Hugs, kisses, thank yous and congratulatory messages were the order of the day for the three Jamaican members of the championship winning West Indies Under-19 cricket team who returned to the country yesterday.Led by several members of the cricketing fraternity, including Jamaica’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks were met at Norman Manley International Airport.”What you did, you showed all of us what is possible when we get together as a people,” stated a beaming Cameron, who led a series of tributes at a welcome ceremony held at the airport.”It is a message that if we get together and believe in what we are doing and assisting each other, then the sky is the limit.”The regional cricket boss, who expressed apologies for Minister of Sports Natalie Neita Headley, also used the occasion to give assurance that the entire team will in due course be “properly” rewarded.”We have given you some tokens, but we believe we need to find meaningful ways of rewarding you for what you have done,” he said.Organised by WICB sponsor, Digicel, the ceremony also had in attendance several family members of the players, as well as their school coaches, principals and well wishers.”To beat India in Bangladesh is a big thing,” said Heaven.”I want to say to you congratulations and all the best in your future endeavours in the field of cricket.”SELF-BELIEFHeaven, who was also accompanied by Jamaica Under-19 chairman of selectors, Wayne Lewis, JCA secretary Fritz Harris and chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, also commended the team of their self belief.”During your send-off for the World Cup, we, the JCA, said to you at a ceremony that we believed in you and I think that you took that statement seriously,” Heaven remarked.”You believed in yourself as it is only a strong belief in yourself that could have led you to that victory.”Elon Parkinson, head of public relations at Digicel, also weighed in, expressing that Frew, Smith and Crooks had made Jamaicans and West Indians proud.”Michael, Odean, Shahid, big up,” said Parkinson.”You have made your schools St Elizabeth Technical and Maggoty High, your clubs, the Westmoreland and St Elizabeth Cricket Associations and by extension Jamaica and the West Indies, extremely proud.The West Indies last week defeated India by five wickets in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh.
A former Ghana football coach said the country’s football was ‘going nowhere’ because the players were ‘having too much sex,’ according to a local news report.”A lot of today’s players cannot play 90 minutes because they get so tired easily. And you know why? Because they don’t sleep enough and don’t train enough and they engage in too much sex. There are beautiful young girls in Ghana and they won’t leave them alone.” Malik Jabir said, speaking to a national radio station.Currently the under-23 coach, 71-year-old Jabir represented the Black Stars at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games and coached Ghana in 2003. “There is time for sex and time for football, but if you mix the two, you will never reach the top,” he said according to a report in Diario AS.The Black Stars’ are slated to play in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Friday.Health experts have widely discredited claims that sex can affect athletic performances, but coaches don’t necessarily believe that. In a run-up to FIFA in 2014, a survey showd that Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Mexico had imposed explicit bans on sex for their players.”There will be no sex in Brazil. They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want. I am not interested what the other coaches do, this is not a holiday trip, we are there to play football at the World Cup,” Bosnia-Herzegovina’s soccer coach had famously told reporters two months before the tournament.Even late boxer Muhammad Ali abstained for six weeks before fights.advertisement
Dutch cable operator Ziggo has launched Ziggo Mobile, its new mobile telephony and data service.Ziggo Mobile has two Sim-only subscription options for consumers and two for business clients. The cheapest consumer subscription is available from €15 per month. This offers 300 minutes call time/text messages, 1,000 MB data and unlimited access to one million Ziggo Wifi spots for four devices. There is an introductory subscription for business clients from €20 excluding VAT with 400 minutes call time/text messages, 1,000 MB data unlimited access to the Ziggo Wifi spots for four devices.“With Wifi modems and the introduction of apps such as the Ziggo TV app, we have made our services available everywhere in and around the home,” said Ziggo’s chief commercial officer Marcel Nijhoff. “The next step was to offer access everywhere in our footprint. We did this by activating over one million Ziggo WifiSpots. With the introduction of Ziggo Mobile, we are now entering the next phase; that of mobility.”Ziggo launched its WiFi spot offering, using the partitioned cable modem WiFi clouds of its subscriber base, in April.