Preparing to reach the mountain top

first_imgWhen I was a boy, one of the things I used to hear but never listened to, was this: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”In my childhood days, batsmen like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, and Clyde Walcott were my cricket heroes. To me, they were talented batsmen, pure and simple.Even later on, when my heroes became batsmen like Rohan Kanhai and Garry Sobers, it never dawned on me that they all had to work for hours to hone their skills.It was not until I became a man, when I witnessed the likes not only of Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, and Brian Lara, but also that of Alvin Kallicharran, Larry Gomes, and Augustine Logie, that I understood the importance of hard work, training and practice to the fulfilment of one’s talent and the satisfaction of reaching the top.All those enthralling skills – the flowing runs, the elegant offside and on-side drives, the rapier-like cuts, the savage but thrilling hooks and pulls – that attracted thousands upon thousands of people to cricket grounds around the world, and the stamina to bat as if forever, like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, were the result of plenty sweat and aching, but well-drilled muscles, muscles that in the end reacted instinctively to anything and everything thrown at them on the cricket field.Training and practice, I realised then, make perfect.NOTHING LIKE TRAININGI also realised then, the more I read, the more I travelled, and the more I talked to some of the great players, that there was nothing like practice, and nothing like training.I learnt that in the general scheme of things, talent, what is usually called talent, is of less importance.What you put in is what you get out.Sport, success in sport, is one of the most published things about mankind. One of the least published things, however, is what makes a man a success.Look at any sport, look at the great practitioners, look at champions like Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Usain Bolt, look at their habits, and they all have one thing in common practice and training, every day, and for hours, many hours each day.Sometimes, however, I wonder if this is the same for the present set of West Indies players, and for those from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago and others who aspire to play for the West Indies.In fact, I stopped wondering years ago. I know now, based on what I have seen and based on what I have found out after asking questions, that most of them do not train or practise half as much as they should.The players with the basic ‘talent’ to play for the West Indies do not train and practise as hard and as often as they should, and the reason is either that that they cannot be bothered with the work, or they feel that they are good enough already and do not need to work.To them, training and practice mean going to the nets for a few minutes per day, stroking a few deliveries around, smashing a few deliveries out of the ground, and walking away after a few minutes. And most times, this is done in the presence of the coach, and it is done based on the demands of the team.The bowlers usually jog up to the wicket and wheel their arms over a few times, the fast bowlers included. No one ever trains to really get fit, or to really keep fit, and no one ever practises to improve his attacking play or his defensive play, his accuracy and control, and his fielding and his catching.Most times, even whenever they fail, even whenever the team fails, and whenever they lose in three days, it is the same reaction. Sometimes, most times whenever they lose early, it is no practice or training on the days scheduled as match days, according to some players.The West Indies ‘big guns’ usually do whatever they want to do, and whenever they want do it.A West Indies player lives off one or two or three successes for a long time. He plays as if a little success will last him forever.NO RIGHT TO SUCCEEDA West Indies player, or a territorial player, must know, and must be told, that no one has any God-given right to succeed; that although no one can succeed all the time, he must never succumb to complacency; that like the reporter, he is as good as last copy; and that every time he goes out to bat, or to bowl, or to field, he must challenge himself to be the best.The game, the fans, and his team expect nothing less. That’s his job, and that’s his road to success, to greatness.The West Indies fans must support the players despite the players’ poor performance, and the West Indies Board must do its best to support the players.One of the problems with the development of the players, however, is the coaching, or the lack of proper coaching, available.The West Indies have a lot of ‘coaches’ but most of them are not real coaches. They are, to call a spade a spade, nothing but organisers, admittedly, good organisers.They simply set the time to train and to practise, see that the props are in place, organise who to do what and when, position themselves at the bowler’s end, and direct traffic from there, sometimes telling the bowlers to keep the ball up or the batsmen to play in the ‘V’, and sometimes not to cut against the spin.There is no attempt to do anything else, to talk to the bowlers and to the batsmen, to correct mistakes, their technical mistakes, to show them what they may be doing wrong, and to try and prepare them for the next outing.No wonder West Indian players perform badly, making the same mistakes match after match, year after year.It seems as if the exercise of finding a coach is only to find something for the former players to do, and not to find the former players who are really interested in coaching or who can do a good job as coaches.Practice and training make perfect. Thank God for players like Easton McMorris, Sam Morgan, Desmond Lewis, and James Adams, and for one like Chanderpaul. They used to train and practise day after day, and till the cows come home.Maybe the West Indies and territorial players will change their attitude and their habits now that they are professionals, and now that the young West Indians in Bangladesh showed them how to play the game, how to win, and how, it is said, they should prepare themselves.Hopefully, they will behave like professionals, and that they will now train and practise, train and practise to reach the top.last_img read more

