Cricket set to be left out of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

Cricket will not be included as part of Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to politicians in the city.

The sport had been expected to feature in Birmingham’s plans should they be awarded the Games due to the involvement of Warwickshire County Cricket Club chief executive Neil Snowball, who also served as head of sports operations at the London 2012 Olympic Games, in the bid.

They were also considering the sport as part of their initial attempt at securing the hosting rights for the 2026 Games.

However, it has now been claimed that Birmingham 2022 will omit the sport from their proposals.

Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Steering Group, claimed the reason behind the decision to exclude the sport was because the International Cricket Council (ICC) "is not in a position to allow both men’s and women’s Twenty 20 cricket competitions in a Commonwealth Games".

Discussions are expected to continue between the ICC and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) over cricket’s future at the event.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who have previously been against the idea, appear to be in favour.

Director of cricket at the ECB Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, told ESPN Cricinfo that he would be "very supportive" earlier this year.

The CGF had invited the ICC to submit an application for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, but it is understood it was met with opposition from several members across the world, including the ECB.

"It’s clear that cricket is no longer featuring,” said Conservative opposition leader and councillor for Erdington Robert Alden told the Birmingham Mail.

Edgbaston has held the first day/night Test match to take place in England ©Getty Images

"It’s very disappointing.

"I understand that’s because there are limits on the number of competitors we can bring in.

"We are looking at a shortened version of basketball – the 3×3 game – but why are we not looking at the shortened version of cricket."

Labour councillor for Hodge Hill and cabinet member Majid Mahmood said not having cricket at the Games was "ludicrous".

Women’s cricket was scheduled to be on the programme at Durban 2022 before the South African city was stripped of the hosting rights for the event earlier this year after failing to meet a series of financial deadlines.

Liverpool, Birmingham’s rival in the battle to become England’s candidate for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, have included cricket as part of their bid.

Cricket at Liverpool 2022 would take place at Old Trafford, located in Manchester.

Birmingham also have an ideal venue to host the sport, with Edgbaston considered one of England’s leading cricket grounds.

It regularly hosts England Test matches and staged the country’s inaugural day/night Test between the hosts and the West Indies.

England are not the only country in the frame to replace South Africa.

Victoria in Canada has indicated that it will bid, while Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia could be another contender.

Australia has also expressed an interest, but this seems unlikely with Gold Coast hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games next year.

The country has said they will only formally enter the race if another host cannot be found.

insidethegames has contacted Birmingham 2022 for comment.

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Birmingham one of 13 U.S. cities dedicated to ending spread of AIDS by 2030

(Erin Edgemon | eedgemon@al.com)

Birmingham is one of 13 cities in the United States to join the Paris Declaration to end the spread of AIDS by 2030.

Mayor William Bell signed a declaration last week pledging to dedicate local resources in the fight to end AIDS.

State agencies, local organizations and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are partnering to achieve the following goals by 2020: 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent of those who know their status will be engaged in care and on antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90 percent of those on ART achieving full viral suppression, UAB stated in a release.

Partners include the city of Birmingham, Alabama Department of Public Health, Jefferson County Department of Public Health, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Altheia House and others.

"If we can achieve the 90-90-90 plan by 2020, along with zero stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS, we will be on our way to ending the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2030," said Michael Mugavero, professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases and co-director for the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). "The only way to effectively do this is by coming together as a community to commit all of our resources to achieve this goal."

Currently, almost 40 percent of all individuals infected with HIV in Alabama are still not suppressed, meaning their virus is not under complete control with medication, according to UAB.

"The research at UAB continues to advance within the HIV/AIDS field," said Michael Saag, founder of the UAB 1917 Clinic and director of the UAB CFAR. "Without buy-in from our community, we can do only so much to educate, diagnose and treat those living with HIV/AIDS. This partnership will propel us to ‘bend the curve’ downward, leading to eliminating the spread of a disease that continues to take lives."

The UAB CFAR is one of the seven inaugural Centers for AIDS Research established in 1988 by the National Institutes of Health. The UAB CFAR was among the first to make the newest, most effective treatments available to patients, including the combination therapy that today is the standard of care.

The center recently launched a 90-90-90 scientific working group as a centerpiece of the center’s strategic plan, according to the university. As a chartered university-wide research center, UAB CFAR stimulates interdisciplinary, translational AIDS research that bridges basic, clinical and behavioral sciences.

The Fast-Track Cities initiative was launched on World AIDS Day 2014 in Paris, France. More than 70 high-burden cities around the world have since signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending AIDS and engaged political leaders, affected communities, civil society, city health officials, clinical and service providers, and other stakeholders to accelerate their local AIDS responses.

