Sunday, April 11, 2021

February 27, 2021  CNW   -Legendary former Windies captain Sir Clive Lloyd, 76, entering the raging debate over the future of the West Indies Test captaincy, said he believed Kraigg Brathwaite was “slightly ahead” of Jason Holder, to lead the side in next month’s series against Sri Lanka.

While pointing out that Holder was competent enough to continue in the role, Sir Clive said Brathwaite’s exemplary leadership in inspiring an inexperienced side to a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh earlier this month, could not be ignored by selectors.

However, Sir Clive said both men brought the vital experience to the squad and if selectors were keen on making a change, it was important to first sit down and discuss the matter with the players.

“If I were a selector, obviously Kraigg would be slightly ahead of Jason because of what [he] has done with the team that they have there,” Sir Clive said earlier this week.

“It’s a beautiful position to be in that you have guys with experience, who were captain and vice-captain. I’m sure Jason’s is not a guy who will say ‘I’ve got a bad deal or a raw deal.’”

Holder, who has led the side since 2015, opted out of the Bangladesh tour, citing mental fatigue and concerns over the integrity of the bio-secure “bubble” for the series. He was one of 10 players declining selection, leading to weakened sides being selected for both the one-day and Test series.

Brathwaite, however, chose to lead a 15-man Test squad which comprised four uncapped players and five others with less than 10 Tests to their names, and he attracted widespread praise for the masterful way in which he marshaled the side in both Tests.

Sir Clive Lloyd, who inspired West Indies to World Cup triumphs in the first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979, said what made Brathwaite’s achievement even more stellar was the fact that leading the West Indies was already a complicated role even with experienced players.

“We must understand that captaining the West Indies is by far more difficult than any other country,” Sir Clive told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guest. Australia, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka are each one country. We are 14 islands spread with different cultures and backgrounds. It’s not easy to bring people together and Kraigg Brathwaite and those guys, in the matter of a couple of weeks, pulled things together.”

Players like Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shamarh Brooks and Shimon Hetmyer, all of whom opted out of the Bangladesh tour, are expected to be available for selection for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

But Sir Clive said the accomplishments of the inexperienced side in Bangladesh meant selectors could not simply discard those players when the stars returned.

“We have to reward them. You can’t get rid of these guys who did such a marvelous job,” Sir Clive urged.

“There are so many things they did right. Not many sides [in Bangladesh] went into the fifth day in Test cricket, if you look at it over the last three years. Most of the games were finishing on the third day or the fourth day. We went into the fifth day…on a turning pitch. 

“We had to chase 395 and these guys batted extremely well. We had to defend 230 and we did that. 

“The point is, you just can’t think this is just a flash in the pan. No, these were excellent performances.”

SXM Radio Online

Entertainment

April 10, 2021  BERLIN (AP) — The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday in her home in Monte Carlo. The cause of death was not given. “We mourn the loss of an outstanding person and internationally recognized photographer,” the foundation wrote on its website. Newton, who was born June Browne in Melbourne, Australia in 1923, trained as an actor and often performed under her stage name June Brunell, the foundation said.

April 9, 2021  -Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it? McCarthy enlists — and immediately wastes — the services of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer for the superhero buddy comedy “Thunder Force,” a meandering nothing-burger of a film. It’s the fifth team-up between McCarthy and Falcone — they previously did “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Life of the Party” and “Superintelligence.” It’s clear they’ve gotten progressively worse and McCarthy’s welcome manic, anarchic energy is no longer disarming.

April 10, 2021  LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa” on Saturday as Buckingham Palace offered the broad outlines of a royal funeral that will be attended by the family and broadcast to the world. As Queen Elizabeth II and other relatives mourned, Charles offered a personal video message saying the royal family was “deeply grateful” for the outpouring of support they’ve received following the death Friday of his 99-year-old father, Prince Philip. The heir to the throne said he was touched by the number of people around the world who have shared his family’s loss and sorrow.

April 9, 2021  -The St. George’s and Jamaica College Old Boys Associations of Florida will host their first-ever friendly sound clash on Saturday, April 10. The True Blue Sound Clash of 2021 is replacing the traditional True Blue weekend soccer event held every year. This year marks the 17th year for the South Florida event though it will be held in a different format. The True Blue Sound Clash will be hosted online by VP Records and broadcast on their Facebook page (facebook.com/vprecords/) & YouTube Channel (youtube.com/vprecords) starting at 7:00 p.m.

Business News

April 11, 2021  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia, a person briefed on the matter says. LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation reached the settlement, ending the need for President Joe Biden to intervene in the dispute, the person said Saturday. The person asked not to be identified because the companies have not yet announced the settlement. No details were available. The U.S. International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG Energy, and that SK should be barred from importing, making or selling batteries in the United States for 10 years.

April 10, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitive tactics, as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over fast-growing tech industries. Party leaders worry about the dominance of China’s biggest internet companies, which are expanding into finance, health services and other sensitive areas. The party says anti-monopoly enforcement, especially in tech, is a priority this year. Alibaba was fined for “abusing its dominant position” to limit competition by retailers that use its platforms and hindering “free circulation” of goods, the State Administration for Market Regulation announced. It said the fine was equal to 4% of its total 2019 sales of 455.712 billion yuan ($69.5 billion).

April 11, 2021  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said. The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league. The Athletic first reported the $1.5 billion sale.

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