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(CMC) – West Indies have taken another blow to their Test ranking, following their 2-0 series defeat to New Zealand.Though the Caribbean side remain eighth in the rankings, they have lost three rankings points and are now alongside ninth-ranked Bangladesh on 72 points.Only mere decimal points have kept the Windies in eighth spot.West Indies’ hopes of making a move up the rankings were scuppered when they went down by an innings and 67 runs to the Black Caps inside four days in the opening Test at Wellington two weeks ago. And their attempt to level the series in Hamilton this week came up short as they lost by 240 runs with a session to spare on the fourth day.The Windies have languished near the bottom of the international rankings in recent years, as their results in the game’s longest form continue to wane.The recent series defeat meant they have now not won a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years and are without a series win over a higher-ranked nation since they swept the Black Caps in the Caribbean five years ago.West Indies beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in a two-match series in Bulawayo last month but dropped points as the African side are the lowest-ranked Test-playing nation.They have now won just four Tests of their last 20 inside the last two years but three of those have come over the last three months, including victories over then highly-ranked Pakistan and England.With the series win, New Zealand have risen three points but remained fourth, one place ahead of Australia, while India maintain a healthy lead over South Africa at the top.
A stunning Lionel Messi free-kick five minutes from time completed the comeback, which puts Ernesto Valverde’s side on 51 points, well ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, 1-0 winners at Eibar on Saturday.“The goal we scored before the break really helped us,” said Valverde. “It seemed the curse was still there when we were 2-0 down, and yet we pushed and we believed we could turn it around and take the lead, and finally the goals came.”The win also moves Barca a full 19 points in front of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who are languishing in fourth and closer on points to the relegation zone than leaders Barca after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Villarreal.Real’s embarrassment allowed third-placed Valencia to move eight points clear of Zinedine Zidane’s side with a 2-1 win at third-from-bottom Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, which came thanks to goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo.Barca came into Sunday’s clash having not won at Sociedad since 2007 and with 34 minutes gone it looked like the hex was going to continue.Jose gave the hosts a shock lead after just 11 minutes when he headed home Xabi Prieto’s superb cross, and a shambolic looking Barca were deservedly two down 23 minutes later.Juanmi burst through the away side’s distracted backline to meet Sergio Canales’ excellent through ball, and the Spaniard saw his shot deflected off Sergi Roberto and creep inside Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s near post.Suarez burst into life as the first half came to a close and gave the Catalans hope with a fine low cross that Paulinho just had to guide home to pull a goal back.The Uruguayan then scored a sensational equaliser in the 50th minute, striding towards Messi’s pass and clipping a looping shot over Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli, before putting his side into the lead 21 minutes later.Rulli’s long clearance was fired back with a powerful shot by Thomas Vermaelen that found Suarez clean through on and ready to crash home Barca’s third.Messi’s free-kick, a dipping curler that any goalkeeper would have struggled to save, was the icing on the cake for Barca and the Argentine, who overtook Gerd Muller to become the top scorer in the history of Europe’s top five leagues with his 366th La Liga strike.– Real respite –Real coach Zidane was given some respite from the fierce criticism he received following Villarreal’s first ever win at the Bernabeu, as Sevilla missed the chance to draw level on points in the race for Champions League qualification when they lost 1-0 at lowly Alaves on Sunday.Alaves’ midfielder Manu Garcia (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Sevilla at the Mendizorrotza Stadium in Vitoria on January 14, 2018 © AFP / CESAR MANSOManu Garcia’s 52nd-minute strike pulled Alaves out of the relegation zone and left Sevilla sixth on 29 points, three behind fourth-placed Real.The defeat for Sevilla extends Vincenzo Montella’s losing start in La Liga, with the Italian guiding his new club to two straight league losses since replacing cancer-stricken Eduardo Berizzo, following last week’s 5-3 home Seville derby loss to Betis.Espanyol played out a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s other game, with Inaki Williams equalising for the Basques six minutes after Gerard Moreno’s 29th-minute opener.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (L) is congratulated by teammate Luis Suarez after scoring against Real Sociedad on January 14, 2018 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Jan 14 – Luis Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad on Sunday and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.Suarez struck in the 50th and 71st minutes, his first a delightful chip from just inside the area, after laying on Paulinho six minutes before the break to start the comeback from first-half goals from Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Juanmi.
