first_imgImage Courtesy: ScrollAdvertisement The Australian opening pair of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were victims to a hostile reception from the Birmingham crowd on Day one of the first test. Advertisement Image Courtesy: ScrollWarner and Bancroft played their first test for the nation after their year-long ban which came into effect after the ball-tampering saga against South Africa in 2018.The opening pair were welcomed by a section of the English crowd who waved strips of sandpaper which Bancroft used to tamper the ball in South Africa.Advertisement The reception seemed to have played with their minds as both the openers were sent back early by Stuart Broad amidst a chorus of boos across Edgbaston. Advertisement View this post on Instagram A rough reception for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft at Edgbaston, back in the Australian Test side for the first time since Cape Town incident. #ashes #theashes #ENGvAUS #cricket #test #testcricket #england #australia #sandpaper #sandpapergateA post shared by ESPN Cricinfo (@espncricinfo) on Aug 1, 2019 at 3:16am PDTWarner was trapped LBW after escaping a close call, while Bancroft edged one to the slips to end his short stint.The dismissals brought upon the arrival of Steve Smith who was also welcomed in a similar fashion to the crease. The former captain, however, responded with the bat by saving the Aussies out of trouble single-handedly to bring his 24th century.Read Also:MS Dhoni is a celebrity – even in the army!!Rohit Sharma reveals his mentality when he goes out to bat for India Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Irish Greyhound Board today announced the allocation of industry supports worth €700,000 to the greyhound industry. This funding builds on the 25% increase in prize money effective from 1 January 2016 which has increased prize money funds by an additional one million euro this year. In total the IGB plan to invest an additional €1.5m in the industry in 2016 which is intended to benefit all aspects of the Greyhound industry. The additional funding also acknowledges those who participate in Greyhound racing events by introducing a recognition programme to support trainers (whether public, private or owner/trainers) who are providing the core racing greyhound product. A new breeder incentive scheme is also being introduced for breeders of all wining greyhounds. Additional funds are also being made available to encourage ownership and involvement in the industry through a new initiative where owners have an opportunity to purchase racing ready greyhounds. There will also be dedicated stakes launching in conjunction with these sales.1. New Breeders SchemeThe IGB will introduce a new Breeders incentive scheme with effect from 1 April 2016. Under the new scheme, IGB will pay €15 to the breeder of all wining greyhounds in recognition of the vital role of Irish breeder in on going repopulation and regeneration of the racing greyhounds. Payment will be made to all greyhounds whelped in Ireland and registered in the Irish Greyhound studboook. This initiative will introduce additional funds of circa €0.25 million per annum for Irish breeders. This scheme fulfils the commitment by the Irish Greyhound Board in its response to the Indecon Report on the industry to implement a breeders incentive scheme once funds became available.2. New Trainers Support schemeThe IGB will launch a new payment of €800 to all trainers public, private or owner trained for every 100 dogs raced or part in excess thereof. Such a scheme is to recognise reward and develop the contribution of trainers at all levels of the industry to racing. It is a key priority of the IGB to support the role of trainers in the industry. Without greyhound trainers, the excitement of racing and the racing spectacle would be far less. As a group trainers are key to maintaining the industry, particularly those who are greyhound racing every week and often several days per week. It is estimated that this investment will provide funding of €225,000 per annum to trainers at all levels.3. New Race Ready schemeIGB will provide €50,000 to support a new Race Ready scheme which has the objective of encouraging ownership and syndication by creating three new stakes for unraced greyhounds sold at special IGB sales events to be held in Shelbourne Park and Cork later this year. Each owner will have the potential of purchasing a greyhound from the sales and winning an immediate first prize of €10,000 at each location. This stake will be open to the 24 highest placed greyhounds during the sales trial. There will be two further stakes at each event with first prizes of €4,000 and €3,000 respectively. There will also be bonus payments for the highest placed bitch in each stake. This scheme is to encourage new owners and syndicates into the sport, by offering owners of the winning stakes the potential of ownership costs being significantly reduced for the first year. This scheme will operate so as to offer owners all possible information