first_imgALASTAIR Cook has become England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing his own mentor Graham Gooch.Cook set the new mark on the second afternoon of the second Investec Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Saturday when he square-drove Tim Southee for four to reach 33 in his 203rd innings – and 8,902 in aggregate.Gooch’s 8,900 had stood for 20 years as England’s historic benchmark, and Cook insisted before the start of this match that – however many more he makes – he will never consider himself in the class of the man who has taught him much of what he knows, through their close working relationship and friendship since his school days.Statistically, though, England’s record Test centurion – Cook has 27 – is now their top runscorer too.He and Adam Lyth, replying to the Kiwis’ 350 all out, steered England to 54 without loss at lunch – each on 27 – and by the time Cook achieved his new national milestone, the hosts were still without loss on 78.last_img read more

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first_imgTimothy Sinclair, 35, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to answer to an immigration-related charge.It is alleged that on January 15, 2017, and January 23, 2017, he failed to present himself to the relevant immigration authorities after he entered the country.Sinclair was arrested on January 23, 2017 for robbery under arms and while in custody, checks were made at the central immigration office in Georgetown, which revealed that the defendant left Guyana on January 15, 2017, through Moleson creek using his passport and never reported to the Immigration Office upon his return. He also failed to present his passport to the Police.The defendant explained that on January 15, he left the country for Suriname, where he misplaced his passport and returned on January 16. He further stated that he did not present himself to immigration officials nor did he report the lost document.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan then advised him to report stolen/missing documents in the future and was fined him $15,000.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000GLENEAGLES, September 24-Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gave European golfers an inspirational speech ahead of Friday’s Ryder Cup start, a talk that top-ranked Rory McIlroy says might make a trophy-winning difference.The 72-year-old Scotsman, who spoke for 90 minutes Tuesday night, retired last year after a 26-year career that saw him guide Manchester United to 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles. “Those things do help, those things really do. It galvanises us and brings us together,” McIlroy said.“OK, everyone might not be a Man United fan, but at the same time, everyone has to respect what Alex Ferguson has done in his career and how successfully. These things, they help. They are little details in the bigger picture, but it would be that half a percent or one percent that helps us to get back that little trophy.”Europeans, seeking their sixth victory in seven tries over the United States starting Friday at Gleneagles, have employed Welsh rugby union star Gareth Edwards then-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola for motivational speeches in past years.US captain Tom Watson plans on some special guests for his side as well, following a US tradition that saw NBA legend Michael Jordan and Olympic swim star Michael Phelps among others.McIlroy, who won back-to-back majors at this year’s British Open and PGA Championship, is a huge Man United supporter and was practically hypnotised by Ferguson.“I was just sitting there and looking up at him, and I didn’t take my eyes off him,” McIlroy said. “I was sort of in this trance just listening to everything he was saying and I’m sort of thinking, ‘This is all the stuff that he’s probably said to Manchester United teams over the years.’“We got to ask some questions, just about different things and what he thought was the key element to being successful and successful as a team. He’s a very inspirational sort of man when he talks. He’s got a lot of authority and the room just goes quiet and everyone listens. It was a great experience for everyone, obviously, but especially for me being a big Manchester United fan.”One of Ferguson’s major messages was to make the most of the home-soil advantage.“Whenever he was managing, they made Old Trafford a bit of a fortress. And when teams went there, it was very hard to compete against United,” McIlroy said. “He was just talking a bit about that. We’re slight favourites for a reason. We deserve to be. We’ve played well this year. It’s not something that we should shy away from. It’s something that we should embrace.”Scotsman Stephen Gallacher found words to carry forward.“He was brilliant. He was very candid and very open. There’s bits that I definitely would take away from it,” he said. “Just how sort of confident a person he was. To hear him talking, you can see why the players respected him so much and how he won 13 titles in 21 goes.”Even Real Madrid fan Sergio Garcia gathered something from Ferguson.