Cricketing Veterans of CSS

CSS Group’s two senior staff members played this year’s Veteran’s Premier League held in Wayand, Kerala. Fida Asghar & Hareesh Haridas, two well-known names in the Cricketing circuits of Kerala & the UAE played for two different teams. While Fida Asghar played for the Absolute Sobers, Hareesh played with Kochi Royals. Interestingly both the team entered the finals after the league matches.

About KVCA

Kerala Veterans Cricket Association – a fraternity of former state cricketers was formed as early as 1995. Affiliated to the Board of Veterans Cricket in India, the KVCA has been extremely active with its cricket tours to almost all cricket-playing countries, hosting, conducting international & national level tournaments and also playing a constructive role in the development of cricket in the state. Presently, KVCA has over 200 members comprising national and international cricketers, celebrities and sports administrators.

CSS had always patronised Cricket in the UAE and played a commendable role in promoting cricketing talents from the local and international levels. Fida Asghar, Team Manager of the NVOCC department in CSS Dubai, is a first class cricketer. Hareesh Haridas has a wonderful track record of playing major league matches in the UAE and India and is a leading batsman who works in the capacity of Manager in Supply Chain department of CSS Dubai.

Kerala Cricket League

CSS Kingston Alleppey Amigos Play KCL Dubai



CSS Kingston Logistics FZC, sponsored Alleppey Amigos team participated in the recently concluded Kerala Cricket League (KCL).  Destructive West Indies batsman and the ambassador of Kerala Cricket League 2015, Chris Gayle has officially opened the third edition of the tournament here. Gayle kick-started the competition in his trade-mark style after getting into his batting gear and lofting the ball high much to the delight of the nearly 2,000-strong spectators gathered at the Sevens Stadium. Sixteen teams featuring UAE cricketing talent took part in the league in four groups, which was managed by Seashell Events UAE and was organised under the patronage of Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Cricket Council. Renowned Malayalam film actress Nyla Usha was the Brand Ambassador of CSS Kinston Alleppey Amigos team

Hole in One

Ken Dinnadge achieves hole in one at Emirates golf club


CSS Group VP Business development Ken Dinnadge continues to impress in his friendly customer golf outings by achievement yet another mile stone in his golfing by scoring yet another hole in one on Dubai’s championship course, the Emirates golf club.

Ken was presented with a certificate by the club and will also have his name listed on the wall of fame:-

The Emirates Golf Club, host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 25 year history, including its 2012 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’ and being awarded ‘Best Course Middle East’ in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards.  Emirates Golf Club is also the only golf club in the MENA region to receive GEO Certification.

To achieve a hole on one on this course is a great achievement!

Fireworks at The School Cricket

CSS HOMEWARD BOUND CRICKET TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES WITH A THRILLING FINALE



Arab unity emerged as the champions of the CSS Homeward Bound inter school cricket tournament defeating Gems modern academy for 36 runs at the fair grounds of the Dubai men’s college. The tournament staged after 6 years due to shortage of ground availability, was a great success with 10 top schools from the UAE competing the event and unearthed many a talents from the region for cricket. CSS Homeward bound were the Main sponsors for the event which lasted for almost 3 months due to exams and vacations for the participating schools in between.

Iritza Ali, the hero of the final cracked a half century and took three wickets to bag the prestigious man of the final award. Batting first Arab unity lost opener Huzaifa Nadeem for six, but Irtiza and Ramal Perera steadied the innings with a crucial 46 runs stand.

CSS Homeward Bound, the leaders in Moving & Relocations, sponsored the Inter-School cricket tournament and showed its interest in promoting talents from the budding levels of cricket. As a Champion of philanthropy CSS Group, the parent organization is involved in many novel initiatives promoting charity activities across the UAE. The final match and the presentation ceremony was attended by Unnikrishnan G, Head of Marketing & Corporate communications CSS Group and Syed Ahmed Zeeshan, General Manager, CSS Homeward Bound along with the pantheon of players from the cricketing fraternity in Dubai.

CSS Group KPL Dubai Season 3

KPL ENTERS SEASON 3 WITH CSS GROUP AS THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THE EVENT
CSS Group KPL Dubai Season 3 kicked off to a glittering & glamorous start on the 17th October at the ICC Grounds, Sports city Dubai. The inaugural function which was attended by celebrities and dignitaries from DCC went off with a colorful performance from DJ Kips & Music Band Masala Coffee. The toss went up at 7:30 in the evening for which hundreds of fans from both Palakkad Harvestors and Cochin Diwans, who played the first match witnessed. KPL Directors, T S Kaladharan, CTK Nasir, Paul T Joseph & Thomas Philip were present on the ground. KPL convener Radhakrishnan (Radhu) narrated the events from the ground. KPL Director & ambassador Bharat Suresh Gopi, Narain & Bhama cheered the onlookers. Josh FM 97.8 RJ Parikshith did live programme from the venue. Friends from the media, and other team members and owners were present for the function.

A total of 12 Glorious Teams named with 12 Districts from Kerala is playing the tournament for the coveted KPL trophy. Each team consists of a minimum of 2 players preferable from the respective districts of Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talent with one player under the age of 22 and maximum of 2 overseas players.

CSS Group since celebrating their 20th anniversary, has become the Title sponsors for KPL this year

The tournament is managed and supported by AAA Group, Petrotek, Space max LLC & Nucaf.

