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Scorpions struggling at Sabina Park

first_imgThe lack of an adequate drainage system that forced play to be abandoned on day one was again in focus on day two of the third round at the Digicel WICB Four-day Championship clash between Jamaica Scorpions and front runners Barbados Pride at Sabina Park yesterday.The umpires were to forced abandon play at 4:15 p.m., shortly after tea, following a brief shower during the interval.The Jamaica Scorpions, sent into bat, were struggling at 157 for eight when play was called off, with captain Nikita Miller unbeaten on five, and Reynard Leveridge yet to get off the mark.Earlier, opener John Campbell top-scored with a stroke-filled 60, for his third half-century in five innings, with Damion Jacobs getting 30.”The weather has been kind of affecting us a bit,”‘ stated Jacobs. “The outfield, the delays, and the general conditions, but we have to keep our heads up.We have been bowling well since the start of the season, and the mindset is to just come and see how many more runs we can get,” he added.The Scorpions were 52 for five at one stage and appeared likely to fall for under 150. They were, however, kept afloat by Campbell, who struck five fours in his 142 balls innings, which lasted three hours and 24 minutes.Kenroy Williams (2-16), Kemar Roach (2-24) and Justin Greaves (2-40) were the leading bowlers for the Pride.”It is a good position to be in,” assessed Barbados coach Emerson Trotman.” I would have liked to be in a better position, of course, and would be a little bit out of our plans. But we have got to be thankful as Jamaica are still a good side.Play is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today.last_img read more

Coke launches ‘green’ factory, bottle

first_imgRay Maota PlantBottle technology reduces carbonemissions during the productionprocess of the bottles. Valpré received the “Gold Quality” labelin May 2011 by Monde Selection, aninternational institute testing consumerproducts and granting them quality awards.(Images: Coca-Cola)MEDIA CONTACTS• Angela D HarrellCoca-Cola South Africa+27 11 644 0727Coca-Cola South Africa celebrated the opening of its new “green” Valpré Spring Water plant in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg, by launching an environment-friendly plastic bottle – of which 30% is organic material.The US$54-million (R371-million) state-of-the-art facility was opened on 7 July 2011 by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa.Run by a group of black women, the factory has been described by the beverage giant as the “greenest plant in Africa”.The method used to manufacture the 100% recyclable PlantBottle packaging produces far fewer carbon dioxide emissions than that used to make conventional plastic bottles.Molewa said at the launch: “The opening of the new Valpré plant in Heidelberg, and the launch of PlantBottle, supports government’s mandate to create infrastructure, develop skills, increase the number of women in the workforce and ensure sustainable development with a focus on minimising the impact on the environment.“It is a notable example of the kind of development that we encourage all South African industries to adopt.”Coca-Cola chose Heidelberg for its proximity to distribution sites in the Gauteng region, where demand for bottled water is high.It also chose the town because the chemical composition of the underground water there is similar to that at Valpré’s Polokwane plant in Limpopo province.“When we set out in 2009 to build this plant, we did so with the goal of ensuring that the plant reinforced all that the Coca-Cola Company and Valpré Spring Water stand for, which is unwavering quality and commitment to the sustainability of our environment and communities,” said Bill Egbe, the company’s president in South Africa.Greening the bottling industry “With the new Heidelberg plant, Valpré will reduce its carbon footprint, lower its water usage ratio, adopt energy-efficient lighting and production technologies, and boost its solid waste recovery – all while providing its market with a sustainable product packaged in a bottle that takes a giant step towards using renewable resource,” said Charlotte Metcalf, executive director of South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA).SANBWA, a voluntary association of bottlers representing the entire bottling chain, sets safety and quality measures for the industry.The new plant maximises use of natural light and water, and includes recyclable material in its building, thereby reducing dependence on non-renewables.To ensure the plant matches up to the standards of top green buildings around the world, it is undergoing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.LEED certification is an internationally recognised programme developed by the US Green Building Council in March 2000, which promotes sustainable building and development practices.It is considered the benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.A first for AfricaThe newly introduced PlantBottle is Africa’s first completely recyclable plastic bottle using 30% plant material.South Africa is the 10th market in the world to launch the bottle.More than 2.5-billion plastic water bottles using PlantBottle technology have been produced in the US in the past two years.“There is no other brand in Coca-Cola South Africa’s portfolio of 30 still and sparkling beverages better suited to represent sustainability and quality than Valpré,” Coke said in a statement.The brand of bottled water received the “Gold Quality” label in May 2011 from Monde Selection, an international institute that tests consumer products.Empowering women Muhtar Kent, the worldwide CEO and chairperson of Coca-Cola, announced in 2010 that the company would empower 5-million women across the world by 2020, also known as the “5 By 20” pledge.Kent said at the time: “Enhancing economic opportunities for women in the Coca-Cola value chain will result in increased incomes, enhanced skills in business, increased stature within the community and improved potential for communities.”Empowering women to run the new Heidelberg plant is part of this pledge.Other members of the town’s community will also benefit from the plant through increased job opportunities.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh bypolls: BJP leads in Mungaoli, Congress ahead in Kolaras

