Pakistan appoint new T20 skipper

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.last_img read more

Allen looking forward to Auburn challenge

first_img VERY GRATEFUL “First, I have to give God thanks. Overall, it went well for me although it didn’t go the way I wanted it to go individually, but I went to the Under-23 Championships and the Olympic Games and did well and I am grateful for that,” Allen said. “Going to the Olympics coming just out of high school it was a great feeling. As young as I am, to be among great athletes like Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt was pretty cool.” “At first, I felt intimidated being among these great athletes you watched on television growing up and to be among their company was very special but after a while I told myself that we are all there for the same goal,” said Allen. Coach Hawthorne who also conditioned the likes of Blake and Nickeal Ashmeade during their time at St. Jago, thinks Allen is a special talent. “Nathon is very special and to achieve so much in one year at the senior level is indeed awesome. I will miss coaching him but he has taken a brave step to go overseas and I am happy for him because education is very important and I want to wish him all the best in the future,” said Hawthorne. After a fabulous season in his first year after leaving high school where he was member of Jamaica’s silver medal-winning Men’s 4x400m relay team at this year’s Olympic Games, former St Jago high quarter-miler Nathon Allen will head to the University of Auburn. He will join up with former teammate at St Jago Raheem Chambers and Kingston College duo of Akeem Bloomfield and Sherwayne Allen in a few days to start his collegiate career. Allen will be going to Auburn with a lot of experience and is full of confidence after his successful year at the senior level. The Gleaner recently caught up with the 21-year-old Allen during a training session with his high school coach Danny Hawthorne at Wolmer’s Boys’ School where Hawthorne is now the Head Track and Field Coach. “I am excited going to Auburn and joining up with people like Bloomfield and company. I cant wait and I am expecting to build on the wonderful season I had the past year as next year will be a World Championship year and it will be a different year for me in different aspects. I wont be around my family as I am used to and I am hoping that God will help me to carry through with my schoolwork and also to achieve great things in track and field,” said Allen when asked about his projections for the upcoming season. Allen, one of the youngest Jamaicans at the past Olympic Games, still holds the Olympic experience close to his heart.last_img read more

NU stops Adamson’s run, Ateneo halts skid at UE’s expense

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—National University showed its championship pedigree in clobbering Adamson University in straight sets, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champions have now racked up three straight wins after opening their season with a four-set loss to Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Bryan Bagunas, Season 80’s Finals MVP, led the Bulldogs with 24 points while James Natividad and Angelo Almendras combined for 11 points.The Soaring Falcons’ loss saw them drop their first game of the season to tie NU in second place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, Ateneo ended its two-game skid with a three-set sweep of University of the East, 25-22, 25-19, 25-11.Antony Koyfman put up 13 points for the Blue Eagles who improved to a 2-2 record tying University of Santo Tomas at the fourth spot of the standings. Pistons punish Kevin Love-less Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ateneo punished UE to the tune of 40 spike points as compared to UE’s 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Microscopes gifted to UG’s Engineering and Technology Faculty

first_imgStudents attached to the faculty of engineering and technology, at the University of Guyana (UG) will now enjoy a boosted research and training environment after some 23 Leitz Polarising microscopes were gifted to the department on Friday by the University of Toronto.From left: Faculty Dean, Elena Trim; Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith; and Professor Daniel Schulze and other officials pose with some of the donated microscopesThe simple handing over ceremony in the faculty’s lecture room was graced by the attendance of both students and authority officials of the University.In opening remarks, UG’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith expressed gratitude for the donation while he pointed out that the University finds pleasure in having foreign partners who demonstrate an interest in the University and contributing to the development of Guyana’s human resource.“We have the wonderful opportunity at our University of strengthening what we do and how we do, we also know that those opportunities presents occasions for partnerships. Partnerships that are tangible demonstrations of the interest in the University, in the interest of our nation….it is an extra pleasure to have citizens of other nations but in the academy who are able to reach out and connect to help us strengthen what we do and how we do it,” he stated.Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Elena Trim in her brief remarks reiterated thanks to the University of Toronto as she explained that the faculty will benefit greatly since prior to the donation, students were not privileged to utilise and access such equipment to have laboratories done. “These microscopes were donated for the main reason of having your laboratories done, we were not able to do so previously because we did not have microscopes….we have to maintain these microscopes because they are very expensive and they are going to keep the faculty up and running and be prepared for the near future.”Speaking on behalf of the University of Toronto, Professor Daniel Schulze expressed fulfilment in being able to make such a valuable contribution to Guyana’s University and its students.Schulze added that the high-quality equipment will mainly benefit engineers in the upcoming petroleum sector, he further underscored that it is intended to be used for the sole benefit of the students.“I think this is the way to go, because we do need a microscope which is good for petroleum-based engineers….so it will [have] a long term use, it’s a basic microscopes we can use in junior years…..we hope that it be continued to be put to good use,” he said.To show notable appreciation, Professor Schulze was presented with tokens on behalf of the University students after which Niossi Alsopp, a student of the aforementioned faculty, concluded the event by expressing delight and acknowledged the contributions being made.last_img read more

