Coaches say …

first_imgNEIL HARRISON (KC) “The boys have been doing well and we have learnt from our mistakes from the past two years and we have done the corrective measurement to ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again. We are not surprised as the guys are highly motivated and they have fed off their performances and I must commend the coaching and management staff who really have done a lot to ensure that everything goes well and have given maximum support and the team is ready to deliver and bring back the Mortimer Geddes to North Street.” MICHAEL CLARKE (CALABAR) “Yes Kingston College has a very good team and because of this the fans can expect great competitions from both teams. We have prepared well and we are ready for the occasion and as usual they boys are ready to give of their best as they have a title to defend and they will not be under any pressure to deliver. Calabar will be giving their best and we will be hoping for the best results.” MICHAEL DYKE (Edwin Allen) “The girls are pretty much ready to go and we are all anticipating another victory. At this moment all the girls are healthy and injury-free and are ready to deliver. We are very strong in all classes in the jumps, throws, sprints along with middle and long distances all around and this team has all the mixture for a great result. It will be a cardinal sin if any true fan is to miss the expected performances of these girls.” COREY BENNETT (Hydel) “Once again we expect another good results but unlike former years the team is under some pressure this time around as we are tipped to finish among the top three something which has never happened in the past but I do not allow the girls to dwell much with the media hype as I do not want it to get to them. I think a team like Holmwood Technical has a great chance of challenging Edwin Allen as they are former champions and they know how to win and they have been performing well all season.”last_img read more

Sofapaka’s Waruru pushed by 2016 Ulinzi pain

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka FC striker Stephen Waruru during a training session at the Gikambura Stadium on October 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Stephen Waruru will be playing his second Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final on Saturday when he leads out his Sofapaka side against last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The pint-sized forward featured for Ulinzi Stars at the 2016 final where they ended up losing by a solitary goal against Tusker FC and looking forward to Saturday, Waruru wants to make amends for the missed chances. “It feels good to get another chance because it is rare to have two chances with one thing. When it comes to the final, I will give my best to ensure that we win because personally, I will have achieved a lot. It is still the only title that I don’t have,” Waruru who won the league title with Ulinzi in 2010 noted.The striker joined Batoto ba Mungu at the start of the 2018 season after leaving Ulinzi following nine-years of service to the military side and he wants to ensure he marks his maiden season with a trophy at the end of the match.Having missed out on the Kenyan Premier League crown with a fifth place finish, this, according to Waruru is the club’s huge opportunity to claim a trophy, ending a drought that stretches back to 2014.Sofapaka FC striker Stephen Waruru leads teammates in a sprint race during a training session at the Gikambura Stadium on October 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We have prepared very well for this game and the team spirit is up. We have to give our best to ensure that we get this title. Teamwork wins you games and that is one thing we need to do very well. We have to trust each other and play with belief,” further stated the striker.The same sentiments are shared by midfielder Dennis Odhiambo who hopes to translate his form from the national team to club level and earn his first ever trophy on Kenyan soil.“The national team is a bit different from club level. In my opinion I think club football is hard because the players know each other very well and it is easier to plan against each other. But as a team we are ready for the game and we want to win,” the defender noted.He added; “As a team, our target has always been to finish the season with a trophy. The KPL title was not successful and now we have a last chance. We have to give our best.”Sofapaka FC midfielder Dennis Odhiambo during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBatoto ba Mungu will be pushed by the allure of playing in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup and seek to emulate Gor Mahia who went all the way to the group stages this year and ended up picking a Sh27mn prize purse.“It is a huge motivation to know that we will play in continental football and that is a trigger for all the players. Everyone wants to play against the biggest clubs in the continent and compete with teams from outside the country,” skipper Waruru noted.Winning the title comes with a Sh2mn cash reward but club owner Elly Kalekwa has promised the team a further Sh1mn while sponors Betika have also landed a promise to reward the efforts with another Sh1mn.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

