ICC Test Rankings: Rishabh Pant reaches career-best rating points, beats MS Dhoni

first_imgAdvertisement e7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2i7trqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb5cm478( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l6euWould you ever consider trying this?😱70w9kCan your students do this? 🌚4aRoller skating! Powered by Firework Young Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant made giant strides on the ICC Test cricket ranking for batsmen, climbing 21 places to 17th spot after scoring his second Test ton — 159* against Australia in Sydney. Although the final match in Sydney ended in a draw, following persistent rain interruptions in the final two days, the visitors had scored a whopping 622-run first innings total, with record-breaking contributions from Pant. Pant’s 17th place is the joint-highest ranking achieved by an Indian stumper along with Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973.Advertisement Rishabh Pant has attained new highs for an India wicket-keeper in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his superb century in the drawn final Test in Sydney.The 21-year-old’s aggregate of 673 rating points are also the highest by an India wicketkeeper, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni having the next highest aggregate of 662 points and Engineer 619 points. Dhoni’s highest Test ranking was 19th.Having become the Indian wicket-keeper batsman with a highest-ever individual total away from home, Pant had gone past Dhoni’s tally of 148 which the former Indian skipper had achieved against Pakistan in Faisalabad. The stunning run-flow earned him rewards in the ICC.Advertisement Pant is being touted as the long-term successor to Dhoni, who is expected to call time on his career after the conclusion of the 2019 ICC World Cup. Although the 21-year-old isn’t a part of the ODI squad against Australia and New Zealand, the BCCI selection committee still sees him a part of the team composition for the showpiece event in England.About his absence from the ODI squad against Australia and New Zealand, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that the youngster had endured few injury niggles, that made the selectors against Australia take the big call of excluding him from the ODI setup. For the World Cup, however, Pant is one of the members of the 3 shortlisted wicket-keepers that the selection committee is keeping a tab on.Advertisement READ:Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and New Zealand tour Advertisementlast_img read more

Fleet of feet to beat the heat

first_imgPAKENHAM Outdoor Pool in Henry Street was a popular destination on Saturday, with local temperatures hitting the thirties. Children remembered…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

​ K10 million allocated for Sir Hubert Murray Stadium completion

first_imgThe National Government has allocated K10 million through the PNG sports foundation for the completion of the stadium.The Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation received K40 million including the consolidated K11m funds as Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch handed down  the Government’s  K12.2 billion 2017 Budget yesterday.The budget allocation of K40million comprises five main areas of focus: PNG Sports Foundation Transfer – K7,652,900m; Australia Sports Outreach Programme – K7,200,000m; Sports Enhancement Programme for district and provinces – K10m; High Performance Centre – K6m and Sir Hubert Murray Infrastructure development –K10m.The K10 million allocated to Sir Hubert Murray Stadium is for construction, renovation and improvements for the completion of the facility.last_img read more

Brazil’s 1982 World Cup GK dies

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP):Former Brazil goalkeeper Waldir Peres, a member of three World Cup teams, died on Sunday at the age of 66 after a heart attack. His death was announced by his family.Peres was having lunch with friends in the city of Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo state when he passed out and was taken to hospital.He was a starter in the 1982 Brazil team that contained greats Zico, Socrates, and Falcao. Brazil were knocked out by eventual winners Italy in the second round.The goalie was initially criticised for a mistake in the opening match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil eventually won 2-1 and his performances improved until the 3-2 defeat against the underdog Italians.Peres was the second player in that team to die, after Socrates in 2011.He also was in the Brazil squads at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. At home, he was also remembered for his long spell at Sao Paulo FC from 1973 to 1984.Peres’ family said he will be buried today in Sao Paulo.last_img read more

