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Late header from Kane gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

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first_imgEngland’s Harry Kane, left, celebrates his winning goal with England’s Ashley Young during the group G match between Tunisia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out.Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire’s flick-on, scoring the winning goal Monday in a 2-1 victory at the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT It was relief for Kane and Gareth Southgate, who leapt into the air in delight as his World Cup debut as a coach got off to a winning start.“The best teams in the world keep that belief in what they’re doing,” Southgate said, “and in the end they break the opposition down.”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 crownEngland shouldn’t have found it so tough in its Group G opener against such opposition. Not after Kane got England off to a perfect start with an 11th-minute tap in. But after Kyle Walker softly conceded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted in the 35th, many of the fouls went against England.“Maybe there was a bit of justice at the end,” Kane said. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan England’s players later thought they deserved the same verdict when Kane was grappled to the ground twice by Tunisians on either side of the halftime break. Both times, the referee decided against punishing the culprits.Despite it all, Kane remained patient and delivered in the first minute of stoppage time.“You go until the last second,” Kane said, “and I’m absolutely buzzing.”NEAR MISSESEngland seemed destined for a familiar hard-luck story — dominance with little to show for it.Before Kane’s opener, Jesse Lingard had a shot saved on the line before setting up Raheem Sterling, who fluffed his chance while staring at an unprotected part of the net.Chances to regain the advantage were squandered. When Dele Alli’s header was turned onto the crossbar, Stones messed up the follow-up.Lingard later hit the post after breaking past goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.“The pleasing thing was the movement, the pace, the interchange,” Southgate said. “The control from the back with the ball.”STATISTICS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 The late priority in the warm-up for England was needing insect repellent. Mosquitoes and little bugs have been swarming across the city, creating an annoyance for players.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Finally, Kane showcased on the international stage the predatory instinct in front of goal that has served Tottenham so well. Only two years ago, the striker failed to find the net at the 2016 European Championship, which ended in humiliation with a loss to Iceland in the last 16.The team has been transformed by Southgate since then. For all the placidness and togetherness within the group, Southgate has added persistence and doggedness.“It shows the work we have put in these last few weeks,” Walker said. “Togetherness and believing in ourselves.”At the last World Cup, England couldn’t even win a game. Low expectations for this year’s overhauled team were dispelled early in Russia when Kane reacted quickly to score after John Stones’ header was saved. But England struggled to finish it off.When Walker’s flailing arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, a penalty was awarded and Sassi slotted it in to equalize.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Critical piece However hard it was to break through, the English attack achieved its most shots on target in the first half at a World Cup since 1966 — the only time the team won the trophy.For Kane, wearing the captain’s armband is only making him more prolific. He now has eight goals in six games as captain.INJURY WATCHTunisia was forced into an early goalkeeping change.Mouez Hassen was caught by Lingard in the fifth minute but remained on the field and even pulled off a fine save — clawing away Stones’ header from Ashley Young’s corner — before Kane scored.Hassen, though, was forced off in the 15th and replaced by Ben Mustapha.GROUP DYNAMICSEngland and Belgium are the early front-runners as expected. But while England passed the sterner test, Belgium had the most comfortable start in its 3-0 victory over Panama.England will hope the World Cup newcomers roll over as easily when they meet on Sunday.BUGGING View commentslast_img read more

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UAAP: Adamson back on track after two straight losses with dumping of NU

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first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Balkman back to natural position as forward as Alab taps hulking Ramos “Those two games we’re just a minor bump along the way, like a pothole around Metro Manila,” said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren. “We’re still good, we just have to play consistent basketball.”Ahanmisi put up a team-high 21 points for the Falcons while Papi Sarr had 16 points and 11 rebounds.Dave Ildefonso carried NU’s offense with 21 points on 8-of-20 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.With another loss, the Bulldogs stayed at the seventh seed with a 2-6 record.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Soaring Falcons, who lost two straight against Far Eastern University and De La Salle, joined Ateneo atop the standings with a 6-2 record.Adamson cruised to a 25-point lead late in the first half after Papi Sarr socred on a layup for a 42-17 buffer and that proved to be enough for the Soaring Falcons to hold on until the buzzer despite the Bulldogs’ advances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNU managed to outscore the Falcons 22-12 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to nine, 54-45, entering the fourth but Adamson was immediately able to respond in the final period.Jerrick Ahanmisi’s elbow jumper capped a 6-0 run to push the Falcons’ lead back to 63-48 lead and restore order. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Adamson University put its losing skid to bed and dominated National University, 69-58, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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GoL To “No Longer” Subsidize WASSCE Fees for Students