KPL Dubai is the biggest Asian sporting event of the region and it gives you the opportunity to be known to and reach, one of the largest communities in the region. After the super hit Indian Premier League and in consideration of the 4.5 million Asian populations in the UAE – the highest number among all expats, Kerala Premier League Dubai was formed under the guidance and support from the Dubai Cricket Council, and the generous patronage from the sponsors and the cricket loving community in Dubai. KPL successfully completed 2 seasons of cricketing festival in Dubai and has entered the third season with a bang. The final will be played on the 21st November 2014.

KPL Dubai offers the richest prize money in this segment of cricket with a total of 250,000 Dirhams. Lots of surprising gifts are there for spectators as well.

Brand Ambassadors of KPL – Bharat Suresh Gopi, Actor Narain and Actress Bhamaa were present along with actor Joju who came to cheer for the Palakkad Harvestors Team.

The finals would witness renowned Thykoodam Bridge on stage for the closing day celebrations.

Alleppey Ripples Players Profile

FAYAZ AHMED

Fayaz Ahmed is a UAE player presently playing and is in squad for world cup 2015. Fayaz is rated as a top left arm all-rounder in the UAE. He is playing his second season of KPL Dubai with Alleppey ripples team. Fayaz’s presence gives an international outlook for the entire team.


SHAHZAD MALIK
Shahzad is considered as a top class batsman in the UAE with plenty of experience in all levels of domestic and international cricket.  He holds the record of scoring 403 in 45 over official game. His experience as a batsman and conditional seasoning career will be reflected in the teams performance.


BABAR MALIK
Babar represented UAE from 1996 upto 2002. He also represented A division clubs like Emirates bank, ECB, Eurocon, Al kabeer and Ibsons. Babar is known for his exemplary batting skills and a powerful hitter when it comes to T20. He is playing with Alleppey Ripples for the Second season.


AHMED SHAUKAT
Ahmed played for Multan region and is considered to be one of the best all rounders currently playing in the UAE. Ahmed being a very good fast bowler, could  strengthen the bowling line up of Alleppey ripples.


HABIB GHAZI
Habib Ghazi has a wonderful experience in playing club cricket in Ireland for over 7 years which has sharpened his skills in cricket. He also enjoys a tremendous success with Ibsons and is a live wire on the field. Habib is playing his first season of KPL.


ZAKIR MALIK
Zakir is a wonderful batting talent with some hard hitting skills. His experience starts from the Navy cricket team of Pakistan till this date. Zakir Malik is now representing alubond tigers in the local cricket.


IRFAN SAJID
Irfan is a name you can rely on in the middle order when it comes to batting. A highly talented leg spinner, Irfan is being named amongst the 20 players currently in the UAE pool for the world cup.




MOHSIN KHAN
Mohsin Khan a very talented fast bowler and an exemplary fielder has represented the under 19 squad of the UAE in various occasions. He has also played for Farooq Cricket Club in A Division tournaments.


HAREESH M HARIDAS (CAPTAIN)
A well known name in the cricketing community of UAE, Hareesh has represented Kerala Under- 21 to Under 23 squad from the year 1993 to 1996. Hareesh is a highly talented batsman who can change the game any time. He has played for Tellicherry Cricket Club & Team CSS in UAE for almost all the Domestics A and B Division tournaments and in various formats.


WASIM BAIG
Waseem Baig is from the Gujarat city of Pakistan and has a wonderful cricketing career history in first class matches back home. He plays middle order in Ibsons club and is one of the best finishers of game and a brilliant fielder plus a handy off spin bowler.


MISBA KHAN
Misba at his young age acquired plenty of experience. He is a fighter cricketer having all round skills. Misba is good in his right arm off-spin and is a reliable bowler for Alleppey ripples. This is his first KPL appearance and is belligerent with his tactics. He can show us some wonderful cricket this season.


MOHAMMED SHAFIQ
A person with lot of experiences with legends of Pakistan Cricket, and that is Mohammed Shafiq. Inzamam-Ul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed were regular players under his captaincy while he led the Multan region. Played under 19 for Pakistan and represented Pakistan A team and the UAE international team.


ANEESH KAKKOT
Aneesh has been Prolific run getter in the domestic circuit and a fine all rounder representing UAE-Exchange Centre in UAE. Live wire in the field. This will be his second season for the Alleppey Ripples.


IRFAN AKRAM HAJI
Haji doesn’t require an introduction in the UAE because of his all-round performance past many years. Run machine by himself and orthodox left arm medium pace consider him as a one of the most dynamic cricketer in the cricketing circles. Continuing for the third consecutive year for Alleppey Ripples Team.


NIGIL KALLIAT
Nigil, a silent by nature and electrifying player in the field, a spirited young man with good cricketing brain, can be considered as a total cricketer by all means. He has been an Integral part of Team CSS in the past and continue his service for CSS on and off the cricketing feild.


MUKHTAR AHMED
Star right-handed batsman Mukhtar Ahmed’s presence would be an added advantage for Team Alleppey ripples.With a wonderful batting record in domestics circuit, Mukhtar played some remarkable innings with Pakistani National players.Mukhar is a leg-spin bowler as well.


MADAN MOHAN
Having cricket in his veins Madan Mohan started his cricketing career playing for the Kerala under 19 team during 2005-2006. He played for various prominent clubs and also for Kerala team under-25. Being an all-rounder with capabilities as left hand batsman and right arm fast medium bowler, Madan has played for Kerala team in the CCL for the last two years


ROHAN FERNANDEZ
Trained under world class coaches, Rohan is a trusted spin bowler with Alleppey Ripples. A promising and upcoming player, Rohan has showed his presence with some remarkable spells in the 3rd division matches for the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association recognised club matches. KPL will prove to be a testing ground for this spinner with some international experience.

