BPL Points Table

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 732 T’ham 33 18 11 4 60 25 35 653 Man City 33 18 6 9 61 33 28 604 Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 605 Man U 33 16 8 9 40 30 10 566 West Ham 33 13 14 6 54 42 12 537 Southam 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 518 Liverpool 32 14 9 9 52 43 9 519 Stoke City 33 13 8 12 37 43 -6 4710 Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 4411 Everton 33 9 14 10 53 44 9 4112 Watford 33 11 8 14 32 37 -5 4113 B’mouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 4114 West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 4015 Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 4016 C Palace 34 10 9 15 36 43 -7 3917 Norwich 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 3118 S’land 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 3019 N’castle 33 7 7 19 35 61 -26 2820 Aston V 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16last_img read more

Arcata eyes Little 4 crownFresh off of its first winning season since 2012, Arcata is poised to compete for conference title

first_imgJamal Jones led his Arcata High varsity football team to its first winning season since 2012 last fall. Now entering his third year as head coach, Jones is eager to keep the momentum he has built going. “We’re coming into this season how we did last season,” Jones said. “Hungry, with a sense urgency and an expectation of success.”Jones took over Arcata’s head coaching job in 2016. The Tigers had amassed a 1-28 record in the three years prior to Jones arrival. Nonetheless, the former Humboldt …last_img read more

Annan to promote African farmers

first_img14 June 2007Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been appointed as the first chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organisation that aims to help small-scale farmers across the continent.Speaking ahead of delivering a keynote address on African agriculture at the World Economic Forum on Africa, taking place in Cape Town this Thursday, Annan said he hoped to use his new position to tackle the challenges that hold back most small-scale farmers in Africa.“Africa is the only region where overall food security and livelihoods are deteriorating,” he said.“We will reverse this trend by working to create an environmentally sustainable, uniquely African Green Revolution. When our poorest farmers finally prosper, all of Africa will benefit.”AGRA was established in 2006 with an initial grant of US$150-million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, it aims to help small-scale farmers and their families on the continent through sustainable increases in farm productivity and incomes.AGRA intends to improve agricultural development in Africa by addressing both farming and relevant economic issues, including soil fertility and irrigation, farmer management practices, and farmer access to markets and financing.It will also support the development of new seed systems that are better suited to produce higher yields despite the harsh African climate.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation states that in order for the green revolution in Africa to be as successful as similar efforts in Asia or Latin America, scientists will need to develop improved varieties for at least 10 different staple crops, including maize, cassava, sorghum, and millet.“The end goal is that within 20 years, farmers will double or even triple their yields and sell the surplus at market for the income they need to invest in health, education, housing, and other needs,” the foundation states.AGRA also strongly endorses the African Union’s comprehensive Africa agriculture development programme, which seeks to increase food production on the continent by 6% per annum by 2015.“No country or region of significant size has been able to lift itself out of poverty without raising productivity in its agricultural sector,” Annan said.“This is our challenge. It is a long-term effort, but one that, with our partners, is within reach.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s IPL cricket success