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first_imgDr. Horton reads the GoL’s decision, alongside Mr. Gbotoe, head of WAEC Monrovia office.Wants parents take responsibilityAfter paying fees for students who sat the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) pilot projects for the last five years, the Government of Liberia (GoL) over the weekend announced that it is no longer in the position to shoulder the payment of examination fees for any group of candidates who qualify to sit the exam.Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Dr. Romelle A. Horton, who is the government’s chief nominee to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), announced the GoL’s decision on Friday, November 17 at the end of the 2017 series of WAEC Committee meetings hosted in Monrovia.“It has become absolutely necessary to sensitize education stakeholders to the need for individual and collective efforts at providing funds for the examination, particularly the payment of examination fees at the registration stages by both school and private candidates,” Dr. Horton said.She said government took the decision considering the growing number of the student population and the huge costs involved with writing the exam.“The GoL is obviously no longer in a financial position to shoulder the responsibility of paying examination fees for any group of candidates at WASSCE level in view of the various commitments currently competing for the very lean resources available to her. We therefore appeal to parents, corporate organizations, international donor agencies and philanthropic private individuals to braze up towards the payment of WASSCE fees for their children and wards or the provision of scholarships for the indigent (poor) students,” Deputy Minister said.Dr. Horton told the gathering that the decision was taken after diligent consideration of the current costs of materials, printing, air freighting, goods and services, “the GoL has calculated and estimated at US$60 per candidate as the minimum amount required to conduct WASSCE in Liberia, and that the examination will be taken by all 12th graders with effect from 2018.”While in the meeting, she said the Liberia Examinations Committee received reports on the examinations WAEC conducted in the country in the 2016/17 reporting period, which considered reports on cases of irregularity and applied appropriate sanctions against all the candidates with proven involvement in examination malpractice.The committee, meanwhile, expressed delight that there was no leakage of question papers in Liberia during the reporting period, and urged the government to take urgent steps to prevent the “rogue websites that operate as distribution centers for examination fraudsters in some member countries from taking root in Liberia.”The committee congratulated the government and people of Liberia on the country’s full adoption of WASSCE, which has now given the Liberian child the opportunity and confidence to compare and compete with his/her mates internationally. It urged that the statistics of performance in the 2017 Liberia School High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) and WASSCE be taken as a wake-up call for concerted efforts by all stakeholders towards improving the teaching/learning process in the school system. It then commended WAEC for constantly providing guidance through the production of statistics and chief examiners’ reports on all the subjects examined, and advised the relevant stakeholders to embark on full implementation of the chief examiners’ recommendations for improved performance in the years ahead.At the meeting, the Liberia Administrative and Finance Committee considered, among other matters, the reports of internal and external auditors on the accounts of the national office, where the committee commended the management for “prudent management of resources and strict adherence to the council’s monitoring mechanisms for the prevention of waste and fraud.”Dale G. Gbotoe, Head of WAEC Monrovia National Office, said the members of the various committees expressed appreciation to the GoL through the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the support and assistance that the national office has continued to receive for the successful execution of the council’s mandate in the country.Gbotoe said the committee expressed profound appreciation to the GoL for taking over the payment of examination fees for all the WASSCE candidates in public schools from parents during the piloting period from 2013 to 2017, in addition to the payment of contribution to WAEC headquarters and subvention to the national office.The week long meetings of the various committees of WAEC-Liberia, which started in Monrovia on November 13 and ended on Friday, November 17, brought together several high profile individuals, including the Dr. Iyi J. Uwadiae, Registrar to the Council; Dr. Michael P. Slawon, director-general, National Commission on Higher Education; representatives from the Association of Liberian Universities, among others.WAEC is a non-profit organization that collaborates with the relevant government departments or agencies on the implementation of government’s educational policies and initiatives. The council’s WASSCE is an international examination which presents member countries with a myriad of advantages and opportunities, while also placing on stakeholders certain responsibilities, including the payment of candidates’ fees to cater for the conduct of the examination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GASI commissions new aviation refueller

