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South Africa and NZ in tense finale

first_imgDUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP):Opener Dean Elgar produced an immense effort of concentration to make 89 as South Africa, reaching 224-6, built a 191-run lead after the fourth day of the first cricket test, which New Zealand made tense with three late wickets.After achieving his highest test score of 140 in just less than seven hours in South Africa’s first innings of 308 – later surpassed by New Zealand’s 341 – Elgar batted six hours in cold, dark and difficult conditions to thwart the home side.Over those two innings, Elgar occupied the University Oval crease for 13 hours, coping with a pitch which was slow and low on the first day and which had become worn and treacherous when he batted through most of the fourth day before falling close to stumps.The left-hander seemed set to become the seventh South African to score centuries in both innings of a test before making an uncharacteristic error inside the last hour, scooping a catch from the bowling of off-spinner Jeetan Patel to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.Patel featured in New Zealand’s late rally, dismissing Elgar, then bowling Quinton de Kock (4) while fellow spinner Mitchell Santner bowled Temba Bavuma (6) to keep the match closely poised.Captain Faf du Plessis achieved his 11th test half-century and ended the day 56 not out, while Vernon Philander nervously made his way to 1 from 12 balls by stumps.Trailing on the first innings by 33 runs, South Africa began the fourth day at 38-1, with a lead of only five runs. Hashim Amla fell during the morning session for 24, leaving the Proteas 39-2, effectively 6-2 in their second innings and in danger of starting this three-match series with defeat.EVENTFUL PARTNERSHIPIt was then that Elgar’s iron will was most clearly on display. He added 74 in an eventful partnership with J.P. Duminy, then 80 for the fourth wicket with du Plessis, who was still at the crease when bad light ended play at 6.30 p.m..The elongated and disrupted day tested both teams. Play began 30 minutes late because of morning showers and players had been on the field only 20 minutes when forced off through bad light. They were absent only 10 minutes before the light improved and for the remainder of the day, the battle was more against the bitter cold than light or rain.South African-born seamer Neil Wagner shouldered a heavy burden for New Zealand, bowling 27 overs and taking 2-57 while 36-year-old off-spinner Jeetan Patel bowled 36 overs and took 2-72.Elgar took 228 minutes and 144 balls to reach his sixth test half-century, after completing his seventh century on Thursday.CHANCES SQUANDEREDDuminy’s innings of 39 highlighted the many chances New Zealand squandered yesterday. He was spared on 2 when New Zealand wastefully challenged a caught-behind refusal off Trent Boult’s bowling. On 20, New Zealand opted against a review, though replays showed Duminy would have been out lbw to Patel. He was then hit on the pads and New Zealand did review, unaware the ball had taken a thick edge.Duminy’s luck finally ran out on 39 when Wagner hit his pads, he was given out, and his own call for a review was unsuccessful.”We’re in with a chance if we can do something similar tomorrow morning, try to eke out a few wickets then chase a score,” Santer said. “The key thing is we didn’t let them get away, and that’s what we’ve got to do as well.”last_img read more

Belingon banking on support from Filipinos in Singapore in ONE unification bout

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was in that same venue where Belingon saw former ONE World lightweight champion, and Team Lakay teammate, Eduard Folayang hoist the belt as a chorus of cheers rained down from the rafters.READ: Belingon gets ONE title rematch vs Fernandes in SingaporeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was there when Eduard Folayang pulled off the unexpected against Shinya Aoki to capture the ONE World lightweight title in 2016,” said Belingon (19-5). “Filipino fans were cheering for Eduard from start to finish and the stadium erupted from the chants of countless Filipinos when he was officially crowned as the new ONE World lightweight champion.”Thousands of Filipinos live in Singapore to work and some of those have already formed families in the city-state, and these are the ones Belingon expects to give him support that could be similar to what he can receive if he fights in the Philippines. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Alvarez eyes third lightweight title, says ONE offer ‘too good to turn down’ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon may be going into neutral territory when he faces Bibiano Fernandes in their title unification bout for the ONE World bantamweight championship, but he still expects a booming response befitting of a hometown crowd.Belingon, the interim bantamweight champion, will have his rematch against the Brazilian Fernandes, the ONE World bantamweight champion, at Singapore Indoor Stadium for the ONE: Heart of the Lion card.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I expect the same support, and hopefully an even bigger turnout from Filipino fans when I challenge Bibiano,” said Belingon, who is riding a six-fight winning streak.READ: Written off at first, Folayang pens own story with ONE title winBelingon’s last fight was against Martin Nguyen for the interim strap.“Our country is known for its passionate and knowledgeable fans who never fail to show massive support for one of their own,” said Belingon.“I know how big of a following ONE Championship has from Filipino fans. I’m confident that they will flock to the stadium and show support in what would be the biggest and most important bout of my career. A huge Filipino crowd will surely help bring out an inspired performance from me as I attempt to bring the gold-plated belt back to the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