and assistance in advance about the greyhounds for sale. IGB staff will be available in advance to discuss pedigree lines with potential owners and also to offer any other advice. There will be strict controls on greyhounds entering these sales competitions and all greyhounds presented for sale will be drug tested at the sales trials. Greyhounds who return an adverse analytical finding will be disqualified from the stakes. The new scheme will also be supported by sponsorship of €6,000 from Stud Dog owners. It is also planned to associate other sponsors with this scheme.4. Syndication SupportIn addition to the direct industry supports, the IGB intend to set aside funding of circa €75,000 in 2016 to attract and support syndicates into greyhound racing. The fund will be used to promote greyhound ownership, to offer support to racings clubs and to provide hospitality concessions to syndicates. Support and advice on greyhound ownership will be available as well as guidance on pedigree lines together with information on sales prices, prize money and greyhound trainers.5. Supporters GrantsA new fund of €75,000 is being created to target financial support to assist track supporters clubs in their work in the promotion and development of local tracks. This funding will be subject to a number of terms and conditions however it is planned that tracks eligible to apply for the funding must be able to provide plans to increase activity and demonstrate the benefit such funding will have towards their local track and patrons attending these venues. The application process for this funding will be announced in the coming weeks and circulated directly to all greyhound tracks.6. Education and TrainingAn allocation of €50,000 has been approved for the development of a new industry training and development programme. It is intended that such a programme will cover practical and academic aspects of general greyhound knowledge including aspects of breeding, rearing, training and racing. The programme will be developed in conjunction with industry stakeholders and the intention is to introduce a formal educational qualification for those in the industry, which will be recognised both nationally and internationally. It would also be the objective of the programme that those already working in the industry would be eligible to receive the award on submission of evidence of this prior learning.7. Match RacesAdditional funding of €20,000 is being made available for match races between similarly graded greyhounds. It is anticipated that this will create a new spectator event at stadia and will be supported by a potential sponsorship opportunity.Phil Meaney, Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board announcing the new initiatives acknowledged the additional supports from Government in 2016 which made these initiatives possible. The Board had undertaken a consultative exercise with all stakeholders and the initiatives being announced reflected the views of all who contributed. He said “it was the Boards intention that the funding would benefit all aspects of racing and bring a new energy into the sport. The programme of funding fulfils the IGB commitments in its response to the Indecon report by generating new supports for key stakeholders” He added that ” this is an exciting time for greyhound racing as the IGB seeks to renew and regenerate the sport.”Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of IGB said: “IGB is committed to improving greyhound racing so as to retain existing owners and attract new owners. We have benefited from the increased allocation in budget 2016 and the programme of measures outlined is structured so that the maximum number of people within the industry are receiving additional supports. Greyhound racing is a fast paced thrilling sport and it is the objective of these measures to support industry stakeholders in exposing the sport to the widest possible audience of new owners and race goers.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgCoach Trevor Bayliss thinks England left some “scars” on the Australia team during the second Ashes Test and can still enjoy success Down Under despite being 2-0 down with three matches to play.England raised hopes of a remarkable comeback victory when they managed to get on top of their hosts on day three and four of the day-night contest in Adelaide, only to slump to a 120-run defeat on Wednesday.As holders of the Ashes, England would at least need to win two and draw one of the remaining Tests in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney to take the urn back home with them.Suggesting there would be no major changes to the team for Perth, Bayliss said his players just needed to figure out how to be competitive for longer periods.“I don’t think there is a real need to panic, the guys have shown the capabilities we have got. We have just got to find a way to do it for longer,” he said.“In both test matches we have competed for a couple of days but to win against Australia in Australia we have to compete for longer than that.