WORLD CUP: Costa Rica lifted expectations with run to last 8

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations This time, on its fifth appearance at a World Cup, Costa Rica will be taking on five-time champion Brazil in Group E, a team they also played in the group stage in the 1990 and the 2002 editions of the tournament.Here’s a closer look at the Costa Rica team:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCOACHCosta Rica’s qualifying path to Russia was riddled with doubts when coach Paulo Wanchope resigned after being involved in a fight at an under-23 game. Costa Rica’s biggest group game is against Brazil on June 22 in St. Petersburg, where it is also based for the tournament. The opener is against Serbia on Sunday in Samara. The team will also face Switzerland on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.SQUADGoalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano)Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas)Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WORLD CUP: Balanced Brazil reduces dependence on Neymar Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Former midfielder Oscar Ramirez took over, keeping the same base of players from the 2014 World Cup, even those that did not enjoy regular playing time in Europe. Ramirez’s main challenge will be finding a way to fit new players into this core group, especially in the attack.GOALKEEPERSKeylor Navas is Costa Rica’s best-known player and has the leadership qualities to match. His strong performance in Brazil secured a move in 2014 to Real Madrid, where he has been a regular starter despite criticism from fans.Navas has won three Champions League titles with the Spanish club since he joined.DEFENDERSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Giancarlo Gonzalez and Bryan Oviedo are undisputed starters.Kendall Waston, who scored the qualifying goal in a last-gasp draw against Honduras in Central American qualifying, is likely to also be included in the starting lineup.Other options include veteran Oscar Duarte and versatile defender Francisco Calvo.MIDFIELDERSBryan Ruiz, now 32 but one of the team’s best players in 2014, is the captain and main attacking threat.The Sporting Lisbon midfielder, who can also play as a second striker, was key to the run to the quarterfinals four years ago.Celso Gamboa, a defensive midfielder for Deportivo La Coruna, should also be confident of making the starting team. Cristian Bolanos, who plays for Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, is struggling to overcome injuries.FORWARDSJoel Campbell, who is on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, scored twice when Costa Rica beat the United States 4-0 in World Cup qualifying. Ramirez also searched for options in the Costa Rican league, including David Ramirez and Ariel Rodriguez, who play for Saprissa.GROUP GAMES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Costa Rica’s Oscar Duarte goes up against Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku during a friendly soccer match between Belgium and Costa Rica at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica  — After reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup four years ago, Costa Rica has high standards to match in Russia.The Central American nation, with a population of just under 5 million people, won a group in Brazil that included England, Italy and Uruguay and only lost to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Chelsea defender a £15m target for Borussia Monchengladbach

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to offer Chelsea £15m for Andreas Christensen.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at the German club and he impressed during his 37 appearances.The centre-back is highly thought of by the coaching staff at Chelsea and he is seen as a star of the future.But the Blues maybe tempted to cash in on the Denmark international as, according to Bild, Gladbach are ready to pay £15m to land him.The German side have money to spend this summer after selling club captain Granit Xhaka to Arsenal in a deal worth £30m. Andreas Christensen spent last season on loan at the German club last_img

