BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Under-fire West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron has pushed back on recent widespread criticism of his leadership and says he has always acted in the best interest of West Indies cricket.Cameron, who was elected to the top post three years ago, and who successfully gained re-election last year, said much of the criticism he had received was “absurd” and argued that he would be eventually vindicated by history.The Jamaican has been fending off criticism ever since captain Darren Sammy, during a post-match interview, blasted the WICB for “disrespecting” the players after West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup in India last Sunday.”I am not here to destroy the game. We just won three World titles and the feeling is I want to mash it up,” Cameron told the Nation newspaper here.”I can’t believe some of the criticism I am receiving. It is absurd. My heart is with the Caribbean 100 per cent. I am a Caribbean man. I am for the good of West Indies cricket.”Cameron’s tenure has been embroiled in controversy ever since the West Indies one-day side controversially walked off the tour of India over a pay dispute with the board and players union, WIPA.INSUFFICIENT ACTIONCameron copped blame for not doing enough to solve the dispute, and the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) subsequently said it held the WICB responsible.St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said Cameron had “embarrassed us before the world” and called on him to step down.Cameron also came in for criticism for his controversial tweet regarding superstar opener Chris Gayle’s form during last year’s World Cup and again found himself in trouble on the online social network, Twitter, last week when he appeared to lash out at Sammy for his post-match criticism of the board.Cameron argued that his most recent tweet had been misunderstood.”I have had a lot of criticism about a tweet that has gone on my timeline. Go to my timeline and look,” he said.”There are motivational tweets on my timeline every day. Why could someone not have used that tweet to say I was saying to Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels, ‘Do not let the critics get to you’.”I have also tweeted to Darren Sammy and Stafanie Taylor, wishing them luck. History will be kind to me. I will be vindicated.”
Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Australia sport Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Both batsmen used their feet against the spinners, steadying the innings and reaching half-centuries in the process. Glenn Maxwell’s part-time off-spin finally earned Australia the breakthrough with Tamim lobbing one to David Warner at backward point to fall for a 71 which included three sixes off Lyon’s bowling. Lyon then claimed the important wicket of Shakib with an extra bit of bounce from the track when the batsman edged him to Smith in the slips. Shakib’s 84 included 11 boundaries. Australia’s spin duo of Lyon (3-79) and Ashton Agar (3-46) shared six wickets between them to bowl out the hosts for a modest total. The strong start Australia expected from their openers, however, did not materialise. Warner fell lbw to Mehedy Hasan for eight, a delivery after successfully reviewing and overturning a similar leg-before appeal. Usman Khawaja then ran himself out chasing a non existent single and nightwatchman Lyon fell lbw to Shakib to further complicate Australia’s crisis. Bangladesh Cricket Team Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up news Bangladesh v Australia: first Test, day one – as it happened Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Read more Australia bowled out Bangladesh for 260 and then suffered a spectacular top-order collapse of their own to leave them reeling at 18 for three after the spin-dominated opening day of the first Test. On a day of fluctuating fortunes, Bangladesh slumped to 10-3 before Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal raised 155 runs to help them post a competitive total at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Since you’re here… Australia witnessed a similar collapse in their reply and slumped to 14-3 as Bangladesh roared back into the contest in the eventful final session when eight wickets fell. Matt Renshaw was batting on six at stumps with skipper Steve Smith on three. Australia now face a daunting task on a spin-friendly track where slow bowlers have claimed nine of the 13 wickets that fell on the opening day. After opting to bat, Bangladesh were left gasping for breath after Pat Cummins reduced them to 10-3 inside four overs with a terrific display of fast bowling. The paceman gave an indication of things to come with his third delivery, which flew off the shoulder of Soumya Sarkar’s blade and soared over the agitated slip fielders.Two balls later, the batsman was caught in the gully by Peter Handscomb. Cummins returned to have Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman off successive deliveries, the leaden-footed batsmen perishing caught behind without scoring. With two left-handers at the crease, Smith pressed off-spinner Nathan Lyon into service but Shakib and Tamim, playing their 50th Tests, refused to retreat into a defensive shell and batted positively. Australia cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at an Awami League meeting at its Bangabandhu Avenue central office. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday announced to celebrate the year of 2020 as the ‘Mujib Year’ across the country to mark the birth centenary of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, according to UNB.She made the announcement in her introductory speech at a joint meeting of Awami League Advisory Council and Central Working Committee at party’s Bangabandhu Avenue central office.It was the first such meeting of the party at the newly constructed central office at Bangabandhu Avenue after its inauguration on 23 June.”Elaborate programmes will be taken to celebrate the birth centenary of the great leader as my government and party wants so,” Sheikh Hasina said.She said programmes will be taken at both government and party initiatives involving people from all walks of life, including leaders and workers of political and socio-cultural organisations, educationists, intellectuals, teachers, students, workers and professionals.The prime minister said she has already directed the cabinet secretary to undertake necessary measures to chalk out programmes on government initiatives to this end.On the occasion, various programmes like essay, art and cultural competitions and prize giving ceremonies will be held in educational institutions throughout the year of 2020 and those will continue until 26 March, 2021 — the golden jubilee year of the country’s independence, she added.Sheikh Hasina, also the AL chief, said the decision will be finalised after discussions with the party leaders.She said Awami League leaders and workers want to pay the debt of blood of the great leader through bringing smile to the faces of the poor and distressed people for whom he had sacrificed his life.The PM said the greatest Bangalee of all times had struggled for long 23 years to bring smile to people’s faces eliminating poverty and hunger and started rebuilding the war-ravaged country soon