Tharanga, Mendis steer Lankans to title

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):Half-centuries from Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the final of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Playing at Queens Sports Club, Tharanga and Mendis both hit a joint top score of 57 as the Sri Lankans easily chased down a mediocre target of 161 in the 38th over.They were precariously placed at 42 for three in the seventh over after left-arm seamer Brian Vitori, in his first game of the tournament, knocked over Dhananjaya de Silva (0), Niroshan Dickwella (16), and Kusal Perera (14) in quick succession.However, Tharanga then anchored two key partnerships, putting on 75 for the fourth wicket with Mendis before adding a further 49 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Asela Gunaratne, who was unbeaten on 16 at the end.Tharanga’s unbeaten 57 came from 98 deliveries and included six fours and a six, while Mendis faced 72 balls and counted ten fours.Zimbabwe, who beat West Indies on Friday to book their place in the final, had earlier been bundled out for 160 off 36.3 overs, with Tarisai Musakanda top-scoring with 36 from 37 balls and Sean Williams getting a patient 35.Right-armer Gunaratne (3-10) and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay (3-50) claimed three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana took two for 26.last_img read more

Five things the San Francisco Giants must do in June

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. BALTIMORE — After losing eight of their last nine games, the San Francisco Giants have provided the franchise’s front office with a sense of clarity.Unlike in 2018, when the Giants hovered around .500 and remained within striking distance of a wildcard spot, this year’s club has completely fallen out of contention.Only the Miami Marlins own a worse record in the National League and after the Giants lost two of …last_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more

S.I. Distributing celebrates 40 years

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Morgan McCollow, Contributing Writer, Journal News – Spencerville, OHS.I. Distributing was started by a farmer who wanted innovative products and loved tinkering, and that’s what the company still does 40 years later.In the late-1970s, Joe Whitney, a grain farmer, was the owner of Spencerville Implement — a John Deere and a short line dealership in Spencerville. As a farmer, Whitney always looked for innovative ways to improve his farm equipment, which led to the formation of S.I. Manufacturing in 1979. This new company manufactured tools that improved the current farm equipment.As a result of the Farm Crisis of the 1980s that brought high-interest rates, low crop prices, and more negative effects to the John Deere dealership, Whitney made the decision to close the dealership in 1986.Whitney kept S.I. Manufacturing going, continuing to add on new innovative products to sell. Shortly thereafter, S.I. Manufacturing became the first U.S. distributing partner for the Schumacher Company, selling their SCH EasyCut cutting system. These parts were originally manufactured in Germany for German-made equipment and S.I. Manufacturing was able to import the parts, adapt them to fit and work with farm equipment made in the US., and distribute them to numerous farmers here in the states. Today, the company is still Schumacher’s largest distributer in the U.S.In 1993, S.I. Manufacturing was incorporated and renamed S.I. Distributing, Inc. In 2004, Joe Whitney retired and offered to sell the company to two long-time employees: Todd Keysor, who had worked for Whitney since 1984 and Dave Burgei, who began working for Whitney in 1995.Their goal is to find unique, innovative products, something that will make the equipment better. Today, with a total of 26 employees, S.I. Distributing sells their products throughout the United States.When asked what was most fulfilling about working for the business, President and co-owner Dave Burgei stated that the company doesn’t just sell a product; they try to understand and identify the problem or roadblock/issue the farmer has, whether it’s in planting or harvesting, and then recommend what would improve his specific experience.last_img read more

11 days ago​Tottenham bank on HSBC for men and women

first_img​Tottenham bank on HSBC for men and womenby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham has announced a new five-year partnership with HSBC as its Official Banking Partner for both the men’s and women’s teams in UK and Hong Kong, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukAs part of this new strategic agreement, HSBC will work with the club to engage fans through a range of activities including co-created digital campaigns and play a supportive role in the sport-led regeneration of the local area in Tottenham, north London, alongside the club. Spurs Head of Partnerships Fran Jones, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with HSBC over a number of years and this new partnership is a natural expansion of this. “The club is committed to supporting the continued regeneration of Tottenham and we look forward to integrating HSBC into our existing employment and education programmes, as well as creating impactful new initiatives together.” HSBC Global Head of Brand Partnerships Jonathan Castleman, added: “The deal provides us with an opportunity to connect with new and existing customers. “We’ve always believed that sport has an amazing power to bring people together, promote physical and mental wellbeing and drive inclusion, so we are excited to be working with Tottenham Hotspur.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

J Lauritzen Takes Four Ships on TimeCharter

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen added more vessels to its chartered fleet during the third quarter of 2017, as the dry cargo markets strengthened in the period.The company said that it took three handysize bulk carriers on medium-term time-charter up to two years, with options to extend. Additionally, a smaller pressurized gas carrier was also taken on medium-term time-charter.“Despite continued dry cargo improvements in Q3, a balanced market is still some time away,” Mads P. Zacho, CEO, said, adding that the company’s largest gas carriers remained negatively impacted “by the continued weak market conditions for the size segments above ours.”J. Lauritzen unveiled the latest time charter deals as part of its financial results for the quarter ended September 30. The company’s EBITDA for the period amounted to USD -9.8 million, against USD -12.9 million reported in the third quarter of 2016.The improvement was primarily due to the strengthening of dry cargo markets compared to the weak market conditions in 2016, however partially offset by weakened earnings for our gas carriers.Capital injection from the company’s owner Lauritzen Fonden was also received during the quarter and the outstanding JLA02 corporate bond and related hedging debt was subsequently repaid, J. Lauritzen informed.EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was at USD -23.2 million, an improvement from USD -43.1 million seen in the first nine months of 2016.During the third quarter, J. Lauritzen’s average number of controlled bulk carriers reached 95, down from 98 controlled in the same period in 2016, while the average number of operated gas carriers reached 31 compared to 32 operated a year earlier.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball finishes off season sweep of Rutgers 7969

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has been a mystery wrapped in a riddle for much of the season.It has been nearly impossible to get any kind of gauge on what kind of team the Buckeyes are, to learn if the team that has shown itself thus far in 2015-16 is underperforming, lacking talent, lacking experience or some combination of the three.One thing has become abundantly clear, however: OSU is far from the worst team in the Big Ten. After beating Rutgers, which is still winless in conference games this season, by a combined 38 points in their two meetings, it is clear that the Buckeyes have placed themselves well above the basement of the conference.Their opponent on Saturday, however, might want to be on the lookout for flooding after heavy rainfall.The Buckeyes (16-10, 8-5) handled the Scarlet Knights (6-19, 0-12) on their home floor in Piscataway, New Jersey, on Saturday by a score of 79-69 in a game that was never really in question. That contest came a month to the day since OSU handled Rutgers in Columbus 94-68.A pair of sophomore forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate were major contributors in the game for the Buckeyes, with a double-double each. Bates-Diop scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had 14 rebounds, while Tate added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams was also big, scoring 19 points off the bench, including 12 in the second half.The Buckeyes did not get off to a tremendous start shooting the ball, but they really didn’t need to, as Rutgers started the game shooting a grotesque 3-of-20 — which included making its first shot of the game 22 seconds in.When all was said and done on the first 10 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes held a 20-6 lead, shooting 8-of-18. That effort was led by Bates-Diop, who scored a quick 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in quick succession.An extended 13-0 spurt by Rutgers made a dent in the lopsided score, cutting it to 22-19, but the Scarlet and Gray snapped their lengthy scoreless drought with a jump shot by Bates-Diop. That was followed up on the next possession with a layup by Tate to bring the lead back up to seven points.The visitors were then able to jump their lead back up as high as 14 points en route to a 35-26 halftime margin.Bates-Diop led all first-half scorers with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while the Scarlet Knights countered with freshman guard Corey Sanders’ 13. Williams contributed seven points while Tate had six, but junior forward Marc Loving continued his extended period of poor play with zero points, four missed shots, a turnover and a few defensive lapses throughout the opening 20 minutes.The opening minutes of the second half featured much more efficient scoring for the Buckeyes, who put nine points on the scoreboard in the first four minutes of the stanza. That enabled them to take control of the game, holding onto a comfortable lead throughout the half that never got smaller than seven points.Twice when the home team threatened to get the deficit back down to single digits, Williams knocked down a shot from outside to take the crowd out of it. The Scarlet Knights finally did get it back there with a 9-0 run midway through the half, but, once again, Williams dropped in a shot from the outside to move the momentum back toward the Scarlet and Gray.Eventually, the Buckeyes’ 61.5 percent shooting mark in the second half was too much for Rutgers to ever mount a real comeback, sealing OSU’s 17th victory of the year, with five contests left on the regular-season schedule.OSU freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who had the strongest all-around performance of his young college career with a triple-double in the teams’ first matchup, was unable to replicate the dominant performance. He finished with four points, three rebounds and five assists, and played just eight minutes in the second half.Loving was also absent for much of the second half after struggling while on the court. He was on the court for just five of the final 20 minutes and failed to score a point. Sanders was the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer with 23 points.One very unsatisfactory statistic for OSU coach Thad Matta was the turnover column, where his team coughed the ball up 19 times to Rutgers’ 11.A trip back home is next in the cards for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to take on Michigan on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Ohio State mens hockey sweeps Alaska

Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m. read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State mens basketball roster

Trevor Thompson (right) talks with OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Thompson announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State April 13.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSeniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies.After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson.Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules.Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted from his personal account, @TrevBallinTrey2, at 1:29 p.m. April 13.During 2013-14, Thompson started 11 times for Virginia Tech, averaging five points and 4.7 rebounds per game.“Trevor has proven he is capable of competing at our level,” Matta said in an OSU press release. “He will be a very athletic big man for us. We are looking forward to having Trevor in our program.”Last season, OSU finished ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, only grabbing 0.3 more boards per game than their opponents, and the Buckeyes are likely to benefit from Thompson’s ability on the glass.With the Buckeyes’ top two centers from last season, juniors Trey McDonald and Amir Williams, entering their final year of eligibility next year, Thompson is set to join David Bell, a member of the 2014 recruiting class, as one of only two centers on the roster. read more

