Bangui prosecutor seeks 18-month prison sentence against newspaper directorfor “insulting the head of state”

first_img CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says March 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bangui prosecutor seeks 18-month prison sentence against newspaper directorfor “insulting the head of state” RSF_en News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Central African Republic Bangui Public Prosecutor Firmin Seindiro is seeking an 18-monthprison sentence against Jude Zossé, director of the private daily”L’Hirondelle” (The Swallow”). Zossé is charged with “insulting the head ofstate”. The journalist, who has been detained since 25 February 2004, wasnot granted a provisional release. A verdict in the case is expected to bedelivered on 12 March.Reporters Without Borders is shocked by Zossé’s extended detention and asks that he not besentenced to prison. “We are all the more surprised considering that theprosecutor assured us in a 26 February telephoneexchange that Jude Zossé would be granted a provisional release. In additionto not respecting his promise, the prosecutor is seeking an 18-monthsentence with no parole. Such a decision would be contrary to United Nationsrecommendations, according to which press offences should not be punishableby prison terms. This is unacceptable behaviour from a representative of thejustice system. We urge the court to correct this grave error and abstainfrom sentencing the journalist to a prison term,” the organisation said.”The Central African Republic government is not respecting its commitmentseither. The authorities had signaled their clear intention to decriminalisepress offences when they contacted us in 2003. Nothing has happened sincethen and Mr. Zossé is paying the price of this inaction. It is imperativethat the authorities relaunch discussions on a reform of the law with a viewtowards abolishing prison sentences for offences of this nature,” theorganisation added.Zossé was arrested on 25 February and charged with “insulting the head ofstate”. The authorities were upset by the publication of an article in the23 February edition of “L’Hirondelle” entitled, “General Bozizé, greatcashier-tax collector of the state”. The article originally appeared on thewebsite of the opposition bi-weekly “Centrafique-Presse”. It accused thepresident of embezzling a large portion of state funds for his personal use.Zossé was since transferred to Bangui’s Ngarangba prison. The verdict in histrial is scheduled to be delivered on 12 March. May 13, 2020 Find out more RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News Central African RepublicAfrica center_img News News to go further Organisation April 6, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Central African RepublicAfrica Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR December 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_img Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, February 6, 2017 | 3:09 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Cody (A411530) is an 11-year-old, neutered male, tan Labrador retriever mix. This sweet dog ended up in the shelter after his owner sadly passed away, and he’s now looking for a loving home to spend his golden years. Cody loves affection. Whether he’s being petted or cuddling in a volunteer’s lap, Cody adores spending time with people of all ages. Smart as a whistle, he’s more than happy to show off his mastery of sit, stay or down for a treat! Cody qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program, so his adoption fee is just $20 for adopters age 60 and up.The adoption fee for dogs is $125, which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations. Cody also qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program, so his adoption fee is just $20 for adopters age 60 and up.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A411530, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment More Cool Stuff Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Meet handsome Oscar (A411125), an 8-year-old, neutered male, longhair black kitty. While Oscar has the looks of a model, he would prefer to be a professional lap warmer. Our volunteers report that Oscar craves attention and absolutely adores being petted. As soon as you meet him, he starts affectionately purring and head bumping. He qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program, reducing his adoption fee to just $20 for adopters age 60 and up. Oscar is available for adoption at Pet Food Express, 320 S Lake Ave, Pasadena.The adoption fee for cats is $70, which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A411125, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week: Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community Newslast_img read more

