Terry to miss cup game with injury

first_imgLONDON (AP):John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup match against Manchester City tomorrow.Terry, who also missed the midweek Champions league, loss against Paris Saint-Germain, is absent due to a hamstring injury.Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, described his captain’s absence for the fifth-round meeting with City as disappointing, calling Terry “the leader of this club”.Hiddink suggested the central defender should be fit for next week’s Premier League game at Southampton.”We have a week I hope. Next weekend he should be available. I cannot predict it and I think we have to be a bit cautious with him as well because he likes to be there every day,” Hiddink said. “We must be careful. I think maybe next weekend but you know him, he loves to be there. He tried yesterday but no.”The 35-year-old Terry is entering the final months of his Chelsea career after disclosing that the club has not offered him a new contract for next season.On his Instagram page, captioning a photo of the Chelsea captain during his injury rehab, Terry wrote “Absolutely gutted to be missing the FA Cup game this weekend. I HATE being injured but working hard and giving everything to be back as soon as possible.”last_img read more

La Salle puts UP loss behind with thumping of UST

first_imgThe Green Archers just took their biggest victory in Season 80 of the UAAP with a 115-86 degrading of University of Santo Tomas to improve to 4-1.READ: UP stuns La Salle behind Desiderio’s outburstFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMbala said they just wanted to get back to their winning ways after losing to University of the Philippines 98-87 a week ago.“We were very eager coming from a disappointing loss against UP, we had to find a way to get back and play our game,” said Mbala Saturday. “The last game, we were not able to play one-on-one defense and we didn’t execute our stops. Things went well today and we got some stops.” How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene La Salle allowed UP to light the scoreboards to the tune of 16 three-pointers, and that seemed to have left a bad collective memory on the Green Archers as they limited the Growling Tigers to just a couple of triples in their bounce back win.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTMbala, who finished with 29 points, said their defense was the biggest factor against the hapless UST side.“I feel like we played better defense, we were able to execute our Mayhem defense and we were able to force them into turnovers and that led to easy fastbreak baskets,” said Mbala.La Salle forced UST to turn the ball over 35 times and this led to 37 points for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Green Archers also found open scorers that resulted to 16 uncontested field goals.“We were also able to pass the ball better,” said Mbala as his team tacked 26 assists. “Overall, we just played better.” Castro ends debate: It was an air ball, not a pass Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala didn’t have the usual smile he usually flashes when talking to practically anyone.As the La Salle center took his seat in the small stage inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mbala exuded a stern and kingly aura.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img read more

Jagdeo to address thousands at Babu Jaan on way forward for PPP

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to deliver a very important keynote address to thousands of Guyanese, party supporters, dismissed sugar workers and deflectors from the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Government, when he takes the stage at the memorial service organised to mark the 21st death anniversary of the PPP’s founding father and former President, Dr Cheddi Jagan.Jagdeo, Guyana’s longest serving former President and the current Opposition Leader, is expected to share his perspectives on a number of matters, including the way forward for the PPP in the current political environment.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoSources close to the Opposition Leader told Guyana Times Jagdeo would also be spreading messages of hope as he will no doubt be urging supporters of the PPP, including dismissed workers, to redouble their efforts to struggle for a better Guyana where their futures are secured.“I expect that Comrade Jagdeo’s message at that event will set the tone for the movement forward ahead of the party’s next congress. I know that the entire country is excited and Berbicians are mobilised because of how badly they have been treated by this new coalition Government. Some feel that he is their only hope and the party is the only way that they will be able to get back on their feet,” the source said.On Friday, the Party’s Central Executive Committee and its entire leadership were locked in discussion about a number of fundamental issues which needed their approval.“The Programme for Babu Jaan has been set. The speakers have already been identified. We are united and we are strong. The support for Cheddi Jagan’s party is growing as the PPP continues to expose the wickedness and weaknesses of the coalition,” the source maintained.Guyana Times understands that the event will mark the 21st death anniversary of Dr Jagan and his 100th birth anniversary.“Jagdeo will outline how the party continues to keep Jagan’s policy alive,” the source noted. (Michael Younge )last_img read more

