THE University of Limerick Governing Authority has this Friday sanctioned the purchase of the Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick city to develop a UL City Campus.The university will purchase the site for €8 million.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a further statement released by the University of Limerick, University President Dr Des Fitzgerald said in coming days and weeks the university will be “looking at the various options for developing our programmes within Limerick City, and at that stage start our planning process for the new campus.”Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins said, “This will remove one of the biggest eyesores in the city centre, and replace it with a new riverside city centre campus for UL.The Mayor added he was working closely with Limerick City and County Council and the university to facilitate the purchase of the site.“The 5,535 sq m shopping centre at Sarsfield Bridge has been left idle for years. Now, by replacing it with a new UL campus, we are opening up the entire riverside area between Sarsfield Bridge, Arthurs Quay, the Potato Market and City Hall.”Mayor Collins mentioned the new campus “should be looked at now in the context of possible redevelopments at the Potato Market, the Opera Centre development, pedestrianisation of nearby O’Connell Street and a future education, tourism and retail plan for that area of the city between Sarsfield Bridge and City Hall”.“Today’s decision will be a game-changer for Limerick, the University and for businesses in the city centre,” he said.Dr Des Fitzgerald, UL President, said, “I am very happy to have the full support of the UL Governing Authority in our commitment to bring UL closer to the city centre. I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to revitalise a site in the city that has been lying vacant for so long.“It is fitting that UL’s presence in the city will be on the waterfront mirroring our magnificent riverside campus just four kilometres away,” he explained.“The UL City Campus will aim to bring together Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship in Technology and create a hub for developing and supporting enterprises in the city.“It will allow for the further development of existing collaborations with the practitioner base in business, law, education, health and the growing number of technology companies,” he added. New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience NewsEducationPoliticsUpdate: University of Limerick to purchase vacant Dunnes Stores site for €8 millionBy Staff Reporter – April 5, 2019 2805 Previous articleTreaty Talk EP60: National League success and Limerick SFC Opening roundNext articleLimerick city eyesore to get new lease of life Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Twitter Advertisement Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print TAGSdevelopmentDunes StoreseducationinvestmentLimerick CityNewspoliticsUniversity of Limerickurbanvacant property RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Email
The No. 1 ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team (25-2-1, 15-2-1 WCHA) will bring a four-game win streak into this weekend’s match up with the Minnesota State Mavericks (10-14-5, 3-12-3), after picking up consecutive sweeps in Madison at LaBahn Arena.Heading into the series, the Badgers hold a very decisive 88-2-3 all time edge against the Mavericks, including an ongoing 27-game win streak. The Badgers will look to continue this trend of domination in their upcoming series in order to stay atop both conference and national rankings. Women’s Hockey: Badgers break records during sweep of St. Cloud StateThe top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team (25-2-1, 15-2-1 WCHA) recorded their second consecutive sweep this past weekend over St. Cloud Read…Offensively, Wisconsin has been a juggernaut so far this season. They lead the conference in just about every offensive category as a team — such as scoring offense, power play percentage and goal differential. The Badgers’ offense has been the driving force behind their relentlessly impressive regular season and it may just be what carries them deep into the postseason.In addition to this, the Badgers own the top three individual scoring leaders in the conference with forwards Daryl Watts, Sophie Shirley and Abby Roque totaling 64, 52 and 48 points so far this season, respectively. Comparatively, the Mavericks rank towards the bottom of the conference in most offensive categories, lacking the offensive firepower that Wisconsin possesses. Women’s Hockey: Badgers nab Border Battle sweep over Minnesota to solidify No. 1 rankingThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s hockey team (23-2-1, 13-2-1 WCHA) has only spent five weeks of the season Read…Minnesota State currently averages just two goals per game, while the Badgers are averaging an impressive 5 per game. The Mavericks are one of the few teams in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association that give up more goals on average than they score, as their defense allows 2.9 goals per game. When it comes to goaltending, the net has been split between sophomore Abigail Levy and freshman Calla Frank for the Mavericks. Levy has a 91% save rate while Frank is averaging a comparative 90% — both of which are neck and neck with Kristen Campbell’s 91% save rate. The Badgers must prepare to see either player in net in the upcoming series, a factor that makes playing Minnesota State a bit tougher.Women’s Hockey: Badgers advance into 2020 with comparatively dominant recordWisconsin’s women’s hockey team (20-1-1) is setting themselves up for yet another deep postseason run. There is no doubt the Read…With only three conference series remaining before the WCHA tournament, the Badgers must stay focused on each opponent down the stretch. Doing so will put them in a favorable position to stay at No. 1 in the rankings heading into the postseason.
