Scorpions seek revenge

first_imgCaptain of Jamaica Scorpions, John Campbell, believes playing their best cricket will be key in overcoming Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their WICB-NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament top-of-the-table clash at Shaw Park, Trinidad and Tobago, today.The encounter, set to get under way at 9:30 a.m. (Jamaica time), will see the hosts (12 points) looking to hold on to their narrow two-point lead over the Scorpions in Group A.Jamaica have won two and lost one of their three matches, while the Red Force have so far recorded two wins and a no-result from their rain-affected fixture.”They are playing well at the moment and are at the top of the table,” noted Campbell. “But we have not played our best cricket yet and if we do, I believe we will win.”A return-leg fixture of the round-robin group stages, the matchup will see Jamaica looking to turn the tables by 84 runs in the tournament opener.Led by solid batting from Andre McCarthy and accurate bowling from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast-bowler Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica have since gone on to record back-to-back wins in their next two outings. They defeated ICC Americas by 184 runs, before turning back the challenge of Barbados Pride by two wickets on Monday.The results, according to Campbell, have lifted the spirit of the team and he is anticipating the momentum to carry over into today’s match.”We just need to go out there and play positive cricket,” he said.Both teams, favourites to advance from the group as winners or runners-up, are set to welcome the return of their West Indies players.Campbell said batsman Jermaine Blackwood was set to join the team in time for the clash, while it is understood that the Red Force are likely to feature batsman Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.Blackwood, Campbell pointed out, should help to bolster the batting, which struggled against Trinidad and Barbados with scores of 137 and 139 for eight.”We have a problem with losing cluster of wickets,” Campbell confessed.”Getting in on these (Trinidad) wickets is hard, so moving forward … one of the set bats will have to look to bat as deep as possible for the team.”Trinidad’s Red Force, in addition to Bravo and Ramdin, are expected to pivot their hopes on batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Jason Mohammed, plus all-rounder Rayad Emrit.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It’s that time of year again.Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.With the relaxed nature of the long summer holidays, for many, eating habits and routine quickly went out the window. It is time to get back into the habit of planning meals and set meal times, (and indeed meal days in some homes!), that comes with the school year.With childhood obesity on the rise, here are some tips that are taken from ‘Safe’ that can make the planning a bit easier and healthier.Children don’t need the same amount of food as adults. They are much smaller than us and should not be expected to eat the same amount as we do.Try using plates and cutlery to match their size. This will give them smaller portion sizes and if they finish it and want more food, you can give it to them. If your children say that they are hungry between meals, give them something nutritious such as fruit and vegetables.Try and avoid having sugary snacks (eg. Cookie jars) freely available in the kitchen. This will save a lot of arguments when they come looking for a snack.Make ‘treats’ exactly that, a treat.Don’t let them have one every day, it should be an occasional occurrence.Keep the portions small or ‘fun sized’, and remember that ‘treats’ do not always have to be in the form of sugary food or drink. Cheese and crackers or carrot sticks can also be a “treat”. If your children drink a lot of soft drinks, try and gradually reduce the amount they consume.Switching them to cordials and then gradually watering down these to help encourage drinking of water.Get your children active.Start with adding in some fun activities into their daily routine that last between 15 and 30mins. These can then be extended until at least 60mins of physical activities are reached each day.Join in with them and don’t let things like the rain interfere. (They are not made of sugar!)Try and aim for less than 2 hours of screen time per day. This includes television, smart phones and computers.Make meal times screen-free: our appetite is satisfied a number of ways and visual satisfaction plays a role in this.If we are distracted during meal times, our bodies may not signal that we have been fully satisfied during the meal and a false hunger can follow.Encourage more sleep.Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at risk of becoming overweight.Try and ensure that your child’s room is dark, comfortable warm and is a screen-free zone.The recommended hours of sleep per night are:11 hours for children under 5 years old10+ hours for children over 5 years old9 hours for children over 10 years oldTAKE THE HEALTHY HABIT QUIZ BELOWMy child eats the same portion size as me.YES NOMy child eats sugary snacks every day.YES NOMy child has a sugary drink at least once per day. YES NOMy child gets less than 60mins of physical activity a day. YES NOMy child spends at least 2 hours per day looking at a screen. YES NOMy child gets less than 10 hours of sleep per night. YES NOIf you answered yes to 3 or more of the above, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Small steps can change this.These are some small tips and hints that can get you and your child more active and improve their eating habits.Making small changes to your children’s diet and physical activity can make big differences in their future health.