No room for Wal-Mart

first_img Global community When Reid, a fit 72-year-old, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania three years ago, he took a sign with him to the top and made sure to have his picture taken holding it. The sign said: Eat at the Pot Holder. The photo hangs in the dining room of the restaurant, along with scores of others like it taken at famous destinations like Macchu Picchu, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Jim Morrison’s grave at P re Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Each photo shows a satisfied customer holding his or her “Eat at the Pot Holder” sign in tribute to the neighborhood back home. Belmont Heights has a history of fierce independence. In 1908, after the city of Long Beach denied neighbors’ request to build a local pier, Belmont Heights split off to form its own separate town. The pier was part of the reason, but another, better one was that on its own, Belmont Heights could keep its lucrative tax base. In addition, cityhood meant alcohol could flow more freely in Belmont Heights, a big draw in mostly dry Long Beach. Within weeks, residents were plotting the creation of a new city. The rebellion was short-lived. Trolleys coming to and from Higley’s liquor house on Anaheim at Obispo Avenue with drunken passengers created more work for police, according to a local history written by Maureen Neeley, a Belmont Heights preservationist. According to town lore, one man said it was the first time in 20 years he had been drunk. As the new town developed a reputation as a wino’s haven, the community also realized it needed funding for a new school and roads. Just 13 months after incorporation, residents voted in 1909 to become part of Long Beach again. No shacks allowed Despite all the drama, Belmont Heights continued to attract high-end residents. Real estate advertisements at the time announced there would be “no shacks” in Belmont Heights, and buyers were required to build homes costing a minimum of $1,000. Today, the district boasts more Craftsman-style bungalows than almost any other neighborhood in Long Beach. That distinction prompted residents a few years ago to create two historic districts in the community to protect its classic architecture. Locals say that they worry about losing the Belmont Heights ambiance not in the business district, but on the residential streets. “I don’t think (Belmont Heights) has the traffic for a bunch of chains,” said Gary Woodruff, a 20-year resident and former president of the community association. “What we feel in the Heights is the mansionization. If somebody moves in next to me and says, I can make my house worth another $500,000 … that’s our threat.” The historic districts only cover about 200 houses; there are at least another 700 homes in Belmont Heights outside those districts, so the idea of it becoming a neighborhood of McMansions isn’t that far-fetched. The historic designation in Belmont Heights does not involve registration of homes as historical, Woodruff said. It just requires that buyers of the homes keep them true to the period when they were built. “People who had porches and boxed them in, you can’t do that any more. You can’t install sliding-glass doors.” No room for Wal-Mart As concerned as locals are about keeping their homes classic, they are pretty relaxed about keeping their businesses vintage. John Baccarella, owner of Van’s Hardware on Broadway, said he doesn’t worry about being kicked out by a big chain because his space is too small to attract them. “There’s not enough room,” he said. The building dates from 1922, and as far as he can tell, it’s always been a hardware store. Baccarella has been the owner for 19 years. A recent weekday afternoon found him propped against the counter, chewing the fat with one of his regulars, Joseph St. Jacques. St. Jacques owns a flooring business called Marble Man that’s based in Seal Beach. “John’s a nice guy,” he says, explaining why he chooses Van’s over the nearby Home Depot. Not that the area is totally opposed to a little corporate America here and there. Belmont Heights has two Starbucks, Woodruff points out. But considering the lot size and the demographics of the neighborhood, there’s no need to be worried about big-box retailers trying to move in. Instead, the district is seeing new independent stores arriving to replace the older ones. Belmont Heights is a place where Egg Heaven, established in 1970, coexists easily with Spa Sidney Beauty Lounge, an ultra-salon and spa established in 2004. “The gentrification of retail and stores is coming, because all of a sudden you realize there’s a high-end store called Olives on Broadway. We see more of that happening. There’s a need.” In with the old Maybe the best combination of gentrification and continuity with the past is when an old business is revitalized by a younger generation. That’s exactly what happened with Ma N Pa Grocery, the independent market on Roycroft Avenue. Long Beach State graduate Zac Henderson had been working at the 1920s-era store for a decade when he approached the retiring owner about taking it over two years ago. Today, the business is thriving as a true family enterprise. Henderson’s wife, Renee, originally from Cambodia, owned the market, Henry’s, down the street when he first met her. Now they work Ma N Pa together with two of her siblings. The Hendersons’ son Cole, 3, spends most of his time there, too. What started as a retirement gathering for the outgoing owner has become a full-blown block party that shuts down Roycroft every summer. And if someone has a lost dog, he can go to Ma N Pa’s to retrieve it. “The dogs know they get a treat here, so they come,” said Renee Henderson. “If someone is sick, they can just call and say, `Make me a chicken noodle soup,’ and I can do it, no problem.” Customers love the place where everybody knows everyone else’s name. “It’s pleasant and convenient,” said Maryann Feo, who teaches second and third grade at Lowell Bayside Academy on Broadway. “I would rather support a local couple than a chain.” barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818)713-3662 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When a patron recently forgot some potatoes she’d purchased at Ma N Pa Grocery in Long Beach, owner Zac Henderson walked the few blocks to her house to deliver them in person. While he was there, he noticed another customer, Mr. Starr, was out on his porch across the street, so Henderson ambled over there to chat for a while. This may sound like a scene from “Leave It to Beaver” or “The Andy Griffith Show.” But it’s being played out for real, in 2007, in a Long Beach neighborhood called Belmont Heights. Just north of touristy Belmont Shore, the Heights has opened its arms to trendy new stores, but it maintains the homey feel of a real community. Along Broadway, its rambling main drag, upscale shops like Olives Gourmet Grocer stand alongside neighborhood businesses dating back decades. The Pot Holder Caf is one of those mainstays that define Belmont Heights as a neighborhood. “In east Long Beach, it’s probably the only place where people congregate like this,” said Albert Reid, a retired printer who’s been coming to the Pot Holder most mornings for the past 20 years. “You go to Starbucks and you sit there with your coffee and your laptop, and everybody keeps to themselves. Here, there’s a constant banter.” last_img