“There were a lot of little quotes and stuff, but obviously hard-working, confidence, belief, never giving up. That’s some of the things he kind of mentioned,” Garcia said. “Just keep fighting until the end. It doesn’t matter if you’re 2-down with three to go or 5-down with eight to go. So even if you lose, at least make it as tight as possible. It’s always important.” – Practice hints at duos –center_img Wednesday practice pairings hinted at possible foursomes and fourball duos with McIlroy joined by reigning US Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany and the likely tandem of Graeme McDowell and France’s Victor Dubuisson. McIlroy and McDowell have been a formidable pairing in past Cups and might again go together before Sunday’s 12 concluding singles matches.Englishmen Ian Poulter and Justin Rose joined Garcia and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson while Gallacher went out with Welshman Jamie Donald, Dane Thomas Bjorn and England’s Lee Westwood.On the American side, pals Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson were joined by Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson while rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed teed off with Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar.Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson went out with Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and rookie Jimmy Walker.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgSatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Fantasmic!2200002 Pixar Fireworks1111111 California Adventure9-118-1110-910-910-910-98-9 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsThe refurbishment list is thankfully pretty short right now. At Disneyland Park, Pirates of the Caribbean is closed to transition to the new auction scene, and Space Mountain will be offline very briefly on May 3 to transition to Hyperspace Mountain that evening. Over at California Adventure, the Boardwalk Games at Paradise Pier and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are closed during the area’s conversion to Pixar Pier, and World of Color is dark during Pixar Fest, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.Looking ahead, Disney recently announced that “a bug’s land” would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure. It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it disappears.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Paint The Night2211111 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Share This!This week, we see a Star Wars-themed Disneyland After Dark, and special festivities for Star Wars Day, a/k/a May the Fourth. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview.Special Events and Notes© DisneyWe still have a while before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, but there’s still loads of Star Wars fun to be had towards the end of this week! Thursday night is the latest installment of Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite, which will feature a meet and greet with Rey, the premiere of the March of the First Order, and the return of Hyperspace Mountain, the outstanding Star Wars overlay for Space Mountain, in addition to other Star Wars-themed merriment. You should be aware that tickets are already sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, Disneyland Park will be closing at 9 pm on Thursday for you.The Star Wars fun continues on May the Fourth, and the good news is that many of those special events and opportunities will be available to the masses on Friday; if you’re not able to make it on Thursday, you’ll have a chance to see Rey, watch Captain Phasma, and pick up special Star Wars merchandise the following day. Hyperspace Mountain will also be available to everyone staring May 4.Friday is also Grad Nite at Disney’s California Adventure. That park will host a private party after regular park hours, but there will be more teenagers in the parks that day prior to the evening event as well.It’s also still Pixar Fest! During this festival, which runs through September 3, you’ll find Pixar-themed fireworks and the Pixar Play Parade at Disneyland Park, and the return of Paint the Night at Disney California Adventure, in addition to other Pixar-focused activities and opportunities. There will also be special dining opportunities available, as one would expect, and the Alien Pizza Planet will be launching at Disneyland Park for the occasion. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview of the Festival!As if often the case for these events, there is a special area for Passholders. Stop by the AP Corner for Pixar decals (new ones rotating in every two weeks) and themed photo locations. The AP Corner can be found at Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure and runs through June 8.Finally, Cove Bar remains open through the end of May for its last hurrah, if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!CrowdsThe weekend will see some pretty substantial crowds, clocking in at level 9 and 8, but the week should have average to slightly above average crowd levels.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherShould be a very nice week at Disneyland! Highs mostly in the 70s, lows in the mid- to upper 50s, and only a scant chance of rain in the middle of the week.