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Mike Selvey: Same again but better

first_imgThis, as the malaprop-prone American baseball coach Yogi Berra once said, is like déjà vu all over again.Here we are but a single Test into the Ashes series and to the dismay of visiting supporters, and the contrasting merriment of Australians, England’s tour appears to be unravelling before their eyes like a cricket jumper inadvertently snagged on a dressing room nail, just as it did four years ago.Given that England had competed well enough for a good part of the first Test – indeed, up to the very point from which the last three Australian first innings wickets, on the back of Steve Smith’s genius, overcame a deficit of almost a hundred runs to gain an improbable lead – it was a huge body blow ultimately not just to lose by 10 wickets but by the largest 10-wicket margin ever. In essence, this was akin to Mo Farah trotting along at the rear of the field before sprinting away on the final lap leaving the rest gasping in the wake.That in itself might be considered a huge setback to England’s campaign, given that it is 63 years since a team overcame defeat in the first Test at the Gabba and went on to win. Even then Hutton’s team had a typhoon called Tyson about to blow, and there is no such climatic disaster bubbling up in this squad unless Chris Woakes is holding something back.England though are losing the grip off the field too. In Brisbane they expect to get clobbered in the media, like the old days of being assailed by Mr Blobby: it is ho-hum par for the course.But the manner in which a disturbingly weird but nonetheless harmless incident involving Jonny Bairstow’s forehead and the side of new Australian opener Cameron Bancroft’s self-confessed heavy head, in Perth on the day of England’s arrival in the country, was milked for all it was worth, first of all on the field, and then relentlessly off it by voracious Australian hacks was ruthless.Bancroft is now seen as a comic genius (certainly if Smith’s uncontrolled mirth at an unusual post-match press conference is any indication) while Bairstow, arguably the best wicketkeeper-batsman in international cricket now, has become a figure of fun. They won’t let up now: this will dog him for the rest of the tour.On the back of this, the head coach Trevor Bayliss, and the former captain Andrew Strauss, the ECB’s director of England cricket, both of whom must wonder about the professionalism of some of the players, have installed a curfew, which is the sort of thing that children might expect and tough on the diligent squad members. More grist to the Australian mill then.And of course, still dominating the agenda is Ben Stokes. In the aftermath of the Brisbane loss, it is easy to see how the clamour to bring Stokes back has swollen to a crescendo. The painstaking manner in which the Avon and Somerset police have set about their investigations has seemed to many, who may not understand that they have many other pressing things with which to deal, as ponderous.Now it seems as if Stokes, and his management, have blindsided his ECB employers by booking a potential playing trip to New Zealand without their knowledge and then obtaining the necessary No Objection Certificate from them, which they were legally obliged to give.As a professional cricketer, with no cricket to play, it is no surprise that Stokes might want to seek some, and as Australia – Big Bash say – would be a political blunder of a kind at which even Boris Johnson might baulk, and his family live in Christchurch, then the land of the long white cloud doesn’t seem such a strange option. It does, too, get him away from the paparazzi parked outside his home.New Zealand’s proximity to Australia, of course, prompted further speculation that it was all part of a strategy, with two and two amounting to five. It has taken the police to correct the arithmetic by announcing that the case has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether charges might be brought. None of this is going to be resolved any time soon it would appear, and any faint hopes there may have been of Stokes’ participation in the series might well have dissipated.All of this is a distraction from the task in hand, which is to try and level the series in the second Test at Adelaide Oval. Given that this is a day-night match, played with the pink ball, it was always earmarked as a game in which England might have their best chance of winning, for this is where the experience and particular skills of their seam attack could pay dividends. Because it has extra layers of lacquer to preserve the colour, the pink ball not only tends to swing more at the outset than its red Kookaburra sibling, but also does so for a longer period.Sideways movement has always been a strength of the England bowlers and a weakness for Australian batsmen used to hitting firmly through the line of the ball. There is further evidence that the twilight period, when the sun disappears and the floodlights begin to take hold, can be particularly difficult for batting, not just in terms of the movement of the ball but the sighting of it. Both sides would like to be bowling at that time, preferably with a new ball.Against this, however, the Australian bowling unit is not unskilled at swinging a responsive ball, and at high velocity too: England batting needs to draw on the extreme diligence and self-denial shown by Smith in his innings, and the Alastair Cook of old.In their first innings in Brisbane, England batted well up to a point but not beyond. Three half centuries and none converted to something of Smith’s proportions will not win games. Runs scored is the currency not the manner of their scoring and extravagant dismissals need eradicating.The batsmen know that they can expect a faster pitch than Brisbane too, and a consequent pounding from the Australian pacemen. They will be invited to hook and may even feel tempted by the short boundaries square of the wicket. In this, they would be misguided: if memory serves they attempted such a shift in tactics during their last Adelaide Test, and came a cropper.They will also need to overcome the threat posed by Nathan Lyon, a hugely impressive spin bowler now, and one who has become lippy with it. He is every bit a key figure in the attack as Graeme Swann was for England, able to apply pressure and take wickets even when playing a holding role. Having the intention to get after him (something he is actively inviting now he has discovered a voice) is one thing, but doing it another. England’s tranche of left handers is not helpful to this cause.There is tinkering they could undertake: Craig Overton seems likely to replace Jake Ball who had a mediocre game in Brisbane. A gamble with Mason Crane’s wrist spin has been suggested but that seems improbable. Maybe the batting order could be tweaked so that the sequence of middle order left-handers is broken.Ultimately, though, England need the same fundamental strategy as that which they took to the Gabba: bowl tight, bat long, give nothing away but just do it better. Oh, and get Steve Smith out. Simple really.AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND TEST SERIES – SAT 2, 3:30AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND [2ND TEST]last_img read more

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An online love of volleyball from Nicosia to Barcelona

first_imgQuarantine may have deprived volleyball players of the joy and excitement of competition, but the players and coach of the University of Cyprus APOK girls teams found an innovative way to engage in their favourite sport. At the initiative of APOK’s girls’ coach, Costa Fauta, and Barcelona girls’ coach, Theofanos Sergiou, the girls did a joint online training session, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by technology – with a bridge of communication being their common love for volleyball.After the girls and coaches were introduced, the necessary warm-up began. The ‘menu’ included Zumba, improvised exercises, and neuromuscular coordination exercises. The girls then took the ‘yellow and blue goddess’ (the volleyball) in their hands and continued with technical exercises: fingers, cuffs, a combination of movements with wall goals and toys. Coaches Faoutas and Sergiou, supervised the girls via video and gave them constant feedback, with the excitement widespread both in Nicosia and Barcelona.last_img read more

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Harris scores again as Glenmuir beat Denbigh

first_imgZone CHolland 0, Spot Valley 1Muschett 2, William Knibb 1Cedric Titus 2, Herbert Morrison 0Zone GKnox 1, Spalding 2Alston 3, Christiana 0Troy 0, Holmwood 10Zone KGuys Hill 0, McGrath 0Zone MBellefield 1, Porus 0 Western Bureau:Glenmuir High forward Raniel Harris maintained his good scoring form in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup at the Juici Beef Complex in Clarendon yesterday.Harris was on target for the third straight game to lead his team to victory over Denbigh High in Zone M.The game was played in a downpour but coach Patrick Walters said the rain had no effect on his team’s performance. He, however, stated that the players went into the game over-confident and as a result only managed a 3-1 victory. Harris, Javian Thompson and Aaron Burrell were the scorers for the winners.”I think our players have a tendency to be complacent. However, Denbigh are a well-coached team,” Walters said.Glenmuir’s Harris has hit the back of the net seven times in just three games in the competition so far. Coach Walters believes the forward has the all the attributes of a good striker but says he lacks experience as this is his first year in the daCosta Cup competition.Yesterday’s resultslast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic gets by Bautista Agut to reach 6th Wimbledon final

