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first_imgWindies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.last_img read more

Exclusive – Spot on! Hart backs Pellegrini’s damning verdict on Man City

first_imgJoe Hart has backed Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s criticism of his side – and has called on his team-mates to shape up and tighten up.The Blues have started the season poorly by their standards and are already six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with nine matches gone.Pellegrini’s side crashed out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, in a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, and are also struggling in the Champions League, with just two points from their opening three games.The Chilean slammed his side following the midweek defeat to the Magpies, claiming his players lacked ‘trust’ and were conceding goals too easily.And Hart has echoed his manager’s view.“It’s a fair assessment,” he told Drivetime, when asked about the 61-year-old’s comments. “Those little breaks are going against us and we’re dithering on the ball.“People are punishing us. That’s football though. We’re there to be beaten when we don’t play to the standard we want to play at.“We’re very keen to turn that around against Manchester United on Sunday.”You can listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of Manchester City v Manchester United only on talkSPORT from 1.30pm on Sundaylast_img read more

US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links

first_imgRepresentatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development visited the North West region this week to forge links with local companies ahead of a trade visit to the US, scheduled to take place in November.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Nicholas Crossan believes that this cross-border regional approach is reaping dividends for the North West City Region.He said: “They were very keen to further explore the existing trade and export relationships that exist with companies from the North West region and Philadelphia, as well as the wider State of Pennsylvania. The visit was hugely important and very timely in that it came just weeks ahead of a planned delegation from Derry, Strabane and Donegal that is set to travel to Boston and Philadelphia in November with a number of businesses and partners.” Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are from left Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania, Stephen Gillespie, Derry & Strabane District Council, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council.The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle welcoming the delegation to the City North West region said she was delighted to host this high-level grouping and to be given an opportunity to showcase our city and region for investment and collaborative working on a range of sectors including business, tourism and education.She said: “It was a real privilege to host the delegation and to hear from them directly about their interest in our city and district and the wider North West city region. They were very impressed with our offering and how well placed we are in terms of offering cost-competitive business opportunities in a cross border location along with high-level digital connectivity with a skilled talented workforce pool.During the trip, the delegation attended a number of site visits and meetings across the North West region including a site visit to Ulster University, LYIT and CoLab looking at the opportunities for partnership and relationship development between the university and education and business centres in the US.The delegation also travelled to Burt in Donegal to meet with businesses interested in opportunities in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and international investors. Welcoming representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to the North West region ahead of a trade visit to the US in November are seated from left the Mayor of Derry & Strabane District Council, Cllr Michaela Boyle, Dennis Davin, Department of Community & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Cllr Paul Canning, Donegal County Council. Back, from left are Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council, Ros Young, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Joseph Burke, Department of Community & Economic Development Pennsylvannia, Eve Anne McCarron, Donegal County Council, and Kevin O’Connor, Derry City & Strabane District Council.Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council Chief Executive, speaking in advance of the trade delegation travelling to the US in November said there would be a very strong emphasis on promoting the region’s strategic cross border location to the US market.“We will be actively promoting the fact that Donegal and Derry/Strabane is in a very unique geographical location post-Brexit with a cross border gateway to both the UK and EU marketplace and working to build on the already positive engagement we have with Massachusetts. We will also be showcasing our talent, skills and entrepreneurship along with our strong ICT strengths, well-established ecosystem and quality of life.”He also highlighted the importance of the collaborative approach to engaging with the US.“By working together with our partners in the education and business sectors we are successfully making connections, developing relationships and building trust and making a real and positive impact in strengthening cross border networks.”John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the work being done collaboratively by Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council and its partners to promote the City Region for investment was beginning to show real and positive signs. He said: “We are really seeing the benefits of this joined up and positive approach to establish strong economic development links and initiatives between the US and the North West region. Our relationship is very strong and there is a real eagerness to develop our relationship further. This collaborative approach for the development of the region’s civic, business and educational prospects is really positive and gaining momentum. The visit by this delegation puts us in a really positive position ahead of our trade mission planned for November,” he added.The North West City region trade delegation will visit the US from November visiting both Philadelphia and Boston. It will build on the work done over the past number of years to build strong political, economic and cultural links and to reach out to the diaspora. Key to the visit is the inclusion of the local companies to promote the region as an attractive investment proposition and to develop new market and network opportunities.The trade mission will be led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane and Donegal and include Council officials with businesses from both Council areas and organised in conjunction with and supported by the Executive Office and the Irish Government. The aim of the visit is to build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region.This visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US. It will build on the work done over the last number of years in promoting the North West region as an attractive investment proposition and on developing new market and network opportunities for businesses from Donegal, Derry and Strabane areas. US business delegation visits North West to forge trade links was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Kurtenbach: Can anyone actually compete with these Warriors?

