South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Dyer Island Trust teaches people to protect marine heritage

first_imgThe team at Dyer Island Conservation Trust knows that it takes a community to protect marine life and heritage; it is not a job for one organisation. The Western Cape group engages with local communities and tourists, teaching them about how to save our oceans and its creatures. Cleaning beaches is one way of saving the ocean, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team regularly tells children and adults. It is one of the group’s educational programmes. (Images: Dyer Island Conservation Trust) Melissa Javan“It is critical that we protect our marine heritage for future generations,” said Pinkey Ngewu, the operations manager of Dyer Island Conservation Trust.She was speaking during National Marine Month, which began on 1 October in South Africa. It focuses on the National Development Plan‘s outcome to protect and enhance the country’s environmental assets and natural resources.The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which is based in Van Dyks Bay on the southern coast of Western Cape, was established in 2006 to help the African penguin, whose numbers were at an all-time low. The trust now also focuses on rescuing other sea animals, as well as on teaching the local communities and tourists about marine life.The importance of educationTo get more people involved in protecting marine heritage, the trust runs several educational outreach programmes. These programmes – for children and adults – reach approximately 15 000 people annually.“Education is key to changing perceptions and social behaviour that ultimately affects the wildlife around us,” said Ngewu. “We are blessed with incredible marine wildlife that is under threat in so many ways, but we can change what we are doing and in time we will see the results of those efforts.” The Dyer Island Conservation Trust and its partners run several educational programmes that reach about 15 000 people a year.Ngewu said the trust and its partners, for example, work with schoolchildren in the area. “The trust supported an eco-schools co-ordinator in the Gansbaai-area for three years.”Gansbaai, neighbouring the trust’s homebase, is a fishing town and popular tourist destination. Known for its dense population of great white sharks, it is one of the world’s leading destinations for shark cage diving. It is also a well-known whale-watching location.“We also work with the Grootbos Football Foundation, which has a dedicated 12-week programme. Within this the trust does two lessons, one on the Marine Big Five and the other a practical beach clean-up. The beach clean-ups help in addressing the marine pollution issue and raising awareness by the practical output of this lesson,” said Ngewu.Watch the trust teach local youngsters about their environment, and in so doing restore pride in communities:About the trust Pinkey Ngewu is the newly appointed operations manager of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.Working with eco-tourism partners Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and Dyer Island Cruises, the trust conducts valuable research, conservation and education.Marine Dynamics is a shark cage diving company that has been running since 2005; Dyer Island Cruises is a whale-watching company founded in 2001. The companies hold Fair Trade in Tourism certification and employ marine biologists whose research is, in turn, supported through the trust. The companies are essential in fundraising for the trust.Dyer Island is a 20ha nature reserve 8.5km from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai. It is the easternmost of the chain of seabird islands of the Western Cape. Dyer Island is managed by CapeNature, and is primarily for seabirds and shore birds.The island is recognised as an important bird area (IBA), which gives Dyer Island the same status as an IBA anywhere else in the world. There are 1 228 IBAs in Africa, and 101 in South Africa. From a national bird conservation perspective, Dyer Island is one of the 100 most important sites in the country.The projects At the African Penguin Nesting Project, penguins readily adapt to over 2 000 nests.The Dyer Island Conservation Trust runs several projects:African Penguin Nesting Project: Heavily exploited penguin nesting sites are replaced with artificial nests. “During the mid-1800s and early 1900s, guano was harvested from the offshore islands and sold as fertiliser,” said Ngewu.“The penguins now struggle to burrow into the hard, rocky substrate on Dyer and other colonies, and have been forced to nest on the surface, leaving their eggs and chicks exposed to predation by kelp gulls, and other environmental influences,” she explained.“This nest project is in place in the majority of the colonies with the placement of over 2 000 nests. The penguins readily adapt to these nests and they have become essential in the fledgling success of this endangered species.”Seabird Rescue: “We deal with many injured, oiled or ill African penguins and others seabirds which are rehabilitated at our facility, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.”Great White Shark Research: “The Overstrand area has been established as a hotspot for the ocean’s most critical and threatened apex predator (the great white shark). We have produced the nation’s first population estimate and can greatly influence national and international protective measures.“Acoustic tagging and tracking and years of boat-based observational data have helped build a better understanding of great white shark behaviour with crucial scientific papers published,” said Ngewu. “Our studies have also helped in the understanding of predatory interactions and new insights into their behaviour are being revealed.”Fishing Line Disposal Bin Project: Through correct disposal, this project aims to reduce the severe environmental damage to animals caused by entanglement in fishing line that has been discarded along the coastline. Monofilament fishing line, line used for shore-based and small boat-based angling, is one of the major causes of marine life mortality.Marine Animal Strandings: This may include whales, whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and seals. “We own a fully equipped boat for whale disentanglement, as well as a specially developed rescue floatation cradle, and have specially trained staff to handle any disentanglement that might arise,” said Ngewu.Watch what the trust does on a typical day:Besides learning about the ocean and marine life, find out 10 ways of saving the ocean here.last_img read more