‘Economic Genocide’

first_imgThe new Third Party Insurance policy and vehicles registration scheme embarked upon by national government is being seen as a “serious economic genocide of the masses,” said the deputy secretary general of the National Patriotic Party of Liberia.Addressing a news conference Monday, March 10, in Monrovia, NPP deputy secretary general Marvin Cole described the process as a calculated plan to unleash untold suffering on the common people who are affected by government regulations and policy.He maintained that forcing private, commercial and business vehicles to get insurance registration while all government-owned vehicles are not covered is unfair.“Government vehicles should be the first category to be covered under this policy,” Mr. Cole declared.“Suppose a government vehicle hits me and is in the wrong, who takes responsibility for the damage? Attempting to enforce the law but not abiding by it is ridiculous. You who preach equity must come forward with clean hands. Laws should be created to help citizens, but it seems this new insurance policy is meant to cripple the economy. I realized that Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah, and other security officers are in streets enforcing the law, yet their vehicles are not insured.“We think this action on the part of the police amounts to an economic crime. This exercise prevents vehicles in Monrovia from transporting food to other parts of the country while vehicles from the opposite direction are denied entry into Monrovia,” Cole pointed out.“If the government who have all the resources in this country cannot be covered under this scheme; how can private cars owners go about said regulations?”The party wants government to halt and redesign the process to ensure that all government cars are signed up under this arrangement.The NPP further called on the National Road Transport Union of Liberia to stage a sit-in action demanding a restructuring of the plan.Meanwhile, many commercial drivers interviewed by the Daily Observer have expressed dismay over the US$300 fee required to sign up for the insurance scheme.One driver, Mr. Eugene Allison, described it as “extremely expensive and to the disadvantage of struggling drivers.”“Imposing such a high cost in a short period without the aid of a massive awareness campaign is counterproductive. I appeal, on behalf of Monrovia’s drivers, that more time be provided in order to allow us to generate said amount,” Allison declared.The Liberian National Police and the Ministry of Transport on March 1 began enforcing the nationwide Compulsory Third Party Insurance policy intended to have all business, private and commercial vehicles covered under the scheme. Since then, hundreds of vehicles have been grounded, leading to a major transportation crisis in the country. Commuters can be seen standing on the side of the road waiting for transportation for hours.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thank God for men of conscience!

first_imgDear Editor,Mr Charrandas Persaud, the AFC Member of Parliament has voted in favour of the no-confidence motion thus paving the way for fresh elections in three months (90 days). Now this decision of his is of major significance in that it means that he has gone against the intentions of his party, and Government on a whole. It means that he has put his life on the line since the PNC, who is the major partner in this coalition are also notorious bullies known to have been associated with very heinous, ghastly acts when dealing with those whom they consider dissidents and subversives.Already there are open calls for his lynching from persons of the likes of a “vulgar” Lawrence in this PNC-controlled, PNC-dominated Government. He knows that there might very well be a grave and morbid outcome to his yes vote.Mr Charandass is a courageous and brave man of noble character, and as he rightly said, his conscience is clear now and he voted on that aspect. I commend Mr Charandass, in fact the nation of Guyana commends you on such a noble, brave, honest and straightforward approach to the political and social situation here in Guyana. Let the nonsense of a disgraceful PNC-controlled Government stop now! Let the stranglehold of backwardness cease now! I think he would have decided in the inner sanctum of his conscience I cannot go on living a lie, I have a soul, I must be true to myself. Enough is enough this country needs to breathe again.We commend him for standing up to a bully and making that altogether giant step in doing the right thing. God bless you and will take care of you Mr Charandass.Now this is just the first hurdle, the second – and I think this is the most important of all – is the removal of the unilaterally appointed Chairman James Patterson. For anything sane and fair to be accomplished at the elections commission this guy has to vacate that position, because the PNC will use him to commit another act of fraud against the people of this country.The PPP/C in the next few weeks will be on an entreaty of the appeal court to expedite the process of the rescinding of the appointment of a handpicked GECOM Chairman. Guyana must rise again on a free and democratically elected, peace loving, progressive thinking, Government.Respectfully submitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Brassington sells IT company for US$500M