REVEALED: DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET DOWN €102,000 EVERY DAY

first_imgDONEGAL county council’s budget this year will be an astonishing €102,000 LESS every single working day compared to 2007, it was claimed today.Sinn Féin councillor Mick Quinn, has said that Donegal County Council’s capability to provide vital services to the people of Donegal is dependant on whether or not the government commits to providing a cash injection in advance of the adjourned budget meeting.Cllr Quinn said: “It is imperative that the government recognises the exceptional difficulties facing the people of Donegal. “Along with the reduction in the Local Government Fund of almost €3 million, Donegal County Council, which provides vital services, has lost €2m in revenue from the Northern Executive for the repatriation of waste to our facilities which we had received last year.“The Council also faces a bill of €3m in relation to additional pension payments for those who are retiring early.“To put the budget allocation of 2012 in perspective, the council now has €102,000 less to spend per working day than we did in 2007. This is almost the equivalent of losing the funding to resurface a road or build a council house every working day.“Furthermore, it is difficult to quantify the reduction in the amount of business rates we will collect as a result of the government’s nonsensical decision to increase VAT by 2%. No other county will be hit as hard by this decision as Donegal.” Sinn Fein say they will not force through Government cuts – and they are being backed by some Fianna Fail members.Cllr Quinn added: “This is completely unacceptable. The government urgently needs to intervene. If they make decisions such as increasing VAT which will destroy businesses and subsequently damage our council’s revenue intake then they must compensate us for their actions.“For too many years, Donegal has suffered unfairly in relation to funding from Dublin governments. We need to redress the balance. There is simply no more room for cuts.Cllr Quinn concluded by calling for unity amongst all councillors in Donegal in regard to this issue, adding: “This is a time to put party politics aside. Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and the Independents need to collectively wear the Donegal jersey and lobby the government for immediate and essential intervention which will bring about the best possible deal for Donegal.” REVEALED: DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET DOWN €102,000 EVERY DAY was last modified: January 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:budget cutsCllr Mick QuinnDonegal County Councillast_img read more

CHARLIE COLLINS LAUNCHES ATTACK ON O’NEILL AND KEANE IRELAND APPOINTMENT

first_imgCollins – pictured with one of those pundits!FORMER Highland Radio sports editor Charlie Collins has questioned the FAI’s imminent appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage Ireland.Collins, bidding to take over the Highland airwaves in a broadcasting license battle, sparked an online war of words over his own comments.“So it’s the Martin & Roy show next for the Republic of Ireland we’re told,” said Collins on his Facebook page. “Two out of work Managers who nobody else seems to want. Why wouldn’t they take the jobs and of course the Money.”Collins – dubbed Donegal’s Voice of Sport – had plenty of people agreeing with him.However other soccer fans hit back, saying the appointments would help Ireland move forward.  CHARLIE COLLINS LAUNCHES ATTACK ON O’NEILL AND KEANE IRELAND APPOINTMENT was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women’s Golf Finishes in Third Place at Battle at Boulder Creek

first_img Final Results Story Links “Sigurlaug made a remarkable birdie on number 18 (her second to last hole),” Pruett said. “She found the desert off the tee, hit it out, got fortunate with cart path relief and played a fanatic iron shot into the green in regulation. We were excited for her to make a likely par, and then she drained the putt! She then went on to birdie her last hole too, to shoot 75! Haeri was steady for us all 3 rounds. All in all, I’m impressed with where all of our games are at this point in the season. I’m excited for us to keep working hard and see what we can accomplish together!” BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Drake University women’s golf team finished in third place at the Battle at Boulder Creek after Drake shaved eight strokes in the final round on Tuesday, Feb. 12. “I’m really proud of the way we bounced back as a team today, said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “We showed some serious grit out there.” The Bulldogs fired a 308 on the final day to finish 317-316-303-941 to finish five strokes ahead of Weber State on the 6,252-yard, par-72, Boulder Creek Golf Club. UNLV won the team championship with a 292-290-293–876 score. Haeri Lee led the Bulldogs with a three-round total of 78-77-77-232 for a T10 finish. Aimee Gerschke carded an 80-75-81-236, just behind Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir, who bounced back from a tough first day with a final round 75 to finish 80-80-75-235, as the duo placed T13 and T15, respectively. Jonsdottir’s round included a remarkable birdie on the second to last hole. Drake will enjoy a break before its next tournament in March. The Bulldogs travel to Sedona, Ariz., March 23-24, for the Red Rocks Invitational hosted by Northern Arizona. Battle at Boulder Creek – Final ResultsDrake 317-316-308–941 Individual ResultsT10. Haeri Lee, 78-77-77–232T13. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir, 80-80-75-235T15. Aimee Gerschke, 80-75-81-236T19. Grace Dunn, 79-84-78-24134. Erica Olberding, 89-89-78-256 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

