Raiders, Gruden prompt ESPN to change its ‘MNF’ game plan

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.As usual, ESPN will kick off its “Monday Night Football” schedule with a doubleheader. What’s not so usual is that the cable network will have its brand-new “A” team covering the later game.That would be Monday’s clash between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, set for a 7:15 p.m. (PT) kickoff at the Coliseum. Earlier in the evening, ESPN will carry the Jets-Lions game in Detroit (4:10 p.m.).ESPN clearly …last_img read more

HIV and Aids: How to get treatment and support in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has the largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme in the world, which gives people living with the virus the chance to live full and healthy lives. Here’s more on where to get treatment.Babies whose mothers are HIV positive are tested at six weeks using the HIV PCR method, according to Unicef South Africa. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThere are 3.4-million HIV positive people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in South Africa today, according to the government.With the 2016 International Aids Conference taking place from 18 to 22 July in Durban, we bring you a list of free health and social support services for South Africans affected by HIV and Aids. These can help HIV-positive people and their families deal with their situation a lot better.State hospitals and clinicsAsk staff at your local clinic or hospital about the following services if you are HIV-positive or if you know someone living with HIV/Aids.Testing and counsellingThe first step is to get tested for HIV. Knowing your status will help you get the treatment you need. Pregnant women should get tested every three months.The HIV test is provided for free at government clinics.You can also get tested at a local health department office, at your local doctor, at family planning clinics and at sites specially set up for HIV testing. The results of your HIV test will be kept secret.Aids Foundation South Africa advises that you wait for three months after possible infection before you get an HIV test.HIV and pregnancyIf you are HIV-positive and pregnant, your doctor or staff at your local clinic can give you advice on how to make sure the virus is not passed on to your baby.Treatment and medicationIf you are HIV-positive but can’t afford to pay for ARV medicines, you can go to state hospitals and clinics for help. All medicines – the antiretroviral pills and vitamins – are available at government hospitals and clinics.People who are very sick can be treated there, or will be referred to another hospital for treatment.Support groupsIf you need advice and support for living with HIV, counsellors and nurses at your clinic can refer you to a support group.Home-based care and help for familiesAsk at your clinic about how people with HIV and Aids can get treatment for the disease at home. This is known as home-based care.The families of HIV-positive people can be trained on how to care for their loved one if he or she becomes very sick. Clinic staff can also tell families where to go to get training on how to give proper home-based care to people with Aids.Family members over the age of 12 can be trained in basic hygiene, basic nutrition, bed baths and dealing with blood, simple infections and body fluids. For example, covering your hands with a plastic bag when dealing with blood can stop you getting infected.Poverty alleviationThe department of social development is the go-to place to find out about food parcels. A social worker will look into your situation and give you advice on what to do.The government also gives out different grants through the South Africa Social Security Agency. You need different documents for different social grants. A social worker will help you with this. On your first visit you must take your identity document, or ID, with you.The documents you might need to apply for a grant are:IDMedical certificateProof of income and assets. This proof can be a wage slip, shop receipts, your UIF card, bank account statements, or your pension book. If you have no documents to prove your income, you must to go to a police station to write an affidavit explaining why you don’t have the documents. The police will give you advice on how to do this.Marriage certificateDeath certificate of parentsBirth certificates of children you are looking afterAffidavit from birth mother if the child’s real parents are still alive. This must explain why you are looking after another person’s child. It must also say that the parents agree to you looking after the child.Letter from your employer stating your salaryOther supportHere are some of the other places where you can find support:Caprisa – The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) provides comprehensive programmes of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to those affected. One of their projects educates teenagers on protection against HIV/Aids. They also hold support groups for HIV- positive people.Watch Caprisa beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal talk about how the organisation helps them:Nacosa is a network of over 1 500 civil society organisations and individuals working together against HIV/Aids and TB in southern Africa. To find the contact details and address of an organisation working in your area, you can visit their website.Health4Men is an awareness project targeted at gay and bisexual men. The Health4Men initiative and the sexual health campaign We the Brave were founded by the Anova Health Institute in partnership with the Department of Health. Visit their websites to get information on HIV/Aids, and to find clinics specifically for gay or bisexual people.Volunteer to helpIf you want to be a volunteer, you can contact the Department of Health or first aid training organisations. They can help with formal training like basic first aid care.Volunteers can also work hand-in-hand with other institutions like religious groups, clinics and the Department of Social Development.Dealing with deathPeople who are extremely sick and likely to die should prepare for their death. Things to do include naming guardians for their children, writing out a will and testament, sorting out any bank accounts and insurance, and creating a memory box for their children and other loved ones.People who can’t afford a funeral for a family member should ask their municipalities and religious organisations for help. They should work together to give the deceased a pauper’s burial. This is a free funeral paid by the municipality.Sources: South African Government News Agency, Education and Training Unit and Aids Foundation South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

A Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle

first_imgIts construction delayed two years by the financial meltdown, zHome, a 10-unit townhouse project in Issaquah, Washington, has finally opened. The near-zero-energy project claims to be the Seattle area’s most energy-efficient and greenest multifamily development, and among the first of its kind on the West Coast.The project is a collaboration between the City of Issaquah and a number of regional partners, including the Built Green residential construction program, King County, Port Blakely Communities, Puget Sound Energy, the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, Seattle builder Matt Howland, and builder-developer Ichijo USA.Steps to zeroThe zHome website describes the project’s construction and expected performance features. Exterior walls are insulated to R-38 and the ceilings to R-60 with expanded polystyrene inside the wall studs and another 3 in. of EPS on the outside. The townhomes are equipped with double-pane fiberglass windows with a U-factor of 0.33, ground-source heat pumps, and heat-recovery ventilators. The development team calculates that, thanks to these features and energy-efficient lighting fixtures and appliances, the townhomes’ average energy use will be reduced by about two-thirds. The remaining one third will be addressed by roof-mounted photovoltaic systems.Tim Walsh, of Ichijo USA, told GBA that the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores for the townhomes ranged from zero to minus 12, and Tom Balderston, the project’s performance tester, added that air leakage rates ranged from 2.85 ach50 to 4 ach50, depending on the unit tested.Ten rainwater cisterns, with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 gallons, will supply water for toilets and laundry, and low-flow fixtures and appliances will help reduce water usage by an estimated 70%. About 78% of the wood used on the project is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and the zHome team also used a lot of recycled, reclaimed, and regional materials.A model for others?The project partners say that a key goal in bringing energy-efficient performance and green construction practices to prominence is to show the process can be cost-effectively replicated in mainstream housing production. To help highlight that possibility, one of the zHome units – the zHome partners call it the Stewardship Center – will be kept off the market for five years and used as a teaching and marketing facility for builders, designers, and students interested in zHome concepts that can be applied to new-home construction and retrofits.The other nine units are for sale, with prices ranging from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.last_img read more

Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-In

first_imgFoursquare is unbundling. The company announced Thursday it’s splitting the main Foursquare application into two services—one that tracks and shares where you are, and another that helps you figure out where you’re going next.The plan is an ambitious move to split up Foursquare’s mobile services—perhaps taking the lead from Facebook in that manner—and shed the stereotype that has plagued the app since 2009: That Foursquare is just an app for checking into places.See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderThe new Foursquare app eliminates the check-in entirely, placing it instead in a separate new application called Swarm. A redesigned Foursquare app will be built from the ground up for a launch later this summer, and that app will be responsible for offering personalized recommendations in a similar way to Yelp.“The unbundling is motivated by us listening to the users and observing the way users use the app, both watching them and seeing the data and what the data suggests,” Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley said in an interview. “A lot of functionality is crammed into the Foursquare experience.”Moving Beyond The Check-InFoursquare’s directory of places, unlike Yelp’s, doesn’t feature paragraph-long diatribes that accompany the location. Instead, each location has specific “tips” or short snippets of what’s best or what to avoid at any given destination. It will be hard for Foursquare to shift its reputation from a check-in app to a recommendation engine. Many people use Foursquare for this singular purpose, and the check-in is arguably Foursquare’s bread and butter.It’s a risky move to rip checking in from Foursquare entirely. People are accustomed to using Foursquare for this main reason, not so much to find recommendations. Crowley said the company is building in hooks so bouncing between Foursquare apps isn’t an inconvenience, but it doesn’t change the fact that Foursquare is in completely new territory. (Again, Facebook pursued a similar strategy recently by removing the chat function from its main app and forcing users into its private Messenger app.)Foursquare needs to be mindful about the failure of most ambient location services. Many location-broadcasting startups never caught on with the masses; Facebook has even failed multiple times with its friend-finding features, and more recently, when the company rolled out a feature nearly identical to Foursquare’s Swarm, the reaction was overwhelmingly negative.Giving Up Privacy For Suggestions selena larson Tags:#Check-In#Facebook#Foursquare#foursquare checkins#foursquare facebook#foursquare fragmentation#Foursquare swarm#Location#privacy#Swarm#Swarm app Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Foursquare has spent the last four years building a massive collection of places thanks to five billion global check-ins. It doesn’t need you to add to it anymore; instead, Foursquare will learn your behaviors and provide you with suggestions as to what it thinks you will like.Already the app alerts users to places they will probably like nearby, based on their previous locations. “Some of those passive notifications that you’ve gotten [in the Foursquare app] is because Foursquare can just sense you’re at a certain place,” Crowley said. “Without saying too much about what the new Foursquare will look like, you can imagine a version of Foursquare that doesn’t actually need you to check into places.”Essentially, even though Foursquare won’t be the check-in app anymore, it will still collect all your data, even without you checking in. Foursquare will use your phone’s location services paired with its vast location database to track where you go in order to provide you with location suggestions.Foursquare won’t be sharing this location data with your friends, but Swarm will. You don’t need to check in for your friends to be able to find you. Swarm is supposed to help friends find each other easier, whether or not they check in. Its ambient location services will know your relative location even if you don’t check in, and will share that information with friends. “The app has neighborhood awareness,” Crowley said. For instance, he said, “if I open up my app right now I’ll see 20 people checked in to Foursquare HQ in New York City, but I’ll see a handful of other friends in the Soho neighborhood who haven’t checked in anywhere.”For users that would rather not have their friends know where they are at all times, Foursquare’s ambient location service can be turned off. Foursquare’s new approach is interesting. Personally, I find the Foursquare location suggestions potentially helpful, though I’m not keen on my friends knowing where I am at all times—especially since many people in my Foursquare network aren’t even real friends anymore. As a service that knows which restaurants you frequent, Foursquare telling you where to eat and what to order might come in handy. As long as you’re okay with Foursquare tracking your whereabouts the rest of the time. All images courtesy of Foursquare The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