after the independence.Following his footprint, Sheikh Hasina said, her government implemented massive development programmes coming to power in 1996 and again in 2009, whereby it has been able to ensure food security, healthcare, education and other basic needs of people.As a result, Bangladesh is now advancing towards the path of materialising the dream of Bangabandhu as it is now on the highway of development and is recognised as a developing country, she said.Hasina regretted that a section of her political opponents who never wanted the country to be free from poverty and hunger termed Bangladesh’s graduation as a developing country as ‘ruination’.Pointing to the micro-credit system, she said the way of developing own fate with the money of the poor people against distributed micro-credits has now become limited.The prime minister observed that the poor are now getting the benefits of the government’s achievements like low inflation, high growth rate, increased power generation and other pro-people developments.”When the GDP rate is high with low inflation, its benefit will be distributed among all, including those living in rural areas,” she said.She vowed to maintain the ongoing development trend to establish Bangladesh as a country free from poverty and hunger by 2021 as well as a developed one by 2041.Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina said steps have been taken to publish a book in 14 volumes on Bangabandhu based on the Pakistani intelligence report on his political activities from 1947 to 1971.She said the first volume is at the final stage, while the total volumes will be of 9,000 pages compiled from 40,000 pages of 47 files of the then Pakistani Intelligence Report.Two more books — one on the Agartala Conspiracy Case court proceedings having a number of volumes and another on his Bangabandhu’s to China in 1952– will also be published, the prime minister said.Talking about the history of Awami League, she said the history of AL and Bangladesh is intermingled. “Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to build a poverty-and -hunger-free nation and we’re working on that tirelessly. We’ll build the nation so that the people of the country can move around the world keeping their head high,” she said.Hasina also said Bangladesh is now moving fast on the highway of development. “We’ve ensured education, health services and food security for all and we’re distributing textbooks free of cost and sending stipend money on mobile phones.”The prime minister said Bangladesh will move ahead and it will be a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.
LAS VEGAS — To say that Brooklyn, N.Y.-based startup BioLite is “cooking with gas” would be equal parts accurate and inaccurate. Yes, the company is here in Sin City, exhibiting its wares at the Eureka Park startup zone at CES. And, yes, the company says it is on track to gross more than $10 million this year. So it is definitely on an upward trajectory.But BioLite’s success isn’t running on gas. It’s fueled by wood. Let me explain.Co-founders Alex Drummond, 54, and Jonathan Cedar, 34, started BioLite in 2009 as frustrated campers who were tired of carrying bulky gas canisters on their trips into the wild. With Cedar’s background in engineering, the men spent the next three years tinkering on weekends, cooking up a solution to their problem.What they eventually came up with was the BioLite CampStove, a neat contraption that stands just 8.25 inches tall and weighs a mere 33 ounces. Simply add wood (for campers, a resource that’s usually easy to come by), start a fire and then start cooking. Inside the CampStove, a thermoelectric generator converts heat from the fire into electricity that’s used to power a smoke-reducing fan and get this: to power up your mobile devices via USB charger.PowerLight and CampStoveImage credit: BioLiteHot food, a heat source and charged-up smartphones, all in an easy-to-carry device? Score, score, score and score again.Related: How One Investor Is Finding Profit in Social ChangeDrummond and Cedar later realized their invention could also have a social impact beyond the camping crowd. With more than 4 million deaths a year around the world attributed to cooking over smoky, open fires, the men tweaked their concept and came up with the BioLite HomeStove. The idea is to help families who live in “energy poverty,” relying on smoky open fires as their main cooking source while also spending a disproportionate amount of their income to access lighting or electricity.Here’s a bit more about the HomeStove and BioLite’s social-good efforts:BioLite now has a line-up of six products ranging from $99 to about $300. Here at CES, the company is unveiling the BioLite NanoGrid, its entry into lighting and power-storing gadgets.We chatted with co-founder and CEO Jonathan Cedar. Here’s what he had to say:Entrepreneur: What brings you to CES and Eureka Park this year?Cedar: We have worked to make clean cooking and device charging a reality using nothing but sticks for fuel. We’re now expanding our technology platforms to include lighting and power storage, two needs that are just as fundamental to safe, productive living as cooking.Related: How ‘Happy Family’ Became Healthy Baby-Food PioneersEntrepreneur: It’s neat that you developed a high-tech solution that’s powered by a low-tech fuel supply.Cedar: Energy is all around us, we just need the right tools to harness it. While our needs for energy get more complex with the devices that fill our lives, the original sources remain the same. We’re excited to develop technologies that enable us to unlock energy access on a personal scale.Entrepreneur: The CampStove is relatively small, but how easy is it for campers to carry around?Cedar: The CampStove is incredibly mobile and nests within itself when not in use to take up minimal space in your pack. The BaseCamp model is built for larger group cooking, so it’s designed more for car camping, tailgating, etc. However, its design includes folding legs and a carrying handle for easy portability to your location.The HomeStove, similar to the BaseCamp, is designed for heavier loads of cooking and therefore requires materials like cast iron. However, it has also been designed to be moved easily.Entrepreneur: Tell me a little more about BioLite’s social mission.Cedar: We pursue a model we call “Parallel Innovation,” where we incubate core technologies with the potential to empower millions of families living in energy poverty around the world. Then we commercialize the resulting products in both developed and developing markets. The near-term revenue generated from our developed markets gives us the cash to invest in growing our developing markets business to a point of economic sustainability.This is different than a one-for-one model in that once our developing markets achieve critical mass, they can economically sustain themselves through customer driven demand rather than relying on an influx of donations.Entrepreneur: Where do you see BioLite this time next year?Cedar: I hope by this time next year, our customers will see us at their trusted source to cook, charge and light their way, whether in a rural village in India or a backpacking trip in Yosemite. Related: A Startup That Tastes Good and Does Good Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read January 6, 2015