WI set to defy soaring temperatures in tour match

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):In the wake of heavy losses in their only two fixtures on tour, West Indies will look to defy soaring temperatures and make the most of their two-day match against the Victoria XI as they continue their build-up to the second Test match against Australia starting Boxing Day.Skipper Jason Holder said the match, which bowls off today (last night Jamaica time), would give all the batsmen a chance to get some time in the middle while offering the bowlers an opportunity to get acclimatised to the relative heat of the mainland – significantly warmer than the conditions experienced in the first Test in chilly Tasmania.The weekend forecast in Geelong is for 408C but Holder said his players were prepared for the dry heat at the Simonds Stadium.Officials at the stadium have brought in special cooling fans, as well as scheduled extra drinks breaks.”It’s just a matter of adapting. We played in some cooler conditions (in Hobart) and now we face warmer conditions,” Holder told members of the media here.”Many of us have played in the subcontinent and we all know that it can be quite humid as well, so I don’t think it will be anything we haven’t experienced.GOOD PITCH”It’s two days but we have to make the most of it. It’s what’s on the schedule and what we have to work with. We will get a chance for the batsmen to get in on what appears to be a good pitch. We have to make the most of the opportunity here.”West Indies have made a nightmare start to their tour in Down Under and are under immense pressure to improve ahead of the Melbourne Test starting in just over a week’s time.They lost their opening four-day tour match to a Cricket Australia XI by 10 wickets and then were hammered inside three days by an innings and 212 runs in the opening Test in Hobart.Holder said the two-day match would also be key opportunity for his bowling staff to make the necessary changes ahead of the BoxingDay contest.”On the bowling side, we have done a lot of bowling in the nets, so this will serve as a chance to get a few things right in the middle,” the 24-year-old said. “We will look at the plans we have for the MCG Test, which is what we’re working towards.”last_img read more

Injured Rafael Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami events

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ He wrote Friday “the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne.”The second-ranked Spanish star hasn’t played since retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in late January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast year, Nadal lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells and in the final at Miami. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal answers questions at a press conference after retiring injured from his quarterfinal against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury. Nadal made the announcement Friday, March 2, 2018, on Facebook. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury.Nadal made the announcement Friday on Facebook. He withdrew from the Mexico Open before his first match on Wednesday, saying he needed more time to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cyborg steps in vs Kunitskaya to save the show at UFC 222 View commentslast_img read more

PPCC Launches Vendors Register

first_imgAuthorities at the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) in collaboration with partners on May 27 officially launched the “Vendors Register.” The Vendors Register is an initiative of the PPCC developed for five primary reasons under the theme, “Enhancing Efficiency and Participation of Businesses in Public Procurement.”Based on the theme, the five reasons developed are to enhance efficiency in public procurement; increase the level of participation of businesses and companies in public tenders; facilitate the implementation of the Small Business Act legislated to promote the growth of Liberian-owned businesses; formalize the informal sector of the economy; and improve tax compliance and revenue generation.Prof. Willie Bellie Jr., PPCC Chairman of the Board of Commissioners said, only business and companies listed in the Vendors Register will be eligible to participate in public procurement effective fiscal year 2015/2016, beginning July 1 this year.PPCC Chief Executive Officer, James Dorbor Jallah, among other things, explained that, to enhance efficiency in public procurement implies that once the Vendors Register has been populated through the registration process, PPCC will know all capable supplies for any given procurement contract package and be in the position to advise all procuring entities to utilize more time, and const-efficient procurement methods thereby resulting in shorter procurement cycles and cost- saving to the government.“This time efficiency will result in timely delivery of much needed services and development projects thereby accelerating Liberia’s development through which the cost-savings will provide a space for increased value for money,” said Mr. Jallah.According to him, another benefit of the Vendors Register is to ensure that all businesses, irrespective of their geographical location, will have a fair chance of participation in government tenders.This he said, will depend on the method of procurement utilized for a particular contract package, procuring entities will be required to invite all known vendors. This increase in participation will guarantee greater value for money thereby protecting the public’s interest. He said, the Small Business Act (SBA) has been promulgated to promote the growth of Liberian-owned businesses. “It requires that at least 25 percent of all government procurement contracts be awarded to Liberian-owned businesses. It further requires that a minimum of 5 percent of those contracts be awarded to Liberian women-owned businesses,”This law, Mr. Jallah said defines Liberian-owned businesses as one of which Liberians own majority shares, and for which Liberians are primary signatories to the business’ bank accounts.The Vendors Register will collect pertinent information for all businesses operating in Liberia thereby allowing the PPCC to determine the businesses that are eligible to benefit from the SBA.Various speakers including stakeholders and business representatives expressed gratitude for the launch and promised to cooperate with the PPCC in its implementation across the country. The launch, which was held yesterday at the Monrovia City Hall by the Minister of Commerce, Axel M. Addy, was attended by several high profile individuals including the representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dee Maxwell Kemayah, president Liberia Business Association, Dewitt von Ballmoos, Director-general, National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC is in a sad political shape – Jagdeo

