Ricky Ponting praises Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson

first_imgCanberra: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is undoubtedly one of the great batsmen in modern day cricket as he adapts to any situation beside being a great leader.Years ago, when the current Kiwi skipper toured Australia for the first time as a 21-year-old, wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum had told Aussie legend Ricky Ponting that Williamson would go on to become a great.Speaking about it, Ponting said: “Brendon McCullum said to me then ‘this kid is going to be one of the best players in the world.””And I thought ‘really?’. He was pretty loose outside off stump and was going pretty hard at the ball. But when you see him now and what he’s developed into, he plays the ball later than anybody, he makes big runs, he makes runs consistently and he’s been talked about as being one of the best players in the world for the last four or five years,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. IANSAlso Read: Lucky fan to get a chance to meet Kane WilliamsonAlso Watch: Struggling for over six years! “The Bodo-Fight for Identity” documentary film to be screened soonlast_img read more


first_imgWho said they were on a holiday?Jim McGuinness and some of his players had no sooner touched down in America than they were whisked to the Irish Centre in Philadelphia. Jim along with captain Michael Murphy are pictured with a certain Mr S Maguire and many happy Donegal supporters.Jim and Michael are pictured above with Pat Regan (Kilmovee,Mayo), Peter Gallagher (Mossfield,Churchill), Bridie O’Donnell Regan (Cabra, Churchill), Noreen O’Donnell Gallagher (Cabra,Churchill), Paddy Gallagher (Moneymore, Dunlewey ), Holly & Sheila Regan, Philadelphia & of course Sam.On the right a very happy Kathleen McGinty Regan (Litterhilue, Glenfin) is pictured with with Jim also at the Irish Centre last night in Philadelphia.Needless to say Jim and the boys will be seeing flashes in their sleep with the amount of photos they’ll be standing in during the coming days.  FANS GET THEIR HANDS ON SAM, MICHAEL AND JIM AT THE IRISH CENTRE IN PHILADELPHIA was last modified: November 14th, 2012 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:Irish Centre PhiladelphiaJim McGuinnessMichael MurphySam Maguirelast_img read more

Boeing expects 737 MAX efficiency improvements to continue

first_imgPhoto: Boeing Boeing expects to continue a 737 family tradition of continuous improvement with its new fuel-efficient planes and sees scope for the kind of efficiency gains it saw with the successful “Next Generation” family.The US manufacturer’s  737 MAX aircraft are 14 per cent more efficient than the latest NG’s but they are 20 per cent more efficient than the planes that introduced the type in 1998.This is because in 2001 the company added winglets to the NG and in 2008 it reduced the weight of the aircraft with a carbon brake system. Further aerodynamic and engine improvements in 2011 reduced the fuel burn of the NGs by 6 per cent over their 1998 counterparts. The boost was in addition to an improvement of about 13 per cent between the introduction of 737 classics in the 1980s and the NG.The MAX program’s chief project engineer and deputy program manager, Michael Teal, expects similar efficiency improvements to occur with the new aircraft.“Our expectation is absolutely,’’ he says about continuing the “family tradition”.  “So, yes, we continuing to look at learnings from the flight test program where we can improve the drag of the airplane and I know the engine company as well is looking at their opportunities.“Together,  our expectation is we’re just going to continually improve the product similar to what we did on the NG family.’’Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Boeing’s single-aisle workhorse achieved another milestone on Thursday when the MAX-9 conducted its first flight over Puget Sound near Seattle.The aircraft took off from Renton, the 737’s manufacturing base, and completed a successful flight of two hours and 42 minutes during which flight crew Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.The MAX 9, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles, will undergo comprehensive flight testing ahead of customer deliveries in 2018. It is the second variant of the MAX family to take to the air and the smaller MAX 8 is due to enter service next month.The MAX 8 has the same range as the MAX 9 and is able to carry up to 200 passengers in a single class configuration or 162 passengers in two classes.The smallest member of the family, the MAX 7 is due to complete final assembly in the fourth quarter of 2017 with first delivery scheduled in 2019. The longer-range MAX 7 will be the aircraft best suited to operations in hot and high conditions.Currently being offered to airlines, but yet to be confirmed, is the MAX 10X.Assuming it gets the response it needs from airlines, firm configuration for the MAX 10X is scheduled for the end of 2017 with delivery around 2020.Teal sees this as an aircraft, with its capacity to up to 12 additional passengers compared to the MAX 9 and a similar range, that could be attractive in the lucrative Asia-Pacific market. “That is going to put an aircraft in the marketplace with lowest seat-mile costs compared to any of the competitor’s aircraft and bringing more revenue in with that additional 12 seats,’’ he said. “So I think that airplane is very, very well suited to that marketplace.’’The MAX range is competing with the Airbus A320neo family, which is already in service and has also has proved popular with airlines.Boeing says its planes have lower operating costs than the A320neo family and so far it has 3700 firm orders from 86 customers.  It is ramping up production to cater for the demand and expects to be producing 57 a month by 2019.Read: Boeing 787-10 and AirbusA319neo have first flights.The biggest boost to the MAX’s efficiency has been the CFM LEAP-1B engine but there are also aerodynamic tweaks to the wings and the tail that allow it to deliver its 14 per cent better fuel burn.The MAX AT winglet improves the aircraft’s lift over drag by creating an effective span, according to Teal.“We’ve proven it in the flight test program by measuring it. We are getting efficiency improvements from it.Boeing engineers also improved the aft body aerodynamics from the flat tail design that has adorned the aircraft since 1967 by changing the shape to improve drag.There are also fly-by-wire spoilers to improve the handling characteristics and a new electronic engine bleed system that can vary the air pulled from the engine according to the passenger load.Internal improvements include a move from five screens on the flight deck to four bigger displays that are common to the B787 and B777X and are designed to improve situational awareness.At the same time, it has retained commonality with the NG so that less than a day’s training using a laptop is required to move between the two.There is also an onboard network system that holds electronic data on key aircraft parameters in one storage space that allows airlines to access the plane’s health management systems wirelessly during flight or the ground.Maintenance personnel can now also check for problems from the flight deck displays and decide whether an aircraft can continue on with minimum equipment list fault.“That is to improve the dispatch reliability of the airplane,’’ says Teal, who says he expects that reliability to be close to the NG’s 99.7 per cent from the get-go. “Airlines from around the world have been working with us on that system and their mechanics have been on the airplane and they just love it.”It’s really going to improve the maintainability and the reliability of the aircraft.’’From a passenger standpoint, the MAX family features the Boeing Sky Interior that has been available since 2011 and optional space bins that allow wheelie bags to be stored on their sides.last_img read more

Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from France

first_imgKarim Benzema and Franck Ribery will be crucial for France in the World CupSeveral members of the France team that went on strike in training four years ago will be at the World Cup in Brazil, including mainstays Franck Ribery and Hugo Lloris.But France coach Didier Deschamps has freshened up an aging squad and youngsters like 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be eager to make an impression on the world stage.Karim Benzema, who was left out of the squad for the World Cup in South Africa four years ago, will get his chance to shine after a disappointing European Championship in 2012, and Blaise Matuidi has become a key player thanks to his boundless stamina and tenacious tackling.Here are five players to watch:KARIM BENZEMAAfter failing to score in the last two European Championships, and missing out on the 2010 World Cup, this is Karim Benzema’s big chance to shine on the world stage.In the space of a few months, he has gone from losing his form and confidence to becoming one of the most lethal strikers in Europe.It has been some turnaround from Benzema, who lost his place in the France team to Olivier Giroud last year after a dismal run of 15 international games without a goal. Since the turn of the year, the 26-year-old Benzema has scored freely for Real Madrid and he even outshone Cristiano Ronaldo in the 4-3 loss to Barcelona on March 23, scoring two clinical goals.FRANCK RIBERYWhen Benzema was struggling for form and goals, France turned to Franck Ribery.Ribery’s international career started brilliantly when, as an unknown, he was catapulted into the side that reached the 2006 World Cup final.It was all downhill from there with a knee injury against Italy at Euro 2008 and a three-match ban from the French federation after the 2010 World Cup, when he was perceived to be one of the ringleaders of a training ground strike.After two difficult years, the Bayern Munich winger got the fans firmly back on his side with some outstanding performances.With 81 appearances and 16 goals, he remains France’s most dangerous player.HUGO LLORISNot many goalkeepers are international captains, especially not the silent ones. But, despite his mild-mannered demeanor and soft voice, Hugo Lloris has nonetheless imposed himself as a leader on the field through his faultless attitude and consistent performances.The Tottenham goalkeeper has been firmly installed as France’s No. 1 since the last World Cup and with 55 international appearances at the age of 27, he is set to win more than 100 caps for his country.Quick off his line, solid in the air on corners and free kicks, and with exceptional reflexes as well as good feet, Lloris is a complete ‘keeper.BLAISE MATUIDIDefensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi is one of the most valuable members of the France team.A tireless runner with tremendous stamina, he is also a tenacious tackler and a careful passer. He rarely does anything flashy, but his ability to keep things simple has proved invaluable for French champion Paris Saint-Germain and the national team over the past two seasons.The 26-year-old Matuidi made only four appearances in two years under former France coach Laurent Blanc. He has already been picked 16 times by Didier Deschamps, France’s former captain, who perhaps sees something of himself in the way Matuidi sacrifices himself for the team.PAUL POGBAFrance coach Didier Deschamps gave Paul Pogba a huge vote of confidence when he thrust him into the starting lineup against world champion Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier last March.It was only the 21-year-old Pogba’s second international appearance, but Deschamps thought he was ready to face the best midfield in the world.Although Pogba got sent off for a clumsy foul on Xavi Hernandez, the experience served him well and he has not been out of the side since.His graceful, athletic running, solid tackling and excellent passing are allied to a brilliant eye for goal. Pogba has scored some superb long-distance goals for Juventus and Deschamps is counting on him to show his attacking flair in Brazil.last_img read more