Mayor’s Update – Dec. 30

first_imgDecember 30, 2016Dear Friends,I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2017 bring health, happiness and prosperity to you and your families.I want to thank the entire city team, City Council and all of the board and commission volunteers for their service in 2016. I would also like to thank all of the members of our community who participated in town hall meetings and shared thoughts, concerns and suggestions through the mail and email. We’re working hard to maintain Ocean City as a great place for all of us to live, work and play. This feedback is invaluable in our effort to improve all aspects of the city.I am excited to begin 2017 and look forward to presenting an updated capital plan to City Council and introducing a responsible budget. These plans are important in our efforts to improve infrastructure and maintain facilities and services without a burden on taxpayers.First Night, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, is tomorrow night, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to do so.  All-inclusive admission buttons ($20) can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue).Race-day registration for the First Day 5K Boardwalk Run on New Year’s Day will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street, and the race will start at 1 p.m. Event-day registration for the First Dip in the Atlantic Ocean  starts at noon at the Music Pier. The event benefits the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, and the plunge takes place at 2 p.m.Michele and I would like to extend best wishes to all of you for a happy 2017!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian Mayorlast_img read more

Press release: UKEF extends support for UK exports to over 60 currencies

first_img*Support will be approved on a case-by-case basis By giving UK exporters the flexibility to offer government-backed finance to their international customers in the currency of their choice, we are increasing the appeal of sourcing from the UK. This world-leading offer from UK Export Finance gives buyers all over the world – from Bulgaria to Vietnam – the ability to ‘buy British, pay local. Media enquiries: Robert Maccabe, Head of Press and Corporate Communications Bulgarian Lev Colombian Peso* Croatian Kuna* Dominican Peso* Ghanaian Cedi* Jordanian Dinar* Kazakhstani Tenge* Mongolian Togrog* Moroccan Dirham* Nigerian Naira Pakistani Rupee* Panamanian Balboa Philippine Peso Romanian Leu Serbian Dinar* Sri Lankan Rupee* New Taiwan Dollar Trinidad & Tobago Dollar Vietnamese Dong Image credit: UK Parliament/CC 3.0center_img Mobile +44 (0)7791 797810 Email [email protected] Overseas buyers of UK exports can now access UK government-backed finance in 62 pre-approved local currencies, Minister for Investment Graham Stuart MP announced today.The support is available through UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, and will help UK exporters compete for major overseas contracts, by allowing overseas buyers to access long-term finance in their local currency when they buy from the UK.Graham Stuart MP said: The announcement builds on the expansion of UKEF’s local currency offering to 43 currencies in the Autumn Statement 2016, compared to fewer than 15 available in 2010.Being able to access long-term finance is particularly beneficial for overseas buyers whose revenue and accounts are in their local currency, thereby helping to increase the competitiveness of a UK exporter’s offering.UKEF can now offer pre-approved local currency financing in:last_img read more

1800 Grenades Destined for the Zetas Are Seized from Salvadoran Military Personnel

first_img The more than 1800 grenades seized from a group of Salvadoran military personnel, who were trying to irregularly divert them from a destruction procedure, are believed to have been destined for the Zetas criminal group, of Mexican origin but also believed to be operating in Guatemala, Salvadoran Minister of National Defense Gen. David Munguía Payés confirmed on 24 June. Munguía Payés announced the arrest of six military personnel for the attempted theft of M-67 grenades at the end of May. The criminal cell that had infiltrated the Army was in contact with Los Zetas in Guatemala, the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica [The Illustrated Press] reported. “The president (Funes) highlighted the importance of intelligence work in the sense of detecting a cell that had infiltrated into the Armed Forces here,” the head of the Salvadoran Armed Forces said. The “cell,” according to the minister, “had the intention of getting hand grenades and taking them to Guatemala, and according to the information we have, the grenades’ final destination was possibly going to be this narco-criminal group, Los Zetas.” The military personnel had been arrested a month earlier, in April, and were working in the department in charge of destroying armaments. According to the military commander’s account, they simulated the grenades’ destruction with explosive charges, while hiding them underground on a rural property in the municipality of Tapalhuapa, in the department of La Paz. Munguía Payés flatly rejected the existence of a perennial criminal infiltration in the Army, despite individual cases. “Our intelligence services have been quite active, and we were able to dismantle this cell … but from there to us being infiltrated by criminal groups is a different matter,” the general said, according to the same article in the Salvadoran newspaper. The Salvadoran Armed Forces have been collaborating with the National Civil Police (PNC) in fighting common criminality and organized crime since November 2009, under a presidential order that has already been extended at least twice, most recently on 7 May, when it was extended for another year. By Dialogo June 29, 2011last_img read more