first_imgGuyanese Jonathan Brassington has sold his company, LiquidHub, one of the Philadelphia area’s information technology success stories in recent years, to a France-based consulting giant. The entrepreneur is the brother of Winston BrassingtonLiquidHub CEO Jonathan BrassingtonCapgemini, a US$15.6 billion (yearly sales) Paris-based professional-services and consulting firm, said on Monday it has purchased LiquidHub, the US$250 million (yearly sales) “digital-customer engagement” IT and business-staffing and consulting firm based in Wayne. LiquidHub, which has 2000-plus employees, counts GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross, Merck, Subaru, Vanguard, and other big employers as clients.Capgemini officials said they paid around “two times revenues” or about US$500 million. In a statement, Capgemini, which competes with Accenture, Deloitte, Infosys, and other US- and India-based firms for global IT clients, said it bought LiquidHub to acquire its “seasoned design thinkers, user-experience designers, digital architects, and analytics specialists” who “will join Capgemini’s digital teams to create, for its clients, [digital] experiences that help to attract, acquire and retain customers”.Pennsylvania taxpayers helped LiquidHub thrive in its early years: “In 2004, LiquidHub received US$100,000 through (the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s) Opportunity Grant Program and US$100,000 for job training through the Customised Job Training Program,” state spokesman Michael Gerber confirms.In exchange, LiquidHub promised to “create 83 jobs” in the state and retain 90 more, and to invest US$730,000. Then in 2010 – three years after CreditSuisse’s US$20 million investment — LiquidHub received another US$100,000 State Opportunity Grant, plus “US$312,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits for an expansion of its Tredyffrin Township facility”, in exchange for creating 104 new jobs and keeping what were by then 202 existing jobs, while also investing at least US$508,000. LiquidHub “exceeded all of these obligations”, Gerber concluded.LiquidHub owners who presumably will be enriched by the sale include founders Rob Kelley, Lee Yohannan, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brassington, three alumni of Philadelphia’s former Broadreach Consulting who started LiquidHub in 2000, and investor ChrysCapital, based in the Indian Ocean island nation and financial hub of Mauritius. CreditSuisse had led investors in raising US$20 million for the company back in 2007.ChrysCapital invested US$53 million in LiquidHub in 2015 and promised to back acquisitions worth more than US$100 million. LiquidHub later bought digital designers Foundry9 of New York and Harold Hambrose’s ElectronicInk of Philadelphia, Salesforce.com client service firms HarvestSolutions of Boston and San Francisco, and ClosedWon of Albuquerque, New Mexico. LiquidHub also bought Annik Technology Services of Bellevue, Washington, and Redkite LLC of New York, speeding the company’s rapid growth in the last three years.The deal will help sell LiquidHub’s consulting, design, and staffing services — targeting drug, financial, health insurance, and other industry solutions — to Capgemini customers, using the buyer’s “global reach” to “augment and expand our offerings”, Brassington said in a statement.Brassington moved to Pennsylvania to study maths and computer science at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, at the urging of his aunt, a Catholic nun. He later added a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania engineering school, where he is a member of the board of overseers, and has taken an active role in educational and tech promotion groups in the region.Capgemini has offices in dozens of US cities, including the Philadelphia suburb of Horsham. Capgemini has lately purchased a string of companies with North American operations that help build “compelling customer experiences” for corporate clients and their customers, including design strategy and consulting firms Idean (2017) and Fahrenheit 212 (2016). Both of those companies now operate as part of Capgemini, and each has offices in New York, San Francisco, and other US cities.LiquidHub was “a natural fit”, Capgemini Chairman and CEO Paul Hermelin said in the company’s statement. He praised LiquidHub’s “customer-centric mind-set” — and its “impressive employee retention” in an industry where staff more often is highly mobile, reflecting what is often a project-oriented focus.Capgemini said it expected to finish the purchase in “the next couple of months.” (The Inquirer)last_img read more

Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season ‘impossible’

first_img0Shares0000Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks-off next month.EAST RUTHERFORD, United States, July 24 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out another record-breaking Premier League campaign, warning fans that a repeat of last season’s feats will be “impossible.”City’s dominance in England last season was underscored by a slew of records that were set as they romped to their first league title of the Guardiola era. City became the first ever team in the Premier League to win with 100 points as well as securing the biggest title-winning margin (19 points) by scoring the most goals (106), most wins (32), most consecutive wins (18) and best goal difference (+79).Guardiola’s men broke 11 records in all but the former Barcelona coach envisages a far more difficult campaign when the action kicks-off next month.“We are not going to break any more records in the Premier League, it is impossible… it is almost impossible,” Guardiola said Tuesday ahead of his team’s International Champions Cup friendly with Liverpool in New Jersey on Wednesday.“I have to see the faces of my players in the next two weeks when they are together because we are here without 15 players. When we come back we have four or five days to prepare for [the Community Shield] against Chelsea and we are going to see their faces.“The target is win the next game and how to prepare to win the game, that is the target. The records we took last season was a consequence of what we’ve done every single day. That is the point.“If we are going to compare November, December, January, comparing the position, we are going to lose all the comparisons with what we have done last season.”Guardiola meanwhile signed a new contract in May which ties him to Manchester City until 2021 – the longest commitment he’s ever made since becoming a manager in 2008.The Spaniard knows, however, that nothing is certain.“When we decided to extend the contract, first of all I am comfortable, the second one is the club trust what we are doing,” he said.“The people at the club … know it depends on results. We have three more years contract, but the results will dictate what will happen in the future.“If we are not able to be consistent and be there to win the title. That’s the most important thing to arrive in April and May and be there for the title.“Football trainers always we are in a dangerous position.”Guardiola meanwhile said he was unfazed by the lavish spending of City’s Premier League rivals.Wednesday’s opponents, Liverpool, have splashed out £250 million ($328 million) since January in a bid to build a team capable of challenging for the title.Guardiola has only brought in £60 million Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in the close season but remains happy with the nucleus of the squad which saw him dominate the Premier League last term.“Every club does what they believe, I understand completely,” said the City manager when asked about Liverpool’s activity in the transfer market.“They are contenders to win the title, Liverpool are always a contender because of the history they have.“I am not concerned what someone says one day. If Liverpool believe they need these players for this kind of money, that’s fine. If they think it’s best for them, that’s perfect for them.“All the contenders, United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham will be stronger.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watford planning summer swoop for former Arsenal captain

first_img1 Watford are planning a summer swoop for former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.The Belgium international is currently enduring a miserable time at Barcelona and has spent this season on loan at Roma.The centre-back has failed to establish himself at the Italian side too and they have opted against signing him this summer.But, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Watford are prepared to swoop for Vermaelen when the transfer window opens.Barcelona are reportedly willing to let the 31-year-old leave on loan again in the hope he can eventually secure a permanent move.Vermaelen has plenty of experience of playing in England having previously spent five seasons at Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen has spent the season on loan at Roma having struggled to make an impact at Barcelona last_img read more

What is the Uefa Nations League and how does it work?

