‘We’re going to play the World Cup’

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month.Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was simmering.Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing that it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings.However, in an interview with a radio station on Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to playing even though their concerns were yet to be resolved.”I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically.”We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day, we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. Iit is our job, it is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them, and we’ve just not gotten a response.WORLD CUP A PRIORITY”But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.”Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27,600.In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly US$60,000, with the highest paid player raking in US$137,000.The WICB hit back by outlining the new International Cricket Council (ICC) pay system, which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments.Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players’ union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communicated to them.Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted that the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter.”The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised.”We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.”Sammy said that for many of the seasoned players on the squad, the T20 World Cup could prove to be their final ICC event and this was extra motivation to lift the title.”It’s the format that we’re best at. We cannot ignore that. I believe the squad that has been picked is very capable of going to India and winning the World Cup,” he said.STRATEGISING WITH COACH”We all will be coming from playing cricket … we will have a lot of cricket matches under our belt, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to strategise with coach, Phil Simmons, in order to plan the way we’re going to win the World Cup.”He added: “I know we’re painted … to be a certain type of cricketers, but this could be an end of an era where Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy – from Under-15 and Under-19 (level) in West Indies team; this could be the last ICC event that most of these players could be playing so we all are motivated.”I know from speaking to the guys, we will give it our best shot, and hopefully, we can repeat what we did in Sri Lanka (in 2012) in India.”last_img read more

Preview: Can Chelsea make it three out of three against Burnley?

first_imgNemanja Matic was sent off the last time Burnley visited Stamford BridgeChelsea laboured a little at Watford last weekend, before Antonio Conte’s substitutions brought fresh life to the team and secured a dramatic 2-1 victory. Will they make it three wins from three against newly-promoted Burnley?Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 August 2016Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Five key battles: Including John Terry v Andre GrayBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea can get first clean sheetVital statistic: Chelsea have lost just one of their last 12 home matches.Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee).Fitness test: Willian (calf), Ola Aina (muscular).WATFORDRuled out: Ashley Barnes (hamstring). Possible starting line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Marney, Defour, Arfield; Gray, Vokes. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Chelsea: W W D D L (8 points) • Home: W D D L D (6 points)Burnley: W L W W W (12 points) • Away: W W W D W (13 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Chelsea – 2: Costa; 1: Batshuayi, Hazard.Burnley – 1: Gray, Vokes.LAST FIVE MEETINGS21 Feb 2015: Chelsea 1 Burnley 118 Aug 2014: Burnley 1 Chelsea 330 Jan 2010: Burnley 1 Chelsea 229 Aug 2009: Chelsea 3 Burnley 012 Nov 2008: Chelsea 1 Burnley 1Chelsea 3 wins, Burnley 0 wins, 2 drawsSee also:Willian could return for Burnley gameChelsea can get first clean sheet – and can Costa make it three out of three?Chelsea v Burnley: five key battlesChelsea v Burnley line-ups: One Blues change, Fabregas on bench, same again for ClaretsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Episode 21 Play Your Part Television Series

first_imgEpisode 21 of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday 10 February 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.Here’s what to expect:Episode 21 tells the stories of Celeste Louw from the Optimystic Bikers Against Abuse; Thobile Mushwane of Dental Marathon and Mike Sharman from the Put Foot Foundation.Celeste Louw shines some light on the long journey to healing after domestic abuse. Celeste is an Optimystic Biker Against Abuse and she shares her personal journey of healing after abuse to shine some light on this violation of human rights.Play Your Part ambassador and founder of Dental Marathon Thobile Mushwane tells us about how his organisation raises awareness and funds for oral health care and education in Africa. Thobile led Dental Marathon, its sponsors and volunteers in a mission to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania in 2017.Mike Sharman puts shoes on feet through the Put Foot Foundation.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Tax Credits for Solar Energy Systems

