CoA Split Out in Open; Vinod Rai Wants BCCI Election Deferred

first_imgNew Delhi: The corridors in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters is buzzing ever since the Supreme Court order on Friday allowed Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to hold elections even though the Committee of Administrators (CoA) wanted otherwise. In fact, the split in the committee is wide open as chief Vinod Rai has called for deferment of the BCCI elections, but co-member Diana Edulji has begged to differ.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary said that while Rai and Ravi Thodge are in favour of deferring the board elections, Diana Edulji has made her stand very clear not only to the committee, but also to the Amicus Curiae.”She has begged to differ with Rai and Thodge and sees no reason why the BCCI elections need to be deferred. In fact, she has made this clear even in the emails that have been exchanged by the three members of the CoA. Also, she informed the Amicus of the same on Monday when talks were on that the CoA wants clarity on the latest order of the court. She believes that there is still enough time to hold BCCI elections and even the court has made it clear that one doesn’t need the 21-day notice to call for elections,” the functionary revealed.Sources in the know of developments have told IANS that Rai is currently in Mumbai at the BCCI HQ and meeting the legal team along with CEO Rahul Johri to find a way out since the Amicus has supposedly not shown much interest in the CoA’s attempts to postpone the elections.The CoA on Monday filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking certain clarifications to the court’s order on holding elections in the state associations of the board. The Supreme Court had on Friday allowed TNCA to hold elections.In the application, accessed by IANS, the CoA said: “The CoA is specially seeking clarification to the portion of the Order whereby this Hon’ble Court has:1) Permitted the applicant e TNCA to hold elections to the post of Assistant Secretary.2) Directed that disqualification shall be confined only to those who had held the post of “Office Bearers” of the Cricket Association.It is humbly submitted that the direction is erroneously construed in such a manner so as to override the principal judgment dated 18th July 2016 and 9th August 2018.”Speaking to IANS, a senior board official said that the move was on expected lines as the CoA wants to extend its tenure. “Not surprised. The order of the SC is crystal clear, but the CoA’s actions clearly show what we have been saying all along, that is, they want to extend their tenure and don’t want this matter to be concluded so that CoA may continue functioning,” the official said. IANSAlso Read: Workload Management High on Skipper Virat Kohli Priority ListAlso Watch:BJP observed ‘Janajagaran Sabha’ in Duliajan | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

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Lauren Springsteen and Mark Smith

first_imgLauren Ashley Springsteen and Mark David Smith were married on June 30, 2012 at Central Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands. Reverend George Hancock-Stefan performed the ceremony. Jennifer Capriotti and Stephanie Fischer were the matrons of honor, and Nicholas Hlinka and Christopher Esposito were best men. The wedding was followed by a reception at Beacon Hill Country Club, Atlantic Highlands.Lauren is the daughter of David and Patricia Springsteen, Rumson. She graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in math, science and technology education and a master’s degree in English as a second language education. She is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Montgomery Township Lower Middle School.Mark is the son of Jean Smith, Atlantic Highlands and David Smith, Eatontown. He graduated from Montclair University with a B.A. in history and is currently pursuing a master’s in Education Leadership at The College of New Jersey. He is a history teacher at Neptune High School.After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Middletown.last_img read more

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RB Grassroots Relief Group Grows Larger with Each Day

