Captain Cook yet to decide on England future

first_img(REUTERS) – England captain Alastair Cook has not made any decision on whether to continue in the job, the 31-year-old said after his team’s 4-0 series loss against India yesterday.Cook landed in India with speculation about the position he has held since 2012 and the crushing defeat in India will only strengthen calls for him to hand over the Test captaincy to Joe Root.“This is not the place to be asking me these questions,” Cook told Sky Sports after his team lost the fifth and final Test by an innings and 75 runs in Chennai.“I have got to go away and do some thinking, get back home and do it without the emotive side of what’s happened over the last nine weeks,” he said after the defeat which pushed England down from second to fifth in the world rankings.England’s loss was all the more frustrating for Cook as the tourists won the toss in four of the five Tests and were not made to play on the spin-friendly pitches which India rolled out to South Africa last year.“It’s been a series of missed opportunities, in terms of catches that cost us,” Cook said.“Not being able to score enough runs and take enough wickets, it’s a tough dressing-room to be in. We tried as hard as we can but it wasn’t good enough.”England’s sloppy fielding allowed Karun Nair to hit a marathon 303 not out which set the tone for India’s comprehensive victory in the final Test.“It was a game of missed opportunities. We kept dropping vital chances and India kept punishing us.”last_img read more

Travis Eggers leads after first round at Lakepoint Club Championships

first_imgEggers shot 33 on the front nine, and 37 on the back nine. He holds a two stroke lead of Ritch Hosker who shot 34 and 38 for a round of 72. Third belongs to John Telford as he shot 73, including 36 on the front nine, and 37 on the back nine.In the First Flight, there’s currently a two way tie for first place with the lead being shared by Phil Bernert and Randy Morrow. Bernert shot 40 and 47, while Morrow countered with a 42 and a 45 as both shot 87. Behind them is Leo Lauren who is three strokes back after shooting 42 and 48 for a round of 90.In the Seniors Flight, Percy Peterkin leads after a round of 78. Gerald Chiulli is in second after shooting 81, and there is a two way tie for third place between Greg Pallister and Larry London, as both shot 82.- Advertisement -Pearl Pimm leads the Ladies contingent heading into tomorrow’s final round. She shot 88 on the day, one better than Kelly Smeeth who finds herself in second. Jamie Lock sits in third after a round of 94.last_img read more

What Khalil Mack trade tells us about Raiders and 2019 free agency

first_imgALAMEDA — If we learned anything about the Raiders last season it’s that that they’re going to be conscious of their budget.How else do you explain trading away Khalil Mack because his asking price on a new contract far exceeded what the Raiders were willing to pay?With that in mind, go ahead and expect the Raiders to be wary of unrestricted free agents, even those at a position of need. Free agency … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Brett Anderson the A’s stopper, Orioles learn about Ramón Laureano’s cannon

first_imgBALTIMORE — Opposing teams still do not seem to be getting the memo on Ramón Laureano’s arm and the A’s are totally fine with that.The A’s outfielder struck again with another highlight-reel throw to nab a runner trying to score at home plate in the third inning of Tuesday’s 13-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The win snapped the A’s four-game losing streak and was their first victory of the season away from the Oakland Coliseum.“I don’t know when they’re going to think of not running on …last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 16: get involved

first_imgYou can get involved with Shalate Teffo of the children’s home, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng; Sandi Mazibuko of FabroSanz; and Sakina Mohamed of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, here:Shalate Teffo (pictured) and her mother, who is known as Mama Assie, take in orphaned and neglected children, who they raise as their own. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAsnath Teffo, mother of Shalate Teffo, founded the children’s home, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, in Olievenhoutbosch, a township outside Midrand in Gauteng.The NPO is featured on episode 16 of Play Your Part, which airs on Saturday, 30 December 2017.The episode airs at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with the good work of the guests on this episode:Shalate TeffoTeffo runs Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng with her mother. They give a home to and care for destitute children. There’s a particular focus on children facing challenges such as child-headed homes.Contact detailsEmail: [email protected] or [email protected]: @ShalateTeffoFacebook: Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng “Little gifts of home”Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko started with a fashion label, Fabrosanz, which evolved into the House of Fabrosanz. It hosts lifestyle events such as style and beauty workshops, empowerment seminars and pop-up shops.Mazibuko initially did the design and sewing of the clothes herself, but later created jobs – she now only designs and her team does the cutting and sewing.Contact detailsEmail: [email protected]: houseoffabrosanz.com/homeTwitter: @FabroSanzFacebook: FabroSanz CreationsSakina MohamedSakina MohamedMohamed is the CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip) in Nelspruit.Grip, which was established in 2000, helps rape survivors and actively supports and enhances the work of the police, the National Prosecuting Authority, and the departments of Health, Justice and Social Development.Contact detailsEmail: [email protected]: www.grip.org.zaFacebook: GRIP Nelspruit 2000Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa

first_imgCNN International anchor Richard Quest chats to Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola and Goldman Sachs South Africa MD Colin Coleman after the CNN-Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Tuesday 13 May. (Image: Nokuphila Nyawo)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122+27 73 126 [email protected] PhilipDelegates leaving Nigeria’s capital of Abuja after last week’s World Economic Forum meeting largely agreed. To maintain Africa’s growth trajectory, governments must continue to reform institutions, extend cooperation and implement innovative policies to strengthen trade and scale up investments.“Was the WEF worth it, or was it not just more hot air?” was the question pugnacious CNN International anchor Richard Quest put to a CNN-Brand South Africa breakfast forum hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on the morning of Tuesday 13 May. “What does all that blather mean?” Quest asked a panel made up of Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, Telkom chair Jabu Mabuza and Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman – all delegates to the WEF meeting in Nigeria.About 50 of South Africa’s most influential business people attended the breakfast, held at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg.People holding the same opinions in a room is a chat, but that is not what the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is about, said centre director Sello Hatang as he introduced the panel. “We want to get people in the same room who would not even speak to one another.” So the uncompromising Quest was the perfect host.The discussion was not as adversarial as that, but Quest was after straight answers. The WEF conference highlighted opportunities in Africa but what, Quest wanted to know, were the challenges? As is his way, he pushed for substantive answers whenever he got vague replies.Mabuza argued that given the issue of terror in Nigeria, with the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists, the WEF meeting was important. “We can’t call for the release of those kids and send them back to school like millions of others in Africa without talking about the future we are creating for them,” he said.Quest goaded a response from the panel about Nigeria taking over South Africa’s crown as the biggest economy in Africa. Coleman was quick to respond: “If you look at our economy, it is far more sophisticated than Nigeria’s. And our per capita income is double theirs.”Quest listens to a response from the panel. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Removing barriers to growthThe panel concurred that education and a more cooperative legislative framework were the keys to sustaining growth in Africa, but how to make improvements was where different opinions arose.Entrepreneurship, private investment and government must all be harnessed to keep the good news coming out of Africa, the panel agreed. Coleman and Mabuza mentioned companies like MTN and Shoprite, which had spotted opportunities in Africa and built businesses worth, in the case of MTN, R50-billion.Coleman cautioned, “When you speak to businesses on the ground they say, ‘We need much shorter times on the border posts, ships going through ports, rail to get coal to ports. We need just the basic obstacles for trade.’ I think people are starting to talk constructively about this.”Locally, Coleman believes South Africa does not need a new legislative direction to grow. Dynamism is one thing, he said – but South Africa needed to be boring in the years ahead. “The legislative framework exists, there is no need to change direction, and we simply need to implement what already exists.”Panellists Miller Matola, Jabu Mabuza and Colin Coleman. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Is Africa rising?Quest fell back on a familiar analogy about development and the idea, expressed by all, that Africa is rising. “It’s like waiting for a soufflé to rise that never does. Are the ingredients right, or is there not enough heat?” he pressed.Matola countered: “Look beyond the perceptions and you will see the opportunities created by what is happening on the ground. There are new enterprises, there is increased stability.“Africa is rising,” Matola stressed.Coleman made the point that Africa’s rise has only just begun. “Africa is at the beginning of its journey but it is a very fascinating journey,” he said. “By 2030 Africa will add $12-trillion to the world economy from a $2-trillion base. Growth rates between now and 2030 will be among the highest in the world.”Born frees and democracyThe question of Africa’s youthful population and their political and economic participation also arose. One issue was young South Africans born after 1994, the “born-frees” who have no experience of apartheid.Quest hosted an hour of the Redi Thlabi Show on Talk Radio 702 on Monday 12 May, and admitted to hanging up on a caller who said they had not voted. “I can’t understand that, especially in a country with so recent a history of bloodshed. Large chunks of them [the born frees] seem not to be politically conscious or able to grasp the impact they will have on the country.”Matola responded: “They are crying out to get involved. Our born frees are becoming more aware of their rights and responsibilities and the role they can play in sustaining our democracy. The challenge is how to get them involved.”The only empty seat at the breakfast became a prop for Quest as he urged the panellists to imagine President Jacob Zuma seated and eager to listen to their message. Matola said he would ask for policy certainty and a steadfast implementation of the National Development Programme, or NDP. Mabuza agreed that the implementation of the NDP would improve South African growth. Coleman reasoned that “appointing the best people and holding them responsible” was the best recipe for the country going forward.last_img read more