Alleppey Ripples

FIGHTING THEIR 3RD KPL WITH LOT MANY EXPECTATIONS



Alleppey Ripples jointly owned by Kaddas interiors Abu Dhabi and Twin info solutions Pvt Ltd, India is entering its third KPL season. The team is owned by Arjun Bose, who is also the Director for CSS Abu Dhabi. Arjun holds stake in Kaddas Interiors and Twin Info as well.


The team is managed by Fida asghar, renowned cricketer who carries with him first class career experience in Indian Cricket.

Hareesh M Haridas a well known name in the cricketing circuit of UAE leads the team of Alleppey Ripples. Hareesh with his rich experience in domestic cricketing circuit is a well known bats man in the UAE.

As a team, Alleppey Ripples takes pride in having players who have rich experience and blasting career history, from India, Pakistan & UAE. The team has performed well in the last two seasons of KPL and had reached the semifinals.

Alleppey Ripples ownership has been over taken this year by two well known companies from their respective domains. Kaddas Interiors, Abu Dhabi is a renowned interior design and installation company. They have diversified interests in AV integration and automation as well. Kaddas Interiors renders their services for residential as well as commercial projects in the UAE region. The classy designs and innovative concepts have made Kaddas a preferred name in interior design world.

Twin info solutions Pvt Ltd. the co-owner of Alleppey Ripples, is an Indian bases IT & ITES company. Twin also extends their services in the BPO activities of Shipping & Logistics companies. “FINS”, a very popular  ERP solution amongst shipping companies is owned by Twin Info, and is being used by Shipping and logistics companies’ worldwide. A company driven by professionals, Twin has in store many more IT solutions to offer.

MANAGEMENT

Fida Asghar (Manager)

A wonderful cricketer who had played in the first class cricket, Fida, by nature, takes cricket to his heart. The manager’s role is safe in his hands. Fida Asghar represented Kerala state for Under 17, 19, 21, 23 and seniors. He played first class cricket representing Kerala state for the Ranji trophy tournament from 1990-93. Fida never missed the opportunity to represent MG university team during the period, 1988-90. Fida is a Right hand batsman and a wonderful Wicket keeper

Arjun Bose (Team Owner)

Arjun Bose is the owner of Alleppey Ripples. An ardent cricket lover and player, Arjun plays an inspirational role amongst the Alleppey ripples team. A stake holder of Kaddas Interiors and Twin Info, Arjun plays a bigger role of being the Director of CSS Abu Dhabi. Despite his busy business schedule, he always finds time to be with and inspire the team of Alleppey ripples whenever he is in Dubai. The astonishing performance of the team took them to semifinals in the first two seasons of KPL and Arjun believes that this time his team will lift the trophy for sure.

Hareesh M Haridas (Captain)

A well known name in the cricketing community of UAE, Hareesh had represented Kerala under- 21 to under 23 squad from the year 1993 to 1996. Hareesh is a highly talented batsman who can change the game any time. He has played for Tellicherry Cricket Club & Team CSS in UAE for almost all the Domestics A and B Division tournaments and in various formats. He believe that his boys could return home with the coveted KPL trophy this time and they do deserve now.

CSS Homeward Bound Supports Dubai Inter School Cricket

The inter school cricket tournament in Dubai was sponsored by CSS Homeward Bound from the title position. Ten schools, divided in two groups of five each, were contesting for the top prize.

The draw for the Under-16 students’ tournament was held at the Shangrila hotel in Dubai.

Dubai International Academy, GEMS Modern Academy, Our Own High School, English Language School and HH Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum Pakistani School were drawn in Group A while the Elite English School, Arab Unity School, Indian High School, Delhi Private School (Dubai) and The Winchester School were placed in Group B.

The inter-school cricket tournament has CSS Homeward Bound as the main sponsor. The event is supported by Smart Bag, Petrotech, MyCricket.ae and AreaSqft.com among others.

The Press conference was attended by Walid Bukhatir, Chairman of the Domestic Cricket Development Committee, Mazhar Khan of the Emirates Cricket Board among other dignitaries. CSS Group was represented by Suku Sudhakaran, General Manager CSS Homeward Bound, Syed Zeeshan, General Manager CSS Homeward Bound and G Unnikrishnan, Marketing & Corporate Communications Head for CSS group.

CSS Sponsors India Club UAE Open Badminton Tournament

The 37th edition of the India Club UAE Open Badminton tournament got off to a colourful start with a record 595 participants in the men’s, ladies’, boys’, girls’ and veterans’ categories.

The competition is spread across 26 categories and the event has broken last year’s record of 560 entries in the same number of categories.

The tournament, which has been held every year since 1978, was inaugurated by Anurag Bhusan, Consul General of India to Dubai, Dr Ram Buxani, Chairman of the India Club, trustee board member Sunil Singh and Dr Nilanjan Chattopadhayay, Chairman of the School of Business at Manipal University in Dubai. CSS Group is the co-sponsor for this tournament and is pleased to be associated with India Club over the years for its sporting events.

