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WICB rejects Holder bid for NOC Certificate – Decision rules out West Indies captain from Pakistan Super League T20

first_img NON-CONTRACTED PLAYERS Captain of the West Indies cricket team, Jason Holder, despite being drafted, will not participate in the upcoming inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament as he has been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In a comment posted on Twitter recently, Holder thanked franchise team Quetta Gladiators for selecting him, but expressed that he has not been granted permission to take up the offer. “Thanks @TeamQuetta for the opportunity,” stated Holder. “I was not granted a NOC by @westindies and won’t be able to join. Best wishes #maybeoneday.” Holder, one of 15 players with central-retained WICB contracts, would have joined several of the world’s leading players for the February 4-23 championship in the United Arab Emirates. These include non-contracted West Indies players Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree. Meanwhile, the West Indies, in a response to a query by The Gleaner as to the official reason behind the non-issuance of a NOC to Holder, said it was based on an organisational policy. “The WICB has created the window for its retained players to participate in the Indian Premier League, and the Caribbean Premier League,” said WICB marketing and communications manager Carole Beckford. “The captain is among the retained players and has an obligation to participate in the domestic competitions.” The PSL, on behalf of Quetta, one of five teams down to participate in the tournament, also issued a statement on the matter. “Holder was an important part of our plans, but what can we do now,” a PSL official told The Express Tribune. “We wish him good luck for his assignment, while we’re delighted to sign such a brilliant replacement in the form of (Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara) Perera, who is a clever bowler and a big hitter.” The PSL is the latest among a flurry of national Twenty20 tournaments that has emerged worldwide since the early 2000s. Among these are the Indian Premier League, Australia Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, South Africa Ram Slam, and England NatWest T20 Blast.last_img read more

Nasir Jamshed handed one-year ban for non cooperation in PSL spot-fixing scandal

first_imgOpening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for not cooperating with the board in the ongoing Pakistan Super League spot-fixing probe.The PCB had provisionally suspended Jamshed in February this year after he was arrested by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for allegedly violating its anti-corruption code. He was later released on bail.PCB said Jamshed had played a central role in the spot-fixing scandal that hit PSL in its second edition and that the board’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal had found the batsman guilty of breaching its code of conduct.The 28-year-old was charged with violating Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7 of PCB’s Anti-Corruption code, one of which was “obstruction and non-cooperation” in the scandal, Geo TV reported.The spot-fixing allegations relate to a match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in this February during the second edition of the PSL.On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.The ACU had, in August, handed a five-year suspension to Sharjeel for his involvement in spot-fixing case whereas Latif, too, was also granted ban for five years in the same matter.Meanwhile, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also handed suspension for six and two months, respectively, after the duo failed to report the board regarding the corrupt approach to the board on time.Other players involved in the spot-fixing case were Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Sami.advertisement(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan Bresnahan

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan Bresnahan

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the sixth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Dylan BresnahanEvery team needs a player like Dylan Bresnahan on its roster.  The player who keeps everyone lose, the team jokester. The one who’s easy going and funny, great in the dugout and on the field.   He is the prototypical tall lanky lefthander in the mold of former Red Sox Pitcher Bill Lee.  The word laid back adequately describes Dylan.  But, put him between the lines and he knows when to bear down and compete, smiling all the while.  He is his team’s gentle giant, no matter, baseball, football or hockey always ready with a quick one liner and a smile.Dylan began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Thunder, coached by his dad John.  Coming out of a year of T-Ball in which he got to play with his twin sister Morgan, Dylan was ready for his first year on the small diamond.  Even at a young age his personality stood out. He not only loved to play the game, he loved having fun with his teammates. But his number one memory of that first year was getting to play for his dad.  He made his way through WLL playing A ball for the Pirates and Coach Pete Marino, and AA for the Brewers and Coach Derek Santini. He made the AA all-star team getting him ready for the jump to the Majors.Dylan was drafted by the A’s as an 11-year-old and played for Coach Mike Gracia.  Following his first season in the majors, Dylan was selected by the Twins and Coach Tom Sheehan. By getting a chance to play on two different teams, one of Dylan’s top memories from the Majors were the many great teammates played with.  He got to play with future WHS teammates Danny Gracia and Tommy Worob on the A’s and Ben Maynard on the Twins.  On field highlights included making the 12-year-old all-star team, winning the regular season and playoff championship with the A’s, and winning the regular season championship with the Twins.  Dylan has to be one of a few players in WLL history to win titles with two different teams.  He really enjoyed playing for Coach Mike Gracia in his first season in the Majors.Dylan also played Jimmy Fund in the summer, having a great time in a relaxed atmosphere getting to hang out with his friends and just playing ball.  He played on some fun teams while representing Wilmington at the Memorial Day tournaments in Woburn, at Wafer park. As with almost anything Dylan does he enjoyed playing alongside his friends and was probably one of the best teammates.He capped his WLL career as a member of the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship. His care free attitude helped settle the team down during tense moments. He also enjoyed the “fun times” he and his teammates had playing for Coach Boyle.This was Dylan’s first year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the past 3 years. Dylan played four years for the WHS Hockey team and also played a couple of seasons of WHS Football, scoring a defensive touchdown as a Senior.Dylan is the son of Linda and John Bresnahan, twin brother of Sister Morgan and older brother of Sister Shaylan. His parents have enjoyed watching him play over the years with both family and friends.  In the fall he is planning on attending UMass Amherst and studying Business. (NOTE: The above profile was submitted by Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Danny GraciaIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Tommy WorobIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Carl BeatriceIn “Sports”last_img read more