Facebook Halfway to 1 Billion Users

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit chris cameron The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#web center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification As an early adopter of an unknown service called “The Facebook” back in 2004, it is impressive to see the growth and change that has come to the site. When many of the earliest members joined, a university email address from a select list of institutions was required to sign up. Eventually, nearly every college was opened up, then came high-schools and after that – everyone. Today marks another significant milestone in the history of the Web’s most popular social network as Facebook has passed the 500 million user mark.Company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement today on the official Facebook blog. “To celebrate, we’ve put together a collection of stories you’ve shared with us about the impact Facebook and your friends have had on your lives,” writes Zuckerberg. “We’re launching a new application called Facebook Stories where you can share your own story and read hundreds of others, categorized by themes and locations around the world.”Despite the company’s recent bumpy rides through the mires of privacy disputes, over the last 6 and a half years, Facebook has redefined how we maintain relationships with our connections. We here at ReadWriteWeb even had the adventure of unknowingly confusing thousands of Facebook users who thought our homepage was a radical new redesign of their favorite social network.500 million users later, distant families and long-lost friends are reconnecting and keeping abreast on one another’s lives. I moved away from my hometown at the age of 9, but I managed to find my childhood friends on Facebook. I also have relatives that I see maybe once a year at best, but with Facebook we can stay connected – and it’s only because the network is as large as it is. Certainly, there are other social Web solutions for staying connected, but the massive scale and acceptance by users young and old of Facebook makes it the best tool we have right now.Children growing up today don’t remember a time before Facebook – and that’s both scary and fascinating. Future generations will be more and more accepting of sharing their lives on the Internet, which has its obvious pros and cons. At the other end of the spectrum, when my generation grows old and wants to look back on our lives, we won’t need an old crusty photo album. We will simply use whatever popular device at the time that lets us flip through our life’s history as aggregated from decades of social sharing. Facebook has been at the forefront of paving the way for that future.It has taken 77 months for Facebook to go from 0 to 500 million and the company shows little sign of slowing, even with many leaving the network over privacy issues. The truth is, there is no viable alternative yet, but perhaps Google or those four students from N.Y.U. can change that.last_img read more

Batting let us down in South Africa ODI series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh on Sunday attributed the ODI series loss against South Africa to the batting failure but refused to believe that it will be a cause of worry for his side with the World Cup less than a month away.”I think our batting department did not do well in the ODIs. That was the main reason why we lost the ODI series.But, hopefully with the World Cup coming up all will be set right,” he said at the post-match conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by 33 runs and the series 2-3.”Throughout the series our batting department has not scored a lot of runs. It is Virat Kohli who has done well and it’s Yusuf down the order who has done well. We really need to perform as a unit.”But it is a matter of one innings or two and some of the batsmen did not get enough preparation time, quality practice sessions. It always plays in your mind but at the end of the day experienced players have gone through a phase like this.It happens in cricket and specially with us as we play 30-35 ODIs a year. So you see the form going up and down in the year. We are used to deal with situations like this,” Dhoni said.Indian top order collapsed while playing rash shots but Dhoni defended his batsmen, saying it was part and parcel of the game.”It is part and parcel of cricket. You get off to a start, 10 overs, 28 runs one wicket then you are asked why was there no hurry? At the end of the day we were suppose to chase close to six runs an over and it is always a difficult task.advertisementYou want to take the opposition on and times you lose wickets and that is what happened in this game,” he said.”At times it really works because if you see Yusuf’s innings, he played a few deliveries and then went after the bowlers. He was really successful that’s his main strength. In a similar way some of the batsmen played their strokes and got out,” he reasoned.Talking about the positives from the series, Dhoni said, “The full tour was good for both the sides. They won the ODI series, we won the T20 and the Test matches were draw. But overall good cricket was played.”The biggest positive out of this game ? when we go to the World Cup ? the last 10 overs we can chase anything if we have got wickets in hand. I think learning is more than just loss of the game,” said Dhoni. .He also felt that bowling at the death had seen a big improvement in the series.”Bowling at the death, it is a big positive for us. The bowlers have done well with the kind of variation they have got. We don’t have express bowlers but we have got bowlers who have got skills. That is what they rely on. In this series it was a very satisfactory performance.”But both the teams were struggling throughout the series when it comes to the middle order performance which meant that both the teams lost quite a few wickets because of which you were not able to see a prolonged slog from both the sides.That may also be a reason. But if we bowl like this in the World Cup, I will be really pleased,” said the Indian captain.Asked if Yusuf’s place has been sealed in the playing XI of the World Cup after his brutal 70-ball 105 today, Dhoni said, “Well there are other batsmen also. You have Yuvraj Singh who can play a similar innings. You have Yusuf Pathan in the lower order who can again do the same thing. It is important that the asking rate is reasonable.”Let’s see, we still have a few days left. Let’s see what the best composition is for that particular game. But he has done really well.”Dhoni defended his decision to field after winning the toss today.”Last time we played, we had a discussion about it more often than not, the Centurion track whatever is there is there initially. After that as the day progresses it gets slightly better and that is what happened in the 2006 series. The wicket was similar, it wasn’t not a very different wicket.”But I think we gave extra room to the opening batsman and the first down batsman because of which they scored at a brisk rate in the first 10 overs. But after that if you see 260-odd runs we should have got that,” he said.advertisementAsked who are the favourites to win the World Cup, Dhoni said, “If any of the side thinks that any other side can?t win the world cup, it is a big mistake they are making. All the top sides in the World have a chance to win the World Cup. It is just about playing consistent cricket.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Conservation group to take over eastern Ontario land to protect wildlife

