(SPORTSMAX) – Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd agrees in principle with former players stepping in to provide mentorship for the new generation but has called for a careful screening process to get the best outcome from the experience.The 75-year-old Lloyd has been respected for generations not just for his cricketing ability but steady and inspiring leadership, which saw the West Indies lift back-to-back ICC World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979.With the team currently a long way from those heady days of success, several former players have pointed to the issue of mentorship as a missing element in the current team’s success and have been quick to offer their assistance to rectify the problem. Not so fast, says Lloyd.“We have to find out how strong they are in certain departments. You can’t just say this guy is going to be this when he isn’t suited for that role. You have to find out what strengths he or she has,” Lloyd told the Mason and Guest Radio programme.“I’m talking about players that have done extremely well, have been through the mill and can pass the knowledge on,” he added.“Not every great player can be a teacher but there are certain aspects and things that they are strong at, and that is what we have to search for, so that when we have a player coming through and they get to Test level they are not learning on the job they have already qualified.”
Amidst of the Maalin tragedy, a historic development went unnoticed in Maharashtra. A path breaking leap that perhaps can be seen a strong step towards the annihilation of caste system and patriarchy that still rules the minds of India.For the first time in its history of almost nine centuries, Non-Brahmin and female priests performed the Pooja of Lord Vitthal and Rukhmini on Friday.The historic transition started with the Supreme Court verdict on January 15, 2014. The apex court had taken away the ancestral rights claimed by the Brahmin families, known as Badve and Utpat to appoint priests.After the verdict the temple trust interviewed 129 candidates for the post temple priests. Highlight of the selection process was that most of the candidates that appeared were non-Brahmins and even 16 women candidates were interviewed.Finally on Friday, five priests belonging to backward classes performed Pooja along with upper caste Brahmins at the historic Vitthal temple and 2 women priests performed pooja at the Rukhmini temple in Pandharpur.In a society that is still dominated by caste system and patriarchy, allowing women and people of lower castes to perform pooja at the temple may be seen as historic and pioneering by many. But those aware of the Maharashtra’s social essence will see this development as a perfect complement to the very quintessence of the medieval Bhakti movement.Poetry, literature and Social reforms flourished in the Bhakti movement. Saint Poet Dnyaneshwar (3th Century BC ) is seen as the pioneer of the Bhakti movement. Several great saint Poets Like Tukaram and Namdev were among others. All these saint poets worshipped Vitthal of Pandharpur.advertisementAt a time when caste system strongly dominated the society, these saints professed the message of equality. It was initially considered unorthodox, as it rebelled against caste distinctions and disregarded Brahmanic rituals which according to Bhakti saints were not necessary for salvation. In the course of time, however, owing to its immense popularity among the masses and even gaining royal patronage it became ‘orthodox’ and continues to be one of the most important modes of religious expression in modern India.The bhakti movement is also seen as a prominent emancipator movement against the Brahminical caste domination. The devotees and the proponents of the movements mostly hailed from Non Brahmin castes. Dnyaneshwar and Eknath were Brahmins but were strictly against caste supremacy. Progressive Thinker and saint Poet Tukaram belonged to the Kunbi Community. Chokha Mela hailed from the untouchable Mahar community. Similarly , Savata belonged to the Mali(Gardener) caste, Sena belonged to Nhavi (Barber) caste, Goroba was a Kumbhar (Potter),Namdev- a Shimpi (Tailor) and so on. Similarly, women Saint poets like Saint Sakhubai, Muktabai, Kanhopatra, Janabai contributed immensely to the Warkari Sect.Given the fact that the Bhakti movement was always above caste hierarchy and Brahmnical assertion, the new development in Vithhal temple of Pandharpur should be viewed as a continuation of the progressive thought that was professed by the great saint poets. From now on lower caste priests and women too have got the right to perform Pooja. A couple of years ago, another decision in Maharashtra was hailed by rationalist and that was allowing women into the main sanctorum of the Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.Though caste system is abolished in India long ago , the discreet existence of the caste supremacy and patriarchy still hampers the social fabric of the country. But now the step to allow Lower castes and women to perform pooja in Pandharpur will be a giant leap in the long drawn efforts to annihilate caste from the society and giving women equal rights. The humanitarian message in the system is loud and clear, everybody is equal before the almighty. Just as Saint Chokha Mela who hailed from the untouchable caste wrote “Chokha Donga par bhaav naahi donga” which means Chokha may be from a inferior caste, but his devotion is not. Chokha Mela’s thoughts have been given justice in spirit after 900 years.
