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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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‘Anything is possible’ – Thompson says race execution key to getting national record

first_img POWERING AWAY Despite winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.71 seconds at Saturday night’s 13th Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium, IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson rued not executing a ‘complete race’. The time is not official because the wind reading was +2.4, above the allowable +2.0 mps limit. Thompson, whose 100m PB is 10.84 seconds, believes that with good race execution and ideal conditions, she could better the national 100m mark (10.70 seconds), which is held by her training partner, Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “Anything is possible, hopefully,” Thompson said of her chances of getting the national record in her post-race interview. Speaking about her race execution, Thompson said: “… Not the first part only, I am working on all of the 100m. My first 30 metres is not the best, so I am trying to work on that more.” Continuing, she said: “The comparison between last year and this year, I mean, last year, I was a collegiate athlete. I am not racing that much this year, but I’ll just keep on training and putting in the work and go out there and deliver.” The 23-year-old’s time was greeted by voracious cheers of approval from the National Stadium crowd. She ran from Lane Four, stamped her class over the final 20 metres and powered from the rest of a competitive field, which included American English Gardner (10.85), who finished second, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98), who placed third. The meet record is 10.86, set by American Carmelita Jeter in 2011. Thompson reiterated that she has been “training really hard and happy to come out victorious”. “It’s a stepping stone for me to see where I’m at, so I have to go home and train harder and see the mistake that I made and see if I can correct it from there,” emphasised the MVP athlete. Meanwhile, Thompson is not sure what sprint event(s) she will do at trials for this summer’s Oympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but leaves the decision to veteran tactician Stephen Francis. “I am not sure. My coach will decide. My training has been going okay so far, so I’ll just continue doing my best out there at all times.”last_img read more

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Citizen Leadership: The Missing Piece In Terror “War” Strategy

first_imgIn the wake of growing violent attacks worldwide by Islamic jihadists and increasing threats of more attacks in Western nations, President Obama, on February 18, addressed an international summit of 65 countries at the White House, Washington, D.C, on strategies for combating rising violent Islamic extremism. However, given the ideological, religious, cultural and military complexities posed by The Islamic State In Iraq & Syria (ISIS), a prudent strategy to “degrade,” subdue and “ultimately defeat” ISIS may not be governments going to war with ISIS.  “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting,” Chinese military general and philosopher, Sun Tzu said.  Therefore, if ISIS is to be subdued and defeated, world leaders must realize that governments don’t need to fight another costly war because there are many potent and unexplored non-governmental and non military alternatives to defeat ISIS. Here are at least five reasons why governments must step aside and take on supportive roles while citizens originate strategies and lead the efforts against the growing jihadists’ violence.First, limitation of government is seen in the venue and participants of the White House summit and all other government-led initiatives. I was not invited. If you are reading this article, you probably weren’t invited. Selection of the inaccessible confines of the White House, as a venue to seek the solution to a problem that governments have no experience solving limits access to the universe of talents, needed to brainstorm for such a solution. Deliberations about terror strategies are best conducted in the communities where the people live, work and play. By removing the barriers limiting citizens participation, the best creative citizens-led initiatives and proposals to tackle violent extremism can emerge in neighborhoods or citywide, statewide, regionally, nationally or internationally. How about an international contest of creative ideas to counter ISIS ideology? It’s cost effective and makes a lot of sense!Second, governments need to step aside because they are ill prepared for the complexities of the ideological, religious, cultural arena where the ISIS crisis exists and thrives. Seeking to win over billions of Muslims worldwide, President Obama was quick to emphasize that the war on extremists is not a religious war. “We are not at war with Islam, we are at war with those who have perverted Islam,” he said. Really? Well, after more than a decade of military engagements in the Islamic countries of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, costing thousands of American lives and trillions of taxpayers’ dollars, the region is still unstable and violent! Western governments have not invested a penny or dollar in citizens’ initiatives or ballot questions in post-conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone or Sudan or in Islamic countries. Funding of ballot initiatives tied to the Universal Declarations of Human Rights is a great and cost effective strategy for peaceful co-existence.Unilateral Western government actions independent of Western citizens’ input were woefully inadequate in bringing democracy, stability and peace to the regions dominated by Muslims. It’s time to try a different solution that aims to tackle the problem from its source and bring on board the best minds in our world.The third reason why governments must step aside is found in the saying; “Two heads are better than one.” Clearly we have seen the disastrous results of the governments’ head. Now it makes sense to assess the unexplored anti-jihadists ideas and strategies from the heads of citizens. In ISIS, the world is facing a cowardly and weak foe, who claims to be killing for God but are not brave enough to unmask their identities. Hiding behind scrubs that veil their scary faces, ISIS puts out gruesome videos and invites folks to come and join a murderous campaign of beheadings, cruel amputations, horrific burning of human beings alive- all in the name of a God so weak he can’t fight for himself but relies on cowards to carry out his biddings. And yes, scores of Western citizens have left their wealthy countries to answer the barbaric call to become suicide bombers in hopes of being rewarded with a fleet of virgins in paradise. While such idiotic violence and the primitive worldview it aims to create has not been successfully defeated with Western military capabilities, elementary school students worldwide, if given the chance and incentives, are capable of coming up with more sophisticated strategies and ideas to degrade and defeat the ideas ISIS is promoting. It makes sense to unleash the full potentials of the human family in tackling the problem of terrorism that affect everyone.Forth, unlike government actions which are always complicated by politics and sometimes lacking in logic, citizens-led solutions are far superior. For example, while ISIS has one year experience in beheadings, amputations and curtailing religious and personal freedoms, Western ally, Saudi Arabia can boast of decades of experience in the exact same deeds that ISIS is projecting worldwide. The Saudis are kings of public beheadings, curtailing religious freedoms, amputations, prohibition of female drivers and public floggings.  Although the Saudis were majority of the culprits in the 9/11 bombing, illogical government retaliations targeted Iraq and Afghanistan while sparing Saudi Arabia because of politics. Unlike governments which are not seen as equal opportunity dispenser of justice worldwide, citizens can operate in a more logical and less political environment.Fifth and finally, citizens must demand leadership in terror strategy because based on the record; citizen’s leadership trumps government actions. From the American revolution to the French revolution to independence movements across Africa and elsewhere, citizen’s leadership can be credited for change rather than government actions. Just as citizens of South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia and African Americans took matters into their own hands after the failure of governments worldwide to find a solution, now is the time to demand a change in leadership in dealing with the terror threats from ISIS. Governments must step aside and citizens must begin deliberations on strategy and implementation immediately. Let the best ideas lead in the battle of ideas that ISIS is waging.Torli H. Krua, a native of the Republic of Liberia is a former refugee from Liberia and human rights activist based in Boston, MA, USA. Krua  is founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and co-founder of YOUNG-Africa Inc (www.young-africa.org) (www.fightebola.us) and The Bush Chicken News (www.bushchicken.com). UHRI promotes immigrants rights in the USA and participatory democracy through ballot initiatives in Africa. Krua may be contacted at: harlankrua@gmail.com or 857-249-9983.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fight for starlet! Real Madrid join Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United in chase

