Tony Becca | Finally, a woman close to the top

first_imgFor some time now, cricket has been a man’s game, and it has been so since at least the start of the Test game 140 years ago.Although women have been involved as supporters of the game for such a long time, their involvement was confined to ‘bowling’, under-arm style, to their younger brothers in the backyard or as members of the tea brigade,When it came to women’s participation and administration, however, the game was considered foreign to their nature and, therefore, out of bounds to them.Gradually, however, women around the world, in places like England and Australia, but excepting one like Pakistan, began to play the game, and like most things, it spread like wild fire until it got to other places such as India and South Africa.In Jamaica and the West Indies, however, it took its own sweet time, and it was not until around the 1970s that women took to the field.Before then, Ms Vera Wright became a member and committee member of Lucas Cricket Club, Lucas became popular for their tea-time refreshments, and Ms Wright became known as ‘Auntie V’ to Lucas members and their friends.She set the pace for others to follow, and those who followed included Margaret Cooke – honorary secretary at Lucas, Dorothy Hobson – committee member and now manager at Melbourne, Monica Hosue (Williams) – committee member at Melbourne, Carol Bryan – honorary secretary at Melbourne, Caroline Kelly – committee member at Melbourne, and Pat Gillings – committee member at Melbourne.Others who followed included Novelette Rickets – committee member of Manchester Cricket Association and the first woman member of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Pauline Anderson-White – honorary secretary of the Trelawny Cricket Association, Rose Bryan – committee member of the St Mary Cricket Association, and Diann Campbell – committee member of Melbourne and the first woman honorary secretary of the JCA.Also in action are women like Amanda Baker – committee member of the St Elizabeth Cricket Association, Pollyana Mitchell -honorary secretary of Lucas, and Sonji Watson – committee member of Kensington Cricket Club.PLAYERS IMPORTANTAs dedicated as these women may be, however, players are the most important part in the development of the game, and the 1970s also saw the start of the drive in the real growth of women’s cricket in Jamaica.Led by Monica Taylor and Sally Kennedy, women’s cricket took off almost from the word, ‘go’, with teams like Kensington, Lucas, Diamonds, and Waterwell, followed by Melbourne playing competitively and fairly regularly and putting out players like Rhona McLean, Kay Osbourne, and Joyce Miller, to Vivalyn Latty-Scott, Jean Cadogan, Yolande Geddes, Peggy Fairweather, Hobson, and Grace Williams-Alston, down to others like Marlene Needham, Jennifer Sterling, and Jacqueline Robinson.Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, in fact, ventured out into international play before the West Indies.Those, however, were lovely days, days of regular and exciting competition among Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and St Lucia, bringing together players like Louise Browne, Ann Browne, and Stacey Ann King from around the region, and those were the days when the West Indies hosted England and Australia, toured England and India, and, in the process, defeated one or two along the way.In terms of participation and competition, women’s cricket, especially in Jamaica, fell away for a while, but it has recently hinted of a comeback, and with Jamaicans like Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley, and Chedean Nation, and with West Indians such as Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Marisa Aguilera, Hayley Matthews, Britney Cooper, Shermaine Campbell, and Shaquana Quintyne, the future seems bright and rosy.On the field, there is also Jacqueline Williams, a good female umpire who had the distinction of standing in the regional men’s four-day competition at Sabina Park recently and, by her presence, her deportment, and her skill, she has set a pace for others of her gender to follow.PROMISING HISTORYWest Indies women are the T20 champions of the world, and once they step up the participation and the competition all around the region, especially after such a promising history, nothing, it seems, can stop them in the future, and particularly now that West Indies Cricket has appointed a woman as its chief operating officer.Verlyn Faustin, the company’s secretary, is now also the chief operating officer (COO) responsible for the day-to-day operations, and mainly for control, administrative, and reporting procedures aimed at effective management on and off the field.All who love West Indies cricket applaud Faustin’s elevation and wish her well in this her added responsibility, especially as from all reports, she is more than capable.Her rise to close to the top is a good move for cricket and for women’s cricket in particular. It has given them a voice at the top where it matters most, and on top of that, she has joined other women around the world of cricket, including Ingrid Cronin-Knight and Liz Dawson, who are members of the nine-member New Zealand Cricket board, and Debbie Hockley, who is president of the board and one who call the shots for all New Zealand’s cricket.With Jimmy Adams as the new director of cricket, with Jason Holder as the captain of the men’s team, with Taylor as the captain of the women’s team, and with Faustin as the COO, West Indies cricket, men and women, is in good hands, or so it seems.last_img read more

