Daily Archives: August 23, 2011

Cricket board blasted in India after English whitewash

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NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Infuriated by India’s  humiliating 4-0 series defeat in England, the local media lashed  out at the cricket board today, accusing the governing body  of pursuing riches instead of developing the test team.

The 50-over world champions arrived in England as the  top-ranked side in test cricket but their consistent poor  displays, coupled with a spate of injuries to key players, led  to India’s first series whitewash in 11 years.

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower with the mace, given to the No. 1 Test side, after completing a 4-0 whitewash of India at The Oval © Getty Images

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first series defeat as captain pushed  India down to the third place in the rankings, described as “A  Crying Shame” by the Times of India, which held the Board of  Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) responsible for the debacle.      Continue reading

The “Accidental Rudeness” of the British

From the Diaspora – Stabroek NewsAugust 15, 2011

The “Accidental Rudeness” of the British

By Melanie Newton  –

“… yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often…
Best to say nothing at all, my dear man.”
     – (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)

We may never know the name of the person who recorded and uploaded an August 9 BBC television news segment, in which anchorwoman Fiona Armstrong interviewed the Trinidadian born journalist and black British community spokesperson Darcus Howe. Thanks to this anonymous person’s quick thinking, the full shame of Armstrong and the BBC is now available on Youtube for all the world to see.

Armstrong interviewed Howe – who has worked as a BBC journalist – at the height of the recent disturbances that swept the UK. Things went downhill immediately, when Armstrong introduced him as ‘Marcus Dowe.’ After that, more or less every word Armstrong uttered was offensive. When Howe said he was not “shocked” by the riots given what was happening to “young people in this country”, she asked if he “condoned” the riots. She interrupted him when he said that the police “blew [Mark Duggan’s] head off”, patronizingly stating that: “we don’t know what happened to Mr. Duggan.” Armstrong’s vehemence was remarkable, given that the police admit they shot Duggan – what is in question are the circumstances of the shooting.   Continue reading

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