first_imgCalm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Staying in top shape a priority as real duty begins for NLEX import Olu Ashaolu LATEST STORIES Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Soon enough, the defending champion was bellowing and shaking his fist after putting away an overhead to go up a break in the third set. Moments later, he was ending a 45-stroke baseline exchange — the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2006 — with a backhand winner to save a break point. Djokovic eventually overcame Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Friday to reach his sixth final at the All England Club.“I had to dig deep,” Djokovic said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn Sunday’s final, he will seek a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th Grand Slam trophy overall when he faces either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.Those two great rivals were scheduled to face each other later Friday in their first meeting at Wimbledon since the epic 2008 final won by Nadal, 9-7 in the fifth set as darkness descended. “Of course I will watch it,” Djokovic said of the day’s second semifinal. “My coaches will probably see the whole match. I’ll definitely see parts of it. I’m a fan of that matchup, as well. Federer-Nadal is one of the most epic rivalries of all time. So it’s fantastic to see them play today.”The opening semifinal was played under a cloudy sky and with a breeze that topped 10 mph, occasionally bothering the No. 1-seeded Djokovic.It was his 36th career appearance in the final four at a major tournament — and the debut in that round for Bautista Agut, who was seeded 23rd.Even HE didn’t really expect his visit to the All England Club to last this long: The Spaniard was supposed to meet a half-dozen of his buddies on the island of Ibiza this weekend for his bachelor party. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday.“He was not really overwhelmed, so to say, with the stadium and with the occasion. He played really well,” Djokovic said. “First set, he was still probably managing his nerves and he made some uncharacteristic unforced errors. But later on, at the beginning of the second, he established himself.”ADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in a Men’s singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)WIMBLEDON, England — Novak Djokovic watched his Wimbledon semifinal opponent’s shot hit the net tape, pop in the air and slide over for a winner that tied things at a set apiece.Centre Court spectators stood and cheered, perhaps thinking Roberto Bautista Agut was ready to keep this one tight, after all. Walking to his changeover chair, Djokovic nodded and waved his racket, then his right hand, at the crowd, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder, as if to say, “Yeah, good for him and good for you. Enjoy it while you can.”ADVERTISEMENT After a flat forehand return winner off a 107 mph serve on the very first point, Bautista Agut certainly did lose his way for a bit. Djokovic won 14 of the next 18 points while pulling out to a 3-0 lead — and he didn’t need to produce much magic to do so. Just one of those initial 14 points came via his own winner; 10 resulted from Bautista Agut’s unforced errors.But the second set saw a shift. Djokovic stopped his until-then successful tactic of offering some variety and heading to the net when he could. His forehand also became problematic, while Bautista Agut couldn’t seem to miss a shot.Bautista Agut already beat Djokovic twice earlier this season. Could he do it again?No, largely because Djokovic rediscovered his best abilities. He came up bigger in the longest points, eventually holding a 29-17 edge when they lasted at least 10 strokes.Once his volley winner found the net tape and trickled over to cap the third set — turnabout was fair play, in this instance, after the way the previous set ended — the outcome seemed inevitable. Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the fourth, and again for 4-1, then needed a handful of match points to seal the victory.Whether he faces second-seeded Federer or third-seeded Nadal next, it will be the 22nd Grand Slam final involving two members of the Big Three, and the seventh at Wimbledon.One of that trio will be the champion at an 11th consecutive major tournament and for the 54th time in the past 65. Read Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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Ooko, Ngige top round three Safari Tour

