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  • South Africa government lifts cricket, rugby ban on hosting major tournaments

    first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) will now be eligible to bid and host major international tournaments as a ban on it has been lifted with immediate effect after meeting the government’s transformation criteria.Besides CSA, three other sporting federations Athletics South Africa (ASA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) were issued sanctions due to their failure to meet their transformation targets, reports EXPNCricinfo.Sports Minister Thembelani Nxesi confirmed that except ASA, they have lifted the ban on all the other sports federation when presenting the annual Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report.The EPG report is a yearly assessment by an independent committee on various sports’ commitment to and execution of transformation.There were some reports that South Africa are considered among the front-runners to host the ICC World T20 in 2018.last_img read more

  • Women Get Equal Pay But Not Equal Billing At Wimbledon

    WOMEN’S SHARE OF MATCHESTIME Wimbledon’s scheduling isn’t just a matter of gender equality. It’s also about logistics. The scheduling can backfire on men. They don’t want to have to change courts mid-match or, worse, finish a match on what should be their day off. That’s more likely when they’re playing the second men’s match in a day on a court without lights, since as we’ve seen, men’s matches, on average, are longer than women’s. On three successive days of play this year, the second men’s match on No. 1 Court went five sets and had to be suspended or moved because of darkness.No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki criticized the scheduling in media conferences here. “The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said. She pointed out that on most days this year when men and women were both playing, No. 1 Court and Centre Court each had only one women’s match. (Men were less critical: Roger Federer said of the schedulers, “of course, they would try to be fair,” and Gilles Simon said, “I don’t see any big problems about the scheduling.”)Williams and Wozniacki have less to complain about than some of their peers, though: On days when she was competing with men for court time, Williams was on Centre for three of her four matches and on No. 1 for the other one. Wozniacki got one match on each of the two big courts.Yet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has two major titles to Wozniacki’s none, didn’t get on the two biggest courts in any of her first four matches. Neither did Lucie Safarova, the sixth-ranked woman and French Open finalist, in her four singles matches. Serena Williams’s sister Venus Williams, a five-time champ here, played three matches off the big two courts before finally getting to Centre — against Serena.A spokesman for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which hosts and runs Wimbledon, declined to comment beyond providing the club’s general position on order of play. “The major marquee players will normally be scheduled on the stadium courts with Centre Court and then No.1 Court seeing the leading names,” the club said in the statement. “This is expected by both the paying public and TV audiences alike.”Without further comment, it’s hard to know how the club determines who the major marquee players are.One factor I thought might have driven the unbalanced scheduling is the high-profile upsets in the women’s tournament, which might have left fewer marquee women available to feature.I checked, and that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least using several possible definitions of “marquee players.” Nine women who’d won Grand Slam titles (with a combined 41 major titles, 13 of them at Wimbledon) competed in singles at Wimbledon, compared with seven men with Grand Slam victories (46 majors, 13 of them at Wimbledon). The women major winners had 27 matches through this Monday. Their male counterparts had just 23 matches. Just 44 percent of these marquee women’s matches made it onto Centre or No. 1 — barely half the proportion of the men’s matches, with 87 percent. Add in former No. 1s and top 10 seeds, and the picture is even worse: The top women made it onto the top two courts 35 percent of the time, while the top men did 74 percent of the time.Simon and other male players have argued that women should get less prize money than men because, according to them, the men’s game is more popular than the women’s. With Wimbledon’s scheduling this year, the women have had half the opportunity to gain an audience and a fan base. Australian Open54%42% French Open4939 Wimbledon3828 U.S. Open5242 LONDON — It wasn’t until 2007 that Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. Women are still waiting on equal playing time in the tournament’s biggest stadiums.At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court (which is, confusingly, the second-biggest court) through Monday, including just 39 percent on Centre Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams. At the most recent editions of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open, schedulers maintained balance between men’s and women’s singles on prime courts, at least by number of matches. At each event, when they were competing with men for prime court assignments, the women got between 49 percent and 54 percent of matches on the top two courts — including at least half the matches on the biggest court.1The gory details for this analysis: Along with Centre Court and No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, I used Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena for the Australian Open, Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne-Lenglen at the French Open, and Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Open. I only included days in the tournament when both men’s and women’s singles matches were scheduled on more than one court — generally through the fourth round or quarterfinals, until the early or middle part of the second week of the tournament. I didn’t count walkovers. And I counted matches based on which court and day they started on. The websites of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open don’t list total minutes of the match, so I added the minutes for each set. Any slight differences with official stats shouldn’t affect comparisons between men and women. For one French Open match that had no times listed, I estimated time based on the average time each point took in the other women’s singles matches that day.Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. For the first week and a half or so of each two-week event, organizers must decide how to allocate that valuable real estate to matches from the men’s and women’s singles competitions.Counting matches understates the extent to which men’s tennis has hogged the spotlight at Wimbledon this year. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams. As a result, women got just 28 percent of match time on the top two courts at Wimbledon, compared with 39 percent to 42 percent at the other three majors. read more