Mehbooba calls for restraint by forces

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked the security forces “to exercise maximum restraint while operating in provocative situations”, as a shutdown and street violence continued to disrupt life in the Valley.“The security forces should exercise maximum restraint and follow strictly the standard operating procedure,” said Ms. Mufti, while condemning the killing of PDP worker Bashir Ahmad.The shutdown call by separatists against the killing of a civilian in BSF firing on Sunday brought life to a standstill in the Valley. According to the police spokesman, a mob assembled in Shopian’s Heff village as the security forces were launching a cordon and search operation. “The militants fired at the security forces. Later, they took advantage of the mob and escaped,” said the spokesman.On Sunday evening, a petrol bomb was hurled at a security forces’ patrol in Srinagar’s Rainawari area. However, no casualty was reported.College closedThe authorities on Sunday decided that the Pulwama Degree College, will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, where over 50 students were injured in clashes with security forces on Saturday.In another incident, one person was killed and another injured after unidentified men opened fire on them in Pulwama district last night, police said.Gunmen kill one The gunmen entered the house of Bashir Ahmad Dar on Saturday night and fired at him and his cousin Altaf Ahmad Dar, leaving them injured, a police official said. Bashir was declared brought dead at a hospital.last_img read more

Congress, JD(U) plan rallies in Bihar to showcase strength

first_imgBoth the Congress and the ruling Janata Dal (United) are gearing up to organise rallies in Patna to showcase their strength, ahead of the Lok Sabha election. The Congress will be organising its ‘Jan Akanksha Rally’ on February 3 on its own after a gap of several years, while the JD(U) too will hold a rally to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a gap of nine years.The roads, bridges and electric poles here have been adorned with posters and billboards of Congress leaders inviting people for the scheduled rally. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending the rally, along with other Grand Alliance leaders. This will be Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Bihar after assuming charge as Congress president. Chalo chale, Rahul ko sune (let’s go to hear Rahul Gandhi); Takht badal do, taj badal do, Chor-chaukidar ka raj badal do (change the podium, change the crown, change the regime of protector who himself is a thief) are some of the slogans written on these posters with pictures of State Congress leaders. The State Congress leaders, including president Madan Mohan Jha, State in-charge of the party Shaktisinh Gohil, have been visiting different districts to mobilise people for the proposed rally. “It will be a historic rally which will herald the end of NDA rule in the country”, said Bihar Pradesh Campaign Committee (BPCC) chief and party’s Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Singh.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) supremo Upendra Kushwaha and others are also expected to participate in the Congress rally. However, there have also been talks of murmuring between Congress party and RJD over numbers of seats to contest in the state in upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Apparently enthused with the recent assembly poll results in three Hindi-heartland states, the Congress party is said to have been demanding 16 seats while, the RJD has offered them 10 seats. In last 2014 LS poll, Congress had won just two seats of Kishanganj and Supaul. “All the allies in Grand Alliance have to be taken care…everyone has to sacrifice from their quotas in the larger interest to defeat BJP”, said senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari. However, party leader and younger son of Lalu Prasad, Tejaswi Yadav recently had said “there was no confusion over seat sharing in GA in Bihar…let the time come and everything will be declared”. The state Congress leaders too said “the confusion over sear sharing among GA alliance partners is only in media…but, yes after the assembly result of three states our position has gained strength and moreover, we’re the national party”, said a state Congress leader. “What happened in Uttar Pradesh will not be repeated here in Bihar”, he assured further.Similarly, the JD(U) too has been gearing up for a counter rally to be held either on February 24 or March 4. The date has not been finalised yet but “Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the rally is almost final,” said a party leader. “The moment everything will be finalized we’ll let it know to media”, CM Nitish Kumar said recently. It will be after a gap of nine years that PM Modi and Mr Kumar would be sharing the stage for an election rally in Patna. The last time the two leaders shared stage for an election rally was in 2010 in Punjab. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan too will participate in the proposed rally.last_img read more

