured in clashes with security forces in Kashmir

first_imgOne woman was killed and eight people suffered injuries on Tuesday in clashes with security forces in Shopian’s Batmurran area, sparked by the killing of two militants in a night-long gunfight with security forces.According to hospital sources in Shopian, the woman, identified as Rubi Jan, was declared dead in the hospital. “She had bullet injuries in the abdomen and died on her arrival in the hospital,” said a hospital official.According to locals, the injured were “mainly hit by pellets fired from shotguns”.“Two bodies have been recovered from the encounter site so far,” said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid.Two weapons have also been recovered from the encounter site. Security forces used explosives to blast the house in which the militants were holed up.The gunfight erupted om Monday evening during a cordon and search operation by security forces.The identity of the militants is being ascertained, said the police.Omar expresses griefNational Conference working president Omar Abdullah expressed “sorrow and grief” over the killing of the woman.“With today’s killing of a civilian in Shopian, the number of civilians killed in Kashmir in 2017 has reached 60. This after the 100 plus killed in 2016. For all the claims and rhetoric of reconciliation, this is a stark, sad reality,” said NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu.last_img read more

Blow to Congress as Prithviraj Chavan aide to join BJP

first_imgThe Congress is in for another blow in western Maharashtra as MLC Anandrao Patil, the right-hand man of senior Congressman and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, is said to be on his way to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Mr. Patil, a long-time aide of Mr. Chavan, has been the Congress’s Satara district president for nearly 18 years, besides heading a number of important posts in the Satara unit, and other positions like the vice-chairman of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation.He has called a meeting of his supporters on September 13 in Karad, where he is expected to announce his decision of joining the BJP.It is believed that Mr. Patil, a Governor-nominated MLC, is expected to join the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis when the BJP’s Mahajanadesh Yatra reaches Satara.According to sources, Mr. Patil, a former MLA, met with Mr. Fadnavis on Monday through the offices of BJP leader and sugar baron Atul Bhosale, Mr. Chavan’s arch political rival. An aide close to Mr. Chavan told The Hindu, “While he has been a loyal worker for many years, he had been giving strong hints of disaffection even before the Lok Sabha polls and had been planning to join the BJP for the past two months.” Mr. Patil completes his tenure as MLC in June 2020.“While the term of a district president is usually 10 years, Mr. Patil, through the good offices of Mr. Chavan, had got an extension. Mr. Chavan had also consistently promoted him to a number of responsible posts,” the aide said, accusing the BJP of playing a cold political game of “buying” opposition leaders. While his defection is said to pose problems for Mr. Chavan, who is the MLA from the vital South Karad Assembly constituency, the senior Congressman is unperturbed and confident that he still retains a loyal base in his constituency.In the 2014 Assembly elections, Mr. Chavan won a stiff contest against formidable opponents both on the outside (the BJP’s Atul Bhosale) and within his party in the form of seven-time MLA Vilas Patil Undalkar, who contested as an Independent.However, equations in Satara district as a whole have changed dramatically since the BJP-Shiv Sena’s Lok Sabha sweep and the seemingly unstoppable exodus of Congress-NCP MLAs and important leaders in western Maharashtra.The BJP have already inducted two sitting opposition MLAs: the NCP’s Shivendraraje Bhosale of Satara and Congress MLA from Maan, Jaykumar Gore, a former supporter of Mr. Chavan. Harshavardhan Patil to join BJPMeanwhile, senior Congressman Harshavardhan Patil, upset with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over the Indapur Assembly seat, is expected to formally join the BJP on Wednesday in the presence of Mr. Fadnavis and BJP State president Chandrakant Patil.Mr. Patil, a former State minister and four-time MLA from Indapur, had lost by a narrow margin to the NCP’s Dattatrey Bharne in 2014 when the Congress and NCP contested separately.Despite this, he had supported NCP MP Supriya Sule and campaigned to ensure her victory from the Baramati Lok Sabha seat in the hope that the NCP would back his candidacy for the Indapur segment, which is part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.However, the NCP’s disinclination to pick him over Mr. Bharne has riled the Congressman.last_img read more

