first_img Against this, none of the other teams looked good in a tournament during which the batting was disappointing, the bowling was embarrassingly wayward, and the fielding was atrocious. The batting, with the exception of Darren Bravo, was poor, with the likes of the since-retired Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Assad Fudadin, Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, AndrÈ McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, and Carlos Brathwaite of Australia fame getting only one good score in six or seven innings each. Bravo was good, stroking 82, 95, and 97 for 274 runs in three innings at a good clip of average of 91.33. That was a far cry from the 259 runs in seven innings for an average of 51.80 by Fudadin in second place and from the 251 at 41.83 in third place by McCarthy. In fact, after a tournament of eight teams playing in two groups of return matches and before empty stands but for one semi-final and the final, with the top two teams in each group meeting in the semi-finals and final, only seven teams scored more than 200 runs in a match, only three batsmen scored more than 100 runs in an innings, only two batsmen averaged over 50, and regardless of the state of the pitches, that was bad, especially with the low standard of fielding throughout. It was even worse when one considered the standard of the bowling. Only one bowler, pacer Delorn Johnson of the Windward Islands, took six wickets in an innings, and despite the poor bowling and ragged fielding, only three bowlers, including Jamaica’s Damion Jacobs, took five wickets in an innings. In fact, only Richards, Johnson, Emrit, Jaggesar, and Hosein impressed as bowlers, or looked promising as bowlers. While the tournament was a success for the Red Force, the one-eyed man in a blind man’s games, it was poor for the other teams, and particularly so for Guyana and for Jamaica, who went into it with much hope. With Trinidad and Tobago playing like champions throughout, especially in the semi-finals and final, knocking off Guyana by 54 runs after posting 259 for 9 and limiting the Guyana to 205 after the Jaguars were reeling at 42 for three after 20 overs, and Barbados by 72 after dashing to 270 for seven and brushing the Pride aside for 198 after the ninth wicket had fallen at 149 with 15.4 overs to go. Jamaica’s feeble attempt included a winning 139 for 8 against Barbados, a losing 139 against Trinidad and Tobago, a losing 176 versus Trinidad and Tobago, and a losing 173 against Barbados. THREE VICTORIES The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, short of some of their better players, by birth, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, and Samuel Badree, walked away with the Nagico Super50 Trophy a week ago, and easily and comprehensively at that. Led by batsmen Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin towards the end, left-handed opening batsman Ervin Lewis, who dazzled for a while, all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, and medium-pacer Rayad Emrit, as well as opening batsman Kyle Ottley, pacer Marlon Richards, off-spinner John Russ Jaggesar, and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago were in control from start to finish. Considered not good enough to win the tournament at the start, the team began well, playing confidently and attractively before they were joined by their two big guns. From there on, there was no doubt, or hardly any doubt, as to who the winners would be. The Red Force of Trinidad and Tobago rolled past the toothless Guyana Jaguars in the semi-finals by 54 runs, and past the humiliated Barbados Pride by 72 in the final. In losing one match, to Barbados, when it did not matter, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force were streets and lanes above the others. Barbados, Guyana, the Windward Islands, and Jamaica were no match for the Red Force, and much better than the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas, who failed to win a game, and the Leeward Islands, who won one. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lewis, who cracked 74 off 74 deliveries and 102 not out off 100 deliveries against Jamaica, and Kyle Hope and Kjorn Ottley looked good at the start, Richards bowled well, Emrit also bowled well, and Jaggesar, Deonarine, and Hosein all bowled well – all three spin bowlers mixing good line, good length, and teasing flight to stifle the opposing batsmen. It is true that Jamaica recorded three victories, but two of those victories, thanks to the leg-spinners of Jacobs, and a maiden century from McCarthy, came when they dismissed the weak ICC Americas for 76 runs in the first match before narrowly squeezing home in the second match in the last over and by one wicket. The standard of the tournament was best defined by the difference of the batting of Darren Bravo and the rest, including Guyana’s feeble offering when they crawled to 42 for three after 20 overs against Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, the Windward Islands 175 against Barbados in the other semi-final, and the batting of Barbados in the final. It was as if the batsmen of Barbados Pride, all of them and every one of them, were playing against a turning ball for the first time in their lives. DISAPPOINTING BATTINGlast_img read more

