Samuels headlines Hurricanes Super50 squad

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Test star Marlon Samuels headlines a 14-man Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad announced yesterday for this month’s Regional Super50 in Antigua and Barbados. The veteran right-hander, who has not turned out in the tournament in three seasons, will be joined by the Trinidad and Tobago pair of Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein for the January 24 to February 18 campaign. Test fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has also been named in the unit, which will be led by out-of-favour Test left-hander Kieran Powell, with West Indies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall as his deputy. The 35-year-old Samuels, meanwhile, will be a huge boost or the Hurricanes, who have been installed in a tough Zone A alongside defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires. Jamaican Samuels, a veteran of 71 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals, is a regular member of the current Windies side in all three formats. Cooper, a steady seamer and effective lower order batsman, is also expected to add depth to the Hurricanes while Hosein’s left-arm spin and left-handed batting will be an asset. Batsman Jermaine Otto is the only debutant included in the squad. Hurricanes will hold their first training session as a unit on Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall, Marlon Samuels, Montcin Hodge, Chesney Hughes, Nkrumah Bonner, Jahmar Hamilton, Jermaine Otto, Orlando Peters, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Kevon Cooper.last_img read more

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Youngsters celebrate their Sevens triumph at Twickenham

first_imgWellington College beat back the nerves of playing in front of a 20,000 Twickenham crowd to be crowned HSBC Rosslyn Park champions.After claiming victory in the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens Festival tournament in March, Wellington went up against Open winners Cumbria’s Sedbergh School at the home of English rugby as part of the final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.Given motivational pre-match team talks by Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts and England Sevens player Chris Cracknell, the squads then enjoyed the honour of walking out of the tunnel and onto the hallowed turf.And after scoring an early try though Nick Haynes, the Berkshire school never looked back emerging 17-5 winners, with additional tries from Sam Aspland-Robinson and Ed Forshaw plus a Charlie Wicks conversion.“It’s amazing,” said 18-year-old captain Simon Sexton.“To be able win the overall thing, here in front of so many people is so great to do – a real privilege.“I was so nervous. We knew what a massive deal it was just to get here in the first place and then with the build up and the crowd. But we went ahead early and looked to take our opportunities.”Having failed to grasp the opportunity to win the title during the last few years, Wellington finally managed the feat in front of a crowd that was enlivened from having just watched England thrash Fiji 27-0.Delighted Wellington first-team coach Kevin Brennan said: “Having come here and won today I’m absolutely thrilled for the lads.“Both teams put in a lot of effort; I don’t think I have ever seen our boys look so tired.“The whole occasion is a great reward for all the effort they have put in this season.”After the match, all players were presented with commemorative t-shirts by Cracknell and Roberts with the latter admitting the opportunity to run out and play at Twickenham was a special occasion to be treasured.“I was very impressed by the skill and intensity of it,” said Roberts.“Congratulations to Wellington College, I think they were deserved winners on the day.“It is great that all the guys have got the experience of playing at Twickenham. It’s something that not many boys their age get to do.”Open and Festival winners from the world’s largest school rugby tournament, the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, played at Twickenham during the London Sevens, the ninth and final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in front of record spectators courtesy of HSBC. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Chelsea v West Ham: Hazard starts

first_imgChelsea’s Eden Hazard starts against West Ham despite picking up an ankle injury during the win at Stoke. Oscar is recalled to the starting line-up, with John Mikel Obi dropping to the bench.West Ham midfielder Mark Noble returns after an Achilles problem but Alex Song and Diafra Sakho have been left out of the visitors’ starting line-up. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba. West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Collins, Reid, Noble, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Valencia.Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Song, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Cole, Sakho.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Africa investment hits record high

first_img23 October 2006Africa received record high foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows of US$31-billion in 2005, with good prospects for another increase in 2006, the United Nations’ trade and development body said last week.Releasing its World Investment Report 2006, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) said that FDI inflows into Africa grew by 78% in 2005 compared to 2004, driven by a sharp rise in corporate profitability and high commodity prices over the past two years.“Prospects are good for another increase in 2006 given high project commitments, large numbers of investors eager to gain access to resources, and a generally favourable policy stance for FDI in the region,” Unctad said in a statement.The share of foreign direct investment in fixed capital formation projects in Africa also increased, Unctad said, from 12% in 2004 to 19% in 2005.However, the report noted that Africa’s FDI inflows in 2005 were mostly concentrated in a few countries and industries, while its share of global FDI remained low at about 3%. Sub-Saharan Africa’s US$17.9-billion share of global investments, for example, was dwarfed by the US$34.5-billion which flowed into Western Asia in 2005.But viewed in relation to average earnings, sub-Saharan Africa had a promising year.“In relation to its gross domestic product, sub-Saharan Africa’s foreign direct investment was quite high – 30.2% compared to 22.7% worldwide,” Dirk Willem te Velde, a trade and investment specialist with Britain’s Overseas Development Institute, told Associated Press.The UN defines FDI as ownership of at least 10% of a firm by a foreign company. Economists take both inward and outward FDI as signs of a healthy economy.SA gets biggest, most diversified shareAccording to Unctad’s report, South Africa was Africa’s largest FDI recipient in 2005, experiencing a sharp jump in inflows to $6.4-billion – 21% of Africa’s total – from only $0.8-billion in 2004. This was thanks mainly to Barclays Bank’s $5.5-billion acquisition of SA’s Absa Bank.Investment Inflows to South Africa were also the most diversified in 2005, being channelled into energy, machinery and mining as well as into banking, which received the largest share.Africa’s top 10 recipient countries – South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria, Tunisia and Chad – accounted for close to 86% of the continent’s total FDI, with eight of these countries receiving over $1-billion in FDI.At the other extreme, Unctad noted, FDI inflows remained below $100-million in 34 African countries, many of which have limited natural resources and low manufacturing capacity “and, as a result, are among the least integrated into the global production system.“Some countries have also experienced political instability or civil war in the recent past, which destroyed much of their already limited production capacity.”The report also found that FDI inflows to Africa were concentrated in a few industries, notably oil, gas and mining. Six oil-producing countries – Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Sudan – accounted for about 48% of the continent’s investment inflows.Africa’s FDI outflows, according to the report, remained small in 2005 and came from a few countries – with Egypt, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa accounting for over 80% of total outflows.The continent’s largest transnational companies were also from a small number of countries. “In 2004, nine of the top 10 non-financial African transnational corporations ranked by foreign assets were South African,” Unctad said. These were:Sasol (petrochemicals)Sappi (paper)MTN (telecommunications)Steinhoff (household goods)Barloworld (diversified industrial)Naspers (media)Nampak (packaging)Gold Fields (metals)Datatec (Information technology)Sasol (16th) and Sappi (23rd) were also ranked among the top 25 transnational firms from developing countries.Textile firms pull outThe report found that a number of transnational corporations in the textile industry had pulled out of Africa because quota advantages for African countries declined after the end of the Multi-fibre Arrangement (MFA) in 2005.“Although countries such as Kenya, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland and Uganda had begun to receive FDI for their textile and apparel industries due to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), the trend changed following the end of the MFA in 2005,” the report states.“In Mauritius there was a 30% contraction in the volume of garments manufactured in 2005 following the departure of Hong Kong (China)-owned companies. In Lesotho, six textile TNCs closed, with a loss of 6 650 jobs.“The setback demonstrates that the impact of trade-related initiatives can be short-lived in Africa, where domestic capabilities are inadequate for quickly absorbing and continuing production processes.“It also underscores the fact that Africa’s industrial progress requires competitive production capacity, in addition to better market access and more welcoming regulatory frameworks.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Media tour 2010