The Raptors trailed 91-77 at the time of the incident and entered Monday on a two-game winning streak. Cleveland went on to claim a 126-101 victory.The Cavaliers snapped a two-game losing streak in their win over the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Things got heated between the Raptors and Cavaliers on Monday.Raptors forward Serge Ibaka and Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss got into to a skirmish during the third quarter of the contest. Both were ejected from the game and later suspended. Ibaka has been suspended three games by NBA for the altercation while Chriss received a one-game suspension, the league announced Tuesday.#Raptors big man Serge Ibaka and the #Cavs’ Marquese Chriss throw punches at each other in a heated fight in Cleveland.(Via @FOXSportsOH)pic.twitter.com/fXsZfI7vTf— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) March 12, 2019Ibaka appeared to grab Chriss’ neck during a dead ball and the two proceeded to exchange blows.
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The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Petitions, yesterday submitted a report to Senate plenary in which it cleared President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of breach of the Liberian Constitution when she commented on the 25 proposed recommendations of the Constitution Review Committee’s (CRC) report, which she submitted to plenary. The Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Varney G. Sherman, in its reading of the “President’s letter and a research of the Constitution, finds no constitutional breach by the President by merely expressing her constitutional rights as provided for, and guaranteed under Chapter III – Fundamental Rights, Article 14, of the Liberian Constitution.” Article 14 states (in part): “All persons shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment thereof except as may be required by law to protect public safety, order, health, or morals of the fundamental rights and freedom of others…”It may be recalled that on August 13, 2015, President Sirleaf wrote the Senate, submitting the 25 proposed recommendations from the CRC, containing certain recommendations, “to be studied by the Legislature for possible action that could constitute proposals that would be submitted to registered voters for ratification through referendum.” However, on August 26, 2015, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay wrote a letter requesting the Senate’s action for breach of the Constitution by the Executive. Kaipay alleged that the President breached Article 1 of the Constitution by “not submitting verbatim a copy of the CRC’s report to the Legislature. Instead, the President chose to act on the report by approving and disapproving some of the propositions before finally submitting it to the Legislature.” Article 1 says, “All power is inherent in the people…” Additionally, Senator Kaipay alleged that the President breached Articles 35 and 91 of the Constitution. Article 35 says: “Each bill or resolution which shall have passed by both Houses of the Legislature shall, before it becomes law, be laid before the President for approval.” However, Article 91 says, “This Constitution may be amended whenever a proposal by either two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature or a petition submitted to the Legislature, by not fewer than 10,000 citizens which receives the concurrence of two-thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature, is ratified by two-thirds of the registered voters, voting in a referendum conducted by the elections commission not sooner than one year after the action of the Legislature.” But according to the Sherman Committee, what the President did was to give her comments on each of the 25 recurrent views from the general consultations among the citizenry without making any change to any of their views. “Therefore, the committee recommends that Senator Kaipay be advised that the President has not breached any portion of the Constitution,” it said. Meanwhile, the committee has recommended that the Senate endeavor to have the suggested draft language of changes to the Constitution as stated by the President, in order to complete her submission to the Senate for exhaustive deliberation, and recommendation by the Judiciary Committee to plenary.“Notwithstanding, the committee will engage the Lower House in discussions with regard to the Legislature meeting its constitutional obligation under Article 91 of the Constitution.” In August 2012, the CRC was established with specific mandate to review the 1986 Constitution and recommend proposals, where need be, for possible constitutional amendments as provided for under Article 91 of the Liberian Constitution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Braai Day patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Jan Scannell, the founder of the Braai Day initiative, duringthe 2009 event. Jan Scannell, also known as Jan Braai,successfully tackles the Guinness record for the world’s longest-running braai in September 2010. (Images: Braai4Heritage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jan ScannellBraai4Heritage RELATED ARTICLES • Heritage Day to celebrate World Cup • The Arch turns 77 • outh African food • Craft celebrated on Heritage Day• Cape Town launches meat-free dayNicky RehbockSouth Africans are hauling out their firewood and readying their tongs for the sixth annual National Braai Day, a lip-smacking occasion on 24 September 2010 that coincides with Heritage Day.The braai (Afrikaans, meaning barbeque) is an institution in South Africa and cuts across all colours, creeds and culture. This makes it the ideal unifier to be celebrated in context of the country’s diversity of food, language, music and craft.