first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC) – Hosts England are not having any sleepless nights over West Indies’ pace attack.In fact, head coach Trevor Bayliss said yesterday the tournament favourites were quite capable of handling the hostility from the likes of Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell, when the two teams clash at the Rose Bowl tomorrow.“We can handle anything that is thrown at us,” he said.“I have not seen too many with express pace here just yet but we have a couple of good ones too so I expect it to be tit for tat.”Thomas, Cottrell and all-rounder Andre Russell have all bowled aggressively in the World Cup with good effect, and have given West Indies excellent starts in their three games so far.In their opener, they blasted out Pakistan for 105, reduced Australia to 38 for four in their second game and had South Africa on the run at 29 for two in their third outing before rain forced an abandonment of the fixture.However, England also boast the likes of Mark Wood and Barbadian Jofra Archer, both of whom have consistently topped speeds of 95 miles per hour.Bayliss said he expected a heated contest, especially after the 2-2 draw in the five-match series in the Caribbean earlier this year.“We will have to play at our best to come away with a win. In the Caribbean, we were a little bit up and down. They bowled fast but then Mark Wood made a few of their guys jump up and down,” he pointed out.“The wicket here is reasonably flat and it has been in the past. There have been a few more wickets in the World Cup than there has been in the last few years, so I expect the fast bowlers are rubbing their hands together.”West Indies lie sixth in the 10-team standings on three points following a win, a defeat and a no-result in their three matches.England, meanwhile, are second on four points after pulling off two wins and tasting defeat to Pakistan in three outings.last_img read more

first_imgDespite not been active in June, Egypt’a Omar Assar dropped two steps to 41 in the world and the Egyptian also failed to save his team, Istres from dropping into relegation in the French Premier League.Veteran Segun Toriola also remained the third best player in Africa despite dropping to 122 from 110 in the latest rating.For dropping from 91 to 98 in the world, Egypt’s Dina Meshref tops African ranking in the women.Meanwhile, China held on to the top of the ranking as the world best as Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike are the world top four players in the ranking.Also Chinese trio of Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling are the top three female players in the world according to the July ITTF ranking.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri maintained his status as Africa’s best player following the release of the July ranking by the world table tennis ruling body – ITTF.Despite dropping by a step to 38, Aruna Quadri who featured at the last Japan Open garnered 2337 points to beat Egypt’s Omar Assar to second place in the continent.Quadri whose scintillating performance in his first season in the prestigious French Premier League aided his club, Jura Morez to avoid relegation is also rated 27 in the July men’s singles ranking for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.last_img read more

first_imgSABMiller was one of the companies that represented South Africa in SA-US trade dialogue. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS Judy Davies Busa web communications +2711 784 8000RELATED ARTICLES • SABMiller invests more in Angola • Economy warms to new governorBongani NkosiSouth Africa and the US are set to strengthen trade and investment ties following the outcomes of the Africa Business Summit in Washington DC, which ran from 29 September to 1 October 2009.The partnership was signed by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Corporate Council for Africa (CCA), which represents 85% of US private-sector investors on the continent.The US-South Africa business dialogue, co-hosted by Busa and the CCA, took place within the margins of the summit.It aimed at providing US investors with insight into trading opportunities in Africa and was attended by delegates from South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sudan, Liberia and Tanzania.New era“The partnership will identify future areas of cooperation in order to deepen the trade and investment relationship between South Africa and the US,” said Busa CEO Jerry Vilakazi.His sentiments were echoed by CCA president and CEO Stephen Hayes, who said it “marked the beginning of a new era in the US-SA bilateral relationship”.Representatives from more than 30 South African and US organisations participated in the dialogue. These included African Rainbow Minerals, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SABMiller, South African-based stock exchange JSE Limited, Aspen Pharmacare, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, South Africa’s Transnet Port Authority, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Seacom and Westinghouse.“Specific issues were identified for further discussion in five key sectors, [which are] energy/power, infrastructure, health, IT and financial services,” Vilakazi added.Clear agendaIt is hoped that a clear agenda will be set up within the next few months to help strengthen South Africa’s relationship with the CCA.“We will also create networking opportunities and make it a priority to strengthen the important economic partnership between our two countries,” said Vilakazi, adding that the agreement will enable the private sector in both countries to “provide input into the Consultative Group on Trade and Investment that was established by the US and the Southern African Customs Union [Sacu]”.The Consultative Group on Trade and Investment came into force on 16 July 2008 to expand trade and strengthen economic relations between the US and Sacu member countries, which are South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland.South African Minister of Trade and Industry (DTI) Dr Rob Davies and US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs ambassador Johnnie Carson addressed the signing event.Both governments expressed their support for strengthened cooperation between the South African and American business communities. South African business leaders, including Busa founding president Patrice Motsepe, also witnessed the signing.Sound trade relationshipThe US is South Africa’s second largest trading partner after China, with 8.3% of all South African exports sold in the US in the first six months of the year.According to statistics released by the DTI, South African exports to the US declined by 42.6% in the first six months of 2009 compared to the same period of 2008. This decline can be expected given the US economic crisis.But despite the decline, trade relations between South Africa and the US remain sound.There are two specific programmes which grant South African products preferential access to the US market. The first is under the Generalised System of Preferences, which grants duty-free access for more than 4 650 products.The second is under the African Growth and Opportunity Act introduced in 2000 by then US president George W Bush. The purpose of the legislation, which expires in 2015, is to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and boost trade and other economic relations with the region.South Africa and the US also signed the Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (Tifa) in 1999. Such frameworks are formal arrangements under which the US and another country, or bloc of countries, can discuss issues related to trade and investment.The SA-US Bilateral Cooperation Forum, which was set up in 2001, is a further mechanism used to address trade and investment issues between the two countries.Queries or comments? Contact Bongani Nkosi at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chris Baker of Hilliard has been promoted to executive director of Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, a 501 (c) nonprofit, public charitable organization. Established in 1985, the foundation strives for measurable agricultural community improvement in Ohio by supporting projects that focus on agricultural education, the environment and economic growth in rural, suburban and urban areas. In his position, Baker is leading the Strong Foundation campaign, which has a goal of building a stronger Ohio by supporting local programs, funding scholarships and driving economic development. Baker joined Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in 2015 as its director of development and has been interim executive director since April. Previously, Baker worked as director of development and marketing for RiteCare of Washington in Seattle and in various executive roles with Boy Scouts of America. He is a 2003 graduate of Wittenberg University with a bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies. He also is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He grew up on a farm in Miami County, and he and his wife have two children.The foundation’s board consists of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board members and staff as well as representatives from the agricultural industry and the public. The foundation recently launched the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning and has several scholarship endowments that include the Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Foundation Scholar Award, Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship and Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship.last_img read more