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first_imgThe Guyana Aviation Services Incorporated (GASI), a subsidiary of the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) on Thursday commissioned a spanking new aviation refueller at its location at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), which will service local and international aircraft bound in Guyana.The brand new addition to the GASI fleetChief Executive Officer Renatha Exeter explained that with this new addition, they are seeking to increase its capacity to refuel all aircraft. Exeter noted that they are also making preparations for the imminent oil industry.“Our fleet comprises of one road truck wagon and two aircraft delivery trucks which we call refuellers… We’re adding the state-of-the-art brand new 10,000 gallons refueller. This is such a proud moment for GASI and more so, our shareholder Guyoil because it signifies growth and expansion, especially at a pivotal point in Guyana, a time when we are expected to see exponential growth in the aviation industry,” she related.The CEO added, “This commissioning of our new refueller signifies that we are ready, equipped and well-positioned as a company. This is further demonstrated through our staff at GASI, who are trained in all aspects of fuel handling at the airport.”She explained that they have recorded zero spills and environmental mishaps so far. Their impeccable track record also extends to other sectors, where positive figures have been documented.“To date, we are proud to report a record of zero spills and environment incidents and impeccable audit records. Periodic audits are randomly conducted by all our international customers and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority,” the CEO related.GASI operates at two locations; the Providence terminal which supplies the Eugene F Correia International Airport, and the Timehri location, which services the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).The agency was commissioned back in 2015 and has a maximum capacity of 11,309 barrels of fuel. However, the main operational facility is located in close proximity to CJIA in Timehri.Meanwhile, retired Colonel Cargill Kyte of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority emphasised the need to supply quality fuel that is uncontaminated.“A primary accountability of the contracted supplier of the fuel is to demonstrated that at the time of transfer, the fuel delivered was clean, uncontaminated and on specification. The commissioning of the Skymark refueller forms part of that chain.”last_img read more

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IRISH WATER TO INVEST €22M TO UPGRADE LETTERKENNY WATER SUPPLY

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first_imgIrish Water has announced it is investing €22 million to upgrade Letterkenny Regional Water Supply as part of an overall investment of €73M in the water infrastructure across Donegal.The investment will cater for the water needs of more than 90,000 people and will include planning permission granted for new water treatment plant in GoldrumWhen completed, the new Letterkenny scheme will remove Letterkenny, Churchill and Rathmullan Water Supply schemes from the Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Action List.As part of this investment, Irish Water has now been granted planning permission for the construction of a new 9,000m3/day water treatment plant at Goldrum. In the interim, Irish Water are progressing the construction of a pipeline to supply Churchill from the existing Water Treatment Plant at Goldrum to provide an improved quality of drinking water for the community while the new Water Treatment Plant is constructed.The move has been welcomed by county councillor James Pat McDaid.Commenting on the announcement Sean Corrigan, Regional Information Officer for the North West at Irish Water said Irish Water is committed to investing in the upgrade of the water infrastructure in Donegal.“As part of our investment in the county, we are delighted to announce that planning permission for the construction of a new water treatment plant at Goldrum, has now been granted. This treatment plant will have a capacity to process up to 9,000m3 of water per day and will ensure a sustainable and reliable supply of drinking water is provided to the communities in the area.” Irish Water have commenced the procurement stage of the process to select a contractor to carry out this important construction works, construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and to be completed by the end of 2018.Irish Water say they will continue to keep the communities in Donegal updated on the progress of all projects taking place in the county.IRISH WATER TO INVEST €22M TO UPGRADE LETTERKENNY WATER SUPPLY was last modified: January 25th, 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) Tags:donegalinvestmentIrish Waterletterkennylast_img read more

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Man who did ‘donuts’ in front of kids is warned he will be banned

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first_imgA man who wants to be a mechanic was given a final chance by a Judge after being found guilty of doing ‘donuts’ in front of children.Reece Maguire, appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving at Chapel Street, Stranorlar on May 8th, 2017. An off-duty Garda spotted Maguire, 21, doing ‘donuts and fishtailing’ in his brother’s car.Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that it was 2pm in the afternoon and there were children watching.Defending solicitor Kieran Dillon said the incident was all over very quickly.He added that his client wanted to train as a mechanic and travel to Australia.Judge Paul Kelly fined Maguire, of Hilltop Crescent, Stranorlar, €250 and warned he would put him off the road if convicted again.Man who did ‘donuts’ in front of kids is warned he will be banned was last modified: March 18th, 2018 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:courtdonutsdrivingfishtailingReece MaguireStranorlarlast_img read more