first_img…to have to prove it is not deadThe announcement by Alliance For Change (AFC) leaders that the party intends to go to the local polls alone to test its strength is being viewed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, as a symptom of the minority party’s political shape, according to him, a sad one.Jagdeo addressed the issue during a recent press conference where the former President expressed suspicion that both the AFC and its A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) partner are aware of the party’s evaporating support at the grass roots. It is a point, Jagdeo noted, that his party and the coalition could agree on.“Imagine the leaders of the AFC said they have to prove to APNU and Guyana that they are not dead… I suspect that in the APNU circle, they have formed the same impression that we (People’s Progressive Party) have formed – that AFC is dead on the ground as you have seen,” Jagdeo observed.In addition, Jagdeo noted that there are efforts to create an impression that the AFC is separate from the majority APNU; when in fact, he said, the AFC themselves are culpable.“In trying to create this impression that they’re different, they’re saying to people that the APNU group in Government is the corrupt group. They are not. They’ve started spreading that on the ground; that the AFC people have been struggling internally within the Government to fight against corruption but the APNU people are dominating them. They’ve started in Berbice again saying ‘oh they were opposed to the closure of the sugar industry’ which is not substantiated by facts,” he posited.According to the Opposition Leader, the fact that the AFC is not claiming responsibility for the corruption taking place under the coalition Administration is laughable, when the performance of several portfolios are considered.“We have them defending the closure vociferously, even more than the APNU people and it was Nagamootoo who took that message of closure, long before the decision had been made to close Rose Hall estate.”In fact, Jagdeo asserted that Nagamootoo does very little but “live off taxpayers”. He pointed to the Agriculture Ministry and noted that the Ministry has, since the coalition took over, cut millions from the Budget; sums that would have been used for drainage, irrigation and construction of roads to the market.In addition, Jagdeo referenced the increases in water and land charges from $3500 per acre annually to $15,000. This is not to mention the thousands of sugar workers who have been dismissed from their employment as a result of Government’s downsizing of the industry. Nor was Jagdeo impressed by the handling of the natural resources and business portfolios – both of which are run by AFC Ministers.“(Natural Resources Minister Raphael) Trotman, who is the leader of the AFC… said we did not receive the US$18 million signing bonus. He was the one who led the renegotiation of this contract that the whole country has concluded now is stacked mainly in the favour of ExxonMobil and not in the favour of Guyanese… under performance,” he maintained.“(Public Security Minister) Khemraj Ramjattan, another leader of the AFC, is totally lost in fighting crime. He gives excuses, he whips out a series of statistics, showing some reduction in crime and I really believe the statistics now are fudged, when you compare that with the reality of what’s happening.”On Sunday last, the AFC announced that they will be contesting the Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12, separate from APNU. This decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU, the party had stated.At the same time, it had maintained that this decision only applies for the 2018 LGE and does not affect the APNU/AFC coalition Government, nor does it, change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level. At a press conference following this announcement, Trotman had struck a matter of fact tone. In fact, Trotman claimed the decision was made since last year.“Since last year we decided that we were going to contest the elections independently and we spoke to APNU about the matter. There were little points on which we were able to come to an agreement on. At the national level, it was easy to say 60/40, but LGE is different and it wasn’t easy coming with that same share to the table. Both sides sought to find common ground, but it didn’t materialise because of the particulars… but we still remain cordial on the matter,” he said.“Going independently will refresh and strengthen the coalition for 2020, so that the people will get the best of both parties. Being in Government sometimes makes you complacent and you lose touch with the people and the coalition needs to be refreshed. This will augur well for us. We expect to be in competition with each other, but in battle with the PPP,” he had added.last_img read more

