Red Force into final after whipping Jaguars

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first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force stormed into the final of the Regional Super50 when they produced a clinical bowling performance to whip Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here Wednesday night.In a repeat of last year’s final, Red Force raised a competitive 259 for nine off their 50 overs and then used their spin attack on a turning Queen’s Park Oval track, to bundle out Jaguars for a disappointing 205 off 48.3 overs.Left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a sixth regional one-day hundred when he fell for 95 while West Indies teammate Denesh Ramdin weighed in with an attacking 43 off 44 balls and Kjorn Ottley, a well-played 33 off 62 deliveries.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the leading bowler with three for 56 while off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-12) and seamer Paul Wintz (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Jaguars suffered from a sluggish start before losing wickets steadily as the Red Force spinners crippled the innings.Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble resisted with a cameo 51 while Paul Wintz struck 26. Chris Barnwell got 22 and captain Leon Johnson and opener Vishaul Singh both scored 20.The damage was done by Jon-Russ Jaggesar who claimed three for 36 while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-35) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-42) picked up two wickets apiece.Red Force will now await the winners of last night’s second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, to know their opponents in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is questioning the process by which the Alliance For Change (AFC) managed to pull out last minute from almost 10 Local Authority Areas (LAAs), for which they had planned to contest at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).The Party’s General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo told a media conference on Thursday that he finds it thought-provoking that the AFC is reluctant to give the locations of those areas.“What is very interesting, is (David) Patterson said that…we are not telling you where. So, they wrote this down on a piece of paper and they folded this paper carefully and locked it in a safe because like it’s a State secret about which areas they are pulling out of,” Jagdeo stated.The AFC on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 Local Authority Areas at the upcoming Local Government Elections. This announcement follows previous statements made by the party, where they had initially said the AFC had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 areas.The party blamed a number of issues for the decision not to contest more areas, including political bullying and issues with communication. Patterson said nevertheless, he is satisfied with the position the AFC is in at the moment and the AFC will continue to work hard to prepare for LGE.But the PPP General Secretary questioned the method used by the AFC to pull out, explaining that this would have had to be done within a specific timeframe. “[The Guyana Elections Commission] GECOM is not accepting pulling out anymore. GECOM has already printed the ballots. So, if GECOM printed the ballots and you pull out now, the candidates’ names will still be on the ballot,” he explained.Jagdeo’s contention is since GECOM has made it clear to the PPP that the lists cannot be adjusted, he is now thinking about what mechanism was used to pull out. The PPP had pulled out of one constituency in Wakenaam, but he said this was done within the prescribed period.“If they pull out and we don’t know where they are pulling out from, they are going to still be on the ballot, so how will GECOM treat this? I don’t know if they understand this is not a simple matter and it begs a lot of questions. If GECOM is allowing them to pull out now, then GECOM is complicit. They say they can’t make adjustments in PPP areas, but they can for the AFC? And then again if GECOM has not accepted this, then this is all a farce,” he added.DebatesThe Party’s General Secretary criticised the AFC for now coming up with the idea of hosting a debate. Jagdeo said the call by the AFC is nothing more than a “sham”, since he believes the party currently has nothing else going for it as LGE approaches.“Imagine these people shut down debates in Parliament, they rush through bills, they refuse to answer questions and we have a long list of questions in Parliament that they refuse to give answers to… And now he (Patterson) wants debates here. But I think it is just another sham, because they have nothing else going for them,” he declared.Patterson also announced his support for the hosting of public debates among constituency candidates vying for positions within their Local Government organisations. He expressed his Party’s willingness to participate in any such event as the time draws closer for the LGE.“We do feel there should be a debate among candidates, particularly, in the larger constituencies and municipalities, like persons in the constituencies in Georgetown, Linden, Bartica, New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, should have a public debate…on policies and positions,” he said Wednesday.However, Patterson says the AFC will not seek to organise any such debates itself, as it may be viewed as a strategy to dominate. Nevertheless, the party said it is willing to participate in any event organised by any civil society group or organisation in Guyana.The party’s campaign manager was clear, however, as to the conditions under which AFC candidates will participate. He said the party would prefer having these debates hosted in the larger constituencies, rather than smaller ones spread across the country.The PPP General Secretary also lashed out at the AFC for using “Fit and proper” as its campaign slogan. Jagdeo referred to the origin of those words which were used by President David Granger to describe GECOM Commissioner James Patterson, although there were concerns.The PPP has since challenged the President’s unilateral appointment. Jagdeo said the AFC appears to be laughing at all of Guyana, with its adoption of the term as its political campaign. He also accused the President of abusing State resources to campaign for his party at the LGE.last_img read more