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnRED BANK – What began as a small group of friends and colleagues getting together to help their neighbors has grown in less than one week’s time to something they hope will become a national, perhaps an international, relief agency.Sounds to Go, 21 E. Front St., Red Bank has been the headquarters for Rebuild, Recover, a grassroots relief agency formed Nov. 1 in the aftermath of the storm.It was Thursday, Nov. 1 when Mike Hernandez, owner of Sounds to Go at 21 E. Front St., got together with David Cruse, Luke Ditella, Melissa Dilger, Anthony Setaro and Ashley George and decided that they needed to help those around them recover from the devastation that hit the area in the form of Super Storm Sandy.By Tuesday, they had accepted mountains of donations and dispatched them to the hard-hit areas where warm clothing, water, food, toiletries, pet food and other items were most needed.The group’s founders have deemed the effort “Rebuild, Recover.” They are working on their network of friends and contacts in the music business and other areas of entertainment to gather supplies and support. Several fundraisers were being planned.Tuesday afternoon, the group was preparing to post its first public service announcement from Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Ditella said.“It’s getting bigger and bigger each day. It’s gone far beyond what we could imagine,” said Hernandez, who called it “an eye-opening experience.”“Basically, it started with the six of us wanting to bring supplies where they were needed,” Ditella said. “After the first three hours, it grew to 40 volunteers … Every day it has grown about 1,000 percent. Now celebrities and large corporations are contacting us to send things.“That instinct for humans to help one another isn’t as gone as people think it is,” he said.They also have gone in less than a week from making large truckload drops of donated goods to a more pinpointed system of getting specifically needed goods to specific groups of people or individuals. They have outfitted people, who have requested certain sizes, with clothing, including a man who was photographed carrying his few belongings out of Sea Bright immediately following the storm. His photo was on the cover of the Nov. 2 edition of the Two River TimesTM, Hernandez said.A sign on the business’ huge windows, affixed to the glass with bright blue tape, says “Hurricane Relief Donations Accepted Here.”The operation is set up in the Sounds to Go storefront on East Front Street. Since it opened, a steady stream of cars has pulled up to the curb. The donors are met by a greeter on the sidewalk and volunteers quickly unload the vehicle. The items are brought into the store, sorted in the front by another crew and then packaged in black plastic bags for immediate distribution by volunteers with trucks or cars.They are being assisted by the Surfers Environmental Alliance, Clean Ocean Action and scores of young volunteers who contact different area social service agencies, emergency management offices and other organizations to see what those who have lost their homes and livelihoods need. They also have partnered with Move for Hunger.The front reception desk of Sounds to Go is populated by people with laptops who were spreading the word about the effort and enlisting the aid of those who can help through social media.The use of social media has been an important tool to assist in letting people know about Rebuild, Recover. The founders have received messages from across the country, as far as Hawaii, and around the world from Australia.The founders are continuing to help those in the region but also are looking forward to widening their reach and eventually establishing a national or even global relief operation.They hope to become a registered nonprofit charitable organization.“When your heart is in the right place, this is what can happen,” Ditella said.last_img read more

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LFA Reinforces Support to SWAL

first_imgTo ensure that members of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, (SWAL) are held accountable for what they write and broadcast, LFA president Musa Bility has said that only current SWAL ID Card holders will be admitted to its programs.“We want to complain you whenever you write or broadcast inaccurate information about us,” Bility said, at the end of year press conference last Saturday at the LFA headquarters in Monrovia.He said the LFA will also hold sports journalists responsible for unbalanced reporting that they themselves may not realize it because of their inadequacy or their inability to get correct sources for their reports.“This year 2016 we want to learn from each other and as journalists you probably learn every day but that does not mean that we should accept when you attribute statements to me that I have not said,” he said.He warned both the LFA and sports journalists must be accountable for what they say, and it need be, “I will seek redress in the court of law.”He made specific reference to a certain newspaper that quoted a report by Transparency International discussing the loss of millions of dollars in FIFA, and used his photograph on that report.“That story did not have anything to do with me or the LFA,” Bility said, “and yet my picture was placed on the story to give the lazy reader the impression that I was involved in the story.”To complain bias reporting for immediate redress, he said is to ensure that all sports journalists are accredited by the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.“From now only sports journalists with SWAL current accreditation will be allowed to conduct their affairs at the LFA and other areas under our control,” Bility said.Mr. Bility’s position might have stemmed from his recent experience with his FIFA presidency bid where the Ad-Hoc Elections Commission used unsubstantiated reports in the media against him.In his first rejection, the committee noted two types of beaches which it claimed undermined his eligibility as a candidate. One was Liberian related issues in his involvement in cases in the courts of Liberia, though he was never found guilty of any, and the other was his suspension by CAF.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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South African foodies cooking up a storm