2020: OUR BEST HOPE

first_imgIt’s coming up to just two years for this PNC Government – let’s dispense with the pretence that there’s an APNU/AFC Coalition – and the entire country is already focused on the 2020 general elections, and appears ready to vote them out.The reasons are many and varied, and you can take your pick as to which one or several affect you: the VAT payments on private school fees, airfares to interior locations, utility services, and on many of the once zero-rated items; the loss of jobs for sugar workers and loss of export markets for rice farmers; the hike of MMA/ADA rental fees for Mahaica and Mahaicony rice farmers; the ban on importing affordable used tyres; the mistreatment of miners; the bypassing of importers of pharmaceuticals; the public service witch hunt and loss of jobs, especially among Indian Guyanese; the contentious parking meter project.There is discontent across the land, and some citizens are already defaulting on loan payments to banks because of the burden of increased taxation and/or because they are now unemployed as a result of the tanking economy.Republic Bank has reported a 4.5 percent drop in profits for the six-month period ending March 31, 2017, compared to the similar period in 2016, largely due to the increase of 9 million that was required to cover loan losses.These depressing figures underline the concerns of the business sector, which is genuinely troubled by the economic downturn but whose many suggestions to the Granger Administration as to the incentives and measures needed to reverse the downward trajectory continue to be ignored.The irony of it all is that the Granger Administration appears to lack confidence in itself! There is a dearth of state infrastructural projects two years in, and the investments promised on the campaign trail have also failed to materialise.Imports of capital and consumer goods, as well as goods needed for manufacturing have all declined because of a lack of confidence in Government’s policies. At such time of waning confidence, people turn to preserving their assets in gold or hard currency, and hoarding has resulted in a scarcity of US dollars on the local market.Even as fear and discontent grow, we get reports of President David Granger’s trip to The Bahamas on a private plane with a large entourage, which will set taxpayers back million. What business does Guyana have with The Bahamas to warrant this trip and the expense? Or does Granger’s “Nassau Plan” require regular visits to that town?This does smack of Burnham-like excesses, except that much has since changed and a PNC redux is not likely to be tolerated. The public protests by Guyanese of every race and class disclose a move away from politics as usual and a refusal to heed partisan appeals. This presents our best hope for saving Guyana, for every citizen and both major political parties need to take note of this political maturity.Whether Granger is indeed trying to set the stage for a PNC-type rigged election in 2020 – the only way they could win, given their dismal track record – he needs to rethink that plan. His spurious reasons for rejecting the nominees presented by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the GECOM chair still stand, and no chairperson has yet been named to this crucial position.Then there is the case of the alleged plot to assassinate the President. That, along with the massive wall being built around the Office of the Presidency, is creating much public speculation. All public buildings should be as fully transparent as the business being conducted therein. Is that wall being built to keep us, the people, out, or to hide what happens behind it? Neither proposition sits well with the public.Guyana has no history of assassination attempts on heads of state, despite our divided politics. Burnham’s dictatorial regime bears the stain of the assassinations of Walter Rodney, Father Darke and Vincent Teekah. Could the assassination claims be an attempt to mitigate that record, and to provide a reason for an increased militarisation of the state as 2020 approaches?The Granger Administration should recognise that the widespread and various protests that are ongoing reflect the citizens’ firm belief that they have been artfully conned by the slick words of cheap tricksters, who promised a change that will never materialise.The 2020 elections should offer more than a chance of payback, however. If we can bring about real change through the polls, the incoming administration would be on guard about fulfilling the wishes of the people, or risk being booted out as well.last_img read more

FOOTBALL FALLS TO RAVENS

first_imgNext Game: McMaster University 10/5/2019 | 1:00 p.m. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Matchup History The University of Toronto Varsity Blues football team fell 29-19 to the Carleton Ravens on Saturday, September 28 at MNP Park in Ottawa.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year quarterback Clay Sequeira continued to shine, going 22-for-39 for 358 yards and three touchdowns on the day. His favourite target was third-year receiver Will Corby, who caught seven passes for 168 yards and one major.Fellow standout receiver Nolan Lovegrove made seven receptions for 86 yards and one touchdown, while Michael Lehmann had four catches for 35 yards and one touchdown in the loss.Fifth-year linebacker Matt Renaud notched a career-high 10 tackles and added two break ups. Damoy Robinson had seven tackles, while Daniel Solaroli notched six.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Ravens got out to an early 14-0 lead, scoring on their first two possessions. The Blues got on the board midway through the second quarter when Sequeira connected an 18-yard pass with Lovegrove. Toronto was down 16-7 at halftime.FB: TORONTO TOUCHDOWN! Clay Sequeira finds Nolan Lovegrove for the major!CAR 14 | TOR 7Q2 7:51 WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/r9yMwKXCtu— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) September 28, 2019 The Ravens extended their lead with a field goal in the third quarter and a one-yard rushing major with 3:30 remaining in the game. The Blues offence ignited, however, as Sequeira found Corby for a 54-yard touchdown reception to bring the game back within 13 (26-13). After Carleton added another field goal, Sequeira capped off the game with a three-yard passing major to Lehmann.FB: TOUCHDOWN! Clay Sequeira connects with Will Corby for a 54-yard TD reception!CAR 26 | TOR 13Q4 2:33WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/isWGGtNGLQ— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) September 28, 2019 UP NEXT: The Blues return home to take on the McMaster Marauders next Saturday, October 5 at Varsity Stadium. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at varsityblues.ca/tickets.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Guyana’s framework must not be driven by T&T experience – Persaud