Library to host book sale this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Public Library is hosting a book sale this upcoming Saturday.On April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a wide variety of books and DVDs will be for sale outside the entrance of the Library at the Cultural Centre.The items range from $1 to $3, plus a member’s special every hour.- Advertisement -Memberships will also be available to get at the sale.last_img

Bhisho Airport gets R100m boost

first_img2 August 2007The airport runway at Bhisho in the Eastern Cape will be closed for the next six weeks as the airport undergoes a R100-million upgrade, as the province seeks to maximise the facility’s economic potential.The upgrade is being funded through the province’s Department of Roads and Transport, with all upgrades expected to be complete by March 2008.The project as so far provided more than 100 jobs for people from surrounding villages, while more people will be needed as the project progresses, the department said in a statement this week.“The project derives from the Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which was unveiled by the [provincial Transport Department] in 2006, in an effort to maximise the potential of the Bhisho and Mthatha airports and bring new life to the rural airstrips within the province,” the department explained.The strategy aims to improve usage of the province’s airports, reduce government involvement in the operation of airports, and involve the private sector, especially small, medium and micro enterprises, through outsourcing services or as airport management.The province has already convinced the South African Police Service Air Wing to relocate to the Bhisho Airport, while the Port Alfred-based 43 Air School is declared its intent to expand to the airport and has started assisting in re-commissioning refuelling facilities.The first 14 students from the air school are expected to relocate to the airport within the next two months.Air BP has also started refurbishing the fuel depot at own costA new R5-million fire tender was brought in from overseas, and firemen at the airport already completed a course to use the new vehicle. The main intention is to increase the emergency capacity of the airport and improve its grades from two to four, the department said.The department said that the Bhisho Airport had been earmarked for international flights during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with state-owned South African Airways and other airlines expressing their interest in using the airport.At the same time, the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the upgrade of the Mthatha Airport.That feasibility study has been completed and forwarded to consulting engineers for final costing.“We have purchased two large airport fire tenders for the Mthatha Airport and we will apply to upgrade our license with the South African Civil Aviation Authority from four to six, which will enable bigger aircraft to land there,” the Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Transport said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NDP will determine SA’s direction: Zuma

first_img19 February 2013 The National Development Plan (NDP) is a crucial policy-making tool that will help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country takes, President Jacob Zuma said on SABC’s Sunday Live broadcast on the weekend. The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. In his 2013 State of the Nation Address last week, Zuma said the NDP had set the ambitious target of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, which will require teamwork to get the economy growing at a rate of more than 5% a year. “There are sectors that we have identified that will create these 11-million jobs by 2030,” Zuma said on Sunday. “These include infrastructure and the tourism sector, among others. These sectors have already created jobs and employed people.” On the issue of land, Zuma said the government was committed to resolving issues around this. This would be done within the ambit of the country’s Constitution. He added that while progress had been slow, compensation for land would be equitable. The matter needed to be looked at “differently”, he said. On the issue of education, Zuma said education had be treated as an essential service. However this definition should not be seen as denying teachers the right to embark on strike action. “We are talking about the importance of education,” he said, adding that education was a key element to the country moving forward and developing. For non-performing municipalities, the government was following up on the non-submission of financial reports. On the issue of councillors who received tenders, Zuma said that some had already been fired, and the government was looking at how it could review the tender system. On the matter of the abuse of women and children, Zuma said that a national response was necessary, adding that the government cannot fight this scourge alone. “We need to work together as a nation, government cannot do it alone. We need to have specialised courts that will be ready to deal with such situations and convict perpetrators speedily.” On talks of a possible Cabinet reshuffle, the President said: “I haven’t said anything on it, I haven’t said whether it will happen or if it will not happen. I have not spoken to anyone about this. I don’t know where people are getting this.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Alexandra theatre festival lauds women directors

