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Multichoice unveils 2018 FIFA World Cup viewing

first_imgSpeaking during the official launch of their football viewing experience to its stakeholders, MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director Eric Odipo said they will deliver great value to its customers with an unmatched viewing experience on TV and mobile devices for the biggest and best moments of the World Cup from Russia.“MultiChoice’s key priority is to put customers’ needs at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to deliver value through the best football tournament experience on TV to our customers live and in HD glory on SuperSport,” Odipo said.“Both DStv and GOtv Max and Pluscustomers will get to enjoy the games from the comfort of their homes, only on our platforms will viewers enjoy additional benefits such as Swahili commentary and on-the-go viewing via the DStv Now and SuperSport apps for an enhanced viewing experience,” he added.MultiChoice Managing Director, Eric Odipo addressing stakeholders during the FIFA World Cup 2018 launch by MultiChoice. The company has promised its customers an unmatched front-row viewing to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.Active DStv customers on all packages (Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access) will watch all 64 games of the World Cup live and in full HD glory on three dedicated SuperSport channels.Two new DStv pop-up channels:History of Footballand SuperSport 14 (SS14)will be dedicated to legacy content, highlights, documentaries, FIFA films, classic matches, warm-up matches and interviews until the World Cup begins on 14 June 2018.Thereafter, SS14 will be dedicated entirely to the tournament with live match commentary options in Swahili language. News updates will be available throughout the tournament on the SSBlitz Channel.GOtv customers will also experience a complete World Cup experience with all 64 games available to active GOtv Max and GOtv Plus customers, at no extra cost.A special pop-up channel FIFA (GOtv Channel 36) will carry World Cup legacy content for GOtv Max and Plus customers on between 25 April 2018 and Monday 11 June 2018.GOtv General Manager, Simon Kariithi addressing stakeholders during the launch of the FIFA World Cup 2018.The complete tournament experience will be available on GOtv Max on Select 4 with live games, full highlights, build-ups, interviews, analysis and magazine shows.GOtv Plus customers will watch the live games and magazine shows on Select 1 and Select 2. All build ups to the tournament will be available on Select 1 and Select 4.GOtv Value customers will also enjoy a significant number of games while GOtv Lite customers will enjoy a select number of games available on FTA channels.“We constantly strive to deliver value for money to our customers by offering them a little something extra to their viewing including a wide variety of the best local and international content available from around the world with the 2018 FIFA World Cup being one of them.We also make sure to deliver this exciting content through leading-edge technology that will take our customers viewing experience to the next level and match their constantly evolving lifestyles,” Odipo stated.The 2018 FIFA World Cup will also be available to DStv Customers via DStv Now and the SuperSport apps which are available for download via the Android and iOs mobile stores.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000GOtv General Manager, Simon Kariithi (L) and MultiChoice Managing Director, Eric Odipo present a world cup football jersey to Ministry of Sports & Heritage Director of Administration, Wesnlaus Ongayo during the MultiChoice Kenya World Cup Stakeholders Launch.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia approaching, Pay-TV service provider Multichoice has vowed to give its customers an unmatched front-row viewing to the global showpiece.Just from kick-off on June 14 when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opener to the final day on July15, DStv and GOtv will showcase all 64 matches live on SuperSport to thousands of football fans across the country.last_img read more

Liverpool fan injured after Naples attack

first_img0Shares0000A 26-year-old Liverpool supporter was injured after being attacked in the centre of Naples. © AFP / Oli SCARFFNAPLES, Italy, Oct 3 – A Liverpool fan was injured after being attacked in the centre of Naples ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game, Italian police said.The 26-year-old was drinking with a group of friends outside a cafe on via Cesare Rosaroll in the city’s historic centre just after midnight when they were accosted by a group of local men. The young man was taken to hospital and treated for cuts and bruising notably to his face and knees, police said according to the AGI news agency.He was given medication and later discharged with a full recovery expected in two weeks.Police said video surveillance cameras in the city centre would be used to try and identify the assailants.Napoli take on Liverpool in the second round of Champions League group matches with kickoff at the Stadio San Paolo at 1900 GMT.The English club sit top of Group C after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opener while the Italians were held 0-0 at Red Star Belgrade.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT DARRAGH HAS NO FEAR OF DIGITAL SPIDERS!