Tyrone pay wonderful tribute to Colm McFadden

first_imgTyrone GAA chiefs have paid a wonderful tribute to retiring Donegal forward Colm McFadden.The neighbouring county described the St Michael’s man a ‘a simply wonderful player and a master-craftsman who won everything a senior inter-county footballer can win.’The statement said McFadden’s decision ‘robs us all of one of the great inter-county GAA presences’. “In Tyrone we probably first noticed him with his 1-07 against us in the 2004  Ulster semi-final and more recently he was our assassin with crucial match-deciding championship goals against uss in 2011, 2013 and 2015,” they said. Tyrone pay wonderful tribute to Colm McFadden was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CASSIDY AND WIFE BANNED FROM TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA

first_imgKEVIN Cassidy and his wife Sarah will not be allowed to travel with the Donegal team to Florida later this month.The defender is understood to have hoped that he could go on the team’s trip which was organised to celebrate the team’s successes this year.But because he was dropped from the squad, he won’t now be able to go. A friend told us today: “Kevin is gutted that this has come to this.“He was hoping that he would be able to go as it wasn’t training, it will be recreation, but he’s off the guest list – and of course so then too is his wife.”It’s understood the Gaoth Dobhair man plans to go to Florida anyway, on a private trip with his family.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCASSIDY AND WIFE BANNED FROM TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WINTER PLANS, HOSPITAL, DERELICT SITES AND BOX JUNCTIONS RAISED AT LETTERKENNY COUNCIL MEETING