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsDisneyland has a special slate of shows running for a bit for Pixar Fest, with the evening fireworks at Disneyland Park being replaced by Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular (featuring a flying Buzz Lightyear!) and World of Color being replaced by the Paint the Night parade at DCA. Also, the Pixar Play Parade joins the daytime schedule at Disneyland Park. Fantasmic! will continue to run, but only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like Jambalaya Jazz, can be found here. Disneyland9-128-129-109-109-109-98-12 Pixar Play Parade2211112 Admission and HoursBlockouts are really only an issue on the weekends this time of year. Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday, whereas Deluxe and Southern California Passholders are only blocked out Saturday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular Price ($117/$110) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:last_img read more

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first_img10 November 2009The South African government, working through four “food banks”, has distributed up to 600 tons of food to more than 100 000 people in need of emergency food relief since May, says Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Doidge said that the four food banks, located in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, had distributed food through 900 agencies.Food bank networkEach food bank acts on behalf of social services agencies, by procuring food which is mainly donated by the food and grocery industries, government agencies, individuals and other organisations.The government plans to have a food bank, complemented by a network of village food banks, set up in each of the country’s nine provinces.The food banks are being set up under FoodBank South Africa, a non-profit organisation formed by the South African Forum for Food Security – a partnership between government, civil society and the corporate sector.Public-private partnershipsSouth Africa and sub-Sahara’s first food bank was launched in Cape Town in March, and already a number of countries around the world have set up their own networks of food banks.“We are grateful to the civil society and corporate sector for their cooperation in setting up the SA Food Bank and the community food bank networks,” Doidge said. “This is the kind of partnership that our country needs during these hard economic times.”He said government had also introduced various other measures to assist poor households in the production of food and collection of water. One was that households are being provided with agricultural starter packs which include seeds, farming implements and fertilisers.Micro farming projectsAnother measure is an intervention by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which together with the Food Agriculture Organisation, has so far helped finance eight micro farming projects through the UN’s Tele-Food Fund.Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries director general Kgabi Mogajane said the government was able to secure a grant of US$23 000 (R170 000) to fund the programme.The Department of Environmental Affairs has also initiated a rainwater harvesting programme aimed at rural areas plagued by water shortages.“We have what we call veggie towers which have been erected particularly in drier areas where we know very well that they don’t have adequate water,” said Mogajane.She said these towers had been erected in Muyexe, Limpopo and would also be set up in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape and Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.For more information, visit the FoodBank South Africa websiteSource: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgCinema Park’s programming uses advanced technologies such as 3D film projection technology, audio effects and audience interactive tools to heighten viewers’ immersion in the learning process. In time, Ster-Kinekor Theatres plans to bring more programmes as part of the Cinema Park project. (Images: Ster-Kinekor) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lindi Zikalala  The Lime Envelope   +27 11 467 8998 or +27 82 587 9282 RELATED ARTICLES • Painting the town happy • Grooming future leaders: priceless • SA students in global business contest • Young people: own your destiny! • Innovative theatre for young mindsCadine Pillay Movie theatre company Ster-Kinekor, in partnership with the US–based Cinema Park Network, has introduced an innovative way to educate young people through entertainment, by bringing the educational programmes of Cinema Park to South Africa.Cinema Park’s programming, which encourages interactive viewing, uses multi-sensory technologies, combined with 3D film projection technology, audio effects and audience interactive tools to heighten viewers’ immersion in the learning process.“The project is directly aligned with our belief that we can positively change our society through initiatives that encourage good choices,” said Ster-Kinekor CEO Fiaz Mahomed.