first_imgDarragh HarkinDonegal student Darragh Harkin has been shortlisted for this year’s eir Junior Spider Awards 2016.The Crana College Transition Year student has been shortlisted in the Giga Spiders – Best Individual Project category.Since 1996 the eir Spider Awards have honoured Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrated the successes of the Irish internet and digital media. The eir Junior Spider Awards were established in 2009 as a parallel programme for youths under the age of 19. The idea was originated by Business & Finance, working closely with the main sponsor’s eir.The aim of these awards is to:* Acknowledge the innovation amongst web creators under the age of 19.* Provide an exciting programme that will encourage youths under the age of 19 tofurther develop their technology skills in web design. * Act as a catalyst for those youths under the age of 19 who wish to pursue a careerin this sector by providing access to influential business executives.This year’s awards will take place on Monday April 25th at Croke Park Dublin! For further information on each of the shortlisted nominations log on to www.juniorspiders.ie DONEGAL STUDENT DARRAGH HAS NO FEAR OF DIGITAL SPIDERS! was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

SENATOR CHALLENGES MINISTER OVER GARDA STATION CLOSURES

first_imgDonegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has demanded a statement from the Minister for Justice about the future of policing Co Donegal amid reports that the Government is set to close 24 garda stations across the county.Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Fianna Fáil is deeply concerned about reports that the Government is planning to shut down as many as 200 rural garda stations nationwide – with 24 earmarked for closure in Co Donegal alone.  I raised the issue in the Seanad today while my colleague Dara Calleary TD, Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, demanded answers from Minister Shatter in the Dáil. “The Minister’s response was totally inadequate.  He refused to guarantee that this extent of closures will not take place. In fact, he tried to wash his hands of the issue entirely despite his vigorous opinions on the matter when he was in opposition.   Alan Shatter has completely abandoned his own policy on garda numbers and blatantly rowed back on the commitments he made in relation to community policing.  Just last year, when in opposition, he said: “This reduction in garda numbers will greatly obstruct the battle against crime. Drug gangs will be toasting it.” “We accept the need to reduce costs within An Garda Síochána in order to bring down public spending. However, there is away to do this without targeting rural communities and wiping out their garda resources. In difficult economic times, unless policing policy is managed correctly, crimes rates go up.  One of the most basic requirements of a sensible policy is the requirement to maintain a Garda presence in isolated rural communities.  The projected number of Gardaí properly managed can provide this. “People are finding it very worrying that Minister Alan Shatter continues to avoid any commitment to policing plans in rural communities. This must be addressed without delay.”SENATOR CHALLENGES MINISTER OVER GARDA STATION CLOSURES was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GARDA STATION CLOSURESlast_img read more

UPROAR AFTER BUNDORAN IS CALLED A ‘SHANTY TOWN’ BY MAYO POLITICIAN

first_imgThere has been upraor after a Mayo county councillor labelled the seaside town of Bundoran a ‘shanty town’.Bundoran has so much to offer.Independent councillor Christy Hyland said that signage over pubs had become “gaudy” and that Wesport was in danger of becoming “a shanty town like Bundoran”.He was speaking at the West Mayo Municipal District of Mayo County Council. According to The Mayo News, Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle responded to the comments by saying, “Bundoran is not a shanty town to be fair”.Hyland raised the point in connection with signs being erected in the local area without any need for planning permission.In response to the comments, independent councillor for Killybegs, a town neighbouring Bundoran, Niamh Kennedy, said, “it is very disappointing, we’re on the Wild Atlantic Way which Mayo is on as well.”UPROAR AFTER BUNDORAN IS CALLED A ‘SHANTY TOWN’ BY MAYO POLITICIAN was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:bundorandonegalMayoshanty townlast_img read more