“The India club badminton tournament is one that is rooted in the tradition of the club, and has become a vital part of the community as a whole. CSS Group is proud to be associated with India Club, which has given so much to the Asian community here in the UAE, since its inception. On behalf of the CSS Group we would like to wish all the players in the tournament the best of luck,” added Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group. All matches are being played in the 21-points format in line with the rules and regulations of the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Each player is restricted to participating in only three events in a bid to create opportunities for more players to make excel. Matches are also being conducted in a separate pool for special needs students from SNF Development Centre and Dubai Autism Centre. There is also a separate pool for blue collar workers. The finals are scheduled for June 20, with cash prizes, trophies and gift hampers worth a total of more than Dh50,000 up for grabs.

A Cricket Treat for the Eyes

KPL Dubai Teaser season 3 turns out to be a brilliant bat and ball game

Nobody expected such a stunning performance, when KPL team owners XI invited the team formed by the cast and crew of the famous Malayalam movie hit 1983 branded by the Concord ventures Group. Both team played professionally at the Sevens ground on the Al Ain road in Dubai. Concord ventures group team 1983 put up a formidable score of 152 as per the T20 standards, when they batted first. Some brilliant shots from actors like Kunchacko Boban and Madan Mohan helped 1983 team to put up a challenging score in front of the experienced KPL team owners XI.

Neeraj Ramamurthy, owner of Wayanad Highlanders, and Shiva Pagarani, owner of Thrissur Dynamites, bagged two wickets apiece, while Farwaz of Kasargod Leopards chipped in with one wicket. The 1983 team scored 152 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs. The KPL team made the chase looks easy, thanks to a brilliant opening partnership of 82 between Zamin Jaleel of Kannur Veerans and Biju Nair of Trivandrum Royals. Jaleel hit seven boundaries and scored 40 off 22 deliveries, while Biju scored 35 off 24 balls with five hits to the fence.

Madan sent back both openers as the KPL team lost three wickets in quick succession with the score reading 84 for three. But Qais Farooq of Calicut Zamorins played a crucial knock of 24 while Nashwan S chipped in with a useful 18. Neeraj remained unbeaten on 10 as the owners’ team reached their target in 18.4 overs.

KPL Brand ambassador and super star Suresh Gopi and celebrity guest Narain were also present to cheer up the crowd.

KPL directors Paul T Joseph, T S Kaladharan, CTK Nazir, Thomas C Philip and Ajith Thayyil presented the prizes for the winners after the match.

KPL PRESS CONFERENCE

Prior to the teaser match in Dubai, the KPL Management committee and the 1983 movie crew jointly conducted a press conference both in Cochin & Dubai.

The media packed press meet in Cochin was held at Holiday Inn which was attended by Actors Nivin Pauly, Anoop Menon, and Director Abrid Shine on behalf of Movie 1983 and T.S. Kaladharan (Chairman, CSS Group), Ajit Thayyil (Director, Space Max Contracting LLC), Paul Joseph (Managing Director, AAA Group) and Sridhar (MD, Concord venture Group) on behalf of KPL Dubai. BCCI member and KCA president T C Mathew also attended the function.

In Dubai the press conference conducted at The India Club on the 09th April was attended by Actors Suresh Gopi, Nivin Pauly and Joju George on behalf of Movie 1983 and T.S. Kaladharan (Chairman, CSS Group), Arjun Bose (Director, CSS Abudhabi & Owner, Alleppey Ripples team) Paul Joseph (Managing Director, AAA Group) and Sridhar (MD, Concord venture Group) on behalf of KPL Dubai.

About KPL (Kerala Premier League)

The first of its kind T20 Cricket in UAE – Asian Cricketing with Middle Eastern seasoning! A total of 14 Glorious Teams named with 14 Districts from Kerala. Each team consists of a minimum of 3 players preferable from the respective districts of Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talent with one player under the age of 22 and maximum of 2 overseas players. KPL Dubai is the biggest ASIAN sporting event providing you with the opportunity to be known to and reach, one of the largest communities in the region.

After the super hit Indian Premier League and in consideration of the 4.5 million Asian populations in the UAE – the highest number among all expats, Kerala Premier League Dubai was formed under the guidance and support from the Dubai Cricket Council, and the generous patronage from the sponsors and the cricket loving community in Dubai. KPL successfully completed 2 seasons of cricketing festival in Dubai and is now entering the third season with a bang. A team of successful businessmen with passion for sports supported by experienced professional advisors formed the KPL DUBAI.

The KPL Dubai management expressed their sincere gratitude to the team members of 1983 Movie led by Abride Shine, and consisted of actors like Nivin Pauly, Joju, Gregory, Saiju Kurup and Kalabavan Prajod and the celebrity guests, Kunchacko Boban, Naraine, Martin Prakkat and Sugeeth who were present for the event. A special thanks to DJ Kips and Riyaz for their live performance at the venue.

See You in Majorca

CSS GROUP TO BE REPRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL PORSCHE GOLF CUP WORLD FINAL


Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development, CSS, won the Porsche owners Golf Cup Dubai recently held at the Emirates Golf Club Course. The tournament saw Dinnadge securing a sought-after spot in one of the five individual categories qualifying for the amateur tournament in the Mediterranean.

The 2014 Porsche Golf Cup Dubai was hosted by Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles LLC, the sole distributor for Porsche in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. All five winners of the individual categories are entitled to participate in the Porsche Golf Cup World Final and will be joined by hundreds of finalists from other qualifying tournaments organized by Porsche Centres around the world. The Porsche Golf Cup World Final will take place later this year in Majorca, Spain and CSS’ own Ken Dinnadge will represent the Handicap player’s category.

He won the overall net men’s (0-18- handicap) tournament with an outstanding net 70 two under par.

CSS Group congratulates him on the victory and wishes him continued success for the Porsche Golf Cup World Final.

