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Dale Steyn asks fans to respect AB de Villiers’s decision to retire


first_imgSouth African fast bowler Dale Steyn has asked the fans to respect AB de Villiers’ decision to retire from international cricket.De Villiers retired from international cricket in May this year citing unbearable pressure as the reason behind the decision.”I believe AB doesn’t deserve to get a bad rap. Even though we both made our Test debuts in 2004, him and I are in two completely different boats. He is married with children and I only have dogs. Family time is a big pull for him right now. We spend on average 220 days of the year out of the country. Its a long time to be away from your family especially when your children are growing up,” Steyn told Sport24.”The pleasing aspect is the Proteas have managed to win without him. Its nice that the circle (of talent) is getting bigger and there is hope for the future. Calling time on his international career has also given AB time to recover from a physical point of view. His back had been giving him trouble for so many years. Through sheer pride of representing South Africa he pushed on,” Steyn said.The pacer also added that he wishes to win a World Cup trophy for his side.”I would love to win a trophy for South Africa in white ball cricket. A number of cricketers who have played before me – Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith are legends of the game, but weren’t fortunate enough to win an ICC event during their playing careers. I might join those names, but hopefully I will still be around in 2019 to play in the next World Cup and have a crack at winning the trophy in the UK,” Steyn saidadvertisement”However, I have got to earn my way back into the Proteas ODI team,” he added.Praising the current generation of South African bowlers, Steyn said that they are performing quite well and he would be happy to sit out of the team and watch them shine. He, however, asserted that he is still capable of making a useful contribution to the national side.”Our fast bowlers are doing quite well of late and, if they are in-form and performing, I don’t mind sitting aside and watching them shine. However, I still believe I can deliver the goods and hopefully I can represent my country for a couple more years,” Steyn said.”Hopefully I can get some white-ball games this year and put my hand up for the spot in that World Cup team next year,” he added.The pacer, who made his ODI debut in 2005, played his last one-day match against Australia in 2016.Steyn has played a total of 116 ODIs and has taken 180 wickets with an economy rate of 4.94 while in Tests, he has snared 421 wickets with an economy rate of 3.23 in 88 matches.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more


St. Ann’s Bay Hospital to be Expanded at a Cost of $140 Million


first_img The project will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, on Friday, August 30, broke ground for the expansion of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann at a cost of $140 million.The project, which is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF), will provide additional theatre facility and recovery area, and improve overall care to patients.Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building, which will house two additional theatre sites, staff lounge, and consultants’ offices, along with a six-bed recovery area.The scope of work includes construction of a thick concrete roof and traditional reinforced block walls with specialised walls and floor finishes, installation of central air conditioning units as well as relevant sanitary fixtures, and commissioning of medical gases, surgical lights, and a fire protection system.Phase two will run concurrently with phase one, and involves the acquisition of mainly surgical equipment and furniture.Dr. Ferguson said that the expansion is needed, as it will better enable the hospital to serve residents of the parish and adjoining areas. The institution caters to persons in St. Ann, while patients are referred from St. Mary, Portland, Trelawny, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and St. Andrew.“The St. Ann’s Bay Hospital is experiencing an increase in the number of surgeries from a little over 2, 700 in 2008, to more than 3,000 by 2011.  The hospital serves a population of approximately 365,000. It was when I visited… in 2012 and saw the conditions in the accident and emergency department that I decided that we would begin work immediately to make improvements to the facility. I know the importance of having good service and facilities, and my commitment is to put the health sector and the people of Jamaica on the path to achieving our National Development Goals outlined in Vision 2030,” Dr. Ferguson stated.He said that the project should be completed by the end of this financial year, and urged the contractor to “ensure that we get value for money through the provision of the highest quality service that you can offer. Complete the work within the timeframe, and ensure that it is done within the budgetary boundaries established.”In the last calendar year, the Government spent some $375 million on infrastructure improvement projects in the public health sector.This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities, Minister Ferguson informed. This year, over $500 million has been expended for upgrading work at health facilities Phase one will cost some $59 million and will entail construction of a 3,572- square foot building Story Highlightslast_img read more