first_imgOAKLAND — Are the Denver Nuggets really the second-best team in the Western Conference?We all know the Warriors are the best team in the league, which obviously makes them the best team in the West — but is Denver truly their top competition in what is usually a highly-competitive conference?Don’t me wrong — I like the Nuggets and am intrigued by what they’re doing to start this season. But if what we’re seeing is true — if the Nuggets are truly the second-best team in the Western Conference …last_img

‘Our experiences are not because we’re an interracial couple – we’re just a couple.’

first_imgCassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays see themselves as an ordinary couple – even if other people refer to them as being in an interracial relationship. The pair has been dating for five years, having met online on a MXit chatroom.Cassarica Nadas met Gareth Mays on a MXit chatroom and fell in love after meeting him in person. The two speak about their families’ reaction when Mays became Nadas’ first boyfriend. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere was a time in South Africa when laws such as the Group Areas Act, the Immorality Act and the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act stopped people of different races from having relationships or from living in the same communities.However, since the democratic dispensation brought South Africa’s Constitution and Bill of Rights, people such as Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays have been able to build close relationships without being harassed by the law.Mays and Nadas marked their fifth year as a couple on 8 November 2016. The two were in a long-distance relationship when Mays moved to Cape Town for work in January 2013. Nadas eventually moved to Cape Town in September 2014. They now live together in Johannesburg.In light of Brand South Africa’s campaign, Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution, which was launched in October, this couple have spoken about their relationship.The three-month-long campaign focuses on empowering people with knowledge and information about their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Brand South Africa says this awareness is integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.Cassarica Nadas and Gareth Mays enjoy gaming and watching animation movies together. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How old are you and where did you grow up?CN: I am 26. I grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth.GM: I’m 30. I’m also from Port Elizabeth, the friendly city.MJ: What month and year did you meet?CN: We met in August 2011.GM: Oh that’s trouble. I can’t say which month exactly, but it was mid-2011.MJ: How did you meet?CN: Gareth and I met while in a chatroom on MXit. I thought he was interesting and we continued to chat over the next couple of weeks. He then wanted to meet me in person, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I was aware of all the horror stories people tell of meeting people online.One day after his badgering, I finally said yes and told him to come on that specific day or I wasn’t going to agree on meeting him again. I remember thinking there was no way he would come, with having responsibilities at work. I was so wrong. Gareth took off time from work and we met at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campus where we chatted for a few hours. I skipped class and he showed me the architecture building I had never seen on campus.GM: We met online, over MXit. I was charming and mysterious, of course.Cassarica Nadas says when people judge her and Gareth Mays’ relationship, they should think before they say hurtful things – even if it’s not to them. (Image: Melissa Javan)MJ: How did it feel when you started dating someone from a different culture?CN: There were no real feelings towards dating someone who was out of my culture. Gareth was my first boyfriend and I had more feeling towards my new relationship than any feelings towards his culture.Gareth’s family is very much like my own in a sense that they look after each other and I felt very comfortable with them. I also feel quite westernised in my own culture and I identified with Gareth’s culture more than what someone would think I did in my own culture.GM: My feelings were somewhat neutral, because cultural differences aren’t a major focus in my family. Essentially Cassie’s and my interests and habits were similar already.MJ: How did your families respond to your relationship?CN: My family were a bit cautious when I first introduced Gareth to them. He was the first boy I brought home who was not a friend. It was new to everyone. They didn’t have a problem with his race or culture. They had more of a problem that he was the guy who was taking away their daughter, like most parents have.GM: They were positive. Cassie is my sweetheart and probably more favourited by my parents than me.MJ: How have their attitudes changed or evolved over time?CN: My parents are very accepting of Gareth. They treat him like a son and are always buying him gifts. He is part of the family.GM: Only in the sense that we or they are closer and more loving.MJ: How did your family feel when you moved in together?CN: My parents were not keen at first. They are old school and have different principles and values. It was tough at first but they quickly came around. When we moved in together I moved to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth, so my parents were also dealing with my moving away as well as moving in with Gareth. We then moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg together. Skyping my parents helped a lot with this transition and I keep in touch via Whatsapp and phone calls.GM: My family is indifferent. We believe individuals are free to make their own choices. I suppose supportive would be more accurate to say. Bottom line is it was our choice, not anyone else’s.MJ: How do young people versus older people react when they see you together – especially strangers?CN: We have never really had any outwardly negative reactions from other people. Most people are accepting of us or hide it really well. Young people don’t seem to be bothered about our relationship but I do get some stares from the older generation when we are out shopping.GM: I’d say younger ages don’t really react differently. Older people may give one or two odd stares. This is the best time to kiss your girlfriend.MJ: What have been your worst and best experiences as an interracial couple?CN: The worst experience has been people judging Gareth based on the colour of his skin. I lived in a predominantly Indian and coloured neighbourhood. When Gareth used to drop me off at my parents’ house while we were still in Port Elizabeth, we had incidents of people who lived in my street making comments as I got out of the car. They would remark on his race and what car he drove.One lady who lived a street away from me saw my friend’s mum at a corner shop and said: “Cassie walks on egg shells, because of her white boyfriend who drives a BMW.” My friend’s mum didn’t even respond to that lady. I feel people are quick to pass judgement without knowing how it can hurt others.I wouldn’t say that there has been a best experience as an interracial couple, but we have had many experiences as a couple that have been amazing. A particular one was when we lived in Cape Town and we were walking to the shops. Gareth was helping me to put on a plaster because I had burnt my hand. To people who were passing by, it must have looked like he was proposing and this lady basically pushed half her body out the car window and started shouting at me to say “Yes!” and she wouldn’t stop until I did.Of course, he wasn’t proposing but it was wonderful to see a random person get excited for someone else’s happiness.GM: I really can’t say what the worst was. I guess those types of events I let go and move passed quickly. It’s no one’s business except our own. The best experiences are just like anybody else’s. I guess the only stories that spring to mind are when we approach counters or clerks and they don’t know we’re together so we let them think that till the last moment. Then a surprise kiss or hug throws them.MJ: What do you love most about each other?CN: My favourite things about Gareth are that he knows me very well it is almost scary. He knows when I want something and I haven’t asked yet, and then he just does it. It is almost as if he reads my mind. I also like that he is very intellectual and that we can discuss serious topics and joke about crazy things.GM: Cassie’s cheeky or mischievous laugh, or when she knows she’s up to nonsense and I catch her. I love her cute and lovable nature. Also, I love how much she likes unicorns. She makes me feel whole and happy.MJ: What do you have in common?CN: We love technology, gaming, and enjoy the same movies, especially superhero movies and animation.GM: We love being comfortable and growing together.MJ: Finish this sentence: Love is…CN: Being able to count on one another, to look past the flaws and accept all of a person.GM: Tea… and maybe roti.MJ: What do you like about the Constitution?CN: Our Constitution looks after our interests and makes it easier for us to be who we are. Without the Constitution in place we would not be able to express ourselves freely or be with who we love.GM: We have one of the best if not most advanced constitutions in the world. I’d say it is part of what makes me a proud citizen of this country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says Duva