“All of our players have competed at different times and showed they can bat but we just have to do it for longer.”Bayliss admitted that batting was more of a concern than the bowling with not a single Englishman yet to make a century in four innings where the tourists managed scores of 302, 195, 227 and 233.“You have to take 20 wickets but, to put pressure on the opposition, you have to score more than 220 in each innings,” he added.England did have Australia rattled in the night session on day three when James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes got the ball moving around under the lights.“We have got a few scars there with the Australian team,” Bayliss told the BBC.“There will be a few who have missed out and a few who will be nervous. They’ve got four good bowlers and we’ve shown we can compete with them for a period of time.”Other positives for England were a solid debut from Craig Overton, who looked good with ball, bat and in the field, and a rare good performance outside England from Woakes, who took 4-36 in the second innings.Bayliss clearly does not think that any more practice is the key for England’s batsmen and on Thursday named only Moeen Ali from the side that lost in Adelaide in an England XI to face a Cricket Australia XI in a two-day tour match in Perth.The rest of the team is made up of the squad members who did not play in the second Test and six players from the England Lions team, who are training in the city.last_img read more

first_imgBy Timothy JaikarranThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have continued to highlight the Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) 2019, with stellar performances coming from every member of the team. The inclusion of the leg spin duo of South African Imran Tahir and Afghan Qais Ahmad to the power packed Warriors squad has strengthened the bowling lineup. The spin twins have led the Warriors from the fore front when most needed.Tahir has a wealth of experience to his name as at the age of 40 he has played for teams all around the world; South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Derbyshire, Dolphins, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Easterns, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Multan Sultans, Nottinghamshire, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Under-19s, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sialkot, South Africa A, Staffordshire, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Surrey, Sussex 2nd XI, Titans, Warriors, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI, Water and Power Development Authority, World-XI, Yorkshire.Overall, the energetic Tahir has played 265 T20 matches bagging 328 wickets at an impressive bowling average of 20.36, with best bowling figures of 5/23 and an economy rate of 7.07.When Tahir joined the Amazon Warriors in the 2018 edition of CPL he bagged 16 wickets at an average of 17.8 with and economy rate of 5.9 runs per over. His best bowling of 4/22 was achieved against the Patriots at Warner Park. In his early matches in CPL 2019, Tahir has continued from where he left off claiming eight wickets in his first four matches and already one of the leading bowlers of the tournament.Meanwhile, 19-year old Qais Ahmad from Afghanistan made ripples on the international cricket scene when he picked up 14 wickets in five matches in the U-19 World Cup in 2018 and ended up as the second leading wicket taker. From then his voyage as a white-ball globe trotter began.He played in CPL 2018 for the St Lucia Stars (now Zouks) and later for the Hobart Hurricanes where he snared seven wickets with an average of 12.7 in just three matches.At just 19 years old Ahmad has also played for Afghanistan, Afghanistan Under-19s, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Maidan Wardak Province Under-17s, Mis Ainak Region, Multan Sultans and Pamir Stars.The wily bowler joined the Amazon Warriors after his Test debut in Afghanistan’s first Test match victory which came against Bangladesh in early September 2019 and immediately made an impact. In his first game, he returned excellent figures of 3/28 and combined with Tahir for figures of 5/45 to give the Warriors an easy win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in Basseterre.Despite the 21-year age gap between Tahir and Ahmad they form a mesmerizing relationship that poses serious threats to all oppositions in CPL this season which should be a major factor in the Warriors going all the way this year.Judging from their track records, there will be lots of summersaults from Ahmad and even more sprinting around the ground from Tahir as they celebrate the Warriors in CPL 2019.last_img read more