first_imgDirectors have been running rehearsals for the Women’s Theatre Festival productions.(Image: Olive Tree Theatre)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kerryn IrvinOlive Tree Theatre: Producer+27 11 079 4153Sulaiman PhilipMokgoro Ntshieng, creative director of the Olive Tree Theatre, is passionate about her art form and its ability to transform society. She believes that if given an opportunity to tell your story, you can change perceptions.In South African theatre, women’s voices have been muted, so she and her business partner, producer Kerryn Irvin, have chosen four female directors for their inaugural Women’s Theatre Festival.The festival, from 25 to 27 October, will give female directors a platform and opportunity to show off their skills. Talented and passionate women, Ntshieng argues, hit a ceiling and then are lost to the arts due to a lack of opportunity.“It’s unfortunately true but directing is a very masculine world. The opportunity for women to tell their own stories, from the perspective of women, was the seed for this festival.”Ntshieng and Irvin put out a very limited call to friends and associates and within days they had 25 submissions, which they whittled down to just four directors; who will present their work at the theatre.“There is a need, a thirst for women directors to be given opportunities,” says Irvin.Women directors’ voicesNkoto Malybye, a drama lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology, is directing her own Lerato la Daddy, about the pitfalls of a creative life told through the eyes of a Christian father of four daughters.“As my lead says ‘Music is spiritual, the music business is not.’ I have found as a woman that my opportunities are very limited so it was important for me to be involved in this festival.”Malybye has a background in community theatre in Mpumalanga province and is aware of theatre’s power as an educational tool. Her desire to be involved in the festival – “I told them I would be happy to do anything” – stems from her belief that theatre can change perceptions.“African women deal with this idea that strong women are rebellious and need to be tamed. It’s a belief that even women have accepted. We need to change this idea that we are just meant to be pretty, silent baby makers. This festival is a chance for us to dispel that message, for our voices to be heard.”Alexandra resident Nothemba Sulupha chose to direct a work – Wombman – she wrote specifically for the festival. Her play centres on an infertile nurse at a“How she copes is the surprise you must come to the theatre to discover.”Sulupha believes it’s important that festivals like this are held. “It’s an opportunity for women to tell their own stories and hopefully gives us a chance to have a dialogue about the female experience in South Africa.”Denel Honeyball fell in love with the theatre when she saw a production of Jack and the Beanstalk as a four year old. For her, participating in the festival is about bringing theatre to the community.“It’s a safe place to open the discussion about the social issues we face as a country. It allows our imagination to travel down paths that we would not otherwise to find solutions that are inclusive.”Honeyball is directing three short humorous pieces by Italian playwright Franca Rame.“Sometimes the best way to think about things is to laugh about them … rather than to depress and teach.”She believes it’s far more important to make theatre accessible to as many people as possible rather than to be caught up in making sure they get the right message.“Yes most theatre organisations are run by men, but that’s a legacy of our past. I look at the audiences and see young people eager to be entertained. This audience is open to watching productions by and about women. That’s important because that’s how you change the future without becoming caught up in the present.”Diamond Mokoape is the most experienced director at the festival and has chosen to do This is for Keeps, a South African classic written by Vanessa Cooke, Danny Keogh and Janice Honeyman. Mokoape has updated the 1983 Market Theatre Laboratory work for a township audience.“It’s about the inelegance of the fool’s gold of a relationship built on violence and loathing. Theatre forces you to confront the truth about abuse. It’s such an intimate experience you can’t look away, you can’t ignore the action. This is what makes theatre such a powerful medium.”Township theatreThe festival faced a funding crisis from the outset but Irvin and Ntshieng were determined to hold it in Alexandra, a township north east of Gauteng’s Johannesburg city centre. Beyond giving a platform to female directors, the pair felt it was just as important to bring the theatre experience to the Alexandra residents.“An option we discounted early on was to hold the festival at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein (Johannesburg). We applied for grants and approached local businesses to help with the funding which we eventually managed to scrape together,” says Irvin.The Olive Tree Theatre is housed in a warehouse at the Yarona Centre, a shopping mall in Alexandra. Inside, you’ll find young creative people drawn from the local community.“With the actors doing stretching exercises it looks like a yoga studio but the energy and excitement is so real and refreshing. We want to give these people a place to be creative, to try out identities safely,” Irvin explains.The partners have plans to begin a children’s theatre festival and hold exhibitions of artwork created in Alexandra. First, however, Ntshieng hopes the Women’s Theatre Festival will lead to a theatre renaissance in Alexandra and draw in a new audience.“South Africa has such a rich history of community theatre, especially liberation theatre, but we want to create a space for the community where they can see well-told lovely stories.”last_img read more

