Hunters to meet tough Magpies in opener

first_imgPNG have never lost to the Magpies and will be hoping to maintain their record but they will have to do it with a relatively inexperienced team.Former skipper and five-eighth Israel Eliab’s departure leaves a large void in the side, while the loss of rampaging forward Willie Minoga will be equally difficult to fill  but the Hunters have shown they are capable of unearthing new talent.The Team for tomorrow encounter is: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Bland Abavu 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Atte Bina 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Nickson Borana 12. Warren Glare 13. Ishmael Balkawa 14. Watson Boas 15. Justin Olam 16. Benjamin Hetra 17. Edward Goma 18. Philemon Kimisive.The Magpies with a sprinkling of talented fringe Broncos players added the to team, have a real chance to start the season on the front foot, with developing players Sam Scarlett and Herman Ese’ese set to provide some spark.This match will also be the 50th match for the Hunters who have won 32 of those matches; drawn three and lost 14.This is the half-century milestone for Coach Michael Marum (the 43rd coach to reach 50 games) and crafty rake Wartovo Puara, who is the only player to play all 50 games for the Hunters.last_img read more

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Veteran Ramdin to lead Red Force in PCL

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Discarded West Indies wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, will lead his native Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Professional Cricket League which bowls off next week. The Guardian newspaper here said the 32-year-old will replace all-rounder Marlon Richards who led the side for the last two rounds of the last first class season, after regular captain Kyle Hope became unavailable. Hope is currently away on West Indies duty for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe. Ramdin, who led West Indies in 13 Tests between 2014-15, is vastly experienced and has led T&T in the past. A veteran of 74 Tests, Ramdin has also played 140 first class matches, and his presence is being viewed by selectors as a boost for a Red Force side short of experience. He represented West Indies in Tests up until last year January, before being axed months later ahead of India’s tour of the Caribbean. Red Force face a tough start to their first campaign when they take on perennial arch-rivals Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval, starting October 26. Last season, Red Force finished third as Guyana Jaguars claimed their third straight first class title.last_img read more

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RSPL cellar-dwellers clash in Montego Bay

first_img Tomorrow’s Game – 3:30 p.m.: Cavalier vs Tivoli Gardens – Stadium East – 3:30 p.m.: F.C. Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse – Harbour View Stadium – 6:30 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Sandals South Coast FC – Montego Bay Sports Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Portmore United vs Humble Lion – Spanish Town Prison Oval Having recorded two firsts of Premier League life with their first goal and first point, Westmoreland-based Red Stripe Premier League debutantes Sandals South Coast will be going after yet another today – their first victory – when they play away to Montego Bay United. The Aaron Lawrence-coached Sandals South Coast team scored their first goal of the season in their opening game of the season and recorded their first point with an away draw with former champions Harbour View. The new boys added another point last week when they came from behind to draw at home with fellow-promoted team Cavalier. That point saw them inch their way off the bottom of the table and just above Montego Bay United, the team they meet today. Bottom of the table is not where many expected to see Montego Bay United, the most consistent team in the league for the last five years and the team that had replaced Reno FC as the pride of western Jamaica. This situation, according to coach Rod Underwood, is due largely to a change of philosophy and personnel. “We have changed the whole philosophy of the club. We have several newcomers, and we are giving them a chance. We are trying to rebuild, to gel, and the performances and the results will come,” explained Underwood. With that being the case, Underwood could not have asked for a better game at this time than one against the least experienced team in the league, and he is confident that his charges will get the job done. “It is an important game, and we expect everyone to deliver. It is a crucial game and the players are aware of this. “In terms of getting a positive result, I am always optimistic that it will happen. We always go into a match expecting to win. That is our plan,” added Underwood, whose team has been without the injured Dino Williams, their most outstanding player during their fruitful runs over the years; the loaned out Owayne Gordon; and the departed duo of Allan Ottey and Fabian McCarthy. Today’s games – 8:35p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town – Anthony Spaulding Complex WATERHOUSE LOOKING TO REBUILD At the Harbour View Stadium, the embattled Waterhouse will be seeking to rebuild their reputation, after being embarrassed 5-0 by Portmore United last week, when they play away to Harbour View, who were similarly on the losing end after going down 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens. Portmore United, after their heavy win last week, will be looking to add the scalp of Humble Lion to their collection. Humble Lion, last week, showed signs of improvement in their 1-1 home draw with Arnett Gardens. A similar performance is expected from them, especially with Andrew Vanzie looking to be getting back to his best. Vanzie, like coach Lenworth Hyde and the Wolfe brothers, would not want to lose to their former club. UWI FC, like Portmore United, have had a strong start to the season and but for goal difference, would be in the lead. Their success has been largely due to the goalscoring of Ryan Miller, who made the move from Cavalier in the off season. Miller’s five goals see him leading all scorers and is just one ahead of Reno’s Craig Foster. Both are expected to have their own private battle. Tivoli Gardens will be hoping to enjoy some momentum from their Monday night win over Harbour View when they play away to another team from the East, Cavalier FC. The Rudolph Speid-coached outfit are in seventh position, just one above Tivoli Gardens. Neither team can afford any further slippages.last_img read more