first_imgQUESTIONS FROM CLLR. T. CROSSANHas the Council still a plan in place for the winter snow and ice?ANSWER: The Winter Maintenance Plan as adopted by the members last year will be the strategy for this year also. The plan involves salting the approved routes as well as salting of the main footpath areas in the town. An initial fill of salt bunkers to the various housing estates will be provided, additional salt thereafter to be acquired from private suppliers. Additional snowploughs have also been acquired for the salting lorry and for use on footpaths where feasible to do so. The Town Council as always, will endeavour to work with local businesses and residents to keep the town accessible and moving for everyone, as best it can with the resources available. Could I have an update on the ramps in Glencar Park that I requested?ANSWER: The Council have a large number of requests for ramps in various estates throughout the town. A priority list would need to be drawn up and resources made available prior to any ramps being installed. QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. G. MCMONAGLECan we get an update from the County Council in relation to their strategy for dealing with the Mechanical Plants?ANSWER: The Workshop meeting to be held next Monday, 15th October, 2012 will have a specific item with regards to unfinished estates including an update on the policy of takeover of estates.Have we had any response back from the Health Minister Dr. James Reilly in relation to our request for a meeting with him about Letterkenny General Hospital?ANSWER: An acknowledgement to the Council’s request to meet the Minister was received on 19th September, 2012 advising that the matter would be brought to the attention of the Minister at the earliest opportunity.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. T. CULBERTWhen will the sign for Ballyraine be erected in this area? ANSWER: When a suitable location has been agreed for the sign the Council will endeavour to erect the sign as requested.What can the Council do in relation to properties that are not kept up to an acceptable standard regarding being overgrown, kept in a bad state of repair etc?ANSWER: The Council normally endeavour to contact the relevant landowner, this approach has generally received a positive response in the past. Should this approach not be feasible or successful, a formal derelict site notice is served on the site, which can lead to a charge being put on the property.Will the Council carry out its traffic study at the yellow box at the top of Main Street/High Road and report back to the Elected Members? ANSWER; The Council will monitor the number of vehicles which are using the yellow box illegally and pass this information on as instructed by the members.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. J. KAVANAGHCould the Members have an update on any progress in relation to the previously discussed problems in Fairways Estate?ANSWER: The Workshop meeting to be held next Monday, 15th October, 2012 will have a specific item with regards to unfinished estates including an update on the policy of takeover of estates. An update on the Fairways will be given by the relevant officials.Could the Members have an update on how the Council plans to maximum benefit to Letterkenny, from Derry’s year as city of culture in 2013, from the point of view of tourism and events?ANSWER: Donegal County Council have advised that the main benefit to the area will be accommodation. A discussion on how best to maximize this option and other benefits will take place with the Letterkenny Tourism Committee at a meeting this week.Have the Council a plan in place to deal with any severe winter weather?ANSWER: The Winter Maintenance Plan as adopted by the members last year will be the strategy for this year also. The plan involves salting the approved routes as well as salting of the main footpath areas in the town. An initial fill of salt bunkers to the various housing estates will be provided, additional salt thereafter to be acquired from private suppliers. Additional snowploughs have also been acquired for the salting lorry and for use on footpaths where feasible to do so. The Town Council as always, will endeavour to work with local businesses and residents to keep the town accessible and moving for everyone, as best it can with the resources available.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. C. BROGANWhen will works be carried out at Lower Main Street?ANSWER: Prices are due back this week for the refurbishment of footpaths on Lower Main Street, between The Library and Larkins Lane on both sides of the street as well as refurbishment of the footpaths at the Market Square. It is hoped that the works will start before the end of October with a completion date scheduled for the end of November.What plans are in place to ensure the town further in next years tidy towns competition?ANSWER: The Council have already met with the Tidy Towns committee to discuss the recent report from this year. Plans are currently being considered to implement the recommendations in the report in time for the 2013 competition.When will works be completed at Long Lane?ANSWER: There are extensive lining works still to be completed as well as some repair work prior to the lining. It is hoped all works will be completed this month.QUESTIONS FROM CLLR. P. BLAKEWhen will flooding problem and resurfacing at St. Eunan’s Terrace be addressed?ANSWER: This issue will be assessed by the Council with a view to addressing the matters raised.Could the Council replace “Yield Sign” at top of College Row with a more visible “Stop Sign”?ANSWER: The Council will look at this junction to establish the most appropriate course of action to address the query.WINTER PLANS, HOSPITAL, DERELICT SITES AND BOX JUNCTIONS RAISED AT LETTERKENNY COUNCIL MEETING was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Town Council meetinglast_img read more

