Even with the series beyond them and Ashes already returned to Australia, England will be desperate to back up an encouraging performance in Melbourne and secure a consolation victory in the fifth and final Test in Sydney this week.Avoiding a whitewash may not be much to crow about but Joe Root’s party must take a modicum of pride in apparently not disintegrating as the 2013-14 tourists did, an impression which a taste of victory in the Harbour City would confirm.Given the fierce nature of the rivalry, though, Australia will be looking to ruthlessly drive home their advantage with a big win in front of a big crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which is sold out for the first three days.Australia captain Steve Smith’s magnificent century helped save a draw in the Boxing Day Test and the hosts are confident he will recover from the stiff back that prevented him from training on Tuesday in time for Thursday’s toss.Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who missed the fourth Test with a bruised heel, did bowl in the nets and should return to terrorise the English batsmen as he did with his 19 wickets in the first three Test victories in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.In his absence, Alastair Cook’s double century and the bowling of the experienced seam duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson gave England the sniff of a win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground only for the weather and Smith to deny them.“If we’d won the game, then you’d maybe say there’d be more questions posed to Australia,” opening batsman Mark Stoneman told reporters.“It’s given us a lot of confidence moving forward that the things we tried to put in place earlier in the series have come through to a certain degree, but ultimately we want to win a game of cricket on this tour.”The SCG traditionally offers some turn and with slow-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali out of form, leg-spinner Mason Crane looks set to become the third Englishman to make his Test debut in the series.Australia drafted left-arm tweaker Ashton Agar into their squad to give them an option of a twin spin attack with Nathan Lyon but the more likely change to the side will be the return of pace spearhead Starc for Jackson Bird.“I know he’s pretty confident he’s going to play,” fellow quick Pat Cummins said of Starc on Tuesday.“I haven’t spoken to him but it looked like he was bowling quick, running around and wasn’t limping.”
View comments Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmBIÑAN, Laguna—The worrying trend of losing leads in the final period continued for Alab Pilipinas, but the Filipinos once again showed grit down the stretch as they finally overcame the league-leading Singapore Slingers Friday in the ASEAN asketball League.“We’ll take this win, but sooner or later, we have to learn to play consistently otherwise we can’t contend for the title,” said Ronald “Mac” Cuan after Alab slipped past the Slingers, 74-72, for their first win in three meetings against the Singaporeans this season at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES “It’s always the same story for us—building a good lead for three periods before allowing the opponents to come back. We’re just fortunate we got away with this [win].”Alab averted another late collapse as it escaped with its fourth win in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt was the start of a tough stretch for the Filipinos, who flew to Kuala Lumpur Saturday for a clash with the Westsports Malaysia Dragons Sunday.“We’ll just get as much sleep as possible,” said Ray Parks. “We’re still learning as a team. We have a talented team and it’s all about embracing our roles for now.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Homecoming: Fajardo stoked over playing in front of Cebuano crowd Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Dear Editor,The Local Government Commission (LGC) is finally brought into being and its establishment was not easily achieved. This writer advocated almost weekly for more than a year for the expeditious establishment of the long overdue Commission, supported by other civil and bold enough persons who used the print and non-print media as well as the social network to speak out against the brutal manipulation and stifling of the local government system by the coalition Government.While all Guyanese perhaps welcomed the establishment, the forged acclaim by the Government must be accepted with a pinch of salt, since the appointment of the members of the Commission did not occur easily.In fact, it came with a somewhat forked “sleight of the hand” twist, that informs the need for continued scrutiny in ensuring balanced representation and decisions that favour or support meaningful interest of our Local Government Organs. It is acceptable that some observance over a reasonable time of operations is given.For all purposes, however, the measured caution advanced in this edition, comes in light of the sleight of hand twist referred. The Local Government Commission Act of 2013 pronounces definitively on the composition of the Commission. The current situation however highlights yet another move by President David Granger to twist the constitutional meaning in favour of his party. The Act clearly provides that one of the members must be appointed after consultation with the Local Government Organs and this was not adhered to after all the delays.The responsible Minister, Ronald Bulkan, by law, was supposed to consult with the Regional Democratic Councils (RDC), all Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and the municipalities in choosing one of the Commissioners. It is also public knowledge that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic won more than two-thirds of the Local Authority Areas and this may have been the reason for his non-consultative approach.The Minister without any discussion or consultation with the RDCs and NDCs went ahead and appointed Marlon Williams, the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) General Secretary, as a member of the Commission. It is a sad state of affairs which came into being because the AFC was not consulted in the process of identifying the three Government representatives. Thus to patronise the AFC in the People’s National Congress controlled coalition, the Granger Government decided to place an AFC Executive on the Commission to hold the peace.As expected, the reasons for the appointment of Williams as a member of the Commission, and without any consultations with the Local Government Organs, drew blatant and shamelessly stupid responses from the Communities Minister. He had the temerity to mention that he had consultations with the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM), a recently founded brainchild of the coalition Government that has been entrusted with coordinative responsibilities between the municipalities on behalf of the coalition.The Minister knows fully well that GAM is not recognised in the Municipal and District Council Act, therefore it is not an essential complement of the Local Government Organs. Additionally, this so-called association has no jurisprudence and is merely a coalition political haven to carry out the mandate of the Government as it relates to the municipalities. Further, President Granger MUST also know that Williams was not fit and properly selected.The Government may feel that it got away with another act of bullish ineptitude. In the context however, admiration must be given to the Opposition Leader for his approach of dealing with this as another unconstitutional and dictatorial appointment. We all know so well that the stifling of work in elected Local Authority Areas can never work in the long term.It is of note that monies were appropriated in the 2016 as well as the 2017 National Budgets to support functions of the LGC. Concurrent, we see the Minister advancing staff support to the LGC functions using staff of the Communities Ministry. The question must be asked regarding the monies that were budgeted for these purposes. Minister Bulkan should read the Local Government Commission Act to update himself that the Minister has no authority over the Commission.As for the management, financial accounting and the evaluation of the work of the LGC it is imperative that certain basics are put in place. The LGC must have an ORGANOGRAM, Operations Manual along with a budget for its Capital and Current expenditures. In addition, for the smooth financial processes and accountability, there must be linkages with the IFMAS and MISU systems.Further, we look forward to the planned and structured approach by the Commission, evidence by inclusive meetings and clear guide lines to the elected councils under its mandate. Transparency and accountability within the constitutional intent and the meaning of all applicable legislation must be pivotal. Importantly, audited financial statements must be prepared annually. Above all, these functions must be accompanied with appropriate remuneration, thus professional and capable staff complement is a required necessity.Respectfully,Neil Kumar
Rehan Shah will be aiming for another top finish in the 4wd turbo .Rehan faces stiff competition from Sahib Omar, veteran driver Robert Grow and Lovejyot Singh, Gerald Maina and Jackson Wandeto.“I am aiming to defend my championship, the autocross has significantly changed due to KCB sponsorship and we are grateful as drivers,” Rehan said.Legend Asad Anwar said… “I am very keen on seeing my son improve his speed and tenacity, KCB has made our dreams come true, the number of youngsters joining the game has improved greatly and we are grateful for that.”The 2WD turbo battle will be lead by Imran Hakada who clocked 07:59:67 during last outing. Hot on his heels will be Zameer Verjee, Junaid Shah and Shaz Ismail.The open category will witness spirited efforts by Alfir Khan, last outing winner Kirit Rajput, Asad Anwar Shalien Mughal and Imran Hakada Rajveer .The KCB Autocross championship will be staged at the scenic Batian view on Sunday 26th August 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The KCB Autocross championship will be staged at the scenic Batian view on Sunday 26th August 2018.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – Teenager Hamza Anwar will be looking to improve his best time of 09:04:44 in the 2WD NT during this weekend’s KCB Autocross 8 outing that will be staged in Nanyuki town.Hamza who is being tutored by his father Asad Anwar clocked 1:58:18 during the 3rd heat setting a record time to emerge victorious during the 7th round in Nairobi.
