Strauss steps down as Director of England Cricket after a three-and-a-half year tenure

first_imgFormer England captain Andrew Strauss stepped down as the the Director of England Cricket after three and a half years in the role.Strauss will now take up a more flexible role in the England Cricket Board (ECB) and is will help Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison in the process of recruiting a full-time successor.Strauss’s resignation comes a few months after he stepped back from the position to support his wife Ruth in her fight against cancer.Andy Flower, who replaced Strauss, will continue in his interim capacity until December before the ECB announces a permanent replacement for Strauss.Speaking about his decision, Strauss said that 2019 is an extremely important year for English cricket and the man, who is in charge should have time for the job and support the board properly.”After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as Director of England Cricket.”Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special. It is vital that the Director of Cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period,” Strauss was quoted as saying by a ECB press release.He also revealed the reason behind his decision to step down.”Taking time out this summer to support my wife and kids, as Ruth goes through treatment for cancer, has given me the chance to fully consider what’s right for England and what’s needed at home. The role in cricket requires total focus and commitment to deliver the best results, yet right now I need far more flexibility than could ever be possible in my position in order to support my family.advertisement”I will not be leaving the game completely initially helping Tom to shape the role for my successor, then supporting a range of other ECB projects but it’s important to see someone else in place for a crucial summer in 2019.”It has been hugely motivating and enjoyable to be working for the ECB and England Cricket,” Strauss said.Strauss thanked his colleagues for helping him throughout his tenure and wished everyone good luck.”Before taking on this incredible role, I had little appreciation of all the selfless work that goes on across the ECB and throughout domestic cricket to ensure we have winning England teams and that the game, as a whole, keeps growing.”I have been fortunate to be at the ECB at a time when ground-breaking progress has been made, giving cricket a platform to evolve and inspire for years to come. I would like to express my gratitude to Tom, Colin Graves and the leadership team for their commitment and support in helping to drive English cricket forward.”I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to all of those who I have had the pleasure to work with, both inside and outside of the ECB. Finally, I would like to wish Trevor, Paul, Joe, Eoin and all of those involved in the England teams all the very best in a historical year in 2019,” Strauss said.Chief Executive Officer of the ECB Tom Harrison also expressed his gratitude and thanked Strauss for handling his role so professionally.”I know that I speak for everyone at the ECB when I say that we’re very sad to see Andrew step down from the role and we all wish him and his family the very best.”He deserves huge respect for the way he has managed his role, fully supported Ruth and their boys and calmly considered this decision. And it’s hard to overestimate his contribution since joining us in May 2015,” Harrison said.”He is an exceptional talent and it is easy to see how he has made a success of each step in his career moving from dressing room, to captaincy, to commentary, to a key role in the governing body and all the while being the most popular of colleagues.”Andrew has brought enormous credibility, measured thinking, strong leadership and exceptional insight and we have been extremely fortunate to have worked so closely with him for the last three and a half years. He has improved the ways we work and set the direction for the men’s Test, One-Day and T20 teams.”But whilst Andrew leaves the post he is not lost to the ECB. He is uniquely placed to help us define the role and help recruit the right person to build on his exceptional work,” he added.advertisementCurrently, the English team is in Sri Lanka, where they will play five ODIs, one T20I and three Tests from October 5 to November 27.ECB confirmed that a full-time appointment will be made before England’s West Indies tour in the New Year.last_img read more

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to visit China from August 11-13

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will travel to China on August 11 on a three-day visit ahead of the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in India in October.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), announcing the visit on Monday, said S Jaishankar will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.It will be Jaishankar’s first visit to China after becoming the external affairs minister.The MEA said the two foreign ministers will also discuss upcoming high-level visits later this year.In Beijing, Jaishankar will also co-chair the second meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism (HLM) on cultural and people-to-people exchanges on August 12 with Wang.The decision to establish the HLM was taken during the first informal summit between Modi and Xi in Wuhan in April 2018.The inaugural HLM meeting was held on December 21 last year.”The second HLM meeting will provide an opportunity to follow up on the outcomes of the 1st HLM meeting and discuss new initiatives for enhancing people-to-people exchanges between our two countries,” the MEA said.It said the HLM reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties between the two countries through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture and sports.In the second informal summit, Narender Modi and Xi Jinping are likely to focus on further broadening India-China ties.The two leaders held their first informal summit in April last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan months after bilateral ties came under severe strain following a 73-day standoff between the armies of the two countries in Doklam.advertisementALSO READ | External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit Beijing to prepare for Modi-Xi Jinping talksALSO READ | Jaishankar likely to visit Dhaka in August: Bangladesh foreign ministerALSO WATCH | S Jaishankar tweets on no mediation, tells Pompeo Kashmir a bilateral matterlast_img read more

