Virat Kohli-led 16-member Indian squad on Tuesday night left for the West Indies to play a four-match Test series, starting July 21. (Virat Kohli and Co. fail ‘one hour test’ at preparatory camp)The team was accompanied by its newly appointed head coach Anil Kumble and other support staff. (Anil Kumble chairs meeting with Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni)India will open the tour with a two-day game against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on July 9 and 10 followed by a three-day warm-up fixture at the same venue from July 14 to 16.The opening Test is scheduled at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua from July 21 to 25. (Coach Anil Kumble to double up as team photographer in West Indies)The other three Test matches are scheduled to be held at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica (Jul 30-Aug 3), Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Aug 9-13) and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad (Aug 18-22).India last toured the Caribbean islands for a Test series in 2011 that the visitors clinched 1-0 by winning the opening game at Kingston and drawing the other two matches in Bridgetown and Roseau. (Kumble’s fighting spirit will rub off on Indian players: Glenn McGrath)Incidentally, Kohli returns to the West Indies, where he made his Test debut, after five years as the team’s captain and premier batsman.The squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (v c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhimaan Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.advertisement(With PTI Inputs)The journey begins. #TeamIndia leaves for the tour of West Indies. #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/ebK1jkoFiN BCCI (@BCCI) July 5, 2016
An education bill the U.S. Senate passed last week includes several provisions that boost the role of Alaska Native tribes. The bill, called “Every Child Achieves” re-writes the law known as “No Child Left Behind,” a key piece of the domestic legacy of President George W. Bush.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says she added a provision requiring states and school districts to consult with tribes and Native parents as they develop education plans.Download Audio“I think it’s time that our tribes and our Native organizations throughout the country will be part of designing the plans and shaping the programs used to improve schools that serve our Native students,” she said on the Senate floor.The bill establishes a competitive grant program to support Native language immersion schools. The legislation doesn’t authorize a specific amount of money for the grants.Murkowski also used the bill to revise the Alaska Native Educational Equity Program. The long-standing grant program last year gave some $30 million to Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska, tribal groups and non-profits. Murkowski says if the bill becomes law, future grants will go directly to tribes and Native organizations that have expertise running education programs, or to tribes that partner with school districts.“This will not only honor our constitutional relationship to Alaska Natives but ensure that they can take on more responsibility for helping their children succeed,” she said.The bill passed the Senate by a wide margin. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised it for easing the mandates of No Child Left Behind and reducing the amount of testing that eats up classroom time. But Duncan also says the bill doesn’t do enough for low-performing schools.