Michael Blackburn resigns as head of LIAT pilots union

first_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Michael Blackburn resigns as head of LIAT pilots union by: – December 23, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Captain Michael Blackburn said he does not believe his resignation would negatively affect negotiations between LIAPA and the airline management.ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 23, 2011 – Captain Michael Blackburn has resigned as Chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA) as he prepares to file a lawsuit against regional carrier LIAT challenging his summary dismissal earlier this month.Captain Blackburn said his resignation Thursday would prevent possible conflict of interest since he may have to call on association members to aid his defense.The senior pilot said he will file the challenge by the first week in January, the latest.He is also aiming to clear his name following allegations he compromised flight safety during a trip to St Lucia.The former union boss denied being pressured into making the decision and expressed full confidence in the current LIALPA leadership.“We have a very effective executive council remaining in office and a new chairman would be elected within 60 days. There is no amount of persuasion by members who support me fully that could make me to stay on,” he said.“LIAT has made some allegations regarding my professional conduct recently and I have to exonerate myself and I would take whatever steps I have to, to do it. That would place me in a compromising position because the position of chairman of the association is very powerful so that I would be in a position to exercise undue leverage or the appearance thereof, which is equally important to me and therefore I have no choice but to step down.”The former chairman stated he does not believe his resignation will negatively affect the position of LIAPA, which along with other unions are involved in an industrial dispute with the management of the Antigua-based airline.“It might even strengthen the resolve of guys who will realise they can operate without me,” he said of his resignation.“If the company is under the belief that because I’m not there they can do whatever they would like or they can take advantage of the situation, then the Caribbean people would pay a serious price.”The trade unionist denied reports of serious disunity within the association, saying “there is no big division.”He also urged LIALPA to proceed with changes to the constitution to ensure there is collective leadership rather than centralized power for the chairman.Captain Blackburn was employed with LIAT for 34 years, and served 32 of them on the LIALPA executive.His sacking led to days of industrial action by pilots, which left thousands of regional travelers stranded.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Other Sports Viswanathan Anand Hopes To Seal Final Spot In Grand Chess Tour 2019/20