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FORMER ETIC MAN HITS OUT AT DIRECTOR CLAIM

first_imgA FORMER employee of Francois de Dietrich and Etic Solutions has hit out at claims he was a company director.David Kavanagh, based in Derry, said he had only every been an employee of Etic and left ‘several years ago’.Mr Kavanagh runs a successful PR business in the North West. FORMER ETIC MAN HITS OUT AT DIRECTOR CLAIM was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

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Fantasy Premier League tips: 10 top players who have increased in price

first_img 1. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Was: £8.0m – Now £8.2m – Click the right arrow above to see which other players have seen their prices rise… 10 The Fantasy Premier League season is now well underway.You’re either riding high in your leagues or already considering using an early doors wildcard in an effort to turn your side around.Whatever happens, you’ve got to consider your transfer budget and already our lives have been made harder with the news 18 stars have already seen their fees increase.Some won’t affect you too much, you can probably afford £4.1m for Swansea City’s Stephen Kingsley.But who are the top players to see their price increase? Click the right arrow above to find out… 9. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Was: £7.5m – Now £7.6m 2. Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) – Was: £6.5m – Now £6.7m 10 3. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Was: £10m – Now £10.1m 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – Was: £11.5m – Now £11.6m 10 10 4. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Was: £13.0m – Now £13.1m 10 7. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) – Was: £6.0m – Now £6.1m 10 10 5. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – Was: £7.0m – Now £7.1m 10 10 8. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – Was: £7.0m – Now £7.1m 10 10. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Was: £5.5m – Now £5.6mlast_img read more

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Iraq, ‘own save’ hold Bafana to a draw