Du Preez: rugby player of 2006

first_img2 November 2006Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is the 2006 Absa SA Rugby Player of the Year. He picked up the honour at the annual Absa SA Rugby Awards banquet in Sandton on Wednesday night.The other nominees for the prestigious award were fellow Springboks Victor Matfield, Os du Randt and Pierre Spies, as well as Western Province captain Luke Watson.Previous winners of the accolade include Springboks Andre Vos, Andre Venter, Breyton Paulse, Joe van Niekerk, Ashwin Willemse, Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana.The Absa SA Rugby Player of the Year award is the most coveted in the South African game, and it is presented to the player who has performed consistently well at the highest levels of the game throughout the season.Players’ Player of the YearThe 2006 Players’ Player of the Year award, which is chosen by the country’s professional players, was awarded to popular Free State Cheetahs flanker Kabamba Floors. Previous winners in the category include 1995 World Cup winner Du Randt (2004) and current Springbok captain John Smit (2005).SA Sevens star Floors also received the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Year Award for his outstanding performances in the Cheetahs’ jersey.Watson was awarded the Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year prize, while another Blue Bull, Stefan Basson, is the Sasol SA Sevens Player for 2006.South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins, who attended the glittering event with a host of rugby and media personalities as well as corporate sponsors, congratulated the award winners on their achievements.Exceptionally high Currie Cup standardIn referring to yet another successful domestic rugby season, he praised the players, administrators, match officials and the many volunteers for their contribution towards the exceptionally high standard of rugby produced during the 2006 Absa Currie Cup competition.“This year’s competition produced outstanding rugby and a huge amount of excitement for the fans. SARU is especially pleased with the high quality performances delivered by the group of emerging talent.“Judging by their performances and in view of the strategic absence of the contracted group of Springboks from the competition, I am pleased to say that South African rugby is in a very healthy state,” Hoskins said.Most promising playerSpringbok newcomer Spies, also a member of the SA under-21 team to the IRB World Championships earlier this year in France, was crowned the Sasol Most Promising Player of the Year.Like Floors, Keegan Daniel walked off with two awards. He was voted as the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year, as well as the Sasol SA u-21 Player of the Year.Gio Aplon’s sublime effort in the Absa Currie Cup match for Western Province against the Blue Bulls at Newlands was judged as the Supersport Try of the Year.VotingNominees in the six main award categories were determined by votes from the country’s rugby media. The independent panel of judges comprised leading South African rugby journalists, broadcasters and radio commentators.Leading SA referee Jonathan Kaplan added the Marriott Referee of the Year title to his impressive list of top match official awards.Mandisa Williams of Border, a member of the national women’s team that competed in the country’s first IRB Women’s World Cup Tournament in Canada earlier in the year, was decorated with the British Airways Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year prize.Award winners SA Rugby Player of the Year: Fourie du PreezPlayer’s Player of the Year: Kabamba FloorsSA Sevens Player of the Year: Stefan BassonMost Promising Player of the Year: Pierre SpiesRugby Super 14 Player of the Year: Luke WatsonCurrie Cup Player of the Year: Kabamba FloorsCup Player of the Year: Keegan DanielSA u-21 Player of the Year: Keegan DanielSA u-19 Player of the Year: Francois SteynTry of the Year: Gio AplonReferee of the Year: Jonathan KaplanWomen’s Rugby Player of the Year: Mandisa Williams SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kallis calls an end to international career

first_img31 July 2014Jacques Kallis announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, bringing down the curtain on a career which established him as the leading all-rounder of his day, and one of the greatest players of all time.Kallis retired from test cricket at the end of 2013, but had signalled his intention to compete for a place in the South African team for the 2015 ICC World Cup.‘A bridge too far’“I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” Kallis said in a statement.“I just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe they have a good chance of bringing the trophy home in March.“I would like to thank Cricket South Africa, the team, the team sponsors, my sponsors, the fans and all the people who have been involved in my career. It has been an amazing journey.“I am not retiring from all cricket as I have a two-year contract with the Sydney Thunder and, if possible, to help the Kolkata Knight Riders defend the IPL title we won earlier this year,” he concluded.In 2013, Kallis was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year, and he signed off his test career with a 45th century, second only to Sachin Tendulkar in history.Unmatched and unchallengedBy the sheer volume of his all-round contributions, Kallis is unmatched and unchallenged in the long history of cricket.He scored 13 289 test runs at an average of 55.37, while with the ball he took 292 wickets at 32.65. In addition, he also claimed exactly 200 catches.To put those figures into perspective, he finished his test career third on the all-time run scoring list. He is currently 29th on the list of wicket-takers and tied for second with Mahela Jayawardene for the number of catches taken.During his one-day international career, he tallied 11 579 runs at an average of 44.36, claimed 273 wickets at 31.79, and bagged 131 catches.Those figures leave him in seventh place among batsmen, 17th among bowlers and sixth among catchers.‘Jacques is a legend’South African test captain Hashim Amla said in a statement: “Jacques is a legend. Sportsmen like him only come around once every five decades.“He is an astute professional who always gave 100 percent for his country and I believe a lot of youngsters coming up can learn a lot from the way he shaped his career. He will be sorely missed in the dressing room, and in the slips where he was a trademark figure.“It has been a pleasure to have shared the crease with him on a number of occasions, and I wish him well for the future. He has earned his break.”De Villiers on KallisCaptain of the Proteas ODI team, AB de Villiers, weighed in: “”His value and statistics on the field speak volumes, but his presence in the change room and willingness to teach the youngsters was immense.“He has played a big role personally for me since making my debut for South Africa in 2004, and is a huge loss for South African cricket.“It’s unfortunate that he won’t be making the journey with us to the World Cup, but we will definitely carry his resilience and professionalism with us out on the field.”‘We respect and support him’“It was an unexpected decision, but we respect and support him,” Proteas’ coach Russell Domingo said. “I must commend his attitude and professionalism all the way until his last ODI for South Africa in Sri Lanka.“It has been a pleasure working with him. I always admired his dedication and passion for the game. He will be missed, there is no doubt about that, but hopefully the nation can celebrate one of the greatest cricketers we have produced.”‘One of the greatest players ever’Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, commented: “South Africa has been blessed with one of the world’s greatest cricketing talents in Jacques Kallis. He is undeniably one of the greatest players ever to have graced our wonderful game and he has certainly been the Proteas’ standard-bearer of excellence for nearly two decades.“He has played a huge part in making cricket a truly national sport of winners and, in doing so, contributed so much to the important process of nation building.“He is a true professional and it has been an absolute privilege to have worked with him both as Convener of selectors and now as Chief Executive.“To say that we will miss him on the playing field is stating the obvious. Each one of us from this day on will treasure the many fond memories of his awesome career.“On behalf of CSA and all our stakeholders, I would like to sincerely thank Jacques for his huge contribution to the game of cricket and wish him only the best as he moves on from the international playing arena.”last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council technology named 2018 R&D 100 Awards finalist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Light Curable Coatings, a bio-preferred floor coating that was developed through funding from the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff, has been designated as a finalist for the 2018 R&D 100 Awards. Winners will be announced in November at the fourth annual R&D 100 conference. The R&D 100 Awards program honors the 100 most innovative technologies of the past year. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields. More information about the awards can be found here.The coating is a UV-cured, high-performance, bio-preferred floor coating with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The clean, green soy-acylate-based product delivers exceptionally low cure times and meets or exceeds industry targets for appearance, hardness, adhesion, solvent resistance, and application temperature.“As Ohio soybean farmers, we can be proud that our checkoff dollars are being used to make products that are worthy of prestigious recognition,” said Nathan Eckel, OSC Research Committee chair and soybean farmer from Wood County. “This kind of honor just goes to show how versatile soybeans can be.”If Light Curable Coatings wins in November, it will be the ninth R&D 100 Award presented to OSC since 2002.For more information about Light Curable Coatings, OSC’s role in its development, or licensing, please contact Barry McGraw, OSC’s Director of Product Development & Commercialization, at [email protected] or 614-476-3100.last_img read more