ExxonMobil begins pumping oil

first_img…December 20 named “National Petroleum Day”United States oil giant ExxonMobil has commenced production of Guyana’s oil in the Stabroek Block, where 14 discoveries of crude in commercial quantities have been made since 2015. “ExxonMobil [on Friday] announced that oil production has started from the Liza field offshore Guyana ahead of schedule and less than five years after the first discovery of hydrocarbons, which is well ahead of the industry average for deepwater developments,” a statement from the company revealed.It was noted that production from the first phase of the Liza field, located in the 6.6 million acres Stabroek Block, is expected to reach full capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day in the coming months, and the first cargo is set to be sold within several weeks.Only in September, the Liza Destiny floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) arrived in Guyana’s waters. The vessel is a significant component of the Liza Phase One Development, which involves four undersea drill centres with 17 production wells. Besides its production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, it also has an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels.During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working onboard the vessel.With the 120,000 barrels expected daily from production in the Liza Phase One Development, it is estimated that Guyana will earn some US$300 million annually.ExxonMobil had previously said there is potential for at least five FPSO vessels in the Stabroek Block, producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. Liza Phase Two Development is expected to start-up by mid-2022. It had been reported that the project would use the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day.With Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holding 30 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has 45 per cent interest and is also the operator of the 6.6 million acres block while CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s state-owned CNOOC Limited, holds the remaining 25 per cent interest.Meanwhile, President David Granger has issued a proclamation to declare December 20 as ‘National Petroleum Day‘.According to the Head of State in a release from the Ministry of the Presidency late Friday evening, the proclamation will remind Guyanese of their duty to protect the country’s patrimony and to ensure the sustainable management of finite hydrocarbon resources.“…three months ahead of the original schedule, Guyana has become a petroleum-producing state,” he declared.President Granger noted that oil production will be a transformative process in the country’s economic development. The petroleum sector, he added, will stimulate increased employment and expand services.The Head of State went on to outline that the coalition Government will unveil a “Decade of Development, 2020-2029” aimed at ensuring that petroleum resources will be utilised to provide the “good life” for all.“The ‘Decade’ is a ten-year plan to intensify development and improve citizens’ quality of life. Every Guyanese will benefit from petroleum production. No one will be left behind,” he asserted.The President continued that the coalition Government has taken steps to safeguard the national interest. This includes setting up the Department of Energy to manage the country’s hydrocarbon resources. The Department, he noted, is seeking the best advice, including international best practices as it builds the institutional, legislative and regulatory capability to manage this sector effectively and efficiently.Another step highlighted by the President is the passage of the Natural Resource Fund Act 2019 in the National Assembly back in January this year. He pointed out that the “Act” provides for ensuring that the country’s resource wealth “…benefits both current and future generations…”, and that it incorporates oversight, accounting, reporting and auditing mechanisms to promote prudent, transparent and accountable management of oil revenues.“Guyanese, I assure that your Government will manage petroleum revenues prudently to ensure fiscal discipline, financial sector stability, sustainable levels of public debt and low inflation. Withdrawals from the ‘Fund’ will follow a balanced approach, prioritising investment in public education, public health, public infrastructure, public security, social protection and other social services and will support private sector development,” the Head of State posited.Further, President Granger stated that petroleum production has brought the prospects of a higher quality of life closer to Guyanese households and neighbourhoods. He added that it is a momentous event that should be commemorated for perpetuity.“Guyana’s future is brighter with the beginning of ‘first oil’. The ‘good life’ for everyone beckons. Let us work together to build a happy and prosperous country for the present and future generations,” the President stressed.ExxonMobil signed its contract with Guyana in 1999 under the People’s Progressive Party Government.In 2015, the oil giant announced a significant oil discovery on the Stabroek Block, located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana. The well encountered more than 295 feet (90 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs.On May 8, 2015, days prior to General and Regional Elections, the then Government – PPP/C – had announced that ExxonMobil discovered hydrocarbons offshore Guyana while drilling the Liza-1 exploration well at the Stabroek Block. However, now coalition Government, which was in Opposition at the time, had said that the PPP’s announcement was a mere elections gimmick.last_img read more

North Peace Leisure Pool closed for part of Easter long weekend

first_imgThe closure will run Thursday April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. – Saturday April 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.The closure is due to minor leaks, which requires complete silence for the contractor to locate, according to Director of Facilities and Grounds Craig Stanley.“Unfortunately, due to the need for silence during these operations, we cannot allow the public to access the other amenities in the building,” writes Stanley. “We will have the work done as quickly as possible to get everyone back into the pool.”- Advertisement -Registration for swimming lessons and other activities will remain available during the time of closure – but city is sending a reminder that registration is not available on Friday April 3, 2015 as part of the statutory holiday.last_img

FIFA orders South Africa to replay Senegal WC qualifier

first_imgLamptey was initially suspended for three months by African football’s ruling body CAF for awarding a penalty for a non-existant handball”, with FIFA handing down the life ban in March.News of the rematch comes as a boost for Senegal, who are placed third, one point behind Cape Verde and Burkina Faso in African zone qualifying Group D, with two games to go.Only the group winners secure a ticket to the 2018 finals in Russia.FIFA explained the decision to replay the game had come after sport’s highest court CAS had confirmed “the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees”.The statement added: “The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South Africa’s Andile Jali (L) passes Senegal’s Saliou Ciss (R) during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between South Africa and Senegal on November 12, 2016 at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane © AFP/File / STRINGERPARIS, France, Sep 6 – FIFA on Wednesday ordered a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after the referee was banned for match fixing.The November 2016 tie, which will be restaged in November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty.last_img read more