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Rondon breaks down on television as he recalls McCarthy horror injury

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first_img 2 BEST OF REVEALED Rondon only had eyes for the ball, but accidentally caught the inside of the Ireland international’s leg, resulting in a double fracture.Visibly upset as McCarthy was taken off at Goodison Park, Rondon remains troubled by that moment.WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won James McCarthy suffered a broken leg in January when competing for the ball with Rondon RANKED Salomon Rondon was visibly distraught by the incident Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “Life played me a bad turn because I was the one who experienced it,” he said during an interview with Telemundo.“I’m crying because apart from the fact that he’s a fellow professional, it was an injury that I actually felt when it happened… I’ll never forget it… it was tough.”Everton fans, including former boxer Tony Bellew, were quick to praise Rondon on social media for his reaction at the time, offering support and sympathy. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Salomon Rondon was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears on television as he recalled the horror of James McCarthy’s injury.The on-loan Newcastle United striker was playing for West Bromwich Albion last season when his challenge left the Everton midfielder with a broken leg. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow We seen by your reaction that this was meant and heartfelt.. Thank you 💙— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) January 20, 2018Another, @SJM1878 wrote: “Tell you what mate you are sound. Nice to have you playing today and full respect as a player and a man. God bless you.”Rondon continued: “Thanks to God, I didn’t need the help of a psychologist because my family were there for me, but it’s something that I never wanted to experience,” Rondon continued.“In all of my naivety, I apologised to him, but it was totally unintentional. I didn’t want it to happen and didn’t think it would ever happen.”McCarthy is yet to feature this season, but at the start of November played the full 90 minutes in an Everton Under-23 game. Since joining from Wigan in 2013, the 27-year-old has played 132 games for the first-team.Rondon, meanwhile, netted a crucial brace to help Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 prior to the most recent international break. Latest Football News 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

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Judge strikes out case against motorist after hearing he is almost 104 years old

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first_imgA Judge has struck out the case of a man charged with careless driving – after hearing he was 102 years old at the time of the crash.Sprightly Jack Hannigan was involved in a traffic accident at Main Street in Stranorlar on July 10th last year. The court heard that Mr Hannigan had never been involved in a traffic accident in his decades of driving.A rather surprised Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Hannigan’s solicitor, Ms Una McGrory, if he was correct in thinking that her client was almost 104 years old.Ms McGrory said this was indeed the case.However, the solicitor said that her client was now no longer behind the wheel.The court was told that Mr Hannigan, of Main Street Stranorlar, was charged with careless driving.One female pedestrian was injured in the incident outside Stranorlar church.Ms McGrory asked Judge Kelly if, considering Mr Hannigan’s exemplary driving record, he would consider allowing the matter to be dealt with in the civil court.“He has driven all his life, day and night and he has no convictions at all.“The insurance company is now dealing with the matter.“Would the court consider allowing the civil court to deal with the matter,” she asked.Judge Paul Kelly said that considering Mr Hannigan had not come before the court in more than hundred years, he would strike the case out.Judge strikes out case against motorist after hearing he is almost 104 years old was last modified: July 29th, 2017 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:careless drivingdonegaldriverStranorlarlast_img read more

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New book gives insight into Winnie’s story

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first_imgBy Lucille Davie16 September 2013Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent book, 491 Days, Prisoner number 1323/69 gives graphic insight into what the apartheid government subjected her and others to in the 1960s and 70s.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent book gives graphic insight into what the apartheid government subjected her and others to in the 1960s and 70s.Despite her strength of mind and fierce fighting spirit, she became extremely ill during her 491-day stay in prison, the result of long months of solitary confinement and the poor diet, which often consisted of porridge with maggots in it. She suffered with chest pain, palpitations, body spasms, haemorrhaging, loss of appetite and chronic weight loss. She even contemplated suicide.She felt particularly close to her jailed husband Nelson. In a letter dated 26 October 1970 after her release she wrote:  “In a way during the past two years I felt so close to you. It was the first time we were together in similar surroundings for that length of time. Eating what you were eating and sleeping on what you sleep on gave me that psychological satisfaction of being with you.”Nelson was of course on Robben Island, where he’d been since 1964, after being convicted with seven others of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. He was 52 years old at the time. Winnie was 36 years old, and had experienced many spells in detention, but the longest was 491 days. She had been picked up in May 1969, and spent the next 16 months in jail.Her prison experience brought them even closer . He wrote to her in June 1970: “During the 8 lonely years I have spent behind bars I sometimes wish we were born the same hour, grown up together and spent every minute of our lives in each other’s company. I sincerely believe that had this been the case I would have been a wise man.” He had spent several years prior to the Rivonia Trial in prison too.A wise man. And a combative spirit, still evident in her today. They both gave their souls and their love to the struggle.Read more on MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Winnie’s pain and torture in prisonThe launch of the book at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s book now on shelveslast_img read more