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide READ: LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout There are some who think that if McGregor starts losing he might resort to throwing elbows and kicks at Mayweather, but the promoters of the fight say that won’t happen.“It is in the contract,” said Dana White. “The fight is under the rules of boxing. There would be a lawsuit. If that ever happened, Conor would depart with a lot of money, and Conor likes money.”White said plans are in the works to have the fighters go on a promotional tour of major US cities.READ: Mayweather says he offered McGregor $15M to fightSince the fight was announced Mayweather has mentioned it just once via social media — as he appears to be more concerned about showing off his extravagant lifestyle.He has launched something he calls the “Mayweather Challenge” because he is “tired of people on social media bragging they live a certain lifestyle when they don’t.”Over the last few days, Mayweather has made a point of using his Twitter and Instagram to show off his private jet.That was followed by another video taken inside his “Rolls-Royce Phantom Limousine” as he boasts about his Patek Philippe gold watch while the camera pans down to show off his “Chinchilla” floor mats. Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White Shark Boxing legend Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar McGregor announced plans on Wednesday for a boxing showdown that could become one of the richest bouts in history. The fight will take place August 26 in the American boxing capital of Las Vegas.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You’re all going to write about it. People will get all excited,” Duva said of the competition. “And the casual fans we always want to bring into the tent are going to be disappointed again.“It’s going to be years before they want to see another boxing event,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter accountPromoter Kathy Duva says the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is “bad for boxing” and the backlash from the exhibition spectacle will likely dog the sport for years to come.“Of course it’s bad for boxing,” said Duva. “It’s going to suck up all the air in the room.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mayweather, who is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is a heavy favourite against McGregor — who hasn’t boxed competitively in the ring since he was a teenager.READ: McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow“It’s not a boxing event, it’s a spectacle,” said Duva, who is the promoter for Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev, who will fight Andre Ward in a world title light heavyweight rematch on Saturday.“On the other hand, when this is over and this fight ends up the way I expect it will, the next time somebody asks me, ‘MMA or boxing, what’s the better sport?’ I’ll say, ‘We know who the bad asses are because Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor just got their asses kicked by two boxers.’“We’ll have that to cling to,” she told the paper.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Sensex declines 217 points in early trade

