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first_imgNEW DELHI: Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has come out with an alternative for the much-debated and heavily criticised ‘mankading’ mode of dismissal. According to Ashwin, if a batsman at the non-striker’s end is found getting out of the crease before the ball is delivered, the umpire can make it a free ball for the bowler. “Make it a free ball for the bowler. If the batsmen (batsman) gets out of that ball, the batting team will be docked 5 runs. Free hit adds to the drama for a batter, let’s give a chance to the bowlers too,” Ashwin said in a tweet.”As of now everyone watches the game hoping that ‘the bowlers will get smacked today’,” he added. England batsman Buttler was ‘mankaded’ by Ashwin at a crucial moment in last year’s season of the Indian Premier League during a match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. The manner of the dismissal had created ripples across the cricketing fraternity and beyond, with many former greats of the game lambasting the Indian off-spinner for breaching the ‘spirit of the game’. Recently, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting once again raised the issue by saying that he will have a conversation with Ashwin — who will be playing for the Delhi-based franchise this season — about ‘mankading’. Ashwin had earlier defended his decision to run out Buttler, saying his “conscience was clear”. The IPL 2020 is slated to be played from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE. IANS Also Watch: BJP’s Bike Rally, Show of Strengthlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Black Stars midfielder, Sulley Ali Muntari, has stated that he’d love to retire at Asante Kotoko and would not rule out a move to Accra Hearts of Oak, RTU, King Faisal, or Liberty Professionals.Muntari was heavily linked with a move to Accra Hearts of Oak in the March transfer window after being spotted training with the Phobians.The 35-year-old midfielder has been without a club following his exit from Spanish lower-tier team Albacete in June 2019, where he signed a six-month contract.The former AC Milan star in his first-ever Instagram conversation with fans over the weekend answered that he would embrace the chance to play for Asante Kotoko and was not ruling out a transfer to Accra Hearts of Oak.“I love Kotoko. They tried signing me when l was a young player in Kumasi”, he said.“I would love to retire with them, but l would not rule out Hearts, RTU, King Faisal or Liberty Professionals”, the former Liberty Professionals player added.In a separate interview with South African-based Metro FM, Muntari earlier affirmed that he has been following PSL side, Kaizer Chiefs, and will solely play for them if he’s making a move to South Africa.Muntari launched his career with Liberty Professionals before breaking into Europe after signing for Serie A side, Udinese.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has taken a number of highly proactive initiatives in preparation for Liberia’s historic forthcoming 2017 presidential and general elections. Last Sunday NEC’s Acting Chairman, Counsellor Sarah Findley-Toe, took the momentous step in launching the countdown to October 10, 2017, when the presidential and general elections are scheduled to be held.Acting Chairman Findley-Toe also displayed NEC’s very attractive and symbolic new logo, a “see through,” or a highly transparent ballot box intended to highlight NEC’s corporate image as an independent electoral management body.Said she, “This represents transparency and an electoral process in which all voters can freely elect their leaders in a free, credible and transparent manner.”NEC has also taken a series of dramatic and visionary initiatives to get its image across worldwide. It has first reconstructed its website, leveraging technology platforms that are relevant and efficient. Determined not to be left behind by any other electoral body worldwide, NEC has launched new social media platforms—Facebook and Twitter—designed “to present a whole new paradigm (concept, model) for effectively disseminating civic/voter education messages to the public as the country moves closer to the 2017 elections.”“In an era of greater transparency and authenticity,” Acting Chair Findley-Toe continued, “social media is rapidly delivering a new standard of interaction among people, thus motivating the launch of the Commission’s Facebook and Twitter platforms.”She commended the Liberian media’s continued partnership with NEC, and called on them to continue to disseminate effectively information about all aspects of the electoral process to the public as the Commission strives to extend civic voter education messages to the public, to ensure the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible elections in 2017.We commend NEC for embarking upon this bold and up-to-date communication strategy being employed as it undertakes its advance work toward the ensuing elections.We at the Daily Observer, and we are certain the rest of the Liberian media, are aware of the importance and urgency of these preparatory initiatives and are prepared to do all we can to assist NEC in disseminating its messages to the people, in order to prepare them for these all important impending elections. Let us, meanwhile, remind NEC that it is a Liberian government institution, and that most GOL agencies, not necessarily NEC, are in a consistent habit of delaying payments to the media for legitimate work done for the said Ministries and Agencies. Last month, after years of delayed action in the face of mounting debts owed by GOL to the media, outgoing Finance Minister Amara Konneh, on his last day in office, approved media payments authenticated by Information Minister Eugene Nagbe. But guess what! No sooner had Minister Konneh sent the payment approval down stairs than the Deputy Minister James Kollie quickly announced that there was “no money to pay the media.” This has been a habitual tendency of this government, which increasingly appears to be a deliberate attempt to strangulate the media—small businesses all—that have so many expenses, including fuel for their own generators, providing their own water, buying films, inks, newsprint and plates; purchasing gadgets and maintaining transmitters for the electronic media; and paying salaries and other expenses. How do we meet all these expenses when our biggest customer, the Government of Liberia, fails to settle its indebtedness to us? Yes, the media knows that it is its civic and patriotic responsibility to give NEC all the encouragement and promotion necessary to ensure that the 2017 elections—indeed all elections—are held in a free, fair, credible and transparent manner. But the government of President Sirleaf needs to understand that there is a symbiotic (interdependent) relationship between government and the media. We need each other to keep this small country of ours going. The new trajectory of tracking GOL’s media spend through the Ministry of Information now makes it rather simple for the Ministry of Finance to disburse payment without going through a tedious vetting process. We call on the new Finance Minister, Boima Kamara, to make it one of his prime duties to cooperate with the media by ensuring that GOL pays them on time, while we appeal to President Sirleaf to encourage her officials to pay the media what they owe us and do so expeditiously. Madam President, we are hurting, to the point of suffocation. On a more URGENT note, the President, the Finance Minister Kamara and Information Minister Nagbe must know that the media folk are very worried that if we do not get paid our outstanding bills before June 15, when the GOL fiscal year ends, these current bills will go into recession and Heaven knows what that might mean. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more