Lovetta Jones a safe banker

first_imgThe Pick-9 starts anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow after it was caught by a lucky punter, who walked away with a cool million. He also bagged two of the late Super-6 for another $200,000. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with an 800-metre race over the straight for $180,000 claimers to be contested by eight starters. The winner is almost sure to come from the trio of LOVETTA JONES, ROLEX, and the recent post-to-post winner MIRACLE RECOVERY under title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen. ROLEX and LOVETTA JONES have both beaten better in the not too distant past and appear to have a bit more class than the Michael Beecham-trained MIRACLE RECOVERY. However, MIRACLE RECOVERY not only loves the straight, but her current fitness is not in question. Preference, however, is for LOVETTA JONES, who was not disgraced when finishing 63/4 lengths fourth to AUNT HILDA over the straight five course on September 9, this on a $250,000 claiming tag. RUNNER RUNNER, who has been knocking loudly at the door in recent races, finishing second in his last two, should go one better in the second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds and up. With leading jockey Shane Ellis prevailing with the ride, the Spencer Chung-trained 4-y-o colt looks the most likely to succeed in the eight-strong field and should open his account at the expense of LUCKYBEGOOD (Henry up) and AWESOME ROCKET. Next on the programme is the annual renewal of the Winnie Anglin Memorial Cup to be contested by nine native-bred two-year-old fillies. It will more than likely come down to a straight fight between the well-forward debutante PERFECT ASSET, to be ridden by Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the Philip Feanny-trained SORRENTINO’S STAR (Paul Francis up), who was second to FUTURE KING on her September 5 debut over 1100 metres. A bay filly by Seeking The Glory out of Fattie Bum Bum, PERFECT ASSET looked easy when galloping from the gate in 1:01.3 by 47.0 on Monday morning and should open her account right away. NATASHADONTPLAY (Chal-rick Budhai up), who went close in her last two races, is preferred to main rival HOLIDAY WEEKEND (Walker up) in the fourth race over a mile to be contested by eight starters. Then take STERRI’S CHOICE (Walker aboard), a narrow loser to BRAHMOS over 1100 metres last Saturday, to upstage DOOLAHIN (Ellis up) in the fifth race for the Donald Tankoy Cup over 1300 metres run in memory of the former CTL executive manager, who died in September, 2008. And close the programme with LIGHT BRIGADE under in-form Jevanne Erwin in the sixth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over 1400 metres. With the trip now ideal, LIGHT BRIGADE, who was unplaced behind dead-heaters FRANKENSTORM and NEVER GIVE UP over the round-five course last Saturday, returns under new management, moving from trainer Lawrence Freemantle to Steven Todd, and given this milder pace, gets the nod over TOKICO and JOHN D LINJAH. likely to succeed FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) LOVETTA JONES (2) RUNNER RUNNER/ LUCKYBEGOOD (3) PERFECT ASSET/ SORRENTINO’S STAR (4) NATASHADONTPLAY (5) STERRI’S CHOICE/ DOOLAHIN (6) LIGHT BRIGADE/ TOKICOlast_img read more

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GWI officially sacks Lear Goring − insists decision based solely on lack of qualifications