first_imgReal Madrid are ready to rival Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the signature of Italian wonderkid Hachim Mastour.The 16-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects to come through the AC Milan academy in recent years and has already been involved with the first-team.Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all scouted the attacking midfielder and are weighing up a move for him.But they will have to battle with Real Madrid after Mastour’s agent Dario Paolillo confirmed the Spanish giants were looking at his client.“In January we had some contact with Real Madrid. They rate him very highly,” Paolillo told Gazzetta TV. 1 Hachim Mastour last_img read more

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A close-up look at Orion

first_img There also will be two public nights scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23. For more information and to make a reservation, call Tove at the Palmdale School District office at (661) 266-7233. The image is described as a stunning photograph of the famous Great Orion Nebula that shows the star birth cloud in unprecedented detail. The Hubble, an Earth-orbiting observatory, was launched into space on April 25, 1990. Hubble orbits above Earth’s murky atmosphere, which distorts light from celestial objects. During its more than 15 years in space, the Hubble has taken more than 700,000 snapshots of celestial objects such as galaxies, dying stars and giant gas clouds, the birthplace of stars. The telescope also shot images of chunks of a comet slamming into Jupiter and galaxies that existed billions of years ago. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale School District’s Sage Planetarium will unveil Wednesday a mural-size photographic mosaic of a turbulent star birth cloud taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The planetarium is the only venue in Los Angeles County and one of two in Southern California that will debut the 4-by-4, 140-image seamless mosaic of the Great Orion Nebula. “They had everybody write in who was interested and they selected them,” planetarium director Jeremy Amarant said, explaining how Sage was chosen as one of the showcase venues. “We wanted to be one of the flagship showings.” The event is part of the Hubble Space Telescope science team’s educational outreach program, Amarant said. The image will be unveiled the same day at 60 places around the United States – and it can’t be shown until then. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The other venue displaying it in Southern California is a science center in Santa Barbara, Amarant said. Palmdale and Santa Barbara are among the five sites in California. “We have the first printed version of it ready to go. We are part of the media release,” Amarant said. Palmdale students will view the galactic image, one of the largest images ever taken by the Hubble Telescope, from 7 a.m. to noon Wednesday. District officials and school board members are scheduled to come between noon and 3 p.m., and the public is invited from 3 to 8 p.m. The planetarium is located at 38060 20th St. East. The Hubble image can be viewed on Thursday by appointment by calling Amarant at (661) 273-7646, and on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. last_img read more

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Boeing Co. earnings rest on 737s, 777s

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe 787, which is to enter service in 2008 after flight testing in the second half of next year, helped the momentum with 54 orders for a total of 350 in two years. But the company turned a $692 million profit and posted a 12 percent revenue gain without it, overcoming a rare sub-par showing by its defense business. “The 787 provides reassurance for customers to see them committed to a future family of planes, but in terms of revenue it’s the 737 and the 777” that are behind the recent resurgence, said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia. The 787 is just “the icing on the cake” for now, he said. The world’s No. 2 commercial jet manufacturer served evidence that last year’s banner year of 1,022 orders, while unlikely to be duplicated, was no aberration as it tries to catch rival Airbus SAS. Boeing booked 176 orders in the first three months of 2006 and has more than doubled its backlog from a year ago. “Clearly, the 787 continues to generate outstanding customer interest,” Bell said in a conference call. “Our success in the marketplace has enabled us to continue to add to our very large commercial airplane backlog, which is now grown to $132 billion.” But he stressed the ongoing success of the 737, which generated 72 of Boeing’s 98 commercial-jet deliveries and its 5,000th overall during the quarter. “We’re just enjoying the success of the 737,” Bell said. “That model is doing extremely well.” While some on Wall Street appeared disappointed that Boeing hadn’t raised its guidance, sending its share price slightly lower, there were no visible signs the company’s recovery in the commercial airplane market has run out of fuel. “The upturn looks pretty solid and consistent for the next year or two,” Aboulafia said. “Beyond that, there are certainly valid questions, certainly about the strength of the domestic market. Until then, it looks solid.” Even though per-share earnings walloped Wall Street’s expectations, Boeing shares fell 20 cents to close at $84.91 on the New York Stock Exchange, two days after reaching their latest all-time high of $87.25. The stock has doubled in two years. Commercial airplane results were buoyed by its having delivered 28 more airplanes in the quarter than a year ago, propelling revenues to $7.1 billion. After 737s, the top seller was the 777, with 17 deliveries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – The fuel-conserving 787 is responsible for much of the buzz surrounding Boeing Co. these days. With the new jet still in development, though, it’s a pair of 20th-century models that are quietly carrying the load for the company’s suddenly high-flying commercial-airplane business. Strong sales of the world’s most popular airplane, as Chief Financial Officer James Bell referred to the single-aisle 737, and the wide-body 777 were a key to double-digit profit and revenue gains in Boeing’s first-quarter results released Wednesday. Earnings rose a better-than-expected 29 percent, led by a 48 percent jump in commercial-airplane revenues and a 10 percent rise in operating margins at the Seattle-based unit. It was the best such gain since at least the early 1990s. last_img read more

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WIN A FREE LUXURY SKINCARE HAMPER AS MCFADDEN’S PHARMACY CELEBRATE WEBSITE LAUNCH

first_imgMcFadden’s Pharmacy are celebrating the launch of their fantastic new website, by a hosting a series of exciting events, and competition giveaways. They’re launching their brilliant new website www.mcfaddenspharmacy.com and to celebrate management have decided to run a fantastic competitionALL customers who place an order on-line in both November and December, will be automatically entered into a draw for a FULL REFUND for one lucky person. They’ve also launched a daily draw for an amazing luxury skincare hamper.Entry is guaranteed with every in-store purchase made. 🙂Finally, to top it all off, they’ll be having Gary Gamble broadcast live from Highland radio at their Letterkenny Shopping Centre branch.The broadcast kicks off from 1:30-3:30 pm. It will be followed by a delicious wine and cheese reception from 5-8pm.So make sure and stop in at McFadden’s Pharmacy Letterkenny this week, and help them to celebrate the launch of their new website.WIN A FREE LUXURY SKINCARE HAMPER AS MCFADDEN’S PHARMACY CELEBRATE WEBSITE LAUNCH was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesMcFADDENS PHARMACYnewsWebsite Re-launchlast_img read more