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first_imgDevelopmental satellite Speaking to SAinfo in June, the Department of Science and Technology’s space science general manager, Valanathan Munsami, said SumbandilaSat is a developmental satellite designed and built in South Africa to showcase local capabilities, and as such is much cheaper than most commercial satellites. The project was carried out in partnership with SunSpace and Information Systems, the University of Stellenbosch, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Satellite Application Centre at Hartebeesthoek, north-west of Johannesburg. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The university was responsible for managing the project as well as training the students, while SunSpace was tasked with building the satellite. Orbiting at a height of 500km, SumbandilaSat will collect data for use in the management of natural disasters like floods, fires and oil spills in southern Africa. It will also be able to measure temperatures at sea and land, clouds and rainfall, winds, sea levels, ice cover, vegetation cover and gases. South Africa’s low-orbit satellite, SumbandilaSat, was launched into space from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on the evening of Thursday, 17 September, with Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor among those who travelled to the central asian country to witness the event. 18 September 2009 The 80-kilogramme satellite, built at a cost of R26-million, has a primary payload consisting of a remote sensing camera and a secondary payload consisting of a fixed vibration string experiment. Munsami told SAinfo that Stellenbosch University would be responsible for the satellite during the commissioning and stabilisation phase immediately after separation, while the Satellite Application Centre would be responsible for operations, telemetry, tracking, control as well as data capturing thereafter. According BuaNews, the Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the satellite lifted off at exactly 5:55pm local time, to rousing applause from the South African contingent, after its scheduled Wednesday launch was postponed due to bad weather. The Satellite Application Centre will receive image data from SumbandilaSat and will monitor and control the satellite, maintain it and programme it to perform its various functions. SumbandilaSat will be South Africa’s second satellite, after the launch of SunSat 1, a modest satellite built by students and lecturers at Stellenbosch University in 1999.last_img read more


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first_imgYaya Toure made a sensational return to the Manchester City ranks, scoring twice on his comeback to inspire the title contenders to a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Ivorian powerhouse was in the City line-up for his first league appearance of the season, back in the fold after recently making a public apology following comments the player’s agent had made about the club and manager Pep Guardiola. (Also read: Olivier Giroud snatches point for Arsenal in 1-1 draw against Manchester United)Injury-prone City captain Vincent Kompany had to go off with injury after a collision with his own keeper Claudio Bravo but Toure was soon back in business when his 39th minute shot, via a deflection, flew past Wayne Hennessey.After Palace equalised in the 66th minute with a Connor Wickham strike, Toure struck seven minutes from time to consign the home side to their fifth consecutive defeat, slotting home from a low corner delivered expertly by Kevin de Bruyne.SOUTHAMPTON 0 – 0 LIVERPOOLLiverpool missed a chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League after squandering a string of chances in a dull 0-0 draw against Southampton in driving rain at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.Liverpool have 27 points from 12 games, ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. Third-placed Chelsea, on 25, can leapfrog both of them when they visit struggling Middlesbrough on Sunday.The visitors dominated the first half and came close when former Southampton forward Sadio Mane, who moved to Liverpool in the close season, forced a good save from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.advertisementGeorginio Wijnaldum drove a long-range effort over the bar for Liverpool before the leaders wasted their best chance when Roberto Firmino shotwide with the goal at his mercy after a defence-splitting pass by fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.STOKE CITY 0 – 1 BOURNEMOUTHBournemouth won their first Premier League match on the road this season thanks to Nathan Ake’s second league goal and a penalty miss from Stoke’s Bojan Krkic on Saturday.Dutchman Ake proved the Cherries’ courageous first-half hero, picking himself off the ground after a tough challenge from Wilfried Bony and heading home straight away from a Junior Stanislas cross.Bournemouth were denied an obvious first-half penalty when Ryan Shawcross upended Callum Wilson but Stoke missed their chance to strike back after the interval when Bojan, fouled in the area by Simon Francis, struck the resulting spot kick against the bar.Stoke could hardly credit that their six-match unbeaten record was ended as they squandered numerous chances for a late equaliser and Bournemouth celebrated their first away league win since April.TOTTENHAM 3 – 2 WEST HAM Tottenham was the only unbeaten team in all four leagues in England thanks to Kane’s late scoring exploits.Kane, the league’s top scorer last season, netted in the 89th minute and again in the first minute of stoppage time from the penalty spot as West Ham unraveled at White Hart Lane. There was still time for Winston Reid to be sent off after collecting his second yellow card for pushing Kane in the final seconds.Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead with a 24th-minute goal that was canceled out six minutes after halftime by Harry Winks on his first Premier League start. West Ham went back in front thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s penalty, after Reid was fouled by Vincent Janssen.EVERTON 1 – 1 SWANSEAJust when Bob Bradley thought Swansea had secured their first win under his management, Seamus Coleman produced an 89th-minute header to give Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Bradley made eight changes in a bid to kickstart his side’s spluttering season and when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot, after having been brought down by Phil Jagielka in the 41st minute, it was the first time they had even led under the American.The goal stunned Everton, still smarting from their 5-0 drubbing by Chelsea before the international break, and Yannick Bolasie went close after the interval as Everton went all out for the equaliser.After spending almost the entire second period in their own half, Swansea eventually buckled when Coleman headed home in the 89th minute, although the draw means Everton have only won one of their past seven league games.SUNDERLAND 3 – 0 HULL CITYTwo goals from Victor Anichebe and another from Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a deserved 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City as David Moyes’ side registered back-to-back wins for only the third time in 2016.Anichebe, who netted his first goal in 546 days against Bournemouth last time out, grabbed two more in 22 minutes after Defoe had opened the scoring from a Duncan Watmore knockdown with his 150th Premier League strike.advertisementA power failure led to a delay of several minutes at the start of the second half but there was no stopping Anichebe who produced a sharp left-foot shot after 62 minutes before thumping his third goal in two games to seal the win on 84.The only sour note for Sunderland, who moved off the bottom of the table, was the late sending-off of defender Papy Djilobodji for a needless second yellow card.last_img read more