first_imgA benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Friday was trading 217.43 points, or 0.84% down during the morning session.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 57.95 points, or 0.74% at 7,806.20 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 25,810.06 points, was trading at 25,669.19 points (at 9.20 a.m.) in the early session, down 217.43 points, or 0.84 percent from the previous day’s close at 25,886.62 points.The Sensex touched a high of 25,810.06 points and a low of 25,667.16 points in the trade so far.okyo shares opened sharply lower on Friday as investors’ sentiment was disappointed by weaker-than-expected stimulus measures the European Central Bank released overnight.At 9.15 a.m. (local time) the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 331.31 points, or 1.66 percent, from Thursday to 19,608.59, Xinhua reported.The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 25.67 points, or 1.60 percent, to 1,577.27.last_img read more

A type of semitransparent polymer that can be mended at room temperature

first_imgCredit: Yu Yanagisawa A small team of researchers at the University of Tokyo has created a polymer that can be repaired when broken into two parts by applying a small amount of pressure at room temperature. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they came upon the polymer, how it was made, and how well it can be repaired. Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Science The researchers report that to test the material, they cut a small tile into to two pieces, then pressed the two pieces together into the original configuration using just a small force at room temperature. After 30 seconds, they further report, the healed tile could support a 300-gram weight. They note that pressing the material for longer amounts of times allows for even stronger bonds to form—eventually, after a couple of hours, the material reaches the same degree of bonding as it had prior to being cut or broken.More work will have to be done with the material before it can be used in a smartphone screen, however, such as making it more transparent. More information: Yu Yanagisawa et al. Mechanically robust, readily repairable polymers via tailored noncovalent cross-linking, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7588AbstractExpanding the range of healable materials is an important challenge for sustainable societies. Noncrystalline, high molecular weight polymers generally form mechanically robust materials, which, however, are difficult to repair once they are fractured. This is because their polymer chains are heavily entangled and diffuse too sluggishly to unite fractured surfaces within reasonable timescales. Here, we report that low molecular weight polymers, when cross-linked by dense hydrogen bonds, give mechanically robust yet readily repairable materials, despite their extremely slow diffusion dynamics. A key was to utilize thiourea, which anomalously forms a zigzag hydrogen-bonded array that does not induce unfavorable crystallization. Another key was to incorporate a structural element for activating the exchange of hydrogen-bonded pairs, which enables the fractured portions to rejoin readily upon compression. Engineers around the world have been working hard to find a type of glass or plastic that can be healed easily when broken to address the problem of broken screens on phones and other portable devices. While some progress has been made, there still exists a need for something better. In this new effort, the researchers report on a new type of plastic that can be healed by simply pressing the broken pieces back together.As the researchers describe it, a team member was investigating glue properties with polymers when they discovered that one of the polymers under study could mend itself just by pushing the pieces together. Intrigued, the group looked closer. They found that the hydrogen bonds in the polymer formed in a way that did not crystallize, allowing the molecular chains to move freely. This allowed the bonds to re-form easily under just a small amount of pressure. After working with several configurations, the team settled on a polymer called polyether-thioureas (TUEG3)—it offered the best healing properties of those tested. Citation: A type of semi-transparent polymer that can be mended at room temperature using small pressure (2017, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-semi-transparent-polymer-room-temperature-small.html © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more