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For all that the World Cup is billed to be, there are a few contests that carry their own baggage, irrespective of the forum and format. Sri Lanka and Australia contests are played on a tinder box ready to burst into action any moment.Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga during a training sessionThe two teams face off at the Premadasa Stadium on Saturday in a Group A match that will have a bearing on the quarter-final line-up and also prove how the teams have coped with recent off-field ‘incidents’. Players from both teams have been accused, directly or indirectly, of indulging in fixing in this World Cup. If Australian openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson were reportedly under the lens of the ICC anti-corruption unit for unusually slow batting against Zimbabwe during a game in Ahmedabad, a local channel in Sri Lanka accused Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera of throwing a match against Pakistan. Both episodes have since died down but such accusations don’t leave the players’ mind so easily. These incidents have added spice to an already fiery encounter, given what happened in the 1996 World Cup.That time, Australia and West Indies refused to tour Sri Lanka following bomb blasts in Colombo and the hosts entered the quarter-finals even before playing a single game. The Sri Lankans then had a dream run to the final, where they, ironically, met the Aussie and beat them in the final at Lahore.But when the teams enter the ground on Saturday, the baggages will have to be left in the dressing rooms. Current form and team balance will matter and this is where the difference between the two teams has narrowed down. The Australian team of the previous World Cups were so far ahead of the competition, most teams lost a large part of the battle even before the toss. But the current Australian side has a few shortcomings which Krejza – and will rely on their pace attack.advertisementBut it’s not a bad attack to rely on. Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson form one of the fastest and most potent pace battery seen in recent times. A lot of sides have opened the bowling with spinners this World Cup but teams can expect a barrage of thunderbolts from the Aussies first up. On the batting front, the form of Watson and Clarke will be of comfort. Skipper Ponting is slowly returning to form and fitness and will be the backbone of the line-up. The Sri Lankans have a few niggling concerns in their batting. Their middle order was exposed by Pakistan last Saturday and with a lethal pace attack to contend with, any frailties will be out in the open.They, however, have a trump card up their sleeve in paceman Lasith Malinga. He played his first game of this World Cup against Kenya and picked up a hat-trick and will be expected to give the initial breakthroughs on Saturday.The wicket at the Premadasa isn’t the minefield it used to be under lights, so chasing won’t be disadvantage. But with the overcast conditions seen over the past few days, the pacers could have a say in the game. There is very little separating the two teams. The Aussies have a proud record in ICC tournaments and Sri Lanka make the best possible use of home conditions. It could well turn out to be a case of who blinks first. the Sri Lankans know can be exploited.With Michael Hussey out of their side, the ability of their batting lineup to handle the Lankan spin attack will be severely tested. Skipper Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke will be the best bet against an attack which might have three spinners in Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.The defending champions have a spinner with modest abilities – Jason Krejza – and will rely on their pace attack. But it’s not a bad attack to rely on. Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson form one of the fastest and most potent pace battery seen in recent times. A lot of sides have opened the bowling with spinners this World Cup but teams can expect a barrage of thunderbolts from the Aussies first up. On the batting front, the form of Watson and Clarke will be of comfort. Skipper Ponting is slowly returning to form and fitness and will be the backbone of the line-up.The Sri Lankans have a few niggling concerns in their batting. Their middle order was exposed by Pakistan last Saturday and with a lethal pace attack to contend with, any frailties will be out in the open.advertisementThey, however, have a trump card up their sleeve in paceman Lasith Malinga. He played his first game of this World Cup against Kenya and picked up a hat-trick and will be expected to give the initial breakthroughs on Saturday.The wicket at the Premadasa isn’t the minefield it used to be under lights, so chasing won’t be disadvantage. But with the overcast conditions seen over the past few days, the pacers could have a say in the game. There is very little separating the two teams. The Aussies have a proud record in ICC tournaments and Sri Lanka make the best possible use of home conditions. It could well turn out to be a case of who blinks first.