Bitcoins … What Are Those Again? [Video]

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… nick statt Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines almost nonstop lately, suffered a major price crash yesterday, losing more than half its value in under 24 hours.That shock movement is shaking the peer-to-peer economy and any shred of trust in the currency’s stability. And it’s also making a lot of people stop and realize that they don’t really understand what bitcoins are.Bitcoins were trading at an all time high of $266 (USD) as of Wednesday morning before they suddenly entered free fall. After regaining some strength, they closed the day at $105. The proximate cause: the currency’s biggest exchange, Mt.Gox, buckled under increased demand, causing a slowdown in its systems that ushered a mass panic and massive sell-off.  All this sounds like standard after-the-fact market analysis, except that we’re talking about a digital currency with no central bank or government regulation. Bitcoins can be used to donate to Wikipedia or purchase add-ons to your WordPress page. They can also be used to purchase illegal firearms, hire a contract killer, or buy drugs over what’s known as the darknet—an underground web of sites, like the infamous Silk Road, where users communicate with complete anonymity. That’s where the true value in using bitcoins lies—anonymity. Through complex processes, your recognized currency is transformed into bitcoins and becomes ready for instant peer-to-peer transactions, leaving no trace of where the money originally came from thanks to cryptography. Even more mysterious is the fact that nobody even knows who invented the bitcoin. What are those complex processes? Designer Duncan Elms has created a visually stunning piece, narrated by Australian journalist Marc Fennell, that helps explain what the heck bitcoins are and what their purpose is. Because of the volatile nature of the market of late, some of the numbers—specifically the trading amount of bitcoins—are already outdated, but the step-by-step breakdown is spot-on. It’s a must-watch for everyone who’s been trying to wrap their heads around the currency. Bitcoin Explained infographic Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Bitcoins#Darknet#online payments 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: SL win toss