first_imgReflecting on the IPL, Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola said: “CSA’s main reason for taking on the challenge of hosting the IPL was to assist an ICC member country who had problems hosting a major tournament for reasons beyond its control. Confederations Cup and World CupLooking ahead, Majola said: “It also showed the world that South Africa was ready and able to do a great job in hosting Fifa’s two most important events: the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Incredibly, the Deccan Chargers, the “cellar dwellers” last year, and a team that qualified for the semi-finals of this year’s competition with a record of sevens wins and seven losses only, walked away with the honours after holding off the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the final by six runs at a packed Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. 26 May 2009 Kumble, another of the retired men, was outstanding for Bangalore. Despite his team losing in the final, he was named man of the match after snapping up 4 for 16 in his four overs. He began the IPL by bowling the Royal Challengers to victory over the defending champion Rajasthan Royals. For a young man like JP Duminy, whose international break came only at the end of 2008 when Ashwell Prince was injured during South Africa’s tour of Australia, the IPL must have, at times, seemed surreal. The Mumbai Indians forked out $950 000 for him, but Duminy repaid them by scoring five 50s – tied with Hayden for the most half-centuries – as he finished as the sixth-highest run scorer. No Langeveldt?They had in their ranks Charl Langeveldt, the best bowler during South Africa’s most recent domestic Standard Bank Pro 20 season. He managed to get permission from his county team Derbyshire to play in the IPL, but spent almost the entire time sitting on the bench. Grounds were routinely sold out, and they heaved, buzzed, and roared to the glitz and glamour of the IPL and its massive Bollywood connections, with its teams featuring not only the cream of India’s talent, but the cream of the world’s cricketers, including some retired players who proved in no uncertain terms that they are far from spent forces. Not finished yetHerschelle Gibbs showed that he still has a lot to offer by finishing as the seventh-highest run scorer, while Jacques Kallis, whose proficiency as a Twenty20 cricketer had previously been questioned and resulted in him being left out of South Africa World T20 squad in 2008, finished 11th on the list. This time around he has been selected for the Proteas for the 2009 tournament. Best figuresIn that game, the second of the IPL, Kumble knocked over 5 for 5 but – and who knows what the man of the match adjudicator was drinking, sorry thinking – Kumble was not named man of the match. That award went to Rahul Dravid for his 66 off 48 balls, as only four other men reached double figures, three of them making 11. Nonetheless, Kumble’s haul remained the best of the entire tournament. The IPL hit South Africa with a lot of fanfare, and fans responded by snatching up tickets for the games, but one was left to ponder whether or not this enthusiasm would last for the duration of the league. It did, and very impressively so. Retired starsAdam Gilchrist, one of those retired players, captained the champions, the Deccan Chargers. He was his team’s leading run maker by some distance. “Internationally, it has changed the landscape of world cricket. Properly handled, the IPL concept will bring about the real globalization of the sport for the first time. This should enable the longer forms of cricket to prosper, but only if they are made to be publicly attractive in the 21st century and beyond.” The leading South African run getter was AB de Villiers, whose growth as a world-class player was evident for all to see. He was third behind Hayden and Gilchrist with 465 runs at an average of 51.66. He was also one of only two players to score a century, 105 not out off 54 deliveries for the Delhi Daredevils against the Chennai Super Kings. The story of the 2009 IPL was, however, not about the Chargers “worst-to-first” season. It was about the incredible success of an event that was moved to South Africa from India only three weeks before it was due to begin. center_img Most expensive playerThe second season of the IPL also saw Kevin Pietersen make his bow as the most expensive player after he cost the Bangalore Royal Challengers US$1.55-million. The former England captain played only part of the programme, not very successfully, before returning home for international duty. Interestingly, once Pietersen had departed the Royal Challengers’ fortunes sky-rocketed. Coach Ray Jennings put it down to two reasons. He said Pietersen didn’t really know the players in the team, and Anil Kumble, when he took over as skipper, executed tactics well. Then there were the Kolkata Knight Riders, a star-studded outfit that couldn’t put things together on the field. The team of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan propped up the table. Matthew Hayden, who couldn’t buy a run when South Africa toured Down Under at the end of 2008 and subsequently retired, was the leading run getter in the entire IPL. The Chennai Super Kings’ star totalled 572 runs, which was 77 more than the second-placed Gilchrist, and scored his runs at the remarkable Twenty20 average of 52. His strike rate of 144.81 was quite something too. When Langeveldt was finally given a run in the Knight Riders’ final match against the Rajasthan Royals, he helped them to victory with a superb return of 3 for 15 in four overs. What might have been, one was left thinking. “The 2009 IPL has re-confirmed South Africa as a wonderful host to major sporting events, and a home for the world’s rainbow cultures,” Majola said. “It has also brought in unexpected and very welcome funds for the further development of South African cricket, mainly in previously disadvantaged communities. “We knew that CSA had the climate, facilities, know-how and a cricket-loving public to back up the successful hosting of this second IPL tournament even at this short notice. To see it all come together with a full house at the Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium for the final was incredible.” No hiccupsAfter an agreement was reached between Cricket South Africa and the IPL, matters moved into high gear. On 18 April the event got under way in Cape Town. It finished on 24 May in Johannesburg, and during the 59 matches played in that time nary a hiccup was experienced. The IPL offered fans opportunities that they wouldn’t have got anywhere else, like the chance to watch players like the retired Matthew Hayden take on Harbhajan Singh, a player who Hayden had previously called “an obnoxious weed” after the Indian off-spinner had been suspended for racial abuse against Andrew Symonds in early 2008. There were some head-scratching decisions too. Considering the success of his contemporaries, why wasn’t one of the greatest bowlers in history, Glenn McGrath, used by the Delhi Daredevils? Not even in one game! What a turnaround the 2009 DLF Indian Premier League brought from the first year of the 20-overs-a-side cricket extravaganza. The final featured the two teams that propped up the table in 2008, and the tournament flourished – not in India but in South Africa! Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material It was on the 25 March that South Africa was named host of the event after the Indian government said it couldn’t guarantee the safety of players because of the Indian national elections taking place at the same time as the IPL. On 3 March, the Sri Lankan national team had been attacked by terrorists in Pakistan, and safety was a huge concern for the organisers.last_img read more