‘Typical’ home deal remains elusive

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Typicality is not a common denominator in real estate markets. But it doesn’t dissuade the California Association of Realtors from trying to typify the state. The Los Angeles-based trade group has been doing it for 26 years. Every June it sends out 15,000 surveys to its members, usually about 900 are returned, and early the next year the results come out in the association’s “The State of the California Housing Market.” The perception in many areas (including newsrooms) is that the survey tells what the residential real estate market looked like the preceding year. In reality, it captures a point in time – late spring or early summer. And that point in time last year might be familiar to a lot of us. “It looks a lot like the mid- to late-1990s when things were starting to take off,” Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said of last year. “It’s a market that’s dominated by a wait-and-see attitude. Buyers and sellers are gradually finding a middle ground.” The survey found that the share of buyers who used a second mortgage climbed to 43 percent from 38 percent. That’s more than triple the percentage since 2001 and the highest since 1982. That year the 30-year fixed rate mortgage average was 16.04 percent. Last year it averaged 6.41 percent. So here’s a look at what was considered typical in the middle of last year. The typical first-time buyer’s median age was 35, earned an annual household income of $80,000, and purchased a home with a historically high median price of $450,000. The typical repeat buyer had a median age of 45, earned an annual household income of $120,000, and purchased a home with a historically high median price of $618,000. The typical homeseller was 50 years old, had a two-member household, earned an annual household income of $100,000 and lived in the home for five years before selling it. After peaking in 2005 at $220,643, the median net cash gain by sellers from all home sales declined 8.4 percent to $202,000. It was the first time since 1997 that the median net cash gain fell. The median net cash gain for single-family detached homes increased 1.6 percent to $250,000, while the median net cash gain for condo/town homes declined 2.7 percent to $180,000. The proportion of first-time buyers who purchased a single-family home last year increased to 65 percent from 61 percent in 2005. The share of adjustable-rate and hybrid loans among all loans decreased from 43 percent in 2005 to 35 percent in 2006, but remained high by historical standards. Meanwhile, the share of fixed-rate loans rebounded from a historical low of 57 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2006. The median down payment declined 8.8 percent to $73,000 last year from $80,000 in 2005 despite an increase in the median home price. This was the first time since 1995 that the median down payment dropped. The median down payment for first-time buyers decreased from $25,000 in 2005 to $10,000 in 2006, while the median down payment for repeat buyers decreased from $119,000 to $100,000. Now, that is a lot of numbers, and they probably add up to a typical conclusion – about the only thing that really was typical last year is an attitude adjustment by buyers and sellers. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 last_img read more

Argentine fans weep as WCup dream fades

first_imgAfter the abject 3-0 loss to Croatia, the team will have to beat Nigeria in their final game and hope other results go their way to advance.For even the most passionate fans here, that seems a tall order now.Lionel Messi came in for particular criticism after an under-par performance.“Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness,” said an angry Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 50, wearing an “Albiceleste” wig.But this was no party in Buenos Aires as fans young and old hid their sky blue-and-white painted faces in their hands, the classic reflexes of cinemagoers at a horror movie.Some wept and others hugged each other like survivors at a disaster scene. One man stood and gestured angrily at the big screen as passes went astray on the pitch in Russia.The World Cup was supposed to provide a glitzy distraction for Argentines who have seen their purchasing power steadily eroded by subsidy cuts, IMF-inspired reforms, and a crippled national currency.“We are very sad because it’s all wrong! Just look at the dollar, we are very tired of everything. We trusted in this team,” a despondent Alfredo Dominguez, 48, said from under his blue-and-white-striped hat, which said “Messi 10”.The nation faced a long night of TV pundits arguing loudly about the shortcomings of Jorge Sampaoli’s misfiring team, and what he could do to inspire them for the next match against Nigeria.Zulma Suarez smiled sadly and sighed as she reflected on the shattered hopes of a nation that has already suffered through a 1-1 draw with Iceland in its first game.“I thought we would get there, that it would get easier as we went along. But well, as an Argentine, I feel my country in my heart.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fans of Argentina watch the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 match between Argentina and Croatia on a giant screen at San Martin square in Buenos Aires © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jun 22 – The party at the Buenos Aires fanzone fell flat as a crowd expecting a Messi-inspired Argentina World Cup revival could only watch in horror at as the nadir of Nizhny Novgorod unfolded.“We lost very badly, they really humiliated us this time,” said 22-year-old Joaquin. “And now, on top of that, we’re depending on Nigeria!”last_img read more