first_imgThe counting of votes for the bypolls to two Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh began on Wednesday, with the BJP leading in Mungaoli and the Congress in Kolaras after the completion of first round, an official said.BJP’s Baisahab Yadav was leading by 265 votes in Mungaoli while in Kolaras, the Congress candidate, Mahendra Singh Yadav, was ahead of his rivals by a margin of 514 ballots, the official said.The postal ballots were counted first, he said.The outcome of the two bypolls would be watched keenly as a possible pointer to people’s mood ahead of the Assembly elections in the BJP-ruled state, due later this year.The bypolls, held on February 24, were necessitated due to the death of Congress’s MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras).A total of 13 candidates are in fray in Mungaoli while 22 candidates are contesting in Kolaras.last_img read more

Rape accused shot dead in Manipur

first_imgTwo unidentified persons on Sunday night gunned down a youth who was in judicial custody on the charge of rape and attempted murder of a girl. The slain youth was identified as Ghanashyam Heisnam, 25, of Thanga islet in Bishnupur district in Manipur.Police are not ruling out the involvement of proscribed insurgents in the killing of Heisnam who was detained in connection with the rape on February 13, 2017. He was further charged with attempting to murder the girl later. Some time back, the insurgents had started killing rape accused.Heisnam was released on bail recently and was at a kiosk near his house when two scooter-borne youth fired at him. He was rushed to the hospital at nearby Moirang with three bullet injuries. Later, he was brought to Imphal but he succumbed to injuries.So far, there has been no claim for the shooting.In another incident, a 12-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by her cousins one month ago, committed suicide on Saturday. Police have arrested some suspects in this connection.last_img read more

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas. LATEST STORIES This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Read Nextcenter_img Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Fitness only concern for India ahead of World Cup: Kumble