first_imghighlights Kolkata: With just two spots up for grabs, Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand on Wednesday said he is confident of sealing his berth in the 2019 Grand Chess Tour Finals to be held in London from November 30 to December 10. The GCT Finals will be held during the London Chess Classic in London and Anand wants to brighten his prospects with yet another perfect finish in the Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz tournament to be held in Kolkata from November 22 to 26. Anand, who finished a disappointing tied third in the Sinquefield Cup last month, needs 13 points from the remaining two legs in Bucharest (November 6-10) and Kolkata to seal a spot in the GCT Finals which carries a prize purse of USD 350,000.  “Definitely it’s (securing a place in GCT Finals) gettable, but it is still very unpredictable. (Levon) Aronian, me and (Wesley) So all have the same tournaments left. So all of us are fighting for the same 13 points,” the five-time former world champiion told PTI in an interview from Chennai.  “On top of that, there are other guys, who in the event of a crumble, can get close enough. So, I think 6-7 players are fighting for the last two spots. Hopefully, it will go well for me,” he added.  The ‘City of Joy’ has been a happy hunting ground for Anand. From playing his first GM tournament here in 1986 to winning the Tata Steel Blitz title last year, Kolkata holds a special place in the chess wizard’s heart. “My performance in the Blitz tournament (last year) was great and that made it extra special. Kolkata has been very special to me and the sport fans are really passionate,” he said. Also Read | Viswanathan Anand fails to retain World Rapid title, Daniil Dubov becomes new champion The venue for this year’s Tata Steel Rapid and Blitz event is the prestigious National Library, which will host a chess tournament for the first time. “I think the atmosphere there would be electric. National Library as the venue sounds amazing. I’m looking forward to see the final arrangement there. I’m sure they will do a good job. And, obviously I hope to do well,” Anand said.  Also Read | Yearender 2018: Asian Games and CWG glory, Hockey Heartbreak, PV Sindhu and Mary Kom shineThe competition in Kolkata will see Anand face world champion Magnus Carlsen for the first time in India since his 2013 World Championship defeat in Chennai. “I have played him (Carlsen) many times in between. I don’t think that matters too much either because there would be other players as well. Then I was playing him exclusively. Now there will be 10 participants,” said Anand about his upcoming duel with the Norwegian.   “But of course it’s always a big challenge playing him. His performance this year has been very good. Generally he starts as a favourite everywhere. But you just play your best and see what’s you’re up to. Ding (Liren) has been very impressive too,” he added.  Anand won one match and drew 10 at the classical leg of the GCT in the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis. The Indian, however, failed to convert some positional advantages there, espeically against GM Ding Liren. But Anand now wants to shift his focus on the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in the Isle of Man from October 8 to 22, where the winner will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Tournament.Anand pulled out of the ongoing World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and is currently enjoying a break with his family at his home in Chennai. “I had a chance to rest, otherwise I would already have started playing (in World Cup). I thought that I might be tired so I took the decision to skip this one,” he said.On his preparation for the Isle of Man event, which is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament, Anand said: “It’s still a while way but I am getting ready for it. There are too many variables. I don’t know whom I’ll be paired with and with what colours. So you just have to go, be ready to take your chances and see what happens. You can’t plan and switch on.”  Anand also sounded concerned about the ongoing infighting in Bengal chess where GM Dibyendu Barua has filed a complaint against BCA secretary and IM Atanu Lahiri for alleged of irregularities. “Hopefully this short-term issue will be resolved. The main thing is developing the talent that you have,” he said. “There are enough activities and good players in Bengal. I’m optimistic that talent could emerge at any moment. You have a good chess culture here. Hopefully, the Tata Steel event will also inspire the young talents to emerge.”  Anand, who will turn 50 on December 11, also ruled out retirement plans anytime soon. “No, at the moment. I haven’t thought about it. I will see how it goes. I don’t think about it a lot,” he concluded. Bucharest and Kolkata are the last two rounds in the Grand Chess Tour. Viswanathan Anand won the Tata Steel Blitz title last year in Kolkata.Anand will face Magnus Carlsen in Kolkata for the first time in India since 2013 Championship loss.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

What it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the fluffy alpaca, then there’s a brand new experience you have to try in the hills of Donegal.The Wild Alpaca Way on Malin Head is a fun new trek for young and old to spend time with lovable animals in the great outdoors.Local man John McGonagle and his family have been sharing their passion for alpacas with visitors all summer through their tours on the Knockamany Bends. But what makes this tour really special is the location. The trekking path offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Five Finger Strand and far beyond. You’ll be amazed by Donegal’s scenery from this point – if you can stop admiring the cute little alpacas that is!Ollie the Alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalJohn McGonagle and Bounce on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMojo, Badger, Chestnut, Bounce and the beautiful little newcomer Ollie are the stars of the show. I had Ollie for my trek on Monday, and even though he was quite new to Donegal, he took everything in his stride.Alpacas are great animals for children to be around, they are quiet, gentle and love company. John and his son Sean are full of knowledge about the group and we soon learned that each alpaca has his own personality, Badger is the leader, Bounce is the lively one and my wee Ollie was the shy one of the group. You can’t help but laugh at their habits and their humming.The one-hour trek is very easy going and John makes sure everyone is comfortable with their alpaca. We took plenty of photo stops and treat stops for the animals.  Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMyself and the lads enjoying a break stop on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalThe field trail is not mucky and they have a great new shelter on-site to stand in with the alpacas and to ask John and Sean plenty of questions about them.This is a new venture for John, who switched from work as a plasterer to an alpaca trekker. Since starting the tours in June, he has welcomed visitors from all over the world who come to do something a little different on the Wild Atlantic Way. People from as far Canada, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Tasmania and closer to home have already enjoyed the Wild Alpaca Way this summer.The famous Donegal welcome awaits everyone on the hills. “We have a way of treating every customer like they’re the first,” John said.Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalViews from the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalAnd John will be open all year round, as well as hosting hen party mornings, team building days and bringing the alpacas out and about. If you are looking for some very special wedding guests, then this Malin crew would be delighted to get a day out! Check out wildalpacaway.com for details on these alpaca treks. To book, call John on 087 666 5106Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalBounce the alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWhat it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:InishowenJohn McGonagleMalin HeadThings to dotourismwild alpaca wayWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