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has officially sacked ‘drug convict,’ Lear Goring, who served as the entity’s Debt Recovery Manager.Public Relations Officer, Leana Bradshaw, released a missive from GWI to this effect on Thursday, in which the utility company explained that the decision was taken by the company’s Board of Directors.The specially convened meeting of the Board of Directors to decide on Goring’s future with the water company was held on Thursday. Goring gained prominence recently when it was discovered that he and the entity’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles were both Directors of Atlantic Fuels Inc – an entity which was issued a fuel licence under questionable circumstances.Goring was also found to have been convicted of drug trafficking twice and was deported on both occasions from the United States of America (USA). According to Bradshaw’s public missive on Thursday, “the decision comes following a review of Mr Goring’s credentials, which do not satisfy the requirements outlined for the position.” The GWI communication further stated that “It should also be noted that the decision taken was based solely on a review of his qualification for the job.”Goring had recently been sent on administrative leave pending investigations into reports that he was not qualified for the position of Debt Recovery Manager.The matter had come to light when it was discovered that Dr Van West-Charles’ business partner had been hired shortly after the Managing Director’s appointment at GWI. Publicly available US court documents show that Goring was convicted in the early 1990s before being deported to Guyana in 1993. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 1995 and he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 63 months in prison by Judge K M Moore in a Brooklyn, New York court.He had reportedly used a forged passport to make his way back to the United States.Goring and another GWI employee were hired shortly after Dr Van West- Charles took office with neither of the positions being advertised. Guyana Times understands that Lance Mars and Goring, both of whom are reportedly close friends of the GWI’s Managing Director, were employed as a Consultant and Manager of the Debt Recovery Unit.Dr Van West-Charles had told this publication that with respect to the hiring of Mars, there was “no need to advertise.” With regards to Goring’s appointment as Debt Recovery Unit Manager, Dr Van West-Charles had told this publication that Goring had applied for the job, was interviewed and subsequently hired. He had defended Goring’s employment, pointing to the $3 billion debts owed to GWI and said he needed a person in the position that he could trust.last_img read more

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PPP takes Govt to court over added Local Authority Areas

first_imgLGE gerrymanderingFollowing complaints that the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan is involved in the gerrymandering of Local Authority Areas (LLA) in Opposition strongholds, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed a legal challenge in the High Court to halt the Minister’s move even as Bulkan maintained that everything he did was above board. Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall filed the Fixed Date Application (FDA) on behalf of People’s Progressive Party Guyana Elections Commissioner (GECOM) Commissioner, Bibi Shadick.The Applicant filed judicial review proceedings in the High Court against decisions of named respondents, Communities Minister Bulkan and Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield. Nandlall told reporters on Monday that the PPP’s action is not geared at delaying the entire Local Government Elections set for November 12 but rather; elections in the contested Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) could be rescheduled until the outcome of the court case.In the writ seen by Guyana Times, the Applicant is seeking a several orders which seek to bring the Communities Minister’s alterations into the conformity with Local Democratic Organs Act, Chapter 28:09. In so doing, the Applicant is petitioning the court to have Bulkan’s orders declared null and void.The Applicant made an application for an Order or Writ of Certiorari to quash Bulkan’s order of holding elections of seven NDCs without first issuing an Order under the Local Democratic Organs Act, to identify the NDCs by name, boundaries, and number of members. These NDCs are Moruka/Phoenix Park; Kitty/Providence; Nile/Cozier; Lamaha/Yarrowkabra; Hauraruni/Yarrowkabra; Plegt Anker/Kortberaad; and Wyburg/Caracas.The Applicant is also seeking two Orders of Certiorari against GECOM CEO Lowenfield. The first moves to quash the Commission CEO’s decision to fix the exterior boundaries in respect to the said seven NDCs, adding that the move was an abuse of power, illegal and constitutes a “usurpation of the statutory functions” of Minister Bulkan. A second Certiorari order wants to quash his decision to demarcate constituency boundaries within the said seven NDCs on grounds that his actions did not first involve the consultations of electors and stakeholders which include political parties. In this regard, Shadick views Lowenfield’s actions as irregular or improper exercise of discretion, in bad faith, or having cited irregular consideration, adding that it has no legal effect since this would be a violation of Article 13 of Guyana’s Constitution.More than that, Shadick is seeking an Order or Writ of Mandamus to compel Minister Bulkan, under the Local Democratic Organs Act, to establish the boundaries and number of members in respect to the Municipality of Mahdia and other eight other LLAs so that elections could be held by November 12. These would be Aranaputa/Upper Burro-Burro; Moruka/Phoenix Park; Kitty/Providence; Nile/Cozier; Lamaha/Yarrowkabra; Hauraruni/Yarrowkabra; Plegt Anker/Kortberaad; Wyburg/Caracas. With regard to the aforementioned NDCs, the Applicant is seeking another Order of Mandamus for Lowenfield for him to hold consultations with stakeholders on the establishment of constituency boundaries within the said Local Authority Areas.The Applicant’s final Order or Writ of Mandamus wants Lowenfield to also hold consultations in relation to the re-demarcation of constituency boundaries in Rose Hall and Rose Hall and 13 NDCs. These are Evergreen/Paradise; Aberdeen/Zorg-en-Vlygt; Malgre Tout/Meerzorgen; La Grange/Nismes; Toevlugt/Patentia; Caledonia/Good Success; Woodlands/Farm; Mahaicony/Abary; Zeelust/Rosignol; Blairmont/Gelderland; Ordnance Fortlands/Number 38 Village; Adventure/Bushlot; and Numbers 52-74.Shadick is also seeking the State to pay her court costs in addition to seeking other orders, directions or writs as the court sees fit. Her grounds are that Bulkan failed to issue an order to identify the said boundaries under the Local Democratic Organs Act, making his actions null and void. She meanwhile said that Lowenfield went beyond his exercise of discretion re-demarcating the existing constituency boundaries as outlined in the orders sought before the court.The writ also outlines that the purported establishment of seven NDCs without complying with the provisions of the Local Democratic Organs Act is unlawful, ultra vires, null, void and of no effect. She said too that Lowenfield acted with authorisation in this regard, while adding that Minister Bulkan unilaterally made changes to the number of seats in 14 Local Authority Areas.The PPP has expressed its concern over the recent decision to declare Mahdia in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) a new town. In fact, the party believes that the changes might be a ploy by the coalition Government to have a stronger showing at Local Government Elections.All actions above boardCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan however said on Monday afternoon that he was not fazed by the PPP’s legal suit. He told reporters that everything that was executed was done lawfully and above board, signalling that he was not too concerned about the PPP filing its motion.“They’re on record saying that the Minister has the authority to determine the size of Councils and that it all I did. I don’t see why I should be fazed because I’m acting lawfully and legally,” he said.The Minister also rejected the PPP’s claims that he violated Article 13 of the Constitution as outlined in Shadick’s suit. This section speaks to inclusionary democracy.“What I do know is that the PPP by their actions and track record have demonstrated to the Guyanese people that they have no interest in local democracy. They do not believe in the system of Local Government, but we are forging ahead… we are following the democratic traditions and are empowering people and the PPP will either conform or step aside,” he asserted.The increase of nine LAAs brings the total Local Authority Areas to 80. The PPP said in the past that it captured more than 60 per cent of the Local Democratic Organs at the last LGEs in 2016.last_img read more