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is the patron of this fiery initiative, which was introduced in 2005 by braai devotee Jan Scannell, also known as Jan Braai on his campaign website, Braai4Heritage.“I call on all of us to braai for Heritage Day,” Tutu said at a Braai4Heritage promotion on 20 August. “Let’s get together and enjoy ourselves, with friends, families and even those who are not friends.”The Nobel Peace laureate said the fireside was a traditional gathering place in Africa and that anything, from meat to vegetables, could be put on a braai.“The important thing is that all of us get together on one day and just enjoy being South African,” he said.“It’s braai in isiXhosa, it’s braai in Afrikaans, it’s braai in English … and it has a fantastic potential to bind us together.”The 78-year-old Tutu, known affectionately as the Arch, will officially retire from public life in October, but will remain the braai patron – a position he took up in 2007.“You can resign from an office job, but you can never resign from being a braaier,” Scannell told him at the August event.Record-burning featThis year’s holiday is particularly special in light of Scannell’s recent achievement of breaking the world record for the longest braai. The meaty record was previously held by Germany, for a 28-hour, 26-minute barbeque session.After smashing this by four minutes on 17 September, Scannell said he was delighted that the record was now in its rightful home, “where it belongs”.“But the important thing is not to hold a record. The important thing is that 50-million people braai on 24 September,” he said afterwards.Some 2 000 pieces of Rooikrantz wood – an alien tree, therefore suitable for burning,which makes a good fire – were bought for the non-stop mega braai, which was held at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront between 9am on Thursday and 1.30pm on Friday afternoon.It had to comply with some pretty stringent Guinness World Record guidelines, including the requirement of at least five different types of meat on the grid at all times, and all of it had to be eaten.Just to be on the safe side, Scannell kept six variations going throughout – not difficult as South Africans are ingenious when it comes to meat on the coals.According to the V&A management, the braaied meat could not be given away – “so we had to sell it at a nominal price”, he said, adding that the funds raised went to the JAG Sports and Education Foundation.When South Africans braai, like at this historic event, the nation is able to “get together, burn the past and cook up a succulent future”, Scannell writes on his website.Media contacts: Jan Scannell [email protected]
11 May 2011 South African Tourism has committed to fully developing the African market in driving tourism growth in the country, backed by a more than R60-million budget for its marketing efforts. SA Tourism has stressed the growing importance of African markets at the Tourism Indaba that ends in Durban on Wednesday. The Africa region has maintained strong growth of 10 percent in arrivals to South Africa over the last seven years. “Our most recent research has given us a key indication of areas that require strategic shifts in mindsets in the approach to attracting African travellers, and we look forward to leading industry efforts in ensuring we take full advantage of the huge potential on our doorstep,” Phumi Dhlomo, SA Tourism’s regional director for Africa, said at Indaba on Tuesday.Four key tourism markets According to a report released by SA Tourism at Indaba, the four key tourism markets for South Africa are Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya and Nigeria. Nigeria, with a large population and high economic growth, has shown consistent growth of 7.8 percent in arrivals to South Africa over the past three years. Angola, on the other hand, has the smallest population out of the four countries, but demonstrates a huge tourism potential given its average GDP growth rate and the relatively high number of travellers that have visited South Africa previously (39 557 in 2010). Angolans visiting South Africa also accounted for the highest spend (in excess of R729-million) of the four countries in 2009. Kenya warranted attention, the report found, due to its high technology usage trends and great potential to act as a hub for the East Africa region. Visitors from the DRC, meanwhile, showed the greatest growth in total spend in South Africa, with an impressive 42 percent increase between 2003 and 2009. “A phased approach is required, using the market insights gained in the report together with a strategic look at the unique consumer demands, media channels and tactical opportunities which exist to fully develop our offering to the African traveller,” Dhlomo said. The report includes research aimed at identifying high-growth consumer groups within each market. “This direction will allow marketing activities within each region to have maximum effect on consumers, with minimal resource wastage and higher conversion,” Dhlomo added. “With the projected increase in focus on our Africa air markets, we will continue increasing our efforts in Africa’s land markets, maximising our efforts to ensure that the South African offering remains entrenched in countries such as Botswana and Mozambique.” Source: BuaNews