first_imgCity Hall, GeorgetownCity Treasurer Ron McCalmon has projected an 11 per cent increase in City Hall’s revenue for this year.According to a press statement, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has foreseen a significant jump in its revenue this year and has credited this achievement to the new revenue collection mechanisms being put in place and the existing money sources the municipality is now better able to tap into.During the orientation session of the newly-appointed Georgetown Councillors last week, McCalmon gave an overview of his department while acquainting Councillors with the Municipality’s various sources of revenue.“We expect our revenue to increase by 11 per cent this year,” he told the Councillors before outlining various areas where the municipality intended to strengthen its revenue collection. For instance, McCalmon said there were 150 properties currently registered with the municipality that have changed their status from residential property to commercial, but were paying the same meagre rates.“Some of these people [owners] are paying $2000 annually, $1000 and even $800 for these properties,” McCalmon said, with affirmation from some seasoned Councillors who nodded and clapped, acknowledging the truth of the information.The City Treasurer also spoke on the valuation and re-evaluation of properties to determine the actual sums owed to the municipality.He noted that better car and bus park management, land leases, revenue from new and rehabilitated vending spaces, and revenue collection from container operators, among other measures would also increase the Council’s fees.In relation to containers, the department intends to convene a special team to identify those persons offloading containers within the city during the night to avoid paying the due sums to the Council.After pointing to several other existing revenue earners, the Treasurer said his department was responsible for all of the Council’s revenue and expenditure, including those of other departments. McCalmon urged the Councillors to work towards strengthening the M&CC’s financial abilities with strong policies.Despite the projected increase, the Treasurer is of the view that more can be done to increase the Council’s revenue especially with the number of projects and services that are intended to synchronise to return the Garden City to a green city.last_img read more

first_img2017 BudgetWhile he is sure no government sets out to hinder the progress of the poor and working class, former Foreign Affairs Minister and Economic Commentator, Dr Henry Jeffery believes Government needs to dig deeper to first quell the fear of the poor, by giving a clear understanding of how it intends to see economic growth during the new fiscal year.Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry JefferyJeffrey was speaking to last Monday’s presentation of the 2017 $250 billion National Budget by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, and which has left sections of the population reeling in concern.Part of the budget, which points to a two per cent reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT), also speaks to a 14 per cent tax imposition on customers who uses electricity in excess of $10,000 and water over $1500.While Jordan reminded that the budget was intended to provide a “good life” for all, the former parliamentarian said there needs to be a thorough examination and retrospection.“I believe that many of these things that he seems to be doing in terms of the VAT and others need to be better explained. His attempt to cut the Income Tax threshold will essentially cause rather than a progressive tax situation has created a regressive tax situation. He said most of these things need to be properly explained”.Jeffrey said he is always concerned with economic growth.“Last year, we saw him saying that economic growth declined by some 2.6 per cent and he is trying to take that to a 3.8 per cent next year. But we need to know what he is going to do to achieve that goal”, Jeffrey said, speaking about the Finance Minister.Then there is the issue of the VAT being reduced to 14 per cent and he has also zero rated and exempted some items, Dr Jeffrey said. According to him, the question will now arise as to whether the producer will still have to pay the VAT on those items. All these things, Jeffrey said, have to be considered. “And then there is the issue with the water and electricity that everyone is up in arms about. He may make back the taxes from reducing the VAT. I don’t think that his intent is to bring added burden to the poor. The Minister needs to explain just how he has come to these rates regarding electricity and water.”He continued, “Would it bring the sort of burden upon the poor as everyone is saying at this stage?. I don’t believe that anybody goes into a budget trying to do that kind of a thing and so he therefore needs to explain,” Jeffrey told Guyana Times.He recalled that last year, Government spent less than it budgeted in terms of Capital works. He said now it has spent about $8 billion. He said while Capital Works can help Gross Domestic Product along the way, Government must hope that it also spends the amount of money it has budgeted for this year, if it is going to get that level of economic product.“Essentially, my concern is about economic growth and how the budget affects the poor. I think that that is his intention, but in the things I pointed out, I thought that the richest people, those working for more than a million dollars and are getting benefits, paying less tax to over 400,000 a year… Maybe that it is his intention”.Dr Jeffrey said there should be no added burden on the poor by imposing such rates on electricity and water.“I believe that he needs to go and check this out more, he needs to be very clear about these things, he might have to look at again, but they certainly need explanation in terms of how will they affect economic growth, how these taxes will not affect the ordinary working people,” Jeffrey told this publication.last_img read more