The Pioneer Behind @ComcastCares, Frank Eliason, Resigns

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Frank Eliason, the man behind the ballyhooed Twitter account @comcastcares, announced his resignation from giant cable and internet provider Comcast this afternoon. Companies interested in social media, and that’s just about all companies these days, have watched @comcastcares very closely.Eliason was named Senior Director in National Customer Operations at Comcast just one year ago and has only been at Comcast at all for less than 3 years. Stardom can be built up fast in the young world of social media, however, and as a widely studied ground-breaker Eliason could likely now get a job at almost any company in the world. A specific but unnamed opportunity to do social media work in the financial services industry, where Eliason has worked for years before, is next on his agenda, according to his blog post on the Comcast site.While “the man behind the curtain” has been a dominant metaphor for magic for many years, Eliason was instead the man in front of the curtain at Comcast. Working behind him were a team of people with personas like @ComcastBill and @ComcastBonnie. There was also a substantial amount of new social media tracking technology powering the ostensibly personalized customer care the company grew famous for.If you tweet about problems with Comcast, someone responds. Quickly. And they stick with you. It’s not just because you’re special though, or even just because they are. The Comcast customer service team uses the latest and greatest social media CRM (customer relationship management) software, behind the scenes.We described that technology in detail in April 2009, (This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others) at a time when the field of social media CRM was less widely adopted and discussed. Eliason and his team built an incredible amount of goodwill and industry admiration through their customer service work on Twitter. @ComcastCares will long be a case study taught in schools. Comcast hasn’t traditionally been a much-loved company and Eliason really made an impact on the public’s perception. (Was his resignation motivated by having been one-upped by the Old Spice guy this week and needing to do something new to regain his crown? Imagine if that were the case!)Can Eliason do something as marvelous in financial services? That’s no small challenge, and his next gig won’t be the first of its kind in the same way. It will, however, be interesting to watch.Starting today, you can follow Frank Eliason on his new Twitter account, @FrankEliason. Tags:#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

D-League: Akari-Adamson bounces back, fends off late rally from Go for Gold

first_imgRead Next PBA IMAGESAkari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold to take the 98-92 victory Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce back win.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AKARI-ADAMSON 98 — Espeleta 24, Manganti 14, Lojera 13, Lastimosa 12, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 10, Catapusan 4, Buenaventura 3, Bernardo 2, Hill 2, Macion 2, Mojica 1, Camacho 0, Longalong 0.GO FOR GOLD 92 — Alejandro 19, Salem 15, Dixon 12, Gutang 12, Casiño 9, Domingo 6, Gaco 6, Leutcheu 6, Pasturan 3, Naboa 2, Pili 2, Young 0.Quarters: 32-18, 56-40, 74-60, 98-92. AFP official booed out of forum Falcons coach Franz Pumaren isn’t worried too much on how his side blew the large lead admitting that they are still “groping for form.”“We’re process of experimenting. We have six new guys in our team and we’re trying to make sure they all get minutes,” he said as Akari-Adamson rose to 2-1. “That’s why we’re here, so that we can explore what the players are capable of doing and preparing us for the bigger leagues.”Alejandro dropped 11 of his 19 points in the payoff period fightback as he shot 5-of-7 from three, while Salem flirted with a double-double with his 15 markers, nine rebounds, and four assists.Go for Gold, which fell to its second defeat, dropped to a 1-2 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It was Jonathan Espeleta, though, who set the tone for the Falcons, firing 19 of his 24 points in the first quarter. He also had five rebounds and two rebounds.Kurt Lojera chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Jerom Lastimosa had 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEspeleta couldn’t do anything wrong in the opening frame as his early explosion allowed Akari-Adamson to grab an 18-3 start which extended to 25, 69-44 in the third quarter.J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem, though, helped Go for Gold fight back and trim the deficit down to just six, 86-80, with less than four minutes to play before Jerrick Ahanmisi and Manganti sealed the game shut John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gilas Pilipinas pressed for time again 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Mayank Agarwal breaks 71-year-old Indian record on Test debut in Australia