GJM stir escalates in Darjeeling, Tamang removed from post

first_imgAfter an apparent calm for about a fortnight, protests erupted in Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills in north Bengal since Thursday night following an announcement to call off nearly 80 day strike in the hills.The supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha [GJM] and residents of Darjeeling took to the streets at night. Mnay of them were seen marching on roads or organising demonstrations in the town on Friday morning.GJM assistant general secretary, Binoy Tamang, who was recently appointed as the Coordinator of GJM, was removed from the post of Coordinator, said Roshan Giri, party’s general secretary.“We will be having a central committee meeting little later in the day where it will be decided through a resolution if Tamang and Anek Thapa [a senior leader] will be expelled from the party,” said Mr. Giri.Mr. Tamang led a team of GJM to an all-hill party meeting with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on August 29.Following the meeting Mr. Tamang gave a call to postpone the ongoing strike to September 12, which has reportedly irked the party President Bimal Gurung. I was stopped in check-posts manned by GJM supporters, women and men. This pass was issued by GJM and was given to the driver, who came from Kalimpong. There were 12 check posts and not a single police man outside Darjeeling town. “The biggest challenge is distribution of food to tea gardens and forest villages in far-flung areas,” says Roshan Rai, who runs an NGO, DLR Prerna, and has worked on issues of fair trade in tea plantations. In the meeting, pictured above, it was decided to draw a food distribution plan so that available material can be equitably distributed across the hills. One of the most picturesque hill stations, acquired by the British in 1835 as a health resort, is shut for the last two-and-a-half months following a movement for a separate Gorkha homeland led by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which was founded in 2007. Dhanmaiya Tamang, 68, is in jail for supporting the Gorkhaland movement. Many have been arrested and nearly a dozen have lost their lives since the movement started. “Unthinkable human rights abuse is perpetrated by the State government to counter a peaceful movement,” says Ms Tamang’s son, Umesh Tamang, a taxi driver. The State government officials did not comment. In many parts of the town, women could be seen cooking and selling momos. “The money is then used to buy food stuff and distribute it,” says Sashi Yanzon [in red jacket] of Mani Trust, an NGO that set up this make-shift momo shop near the Mall. They are doing good business, she says. One of the most picturesque hill stations, acquired by the British in 1835 as a health resort, is shut for the last two-and-a-half months following a movement for a separate Gorkha homeland led by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which was founded in 2007. Dhanmaiya Tamang, 68, is in jail for supporting the Gorkhaland movement. Many have been arrested and nearly a dozen have lost their lives since the movement started. “Unthinkable human rights abuse is perpetrated by the State government to counter a peaceful movement,” says Ms Tamang’s son, Umesh Tamang, a taxi driver. The State government officials did not comment. I was stopped in check-posts manned by GJM supporters, women and men. This pass was issued by GJM and was given to the driver, who came from Kalimpong. There were 12 check posts and not a single police man outside Darjeeling town. Near the famous Mall, below the Mahakal temple, however, many could be seen fiddling with their mobile phones. This is the point where the phones receive signals, as it is in a higher altitude. “The Internet is shut over two months and there are two points in town where we may have occasional signals,” says Pema, a physiotherapist. “We need to check the messages at least twice a day as we are distributing food in packets of 10 and 5 kg,” she says. The first obstacle was access to Darjeeling. It was virtually impossible to enter the hill station from either Siliguri in the plains or Gangtok in Sikkim. Finally, I was ‘smuggled’ in an ambulance from Rangpo bridge, about 60 km east of Darjeeling. The driver refused to enter the frame. “I am in a government job,” he says. GJM supporters checking the pass before allowing entry into Darjeeling. The pass, issued by GJM leadership, is a clear indicator that the West Bengal government has no control over the hill district in north Bengal, outside the main town of Darjeeling, little over 2,000 meters above sea level. The man carrying the umbrella is Dambar Prasad Shiwakoti, senior master of Darjeeling’s elite Turnbull High Secondary School. “The tenth standard [final] examination is approaching. Students of elite institutions are attending private classes in Siliguri. But what about those who are not from the elite schools?” he asks. Realising this, Shiwakoti, with the help of a local club, started a make-shift school which now has 275 students from a dozen local schools. Mid-days are however different. For a few hours, the residents of Darjeeling