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They just don’t care

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the Public Policy Institute of California asked the state’s voters what they thought about plans to water down term limits for state legislators, only 29 percent were in support. But when PPIC asked voters what they thought of taking away legislators’ power to draw their own districts, more than twice as many, 64 percent, were in favor. So which proposal do you think is getting all the energy and effort in Sacramento — redistricting, which voters overwhelmingly support, or the anti-term limits plan that voters vehemently oppose? The answer is sad but predictable: The pols are working on the measure that suits them, even if everyone else hates it. The plan to undermine term limits by letting pols stay longer in a single house of the Legislature — that way they won’t have to earn a new job — has been made a top priority. State leaders even rushed to move the 2008 presidential primary up to February, in large part so they could put their anti-term-limits measure on the same early ballot, thus giving them plenty of time to file for re-election should the measure pass. Not only that, the pols sicced some of their most special of special interests — the California Teachers Association and the California Chamber of Commerce — on the job of collecting the signatures to put the measure on the ballot. These interests will shell out some $2.5 million to curry favor with the politicians — favor that is sure to cost taxpayers plenty. At the same time, there’s little effort under way to put redistricting on the ballot. Worse yet, members of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation have threatened their counterparts in the Legislature that they will campaign against redistricting should it also apply to congressional seats. After all, that could jeopardize their careers, as well as Nancy Pelosi’s speakership. All of which suggests that, like last year, the pols will probably wait until the last possible minute, then let the redistricting idea die on some technicality. It’s easy to see why: Pols like undoing term limits because it expands their power. They hate fair redistricting because it undermines their power. Their self-serving ways have a wickedly corrosive effect on state politics. According to the Secretary of State’s office, since 2005, the number of eligible voters has increased by more than 300,000, but the numbered of registered voters has dropped nearly 1 million. Far fewer bother to vote at all. Bottom line: Californians are tuning out politics because they’re fed up with unresponsive politicians. But that doesn’t bother the Legislature’s leaders. For them, power matters greatly — unlike the public’s opinion, which couldn’t matter less.last_img read more

