Red Bluff >> The Mercy Warriors boys and girls played host Tuesday evening to the Redding Christian Lions and were overpowered by their guests.The Mercy boys lost 68-27 and the girls took a 65-30 loss to the Lions.The Warriors boys played tough and pulled down more than their share of boards, but couldn’t get the ball inside and were cold shooting from the arc.Redding Christian was solid on defense and often appeared to have an extra gear, swarming on whichever player had the ball and making …
28 March 2007South Africa is to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre incorporating office, training and recreational space to boost the global competitiveness of the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Coega Development Corporation spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika said the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Park, covering five hectares and including training facilities, lounges, a cafeteria and a restaurant, would be the first of its kind in South Africa.“The building will be built in segments, with the first 500 seats being available towards the second quarter of 2008, where the remaining 1 000 seats will be available towards the end of 2008,” Qinga-Vika said.The BPO Park will be situated in Coega’s business service precinct, next to workers’ residential areas, and will replace a 200-seater call centre currently in operation.Business process outsourcing has been identified as a priority sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).“The multiple-tenants building brings with it direct job opportunities of up to 1 800 call centre agents after completion and hundreds of jobs during construction phase,” Qinga-Vika said.Coega property development manager Waseem Mustapha said the building could accommodate numerous different investors. Coega, he said, would be responsible for the overall management of the building, that is designed to cater for various scenarios.He said Coega was in discussion with several potential foreign investors, and that construction on the BPO Park was expected to start in May.Source: BuaNews
Success of Indian athletes has been remarkableWorld champion wrestler Sushil Kumar entered the Indira Gandhi Stadium to the sort of deafening applause India reserves usually only for Sachin Tendulkar. When Saina Nehwal smashed her way out of a match point, the celebrations at Siri Fort Complex and in millions of homes across India was no less than when India beat Australia in the nerve wracking, nail biting Test match in Mohali.A young mother came up to Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee vicechairman Randhir Singh, requesting for her son to be introduced to Abhinav Bindra. She wanted to click a picture of her son with Bindra, so that he would have Bindra’s picture above his bed and would inspire him to emulate the heroics of the Olympic gold medallist. I cite these instances for all those who argue that the CWG were a colossal waste.Never before in India have so many people followed the fortunes of sports stars outside cricket so closely. While the Games are unlikely to transform India into a sporting power overnight, they are very likely to herald a new beginning. The ball that began to roll when Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore shot his way to a silver at the 2004 Olympics will now gather even greater momentum.Because inspired by the heroics of Bindra, Sushil, Vijender and other CWG stars, dozens of young boys and girls are expected to take to sports like never before. Haryana is a shining example of the magic that can unfold when youthful energy finds a platform and patronage. Inspired by Vijender, Akhil Kumar and Sushil and actively backed by the state government, hundreds of young kids are taking to taking to wrestling and boxing.advertisementThat athletes from Haryana won a whopping 15 gold and that the state would have stood fifth at the Games had it contested as a country is an example of what Indian youngsters can do when opportunity marries hard work.While some might find the ways of Haryana chief minister Bhoopinder Singh Hooda to be rustic, the fact remains that his patronage has transformed the lives of sportspersons in the state. He has given others the confidence that if they bring sporting glory they too can be assured of a good government job and enough money to sustain themselves and their families.In the 2006 Melbourne Games, Haryana athletes won one gold, three silver and one bronze. In four years, athletes have managed to win 15 of India’s 38 gold medals. This is no less than a minor miracle. His cahoots might break CWG protocol by getting medallists to come and touch his feet after winning bouts, international delegates might be appalled by the sycophancy, foreign athletes might snigger but India owes a big thank you to Hooda and his government for producing champions.Each champion will inspire a hundred dreams to take wing. While sports may not be a priority for Mayawati’s government in Uttar Pradesh, Karunanidhi’s government in Tamil Nadu, or for Yeddurappa’s bumbling government in Karnataka, but what is to stop some of the country’s more effective administrators like Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar, Ashok Gehlot or Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan to give sports the same impetus and push as Hooda.Just imagine the collective energies that would get unleashed if chief ministers got competitive about whose state wins more medals in international sporting events. India’s