Badree’s plea: WI need help

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):Leg-spinner Samuel Badree believes the problems of West Indies cricket are now too big for authorities in the region to fix.As such, he said here yesterday that cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), or Caribbean governments may need to intervene to halt the decline.”It’s disappointing and deeply painful to be a player and to see the level we have reached,” said Badree, who has signed to play with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.”There has been a lot of conjecture about the reasons and I don’t want to get into that – just to say that we need help.”Whether it comes from the ICC or whether it comes from the governments of the West Indies, at the end of the day, we need some help to get our cricket back on the right track.”The 34-year-old Badree has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for West Indies but is yet to play Test or one-day cricket.He has risen to become the number two ranked bowler in the world and, like many West Indies players, has opted to focus on the lucrative T20 leagues around the world in recent years.Badree is joined by fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago player Lendl Simmons for Heat’s campaign in the Big Bash.Tonight, they will take on Melbourne Renegades, featuring Windies teammates Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, and Badree said he was fully aware of his role for the Heat.”As one of the international players, I need to step up to the challenge,” Badree said.”People doubted spinners initially in Twenty20 cricket, but you have seen the success of slow bowlers as the game has gone on. Spinners all over the world have adapted well [to T20 cricket].”last_img read more

30 Women Election Observers Seek Peaceful End to Process

first_imgThe 30 WSR Observers at the Ganta Concerned Women CenterA women organization under the banner, Women’s Situation Room (WSR), which deployed 30 personnel to observe the conduct of last Tuesday’s electoral process in Nimba County has called for a peaceful end to the process.Madam Musu Kardamie, WSR executive director, said that the observers were assigned at every polling place in all the districts to ensure that the elections were free, transparent and fair.“The 30 observers were trained along with other women from Bong and Lofa counties with requisite knowledge of elections concerning the collection of data that includes the number of voters at every center and their ages,” Madam Kardamie said.Prior to deploying the observers, the women paraded the streets of Ganta carrying peace messages to several other actors including officers of Liberia National Police and the city authorities.Prior to their deployment, the women paraded carrying peace messages through principle streets of GantaThey carried placards, some with the inscriptions that read: “With peace, you can make farm, go to school, ride motorbikes and do anything constructive to live.”Another other read:”Respect yourselves and maintain peace; if you have any problem take it to court.”Mrs. Betty Sharp, a WSR executive, said that the women’s group is concerned about the peace and tranquility in Liberia.She said the women want peaceful election and therefore called on all state actors and politicians to respect the rule of law and address their dissatisfactions peacefully.The group presented their position statement to the police, calling on the officers to be  vigilant during and after the elections.The police, through one of their deputy commissioners, Randolph Dennis, assured the women that the election atmosphere will be peaceful, adding, “police have been assigned to all the polling places to ensure that there is no violence.”The WSR is funded by the Angie Brooks International Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nero relishing visit of old friends as Bulls look for their first

first_imgReuse this content Share on Pinterest Topics Since you’re here… Shares00 Andy Wilson Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook The new-look Bradford Bulls team who open their home Super League season against Huddersfield tonight will contain one ominously familiar face for the visiting team. Chris Nero was voted player of the year by his Giants team-mates shortly before his move to Odsal was announced last autumn, and the arrival of the unsung Australian second-row or centre is one of the main reasons why Bradford are fancied by many to launch a more sustained challenge for honours this season.”It was a big surprise to me that Huddersfield let Chris go,” said Robbie Paul, the former Bradford favourite who spent the last two years with Nero at the Giants before moving on to Salford. “He was one of our outstanding performers last year, a quality person as well as player, and he’ll be a massive plus for Bradford.”Of the four high-profile departures from the Giants squad who secured a first appearance in the top-six play-offs last season, Nero is thought to be the player their coach, Jon Sharp, was most reluctant to lose. Similarly, he was one of the major targets for Bradford’s coach, Steve McNamara, last summer, even in a recruitment drive that has also brought Ben Jeffries, Semi Tadulala, Paul Sykes, Wayne Godwin and Simon Finnigan to Odsal.”I think athleticism was an area we were light in last year,” McNamara explained. “We have brought a couple of players in who are quick, athletic and agile. Chris is certainly one of those.”In many ways Nero is the sort of overseas player the authorities are trying to drum out of the British game. He was a virtual unknown when he left the St George Illawarra Dragons for Huddersfield as a 22-year-old in 2002, relying on an Italian passport to secure a work permit, and for all the respect that his unflashy virtues command from his team-mates, he is not the type to put bums on seats. But for every headline-grabbing import who has contributed to Bradford’s success in the Super League era, such as the Paul brothers and Lesley Vainikolo, there has been at least one such grafter.A debut defeat at Wakefield last Sunday was not part of the plan for Nero and with Huddersfield soundly beaten by Leeds at the Galpharm Stadium the pressure will be on both teams tonight.”It was obviously a bad start for both of us,” Nero said. “We only had ourselves to blame at Wakefield and from what I can gather it was pretty similar for the Giants. But I know the Giants will be a force again this year because of the signings they’ve made and the players that were already there. I don’t think it will be too long before we’re both winning and challenging for a place in the six.”The mood should be much more upbeat in Perpignan where two of the opening round’s most impressive victors, Catalans Dragons and Hull Kingston Rovers, meet. That leaves only one Sunday Super League fixture, at the KC Stadium, where Hull hope to have Gareth Raynor back from a hamstring injury but will still be missing seven senior players against Harlequins. Share on Facebook Rugby league Share on LinkedIn Fri 15 Feb 2008 19.17 EST Share via Email First published on Fri 15 Feb 2008 19.17 EST Huddersfield Giants Nero relishing visit of old friends as Bulls look for their first win Share on Messenger Share via Email Rugby league Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Bradford Bulls Share on WhatsApplast_img read more