Best and worst: Harsha Bhogle axed from IPL commentary, Cristiano Ronaldo as immodest as ever



A look back on the best and worst from the past week in sport, including Harsha Bhogle’s sacking, Shinji Kagawa’s wonder goal, and a sad ending to James Taylor’s cricket career.

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Best controversy – Harsha Bhogle

The Indian Premier League is no stranger to these, and the culling of Harsha Bhogle from the commentary roster this season probably ranks at the lower end of the scale. Still, what a bizarre turn of events. The reasons for Bhogle's exit are not clear but if it is for not being pliant or patriotic enough, or as criticism-free of players, then clearly, the Indian board has not been watching, or listening to, the broadcast of its own product over the last nine years.

Best goal – Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa is having a wonderful season at Borussia Dortmund, who are, in turn, having a pretty wonderful season themselves. This weekend Kagawa scored his 11th of the season, against Schalke, and there cannot be any better. Picking up the ball halfway into the opposition half, he manufactured a one-two with a teammate on the edge of the penalty area, before ghosting in and chipping the goalkeeper in his stride from just outside. Oh Manchester United, how you have squandered gold-dust players in recent years let me count the ways.

Worst advert – MMA

MMA can be very polarising and in particular, what can become situations where it seems brutality is sanctioned. The death of the Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho this week in Dublin will not help in quietening its critics. Carvalho fell ill 20 minutes after losing a bout by technical knockout and it seems a victim of one of those situations. Already slumped down, he was punched, by some counts, nine times on the side of the head while essentially defenceless. It is not a good look.

Cruelest cut – James Taylor

At the end of last year, James Taylor had finally made it. He was back in England’s Test and ODI sides and a key member too. Now he has no playing career left. Taylor, 26, was diagnosed with a serious heart condition that has forced him to retire. The good news is he was diagnosed early, and can manage the condition for the rest of his life. That is greater consolation than it may appear to him just now.

Best quote – Crisitano Ronaldo

We should perhaps just give Cristiano Ronaldo this award permanently. After scoring the hat-trick that sealed Real Madrid’s comeback against Wolfsburg and a place in the Champions League semis, he said: “Considering this has been a ‘bad’ season for me it has not been that bad. People can criticise me but I just keep on going and the numbers are there for all to see.” Goals, he added immodestly, are in his DNA. A 35th hat-trick, 16 goals in the competition and 43 for the season – who can argue?

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Rating: 3.5/5

'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness'

Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg and Rachel McAdams

Rating: 3/5

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows
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Teaching your child to save

Pre-school (three - five years)

You can’t yet talk about investing or borrowing, but introduce a “classic” money bank and start putting gifts and allowances away. When the child wants a specific toy, have them save for it and help them track their progress.

Early childhood (six - eight years)

Replace the money bank with three jars labelled ‘saving’, ‘spending’ and ‘sharing’. Have the child divide their allowance into the three jars each week and explain their choices in splitting their pocket money. A guide could be 25 per cent saving, 50 per cent spending, 25 per cent for charity and gift-giving.

Middle childhood (nine - 11 years)

Open a bank savings account and help your child establish a budget and set a savings goal. Introduce the notion of ‘paying yourself first’ by putting away savings as soon as your allowance is paid.

Young teens (12 - 14 years)

Change your child’s allowance from weekly to monthly and help them pinpoint long-range goals such as a trip, so they can start longer-term saving and find new ways to increase their saving.

Teenage (15 - 18 years)

Discuss mutual expectations about university costs and identify what they can help fund and set goals. Don’t pay for everything, so they can experience the pride of contributing.

Young adulthood (19 - 22 years)

Discuss post-graduation plans and future life goals, quantify expenses such as first apartment, work wardrobe, holidays and help them continue to save towards these goals.

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: ASI (formerly DigestAI)

Started: 2017

Founders: Quddus Pativada

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Artificial intelligence, education technology

Funding: $3 million-plus

Investors: GSV Ventures, Character, Mark Cuban

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

PROFILE OF INVYGO

Started: 2018

Founders: Eslam Hussein and Pulkit Ganjoo

Based: Dubai

Sector: Transport

Size: 9 employees

Investment: $1,275,000

Investors: Class 5 Global, Equitrust, Gulf Islamic Investments, Kairos K50 and William Zeqiri

Suggested picnic spots

Abu Dhabi
Umm Al Emarat Park
Yas Gateway Park
Delma Park
Al Bateen beach
Saadiyaat beach
The Corniche
Zayed Sports City
 
Dubai
Kite Beach
Zabeel Park
Al Nahda Pond Park
Mushrif Park
Safa Park
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Al Qudrah Lakes 

The five stages of early child’s play

From Dubai-based clinical psychologist Daniella Salazar:

1. Solitary Play: This is where Infants and toddlers start to play on their own without seeming to notice the people around them. This is the beginning of play.

2. Onlooker play: This occurs where the toddler enjoys watching other people play. There doesn’t necessarily need to be any effort to begin play. They are learning how to imitate behaviours from others. This type of play may also appear in children who are more shy and introverted.

3. Parallel Play: This generally starts when children begin playing side-by-side without any interaction. Even though they aren’t physically interacting they are paying attention to each other. This is the beginning of the desire to be with other children.

4. Associative Play: At around age four or five, children become more interested in each other than in toys and begin to interact more. In this stage children start asking questions and talking about the different activities they are engaging in. They realise they have similar goals in play such as building a tower or playing with cars.

5. Social Play: In this stage children are starting to socialise more. They begin to share ideas and follow certain rules in a game. They slowly learn the definition of teamwork. They get to engage in basic social skills and interests begin to lead social interactions.

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Water waste

In the UAE’s arid climate, small shrubs, bushes and flower beds usually require about six litres of water per square metre, daily. That increases to 12 litres per square metre a day for small trees, and 300 litres for palm trees.

Horticulturists suggest the best time for watering is before 8am or after 6pm, when water won't be dried up by the sun.

A global report published by the Water Resources Institute in August, ranked the UAE 10th out of 164 nations where water supplies are most stretched.

The Emirates is the world’s third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada.

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Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
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How to register as a donor

1) Organ donors can register on the Hayat app, run by the Ministry of Health and Prevention

2) There are about 11,000 patients in the country in need of organ transplants

3) People must be over 21. Emiratis and residents can register. 

4) The campaign uses the hashtag  #donate_hope


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