Bittersweet surplus Farmers governments in crisis as sugar output surges

first_imgIndia’s surging sugar production is turning out to be bitter news for sugar producers and governments in sugar-producing states.The nation is set to overtake Brazil as the biggest producer of the sweet commodity with the production pegged at more than 35.5 million tonnes in 2019 financial year. Brazil’s production is estimated at 32.5 million tonnes.Farmers in general and sugar farmers, in particular, are up in arms demanding relief measures in many states including Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, media reports say.A meeting on Thursday between sugar factory owners and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who was looking for a solution to farmers’ agitation demanding a higher price for sugarcane and release of the arrears for the sugarcane already supplied, failed to reach a resolution. The farmer leaders have said they will continue the agitation until the millers meet their demands.The sugar factory owners took the stand that they would pay the government-announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for this year, but many were unwilling to fulfil their ex-field commitment (agreement made with farmers promising rates above FRP), which they claim add up to Rs 450 crore. Mill owners have now sought more time to settle the matter.There were indications that the talks remained inconclusive and the millers wanted to talk directly to the farmers.Export ordersIndia has sought to get back to the export market for the first time in three years to bolster the prices. The country is exploring exports to China as a new market.Sugar millers in Mumbai have signed contracts to supply sugar to New York dealers, which have threatened the margins of Brazilian and Australian traders, a news report said. In March, India wanted the mills to export 2 million tonnes of sugar in order the reduce the inventory buildup. Though the authorities fixed mandatory export targets for each mill, the mills together managed to export only around 450,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 market year that ended on September 30 due to the uncompetitive prices, according to the millers’ trade body Indian Sugar Mills Association. The current year target is 5 million tonnes, which looks difficult to achieve, given the current price situation and bumper harvest in most producing nations. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:34Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:34?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mumbai protests: Over 30,000 farmers on the streets of Mumbai, demanding government to fulfill their demandslast_img read more

Rep Graves lauds House passage of 201516 state budget

Rep Graves lauds House passage of 201516 state budget

first_img State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, issued the following statement after the Michigan House of Representatives approved the 2015-16 budget:I am pleased that the House has once again approved a balanced budget four months ahead of the deadline that sets clear priorities for spending. Not only does this budget invest $400 million into our crumbling transportation system, it also has provisions to continue emphasis on public safety, which will ensure Michigan’s economic growth, leading to more jobs for our citizens.In addition, we are funding education at an unprecedented level in our state’s history. This budget puts more money directly into the classroom for schoolchildren, which is where it should be going. We also are investing more in community colleges, universities, and commercial and technical education. 03Jun Rep. Graves lauds House passage of 2015-16 state budget Categories: Graves Newslast_img read more

SES expects to reach one million paying customers

SES expects to reach one million paying customers

first_imgSES expects to reach one million paying customers for its HD Plus platform in Germany by the end of this year, according to the satellite operator’s CEO, Romain Bausch.Speaking on a conference call on the company’s full-year results, Bausch said that there were currently 2.5 million HD Plus reception cards in the market and 2.3 million active HD Plus homes, of which 1.9 million were still in their free-to-view phase and 400,000 had paid the €50 annual technical service charge. “We think we will have over one million paying customers by the end of this year,” he said. HD Plus currently offers 12 Germany free-to-air channels in HD.The switching off of analogue satellite transmission in the German market this year is having a negative impact on the company’s revenues, and Bausch said that SES’s real growth rate was hidden because of this. The company is expecting top line growth of 2% this year and a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% between 2012-14, but without the impact of analogue switch-off, Bausch said the company would see 9% growth this year and 7.5% CAGR for 2012-14.Bausch said that SES’s focus on emerging markets under its new unified structure was paying dividends. Soft demand in the North American market had allowed it to redeploy its AMC-3 and SES-3 satellites in the high-growth markets of Latin America and Asia respectively. The lack of a need to replace satellites in North America would also mean reduced capex going forwards, he said.The company posted revenues of €0.1% for the full year, down 0.1%, attributed to the decline in the value of the US dollar, while recurring revenue grew by 2.8%. EBITDA was €1.275 billion, down 1.7%, in part due to a one-time reorganization charge of €14.8 million, while recurring revenue was 1.295 billion, up 3.1%. Profit was €6.7.7 million, up 26.8%.SES now has a contract backlog of €7 billion, with €2 billion of renewals and new business signed during the year. The company was hit in 2011 by a series of launch delays, limiting its ability to meet demand on schedule.last_img read more