Cricketing Veterans

Kerala Overseas Cricketers (KOC) recent Kerala trip concluded in grand manner by winning all 3 matches held at Cochin. The cricket tournament was named, FRIENDSHIP CUP and as the name affirms, it was truly a friendship tournament in which majority of the yesteryears players participated whole heartedly. Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) rightly acknowledged the tournament by sending their officials to witness the great felicitation program held on the 11th  of January 2014 at NM Royal County, Tripunithura, Cochin.

KOC felicitated Kerala Cricket Association President T.C. Mathew for his recent induction into the BCCI, Sanju V. Samson for his elite performance in IPL and Under 19 Indian Team and V.A. Jadish, who got selected for Indian A team recently.

Great deal of cohesion and warmth were visible amongst the players during the matches.  The players from both KOC and KYV (Kerala Young Veterans) were really enthusiastic in meeting up their friends after a long gap which was evident during the felicitation program. However, the fighting spirit was not drained by friendship, which was evident in all matches.

The real highlight of the Friendship cup was that KOC were able to put up a great show with some brilliant individual performances which has paved the way for victories in all 3 matches.

KOC Captain CTK Usman Kutty led from the front by showing real all-round skill in all departments. In the second match, he pulled off a stunning diving catch, combined with brilliant bowling performance, eventually proved to be very crucial for KOC’s victory. All matches were ended up as close finish in which the last match went up to the wire. KOC batsman, Shaji Balan took the challenge with a stunning last ball six. Nevertheless, KYV team gave KOC a tough fight till the end in which the fortunes were ever changing.

Both KOC & KYV players exchanged mementos as a mark of their true love & friendship. It was really an emotional moment for all the participants. In the end, KOC promptly acknowledged and thanked for the great Coordination work done by Kerala Young Veterans Team management, especially Sunil Kumar (SBT) and Mohammed Afsal (UAE Exchange) for making this tournament happen without much hassle. CSS Group were the sponsors for the KOC Team

KOC Team members: Usmankutty CTK, Haneesh babu, Fida Asghar, Mashood CTK, Prajith, Ali CCO, Manoj Menon, Reji Mohan, Naufal Pilackandy, Shajil Balan, Hareesh M Haridas, Anantharaman, Balajee, Biju, Noushad, Jaleel.

Sweating Out for A Noble Cause

CSS Mumbai team sweated out for a good cause on 16th February 2014.

That was the day when the Hiranandani Thane half marathon was held. The 2014 HTHM which was held under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India, had two categories – Half Marathon – 21.097 km and the Green Run – 7 km.

CSS Mumbai led by Jairam KR, Director CSS India had a team of 20 runners for this event. Many of them were experienced with other marathons as well. The race has twin objectives. Firstly the registration fee collected from participants was donated to a charitable institution doing social work. The amount collected through registrations during the last race was donated to Ruhi – an NGO associated with Tata Memorial Hospital who helps in treating cancer in children.

This year they are supporting Mumbai Mobile Creches – an NGO providing shelters to construction workers children at the construction sites and Jaipur foot (BMVSS), the world’s largest organization serving the disabled. This NGO provides all its assistance including artificial limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances totally free of charges. The race also takes up a cause in the social sphere every year. This year the organisors have chosen the cause of the national sport of India, Hockey.

Hockey as a sport has a glorious history in India. The national game was once the national pride. Hockey announced India’s presence on the world stage with victories at six successive Olympics.  But today, very few play hockey and the same is being neglected in the country. Supporting this cause is to create how so ever small mind share and heart share for the national sport among people at large.

The route for the run had been carved out amid picturesque Hiranandani Estate-Brahmand-Upvan Lake-Vartaknagar and back.  According to the organizers, 100 top winners will be given hockey sticks and balls to promote the game. Besides, schools with a good number of participants will also be presented hockey kits. The event is recognized by Athletics Federation of India.

By being a part of this event, CSS Mumbai has shown its commitment to social causes and shows how important is fitness in an organization for supporting a healthy work culture.

Sports @ CSS

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, Chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend in support of diabetes awareness was held at the American University in Dubai (AUD) on September 27th, 2013.

Hassan Haji, Public Relations Officer (PRO), CSS Dubai, was amongst the referees for the match and was elected as head basketball referee for the celebrity match which included local and international celebrities coached by basket ball superstar Kobe Bryant. An American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 15-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. As of March 2013, he ranks third and fourth on the league’s all-time postseason scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists, respectively.  CSS Group has been active in promoting sports and cultural activities amongst employees and Hassan’s participation as head referee was indeed a proud moment for CSS to be part of such an internationally recognized event.

UAE Open Badminton Tournament

CSS ASSOCIATE AS CO-SUPPORT SPONSOR



The 36th edition of the India Club – India Bulls UAE Open Badminton Tournament commenced on Monday, 20th May 2013 and concluded on Friday June 14th, 2013 at the India Club, Dubai.  The tournament was first inaugurated in the year 1978.

H.E. M. K. Lokesh, The Indian Ambassador to UAE, H. E. Khaled Al Kamda, Director General, Community Development Authority, Dr. Omar Muthanna, CEO, Community Development Authority and Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman, India Club inaugurated the tournament.

This year, the Tournament comprised of 26 categories as against 14 categories in the previous year. To encourage and promote badminton amongst youngsters, various categories under age groups 8 yrs to 18 yrs have been included.  Due to popular demand, Masters and Super Veteran categories were reintroduced.