0Shares0000Japan wing Kotaro Matsushima scored a crucial try after full time © AFP / Adrian DENNISTOYOTA CITY, Japan, Oct 5 – Fleet-footed “Ferrari” Kotaro Matsushima showed his class as he emerged from the shadow of fellow wing Lomano Lemeki to score a crucial late try against Samoa and put Japan in control of Rugby World Cup Pool A on Saturday.Matsushima has roared to prominence at this tournament after scoring a blistering hat-trick in Japan’s tournament-opening win over Russia, making him a marked man in a tight pool. The 26-year-old, born in South Africa to a Zimbabwean mother and Japanese father, then threatened Ireland every time he had the ball in Japan’s thrilling 19-12 upset victory over the European giants in their second game.He more than contained the imposing figure of Jacob Stockdale in that match and, against a physical Samoan side, showed glimpses of both attack and defence before his try secured a bonus-point 38-19 victory in Toyota.The partisan crowd, almost to a man, woman and child decked out in the hooped red and white of Japan, rose to their feet in expectation every time Matsushima got the ball.The winger made one scintillating break on the quarter-hour mark, searing through a gap and sprinting clear before being clawed down by Samoan hooker Seilala Lam.But it was left winger Lemeki who was used more early on, often on an inside crash ball off set pieces, and also for kick returns.Matsushima, described by Japan coach Jamie Joseph as a “Ferrari” after the Russia victory, was left largely as a bystander for much of the first period, with half-backs Yutaka Nagare and Yu Tamura both guilty of kicking too much possession away.Lemeki botched what would have been Japan’s opening try, running straight at Henry Taefu in defence rather than stepping back towards the posts or looking for a pass to the supporting runner who was screaming inside him.– ‘Tough, but we’re ready’ –Matsushima also had a chance to showcase his defensive qualities, putting in a bone-cracking tackle to snuff out a promising Samoan attack after Kane Le’aupepe had surged upfield from a restart.The winger then moved into more of a roving full-back position as Lemeki, New Zealand-born but of Tongan heritage, deservedly went on to pick up the man-of-the-match award for his powerful ball-in-hand contribution.“Samoa are a very, very physical team,” said Lemeki. “After the results from last week, we knew they had to win, but we were up for the challenge and it was a tough one.”Lemeki said interchanging amongst the backs was key when playing in Joseph’s multi-cultural team.“You’ve got to play a lot of roles,” he said, with he and Matsushima swapping roles at will in the second-half. “The legs are feeling a bit sore at the moment.”Matsushima had the last word, however, when he produced a sharp step inside centre Alapati Leiua and rode the tackle of Pete Cowley for Japan’s fourth try deep in extra-time.“Once Matsushima crossed that line everyone was delighted!” beamed Japan’s South African-born skipper Pieter Labuschagne.“It was the 85th minute and everyone was full of joy once he’d crossed the line.”That fourth try handed the hosts an invaluable bonus point, meaning they control the pool ahead of the three remaining matches.Scotland are first up, taking on Russia on Wednesday, before Ireland play Samoa on Saturday and the Brave Blossoms round off their group stage against the Scots — on a short turnaround — in Yokohama on October 13.Scotland, Lemeki said, “is definitely going to be tough, but we’re ready”.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)
LANCASTER – Deep down, JetHawks outfielder Bubba Bell always knew scouts goofed when they let him fall to the 39th round of baseball’s 2005 draft. He just didn’t realize how far off they were. The 1,187th overall pick is now setting them straight. Bell, who leads the California League in each Triple Crown category, has become the face of a prolific minor league hitting team that tonight will play one of its most eagerly anticipated games in franchise history. The JetHawks were 39-31 and have the league’s best overall record (39-33.) Lancaster won nine of its last 10 games going into Tuesday. The JetHawks, who play in arguably the most hitter-friendly facility in all of professional baseball, have taken full advantage. They lead the league in nearly all meaningful statistical categories, including batting average (.301), homers (127), runs scored (397) and walks (397.) Their production has given a pitching staff that ranks eighth in the league, with a 5.61 ERA, plenty of wiggle room. JetHawks manager Chad Epperson attributes the team’s success to adjusting to the dynamics of a new stadium that Red Sox officials say is like no other. The JetHawks were a .500 team until midway through the first half. “You still see other teams coming in here like deer in headlights, like we were in the first month of the season,” Epperson said. “We’ve gotten away from making excuses, and now we’re using this ballpark to our advantage. That’s why you’re seeing the success we’re having.” email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The JetHawks play host to Inland Empire of San Bernardino at 7 p.m. at Clear Channel Stadium in a first-half title tie-breaker expected to draw a crowd. The game likely would have sold out anyway because of the Fourth of July fireworks show that follows. Bell’s production has been a key factor in the team’s success. He is batting .370, with 22 homers and 83 RBIs, and leads all of minor league baseball in RBIs, hits (115) and runs scored (94.) Not bad for a player who wasn’t even ranked among the parent Boston Red Sox’s top 30 Baseball America organizational prospects. “I feel like, talent-wise, I’ve always been able to put up good numbers, but I wasn’t coming into this season expecting to have 20 homers after the all-star break and to be hitting as high as I’m hitting,” Bell said. “It’s been a very pleasant surprise.” The winner of tonight’s game gets a first-round bye in the September league championship playoffs. The JetHawks are seeking their first title.