first_imgI’ve been addressing tax credits for home energy improvements the past few weeks. This week, we’ll look at what’s available for solar energy systems.Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a 30% tax credit was created for a wide range of measures, including insulation, window replacement, and heating system upgrades (see January 26, 2010 column). Most of the home energy tax credits are capped at $1,500 and expire at the end of 2010. With solar energy systems and a few other measures, though, there is no cap on the dollar amount, and the program is scheduled to remain in place until the end of 2016.The 30% solar tax credit covers both solar water heating and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems. The tax credit can be earned for systems installed on new or existing homes, including second homes, but rental properties do not qualify. The tax credit is paid on the total cost, including both the equipment and installation. Specifics related to solar water heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems are described below.Solar water heating systemsTo qualify, a solar water heating system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the state in which the property is located. This provides an important level of assurance that the system will work effectively. The requirement will go a long way toward avoiding the problems that occurred with the solar tax credits in the 1970s, when poorly functioning systems gave a bad name to solar water heating. All solar water heaters that have earned Energy Star certification (products from about 20 manufacturers) satisfy the tax credit requirements, but the tax credit is not limited to Energy Star products.The tax credit provisions do not dictate the type of solar water heater. Eligible systems include those with flat-plate collectors, evacuated-tube collectors, and “integral-collector-storage” or “batch” systems. Solar water heating systems for pools and hot tubs do not qualify.Photovoltaic (PV) systemsTo qualify for the tax credit, PV systems have to meet applicable fire and electrical codes, but an independent certification of performance of the system is not required, as it is with solar water heating systems. I wish independent certification of PV systems were required, as I fear that poorly functioning systems could give the industry a black eye. This lack of oversight puts the onus on consumers to do the research on reliability and effectiveness of systems they are considering.Take advantage of the solar tax credits while you canThe 30% tax credits for solar water heating and PV systems do not have a cap, and they are set to remain in place until the end of 2016. But I don’t expect these provisions to last very long. Here’s why:First of all, the tax credits a really good deal, and as more homeowners become aware of it they’re going to take advantage of them. That will create work and stimulate the economy, which is good, but it will cost a lot, which is bad for the federal deficit. I’m predicting that we’ll shortly see a reining in of some of these costs, either limiting the maximum tax credit that can be received, or ending the opportunity well before 2016.Second, I think the no-upper-limit tax credits for solar (and wind and ground-source heat pumps) will be seen as give-aways for the rich, and that won’t play well in the political world. If an investment banker spends $500,000 from his annual bonus for a huge PV system on a second home in Aspen, the rest of us tax payers will subsidize that installation to the tune of $150,000. Once a few high-profile news stories like this have made the rounds, I think legislators will decide to put a cap on the credit.So, if you want to take advantage of the tax credits for solar water heating or PV, I’d recommend acting sooner rather than later.To obtain the solar tax credits, use IRS form 5695. This IRS guidance bulletin is also useful. Consult with your accountant or tax attorney for specific information on compliance; information provided here is for general guidance only.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. Is having no cap on the solar tax credits a good idea?To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feeds.last_img read more

Thai league acquires 9 PH booters

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Unbeaten Mighty-PH gains QF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Reigning Thai League champion Buriram United has three Filipino internationals—defender Stephan Palla, Javier Patiño and Luke Woodland.The three were part of the Azkals’ squad that competed in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnother Asian Cup veteran, goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard, starts his second season with Bangkok United, which he helped to an AFC Champions League last year.The others are former Ceres-Negros star Manny Ott and Amin Nazari (Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl), Iain Ramsay (Sukhothai), Marco Casambre (Chainat Horbill) and Mark Hartmann (Suphanburi). A record number of Filipino players are seeing action in the Thai League 1 this season, including several national team members signing with clubs vying in what is widely considered as Southeast Asia’s top football league.With the Thai league expanding its quota for Southeast Asian players from one to three for each squad, the Philippines will have nine players in the competition that starts on the third week of February.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai recruitment notification for various posts

first_imgThe Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai has invited applications for recruitment for 40 various vacant posts.SDAT works towards promoting and encouraging quality participation and performance by Tamil Nadu sportspersons at national and international events through recognition, quality training, support schemes and world-class infrastructure.VacanciesTotal Posts: 40Name of the posts:Junior Assistant-cum-Typist – 26 PostsAssistant – 10 postsSteno Typist Grade III – 1 postCommercial Accountant – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Sports Technology) – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical) – 1 postPay Scale:For Post I – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2400.For Post II & III – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800.For Post IV – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 4400.For Post V & VI – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 5100.ELIGIBILITYAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 30 years and must not be less than 18 years.Educational Qualification: The applicant must have completed Class X/Bachelor’s Degree, Degree in Commerce, B.E or equivalent from the recognised university and must have typing knowledge.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: The eligible and interested candidates are required to download the application form from the official website and along with attested relevant documents send it to ‘Principal Secretary/Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, 116-A, Periyar EVR High Road, Nehru Park, Chennai-600 084’.Important Dates: The last date for submitting the application form is September 24, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more