Narine’s return brings relief

first_imgKOLKATA, India, (CMC):Kolkata Knight Riders have expressed relief following the International Cricket Council’s decision to lift the bowling ban on their champion off-spinner Sunil Narine.The 27-year-old West Indies player was banned last November after the ICC ruled his action illegal. However, he was cleared him to return to international cricket late Thursday, after remodelling his action and then successfully undergoing tests at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai last month.And with the new Indian Premier League bowling off today, Narine’s Knight Riders teammate Shakib Al Hasan said the news was definitely welcome.”I don’t know what changes he has had now, but it is a huge relief for the team,” the Bangladeshi all-rounder said.IMPORTANT PLAYER”He is a very important part of KKR. Every time KKR has done well, he has had huge influence. It is a positive news for us.”Narine has been key to KKR’s fortunes in the IPL. His Man-of-the-Series 24 wickets in 2012 helped them to the title and captured 21 in 2014 as the Kolkata-based franchise won the title for a second time in three years.He also nabbed 22 wickets in 2013 even though KKR missed out on the playoffs.Though Narine has been sidelined for the last four months, Shakib said he did not anticipate this having a major impact on the player’s performance.”For Narine, I don’t think so the setback will matter too much,” he pointed out.”He is a world-class spinner and everybody respects him. This time, too, he will be leading the spinning attack. He has always played a vital role for KKR.”KKR take on Carlos Brathwaite’s Delhi Daredevils in Kolkata on Sunday.last_img read more

Brazil ready to service Guyana’s oil and gas sector – Ambassador

first_imgGuyana’s South American neighbour Brazil is ready and willing to give a helping hand in the development of the oil and gas sector here; and according to Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil George Talbot, the recent oil discoveries announced by United States oil company ExxonMobil offers a new frontier for collaboration.According to the Ambassador, Guyana has already made it clear that is open to the Brazilian Investment.Brazil is said to be the 10th largest energy consumer in the world and the largest in South America. At the same time, it is an important oil and gas producer in the region and the world’s second-largest ethanol fuel producer.Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, George TalbotWhile the oil sector is new to Guyana, Ambassador Talbot said the question of oil cooperation between the two South American nations dates back to the 1980’s.  He said that the first arrangement bore little to no fruit, however, with the new developments in Guyana, the prospect of renewed relationship is very evident.“We have clear indication of Brazilian interest and a clear signal from Guyana, about its readiness to have Brazil participate in the oil sector,”.According to Ambassador Talbot, Brazilian companies have experiences in the oil and gas sector including exploration in the deep sea.“I think the experience of Brazil and the possibility of partnership with Brazil in the sector is on the front burner. We expect that there will be a mission field by Brazil during this year,” he told the Department of Public Information (DPI) recently.The two countries will collaborate on, among other things, Local Content Policy. Ambassador Talbot said government is at the stage of developing the framework for the collaboration. He explained that there are two broad areas that can be pursued through this collaboration. One is investment and engagement in the exploration of the available blocks, while the second involves capacity building and the transfer of knowledge, and exchange of experiences.“In terms of exploration, the focus would be on Petrobras, which is the Brazilian entity which is focused in that area… but there is a second Brazilian agency that focuses more on the regulatory aspects; the National Petroleum Agency of Brazil which might be a key counterpart for providing lessons learnt Local Content.”The Ambassador added that, that is an area where, as a country, Guyana should take some inventory on the workings of the oil sector, especially since Guyana is discovering different facets including transportation, food, technical services, oil spill prevention and control among others.last_img read more

Fort St. John riders win 24 Hours of Light Relay

first_imgOverall, the team cycled the 12.3 kilometre track 31 times, just one loop more than the second place team. “We snuck in one last lap there at the very end that put us ahead,” explains Gary Hilderman, one of the riders. “It was a close race.” During those 24 hours, Hilderman, Stephen Ferris, Jay Morrison and Denny Morrison took turn riding one or two laps, without any sleep. Hilderman said at times it was tough, but their bodies gave them that extra push when they needed it.- Advertisement – “The whole time you’re awake, so your adrenaline kicks in and that helps. There was definitely a few times in the morning that everybody was very tired, and it was a little hard, but you’re all excited so your adrenaline kicks in.” The team was put together by Hilderman, who has participated in a few 24 hour relays before but never been far north. The relay is considered more of a festival than a competitive race, as participants get to experience the “Midnight Sun” of the Yukon.That means there are no artificial lights, as it stays light enough all night for riders to see.Advertisement Along with being an entertaining race, Hilderman says it’s also been a fun road trip with a good group of guys. They’re taking today to rest, and will make their way back to the Energetic City on Wednesday.last_img read more