first_imgCoach Cal whispering something into Tyler Ulis' ear.LAWRENCE, KS – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Tyler Ulis #3 during the final minutes of overtime in the game against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on January 30, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Kentucky had little difficulty getting past Tennessee Tuesday night. After a close first half, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) blew by the Volunteers (14-11, 6-7 SEC) in the final 20 minutes, winning, 66-48. The blowout victory did not come without some physicality, though. Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Ulis appeared to take a hard shot to the face from a Tennessee guard in the first half. Check out this play: Did anyone see this except @BraxtonDsnyder? pic.twitter.com/BdzD94RdK0— Aaron’s Right Shoe (@AaronsRightShoe) February 18, 2015Was it a punch? A shove? Just incidental contact? It’s tough to tell. Whatever it was, it’s something you usually see a foul called for, and there was no whistle blown last night. [KSR]last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling is all set to ring in the festive as well as the tourist season with the Darjeeling Fest 2019.Organised by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the festival will be flagged off on September 20 and will continue till September 27. The festival will be held in different venues in Darjeeling. “The festival is being organised to give a boost to tourism which is the economic mainstay of this region. This year, India has been chosen as the host country by the United Nations to commemorate World Tourism Day. The theme this year is Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all,” said Anit Thapa, Chairman, GTA. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The festival is a celebration of the rich and diverse culture of Darjeeling showcased through music, art, dance, sports. The Hill town has always been a joyful place and through this festival we will celebrate peace, harmony and joy,” said Anil Biswakarma, coordinator. The festival will host flower shows, pet shows, fashion shows, football, taekwondo, photography, art, body building, archery, bike rallies and cultural shows. Traditional sports like “Chungi” will also find a place in the festival. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The festival will be flagged off with a colorful parade from the Darjeeling Motor Stand on September 20 at 10am. The residents dressed in traditional attire depicting the rich and diverse culture of Darjeeling will take part in the parade. The festival will come to an end on September 27 on World Tourism Day,” said organizer Priya Pundit. An Inter College Fest “Confluence” in also on the cards. “We have been organising Confluence successfully since 2007. It is to promote creativity and an excellent platform for exchange of ideas among students,” said organiser Rajeev Thatal. Confluence will be held on September 27 and 28 at the Jorebunglow Degree College. Thirteen colleges from Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim will take part in the festival. The festival will include music, cultural shows, quiz, extempore speech, art, photography, documentary, short film shows and career guidance.last_img read more

first_imgToday, co-founders Jennifer Garner, John Foraker, Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz announce the expansion of Once Upon a Farm, an organic family food company that currently offers a line of cold-pressed organic baby foods and applesauces.John Foraker, Jennifer Garner, Cassandra Curtis and Ari RazThe company has plans to grow into new categories with the goal of providing as many children as possible with the best-tasting, most nutritious and highest quality foods, using sustainable methods.“As a mom of three and Save the Children artist ambassador, I am passionate about childhood nutrition and making sure we are leaving a healthier and happier planet for the next generation,” said Jennifer Garner, co-founder and award-winning actress. “Once Upon a Farm helps parents keep their promise to deliver the best nourishment for their children’s bodies and souls.”Garner, who will serve as Once Upon a Farm’s Chief Brand Officer, joins John Foraker, organic industry pioneer and former longtime President and CEO of Annie’s, to lead the company’s strategy and vision.“I’m thrilled to be able to return to my entrepreneurial roots with co-founders Jennifer, Cassandra and Ari to grow Once Upon a Farm into an industry leader,” said Foraker, CEO. “We’ll not only provide high quality foods that kids love but, perhaps even more importantly, we are committed to driving positive social change and food justice for the benefit of parents, kids and families.”Once Upon a Farm was started by entrepreneurs Cassandra Curtis and Ari Raz, who created the first cold-pressed, organic pouched baby food in 2015. The company currently offers a portfolio of twelve organic, cold-pressed, ready-to-eat baby food pouches, as well as three applesauce varieties. Unlike shelf stable alternatives, Once Upon a Farm pouches are cold-pressed using high-pressure processing (HPP) to maintain a higher nutritional content and fresher, less sugary flavors.The current portfolio is just the beginning of a much bigger vision that responds to the growing nutritional needs of children and families. Products are available online through the company’s website and national grocers, including select Wegmans, Kroger and Whole Foods Market stores. Once Upon a Farm is actively driving retail expansion and looking toward nationwide availability in 2018.Early Once Upon a Farm investors include top tier Venture Capital firms, Cambridge Companies SPG, S2G Ventures, Beechwood Capital and Harbinger Ventures Group. For more information, visit www.onceuponafarmorganics.com.last_img read more