first_imgIn a report to Council, staff stated the cost to renovate the buildings would be significant.The Visitor Centre will be re-located to the Pomeroy Sports Centre.  City staff say the lobby will be renovated to accommodate the Visitor Centre along with one of the meeting rooms.  The move will allow the City to better manage staffing needs at the Pomeroy and the Visitor Centre.The North Peace Business Resource Centre is located behind the North Peace Museum and the is home to five non-profit groups.  The groups will have to relocate to other space in the City.  The City will keep the land and use it as over-flow parking for the Pomeroy Sports Centre.- Advertisement -The Visitor Centre will be demolished this fall and the Business Resource Centre will be removed in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgA Letterkenny Councillor has accused some residents of being ‘bin lids’ for not looking after their wheelie bins.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh says he is sick of people leaving their rubbish bins at the front of their homes all week and not bringing them into their yards or gardens.The Fine Gael councillor is to raise a question at tonight’s town council meeting asking the council to advise residents to keep their bins out of view. Cllr Kavanagh says residents should take it upon themselves to keep their bins out of sight “except on collection day.”He says that the habit is becoming widespread and many people are leaving their wheelie bins at the front of their homes on a permanent basis.“I will be asking the council to see what they can do about this problem. I’m only raising it in the interests of the estate cleanliness and also to help the Tidy Town effort,” said Cllr Kavanagh.Ends LETTERKENNY COUNCILLOR ASKS RESIDENTS TO PUT A LID ON IT was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Cllr Jimmy KavanaghLetterkenny Town Councilwheelie binslast_img read more

first_img2018 Dunnes Bar ACL Division 1Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Glencar/Manorhamilton, Glencar-Manorhamilton 0-12 Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s 0-72018 Swan Bar ACL Division 3 Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Fenagh-St. Caillin’s, Fenagh-St Caillins W/O Glencar-Manorhamilton –Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Gortletteragh, Gortletteragh 5-12 Aughawillan 4-15Sat, 16 Jun, Venue: Pairc Naomh Muire, Allen Gaels 1-15 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 5-102018 Swan Bar ACL Division 4Sun, 17 Jun, Venue: Ballinaglera, Ballinaglera 4-12 St Mary’s-Kiltoghert 3-9last_img read more

first_imgNephila komaci photographed in the wildat Tembe National Elephant Park.(Image: Tembe) The spectacular golden-hued web spunby industrious golden orb weavers, in thiscase N. inaurata.(Image: Matjaž Kuntner)MEDIA CONTACTS • Matjaž KuntnerSlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts+386 1 470 6338Janine ErasmusScientists have discovered a new species of the golden orb weaving spider in South Africa – and the Nephila komaci is believed to be the largest of all golden orb weavers known to science.The discovery, part of a project on nephilid spiders, heralds the first new species to be added to the Nephila genus for 130 years.To date more than 41 000 spiders have been scientifically identified, and about 450 new species are added to the list each year – but not since 1879 has a new golden orb weaver been one of them. N. komaci is therefore quite an arachnological catch.The nephilid project has received a funding grant of almost €800 000 (R8.8-million) from the European Union under its Sixth Framework programme for research and technological development.The find, under the title Discovery of the Largest Orbweaving Spider Species: The Evolution of Gigantism in Nephila, was published in the 20 October 2009 edition of PLoS One, the open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.Mysterious speciesThe species was first described in 2000 by biologist Matjaž Kuntner, when he came across a preserved specimen in the ARC-Plant Protection Research Institute just outside Pretoria. The specimen’s label dated back to 1978 and no-one knew if there were any living examples.Kuntner chairs the Institute of Biology at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is also