10 months agoLuiz insists Chelsea in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.” last_img read more

City encouraging residents to get out and vote during upcoming municipal election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley says the City wants more Fort St. John residents to get out and vote during this fall’s municipal election.Speaking at the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce luncheon today, Prestley spoke about some of the outreach the City will be doing to help bolster some of the lowest municipal election voter turnout stats in Northern B.C. According to the City, Fort St. John municipal election voter turnout has consistently lagged at least 19 percent behind the provincial average.During the 2008 municipal election, Fort St. John recorded a voter turnout of 23 percent while the average across B.C. was 43 percent. In 2014, the provincial average voter turnout was 41 percent, while Fort St. John’s voter turnout dropped to 15 percent. Some of the factors that have been blamed on the drop in turnout during election include the acclamation of the Mayor and a lack of controversial issues. Prestley said that many residents often forget that they interact with their local municipal government much more often than with their provincial or federal counterparts. She added that many residents also might not know that voting can often take less time than ordering a cup of coffee at a fast food restaurant.According to Prestley, residents will have three ways to vote during the upcoming municipal election: in person, at the curbside, and by mail. She said that the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John Legion on the day of the election, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Residents can also vote from the curbside in the comfort of their vehicles outside the polling station, or can request a mail-in ballot from the City ahead of the election.For more information about the upcoming municipal election, contact Janet Prestley at City Hall at (250) 787-8150.last_img read more

Huskies Early Bird Season Ticket Pricing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies are currently promoting their Early Bird Season Ticket pricing before September 1st, 2019.With 19 regular-season home games this year versus the 17 last year there is a lot of entertainment to be had.2019-20 Season Passes Rates;  Infant (0-4) – Early Bird FREE / After FREE Child (5-18) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Adult (19-54) – Early Bird $150 / After $170 Senior (55+) – Early Bird $75 / After $85 Family (4+) – Early Bird $425 / After $480Tickets are available at the upcoming training camp (Aug 30 – Sept 1) or email; [email protected]last_img read more

Husky Energy gets help from Q2 tax relief but profit down from

first_imgCALGARY — Husky Energy Inc. says its second-quarter financial results were dragged by a heavy maintenance schedule, non-routine write offs and expenses, but those negatives were partly offset by a one-time tax benefit.The integrated oil and gas company had $370 million of net earnings in the quarter, including a negative impact from $77 million in after-tax adjustments that were offset by a $233 million benefit from Alberta corporate tax reductions.The profit amounted to 36 cents per share, down from 44 cents per share, or $448 million overall, in last year’s second quarter. However, net income was above the consensus estimate of 32 cents per share from financial markets data firm Refinitiv. It didn’t provide a revenue estimate for Husky’s second quarter.Husky says its revenue net of royalties was $5.30 billion, down from $5.88 billion in last year’s second quarter. Funds from operations dropped to $802 million or 80 cents per share from $1.21 billion or $1.20 per share.The Calgary-based company says it’s on track with a plan outlined at its recent investor day.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme an extraordinary step Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi president Sheila Dikshit welcomed the historic announcement made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to uplift the living standards of the poorest people in the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, which she termed was an “extraordinary step”.Sheila Dikshit expressed her view that Rahul Gandhi made the announcement that under the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme (Nyuantam Aay Yojna (NYAY)) for 5 crore poorest families of India, i.e 25 crore people, Rs 72,000 per annum would be deposited directly in the bank account of the woman of the family. She said that this scheme will apply both to the Urban and Rural poor families. She said “this is the biggest scheme for the poor by the Congress party” after the highly successful MANREGA. She said that this is probably the world’s first such scheme to ameliorate the woeful condition of the poorest people.last_img read more