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Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael

first_imgNewly elected Fine Gael county councillor Frank McBrearty is on the verge of quitting the party, according to sources close to the Raphoe man.McBrearty was elected to the Stranorlar Municipal District Authority just three days ago.The 50-year old is blaming internal pressure and claims he is being ‘bullied’ by other members of the party. He has told sources that he is seriously considering quitting the party.The source told Donegal Daily that McBrearty is also considering co-opting his wife onto the council.McBrearty was an Independent councillor but stood for Fine Gael in the latest election.The source said “Frank wanted to come in and work hard for his community and for Fine Gael. But he claims that certain sections of the party are doing their damndest to work against him. “He claims there is a personal campaign to force him out of the party and he said he simply cannot work with Fine Gael under these conditions.“He wants to quit and will make his decision shortly. He just doesn’t want to work with people who are working against him.”Breaking: Frank McBrearty on verge of quitting Fine Gael was last modified: June 1st, 2019 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:Fine GaelFrank McBreartyquitlast_img read more

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Half-time: Porto 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgWillian’s stunning free-kick seconds before the half-time whistle hauled Chelsea level in their Champions League Group G clash.Their defensive shortcomings were evident again when Andre Andre netted for Porto six minutes before the break.Branislav Ivanovic, who has attracted criticism this season, was again at fault. Yacine Brahimi went past him, and Asmir Begovic produced a fine save to keep out the Algerian’s shot only for to Andre to follow up to score.Chelsea were the better side for much of the first half and Porto keeper Iker Casillas denied Pedro after the Spaniard had been found by Willian’s fine pass.Earlier, Casillas pushed away a shot from Cesc Fabregas after good work on the left by Diego Costa, who has caused the home defence major problems.At the other end, Vincent Aboubakar fired high and wide and then appealed in vain for a penalty following a challenge Ivanovic.Porto’s goal was somewhat against the run of play but their lead was cancelled out in emphatic fashion by Willian’s cracking strike.Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic are on the Chelsea bench along with John Terry after being left out by boss Jose Mourinho, who gave starting places to John Mikel Obi and Ramires.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Ramires, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba Rahman, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Kenedy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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World Cup 2011 Long Shots, Close-Ups & Side Shows!