tally could double from 38 in time for Glasgow 2014. This is not an idle dream but one that India can achieve. Will this ever happen in our country? I’m afraid the chances are bleak.If these games are being considered a success it is because of the stellar performances of our athletes. Every Indian had to bow his head in shame as story after story broke of gross mismanagement and unimaginable plunder before the Games. From the Prime Minister downwards, they are all to be held accountable for having allowed the mess to perpetuate.What was the PM doing when Suresh Kalmadi and company dragged their feet, intentionally allowed the delays and then tried to push all expenses through at the last minute. They obviously knew that the government had no option but to clear the spending because the Games were nearing. Ex-CAG chief VK Shunglu has been appointed by the Prime Minister with the carte blanche to investigate all CWG-related fraud, but it will serve no good if the committee only looks for easy scapegoats.The noose is tightening around Kalmadi and Bhanot. But they are not the only ones, responsible for having defrauded India. The rot runs deep. Even people close to the PM are culpable. Kalmadi and chief minister Sheila Dixit have been given a cold shoulder by both the PM and Sonia, who did not invite them for the athletes’ felicitation functions. But a mere cold shoulder is not enough. The villains need to be punished and sent to jail.advertisement
New cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale is quite clear about his priorities. One of his top priorities is to push for organising “good tours” for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams so as to build a strong bench for the senior national side.Jagdale, who is aware of the available young talent as he looked after junior cricket as joint secretary and convened the selection committee meetings till recently, wants matches on these tours to be played on different kinds of pitches to help players improve their skills.The Indore-based Jagdale has taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a crucial stage vis–vis the imminent transition in the national team.Soon senior pros like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan would be on their way out and the selectors will have to find com-petent youngsters to step in.That’s why Jagdale wants to organise meaningful junior tours that would throw up youngsters who could slip comfortably into those big shoes.”The BCCI is a well organised and well structured body. Whatever scope of improvement is there, I would like to organise tours for India ‘A’ and India under-19 teams with an eye on the future,” Jagdale, who turns 61 on Thursday, told MAIL TODAY in an interview.”I want these to be good tours, which are given more weightage, as preparation is a long-term process.”These tours will help build the bench strength for the senior team and also take care of the fitness-related issues. I’ll try and see that the unfortunate England tour is not repeated.” A former Madhya Pradesh captain, Jagdale, however, felt that tours like England, where the Indian team failed to win a Test or a One-day International or the lone Twenty20 International, happen rarely.advertisementHe said that players are the best judges of their injuries and illnesses, and that they will have to be honest about it. “Ultimately, it comes down to the individual, even if you have physiotherapists accompanying the team. In tennis, if Novak Djokovic gets spasms, he will have to decide if he can play the next tournament or rest,” he said.”I feel most of the players are honest. But still situations like the recent one can be avoided.There’s no foolproof formula to avoid injuries.” A former national selector, Jagdale said that the recent accomplishments of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team were the maximum that a side could achieve.”The team was No. 1 in Test cricket and it won the World Cup. You can’t go higher than where we were two months ago.Most of the credit for that should go to the players,” he averred.Despite that Jagdale is keen to unearth players that would add muscle to the bench. “I want to focus on India ‘A’ tours, which have produced players like Virat Kohli. I believe we are at a crucial stage (of transition) and we have to keep an eye on the future,” he stressed.”There’s talent, but talent alone is not enough. What you do with the talent is important – like how you apply yourself to the game, how much hard work you can put in, and how much can you sacrifice.” Jagdale feels the Vizzy Trophy all-India inter-varsity tournament has been a source of throwing up talented youngsters.But sadly the tournament was not played last season. The BCCI promised to organise it this season before backing out.Now, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) says it will revive it.”BCCI tried our best to help the AIU financially. The University Sports Board will have to come up with some strong ideas. We are open to it. If they come up with something constructive we’ll think about it again,” said Jagdale, himself a product of university cricket.Jagdale pointed out that Sunil Gavaskar too was spotted while in school.He made his Ranji Trophy debut largely on the basis of his heavy scores during the Indian schools team’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1970.”Immediately after Sunil scored a double century there he was called midway to Mumbai and made his Ranji Trophy debut,” recalled Jagdale, a member of that team.