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GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES

first_imgBuncrana GAA SuccessThe young Dylan Duffy had the honour of togging out in Croke park on Sunday during the All Ireland Finals day, he was part of the Bunscoil teams that got to play on the famous turf.  These big days out don’t come about by chance and Dylan is testament to this, he has been involved in various successful squads within the club in both hurling and football from an early age.  He always leads by example on and off the field and is a credit to his family and the club.  Dylan also took part in the u12 club skills competition on Saturday and qualified for the county finals next Sunday and he will be accompanied by PJ McCarron(jnr) 2nd and Ben Doherty (roe) 3rd well done to all, and best of luck in the finals.The weekend before last, we had twenty Buncrana youngsters play for county hurling squads, Calvin Jones captained the county U17 football team and we recently had 3 lads play for the county under 16 football team including captain Peter McLaughlin.  Paddy McGonagle had the honour of refereeing this also.  Ronan Walsh has just finished his county u21 hurling season with Donegal.Congratulations also to John Porter,  Irish News Ulster GAA Large Club Volunteer Award winner, on making his way in to every national newspaper as an avid Buncrana and Donegal fan.  No one could have missed John who was resplendent in the green and gold of Donegal for the match which, he attended in Croke Park. 2011 Donegal GAA YearbookClubs have been requested to start compiling material for the 2011 Donegal Yearbook which is due for release at the County Convention.  Anyone with any material or photos which they’d like to submit for consideration should email it to buncrana.pro@gmail.com.Bord na nÓgAll Managers & Coaches for Next SeasonA football coaching planning meeting for next season will be held in the clubhouse on Wednesday Sept 7th at 8.30pm.  All managers and coaches of underage teams plus anyone interested in getting involved next season is asked to attend. This season’s managers are asked to invite all members of their management team and any other interested adult.Buncrana U15 footballers participated in the county finals of the Óg Sport competition in Ardara last Thursday evening.   Buncrana beat Killybegs and lost to St.Eunan’s.   Buncrana had previously won the Inishowen blitz and played in North Donegal finals. Buncrana footballers Cian Hirrel, Caolan Mc Gonigle, Shane Mc Laughlin, Caolan Mc Laughlin, John Campbell, Darrach O’Connor and Joseph Mc Grory are all involved as Coláistí Inis Eoghain prepare for involvement in this season’s Rannafast Cup competition in Ulster Colleges GAA.   Coláistí Inis Eoghain will,this week, play St.Columb’s College Derry and St.Eunan’s College Letterkenny as preparation.U12 HurlersAn away trip to Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday night is the last league game for our u12 hurlers who will hope to maintain their 100% record, having already reached the final, it will be a chance for some of the younger members of the squad to stake a claim for a starting spot in the final on Thursday week.Under 13 HurlingOur u13 hurler’s start out in Derry/Donegal league when they travel to Banagher on Sunday, details will be given out during training on Wednesday night at 6.30pm sharp.Under 13 FootballThe club’s u13 footballers had a hard fought encounter in the Scarvey on Saturday against Gweedore, and ran out winners by 3 points.  Next up is another tough test away to St Eunan’s on Saturday, all support welcome.RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY! Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email buncrana.pro@gmail.com, stating so.LottoThe lotto which took place on Wednesday 30th August in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows.   The winning numbers drawn for the €2,000 jackpot were 21-25-26-27.There were no winners.   There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Paddy McLaughlin, Lisowen Court;Marie Carlin, Westbrook;Owen Boyle, Cashehill Park, Derry;Amanda Murphy, Millfield Crescent;Breedge Doherty, Rockfield Tce.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108).  Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767). If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa OR www.donegaldaily.com.GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTESlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES

first_imgULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP (Donegal v Derry): A selection of boys represented Cumann na mBunscol Dún na nGall in an exhibition game at half-time during the game in MacCumhaill Park on Saturday. Many thanks to committee members, teachers and parents of the boys for making the day such a great success.ATHLETICS: The Cumann na mBunscol athletics competition (1-4 teacher schools) will be held this year under the guidance of Micheál O’Dochartaigh & John O’Donnell in the Aura Centre, Letterkenny on Tues. 19th June @ 10.30am.ALLIANZ HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS: Roinn 1: Scoil Cholmcille, Letterkenny v Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana/Gaelscoil, Leitir CeanainnRoinn 2: Tooban v Whitecastle (Wed. 20th June in Muff @ 10.45am)Roinn 3: Gaelscoil, Buncrana 4-5 v Bridgend 3-6Roinn 4: Malin v Craigtown (Tues. 19th June in Malin @ 11am) Roinn 5: Blitz Format (Tues. 19th June in Gweedore @ 11am)ALLIANZ CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS:Roinn 1: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana v St. Patricks Girls, Carndonagh (Fri. 22nd June in Burt @ 11.30am)Roinn 2: Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala v Tooban (Mon. 18th June in Killygordan @ 11am)Roinn 3: Bridgend 1-4 v Barnesmore 0-3 Roinn 4: Malin v Craigtown (Tues. 19th June in Malin @ 11am)Roinn 5: Blitz Format (Tues. 19th June in Gweedore @ 11am)WEBSITE: The board have launched a new website this year that includes regular news and updates. Teachers & children are encouraged to view this website for relevant infomation. The address is cumanndonegal.comGAA NEWS: SCHOOL NOTES was last modified: June 18th, 2012 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:GAA school noteslast_img read more

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Chelsea and Real Madrid in talks over transfer deal but no fee agreed

first_imgChelsea and Real Madrid are in talks over a possible transfer involving goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The goalkeeper has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer and now it appears a switch is a step closer. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Chelsea and Belgium star Thibaut Courtois. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father HLN journalist Kristof Terreur believes, while no fee has been agreed, the two clubs have been in dialogue.Madrid isn’t unfamiliar territory for Courtois with the players spending three years in the city with Atletico while on loan from Chelsea, with his wife and children continuing to live in the city.This is set to play a major role in whether the Belgian, who has just one year left on his contract, stays in west London or leaves for Spain.“I love living in London. Madrid and London are great,” Courtois said earlier on during the World Cup. RANKED Latest Transfer News “The only thing is that my children live in Madrid, I would like them to be close.“That doesn’t mean I’m going to come back, but for me they are very important and I’m going to do something to see them more.”“I’m not going to talk about that (my future) now. I just said that I’ll see everything after the World Cup.“The most important thing is my children and I’ll decide what’s best for me in everything.” targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Thibaut Courtois applauds Belgium fans with his daughter. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND targets LATEST TOP WORK moving on 2 LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

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Double duty: Standhardinger takes place of Blatche as Gilas reinforcement

