SpaceX Launches 4 Astronauts to ISS Aboard Crew Dragon ‘Resilience’

first_imgThe crew will dock at their destination at around 11:00 pm Monday night (9:30am Tuesday IST), joining two Russians and one American onboard the station, and stay for six months.In May, SpaceX completed a demonstration mission showing it could take astronauts to the ISS and bring them back safely, a landmark development allowing the US to begin travelling to the space station under its own power once more.The Crew Dragon earlier this week became the first spacecraft to be certified by NASA since the Space Shuttle nearly 40 years ago.It is a capsule, similar in shape to the spacecraft that preceded Space Shuttle, and its launch vehicle is a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.At the end of its missions, the Crew Dragon deploys parachutes and then splashes down in water, just as in the Apollo era.NASA turned to SpaceX and Boeing after shuttering the checkered Space Shuttle programme in 2011, which failed in its main objectives of making space travel affordable and safe.The agency will have spent more than $8 billion (roughly Rs. 59,600 crores) on the Commercial Crew program by 2024, with the hope that the private sector can take care of NASA’s needs in “low Earth orbit” so it is freed up to focus on return missions to the Moon and then on to Mars.SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has leapfrogged its much older rival Boeing, whose programme has floundered after a failed test of its uncrewed Starliner last year.Russians unimpressedBut SpaceX’s success won’t mean the US will stop hitching rides with Russia altogether, said Bridenstine.“We want to have an exchange of seats where American astronauts can fly on Russian Soyuz rockets and Russian cosmonauts can fly on commercial crew vehicles,” he said, explaining it was necessary in case either programme was down for a period of time.The reality, however, is that space ties between the US and Russia, one of the few bright spots in their bilateral relations, have frayed in recent years, and much remains uncertain.Russia has said it won’t be a partner in the Artemis program to return to the Moon in 2024, claiming the NASA-led mission is too US-centric.Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency has also repeatedly mocked SpaceX’s technology, and this summer announced Roscosmos would build rockets that surpass Musk’s.He told a state news agency he was unimpressed with the Crew Dragon’s water landing, calling it “rather rough” and saying his agency was developing a methane rocket that will be reusable 100 times.But the fact that a national space agency feels moved to compare itself to a company is arguably a validation of NASA’s public-private strategy.SpaceX’s emergence has also deprived Roscosmos of a valuable income stream.The cost of round-trips on Russian rockets had been rising and stood at around $85 million (roughly Rs. 600 crores) per astronaut, according to estimates last year.Presidential transitionPresidential transitions are always a difficult time for NASA, and the ascension of Joe Biden in January is expected to be no different.The agency has yet to receive from Congress the tens of billions of dollars needed to finalise the Artemis program.Bridenstine has announced that he will step down, in order to let the new president set his own goals for space exploration.So far, Biden has not commented on the 2024 timeline.Democratic party documents say they support NASA’s Moon and Mars aspirations, but also emphasise elevating the agency’s Earth sciences division to better understand how climate change is affecting our planet.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Crew members of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket gesture as they depart for the launch padUS President-elect Joe Biden hailed the launch on Twitter as a “testament to the power of science and what we can accomplish by harnessing our innovation, ingenuity, and determination,” while President Donald Trump called it “great.” Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the launch with his wife Karen, called it a “new era in human space exploration in America.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Four astronauts were successfully launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring.Three Americans, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi blasted off at 7:27pm (5:57am Monday IST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, thus ending almost a decade of international reliance on Russia for rides on its Soyuz rockets.- Advertisement – The Pences joined NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and his wife Michelle to watch the launch, clapping as the rocket lifted off.The capsule successfully separated from the second stage of the rocket and, according to a SpaceX team member speaking over radio, had achieved “nominal orbit insertion.”That means the capsule is currently on the right trajectory to reach the ISS.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 3

