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Consolation win for South Africa

first_imgCENTURION, South Africa (AP): England crumbled to 101 all out and their second-lowest score ever in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs yesterday, ending a hugely successful tour on a sobering low point. Continuing on 52-3, England lasted barely an hour on the final day at SuperSport Park, as their last seven batsmen were fired out in just over 13 overs, mainly down to another supreme display by young South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “This week has shown us that if you’re not absolutely 100% on it … you just can’t compete,” England captain Alastair Cook said. Still, England had already won the series with a 2-0 lead ahead of the final Test and will celebrate a first victory over South Africa in 11 years. The context of the loss was that the game in Centurion was a dead rubber, and England were reaching the end of a long and rugged tour. Over the last month, England beat South Africa convincingly in two games on their home soil, and dominated long periods of the drawn second Test in Cape Town. South Africa chased down their consolation win desperately, having sustained a rare home series loss, been knocked off the top of the Test rankings, and been the target of sometimes fierce criticism by their fans and media commentators. Rabada’s 6-32 in England’s brief second innings, and his 13 wickets in the Test, confirmed the relief of a first victory for the former No. 1 team in their last 10 Tests, since they beat West Indies in early January 2015. “Tough times are part of the game. And it’s a part of individual careers,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “I never felt it was panic stations.” The 20-year-old Rabada became only the third South African to take 13 wickets in a Test, and his match figures of 13-144 were the second-best ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.last_img read more

Empowering women tops agenda for International Women’s Day event

first_imgWith the observance of International Women’s Day just a few days away, an entity named Conversations with Selwyn (CWS), in collaboration with Red Entertainment, will be hosting an event at the Marian Academy to recognise the importance of women in society, the need to honour them, as well as to inspire the younger generation of today.The event will feature inspiring women, among whom are Sherry Ann Dixon, a lecturer with vast expertise in areas such as confidence-building and assertiveness. She is also a beauty specialist, radio presenter, and the managing director of Dixon Consultancy.Another inspirational speaker would be the Editor-in-Chief of The Network Journal, Rosalind Mc Lymont, a former International Trade reporter and the first female managing editor of The Journal of Commence.There would also be in attendance Dr Asante Leblanc, a General Practitioner and certified medical herbalist; Lady A Anande Trotman-Joseph, a Guyana-born lawyer; and Dr Samantha Tross, who will all deliver remarks on the celebration of International Women’s Day 2018.International Women’s Day will be celebrated on March 8, 2018 under the theme “Time is now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. The women selected will share their knowledge, and seek to empower many young women of Guyana.last_img read more

RDC slams poor sanitation at Chinese restaurants in Berbice

first_imgThe poor state of sanitation at some Chinese restaurants along the Corentyne Coast was discussed at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) on Thursday last.The washroom facility at one of the restaurantsHead of the Regional Health Committee, Zamal Hussain, has said health is of paramount importance to the residents of Region Six.Addressing the issue of the restaurants, Alliance for Change (AFC) Regional Councillor Gobin Harbhajan said many of these restaurants are situated on the lower flats of buildings which have vacant upper flats, where in most instances bats dwell.According to Harbhajan, the restaurant owners could be seen in the mornings sweeping up bat dung before they open for business.Guyana Times visited restaurants along the Corentyne and found what appeared to be bat dung swept up and left in a corner at some restaurants.According to Harbhajan, he has raised the issue with Regional Environmental Health Officer Marvin Dindial. He revealed that a restaurant at Bush Lot Village had been closed for unhealthy practices, but, twelve hours later, it was reopened.The operator of that restaurant told this publication that he had been told to clean the inside and surroundings of the restaurant, and he did just that before reopening.“I wipe out inside and spray the grass,” the Chinese national said.Harbhajan told the RDC that many of the restaurants do not have running water connected to their wash rooms.The interior of one of the Chinese restaurants in Berbice“They have two bottles with water for you to wash your hands if you have to use the washroom,” he explained.In another restaurant, a drum with water which had turned green was situated in front of the restaurant; and there was an open urinal a few feet away.That restaurant owner said the water was not for washing hands. According to the woman, the water in the drum is used to clean the urinal.The woman acknowledged that it was weeks since rain had last fallen, and thus the water had become discoloured. At the same restaurant, the operator showed this publication a stand pipe which she said was to facilitate persons with water to wash their hands.She then turned on the tap to prove that there was running water. Below that tap was a drain which was infested with maggots.More than eighty percent of the restaurants visited do not have washroom facilities for females.Regional Environmental Health Officer Marvin Dindial told this publication that the department is finding it difficult to get Chinese restaurateurs on the Corentyne to comply with standard regulations.According to him, his department does not have the authority to close any restaurant.“We can only seize their utensils and make recommendations. Sometimes when we seize (the utensils) they go and get other utensils and continue operation,” Dindial disclosed.He said the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) have a role to play.Dindial disclosed that constant visits to some restaurants and training which his department has been providing on a monthly basis have resulted in some Chinese restaurants upgrading their operations.The Environmental Officer said he is hoping that, over time, all of the restaurants would improve their standards, so they can serve the public more effectively.Harbhajan has asked the RDC to use its power to ensure that those restaurants which operate in unsanitary conditions be made to close their operations, but Husain has said it is not just an issue for the Regional Health Committee to address.“The health standards at these particular areas should be looked at, because we are having some serious issues with the placement of the toilets…,” Harbhajan has charged.While accepting some amount of blame as head of the Regional Health Committee, Husain has promised that, together with the Regional Environmental Health Department, systems will be put in place at all restaurants in Region Six. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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ABE Diplomats commits to aiding free and fair elections