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AFRICORI ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR LUCKY LIBERIAN ARTIST

first_imgThe leading online platform for African music, Africori, has teamed up with publicist Junda Morris- Kennedy to launch the Liberia Music Contest, an initiative that is aimed at giving talented Liberian musicians a distribution deal with Africori, and an opportunity to be heard by a wider audience.The distribution deal for the lucky winner is coupled with marketing and public relations work for him/her by JMK Publicist, professional international quality mix and mastering of his/her song, professionally designed cover by OladexGrafix as well as access to a mailing list of 10,000 plus subscribers, and other great packages.In a statement released to LIB Life on behalf of the team, publicist Junda Morris-Kennedy noted that with the rise in creativity by Liberian musicians, and the struggle they go through to get their music on the international scene, the team decided to come up with the music contest to give much needed opportunities to a deserving artist.“As African music continues to be loved on the international market, the Liberia Music Contest will position the emerging and struggling music industry and our raw and amazing talents to the world to compete with their African counterparts,” Madam Kennedy added.How to apply? The competition is open to Liberians ONLY, with no additional rules. All one has to do is submit an original unreleased song to africoriliberia@gmail.com between February 7 – 29, 2016.The release emphasized that the original music should carry the name of artist or artists, title of the single and its producer.“We have a good and experienced music industry jury that will review every song thoroughly to make sure they meet the international quality benchmark we set, before the winner will be announced on March 10, 2016,” said Madam Kennedy.Madam Kennedy added that the Liberia Music Contest also seeks to “identify a star that can carry the light, showcase the country’s talent landscape across the African continent and promote quality Liberian music to a broader audience that will attract more investors.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Earning ticket to success

first_imgJetHawks general manager Brad Seymour said the team distributes tickets to participating schools, which establish their own criteria for awarding them to students. Some of the schools are giving tickets to students for reading books, and others are doling them out for academic achievement. “What’s great is that it gives the kids a sense that they’re earning something,” Seymour said. “That makes it exciting for them.” The JetHawks benefit from the program, too. Seymour said it helps improve their visibility amid an important demographic, and it helps fill stadium seats during the traditionally slow months of April and May. Seymour said the program is a key factor in the team’s 11percent year-to-date attendance spike. “It’s more about being involved in the community and giving the schools an incentive for teaching kids in a fun way,” he said. The program reflects the team ownership’s passion for learning and being part of the community, Seymour said. Team owner Peter Carfagna is an accomplished corporate lawyer in a family of academic overachievers, he said. LANCASTER – Steering kids away from video games and into their local libraries is a formidable challenge for parents and educators alike. A Lancaster JetHawks reading program aims to make it a little easier. KaBoom’s Reading Challenge, a program named after the the California League baseball team’s aerospace-oriented mascot, seeks to put the fun into educational pursuits – and reward kids in the process. The program was launched last year under the team’s new ownership, and it greatly expanded this year under the direction of Jeff Stewart, a team official who has arranged for the JetHawks mascot to visit 30 Antelope Valley elementary and middle schools from Boron to Littlerock. He and his son, JetHawks Vice President Pete Carfagna, are both Harvard Law School graduates. The JetHawks will also play host to Education Day on May24, an event for which Lancaster-based orthodontist Dr. Michael Theurer purchased 3,000 tickets for area students. JetHawks players and public-safety officials will meet with area youths to talk about what they do in their respective careers, Seymour said. “It’ll be a truly educational experience in addition to a ballgame,” Seymour said. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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White House threatens to veto new war bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto a proposed House bill that would pay for the Iraq war only through July – a limit Defense Secretary Robert Gates said would be disastrous. The warnings came as Gates also told reporters that his evaluation of force levels in Iraq in September will not lead to a rapid troop withdrawal, and that at least some U.S. forces are likely to be in Iraq for a protracted period of time. He said he didn’t know if it will take 25,000 troops or another number, but it would probably include intelligence officers, logistical support and air power, and they would be needed to maintain stability in the war-wracked country. “The evaluation in September will not lead to a precipitous decision or actions, but would point us in a new direction … either because the surge is working, or because the evaluation is that it’s not,” said Gates. Earlier Wednesday he told senators he would consider reducing U.S. troop levels in Iraq in the fall if the Iraqi government begins to make progress. “With this latest veto threat, the president has once again chosen confrontation over cooperation,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. House Democratic leaders are pushing legislation that would provide the military $42.8 billion to keep operations going through July, buy new equipment and train Iraqi and Afghan security forces. Congress would decide shortly before its August recess whether to release an additional $52.8 billion to fund the war through September. The veto threat came from White House spokesman Tony Snow, traveling aboard Air Force One with Bush to tour tornado damage in Kansas. “There are restrictions on funding and there are also some of the spending items that were mentioned in the first veto message that are still in the bill,” Snow said. House members planned a vote today, just two days after David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the Appropriations Committee, briefed White House chief of staff Josh Bolten on the plan. The stern White House response reflected the high stakes involved for Bush, who is struggling to beat back congressional skepticism about his Iraq strategy. Democrats face their own uphill battle. Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say they want to provide troops the resources they need. But other Democrats are pushing to cut off funds for the unpopular war. Democratic leaders acknowledge the new Iraq bill might pass in the House only to sink in the Senate, where Democrats hold a slimmer majority and are more reluctant than their House counterparts to restrict war funds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The developments occurred as officials disclosed that 11 moderate House Republicans had met unannounced with the president and top aides at the White House on Tuesday. Several participants described a remarkably blunt discussion in which lawmakers told the president the war was unsustainable without public support and was having a corrosive effect on GOP political fortunes. Rep. Charles Dent of Pennsylvania said he told the president that many of his constituents are “impatient, and in some cases have a sense of futility” about the war. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia said he presented recent polling data from his suburban Washington district showing Bush’s unfavorability ratings exceeded his approval ratings. “We asked them, what’s Plan B. We let them know that the status quo is not acceptable,” he said. Davis said the president responded that if he began discussing a new strategy, the current one would never have a chance to succeed. Defiant Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, wrestled with how to support the troops but still challenge Bush, who has requested more than $90 billion to sustain the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September. last_img read more