Chennaiyin FC face Abahani Dhaka in their first away match of AFC Cup

first_imgChennaiyin FC would look to continue their winning streak and consolidate their position at the top when they take on Abahani Dhaka in their first away match of the AFC Cup, here Wednesday.A win on Wednesday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium will take Chennaiyin closer to the next round — the Inter-Zonal Play-off Semifinals — and also widen the gap with other teams in the four-team Group E.Chennaiyin are leading the group with seven points — with two wins and a draw — while Abahani are second with four points. All the four sides have played three matches each so far.Minerva Punjab are third with three points while Nepalese outfit Manang Marshyangdi Club are at the bottom with just one point. Only the top team from the group will make it to the next round.Chennaiyin had defeated Abahani by a solitary goal in their first leg match in Ahmedabad on April 30 and a win for the 2015 and 2017-18 Indian Super League champions on Wednesday will put them in a strong position to qualify for the next round with 10 points.The John Gregory-coached Indian side began their AFC Cup campaign with a draw against Minerva and then notched up back-to-back victories against Manang Marshyangdi and Abahani. They would now look to carry their winning momentum further.But the Chennai-based side, playing their debut AFC Cup, will have a tough match against Abahani as was evident in their last match. The Dhaka side will play at home and they will come out all guns blazing as a defeat on Wednesday will severely dent their chances of progressing further.advertisement”We are here in Bangladesh to continue our good results so far in the group stage. We have managed to remain unbeaten and we have a tough game against Abahani. It probably represents our toughest and most crucial match for us in the group stage,” Gregory said at the customary pre-match press conference on Tuesday.”Abahani were very hard to play against, in the reverse fixture in Ahmedabad. We were a tad bit fortunate to get the goal as well. So yes, we are looking forward to a difficult challenge. We look forward to adding some more points to our tally.”Talking further about his side’s opponents, Gregory said, “Abahani are very strong. Especially their throw-ins are menacing. They also have a tall and physical presence from set-pieces.”We do know about a few of their players like Wellington and Belfort whom we have faced in the Indian Super League before. Overall, they are a very good side. We do not underestimate them one bit.”Anirudh Thapa had scored Chennaiyin’s only goal of the match against Abahani two weeks ago in Ahmedabd and midfielder will return to the same venue where India had lost to Maldives in the SAFF Cup final last year.Thapa got to wear the captain’s armband at the SAFF Cup here when he became the youngest player to take that responsibility.”It still hurts and I have not been able to forget it to be honest. But the experience means that I know the ground and the conditions well and will try my best to do something special with the Chennaiyin team to replace that memory with a good one,” said the 21-year-old Chennaiyin and India midfielder.Also Read | Solskjaer the right choice but needs time at Manchester United: Ander Herreralast_img read more