Arsenal set their sights on Uruguay striker after Benzema snub

first_imgArsenal are now chasing Edinson Cavani after they were snubbed by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, according to talkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery.Benzema tweeted on Monday saying Madrid was his home and that fans should not believe the “clowns” linking him with a move away.Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani is another who has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United interested, but Vickery has his reservations about the striker.“The angle the Uruguayan press are going with is that now with Benzema now not going to happen, Arsenal have set their sights on Cavani,” he told Hawksbee & Jacobs.“He’s a box to box centre-forward, his workrate is outstanding. He is quite happy to chase well back into his own half and he really does put in a shift.“My doubt about him – and I’ve seen a lot of him from Uruguay under-20s – is that he never quite manages to score the goals that you think he should.”last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Mbombela Stadium 2

first_imgLocation: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga provinceCapacity: 43 589 seatsMatches: Honduras vs Chile (16 June), Italy vs New Zealand (20 June), Australia vs Serbia (23 June), North Korea vs Côte d’Ivoire (25 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image Photo: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution tiff image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Cape Classics win over US wine lovers

first_img11 October 2010When Andre Shearer founded Cape Classics in New York in 1992, the American wine market was regarded as too tough for South African exporters to crack. Today, his company is the biggest US importer of high-end South African wines, representing 21 of the Cape’s finest estates and labels.On arriving in New York in June 1991, Shearer arranged the first tasting of South African wines in the United States – barely three weeks after then-president George Bush lifted sanctions on a South Africa just emerging from apartheid. Today, Cape Classics distributes in 49 states in the US, with partners including the Darden Restaurant Group (Seasons 52, Capital Grille and Red Lobster), Uno Chicago Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Walt Disney World, Trader Joe’s, COSTCO and Whole Foods Market.Ken Forrester Vineyards, internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s top producers and one of the most visible South African wine brands in the US market, appointed Cape Classics as its sole US importer as of 1 October 2010.With this addition to its portfolio, more than one-third of all bottled wine from South Africa available in the US will bear the Cape Classics seal.Unofficial ambassadorDividing his time between Cape Town and Katonah, New York, Shearer has for years acted as an unofficial ambassador for the country of his birth, showcasing South Africa as an investment destination through wine-tasting dinners at top New York restaurants in collaboration with US fund managers.Claire Bisseker, in a Financial Mail interview, writes of his dinners: “For each course, Shearer gets the guests (most of whom have never set foot in South Africa) to blind-taste an SA wine against other well-known international brands.“‘At the end of the evening,’ says Shearer, ‘even if they prefer only three of the South African wines out of five, or if the SA wines fared close, the message is that a country couldn’t produce wines like this if it didn’t have First World attributes.’”His message appears to be getting across. Over half-a-million cases of South African wine entered the US in the first seven months of this year, according to the US International Trade Commission. South Africa now ranks eighth as source of US red imports, and 10th as a source of whites.Along the way, Cape Classics and its labels have been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Departures Magazine, The Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator, and the company was named best wine importer at Food & Wine Magazine’s 2001 American Wine Awards.Indaba Scholarship, Jam Jar Sweet ShirazAnd Shearer is intent on helping to develop the South African industry in other ways, too. In January 2010, Stellenbosch University student Arlene Mains became the eighth recipient of Cape Classics’ Indaba Scholarship, which is open to aspirant winemakers, marketers and viticulturists from communities historically excluded from senior positions in South Africa’s wine industry.Mzokhona Mvemve, the first recipient of the scholarship, became one of South Africa’s first qualified black African winemakers after graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2003.Besides self-belief and perseverance, innovation is one of the typical South African qualities that Shearer has brought to Cape Classics. In 2009, the company launched Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, a unique semi-sweet red wine made from grapes grown in South Africa’s Paarl region, nationally in the US.Unapologetically accessible and populist, Jam Jar’s distinctive recipe and evocative packaging – featuring a red-and-white checkered screwcap inspired by traditional jam jar lids – has been a hit, to the point where people have been ordering the wine untasted, based on the name, packaging and style description alone.Through such initiatives, and an expanding, award-winning portfolio, Cape Classics continues to contribute to South Africa’s emergence as a wine-producing nation worth toasting.This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more