SA men sixth at Rowing World Champs

first_imgKirsten McCann and Kate Johnstone were also second in the B-Final of the lightweight women’s doubles skulls in 7:22.16. Australia claimed the win, while Sweden came home in third. South Africa’s lightweight men’s fours rowing team finished sixth in the A-Final at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea on Sunday. After a slow start in the heats, the South African crew had to contest the repecharge round to progress. They, however, found their form to win in 5:58.43 and clinch a semi-final spot. ResultsOlympians Naydene Smith and Lee-Ann Persse finished sixth in the women’s pairs A-Final in a time of 7:39.26. Victory went to Britain in 7:22.82. “The final was a lot closer than we anticipated and we had to work a lot harder, but we are very, very happy with our results.” Britain won the race in 3:16.12, Italy placed second in 3:21.70 and South Africa stopped the clock in 3:22.90. The men’s pairs combination of Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain placed second in the B-Final in a time of 6:41.08. Britain took the win with the South African pair overhauling Serbia late in the race to finish in the runner-up position. 2 September 2013 SAinfo reporter “It’s the first time for two of us to race internationally and the first time as a crew to race internationally,” Kilpatrick told the Road to Rio website. The combination that won Olympic gold in London in 2012 has changed slightly, with Matthew Brittain sidelined for a year with a back injury. Michael Voerman has taken his seat and joined up with Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith and James Thompson. MedalSouth Africa’s only medal was won earlier in the week at the Para-rowing World Championships when the lTA mixed coxed fours crew of the cox Gavin Kilpatrick, Shannon Murray, Lucy Perold, Dieter Rosslee and Willie Morgan won a bronze medal. Victory in the medal-decider went to Denmark in 5:55.68, with New Zealand in second in 5:57.28 and Great Britain third in 5:59.98. South Africa crossed the line in 6:11.99.last_img read more

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer of immune system

first_imgOne of the most elegant batsmen of his era, Martin Crowe now has the toughest battle on his hands after the former New Zealand captain was diagnosed with lymphoma, an invasive cancer of the immune system.The 50-year-old Kiwi received the news only recently, his manager Louise Henderson said, adding Crowe and his family had requested privacy in dealing with the news.”The family has a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks. The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different.”Crowe, famous for his cover-drive and flicks off his pads, gave immense joy to cricket lovers in 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals between 1982 and 1995.He, along with legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee, presided over a successful period for New Zealand cricket in the 1980s. As captain, his great achievement guided his team to the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia. The Kiwis won seven of their eight roundrobin matches, before bowing to eventual champions Pakistan in the last four.During his pomp, Crowe had been admired for having a great deal of time to play the fastest bowlers in the world. Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram was candid enough to admit that Crowe was the best in handling the reverse swing unleashed by him and Waqar Younis.Crowe was named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985, and his 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991 still remains the highest Test score by a New Zealand player. He also had a stint with English county Somerset between 1984 and 1988.He could have played much more at the highest level, but his body did not always cooperate. His broken shin, back trouble, torn hamstrings and serious knee injuries did not allow him to get on the park as much as he would have liked.Crowe, whose brother Jeff also played Test cricket for New Zealand, did not have an auspicious start to his Test career. He even wondered whether he had what it took to succeed at the highest level. It only shows his mental strength that he went on to achieve what he did. After retirement, he has been an outspoken voice in the media, and was even involved with Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore for a while.advertisementlast_img read more