first_imgIn a joint statement, the United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, and the European Ambassador, Fernando Ponz Cantó said they have taken note of the March 02, 2020 date for the hosting of General and Regional Elections in Guyana.The ABE Diplomats also expressed their government’s commitment to extending aid for the hosting of free and fair elections.See full statement below:The United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana, H.E. Greg Quinn and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, H.E. Ambassador Fernando Ponz Cantó joint statement on the announcement of an Election Date.The United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union note the President’s announcement of a firm election date of 02 March, 2020. It is now essential to ensure free and fair elections which we are pleased to support with elections assistance and monitoring along with other colleagues in the international community.last_img read more

Balotelli wants to be a celebrity NOT a footballer! Di Canio delivers damning view on Liverpool outcast

first_imgPaolo Di Canio says he would steer clear of Mario Balotelli if he was still in charge of a Premier League club and claims the striker is unlikely to ever realise his full potential.Balotelli has courted controversy throughout his career and a host of managers – Jose Mourinho and Roberto Mancini among them – have tried and failed to bring out the best in him.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers looks to have become the latest to have lost trust in the Italian just a year after the Reds splashed out £16million to secure his signature.According to Di Canio, the 24-year-old has all the tools to be a top player, but the Premier League legend believes his fellow countryman does not possess the necessary attitude or desire to make the most of his talent.Asked if he would sign Balotelli if he was managing a top-flight club, the ex-Sunderland boss said: “No. I am talking as a manager and my view on football is you need to understand what it means to play with and for your teammates.“You need to share empathy in good moments and bad moments. It doesn’t look like he is doing this.“Many managers have tried to change him. Mancini was his father in football but even he now doesn’t want him back at Inter Milan.“Mourinho understood at the beginning. He is a very good reader of players and he said that you can’t change this guy. Now he is nearly 25, he needs to change himself. He can’t rely on other people to help him.“The demons are in his brain. He is still young, physically he is strong, he is an incredible natural athlete, but he has never used his big potential.“Sometimes he thinks football is I can keep the ball, show off in some way, and then my teammates have to run for me. No. Football is sacrifice. Football is to bond with your teammates. Not off the field in a bar because you are generous. It is being generous on the pitch.“He has big potential and I hope in my heart for him that he can turn it around, but I presume it will be very difficult because he spends too much time on social network and it seems he uses football to be a celebrity – not the opposite.”last_img read more

Kobe excited about New Orleans game

first_imgUntil he was approached before Friday’s game, Kobe Bryant had not heard the news that the Lakers would be part of the NBA’s first game back in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Yet Bryant couldn’t help but flash back to the scene in September at Toyota Center in Houston, where the superstar guard played in a hurricane relief game attended by thousands of evacuees. Hands down Kwame Brown hasn’t been the most sure-handed player, already having 39 turnovers this season, and Jackson said it is a cause for mild concern. “It’s a matter of confidence, it’s a matter of over-anxiety a little bit,” Jackson said. “We want him to settle in and be comfortable out there on the floor.” Jackson also revealed that in his earliest meetings with Brown, the coach measured his hand against Brown’s. Throughout his career, Brown has been dogged with the reputation of having small hands. “I have a medium-sized hand,” Jackson said. “His hand is a little bigger than mine. So it’s not that he has small hands.” NOTABLE Steve Physioc will fill in for Joel Meyers as the play-by-play voice tonight. Meyers will miss a couple of Lakers games this month to call NFL playoff games nationally on the radio. … Forward Ronny Turiaf had eight points and six rebounds in 26 minutes Thursday night in his sixth game with the CBA’s Yakama (Wash.) Sun Kings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When we all walked in, you could feel their spirits being uplifted,” Bryant said. “Like they felt very encouraged and happy that we were there. It was just real cool to see that. “To be able to go back (to New Orleans), play a game there and be able to uplift them again, that’s special.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The league announced Thursday that it would move three Hornets games scheduled for Baton Rouge, La. including the Lakers’ game on March 8 to New Orleans. The Hornets relocated to Oklahoma City for the season in the hurricane’s aftermath. “It means a lot,” Bryant said. “We’re part of something special.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson, however, was not as enthusiastic about playing in New Orleans. He did not exactly choose the kindest words in talking about a disaster that devastated the city. “I’ll just say that hopefully they’ve drained the mud out of the building,” Jackson said, “and the termites aren’t going to eat the buildings away in between the time we get down there. “They made a good judgment probably to get this back in and revitalize sports in the town,” added Jackson, who wasn’t a proponent of moving the Hornets to New Orleans in the first place, “and that’s the important thing about it.” last_img read more