Cricker becomes ‘royal’ in every sense

first_imgNo business is like show business. Perhaps. But the spiralling premia on that royal game – cricket – is fast catching up with the big rake-ins that go with moviedom.Last fortnight, as the six Test match series between England and India folded up at Kanpur, a whopping Rs 6 crore,No business is like show business. Perhaps. But the spiralling premia on that royal game – cricket – is fast catching up with the big rake-ins that go with moviedom.Last fortnight, as the six Test match series between England and India folded up at Kanpur, a whopping Rs 6 crore had already changed hands by way of ticket prices, rent for hoarding space, television commercials, radio jingles, even product advertisements with star cricketers benignly recommending a dab of Iodex for muscle pains or a spin on a particular make of motorbike.The 11-week series, in which only one Test match was decided, was nevertheless a big money bonanza like no other game ever was. Altogether 28 cricketers, with 14 on each side, romped at the centre of lush green fields in six cities, keeping the cash register of the great cricket industry jingling for 30 playing days.Five lakh people watched the games from the stands; nearly 15 lakh watched it on the box; and over 1.25 crore more were glued to the radio or transistor set for the running commentary of the matches. Said Inderjit Singh Bindra, president of Punjab Cricket Association: “Boy, oh boy, this game spins more money than balls.”The game has become ‘royal’ in every sense. As a contrast, the lacklustre World Cup hockey tournament, played at the same time in Bombay, was witnessed by only 46,000 people over two weeks. During the last soccer season, the marathon tussle for the prize Indian Football Association (IFA) shield in Calcutta, the Mecca of football, was watched by just about 2.5 lakh people, but the gate receipts were not even a tenth of the money realisation at the Test matches.advertisementAt the Delhi Test, season tickets valued at Rs 500 were all swept up by the city’s moneybags anxious to see the match and be seen at the pricey seats close to the pavilion. At the Kanpur Test, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association jacked up the price of the best tickets to Rs 750, and found it a sell-out.Cool Packet: The players never had it so good. Pronab Roy, the 22-year-old lad who donned his Test-cap for the first time this season, made a cool Rs 20,000 in the bargain for the 71 runs he contributed to his side-that is, Rs 300 for each run that he got. His father, Pankaj Roy, the veteran Test opener for India, made just about the same amount from the all-powerful Cricket Control Board of India (CCBI) in the total 43 Test matches that he played for his country.Polly Umrigar, the former Test captain, who played 59 matches, and was once considered to be the mercenary of the ‘gentleman’s game’, made “not more than Rs 55,000 in his entire career” according to a CCBI official.All that is chicken-feed compared to the booty the star cricketers of today carry home. The CCBI and the respective state cricket associations pool in to pay each Test player today a highly lucrative Rs 10,000 for each match and Rs 1,600 for out-of-pocket expenses.The eight Indian players who were selected for all the six matches this season – Sunil Gavaskar, G.R. Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani and Dilip Doshi – made a cheery Rs 60,000 each, excluding their out-of-pocket expenses. Since ‘ the payments partially come in the gift-wrapping of players’ benevolent fund, parts of it are exempted from income tax.Since 1976, when these remunerative rates for Test cricketers were announced, Vishwanath the much-acclaimed ‘little master” of Indian cricket, has netted Rs 5.2 lakh from the cricket associations, followed closely by his alter ego, Gavaskar, who has totted up Rs 4.9 lakh (see chart). Muses Kapil Dev, the burly all-rounder who swept a fourth of all the cash prizes and gifts offered to the Indian team: “It’s good going. Very good going indeed. I’m in money, which I like very much. Yeah…I’ve to sit in five-star places.I get to fly and throw swell parties. And all that comes from a bat and a ball. Aren’t you happy? All the Indian cricketers are also the full-time employees of various public sector and private organisations and each one of them draws an average monthly salary of over Rs 3,000. Indian team skipper Gavaskar works for Nirlon, Kapil Dev for Modis, Vishwanath for State Bank of India, Vengsarkar for Tatas and Madan Lal for Mohan Meakins.No business is like the bat-and-ball business. The radial hoardings skirting the emerald green fields alone hauled in revenue worth over Rs 40 lakh. The capital’s Feroze Shah Kotla ground topped the list with a yield of Rs 9 lakh. The Government-run Doordarshan never had the going so good.advertisementFor 25 minutes of prime advertising time tucked within the commentary each day, the state monopoly television network earned Rs 40,000 a minute, or Rs 3 crore at the end of the series. Says a jubilant Information and Broadcasting Ministry official: “This is a whole month’s billing of the Doordarshan commercial service.”Media Blitz: Off ground, the players were blitzing the media in the thousands of column-inches they hogged in magazines. Sportsweek, Sportsworld, Sunday, Sportstar – all of these commissioned players to write on the game, a practice that has now caught on among cricket-buffs.It is widely known that often ghost-writers had a field day, summarising the high-points of the match and then getting the stuff signed by players to be published under their bylines. The biggest discovery of the season, for that matter, was the facile pen of Vishwanath and the prolific columns of Ian Botham, the England all-rounder.Tavare receiving a TV set after the Delhi Test: Good publicity mileageThe men in white came in as an answer to the prayer of advertising agency copywriters. A carpet-manufacturing firm based one of its campaigns on the cash award it presented to the ‘best Indian cricketer’ at Kanpur, but spun its selling slogan as: “From one top-notcher to another…”. Enfield, the makers of Bullet