I hate love stories, says Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgShah Rukh Khan.Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has collected the maximum number of Best Actor awards for My Name is Khan this year, has no reservations about being given the Golden Kela award for Worst Actor for the same film.”I think they did not have my address to officially invite me for this award. But, I want to ask these people as to why they are copying the Hollywood concept of giving away the Razzies. Why can’t they come up with something original?” SRK quipped.The actor has a very philosophical take on various awards conferred on him. “There are people who praise you endlessly while there are people who are ready to rob you off those praises.These people think that may be you were not as fantastic. I feel that the truth is somewhere in the middle, you can’t take either too seriously,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of the recent India Today Conclave in the Capital. “As a public figure you have to live with it. It is normal to have the darker side attached to your image. Besides, public perception is always varied.”SRK, who was till recently seen sporting the Rasta hairstyle, which he had acquired for his forthcoming film Don 2, has gone back to his original short crop. “It’s very difficult to maintain long hair,” he said. “The ‘Rasta look’ idea was developed by my hairstylists Dilshad and Adhuna Akhtar, wife of Farhan Akhtar who is directing Don 2.In the first half of Don 2, where my character is shown to have spent a long time in jail, I had to sport long hair. I have tried various looks in films such as spikes, the Japanese look and now the Rasta look,” he adds. Dismissing the buzz about Shakira making an appearance in the Kolkata Knight Riders music video for the forthcoming season of IPL, he said: “There is hardly any time left for me and Shakira to shoot together. I don’t think it is happening.”advertisementRegarding his much talkedabout mafia flick Xtreme City, directed by Paul Schrader and co-produced by Martin Scorsese, there has been the buzz that Leonardo De Caprio could be doing a cameo in the film. “We are working on this film. I think the news about such projects become too big instantly. Paul is still conceptualising the film and it is not decided as to what role would be offered to Leonardo and if he chooses to be a part of the film.”Shah Rukh is known as the ultimate romantic icon in Hindi films thanks to blockbusters such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam. But in his forthcoming releases, Ra One and Don 2, he has been cast as a superhero and an antihero respectively.”I hate love stories. I don’t think I have ever been a romantic hero in the real sense. The nineties was a period of love stories, but these were not pure love stories. Most of these films were family films with lovable characters. It’s not that I am going away from any set image. I have been recently offered a romantic film by Yash Raj,” he added.This takes us to another muchtalked about film – Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States.”Vishal and I had a few meetings and he is right now working on the adaptation. We will finalise on how Krish and Ananya, the two lead characters of the story, should look on screen and how my character should be shaped.”So, after Aamir Khan, who at 44 played an engineering student, it is SRK’s turn at 46 to play a student. “It’s not difficult at all. I was supposed to play one of the students in 3 Idiots. As far as 2 States goes, it’s a story of an IIM graduate, so we can have a slightly elderly look,” he concluded.last_img read more

London Olympics: Manoj Kumar makes easy work of his opponent, moves to pre-quarters in 64kg boxing

first_imgIndian boxer Manoj Kumar reached the pre-quarterfinals in the 64kg class with a convincing victory over Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan at the London Olympics. The 25-year-old was in control throughout the bout as he registered an easy 13-7 win on Tuesday.The first round was a tight affair with both fighters being cautious. Manoj, especially looked circumspect as the round ended 2-2.In the second, though the Indian showed his class landing some hard blows on the Turkmenistan fighter. Manoj had his opponent on the backfoot for most of the round and was the clear winner with judges scoring 7-3 in his favour.With a four-point lead, going into the third, Manoj concentrated on his defence letting Hudayberdiyev do the attacking. The New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medalist, though, was in no mood to give in and landed some brilliant one-two punches to all but seal his victory.With time running out, a visibly tired Hudayberdiyev went hell for leather, however it didn’t prove to be enough as he lost the round 2-4.The Indian will have his task cut out when he takes on number three seed Thomas Stalker on Saturday. The Briton received a bye in the round of 32 and with the crowd behind his back, he will be a tough nut to crack.last_img read more

