SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.The 31-year-old, who played the last of his 12 Twenty20 Internationals two years ago, grabbed four consecutive wickets off the first four balls of the final over to help restrict a rampant Arabians to 224 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Opting to bat first, Arabians were propelled by Indian opener Virender Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls, with ten fours and 11 sixes.He put on 86 for the first wicket with South African Jacques Rudolph who hit 27 and a further 135 for the second wicket with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51 from 33 deliveries.Recently retired West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was unbeaten on one from two deliveries at the end.SUPERB OVERSSantokie, who had taken one wicket in an earlier spell, finished with five for 30 in a superb four-over spell to be the leading bowler for Strikers.He bowled Sangakkara with the first ball of the over and then proceeded to remove Brad Hodge, Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan all without scoring, while conceding just one run from the final over of the innings.In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52 from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed, 41 from 22 balls with a four and four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-ball 32 with four sixes, but Strikers still slumped to 177 for nine in the 18th over.However, Santokie arrived to smash an unbeaten 23 from nine balls with three sixes in a 35-run, last wicket stand with Shane Bond who got 12 not out, as Strikers came up short in the end.
With the recent announcement that the construction of Warren Farm training ground will commence this summer, everyone with any sort of spiritual attachment to QPR is once more daring to dream of better times.The reported estimated cost of £30m for the Warren Farm training site is a real statement of intent from QPR if accurate. With the club also set to meet expense itself, such a heavy investment is a clear sign that the club desires to be the next champion of youth talent. Naturally though, the short-term agenda is to use the new training ground to attract new players, of the calibre required to get QPR back amongst the elite.Breaking new groundHaving a state-of-the-art training ground is one ‘pull factor’ for potential new players, but many would argue that getting the right permanent manager is perhaps the most important flashpoint of QPR’s immediate future. As with any rumours, current links between Tim Sherwood and QPR have been met with a mixed reaction, especially in light of Sherwood’s failure to show Tottenham the way forward, and his inability to save Aston Villa during the club’s horrific calendar year of 2015.While Sherwood’s potential appointment will always be a divisive topic, he knows exactly how it is to be part of a new project that could be just one match away from completely unravelling. His participation in Blackburn’s famous title-winning season of 1994/95 is the obvious highlight in that regard, and if he can bring Kenny Dalglish’s managerial values to Loftus Road in the event of his appointment, then that can only be a positive ahead of 2019/20.Embed from Getty ImagesSherwood’s existing links to a Tottenham side rich in youth talent could also be an extremely helpful element moving forward. Yet, while there are clear signs that the powers at QPR have a very real ‘battle plan’ in the short-term, few could blame any QPR supporter for feeling some degree of doubt.Why so pessimistic?False dawns have become synonymous with QPR over the past three decades. Under Gerry Francis, the Rs were the top London club in the very first Premier League season of 1992/93, and through the prowess of Les Ferdinand, QPR established themselves as a respected force. Sadly, for the West Londoners, that was not to last, and a period of short-term decline – particularly following Ferdinand’s departure to Newcastle – yielded relegation in 1996.There would follow fifteen frustrating years in the wilderness, with a further relegation in 2001 representing a new nadir. Though QPR were able to return to the big-time in 2011, any optimism was quickly withdrawn by the quality of the Premier League, as the promised effects of Tony Fernandes’ ownership failed to truly materialise.Survival in 2012 was rendered meaningless by a disgraceful 2012/13 season. The Rs went down with a pitiful tally, and though a very lucky promotion via the play–offs followed instantly after, another relegation with Harry Redknapp at the helm showed that precisely nothing had changed.QPR in dire need of directionFollowing the relegation of 2015, the mere expectation of yo-yo league jumps was annoyance enough, but recent years have seen the club’s fortunes take an altogether more discouraging turn. The reasons for the club’s second-tier decline are plentiful, but for all the good a new training ground could do, it is leadership that undoubtedly remains the burning issue right now.Ian Holloway’s infectious personality and terrace hero status could not work a second time, and Steve McLaren’s tenure as manager will be forever remembered as a lost time that could have culminated in disaster. Caretaker manager John Eustace has yet to truly make the impact he desires, but a back-to-basics approach has worked in part.That said, there remains plenty of concern about QPR’s overall form, and current sports spread betting news suggests that the West London side remain in danger of the drop, if only by mere dint of mathematics.Perhaps most notably, only the clubs that went into the Good Friday fixtures occupying the relegation places had conceded more goals than QPR’s tally of 65. The unreliable defence could yet see QPR drop into the second tier, but QPR’s home form may be enough, even though Friday’s defeat to Blackburn made it ten home defeats to offset nine victories down in Shepherd’s Bush.With a new ground and a high-profile manager reportedly in the sights of the board, the foundation is there to make QPR’s next top-flight campaign the one that brings glorious memories. Though recollections of Ferdinand, Impey, Wilkins and Classic FM sponsorship become more distant with each passing year, the promise of progressive change in multiple areas of QPR’s operation provides an injection of fresh hope amongst the long-suffering Loftus Road faithful.For if QPR – or any other club – cannot have hope, then existence is futile. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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Through the bravery and efforts of people such as our good friend Drew Olanoff and the LIVESTRONG campaign, many social media users are much more aware of cancer and what this disease does to the body, mind, soul and community.Today, on World AIDS Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a few folks on the social web who are facing lives with HIV/AIDS and have made the same brave choice to share that experience with the rest of us. Read on for bits and pieces of their stories as well as feeds and lists that will keep their struggles and triumphs in your thoughts.Shawn Decker’s ShawnandGwenn.comDecker, who is a public speaker educator and advocate, blogs with girlfriend Gwenn Barringer about his own struggles with the virus and the challenges of being in an HIV-asymmetrical couple.With the success I’ve had keeping my numbers stable, I broached the topic of trying one week on, two weeks off meds…My reason for wanting a longer break has been absent-mindedness and lethargy… It’s especially frustrating on the days when things just aren’t clicking in the old nugget; like when I wake up feeling exhausted instead of rested or, in the middle of a shower, I wonder if I’ve already washed my hair or not. This tends to happen after a couple of days on meds.Steve Schalchlin’s Bonus RoundSchalchlin is one of the first HIV/AIDS bloggers, beginning his blog in 1996. Also a songwriter, Schalchlin put his story into music that his partner, playwright Jim Brochu, turned into The Last Session, a musical about a man’s struggle with AIDS.In Flash Forward, some of the characters are saying, “The future saved me.”I remember when I could see my future. And like this character, there was a certain comfort in knowing I had only just so much time and no more. I’m reminded of the old Chinese saying about how a child who dies has the longest life and an old man, the shortest. I know that that state of mind, of perfect freedom, is available. I know it is because it’s only a state of mind. Having gone there, I know what it feels and tastes and smells like. The question is whether I have to know when I’m gonna die to get there again.Kenn Chaplin’s My Journey With AIDSChaplin is a blogger who faces AIDS and is a survivor of childhood and adult trauma and adult-diagnosed mental illness.When diagnosed with HIV in 1989, and AIDS a few years later, it was suggested that I probably had a maximum of ten years to live. In fact I did nearly die of cryptospoidiosis which my doctor still talks about with a sense of marvel. It only seemed logical that I should accept the reality, with countless friends dying around me, and try to live into death with as much grace as I could muster. What I asserted was realism some friends took to be pessimism. One I think of in particular eventually drifted away as, it seems to me, she could neither tolerate what I believed to be reasonable thoughts of dying nor the fact that my health was, to her, no longer of imminent concern.James McLarty-Lopez’s Still ArrivingMcLarty-Lopez is a young, recently married gay man. His blog references medications he takes, side effects he experiences and his general feelings about this part of his life.Chad and I last night were discussing Justin’s passing. While very sad it was only a matter of time… I have been tired many times. I have been weak many times. However, through the times in the valley I have always said “I want to live.” In comparison, Justin too said he wanted to live, the difference being, he waited far too late to make that decision. He was only 24 and ravaged with HIV and AIDS defining illnesses. Who knows why Justin never really sought treatment? Perhaps the stigma of having HIV stopped him. Perhaps he just didn’t want to have to acknowledge the fact he had it. The only person who could have answered that is gone. Speculation will neither ease the pain nor bring him back. Now it’s about remembering his smile and moving on with the lesson of I want to live.To subscribe to a 12-blog feed of blogs from folks living with and writing about HIV/AIDS, click here.Also, we’ve put together a Twitter list of people who live with HIV/AIDS and people who medically treat, advocate for and work with HIV/AIDS sufferers.What better way to observe World AIDS Day than by actually reading the words and understanding the challenges of those who actually live with AIDS or HIV and are unashamed and courageous enough to share those stories with us? Related Posts Tags:#Blogging#NYT#Social Web#twitter#web jolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
File photo of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is on the run after an Interpol alert against him. There are reports that Modi is trying to get a passport from Iceland to escape the clutches of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Modi had earlier tried very hard to be Iceland’s envoy in Mumbai. But the government scuttled the move after an adverse report from the Intelligence Bureau. Documents accessed by Headlines Today reveal that Modi even got Iceland to send a formal proposal to India to appoint him honorary consul general of the country in Mumbai. As honorary consul general, Modi would have got diplomatic privileges, including immunity and tax breaks. He would have access to key government functionaries. The documents reveal that the Maharashtra government and security agencies had no objection to Modi’s appointment. The proposal to have Modi as envoy had the backing of the highest office of Iceland and was made at the behest of the First Lady of Iceland, who is allegedly a close friend of Modi’s wife. The proposal also had the backing of former MoS external affairs Shashi Tharoor. Even though Tharoor’s office intervened on the matter, the government refused clearance because of the Intelligence Bureau report.Modi’s lawyer Mahmood Abidi denied the reports. “This is all nonsense and the latest in disinformation that is being spread against Modi by vested interests. We are going to fight it out in court,” Abidi told Headlines Today.