Victor Lindelof: The ‘exceptional’ centre-back to fix Man United’s defence?

first_img Victor Lindelof looks set to sign for Manchester United 1 It was a deal Jose Mourinho wanted to force over the line in January, but an agreement between both Manchester United and Benfica wasn’t reached until the weekend just gone.Mourinho may want to bring in a striker to replace the departing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the Portuguese identified United’s defence as a key area for improvement at the turn of the year following lackadaisical performances from Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. While he had hoped to improve at the back at the start of 2017, the imminent capture of Victor Lindelof certainly bolsters the United manager’s centre-back options. The Swede needs to undergo all the correct medical tests and gain international clearance before the deal can be confirmed, but that an agreement has been reached is a big step in the right direction.Despite Mourinho’s desire to improve at the back, United didn’t fare poorly in the Premier League last season by any stretch. Indeed, only Tottenham (26) conceded fewer goals than United (29).Yet, as rivals strengthen, Mourinho was aware he couldn’t continue with the likes of Smalling, Jones and Marcos Rojo as the club’s primary defensive options – even if the latter excelled before injury – alongside the impressive Eric Bailly. The Ivorian was a key man for United following his arrival from Villarreal last summer, yet finding the right partner for the 23-year-old proved remarkably tricky.In Lindelof though, Mourinho now has on his hands two centre-backs who have the means to form one of the strongest defensive partnerships in England’s top flight.Whereas Bailly does all he can to deny opponents, Lindelof is a reassuring presence who can help bring calm to the United backline where once there was chaos. The Sweden international won’t go charging into challenges to deter opponents and win the ball back for his side, but rather use his exceptional positional sense to ensure attackers don’t get the better of him.Of players to make 15+ starts in Liga NOS last season, only one was dribbled past more times per 90 than Lindelof (0.2). Ultimately, that meant he was dribbled past on just seven occasions in Portugal’s top tier last term, as attackers struggled to get the better of the young man.Of course, considering Benfica averaged more possession (59.5%) than any other Liga NOS side last season, the eventual champions were rarely tested at the back, which meant Lindelof’s defensive capabilities were not often put to the test. However, that possession figure is only marginally higher than United’s (55%), meaning he’ll go into another side comfortable with dominating opponents.While his defensive qualities will be challenged from time to time, there is no denying that Lindelof’s ability to play out from the back is up to scratch.An average of 62.2 passes per game was more than any other regular centre-back in Liga NOS last term, while Rojo (45.3) comes closest to matching that figure among United’s defenders. A success rate of 89.9% was also higher than United centre-backs and with Mourinho demanding his defenders to play the ball out from the back, it’s clear Lindelof has what is required to help transition between defence and attack. Granted, a return of 0.6 tackles per game doesn’t make for comfortable reading, but this need to dive into challenges isn’t what makes Lindelof such a good defender.1.7 interceptions per game is an improvement and highlights Lindelof’s notable ability to read the game as he looks to step forward to deny opponents. The physical side of United’s defending will be left to Bailly more than the impending arrival, similar to how it was with the formidable centre-back partnership of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.At 22 years of age, Lindelof has time on his hands to improve, and while the pressure will be on to hit the ground running in the wake of his big money switch to Old Trafford, the centre-back is accustomed to the demands of playing for one of the league’s biggest teams, both domestically and on the continent.United are far from the finished article, but Lindelof is an important piece in the jigsaw Mourinho is assembling.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL SFC: Kilcar got their championship campaign off to a great start when they powered past Gary Boyle’s Naomh Muire side in Towney.Patrick McBrearty showed his class throughout and his first-half goal sent them on their way to a comfortable win.In truth the damage was inflicted in the opening period and this game was practically over as a contest by half-time.Darragh O’Donnell got a second goal after the interval and Eoin McHugh and Mark Sweeney along with Stephen and Patrick McBrearty were very impressive for the hosts. Naomh Muire only registered a solitary point in the first-half, but improved greatly in the second-half.Naomh Muire kicked seven points after the break and Gary Boyle’s side are a talented young side who will fancy their chances of advancing into the quarter-finals of the Donegal SFC.With home matches against other group rivals Termon and Killybegs they’ll be confident of making the last eight despite the heavy defeat to Kilcar.  DONEGAL SFC: KILCAR POWER PAST CHALLENGE OF NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: May 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAkilcarnewsSportlast_img read more

Glackin is new Glenswilly senior GAA team manager

first_imgCounty Senior GAA champions Glenswilly have a new manager.Well-known club stalwart Aidy Glackin is the new manager after he was voted into the position this afternoon at the club’s AGM.Outgoing manager Michael Canning and his assistant Gary McDaid did not allow their names to go forward for the post because of work commitments. Glackin, a mature student at LYIT, has been on the senior management backroom team for a number of years.He said he was looking forward to his new role and was cherishing the challenge of retaining the Dr Maguire Cup.The club also has a new chairman in Eddie Crawford who takes over form Peter McConnell who has served in the position for the past two years.Glackin is new Glenswilly senior GAA team manager was last modified: November 20th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more