Ray Maota The Treverton College post-matricsused non-motorised forms of transportduring their expedition. The post-matrics cycled, canoed andhiked to follow the course of the LesothoHighlands Water Transfer Scheme fromits source in Lesotho right through tothe Vaal Dam.(Images: Treverton College)MEDIA CONTACTS• Athol DaviesTreverton College: Director of post-matrics+27 33 263 1927In early October a group of post-matric students from Treverton College spent eight days combining adventure with environmental activism by hiking, cycling and kayaking along the route of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, stopping along the way to educate rural schools about water conservation.The Clover Lesotho Water Wise Expedition, which ran from 10 to 17 October, began with the students paddling the Katse Dam in Lesotho, then cycling and hiking through Lesotho along the Katse water pipeline into South Africa, where they followed the course of rivers to finally end at the Vaal Dam.The expedition was made up of 14 post-matrics – eight men and six women – as well as two teachers and a support team. Treverton’s post-matric programme provides 11 months of adventure and life-skills training for its students, known as “posties”, in the year between the end of school and the first year of university.“This is the best experience of my entire life,” said Ross Marshall, one of the posties on the expedition. “It felt so surreal when we got to the Vaal Dam.”“Although my peers will be a year ahead of me when I get to varsity next year, I will have had more life-changing experiences than them and I’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me,” said Marshall. Marshall already has experience handling what is thrown at him: his name is in the Guinness Book of Records as part of a team that played basketball non-stop for 82 hours – that’s three-and-a-half days.Along the Lesotho route the students met with communities, teachers and school children, the people who are directly reliant on the river, to discuss and share ideas about water issues. The thinking was that these communities have the most influence on Lesotho’s water systems, and are the most affected by bad water management.This is Treverton’s third environmental expedition, after the 2009 Tugela Water Wise Expedition and a climate change-focused outing in 2010. The posties organised the trip themselves, with the director of the post-matric programme, Athol Davies. They also developed water-awareness activities and games to share at the primary schools they visited along the way.“The post-matric course is a life changing course which includes adventure activities, learning for life components and preparation for career entry,” said Davies. “This allows students to mature, develop and learn essential skills.”An adventure in conservationThe eight-day journey began at Ha Lejone, a village on the banks of the Katse Dam, a key component of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the second-largest dam in Africa. From there the students hiked and cycled across Lesotho, following the project’s water pipeline, until they crossed into South Africa at Joel’s Drift. Where the pipeline ended at the town of Clarens they again took to their kayaks, paddling and cycling the As and Wilge Rivers all the way to the Vaal Dam.The trip was physically demanding, with the students facing long days of strenuous exercise, almost impassable mountain roads in Lesotho and daunting white-water rapids in South Africa. On one day alone they cycled for 90 kilometres before paddling a further 28.A total of four schools were visited in Lesotho, and two in Treverton’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal before the trip began, where the posties got to use their specially developed water conservation education material.“Clean water is a rare and precious commodity in South Africa which many people take for granted,” said Mikey O’Connor, one of the post-matrics. “We believe that awareness of our expedition could, in the long term, greatly benefit those living near the river by promoting the conservation of water in South Africa.