first_img15 June 2009 Cesc Fabregas added a fourth only four minutes later, and the rout was well and truly on. Bafana Bafana did most of the pressing but, with Iraq defending in numbers, the passing in the final third of the field was often off target. Santana sent on Orlando Pirates’ marksman Katlego Mashego, and his change was almost immediately rewarded, but Kassid denied Mashego in a one-on-one. And when South Africa did pry open the Iraqi defence – with only six minutes of regulation time left – luck was not with Joel Santana’s charges. Kagiso Dikgacio’s header was goalbound, with the goalkeeper beaten, only to hit striker Bernard Parker, who ran into the way of the ball for an “own save” he won’t forget in a hurry. Mashego comes close ‘I just wanted to drop dead’ Spain thrash New Zealand The Kiwis showed some heart and fought back to share possession, but a blunder just after half-time by defender Andy Boyens, who missed the ball while trying to clear, left striker David Villa with a simple tap-in for Spain’s fifth goal. It looked as if Bafana Bafana might create something after 10 minutes when Fareed Majeed was caught in possession. Parker’s left-footed shot from outside the box was, however, tame and easily gathered by goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid. Shortly after the restart, Fanteni set up Parker for a shot on goal, but his effort, from an angle, was straight at Kassid in the Iraqi goal. Fanteni was then narrowly wide with a header from a corner. South Africa’s best moment of the half came three minutes later when Siboniso Gaxa picked out MacBeth Sibaya on the right. On the run, Sibaya let rip with a shot across the face of goal. Kassid got his fingertips to the ball and steered it wide of the right hand post for a Bafana Bafana corner. The rest of the half played out in what became a familiar pattern as South Africa attacked, pushed Iraq deep into their half, and then seemed to run out of ideas, hoping that one-touch passes would find a way through the Iraqi defence. Steven Pienaar, who came on as a substitute with only five minutes remaining, after having been ill in the lead-up to the contest, admitted to being disappointed by the outcome. Sibaya lets rip Parker was denied by the Iraqi netminder, and then his block of Dikgacoi’s header followed. Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni picked up a yellow card in only the second minute of the match, evidence of the nervousness of the hosts, who were feeling the pressure of living up to the fans’ expectations on home soil. He said Bafana Bafana had expected to win the game, and having shared the points means the pressure is now on South Africa. Iraq’s sole shot of the game followed shortly after that. In the more than 85 minutes that remained, they failed to test SA goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Coach Santana said he was not satisfied with the outcome. He had expected Iraq to show more attacking intent, but instead found, he said, that were trying only to capitalise on South African mistakes and looking for free kicks. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “When the ball hit me, I just wanted to drop dead on the spot. It happens. It’s football,” Parker said afterwards. A lively crowd packed Johannesburg’s Ellis Park for the opening match of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, their plentiful vuvuzelas welcoming the world to a South African football experience. The goal-feast they were hoping for wasn’t forthcoming, however, as South Africa and Iraq played to a goalless draw. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres decided the outcome of the match with the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Confederations Cup, netting in the sixth, 14th and 17th minutes to set Spain on their way to their 33rd match on the trot without defeat. Iraq managed only one shot on goal in the game, which underlines just how much emphasis the Asian champions placed on getting defenders behind the ball. With a record lead as Fifa’s number one ranked team, Spain are looking like the team to beat in South Africa. The size of the challenge awaiting the hosts in their remaining two matches was made clear in the opening day’s second match between world number one Spain and New Zealand in Rustenburg. The European champions were in scintillating form, crushing the All Whites 5-0.last_img read more

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Qatar Wins Best Business Class And Catering Awards

