“Well, the protocol as it exists right now is that no match can be played unless there is medical personnel, so the minimum that we expect is that there must be at least a school nurse. Fortunately, for some schools, they can afford a medical practitioner and that has taken place,” he confirmed. Small added that James’ loss has dampened the spirit of the competitions. “We will be having conversations with the administration of the school, just to find out what their thoughts are as it relates to the school going forward in terms of playing the game. “Condolences to his mother and father, the St George’s family and the sporting family in general,” Small said. SCHOOL NURSE AT MINIMUM “One of the protocols is that … all schools have instructions to have medical facilities very close to your school, so that within 15 minutes or so, you should have services to take them there,” he explained. The Wolmer’s Boys’ School principal, whose school has a team doctor assigned, did admit, however, that some schools can afford medical teams and others can’t, but maintains that minimum requirements should be adhered to. “It’s a lot of schools. It is almost impossible to provide ambulance services for all schools, even if you were to get all the ambulances in Jamaica, the volume of matches we play we would not have them there,” he stressed. He bemoaned that ISSA is not able to provide ambulance service for all schools throughout the competition. Calling the sudden passing of St George’s College captain Dominic James “one too many”, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) President Dr Walton Small says his organisation will be looking to ensure that no second-round ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match is played “without minimum medical personnel present”. Small pointed out that one of ISSA’s protocols is to try and ensure that all schools are instructed to have medical facilities very close to their schools. James, a former Jamaica College standout, who transferred to St George’s College, collapsed within five minutes after the game started and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday. “We are looking seriously to discuss that at our meeting tomorrow (today) to have at least the minimum of an electrocardiogram (ECG),” Small said in an interview yesterday. “As it goes into the second round, where ISSA has responsibility to execute the matches, there are always ambulances, a stretchers and medical personnel,” he continued, adding that schools are expected to have medical assistance near. CLOSE-BY FACILITIES
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shot off a letter to the Lodha Committee in reply to their letter that was sent on Tuesday wherein the panel had said that the Indian board had made some misleading statements. BCCI had claimed that the banks had been directed to freeze its accounts. The richest cricket board in the world then said it might have to cancel the ongoing India-New Zealand series with one Test and five ODIs remaining to be played. (Lodha panel warns state bodies against using BCCI funds)However, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke pointed out that it would be wrong to blame the board for whatever came out in the media. Shirke said the BCCI received a communication from the two banks that their accounts would have to be frozen.”The directive from the Lodha panel was sent to the banks and we received a communication from those very banks that the BCCI accounts will have to be frozen. The decision to send the BCCI such a communication may have been an independent one. The BCCI never distorted any facts,” a top BCCI official in the know told India Today. (Also read: India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)”How the media perceived it and what they came out with is not decided by the BCCI,” he added.The Lodha committee had also taken exception of the fact that BCCI chief Anurag Thakur had claimed that India may not be able to participate in the Champions Trophy.advertisement”The Committee is also surprised at the Press Statement attributed to the President of BCCI that if the recommendations of the Committee are implemented, BCCI will have to either abandon the plans to host the 10th edition of the IPL or pull the Indian Team out of the Champions Trophy to be held in England in June 2017. The out-of-context statement by the President is misleading,” the Lodha committee had written to the BCCI on Tuesday. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)However, the Board has backed Thakur and said the recommendations, which have been approved by the Supreme Court, force them to choose either of the two.”What is wrong with it (statement)? The order says that there has to be a 15-day gap between an international tournament and the IPL. The calendar was decided much before so if the BCCI has to go by the order, they will have to choose either the IPL or the Champions Trophy.”
After announcing the HTC U Ultra and U Play earlier this year, the Chinese smartphone maker is all set to launch the upcoming HTC U11 on May 16. The company itself confirmed the launch date on its official Twitter handle a few days ago. Ahead of the launch, HTC has been revealing specs details and releasing video teaser of the smartphone, giving little glimpses of the “squeezable” HTC U11. The smartphone has been spotted on a benchmarking site – GeekBench.The GeekBench listing reveals a few specifications that the smartphone is expected to come packed with. According to the listing, HTC U11 will be powered by the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 1.9Ghz. Further, the smartphone is expected to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. GeekBench listing also shows that the upcoming HTC smartphone will pack 4GB of RAM with 64GB internal storage.Update: HTC U11 is expected to be launched in two variants, one with the above mentioned 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and the premium version of the smartphone will come with 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.Apart from the specs details, GeekBench also reveals the single-core and multi-core test of the upcoming HTC U11. It reveals that the smartphone managed to score around 1912 during the single-core test. While on the other hand during the multi-core test the upcoming HTC U11 scores 6137. The scores seem to be pretty much similar to that of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.Also Read: HTC U11 official video teaser shows Edge Sense feature, launch set for May 16advertisementGalaxy S8 in single-core scored 1916 while during multi-core test scored 6011. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ during single-core and multi-core test scored 1929 and 6084 respectively. So, this proves that the upcoming HTC U11’s performance is going to be at par with the Samsung flagships. The HTC U11, if the benchmarking result is accurate, scores more than the Samsung devices. That being the case, the upcoming HTC phone is going to be a tough competition to the recently launched S8 and S8+.The previously released video teaser of the smartphone shows Edge sense feature on board. The teaser shows people squeezing several objects, which reminds us of the Twitter post by HTC which reads: “Squeeze for the Brilliant U”. This basically indicates to the unique gesture system that the device is tipped to come with. The video further shows the upcoming HTC U11 in shiny blue colour. However, the company may also add several other colour variants with time.The key highlight of the phone will be its touch sensitive outer frame. This allows users to open an app, launch the camera app, or even perform any other functions just by hand movements. Basically, the upcoming HTC U series phone will come with the ability to interpret gestures into actions.In terms specifications, the HTC U11 will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD display and will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Further, the HTC U11 is expected to come packed with 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage and will be backed by a 3,000mAh battery. On the camera front, the HTC flagship smartphone is said to hone a 12-megapixel camera.The smartphone is expected to support Bluetooth 5.0, again, like the Galaxy S8 and S8+. If the previously leaked rumours are to be believed, the U11 will also allegedly come with a 3.5mm audio jack and water-resistance features onboard. Furthermore, speculations are also such that the HTC U11 might also sport the company’s very own virtual assistant, or better known as Sense Companion. The feature was previously seen on HTC U Ultra, launched back in January.