Russell fires KKR to victory

first_img Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (24) put on 40 for the fourth wicket and added a further 67 for the fifth wicket with David Miller (13). However, Maxwell fell in the 16th over with 45 runs needed from 27 balls and Russell returned in the 18th over to remove the dangerous Miller and swing the advantage KKR’s way. In the final over, Russell ran out Axar Patel for 21 after Gurkeerat Singh drove the second delivery back to him and he turned and hit the stumps, with the batsmen at the non-striker backing up too far. Gurkeerat Singh was then run out off the next delivery, attempting a second run to the deep, and Russell picked up his fourth wicket when he trapped Swapnil Singh lbw with a full length delivery, to the first ball he faced. ADDING ON RUNS KOLKATA, India (CMC): Irrepressible West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell played a small cameo with the bat, grabbed four wickets and bowled a remarkable final over as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shot to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a tense seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. The Jamaican lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Eden Gardens. KKR were propelled though by openers Robin Uthappa, who stroked 70, and Gautam Gambhir, who gathered 54. In reply, Kings XI’s run chase was crippled by pacer Russell’s opening burst, which reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over; and despite Australian Glenn Maxwell’s superb top score of 68, the visitors could only reach 157 for nine. Kings XI required 12 runs from the final over but Russell, voted Man of the Match, proved outstanding in conceding just four runs, effecting a run out and grabbing another wicket to finish with four for 20 from his four overs. With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points, but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate. Uthappa lashed six fours and two sixes off 49 balls in posting 101 off 81 deliveries for the first wicket with Gambhir, before adding 36 for the second wicket with Yusuf Pathan, who finished on 19 not out. Russell arrived in the 17th over to help give KKR a flourish at the end, belting a four and a six in putting on 27 for the third wicket, before falling to the final delivery of the innings. The 28-year-old then gave KKR a fine start, claiming Marcus Stoinis without scoring off the fourth ball of the innings, with a single run on the board. In his next over, Russell had Manan Vohra caught at deep backward square without scoring as Kings XI tumbled at the top.last_img read more

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Pete DeBoer still a “little bit numb” after firing by Sharks

first_imgSAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer, fired last week as the Sharks’ coach, will remember his first four years with the team more than the last few months.“I had a beer with (Joe Thornton) after it happened and we talked about how great the last four years were,” DeBoer told this newspaper Monday. “When I showed up here, everyone told me the window was closed or closing, and the team had missed its opportunities.“We had a great group of men, professional and fun to be around. The best dressing room I’ve …last_img read more

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SA, UK ‘committed to doubling trade’