first_imgNational Grid’s pipeline justification is to prevent an energy shortage, which is rare. Another rationale is to meet a projected increase in “energy demand of 1.1 percent per year, which is easily met by very attainable “demand response” reduction measures such as use of renewables, conservation and efficiencies.Please help to stop this environmental threat by writing to: beckyjmeier@gmail.com or to: info@stopnypipeline.org.Consider submitting public comments to the state Public Service Commission, the lead agency, by going to: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069.To get comment ideas and to read the actual resolution against the pipeline passed by the East Greenbush Town Board, go to: http://www.caseonline.org.The purported deadline for public comments was April 24, but one can still make public comments.Public officials of Albany or Rensselaer county or residents of Bethlehem, East Greenbush or North Greenbush have a right to register with the state Public Service Commission to obtain “party status.” This entitles one to “special rights.”For much more detailed information about this fracked gas proposal, go to: Nothing to admire about Donald TrumpPoor Dave Edwards in his April 22 letter, still attempting to defend the indefensible and reprehensible corrupt liar-in-chief, convinced that in 2016, Trump won “fair and square.”  Has he even read the Mueller Report (MR) regarding Russian interference in the U.S. election?  Russian interference was “sweeping and systematic.” It continues to this day. This administration ignores calls to increase security on our election system.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNext president must  possess empathy After attending a lecture on the book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the person speaking about the book highlighted admirable qualities of our greatest past American leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.One quality which is often forgotten during the intensity of the election period, is “empathy.”The leaders noted above displayed empathy as they led the country. They were able to lead keeping in mind the pain and challenges faced by ordinary Americans. Consider the human side of license issueThe April 26 Gazette editorial opposing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants asks, “Who are these politicians who support this idea listening to?” As a supporter of the proposed legislation, I feel they have been listening to me, among many others across New York state. In turn, I have been listening to immigrant members of our community right here in the Capital Region:The farmworker who needs a ride to the ICE office in Latham so he can check in for his monthly appointment, in compliance with the law. The mother who needs a ride to an appointment at her child’s school, where the child is legally enrolled, although both mother and child are undocumented immigrants. The older sister, an undocumented immigrant, who needs to transport her younger sister, a U.S. citizen, to a medical appointment. In each of these cases, driver’s licenses would help people respond to legitimate needs.As these examples demonstrate, the real circumstances are much more complex than people answering a simple poll question are likely to take into account. In my experience, the more people understand the complexity, the more likely they are to favor “Green Light” driver’s license legislation.We all need to respect the rule of law. But as citizens, we also have the responsibility of making sure that our laws respect the real human beings who live among us and make valuable contributions to our community. For this reason above all, the Green Light driver’s license bill deserves our support.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is a co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. On April 25, we took our grandson to Jumping Jacks. My husband had his Vietnam Veterans cap on. Our son had bought him the hat and told him to wear it and be proud as he is proud of him.When we went to pay for our order, the cashier said to my husband, “Thank you for your service and you do not have to pay for your order.” A person paid for our order and wanted to be anonymous. My husband wanted to thank this person, as he has been home a little over 47 years from the war and this is the first time someone has ever done something like this. He was very touched and surprised.We are hoping that the person who did this reads The Gazette so that they will know how much this thoughtfulness meant to a Vietnam Veteran. May God bless you always and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   John and Diane RourkeSchenectady Vietnam veteran touched by gesture They find whatever space they can for senior apartments. See what can be done. The CVS has a pretty big parking lot, which is located in the center of Broadway, Curry Road, Mariaville and Duanesburg Road.Carole RyanRotterdam http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069&submit=Search.Robert ConnorsCanaan 5 Corners area needs to have a food storeI feel we should have a mini-mart or some food store at 5 Corners in Rotterdam. You have people from Duanesburg, Mariaville and Westhill who have to drive to Price Chopper or Hannaford or go to Cobleskill. Speak out against pipeline proposalOn April 17, the Town Board of East Greenbush voted unanimously against the proposed Capital District “E37 Resiliency & Reliability” fracked gas pipeline.Citizens need to fight for a better environmental solution to our energy needs, while protesting the paucity and limited nature of National Grid’s pipeline announcements.  Thanks for coverage of mayor’s passingI want to thank The Gazette for all the wonderful coverage concerning my father, Frank J. Duci. You certainly have touched on issues and his life from a personal point of view. I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy covering my father’s life and it will always be remembered.Sincerely, his daughter,Nancy Duci DenofioSaratoga Springs The MR is damning, noting nearly a dozen examples of obstruction by Trump. If Trump were an ordinary citizen, he would be indicted.Upon learning of the appointment of the special counsel, he whined, “I’m f—-d.”  Words of an innocent man? And there’s his tax returns. What’s he hiding?Trump has proposed cutting billions from Medicare and Medicaid, wants the ACA gone, and gave tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations, sending the deficit into the stratosphere. Please note that this decade-long strong economy was built on the basis of the Obama recovery.Trump deals in fear, hate and intimidation. Mr. Edwards admires a charlatan, science denier, cheat and bigot who idolizes dictators and who takes perverse pleasure in name-calling, among other disgusting traits unless he’s defending white nationalists (Remember Charlottesville?). He just did that again.There is nothing remotely admirable about Trump. He’s an ignorant fool and continues to soil the office of the presidency.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists While considering the important issues they focused less on politics and more on solutions for what the country was going through.If there is one takeaway for our current president, it is for him to consider taking out the “me” factor from governing and replace it with the “we” factor for his governing.I hope that we will be reflective enough to never again select a leader who, in spite of their ability to persuade us, will not cause us to waver from this awareness.We will do much better with a leader who will demonstrate empathy and understanding of America’s best principles and commit to address the issues of all Americans, not just their political base.Bill ShapiroSchenectadylast_img read more

