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  • Americans beat Hurricanes, Brathwaite inspires another CCC win

    first_img2018 Regional Super50 Championships Group B…Spin-twins Nosthusha Kenjige and Timil Patel combined to help the United States of America (USA) to an 88-run victory over Leeward Islands Hurricanes while Barbados Pride lost to the Combined Campuses & Colleges (CCC) Marooners during Wednesday’s action.Timit Patel sweepsAt the Kensington Oval, Barbados, the left-arm spinner Kenjige and leg-spinner Patel shared five wickets and backed up the work of their side’s pace bowling attack, as the Americans claimed their first victory of the tournament.Kenjige snared 3-22 from eight overs to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, and Patel completed a tidy all-round performance with 2-4 from 2.1 overs to confine a potential Hurricane threat during their pursuit of the 198 target.Carlos BrathwaiteOrlando Peters hit 6 boundaries in the top score of 37 from 35 balls, but no other batsman reached 20, as the Hurricanes were bowled out for 109 in 30.1 overs. Patel was one of a handful of United States batsmen that got starts, but failed to carry on, leading the way with a circumspect 39 from 80 balls.Monank Patel scored 27, Steven Taylor made 22 and Alex Amsterdam got 21. In –form leg-spinner Damion Jacobs was the pick of the Hurricanes bowlers with 3-40 from 10 overs, while Windies A all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, Jeremiah Louis and Chesney Hughes supported with two wickets apiece.In a fire-cracker over at the Three W’s Oval, in the second Group B contest, Carlos Brathwaite played another captain’s knock to lead the CCC Marooners to a breezy 7-wicket victory over his country team, Barbados Pride.Despite a star-studded team, the Pride, who remain without a win in three matches, felt the brunt of Brathwaite who struck three fours and three sixes in an unbeaten, even 50 from 31 balls, as the Marooners successfully chased 175 for victory.Shayne MoseleyHe shared a 90-run – unbroken – fourth-wicket partnership with Jonathan Drakes, who stroked 41 from 46 balls, including four boundaries. Marooners had a strong start with openers Kyle Corbin and Kjorn Ottley piling on 70 before they were dismissed and the home team stumbled to 88 for three in the 20th over.The Windies T20 skipper then joined Drakes as they carried the Marooners over the finish line in the 32nd over. There was neither substance nor stability from the Pride, after they were sent in to bat, except for a period when Kevin Stoute joined left-hand opener Shayne Moseley and they put on 40 for the fourth wicket.Moseley made 49 from 87 balls to lead the way, Stoute supported with 37, Shamar Springer got 22 and Windies pacer Miguel Cummins made a useful 20. Brathwaite was the pick of the Marooners’ bowlers returning figures of 3-21 from 10 overs and Akeem Jordan took 3-36 from 9.2 overs. Action continues across Barbados with more exciting matches. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

  • One in 16 Donegal homes and businesses burgled in the past decade

    first_imgOver 3,700 home and business owners in Donegal have experienced a break-in over the past 10 years.This is equivalent to one in every 16 properties, according to an analysis by Phonewatch, who say the figures “demonstrates the importance for all of us to be vigilant in protecting our properties.”Donegal homes and businesses are considerably safer than properties in other counties, as the national average stands at one in every seven homes or premises being burgled. Donegal had the second-lowest burglary rates in the Republic of Ireland between 2009 and 2018.With 1,063 break-ins, Letterkenny Garda Station recorded the most burglaries of any of Donegal’s Garda stations.Ballybofey (227) and Buncrana (183) were the second and third highest respectively, while with just 11, Clogher received the lowest number of burglary reports for the county.The survey found that 2018 had the lowest number of burglaries nationwide for the decade (16,969). Today, 49% of Irish homes have an alarm. Speaking about the figures, PhoneWatch Managing Director, Eoin Dunne said, “While we’re seeing a welcome reduction in burglaries in recent years, the reality is that burglary still remains all too common in Ireland. By examining the figures over an extended period we can see the true scale and impact of burglary in Ireland. The good news is that our research shows Irish householders are taking more steps in recent years to protect their homes, and this is having a positive effect.” One in 16 Donegal homes and businesses burgled in the past decade was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:break-inburglariescrimelast_img read more

  • Alan Dershowitz: ‘An unworthy set of reflexive assumptions?’