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Evacuation Order issued for an area near Chetwynd

first_imgThe Evacuation Order is in effect for the area directly south and west of Hudson’s Hope extending to an area encompassing a portion of the Moberly Forest Service Road (FSR) to just north of Mount Hulcross to the most western boundary of the Klin-Se-Za provincial park; directly north to an area south of Carbon Lake. At this time only industry is at risk. The fire is close to the Dokie Wind Project.Residents, businesses and travellers outside of the evacuation area are encouraged to listen to local media and go to information sites – no other actions are required. Travel in these areas is restricted and backcountry travellers should leave the area.- Advertisement -At this time, the fire is currently a modified response fire meaning that it is being actively monitored but not actively suppressed at this time.last_img read more

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Gas prices jump 9 cents

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The increase is the second-largest since the current string of increases began, one-tenth of a cent behind the 9.2 cent-increase from Sept. 7-14. The average rose 1.9 cents from Oct. 5-12; 1.4 cents from Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 2.9 cents from Sept. 21-28; 7.5 cents from Sept. 14-21; 9.2 cents from Sept. 7-14; and 3.2 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The Orange County average surpassed $3 for the first time since July 27, rising 8.6 cents to $3.062. The weekly increase was also the seventh in a row in Orange County. The average price increased 2.8 cents from both Oct.5-12 and Sept. 28-Oct. 5; 1.1 cents from Sept. 21-28, 8.8 cents from Sept. 14-21; 10.6 cents from Sept. 7-14 and 2.7 cents from Aug. 31-Sept. 7 after dropping 15 of the previous 16 weeks. The Auto Club provided this breakdown of gasoline prices in selected portions of California and Nevada as of today: One-week A 9.1-cent increase over the past week pushed the average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline in Los Angeles County past $3 for the first time since Aug. 3, the Automobile Club of Southern California reported today. The seventh consecutive weekly increase put the average price at $3.085, 18 cents more than last month and 55 cents more than at this time last year, but 40.2 cents below the record high of $3.487 registered on May 9. The increase is “but by far the most noticeable because the prices have been increasing much faster in recent days,” Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said. “Oil industry analysts are attributing the increase to some reportedly minor West Coast refinery glitches that have caused investor concerns about California gasoline supply, driving up wholesale gasoline prices,” Thorp said. Area Regular Change Record Price Los Angeles – Long Beach $ 3.085 + 9.1 cents $ 3.487 (5/9/2007) Orange County $ 3.062 + 8.6 cents $ 3.479 (5/8/2007) San Diego $ 3.132 +10.3 cents $ 3.503 (5/8/2007) Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $ 3.234 +10.3 cents $ 3.614 (5/15/2007) Riverside – San Bernardino $ 3.082 + 9.0 cents $ 3.486 (5/8/2007) Bakersfield $ 3.077 + 6.4 cents $ 3.489 (5/7/2007) Las Vegas $ 2.849 + 5.6 cents $ 3.209 (5/29/2007) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Donal Kelly endorsed for late son’s seat at Fianna Fail meeting