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Proteas in excellent test win over Sri Lanka

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first_img21 July 2014South Africa recorded a superb 153-run victory over Sri Lanka in Galle in the first test on Sunday as Hashim Amla tasted success in his first match in charge of the Proteas.“It’s not easy at all,” Amla said at the post-match prize-giving. “Full credit to the boys. It was an outstanding effort from our side.”On the back footSri Lanka took a strong record at the ground into the contest, having won 12, lost four and drawn six games there, but from the start of the clash with the South Africans they were on the back foot.After winning the toss, South Africa’s new test captain elected to bat and his decision was vindicated with some strong contributions from the Proteas’ batsmen.Dean Elgar, opening the batting in place of the retired Graeme Smith, shone with 103 at the top of the order, while JP Duminy, coming in at number eight, contributed a fine 100 not.Faf du Plessis, occupying the crucial number three position, weighed in with 80 and shared a stand of 125 for the second wicket with Elgar, while Quinton de Kock, who kept wicket, made 51.First innings leadAmla declared the South African first innings on 455 for 9 and his bowlers then claimed regular wickets to help the team to a strong 163 run lead on the first innings.Captain Angelo Mathews top scored for the Sri Lankans with 89 and Upul Tharanga made 83, but only two other batsmen made it into the twenties as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 292.Playing on a pitch that has traditionally favoured spinners, Dale Steyn bowled impeccably, sending down 23 overs and capturing 5 for 54. Morne Morkel, too, did well, knocking over 3 for 49.DeclarationBatting again, the Proteas posted 206 for 6 before Amla declared, leaving his side with plenty of time to bowl out the Sri Lankans. AB de Villiers made 51, while Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock all made scores in the thirties as the pitch took turn from the spinners.Set a challenging 370 for victory, the home team lost Upul Tharanga early for 14, but then made it to stumps on day four on 110 for 1. However, after adding eight runs to their total at the start of the final day, Kaushal Silva fell to Steyn for 38 and wickets began to fall regularly.Kumar Sangakkara offered strong resistance, top scoring with 76 before he hit a long hop from Duminy straight to Amla, which reduced the Sri Lankan score to 149 for 4.With Steyn and Morkel again leading the way, Sri Lanka’s resistance crumbled and they were dismissed for just 216, with Steyn taking 4 for 45 in 17 overs and Morkel 4 for 29 in 13.3.Man of the matchSteyn received the man of the match award after finishing with overall figures of 9 for 99, while Morkel picked up 7 for 78.“I look at myself as someone who tries to build up the character of the side when things are tough and difficult,” Steyn said of bowling in the spin-friendly, hot conditions.”“I think Hashim rotated us pretty well, and our spinners held the game up well from time to time. I think everybody contributed.”He added: “Our side is pretty good. We have a great team, with great cricketers. When you’re playing with guys like that, it tends to bring the best out of everybody.‘It is about going for the win’Assessing his declaration, Amla said: “For me, it is about going for the win and about getting as many overs [as possible] to bowl to the opposition to win the game. I felt 370 was enough and it gave us a lot of overs, and thankfully it worked out really well.“Steyn, Morkel, Philander, that trio is probably the best in the world, for us. I can call on them at any time and they’re giving 100 percent. As a captain, that is what you really love. But not forgetting the other bowlers, who contributed with a wicket here and there.“On a wicket of this type of surface, you can’t rely on one bowler. There are a group of guys who have done well here together, and fortunately Dale has got the accolades today and he bowled fantastically, but for me it was a group effort as well,” Amla added.Second testSouth Africa and Sri Lanka meet in the second and final test from Thursday at the Sinhalese Sports Ground in Colombo. If the Proteas win again, they will return to number one the world test rankings.last_img read more

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