first_imgQatar’s Qsuite. Photo: Qatar. Great food, wine, product, and service proved the magic combination that delivered Qatar Airways the dual awards of best business class and catering in the AirlineRatings.com  2019 Airline Excellence Awards.Qatar was also fourth in the top 10 airlines for 2019.Qatar’s business class “Q Suite” is a spacious, private, well-designed business class showcase that is packed with features designed to make travel more productive and comfortable,It is a whole suite featuring a sliding privacy door and enough room to sprawl out comfortably, feet on the ottoman, without having to worry about swapping things around to make space.Combine it with Qatar’s top-notch service, food, and in-flight entertainment and the Doha-based airline had a winner.The suite is dominated by a giant, 21.5-inch high definition touch screen that is both crisp and responsive.It is complemented by a pair of decent noise-canceling headphones, and the latest version of Qatar’s Oryx system has some 3000 options, including a good selection of movies.A generous secure storage compartment underneath the big padded armrest next to the seat holds the headphones and water and features a small bridge to keep smaller items such as glasses.qatar award airlineratingsThe Qsuite.A full countertop is big enough to cope with magazines, menu, spare pillows, and other bits and pieces.  Underneath is a lit shelf for parking laptops and tablets.Variable seat controls allow you to recline or move the seat forward and backward and adjust lumbar support. There are four presets: lie flat, fully upright, take-off and recline.Options for charging devices include an illuminated USB port and a power point. A second USB port and an HDMI connection are around the corner.The airline has an on-demand system for ordering, but Qatar’s attentive and personable cabin crew regularly ask if anything is needed.READ: World’s Best Airlines for 2019“Qsuite is a first-class experience in business class,’’ AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas said. “It leaves little to chance, and our judges rated it as one of the best overall business-class products they had seen.“It sets a standard to which some airlines can only aspire.’’CATERINGWhile not all Qatar aircraft feature Qsuites in business class, they do boast the top-end food, presentation, and service that helped Qatar clinch the best catering award.Getting fed is merely a question of selecting what you want from the a la carte menu and ordering it when you want.qatar award airlineratingsBreakfast on a Qatar flight. Photo: Steve Creedy.That can include dishes such as dill marinated prawns with smoked salmon; Arabic spiced chicken with cinnamon spiced sauce, rice with minced lamb and golden roasted onions or emmental cheese omelet with chicken patty Lyonnaise potatoes, roasted tomato, and chestnut mushrooms.It can be washed down with the likes of a Laroche 2015 Chablis Premier Cru and followed by 15-year-old Glenfiddich.There are also snacks such as a prawn cocktail crostini, duck spring rolls and a blue cheese croquette with pear chutney.“The catering in Qatar premium classes is restaurant standard, and this helps set a higher bar for the service and food in economy,’’ Mr. Thomas said. “Judges were impressed with the taste, freshness, and presentation of the food.’’The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards, judged by seven editors with over 200 years of industry experience, combines important safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger reviews profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations.Only airlines with a seven-star safety rating qualify for the award.READ: The AirlineRatings Top 10 Airlines For 2019last_img read more

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Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series: Speed and Throughput Fuel Business Growth for Terremark and Thesys

first_imgIntelligence comes in handy no matter what you’re trying to accomplish. For proof, consider the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, which intelligently adjusts performance and energy consumption according to server application needs. Terremark and Thesys Technologies, two companies in diverse market segments, are both using this intelligent processor series to boost their speed and throughput and fuel business growth.Terremark provides its customers with co-location, managed hosting, network security, and cloud computing services. For its recent enterprise cloud deployments, the company chose the Cisco Unified Computing System* with servers based on Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series to improve the price/performance of systems, increase the density of the infrastructure, and control expenses. The move is helping Terremark provide for continued growth while providing customers with up to 30 percent better application performance.“By providing fast access to memory and greater support for memory capacity, the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series in the Cisco Unified Computing System helps us deliver outstanding price/performance for customer applications running in our virtualized environment,” says Joel Stidley, managed services architect for Terremark.Meanwhile, in the financial services industry, the demands for speed and throughput are fierce—especially in high-frequency trading of U.S. equities. This is why many organizations looking to move into this dynamic market segment are turning to Thesys Technologies and its ultra-fast trading platform—which, like Terremark’s services, runs on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.Thesys chose the Intel Xeon processor 5560 for its balanced combination of processor performance, I/O throughput, and memory bandwidth as well as a track record of outstanding reliability. With its new servers, Thesys has seen a 15 to 20 percent jump in application throughput, driving business growth by enabling customers to keep up with ever-rising volumes of market data.“Speeding up application throughput by 15 to 20 percent was a big deal,” says Michael Beller, managing partner. “We believe—and our largest institutional clients, who have carefully researched this space, tell us—that we have the fastest commercially available equities trading platform in the world.”For the whole story on both companies, read our new Terremark and Thesys Technologies success stories. As always, you can find these, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more