first_imgSouth African infrastructure, institutions and innovation on the moveWelcome to South Africa. We are proud to provide you with an experience our country’s infrastructure including our transportation network for consumers and commerce alike, some of the world’s highest rated institutions and our Nation’s inherent innovation.Our 2010 Media Tour programme explores the theme, “South Africa Geared for Growth’, through which we will give you access to pivotal people, organisations and processes, from a big business and entrepreneurial perspective. Post programme, we strive to have demonstrated the manner in which South Africa is able to operate successfully in both the first and third world contexts.Considering the action packed agenda, we are looking forward to exposing you to our first world infrastructure. You will not only be able to go behind the scenes at O.R Tambo International Airport, Richards Bay Minerals, Park Station and Africa’s busiest port in Durban, but you will experience Africa’s first rapid rail link, Gautrain. Your behind the scenes exclusive also includes a visit to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Competition Commission.We will take you en route via taxi, rail, bus and of course, 4×4 Landrovers as we catch our breath against the spectacular backdrop of Phinda Private Game Reserve.It is our hope that at the end of the 2010 International Media Tour, your first-hand experience of our country has provided you with a seamless understanding of South Africa ‘on the move’.Read the official press releaseShare point Share your stories and photos of the tour here.Read more Information Further information from the tour.Read moreThe quick guide to South Africa This compilation of articles will provide you with a quick guide to South Africa, answers to some important questions that you may have from banking to healthcare, and of course, some local lingo to help you engage with the ‘locals’.Read more* A taste of your experiences in SA On tour Meet the participants of MediaTour 2010Read moreWelcomeSpeaking notes for Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Dina Pule at the International Markerting Council Welcoming Cocktail for International Media Tour, SandtonRead more [PDF, 21kb]Contacts Your fellow team members contact addresses.Read morelast_img read more

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Liverpool defenders hail ‘brilliant’ Alisson

first_imgBrazil goalkeeper Alisson is breeding confidence throughout the Liverpool defence, says Andrew Robertson.Alisson arrived at Anfield for £65 million ($83m/€71m) from Roma last month – a move that established him briefly as the most expensive keeper of all time before Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao.The 25-year-old made it three clean sheets from as many Premier League games on Saturday, saving brilliantly from Pascal Gross late on to secure a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He’s been brilliant since he came in,” Robertson told Liverpool’s official website, with Alisson’s footwork – most notably an impudent dink over Brighton forward Anthony Knockaert – having also caught the eye.”He’s a real presence at the back, you can see him coming out for corners and crosses and you’ve seen his wee chip got applause from the crowd, but I’m not sure if the gaffer wants to see that too many times. “But fair play to him and that’s the confidence he’s playing with and it breeds onto the defence. When we needed him he came alive and palmed it away. Fair play to him so far, he’ll be delighted with three clean sheets and long may it continue.”Last minute. Big save.@Alissonbecker pic.twitter.com/F9AztS59gE— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 26, 2018Robertson’s fellow full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added his voice to the plaudits.”I think he’s a world-class goalkeeper and he’s shown it,” the England international told his club’s website.”With his composure on the ball he is probably one of the best in the world and he definitely showed it that with the chip – hopefully he doesn’t have to do that again.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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PM Modi dials Trump

first_imgNew Delhi: In the first highest-level interaction after India’s announcement on Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump, and conveyed that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace.Modi’s comments on extreme rhetoric by some regional leaders was an obvious reference to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been making provocative comments against Modi government and Indian action in the last few days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe 30-minute conversation between Modi and Trump covered bilateral and regional matters, and was marked by the “warmth and cordiality which characterises the relations between the two leaders”, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) release said. The conversation between Modi and Trump took place two days after the US President asked Khan to resolve the Kashmir issue with India bilaterally during a telephonic conversation. In his telephonic conversation, Modi also highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception, the statement added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier on Monday teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday but not many students were seen Officials said the government has made necessary arrangements for the opening of 190 primary schools in Srinagar city as security forces remained deployed in most of the Valley But all private schools in the city remained shut for the 15th consecutive day as parents were apprehensive about the security situation because of violent protests over the past two days. Only Police Public School at Bemina and a few Kendriya Vidyalayas saw a handful of students turning up Most educational institutions in five sensitive border districts of Jammu reopened after a fortnight on Monday with “full attendance” as authorities lifted curbs in large parts of the region, officials said. Educational institutions reopened in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and Chenab Valley districts of Ramban, Doda and parts of Kishtwar, the officials said. Earlier on Monday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval briefed Home Minister Amit Shah on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since August 5, officials said. This was for the first time that Doval met Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days and personally monitored the situation. The NSA apprised the Home minister the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other top officials also attended the meeting that reviewed the steps taken to maintain the law and order situation in the state. The issues related to restrictions imposed in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir were also figured in the meeting, the official said.last_img read more

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