Pochettino rues Tottenham’s luck against Liverpool

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side were unlucky as they were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.An excellent win over rivals Arsenal at the weekend had put Spurs on the cusp of moving into the top four but they were denied as Mario Balotelli struck a late winner for the Reds.Rather than place blame on his players after the frustrating result, though, Pochettino insisted his charges were just unfortunate on the night.He said: “I’m disappointed but at the same time I’m proud of the effort from my players because it was great.“In football you need to have a little bit of luck to win or get a point but today I think we were a little bit unlucky.“I think we deserved a bit more.”last_img read more

Former Ajax and Barca star tells talkSPORT: Louis van Gaal WILL be a big success

first_imgWinston Bogarde is backing Louis van Gaal to silence the critics and bring Champions League football back to Manchester United.The Dutchman has endured a difficult debut season at Old Trafford and many fans are yet to be convinced he is the man to restore the club’s fortunes.But Bogarde, who played under his fellow countryman at Ajax and Barcelona, insists United DO have the right man at the helm, and he is sure Van Gaal will lead them to a top four finish in the Premier League.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Netherlands international said: “Manchester United is a very big club and he has a lot of experience working at big clubs. It is not an easy job, but he has the experience and we have to give him some time to do his work.“I am very confident he will be successful at Man United. You can see they are playing better each game, so I am confident they will get a Champions League ticket for next season.”last_img read more

What United must do to land Pogba, plus latest on Morata, Hart and Koulibaly

first_img1 Will they/ won’t they? That’s what Man United fans and every other football fan wants to know about Paul Pogba and the Red Devils. Here, talkSPORT has the latest on that potential transfer and all the other best ones.PAUL POGBA LATEST:Man United have agreed to pay Paul Pogba £11m a year and are ready to make a £100m offer to Juventus for the 23-year-old midfielder. (AS)Almost a quarter of the United will pay for the France international will go to Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola. (Sunday Times)Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho will sell up to eight players to finance the Pogba transfer, with Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger among those at risk. (Sun on Sunday)Mourinho will also offload Juan Mata for £20m to free up funds. (Sunday Express)Mata could go to Juventus as part of the deal to bring Pogba to Old Trafford. (Sunday People)OTHER TRANSFER RUMOURS:Joe Hart could be on his way out of Man City with manager Pep Guardiola keen to complete a £20m deal for Barcelona’s 24-year-old goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Sunday Times)Jose Mourinho is still interested in taking Pogba’s France team-mate, Blaise Matuidi to United. (ESPN)Man United have sacked head of youth player recruitment Derek Langley, who had been with the Red Devils for 16 years. (Mail on Sunday)In Spain, it is being reported that Chelsea’s opening offer for Real Madrid’s striker Alavaro Morata has been rejected, with the Liga club keen to hold on to the player. (Marca)Everton hope to beat Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly by offering £40m for the 25-year-old Senegal international. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)Bruno Peres will cost Manchester City £17m as Pep Guardiola chases the Torino full-back as well as Everton’s John Stones and Leonardo Bonucci of Juventus to strengthen his defence. (Mail on Sunday)Guardiola will NOT look to sell City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure this summer. (Sunday Mirror)However, Toure has been offered a £500,000-a-week deal to leave City and play in the Chinese Super League. (Star on Sunday)Saido Berahino will reject a new contract offer from West Bromwich Albion with Premier League rivals Stoke City and Watford interested in the 22-year-old. (Sunday Telegraph)West Ham have turned down a £10m bid from Lazio for their Ecuador striker Enner Valencia. (Sunday Express)Newcastle are on the verge of signing 21-year-old Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden on a five-year deal. (Sky Sports)Rafa Benitez also hopes to sign centre-back Grant Hanley from Championship rivals Blackburn. (Newcastle Chronicle)ENGLAND MANAGER LATEST:The FA is intent on an English successor to Roy Hodgson as England manager with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe the leading candidates for the job. (Sunday Telegraph)The United States Soccer Federation will not stand in the way of Jurgen Klinsmann if the 51-year-old German coach, currently in charge of the US national side, is offered the position as England manager. (Sunday Mirror)Dutchman Guus Hiddink, 69, is emerging as one of the stronger contenders for the England job and would be happy to school a young English coach such as Eddie Howe or Gareth Southgate to take over after the 2018 World Cup. (Mail on Sunday)MORE TRANSFER STORIES:Papiss Cisse leaves NewcastleThe 10 most expensive transfers that could still happenBest bargain signings so far in the summer transfer windowPower ranking every club by their record transferJurgen Klopp’s ideal XI for the new season with new signings and done deals Here are the stories on Sunday 10 July last_img read more