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Pink ball, day-night Test sets Twitter abuzz

first_imgThe date, November 27 will always be historic and significant for cricket. It’s the first-ever day-night Test, which began today at the Adelaide Oval between the traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand. It’s been 138 years since the Test cricket started with concerns over decline in viewership for the five-day format, and almost a decade of dithering discussions and debate before this Test finally found approval.Josh Hazlewood earned the distinction of picking the first-ever Test wicket with the pink ball when he dismissed Martin Guptill in the fourth over of the first day of the Adelaide Test. The match started on a sombre note to mark the one-year anniversary of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’ death. He was struck by a ball under the back of his batting helmet while playing in a match in Sydney and died two days later.The opening day of the first day-night cricket Test was as lively as organizers could have wished for with the pink ball swinging under lights and the crowd swelling to 47,441 as Australia struggled to stumps at 54 for 2 after bowling New Zealand out for 202.Skipper Steve Smith (24) and Adam Voges (9) were unbeaten after David Warner (1) was dismissed in the fourth over, and Joe Burns (14) was out in the 14th of the 22 overs Australia had to navigate. New Zealand started positively after Brendon McCullum won the toss in the historic match at the Adelaide Oval, reaching 80 for 2 in the first session and Tom Latham posting a half-century after play started at 2pm local time.advertisementBut Australia took five wickets in the second session and finished off New Zealand within nine overs after the first dinner interval in Test cricket. Starc returned with 3 for 24 before leaving the field with an ankle injury and heading to a hospital for scans, leaving Australia team masseur Grant Baldwin to fill in as a substitute fielder.#DayNightTest was trending on top on Twitter as users welcomed the new format with their excitement through tweets. #Pinkball was also trending on the social networking site throughout the day. Today in 1979: SCG hosted the first ever day-night ODI game (Aus-WI). Today in 2015: Adelaide hosts the first ever day-night Test (Aus-NZ).&; Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 27, 2015Will look at how the day/night test goes in Adelaide today. Could be an important development and needs to be encouraged.&; Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 27, 2015The D/N Test should be judged two fold, without the 1 issue clouding the other..1 is the day/night concept good? 2 does the pink ball work?&; Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) November 26, 2015Really hope the Day/Night Test Works.Test Cricket really does need a new appeal.Wouldn’t be against 4 day 96 over a day Tests either #AUSvNZ&; Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 24, 2015Day/Night Tests I love .. But only in certain parts of the World… But a Test Championship is what is really required ..&; Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 24, 2015Day 1 of the first ever day/night Test. To me it’s been a success #adelaideoval #AUSvNZ https://t.co/8zv7hhR0zb&; Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) November 27, 2015last_img read more

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Aishwarya goes de-glam, bespectacled for Sarbjit biopic

first_imgMumbai, Dec 18 (PTI) Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen in a de-glamourised avatar as Sarabjit Singhs sister Dalbir Kaur in the Omung Kumar-helmed biopic on the Indian convict, who was hanged in a Pakistani jail.The shooting of “Sarbjit” began this week in Mumbai with Aishwarya and Randeep Hooda in the lead.The film will be shot in various cities of Punjab like Amritsar, Malerkotla and Patiala in the month of January and the last leg of the schedule will be shot in Delhi in the month of February.In the film, Aishwarya is going for a complete makeover for her role as Dalbir Kaur sporting a de-glam look with no makeup and simple dressing.”Omung and I are very proud that Sarabjit is the first film that we both are producing under our banner Legend Films. We choose Aishwarya to essay the role of Dalbir because of her dedication to the craft,” producer Sandeep Singh said in a statement here.”She has a lot of interest and worked together with the team to play a de-glam bespectacled Dalbir Kaur. When she came out of the caron the whole unit was stunned as they just couldnt see a single bit of Aishwarya in the character,” Singh said.”Sarbjit” is produced by Sandeep Singh, Kumar and Vashu Bhagnani. The film is slated to release on May 20, 2016 with its premiere scheduled at Cannes Film Festival. PTI KKP DK NDSlast_img read more

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