“The main objective was to provide children of the rural schools with a fun learning experience about the environment and water usage in their area. Our intention was to encourage them to take what they have learned and put it into action so that they can do their part in saving water and the environment.”Water and powerThe Lesotho Highlands Water Project is massive water and hydroelectricity supply project between Lesotho and South Africa. It provides a substantial amount of water to South Africa’s highly industrialised Gauteng province, as well as almost 100% of Lesotho’s power supply.The highest country in the world, Lesotho is both very mountainous and very poor, and so faces huge problems with the development of infrastructure. The water project has allowed vast improvement in this infrastructure, particularly the construction of roads, leading to better communication, accessibility and economic activity.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest February exports of U.S. pork and beef were roughly steady with last year’s volumes but export value moved lower as prices continued to decline from the 2014 highs, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The price reductions reflect more abundant red meat supplies and a fiercely competitive international marketplace.Pork export volume was 171,413 metric tons (mt) in February, down 1% from a year ago, while value fell 12% to $414.3 million. For the first two months of the year, pork export volume remained 1% ahead of last year’s pace at 338,423 mt, but value was down 12% to $819.1 million.February beef exports totaled 83,203 mt, up slightly from last year, while value dropped 18% to $437 million. January-February exports were up 2% in volume (165,504 mt) from a year ago but fell 16% in value ($875.1 million).USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng said the February results fell short of expectations.“Given the headwinds U.S. exports faced early last year, including the severe congestion in the West Coast ports, we expected to see year-to-year increases in most markets, but the actual picture was mixed,” Seng said. “Beef exports did rebound in most Asian markets compared to February 2015, but these gains were largely offset by declines in our neighboring markets. U.S. pork continues to regain traction in China/Hong Kong, but exports slowed to our other major Asian destinations.” 2016 pork exports off to strong start in China/Hong Kong, Oceania, Central AmericaMomentum continues to build for U.S. exports to China/Hong Kong, extending the trend that began in the fourth quarter of last year. Through February, exports were 86% above last year’s pace in volume (73,536 mt) and 50% higher in value ($138.6 million).“Declines in Chinese hog numbers and pork production have pushed prices to the highest level since 2011, triggering larger imports from all suppliers,” Seng said. “To capitalize on these supply and demand dynamics, USMEF has stepped up efforts to educate importers about the availability, quality, consistency and affordability of U.S. pork. At the same time, the import market continues to receive large volumes of very competitively-priced product from Europe. We are in a battle for market share, not only in China but also in all key Asian markets.”Other notable January-February results for U.S. pork include:Pork shipments to both Australia and New Zealand were up substantially, as exports to the Oceania region increased 56% from a year ago in volume (11,379 mt) and 14% in value ($31 million).Exports to Central America were up 38% (10,322 mt) with value up 26% ($23.6 million), driven by strong growth to Honduras and Guatemala.Led by strong results in the Dominican Republic, exports to the Caribbean were up 12% from a year ago in volume (6,475 mt) and steady in value ($15.3 million).Export volume to the ASEAN region was steady with last year at 6,450 mt while value increased 13% to $15.9 million, led by growth in the Philippines and Vietnam.Exports to South Korea and Mexico were down significantly from last year’s large volumes, while exports to Japan were also lower. Larger domestic supplies and lower prices have, to some extent, slowed import demand in these key markets. But exports to Japan are expected to regain momentum in coming months as Japanese ham and sausage manufacturers rebuild their frozen pork inventories and U.S. chilled pork continues to regain traction. Korea’s imports are expect to slow slightly from last year’s large volumes, but frozen U.S. pork will benefit from zero duties. Further weakness in the Mexican peso is creating challenges in the top volume market for U.S. pork, as Canada has been gaining market share.Overseas gains for beef exports offset by slow demand in Mexico, CanadaThrough February, beef export volume moved higher than a year ago in most Asian markets and Central America and was relatively steady in the Middle East and the Caribbean. Demand slowed substantially, however, in Mexico and Canada, last year’s No. 1 and No. 4 volume destinations for U.S. beef.