Foster’s Fairplay: ‘Merritone’ Blake, Mark’s brainless punt, Windies brilliance

first_img INESTIMABLE  PLEASURES SHORT OF BRAINS On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies!last_img read more

Win a Magic: The Gathering trackable and discover the golden city of Orazca!

first_img SharePrint RelatedWin a Magic: The Gathering Trackable and explore IXALAN!August 22, 2017In “News”Gewinne ein Magic: The Gathering Trackable und entdecke die goldene Stadt Orazca!November 28, 2017In “Deutsch”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar post Stake your claim on the golden city of Orazca! To kick off the excitement of their January launch of Rivals of Ixalan, Magic: The Gathering teamed up with Geocaching to release thousands of trackables to geocachers and fans around the globe!Be a part of the action as you seek out dinosaurs, pirates, merfolk, and vampires in a quest to be the first to discover the golden city. Take a Magic: The Gathering trackable with you from cache to cache to reveal card previews. Plus, we’re tracking mileage which will play a role in determining who controls the golden city at the end of the Rivals of Ixalan story.Share your latest find on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtags #MTGGeocachers and MTGRIXEnter to win a free trackable: Geocaching.com/Magic.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Jon Voight Supports Team Rubicon At Salute On Sunset Event

first_imgJon Voight joined Team Rubicon for the organization’s Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles this week.William McNulty, Vice President of Team Rubicon and Jon Voight talking about their work together during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaTeam Rubicon is a fantastic organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They’ve been active around the world in places like Haiti and Sudan, as well as on the homefront during Hurricane Sandy.Jon Voight watching the slideshow of his work with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles.Credit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaJon Voight, who actually served with Team Rubicon on a mission during Hurricane Sandy, was in attendance at the event and seemed reflective during a slideshow of the Team’s work together.last_img read more

Get Ready for these February MBA Deadlines

first_img Last Updated Feb 9, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Get Ready for these February MBA Deadlinescenter_img Don’t delay your future! Being timely when submitting graduate school applications can increase your chances of scholarships and other not-to-miss opportunities when applying for your MBA. Stay up to date with this month’s MBA admissions deadlines!New York CityWith a application due date of February 21, applicants to the the Columbia Business School EMBA program should be ready for the quickly approaching deadline.Many other programs in the New York City metro have deadlines coming up in early March, so it’s important to remember that February is a short month! The Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University and NYU’s Stern School of Business both have deadlines within the first couple weeks of March. To see more information on upcoming events and deadlines in New York, click here.  Los AngelesThe Online MBA program at USC’s Marshall School of Business has a deadline approaching at the end of February, while three more schools in the Los Angeles metro have important deadlines quickly approaching. Students interested in applying to the part-time MBA at USC Marshall or both summer and fall starts for an MBA at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles should be prepared to submit their applications by the first of March.Click here for more information on important deadlines in the Los Angeles metro.The first round of theUSC Marshall Online MBA deadline arrives Feb. 21.TorontoTwo  programs at the Rotman School of Management—the Morning/Evening MBA and full-time MBA—have deadlines coming up in late February. Another deadline quickly approaching for schools in the Toronto metro area is for Rotman’s EMBA program, which is in early March.More information on Toronto deadlines can be found here.PhiladelphiaFebruary is a busy time for business schools in the Philadelphia metro, with several deadlines approaching throughout February and early March. Programs with a mid-February deadline include the Villanova School of Business Fast Track MBA and EMBA, and it is also the last opportunity for applicants for the Summer Intake Priority Scholarship at Temple University’s Fox School of Business‘ Online MBA. The La Salle University Online MBA also has a quickly approaching deadline in early March.For a deeper look at upcoming deadlines in the Philadelphia metro, click here.Washington DC While there are no upcoming deadlines for February in the Washington DC metro, there are a number of quickly approaching deadlines in early-to-mid March. Applicants to the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland should be aware of a deadline on the first of March for the school’s full-time MBA, with other deadlines in mid-March for programs at the George Washington University School of Business and Kogod School of Business.More deadlines for the Washington DC metro can be found here.For updated deadline information in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and London, click here. RelatedGet Ready for These March MBA DeadlinesBe on top of the MBA application process and submit your graduate school applications in a timely fashion. Getting applications in early can increase your chances of scholarships and other not-to-miss opportunities when applying for your MBA. Here’s your guide to the March MBA deadlines in some of the biggest…February 28, 2018In “Featured Home”Gear Up For These January MBA DeadlinesThe next round of MBA admissions is swiftly approaching, with the eve of 2018 almost here. Time to mark those calendars! New York City The NYU Stern School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Rutgers Business School, Newark/New Brunswick are the big headliners when it comes to deadlines in the…December 29, 2017In “Admissions Tips”Upcoming December MBA Application DeadlinesAs winter approaches and December comes into clear view, let’s review all the major upcoming MBA application deadlines for December and January. Get those applications in ASAP so you have more time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family as you await your acceptance letter in 2019. Best of…November 28, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more