first_imgOoko, who had a share of the lead after round one before crumbling in the second round, recovered superbly today to make the most of the overnight leader’s slip up.The home pro started his round in strong fashion, hitting two birdies in the opening five holes while holding par through the rest, he then hit a bogey on the par-3 sixth, before recovering immediately with a birdie on the 7th to wrap up his front nine with another bogey on the ninth for a 1-under par score.His conservative approach in the second nine paid off as he hit two birdies – at the par-5,15th and par-4,18th – while holding par through the rest of the holes to return a round score of 3-under par 69.Speaking after his round, Ooko expressed his delight in getting his form back after yesterday’s slip up as he looked forward to the final round, “I needed to play well today, especially after yesterday. I am happy with my performance and look forward to an even better showing tomorrow.”On his part Simon Ngige played a round of 2 over par, 74, after a double bogey on the par-3 13th, which he failed to recover from.The duo sits five shots ahead of the chasing pack, led by Golf Park’s Tony Omuli who played a round of par to take his gross score to 3 over par, 219, one shot ahead of Johnnie Walker sponsored Dismas Indiza who has had a slow tournament so far.Kennedy Abuto and Amateur Daniel Nduva are tied in 5th place on gross scores of 5 over par, 221, the quartet of Golf Park’s David Wakhu, Sigona Golf Club’s Mohit Mediratta, Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s Keneth Bollo and Windsor Golf Club’s Riz Charania sit tied in 7th place, on 6 over par, 222.Action in the final round will tee off at 8:30 AM, with the winner of the third leg of the 2019/20 Safari tour, set to be crowned at around 2:00 PM.The 2019/2020 Safari Tour Golf Series is proudly sponsored by Magical Kenya and Absa.Safari Tour Calendar 2019/20Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club 24th – 28th August 2019 (DONE)Event 2 Uganda Open (Lake Victoria Serena) 10th – 14th September 2019 (DONE)Event 3 Royal Nairobi Golf Club 12th – 16th October 2019Event 4 Entebbe Open (Entebbe Golf Club) 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019Event 5 Great Rift Valley Golf Club 23rd – 27th November 2019Event 6 Muthaiga Golf Club 14th – 18th December 2019Event 7 Thika Greens 4th – 8th January 2020Event 8 Sigona Golf Club 25th – 29th January 2020Event 9 Kitante Open (Uganda Golf Club) 12th – 15th February 2020Event 10 Karen Country Club 22nd -26th February 2020Event 11 Tanzania Open (Kiligolf) TBC2020 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Royal Nairobi Golf club’s Eric Ooko in previous action. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Royal Nairobi Golf club’s Erick Ooko rediscovered his fine form on round three of his home leg of the Safari Tour Golf Series, carding a round leading score of 3-under par 69.The result saw him tied at the top of the leaderboard alongside Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige – who shot a round of 2 over par.last_img read more

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Man fined $800 for burnout on Pride crosswalk in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One man has been charged with two traffic offences for vandalizing a rainbow crosswalk in Grande Prairie.Cst. Melanie McIntosh with the Grande Prairie RCMP said that just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday, a witness reported to police that a Ford truck did a burnout on the recently repainted Pride crosswalk at the intersection of 98 Street and 103 Avenue. The crosswalk was marred with black tire tracks.With the information provided, police were able to locate the truck and the owner of the vehicle was issued two tickets under the Traffic Safety Act with fines totalling over $800.00.- Advertisement -Cst. McIntosh said that the RCMP extended thanks to the citizens of Grande Prairie for their continued efforts to help solve crime in the community.last_img read more

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‘Tears in my eyes!’ Arsenal fans are delighted about Neymar’s move to PSG

first_img Barcelona star Neymar 1 Barcelona star Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain stepped up a gear today – and Arsenal fans, more than any other, are loving it.Having seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alexandre Song, and Thierry Henry leave north London for the Catalan giants in recent years, the Gunners have suffered more than others at their hands.READ MORE: ‘It was a pleasure playing with you!’ – Lionel Messi sends Neymar farewell messageBut now PSG are signing the Brazilian superstar and getting ‘a taste of their own medicine’, and Arsenal supporters are thrilled to bits as karma does its work.You can see what the Gooners had to say about the £198million transfer below…last_img read more

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Police Warn: Fake $20 bills being passed

first_imgDetective Scott Ratts has contacted the U.S. Secret Service and forwarded them the bills to be forensically examined. Within the last week, the Salem Police Department has taken reports from two local businesses in reference to a total of three counterfeit 20 dollar bills being passed.Police describe two of the bills as being very high quality that passed using the special ink pens that some of the businesses use. The Secret Service and U.S. Treasury do not recommend relying solely on a counterfeit-detection pen of the kind that you often see clerks use in stores.These pens can only indicate whether the note is printed on the wrong kind of paper (they simply react to the presence of starch). As such, they will catch some counterfeits, but they won’t detect more sophisticated fakes and will give false-negatives on real money that has been through the wash. Ratts urges any businesses or persons to contact the Salem Police Department if they have collected any bills that might be suspicious.For tips on detecting counterfeit currency, visit the following website at: http://www.wikihow.com/Detect-Counterfeit-US-Moneylast_img read more