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‘One lap too many’: Motorsport ‘icon and legend’ Stirling Moss dies, aged 90

first_imgTributes flooded in from the world of motorsport and beyond to the gifted and revered driver who never won the Formula One title, finishing runner-up four times and third three times.”Today we say goodbye to Sir Stirling Moss, the racing legend,” reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram.”Two people from massively different times and backgrounds but we clicked and ultimately found that the love for racing we both shared made us comrades,” added the six-time world champion.Meanwhile, three-time world champion Jackie Stewart, who came into Grand Prix racing shortly after Moss’s injury-enforced retirement in the early 1960s, told the BBC: “I think he’s probably the best example of a racing driver there’s ever been. Stirling Moss, widely-regarded as the greatest motor racing driver never to win the world title, has died aged 90 following a long illness.”It was one lap too many,” his wife Susie Moss told Britain’s Press Association on Sunday.”He just closed his eyes.” Topics : “He walked like a racing driver, he talked like a racing driver, he behaved like a racing driver should behave.”Former England striker Gary Lineker posted on Instagram: “Sir Stirling Moss has reached life’s checkered flag, and what a race he drove. Wonderful driver and a lovely man. RIP.”British media reported Moss had succumbed to a chest infection he caught in Singapore in December 2016 that saw him retire from public life two years later. There is no suggestion his death was linked to the coronavirus.In an era when it was common for drivers to race in different disciplines, Moss won 212 of the 529 races he entered over a 14-year career that started in 1948.His victories included the 1955 Mille Miglia, where he set a course record in the 1,000 mile event, which took place on public roads in Italy. Renowned sportsmanship In Formula One, Moss won 16 races, with his first victory coming in the 1955 British Grand Prix at Liverpool that saw him become the first British winner.Moss had the misfortune to compete in the same era as the great Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the F1 championship five times.His renowned sportsmanship cost Moss the 1958 title when he defended the conduct of British rival Mike Hawthorn following a spin at the Portuguese Grand Prix.Moss’ action helped spare Hawthorn a six-point penalty, with Hawthorn winning the title by a single point.”I had no hesitation in doing it,” Moss recalled. “I can’t see how this is open to debate. The fact that he was my only rival in the championship didn’t come into my thinking. Absolutely not.”His top-level career in motorsport came to an end in 1962 following a crash at the Goodwood track in Sussex, southern England, that left Moss in a coma for a month and partially paralyzed for six months.But such was the enduring fame of the debonair driver that, for decades afterwards, the rhetorical phrase “Who do you think you are, Stirling Moss?” was supposedly the standard question all British policemen asked speeding motorists.”Yes a policeman did once ask me,” Moss told the Daily Telegraph in a 2012 interview. “But I couldn’t work out if he was taking the mick [joking].”He was knighted in the New Year Honors list in 2000 for services to motor racing.For F1 pundit and former driver Martin Brundle, Moss was “a mighty racer and gentleman”.”He had a press on style on the track and in life,” Brundle posted on Twitter.”Remarkable man. Survived the most dangerous era of motorsport and died today aged 90. He had such great stories to tell, and it was a privilege to know him.”Former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno revealed that Moss had “privately supported me over many years”.”My thoughts are with his family and all that had the pleasure of knowing him”.last_img read more