The finals of the tournament occurred on Friday, June 14, 2013 whereby cash prizes, trophies and gift hampers amounting to more than AED 50,000/- were the highlight of the prestigious “India Club – India Bulls UAE Open Badminton Tournament 2013”.

“As co-support sponsor, CSS Group is extremely proud to be associated with India Club and the prestigious UAE Open Badminton Tournament.  Our partnership with India Club grows stronger year on year and we are delighted to be a long standing supporter and sponsor for this tournament,” added, Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Group.

Dubai-based Mohammed Munawer and Indian Olympian Valiyaveetil Diju stole the show at the India Club on Friday as they shared the accolades on the final day of the 36th edition of the Indiabulls UAE Open Badminton Tournament.

On a day that showcased contrasting talents from the 18-year-old Munawer to the 32-year-old veteran Diju, the young teenager, who featured in all three finals in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, won the men’s singles title, while Diju bagged top honours in doubles and mixed doubles.

“I was born and brought up in Dubai. I started performing better since last year. I’m from Kerala and there I’m ranked under-19 No1 and men’s singles No1,” added Munawer.

Diju, on the other hand, a doubles specialist who represented India in mixed doubles at the London 2012 Olympics, enjoyed his second appearance at the tournament here in Dubai and was thrilled to soak up the crowd support.

Highlights of the 2013 Tournament

  • The tournament was inaugurated on Monday, 20th May 2013.
  • On an average 25 matches were played daily for 24 days.
  • A record number of 143 matches were played on two weekends, Fridays, 24th May & 7th June.
  • Daily crowd: Approx 300 including Club Members/Badminton Players/ Guests.
  • In all the 26 categories, 559 entries were received.
  • A total number of 533 matches were played throughout the tournament (the highest ever for India Club on record).
  • Players from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Hungary, Iran, Lithuania & Jordan took part in the tournament besides the local Indian & Pakistani expats residing in the UAE.
  • The Badminton Committee comprised of A. K. Prakashan, Manoj Mathews, Wales Thomas & Anil Mohan.
  • A team of 25 Officials were also set up for the tournament.
  • This tournament started in the early 1978.

 

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples in KPL Dubai Season 2

“SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples with the power and pride of Devas Chundan for KPL Dubai Season 2”

In the presence of CSS, KPL, Dubai Cricket Council, and Media dignitaries, Season 2 of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples and its coaching staff were officially launched and inaugurated at Tharavad Restaurant- (Tharavad by its meaning is known as “HOME”) at the Fortune Plaza Hotel-Dubai. Speaking at the team launch, Chairman and Owner of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples, TS Kaladharan commented on the sponsorship and Season 2 of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples, “We are enthusiastic for Season 2 of KPL Dubai and we are privileged to have such wonderful sponsors and support not only from the corporate industries but from our fan base as well. We welcome everyone to come out and support the team during their matches.”

This year, the team is co-sponsored by SPACE International Group and CSS Group. Representing SPACE International Group, Mr. Ajit, Regional Director commented on Season 2, “I am honoured to be partnered with SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples for Season 2 of the Kerala Premier League and am excited about the upcoming season.  The team looks even stronger in Season 2 and I am sure they will be extremely competitive in all of their matches.”

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples support sponsors are Almarai who provided food sampling stations and refreshments of their first class products to SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples players and supporters for all of their matches during season

Paaroo’s Fashions and Kala Fashions who sponsored team uniforms of the highest quality and fabrics which included branded t-shirts, hats and jackets.

The official caterer for SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples Season 2 was Tharavad Restaurant serving a unique combination of spices from the kitchen of Indian, Chinese and Continental flavors within the best Traditional Kerala.

The format of each team consists of a minimum of 3 players from Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talents, with one player under the age of 22 and a maximum of 2 overseas players. The combination of players in each team and overseas players are decided by the team owners.

For season 2, the team included Sri Lankan International renowned All Rounder Dilhara Loukuhettige, UAE National Cricket team All Rounder Fayyaz Ahmed, UAE National Cricket team Wicket-Keeper Shakoor Ahmed and the UAE National Cricket team Under 19 Captain Chirag Suri.

In the first match of the KPL Dubai Season 2 cricket tournament, SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples were surprisingly defeated by Concord Ventures Palakkad Harvestors.

In the second match, SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples beat Calicut Zamrins Supported by du by 6 wickets and the Man of the Match was Abdul Shakoor for his impressive 48 runs from 29 balls while posting 8 x 4’s and 1 x 6.

After losing the first game of the tournament and winning the second game, SPACE- CSS Alleppey Ripples continued their impressive winning streak by posting a 6 wicket victory over Thumbay Kasargod Leopards. The man of the match was once again Shakoor culminating a remarkable display of cricket with 82 runs from 44 balls, 14 x 4’s and 1 x 6.

In their fourth match, SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples won by posting an astounding score of 193 for 4 in 20 overs against Phoenix Medicine Kollam Kernals. Man of the match honours were shared by the winning side teammates, Fayyaz Ahmed & Baber Malik.

With a record of 3 wins and 1 loss, SPACE-CSS Alleppey needed a victory in their final game by a strong run rate and they did just that by defeating Dunes Cusine-Kannur Veerans with an extraordinary score of 206 for 7 in 20 overs. Man of the Match honours went Haji Irfan who recorded 86 runs from 37 balls with 5 x 4’s and 5 x 6’s. With this victory there was a tie for 2nd place in Group A with SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples coming out on top with a stronger Net RR of 0.801 advancing them the Semi Finals of KPL Dubai Season 2 to be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

All matches proved to be exhilarating whereby the batting and fielding of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples showcased by the entire team were unstoppable.