first_imgThe Indian team management gave Mayank Agarwal the opportunity to open the innings in the third Test against Australia and the right-hander grabbed it with both hands as he scored his maiden fifty on debut on Wednesday.The stage couldn’t have been bigger for Agarwal to shine as he brought up the milestone off 95 balls in front of a packed Boxing Day crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.After a solid knock of 76 off 161 deliveries, Mayank Agarwal fell off Pat Cummins in the last delivery before tea. Cummins used the short ball to great affect once again as Agarwal’s gloves grazed the ball on his left and captain Tim Paine took an easy catch.The repeated failures of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul meant India had to try out something new in the third match. The move to introduce Agarwal as the opener has paid off till now at least even though his partner couldn’t survive for too long.The 27-year-old looked at ease against the fast bowlers and off-spinner Nathan Lyon alike throughout the first session and continued in the same vein after the lunch break.Agarwal became the 27th Indian batsman to score a fifty on Test debut. He is also only the second Indian opener to make his debut on Australian soil. Amir Elahi, the 40th player to represent the country, had made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground way back in 1947-48.The Bangalore-born cricketer is also the second Indian to score a half-century on debut in Australia after Dattu Phadkar (51 vs Australia at SCG in 1947).advertisementAgarwal got to his fifty with a boundary which also took him past Phadkar’s record of the highest score by an Indian on Test debut in Australia.Bringing up a fifty on debut in style!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/GRNIQ1vlO4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2018Agarwal was called into the side after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out with an ankle injury which he suffered in the warm-up match before the series started.Incidentally, Agarwal’s opening partner in this Test match, Hanuma Vihari, was the last Indian to achieve the feat during the Test series in England in September. Vihari had impressed on his debut with a fighting fifty in the first innings of the fifth and final Test at the Oval.While Vihari failed to get going on the first day of the Melbourne Test, Agarwal carried on and batted with positive intent to get to the milestone and would be eyeing a big score from here on.Mayank and Vihari were revealed to be openers for the Test with many pointing out the inexperience of the pair but they proved to be really good as they added 40 runs for the first wicket in the first hour of play.Agarwal was 34 not out at the break, with India 57 for 1 at lunch and had number three Chesteshwar Pujara for company on 10 under a cloudless sky.Fifty on Test debut for @mayankcricket #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/zpJijgerzTBCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2018Kohli’s new opening pair enjoyed a solid start until Pat Cummins intervened with a rearing short ball that pinged off Vihari’s glove and was caught by Aaron Finch who jogged over from second slip to have the batsman out for eight off 66 balls.That was the sole highlight in a frustrating session for Australia, whose bowlers garnered little movement off the docile drop-in wicket that was ranked “poor” by the International Cricket Council after producing a dull, batsmen-dominated draw during the Ashes series last year.The four-Test series is evenly poised at 1-1 after Australia’s victory in the second contest in Perth. India won the opener in Adelaide.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Mayank Agarwal becomes first Indian opener to debut in MelbourneAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari looking to give his best as opener on Boxing Daylast_img read more

Former FSU RB Says It’s “Dumb Sh*t” For Jimbo Fisher To Start Jacques Patrick Over Mario Pender

first_imgFormer Florida State running back Karlos Williams is upset – and a little misinformed. Saturday afternoon, Williams, who is clearly watching his alma mater take on Syracuse, tweeted out his displeasure with head coach Jimbo Fisher for starting freshman Jacques Patrick over junior Mario Pender at running back in place of injured star Dalvin Cook. The only problem? Pender is out for the contest, still recovering from a collapsed lung he suffered back in September.Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 12.17.23 PM Williams later realized his mistake.Pender ain’t dressed. Wtf— Karlos Williams Sr (@Karlos_29_SR) October 31, 2015 Pender did return to practice this week, for what it’s worth. But he’s been listed as out since Thursday.Fisher also said that Terrance Smith, Mario Pender, Marcus Lewis, Derrick Kelly will be out for Syracuse. Ryan Hoefeld is questionable.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) October 29, 2015Another reminder to never tweet.last_img read more