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Martin Keown reveals his conversation with Arsene Wenger after infamous Ruud van Nistelrooy clash

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 May 2020 1:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link245Shares Advertisement Martin Keown reveals his conversation with Arsene Wenger after infamous Ruud van Nistelrooy clash Wenger spoke with Keown two days after the altercation (Picture: Getty)It was Keown who had committed the late foul on Diego Forlan and the centre-back, who was understandably ecstatic when Van Nistelrooy thumped the woodwork, insists he has no regrets about his behaviour that afternoon.Discussing the incident during a chat with Gary Lineker for BBC Sport, Keown explained: ‘Let’s just say there had been a few spats [with Van Nistelrooy] before. ‘He cost me a little bit of money the year before. We were never quite sure or could trust him.‘When he got Patrick Vieira sent off we were enraged by that because something similar had happened before and he just got it, we just gave him what for. ‘Do I regret that? I don’t know. I don’t tend to have regrets in life. I tried to tell my kids in the years afterwards that you can’t behave in that way. That was a bit of a problem!’ Commentcenter_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After a frank conversation with Wenger, Keown was able to put the incident behind him and he went on to win his third league title with the north London club that season.‘Two days later we met and he asked me, “Martin, what happened?” basically, with a smile on his face, he got me to tell him what I had done wrong,’ the former England international added.‘And he said, “Yes, I agree with you. Maybe we go to far but, okay, everyone is human and we’ll try to sort it out” and he stayed 100 per cent on my side publicly which was all-important. Something [Sir Alex] Ferguson did as well for his players.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘But when you look back… the amount of fines, the number of players that were suspended… and it was still the season we went unbeaten, it didn’t affect us, it actually bonded us together. ‘And if he had scored that penalty we wouldn’t have gone on to achieve that unbeaten season which was quite a remarkable feat.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thierry Henry explains why it was ‘easier’ to play for Arsenal than BarcelonaMORE: Tony Adams explains why he turned down Man Utd and Sir Alex Ferguson to stay at Arsenal Ruud van Nistelrooy and Martin Keown came to blows as Manchester United and Arsenal drew at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown says Arsene Wenger remained ‘100 per cent’ on his side in public and in private after his infamous clash with Ruud van Nistelrooy during ‘The Battle of Old Trafford’ back in 2003.The defender was at the centre of one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history after Manchester United forward Van Nistelrooy spurned a glorious chance to halt Arsenal’s unbeaten record by striking the crossbar with a last-gasp penalty at the Theatre of Dreams.Arsenal’s players blamed Van Nistelrooy for Patrick Vieira’s earlier sending off and Keown reacted to the missed spot-kick by jumping on the Dutchman’s back and spitting venom in his face.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgPensioenfonds Vervoer, Northern Trust, Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund, Financial Reporting Council, JP Morgan Asset Management, Buck Consultants, Legal & General CapitalPensioenfonds Vervoer – Patrick Groenendijk, CIO of the Dutch transport sector fund, is set to join Northern Trust. His move will see him join the firm’s fiduciary management team. Groenendijk joined Vervoer in 2005 from Barclays Global Investors. He has also worked at metal industry fund PME.Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund – Bob Hymas has been appointed CFO, with responsibility for leading the financial and risk management operations for the group. He has worked at the MNOPF since April 2011 as risk and internal audit manager. Before then, he was a partner at Baker Tilly, where he worked with trustee boards to develop risk management frameworks and internal processes and controls. He is also chairman of the Pensions Research Accountants Group.Financial Reporting Council – Sir Win Bischoff has been named chairman of the FRC, taking up his position on 1 May. The current chairman, Baroness Hogg, will remain with the regulator until then. Gay Huey Evans, who has been a director of the FRC since April 2012, has been appointed deputy chairman. She will also take up her role on 1 May after the current deputy chairman, Glenn Moreno, steps down. JP Morgan Asset Management – Marion Mulvey has been appointed head of investment management operations for the EMEA region. He will also serve as a member of the global operations and European COO leadership team. She joins from Citigroup, where she was most recently product head for the EMEA alternatives fund administration business. Before then, she worked at Salomon Smith Barney and KPMG.Buck Consultants – Phil Smith, current head of defined contribution, is to leave the company at the end of March. Smith, who joined the firm in 2001, is set to take up a role with accountancy and consultancy firm PwC. Before his role at Buck, Smith was marketing director at the Health Consulting Group. The consultancy said it hoped to announce a successor to Smith shortly.Legal & General Capital – Martin Brookes has been appointed director of investment strategy. He joins from Prudential, where he has worked for 27 years. He has served as Prudential’s director of portfolio management for the last 14 years.last_img read more