    first_imgAt the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial, celebrity US lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN that Pistorius would not get justice as South Africa was a “failed state”, and the trial “racial”.Watch the broadcast of Dershowitz’s statements, and the responses by both Morgan and University of Cape Town academic Kelly Phelps:• Manusha PillaiCommunications managerBrand South Africa+27 11 483 [email protected] Barber, Brand South Africa’s country manager for the US, wrote this open letter to Dershowitz.Dear Professor Dershowitz,I caught you on CNN the other night doing your talking head thing on the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp.Your Wikipedia entry reminds us why Piers Morgan had you on his show. You are a media star. In 1967, you became Harvard’s youngest ever full professor of law. You held the Felix Frankfurter professorship for 20 years until your retirement in 2013. You have successfully represented a stellar cast of celebrity defendants, including two, OJ Simpson and Claus von Bulow, charged like Pistorius with killing women they had once supposedly loved.South Africa, you told Morgan and his audience with what seemed invincible certainty, was a “failed country”. Now I recognise the on-air rules of the game for professional talking heads include expressing yourselves in ways that might be considered unprofessional in a Harvard lecture hall. That said, your comment about South Africa would have been outlandish in any setting. In spite of his English tabloid roots, even Morgan was taken aback.Happily, Kelly Phelps, a live resident of the “failed country”, was on hand to help straighten you out. “Failed countries” do not generally boast institutions of the calibre of the University of Cape Town where Phelps teaches law. Nor do they retain talent such as hers. Her resume is worth a read. Her statement that South Africa is “fundamentally sound” should command your respect.Yes, there are failed countries out there, but by no reasonable definition of the phrase can South Africa be counted as one of them. In a genuinely failed country, Pistorius would not be on any kind of trial, let alone one conducted as scrupulously as the case at hand. Not only is justice being done in North Gauteng High Court courtroom GD, it is being seen to be done on television and computer screens the world over in real time.I was struck by your insinuation that Judge Thokozile Masipa, being black, would be unable to give unbiased consideration to the white defendant’s claim he thought he was shooting an intruder – a person he would he would have presumed to be black. What personal knowledge do you have of Judge Masipa to support this? Or is it simply what your gut tells you? And if so, would it be unfair to suggest that what was informing your gut was, principally, an unworthy set of reflexive assumptions?What you will not see in Judge Masipa’s courtroom are defence attorneys cynically attempting, as they did in the OJ Simpson case, to manipulate the racial fears and biases of jurors to secure an against-the-odds acquittal. There is no jury. When Judge Masipa has heard the evidence and reached a verdict, she will be obliged to explain in exhaustive detail how and on what basis she and her two assessors got there. Any trace of bias will be grounds for appeal, all the way to the constitutional court if necessary.Pistorius’ lawyers will naturally do everything they can to establish the plausibility of their client’s version. That’s their job. No doubt they will highlight South Africa’s well-documented rates of crime, including home robberies. They will also seek to undermine the prosecution’s case by impeaching the competence of the police and asserting the contamination of evidence. In much the same way did OJ Simpson’s legal team try to destroy the credibility of the detectives who investigated Nicole Brown’s murder. I am certain, Professor, you know to distinguish between what is said in a courtroom to make a case and the more nuanced realities of the world outside.I happen to have some experience with what legal proceedings look like in a failed, or at least failing, country. In 1977, as a junior reporter, I was part of the team sent by a local newspaper to cover the inquest into the death in police custody of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko.The inquest, like the present trial, took place in Pretoria, then at the heart of apartheid darkness. There was no justice in that courtroom, nor any hope of it, the extraordinary talent of the Biko family’s legal team notwithstanding. No unprejudiced magistrate could have found that Biko’s fatal brain injuries were the result of something other than the brutality and callousness of his captors. The actual verdict was a cover-up of judicial murder: “The available evidence does not prove the death was brought about by an act or omission involving an offense by any person.”That country, mercifully, did fail. The people of South Africa came together under some remarkable leaders, including the late Nelson Mandela, to build a new one, whose 20th birthday we celebrate this year. The rights and dignity that Biko and countless others were jailed, tortured and died fighting for are now enshrined in a constitution that has been extolled by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – much to the knee-jerk shock and horror of Fox News – as “a great piece of work” and a model for other emerging democracies.South Africans may sometimes struggle to live up to the high ideals and standards embodied in their re-founding document, but don’t mistake failings – failings we candidly acknowledge and are striving to correct – for failure.Yours sincerely,Simon BarberRead more: Failed state, my foot by Max du Preezlast_img read more