“U.S. beef is well-positioned to regain market share in Asia this year,” Seng said. “Increased slaughter numbers are generating larger supplies of the cuts needed to serve our Asian customers, and this will bolster our marketing efforts in both the foodservice and retail sectors. But we need to find even more innovative ways to maintain beef demand in Mexico, where the weak peso has effectively offset any softening of U.S. beef prices.”January-February market highlights for U.S. beef include:Japan reclaimed its position as U.S. beef’s leading volume destination (32,890 mt, +11% year-over-year). Japan was also the top value market, though export value was down 12% to $180 million. U.S. exports to Japan are expected to recover market share this year, with smaller available supplies (and higher prices) from Australia, as well as recent strengthening of the yen, helping offset some of Australia’s tariff advantage.Exports to Korea increased 28% from a year ago in volume (23,045 mt) but fell 2% in value to $135.5 million. Smaller domestic production and high prices have helped stimulate demand for larger imports. High-quality U.S. beef is well-positioned to help meet this need, while also helping to fuel consumption growth in Korea.Exports to Hong Kong rebounded to 20,545 mt (+18%) but value fell 14% to $118.6 million.Taiwan, where the U.S. is the dominant supplier of chilled beef, achieved year-over-year growth in both volume (5,052 mt, +25%) and value ($44.2 million, +6%).Exports to Central America increased by 50% (2,252 mt) with value up 37% ($12.6 million), driven by strong growth to El Salvador, Panama and Honduras.Exports to Mexico fell 18% in volume (31,850 mt) and 28% in value ($143.4 million), while exports to Canada were down 11% (17,532 mt) and 25% ($104.7 million), respectively. Lamb exports edge higher in volume; value trends lowerFebruary exports of U.S. lamb were slightly higher than a year ago in volume (830 mt) but dipped 24% in value to $1.3 million. For the first two months of the year, exports increased 17% to 1,801 mt but value fell 19% to $2.8 million. Volumes increased to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and Costa Rica, but were partially offset by lower exports to Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas and Panama.
New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Can the heartbreak of a nervous loss pave the way for a groundbreaking new era for womens cricket? Its a question that will find its answer in the next few months as Mithali Raj and Co. cope with the unprecedented spotlight that followed their fairytale World Cup campaign, which could have been perfect but for the loss of nerves against England in the final. As one looks back at the World Cup, it was not about India finishing second best for the second time at a global event. It was way beyond that and much more. Not just because of the extent of traction it received on social and mainstream media but also for the manner in which it got the previously indifferent country involved. It was the most widely watched finale in the history of womens game. In fact, Indias campaign changed perception of sports lovers during the past one month. Defeat in a professional sport is heartbreaking but the manner in which everyone was ready to look at the bigger picture beyond the nine-run loss was indeed heartwarming. It wasnt the case of one loss being the summary of an entire campaign. The cricket crazy nation was ready to celebrate the journey rather than the destination. That is what makes this Indian team led by Mithali Raj a beacon of hope for womens game in the country. For an Ananya in Jamshedpur or an Amrita in Chandigarh, they will no longer aspire to become the next Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Virat Kohli. They have Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy or Shikha Pandey to emulate even as the iconic pair of Mithali and Jhulan Goswami walks into their cricketing sunset in the next couple of years. The sixes that Harmanpreet hit were not about entertainment but a statement of intent as what one can expect from Indian women in days to come. The swagger with which Veda walks to the crease makes one happy as well as proud. The women were ready to show that they dont play global competition to be also-rans, something that was the bane of womens cricket — thanks to administrative apathy for the longest time. Mithali, in her younger days, never had a Harmanpreet like player around, which would have given her a chance to express herself more freely. But Harmanpreet has a Veda around her, who can also hit sixes at will. That is the change that has come about in this team. India now have a couple of powerful, strongly built players — something the team never had in four decades even though old timers would refer to Shanta Rangaswamy. Mithali is set to be presented with a BMW, the likes of Jhulan, Harman are financially well off playing the game. They have built houses, drive cars and are able to lead a good life. Its there for all to see and perhaps strong feelers to the parents of 10-15 year olds that if their kids possess talent, what all can be the incentives. However, a womens IPL, like the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia, may still be a long shot as far as the BCCI is concerned. The hype could be sustainable if BCCI helps in creating more awareness about what the Indian teams next line of international assignments are, ensuring that all the action is televised. The next tournament that this team plays will be an indicator whether this edition of the World Cup was a one off or not. “Now people back home will have a different perspective about womens cricket,” said Mithali after the final. Hopefully it does so that no one asks the next Mithali, “who is your favourite male cricketer?”. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisement