Bravo pulls out of World Cup – T&T batsman to focus on four-day championship

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Left-hander Darren Bravo yesterday became the third player to pull out of the troubled Twenty20 World Cup squad. Following the high-profile withdrawals by Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Bravo had also opted out of the squad in order to be available for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Regional four-day championship. In a letter sent to the board, Bravo said that while he was “very grateful and humbled” to be selected, he preferred to focus on developing his game in the longest format. “I’m of the firm belief that I have a very big part to play in the resurgence of West Indies cricket in the longer formats of the game, and I will like the opportunity to play in our Professional Cricket League (PCL) because it will put me in good stead and will allow me to achieve those goals that I have aligned myself for the year 2016 and beyond,” the Trinidadian said. Selectors will now mull over yet another replacement after having to find alternatives for Pollard and Narine. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was named to replace Pollard while, yesterday, the board said that Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse had been chosen in Narine’s absence. Nurse has played four Twenty20s for West Indies and 60 overall. Pollard said that he had not fully recovered from an injury sustained last December, while Narine indicated that work on his new action had not been completed. He is currently banned from bowling in international cricket. Meanwhile, the remainder of the squad have all signed their tour contracts for the March 8 to April 3 ICC tournament in India. Fears of a player boycott were heightened last week when T20 captain Darren Sammy wrote to the WICB on behalf of the squad to indicate their discontent with the pay structure. In the communication, Sammy said the players “cannot accept the terms on offer”, but in a subsequent radio interview in Trinidad, he said the squad always intended to contest the World Cup and would sign the contracts. The WICB said the new terms of the contract had been hammered out almost 10 months ago in conjunction with players’ union, WIPA, and had been communicated then to all players.last_img read more

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Pacman: Broner first, Mayweather later

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We will fight for sure,” said Pacquiao in Filipino. “Everything will be discussed after the Broner fight.”Mayweather famously announced “May-Pac2” via an Instagram post that went viral saying he will take on Pacquiao this December.But as expected, boxing’s only remaining standard bearers soon realized that the fight of such magnitude sure calls for longer, more deliberate buildup to optimize its revenue.Pacquiao turned back the clock against Matthysse, in a dominant display. The Filipino icon, also a senator, registered the 60th win and his first knockout in a long while.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao said he will instead face Mayweather possibly on May 5 or Cinco de Mayo, a date that has become a tradition for big-time boxing fights.He said he will train even harder than he did against Lucas Matthysse in July. He knocked the Argentinian out for his first KO win in nine years.“I will try my best if I can finish him (Broner) off early,” said Pacquiao of the dangerous 29-year-old American, who has a colorful life on and off the ring.Pacquiao and Mayweather clashed in 2015  in the biggest fight in all combat sports that grossed a reported $400 million.And while it generated mixed response because the thrill did not match the hype, the sequel has gained ground since they bumped into each other last month in a music festival in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s 90 percent sure,” said Pacquiao, who added that he’d like the Broner fight on Jan. 12 because he wants to be back in the Senate by the 19th.Las Vegas, site of Pacquiao’s many victories, is the likely venue although the Filipino legend did not confirm it right away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPacquiao also confirmed he’s now aligned with boxing promoter Al Haymon, who handles both Mayweather and Broner, and his MP promotions will be copromoting his January fight.Mayweather is reportedly fighting in December against UFC bad boy Khabib Nurmagomedov, who demolished superstar Conor McGregor in a fight that ended in a full-blown brawl recently. Roaring Red Lions LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Before ending his career with a megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right), Manny Pacquiao will look for a sterling victory against Adrien Broner (left). —AFPBoxing great Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday night formally announced he’s fighting Adrien Broner in January before taking on fellow megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again in May as he tries to put on a fitting finish to his sterling career.Training starts next week for the sitting senator, who confirmed that he will square off with dangerous four-division champ Broner either on Jan. 12 or 19, in a fight that will also serve as a tune-up to a second clash with Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing in front of almost 10,000 spectators, Stephan Schrock’s spectacular goal at the stroke of halftime proved to be a consolation as the Busmen crashed out in the first phase of the most prestigious club competition in the continent.“It’s a tough result for us, but it’s hard to play when half of the team has not played since September and half the team has been playing a lot of competitive games in the past three months with different teammates,” said Schrock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Busmen looked a step slower in the opening exchanges and their lack of a natural striker was exposed late on when they chased for an equalizer in the second half.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic admitted he may have underestimated Yangon, which the Busmen defeated over two legs in the AFC Cup zonal semifinal last year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES A 28th-minute free kick from Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller right at the edge of the area and sub Kaung Htet Soe’s close-range strike early in the second half boosted Yangon to a second round duel with Chiangrai United of Thailand on Tuesday.With Bienvenido Maranon only available for a cameo role as he was hampered by a back injury, the Busmen’s attack didn’t look as potent as it used to be, although OJ Porteria’s volley rattled the crossbar in the second half.A moment of brilliance from Schrock in the 44th minute gave the Ceres faithful a ray of hope heading into halftime. But while the Busmen had plenty of ball, they struggled to carve open a compact Yangon defense.The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros shifts its focus to the AFC Cup for the fourth straight year, after a stunning first round exit in the AFC Champions League preliminary stage on Tuesday night.A night that started in a festive mood ended in heartbreak as the Busmen absorbed a stunning 2-1 loss to Myanmar champion Yangon United at a jampacked Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Swimming sisters make big splash View commentslast_img read more

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Region 5 RDC to clamp down on roadside vending

first_imgVendors operating at the Rosignol ‘train line market’ are being accused of offering food to the public which might not be wholesome. This is according to one coalition Councillor of the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC).Dulston Hutson addressing the RDCAddressing the RDC last Thursday on the issue, Dulston Hutson said the operation of the illegal market created environmental health issues which the Region would have to deal with if appropriate action was not taken in time.He referred to the market as roadside vending, while noting that fish, meat and vegetables festered with thousands of flies.“Something needs to be done. There is a market in the area, why isn’t it occupied?” Hutson questioned.He was referring to the New Rosignol Market.The ‘Train Line Market’Vendors say that the market is in the wrong place. According to them, over the past 10 years, they were forced to take up occupancy at the Rosignol New Market. However, business was very slow and on each occasion, they were forced to go back to what was referred to as the ‘Train Line Market’.“The market that they want people to go to is not in a good location. The distance is too far from the people,” one vendor said.According to another vendor, it would be more profitable if the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) constructed stalls at the ‘train line’ location and collected revenue from the vendors. “This is the busy place. Where they build the market is near to the cane field. They made a mistake and they acknowledge it,” another vendor claimed.Less than three dozen vendors utilise the new facility on a daily basis. The fisheries section is never used.The Rosignol new marketHutson noted that the NDC was duty-bound to ensure that the citizens of that community are offered wholesome food.“We want to bring the efforts of that particular NDC that I am speaking of, whereby it has been reported by the health department that they are making efforts to remove the vendors and address other matters of environmental health that are not in keeping with good regulations, but the challenge remains one that they cannot get past because the NDC, which has the final responsibility in prosecuting those that are in violation of the policies, the NDC is not working together with the (Environmental Health Officers )EHOs.”According to Hutson, many of the EHOs who are attached to the NDC have been doing their jobs, but NDC Councillors are frustrating the process. Making specific mention of the Rosignol/Zee Lust NDC, Hutson said the EHO has documented his findings and has also suggested to the NDC that those vending are operating in an unhygienic environment.He believes that Councillors on the Rosignol/Zee Lust NDC might have a personal interest in allowing the residents of the community to be consuming food, which might not be wholesome.Meanwhile, the New Rosignol Market is a hive of activity on Saturdays and many of those who operate at the ‘train line market’ find themselves there.last_img read more

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Dismal start to first natural gas and crown petroleum rights sale of 2015

first_imgOnly eight of the 18 parcels offered were purchased and the average price was $618.30 per hectare.That left the bonus bids total at just over $2.2 million, making it the lowest January sale in the post depression period.The previous low was in 2009, when the first sale of the calendar year resulted in a total of $7.1 million.- Advertisement -It should be noted however, that last January’s total was only $7.4 million, and also set the stage for what looked like a dismal government revenue year.However, it was saved by a $209 million November sale, which ended up being about 55 per cent of an annual total of $382.7 million – the best one since 2010.The next sale is set for February 25, 2015, and to top last year’s results, it will need to post a total of more than $25.4 million.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dzyuba hits Nations League winner as Russia down Turkey

first_imgStanislav Cherchesov’s men were intent on taking up where they had left off and the visitors looked well on their way when Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring with a well-struck volley after just 13 minutes.Serdar Aziz gave Turkey a lifeline when he levelled four minutes before the interval with a fine strike from just inside the area as Russia failed to clear.But only eight minutes later slack defending saw Yuri Gazinski’s short pass find Dzyuba unmarked on the right side, the captain finishing with calm to stun the hosts.Turkey should have levelled in the dying seconds when Hakan Calhanoglu pounced on a fortuitous rebound inside the area but Russia ‘keeper Andrei Lunev did well to get down quick and thwart his low snap shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring Russia’s winner in a 2-1 Nations League victory over Turkey. © AFP / OZAN KOSETRABZON, Turkey, Sep 8 – Artem Dzyuba hit a second-half winner as World Cup quarter-finalists Russia opened their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 away win over Turkey on Friday.Hosts Russia were one of the surprises of the summer’s World Cup, when they came close to booking a place in the last four before exiting the competition 4-3 on penalties to Croatia.last_img read more

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No new deal for Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016, insist FA

first_imgEngland may have enjoyed a faultless European Championship qualifying campaign but that will not prompt the Football Association into offering Roy Hodgson a new deal.Hodgson, out of contract after next summer’s tournament, has expressed fears that delaying a decision on his future could generate speculation and uncertainty in the build-up to the Euros.But FA chief executive Martin Glenn insists there will be no talks over a new deal until the finals end as they look to avoid a repeat of the “unsavoury position” that emerged with Fabio Capello.Capello was given an extended deal just weeks before the 2010 World Cup began – a tournament which then became a major disappointment for England and the FA found themselves saddled with the Italian.Glenn, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, said: “Roy is very comfortable with the situation. What we wanted to avoid was the slightly unsavoury position we had with Fabio Capello at the end of the World Cup where it clearly didn’t work.”Glenn also revealed that the FA will make renewed efforts to secure a Great Britain women’s football team for the 2020 Olympics despite opposition from the other home nations.He said: “It’s a huge loss [missing out on 2016 Olympics]. I understand the politics, which is national associations wanting to protect their position as a British team might put that at risk.“There’s an elite group of three or four countries who see the Olympics along with the World Cup as the most important tournament. I think it’s a real shame.“I wish we had had more time to persuade the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scots this would be a better thing but we are going to try really hard and there is going to be a lot of political pressure to make sure it happens in 2020.”Glenn also suggested England is perceived as arrogant within the global game and said the fact the organisation is called ”the FA” – as the first governing body in football – is ”the ultimate expression of arrogance.”Asked if the FA could be rebranded the ”English FA” Glenn said: ”Possibly. But it is not an ultimate priority.””What’s seen to be the case, we get interested in the international game when it suits our purposes … to host a World Cup. It’s a global game. We have to build global alliances. We have to be seen to be a force for good.”I think we are perceived as arrogant. I don’t think we necessarily are but perceptions matter.” Roy Hodgson 1last_img read more

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WATCH! Manchester City and Chelsea stars score as Belgium move top of world rankings

first_imgBelgium secured top spot in the next set of FIFA world rankings thanks to Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Israel.Two Premier League stars were key to the result, with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard both on target.Check out the highlights from the Euro 2016 qualifier above, which also included an unbelievable miss from Dries Mertens.last_img

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Transfer updates for Man United fans: Pogba news, shock Arsenal enquiry and more

first_img Paul Pogba return? – Here are the latest Man United transfer rumours – New manager Jose Mourinho is looking to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford for a British record transfer fee of £60m, according to the Sun. The offer tabled to Juventus is worth an initial £48m with an extra £12m in add-on payments, to eclipse the £59.7m paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014. Pogba left the club for Juve in 2012 when his contract at United expired. 5 5 Jose Mourinho has now officially been Manchester United manager for a week and already he is starting to make decisions about who he wants in and out of his squad.Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick has been retained for another season after it looked like his time at Old Trafford was over, while Juan Mata and Daley Blind are surplus to requirements under the Portuguese.And as the Euros takes centre stage, more and more names are being linked with moves to – and from – Manchester United.Mourinho is apparently happy to allow three or four players to leave and replace them with some big name signings as he looks to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League.Click the arrow above, right, to see the latest rumours about who could be on their way in and out of the club this summer. 5 Harry Kane blow – Tottenham are willing to shatter their wage structure by offering Kane a £100,000-a-week contract in order to keep him from the clutches of Mourinho and United. Squawka claim Spurs are desperate to fend off interest in the Englishman from United after the Red Devils targeted him last summer. 5 Memphis Depay facing the chop – Memphis is the player most vulnerable to the axe, report the Daily Mail, after his underwhelming first season in the Premier League. Mourinho is looking to cut three or four players and the Dutchman is thought to already have his head on the block. 5 Another French teenage sensation – United are looking to add another French teenager to their ranks this summer by signing Bordeaux’s 19-year-old midfielder Adam Ounas, say the Mirror. The under-20 international scored six goals in 28 appearances last season and the Red Devils have enquired about his availability having scouted him for months. Shock Laurent Koscielny enquiry – Reports from Le 10 Sport in France have claimed Manchester United have been rebuffed in their shock attempt to bring Arsenal defender Koscielny to Old Trafford. Mourinho is keen to bring in a replacement for Daley Blind – who is allowed to leave – but both the Gunners and Koscielny are uninterested in the transfer.last_img read more

