Windies could win 2016 World T20 – Croft

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies pacer Colin Croft believes West Indies could win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in India next year. However, Croft said that the regional side’s victory would depend on many computations and selections. “India 2016 is nine months away, but proper planning and selections are main keys for WI to win there, since WI’s one-day international and Test rankings are nearly on the floor,” he said. “Trinidad & Tobago’s Red Steel’s recent win in Caribbean Premier League 2015, beating similarly talented Barbados Trident, tells only one story, that a WI team consisting of several players from that final game, plus some from other teams, could bring WI further World T-20 success. “So, as suggested by the West Indies Cricket Board, let us accentuate the positive, if it exists.” LAST OPPORTUNITY He noted that some of the players have ongoing issues with the WICB and might not even be available for selection. “But realistically, ICC World T20 India 2016 could be the last opportunity for some of this present generation of WI cricketers to win any further world championships for some time in the future,” he said. The 2016 ICC World T20 is scheduled to be held in India from March 11 to April 3, 2016. Sri Lanka are the defending champions. WEST INDIES’ RANKING The former Guyanese cricketer said he was not surprised at the West Indies’ last international tournament win in Sri Lanka, when they won the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. Noting West Indies’ ranking of number four with 17 points, behind Sri Lanka, Australia and India, Croft believes it’s possible for West Indies to be number one in T20 again. “Victorious T&T Red Steel has no Champions League competition to look forward to anymore, so Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Suleiman Benn, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Kevon Cooper, Samuel Badree, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse and Imran Khan – from the last CPL final – plus Sunil Narine and Chris Gayle, if he recovers from his medical issues, could be the nuclei for India 2016,” Croft said.last_img read more

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Winners must choose their friends wisely

first_imgResearchers have found that friends in high places may get you recognised but ultimately harm your chance at glory. Being friends with an award juror can increase a person’s chance of being nominated but decrease their chances of being selected as the victor, according to the study published in the Academy of Management Journal. “These findings should invite some healthy cynicism among those who still have unconditional faith in the universalistic principles that are supposed to inspire meritocratic institutions, but should also come as hopeful news to those who have long lost that faith,” said Simone Ferriani, Professor at the University of Bologna. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers combined statistical analysis of eight years of decision-making data from the most prestigious Norwegian advertising industry competition with industry member interviews and sought to understand how relationships between jurors and entrants affect competition results. Three relationship dynamics were used to understand how jurors’ decisions are influenced direct ties -– the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates with whom they have worked in the past. Reciprocity – the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates from whom they have themselves been favoured in the past. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCliquishness – the extent to which jury members tend to favour candidates who are part of the same network clique as the jury members. The researchers found that while all three dynamics can improve a candidate’s chance of receiving an honourable mention, only reciprocity boosts their chances of being the victor. “Having a direct tie to, or being a part of the same clique as an award juror can help candidates be shortlisted or nominated but then actually prevent them winning,” he said. “This, we believe, is because people in charge of granting prestigious honours may be driven by self-serving relational interests, as much as the genuine desire to signal their moral integrity and deflect potential inauthentic concerns away,” he added.last_img read more

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Beth Ditto how we made Gossips Standing in the Way of Control

first_imgLast modified on Mon 15 Jul 2019 12.51 EDT How we made Beth Ditto: how we made Gossip’s Standing in the Way of Control Same-sex marriage (US) Share on Twitter Mon 15 Jul 2019 11.50 EDT Shares7474 How we made I guess everyone can relate to the title, the idea of resisting control. It wasn’t just my gay friends who were having dark times. The economy was shit and people were struggling. We were called a gay band, a queer band, a riot grrrl band, but we were just working-class kids and people connected with our song.So many people have told me, “That song got me through ninth grade”, which makes me very happy. Sadly, the song’s as relevant now as ever, and the friend who I wrote it for is having the same crisis once again.Nathan ‘Brace Paine’ Howdeshell, guitar, bass and keyboardsWe wrote this song in our drummer, Kathy Mendonça’s basement. We were just jamming and I had this disco guitar riff in my mind. Beth’s lyrics filled in the spaces. A band in a basement is a good, simple, organic way for a song to be born.Kathy had a very simple, primal, garage-rock way of drumming, like Moe Tucker from the Velvet Underground. When she left to pursue a degree, Hannah Billie stepped in, using the hi-hat cymbal – and the song just came alive. We recorded it at Bear Creek with Guy Picciotti from Fugazi – a big hero of ours. It was our first time in a real studio but they let us be ourselves. It was still pretty DIY. Share via Email … 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 via Email Beth Ditto, singerIn the early 2000s, everyone I knew was in a band but none of us dreamed of breaking through. I used to record my vocals in the bathroom and I was really bad at writing lyrics. So we had lots of half-written punk songs.Standing in the Way of Control changed everything. The song was partly sparked by the Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposal by the George W Bush administration to outlaw same-sex marriage [subsequently defeated]. At the time, my very best friend – who was queer like me – was having a brutally hard time. He lived in Olympia, which was three hours from where I was in Portland. We’d talk on the phone and he’d open up and was very vulnerable. The world felt like it was turning upside down and he was having trouble existing. The amendment was the final straw, so I wrote the song for him to know how much I loved him – and to tell the administration to fuck off.I’d always been scared of writing lyrics but Standing in the Way of Control came out in a two-minute splurge. I drew on personal experiences, such as growing up in the Bible Belt and being labelled a bitch because I wasn’t going to scripture class, and being called weak because things like sexism, racism and homophobia really affected me. My size was more of an issue then too. I wasn’t bullied at school or anything – I was outgoing and popular – but I’d ask myself: “Why do people think like this?” Sexuality Twitter The Bible Belt can be oppressive when you’re a young punk rocker with a crazy haircut or blue hair. We’d get chased Facebook Washington state ‘The lyrics came out in a two-minute splurge. I drew on personal experiences, like growing up in the Bible Belt and being labelled a bitch’ features Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Topics Share on Facebook By then, we’d been playing at being rock stars for years. I first met Beth when we were 13, in Arkansas, and I put her band’s music out on my little cassette tape label. The Bible Belt has some lovely people but can be oppressive when you’re a young punk rocker with a crazy haircut or blue hair. People used to chase us around town.Standing in the Way of Control turned us from outcasts into a mainstream band. The Soulwax remix ended up on the soundtrack for TV series Skins, which was huge in the UK at the time. Beth won NME’s cool Person of the Year award and was loved because of who she is. Everything just started rolling for us. We went on the Jonathan Ross Show. We were driving to another show when we heard our song on the radio for the first time. Everyone went: “Waaaaaah!”I think we handled our British success pretty well. No one became an egomaniacal rock star asshole and we didn’t turn into Oasis and beat each other up. We played some wild shows that felt like Stooges concerts. Then it was nice to come back to America where nobody cared about us and everything was back to normal.• The UK leg of Gossip’s tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album Music for Men starts on 19 July in Glasgow. Interviews by Dave Simpson The Gossip Support The Guardian Share on Twitter LGBT rights Since you’re here… The Gossip Share on Messenger Share on Facebook ‘Waaaaaah!’ …Nathan Howdeshell, Beth Ditto and Hannah Billie. Share on Pinterest Oregon Pop and rock Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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