a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.The scientist was surprised to find this giant spider that did not match any known specimens. He and his colleague Jonathan Coddington, also of the Smithsonian, headed several expeditions to South Africa to track down a live version of the intriguing creature.Their quest was unsuccessful at first, and the team began to think the preserved specimen described in 2000 was a hybrid, or possibly extinct.A second specimen, also preserved, and of Madagascan origin, was found in 2003 in the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Out of more than 2 500 similar specimens in 37 institutions, this was the only other Nephila komaci found. The discovery enabled the team to conclude that the original spider was not a hybrid.But since they had not yet found a living specimen of the mysterious arachnid, again the theory of extinction surfaced.In 2007, with the help of colleagues in South Africa, a field trip to KwaZulu-Natal’s Tembe National Elephant Park unearthed one male and two female individuals, all alive and well. The scientists were finally able to confirm the discovery of a new species.N. komaci is named after Kuntner’s best friend Andrej Komac, also a scientist, who died in an accident around the time of these discoveries. The genus name Nephila is taken from ancient Greek, meaning “fond of spinning” (nen: to spin and philos: love).“We fear the species might be endangered, as its only definite habitat is a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park,” said Coddington. “Our data suggest that the species is not abundant, its range is restricted and all known localities lie within two endangered biodiversity hotspots: Maputaland and Madagascar.”He added that the discovery was just further evidence that “it’s a wonderful world”.The two have issued a plea for the public to help them find more living specimens, and possibly whole populations of the rare creature.Formidable femaleThe female Nephila komaci is the biggest spider of her type. Her leg span measures up to 12cm, about the size of a CD, while her body length is just under 4cm.However, the male of the species is puny in comparison – at just 2.5cm he is small enough to ride on his mate’s back, which he spends much of his time doing.This odd arachnid couple is typical of nephilid spiders, which show extreme sexual dimorphism – that is, the existence of two distinctly different forms within a species or on the same plant.The scientific view for this phenomenon is that the female most likely evolved to her gigantic size to scare away small predators and be able to lay more eggs.Despite the fearsome appearance and the possession of venom, the spiders are not dangerous to humans. The venom, explained Kuntner, works only on the spiders’ prey, which is mostly large insects, and will not poison a human.Although there are spiders larger than the golden orb weavers, their webs are certainly the biggest of all. The spectacular webs can reach as large as 1m in width or more. They are durable enough to last several years, and can trap not only insects but small birds.“Golden” refers to the colour of the silk, not the actual spider. Recently the silk from over 1-million industrious spinners was used to weave a one-of-a-kind textile.Seventy people collected golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar over a four-year period. Using a machine that allowed them to process 24 spiders at a time, another 12 people collected about 24m of silk filament from each captive. Filaments were then woven into silk strands, each one containing 96 filaments.The silk was carefully woven into a beautiful golden, 3.3m by 1.2m piece of cloth, the only one of its kind, which went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in September 2009.Unique environmentThe Tembe Elephant Park lies in the Maputaland region on the ancient “ivory route” which connected gold and ivory traders in pre-colonial Zululand and Mozambique.The reserve is home to the last indigenous elephant herd in the province, comprising over 220 individuals, and boasts what is possibly the largest tusker in Africa – certainly the largest in Southern Africa. He is Isilo, a 65-year-old bull and herd leader.Tembe is also home to one of the smallest antelopes in the world – the dainty suni, which stands just 35cm high at the shoulder. Ewes weigh more than rams but at just 5.4kg, they are still extremely petite creatures.In addition to elephant, the reserve is home to the other four members of the Big Five – lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo. Visitors can also see zebra, giraffe, all species of antelope indigenous to the habitats of the area (sand forest, grassland, wetland) and more than 340 bird species.The reserve has one luxury lodge, which is 50% owned and fully operated by the local Tembe tribe. It offers all creature comforts, two game drives every day, meals under the stars, and other activities for the energetic visitor, such as scuba diving on reefs at the coast nearby.last_img read more