FREE CINEMA TICKETS FOR CRAZY TUESDAY!

first_imgWe have a batch of FOUR tickets to any show for the Eclipse Cinema in Lifford to give away for FREE!All you have to do is to answer the following question and email the answer with your phone number to info@eclipsecinemas.comThe question is – what price is a ticket on Crazy Tuesday? Best of luck and enjoy your evening at Eclipse Cinemas in Lifford.  FREE CINEMA TICKETS FOR CRAZY TUESDAY! was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eclipse Cinemasfree ticketsLiffordlast_img read more

Cosmos Ages a Billion Years in One Day

first_imgPhysicists have found that a portion of the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen reaction thought to participate in fusion reactions inside stars runs two times slower than previously thought.  The measurements were made in the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA), a lab nearly a mile underground in Italy that offers more protection from cosmic rays.  The ripple effect of this discovery is that all stars age more slowly than the textbooks claim, and the universe itself may be a billion years older.  For information, see Physics Web or Science Now.They measured one reaction in the present.  They did not measure 14 billion years.  Notice how one small measurement can have dramatic effects.  Physics is supposed to be a “hard” science, and now the textbooks have to be rewritten about something that was thought to be pretty well understood.  What about the soft sciences, and the mushy or gaseous ones like evolutionary theory?  What discovery tomorrow might invalidate some measurement the Darwinists are trusting?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

What are you up to now, Jonty?