first_imgOil and gas developmentThe discourse on and direction of Guyana’s oil and gas development framework must not be driven nor dictated by the Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) experience or any other singular case, says former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud.While recognising that many recent non-governmental conversations have had what he described as a “strong (T&T) fragrance”, Persaud said Guyana could look at other examples in the world, where oil helped to shape a bright future for countries, as the twin-island republic was not one of them.“Guyana must do what’s best for Guyana and Guyanese as we develop a new sector, learning from the best examples and experiences in the oil and gas sector,” he asserted.The former Minister said while the record showed that Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during his tenure as Minister on collaboration for oil and gas with the neighbouring island, as was and is being done with other bilateral and multilateral partners, it was about mutual cooperation and not meant to be a gateway for T&T domination.Social activist and commentator Ramon Gaskin also believes that Guyana should not depend heavily on the experiences of the sister Caricom nation, explaining that Guyana already has laws that govern the operation of the oil and gas industry and that should be discussed more.Gaskin said, “We have the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act. We already have a framework here passed by the National Assembly of Guyana. We don’t need to worry with Trinidad. We already have laws here in place. Secondly, Parliament passed a Petroleum Commission Bill.”The outspoken activist and economist believes that more attention should be paid towards reviewing the current act to ensure that it is modernised, given the complexities of the industry.Nevertheless, he also recognised that many of the forums on oil and gas have had many Trinidadians as their guest speakers, many of whom worked within that country’s industry. He said maybe these forums could also attract professionals in the industry from other countries around the world.Subsequent to the discovery of commercial quantities of oil offshore Guyana in 2015, several groups were formed and have hosted forums to discuss the industry. Many of them, including the Guyana Oil and Gas Association, have also brought in many Trinidadians to speak at these forums.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had said that Guyana could be susceptible to the “resource curse” brought on by sudden oil wealth and potential corruption. Guyana has no experience and few resources to handle taxation, regulation, and environmental control related to energy production.Guyana has sought advice from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the US State Department to draft legislation for a fiscal regime for oil revenues, environmental regulations, and government oversight. The Mexican Petroleum Institute will also assist to train welders, drillers, and other oilfield workers.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has publicly stated that he sees the Norwegian oil and gas model as one of the best in the world, particularly that country’s Sovereign Wealth Fund legislation is best to serve as a model for Guyana to manage and save large inflows of oil revenues when production begins in 2020.While some countries have not effectively managed their oil resources, others have used these natural resources as a means of lifting their citizenry out of poverty and developing strong social and economic programmes that have benefited citizens.last_img read more

Rock star welcome greets Barca in Japan

first_imgWalking alongside Suarez, Messi smiled at fans as cameras flashed, while Neymar, who is an injury concern for the tournament favourites, sported a baseball cap, sunglasses and earphones.Barcelona, bidding to become the first team to win the Club World Cup three times after lifting the trophy in 2009 and 2011, take on China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-finals on Thursday.But Barca coach Luis Enrique is sweating over the fitness of Neymar, who is struggling with a groin strain. The Brazilian has scored 16 times in 18 appearances this season, but Enrique could opt to rest him in Japan.Barring an upset, Argentina’s River Plate will await the European champions in the final in Yokohama on December 20.European teams have won the title seven times of the 11 years the competition has been played under the current seven-team format.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish league match against Deportivo de La Coruna at Camp Nou stadium on December 12, 2015. PHOTO/AFPNARITA, December 14- European champions Barcelona were greeted like rock stars on their arrival in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup, looking bleary-eyed after a long flight from Spain.Around 300 screaming fans greeted the Spanish giants trying to take pictures of superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as they swept through Narita airport at around 0800 local time dressed in blue team tracksuits.last_img read more

Clash of the Titans – England, Euro 2016, drugs in sport, and more

first_imgListen again as Mark Saggers, Mike Parry, Tony Cascarino and Andy Jacobs discuss the hottest topics of the day.Among the points up for debate were…*Safety concerns for the 2016 European Championship in France following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris*England’s chances at Euro 2016 under current boss Roy Hodgson and the quality of the players at his disposal*Drug use in sports, including athleticslast_img

Transfer BLOW? Spanish star rubbishes reports of £44million Liverpool switch

first_img1 Inaki WIlliams in action for Athletic Bilbao Spanish forward Inaki Williams insists he is happy at Athletic Bilbao amid reported interest from Liverpool.The 22-year-old is highly rated in La Liga since breaking into the Bilbao team two years ago.He has played 53 times in Spain’s top-flight, scoring 10 goals, and it has been reported that Liverpool could be about to meet his £44.5m buyout clause.However, Bilbao-born Williams has poured cold water on the speculation by revealing he wants to stay with his hometown club for years to come.He told AS Diario: “I’m happy at Athletic, it’s where I want to be.“I am very grateful to the fans, the club and my team-mates. I want to continue here for many more years.“I want to be Athletic’s future number nine – the player who raises the roof at San Mames every week and scores lot of goals.”last_img read more