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Dutch GP scheme to simplify portfolio in attempt to drive down costs

first_imgAccording to the pension fund, its investments in emerging markets delivered “by far” the worst results last year. With a return of 17.7%, the scheme’s 39% equity portfolio was the best performing asset class. SPH added that the average return was 25%, with Japanese equity generating more than 50%.It said that it replaced an American small caps manager last year, and that it made an allocation to PGGM’s Developed Market Alternatives Equity PF Fund, at the expense of existing allocations to developed markets.In 2013, pensions provider and asset manager PGGM took over SPH’s provider DPFS, after first taking a stake in the company in 2011. PGGM has been carrying out ICT tasks for SPH since the end of 2012.SPH further made clear that it incurred a 1.8% loss on its 36.4% fixed income holdings of Dutch, German, Australian and Canadian government bonds, thanks to rising interest rates. It indicated that it nevertheless outperformed its benchmark by 1.5 percentage points.The pension fund explained that the steep rise of interest rates in Australia and Canada came at the expense of 0.5 percentage points of its total return, and said that it made its first allocation to the Emerging Market Debt Local Currency Fund of PGGM.SPH noted a “clearly positive trend” for its 9.7% property investments, with listed real estate delivering 5%, “largely thanks to emerging markets”.Hedge funds (5.3%), yielded 8.9%, outperforming their benchmark by 5.9 percentage points.Infrastructure returned 7.1%, the report said, adding that it wanted to expand its current 1.7% allocation to 5%.The pension fund attributed the 4.2% loss on its 5% commodities portfolio to dropping gold prices and badly performing agricultural markets.Private equity generated a loss of 38.4% and the fund remains invested in its two private equity funds. However, as SPH is in the process of divesting its private equity holdings, the allocation only stood at 0.1%.The pension fund further said that it lost 6.3% on its 3% inflation-linked bonds portfolio as a consequence of rising interest rates in the UK and the US. The €8.5bn occupational pension fund for general practitioners (SPH) said it would reduce the number of asset classes and managers, in order to drive down performance-related fees. Its total asset management costs were 0.67% of its assets, an increase of 11 basis points, it said in its annual report for 2013. The fund added that administration costs amounted to €461 per participant last year.The GPs’ scheme – one of the best-performing pension funds in the Netherlands – reported a 5% return from investments, outperforming its benchmark by 1.3 percentage points.As a result, it saw its funding rise to 139.3% – exceeding the required level by 15.5 percentage points – enabling it to grant its 17,705 participants an indexation of 3.4%.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe into Tri-Nations final after rain wipes out Windies