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “The new import is already here. We was just not able to play because he still needs to accomplish necessary papers,” he said after the Beermen snapped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.READ: PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend“But definitely, we will have a new import next game.”The Beermen made an eyebrow-raising move when they sent Wendell McKines home and took flak when Bridgeman underperformed, scoring only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska Saturday. LATEST STORIES “Ginebra is playing really well and for me, they are the team to beat because of the arrival of Greg Slaughter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Austria defended the team’s change of import. He said the team wanted an import who can be a complementary piece to reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added.Austria expects war against Gin Kings, who he believes as this conference’s favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said his new import Terrence Watson will make his debut against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.Austria said Watson, who was tapped to replace Terik Bridgeman, arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe “Community Conversations” are intended to be an opportunity for the public to discuss the controversial new building bylaw, along with other community-specific issues with PRRD Directors. There’s been significant rural opposition to the legislation that requires building permits for construction in all areas of the district. It came into effect on March 18 and a bid to have it quashed, in favour of one along the lines of the one it replaced, was defeated at a June 13 district board meeting in order to consult with the public.10 of the 19 meetings scheduled remain, stretching into the middle of September. – Advertisement -The remaining schedule is as follows: August 20 7:00 p.m. Montney Community HallAdvertisement September 5 7:00 p.m. Rolla Community HallSeptember 10 7:00 p.m. Tower Lake Community HallSeptember 12 6:30 p.m.Dawson Creek at the Regional District OfficeSeptember 17 7:00 p.m. Baldonnel – TBASeptember 19 7:00 p.m. Farmington Community HallAdvertisement August 22 6:30 p.m. Charlie Lake Community HallAugust 27 7:00 p.m. Chetwynd Recreation CentreAugust 29 7:00 p.m. McLeod School/HallSeptember 3 7:00 p.m. Cutbank Community HallAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Everton have proposed to leave their Goodison Park home and move to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale has set the Toffees a target of winning the Premier League and playing Champions League football in their new stadium during the next decade.The Liverpool club have never lifted the Premier League trophy — they were last crowned champions of England in 1986/87 when they took the then First Division title to their current Goodison Park base. Champions League football is also a rarity for Everton fans, with the club presently 11th in the Premier League table and 17 points adrift of a top-four spot that would secure a place among Europe’s elite.But Barrett-Baxendale, who on just the second day of her now eight-month tenure sacked manager Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh — believes Everton must aim high should they complete a proposed move to their new £500 million stadium at Bramley-Moore.Barrett-Baxendale, speaking at her first Everton shareholders meeting at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Tuesday, said the club should be “challenging at the top of the Premier League and competing at the highest level in European competitions”.She added: “Ultimately this means challenging for domestic titles and trophies, not only to win cups, but to win Premier League titles too.”“It means competing regularly in the Champions League and it means doing all of this in a world-class, world-renowned football stadium.”Barrett-Baxendale, one of the most high-profile women in the traditionally male-dominated world of English football, admitted: “This is an extremely challenging goal. It is very much a long-term goal for our club but it is vital we are ambitious and that we deliver performances on and off the pitch that drives our club forward to achieve our ambitions.“I acknowledge our vision is challenging, and the barriers to entry are indeed daunting, but we are Everton and we must all be focused and driven to meet that challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgAs Donegal’s four hundred dairy farmers count the cost of falling milk prices it is estimated that the county will suffer a decline of €15 million in the business for 2015.And there is no immediate expectation for an early recovery according to sources in the industry.One Ramelton dairy farm has reported losses of €56,000 in the first half of this year alone. The farmer said that he expects to take a hit of at least €80,000 for the whole year and this kind of loss is not sustainable should it work through into 2016. It is feared the milk price collapse could see as much as one billion Euros removed from a very fragile rural economy this year.Ironically consumer prices have not come down even though prices being paid to farmers have dropped 30% amid more transparency in the food supply chain.Milk has dropped by ten cents a litre since this time last year and the euphoria about quotas being abolished has been dampened greatly due to the harsh reality of supply and demand.Meanwhile the IFA has warned one-third of dairy farmers could find themselves selling at negative margins for 2015 as a whole. Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last yearNew figures from the Central Statistics Office show the price farmers are receiving for milk is down 24% compared to this time last year.The reduction is being driven by lower milk prices in the global market place.Despite the drop in prices, the amount of milk being produced is at an all-time high as farmers have increased their output in response to the abolition of EU milk quotas at the start of April.Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last year.The President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association John Comer said there is a lot of anxiety among his members, particularly those who have a lot of borrowings, who are finding themselves constrained because of a lack of profitability.“That has a serious effect not only on the members but also on the economy,” he said.Every one once cent drop in the milk price paid to farmers takes €60m out of the economy. Mr. McMahon says that the fact that Donegal milk is processed in Killygordon has been a big help and costs have been consequently reduced to a minimum and the industry has got a good spin off with the sale of Donegal Creameries to Connacht Gold in 2012 was a major plus for the Donegal farmers.In July, 185 new tractors were licensed – down from 198 in the corresponding month in 2014 and 246 in 2013.To date in 2015, 1,358 in tractors were licensed, according to the CSO figurers. This compares to 1,551 licensed over the same period last year.The CSO figures are represent a 12% fall in the number of tractors licensed for the first time in 2015 compared to 2014. There has also been a substantial fall in the number of imported tractors this year, the CSO figures show. DONEGAL DAIRYMEN HIT FOR €15M was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dairy farmersdonegalmilklast_img read more

first_imgThere has been much sadness this morning at the sudden death of former Donegal GAA great John Hannigan.John, who was in his 70s, was a loyal servant to both his club St Eunans in Letterkenny and to Donegal whom he played with for many years in the 1960s and 1970s.John was a nurse in St Conals but he will be remembered fondly as arguably one of Donegal greatest footballers. He played for Donegal minors when they won their first Ulster title in 1956 and went on to play for the seniors an incredible 114 times over 16 years from 1958 until 1973.He won an Ulster Senior Championship medal in 1972 as well as three Dr. McKenna Cups in 1963, 1965 and 1967 and three consecutive Lagan Cups in 1965, ‘66, ‘67.He also won five senior championship medals with his beloved St Eunan’s and after retirement he was manager of Donegal in 1975 and 1976.He was a keen golfer with a low handicap and a much-loved member of his local community where he lived in Knocknamona Terrace in Letterkenny. He is survived by his wife Claire and family. SADNESS AT SUDDEN DEATH OF FORMER DONEGAL GAA GREAT was last modified: April 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalGAAJOHN HANNIGANSt Eunanslast_img read more

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Gerry McMonagle, says that roads in Letterkenny are ‘like the surface of the moon’.The Sinn Fein Councillor was speaking at this week’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District after submitting a motion that resurfacing works be carried out at Glencar Irish/Dr McGinley Road estate.In response, the Council said that the roads within Dr McGinley Road are not on the RI programme, but that ‘minor repair works will be addressed by our patching crew’. Councillor McMonagle said that the roads in the town had ‘deteriorated rapidly’ since the abolition of Letterkenny Town Council.“The Town Council would regularly do jobs in these areas and they were kept to fairly good standards,” he said.“There are 20 potholes in areas in front of houses. They have been patched already, I believe, but the potholes are back again.“A resurfacing job would need to be done. We’d be out more money continually patching them.” Councillor McMonagle likened the surfaces in question to the ‘surface of the moon’, adding that there were ‘craters’ in some parts.He said: “Letterkenny is not getting the same attention it was at the time the Town Council was in place. If you drive around Letterkenny now, we keep being told it’s because Irish Water are doing works here and there, but we have yet to get a definitive response from Irish Water. Our roads are suffering in Letterkenny.“The weather is emptying the potholes again and the patching just isn’t working. We’re throwing good money after bad.”Later in the meeting, Fianna Fail Councillor James Pat McDaid called for Municipal District to ‘prepare a report to highlight the need for huge investment in the Letterkenny town roads’.He called for funding to be forthcoming from Donegal County Council or the Department of Transport. “The roads are all being dug up and being left in a state where they are very bad for road users,” he said.“Business people and taxi men have been onto me about them. The holes are being filled in and they just sink again.“The town is getting abused by the works and we don’t have funding to do the whole thing. Patching up isn’t good enough. Huge investment is needed.“We need proper roads and infrastructure in Letterkenny. If we’re going to attract business, we need good roads.” Councillor Dessie Shiels noted that Irish Water would be working on 34 locations over the next 24 months in Letterkenny.Councillor McDaid added: “The Irish Water work is welcomed, but it’s not acceptable, the state of the roads. We are underfunded, it’s as simple as that. We’re already isolated and this isn’t good enough.”‘Crater’-like potholes leave Letterkenny roads like ‘surface of the moon’ was last modified: April 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Councillor Dessie ShielsCouncillor Gerry McMonagleCouncillor James Pat McDaidDr McGinley RoadGlencar IrishletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

