first_img(CMC) – LEFT-HANDER Darren Bravo has been sent packing for the one-day series against India starting next month, with injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell also overlooked in a 14-man squad announced yesterday by West Indies selectors.Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.From that World Cup squad, speedster Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as an injury replacement for Russell.Meanwhile, veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad after making an about turn on his retirement, with the trio of opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and seamer Keemo Paul called up for the three-match series which bowls off in Georgetown.Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of the rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years,” said Reifer, who was appointed back in April.“We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in four years’ time.“We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad. We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games.“The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”Bravo is one of the major omissions, especially since it comes less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus, owing to a nasty public squabble with former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron.However, in 16 One-Day Internationals since, he has managed only 244 runs at an average of 22 with a single half-century. He played just three matches in the World Cup and batted only twice, scoring 0 and 19 in those outings.Overall, he averages 30 from 110 ODIs.Russell, recently named in the T20 International squad subject to a fitness test, had a similarly frustrating World Cup campaign, scoring 36 runs from three innings and claiming five wickets.He limped out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury which dogged him throughout and hampered performances.Campbell and Chase, meanwhile, have been handed opportunities to press their claim for permanent spots in the side.The left-handed Campbell averages nearly 50 from six ODIs, fuelled largely by a sparkling 179 in his only innings in the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland back in May while Chase averages 21 from 16 ODIs with a single half-century.Paul, a promising 21-year-old, played the last of his 11 ODIs in December before being sidelined with injury.“It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team,” Reifer said of the trio. “Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup.”Gayle provides the bulk of the experience in the unit with 10 393 runs from 298 ODIs, along with 25 hundreds but is coming off a low-key World Cup where he managed only 242 runs at an average of 30.He is two months away from his 40th birthday and in the twilight of his career but Reifer endorsed his presence in the Jason Holder-led squad.“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” Reifer pointed out.The opening ODI is set for August 8 with the remaining matches on August 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

first_imgJanet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former secretary of homeland security, delivered the 37th Earl V. Pullias lecture on campus Wednesday, addressing that a previously announced tuition hike of 5 percent will not affect the upcoming summer quarter for the UC system.In the lecture, she also addressed the longstanding conversation about higher education in California. The event was hosted by the Pullias Center for Higher Education and the Rossier School of Education.Napolitano’s lecture titled, “A Trifecta for the Future: Higher Education, California, and Innovation,” also focused on the unique role that research universities have played in making California a center of innovation and a world leader in its own right.“California, if it is to pay its dream forward to future generations,” Napolitano said. “must never abandon its sense of itself as a society built on innovation, and it must never abandon the institutions that seek that innovation. That is the California that we are fighting for.”At the start of the lecture, Napolitano referred to participants of previous Pullias Lectures, such as former University of California presidents David P. Gardner and Richard C. Atkinson.In 1988, Gardner participated in a lecture that discussed global transformations and the internationalized quest for knowledge. He argued that the reach for American research universities such as those within the UC system must be altered. Atkinson reinforced that point in his 1997 lecture by emphasizing how research universities are not only important for economic growth, but also for discovery and the application of knowledge.Napolitano furthered the lectures of former UC presidents by discussing how Californians have built and nurtured an iconic society known to the world as a beacon of progress and opportunity.“They [Californians] built it with a native creativity and ceaseless innovation, introducing to the world everything from the Silicon chip to fine Napa Valley wine to the wetsuit,” Napolitano said. “They built it with a strong sense of common purpose, fostering a true commonwealth for those with dreams and ideas and notions about the next big thing. In the spirit of a commonwealth, they built it with a deep commitment to education and research.”She continued to discuss current problems she believes the UC system needs to address. Napolitano explained that the UC schools are currently receiving the same amount of funding as they had in 1997, with 75,000 more students enrolled now than in 1997.Napolitano explained that the 75,000 extra students is the equivalent of adding another University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkeley without any additional funding from the state.Napolitano said there are only so many tax dollars to go around, and the education system has to compete with public services, healthcare and corrections for funding. She commented that society has drifted away from the concept of a commonwealth.“Taxpayers, who used to view education at the University of California as a public investment, increasingly now see it as a private good, one that ought to be paid for by the individuals who derive a direct benefit from it,” Napolitano said.Joseph Chan, a graduate student studying postsecondary administration and student affairs, said he was interested in how tuition rates were impacted by these increases.“She [Napolitano] mentioned in her speech that the priorities of the state as far as funding have flipped, causing a tuition increase,” Chan said. “I always questioned, ‘Why is the tuition cost increasing?’, and I never knew the huge role that tax played into that.”Napolitano ended her lecture by explaining a decision made last November to move forward with a new tuition and financial aid plan in the UC system, which will include increased enrollment of students from California.The plan means investing and reinvesting in academic quality. Napolitano said that they are serious about the UC school system maintaining both affordability and quality.Shujin Zhong, a graduate student studying postsecondary administration and student affairs, said she was especially interested in Napolitano’s research on tuition payments.“Last semester I did some research on tuition fees and came to know that although we’ve paid a lot for tuition, we actually enjoy more [at USC] such as better resources, better faculty members and better services. Also, I would like to hear something more about the international environment at UCs,” Zhong said.last_img read more

first_imgAbigail E. Disney, producer of the award-winning film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, has pledged to donate 100,000 United States dollars to the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa if Liberians could raise the same amount by February 7, 2014 for the construction of the a technical institute named in her honor, for women and girls in Liberia.A major supporter of Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee’s foundation, Ms. Disney made the pledge at the launch of a 3 million United States Dollar fund drive for what would be called the Abigail E. Disney Technical Institute for Girls, during the GPFA’s 2nd annual fundraising gala program held at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street Friday January 31, 2014.She told the gathering that the foundation was on the right path to empower women and girls through the establishment of the Technical Institute for girls and a high school that could provide quality education to many.At the fundraiser alone, prominent personalities pledge amounts close to 30 per cent of the US$100,000 which Madam Disney promised to match.  The in addition to the fundraiser, the GPFA gala featured a silent auction of several pieces of art, copies Gbowee’s book Mighty Be Our Powers, as well as other goods and services provided by local Liberian businesses that have identified with GPFA’s cause.  During the fundraising program, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa recognized all of its scholarship recipients who maintained a grade-point average of 3.0 and above, while encouraging them to do better.According Madam Leymah R. Gbowee, the foundation has given international scholarships to many young women including Georgia Genoway, Korto Johnson, Ernestine Vulue, Yamah Lavelah, among others, who will be traveling abroad for studies this year in various disciplines.Madam Gbowee explained that the building of the Technical Institute for women and girls is a way of starting something for girls, adding that even they do not go to college, they can have something doing for life, and could still be on course with others in the country.” Ma-Hawa Ngaim of the University of Liberia and one of the scholarship benificiaries of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa told the Daily Observer that the Gbowee scholarship was the best in the country, giving full support to women and girls in Africa.  “This is the only scholarship program in Liberia that gives school supplies, internships, and many other opportunities including workshops, academic development, and summer student exchange as part of the Foundation’s activities.”  To make a donation, visit’s note: The Daily Observer wishes to clearify that Mr. Bai Best, Marketing Manager of Daily Observer was not one of the honorees at GPFA fundraiser as was reported in the February 3, 2014 edition, under the caption ‘Gbowee Foundation Launches Free Education for Girls, Others. The error is sincerely regretted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more