first_imgRussell’s black bat is back SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): Andre Russell can resume use of a black-coloured bat during the Big Bash League. Cricket Australia said it had granted approval for the West Indies Twenty20 star to use a black-coloured bat after reviewing modifications made to the material covering the willow. “Following feedback from the match officials that the bat used by Andre in the opening night of the season left black marks on the match ball, Andre has worked with his bat manufacturer to modify the bat,” said Head of the Big Bash Anthony Everard. “A clear laminate cover has been applied to the bat which complies with regulations to ensure the ball discolouration does not occur again. “We’re now satisfied that the bat will not compromise the integrity of the game by discolouring the match ball and we have granted approval for Andre to use the bat in any future BBL matches.” Russell unveiled a black bat – a throwback to the Stanford Twenty20 Tournament in the Caribbean – for the opening match of the BBL against cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers last Tuesday. Complaints from the umpires and rivals in the game led CA to provisionally bar him from using the bat, which is trimmed with pink handle rubber and highlights, until the manufacturers can prevent it from leaving marks on the ball. Before the start of the competition, Russell had permission to use a black bat under the rules, which stipulate it must be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour – or black. Russell used a conventional bat during the Thunder’s second match last Thursday, when they lost to the Melbourne Renegades. But bat-maker Spartan has worked with Russell to solve the problem with the black bat and he posted a video to his Instagram account showing the founder of the company giving a demonstration.last_img read more

first_imgA construction worker lost his life Saturday after falling from the roof of the house he was working on at Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).Dead: Youraj SewlallDead is Youraj Sewlall, 29, of Number Nauth Village, Corentyne.Reports are the father of two and several others were constructing a house when he slipped and fell from the roof.This publication was told that when Sewlall fell he came into contract with an electric wire from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) before hitting the ground where several colleagues rushed to his assistance.He was taken to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have since questioned all the workers as investigations continue.Sewlall leaves to mourn his wife and two children.last_img read more

first_imgMid-year financial reportBY SAMUEL SUKHNANDANEven with increased production in the key traditional sectors, data compiled in the recent mid-year Finance Ministry Report has clearly showed that the economy is eroding at a fast rate.This is according to former Government Minister, Irfaan Ali, who said it thereforeOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been very critical of the APNU/AFC Government’s economic performance over the past two yearsmeans that the local Guyanese economy could experience some challenges going forward.Ali pointed out that as foreign exchange tanked, imports will become relatively expensive. “Overall, imported goods would become relatively expensive, hence stoking inflation in the process,” he contended.Ali noted that net foreign reserve plummeted from US$633 million in June 2016 to US$574 million in mid-2017; the lowest ever recorded in over seven years.“In other words, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government destroyed in two years what the PPP/C [People’s Progressive Party] took to amass in 7 years. Even more worrisome, external debt increased by US$53 million to US$1,200 million,” he added.The Opposition Member of Parliament said it is also worthwhile to mention that net foreign revenue to external debt ratio had increased from 172 per cent in mid-2016Former Minister and PPP/C Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali thinks the economy is eroding at a fast rateto 207 per cent in mid-2017.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also bashed the APNU/AFC coalition Government, saying that it remains clueless and hapless, even as the country’s economy continues on a downward spiral.The former President had also called out the Government for refusing to concede to advice and recommendations, which could in effect help to put the country back on the road to recovery.He accused the Administration of taking a laid back approach, while Guyanese continue to feel the brunt of a dilapidated economical structure.Under the PPP/C Administration, Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region. And from 2006 to 2014, Guyana’s economy experienced continuous, positive growth. This was the longest period of uninterrupted growth in the history of Guyana. The average growth rate was 4.5 per cent per annum.In 2014, the last full year of the PPP/C in office, Guyana’s GDP was US$3.1 billion. That was up from US$1.4 billion in 2006, an increase of 121.4 per cent. The country’s Gross International Reserve held at the Bank of Guyana at the end of 2014 was US$665.6 million, which was equivalent to 3.6 months of imports. It was up from US$251.4 million in 2005, an increase of 164.76 per cent.The PPP/C administration had drastically reduced the huge debt it had inherited from a previous PNC regime. And the PPP/C reduced the external debt to just 39.5% of GDP. That was also a reduction from 2006 when the debt to GDP was 71.8 percent. This has been described as a good demonstration of the prudent financial management by the PPP/C and the dynamic growth of the economy.In this year’s mid-year report, it was stated that the overall balance of payment recorded a deficit of US$46 million during the first half of 2017. According to the report, key traditional products such as sugar, timber, rice and even gold have all recorded a decline in export earnings from US$518.7 million in mid-2017 to US$503.5 million in 2016 during similar period.At the end of the reporting period, exports stood at US$685.1 million and imports at US$808.9 million. To offset this enormous deficit, Government turned their attention to the Bank of Guyana net foreign assets, where US$18.3 million was expended.last_img read more

