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ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals begin tomorrow

The ICC Cricket World Cup is in its home stretch, and fans around the world are on the edges of their seats as the final four teams face off to determine which two will vie for the final title of world champions. We’ll go over a recap of the quarterfinals, but for those who want to see the action live, remember that you can watch every cricket game online.

On March 23, Pakistan took on the West Indies for group A. Though many expected the two teams to be evenly matched, it was a relatively easy win for Pakistan. This means that the Pakistan team will be moving forward to take on the winner from group B.

It looks as though they’ll have to put their skills to the test when they take on India, which emerged victorious from the second quarterfinal. India defeated Australia in an exciting match, as both of these teams have enormous fan bases that are following the games closely. Some may be surprised that Australia is out of the competition, as the boys from down under were tapped as favorites by many.

New Zealand and South Africa went head-to-head on Friday, March 25 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. New Zealand will be moving forward, but it’s been a great tournament for the losing team as well. Many people will send money to friends and family to celebrate the South African team’s run.

The kiwi team will take on Sri Lanka tomorrow, as the Sri Lankan team beat out England in another surprising upset. Many expect that Sri Lanka will reign in that game, as New Zealand, being the only non-Asian team left, is “the odd country out,” according to The Telegraph.

However, New Zealand isn’t willing to count themselves out just yet. While some criticized the team for being overly aggressive, coach John Wright says the strategy is needed for them to succeed.

“I like the aggression of the team,” Write told new sources on Sunday, according to the ICC Cricket World Cup official website. “They were very aggressive, particularly in the field. I think that’s important.”

Pakistan and India’s game will occur the following day, while the final game will take place on Saturday, April 2, in Mumbai, India.


It’s time for the ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinals

The ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinals will begin on March 23. There are eight teams left, the top four from Group A and Group B. We’ll go over a schedule of the upcoming games, but for those who can’t catch the matches live, be sure to watch every cricket game online.

On March 23, Pakistan, the leading team in Group A, will take on the West Indies. According to, Pakistan showed great poise in their last game against Australia, and it’s likely the team will be victorious in the first quarterfinals match.

The following day, March 24, Australia will go up against India. In a previous match, India beat out the team from down under, but it remains to be seen who will be victorious in this highly-anticipated match.

March 25 will see South Africa take on New Zealand at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera, India. The website predicts that South Africa will walk away the victor, and it’s likely that many fans will send money to support their family members who are attending the games.

March 26 will be the final game in the quarterfinals, in which England and Sri Lanka will go head to head. This is likely to be a thrilling match, as the teams have been equally skilled on the field. However, the website points out that Sri Lanka has the home team advantage, as the game is being played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

According to website rankings on the ICC Cricket World Cup offiicial website, Australia is ranked first with a rating of 130. India follows, with a rating of 119. South Africa, Sri Lanka and England round out the top five, respectively.

Among the players, Sachin Tendulkar, who plays for India, is ranked number one with a ranking of 883. He is tied for first of Jacques Kallis, of South Africa. In third, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka is rated 882, while Jonathan Trott and Alastair Cook of England take fourth and fifth ranks, respectively.


South Africa holds competition to reinvent the vuvuzela

Though the FIFA soccer tournament has come to a close, it seems that South African citizens aren’t finished with the vuvuzela – the horn that was wildly popular around the world during the event. According to the BBC, a man named Jono Swanepoel has organized a competition calling for new uses for the beloved instrument.

Designers and innovators are encouraged to send in their ideas and outlines of new uses for the horns. So far, people have submitted re-imaginings of the horn as a chandelier, lap shade, table stand and even a bird food dispenser.

“We’ve seen quite a few entries of hearing aids, things to magnify the sound on your cellphone if you put it on a speaker phone,” Swanepoel told the news source.

He added that the lamp shades could be useful in some of the poorer communities in South Africa. In such neighborhoods, many people depend on family members living and working abroad who are able to send an international money transfer to help pay for various necessities, such as medical supplies or furnishings.

The top 10 reinventions will win a prize of approximately $1,460 dollars. The design will be given to local manufacturers will will receive all proceeds from the redesigned horn, according to the news source.

The vuvuzela is an important part of contemporary South African culture. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, many notable South Africans, including Nelson Mandela, have tooted the horn.


Report: Africans who receive remittances are more educated

A report conducted by the Fund for Agricultural Development shows that there are significant differences between African citizens who receive money from loved ones working abroad and those who don’t.

The report, titled Sending Money Home to Africa, shows that those who receive funds spend more time in the classroom. The majority of recipients have at least a high school degree, and a larger portion of those who receive remittances go on to college, compared to those who don’t.

Recipients of money from abroad are also more likely to have a cellphone. Approximately 88 percent of remittance receivers owned a mobile phone, compared to 76 percent of non-receivers.

Remittances also contributed to the amount of savings African citizens have. Those who receive money are more likely to have larger savings, and are also more likely to have a relationship with a financial institution.

According to the World Bank, immigrants living in the U.S. sent $46 billion dollars in remittances in 2008, the most from any country. Those who are sending money home should be sure to protect their funds by using a secure online transfer service.