#TrainSmartFor further information on physical activities for you and your children contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BACK TO SCHOOL – BACK TO HEALTH FOR YOUR CHILDREN was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Back to schoolemmet rushefitness columnfoodhealthroutinelast_img read more

Flying Sandals and Bollywood Bombs

first_imgThe Indian media was in a tizzy last month over reports that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati flew her private jet “empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand” of sandals.The sensational claim was derived from a colorful 2008 cable, titled ÒPortrait of a Lady,” sent by the political consul at the U.S. Embassy in Delhi, which ridiculed Mayawati as Òa virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.”The cable, disclosed by Wikileaks as part of its trove of almost 250,000 secret U.S. cables worldwide, recounted another colorful rumor “in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on U.P.’s governor.”The cable’s other startling claims – that Mayawati “employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters’ and that “in addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination” – were widely reported, as were its assertions that “Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister,” and that journalists in the state are fearful “the government has tapped their phones as well as those of civil servants.”A livid Mayawati, in her characteristically bombastic style, escalated the controversy a notch by blasting Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, as having “gone mad” and “we can make room for him in the Agra mental asylum.” Assange returned fire, inviting Mayawati to Òsend her private jet to England to collect me, where I have been detained against my will …. I would be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India – a nation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest British footwear.”The India media had a field day with the tit-for-tat between Assange and Maywati, before moving on to the next entertaining drama.Lost in the week-long hoopla in the Indian media was whether these outrageous allegations were actually true. The classified U.S. cable relied upon a single unnamed Lucknow journalist for some of the most sensational claims, which were not investigated, much less substantiated, by the embassy before being incorporated into the report. The rumors, presumably peddled to gullible U.S. embassy officials by an imaginative journalist, who could not publish them in his own publication likely because they did not meet even the minimal journalistic standards of local tabloid media, were regurgitated as gospel by India’s mainstream press once they were unloaded by Wikileaks.Perhaps the most startling aspect of the U.S. cables disclosed by Wikileaks is the volume of unsubstantiated rumor and gossip that is peddled in these reports that inform U.S. foreign policy globally. The allegations against Mayawati may well be true and they certainly are not outside the realm of the popular narrative about her outsized ego.She is reportedly India’s richest chief minister with personal wealth exceeding $20 million, according to her own financial statements, and has built grandiose monuments to herself all over the state. But the Wikileak cables gave license to supposedly respectable Indian media outlets to publish salacious, unverified gossip as fact, without even a cursory examination to determine their veracity. To this day, not a single Indian media organization has undertaken an independent investigation to explore not just the allegations against Mayawati, but some of the other equally dubious claims in the thousands of Wikileaks cables relating to India, many of which have received widespread exposure in the media.The U.S. cables are a frontal window to the ineptness and dysfunction of the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. If clueless diplomats can peddle unsubstantiated rumor and gossip drawn from a journalist’s bluster over coffee, is it any wonder that the U.S. government was led astray in its assessment of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, resulting in a colossal $800 billion mistake in the form of the cost of the war in Iraq.Bombing BollywoodIn this make-believe world of U.S. diplomacy, it is scarcely surprising that its diplomats would let their imagination run riot. Pressed to throw up recommendations for help in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, U.S. embassy officials in India lifted a discredited page out of the Cold War and World War II, when the U.S. government marshaled Hollywood studios for the wars, with a proposal to channel Bollywood’s appeal in Afghanistan for its propaganda efforts in the country. A