Danny K paints the walls of the Tlhatlogang. Junior Secondary School CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Achmat Dangor speaks at the launch of Mandela Day 2012. SA celebrities address pupils. UN officials do their bit for Madiba. (Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang Spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +2711 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela TV series to start production • Mandela archive goes live • Mandela Day now a global eventCadine PillayThe annual International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May with several of South Africa’s most popular celebrities taking time out to roll up their sleeves and fix a partly dilapidated school in Soweto, Johannesburg.Working under the theme “Take action and inspire our youth for tomorrow” they toiled alongside officials from the UN Information Centre (UNIC) as well as employees of several large corporates to get a head start to their 67 minutes for Mandela. South Africans and the world at large are urged every year to spend 67 minutes doing a good deed for someone less fortunate than themselves as a way of observing Mandela Day.Singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto. The school was selected by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory as the launch venue.The voices of SA“All South African artists have a close connection with Madiba,” said Danny K, referring to Mandela by his clan name. The singer challenged musicians at the launch to give their voices, all the while reminding guests of the vital role young people play in society.“Providing them with an education and a good start in life can help them overcome challenges,” he said.Danny K is also part of the SHOUT campaign, an initiative that raises awareness on issues related to crime in South Africa.Matheba has also been busy with her initiative called “Carry Yourself with Confidence”. Her aim with the project is to reach 6.7 million girls by the end of 2012 across through motivational talks.“I believe that God gives to you so that he can give through you, and that is the message I want to send to young girls,” she said.Addressing pupils, ProVerb called on them to not only engage in their own 67 minutes of good deeds, but to also encourage their peers to do the same.“They should also not just do it for Mandela Day, but carry on to with the spirit of goodwill in their everyday lives,” he said.Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, said: “We are particularly pleased with the artists who have decided to join us and hope that all their followers will take their lead.”Backing of corporatesLindsey Sherman from Investec, who spoke on behalf of the Companies for Mandela Day initiative, explained the importance and benefits of employee volunteering.She said in the past companies would just do their part on 18 July every year, but that has changed and they have now taken their efforts to include the weeks, even months prior to the day.The Companies for Mandela Day participants have created a system that encourages staff to undertake community service throughout the year.“This mobilises more people and encourages change makers to make their good deeds on-going and sustainable, rather than just once off,” said Nelson Mandela Day Coordinator Frank Meintjies. At least 25 companies form part of the initiative.In some cases the participating companies have gone as far as involving their staff in ‘payroll giving’, where employees agree to a certain amount being deducted from their salaries to go to the community projects their companies support.“This is excellent for sustainability and Mandela Day gives a boost to this on-going work, as well as bringing new employees into volunteer work,” said Meintjies.A global movementSpeaking at the launch, CEO of the centre Achmat Dangor said “Mandela Day is proof that one small step at a time can become a global movement around the world. All that is required is action.”Dangor called on guests to take time out of their lives to inspire change in their communities.“We would like to remind all that the Mandela Day campaign is a call for activism in order to build better communities.”Mandela Day was established in 2009 following the success of the former stateman’s 90th birthday commemoration the previous year. It is now officially adopted by the UN as a day to recognise the man and his efforts towards reconciliation in South Africa.“The aim is to inspire people not just in South Africa, but all over the world to follow by his example and take action,” said Dangor.Last year, the premier basketball league in the US, the National Basketball Association (NBA), will host their second series of basketball clinics in Alexandra, after a successful run in Soweto last year.Another initiative that is driven by Richard Mabaso, founder of Imbumba Foundation will see him climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the first time in July.His efforts are to raise funds and awareness for the education of girls from underprivileged backgrounds across the country.British comedian Eddie Izzard was not to be left behind. He started a marathon race in honour of Mandela earlier in the May at Mvezo in the Eastern Cape.“I will attempt to run 27 marathons in 27 days, as a small tribute to Mandela to symbolise the 27 years he spent in prison,” he said.The marathons will be run all over South Africa in areas of significance to Mandela’s life, including the Eastern Cape areas of Qunu and Fort Hare. In Gauteng they will be in Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and Rivonia, while Cape Town and Robben Island will have their own events. Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years at Robben Island.‘Encouraging active citizens’As the emphasis for Mandela Day is being placed on raising youth through decent education, the centre of memory – along with its partners – is driving some of South Africa’s most meaningful initiatives.“We would like to encourage young people to be active citizens by participating wholeheartedly in this campaign,” said Hatang. “There are countless ways to give back and start affecting a positive change for our youth.”The projects were inspired to improve conditions and literacy levels among youngsters from historically disadvantaged communities.The Container Library Project driven by Breadline Africa installs container libraries at primary schools throughout South Africa, benefiting about 1000 pupils.The 94+ Schools Project, initiated by the Department of Basic Education, has identified 94 of the country’s neediest schools for upgrades and refurbishment in honour of Mandela. “The message of giving your time to uplift your fellow citizens is reaching people, and the spirit of volunteerism that has been shown is humbling,” said UNIC Deputy Director Helene Hoedl.“We can only work harder by ensuring that this is more sustainable, and that we indeed make every day Mandela Day.”