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) – West Indies were dumped from the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday after rain, combined with careless cricket, condemned them to a shocking five-run loss to Zimbabwe under Duckworth/Lewis in a must-win contest.Chasing a modest 219 at Queens Sports Club for a place in Sunday’s final against Sri Lanka, West Indies slumped to 93 for five in the 23rd over, as they failed to cope with left-arm spinners Sean Williams (2-18) and Tendai Chisoro (2-23).When the rains finally arrived midway the 28th over, West Indies were 124 for five but unfortunately short of the 130 runs required under the Duckworth/Lewis system.Left-hander Jonathan Carter was unbeaten on 43 and captain Jason Holder, 22, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite had chipped in with 24 earlier.The Caribbean side’s sloppiness had earlier cost them dearly when they allowed the hosts to recover from 127 for eight in the 37th over, to reach 218 for eight off their allotted 49 overs.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 27 in a brilliant 10-over spell and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up three for 30 in his first game, to wreck the innings after Zimbabwe opted to bat.But Sikandar Raza produced a superb unbeaten 76 and found an ally in Chisoro, who struck a career-best 42 not out as they defied the Windies in a fabulous, record 91-run, unbroken stand for the ninth wicket.Hamilton Masakadza, who made 20, joined the pair as the only three batsmen to get into the 20s.The result meant Zimbabwe finished second in the standings on eight points, just one ahead of the Windies who will rue the narrow results in their two last outings when they tied with the Zimbabweans last Saturday and then lost by one run to Sri Lanka four days later.West Indies were on top from as early as the fourth over when Chamu Chibhabha, in his 100th One-Day International, played across a full-length delivery from seamer Holder and was comprehensively bowled for nine with the score on 18.Masakadza and opener Brian Chari (19) put on 30 for the second wicket to steady the innings but the promising stand was broken in the first over following a near hour-long break for rain when Bishoo bowled Masakadza with a Yorker-length delivery.Nurse and Bishoo then scythed through the innings accounting for the next five wickets to fall for 30 runs, as Zimbabwe tumbled to 89 for seven in the 26th over.Under pressure, Sikandar anchored the first of two key stands to give Zimbabwe hope, putting on 38 for the eighth wicket with Donald Tiripano who made 15.When Tiripano top-edged a short one from Holder to wicketkeeper Shai Hope in the 37th over, West Indies would have fancied their chances of bundling Zimbabwe out for under 150 but Chisoro arrived to dash such hopes.Sikander faced 103 deliveries and counted three fours while the left-handed Chisoro, in only his 11th ODI, delivered a stinging cameo off just 35 balls with two fours and two sixes, in a partnership which was the country’s highest for the ninth wicket in ODIs.With Nurse and Bishoo bowled out, Zimbabwe cashed in on the Windies seamers, to pummel 75 runs from the last ten overs.Still confident of chasing their smallest target of the tournament, West Indies were set back in the opening over when out-of-form Johnson Charles chipped a simple return catch to Chisoro off the first ball he faced, to depart with just one run on the board.His opening partner Evin Lewis, a century-maker in the last game against Sri Lanka, followed in the next over lbw to Chisoro for nine, playing back, and when Shai Hope (14) edged a drive at a wide delivery from Williams to Masakadza at slip, West Indies were stumbling badly at 35 for three in the 10th over.Carter and Brathwaite combined in a 30-run, fourth-wicket partnership which seemed to put West Indies run-chase back on track.While Carter faced 56 balls and counted four boundaries, Brathwaite faced 45 deliveries and struck two fours in a measured stand.It ended disastrously, however, when Craig Ervine at cover conjured up a direct hit at the striker’s end to find Brathwaite well short of his ground as the batsman gambled on a quick single with Carter in the 18th over.Carter, let off on 32 by wicketkeeper Peter Moor of Williams in the 23rd over, kept the scoreboard ticking over with boundaries off leg-spinner Graeme Cremer and Sikander’s off-spin, but Rovman Powell struggled to get going and eventually holed out in the deep off Williams for six at 93 for five.Understandably, Holder entered with a sense of urgency and gathered three boundaries off seamer Chris Mpofu’s second over which leaked 12 runs before clearing the ropes back overhead in the bowler’s next over.But West Indies could only garner seven runs off the last nine deliveries of the game before rain shattered their hopes of a berth in the championship contest.ZIMBABWE inningsB. Chari b Bishoo 19C. Chibhabha b Holder 9H. Masakadza b Bishoo 20C. Ervine lbw b Nurse 7Sikandar Raza not out 76S. Williams c wkp. Hope b Nurse 0P. Moor b Nurse 13G. Cremer b Bishoo 1D. Tiripano c wkp. Hope b Holder 15T. Chisoro not out 42Extras: (lb-4, w-9, nb-3) 16Total: (8 wkts, 49 overs) 218Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-48, 3-59, 4-63, 5-63, 6-86, 7-89, 8-127.Bowling: Cummins 10-1-40-0 (w-3, nb-3), Holder 10-0-58-2 (w-2), Bishoo 10-1-30-3 (w-1), Nurse 10-0-27-3, Brathwaite 8-0-52-0 (w-2), Carter 1-0-7-0 (w-1).WEST INDIES inningsE Lewis lbw b Chisoro 9J Charles c & b Chisoro 0K Brathwaite run-out 24S Hope c Masakadza b Williams 14J Carter not out 43R Powell c Ervine b Williams 6*J Holder not out 22Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6Total: (5 wkts, 27.3 overs) 124Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-12, 3-35, 4-70, 5-93.Bowling: Chisoro 6-1-23-2, Sikandar Raza 6-1-26-0, Williams 7-1-18-2, Cremer 5.3-0-28-0, Mpofu 3-0-24-0.Points: Zimbabwe 4, West Indies 0.last_img read more