first_imgLiberal incumbent Blair Lekstrom has done it again.Lekstrom is the returning MLA for the Peace River South. Lekstrom received roughly 63 percent of the total vote. He says he couldn’t have run without the support of his riding.[asset|aid=1368|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aef80a1b87e69fe85c469a0ac7fb3f74-Lekstrom- results reaction_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Lekstrom says he didn’t expect the STV to be voted in. He says many of his constituents did not understand the system, and were content with the First Past the Post system.Lekstrom on his victory… [asset|aid=1369|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aef80a1b87e69fe85c469a0ac7fb3f74-Lekstrom Thank You_1_Pub.mp3]While he didn’t mention specifics, Lekstrom says his first order of business is to take down the banners and balloons, and start working for his constituency.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThere was only one name on peoples lips this week. She started off at the Open in Gweedore taking not only the visitors prize, but also best dressed. The style continued with her win on Tuesday in the Donegal Printing Open with a fantastic 42 points and topped off the rest of the week by winning the August medal with 69 Nett! It was obvious to those of us who played with Bridget McClafferty over the summer, the BIG SCORE was just around the corner. Last year, there was a new driver and 3 wood added to her arsenal and this year Stephen was spotted a few times straightening her out! In her own quiet way, Bridget went about her business and was rewarded for her commitment to get it right.Many thanks to the Donegal printing Co. for their generous sponsorship on Tuesday 21st. Winner Bridget McClafferty 42 points. Runner – Up Marian O’Sullivan 38 points. Gross Mary Murray 24 gross points. 3rd Karen McGlinchey 37 points. Front 9; Tracy Spence 20 points B.O.T. Back 9; Peggy Forde 20 points. Visitor; Mairead Harkin 34 points Gweedore Golf Club.The August Medal was won by Bridget McClafferty 69 nett. Runner -Up Tracy Spence 71 nett; 3rd Cathy Marren 73 Nett. On Saturday 1st September, tee times have been reserved from 1-2pm for the very popular Past Lady Captains Prize. Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable day.The September Medal will be played on Tuesday 4th September. There will be no draw for the last medal so please choose your own partners and book online. The Lady Captains outing to Redcastle will take place on 22nd September. If you have not booked, please contact Lady Vice Captain Sandra McMonagle. One date for your diary is the Donegal Hospice Coffee Evening on the 20th September. This is always a lovely fundraiser for the hospice and all support is greatly appreciated.Junior GolfAll juniors and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an end of summer season presentation in the clubhouse on Saturday 1st September at 4.30pm.  Photo: Donegal Printing Co. Open: Left to Right back Row; Angela Bradley, Celine Bradley, Tracy Spence, Peggy Forde, Karen McGlincheyFront Row: Left to Right: Bridget McClafferty Winner, Lady Vice-Captain Sandra McMonagle, Marian O’Sullivan, Mary Murray.GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 26th, 2012 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) Tags:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club noteslast_img read more

first_img Sanchez’s challenge was nothing short of superb The tackle was so last-ditch it looked like a penalty in real time, but VAR proved it was perfectly legal. Sanchez showed his quality in this action, to the very highest.LINE-UPSSenegal: Khadim N’Diaye, Gassama, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly (Wague 74′), Sarr, Kouyate, Gueye, Mane, Balde (Konate 80′), Niang (Sakho 86′)Subs not used: Diallo, Mbengue, Mbodji, Sow, Diouf, N’Doye, Alfred N’Diaye, Ndiaye, GomisColombia: Ospina, Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Mina, Mojica, Uribe (Lerma 83′), Carlos Sanchez, Cuadrado, Quintero, Rodriguez (Muriel 31′), Falcao (Borja 89′)Subs not used: Vargas, Zapata, Murillo, Barrios, Bacca, Diaz, Izquierdo, CuadradoGROUP H TABLE 4 4 Senegal became the first team in World Cup history to fail to make it out their group due to the fair play ruling, as Colombia’s 1-0 defeat of Aliou Cisse’s side saw the South Americans through to the knockout stage as group winners, along with runners-up Japan.Yerry Mina scored the all-important goal for Colombia, who lost influential playmaker James Rodriguez early in the match due to injury. Rodriguez was forced off with an injury after just half an hour 4 4 Senegal leave Russia despite finishing level on points, goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded with Japan, who progress to the last 16 as they finished the group stage with two yellow cards fewer than the African nation.Just after the 10 minute mark, N’Diaye saved the first real opportunity of the match as Juan Quintero looked to curl a free-kick into the bottom far corner of his