Asian Games: Swarn Singh bags bronze for India in rowing

first_imgSwarn SinghYoung rower Swarn Singh brought some cheers back to the Indian contingent as he clinched the bronze medal in men’s single sculls final at the 17th Asian Games.Singh needed 1 minute 43.86 seconds in the 500m, took 3 minutes and 30.25 seconds to complete 1000m before the 1500m and 2000m race in 5 minutes 18.36 seconds and 7 minutes 10.65 seconds respectively at Chungju tangeumho on the sixth day of competitions.The 24-year-old Singh finished behind Iran’s Mohsen Shadinaghadh, who won the gold medal and silver medallist Kim Dongyong of hosts South Korea.On Wednesday, another rower Dushyant Singh was the only athlete to manage a podium finish for India as he grabbed a bronze in the men’s lightweight single sculls.Meanwhile in men’s double sculls, the Indian team of Om Prakash and Bhokanal Dattu Baban finished fifth.India’s Amanjot Kaur, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Lakshmi Devi and Navneet Kaur finished second in women’s quadruple sculls final B.last_img read more

Smart grocery store Grand Opening this Saturday

first_img MAX’S MINI MART TO CARRY LEADING CARIBBEAN CHICKEN AT PROVO STORE Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you One thousand dollars in grocery in one minute at Smartcenter_img Related Items:downtown, smart grocery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – This Saturday, it’s your day so head to the New Graceway Supermarket – SMART – in down town Provo. Grand Opening this Saturday March 28, with in store giveaways, complimentary cake and you can win up to $500 in Groceries, plus surprises from LIME, InterCaribbean Airways and Digicel. Five Cays & Kew Town got their balloon savings yesterday, maybe today it will be your part of town. Smart opens this Saturday March 28 at 7am.last_img

Air Force Now Estimates Offutt Repair Costs at 420 Million

first_imgThe Air Force has raised the cost estimate to repair and rebuild Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., from severe Missouri River flooding damage in March to $420 million, Air Force Times reported Thursday.The flooding damaged more than 130 base buildings, including nearly 60 damaged beyond repair, according to John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, energy and environment.“It wasn’t just the water, it was what was in the water,” he told the Omaha World-Herald.The flooding ran up to 9 feet deep in some places, leaving behind a toxic sludge.The new cost estimate is $70 million higher than the first estimate the Air Force presented last month in a $4.9 billion request for federal disaster relief. Last month’s request also included funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., which was severely damaged last year by Hurricane Michael.Offutt and Tyndall face installation repair stoppages due to lack of disaster recovery funding, as ADC has reported.Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Rachelle Blake ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 42 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List Merit List At

first_imgBEDFORD, MA — Middlesex Community College recently released the names of Wilmington students who made the Spring 2018 Dean’s List and Merit List:Dean’s List:Marcelle Angeli O. AlcosJohn C. BakerTaylor R. BrownellSteven J. Cannata Jr.Jason P. DonahueBrianna S. FernandesMitchell A. FisherScott GordonMikayla M. GrassiaDanielle E. HebertMarketa LekesovaSarah K. McSheehyAllan V. MirandaKristina M. NicoliMacKenzie R. RobertsValerie A. RoseDaniel R. SmalleyCameron C. YuenMerit List (Dean’s List To Part-Time Students):Danielle BaldiKayla A. FalterKyle FelisbertoMarlon W. FelisbertoJorge A. FernandezJason FrongilloTirza N. FucileMarissa L. HanleyAndrew J. LesperanceVictoria L. ManeyDeborah J. McGondelKatie McManusMelissa A. McNamaraAlexis V. PapagelisAlexis R. ParsonsTimothy J. PatrieRichard J. PriceLillian SeeAlyssa SmalleyMeghan C. StemmlerAshleigh N. SullivanKristen A. SullivanKathleen M. VisalliLandry M. WestrichTo be eligible for the Deans’s List, full-time students must earn a 3.2 or higher GPA without D, F, I or IP grades. Students who are enrolled in at least 6 but less than 12 credits in a given semester, but otherwise have met the same performance level as those on the Dean’s List, are named to the Merit List.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Middlesex Community College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 30 Wilmington Students Named To Merit List At Middlesex Community CollegeIn “Education”42 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MiddlesexIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”last_img read more