first_imgTORONTO – Looking at an image of Canada taken from the space station at night, there is a sliver of darkness amidst the bright lights of southeastern Ontario.That’s the Frontenac Arch, the densest forest southern Ontario has to offer, and the environmental charity Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased parts of it to ensure it remains protected in the future.“It’s the highway for migrating wildlife,” Gary Bell, a program director with the NCC, said of the 50-kilometre stretch of land that links the habitat of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York to the Canadian Shield in the Algonquin Highlands.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Monday afternoon that the NCC is taking possession of six new properties in the region. The federal government is granting the charity nearly $664,000 to purchase the properties, in addition to more than $1.2 million raised by the NCC.Bell noted that one of the properties was donated by its longtime owner.The NCC is a land trust — a non-profit, charitable organization that acquires, restores and conserves land, sometimes removing invasive weeds or mapping the location of rare species.“We do it in kind of a methodical fashion, identifying the most important lands for protecting habitat for native species,” said Bell.The Frontenac Arch’s location and its dense forest make it one of the areas the NCC wants to safeguard, he said.The land in the region is made up largely of granite, with wetlands, swamps and marble ridges.“It’s not very hospitable for human development, and so it was the last of the southern Ontario lands to be given out as homestead lands. A lot of it was developed after the War of 1812,” Bell said.But when farmers found the land difficult to work, much of it was turned back into a forested area.It’s home to a number of endangered or rare species, including the five-linked skink, which is Ontario’s only lizard, the gray ratsnake, which is the largest snake in Canada, and the Least Bittern, which is the smallest species of heron.Bell said the restoration and conservation of the new properties should go a long way to help protect the species travelling through the area.And that’s part of why people are willing to sell the land, which in many cases had been in their families for generations, he said.“They like to see and think that their property is going to be maintained the way they loved it. Often, people contact us because they know that land isn’t going to be developed, and is going to be part of a larger picture and always be the way it is, the way they remember it.”He said that the NCC has also bought property from people who had been planning on developing the land.“But by and large, these large parcels are coming from longstanding owners,” he said.last_img read more

Courtois fancies Hazard to join Madrid ahead of Neymar

first_imgThibaut Courtois has tipped Belgian skipper Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid this year ahead of Neymar.Courtois played alongside Hazard four seasons before completing a switch to the Spanish capital last August.Hazard is a long-term target for the European Champions and has stalled in extending his stay beyond the end of next season.Courtois encourages Real Madrid to sign Hazard over Neymar#RealMadrid #LaLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uu5H6eYjhb— SportyNews (@clashofdream11) February 2, 2019And Courtois believes his countryman would be a better signing than PSG forward Neymar in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the 26-year-old goalkeeper said: “I [would] choose Eden, of course. I really like him, but the choice is up to the board.“I do not know what will happen. That is not a question for me, but for the chairman and the management.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The team is what it is now. Karim Benzema is in a good shape and scored 17 goals. [Gareth] Bale started well, but then had to deal with injuries.“You see in the matches that we have quality, only sometimes it is not possible to score.”AF Best comment Three Clasicos in a month? Courtois is going crazy.😚🙏😇 pic.twitter.com/TI5AIqZ639— All Football App (@allfootballapp) February 2, 2019Madrid is 10 points adrift of rivals and leaders Barcelona who are looking well placed to retain their title. And Courtois went on to compare both clubs transfer activity in recent times.“We do not have to look at other teams, we have to look at ourselves,” he said. “We have to build a new team.“Who knows [whether] other teams will get into trouble with the rules of Financial Fair Play?“If you see that Barcelona have already spent twice the amount they have received for Neymar, they may have to sell again soon.”last_img read more