First Nations deserve revenues from resources Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo has been talking about holding a meeting with the Crown for quite some time.And he got his wish Tuesday.But, was the outcome everything Atleo hoped for?APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson sat down with the national chief for an interview in Ottawa.last_img

Curious case of father in Saskatchewan who had his kids taken but

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN National NewsA father in Saskatchewan wants answers from the province’s ministry of Social Services after it refused to return his two youngest children, even though, he and his spouse have been approved by the department to provide foster care to other children.The man who cannot be named because his children are in care of the state, lost custody of his six children in 2011, while he was away at work in Fort McMurray, Alta., for three weeks.His late wife was having problems caring for all of them by herself.She passed away a short time later and since then, he has managed to regain custody of his four oldest children, but not without what he said was a long, expensive fight with Social Services.“In 2014 they started having trial dates, but from 2011 to now, I think they’ve adjourned it 50-60 times and each time they adjourn it,” he said. “It costs us $2500-3000 and that moneycould have went to the kids.”He said between the legal fees, and missed days at work to attend the court hearings, it has cost him and his family over $100,000.He said he and his new wife have gone above and beyond what has asked of them by social services to have his six children returned.He said they have been met with resistance from social services and the foster family of the two youngest daughters who remain in the care of the Province.The man said they have proven to have a stable and healthy home and have even been approved to care for two other children in their home, including a new born baby.“Ya we can look after other people’s kids but not my own!” he said.He said his spouse has given up her job to stay home and care for the children while he works.“I’ve been fighting for them and social services has been neglecting on everything that I have been doing right.  Working and providing for my family,” he said.His new wife said instead of paying thousands of dollars to fight social services, they could have spent that money on family.“We don’t get to go to theme parks, we can’t take them to movies,” she said. “We cant do outings unless they’re free because any extra money that we do have or any extra money that we manage to save goes to pay off, or we give to the lawyer.”The Provincial Ministry of Social Services would not comment on the case or confirm or deny the man’s claims.He is now turning to the help of Northern Saskatchewan’s MLA to see if he can help in any [email protected]last_img read more

Whitefish River First Nation not so keen on pot stores – keeps

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsWhile cannabis is now legal across Canada, the Whitefish River First Nation in Ontario says not so fast.A community meeting on the weekend decided that a moratorium on stores that sell pot will stay in place until further notice.The chief, and Elders says more research is needed before the community will open its arms to [email protected]@aptnafrancislast_img

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida

first_img Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIn light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and avoid remote and dimly lit areas.Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are advised to leave all travel documents including airline tickets, Police Certificates and passports in a secured place such as a safety deposit box at the hotel.Bahamians in need of assistance while in South Florida can contact the Miami office of The Bahamas Consulate General at the following address: Ingraham Building Suite 81825 South East Second AvenueMiami, Florida 33131Tel: 305-373-6295Fax: 305-373-6312END Related Items:bahamas consulate, bahamians, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Recommended for youlast_img read more

Pellegrinis agent denies United links

first_imgAccording to the agent of AS Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini, “only thinking about Roma” and not interested in a move to Manchester United.Pellegrini has a £27m release clause in his contract and Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old Italy international after an impressive start to the season.However, his agent Giampiero Pocetta was quick to rubbish reports linking Pellegrini to the Red Devils in the January transfer window.“I’m sorry that rumors have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, that for Lorenzo have never been important,” Pocetta told Corriere Dello Sport.“He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumors about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma.“These issues don’t count, for now, it’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.“Then, when it’s time, we’ll sit down with Monchi [Roma sporting director] again.”last_img read more

Police seek other alleged sexassault victims of Balboa Park street performer

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities put out a call today to any other alleged victims of a street performer accused of befriending girls at Balboa Park and then sexually assaulting them.Luis Haaz Martinez, 22, was arrested May 3 on suspicion of six criminal charges, including sexual contact with a person under age 16, according to police.Martinez, who performed as a dancer at the landmark park just north of downtown San Diego, “would approach youthful-appearing females in the area of Balboa Park after performing and convince them to walk with him to isolated areas,” Lt. Carole Beason said.“Once secluded, (Martinez) sexually assaulted his victims,” the lieutenant alleged.The purported crimes occurred last month, according to Beason, who did not disclose the number of alleged victims currently identified in the case. Martinez remains in custody at George Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa in lieu of $200,000 bail.Anyone with information about the suspect’s alleged crimes was asked to call the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210. Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 14, 2019 Police seek other alleged sex-assault victims of Balboa Park street performerlast_img read more