first_imgBriefing the media at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town on Monday following a bilateral meeting with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Nkoana-Mashabane said trade between the two countries had improved last year after declining 37% from 2008 to 2009 amid the global financial crisis. While Nkoana-Mashabane urged the EU to relook at trade sanctions on Zimbabwe, Hague said an outcome on EU’s targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe was imminent. He said while there had been some progress on the ground in Zimbabwe, it had not been “as much as we would have liked”. Setting up African Free Trade Area He said the UK would discuss urgently with the Arab League the setting up of a joint Arab League and UN peacekeeping force, but was quick to add that a peacekeeping force could only be deployed once Syria had withdrawn its troops from cities, stopped killing civilians and set up a credible ceasefire. He said the UK would do everything to ensure peaceful elections in Zimbabwe and to support the SADC’s and President Jacob Zuma’s efforts to bring about reforms in South Africa’s northern neighbour. Turning to Syria, Hague welcomed the latest proposal by the Arab League on Syria to isolate the regime, including the endorsement of the Group of Friends which he said is expected to meet in Tunisia on February 24. While the UK remains South Africa’s top source of overseas tourist arrivals, with 453 000 arrivals in 2010, the country is also providing support to set up a Free Trade Area (FTA) in Africa and providing development assistance through its Department for International Development. Source: BuaNews Hague, who was to meet with businesses in the food sector on Monday evening, congratulated South Africa for successfully hosting the COP 17 Climate Change Conference in Durban in December, and said the UK would continue to work with South Africa. South Africa and the United Kingdom are looking to increase economic and trade ties through the export of high-value-added goods to the UK, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. African and Middle East issues Asked whether the UK and South Africa would contribute peacekeepers, Hague said it was important that President Bashar Assad follow through with an agreement to pull back troops from cities.center_img Hague and Nkoana-Mashabane also discussed several African and Middle East issues, including next week’s conference on Somalia, to be held in London, and said South Africa had a key role to play in tackling piracy in the Mozambican channel. He said any peacekeeping force should not be made up of Western countries. “I don’t see the way forward in Syria as Western-boots on the ground, I think it should come from outside the West,” he said. “We will continue to work with you over the coming year, and I think that South Africa has given a very good strong lead in that area. And certainly our countries have worked very well together,” said Hague, who was also due to speak at the University of the Western Cape on Tuesday on bilateral trade between the two countries. Hague said Britain was in favour of permanent representation for Africa at the UN Security Council. Last year, the two countries agreed at a bilateral forum to double trade between the two nations by 2015. Nkoana-Mashabane said there were more than 300 UK companies operating in South Africa and several SA ones in the UK, pointing out that the South African government wanted to encourage UK companies to invest in minerals beneficiation and the agro-processing sector in South Africa. He also welcomed the Arab Leagues’ financial and political support for the opposition in Syria and its efforts to foster a more united opposition in Syria. Trade between the two countries increased 77% between 2001 and 2008, growing from R42-billion to R74.5-billion. In the first 10 months of last year, South African exports to the UK increased 10.7%, while UK imports were up 30.6%. 14 February 2012 He said South Africa was a “truly global player” across a range of issues, including non-proliferation, climate change and conflict resolution.last_img read more

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DRC peace charter ‘calls for commitment’

first_img25 February 2013The signing of a peace charter for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presents an opportunity to bring about stability in Africa’s war-torn Great Lakes region, says South African President Jacob Zuma.Zuma was speaking at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday following the singing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region.The 11 signatories to the framework were the presidents and representatives of Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the DRC, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.The African Union and the United Nations joined hands to facilitate the signing of the framework, which sets out a list of commitments to achieve peace. It also includes an oversight mechanism to facilitate follow-up and implementation of the commitments made.Zuma conceded that the framework in itself did not provide all the answers, but said it was an instrument “that points the government of the DRC, its immediate neighbours and the international community in a direction that will take this country out of the current morass”.The Eastern DRC has been in a state of chaos for over a decade now, while concerns continue over the persistent illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes region.Zuma said the framework’s success would depend on the commitment “and ultimately the concrete actions taken by all the parties to it, to interpret and implement it to its fullest noble intention.”He hailed the commitment of the international community to walk alongside the DRC and its neighours on the path towards peace and stability.He said “a heavy burden” of responsibility fell on the government of the DRC and its neighbours to implement the plan.“Theirs is the historic task of freeing the people of the DRC and the region from its tortuous history of conflict and instability, and to introduce a new future offering democracy, peace, stability, progress and prosperity,” Zuma said.He said South Africa was committed to partnering with the government and people of the DRC as they responded to the urgent challenges of development.“We believe that only a comprehensive political solution would form the basis of lasting peace in the eastern DRC.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Basis: A Super Sensor Wristband, With API