  • Brand South Africa’s opening remarks at the research roundtable

    first_imgPremised on its mandate to build South Africa’s nation brand reputation, Brand South Africa has over the past year continued with its SA Inc research project which aims to assess South Africa’s profile, impact, and reputation in peer African markets. Brand South Africa has, in the past year, conducted research in Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.Brand South Africa, in partnership with the SARCHI Chair in African Diplomacy (University of Johannesburg) hosted a research roundtable this morning where findings from this research were shared.Key issues that were interrogated included:• Lessons from a market entry strategy point of view• Cultural competency when engaging with peers across the continent• Lessons from South African expats and expertise in key markets• The reputation profile of South Africa – beyond policy• Lessons on the need for creative interventions to share expertise and experiences between government, business, and academia to build national competence and enhance African integration.Please find remarks by Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer hereunder.Opening Remarks by Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer – Mrs Linda SangaretGood morning all and thank you for joining us todayI firstly would like to thank the organisers and partners involved in this important dialogue and for providing us with an opportunity to share with you some of Brand South Africa’s research insights – which will assist to develop a more integrated, understanding of the South African nation brand in African peer markets.Platforms such as these– provide us with an opportunity to robustly engage on South Africa’s positioning among our peers on the continent – and afford us insights which can inform our programmes in Africa..Brand South Africa’s Africa & Middle East, and Research teams have in the past two years spent a significant amount of time conducting stakeholder engagements, and hand-on field research in six African anchor states, as well as the Russian Federation around the time of the 2015 BRICS Summit.Since becoming a democracy in 1994, the country’s foreign policy orientation, and strategic focus, has changed significantly. Against the background of an Africa Rising narrative, South Africa’s engagement with the continent, has never been more important than today.Our teams have engaged with stakeholders in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, the DRC, and Angola which have been focused on assessing and building the nation brand reputation of South Africa.A key objective of our research undertakings is to assess the perception of South Africa, and specifically our reputation on the continent, which is shaped by SA corporate investments, public enterprise activities, government to government bilateral and multilateral engagements, peacekeeping & mediation, academic exchanges, creative & art sector interactions, and increasingly media.As South Africans, we recognise that we are first and foremost an African country and that we should support all efforts aimed at the attainment of stability, peace, growth, development and prosperity throughout Africa.We are therefore fully cognisant that our own peace, security, socio-economic and political development and freedom is intrinsically connected to the rest of Africa. To this end, South Africa is committed to the implementation of the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 framework.Guided by National Development Plan (Vision 2030), we are committed to improving our global competitiveness and reputation with the view of delivering on our growth and continental development imperatives.South Africa will continue to develop and deepen cooperation with the rest of the continent to strengthen trade, investment, cultural and development opportunities. We believe that it is through dialogues such as these that we are able to contextualise the Africa Rising narrative, that of ‘an integrated, forward-looking, prosperous, dynamic and peaceful Africa.’Thank you and welcome.last_img read more

  • Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33

    first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Nevertheless, Pera made it clear how much Gasol has meant to the club.“Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons,” Pera said in a statement. “He plays with a heart and a passion for the game that helped carry this franchise to seven straight playoff appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“But what Marc has done for this organization is about more than just basketball. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the city of Memphis.”Pera thanked Gasol for “his blood, sweat and dedication to the Grizzlies and Memphis. The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his No. 33 jersey will hang in the rafters”. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, outplay Luka Doncic, Mavs MOST READcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Raptors, 40-16, are 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for the top record in the Eastern Conference while the Grizzlies, 22-34, have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, eight games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot.Gasol, a three-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, helped Spain to two Eurobasket titles and two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012.Gasol has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots a game for the Grizzlies.Gasol’s older brother Pau is a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who played for the Grizzlies from 2001-2008.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPMarc Gasol’s No. 33 jersey will be retired by the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, team owner Robert Pera said Friday, a day after trading the Spanish center to the Toronto Raptors.The 34-year-old Spanish 7-footer (2.16m) has played for the Grizzlies since making his 2008 NBA debut but was moved to the contending Raptors at Thursday’s league trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more