Villagers benefit from well-heeled visitors

first_imgThe children in the Welverdiend community are jubilant, greeting visitors with smiles and waving at the cameras. They enjoy singing their English songs to tourists, who bring items such as coloured pencils for drawing. Inside, there are spaces for various activities – a cutting corner, a space for fantasy play with stuffed animals, and blocks for colour and counting. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)• Valeri MoutonPR Manager&BEYOND+27 11 809 4332valeri.mouton@andbeyond.com• Youth urged to build better future • Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Empowering youth for a bright future • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • Khulisa reinvents livesMelissa Jane CookAlong the western edge of the world famous Kruger National Park lies the upmarket Timbavati Reserve, a Big Five private game reserve that shares unfenced borders with Kruger, in Mpumalanga. It is an incredibly wild and alluring part of the world.Ngala Safari Lodge, an &Beyond property, is in a prime position, overlooking Kruger. But for the lodge and its travel company owner, it is not only about the animals. Both have a long-standing commitment to give back to the communities where the properties are situated – &Beyond owns luxury lodges and resorts across Africa. It believes its contributions, leadership and volunteer efforts, help to create strong, energetic pockets of society where its businesses can flourish and its employees can live and work well.As with the parent company, giving back to the community is a large component of Ngala Safari Lodge. Aside from the wildlife – leopards walk across the patio – attentive staff and luxury accommodation, a draw card for visitors is the lodge’s incredible community focus.Ngala strives to create meaningful and lasting benefits for the natural environment and the communities that surround its operations. Its social and conservation principles are deeply entrenched and it prides itself on creating a positive culture within the community. In working with the villagers, Ngala has a three-pronged approach: a focus on education, health care and income generation.Sustainability and conservationThat community is Welverdiend, a rural village just a few kilometres outside the Orpen Gate of Kruger National Park. In Welverdiend, the community is “working hard towards sustainable livelihoods and protection of our natural resources”, it says on its blog. It offers group tours, on which visitors are able to learn about the traditional way of life and the challenges villagers face in a changing environment.Welverdiend means “well-deserved”. There is calmness in the community, a feeling of quiet. The homes are spaced out, littered with patches of green. Elvert, a driver at Ngala who brings tourists to the village, has a deep passion for the community. He says that there are about 12 000 people, guided by one chieftain.There is a craft centre where locals sell their handmade products to tourists. Colourful bracelets, intricate beaded belts and wooden bowls are among the items made by the 24 women and one man who supply the centre. There is a craft centre where locals sell their handmade products to tourists. Colourful bracelets, intricate beaded belts and wooden bowls are among the items made by the 24 women and one man who supply the centre.Creating employmentNgala believes the ideal for sustainability is to create employment, which it puts into practice in its work with Welverdiend. The community benefits greatly from the lodge, not only from its visitors. One local generally supports about eight people, which means that having employment, at any level, at Ngala makes a huge difference in the lives of villagers. Elvert says that tourism is a sustainable industry so “we must look after the animals as they bring the tourists who help support the communities”.There are three primary schools, catering for 2 400 children, and one secondary school serving Welverdiend. The language spoken is mostly Northern Sotho and Shangaan. A nursery school, called Hlalala, has 76 children, aged from a few months to about four, and three teachers. The pre-school was donated by tourists, and Ngala works with the Africa Foundation in keeping it afloat. The teachers are all volunteers and play a significant parental role in the lives of the children. At school they are fed breakfast and lunch.The children are jubilant, greeting visitors with smiles and waving at the cameras. They enjoy singing their English songs to tourists, who bring items such as coloured pencils for drawing. Inside, there are spaces for various activities – a cutting corner, a space for fantasy play with stuffed animals, and blocks for colour and counting.At Mahlale High School, Moses Hlungwane, a former student, greets visitors and takes them on a tour of the school. In 2013, there were 185 students and they achieved an 87% pass rate. It is a no-fee school and students are given a meal a day. It is what you would expect from teens – girls with their skirts hitched high and boys with their shirts out, sitting outside classes or trying to bunk.But in one section, the classrooms are uninhabitable. They are in a dangerous state of disrepair and old desks and books spill around the dirty rooms, strewn with litter, on uneven concrete flooring. Hlungwane says they have been asking the government to fix this for years; the wait continues.He admits that he was a good learner and came back to teach others. He is seen as a father figure, and encourages the students of today to strive to do better. At the gates of the school as you leave is a large sign: What did you contribute? Moses Hlungwane, a former student at the school is now