motorbikes, put Kapil Dev on the saddle, and began the copy with: “Dear Kapil, congratulations on your terrific performance!” Said a gratified Kapil: “I like modelling, yeah!”The players are discreetly tight-lipped about the money they earned on the side from advertising and writing. But, according to agency estimates, both Kapil and Gavaskar made 45,000 each during the season. Even second-liners in terms of media-popularity, like Vishwanath, Sandip Patil and Vengsarkar, earned over Rs 20,000 each from the media.Said the accounts executive of a Bombay-based agency: “The cricket season is when you hit the jackpot with even the most squeamish of your clients. You give any damned copy with one of those Test stars’ mug thrown in it, and he laps it up.”The awards presented to players by individuals as well as industrial houses were a cornucopia of rebounding publicity. Weston, the TV set manufacturers, for instance, awarded to the best player in each department of the game in each match a TV set and a purse of Rs 2,500: the publicity mileage it drew enabled them to sell 500 more TV sets in Delhi alone.Blow Plast, the makers of VIP suitcases, gave away awards worth Rs 1.5 lakh during the season, including a mind-boggling Rs 50,000 award to the winning team – India. Kinetic Engineering Limited, the makers of Luna moped, handed out Rs 25,000 to the ‘men’ of the six matches.Even a little-known Delhi-based transport agency gave a cash award of Rs 15,000 to C. Tavare, the England opener. The awards aggregated to Rs 4.65 lakh during the season, and their givers’ munificence was duly advertised in newspapers and periodicals at a staggering cost of Rs 15 lakh.advertisementHigh-pressure Selling: The Test matches provided just that additional bounce that high-pressure selling requires. A manufacturer of battery cells claimed to have sold half a million extra cells for the season; the sale of pocket transistors spurted by a lakh. A spokesman of the Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking (DESU) said 50,000 units of additional energy were consumed on each day of the Test match in the city.However, though the glamour boys of the game stole the limelight, the larger share of the profits really went to enrich the coffers of the CCBI and ‘the hosting cricket associations for the six Test centres. Said Sheshrao Krishnarao Wankhede, 68, the bespectacled cricket bureaucrat and president of the CCBI: “After meeting all expenses, the board will reap a profit of around Rs 30 lakh.”Wankhede: Keeping the coffers fullThis was earned from the gaurantee money of Rs 8 lakh paid by each host association to the board, plus a variable surcharge on its net profit. The CCBI, in its turn, calculated its profit after paying the players for the home team as well as forking out an amount of pound 243,000 (Rs 40 lakh) to the English team for the series.The state cricket associations too made thumping profits. Delhi District Cricket Association, after meeting its obligation to the CCBI and making arrangements’ for the match, was left with a record saving of Rs 30 lakh, which was promptly added to its existing fixed deposits of Rs 45 lakh.After the English team’s tour, the fixed deposits of the various stale cricket associations are as follows: Cricket Association of Bengal: Rs 1.5 crore; Punjab Cricket Association: Rs 20 lakh; Gujarat Cricket Association: Rs 18 lakh; Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association: Rs 20 lakh; Bombay Cricket Association: Rs 25 lakh; and Maharashtra Cricket Association: Rs 10 lakh. Two state associations of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, holding the Tests at Bangalore and Madras, do not have fixed deposits; yet they were able to construct their own stadia at a cost of Rs 2 crore.Said P.M. Rungta, (he heavyweight cricket manager and former president of the CCBI : “The cricket associations are undoubtedly the richest sports bodies in the country. We are self-sufficient. We’re the only people who give money to the Government instead of taking its doles.” Rungta’s pride was based on facts.The Union Ministry of Education parcels out annual grants of Rs 25 lakh to a dozen sports organisations, while the state Governments’ largesse of another Rs 20 lakh covers 30 more sports outfits. None of them play cricket. A CCBI official rather pompously piped in: “The hand that wields the willow doesn’t take alms.”TV Threat: However, the managers of the game admit in informal conversations that the going may not remain so good with television making steady inroads into the cricket market. Of the six matches, four were telecast live on the national hook-up, thus enabling thousands of viewers to watch the games in the comfort of their living rooms, away from dust and crowd.With colour TV coining on to the scene, the box may make all the difference between packed and empty stands. In 1975, Inder Kumar Gujral, the then information and broadcasting minister, accepted in principle a CCBI plea that Doordarshan would pay a token amount as royally for the telecast of each match.The offer was subsequently withdrawn, and the CCBI feels it is being cheated out of its share of the game’s TV rights. Growled Rungta: “There is no other cricket-playing country where TV networks show the game without payments. This is totally unreasonable. The Doordarshan must pay so that we can provide more to the players as well as viewers.With the gentle click of bat and ball marking away the growth of a multi-crore rupee industry, its protagonists are certainly asking for more, and getting it too; in terms of pelf, as well as glamour and charisma. At the six Test centres, 100 officers of the Indian Police Service were deputed to supervise the security cordon around players.Knots of plainclothesmen hovered around them to keep the fans at bay. Said Nikhil Kumar Singh, the affable additional commissioner of Delhi police and member of the official committee for organising the Delhi Test match: “These players are the greatest folk-heroes of our times. To protect them from their worshippers is to constantly feel the heat of popularity.” Politicians – the other protected species – are thus clean bowled.last_img read more