first_imgThat would mean that the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will, after the Aug. 8 to 20 showcase in Beirut, fly straight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to anchor another Gilas Five that will try to win the Philippines’ 19th cage gold in the Southeast Asian Games.“Yes, Chris will double,” Reyes told the Inquirer through a text message as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided not to replace Standhardinger in the SEA Games lineup, which was finalized weeks before the hardworking center debuted for Team Philippines internationally in the Jones Cup in Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Blatche apologized to his “Filipino family” on Wednesday morning, but still didn’t point out the exact reason why he opted not to join the team.Through his Instagram account @draylive, the 6-foot-11 NBA veteran said: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity the love and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join and I don’t expect for many ppl to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet San Sebastian hopes to check rash of visitor wins, hosts Jose Rizal View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The Inquirer first reported on Monday afternoon that Blatche refused to get on board because the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard in the NBA feared for his safety in Beirut.In a related development, Reyes will call for full practices starting Thursday with the likes of reigning three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro of TNT KaTropa, Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort leading the squad that is tasked to win the championship for the first time since 1973.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFrom being a veritable unknown to Filipino basketball fans, Christian Standhardinger will be the one common denominator of two Gilas teams playing in prestigious regional events next month.After Andray Blatche decided not to go with the team to the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon, Gilas coach Chot Reyes was left with no choice but to put Standhardinger’s name in the roster as the Filipinos’ naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?

first_imgToo early? Yes! But for the time being the ball of the 22nd century has been decided and it was a ripper.On December 17, 2017, Mitchell Starc bowled a peach of a delivery that disturbed the timber to send a set James Vince packing on Day 4 of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.The ball of the last century belonged to Shane Warne, who bowled Mike Gatting out on June 4, 1993 during the second Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Warney’s leg-spinner pitched outside leg — on a foot hole — and turned a fair bit to disturb the stumps. And after 24 years, six months and 13 days, we have another Australian getting the better of an Englishman.Starc angled in from round the wicket and hurled a length ball pitching around middle at 143.9 kmph. The ball pitched and deflected at an angle of 3.9 degrees (as seen in the pitch map later). Vince looked to clip it away with the angle but found the late movement tough to counter. The ball uprooted the off stump and the anguish on Vince’s face was telling. On another look, it showed that the crack had a part to play in that deflection.’Every time you look at that delivery, it just gets better and better’ #Ashes pic.twitter.com/ED9xzRCYsR- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 17, 2017Talking about the ball, a frustrated Vince said that he would have been out to that delivery even if he played it a 20 or 30 more times.”It’s still frustrating to get out, but it’s easier to take than the ones when you feel like you’re at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, it would get me out every time. Give him credit there, sweep it under the carpet and move on,” Vince said.advertisement”I said at tea that the ones that had hit the cracks were doing too much and not endangering the stumps, then came that one. You have to put it out of your mind. If it does hit a crack there’s not a huge amount you can do,” the 25-year-old Englishman added. (Ashes 2017: Australia regain the urn after Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul)Starc’s ball left pace great Wasim Akram amazed and he tweeted saying that he has made left-armers proud.”That’s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud!”That�??s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud! @CricketAus- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 17, 2017Even England spinner Grame Swann couldn’t stop himself from praising the New South Wales pacer. He went onto add that the ball will get the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Donald Bradman out a 1000 times as well.”People who are saying that it (the ball) is an exaggeration, do not know the game of cricket. Left-arm round 90 miles an hour, seaming more than a guy can spin the ball…that is the best ball I’ve ever seen live in Test cricket. People say it is not because it hit a crack, Shane Warne’s ball of the century landed in a foot hole,” he said to cricinfo.”Get some perspective…that ball is getting Sachin Tendulkar out 1000 times out of 1000, it is getting Sir Donald Bradman out 1000 times out of 1000. Steve Smith 1000 out of 1000. It is unplayable. I’m flabbergasted at how good the ball was,” Swann added.Australia went onto win the Test match by an innings and 41 runs and regain the Ashes with two matches to spare.Don’t forget ‘The Glue’ of the FBU, @mitchmarsh235 ! �???�???�???@patcummins30 @NathLyon421 @mstarc56 @MitchJohnson398 pic.twitter.com/a5VIn19Q2B- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Aussies�?�� �??��??��??��??��??��??��??� brilliant performance #ashes17 �?���?��- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 18, 2017Unbelievable feeling to get the urn back! A credit to all the players and support staff for their hard work. Thanks to the Australian fans for all their support. Looking forward to Boxing Day! #ashes- Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 18, 2017last_img read more

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