a teacher there. He is seen as a father figure, and encourages the students to strive to do better.Good deedsIt is said that “deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world”, and this has given credence to the work that supporters have done in Welverdiend. The pre-school, classrooms and craft centre, were all are donated by tourists.Employing and buying locally and setting up business relationships with local people, it is believed, will help to create employment, stimulate entrepreneurial activity, increase investment in infrastructure and boost the overall standard of living in the region. Supporting local economic growth is therefore key to long-term success.Ngala Safari Lodge manager Stephen Smith explains that Ngala has regular interaction with the local Welverdiend community, where they have “worked with, not for” the community to foster health care, education, employment and skills development. The lodge supports conservation lessons for the pupils, and locals have received bursaries in travel, tourism management and business training. One villager was given a bursary by French champagne group Moët & Chandon to do a hotel management course and train in restaurants in France and the USA.Through its education initiatives, more than 10 classrooms have been built, along with kitchens for two schools and sanitation blocks. Classroom overcrowding has been reduced, hygiene improved and school nutrition programmes supported.Practical helpIn terms of conservation, the vast majority of the community has never been in a national park and does not understand the value of conservation. Hundreds of children have been taken on conservation lessons and the children are given opportunities to explore their natural heritage and learn the value of conservation.Other initiatives are more practical. Water supply is sporadic and many hours are spent carrying heavy water buckets. Just under 1 000 Hippo Water Rollers have been distributed. This innovative product allows water to be collected far more quickly and easily, freeing up more time for income generating activities or education.In addition, a food garden was planted at Mahlekisana Primary School and training in permaculture food gardening was provided. The school garden now feeds 4 000 schoolchildren and community members a month. It functions as a resource centre where people are taught organic farming and the nursery provides seeds for community initiatives. Water supply is sporadic in the community and many hours are spent carrying heavy water buckets. Just under 1 000 Hippo Water Rollers have been distributed. This innovative product allows water to be collected far more quickly and easily, freeing up more time for income generating activities or education.Health careRespect for local culture and support for social development are integral to responsible tourism practice, considering the effect tourism can have on local communities. &Beyond also recognises that its most valuable asset is its staff. Spearheaded by positive health trainers David Patient and Neil Orr, in 2003 they created a dynamic training course built around natural vitamins and minerals, affordable foodstuffs and the power of positive thinking. It is geared at preventive health care and at improving the health of people living with chronic disease.Patient is the longest documented HIV-positive survivor in the world, at more than 31 years and counting, 22 of which were without antiretroviral therapy. He was diagnosed with Grids on 13 March 1983, while living in Las Vegas in the USA. Grids was later to be more commonly and universally known as Aids. Orr has a Masters degree in research psychology in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, which is concerned with the role that attitude plays in maintaining health.They motivate and empower people through Positive Health training, and encourage them to take positive action in dealing with all current health challenges, not just HIV/Aids. Working with &Beyond, the Positive Health programme has reached over 30 000 individuals among staff and rural communities. The programme was voted one of three finalists in the 2005 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the Investor in People category.Goal is lifeTo increase motivation to stay healthy and start a culture of developing life goals, &Beyond created its The Goal is Life programme, linking the universal game of soccer and the great game of life. It involves working with World Wide Sports and listening to soccer stars spread the message that to achieve your goals, you need to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind. Soccer stars have held workshops in surrounding communities to inspire and uplift the staff and neighbours, and to help spread the message of safe sex and healthy living.There is also a Sing for Life programme, which celebrates the ancient African arts of drumming, singing and dancing. Across Africa, &Beyond’s properties hold staff performances of song, dance and drumming. It also held an international competition with staff from its properties. Competing against each other with virtuoso performances of modern and traditional song and dance, they gathered on a single stage and celebrated life, heritage and their magical continent.&Beyond’s community development partner is the Africa Foundation. The latter facilitates the socio-economic development of rural communities living in or close to the continent’s conservation areas. The former provides direct employment for nearly 2 000 people, and in some cases has boosted the employment level on the land by 1 000%.You can visit their website at www.andbeyond.comlast_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team Florida’s FLeX House