“It is through partnerships such as this that we are able to assist in providing educational content for our young audiences.”The initiative aims to inspire young South Africans to change their attitudes and behaviour towards various social and moral issues they face on a daily basis.Using education to entertainThe term edutainment refers to content that enables equal degrees of educational and entertainment value in a programme. It was used as early as 1948 by Walt Disney Productions in its 13-part True Life Adventures series.The 13 films captured the wonder of animals and nature, and their interactive value for audiences showed Disney’s sense of innovation and technology.  Children are fascinated by the fantasies and magical alternate realities portrayed in fairy tales. The entertainment industry has responded to this by providing facilities such as amusement parks, videogames as well as TV programmes that build on this fascination.Cinema Park The Cinema Park pilot programmes saw success at one of the first screenings at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on 12 June 2012.Young South African audiences were treated to two films titled Addicted to Life and Keep it Wild, as part of Cinema Park’s Life Changing Experiences project. Addicted to Life and Keep it Wild were screened for secondary and primary school pupils respectively.For the youngsters from Feed My Lambs primary school in Johannesburg who watched Keep it Wild, it was an opportunity to learn about living in harmony with nature. The film takes pupils on a journey through the workings of the animal kingdom by using music, interactive imagery and 3D.Addicted to Life presents teenagers with realistic scenarios and facts, utilising high-tech edutainment methods to communicate with them in a way that they can relate to. “Most kids already know about drugs and alcohol, but they often don’t have the tools to understand what these actually do to the body and mind and how to deal with peer pressure,” deputy principal Adele Jacobs said.“This programme helps equip them – they are forewarned and forearmed. At the same time they are not lectured to. “This is not an assignment in Life Orientation that they feel they have to do – this is real life. It’s really excellent and as a teacher I am totally taken with the programme.”The next Addicted to Life screening will take place on Saturday 21 July, and the youth of Rhema Bible Church’s Urban Oak Ministries will participate. Teachers are also given learning materials and workbooks that can be duplicated for pupils’ use at school.Life changing experiencesIn time, Ster-Kinekor Theatres plans to bring more programmes as part of the Cinema Park project: The Good Life, which promotes balanced nutrition, an active lifestyle and coping with childhood obesity; Living Together, an awareness program aimed to stop youth violence and bullying; Planet Home, to educate pupils on protecting the environment; and Being a Good Citizen which promotes and encourages good citizenship.Cinema Park has over 500 projects set up throughout the world that inspire over 100 000 children in countries like Mexico, Greece, Taiwan, Poland, Israel, the US and the UK to learn more about their school subjects.These include nature, science, history, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, recycling and natural disasters. In Israel, such programming has become so effective in helping change behaviour and intentions that the government has made it compulsory for Grade 9 pupils.last_img read more

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first_imgThe German football team topped FIFA’s year-end national team rankings released on Thursday, a reward for their stupendous performance in Brazil culminating in the World Cup triumph.Argentina were second and Colombia came third. Belgium were fourth ahead of the Netherlands while Cup hosts Brazil were sixth, as reported.Euro 2016 hosts France ranked seventh, just ahead of Portugal. 2010 Cup champions Spain were placed in the ninth position while Uruguay climbed to the 10th spot.last_img

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first_imgThe team, currently ranked eighth in the ODIs, will be led by Jason Holder following a surprise ommission of their regular captain Dwayne Bravo. The Windies boast a lethal weapon in their slam-bang opener Chris Gayle who has 258 ODI appearances to his name.Here’s a look at the key players from West Indies in the World Cup:Chris GaylePlaying role: All-rounderThe 35-year-old Jamaican powerhouse is one of the most destructive batsmen in modern day cricket. There are only a few batsmen in the world who are  capable of hitting the ball as cleanly as Gayle. Tall and imposing at the crease, he loves to carve through the covers off either foot, and has the ability to  decimate the figures of even the thriftiest of opening bowlers.In this era of Twenty20 cricket, Gayle is the batsman who has thrived like no other. One of the most feared batsmen in limited-overs cricket, Gayle took the  world by storm when he smashed a 57-ball 117, the first ever T20 century, against South Africa in the World T20 in 2007. During the IPL 2013, Gayle  blasted an unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors to record the highest individual score, fastest century, and most sixes in a T20 innings.While he’s not putting the finest bowlers to shame, Gayle