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Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve an Immigration and Labour Protocol between TCIG and the Desarollos Hotelco TCI Ltd in relation to the development of a luxury branded hotel at Grace Bay on Providenciales; Received a report from the Hon. Minister of Finance, regarding the management of government accounts.Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course. Header: File photo Received a presentation by the Hon. Attorney General on a bill to amend the Firearms Ordinance which would be finalised for referral to the House of Assembly; Received a presentation by the Hon. Minister for Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage and Gaming on a proposed draft Gaming Control Bill. Cabinet sought clarification on certain aspects of the draft Bill and agreed that that draft Bill should be put out to public consultation following which it would be returned to Cabinet for further consideration; Approved the Alternative Education Policy paper as the official document to govern alternative education for students in TCI who are deemed “at risk” or who have behavioural difficulties subject to the provision of resources to implement the policy; Welcomed the news from the Hon. Minister of Finance, that banking services would resume on South Caicos once certain matters were addressed; Rejected a submission by Charisma University to use the Accreditation Commission for Colleges on Medicine (ACCM) to conduct the accreditation of the Charisma School of Medicine in TCI and endorsed the established procedure to be followed for licensing and accreditation of medical schools in TCI; Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows – TR17/10 Police vehicles; TR17/13 K9 vehicle for the police; TR17/20 Electronic teaching aids and software; TR17/27 Fencing project, South Dock, Providenciales; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Approved a proposal for a peppercorn lease agreement for ROM Group, Higgs Plaza, to provide free temporary accommodation for three months for the Bottle Creek Clinic on North Caicos whose original property was severely damaged following Hurricane Irma; Noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for the period October – December 2017 as reported by the Accountant General in the 3rdQuarter Financial Report 2017/18 submitted in accordance with Section 36 of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012; Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 3, 2018 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All Ministers were present.At this meeting Cabinet:Received a presentation on the review of the statutory bodies by Mr Stephen Turnbull. Cabinet agreed to consider and review the recommendations in Mr Turnbull’s consolidated report at its next meeting; Noted additional international awards that have been granted to students who were initially denied scholarships due to insufficient funding being available but who are now eligible for awards following additional funds being identified; Approved amending the Community College Ordinance to enable the granting of Bachelor Degrees by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sport and Human Services on progress to recruit a Chief Executive Officer and a Chief Financial Officer of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB). Cabinet discussed the continuing problems at the NHIB and called for a paper in advance of the next meeting of Cabinet setting out options to address the management of the NHIB; Advised His Excellency the Governor to grant a licence, subject to certain conditions being met, to Digicel (Turks and Caicos) Limited to install underground telecommunications fibre optic network cables along sections of road reserves in Providenciales and Grand Turk to enable the company to repair and improve its telecommunications infrastructure in TCI following damage caused by September’s hurricanes; Her Excellency the Deputy Governor informed Cabinet of the process and deadlines for ITTs and tenders to be submitted by departments. She further up-dated Cabinet on recent public service appointments and the latest job recruitments that are underway. The Deputy Governor also raised the critical situation of public service buildings which were badly damaged during the September hurricanes and which remain unsuitable for continued public service operations. The Deputy Governor undertook to circulate to Cabinet a list of government departments affected and that had been displaced as a result of the hurricanes; Received an information paper from the Hon. Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade updating Cabinet on progress on the Vision 2040 Document and the Medium Term Development Strategy project; Related Items: