Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood included on Australia squad as James Pattinson misses second Test

first_imgA short statement accompanying the team announcement suggested the schedule and his injury history had seen him rested.James Pattinson left out of the squad for Lord’s, but who makes the final XI? #Ashes— (@cricketcomau) August 13, 2019Starc and Hazlewood each made the 17-man squad for the opening clash but missed out on the XI. At least one of them will now feature at Lord’s.Australia squad for second Test: Tim Paine, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood. The paceman claimed 2-82 and 0-29, as well as contributing a handy unbeaten 47 in the second innings after a first-innings duck, as Australia beat England by 251 runs at Edgbaston.However, despite being available for selection, the visitors have opted against calling on Pattinson again at Lord’s, with the second Test beginning on Wednesday. James Pattinson has been left out by Australia for the second Ashes Test, with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood included on the 12-man squad. Pattinson returned to the Test fold for the first time since 2016 in the series opener, having dealt with a number of injury problems in recent years.last_img read more

Guardiola delighted by renaissance of attacking style

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola believes his style of play is gaining traction across English football after he experienced a tough first season with Manchester City.Guardiola is pleased to see the high-possession, high-pressing and high-intensity approach he espouses has found popularity elsewhere in the Premier League, complimenting both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on the way they play.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss saw his style questioned as he struggled to make an early impact at the Etihad Stadium, suffering the first trophyless season of his coaching career last term as City finished third in the table.The transformation this season has been remarkable, with City having dropped just four points in 22 league matches as they remain in contention for an unprecedented trophy quadruple.Having faced suggestions his style could not work in England, Guardiola is delighted to have proved his critics wrong, adding he loves to see other teams playing his way.“I like that, because more than a manager, I’m a fan. When I have to choose, those are the type of teams I like to watch,” he said.“Barcelona, I love to watch, first because I am a fan of the club, I grew up there, and especially because we are in a unmissable period in terms of seeing their great players, especially one (Lionel Messi).“I am happy that in Italy, Napoli are playing in a quite similar way. I identify quite well with how they play and how they want to do things.“It’s the same with Tottenham. Tottenham can drop points, but always I see the games and think: ‘They played well’. You always see they have 20, 25, 27 shots on target. And you see that and say: Wow.”– Liverpool tradition –Guardiola includes Liverpool, City’s opponents on Sunday, in the list of high-quality attacking teams in the Premier League. “I think Liverpool are playing like Liverpool were in the past, with all their history,” Guardiola said.“The fans are demanding attacking football. Liverpool have to defend their whole history.“In the 1980s, they dominated the world and European football. I think they are trying to respect that.“Some teams try to sit back against us. Liverpool played well against us. They tried. We want to do something quite similar. We want to try to be the best.”Few would expect City to stumble in this season’s contest for the Premier League title, given they are currently 15 points clear at the top, yet Guardiola has warned it is still possible.“In football and in sport, anything can happen. Of course, we can lose the title, because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games.“If we maintain our level, the consistency and the way we play, then OK, we have a chance. But you never know.”The Spaniard added: “If we start to go down, and lose confidence, and don’t play well regularly, then we will see.“Maybe that is going to happen, and I am going to shake the hand of my opponents and congratulate them for being champions.“You will always be judged on the result. I always try to say to the players: ‘Don’t read too much about what is done’.“It is simple: Just focus on the next game. That is the best advice I can give to my players. That’s the reason why I’m here — to talk to them.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

first_imgMeb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., is hugged after crossing the finish line to win the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.“At the end, I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong. Boston Strong,’” he said. “I was thinking ‘Give everything you have. If you get beat, that’s it.’”Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay on Monday in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He held off Kenya’s Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind.Keflezighi went out early and built a big lead. But he was looking over his shoulder several times as Chebet closed the gap over the final two miles. After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, Keflezighi raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross. He broke into tears after crossing the finish line, then draped himself in the American flag.No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985. The last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983. Meyer and Keflezighi embraced after the race.“I’m blessed to be an American and God bless America and God bless Boston for this special day,” Keflezighi said.Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the women’s title she said she could not enjoy a year ago. Jeptoo finished in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She is a three-time Boston Marathon champion, having also won in 2006.“I came here to support the people in Boston and show them that we are here together,” she said. “I decided to support them and show them we are here together.”Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia finished second in 2:19:59. Countrywoman Mare Dibaba was third at 2:19:52. All three women came in under the previous course record.American Shalane Flanagan, who went to high school in nearby Marblehead, finished seventh after leading for more than half the race. She gambled by setting the early pace, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.“It does mean a lot to be that my city was proud of me,” she said. “I’m proud of how I ran. I don’t wish I was it was easier. I wish I was better.”After breaking a 27-year American drought at the New York marathon, Keflezighi contemplated retiring after the 2012 NYC Marathon. But that race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, and he pulled out of the Boston Marathon last April because of injury.  He watched the race from the stands at the finish line, but said he left about five minutes before the bombs went off.He was the first American to medal in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. His 2009 New York victory broke a 27-year American drought there.Another American, Tatyana McFadden, celebrated her 25th birthday Monday by winning the women’s wheelchair race for the second straight year. She was timed in in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.McFadden was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage as a child before starring at the University of Illinois. She also won the 2013 NYC Marathon women’s wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year.Ernst van Dyk of South Africa won the men’s wheelchair division for a record 10th time. The 41-year-old crossed in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds.Van Dyk holds the record for most all-categories Boston Marathon wins. This was his first win at this race since 2010.Last year’s men’s champion, Lelisa Desisa, did not finish this year’s race, and had to be picked up by a van about 21 miles into the event.Marathon officials said 35,755 runners registered for the race, with 32,408 unofficial starters. The field included just less than 5,000 runners who were not able to finish last year and accepted invitations to return this year.____Associated Press freelance writer Ken Powtak contributed to this report.last_img read more

Tere-Apisah girls beat nieces to gold

first_imgPNG’s Abigail and Marcia Tere-Apisah took on their nieces, Patricia and Violet Apisah, in what was a close yet entertaining match, testing family ties.The match saw the older Apisah girls Abigail and Marcia beat Patricia and Violet two sets to nil, claiming gold while their nieces settled for silver.Abigail and Marcia won the match 6-3 6-3 in straight sets.last_img

La Salle-Dasma avoids winless PSL Collegiate Grand Slam campaign

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Lady Patriots had three players in double figures led by Eunice Castillo, who scored a game-high 16 points.Rain Ramos and Basilyn Delfin added 14 points each for La Salle-Dasma, which ended its stint with a 1-4 record.FEATURED 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 ChrissIt was an all-around effort by Castillo, who had three blocks and six service aces.After an error-prone third set, the Lady Patriots regrouped and went back to their strengths. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Aliah Marce and Lency Duarte paced the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively. CSA also wrapped up the tournament with a 1-4 slate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia De La Salle University-Dasmariñas avoided a winless campaign after beating Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, in the inaugural Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Tribute by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of the Republic of…

first_imgMr. SpeakerMr. Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme CourtMr. Pro TemporeHonorable Members of the LegislatureThe Dean and Members of the CabinetThe Doyen and members of the Diplomatic CorpsLadies and GentlemenWhen a giant tree falls in a forest, it impacts other trees far and near. Last night, our country was shocked by the news of the unfortunate demise of the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh; a great statesman of valor unpretending. His passing symbolizes the fall of a giant tree in the forest.The late Islamic Prelate was a distinguished Liberian who will be remembered as a messenger of peace and inter-religious tolerance. He was a prominent voice and face of Islam in the last three decades in Liberia commencing with his role as Secretary General of the Muslim Union of Nimba County – to Secretary General to Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia.He was not just an Islamic preacher but a politician, scholar, lawyer and judge. Prior to the demise of the late President Tolbert, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh was Commissioner of Ganta City and served as Justice of the Peace in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. His role as an activist started when he disagreed with and pledged his support for the late Dr. Edward Kesselly and founder of the current ruling Unity Party. It was Sheikh Konneh that mobilized Nimba in support of Dr. Kesselly in the 1985 elections. Today he is no more but we will fondly live with the memories of his outspokenness, fearlessness and courage. When conflict raged – he stood as an outstanding proponent in the search for lasting peace for our country.The Vice President called me a few hours ago and asked me to convey his deepest sympathy over this loss. He could not be here because he is away on official duties attending an African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.We mourn this great loss to our country as we strive to consolidate the peace and stimulate the trappings of national healing and reconciliation. To the bereaved family – we say take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Radio Salem in Cape Mount Ransacked