first_img30 January 2004It’s not a year ago that a hand injury forced an early end to Jonty Rhodes’ international career. What’s the best ever fielder in the game of cricket getting up to now? Well he’s not sitting on his hands, as Brad Morgan discovered when he bumped into his old adversary the other day. There’s surfing to be done, after all, and banking – yep, banking – and have you heard of 20/20 cricket?Besides writing for SouthAfrica.info, I present the sports news on a weekday radio breakfast show. It’s tough going, getting up at 3.40am every morning and trying to function like a regular human being thereafter, but such a life does have its perks.Like one morning recently when one of South Africa’s favourite sons, Jonty Rhodes, was the in-studio guest. Jonty Rhodes: a story the figures don’t tell It was great for me because I have known Jonty since school days. We’re the same age, and both played provincial schools cricket and hockey – though only one of us went on to far greater heights. Being up against Jonty, whether he was representing Maritzburg College or Natal, made winning a very tough proposition.Nonetheless, he has remained a down-to-earth, friendly guy and it is always a pleasure to cross paths with him. As I told my mother after chatting to him in the studio: he makes it feel as if it was just yesterday that you last spoke to him.‘I’ve never seen a fat surfer’Jonty looks a little different these days. His hair is a minor mop, and he has a good tan. Very Durban surfer, really, which would be an accurate guess if you didn’t know any better. You see, Jonty is trying his hand at surfing nowadays.“I’ve never seen a fat surfer”, he tells me.While playing for the Proteas, says Jonty, it was easy to keep fit, running between the wickets and fielding. Now he needs to do something else to keep fit. He tells me he’s never been a guy for the gym, and had considered triathlon, but that it sounded like too much hard work.So, surfing it is.He has a phobia about sharks, but says he has worked through it. He started out on a longboard, but has since progressed to a mini-Malibu, a board that is shorter than a longboard, but is not yet a short board.“I’m going to have to start going down to the beach at 6:30”, he says.Executive JontyThe reason he offers up that information is, I think, very exciting for South African cricket. “I signed for Standard Bank yesterday”, he elaborates. “I’ll be working under Errol Stewart.”Stewart was Rhodes’ long-time teammate in the KwaZulu-Natal cricket team, a diligent guy who managed to qualify as an attorney while playing both provincial cricket for the KZN Dolphins and provincial rugby for the Natal Sharks.Using his B.Com degree from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, Jonty has joined Standard Bank as an account executive. He’ll be handling 50 to 80 corporate clients, and is really excited about the new challenge.He says he could have done golf days and lunches, a “token” doing the speaking circuit, but, he reckons, in five years new guys would come along out of the cricket ranks and then he would be done. Personally, I think he underestimates his status in the eye of the public, but that’s my opinion, and it’s his that counts in this instance.“My degree was fairly general”, he explains, “but it had a focus on marketing and advertising.” So, how is it going to work with his new job?“It’s three-fold”, Jonty explains. Firstly, there are those 50 to 80 corporate clients. Then, he’s going to be helping out with cricket sponsorship. Standard Bank is, at present, the national sponsor of one-day international cricket.20/20 cricketHowever, in just two months’ time, they’re going to be introducing 20/20 cricket to South Africa.20/20 cricket was introduced in the United Kingdom, and is what it says: 20 overs a side. It proved to be a roaring success, especially in attracting young people to the game. “With 20/20 cricket, I signed more autographs than in a four-month tour of South Africa”, Jonty says. But, he adds, the aim is not just to attract children, but to make it a family affair.While over in the UK, playing county cricket for Gloucestershire, Rhodes had the opportunity to speak to the men who marketed the game there, so he has returned to South Africa with some good ideas.Besides Standard Bank, the United Cricket Board of South Africa and television sports channel Supersport have pledged their support for 20/20 cricket.The run-out that astounded the cricketing world. (Photo: Jonty.co.za)The man many regard as the greatest fielder of all time is also excited about what the game means for South African cricket. It’s a great way to fast-track players, he feels, because there is a big gap between provincial and international cricket. It teaches players to perform under pressure, because in the abbreviated form of the game every single delivery counts.Surprisingly, Rhodes reckons that 20/20 cricket is not his game. He explains that he was a run-a-ball kind of batsman – “I think I had a strike rate of about 80 in 235 one-day internationals”, he says (80.91, actually) – but 20/20 cricket requires more than that. “I felt almost inadequate”, he says.Partnerships the secretSo, what is the secret to the game? “Partnerships”, says Rhodes without hesitation. Just because it’s 20 overs of batting only, batsmen shouldn’t think they can just bash because, he enlightens me, teams often get bowled out in that time.His overseas partner at Gloucestershire, Australia’s Ian Harvey, was a superb 20/20 player. “Because he could hit straight and pull.” That’s another of the secrets to the game, according to Jonty.It even led to a change in his fielding position. Due to the importance of boundaries and the fact that many batsmen chose to hit the ball in the air, Jonty played a lot of the time at long on and long off, protecting the boundary from well struck straight shots!Thankfully, this new form of the game keeps Jonty Rhodes involved in South African cricket.The third part of Rhodes’ new job with Standard Bank involves children. The bank wants to use him for marketing to youngster. I reckon they’re on a winning wicket; Jonty’s feats, and the way he has lived his life, is the kind of example any kid would look up. A lot of us adults, too.Which leads me on to another possible career. As our in-studio guest, Jonty read a sports bulletin I had prepared. To tell the truth, he wasn’t great, and I didn’t feel he posed a threat to my career. However, as host of show he was very good. He drew a great response from listeners, and the show flowed well when he did his thing.Maybe you want to consider radio, Jo? Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more