Indias strongest suit looked woefully short of its best against Afghanistan in their ICC World Twenty20 opener at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday. Agreed, the much superior batting line- up was put in first on a bouncy track by Nawroz Mangal, but the manner of dismissals will gnaw at them more than Indias total of 159 for five wickets in 20 overs. Score | PhotosAs it was, India won their first Group A match by 23 runs, but not before the Afghans had put another feather in their cap of giving a top team a scare with their spirited batting display against the 2007 champions weak bowling attack.Yuvraj Singh put the match in Indias grasp with his left- arm spin as he picked up three wicket for 24 while R Ashwin finished with two for 20. Earlier Virat Kohli top scored with 50 ( 39 balls, 4x4s, 2x6s).Opener and Mohammad Shahzad ( 18) got Afghanistan off to a flier, with the highlight being a stunning helicopter shot for four off Zaheer Khan.Soon after the Afghans reached their 50 for one in the seventh over, Yuvraj was introduced and he trapped captain Mangal ( 22) LBW with the first ball.Then, in his third over, he struck successive blows, sending Karim Sadiq and Asghar Stanikzai with the score being 75. But Mohammad Nabi ( 37 off 17 balls) and Shafiqullah smacked him for sixes in his final over.Afghanistan kept playing fearless strokes and were rewarded in the 16th over that cost Zaheer 16 runs, but at the same time they lost wickets regularly, to be dismissed for 136.Earlier, man- of- the- match Kohli and Suresh Raina ( 38) got India to a position of safety.Out- of- form openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag failed to get going.Gambhir ( 10) got out in the most predictable way as he played away from the body and got an inside edge onto his stumps. Sehwag ( 8) also perished to his most common dismissal edging behind to an angled delivery from Shapoor.Yuvraj smashed a stunning straight six off just his fourth ball on the fifth anniversary of his six- sixes match against Englands Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 but then buckled down in the company of Kohli.Kohli whacked Gulbodin Naib for six in the seventh over, but Yuvraj was struggling to get the spinners away, and was dropped by bowler Nabi in a nine- ball 10th over. Soon after that he cut an off- break from Sadiq straight to short third man.Nabi dropped another return catch, this time from Raina, and that seemed to push Kohli into a higher gear. He hit Sadiq for a four and a six, which came off another spilled catch on the boundary by Samiullah Shenwari. He then creamed Shapoor over extra cover for four.Raina, too, joined in the act, cracking two fours as India reached their 100 in 13.5 overs, before surviving once again as 12th man Izzatullah Dawlatzai dropped a skier.advertisement
In an ominous sign for rival NTL teams, the Southern NSW Suns Mens and Womens team took centre stage at the Yass Touch Knockout, winning both the Mens and Womens A Grade divisions last weekend.The Suns Mens Open side defeated the Dusty Camels from Sydney’s Western Suburbs 11-10 in the final.Led by quality players including Matt Curran, Joel Willoughby, Brad Holden and Andrew Baggio, the Suns held off strong opposition to take the title.Young guns Jaden Kelly, Scott Naughton and Christian Lotter all debuted for the Suns at Open level, impressing coach Ian Stanley.For the Dusty Camels experienced Australian representative Tony Eltakchi, along with Nathan Jones and Daniel Rushworth, challenged the Suns into the dying seconds, thrilling the crowd.The Suns Womens Open team, coached by Tracey Bills, defeated the Subs from Castle Hill 10-7 in their final. Stacey Lapham, Nola Campbell, Debbie Steinhardt and Kerry Wardle led the way for the Subs.Australian Junior representatives Nicole Beck, Amanda Skwarko and Ashleigh Dobbins all made their debuts at Open level and played extremely well.In other NTL preview action, the Suns Womens 30’s and ACT Womens 20’s were both knocked out in the semi finals of the Womens Open, perhaps indicating their preparations for NTL are well on track. In the Mixed division final the Guns, who had traveled from Bondi for the knockout, proved too strong for Off The Hook from Gosford.With South Queensland Sharks representatives Amy Fong, Tara Mako and Riki Best in the Guns lineup, as well as Tony Eltakchi and Brad Davids, they took the final 16-7.Despite the large scoreline, the final was action packed with Off the Hook’s quick stepping players such as Dylan Hennessey and twins John and Maurice Kennedy dazzling the crowd, as well as their opposition on several occasions.In the Mens B Grade final the Hookies Heroes from Temora defeated the Bowral Boys 11-6 for back-to-back titles in the division.In the Mixed B Grade final Rip It from Penrith defeated the Incredibles 8-5 in the final.Reperchage Finals results:Womens division: Suns Womens 40’s team def the Chosen Few from Greenfield Park 11-2Mens B division: Mush Nush from Yass defeated the DHL Redbacks from Yass 8-7 Mixed A division: UNSW Bullets defeated the Misfits from Dapto 12-5Mixed B divisions: Bowral Brumbies defeated the Chosen Few 9-6Tournament organisers would like to thank the referees who all did a fantastic job over the weekend and helped the event continue it’s success. The Knockout was a great benefit for the Yass community bringing an estimated $250,000 in business to the area.