take control of the streets. They form human chains – like this one – and organise various rallies. “We are inventing new forms of peaceful protest every day,” says Suraj Thapa, a SIM-card salesman. The first obstacle was access to Darjeeling. It was virtually impossible to enter the hill station from either Siliguri in the plains or Gangtok in Sikkim. Finally, I was ‘smuggled’ in an ambulance from Rangpo bridge, about 60 km east of Darjeeling. The driver refused to enter the frame. “I am in a government job,” he says. With the movement not showing much signs of slowing down, there are huge expectations around Tuesday’s [August 29] meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the GJM leadership. A five-member delegation of the hill party, led by assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang, will join the meeting in Kolkata. “But we do not want them to return empty-handed,” says Umesh Tamang, son of Dhanmaiya Tamang. Near the famous Mall, below the Mahakal temple, however, many could be seen fiddling with their mobile phones. This is the point where the phones receive signals, as it is in a higher altitude. “The Internet is shut over two months and there are two points in town where we may have occasional signals,” says Pema, a physiotherapist. “We need to check the messages at least twice a day as we are distributing food in packets of 10 and 5 kg,” she says. With the movement not showing much signs of slowing down, there are huge expectations around Tuesday’s [August 29] meeting between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the GJM leadership. A five-member delegation of the hill party, led by assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang, will join the meeting in Kolkata. “But we do not want them to return empty-handed,” says Umesh Tamang, son of Dhanmaiya Tamang. In many parts of the town, women could be seen cooking and selling momos. “The money is then used to buy food stuff and distribute it,” says Sashi Yanzon [in red jacket] of Mani Trust, an NGO that set up this make-shift momo shop near the Mall. They are doing good business, she says. Littered with burnt vehicles, Darjeeling looks eerie. Streets are empty. Residents rarely come out of their houses other than to occasionally pick up daily consumables. The weather is damp and the tourist season is over. GJM supporters checking the pass before allowing entry into Darjeeling. The pass, issued by GJM leadership, is a clear indicator that the West Bengal government has no control over the hill district in north Bengal, outside the main town of Darjeeling, little over 2,000 meters above sea level. Littered with burnt vehicles, Darjeeling looks eerie. Streets are empty. Residents rarely come out of their houses other than to occasionally pick up daily consumables. The weather is damp and the tourist season is over. The man carrying the umbrella is Dambar Prasad Shiwakoti, senior master of Darjeeling’s elite Turnbull High Secondary School. “The tenth standard [final] examination is approaching. Students of elite institutions are attending private classes in Siliguri. But what about those who are not from the elite schools?” he asks. Realising this, Shiwakoti, with the help of a local club, started a make-shift school which now has 275 students from a dozen local schools. Mid-days are however different. For a few hours, the residents of Darjeeling take control of the streets. They form human chains – like this one – and organise various rallies. “We are inventing new forms of peaceful protest every day,” says Suraj Thapa, a SIM-card salesman. “The biggest challenge is distribution of food to tea gardens and forest villages in far-flung areas,” says Roshan Rai, who runs an NGO, DLR Prerna, and has worked on issues of fair trade in tea plantations. In the meeting, pictured above, it was decided to draw a food distribution plan so that available material can be equitably distributed across the hills. In many parts of the town, women could be seen cooking and selling momos. “The money is then used to buy food stuff and distribute it,” says Sashi Yanzon [in red jacket] of Mani Trust, an NGO that set up this make-shift momo shop near the Mall. They are doing good business, she says.  GJM claimed that a section of their party leaders “have shaken hands with Bengal government and have worked to derail [the] movement” and thus the party chief Gurung issued strongly-worded statement claiming that as long as people wish to continue with the struggle for a Gorkha homeland GJM will not vacillate.“They [section of the leaders led by Tamang] went to Nabanna [State Secretariat in Kolkata] and sat for a meeting with Mamata Banerjee without consulting me,” Mr. Gurung alleged.Following the developments, it is likely that Mr. Tamang and his followers would be expelled from the party on Friday which may escalate tension in the hills.The police have said that they are closely monitoring the situation and would “strongly” deal with any attempt to influence the law and order in the hills.“So far the meetings and protests are peaceful and democratic and we have no reason to use force,” said DIG, Darjeeling Range, Humayun Kabir.last_img read more