first_imgYeah, sure it’s over and the slam-bang IPL is on, but isn’t it worth recounting the madness of March-April? Of the reams written by everybody and anybody, with bursting pride, patriotism and passion, addressing all the major issues … stuff like — Is Dhoni the greatest Indian captain and is Team India 2011, the best ever? Was the 68 million viewership of the World Cup Finals, a world-record? Beyond true grit, was this year’s tournament, India’s Super Bowl, a sensational commercial carnival to beat all carnivals? Finally, what about the spicy side-shows provided by model Poonam Pandey and her revealing declaration to strip naked, or pregnant mothers threatening to name their kids, Sachin, Mahi, whatever? First things first. Is Mahi India’s best captain ever? What makes this Jharkhand guy, hardly seven years old in the big league and a little over four as head honcho, so very special? While the first question can be debated to death (with the scales, presently tilting to a yes) the second offers more scope for analysis. Yes, he is indeed a representative of a rare breed and the reasons are there for all to see. Point one, he demonstrates an amazing quality of fearlessness — that marks his persona as captain and person — in his responses to the press. The directness with which he often articulates inconvenient truths without making a fetish of it has to be unique. “They carry,” insists social commentator Santosh Desai, “the sparkling limpidity of new-born, unvarnished ideas. He says things he means, because he needs to, not for effect. He avoids saying too much, recognizing that wordiness is a curse, for it complicates the game creating a large variety of labels and classifications. He prefers to speak the guttural monosyllabic truth and acts likewise.” Point two, there is no pro-active defensiveness in his actions and he stares at the possibility of being criticized right back, refusing to cow down or let it modify his actions. Also, believes Desai: “Dhoni represents a form of wisdom that manages to find the timeless from the transient. He shows us that we can participate in the tumult and glitter of our shiny new lives, scoop in the crores and luxuriate in the material goodies and yet find a way to convert all that into something pure and meaningful … something that connects with dignity is all that really matters.”  In fact, right now, one is tempted to place Dhoni as India’s only uncontested leader. No one carries such collective legitimacy, such popular groundswell ra-ra from every quarter and constituency. Even when he does make a false move, there maybe a buzz, but not one person raises a finger questioning his leadership qualities. Is this team the best ever? A definite no, as any sane cricket follower who understands composition, weak bowling and fielding would acknowledge. But it has to be a thumping yes in terms of absorbing big-game pressure, rising to the occasion when it counts and giving it all required to win. Team India in 2011 was the victim of incredible expectations from day one (when it was labeled, along with Sri Lanka, likely winners) but under inspirational leadership, the team rose to a man to make it happen. Cricket, at the end of the day is a team sport and the very fact that the team rose and glittered makes them Team No.1.Was the viewership record-breaking? Yes, confirms audience measurement company aMap Vice President Jinita Shah: “The Finals viewership broke all records. It increased four times on that sensational Saturday.” While the semi-finals with Pakistan attracted 67.3 million, the finals drew in 68 million. Wow! Was it a commercial freakout? Judge for yourself. Let’s begin with a yesterday-today valuation of broadcast rights. In 1995, the rights went for $5 million. In 2009-11, they went for a whopping $450 million! Next up are titles and other sponsorship. These went for $10,000 to $20,000 in 2003. In 2011, they had rocketed to Rs. $50,000 to $60,000. Advertisers had a ball too! In 2003, the cost for a 10 second spot was $8,000. This year it soomed north of $35,000 to $45,000.Cricketer fees also saw a considerable hike. A-Grade stars — Sachin, Dhoni, Gambhir, Viru, Dravid, Laxman, Raina, Bhajji and Zaheer — get retainers of $220,000 per season. B-Graders — Yuvi, Ishant, Nehra, Pravin, Virat, Vijay and Ojha — get $110,000 and C-graders — Sreesanth, Mishra, Ashwin, Rohit, Pujara, Jadeja, Mithun and Vinay Kumar — get $55,000. In addition to the fees, players receive Rs. $16,000 per test match, $9,000 per ODI and $4,500 per T-20. Top scorers on the sponsorship front are Sachin and Dhoni, with approximately $1 million to $1.5 million per endorsement. The Little Master endorses around 8-10 brands while the captain fronts 10-15 brands. Viru Sewag and Yuvi Singh follow with $220,000 to $450,000 per endorsement. Sewag endorses five brands while the swashbuckling Chandigarh-lad represents four brands. After his sensational comeback in the recent World Cup, Yuvi Singh could be hurtling north both in fees and endorsements. Also, after the recent victory, additional cash prizes of $220,000 to each player, $110,000 to the support staff and $55,000 for the selectors were announced. Why this madness for the sport and over-the-top spending, budget and take-home compared to other sports in India? It’s simple. The collective passion the average Indian has for the sport has to be seen to be believed. To target the Indian consumer at a mass level — cutting across demographic, geographic, socio-economic, language and culture, even gender-barriers — for any marketer, cricket is the number one platform. The game pays. It delivers. It’s an effective platform for any aspirational regional brand wanting to reach a national audience. It gives you reach, eyeballs, impact. No film, reality show or corny award extravaganza can hope to match or is watched with the kind of fervor, passion and involvement as cricket.  What about the entertaining side-shows? Sure there was that too. “I went into labor soon after Sachin was dismissed, but had a gut feeling that we would win,” says Ira Khanna, 28, who gave birth to a baby boy. “I was born in the year we won the World Cup and now I have a son who’s born in the World Cup victory year! I am considering naming him either Sachin or Yuvraj.” In a country where a baby is born every two seconds, Shally Ahuja’s son was instantly baptized “World Cup Ahuja” after the famous victory.Then there is the Poonam Pandey episode. The 20 year old Gladrags and Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar model emerged from nowhere with a sensational “I’ll bare-all-if-India wins” announcement. She made instant headlines! This wasn’t, incidentally, an original gimmick, having been played out earlier by Parguayan model Larissa Mabel Riqualme Frutos, who was pictured in international media celebrating a goal with a Nokia phone between her breasts, wearing a tee with Paraguayan colors during the 2010 FIFA Cup. She also promised that she would run nude if her country won or reached the semi-final by beating Spain. Named “World Cup Girlfriend” she was instantly one of the most-searched-for-person on the net. Then there was Bobbi Eden, a Dutch porn actress, who attracted global attention when she promised oral sex to the entire team if Netherlands won the Cup. Our Girl Pandey, predictably, chickened out stating she couldn’t do it without Board of Control of Cricket in India’s official permission after which she would happily strip for the team. Her antics got her a following with PETA, which is urging her to strip on behalf of an ad campaign to help animals. She was signed up for Akshay Kumar’s stunt-based reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 4 for a whopping $110,000. At a press conference she unzipped her jacket to reveal a black bikini top to tantalize reporters. So will Poonam get the last laugh? The jury is still out on in this one. But we can all agree that whatever is in store for her, it’s just not cricket! Related Itemslast_img read more

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