first_imgSri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat. But there was a little confusion and the coin was tossed for the second time. On the first occasion both skippers MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara had on the same side and referee could not hear what they had said because of the din.The second time round Kumar Sangakkara said “tails” and won.Teams:  Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan  India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth Comments:Dhoni: Big games, you would always want to put runs on board, but we need to field well. It is important to be calm and cool. We have Sreesanth in place of Nehra. It is a good game, a pressure game and it will be good to restrict the opposition to as little as possible. Sangakkara: We would like to bat first, their side is good and they are the favourites, for us it is all about doing what we do the best. We are excited, everyone is happy to be here. We have got a few changes, we are going in with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Kapugedera is in, Perera and Kulasekara are in. MS Dhoni in tournament finals: Played 8, won 4 and lost 4. The Indians have won the 2007 T20 World Cup, the CB series in Australia in 2008, Compaq Cup in 2008 and Asia Cup 2010 under him. They have lost the Kitply Cup that involved Bangladesh and Pakistan, Asia Cup 2008, the tri series in Sri Lanka 2008 and the Bangladesh tri series in 2010.  Pitch report: The red soil will assist some turn as the game goes forward. The wicket is evenly rolled, not much grass on the wicket. Some movement early on for the quick bowlers due to the moisture in the wicket, but it is still a win the toss bat first wicket feels Sourav Ganguly. advertisementWeather report: Max temp: 33 deg. Humidity 69% It will be hot and humid, no rain whatsoever!last_img read more

K Srikkanth hails ‘fighter’ Yuvraj Singh as he answers critics with a majestic double hundred

first_imgCritics were up in arms the moment chairman of selector K Srikkanth and his panel decided to pick Yuvraj Singh for the ICC World T20 in August, arguing the call was based on emotion and not on cricketing logic.They felt that while the left-hander could be a part of any international team before being diagnosed with cancer, four months wasn’t enough time for him to regain match fitness – after going through rigorous therapy for a rare germ cell cancer – and be a part of Team India.Even well-wishers questioned the decision saying that only in India could such a selection happen and comparisons were drawn with teams like Australia and South Africa.Back then, Srikkanth and team had stayed silent. But not on Monday after Yuvraj hit a well-deserved double ton for North Zone against Central Zone in their Duleep Trophy semi-final.Ex-chairman of selectors Srikkanth hailed Yuvraj as a fighter and said that he had repaid the faith they had shown in him while picking him for the World T20 in Sri Lanka.”A lot of discussion was regarding his fitness and if we were being emotional by picking him just four months into his recovery from cancer. Not many supported our case, but deep within we always knew he is a champion cricketer and on Monday he proved that once again.”I am very happy for him and wish him further success. In a way, he has also justified us backing him and bringing him back into the national fold. He has repaid the faith we showed in him,” he told Mail Today. Srikkanth feels that Yuvraj is ready for the longer formats of the game and not just T20.”His knock in the Duleep Trophy proves that he has regained enough fitness to not only play the shortest format of the game – T20 – but also the longer versions. Even if it might be too early to consider him for Tests, he is definitely ready for the ODI format,” he said.Srikkanth found support from one of the current selectors who refused to be named. He too feels that Yuvraj’s double hundred is the best way that he could have answered his critics.”Yuvraj’s double ton not only shuts his critics up, but also augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. It once again proves that if you are determined and willing to go that extra mile to bounce back, even the Almighty takes your side,” he said.When asked if Yuvraj was ready to don national colours in the ODI format and ultimately the whites that every cricketer dreams of, he said: “As of now, he is definitely ready to go through the rigours of 50over cricket. Test cricket could still take a little bit of time, but with the dedication he has shown while training, I won’t be too surprised if he is back into the Test team sooner rather than later.”advertisementlast_img read more

Maersk Line EQUATE to Cut CO2 Emission in Shipping

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line and producer of petrochemicals EQUATE Petrochemical Company have signed a partnership agreement to decrease CO2 emissions in ocean transportation.The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Kuwait, is based on the parties’ sustainability priorities that include the shared vision “to protect and safeguard the environment by decreasing CO2 emissions and confirms an aspiration to reduce EQUATE’s CO2 emissions per container transported with Maersk Line by 15% from 2017 to 2020,” Maersk Line said.During 2013-2016, the business collaboration between the companies resulted in decreasing CO2 emissions by over 35%, achieved through investments in environmentally improved vessels, network optimization, space utilization and other innovative best practices.“As we continuously encourage and support our business associates to have sustainable emission reduction programs, this agreement with Maersk Line is part of our ongoing business partnership,” Tareq Jafar Al-Kandari, EQUATE’s Vice President for Technical Services, said.Maersk Line said that it is driving similar agreements with a series of other selected strategic partners in an effort to enable more sustainable procurement.last_img read more