March 2007 cable from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, noting that “Bollywood movies are wildly popular in Afghanistan,” proposed that Òwilling Indian celebrities could be asked to travel to Afghanistan to help bring attention to social issues there.”The cable outlined several “specific, concrete ideas for opportunities for India to use soft power in helping Afghanistan’s reconstruction, with the broader objective of seeking ways for the U.S. to synergize its efforts with Afghanistan’s ‘natural ally.’”It is unclear whether the U.S. ever acted on the proposal, deterred perhaps in part because, as the cable outlines, “Security continues to be an issue of public concern in sending Indians to work in Afghanistan.”As the Economic Times wrote in a mocking editorial, “Winning Ways: Bollywood in the Afghan Wars’: “With Bollywood’s reigning deity Shah Rukh Khan actually tracing his ancestry back to the same stark land (Afghanistan), it is entirely logical that the Americans would have wanted to rope in the big guns of the Bollywood brigade to capture key theatres in Afghanistan… A few star-studded, bump-and-grind Bollywood extravaganzas could well have been far more effective in luring out those lurking in the deepest recesses of the Tora Bora mountains than drone attacks.”Empty SuitsThe cables are often contradictory, even on issues of profound import for U.S. policy. For instance, US envoy David Mulford dismissed Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi as an “empty suit” in 2007, less than two years before the embassy was raving about his mastery as a politician and potential prime minister.In a cable dated Oct 23, 2007, Mulford wrote: “Little is known about Rahul Gandhi’s personal political beliefs, if any. He is reticent in public, has shunned the spotlight, and has yet to make any significant intervention in Parliament. His singular foray to center stage during the UP elections was unremarkableÉ. He is widely viewed as an empty suit and will have to prove wrong those who dismiss him as a lightweight.” Just 20 months later, on May 27, 2009, however, the US Embassy was singing an entirely different tune, praising Gandhi as a “practiced politician” who was Òcomfortable with the nuts and bolts of party organization and vote counting” and a Òcredible candidate for prime minister.”Indeed, Peter Burleigh, the U.S. charges d’affaires, wrote: ÒHe was precise and articulate and demonstrated a mastery that belied the image some have of Gandhi as a dilettante.” He might have ascribed the mistaken image to the U.S. ambassador as well, who, after all, had expressed precisely that view. That may well have been imprudent for a charges d’affaires, but then the embassy cables are notable for their undiplomatic, occasionally even tactless, journalistic-style narrative, replete with titillating headlines and subheads, such as the ones on Rahul Gandhi: “The Son Also Rises,” “Here Comes the Son,” “Rites of Passage,” “Grooming the Heir,” “Changing of the Guard,” “Youth Quake,” “Young Man in a Hurry,” etc.DuplicityPerhaps the most revealing and underreported aspects of the disclosure of the embassy cables are the politicians, policy makers and businessmen who shared their duplicitous, occasionally even illegal, conduct with U.S. officials – assuming that the cables represent them accurately.Considering that journalists have been known to fabricate stories and sources in their highly publicized reports, it is not outside the realm that some of the representations in the classified cables are faked, which is cause for even greater alarm for U.S. foreign policy.But if the cables are accurate, the duplicitous and cynical conduct of Indian politicians and government officials they capture is breathtaking. For instance, according to a Dec. 17, 2009, cable, the Indian government was merely posturing, but not really keen on the extradition of David Headley, the main accused in the Mumbai blast, from Chicago.U.S. ambassador Timothy J Roemer said in the cable that National Security Advisor MK Narayanan had told him that it was “difficult not to be seen making the effort,” but that the government was not really keen on Headley’s extradition “at this time.”According to another cable five days ahead of a crucial vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha over the Indo U.S. nuclear deal, Congress leader Satish Sharma’s aide Nachiketa Kapur showed a U.S. embassy employee two chests containing cash, reportedly part of Rs 50 to 60 crore fund the Congress had assembled to bribe parliamentarians to support the nuclear deal. Kapur, according to the cables, told the embassy official that four MPs belonging to Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal had been paid Rs 10 crore each to support the government.The Manmohan Singh government won the vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha with 275 MPs voting in favor of the UPA and 256 against it, perhaps in part by subverting democracy by bribing MPs, with the full knowledge and at least grudging approval of the U.S. government.A review of atleast the Indian cables in the Wikileaks trove of leaked diplomatic cables makes it clear that embarassment, more than national security, may be what the U.S. government is so desparate to conceal. Related Itemslast_img read more