first_imgDonal Kelly will be co-opted onto Donegal County Council next Monday to fill the seat won by his late son, Manus.Donal Kelly’s name was unanimously agreed by Fianna Fáil party members on Monday evening.Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary TD attended Monday’s meeting in Letterkenny where Mr Kelly senior was endorsed. Charlie McConalogue TD, Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat The Cope Gallagher, Monaghan Senator Robbie Gallagher – a native of Termon – and Senator Diarmuid Wilson were among the other high-ranking Fianna Fáil members who attended the brief meeting.The gathering was Chaired by Fianna Fáil County Councillor Donal Coyle, who formally told the meeting that Mr Kelly senior was the sole nominee.Manus Kelly, a father-of-five from Glenswilly and a three-time winner of the Donegal International Rally, tragically died while competing at this year’s Donegal International Rally in June.A month earlier, he was elected to Donegal County Council for the first time. Sadly, he never got the chance to take his seat at the County House in Lifford. Next Monday, at the monthly meeting of Donegal County Council, Donal Kelly will be formally co-opted.Donal Kelly endorsed for late son’s seat at Fianna Fail meeting was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Donal KellyDonegal County CouncilglenswillyManus Kellylast_img read more

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If it’s July, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry must be switching to his other favorite sport

first_imgThere are few sure bets in South Lake Tahoe. Stephen Curry’s return to the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament would be one.The Warriors’ Curry will be making his seventh appearance in the three-round tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, scheduled for July 12-14. Last year he tied for 11th in the 90-plus field of celebrities.  According to Harrah’s and Harveys Race and Sports Book, he is a 15-1 favorite to win this year.For the fifth time Curry will be joined in …last_img read more

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Oakland Athletics sold 48,000 (and counting) tickets for wild card game

first_imgNot in six years have the Oakland A’s hosted a postseason game at the Coliseum. In case you haven’t heard, the A’s will un-tarp Mt. Davis and host the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2019 American League wild card game on Wednesday, and more than 48,000 tickets have been sold for the event, per the team. With Mt. Davis, the Coliseum’s capacity can reach around 55,000 (the record is 56,310 for a July, 2018 game against the San Francisco Giants, prior to some renovations that impacted capacity).The game …last_img read more

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Find the Keys, Find the Treasure – Das Vergessene Portal (GC3HWBE) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgIn the forest near Baden- Wϋrttemberg, Germany lies a doorway that supposedly leads to vast hidden treasures. But to get the find for this treasure, you’re going to have to put in some work. Das Vergessene Portal (The Forgotten Portal) (GC3HWBE) will test your puzzle-solving skills as well as your patience.Das Vergessene PortalThe geocache owner die wilden crossies had this to say about creating this difficulty 2.5 terrain 3 geocache, “You start with a not-too-difficult puzzle, have an idea for a good history, some craft talent and some mechanic operations for the ‘wow-effect.’”He then drew inspiration from exciting, treasure-hunting movies like “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones” to create an entire history for this geocache. The description tells the story of a castle that once existed near the portal. During a ferocious battle, residents of the castle secured a large treasure within the portal and locked it with two locks. Now, the treasure can only be recovered by deciphering the code and using the correct keys to open the portal.Frau Potter, from Geocaching HQ, had the opportunity to find this geocache during a trip to Germany. In her log, she writes, “This geocache is very inventive and exciting. We had some trouble, but thankfully some local experts were there to help us along.” Another geocacher to log find the geocache was dieroes, who wrote in their log (translated from German), “From the first log it was clear, this was something special. We had high expectations on the way and were not disappointed…Many, many thanks to the owner for this great work!”Geocaching staffer Tiffany and one of our amazing volunteer reviewers, Don Rocbeer, try to find the correct keys.While geocachers  may not find gold and gems hidden by ancient castle-dwellers, the real treasure is the satisfaction of solving the puzzle and adding another smiley to your Geocaching profile. “I wanted to give pleasure to all the geocachers who will discover the forgotten portal,”die wilden crossies said. With a creative backstory, an inventive geocache container and an intriguing puzzle—we think he succeeded. Have you come across a geocache with an amazing story? Tell us about it in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAuburn Sea (GC3QGYZ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 3, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Arrrrrrr you fan of Pirates? — Nashuan’s First Cache (GC1D56C) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2013In “Community”Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class GeocacheJuly 11, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”last_img read more

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