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’ve written before about the Quantified Self, the movement to track our own behavior and biology online in order to know where we’re at and how well we’re taking care of ourselves. This week I learned about what is undoubtedly the most sophisticated self-tracker I’ve seen yet: Basis. Now available for pre-order ($199), this bundle of sensors in a wrist band includes an Optical Blood Flow Sensor (heart rate), 3D Accelerometer (movement, including sleep patterns), temperature and Galvanic Skin Response (sweat). All in one device. Data captured can be analyzed on the web or on mobile devices.The company promises a super-simple setup, a watch-like design (and default function), attractive charts and graphs, social sharing, a little pet persona to encourage and inform you and more. There’s an API in the works and the company is already beta testing its service with some users. No release date has been announced.Basis is funded with investments from DCM (UStream, Tonchidot, About.com and a whole lot of business technologies) and Norwest Venture Partners (Playdom, Rackspace, Apigee etc.).I don’t know if I want to sleep with one on, but I do know I want to get one of these. I’m also not sure I buy the company’s line on fashion: “The white strap is designed for the sleek and trendy users looking to express some personality.” Uh, let’s be honest: it looks like a futuristic monitoring device from an authoritarian government in a dystopian movie. But like I said, I do want to try one!The company says your data is completely private but easy to share when you want to. Humorous examples provided include:See just how stressed out you are during the weekly project status meetingShow your husband exactly what time his snoring woke you upMake your friends jealous with how relaxed you were at the 19th holeThat is pretty cool. I’d love to track and try to lower my stress levels in certain types of interactions I engage in regularly. Once that data is made programmatically available, the sky’s the limit on what could be done with it. Shanley Kane of API management service Apigee says technology like what Basis offers is “a critical step forward in our shared vision that someday all people will have APIs.”See also Fitbit and Runkeeper, competitors to Basis, and the Locker Project, a personal data locker project that aims to serve as an app platform for data like this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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Amit Shah chairs 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council in Goa

first_imgUnion Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council in Goa. The Western Zonal Council is a forum for the Centre and States to exchange ideas on issues such as health, security and social welfare. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, representatives from the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli attended the meeting. Mr. Sawant is the vice-chairman and host of the meeting. The previous meeting of the Western Zonal Council was chaired by then Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Gandhinagar in Gujarat in April last year. The zonal councils provide a forum where irritants between the Centre and the States, and among the States themselves can be resolved through free and frank discussions and consultations, an official said. The States have been divided into five zones and each zone has its council comprising the Chief Minister, two Ministers and the Chief Secretary of each State. The zonal councils are headed by the Union Home Minister and each zone nominates one Chief Minister as its vice-chairman on rotation basis.last_img read more

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47 Foreign Nationals Granted Citizenship

first_img Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”. Story Highlights Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually. Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government.They were presented with documents formalising their status by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) during a swearing-in ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on December 14.The ceremony was attended by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for PICA.Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”.Noting that some 2,000 persons were deported from the island last year, with another 537 being denied entry, the Minister emphasised that the participants had been afforded an “exceptional privilege” by being granted citizenship.“We are happy to welcome you. (While) each person has a different background, what unites us is that you are now Jamaicans. You have varying skills and talents, which can now be used to help your new country. You will now take on the duties and responsibilities of Jamaican citizens… and you must take these very seriously,” he added.Mr. Montague encouraged them to engage in community activities and civic duties while honouring their statutory obligations.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually.He said that the latest batch of 47 persons represents the largest number of candidates granted citizenship on a single occasion, adding that PICA has granted citizenship to some 10,000 persons during its 10 years as an executive agency.“This is a watershed moment for the agency, as we have come to recognise that there are approximately three to five million Jamaicans in the diaspora who have descendants, relatives and others who are eligible for Jamaican citizenship. It is our intention to reach out to them to be a part of the family of this our great Jamaica,” Mr. Wynter said.Citizenship recipient, Dr. Ehis-Oje Pius Areghan, who responded on behalf of the group, described the occasion as an opportunity that “comes with responsibilities”.“It now becomes our responsibility (as new citizens) to exercise our civic duties, especially to help one another,” he said.Dr. Areghan, who is originally from Nigeria, is based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.“I am happy to be (here). The joy and love I have gotten from Jamaicans, I doubt I would ever get it in any other country,” he added.last_img read more

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