In one of the most high-profile match of the tournament, the semi final between   SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples and Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Groupp- the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Despite unpredictable weather conditions leading up to the game and during the course of the game SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples team fought hard to maintain their fielding and bowling as Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group posted 142 for 7 in 20 overs from an extremely well balanced bowling attack from SPACE-CSS. Kamran and Fayyaz Ahmed both led the charge with 2 and 3 wickets respectively.

During the batting from SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples the game went into the early hours of the morning due to a rain delay, a nail biting match that had onlookers on the edge of their seats.

The SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples team fought hard to maintain their runs during the course of the match; however due to some extremely good bowling and fielding from the Thrissur Dynamites Yogi Group, SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples succumbed to defeat, by 4 runs short of a victory.

With the tournament now concluded we would like to congratulate the entire SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples Team, Coaching Staff, CSS Senior Management, sponsors and all of the CSS Group staff and their families who came out to support the team during this tournament.
Your support and positive attitudes is highly appreciated and we look forward to another season of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples-KPL cricket.

On behalf of the Chairman and Senior Management of CSS Group and SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples, we would like to take this opportunity and thank the Management team of KPL Dubai and the Dubai Cricket Council for a well-organized cricket ournament/festivities.  The dedication of your team and everyone involved is highly appreciated and brings value added attention to the game of cricket not only in the GCC, but worldwide.

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples are excited for the coming seasons of the Kerala Premier League and our investment in the team shows the continuous support towards the sporting fraternity of the United Arab Emirates offering first class facilities for all sporting events.

BTL Desert Challenge CSS’s VP Business Development Ken Dinnadge Wins Again!

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club hosted the “BTL Race to Dubai”, in conjunction with Bengal Tiger Line; this event was the culmination of the 2012 BTL Golf Global Tour.

The BTL Golf Tour comprised of six regional events, which took place at locations around the world including Colombo, Taipei, Seoul, Hamburg, Singapore and finally Dubai.

The Dubai tournament attracted 72 top players with over 120 guests for the post tournament dinner all representing the Maritime industry. Visitors came from as far afield as Germany, South East Asia, Hong Kong and the Indian Sub Continent. Teams of four competed in the event, and the overall best gross and best net teams were crowned champions with scores of 72 and 64 respectively.

1st Net – BTL Desert Challenge Champions with 72 gross / 49.6 net  Ken Dinnadge – Team Consolidated Shipping Services!

Ken Dinnadge VP CSS, Shiv Prakash VP Evergreen, Pushpraj Nadar – Perpect International Tobias Westen – Grand Hyatt

1st Gross with 64 Ishwar Jodha – Triple Crown Logistics Henna Jodha – Triple Crown Shipping Abdul Meeran – Prestige Group Ashok Ahuja – Inchcape Shipping

Novelty prizes also went to Heena Jodha and JK Park (Sharaf) and the longest drives were won by Henna Jodha and Ruben Gnanalingam (West Ports Malaysia)

Bengal Tiger Line have their headquarters in Singapore and have built their Common Feedering business in the Gulf over the last decade.

Commenting on the tournament and his second consecutive victory, Ken said, “I am extremely delighted to be part of this event having won it last year in 2011. This was an excellent shipping event golf tournament attended by some very good players from oversees as well as locally. CSS being part of this is very much appreciated and to be winners 2 years consecutively is even better!”

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples In KPL Season 2

Following the huge success of its first season, KPL Dubai has announced the start of KPL Dubai Season 2.

The KPL Dubai Season 2 T20 Cricket Tournament will be held from November 2nd, 2012 until December 2nd, 2012 at the Dubai Sports City Stadium / ICC GCA Grounds under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council.

KPL Dubai is an event incepted to ignite the regional fire of cricket with around 3.5 million Asians here in the UAE and the game is formed in such a manner that there will be presence of all cricket playing nationalities in the game.

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples will be in Group A for Season 2 of the KPL Dubai.  The official draw took place during a press conference held at the India Club Dubai on October 23rd, 2012 to launch Season 2 of the League. This year’s format will be 6 teams in Group A, and 6 teams in Group B.

The format of each Team consists of a minimum of 3 players from Kerala in a playing XI and the remaining from local talents, with one player under the age of 22 and a maximum of 2 overseas players. The combination of players in each team and overseas players are decided by the Team Owners.

Building on the momentum of a successful inaugural season, SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples looks towards a winning Season 2. This year, the team is Co-sponsored by SPACE International Group and CSS Group. Representing SPACE International Group, Mr. Ajit, Regional Director commented on Season 2, “I am honoured to be partnered with SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples for Season 2 of the Kerala Premier League and am excited about the upcoming season.  The teams looks even stronger in Season 2 and I am sure they will be extremely competitive in all of their matches.”

SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples support sponsor is Almarai who will be arranging a food sampling station and refreshments of their first class products to SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples players and supporters for all of their matches.

Commenting on the sponsorship and Season 2 of SPACE-CSS Alleppey Ripples, Chairman T S Kaladharan said, “We are enthusiastic for Season 2 of KPL Dubai and we are privileged to have such wonderful sponsors and support not only from the corporate industries but from our fan base as well. We welcome everyone to come out and support the team during the matches and we look forward to hoisting the trophy this year.”