first_imgFormer Test captain Anil Kumble reckons it is India’s best chance to lift the ODI World Cup after 1983 but fitness of players would be a major concern and ending the 28-year-old jinx would depend on whether the squad remains injury-free during the event.”My only concern is the fitness of the guys. If they can last the entire tournament without injuries, we could certainly regain the Cup,” Kumble said in an interview ahead of the February 19 to March 2 mega-event to be held in the sub-continent.Kumble said along with India, defending champions Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are the other favourites for the coveted trophy.”We have a very bright chance, probably it is our best opportunity to win the Cup,” said Kumble.Kumble weighed the advantages that India had to win back the title, last won by Kapil’s Devils in 1983.”We have lot of advantages going into the tournament. The form of the players is encouraging. The quality of players is good. There are some all-rounders as well who can chip in with both bat and ball,” emphasised Kumble, who was part of the Indian World Cup campaigns in 1996 (at home), 1999 (England), 2003 (South Africa) and 2007 (West Indies).India’s most successful bowler feels the sub-continental dustbowls would be of great advantage to India.”Besides the form and quality of players, the pitches would suit our game. We know our conditions too well. We know what we can expect,” said Kumble, who as president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, has dedicated his time for the conduct of the World Cup matches in the City.advertisementTalking about the disappointment of losing the 1996 semifinals and the 2003 finals, Kumble said: “We came very close to winning. It was disappointing that we could not get to do what we were capable as a team. Each time we got close and lost, we knew we had to wait for a long time as the World Cup is played only once in four years.”Asked if Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his sixth successive World Cup, will be under pressure to deliver in front of the home crowd, Kumble said: “He has been around for 21 years. So there is no question of him being under pressure.”With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgRound Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL) was played at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Complex on Friday 27 July 2007.In Men’s Open action, Dodgers continued on their winning way at the top of the Men’s competition with a solid 5-3 victory over University-Rebels in the 7.20pm clash.Dodgers’ New Zealand Men’s Open playmaker Leon Skinner was in dazzling touch for the Coast boys who worked hard to eventually fend off a spirited challenge from Uni-Rebels.2006 Queensland Mixed Open standout Damian Moar was Uni-Rebels best player and a constant threat with his silky handling skills a highlight of the game.Colts recent good form was rewarded with a 4-2 triumph over Southern Storm in the 8.10pm timeslot.Nathan Smith and Australian Youth Squad member Jason Schmidt had outstanding games for Colts, whilst Storm’s Queensland Men’s Open lynchpin Ryan Pollock, playing consistently good touch in 2007, was again his team’s best player.In the late timeslot at 9.00pm, Country Club United (CCU) produced a professional 6-3 win over Tigers.Hard working CCU stalwart Luke “Chucksy” Parker and the skillful Luke Feldman were dominant for the Northsiders, whilst Charles Seeto was again the pick of a vanquished, but willing Tigers team.Round Seven of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open began with the early clash at 7.20pm between Crushers and Dodgers.After a tight first half where both teams created numerous chances, Dodgers finished off better to go the break 2-0 up.Amy Turner, Nicola Slade, and Rachel Stevenson called the shots for Dodgers and they ran out 4-0 winners with a composed display in the second half.National 20 Years Youth Squad member Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett was Crushers best, whilst Tasmanian tyro Emma Haines, making her debut for the tri-colours, and Kathrine “Dooie” Moore led from the front.In the 8.10pm clash, defending premiers Uni-Rebels completed a 4-1 victory over Colts to reclaim top spot in the division.Colts were without their rock, Australian Women’s Open star Peta Rogerson, who has been far and away the competition’s most dominant player in season 2007.Rogerson’s absence was keenly felt by an out of sorts Colts combination who struggled without her input and direction.Uni-Rebels were full of running with Renee Murphy, National Youth squad member Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and Toni Elthrington leading the way for Rebels in a performance that smacked of the consistency and combination that the premiers had been lacking to this point.Colts 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed Open Captain Mary “Pasher” Steele, Meg Ballon, and Nikki Etheridge never stopped trying and the loss may be a timely one as Colts take stock and gear up for semi-final action in coming weeks.In the late game at 9.00pm, the Southern Storm produced a gritty 5-3 win over traditional arch rivals Country Club United.Storm’s Queensland and Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams came out firing and looks to be finding good form at the right time of the season as she steered her young chargers through a tough clash with the experienced CCU team.Young Storm middle Kirsty “Harry” Quince played with poise and maturity, and along with Sam Hopkin and veteran Angela Barr, were the Storm’s best players.CCU dug deep and pushed the southsiders hard with National 18 Years Girls squad members Gen “SG” Lacaze, Kelly Jones, and the experienced Nat Parker leading the CCU charge.In Round Eight of the PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Men’s Open competition this Friday 3 August 2007, Tigers take on Storm at 7.20pm, CCU meet Dodgers in the 2006 grand final replay at 810pm, and Colts confront Uni-Rebels at 9.00pm.In PowerAde Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open Round Eight action, CCU will meet Uni-Rebels at 7.20pm; Storm play Crushers at 8.10pm, and Colts will battle with Dodgers in the late game at 9.00pm.With just three weeks of regular season fixtures remaining, all teams are looking to consolidate their games and build into the finals race with good form under their belts.Men’s and Women’s Division two and three A and B fixtures also continue this Friday night with first games commencing at 6.30pm.last_img read more

Trump dairy farmers broaden attacks on Liberals as speedy metal tariffs urged

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canada-U.S. trade war bled into farm fields on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced dual attacks from Canadian dairy farmers, and President Donald Trump.The Dairy Farmers of Canada branded as “troubling” and “worrisome” comments Trudeau made on NBC’s Meet the Press that Canada was considering allowing U.S. dairy greater access to the Canadian market as part of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”The attacks came as the government is already reeling from Trump’s imposition last week of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, part the president’s broader tariff attack on Mexico and Europe.Trudeau also faced pressure Monday to speed up Canada’s tariff retaliation on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, while it consults on imposing levies on other American consumer goods.Speaking on the NBC Sunday news show, Trudeau called the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum “insulting and unacceptable.”Trudeau was also asked about possible concessions the U.S. is seeking in the NAFTA talks.“I think they want a better deal on their auto sector from Mexico and I think they want more access on certain agricultural products like dairy to Canada,” the prime minister said.Asked if he was willing to give that, Trudeau replied: “We were moving towards flexibility in those areas that I thought was very, very promising.” But he said the U.S. insistence on a five-year sunset clause was a deal breaker.Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, sent Trudeau a letter on Monday, demanding a meeting and questioning his support for the dairy industry.“These comments are deeply troubling for our dairy farmers, as you and your government’s representatives have repeatedly stated that you support the supply management system and our sector,” Lampron wrote.“Your comments, in addition to political meetings between your staff and President Trump’s advisers, for which there has been little information provided to us, are quite worrisome.”Trudeau’s office declined direct comment on the letter and instead referred to comments Monday in question period, in which Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay once again defended Canada’s supply management system.“The prime minister, myself, the minister of foreign affairs, cabinet ministers and caucus, and, indeed, the trade negotiators of NAFTA have clearly indicated the Canadian direction,” MacAulay said.“The Liberal government is the government that put supply management in place and it is the Liberal government that will protect supply management.”Canada has already granted some access to its dairy markets in its other big free trade deals with the European Union and the re-booted Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 11-country Pacific Rim pact that does not include the U.S.Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.Trudeau said he wants to respect the government’s 30-day consultation period on its proposed $16.6-billion tariff package, retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.The federal government wants to consult Canadians before enacting its response, which targets not only U.S. steel and aluminum, but also a wide variety of goods from orange juice to playing cards to toilet paper.Joseph Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said he urged Trudeau in a meeting Monday to immediately impose the retaliatory tariffs on metals while it consults on the other products.Galimberti said American steel continues to flow into Canada tariff-free while Canadian steel now faces tariffs.“This is a very live situation,” Galimberti told reporters after the meeting, add that companies are “experiencing damages and interruptions today, supply chains are going to change going forward.“This is something that the government is going to need to pay attention to.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also urged Trudeau to accelerate the retaliation.“The American tariffs went into effect immediately and Canadian shipments of steel are already being turned back from the border,” said Scheer. “Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the U.S. tariffs came into effect right away?”Trudeau replied he wants to follow through on the consultations while trying to persuade the U.S. to drop the tariffs.“One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars,” he said.“We continue to believe that by working thoughtfully and firmly with the American administration we are going to be able to move forward in a positive direction.”last_img read more

