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Dynamic all-rounder Darren Sammy is looking to his future and a post-cricket career, as he prepares for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which gets underway from August 8.Sammy will appear for the St Lucia Stars in this year’s CPL, and recently, the former Windies and two-time World T20 Cup-winning Captain, who is still very much in demand and is far from done with playing cricket, has started thinking about what he will do when he does hang up his boots.The hard-hitting right-hander pointed out that he was weighing all the options regarding a post-cricket career; options which include coaching, commentary, and mentoring.“A few of the franchises that I’ve played for, they want me to venture into coaching and mentoring. It’s something that I’ve spoken to my manager about, but to be honest with a young family coming up, I’ll probably take a couple years off, raise my kids, enjoy life with my family, because I’ve been on the road for like forever,” he said.“I’ll watch my kids grow, get to see them take out a tooth and enjoy stuff like that, and in between definitely, probably, mentoring. I don’t want to spend all this time away from home anymore. Commentary – you know I’ll venture. The income acquired over the years, I just have to make sure it’s in the right places and investments that could sustain me and my family for my remainder of my days on this earth.”It was a difficult year for the St Lucia Stars in 2017, with them failing to win a match, their only points came from an abandoned game at Warner Park, St Kitts. Sammy says they just never got going. This year, there is an almost completely new squad, with Sammy one of only five players that appeared last season.Sammy was relieved of the captaincy of the Stars halfway through last season.“I think we just never gelled as a team out there. To start off, we missed a few key players: Lasith Malinga pulled out, David Miller pulled out, Shane Watson was injured the first three games of the tournament. We just never came out of the blocks. The race was finished, and we still didn’t get out of the blocks,” Sammy reflected.He continued, “I always say cricket has always been a team sport, but you need individual performances. We didn’t get that. We probably could bring in some changes to the franchise to make it better. So, I’m actually looking forward for this season and see what it brings.”He says his focus is solely on his own on-field performance for CPL 2018. “Well, to be honest, this year I’ve taken a backseat in the planning. Obviously, things didn’t go well for us last year and I won’t be the captain of the franchise. I’m staying away from this entire decision-making.“I will focus my energy in performing on the field, obviously helping the captain and trying to win games for St Lucia, especially when we are at home playing in the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground,” he added.As someone who has had a huge amount of success in T20 cricket, not least captaining Windies to two World T20 titles, Sammy is well placed to explain why Caribbean cricketers have done so well in the format.“Well, I think the style of play, when you see a West Indian you think of flair, you think of excitement, you think of entertainment and that’s what T20 is about. The brand of cricket that we’ve played, we’ve been playing T20s from way back. Sir Garfield Sobers and these guys, they batted like T20.“Sir Viv Richards, the flair in which they played. When everybody was striking at 60-something, Sir Viv was striking at 80 or 90. So, we’ve always played that fast-paced brand of cricket and it’s just that our generation is just blessed that T20 was introduced during that same period.“I think it’s been for the last decade; it’s been what’s keeping West Indies cricket still as a powerful brand, because we’ve failed at Test matches, we’ve failed at One Days, but we’ve excelled at T20s. Our team get in to the playoffs for so many T20 finals. I think except when we’ve played in the Caribbean, we were in the semi-finals for all the T20 competitions that we’ve played. It’s just a format of the game that suits our Caribbean people.”When asked what makes Hero CPL so special, Sammy says there are so many elements that combine to make it a unique tournament. “CPL is a very great brand – where you get all the West Indians playing at the same time, mix the internationals with that, plus you’re in the Caribbean. I don’t think there’s any other cricketer in the world that would not want to tour the Caribbean. Beautiful place, blue sea, white sand, amazing people, amazing food, it’s like you’re on a vacation and that’s the type of atmosphere CPL brings.“Plus, the cricket is exciting, the fans won’t enjoy a cricket game like that anywhere else than in the Caribbean. We’re just unique in the things that we do, the way we celebrate, and CPL is a growing brand. I would love for St Lucia to win this one coming. We’ve not really represented ourselves really well, but hopefully this year we can raise the trophy. It’s a competition that keeps on growing, keeps on producing young cricketers and hopefully that could filter into international cricket where we can start producing cricketers that could go on to play well for West Indies,” Sammy ended.
Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor domestic violence survivor and activist Hanifa Nakiryowa at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Hanifa Nakiryowa and Halle BerryJenesse CEO Karen Earl said, Hanifa Nakiryowa’s journey underscores the importance of legal services in helping survivors secure their freedom. We first met Hanifa at one of our legal clinics when she came seeking help in applying for asylum. From that first meeting the Jenesse team has been in Hanifa’s corner.”Earl said, “I remember Hanifa saying “I don’t take my survival for granted”. I also remember her sharing that her daughter saw her looking in the mirror and said, ‘Mommy, you’re prettier than the mirror shows”. We have been so honored to have played a role in working to ensure she could know joy and peace again for herself and her daughters. It’s true – It does take a village and so many people helped Jenesse to help Hanifa and her children. Hanifa’s fierce courage is an inspiration to us all.”A survivor of battery and acid violence inflicted by her ex-husband, Hanifa Nakiryowa said, “As I lay in hospital, rotting and seeing parts of my body fall off into the trash can, I promised myself to raise my voice against this form of abuse, to tell my story to save a woman’s life was a commitment I made to myself while in massive pain. To break the silence was what I had to do. Because I had gone through a lot of torture, emotionally, psychologically, physically, sexually but had kept it behind plastic smiles, I decided I had to let the women out there know what silence could lead to. Today, I am an acid attack survivor, the extreme form of gender based violence especially perpetrated on women and children.”Earl said, “Hanifa’s story is a triumph. We are so proud that she recently obtained her masters degree and is living her best life with her beautiful little girls. Now they are enjoying the peaceful life that they deserve with a future so bright we can only imagine the wonderful things ahead.”The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496. VIP tickets to the Imagine Cocktail Party fundraiser to support Jenesse and the families it serves are $500.00 each, general tickets are $300.00 each. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Hudson at [email protected]
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Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis announced that the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, will soon host a GB Tech Summit, with leading local and international technology companies: “The summit will expose entrepreneurs to the global market and Grand Bahama will be on the way to becoming a tech hub of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis told members of the media on Friday, August 25 at the Office of The Prime Minister.The announcement came following a meeting the Prime Minister held with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, and Parliamentary representatives in Grand Bahama.The Prime Minister said his presence in Grand Bahama was in keeping with his promise to make regular visits to the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama and in Abaco: this, he said, would give him a more “hands-on” approach to the affairs of both islands.Prime Minister Minnis said his first order of business at the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama was a meeting with the team headed by Minister of State, Sen. the Hon. Kwasi Thompson.“The first mandate given to this office is the economic revitalization of Grand Bahama,” said Prime Minister Minnis — “the team and I reviewed ongoing projects as well as new initiatives. I received an update on the Hurricane Relief Program in Grand Bahama. I have instructed the Grand Bahama officials to review the program, with a view to bringing assistance to the people of Grand Bahama in a more expeditious manner.“The Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, is actively engaged in the establishment of the Grand Bahama Investment Unit. This Unit will be a one-stop shop for investors, improving the ease of doing business. Ultimately, this unit will be the place for Grand Bahama-specific application processing. This will mean faster turn-around of investment applications, thus putting persons to work sooner.” Also discussed, he noted, was the establishment of the Grand Bahama Investment Promotions Board with its mandate to drive Foreign Direct Investments to Grand Bahama and create greater opportunities.Prime Minister Minnis said meetings in Grand Bahama included fruitful talks with Hutchison representatives on the forward movement of the Grand Lucayan Hotel strip.Asked for a timeline on when promising news about the future of the hotel will come about, Prime Minister Minnis said that he did not want to bind himself to a time frame, noting that if he gave a timeline and the deal did not come through by that timeline, it would appear he was not telling the truth. “And I would not like to be known as someone who tells untruths,” said the Prime Minister.During his time in Grand Bahama, the Prime Minister and his team also met with the principals of Harcourt Development to whom they stated the government’s position on the revitalization of the property. “I expressed in clear terms that the status quo is unacceptable,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “This office will take an active role in ensuring this property is revitalized.”He continued, “I am happy to report that these meetings were very productive with the government’s focus on its commitment to Grand Bahama. The economic revitalization of Grand Bahama is critical to my government and all our team here – all efforts are being made to ensure Grand Bahama can touch and feel the impact of economic opportunities.“I am committed to Grand Bahama and my commitment is evident through this office. I will continue to be in office one day a month to serve this community.”The Prime Minister added, “I promise that I will be back to experience ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya,’ which I encourage all Grand Bahamians to support.”Story by: Andrew Coakley (BIS)GIVING UPDATE – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis gave an update of his first full day in Grand Bahama during a press conference in the Office of The Prime Minister on Friday, August 25, 2017. Also on hand for the press conference were Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Kwasi Thompson, and Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of The Prime Minister, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.(BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
Leaders from Dover Air Force Base and state and local agencies on Wednesday signed eight initiatives establishing partnerships covering a range of activities, including law enforcement training, civil air patrol licensing, a financial stability program and a community organic garden.Officials also signed an executive charter for the First State Community Partnership initiative, reported Delaware State News.Dover Air Force Base and the Dover Police Department will share a variety of training resources under the law enforcement co-op initiative. The police department, for example, can use the Air Force’s firing range, and security forces at the base can attend training courses offered by the police department. The base and Dover police recently participated in a joint active-shooter exercise at the installation.“This has been nothing but beneficial for the both of us,” said Lt. Col. Dana Metzger, commander of the 436th Security Forces Squadron.The installation also is helping the city by providing its explosives-detecting canines when needed. Recently, the dogs have responded to a rash of bomb threats at public schools.“They help us out a lot because we don’t have explosive dogs. We have narcotic and patrol dogs and the cost savings for us is tremendous,” said Dover Police Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey. “It’s been great. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than the DAFB,” he said.One of the agreements will expand the adopt-an-airman initiative, under which local families open their homes to Air Force personnel. The goal is to let community members and airmen know that the program isn’t intended to welcome military personnel only during the holidays, said Staff Master Sgt. Michelle Browning.“I think that’s going to make them feel more comfortable and may cause them to reach out more to the community,” Browning said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR