ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.
Patrick Marleau may have just moved another giant step closer to returning to the San Jose Sharks.The Carolina Hurricanes bought out Marleau’s contract on Thursday, five days after acquiring the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a salary dump move, the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. reported.Hurricanes will buy out Marleau, Don Waddell said. Owe him his $3 million signing bonus now and $833,333 split … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
Ray Maota The only women graduate, Elizabeth Mokoena (second left), with Imbizo mentor Gideon Selopyane (left); Cedric Buffler, founder of Trident Institute (right); and Debra Marsden, head of business transformation and public affairs at Wiphold. Graduate Ibrahim Baku praised the credibility of the programme saying it wasn’t just corporates trying to look good, and it brought value to his business. Oosthuizen said that Nedbank viewed the small and micro business sector as the lifeblood of the country’s economy. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza Nedbank: Communications +27 11 295 5360 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s competitiveness consistent • Investment incentives portal launched • Insights into doing business in SA • Citizens in charge of their destinyTen small business owners from Kliptown, Soweto – part of 48 selected in three provinces – have graduated from an eight-month pilot business programme aimed at helping them improve their business skills and sustain their livelihoods.The inaugural Imbizo Business Acumen Programme is sponsored by long-term insurance company Old Mutual, along with affiliates Nedbank and Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Wiphold), an investment company focused on the empowerment of black businesswomen.Sixteen graduates received their programme certificates in Mpumalanga on 11 October, while earlier in the month, on 5 October, the Eastern Cape village of Centane saw five of its own graduate from the course, which began in March. The Kliptown ceremony was held on 13 October.Training focused on management skills for income and bank accounts, establishing a market for their specific business and understanding input costs to ensure the growth of their enterprises.A random selection of business owners from Kliptown and the neighbouring areas of Pimville and Eldorado Park took part. Tutorials were held at the Soweto Kliptown Youth centre and a local church alternately. The two criteria, according to the organisers, were that candidates have to be literate as the course involved a lot of writing, and that their businesses are at least six months old.Nedbank’s head of black business partnerships and alternative segments, Jake Oosthuizen, said his company believes in the small and micro business sector, viewing it as the lifeblood of the country’s economy.“Through the Imbizo programme,” he said, “we affirm that belief and our commitment towards building a sustainable economy by supporting the sector, which has the potential to create jobs.”Old Mutual’s support of the programme is made possible through its Masisizane Fund, formed in 2007 from unclaimed shares left over from the company’s demutualisation process.The fund operates as a non-profit company in consultation with the national treasury, and has a mandate that includes developing disadvantaged businesses with the potential of creating jobs, while also ensuring its own sustainability and growth.“We are excited about the success of this programme,” said Masisizane CEO Simphiwe Somdala. “We are hopeful that it will really assist these small businesses to increase their contribution to the country’s economy in the long run.”Retaining Kliptown’s pulseThe Kliptown graduates all run businesses in and around the township. These range from small spazas (small, makeshift shops for daily amenities, usually run from the owner’s home) and taverns to general dealers who supply the township’s catering and retail sector, tourism-orientated operations like tour guides, and those providing IT solutions to the general public and other businesses.Jabu Masuku runs a general dealership, and at the end of the programme committed himself to resisting the urge to help himself to money in the cash register, a habit he had developed to cover living costs not related to the business.“During the programme, we talked about how people from other neighbourhoods own shops in our area, capitalising on the needs of their market,” he reflected.“They take money out of the region, which is not good for its development.”Businesses in the area should benefit the people of Kliptown, he added.Ibrahim Baku, who also runs the same kind of business, praised the credibility of the programme.“We had to submit three months’ worth of data pertaining to our businesses,” he said, “and the improvement the course has made shows that it’s not just for the companies involved to look good.”Success start inwardsKarabo Songo, MD of Olive Communications, was the keynote speaker at the Kliptown event, and he encouraged the graduates to use the tool they had just earned to succeed.“I have always believed that success starts inwards and flows outwards,” he said. “We all have dreams but what is funny is that they diminish as we grow older.”Songo added that the business owners needed to own their success. “If you own a spaza, you need to be able to say it’s the best spaza in your area or region.”Investing in travelling, he said, would expose the graduates to how other businesses similar to theirs are run, which could have an indirect impact on how they run theirs.“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” said Songo. “Seeing what others do outside your environment opens up your mind and makes you a lateral thinker.”The graduates were also told to always have positive thoughts for themselves and their business as they are only confined by the walls they build themselves by having negative thoughts.