KPL Dubai brand ambassadors are Kerala Film superstar, Bharat Suresh Gopi, Indian cricket icon, S. Sreesanth and the glamorous actress Bhama. The prize money for the winners of this tournament is Dh 185,000 — the highest prize to be offered to a domestic team.

Prize Money Details:

First Prize – 1 winner
Second Prize – 1 winner
Man of the Match – 32 winners
Man of the Final – 1 winner
Best All Rounder – 1 winner
Best Bowler – 1 winner
Best Batsman – 1 winner
Best Wicketkeeper – 1 winner
Best Fielder – 1 winner
Catch of the Tournament – 1 winner
Max Sixes in the Tournament – 1 winner
Most Entertaining Player – 1 winner
Promising Youngster – 1 winner
Total Prizes Valued at AED 185, 000

For further information, please visit:
www.alleppeyripples.com      www.espaceuae.com  www.almarai.com     www.kpldubai.com  
www.cssgroupsite.com

Alleppey Ripples C/O Consolidated Shipping Group,
PO Box 27802, Dubai,

UAE, Tel: +97143248884,                          Fax: +97143249994. www.alleppeyripples.com.

Ver voce no Rio

London Olympics concluded on the 12th August, at the Olympic stadium. The event was officially known as “A Symphony of British Music”. There was an estimated 750 million global audience to watch this splendid function, and finally the flag was handed over to the next hosting city of Rio De Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics. Mayor Eduardo Paes received the Olympic Flag, via Jacques Rogge, from London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Rio de Janeiro commonly referred to simply as Rio is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, making it the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world. Rio de Janeiro has become a home of a World Heritage Site named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea,” as granted by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 in the category Cultural Landscape.
Rio de Janeiro represents the second largest GDP in the country (and 30th largest in the world in 2008), and is the headquarters of two major Brazilian companies – Petrobras  and Vale, and major oil companies and telephony in Brazil, besides the largest conglomerate of media and communications companies in Latin America, the Globo Organizations.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, beautiful  beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.

Some facts about 2016 Olympics

  • The Rio 2016 logo was designed based on four pillars: contagious energy, harmonious diversity, exuberant nature and Olympic spirit.

  • The bidding process for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games was officially launched on May 16, 2007.

  • Four candidate cities were chosen for the shortlist on June 4,2008: Chicago,  Madrid,  Rio de Janeiro, and  Tokyo.

  • President Obama was the first American president to make an in-person appeal for a bid city and first lady Michelle Obama had also come to lobby I.O.C. members for votes. King Juan Carlos of Spain and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan also came to work on behalf of Madrid and Tokyo.

  • Chicago’s bid leaders had worked for nearly four years and spent close to $50 million to bring the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time in 20 years.

  • On October 9, 2009 the IOC voted to include rugby sevens and golf on the program for the Games in Rio. Mr. Antony Scanlon, executive director of International Golf Federation told that the top players, including Tiger Woods and Annika Sörenstam, would show their continued support of golf’s Olympic involvement by participating in the events.

  • In May 2012, the International Sailing Federation announced that windsurfing would be removed from the 2016 Olympic sailing programme and replaced by kitesurfing.

Badminton

CSS- India Club UAE Open

K. Nanda Gopal gave his reputation as one of upcoming talents of Indian badminton a big boost with a double crown at the India Club UAE Open badminton tournament played at the India Club. He walked away with the men’s super league singles crown and then the doubles title, partnering B. Sumeeth Reddy.

Twenty-one-year-old Gopal is a product of the P. Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad and is ranked India’s No 5. He produced a sterling performance in the final to down K. Ajay Kumar 21-19, 21-7.

Kumar is also from the same academy and is ranked No.18 in India. Kurmar started strongly in the first set and raced and was leading by five points, when Gopal lifted his game and clinched the set. In the second set, Gopal was in full flow and wrapped up the set with little effort to prove that he is the worthy winner of the title.

Inspired by his singles’ title win, Gopal then joined Sumeeth Reddy to down Indonesia’s Didi Purwanto and Bahrain’s Jaffer E. Jaffer Ebrahim in the men’s doubles final. Gopal and Reddy won 21-16, 21-14. Incidentally, Ebrahim is one of the most outstanding talents in the Middle East. More than 500 players contested the tournament. Co-support Sponsor, CSS Group was represented by Susanth Shekar, HR Manager, CSS gave away the prizes to the winners of the tournament.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOURNAMENT

  • The tournament was inaugurated on Monday,14th May 2012.
  • On an average 25 – 27 matches were played daily for 23 days.
  • A record number of 135 matches were played on two weekends, Fridays, 18th& 25th May and 40 matches were played on a weekday, Sat., 26th May.
  • Daily crowd: Approximately 300 including Club Members/Badminton Players/ Guests.
  • In all the 14 categories, 481 entries were received.
  • A total number of 485 matches were played throughout the tournament (so far highest ever on India Club records).
  • All the matches were played under the new WBF 21 point-scoring format.
  • Players from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesian, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Germany, United Kingdom, Bahrain, China, Syria, Belgium & Denmark took part in the tournament besides the local Indian & Pakistani expats residing in the UAE.
  • The Badminton Committee comprised of A. K.Prakashan, Kishore Setpal, Anil Mohan.
  • A team of 25 Officials were also set up for the tournament.
  • This tournament started in the early 1978.
  • International & Olympic Umpire, Apinder Sabharwal umpired the super league matches.
  • H. E. Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India, Dubai spoke on the occasion.
  • Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman, India Club also spoke on the occasion.