Special category status to NE states will be restored Rahul

first_imgItanagar: The Congress will restore special category status to all states of the Northeast if voted to power at the Centre, party president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday, reaching out to the electors of the region where it is a sensitive issue.He also accused the BJP of trying to destroy the social and cultural ethos of the people of the Northeast by imposing on them the “RSS ideology”. Addressing a Congress rally in the run up to the Lok Sabha and Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls to be held simultaneously, Gandhi sought to appeal to the regional sentiments, saying his party will never “attack the language, culture, customs and traditions” of the Northeastern states. “The people of the region are close to Congress’s heart. The Congress has always worked for the development of the region. My party, if voted to power, will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the Northeast,” he told a well attended rally at Indira Park here. The Congress party’s last standing citadel in the Northeast fell in November last year when BJP ally Mizo National Front stormed to power in the state. There are some states which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain and infrastructure, he said. Gandhi said these states had special status when the Congress helmed the central government. The Congress president called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s slogan of “Congress mukt Bharat” an expression of “hatred” towards the main opposition party. “However, the Congress being a secular party would not even want the BJP finished,” he said. Accusing the BJP-led central government of imposing “RSS ideology” across the country, including the Northeast, Gandhi alleged ineligible people with Sangh family background were appointed as vice chancellors. Touching upon yest another sensitive issue of Citizenship (amendmdent) Bill, Gandhi said his party will never allow it to be passed by Parliament as it is detrimental to the people of the region. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of the Northeast,” he asserted. “After the NDA government came to power, the Planning Commission, which was set up for meticulously planned development, keeping in mind the special requirements of the region, was replaced with Niti Aayog. “Earlier, all schemes for northeastern states were planned in due consultation with the respective state governments, but now all planning is done in Delhi,” he added. Noting that Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the Congress’s scheme of things, Gandhi said his party wants a “bonding of hearts” with the people of the northeastern state. The Congress leader promised his party will give a fresh impetus to infrastructure development in Arunachal Pradesh if voted to power. He also pledged to revive the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) scheme and North East Industrial Policy for giving a boost to the region’s economy. Reaffirming the Congress’s commitment to providing ‘Guaranteed Minimum Income’ to every citizen, Gandhi claimed that instead of giving loans to the unemployed youth of Arunachal Pradesh, the Modi government wrote off the Rs 3.5 lakh crore debt of a handful of industrialists. He dubbed as a “blantant lie” the BJP’s promise of creating two crore jobs a year. “Instead, there are more than two crore unemployed youth now,” he said.last_img read more

TN varsity sex scandal College teacher walks out of jail after 11

first_imgMadurai: A woman college teacher, behind bars for 11 months in connection with the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) sex scandal, was released on bail from the central prison here on Wednesday.Suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, accused of luring some girl students to extend sexual favours to senior MKU officials to get higher marks and money, was granted bail by the Madras High Court bench here on March 12. Her release was delayed as the bail formalities were completed on Tuesday only, after her brother and a family friend furnished sureties, police said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Devi was working with the Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, affiliated to the MKU. She was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint filed by the college and a women’s forum after an audio clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. In the audio clip, she purportedly told the girls to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”. Devi, who has denied the allegations, was suspended by the college following an internal enquiry. The Crime Branch-CID of Tamil Nadu police had filed the charge sheet in the case, booking Devi for several offences under the Indian Penal Code, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and Information Technology Act.last_img read more