However you navigate through L.A.’s vast stretches of concrete and asphalt, you’re bound to wonder how transportation works here. Whether it’s roadway projects, traffic signals or shuttle buses that leave you puzzled, we will find answers to your questions. Below, we answer a sampling of reader questions. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org Q: When is the reopening of the San Diego (405) Freeway northbound ramp at Sepulveda Boulevard? – Judge Shari Silver, Los Angeles Superior Court. A: Dear Judge Shari: The project should wrap up by late August or early September, but don’t throw the book at us for that vague answer. It’s coming from Caltrans. The on-ramp you’re asking about at Sepulveda Boulevard is the last part of the $46 million project to be completed. The project at the Ventura (101) and San Diego freeways has been a two-year undertaking. It’s one of the busiest interchanges in the country with 500,000 commuters passing through each day. To accelerate merging cars, it extends a lane on the northbound San Diego Freeway past the Greenleaf Street off-ramp to the Ventura Freeway. The Sepulveda Boulevard on-ramp is being reconfigured to separate the Ventura Freeway connector on-ramp from the northbound San Diego Freeway on-ramp, again to help with transitions. Q: What does it take to get a traffic signal installed? There’s a stop sign now at Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Highway, but the intersection needs a traffic light. I’ve seen four car accidents there this year. – John Magnanimo of Canyon Country. A: John, there’s good news to report. The intersection is getting a traffic signal, according to Ken Firoozmand, West Valley district engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. The city agency is reviewing the signal now. Then there will be another review – by Caltrans – since there’s a state highway involved. Firoozmand did not know, however, when the signal will be installed. Already this year, 25 people have been killed at the intersection. By this time last year, 41 had died, said Detective Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. And that’s just reporting from the east side of the intersection, handled by the LAPD. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department oversees the west side of the intersection. Residents seeking to have traffic signals installed can contact the transportation district office for their area and describe what’s going on. Intersections are evaluated based on state guidelines – including traffic and pedestrian volume, delays, visibility and accident patterns. In this case, the number of deaths at the intersection did not trigger getting the signal. Instead, it is a condition required by the city from a developer working on a project in the area. Q: A number of readers have asked what’s with the gale-force wind inside the Universal City Red Line station. Others say there are strong winds between the ticket area, the stairs and the trains. A: There are two ways riders could feel a wind effect inside the stations, Metro officials said. Standing on platforms in the tunnels, riders feel the piston effect of the subway trains coming down the tracks before they even see them. Trains push air into the tunnel and then into the big open space where people are waiting. Fans also circulate air at certain times of day inside the stations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Italian starlet Marco Sportiello 1 Italian starlet Marco Sportiello has revealed he is happy at Atalanta – despite growing interest from Liverpool.The 22-year-old has been a regular for Atalanta this season, making 26 appearances in Serie A for the Italian club.Several sides have been tracking the goalkeeper’s progress, but Liverpool are reportedly at the front of the queue.The Reds are said to be on a hunt for a goalkeeper this season, but despite their interest Sportiello has confessed he is happy at Atalanta.“Liverpool definitely are a great team”, Sportiello told L’Eco di Bergamo.“We are talking about one of the top clubs in the world but I am happy to be here. This is my first season as a regular starter and I also signed a new contract with Atalanta.”
A Hull fan says he was told he would be removed unless he stopped texting targets OFF New job Today, at half time I was told by an ‘under cover security guard’ that if I continued to text about the football match at the KCOM stadium I’d be ejected from the ground. A confused thread…#hcafc #readingfc— Daniel Mawer (@skintnortherner) August 10, 2019“At half time a man in casual gear followed by a steward, came up to me and said ‘tell me what this says’ holding a badge up that said security. I said (spoiler alert) ‘…security?’“He then explained he’d been watching me text throughout the first half, he asked what I’d been texting (in a not so friendly manner).“I felt on edge telling a stranger what I’ve been texting, felt a bit invasive, and I felt uncomfortable saying I’d been innocently texting opinions on the match and my thoughts on what was happening to friends and family.“My Dad explained we text friends the score. The man said if we continued to do so we’d be ejected from the ground. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest 1 The English Football League has issued an apology to a Hull City fan who was threatened with ejection if he carried on texting.Daniel Mawer was involved in an encounter with an ‘undercover security guard’ during the Tigers’ 2-1 win over Reading on Saturday. Getty Images – Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ FAREWELL deals LATEST “On initial review of this particular incident all procedures and protocols were followed, but clearly there is still some work to be done to ensure these checks are conducted appropriately and sensitively.“It’s never the intention to offend and for that Football Data Co and the League offer its apologies to the supporter affected by this random spot check.”In a viral Twitter thread, the Tigers supporter explained what took place in the encounter that left him ‘on edge’.He tweeted: “Today, at half time I was told by an ‘undercover security guard’ that if I continued to text about the football match at the KCOM stadium I’d be ejected from the ground. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Mawer claimed he was told that he would be ejected from the KCOM stadium if he continued to text.It is believed the fan was spoken to as part of a crackdown on unauthorised data gathering at EFL matches.Hull City are now liaising with both Mawer, the club’s own security company Superstadium Management and Comsec.An EFL spokesman said: “The Comsec scout spotting programme is managed by Football Data Co in collaboration with the league and its clubs.“Access is provided at matches for Comsec representatives to operate and identify potential infringements. This is nuts: https://t.co/cuQND13C8c— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 10, 2019“When we asked why, he said there’s trouble with people notifying betting companies/or gamblers of events at a match so they could cash out/make a bet void.“So basically he was assuming I was some sort of gamblers informant at the KC Stadium (when I was just texting my girlfriend dumb stuff about Tom Eaves’s hair).”His Tweets caught the eye of Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker, who responded by saying: “This is nuts.”The Football Supporters’ Association were among those to tweet support to Mawer. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January