goal.Senegal were looking bright on the attack, and they though they had won a penalty after 17 minutes when Davinson Sanchez appeared to down Sadio Mane in the area. The referee awarded a spot kick, but after a VAR review the decision was reversed, as it was clear Sanchez completed an inch-perfect tackle to win the ball; it was perhaps the finest tackle of the entire tournament.Further chances for the Africans came without any real threat of actually finding the back of the net, and Colombia should have taken the lead midway through the half when Quintero curled in another fine free-kick, only for Radamel Falcao to head well clear of the crossbar.Colombia were dealt a blow when James Rodriguez was forced out of the match with an injury after half an hour, and the South Americans seemed somewhat shell-shocked by losing their key playmaker. They offered little going forward for the remainder of the half, and Senegal really should have taken advantage of this situation. Yerry Mina scored a powerful header to secure the win for Colombia Luis Muriel, who replaced the injured Rodriguez, started the second half in blistering fashion and was unlucky not to score, while Ismaila Sarr was posing a threat to the Colombian defence down Senegal’s right flank.Further chances fell to Quintero, Muriel and Cuadrado, before Colombia finally made their pressure count just over 15 minutes from time.Some strong running from Cuadrado down the wing earned the South Americans a corner, and from the resultant delivery Mina jumped the highest and crashed a brilliant header past N’Diaye in the Senegal goal; N’Diaye did get a hand to the ball, and probably should have done better to keep the header out the back of his net.Senegal ramped up the pressure as soon as Mina opened the scoring, with Niang and Mane both testing Ospina in Colombia’s goal, before Sarr smashed a volley over the bar from just outside the six-yard box when he really should have hit the target.Moussa Konate then missed the target with a header, Idrissa Gueye failed to test the keeper with a free-kick, and Senega’s World Cup dream ended when the referee blew his whistle to signal Colombia’s progress to the last 16 as group winners.STAR MANNot only did Yerry Mina score the goal which sent Colombia through as group winners, he was a rock at the heart of his team’s defence for the entire match. Davinson Sanchez may have made the more noticeable impact in the defensive phase due to his brilliant challenge on Sadio Mane, but Mina was more consistent throughout the game.The Barcelona centre-back, 23, has now scored in both of Colombia’s last two matches at the World Cup, proving he is just as important in the opposition’s box as in his own.MOMENT OF THE MATCHDavinson Sanchez’s challenge on Sadio Mane was one of the finest moments of defensive play seen at the World Cup. He timed his tackle so perfectly to flick the ball away from Mane with the heel of his right foot, just when the Liverpool forward was going to have a free shot on goal.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bulldogs, who registered their second-ever tournament victory in 2015 versus Louisville, are making their 10th NCAA Championship appearance. Story Links The other two teams in the region are No. 11 Oklahoma State and UMKC. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team learned its draw for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday (May 2) and will open the tournament against No. 25 Illinois in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday, May 12.  Print Friendly Version Full Bracket Drake was chosen to play at the Greenwood Tennis Center on the campus of Oklahoma State for the second time as the Bulldogs and the Cowboys squared off in the opening round of the 2006 tournament. It will be the third meeting between the Bulldogs and the Fighting Illini in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams previous met in 2011 and 2015 with Illinois coming out on top in both occasions. All-session tickets for this year’s regional will go on sale Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. only by phone (877-255-4678). The tickets are $15 for all sessions, while individual day tickets will be available one hour prior to the first match of each day at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center.last_img read more

first_imgQPRDefender Max Ehmer has extended his loan at Gillingham until 7 February. The 22-year-old first joined the League One club towards the end of November and has featured six times.FA CupChelsea could face London rivals Millwall for the first time since 1995, in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Blues were drawn at home to the winners of the replay between the Lions and League One side Bradford. Fulham, if they can overcome Wolves, will travel to Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Ties will be played on the weekend of 24 and 25 January.FulhamThe club have confirmed that their FA Cup replay at Wolves will be played on Tuesday 13 January, with a 7.45pm kick-off, subject to any television scheduling.BrentfordThe Bees will be hosting open trials at their Jersey Road training ground in May, with a professional contract up for grabs. Players born between 31 May 1994 and 30 May 1999 are eligible, with those in the 16-18 age range attending on Saturday 30 May, and 19- to 21-year-olds on Sunday 31 May. The best will be selected to play in a match against Brentford’s academy squad.Jack WarburtonThe son of Brentford manager Mark has joined the club’s development squad until the end of the season. The 21-year-old midfielder came through the youth ranks at Watford before moving to Leicester City at the age of 17. After turning professional, he later moved to Canada, winning player of the year at fourth-tier side Kitchener-Waterloo United in 2013, before coming back to the UK. He played two Under-21 games as part of a trial with the Bees and will now be part of Lee Carsley’s second string until June.Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies have signed highly-rated Sweden international Marija Banušić, 19, from Kristianstads. The forward, who made her debut for her country in November, is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and will link up with the Blues squad later this month for pre-season training. She is the fifth signing of the winter, after Gemma Davison, Millie Bright, Niamh Fahey and fellow Swedish international Hedvig Lindahl. However, Yuki Ogimi and Rachel Williams have left the club, to join VfL Wolfsburg and Notts County respectively.Sam RobsonThe Middlesex opener scored 109 on the first day of England Lions’ opening match of their tour of South Africa. Robson struck 12 fours and a six before retiring as the Lions made 361-4 against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto.MiddlesexTim Murtagh, Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie have all been named in Ireland’s squad for this year’s Cricket World Cup. Stirling, 24, played in all six of Ireland’s matches at the 2007 tournament, scoring a century against the Netherlands and making 32 in their shock win over England, but Balbirnie, 24, and London-born Murtagh, 33, will be at their first World Cup.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe injured Charlie Austin scored the last time QPR met BoltonKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 3 October 2015Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire)Match in a nutshell: After four games without a win, QPR hope to respond against struggling Bolton.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Charlie Austin (hamstring), Jamie Mackie (hamstring),  Armand Traore (calf), Junior Hoilett (hip).Fitness tests: Sandro (match fitness).BOLTON WANDERERSRuled out: Darren Pratley (ankle), Zach Clough (shoulder).Fitness tests: Emile Heskey (hamstring), Gary Madine (foot), Dean Moxey (toe). Possible line-upsQPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs from: Smithies, Hall, Hill, Doughty, Sandro, Gladwin, Tozser, Luongo, Polter, Grego-Cox.Bolton: Amos; Pisano, Wheater, Gouano, Moxey; Spearing, Danns; Feeney, Clayton, Wellington Silva; Madine. Subs from: Rachubka, Wilson, Osede, Dervite, Casado, Finney, Vela, Davies, Trotter, Walker, Woolery, Heskey, Dobbie. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: L D D L W (5 points)Home: D L W D W (8 points)Bolton Wanderers total: D L D W D (6 points)Away: L D L L L (1 point)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 7; Chery 3; Emmanuel-Thomas 2, Onuoha 2, Phillips 2; Hill 1, Polter 1.Bolton Wanderers: Feeney 2; Clough 1, Danns 1, Dobbie 1, Madine 1.Last five meetings28 January 2014: QPR 2 Bolton 124 August 2013: Bolton 0 QPR 110 March 2012: Bolton 2 QPR 113 August 2011: QPR 0 Bolton 42 February 2001: QPR 1 Bolton 1QPR 2 wins, Bolton 2 wins, 1 drawSee also:QPR fans on Twitter react to Chery apologyIs Ramsey the right man for the job? It depends what the job isPolter passed fit to return to QPR squadFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img15 April 2013South Africa’s leading tennis player, Kevin Anderson, narrowly missed out on winning his third career ATP World Tour title when he went down to Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca on Sunday.The lanky South African star, seeded second, was seeking his first clay court title after two previous titles on hard courts in the South African Open in Johannesburg and the Delray Beach International in Florida.Truth be told, he’ll look back on Sunday’s contest as a missed opportunity after Robredo secured a hard-fought 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3 victory.OpportunitiesAnderson led 4-1 in the first set but ended up losing it in a tie-breaker. After winning the second set 6-4, he fell behind in the third, but had three opportunities to break back at 5-3 down, with a chance to then level matters on his serve. He let it slip and Robredo, a clay court specialist, secured his first title in two years.After his loss in Casablanca, Anderson told the ATP World Tour he let a win get away.“I thought I was in control of the match,” he said. “I had a lot of chances in the first set.Loose“I played a loose game to give the break back. And then in the tie-break at six- all, I played two loose points.“I came back and did well in the second. In the third, I had some good momentum, but after suddenly being up, I was down a break. I gave myself some chances to get back in the match.“Obviously I’m not too happy with the errors I made on those two break points, but there are a lot of positives, which is the main thing I got to look at, as disappointing as it was not to have won it.“It’s a good start for me on clay. There are still a lot of tournaments,” he concluded.After reaching the Casablanca final, Anderson’s world ranking is up to a career best 26th.ElbowEarlier this year, Anderson made it to the final of the Sydney International, but was beaten by Bernard Tomic in the title-decider. Shortly after that, after reaching the last 16 at the Australian Open, he underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bone fragments.In four tournaments since his return, Anderson has exhibited encouraging form, reaching one final and making the quarter-finals twice. His list of victories includes defeats of world number four David Ferrer and world number 13 Gilles Simon.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more