With UST’s season 79 exit in her mind, get ready for Rondina show in the Final 4

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting University of Santo Tomas’ superstar will lead the Golden Tigresses to a head-on collision with defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament carrying the memories of Season 79.Rondina was in her third year with the Golden Tigresses when bowed out of the final four with a four-set loss to Lady Spikers and she vowed that she would give it her all in the rematch that eluded her for more than a year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I will do everything I can to get to our goal. There’s no turning back, we’re going all out,” said Rondina in Filipino after UST trumped National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filiol Flying V Center.Rondina, who finished with 21 points against the Lady Bulldogs, said she will be her usual self in the semifinals. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The Golden Tigresses finished their elimination round as the third seed with a 10-4 record while the Lady Spikers will still have to play Far Eastern University to see if they will improve on their 10-3 slate and lock up the no.2 spot of the tournament.“I won’t change, this is still me and how I play,” said Rondina who’s in her final UAAP season. “I made a promise and I want UST to win and it’s through my actions that I will show coach and the UST community especially to the people who believe in us.”“We want to win badly for UST and I hope all our hard work pays off.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Isa Molde still unsure whether she’ll return to UP for another year Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Cherry Rondina will head into her second and final Final Four with retribution in mind.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

West Indies tour a great opportunity for Pant to unleash his potential

first_imgLauderhill: The time has come for Rishabh Pant to “unleash” his rich potential in all three formats, said India captain Virat Kohli ahead of the first T20 international against the West Indies here on Saturday. With little clarity over the future of veteran M S Dhoni, Pant has now become the preferred choice in all three formats and that was pointed out by chief selector MSK Prasad after the selection panel picked the squads for the West Indies tour. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said here on Friday. “We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS Dhoni’s experience is always going to be a very crucial factor but having said that some of these younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them and they should just look forward to it.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Kohli has already said the tour is a good opportunity for fringe players like Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey to stake a claim for a spot in India’s brittle middle-order in ODIs. The T20 here on Saturday will be India’s first outing since the heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals last month. The skipper is yet to get over the loss. “The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life. We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on. “So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.” The Indian team could not train ahead of the game due to rain but having played here three years ago, it has an idea of the conditions. “I think the covers look the same,” quipped Kohli. “We haven’t seen the pitch, we haven’t seen anything apart from the covers on the pitch. When we play tomorrow, we can assess how the pitch has come along. Even last time we played, it was pretty good, high-scoring, and we all had a lot of fun playing here, and this time is going to be no different.” Kohli is all for having more international games in the United States. “For now I think it’s all about creating that buzz and just getting people in to watch the games. The more we come here and play, obviously the game is going to get more and more buzz around it, people are going to talk about it. “You see 15,000-20,000 people going to a place to watch something, obviously it should be important. Hopefully in years to come, people will have more interest. Local people in America as well, not just the Asian community or the West Indian community but the whole community in general will have more interest in the sport.” He feels the T20 format is the ideal one to promote the game globally. “I think T20 cricket is something that can be understood and accepted in the American culture because of the length of the game and it’s quite entertaining as well. So I think for the sport to become global in many ways, a lot of interest here will go a long way in achieving that for the sport,” he added.last_img read more