first_imgThere are two kinds of summers in Florida: hot and humid, and really hot and humid. Team Florida has prepared for both with FLeX House, its entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. But the team also is attempting to address issues that go well beyond the state’s seasonal plunge into tropical weather.Population growth in Florida over the next 15 years is expected to severely burden its water supply and increase the need to control pollution and better manage land use. Team Florida – a collaboration of students and faculty at the University of South Florida, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Florida – says it has designed FLeX House as a model for low-cost, low-impact housing that operates at net zero energy while it honors the architectural vernacular of the Florida peninsula and panhandle.FLeX, which stands for Florida Zero Energy Prototype, naturally places a high priority on making efficient use of the state’s often-abundant sunshine, in this case through a photovoltaic array and solar hot water collectors mounted on the home’s flat roof. The exterior walls, floor, and roof are built with stick framing in some sections and structural insulated panels in others. (We’re awaiting word from the team on the insulation values and performance goals for the house.) Follow Team Florida if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘bc98aae0-8e17-4245-8a17-648637e681bf’); Get the Introducing Flex House » Follow our Progress widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)Control the climateLike several Decathlon entries, FLeX House features movable elements – including a Murphy bed and gliding partitions – and loft-like sleeping quarters for children or guests that make it easy to reconfigure the interior for both comfort and for localized cooling and heating.The job of managing Florida’s humidity, meanwhile, will fall mainly to an interior desiccant waterfall – essentially a vertically mounted rectangular enclosure through which interior air and a water-absorbing calcium chloride solution are pumped to dry out the air. Once it becomes saturated with water, the calcium chloride solution flows to a separate reservoir where the water is boiled off using heat from the solar thermal system, and the “dried out” calcium chloride solution is then returned to the desiccant waterfall.In late September, when Decathlon takes place and the climate in Washington, D.C., still retains characteristics of the city’s swealtering summer, there should be plenty of humidity to extract. Of course, the desiccant system won’t be challenged in D.C. quite like it will be in Florida in July. MORE INFORMATIONTeam Florida Web pageDOE Web page for Team FloridaTeam Florida Facebook pageGBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Catering to young homeownersClad in corrugated metal, the exterior walls also feature a lot of window space – sliding glass doors on the north side and large windows on the south side. The walls are clad in corrugated metal, and much of exterior is shaded by louvers made from locally grown cypress. The north side of the house features a deck area that connects to a garden landscape, while the south side, which includes the main entrance, is more heavily shielded by the louver canopy.The main structure is long, rectangular, and designed to fit neatly on a single truck flatbed for transport. Once the building is onsite, entry and bedroom modules deploy from the main body, and the louvers, photovoltaic array, solar thermal collectors, decking, and other exterior fixtures are then installed.Team Florida is drawing extensively from research into PV materials and performance conducted by the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center, a team leader in the Department of Energy’s Building America program. In keeping with its goal to make the project competitive in the Decathlon’s affordability contest and affordable to young couples with moderate incomes, Team Florida aims to install just enough PV panels and solar thermal collectors to power the building’s heat pump, provide hot water, and cover electricity consumption by kitchen appliances, lighting, and other devices.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal out of Shanghai Masters with wrist injury

first_imgLATEST STORIES It is the second year in a row that the 19-time Grand Slam champion will have failed to appear in Shanghai.“As you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready for this amazing event,” the 33-year-old said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.”Tournament director Michael Luevano said: “We will obviously miss not having Rafa here at the Shanghai Masters. He has been an incredible supporter of the tournament and of tennis in China. “Also, on a personal note, as well as speaking for the entire family at the Shanghai Masters, we wish Rafa and his fiance Maria Francisca all the very best for their upcoming wedding.”Reigning US Open champion Nadal is set to tie the knot on October 19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award PLAY LIST 02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Team Europe’s Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a game against to Team world’s Milos Raonic during their single tennis match at the Laver Cup tennis event in Geneva on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)Rafael Nadal pulled out of next week’s Shanghai Masters on Friday saying he had failed to recover from a wrist injury.Spain’s world number two also withdrew from last month’s Laver Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pau Gasol has new team and new role—mentor to young Blazers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Hamilton Test: Tim Southee five-wicket haul puts New Zealand in command on wet day