first_imgFour South African TV foodies are giving South African and international audiences a taste of some of the country’s best gastronomical treasures, proving that if you want to rule the world, start in the kitchen. Siba Mtongana is creating a popular buzz around her unique and interesting variations on traditional local cuisine on her Food Network TV show Siba’s Table. (Image:Food Network UK)• For women, by women – Pink Taxi Egypt• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture • Black Sash making its mark for 60 years• Girls encouraged to reach for the stars• South African television CD Anderson“There is no sincerer love than the love of food,” said George Bernard Shaw, and for all good food lovers, and South Africans in particular, food is not only sustenance, but also a chance to gather with friends and family, and find good reason to celebrate.South Africa has a long tradition of good cooking, across all cultures. From the humble boerewors on an open fire to sweet and spicy traditional Cape Malay dishes. From the relish of a good chakalaka or the wild abandon of morogo or amadumbe, South Africans love food: cooking it, eating it and using it to bring together friends and family.To celebrate national Women’s Month, we highlight four popular South African food lovers and experts, a diverse group of South African women who have made food their life and success. Not only are these women teaching South Africa about good food, they are also confidently serving up great South African cuisine to the world with style and lots of flavour.Siba Mtongana As one of most popular cooking shows on the Food Network, Siba’s Table flies the South African cuisine flag high, embodying the rich union of culture and food by taking traditional recipes and adding a contemporary style and a pinch of global flavour. The show is broadcast in more than 90 countries around the world.Siba’s style is deeply rooted in traditional Xhosa food and culture, but, above all, in family. Her love for cooking came from shared moments cooking with her sisters. “The first meal I remember cooking for my big family was breakfast one Saturday morning. My parents were impressed and it was after that I was added in the cooking roster,” Siba told the Dispatch newspaper in 2013.She grew up watching UK TV chefs Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver, determined to bring that kind of fun and flair to South African cooking. After finishing her degree in food and consumer science, she joined Drum magazine as its food editor, creating a popular buzz around her unique and interesting variations on traditional local cuisine. She greatly admired the doyenne of early South Africa food journalism True Love magazine’s Dora Sithole, and this inspired her to take the story of African cuisine to a wider audience.Siba hosted her first cooking show, Cooking With Siba on Mzansi Magic in 2011, and hasn’t looked back since. Siba’s Table is currently in its second season and growing in popularity. She is also one of the judges on the food reality show Chopped SA.For Siba, when it comes to food, taste and presentation are equally important, “First we eat with our eyes, so presentation is super important, but there is no point in making good looking food that tastes horrible.” Justine Drake Justine Drake is making it easier and more fun for South Africans to cook good food in her new BBC series Just Cooking. (Image: BBC South Africa)Vibrant kitchen magician Justine Drake has worked in the food-media industry for over 20 years, writing five books and writing and editing several South African food magazines. Justine has been one of the country’s most popular tastemakers, adding a much loved flair and humour to healthy, affordable local cuisine.Justine is currently the editor of Pick n Pay’s popular Fresh Living lifestyle magazine and also the festival director of the annual South African Taste Festivals, which brings together South Africa food lovers and some of the best and biggest names in local and international cuisine to share ideas and celebrate the love of great food.A seasoned veteran of the BBC Food channel, Justine’s first BBC series Just In Africa was a huge success in the UK and at home. Her new BBC series Just Cooking is aimed at saving families time and money by breathing new life and creativity into simple everyday South African meals.Justine cites her sister as being the biggest influence on her food career, teaching her to keep it simple and fresh, and to always cook with love.Justine’s philosophy is also to have fun in the kitchen and keep the action interesting, “I eat and drink for living, so how bad can it be?” says Justine. “As long as you don’t take yourself or food too seriously you’ll always have fun – and that, I think, is what life is all about.”Never seen without a trusty chef’s knife and her favourite ingredient tomatoes, Justine is making it easier and more fun for South Africans and the world to cook good food. Kamini 2013 winner of MasterChef SA Kamini Pather is effervescent, adventurous and always looking to do things differently in her new food and travel show Girl Eat World. (Image: Kamini Pather)Kamini Pather was the winner of the second season of MasterChef South Africa, and her star hasn’t stopped rising since.In addition to her popular cooking blog and writing for a variety of food publications, Kamini also has her own food and travel show, Girl Eat World, on the Travel Channel. The show follows her travels to some of the best food cities in the world, including Tokyo, Sydney and, of course, Cape Town and Johannesburg, to find out how food is used by locals as a bridge between cultures.In between learning how to master delectable local haute cuisine and discovering the most exotic street food, Kamini also explores the history, culture and food development behind each city, finding the global gastronomical connection between those who love to cook and those who love to eat. Not bad for a humble but determined Durban girl who learnt to cook delicacies from the Asian subcontinent with her grandmother who helped instil Kamini’s sense of adventure and cultivate her palate for global cuisine.Describing herself in the words of an Oscar Wilde quote, as “a grapefruit that was a lemon that saw a chance and took it”, Kamini is effervescent, adventurous and always looking to do things differently, much like her food. “The story of food is a story of people. When they move from place to place, they bring the food and culture to whichever country they are in,” she told the Sunday Times about the philosophy of Girl Eat World, explaining that to understand the world and the way the world adapts and changes with time, you can just look at how cooking and food changes, taking pieces of one culture and mixing it in with another.Kamini is not stopping now. As she plans her next adventure in the second series of Girl Eat World, she continues to dedicate herself to finding new interesting food ideas at home and from around the world.  Charly’s Bakery The ladies of Charly’s Bakery embody a sense of community, creative fun and random acts of kindness to help turn the bakery into an essential stopover for fans from across the globe. (Image: Charly’s Bakery)In a recent Buzzfeed poll, Cape Town’s Charly’s Bakery was voted one of the top 25 bakeries in the world, with readers declaring Charly’s weird and wonderful designer cupcakes an essential addition to everyone’s gastronomical bucketlist.Charly’s, one of South Africa’s most treasured creative gems, is also the setting for the hugely popular Charly’s Cake Angels TV show, the often funny, always interesting reality series (broadcast locally on SABC 3 and internationally on the Good Food channel), offering a peek behind the counter of one of Cape Town’s popular confectioners.Opened in 1989 by Charly and Jacqui Biess, the bakery’s original cake creations and cupcakes bring a little baking razzmatazz, sprinkled with generous helpings of glitter, to the Mother City.Together with daughters Alex, Dani and Roch, Jacqui and Charly (who, sadly, passed away in 2012) made the bakery a unique and creative family-owned business, dedicated to changing the world one cupcake at a time.The Charly’s philosophy is to say yes to anything, a belief that has helped the bakery grow in stature and reputation. Apart from their signature cake creations, the business also embodies a sense of community, job creation and other random acts of kindness that has turned the bakery into an amazing tourist stopover for fans from across the globe and a regular Wonkian hangout for locals.last_img read more