first_imgSix people were rescued when their speedboat sank off the coast of Sheephaven Bay this afternoon.The group, which included two children, made a 999 call just seconds before their 18 ft vessel sank  – about half a mile off-shore around 4.30pm.The group were all rescued in the water when the Malin Head Coastguard Rescue put out a mayday call to all vessels in the area to respond. A call was also made to the Search and Rescue helicopter based in Sligo but it was in Knock and would have needed to refuel.Two boats, the ‘Blue Haven’, a rib and ‘Our Jenna’, a fishing vessel responded to the call and were within the scene in minutes.The Blue Haven was manned by a lifeguard crew member from Newcastle in Co Down who pulled the six from the water.All six people had been wearing life jackets. One of the children, a four year old girl, was taken to hospital as a precaution but her conditions is said to be comfortable.None of the other five people who were rescued had to receive any treatment.A spokesman for Malin Head Coastguard Rescue said all six people on board the boat, between Portnablagh and Marble Hill, had a very lucky escape.“They contacted us with a 99 call to say they were taking in water but then the phone was cut off.“We feared the worst and put out a mayday to all craft in the area. Luckily two vessels were close by. “One of those vessels contained a member of the coastguard form Newcastle in Co Down so he knew what he was doing.“When he got there they were already in the water and the boat, a 18ft Fletcher speedboat, was submerged.“He managed to get all six people on board and they are safe,” he said.The coastguard spokesman praised the quick response of the vessels and also pointed to the fact that all six people onboard were wearing lifejackets. “Who knows what could have happened if they had not been wearing lifejackets. There’s no question there is a lesson for all of us there,” he said.EndsSIX PEOPLE RESCUED AS SPEEDBOAT SINKS OFF SHEEPHAVEN BAY was last modified: July 12th, 2011 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