first_imgInternational football has undergone a transformation over the summer.The new Nations League has been introduced by Uefa and is designed to increase the competitiveness of non-qualifying games, with the first games getting underway in September. Getty FOOTBALL LATEST REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Qualification for Euro 2020 has also been affected 2 silverware MONEY BEST OF England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The new format is designed to improve international football as a spectacle How does it work?All 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues, according to their official rankings.There will be 12 teams in League A, 12 teams in League B, 15 teams in League C, and 16 teams in League D.Within these leagues, smaller groups of three or four are formed and those nations then play each other home and away.In League A, the winners of the four groups go on to play in the Nations League Finals, with two semi-finals and one final to decide which team becomes the UEFA Nations League champion.Depending on their results, teams can also be promoted and relegated to a lower or higher league. Getty What is the Uefa Nations League?The Nations League has been brought in by Uefa in an attempt to ‘improve the quality and standing of national team football’.It’s been decided that friendly games aren’t providing a strong enough lure for fans, whilst also not providing the competitive edge which you would usually find in tournaments and qualifiers.As a result, the Nations League is being introduced to sit alongside qualifying for Euro 2020 and includes 55 European sides, with the amount of meaningless friendlies dramatically reduced. ADVICE 2 Does it affect Euro 2020 qualifying?Yes – and here is where it gets a little bit complicated.Once qualification for Euro 2020 is complete, there will be FOUR places still up for grabs.The best-placed team in each group of a league, if they haven’t already qualified for the Euros after all of the qualification games, will form a four-team play-off for that division.They will then play a semi-final and a final to decide who wins each league.After those games have been played, the four teams who come out on top in each of the finals will advance to the Euros.last_img read more

CULL OF THE WILD: MINISTER PUTS BOUNTY ON THE HEADS OF DONEGAL WILD MINK

first_imgTHE Government has put up a bounty to people who kill wild mink.Donegal is to be one of the main counties where a new bounty scheme aims to control the numbers of wild mink.The Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan says a national cull of wild mink would be cost-prohibitive and is to focus efforts on the problem here and in Galway, Kerry and Mayo. Mr Deenihan said he was aware of the work of the National Association of Regional Game Councils on the issue. He added that his department had provided €20,000 to the organisation towards the payment of a bounty to hunters this year.Last year it was estimated that as many as 35,000 wild mink exist in Ireland.Minister Deenihan says the bounty will be offered to hunters as a controlled measure based on the number of mink killed.Mink found in the wild in Donegal are descended from animals escaping from fur farms. They had been breeding in the countryside since the 1950s and were now found throughout much of Ireland. Now they pose a threat to wild birds and native animals. CULL OF THE WILD: MINISTER PUTS BOUNTY ON THE HEADS OF DONEGAL WILD MINK was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CULL OF THE WILD: MINISTER PUTS BOUNTY ON THE HEADS OF DONEGAL WILD MINKlast_img read more

SOLID DONEGAL SEE OFF GALWAY IN NATIONAL LEAGUE CLASH

first_imgMac Niallais: Had a good game for DonegalDONEGAL put on another solid performance today as they travelled to Galway in National League Division 2 and come home with two more points.Colm McFadden hit a stunning goal as Donegal finished on 1-16 to 0-12.Last week Christy Toye shone and this week it was the turn of Odhran MacNiallais and Dermot Brick Molloy to show they’re not just in this Jim McGuinness squad to make up the numbers. Michael Murphy and McFadden were as solid – and as brilliant as ever – Murphy pointing some superb frees.And Karl Lacey and Paddy McBrearty also put in very good displays for their county today. But it was the same across the pitch – goalkeeper Durcan finding his range today from kick-outs…with and against the wind and Kavanagh dominant in midfield (and hopefully not injured).Leo McLoone and Martin McElhinney also put in great performances, the latter in particular.Even sub Declan Walsh – on the pitch with just a few minutes to go – hit a point. To be fair, Galway threw what they could at Donegal with Paul Conroy and Eoin Concannon showing the west could be awake again in the Championship this year.Our nearest neighbours Derry – who stand in our way in that competition – are really bubbling up. They went to Killarney today and beat a good Kerry side by two points.Cathal Mac Suibhne will have his in-depth view later this evening. SOLID DONEGAL SEE OFF GALWAY IN NATIONAL LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Division TwodonegalGalwayNational Leaguelast_img read more