  • The Thunders Big Men Could Stop The Warriors Lineups Of Death

    As you may have heard, the NBA’s most unstoppable units reside in the Bay Area, in the form of Golden State’s small-ball “Lineups of Death.” Assuming those lineups are intact for the Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have an interesting matchup on their hands in a series being billed as a battle of big versus small. In contrast to the Warriors’ small-ball lineups, OKC’s two most common postseason units have contained the hulking frontcourt pairing of 6-foot-10 Serge Ibaka and 7-foot Steven Adams.When on the court together for the Warriors this season, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green scored the most points per offensive chance (1.26) of any five-man unit in the NBA,1Minimum 200 chances, averaged between offense and defense. allowed the 13th-fewest points (0.83), and had the best per-chance scoring margin (+0.43).And that’s only the deadliest variation of the Death Lineup. Golden State also owned five of the next 10 best lineups by per-chance point differential, all of which contained a variation of Curry, Green and either Thompson or Iguodala or both. Four of those additional lineups featured one of Golden State’s traditional centers, Andrew Bogut or Festus Ezeli, as the lone conventional big; the other was a small lineup that swaps out Iguodala for guard Shaun Livingston. 3Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | BogutGSW+0.34 10Lin | Lamb | Kaminsky | Williams | HawesCHA+0.21 11Curry | Thompson | Green | Rush | BogutGSW+0.21 Minimum 200 average chances between offense and defense.Source: NBA Player-Tracking Data 8Curry | Livingston | Barnes | Thompson | GreenGSW+0.22 With Curry injured for most of the first two rounds, those Lineups of Death haven’t spent much time fully assembled in the postseason. The Warriors’ most crucial three-man combos — Curry, Green and Thompson, and Curry, Green and Iguodala — have logged only 94 total minutes together in 10 playoff games thus far. (They still outscored opponents by 61 points in that limited playing time!) But after Curry returned for the closing two games of Golden State’s series against Portland, at least one of those trios was on the floor for 62 minutes — a total in line with the 27.7 minutes per game they spent on-court together during the regular season.All this is bad news for the Thunder because the Warriors have a history of going small to combat good teams with lumbering big men: According to the Lineup of Death’s origin story, the tactic was only fully realized last year when head coach Steve Kerr had an epiphany during the NBA Finals and moved Iguodala into the starting lineup. That’s when the record-setting Warriors really took off, first against Cleveland and then against the rest of the league. An inability to match up with the same strategy could end up being Oklahoma City’s undoing as well.But we shouldn’t assume the Thunder’s big lineup won’t be able to hold its own. During the regular season, only 19 five-man units2With a minimum of 20 chances, averaged between offense and defense. broke even against Warrior lineups containing both Curry and Green. OKC had two of them — No. 7 and No. 13 — and both were of the big variety that the team has been using extensively during the playoffs: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Ibaka and Adams, with either Andre Roberson or Dion Waiters on the wing. So in the matchup of preferred lineups, the Thunder might not be quite as outgunned as it seems at first glance.Of course, there are a bunch of caveats to tack on here. We’re talking about only 60 to 70 chances of track record from the regular season, and lineup data is notoriously noisy anyway. Plus, even though the Thunder’s big lineup did stick with the Warriors, the Dubs swept the regular-season series anyway.But as an exercise in figuring out how a 31 percent underdog could fight those odds, things might begin with Oklahoma City’s ability to slow down Golden State’s Lineups of Death. And what extremely limited data we have right now suggests that they could fare better than most.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 6Curry | Green | Livingston | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.27 The NBA’s best regular-season lineups in 2015-16 2Lowry | Ross | Patterson | DeRozan | ValanciunasTOR+0.37 1Curry | Thompson | Barnes | Iguodala | GreenGSW+0.43 5Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.30 4Lin | Walker | Williams | Batum | JeffersonCHA+0.31 LINEUPTEAMPTS/CHANCE DIFF 7Paul | Redick | Griffin | Stephenson | JordanLAC+0.22 9Paul | Redick | Crawford | Griffin | JordanLAC+0.21 read more

  • Jamaicas Health Ministry to increase complement of Psychiatric Nursing

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 30, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Ministry will be increasing the complement of psychiatric nursing aides in order to strengthen community mental health services.Speaking at the Psychiatric Nursing Aides Conference at the Iberostar Hotel in Montego Bay on October 26, Dr. Tufton said the recommendation that was made by the recently appointed Task Force on Mental Health and Homelessness solidifies the Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of the island’s psychiatric nursing aides.“The history of psychiatric nursing aides in Jamaica starts in 1972, with only 22 trainees.   However, because of the growing need for mental health care, it was required to expand the care team to not only psychiatrists and registered nurses, but also to psychiatric nursing aides.   Today, the total number has increased to over 400,” he said.Dr. Tufton said that in 2015, the Ministry of Health trained 72 psychiatric nursing aides and is committed to continuing the support, adding that one significant recommendation of the Task Force is that there should be an increase in the number of psychiatric nursing aides.The Minister pointed out that despite the valiant efforts of psychiatric nursing aides and their colleagues to reduce the stigma against mentally ill people, there is still a need for more personnel to be recruited to further reduce the residual poor treatment often meted out to the mentally ill across the island, many of whom suffer in silence.“It is estimated that some 70 per cent or more persons with mental illness will not disclose this information for fear of discrimination, especially at work.   This, undoubtedly, fuels the existing gap between illness and treatment and increases morbidity while decreasing productivity,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton noted that depression and anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health challenges in the workplace, but they are often undiagnosed and untreated and can result in absenteeism and decreased productivity.  He said that a draft workplace mental health policy has been developed by the Ministry of Health, but while legislation, policies and guidelines are important, there are other things which need to be done to accomplish the necessary changes.Psychiatric nursing aides are involved in the promotion, treatment and rehabilitation of psychiatric patients in clinics, homes and community facilities.   They offer care to the mentally challenged, and, over the last few years, have assisted in the treatment and care of more than 100,000 patients.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more