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How to Add Links to Twitter Direct Messages

first_imgFor the past year, my friend Chris Wiegman kept asking me, how come you can add links to Twitter direct messages, but everyone else I know isn’t able to? What magic do you have?My reply, I don’t know. It just works. Whether I was adding the link to a direct message in native Twitter or in Hootsuite, I never had any issues. Every so often, adding a link would stop working, and then start again. Which is what happened today. This time I tweeted out my issue:Sending links in direct messages is broken again on @hootsuite & @Twitter. Why does it work for a few days, then stop? @chriswiegman— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) November 3, 2014And received a quick reply from EV at the Hootsuite_Help Twitter account:@redcrew Hi there! Please, clear your cache from Settings > Preferences and also your cookies: http://t.co/opsHWjXgrZ Then try again! ^EV— Hootsuite Helpers (@Hootsuite_Help) November 3, 2014I said I’d give it a try. @HootSuite_Help aha! Giving it a whirl. Thank you EV.— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) November 3, 2014And it worked!Once I cleared my cache in my browser and cleared cached messages in Hootsuite, I could once again send links in native Twitter and Hootsuite. @ChrisWiegman Woohoo I cleared my cache in Hootsuite, and I can send links in DMs again. Thanks to @hootsuite_help!— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) November 3, 2014Troubleshooting Tips for Sending Links in Direct MessagesNext time you have trouble sending links in direct messages, clear the cached messages in Hootsuite by selecting Settings > Preferences > Clear cached messages. In Firefox, to clear the cache (cookies, browser history, images, scripts):Select the menu button or choose Tools > Options from the Menu BarSelect the Advanced panelChoose the Network tabIn the Cached Web Content section, select Clear Now

Using a different browser? Check out how to clear your cache. Thank you, Hootsuite Help for the quick response and help!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedAlternative Text for Images: What About Buffer and Hootsuite?When Twitter announced in March 2016 that they were supporting alternative text for images, Twitter users celebrated the news. With the release of alternative text for images, visual content on Twitter was more accessible to people who are visually impaired or blind. I was thrilled to share the news about…In “Accessibility”Part 2. Alternative Text for Images: What About Buffer and Hootsuite?When I wrote about alternative text for images in Buffer and Hootsuite in November 2016, I shared good news about Buffer’s plans to move forward. As well as not-so-good news about Hootsuite and their lack of any plan. If you recall, the reason for my post was Twitter’s March 2016…In “Accessibility”Why You Can’t Accept a WordPress.com Invite and How to Fix ItIt was 10 minutes before our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup was going to start. And we were puzzled. One of our new members, Mike, volunteered to take notes of our speaker talks and post them to our meetup site. I had sent a WordPress.com invitation to Mike, thinking we would…In “WordPress”last_img read more

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Mobile shopping made easier with payD

first_img8 May 2012 Mobile services company Oltio, a joint venture between Standard Bank and mobile operator MTN, is looking to change the way South Africans use their mobile phones by turning their handsets into personal point of sale devices. Earlier this year, Oltio was nominated in the “best mobile money innovation” category at the annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards for its secure transaction authentication technology, payD. Through the payD platform, launched in August 2011, consumers can buy products and services online, using their debit cards to pay for their purchase and their mobile phones to enter their PINs.Major partners, vendors on board The technology is used by Oltio parent company MTN for its Eazi Recharge pre-paid airtime top-up service, which has nearly 140 000 users. Other partners include MasterCard, through its recently launched MasterCard Mobile payment platform; PayU, which currently processes 65% of all online payments in South Africa; and Vodacom’s new Express Recharge pre-paid airtime top-up service. In addition, payD has more than 200 vendors on board, including 1time Airline and online retailer TakeAlot, and Oltio is pushing to grow the number of merchants offering payD to its customers. “The MasterCard Mobile platform enables millions of South Africans to make secure purchases using their PIN-based bank cards,” Oltio CEO Terry Timson said in a statement last week.‘Convenient and cost-effective’ “It’s a convenient and cost-effective payment mechanism that lets customers make use of their existing bank accounts, credit and debit cards, if issued by Standard Bank, Absa or Nedbank. “This use of our pioneering technology means consumers can benefit from the competitive prices, convenience and variety associated with buying online, simply by registering their MasterCard or Maestro PIN-based credit or debit card to transact.” payD is also available to PIN-based Visa debit and credit cards issued by Standard Bank, Absa or Nedbank. PostBank customers can also use payD to make payments on their mobile phones. According to Timson, this means “we are, in effect, enabling the vast majority of the more than 30-million South African debit card users to join the e- and m-commerce revolution, many for the first time.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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