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Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly reacted to India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator, hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand.Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar has now been caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the Wednesday ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium.In what was a savage blow to the ICC and the BCCI’s stiff codes on corruption and on restrictions over outsider access to the field before matches, Salgaoncar not only accompanied India Today’s undercover reporters to the Pune pitch but also allowed them to tap it.Maharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary have already promised strong action following the sting and Ganguly, also president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, wondered if there was any way to stop anyone from visiting the pitch in India.”I am watching this on TV. I really don’t know what Salgaonkar is trying to say. I don’t think there is any way of stopping people from reaching the pitch. That is an issue in Indian cricket.”(At this point) I don’t have much to say on this as I really don’t know what he was trying to do. I don’t know how he can tweak the pitch in one day and prepare it accordingly for a bookie.”I don’t know in what context he was saying this was he saying this in haste. Let me go through the matter first,” he said.advertisement”If Pandurang Salgaonkar has done something he should be punished. But it should not hamper the progress of the cricket match. The curator needs to be taken off. At the end of the day the cricketers have not done anything, the match officials have not done anything. I don’t see a problem in the game going on.”CK Khanna is the president of the BCCI and he has the right give his opinion, whether it is right or wrong is another issue. It is important to take control of the situation. I personally feel the match should go on.”I don’t know whether its been going on for a while. BCCI has had all the securities but at the end of the day they cannot look into everything. You can have 15 cameras after one person but if he wants to do something wrong he will find out a way to do it.”Anti corruption of the ICC and BCCI has everybody connected. When an international match happens everybody comes under the purview.”No system is fool proof and things happen. Just to fire the BCCI for what Pandurang Ssalgaonkar has done is not correct. You cannot only control it to a certain extent,” Ganguly said.”This has to go till the end and an investigation must take place. But the game must go on. The match hasn’t started and the pitch will be same for both teams, so I don’t think it will be a problem,” he added.last_img read more

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COOMERA COMETS TOUCHED BY CANCER CHARITY EVENT RECORD

first_imgCoomera Comets Touch Association has announced a record fund raising total from it’s fourth annual “Touched by Cancer” Carnival held at Coomera Sport Park, Beattie Road Coomera on the 29 October 2006.  $6871 was raised for the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support and Network group from the one day tournament that has now become a permanant fixture on the Gold Coast community calandar.Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke was on hand as the special guest to make presentations to the winning teams.The 36 mixed teams who enthusiastically took to the fields had a great day of spirited competition and enjoyed the fun and friendship associated with this fantastic charity event.Local businesses united with tournament founder Carol Baumber and her band of committed volunteers at the Coomera Touch Association to raise awareness and much needed funds for education, prevention, and treatment of a condition that affects the lives of so many.Coomera Comets Touch Association President Carol Baumber was thrilled with the outcome of the event, which was supported by the South Queensland Region, Queensland Touch, and Touch Football Australia.“This event was a huge success because of  support and sponsorship from local businesses. Whilst this  event is primarily to create community awareness about Prostate Cancer, it has also raised the profile of the businesses that supported it. The opening of our new fields in 2007, will only increase the size of the tournament and the potential to raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.” Baumber said.$1000 was also raised for local schools and the Coomera community supported the event with over 1000 spectators attending the poular competition.Coomera Touch Association will open their new complex and fields on Saturday 24 February 2007 and plan a gala opening ceremony to celebrate the consolidation of the sport and their association in the local community. The fifth annual “Touched by Cancer” Carnival will be held on 28 October 2007.last_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Released An Awesome Highlight Video Of Its Sugar Bowl Win vs. Alabama

first_imgohio state players defend alabama's hail mary attemptNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a ball in the fourth quarter during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Want to relive Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, Buckeye fans?Now you can. Ohio State football’s video production staff has created an awesome highlight video of the Buckeyes’ 42-35 upset victory over the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 1. Check it out:last_img

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