has also proved to be a very handy off-spinner. His brisk non-turning offspin has helped him turn  into a genuine all-rounder in limited-overs cricket. With over 8,500 runs and 158 wickets in ODIs, Gayle is a force to be reckoned with.advertisementSunil NarinePlaying role: Off-spinnerThe 26-year-old Trinidadian has established himself as a “mystery spinner” in the world of cricket. His variations, backed by perfect disguise, in off-breaks  has troubled some of the best batsmen in the world.Narine made his ODI debut in India during the 2011-12 tour and immediately made an impact with crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin  to power West Indies to a 16-run win. He was also pivotal for Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL title triumph in 2012 and 2014. Narine was the second  highest wicket-taker in 2012 with 24 scalps and was just behind Mohit Sharma in the list of leading wicket-takers in 2014 with 21 wickets.With 73 wickets at 26.49 and an economy rate of 4.10, Narine is currently ranked second in both the ICC ODIs and Tests rankings. West Indies will be  counting on their mystery spinner to come good as they chase their long-awaited third World title.Darren SammyPlaying role: All-rounderThe 31-year-old St. Lucia player is one of the best all-rounders in modern day cricket today. His aggressive middle-order batting and consistent right-arm  seam bowling has turned him into a crucial player for the West Indies.On making his One Day International(ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play  international cricket. Sammy was at his prolific best when India toured West Indies in 2011. Though he couldn’t save the series for his side, Sammy  showcased his bowling prowess with seven wickets in three games at an average of 38.28.Sammy’s medium-fast pace bowling will be of great use to support West Indies’ strike bowlers in the World Cup. A consistent bowler, though he does not  move the ball much Sammy delivers the ball with an upright seam and uses the crease to vary his angle of delivery. As a batsman, his strike-rate in ODIs of  98.11 is the second highest amongst West Indian players who have faced at least 500 deliveries (behind all-rounder Andre Russell on 119.34), and in ODI  innings of at least 25 runs holds the second, third, and fourth highest strike rates of West Indian players.Andre RussellPlaying role: All-rounderThe 29-year-old Jamaican made his first-class debut at the age of 19 and developed into a useful seamer and a reliable lower-order batsman. A clean striker  of the ball and a nippy seamer, Russell has cemented his place in the West Indies squad with memorable performances over the years.He made his ODI debut in the 2011 Cricket World Cup match against Ireland where he impressed with the ball, taking 1/37 from his 10 overs(2 maidens) to  guide his side to a 44-run win. In 2011, Russell smashed a 64-ball 92 with eight fours and five sixes, coming to the crease at 96/7, against India and powered  West Indies to a fighting total of 225/8.In the same series, scored 14-ball 25(3 fours, 1 six) and recorded a bowling spell of 3/16 from 7 overs to dismiss India for a mere 146. His all-round  performance powered the Windies to a 103-run win. In 2013, he became the 1st bowler in T20 to take 4 wickets in 4 successive deliveries. With over 800  runs and 50 wickets in ODIs, Russell will be one of the key players for West Indies in the upcoming World Cup.advertisementDwayne SmithPlaying role: All-rounderKnown as a game-changer in modern day cricket, the 31-year-old Barbados player boasts all the qualities you need to be a prolific all-rounder. He is an  aggressive and powerful right-handed batsman who bowls medium pace while being a livewire in the field.In the early 2006 tour against New Zealand Smith made his biggest bowling contribution yet to the West Indies team, taking 9 wickets at an impressive  average of 24.33. His wicket tally included innings figures of 5/45, which earned him the man of the match award at Eden Park and remains his best ODI  bowling figures.His typically savage hitting and useful medium-pacers earned him a contract with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. In 2009, he was bought by Deccan Chargers  where he amassed 215 runs at an average of 26.87. In 2012, he joined Mumbai Indians again and played a vital role in the win of Mumbai Indians against  Chennai Super Kings, when he hit Ben Hilfenhaus to the fence thrice in a row(6,4,4), when 14 runs were required off the last three balls.Squad: Jason Holder(c), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylorlast_img read more

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first_imgLasith Malinga of Mumbai Indians was on Sunday fined five per cent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.According to a release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), match referee Roshan Mahanama found Malinga guilty of the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.8) of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.For level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the match referee’s decision is final and binding.last_img

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