OSU’s Offensive Line Poor Overall But Slowly Getting Better

first_imgWhile Oklahoma State’s offensive line has steadily progressed on the run-blocking front, there is still a lot of room to grow in one of the most important facets of the game.There’s no doubt that the most important player to the Cowboys’ success is Mason Rudolph. The record-setting junior has almost single-handedly turned this program around. He is 20-5 as a starter, but he’s been sacked at least once in every game this year. Taking care of him should be priority number one.Unfortunately, the Cowboys are currently 105th in the nation in sacks allowed, having given up 27 through ten games. That 2.7 per game is a step back from last season’s average of 2.46 and just marginally better than 2014’s abysmal 3.08.Let’s take a look at the Cowboys’ allowed sacks by year.allowedsacksFor six years the Cowboys ranked in the top three in the conference and top 15 in the country at protecting their QB. Since then the numbers are drastically worse.That should be no surprise to any of us. We’ve belabored that point over the last three years.What should surprise us is that the Cowboys aren’t making any marked improvement on this front. In fact, as mentioned above, the Cowboys are on pace to take a step backwards this year. Given how good the run game has been, this is somewhat surprising.I will say, the last few games have been better. OSU only allowed four sacks total against WVU, KSU and Tech in the last three outings. That’s a marked improvement from the first seven. It’s no mistake that two of the best yards-per-play outings of the Gundy era have come in the last two games.#okstate has averaged 9+ yards per play in just nine games in the Gundy era. Two have come in the last two weeks. pic.twitter.com/9x1JpzvJFL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 14, 2016Sack numbers aren’t just about protecting your quarterback. They are about protecting drives. Possessions are like gold to a coaching staff. If you break down a football game by the numbers, there are a finite number of opportunities to score. Each time your quarterback is sacked you lose a down and put your drive “behind the chains” so to speak.You can gain or lose an edge with turnovers and big plays. But while that’s worked out for the Cowboys at times, those can’t be depended on. Doing so is playing with fire. See Texas Tech. That’s why I don’t get too bent out of shape when Mike Gundy plays a bit conservatively. He knows that for every Rudolph-to-Washington 82-yard connection there is the possibility for a pick-six or a some other horrifying event.The Cowboys end the season with two tough road games. They figure to be underdogs in both. Can their O-line take care of business, protect Rudolph better and give Mike Gundy a fighting chance against TCU and OU to win the Big 12? We’ll see. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Junior College Offensive Lineman Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgThe offensive line recruiting class was an area of concern for the Cowboys when national signing day rolled around. Despite holding the commitments of three high school recruits rated as four-stars at one point, there were no four-year players who signed earlier last week. And only one junior college prospect, Arlington Hambright, who signed.That changed earlier this week. NEO A&M offensive guard Larry Joubert, Jr., has pledged to OSU he announced on twitter.“I believe stuff happens in life for a reason,” he said. “I know this is one of those reasons. Haters, doubters and nonbelievers, I want to silence all of them. I’m committed to sign with Oklahoma State University. Better opportunities for me and also better place to better myself as a person because this is my decision and nobody else. I’m getting better every year as a football player so I’m ready for the challenge. Coach Gundy is giving me the opportunity and I’m thankful.”According to 247sports, Joubert is a 6-foot-4, 265 pound prospect who will likely play offensive guard for the Cowboys. He was previously committed – and signed – with New Mexico. However he did not meet academic requirements which forced him to open up his recruitment.On signing day, Gundy said one scholarship was still available. And given OSU’s situation along the offensive line, I wouldn’t be surprised if that final spot goes to another offensive lineman — perhaps later in the coming weeks.Because of when Joubert committed, it is believed that the number of scholarships available is still at one. So don’t be surprised to see OSU still aggressively pursuing prospects from the junior college ranks, or even sniffing out a potential graduate transfer. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Brandon Weeden on OSU’s Spring: ‘I’m Impressed’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Brandon Weeden recently made it back for an Oklahoma State spring practice, and he talked about the team and his time there in an interview with Allison Gappa.“I’m impressed,” said Weeden of the team at the beginning of April. “I told all the coaches — especially Coach Glass — that these guys look different than when I was a sophomore or a freshman.“We had some good looking athletes but especially D-line and some of these receivers. I’d be the shortest guy in the quarterback room. Guys look good. Playing fast, which I like to see.”Weeden was particularly enthralled with the Mason Rudolph-James Washington twosome because of how it reminded him of himself and No. 81.“I’m sure they’re going to break every record we ever set, and I hope they do,” said Weeden. “I hope they do. I’m excited for Mason more than any of them.”Yes, this is probably true. Rudolph probably will end up with all the career QB records. But Weeden will still have him from a per-season perspective.Either way, it’s pretty cool to hear the best QB1 in school history comment on the one who will probably go down as the second best.We caught up with @bweeden3 at practice last Friday. Check out his interview with @AllisonGappa after the scrimmage. #okstate pic.twitter.com/3ijUlNitaF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 4, 2017Also, nice pullover.last_img read more