first_imgMr. Samuel Faley: “I’m appealing to the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the county to quickly intervene in this situation.” Station mute after losing US$16K transmitter, accessoriesSuspected armed robbers wearing masks early Monday ransacked Radio Salem (90.5 MHz) in Bamballa, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County, and made away with the station’s broadcasting equipment and accessories.The station has gone off the air after losing its equipment leaving listeners inconvenienced and upset, the Daily Observer has learned.According to reports reaching this paper, it is not yet clear if security officers assigned at the station were on duty at the time of the robbery.Radio Salem aired its first broadcast in 2012, and covers eight of the 15 counties as well as neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea.Samuel Farley, the station’s chief executive officer, told our reporter via mobile phone on Monday that the robbery has denied the locals news, and other information on government’s development agenda.  He said the station has been very instrumental in providing information, education as well as entertainment to Cape Mountians.He estimated the cost of the transmitter (1000watts) and other equipment at US$16,000.According to Farley, without the contributions of community radio stations, rural communities would not get to hear and know of the major activities the Government of Liberia is either planning or embarking on.“So seeing the equipment being taken away by some unscrupulous individuals is very disheartening. We call on the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the county to quickly intervene in this situation,” he added. Meanwhile, the county police detachment has launched an investigation into the incident, but no arrest has been made.Farley is appealing to all well-meaning Cape Mountians and the county’s legislative caucus to make financial contributions to get the station back on the air.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Head of NPTAB, Prisons Director among officials red-flagged by Integrity Commission

first_img– body issues warning to GuySuCo officials who left without filing declarationsA number of surprising names have made their way on to the Integrity Commission’s latest list of public officials who have failed to declare their assets, ranging from high-ranking officials in the Finance Ministry to the Director of Guyana’s Prisons himself.According to a notice from the Commission, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) Chairman Berkley Wickham; Head of Department, Bernard Lord; Head of Bilateral Division, Donna Levi; Head of Regional Planning, Miguel Choo-Kang and Head of the Multilateral Financial Institution, Denise Desouza have all failed to make their declarations as of May 3.The same holds true for acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and acting Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, who were also flagged by the Commission.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and three GECOM Commissioners were also cited by the Integrity Commission, along with Head of the Guyana Energy Agency’s Fuel Marking Division, William Holder.At the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), a slew of top brass including Chairman Nigel Hinds and Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles were called out by the Commission while a total of 24 officials from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) were included in the list of delinquent officials.The Commission also states that 13 former declarants from GuySuCo who left during the declaration period are also required to complete their filings. These include the former Wales Estate Manager Devindra Kumar and former Skeldon Estate Manager Karamchand Bramdeo.In January of this year, the Integrity Commission had published the names of the 159 public officials who failed to submit their declarations as of December 31, 2018, pursuant to Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act.Over the years, several Members of Parliament and other public officials have been flagged by the Integrity Commission for their failure to declare their assets and liabilities, but none of their names appeared on the latest list.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and makes provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose. Public officers and positions listed under Schedule 1 of the Commission’s Act should disclose their financial assets and liabilities on or before June 30 each year.When a public officer ceases to be a person in public life, he/she should disclose his/her assets and liabilities to the Commission within 30 days from the date that that individual ceases to be a person in public life.last_img read more