How a caterpillar will help Donegal parents talk about the birds and the bees

first_imgAn exciting, innovative project developed by Donegal Youth Service and the Donegal Library Service, and supported by HSE Health Promotion & Improvement was recently launched at the Moyle National School in Newtowncunningham.The project introduced the Sammy the Caterpillar Guide to help parents start talking about the birds and the bees at an early age. The project aims to encourage and support parents and guardians to have healthy conversations with their children about their bodies, sexuality and relationships, by providing a range of age-appropriate books in each of the Donegal Libraries and Taobh Tíre points.Project Lead and Regional Director for Donegal Youth Service – Lorraine Thompson said, “This project will encourage parents to have conversations with their children on a topic that may be difficult for them.  We hope that parents will use the resources in their local library and feel more confident talking to their children about bodies, relationships and sexuality.” Lisa O’ Hagan HSE Health Promotion Officer, Parent as part of the consultation process Michelle Sweeney, Maureen Kerr Donegal County Library, Lorraine Thompson DYS Regional Director, Sheena Boyle-Laverty School Completion OfficerSpeaking at the launch, Maureen Kerr from Donegal County Library Service said that they were delighted to have worked in partnership with Donegal Youth Service and HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, to bring the Sammy the Caterpillar Guide to parents in Donegal.  She highlighted that all books listed in the guide are now available through the library network and the service looks forward to them being well used to support parents.To accompany the library books, a ‘Sammy the Caterpillar – Guide for Parents and Guardians’ has also been produced, which explains why it is important to start these conversations with children at an earlier age and build on the information as children grow.  The guide lists the books available to borrow for a variety of stages up to the age of 19, and gives suggestions for what children need to know and tips to get these conversations started.Lorraine Thompson DYS Regional Director, Maureen Kerr Donegal County Library, Moyle NS Principal Pauline Edwards, Anne McAteer HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, Elsie Smyth Board of management Moyle NS, Melanie Keaveney Moyle NS teacher and Lisa O’Hagan HSE Health Promotion Officer.The guide emphasises that each parent or guardian knows their child best and acknowledges that this topic can be challenging for parents for a variety of reasons.  However, it also points out that research indicates that ‘parents who discussed relationships and sex openly with their pre-teen children found it easier to communicate with them as they grow’. It also highlights that ‘good sex education at home and in school can increase the likelihood that teenagers will wait until they are 17 or older before they have sex and that they will use contraception when they do’.   Age-appropriate Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is mandated for delivery by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) from Infants to sixth class in Primary School and throughout Secondary School.  RSE aims to teach children about relationships, sexuality and their own growth and development. This project will support parents and guardians, the primary educators of their children, to have parallel conversations about these topics at home, in a way that can reflect their own family values.5th and 6th class students from Moyle NSIn welcoming the launch of the initiative, Pauline Edwards – Principal of Moyle highlighted that “that RSE is about a lot more than the nitty gritty “sex” stuff. It’s about our feelings, our relationships with ourselves and others. It’s about respect, having respect for ourselves and others. It’s about responsibility, making decisions and knowing that there are consequences.  Most of all it’s about changing and growing . “This is not a subject that can ever be the sole responsibility of the teacher or a school to manage. There is a vital role that can only be played by parents. Parents can share their belief system with their child and give them answers to questions that go beyond a teacher’s remit,” Ms Edwards said.Moyle NSAll Donegal Primary Schools have received information about the project and can order ‘Sammy’s Guide’ to give to parents when they are linking in with them as part of the School’s RSE programme. Copies of the guide are also available at each of the Donegal Libraries and Taobh Tíre points. This project was funded by a National Lottery grant administered by the HSE, and Donegal Library Service.How a caterpillar will help Donegal parents talk about the birds and the bees was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Youth ServiceSammy the Caterpillarsexual educationlast_img read more