first_imgNew Zealand led Pakistan by 55 runs with 10 second innings wickets in hand after heavy rain disrupted and eventually forced an early end to the third day of the second Test on Sunday.Pakistan batsman Babar Azam made an unbeaten 90, his highest Test score in the three matches he has played to date, while New Zealand paceman Tim Southee took six wickets for 80, his third-best return in Tests, as the tourists were dismissed for 216 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings total of 271. (SCORECARD)New Zealand faced just one delivery in its second innings, without scoring a run, when the rain returned and the umpires abandoned play for the day after two previous disruptions. Only 38.1 overs were bowled in total and only six balls were completed in the second session of a day highlighted by Babar’s patient innings and Pakistan’s fightback.Babar anchored the Pakistan innings after batting for more than four and a half hours and surpassing his previous test best of 69.He provided stability which allowed the big hitters in Pakistan’s lower order to turn some pressure back on the New Zealand bowlers.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who had joined Babar with the team in trouble at 51/5 before stumps on Saturday, hit 41 from 44 balls in a sixth wicket partnership of 74 in 84 minutes. Fast bowler Sohail Khan then made 37 from 47 balls, with four fours and two sixes, to add a further 67 runs in 66 minutes for the seventh wicket.Babar was unfortunate to be left stranded short of a maiden century after batting for all but 20 minutes of the Pakistan innings but he finally ran out of partners in the 67th over.advertisementSouthee, who had taken three wickets in the final session Saturday to reduce Pakistan to 51/5, dismissed Sohail, then captured the last two wickets to fall for his first five-wicket haul on home soil since his Test debut in 2008 as Pakistan lost their four wickets for 24 runs to hand the momentum back to New Zealand.Resuming on 76/5, Pakistan opted to attack with Sarfraz the first to go after the New Zealand bowlers, helping Pakistan plunder 32 runs from Southee’s first three overs.When he was out to Neil Wagner (3/59) in the 42nd over, Sohail took up the mantle and hit Wagner for two successive sixes in an early sign of his intentions before Southee got him.Players were forced from the field for the first time eight minutes before lunch and only six balls were bowled in a second session because of the showers.Play resumed 15 minutes late after the tea break and a small milestone was passed when No. 11 Imran Khan squirted a ball through third man for two, his first runs in his eight Tests to date.Rain returned late in the afternoon, defeating the groundstaff’s effort to restore Seddon Park to a condition fit for play.last_img read more

Bale will get much better – Lopetegui

first_imgGareth Bale is going to get “much better” for Real Madrid, says Julen Lopetegui, with more focus being placed on the Welshman in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Having operated in the shadow of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner for five seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Wales international hinted at the end of the 2017-18 campaign that he was ready to move on.It was, however, to be Ronaldo who left the Spanish capital, with a €112 million (£100m/$127m) deal taking him to Serie A giants Juventus. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! More is now expected of Bale as he seeks to fill a sizeable attacking void in Madrid, with Lopetegui convinced that the 29-year-old is up to the task.He told reporters after seeing Bale draw a blank in a 4-2 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid: “Gareth Bale played very well, but I’m expecting he will get much better.“It is normal in this moment of the season that the players are not in their peak physical shape so we know there is a lot more to come from Gareth and all the others.“We are very happy with his performance and we hope he will continue to improve to make a decisive impact in the next matches.”Bale has been among the goals in pre-season for Real, suggesting that he is ready to play a prominent role for the Champions League holders.He also provided an assist for Karim Benzema’s opener against Atletico in the Super Cup, with his creativity set to be as important as his end product.Questions have, however, been asked of his form and fitness for a number of years and there is still plenty for the former Tottenham star to prove now that he no longer has Ronaldo to contend with.last_img read more