Watford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Two publications by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which address the issue of climate change, are to be tabled in Parliament shortly by Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill. The two documents – ‘2012 State of the Jamaican Climate, Information for Resilience Building’ and ‘2012 State of the Jamaican Climate, Information for Resilience Building, Summary for Policymakers’ – were presented to the Minister by the PIOJ’s Acting Director General, Everton McFarlane, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on March 6. These publications are among six produced by the PIOJ under Phase I of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), with grant funding support of US$507,000, provided through the IDB’s Climate Investment Fund (CIF). The contents are compilations of data derived from a study undertaken by the Climate Studies Group at the University of the West Indies (UWI), which examines and outlines variations in Jamaica’s weather patterns and include climate assessments, variability, projections, and recommendations for climate change adaptability and resilience strengthening. The study incorporated wide scale consultations with a number of stakeholders. Underscoring the importance of the publications, Mr. McFarlane noted that Jamaica is being positioned to evolve into a “modern economy” with an imperative being access to, and use of the most current and high quality information to guide problem solving and decision making on matters such as climate change. “Thus, being a climate sensitive economy, we have to understand how the climate is changing and how it is likely to change spatially over time and towards the end of the Century. We, at the PIOJ, are convinced that the outputs of this project are of tremendous value to the entire country,” he said. Noting that National Outcome 14 of the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, speaks to “Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change”, Mr. McFarlane expressed the hope that access to the documents by the country’s Parliamentarians will “aid their understanding of how inter-linked Jamaica’s development is to its weather patterns”. Mr. McFarlane advised that arrangements will be made for public access to the documents through the distribution of copies, as well as uploading of their contents on the PIOJ’s website. Welcoming the publications, Mr. Pickersgill said they would effectively assist the administration in mainstreaming climate change into “priority” sectors; facilitate sectoral adaptation measures; strengthen policy and institutional arrangements; and build capacity for planning and forecasting. Additionally, they will serve to guide the promotion of climate change education and awareness. Mr. Pickersgill also acknowledged the support of the IDB, and noted that various international partners and agencies have consistently collaborated with Jamaica to strengthen the country’s capacity to adapt to climate change. “What we need to do now is to streamline all the responses, and for this reason, I am anxious to get the Climate Change Department up and running; and this is a priority on my agenda. I anticipate that the information contained in these documents will also be heavily referenced in the development of Jamaica’s Third National Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the Minister said. In his remarks, IDB Country Office Operations Director for Jamaica, Harold Arzu, who deputised for Acting Country Representative, Gerard Johnson, said the institution welcomed the opportunity to partner with Jamaica in undertaking the study. “We are hopeful that the recommendations and the plans that come out of the reports will provide some guidance in the area of resilience building. I also hope that very important policy regulations and legislations will result from the work that has been done,” he said, while assuring that the IDB will continue to collaborate with Jamaica on climate change developments. Meanwhile, noted climatologist, Professor Anthony Chen, said the data compiled in the documents currently represent the most “in-depth” study of climate change in Jamaica. He noted that the findings project warmer and drier weather patterns for Jamaica toward the end of the 21st Century, and expressed the hope that the study will provide a basis from which the PIOJ and other organisations can formulate projects that will enable Jamaica to adapt to these changes.
The Ministry Paper also revealed that the National Health Fund (NHF) signed a six-month contract in December 2017 with Sanigest Internacional for the development of a policy proposal and road map for the design and effective implementation of the NHIP. Work is apace on the development of a policy proposal and road map for the sustainable implementation of a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) for Jamaica. Story Highlights The proposal will address elements relating to the benefits package, which includes levels and sources of financing, legislative changes, provider network, and the requisite administrative and organisational structures. Work is apace on the development of a policy proposal and road map for the sustainable implementation of a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) for Jamaica.The proposal will address elements relating to the benefits package, which includes levels and sources of financing, legislative changes, provider network, and the requisite administrative and organisational structures.This is contained in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in the House of Representatives on June 5.The Ministry Paper also revealed that the National Health Fund (NHF) signed a six-month contract in December 2017 with Sanigest Internacional for the development of a policy proposal and road map for the design and effective implementation of the NHIP.“This is in keeping with the Ministry of Health’s 10-year strategic plan and will also closely follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, which was adopted by Jamaica at the Regional Committee of the WHO held in Washington DC in 2014,” the document said.The Ministry Paper further said that work is well under way on the execution of the consultancy for the development of the NHIP, adding that elements related to the financial review and the expenditure on health have been completed, with the draft proposal submitted March 2018.In addition, stakeholder consultations, inclusive of medical groups, the nurses’ association, private insurance companies, pharmacy and diagnostic groups, and trade unions, will be organised to provide comments on the draft proposal.It is anticipated that by the end of the first quarter of the financial year, the consultancy will be completed, inclusive of the policy proposal and road map.