Roger Federer has a good chance later this year to pass Pete Sampras for most aces in his career. Ivo Karlovic, in turn, is hot on Federer’s heels for No. 4 on the all-time men’s tennis aces list and could pass him at the U.S. Open this week.You may start hearing more about this leaderboard as Federer and Karlovic keep overtaking former greats and each other. If you do, it’s worth keeping in mind that among trivial sports records, the all-time aces title is a particularly meaningless accomplishment:The ace counts only go back to 1991, when umpires at ATP World Tour and Grand Slam events started recording point-by-point data, including aces (serves that land in and which the returner can’t touch with his racket). All-time leader Goran Ivanisevic and Sampras (No. 3 in aces) debuted three years before the match stats did. Sampras probably would have a much wider lead over Federer and No. 5 Karlovic if his 125 matches from his first three years on tour counted toward his ace total. And Ivanisevic would have a more secure grip on No. 1 if he got credit for his 136 matches between 1988 and 1990; as it stands now, his countryman Karlovic could pass him as soon as late next year. No. 11 Marc Rosset — who also debuted in 1988, a banner year for big servers — might have held the lead among Swiss players over Federer for longer if his 62 matches through 1990 counted. Even more of the careers of big servers Boris Becker, John McEnroe and Roscoe Tanner are shrouded by the sport’s statistical blind spot.The Davis Cup, the sport’s international team competition, counts toward players’ official match records. But merely for administrative reasons — “with all the ties all over the world we don’t have a system to get the data,” ATP stats overseer Greg Sharko said in an email — Davis Cup stats don’t count toward ATP totals. That means Karlovic doesn’t get credit for his 78 aces in a Davis Cup loss in 2009. On the other hand, Karlovic has played only 17 Davis Cup singles matches, while Federer has played 42 — more than Ivanisevic and Sampras, though three fewer than the 45 played by Andy Roddick, who is second on the all-time aces list. No aces from those matches count toward these players’ totals.All counting stats are crude ways to estimate athletes’ ability. Some quarterbacks amass more yards because they play for pass-happy offensive coordinators. Baseball players can get more runs batted in by batting often with teammates on base. Raw ace counts in a single match face the same problem: Karlovic got those 78 aces in the 2009 Davis Cup match because it went to 16-14 in the fifth set. That’s less impressive than his 44 aces in a three-set match earlier this year. It’s all the less meaningful, then, to compare ace counts over a season or career. Federer has a narrow lead over Karlovic mainly because he has played more than twice as many matches. That’s a credit to Federer’s overall superiority as a tennis player compared to Karlovic, and to just about everyone else who ever has lifted a racket. The better you are at the sport, the more you win, the more matches you play, and the more chances you have to rack up aces. It’s hard for Karlovic to keep up with Federer while losing in the first or second round of many tournaments and watching his rival get to keep serving for four to six matches into the final. But if the point of ace counts is to say who’s the best player, there are plenty of better ways to measure it. And if it’s to measure who has the best serve — ignoring returns and everything else in tennis — then a rate stat would do much better. Karlovic has aced opponents on nearly 23 percent of his service points since 2010, or more than double Federer’s 10 percent. Appropriately, Karlovic hit 24 aces in his U.S. Open debut Tuesday, while Federer hit 10. Both men won.Karlovic has started catching up — by playing more matches. The hard way to do that is to win more matches at big tournaments. The easier way to do it is to sign up for lots of the lower-level tournaments called 250s, which are the weakest ATP World Tour events that count toward ace counts. Karlovic has played in 23 250-level tournaments over the past two years. Federer has played in four. Those events have helped Karlovic make up ground on Federer, both because he’s getting more matches and because he’s playing weaker opponents. By median and mean ranking of opponents, Karlovic’s schedule this year and last has been roughly twice as easy as Federer’s. Weaker opponents are, on average, easier to ace. For instance, the last time Federer and Karlovic played each other, Federer’s ace percentage was higher than usual, at 11.5 percent, while Karlovic’s was lower, at 19.1 percent.
#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 – Former PNP Leader, former Chief Minister and PNP Opposition Leader in the House of Assembly, Hon Charles Washington Misick has issued statement on the holiday season, reminding that it is a time and opportunity of great reflection and introspection. The all island elected member said, and I quote… “ Reflect on the events of the last twelve months and how it has shaped the lives of us all. In that regard we have much to be thankful for as our beloved Turks and Caicos continues to prosper, and be peaceful albeit new concerns about increased crime. Introspective as we look-back over our own behaviour and actions to discover consistencies and contradictions regarding our calling to ‘Love mercy and do justly’ and to walk in humility before our God.” Hon Misick expounds by saying that , “as we face a new year, we will continue to experience triumphs and despair at the personal and national level, and that in it, we must resolve to summon the courage to face these, girded in the faith of our fathers pledging our commitment first to God and our loyalty to country above self and all others.” You can read the full message at MagneticMediaTV.com. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
German midfielder Emre Can has given his verdict on the differences between teams in the Serie A and Premier League.Emre spent four years at Liverpool, where he managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 167 appearances, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.The 25-year-old has since gone on to feature regularly at Juventus this season and he’s now disclosed that the main difference between teams in Italy and England lies in their tactical approach.“I think here in Italy the teams are better tactically, [but] I think the football in England is maybe quicker but here it is sometimes very difficult to score a goal,” Emre told Sky.“It was not always easy for me my first few months here in Italy because I had a few problems and then the surgery, now I feel better really because I play a few games.“I need to get used to the football here in Italy. I feel in good shape and ready to go.”The Germany international took the opportunity to praise team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the impact he’s made both on and off the field at Juventus.Emre also hopes to win the Champions League alongside the Portuguese star after coming so close at Liverpool last season, where they lost 3-1 to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at Kiev in the final.“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano, he’s a big, big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy,” said Emre.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“You can always talk to him, you can learn from him a lot and I think he gives a push to the team.”He added: “Last year, I lost the final but this year I want to win it, with him together of course.“I heard a lot of times this year when we played, they [fans] want to win the Champions League. I think the fans are really looking forward for it and really want to win it.“Of course everybody say you will win the Serie A but it’s very difficult and the last seven years Juventus won it, this year the eighth time and it’s not always easy, we have to train every day hard.”Emre, who has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season, will hope to help get the club back to winning ways at Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to bounce back following a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw against Parma last weekend.A busy 2 weeks ahead with 4 games! Hard work and preparation is 🔑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/iz9ANG0Qhv— Emre Can (@emrecan_) February 5, 2019