Posts Tagged ‘Caribbean’

Migrations, Tate Britain, review

imageFrom the New English Art Club in the 1890s to the Young British Artists a century later – and with the Newlyn, Camden Town, Vorticist, Bloomsbury, Kitchen Sink, Euston Road, St Ives and school of London painters in between – let’s face it: even those of us who love British art have to admit that most of it is pretty second rate.

Since the 18th century, this country has produced only a handful of world-class portrait and landscape painters, and two animal painters of genius. Apart from that – and a unique tradition of Romantic and visionary art passed down from William Blake to the Pre-Raphaelites – our gift to the world has largely consisted of warmed-over reactions to French, Italian and American ideas, inflected with a British accent. Migrations at Tate Britain adds a further twist of the knife by showing that whatever vitality British painting has ever had depended on the presence here of foreign-born artists. (more…)

Fifa will risk derision this week by pressing ahead with a presidential election in which Sepp Blatter is the only candidate amid a deepening corruption scandal that on Sunday night descended into open conflict between the president and his rivals.

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Blatter will stand unopposed in Wednesday’s vote after he was cleared of any wrongdoing by Fifa’s ethics committee while his challenger, Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar, was suspended pending a full investigation into bribery allegations.

Jack Warner, a Fifa vice-president was also suspended for allegedly colluding with Bin Hammam to offer bribes worth up to $1 million (£600,000) to 25 Caribbean football associations in exchange for their votes. (more…)

Devendra Bishoo grabs four wickets as West Indies beat Pakistan

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• Lendl Simmons scores 65 off 44 balls
• Leg-spinner strikes for seven-run victory
The leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets as the new-look West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in a Twenty20 international in St Lucia.The Guyanese bowler ran through the Pakistan middle order as they fell short in their chase of West Indies’ total of 150 for seven.

West Indies picked a youthful team for the one-off game and the upcoming ODI series, having dropped the experienced batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. One of the young faces, the opening batsman Lendl Simmons, got West Indies off to a great start with a lively 65 off 44 balls and the left-hander Darren Bravo struck 42 off 33 as the Caribbean side brought up their 100 in the 13th over.

But, as so often, Darren Sammy’s side failed to build on their good foundation and ended up falling short of a strong total, with only two other players making double figures.

Pakistan lost both openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, early but Umar Akmal’s 41 from 60 balls put them in with a chance.

Bishoo, who caught the eye of the West Indies selectors with performances in regional Twenty20 cricket, then showed his value with some astute bowling. (more…)