Shaqiri revels in ‘beautiful feeling’ in putting United to the sword

first_imgHis double restored Liverpool to the top of the table, one point clear of champions Manchester City.Shaqiri, who is seeking to prove he is up to playing for a big club having failed at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, puts his good form down to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy in how to play the game.“Of course the style, how they play, it’s for me too,” he said.“I have to go on the pitch and perform and I have qualities to be in the team, to have an impact, to decide games.“I’m very happy at the moment with my performances.“It was a beautiful feeling to score two goals against Manchester United, an important game against a big rival for Liverpool.”Shaqiri, who signed for Liverpool in the summer when they triggered a £13.5 million ($17 million) release clause in his contract with relegated Stoke, says being on the bench is not ideal but it only motivates him to prove himself like he did on Sunday.“For me, I just want to improve, I’m 27, my best age to perform at a high level, so I hope the best times are coming,” said Shaqiri, who spent three seasons at Stoke.“I’m in a good way and I want to help this club to try to achieve a lot of things and we are in a good way.“Obviously I’d be lying if I said you are not disappointed when you are on the bench — every player is disappointed when he’s on the bench.“But I always stay positive and try to help the team when I come on and you saw when I came on I tried to help the team and to have an impact.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri says it is a beautiful feeling to have scored a double against Manchester United for Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 17 – Xherdan Shaqiri says scoring a double in the 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday for Liverpool was a “beautiful feeling” and puts him on course for his most prolific Premier League campaign.The 27-year-old Swiss international midfielder came off the bench to take his tally to five goals in 13 league appearances, meaning he is already just three shy of his best previous total in the Premier League for Stoke last season.last_img read more

Cardiff to pay Nantes first installment of Sala transfer

first_img0Shares0000Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash shortly after signing for Cardiff © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sep 30 – Cardiff City must pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros (Sh675mn) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, FIFA said on Monday.The amount corresponds to the first instalment of the 17 million-euro fee Cardiff had agreed to pay Nantes before Sala died in a plane crash on January 21 while travelling to join his new club. Cardiff had previously resolved not to pay any of the money even though the transfer had been completed before the accident.In relation to the remainder of the initially agreed fee, FIFA told AFP: “For confidentiality reasons, we cannot comment at this stage on potential future instalments or other conditions of the transfer agreement.”The announcement from world football’s governing body followed a meeting by its Players’ Status Committee.In a statement, FIFA said it had “never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake.”Both clubs can appeal the decision to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.Nantes had previously appealed in February over Cardiff’s failure to pay the 17 million euros they said was owed.A Cardiff spokesperson said the club “acknowledges the decision” but added that they “will be seeking further clarification from FIFA on the exact meaning of their statement in order to make an informed decision on our next steps.”The plane Sala was travelling on came down in the English Channel during a night-time flight.His body was recovered, but that of the pilot, David Ibbotson, has never been found.A report by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch in August said that Sala and the pilot were likely exposed to “potentially fatal” levels of carbon monoxide on the plane.In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘You heard it here first: new signing will see Courtois benched’

first_img Asmir Begovic has signed for Chelsea Chelsea have signed Asmir Begovic from Stoke City, which seems like a great deal for the Blues, but what about the Bosnian goalkeeper?Following the sale of Petr Cech, Jose Mourinho has brought in a top quality replacement, but with Thibaut Courtois undisputed number one at the Bridge, Begovic will find it tough to get a game.Here is a selection of the reaction to Chelsea’s transfer news. 1last_img

Job Vacancy: Senior Graphic Designer Wide Production Manager sought in Burt

first_imgJob Vacancy: Senior Graphic Designer Wide Format Print Production Manager is being sought in Burt, Co Donegal.IMMEDIATE STARTFull TimeLocation: Burt, Co. DonegalResponsibilities:• Organise, control and monitor the flow of printed materials• Check schedules, confirm product specifications, arrange adjustments• Oversee the work of staff in the department• Monitor the quality of the product and ensure deadlines are met• Think creatively and develop new design concepts, graphics and layouts• Interact, communicate and present ideas to peers and clients• Attention to detail within tight deadlines• Proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work• Professionalism regarding punctuality, time management and deadlines• Print & operation of wide-format machines• Answering calls, managing incoming job requests• Ability to work on a number of projects simultaneously• Training will be provided on wide format printing equipment Experience:• 3+ years’ experience in the Print Signage Industry• Knowledge and experience of prepress• Experience designing large scale print and vehicle graphics• Experience designing Exterior Signage• Must be able to work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment• Up to date with industry-leading software and technologies (Corel X8 a bonus)To Apply:EMAIL: GAVIN@THESIGNPLACE.IEPlease provide examples of design work  Job Vacancy: Senior Graphic Designer Wide Production Manager sought in Burt was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTdonegal jobsGraphic Designjobslast_img read more