Night Caching in Portugal – A Lackey’s Mega-Event Experience

first_imgEditor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly twenty Mega-Events worldwide. Arne Moen, aka, RandolphAgarn, attended the Lisbon, Portugal Mega-Event 12 years Geocaching – Portugal (GC35GH8). Arne has been a Lackey since 2009 and is a Software Developer. Here’s Arne’s account of his trip.Written By: Arne MoenArne (on right) with local geocacher and Olympian João CostaI was in Lisbon, Portugal to celebrate  12 Years Geocaching Portugal with local geocachers.I was delighted to meet all these geocachers from Portugal. Of course, I knew that there are geocachers all over the world. But to talk to them in person about FTF’s (First to Finds), Multi-Caches, and Trackables in person made it all more real.Everyone was very kind to me and I was excited to give away some merchandise like Trackable tags. I strongly suspect I would have felt equally welcome without the swag. I met many interesting individuals and some really sweet dogs. I met a geologist who was born in Mozambique, an underwater archeologist, an Olympic athlete, a C-130 pilot, a cartographer, and many more individuals whose backgrounds we didn’t discuss. Each one of them was a treat to talk to.Geocacher by a cork treeWhile chatting with a geocacher, I recalled that a significant amount of the world’s cork – as in a bottle or on a bulletin board – comes from Portugal. I had heard that it was the bark of a tree. Though I had seen a lot of bark in my lifetime and I couldn’t imagine how the thing in the wine bottle was attached to the outside of a tree.I mentioned this to my new geocacher friend.  He told me cork trees can be found all over Portugal and immediately set off trying to find one in the park. A few minutes later he returned to bring me to a cork tree.  The bark was thick, and firm yet spongy. And suddenly I could see where cork comes from.Night caching in PortugalI found a couple of geocaches at the Mega-Event. But my first evening in Portugal I went out and found some geocaches with some new friends.We began our evening with a traditional Portuguese meal: cod, ham, and fried potatoes, covered with a kind of hollandaise sauce. We also enjoyed “vinho verde,” which means green wine in Portuguese. The greenness in this case is in reference to the newness of the wine. The grapes had been picked, squeezed and fermented in the last year.After our meal the four of use set out into the streets of Lisbon looking for geocaches. This was in an old neighborhood, between the eleventh century castle perched on the hill, and the Rio Tejo, the river from which some of the great explorers like Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama began their voyages of discovery.Ultra Violet Night Cache ClueWe started in front of an old cathedral across the street from our restaurant. There was a geocache, Catedral (GCZWBV), just down the street. As the guest, I was allowed to make the first attempt. I was nervous with three experienced geocachers watching me. I was still suffering the affects of from jet lag. I skipped over the geocache at first, then found it a few seconds later.The next geocache, Portas do Sol (GC1F9NG), was in a little square that overlooked the river. We took several seconds to enjoy the view before looking for the geocache.  We found the geocache in one spot and a second log book in another. This was my 100th find and my furthest find east of my home coordinates. It was a fantastic spot to hit a milestone.Then we went down the hill towards the plaza at the site of the former royal palace. This area of town was relatively new.  An earthquake and tsunami wiped out this neighborhood in 1755 so it had to be rebuilt. We knew exactly where the next geocache, No Paço do Terreiro [Lisboa] (GC13Z3E), was hidden from a spoiler photo. Before we were finished signing the log, a police offer walked up to ask us what kind of tomfoolery we were engaged in.Travel Bug haircut at the Mega-EventsI felt like I was back in high school, getting caught by an authority figure. Here we were, four adult men, each with full lives running around downtown in the middle of the night. Isn’t there something more we should doing with our lives?  No, it turns out. We were having an adventure. What could be better than that? We explained we were geocaching. He told us he knew what that was and let us replace the cache and let us go about our evening.All of the caches we found that night were traditional urban micros.  They were good geocaches. But the food, the company, the hunt, the adventure that evening, and the Mega-Event experience, made my trip magical.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Competes in the 2012 OlympicsAugust 3, 2012In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

India in South Africa: Dale Steyn ruled out of ongoing 1st Test, may miss rest of series

first_imgSouth Africa’s star pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ongoing first Test against India at Newlands, Cape Town.Steyn left the field during India’s innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised left heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt. Steyn won’t bowl but may bat if needed in this Test match.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 13 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.The South African team manager said he sustained a “freakish” foot injury while bowling in his comeback game on Saturday.Steyn, who has been plagued by injuries over the last three years and was playing his first Test in more than a year, hurt his left foot when he landed awkwardly in a foothole on one delivery, South Africa manager and team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said.Initial scans showed tissue damage around the bottom of Steyn’s foot and near the heel, Moosajee said, and Steyn wouldn’t be able to bowl again in the Test in Cape Town.The type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee added, almost certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia’s tour in March.”Generally you need rest,” Moosajee said, saying there was “significant” bruising and tissue damage on Steyn’s foot.advertisementSteyn will see a specialist on Sunday, Moosajee said.Steyn left the field just before the tea break and immediately after the delivery that caused the injury. He couldn’t complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.”It’s never nice for Dale because he’s just come back from injury,” said Steyn’s fellow South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “Just feeling very sympathetic for him.”Steyn, who is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test matches, was playing a Test for the first time since breaking down with a right shoulder injury in Australia in November 2016. Before that, the 34-year-old paceman, regarded as one of the game’s great fast bowlers, endured other problems with his right shoulder and a groin injury. He had only played eight Tests in three years before his return this week.His comeback was closely watched with fears that he hadn’t played enough cricket in the buildup to this season and might struggle for match fitness.Moosajee said it was important to note that it was a freakish type of injury and had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India’s first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 Tests. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more