Should my hedge account show a profit or loss at the end of the year?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest finishes with record yields across the Midwest, corn prices fell below $3.40. However for the week it was nearly unchanged. Many farmers have struggled to sell at profitable levels, and while higher than average yields help offset lower prices some, it hasn’t been enough. Also contributing to lower prices, funds continue to hold large short positions with little incentive to adjust.Beans also had average or above average yields throughout the Midwest, but beans have been high all year long in relation to corn prices, which has allowed for profitable levels for most farmers. This has eased the sting of low corn prices for many farmers. Looking forward, South American weather forecasts have been favorable, but we are nearing the part of the growing year in which every new forecast can drastically change the market direction. BasisBasis values are increasing throughout the Midwest for both corn and beans. This means farmers aren’t selling and end users are looking for some coverage as the locks go on the grain bins. Also spreads between futures contract months have narrowed slightly, which sometimes can mean we’ve hit a bottom. Looking forward2018 may be a unique marketing year as farmers sell beans earlier and corn later, waiting for a rally. Some in the trade may be surprised how long farmers will hold out on the corn in an effort to get higher prices. While I’m not overly bullish corn, I think a 10- to 20-cent increase in the short-term could be reasonable. Should my hedge account show a profit or loss at the end of the year?Farmers are often disappointed if their hedge account doesn’t show a profit at the end of the year. Others assume that they will always lose money in their hedge account. I tell farmers that profits or losses at the end of the CALENDAR year don’t matter. What I find to be the most import thing is if my grain’s FINAL CASH VALUE + HEDGE GAIN or LOSS is above profitable levels. Example 1A farmer sells corn for $4 futures and a zero basis levelRaises 100,000 bushelsLoss in hedge account = – $20,000Net value of corn: $3.80(Math: -$20,000 / 100,000 bu. = -.20 + $4.00 = $3.80 net cash value) Example 2Farmer sells corn for $3.80 futures and a zero basis levelRaises 100,000 bushelsProfit in hedge account = $10,000Net value of corn: $3.90(Math: $10,000 / 100,000 = .10 + $3.80 = $3.90 net cash value) Example 3Farmer sells corn for $3.60 futures and a zero basis levelRaises 100,000 bushelsProfit in hedge account = $40,000Net value of corn: $4.00(Math: $40,000 / 100,000 = .40 + $3.60 = $4.00 net cash value)When farmers don’t combine their cash grain price with their hedge account’s profit or loss they don’t fully understand their farm operation’s actual profit or loss. It doesn’t always mean that low prices on the check from the elevator are bad. A low cash value with big hedge profit can turn out to be the best thing.That’s why I ALWAYS understand all possible outcomes of each trade when I place them. I want to know what my potential net position (i.e. my real profit price) in advance. If I make money in my hedge account, but don’t sell any grain I have no guarantee that I’m going to be profitable. If I lose money in my hedge and sell grain at unprofitable prices, then I could be in an even worse situation than doing nothing.Only by understanding all possible scenarios for each trade and how that will affect my final cash value can I really market my grain effectively and efficiently for my farm operation. A true hedger doesn’t care if they make money in their hedge account or on the cash sale of the grain. A true hedger only cares what their net priced received for all of their grain was for the year including the profit or loss from their hedge account. Sold another straddleAgain, I expect a sideways market for the next two months. Since prices are unprofitable, I want to “manufacture” some premium in the market while still maintaining low overall risk. Therefore, on 11/16/17 when March corn was $3.49, I made the following trade on 10% of my ’17 production.Sold – February $3.55 straddle, where I sell both the $3.55 put and $3.55 call and collect just over a 17-cent premiumTrade expires 1/26/18Potential benefit — If March futures close at $3.55 on 1/26/18, I keep all of the 17 cent premiumPotential Concern — Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction. For every penny lower than $3.55 I get less premium until $3.38. At $3.38 or lower and I will be losing money on this trade penny for penny. For every penny higher than $3.55 I get less premium until $3.72. At $3.72 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.55 against March futures, but I still get to keep the 17 cents so it’s like selling $3.72The biggest risk in this trade is if corn is below $3.38 at the end of January because I’ll lose money on this trade. If this happens, I can buy the straddle back and take a loss, or remove a previous sale I have made, and take any profits on the difference between what I sold in the past on another trade and $3.38, against the March futures. Then I can wait for a future rally and sell again, adding that premium to another sale. While I hope this doesn’t happen, and I think there is a low chance it will, I still ALWAYS understand the worst case scenario for all of my trades and I am willing to accept them. It is also why I limited the amount of bushels I placed in this trade to 10% of my ’17 production. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Vadodara Police won’t wink at traffic violations

