IPL: Suresh Raina was our first choice, says Rajkot owner

first_imgThe Intex Technologies director Keshav Bansal on Tuesday said that the Rajkot franchise was already in talks with a couple of coaches as that would be their next step before gearing up for the big auction on February 6.”We have already had lengthy discussions with a couple of coaches. I will not divulge the details at this moment. But we are close to finalising our chief coach.Once the coach is finalised, then we will sit with him and chalk out the strategy for the auction,” Bansal said.He said that he was always clear in his mind that Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will be his first two picks at Tuesday’s draft.”Raina was obviously our first choice and we had no doubts in our mind about that. If we look at Raina, he has been one of the finest players in shortest format and has a phenomenal record in the IPL. Also from company’s perspective and as a overall brand with his leadership qualities, he was the first choice,” Bansal said.The Rajkot team owner also said that he never had any dilemma while choosing between Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja.”We never had any doubts about Jadeja being our preferred choice. Obviously, the local (Rajkot) connect was a factor but we needed a big hitter lower down the order. Jadeja, we believe is a better T20 batsman,” he added.Bansal stated that since Rajkot strip is known to be primarily a batting belter, more all-rounders have been taken from the draft to give the side proper balance.advertisement”We wanted more all-rounders from the draft and that’s the reason we picked up both Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner.”Also Brendon McCullum was there on our wish-list,” said Bansal, adding that the name and logo of the new Rajkot team will be unveiled very soon.last_img read more

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Ministry Determined to Reduce Violence in Schools – Chief Education Officer

first_img Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, has reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to reducing violence within schools. Speaking at the opening ceremony for a Parent Place located at Emmanuel Chapel in Mt. Salem, St. James, on Friday, April 27, Dr. McLean said a multipronged approach is being used to tackle and reduce violence among youth. Story Highlights This is among the strategies being implemented to stem violence in schools, and adds to the Ministry’s Change from Within programme, Peace and Love in Society (PALS), and the Violence Prevention programme. Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, has reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to reducing violence within schools.Speaking at the opening ceremony for a Parent Place located at Emmanuel Chapel in Mt. Salem, St. James, on Friday, April 27, Dr. McLean said a multipronged approach is being used to tackle and reduce violence among youth.This is among the strategies being implemented to stem violence in schools, and adds to the Ministry’s Change from Within programme, Peace and Love in Society (PALS), and the Violence Prevention programme.Dr. McLean said the launch of the facility is in full alignment with the broad strategic objectives of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) to offer proactive and reactive parenting education and support.“While it is true that there are many contributing factors to teenage delinquency and other forms of social dysfunction, the role of parents in shaping the values and attitudes of our children cannot be ignored,” she emphasised.She lauded the efforts of the National Education Trust (NET) and the NPSC for conceptualising the initiative.For her part, Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, said she is pleased with the initiative, which is a move in the right direction.“A lot of the challenges that we face across the island find their root causes in parenting issues. Children who have been taught well, who have been inculcated with good values, who learn good manners at an early stage, show up in life behaving better, and many times are outside of the criminal justice system,” she said.The Attorney General said the centre will provide that physical space where parents can learn from each other and accomplish the work that needs to be done.In 2017, the NET secured a US$3-million grant to fund initiatives aimed at violence reduction among youth. The project forms part of the USAID/Ministry of Education partnership for improved safety and security in schools, which is intended to reduce antisocial behaviour among youth and reduce the ability of criminal elements gaining access to school premises.The Parent Place in Mt. Salem is the first of 12 to be launched across the island and will operate as a hub for community care groups to make parenting information and training available. Through these groups, the NPSC will ensure early detection of parental issues and facilitate referrals for families deemed at-risk.last_img read more

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