first_imgGardaí in Inishowen are investigating an incident of dangerous driving in Moville following a high-speed chase. It is understood that the car chase, which occurred on Thursday at around 2:30pm, was of a northern registration and proceeded towards Derry City.Gardaí haven’t made any arrests as the investigation continues. Gardaí have asked witnesses with information to contact Buncrana Garda Station on (074) 9320540, the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda Station.Gardaí investigating dangerous driving incident in Moville was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img The SASSI programme’s prominent online presence has also made it easy for consumers to participate. Consumers can obtain the most up-to-date information at any time on the SASSI website, FishMS and mobi site. The FishMS service allows consumers to access the SASSI seafood database from any mobile phone. Consumers can send a text message to the number 079 499 8795 to find out whether a particular species is on the red, orange or green list. According to Petersen, the response from wholesalers and retailers to consumer pressure has also been encouraging. A growing number of participants at this end of the value chain are actively involved with the SFP. Quarterly assessments are carried out with each partner to evaluate their seafood procurement process and raise awareness amongst staff. The programme is working with 11 of the biggest seafood suppliers in South Africa (such as Aquatic Foods and Fish On Line), the large retailers (Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Spar) and popular restaurant chains such as John Dory’s and Ocean Basket. Offshore and inshore commercial industry players, such as I&J and Sea Harvest, are also involved.Fish stocks recovering Petersen said in a statement that kingklip stocks almost collapsed a few years ago. However, because of consumer pressure many restaurants stopped offering it on the menu and retailers no longer kept it in stock. Catch limits were also introduced and the kingklip spawning site near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was placed under protection. “I really hope to see kingklip on the green list one day soon.” Basson says that some of South Africa’s linefish species are also showing signs of recovery. For example, red roman, a member of the seabream family, is a popular linefish species that is endemic to Southern Africa. It is a reef-associated species with a relatively narrow distribution from Namibia to the Eastern Cape. She says it is a slow growth species – a 40cm fish could be as old as 40 years. They achieve late sexual maturity and change sex from female to male as they mature. These factors make them highly vulnerable to overfishing. Red roman stocks are in urgent need of rebuilding as they have almost disappeared in some areas such as False Bay on the southern Cape coast. However, she says that there is evidence of recovery within Marine Protected Areas (MPA) along the coast. Research has shown a 90% increase in catches of red roman within the Goukamma MPA. Goukamma is situated on the Garden Route on the Cape South Coast. The exclusion of fishing boats from Goukamma has also been beneficial. “Although much remains to be done to get the red roman stock back to its former glory, this still indicates the tremendous value of MPAs in rebuilding the breeding stock of important over-exploited linefish species,” says Basson.SA consumers more environmentally aware Consumers are becoming more aware of issues affecting the environment. “South African consumers are one of the main reasons why SASSI has been so successful and why we have seen some of our fish species recover,” Basson says. Another success story is that of the South African hake trawl fishery. Significant progress has been made in the management of the hake resource, as a result of both Marine Stewardship Council certification and consumer pressure. If consumers continue to ask questions, it will have major positive impacts for the entire seafood industry. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 1 October 2010 Thanks to South African consumers, the demand for over-exploited fish stocks is declining. Increasing consumer pressure on seafood retailers to stock sustainably harvested fish and support eco-friendly fishing methods have caused stocks of species such as kingklip to show signs of recovery. The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) was launched six years ago to involve the entire seafood supply chain, including consumers, in creating a sustainable seafood industry. Today this initiative has proven to be a highly successful South African consumer campaign. The ocean has often been viewed as an “infinite resource”, but buy-in from the public is helping to correct this perception. Janine Basson from the Sustainable Fisheries Programme (SFP): Fisher and Consumer Outreach, says the SASSI programme has been so successful to date because consumers feel empowered. Their choices can drive positive change towards the recovery of fish stocks. “Consumers are given the opportunity to make informed choices when choosing which seafood to buy and eat. People want to be part of the solution to overfishing, and SASSI is a tool that allows them to do that,” Basson says. There are other seafood campaigns globally that are doing similar work. However, Basson says the major difference is that other international programmes do not partner with seafood industry players, whereas the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa is partnering with industry. This is a key strength of the programme.Finding solutions together A number of programmes are jointly finding solutions to the problem of overfishing and declining fish stocks. The SFP forms part of the WWF Sanlam Living Waters partnership, an initiative to promote marine conservation in South Africa. The SFP works across the seafood supply chain to address ecosystem overexploitation. It contributes to two of the partnership’s targets for the marine sector – firstly, to apply an ecosystem approach to fisheries in South Africa and reduce the impacts of destructive fishing practices to acceptable levels. Its other goal is to restore at least half of over-exploited fish stocks to sustainably managed levels, while still maintaining or improving the state of other stocks. The SFP aims to meet these targets through activities that focus on how fish are caught and traded. The Responsible Fisheries Programme works directly with the fishing industry and resource management and addresses how fish are caught. SASSI focuses on the trading aspect, which involves retailers, restaurants, chefs and consumers.Consumers asking the right questions Dr Samantha Petersen, project manager of the SFP, said in a statement that consumers must continue asking restaurants and retailers if they serve or sell sustainably harvested fish and seafood. Some fishing and seafood farming methods pose more harm to the environment than others. For instance, Basson says, line- or pole-caught methods are relatively selective and don’t kill unintended species such as seabirds and sharks. Although some forms of seafood farming can reduce pressure on overexploited wild stocks, this is only the case if wild fish don’t have to be fed to farmed fish, or if the production method doesn’t further degrade the environment. Consumers must not hesitate to ask in-depth questions about seafood and find out what they are buying or eating, where it comes from and how it was caught. Research indicates that positive changes at sea have predominantly resulted from consumer queries. “One consumer who asks questions about the sustainability of their seafood is likely to have a bigger influence than 100 who simply make a green choice without telling the restaurant or retailer why,” Basson says. Major success has also been achieved with SASSI’s progressive consumer tools. The SASSI Consumer Pocket Guide, originally drafted in 2005, uses a three-level colour classification to rate fish. Green indicates best choice while orange suggests caution and red means the species is illegal or classified as a “no sale species”. Certain species such as tuna were categorised in the green group, but this did not take the fishing method into account. The original red group only included the species that are prohibited from being sold by law.Get the SASSI list The new and updated SASSI list includes a revision of a number of species included on the original list. The new red group lists unsustainable species along with those that are illegal to sell in South Africa. Basson says the original list excluded important imported and aquaculture species, but the updated version includes a selection of these species. “This was becoming an increasingly pressing need due to the growing South African aquaculture industry,” she says. Download the pocket-sized version of the SASSI list (PDF, 1.25MB)last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) The QPR South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2016 championship was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here today.An initiative by Congress leader Milind Deora, the tournament is being held in association with renowned English Club Queens Park Rangers (QPR). The championship would also serve as a talent hunt for 50 talented youngsters, who will be shortlisted for a coaching clinic after a couple of months from which two children will be selected to train at the QPR Youth Academy, London, for a two week program in 2017, a media release issued here said. This year, the tournament will witness approximately 6400 children from 150 plus schools representing 800 teams and playing close to 1100 matches, it said.Deora, a former union minister, said, “Football is a growing passion amongst todays youth. By organising such championships I hope to provide a platform for the youth to exhibit their football skills.””The championship gives a great platform for students and adds immense value to their life and games. Indian Railways is committed to nurture and encourage sports-persons. We lend our support to the junior champions and are committed to help them to make a career in football and serve India,” Prabhu was quoted as saying in the release. PTI NRB ARS PDS PDS BASlast_img read more