Jones, KaTropa looking unstoppable

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Four days earlier, TNT roared ahead by 20 points midway in the first quarter and went on to pulverize recent Philippine Cup winner San Miguel Beer, 110-97.  Jones paced the KaTropa with 30 points. SMB is fielding the same Charles Rhodes who sparked the Beermen to the 2016-2017 Commissioner’s Cup title with a 4-2 series win in the finals against the then TNT Texters. The Best Import award went to Rhodes which Justin Brownlee grabbed last year when the Gin Kings dethroned the Beermen,SMB finally broke into the win colum in three games Friday with a 127-106  victory over early leader Blackwater, whose import Alex Stepheson did not play with a bum stomach and later went home to the US for treatment. He promised to return in time for the Elite’s next game against NorthPort on June 22. Like SMB, Magnolia also took a second loss in a 102-99 decision from NorthPort,  now with a second-running 5-1 card. But the Hotshots finally broke through against winless NLEX, 98-88, also Friday.Meanwhile, coach Louie Alas guided Phoenix to a 78-76 win over Alaska in his return from a two-game suspension in the aftermath of the tumultuous Phoenix-TNT game that led to the indefinite suspension of Fuel Master Calvin AbuevaADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Justin Brownlee, Ginebra escape San Miguel in OT FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTheir stock boosted no end by back-to-back conquests of last year’s finalists, the TNT KaTropa underscored their status as strong title contenders of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup even more  with Terrence Jones looking a cinch as Best Import awardee this  time.The 27-year-old Jones, a 6-foot-9 southpaw who played four seasons with the Houston Rockets, scattered a season-high 49 points while grabbing 18 rebounds as the KaTropa turned back the Meralco Bolts, 104-91,  and surged on top with their sixth win in seven games of the eliminations Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT It was the fourth 40-point game for Jones, who scored 18 straight points in one stretch to give TNT a 101-82 lead in the fourth quarter. He finished with seven three-pointers in 11 attempts. But Jones is not just a triggerman. He flashed his all-around skills with a triple double of 17 points, 14 rebounds and 16 assists when the KaTropa blasted the defending champion Barangay Ginebra Kings,104-96, Wednesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCrack TNT playmaker Jayson Castro missed the Meralco game to take a bride in Pampanga and forward Anthony Semerad sat it out with tonsillitis, but the KaTropa found another three-point specialist in the veteran Ryan Reyes, who shot six  triples, including one he turned into a four-point play to wind up with 19 points.Roger Pogoy earlier unloaded 10 triples in 18 attempts to pace the KaTropa with a career-high 38 points against the Gin Kings. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more