Ohio State set to continue nonconference slate against Northern Illinois

OSU junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State might have two victories that ended with the second- or third-string quarterback running out the clock with a decisive lead, but members of the team have not been pleased with its performance so far.“We know in the back of our minds that as an entire team we have not played our best,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee said. “But we don’t panic, we don’t worry necessarily, it’s just like ‘Hey, we have some work we’ve got to do to get where we’ve got to get.’”The below-expectation performance has dealt OSU a small hit in the Associated Press poll with OSU (2-0) losing its unanimous No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes were the first team ever to receive all 61 first-place votes in the preseason poll, but they lost two of those votes to Big Ten rival Michigan State this week. The Spartans, after defeating then-No. 7 Oregon on Saturday, sit in fourth place.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, struggled offensively in their home opener against Hawaii. They scored four rushing touchdowns, but a failure to get much of a game going through the air was bailed out by a strong defensive performance in their 38-0 win.“We didn’t play very well, but on defense we played outstanding … So what do you do? We work at it,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.Now, the Buckeyes are ready to welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Northern Illinois (2-0), which won the Mid-American Conference championship in three of the past four years, is the first of two consecutive MAC schools on OSU’s schedule, with Western Michigan set to come to Columbus the week after.OSU’s non-conference schedule — Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan — has drawn some criticism for its lack of firepower, most notably from former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.“Ohio State’s ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now — Michigan State,” Bielema said during last week’s SEC coaches teleconference. “We’re going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked.”Meyer, in return, took a jab at Bielema on Monday.“I don’t know where people have time to do all that,” Meyer said. “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. I don’t care.”Bielema’s Arkansas, as it turned out, lost to MAC school Toledo three days after his comments.Previously for the HuskiesNIU grabbed wins in each of its first two games, 38-0 over UNLV and 57-26 against Murray State. Each game was marked by a great deal of offense and a poor showing of defense.The Huskies are seventh in the nation in yards per game with 594. They compiled 545 yards against UNLV, including 360 passing yards from redshirt junior Drew Hare, before exploding for 643 yards last week.Hare has thrown for 718 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions through two games, with 357 of those yards going to junior receiver Kenny Golladay. Golladay, who also has two touchdown receptions, is second in the nation in yards receiving.“That is a very special quarterback,” defensive line coach Larry Johnson said of Hare. “Drew is very special … He can run the ball also, but he’s pretty accurate. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He runs the offense.”However, NIU has allowed 433 yards per game, 95th out of 127 schools.Meyer praised redshirt senior cornerback Paris Logan on defense, however, whom he referred to as “electric.” Logan, who had three interceptions last season, should be matched up with OSU’s No. 1 receiver, redshirt junior Michael Thomas.The Buckeyes last faced the Huskies in 2006, a 35-12 OSU victory. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 for that game, as well.Receiving setsAs OSU has already proved this season, depth charts released the days leading up to the game don’t always mean a whole lot. Still, the depth chart for the Week 3 matchup warrants a closer examination.The No. 1 receiver, as he should continue to be if he stays healthy, is Thomas. Behind him, however, is where it gets interesting.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell is written in as the No. 2 receiver. Campbell, a product of Akron, does not have a catch through two games. In OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech, he had two opportunities for his first collegiate reception but came away with two drops.Still, the lack of early results did not stop Meyer from praising the receiver on Monday.He described Campbell as a “guy who’s coming on like wildfire,” and said the redshirt freshman is someone who “just does things right.”After Campbell, the depth chart lists a third starting receiver spot, held by redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, despite Marshall being listed on the roster as an H-back. He is not the only H-back set to line up wide either, as junior Dontre Wilson is listed behind Campbell.At the actual H-back spot, redshirt senior Braxton Miller appears set to make his third straight start, while sophomore Curtis Samuel stands behind him.Musical returner chairsIn the game against Virginia Tech, junior Ezekiel Elliott made a surprise appearance returning punts. The outcome was not stellar, as Elliott muffed one punt late in the first half for a turnover and made only two returns for 13 yards.The following game against Hawaii, OSU opted to have two men deep, for the most part — a group consisting of Marshall, Wilson and Miller. It was Marshall getting the ball as he returned three punts for 45 yards, including a 32-yard return.Even with the opening up of more options — Marshall and Wilson were suspended for the opener — Meyer has Elliott back on the depth chart, listed next to Marshall as the punt return options.As for kick returns, Meyer seems to be going with a completely different group of return men, as Samuel and redshirt junior running back Warren Ball are listed to be standing deep.Up nextAfter the game against Northern Illinois, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Western Michigan on Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more