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman addresses audience members before a screening of the documentary "Atticus v. The Architect" about his prosecution and imprisonment during the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Siegelman is maintaining his innocence just days after completing his 78-month sentence on public corruption charges. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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How To Survive Your Move To Birmingham Apartments

Moving to Birmingham apartments can be extremely stressful for everyone, and that’s especially the case if you don’t prepare ahead of time for your move. Though you can’t eliminate all moving anxiety, the fact is that there are a few ways to make the process go seamlessly!

*Make sure you save up enough money for your move so you don’t have to worry about rent, going to work right away, and decorating your place. Birmingham apartments are a great place to live, but you need to be able to pay your rent on time and turn your new apartment into a home. It’s a good idea to have about three month’s rent for backup!

*Have a bed and linens ready to install to ensure your first night at your new place is reassuring and isn’t filled with anxiety. It can be hard to fall asleep in a new place, but when you have your favorite bed with you it can remind you of home!

*Before your move, make sure that all of your boxes are properly labeled and everything is arranged according to category. You really wouldn’t want to mix your bathroom towels with your kitchen utensils. You’ll be glad you took the time to organize everything according to location and you’ll have an easier time putting things away.

*Organization is key to making sure that you don’t feel overwhelmed in your new apartment. Go to a local charity shop and get some baskets to organize odds and ends. It’s important to not have empty boxes lying around and stuff all over the place when getting settled.

There are plenty of ways you can feel more at ease in your new apartment by following the tips above. Planning ahead and keeping anxiety at bay are always good ways to start!

Luther Strange: People of Alabama are fed up with lying politicians

U.S. Senator Luther Strange speaks at the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce Washington Update Luncheon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. Wednesday May 31st. (Bob Gathany / bgathany@AL.com)

By U.S. Senator Luther Strange

The people of Alabama are fed up. They are tired of politicians who lie to them, and they are sick of elected officials who’ve been in Washington so long they’ve forgotten why they ran in the first place. Washington, D.C., as President Trump has put it, has become a swamp where the public good is far from most politicians’ minds.

What I see in Washington reminds me of what I saw in Montgomery when I was first elected Alabama’s Attorney General. In Montgomery, corruption was the problem, so I assembled the finest public corruption prosecution team in the country. Their work wasn’t always popular with the mainstream media or the local politicians. We didn’t let that stop us. Instead, we prosecuted a Speaker of the House who had sold his office for personal gain and sent a message to every elected official in Alabama that corruption wouldn’t be tolerated. And when Governor Bentley resigned his office, it was my team that put together the evidence that finally forced him to do the right thing.

There’s corruption in Washington, too, but the real problem is more subtle. It’s apathy, born of public officials spending too much time inside the Beltway and too little time with the constituents they represent. And it leads to promises broken and the people forgotten.

When Jeff Sessions represented us in the United States Senate, he never fell victim to this apathy, and when I was honored with the opportunity to fill his shoes, I committed to following his example.

So when I became your Senator, I made three promises:

I promised to carry on Jeff Session’s legacy of fighting for the conservative values we believe in. I promised to help pass the Trump agenda and serve the people’s interest, not the special interests. And I promised to help Donald Trump drain the swamp in Washington. Every day, I’ve worked to make those promises a reality.

I drafted and proposed a law to secure our borders and build the border wall–and make the sanctuary cities pay for it. I have introduced the most conservative pro-life legislation in the history of the Senate, declaring that life begins at fertilization and that the unborn deserve the same Constitutional protections we have. And I have continued my fight to protect the Second Amendment by introducing legislation to rollback Obama’s efforts to curtail our God-given rights.

Fighting for these common sense proposals hasn’t been easy. I’ve got the fake news stories and the angry #NeverTrump politicians and PACs to show for it. But we are just getting started, and we have a lot of work left to do – repealing Obamacare, reforming our tax code, rebuilding our military and rolling back job-killing regulations.

President Obama had eight years to pass bad legislation and enact poorly conceived executive orders that grew the size of government and shrunk the freedoms–and the paychecks–of the American people. While I was Attorney General, we fought back against many of these proposals, and we won, too. Now we need to finish the job in the Senate.

There’s an election coming up, and in that election the people of our state will choose their next Senator. I am asking for your vote to finish the work we have begun. Draining a swamp is hard work, but it’s worth it. And it’s what the people of Alabama deserve.

AL.com has invited each of the candidates for United States Senate to submit one op-ed ahead of the August 15 primary.

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