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‘Remarkable’ South Africa still has work to do

first_img5 November 2013As South Africa prepares to celebrate 20 years of democracy next year, it can look back at the “remarkable” progress it has made since 1994 with a large degree of satisfaction, US bank Goldman Sachs says in a comprehensive report on the country that was released on Monday.South Africa’s economy has been solid and has performed well in the two decades since the end of apartheid – although unemployment remains its biggest challenge, the bank says.Goldman Sachs rates social welfare support for South Africa’s poorest 16-million people as the greatest achievement of the African National Congress (ANC) government so far.“It’s quite remarkable when you look back at 1994,” the bank’s Colin Coleman told CNBC Africa in an interview on Monday. “We had a bankrupt state, a junk investment grade status credit rating, a very small economy, and we had some very worrying fiscal ratios.“The fiscal, monetary authorities and the government as a whole have done a tremendous job in turning that around,” Coleman said. “Today we’ve 3.3% growth rate through that 19-year period, we have a $400-billion economy, [and] a very deep financial market. We [also] have a significant rise in the consumer environment.”The report, titled “Two Decades of Freedom: What South Africa is Doing With It, and What Now Needs to be Done”, highlights the country’s economic and social milestones since 1994, as well as the challenges that remain to be tackled.Click to enlargeProgressThe report identifies where South Africa has made decisive structural advances. These include:Macro fiscal and monetary balances have improved:Gross domestic product (GDP) has almost tripled from $136-billion to $385- billion.Inflation has fallen from an average of 14% between 1980 and 1994 to an average of 6% between 1994 and 2012.Gross gold and foreign reserves have risen from $3-billion in 1994 to $50-billion.Tax receipts of R114-billion from 1.7-million people has risen to R814-billion from 13.7 million people.The increase in trade with China and Africa has largely offset the decline in European trade.There has been a dramatic rise in the middle class in the past decade, leading to a structural boost in spending. Around 4.5-million consumers have graduated from the lower living standards measures (LSMs) of 1-4, and 10-million consumers have joined the middle to higher LSMs of 5-10.The beneficiaries of social grants has risen from 2.4-million to 16.1-million.Per unit labour productivity has improved.ChallengesUnemployment and inequality remain South Africa’s biggest hurdles:Unemployment remains stagnant at 25% from 23% inherited in 1994.70% of the unemployed are young people, aged between 15 and 34.85% of Africans remain in the lower income categories, while 87% of white people remain in the middle- to upper-class categories.The current account deficit remains high at 6.5%.The volatility of equity and bond flows between 1995 and mid-2007 demonstrate the vulnerability of South Africa if it relies on these flows as a major source of finance. The report estimates that a correction equivalent to around 2% of GDP is required to remove the vulnerability and to restore the external balance.Poor savings rate and high consumer indebtedness: Household debt to disposable income has soared from 57% in 1994 to 76%.The contribution of mining and manufacturing to GDP has fallen to 23% from 38% in 1986.The mining and labour uncertainties are unsettling the market.Poor education and health outcomes, and an underperforming public sector.Infrastructure.Computer and internet access; research and development; patents.Sovereign credit ratings under pressure.OpportunitiesGoldman Sachs outlines key areas that it believes South Africa should address to better enhance growth, attract investors and generally be a better place.These include a special focus on the unemployed and unemployable youth and a labour pact for sustainable growth and employment; reaching balanced wage/productivity growth; defending the rise of the African middle class; building economic linkages with Africa; and creating visible economic wins from BRICS.The report suggests that in the next 20-year period South Africa should aim to raise its annual growth rate to 5%, which would grow the economy to $1-trillion by 2030.If achieved, such growth would cut the unemployment rate and the debt-to-GDP ratio in half and double the GDP per capita.What is needed above all, Coleman wrote in Business Day on Monday, is a “Team SA” response: “South Africa knows what needs to be done. Endless policy debates deflect from picking the ‘low-hanging fruit’.“We have the people, the talent, the institutions and the capital to do it,” Coleman wrote. “Now we need to raise our game. Now is the time for ‘execution excellence’. Business, labour, the government and civil society need, individually and collectively, to act, to partner and to get the basics right.“Nelson Mandela’s dream and the lives of 52-million South Africans depend on it.”Download the report: Two Decades of Freedom [PDF]SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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