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English FA approves retrospective bans for diving

first_img(REUTERS) – Players will face a two-match retrospective ban for diving from the start of next season after the English Football Association (FA) approved a new rule to combat simulation in an annual general meeting yesterday.Under the new regulations, incidents involving players who deceive a match official into awarding their team a penalty or sending off an opponent can be reviewed by a three-man independent panel.“This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence (violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent) which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera,” the FA said in a statement.The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel’s decision is unanimous. The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.“Should a charge of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so.last_img read more

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USC hires father of top recruits to replace Bland

first_imgOn Saturday, USC officially filled a basketball assistant coaching vacancy left by Tony Bland’s firing in January. Head coach Andy Enfield announced the hiring of Eric Mobley on the USC athletics website. Mobley previously coached on the local Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. “We are excited to add Eric to our coaching staff,” Enfield said in an official statement. “He brings to our program a wealth of playing and coaching experience at a variety of levels. He is an outstanding coach and a terrific person.” Mobley will replace Bland, who was arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery in September 2017. Mobley’s hire, however, did not come without its fair share of controversy. His two sons, Isaiah and Evan, are both high-profile recruits at Rancho Christian High School in Temecula, Calif. 247Sports lists Isaiah as a four-star prospect and Evan as a five-star. Many on social media regard the hire as a way to ensure both sons end up playing for USC.The hire mirrors Missouri’s decision to bring on Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach before the 2017 season, and subsequently sign his son, five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. Porter Jr. declared for the NBA Draft on Monday. This past season, Mobley coached Evan on the Compton Magic AAU 16U team, while Isaiah competed on the U17 team. According to USC, Mobley has coached AAU programs for over a decade. In Bland’s absence, Director of Scouting Martin Bahar served as interim assistant coach for the entirety of the 2017-18 season. Bahar will return to his previous role next season.last_img read more

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Zenith Bank Hails Ikoyi Club Swimmers after Swimfest Win

first_imgIt was another feather to the wings of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Swimming section after emerging winner of this year’s Neptun-Nehein Swimfest in Arnsberg Germany.The young swimmers from the club, most of which emerged from this year’s Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club 1938 Inter-school Swimming Gala, amassed 42 gold, 48 silver and 27 bronze medals to beat other swimmers from 11 countries to the number one position.Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said it was great to see how the investment of the organisation has worked wonders. “We are proud of the swimmers and we believe very soon, they will also be representing Nigeria at global events,” the Zenith Bank boss said.The Chairman of the swimming section of the club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the swimmers while also saying that they need to work more as they can do better than what they have done.While also applauding the sponsor of the club’s swimming competition, Zenith Bank, for investing so much in developing the young minds, he called on others to emulate them and invest in different sports within the club.“I am happy we came first again but I know we can do better,” he said.“Some of the events we won silver and bronze, it would have been gold, but for me it was a good outing generally and I want to applaud all the swimmers for their performance.“It is a joy for them winning the title and for us as a club and we will continue to do our best to expose all these young talents to more championships especially against top swimmers from around the world.“We are looking forward to having some of them winning medals at the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games and also World Championships.“I really want to praise Zenith Bank for their support and hope others can come out and do same thing, not only for swimming, but for other sports too,” concludes Obatoyinbo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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