Downplaying the security apprehensions raised by some participating nations ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal today said there is nothing to fear and he is completely satisfied with the arrangements.Dadwal, who is the commanding officer for over one lakh security personnel that would be pressed into action for the sporting extravaganza, took a tour of the Games Village here to take stock of the security arrangements.”I am completely satisfied with the security arrangements. We have been preparing for months now,” Dadwal told PTI. An IPS officer of the 1974 batch, Dadwal assured that security has been completely taken care of and there is nothing to fear.Asked about a recent sting operation carried out by a foreign news channel claiming lack of security, he said, “That was completely bogus. He just shot from outside.” Security has been one of the primary concerns for the Games, scheduled from October 3 to 14.Over one lakh personnel including commandos drawn from the paramilitary forces as well. Helicopters with commandos and unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) would be guarding the air space.Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) teams of the Army as well as the National Disaster Relief Force would also be deployed. Dadwal’s assertions come even as international athletes continue to raise security fears. Some have even pulled out citing safety fears.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said relations between Bangladesh and India have now reached a new height as both the countries duly value each other.The prime minister said this when state executive member and adviser to president BJP, West Bengal, India Anindya Gopal Mitra met her at her office.The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said Mitra also echoed the observation of the prime minister on the Indo-Bangladesh relations.Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh always express their gratitude towards the Indian government and people for their all-out support to Bangladesh and its people during the liberation war in 1971.After the assassination father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 1975 the real history of the country was distorted. “One generation was completely kept in the dark the country’s history,” she said.The prime minister mentioned that the new generation of the country is very much aware and they learned the real history.Mitra told the prime minister that he was a young politician during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, and apprised her about the role he played during war.Earlier, Mitra expressed his profound respect to Bangabandhu through garlanding on his picture kept in the PM office.Principal secretary M Nojibur Rahman and PMO secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present during the meeting.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoThe ruling Awami League has nominated chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada for contesting parliamentary elections from Patuakhali-3 constituency.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist has renewed its call for removing CEC KM Nurul Huda since, the paty argued, Huda has lost any moral ground to stay in office after his nephew is made the AL nominatee.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, addressing a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, demanded that CEC Huda must quit showing integrity to the position he is holding, if he has any.”CEC Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada Saju received Awami League’s nomination letter yesterday (Sunday). Its another aspirant AKM Jahangir Hossain said the ruling party has nominated him to use the CEC (Huda) in the election in favour of it,” the BNP leader said.Rizvi said, “We think the government has given the CEC a gift by nominating his nephew and that’s why he’s lost all the moral right to hold office.”Shahjada Saju is one of at least 31 new faces who secured AL tickets for contesting the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on 30 December.Those who get first nomination from the AL include Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza from Narial-2 constituency, former inspector general of police Noor Muhammad from Kishoreganj-2, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s personal assistant secretary (APS-2) and former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Saifuzzaman (Shikhor) from Magura-1, AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap from Madaripur-3 and former BCL leader AKM Enamul Haque from Shariatpur-2.Rizvi said it is in no way possible for CEC Huda to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner as his nephew is in the race with an AL ticket.”The CEC through his activities have already demonstrated that he’s an undeclared Awami League leader and he managed the ticket for his nephew,” Rizvi added.He also demanded the EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed be withdrawn from the commission as his statements are similar to the ones made by the ruling party leaders.Rizvi accused the EC secretary of plotting to hold a ‘state-managed’ elections in the country.
*This report, originally appeared in Prothom Alo print editon, has been rewritten here in English by Nusrat Nowrin. Militant illustrationIn order to prevent the return of Bangladeshi militants who joined wars in Syria and Iraq, the home ministry has issued directives to Bangladesh embassies abroad not to issue travel permits without the ministry’s approval.This decision was reportedly taken at a recent meeting between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the top officials of home ministry.The home ministry’s immigration department under the security services division sent a letter to the foreign ministry on 16 May, stating that security threats had increased recently due to militant activities in the international arena. Granting travel permits without proper verification could pose as a threat to the country’s security, the letter said.Militants might conceal their identity and enter the country, the letter added, asking the foreign ministry to issue directives in this regard to Bangladesh’s diplomatic missions abroad.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the airports have also been alerted about militants entering the country. The airports have been provided details of militants with Bangladeshi passports, he added.”The US has said certain militants who were Bangladeshi-origin US citizens, were also trying to enter Bangladesh. The agencies in Bangladesh do not have much information about the matter. As they did not have passports, they might try to get travel permits from the embassies and enter Bangladesh. That is why it has been decided to verify everyone’s identity before they enter the ocuntry. Anyone with a travel permit can return to the country as soon as the home ministry gives its approval,” the minister said.While asked whether this decision may hamper the return of immigrant Bangladeshi workers who had lost their passports for various reasons, Asaduzzaman said, “We will speedily send them approval by e-mail or fax.”According to sources in the law enforcement, many have gone to Syria and Iraq from Bangladesh, influenced by Islamic State (ISIS) ideology. The authorities do not have information on the exact numbers of these militants, whether they are dead or alive, or their whereabouts.The law enforcement sources referred to a foreign terrorist fighters’ list prepared by a certain western country, which said over 40 Bangladeshis went to Syria from Bangladesh in 2014-15. Many of them were killed and several landed in prisons in Syria and Iraq after being detained. Many Bangladeshi-origin citizens from other countries also went to Syria.Several other countries have already taken cautionary steps against militants of their respective countries from returning after the fall of ISIS in Syria.Officers of Dhaka Metropolitan Police CTTC (Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime) unit stressed the need to verify the identities of the people coming from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Lebanon as they may be militants returning from these countries.According to several sources, Mutaz Abdul Majid, a youth born and brought up in Saudi Arabia, came to Bangladesh from Turkey last February. He was taken into custody at the airport and later shown arrested.Mutaz had taken his passport from the Bangladesh embassy in Saudi Arabia and went to Turkey using the passport in 2016. Later, the Turkish police detained him and sent him to Bangladesh. However, the law enforcement here could not verify as yet whether Mutaz fought in Syria on any militant front.Militants have been blacklisted in many countries, and so will try to enter any country with a travel pass, CTTC chief Monirul Islam said.Fast travel passes are often sought to send back illegal workers. Militants may try to use such travels passes to return to the country and so the home ministry has issued the alert in this regard.