first_imgTo Vadodara’s city police, a picture can help stop a thousand violations. So when they wanted to talk traffic rules, they got a poster made with winking sensation Priya Prakash Varrier, the actor, gazing at motorists with the advice, “Accidents happen in the wink of an eye: drive carefully, without distraction.”There are many more such cinematic messages, in vivid poster colours, and they are online at the Twitter handle of Vadodara City Police (@Vadcitypolice), establishing a strong connect with the internet generation.Creative inputA creative agency is behind the connection that the police have established on Twitter and Facebook. Popular icons do the talking and the messages are short and humorous. The hash tags leave no one in doubt that the police mean business: #SarkariMehman or #LetsCatchUp are shorthand for the trouble that awaits violators.Some of the advice is simply meant to protect. “Sometimes, sharing is not caring: Never share your passwords with anyone. Never Ever” says a poster.“This is about connecting with citizens using day-to-day popular language and icons to drive home the point. It has created a strong buzz and we are getting good response,” Vadodara Police Commissioner Manoj Sashidhar told The Hindu.Regular police language is hardly understood by youngsters, and the police opted for social media.“If I tweet that bribing is a punishable offence, nobody will give it a second glance. But our tweet with the tagline Kuchh le-de ke khatam karte hain [let’s settle it with something] and hashtag #SarkariMehman went viral on WhatsApp and other platforms,” he said.last_img read more

Two low-intensity earthquakes hit Maharashtra’s Satara district

first_imgParts of Satara district in western Maharashtra were jolted by two low-intensity earthquakes of magnitude 4.8 and 3 on June 20 morning, said authorities from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).Satara district officials informed that the first quake, which occurred at 7.47 a.m., lasted for a very brief period and that no casualty or damage to property had been reported thus far. The second one was experienced at 8.27 a.m.The earthquake-prone Koyna region in the district, 130 km from Pune, was once again the epicentre of this convulsion, which was recorded at a depth of 10 km. The second quake was recorded at a depth of 5 km.While some residents said that tremors were barely felt in Satara town despite the relatively high magnitude of quake on the Richter scale, the convulsions sparked brief panic among people residing in the Koyna, Patan and Karad areas of the district, many of whom rushed out on hearing the first rumblings.People rushed out of their homes in some areas after experiencing the tremors, an official in the district administration said.last_img read more

From the editor-in-chief

first_imgThe image we associate with cricket is no longer the flannelled English gentleman playing the game in the countryside. Like many things English, cricket too has found its most fertile grounds elsewhere in the tropics. Today the abiding image of cricket as a national passion play is the screaming fan painted in tricolour. As the countdown to the 10th World Cup begins, the fever has already set in. For six weeks beginning February 19, the subcontinent will host the game it’s mad about. In spite of the few matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it will be an Indian show.India Today March 2007 coverIt’s hardly surprising. Cricket has never been a global game, like, say, football or tennis. It was another export from the Empire. Today, India as the cricket superpower is a fine instance of youthful aspiration, commitment and economic investment. I would say, the Empire Bats Back. Unlike any other sport in this country, cricket plays across geography, classes, and age groups. It’s more than a game. With a billion-plus captive consumers, it’s one of the fastest growing industries as well: cricket corners 85 per cent of the advertising money spent on sport in India. Cricket, in a sense, is the biggest reality television in India, best illustrated by the huge success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The World Cup will yield Rs 700 crore in advertising revenue alone, with an estimated television audience of 70 to 80 million homes in India alone.This World Cup is special not just because we are the host. Many fans would like to believe that the Cup is for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boys to win or to lose. India’s greatest moment in cricket came 28 years ago, when Kapil Dev lifted the Cup at Lord’s to the cheer of an entire nation. The Indian team is at the peak of its form and the advantage of the home ground adds to the thrill this time. Our cover package, coordinated by Deputy Editor Shantanu Guha Ray, is a lavish spread that I’m sure will appeal to the fanatic as well as the curious. Gideon Haigh, one of the finest writers on the game, gives a brilliant analysis of how India has come to dominate world cricket. “Cricket is not a global game but a multinational one depending, as perhaps no other sport, on the financial heft of a single country,” he writes. When our correspondent caught up with Dhoni after the Indian skipper offered his prayers at a temple near Ranchi, he was upbeat. “The team is fighting fit, I can tell you,” he said in the interview. We also have former cricketers analysing India’s chances; portraits of players and teams to watch; a report on the illegal economy of cricket betting; and even a light take on the cricket WAGs (wives and girlfriends).In the last World Cup in 2007, I travelled to West Indies hoping to see India bringing the Cup home. I was, of course, shattered by our ignoble exit in the first round. This time around, fortunately, I don’t need to travel half way across the world to witness a possible Indian victory. I hope Dhoni and his boys won’t disappoint.(Aroon Purie)last_img read more