GPSU calls out IMC on “unauthorised” exorbitant spending

first_img…writes president to request BoIThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has written to caretaker President David Granger to request a Board of Inquiry (BoI), following what the organisation has described as “unauthorised” spending on the part of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Guyana Public Service Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GPSCCUL).GPSU President, Patrick Yarde (second from left) addressing members of the media in the presence of union executivesOn Wednesday, following an Executive Council Meeting, GPSU President, Patrick Yarde, called a press conference wherein he complained of monies being wasted on several unnecessary contracts. Some of the contracts, according to him, were in excess of US$25,000 for activities for merely six staff members.“We would like the general public to be aware of the unauthorised expenditure that has (been) incurred by the Interim Management Committee following contracts (which) were awarded to a company (or) individual without going through the proper procurement procedure (and involving) in excess of $10 million for construction work,” Yarde explained.He noted that executive members usually permit the use of $1 million for projects by the elected Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting. However, the Interim Committee has overstepped its authority by spending vast amounts of money on different occasions.“Another contract of US$25,000 (was spent) for human resources-related activities, and this is so ridiculous when you get in depth of what was done. You (find) they engaged a human resource person for US$25,000 to engage six people,” Yarde charged.He further charged that another $2M was used for air conditioning, while $2.5M was handed out by the Committee for telephone services and $1.6M for reviewing security systems.In June last year, the High Court, in an order, reinstated the Government-installed Interim Management Committee (IMC) at the GPSU Credit Union. This was done after High Court Justice Gino Persaud had discharged a previous interim order which was granted to the old management committee to stay the decisions of the IMC until the matter was resolved.The new order therefore means the Government-installed Chief Co-operative Development Officer and Commissioner, Perlina Gifth, was again placed in charge of the co-op credit union.The issues stem from allegations of financial impropriety wherein officials have been accused of excessive spending for bonuses and travel to the tune of some $32 million. Some have even alleged that a senior official at the GPSU had paid out some $700,000 in bonuses to himself.Yarde claimed on Wednesday that since the new body had started managing the affairs, employment costs have increased significantly.According to him, “In May last year, the employment cost was $3.8 million. In April this year, the employment cost increased to $6.9 million”.The GPSU President has said the Union is also investigating another allegation, wherein $6 million was paid in bonuses during this period.Nonetheless, he sought to remind members of the Credit Union that he has committed to ensuring their savings remain intact, or at least recovered.AuditYarde told reporters that Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott demanded that the Union pay over about $50 million to finance “audit and supervision” services. However, he held out that there was another arrangement under the previous Labour Ministry for the Credit Union to keep its finances and conduct its own audit.“There was an agreement with the previous Labour (Ministry) that the Credit Union keep that money, ‘cause it is funds for audit and supervision and development; and that the Credit Union conduct the audit and pay for it. all this was approved by the Ministry, and there was no dispute about that,” he argued.This move was intended to be cancelled by the Junior Minister, who reportedly demanded that the monies be paid over to finance the audit. Having recognised the Union’s reluctance, Yarde said, the audit cost was even reduced by as much as 50 per cent by Minister Scott.Again, the union president said, this was turned down by the organisation. It was, however, later brought to his attention that over $25 million had been paid over by the IMC to the Social Protection Ministry for this purpose.Yarde maintained that these monies were handed over unlawfully, as the decision would have had to be deliberated at the Union’s Annual General Meeting.Further, he said, “According to the law…instead of paying taxes, the Credit Union pays that; and that money is to be used to audit the accounts to make sure things are done properly, and for the development of the Credit Union. Like any other financial institution, it would require refinement, technology, and a variety of other different things; and that money, according to the law, that percentage of your surplus, must be put aside for that purpose”.As such, the GPSU President made it clear that he has written to the Caretaker President, requesting an inquiry into the present situation. In addition, he demanded urgent responses from the Social Protection Ministry in regard to the audit, as he questioned the extension of the IMC which has been functioning for over one year now.Yarde threatened strike and protests should the call for an inquiry be ignored by Granger, though he said it would be a last resort.last_img read more

Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or honours

first_imgThe suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six.There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.– The case for Van Dijk –Among the names is Ronaldo, as well as several of the stars of the Liverpool side who won the Champions League, chief among them Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.At one point he looked like the favourite, but Messi already pipped him to FIFA’s The Best title in September.The 32-year-old top-scored in La Liga last season with 36 goals as Barcelona won the title. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable.“If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,” admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.“But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.”The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing unsatisfactory, coming midway through the European club season.Yet surely nobody could suggest Rapinoe would not be a deserving winner of just the second women’s Ballon d’Or, an award voted for by a panel of 48 journalists.Norway’s Ada Hegerberg won it in 2018 but will not retain her title after missing the World Cup.Among the stars of that tournament to be nominated are England’s Lucy Bronze, Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema, Australia’s Sam Kerr and the USA trio of Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath.However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot winner for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.Even her supposed rivals seem to be rooting for her.“She does lots of things off the pitch, but I think she is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or mainly down to her performances during the World Cup,” Bronze told France Football.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe are expected to win the big prizes at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony © AFP/File / Josep LAGO, FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 1 – The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours.It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.last_img read more