England’s Jos Buttler admits he is a ‘huge fan’ of South Africa danger man Quinton de Kock | Cricket News

first_img 1:56 Former England captain Michael Atherton says Ben Stokes’ return to England’s T20 squad for next month’s tour of South Africa is a ‘huge bonus’ – Advertisement – “I’m a huge fan of his, I think he’s a fantastic player,” Buttler told reporters. “I think he’s got an excellent cricket brain, I like the way he looks at the game and the way he takes it on.“He’s probably one of my favourite players in the world at the moment. Having played against him, he’s incredibly difficult to keep quiet with the bat, I enjoy his wicketkeeping style as well, he’s a fantastic wicketkeeper.“He’s a brilliant player and he’ll be a real danger man for South Africa on this trip.” Jos Buttler says Quinton de Kock is one of his 'favourite players in the world'
Jos Buttler says Quinton de Kock is one of his 'favourite players in the world'

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Borr, Schlumberger team up to offer performance based drilling contracts

first_imgOffshore driller Borr Drilling has teamed up with Schlumberger, world’s largest oilfield services company, to offer integrated, performance-based drilling contracts in the offshore jack-up market.Borr said it would offer the service by leveraging the Schlumberger global foot print, infrastructure and technical expertise and Borr Drilling’s jack-up fleet.The driller said the combination of the Borr rigs with the Schlumberger integrated offering is “the next step in delivering safe, reliable and efficient drilling operations to our customers through commercially aligned business models.”Borr Drilling CEO Simon Johnson commented, “The collaboration with Schlumberger is a key enabler to successfully execute our strategy and deliver a truly differentiated offering to our customers, using innovative business models.”The companies will also explore opportunities to work together in areas such as training, technology projects, and performance optimization.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Borr Drilling, seeking more info on how the intended “performance based contracts” would work.We will update the article if we get a response.last_img read more

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Bahamas pastor warns on gay marriages

first_img Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional Bahamas pastor warns on gay marriages by: – February 21, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 51 Views   no discussions NASSAU, Bahamas — The legalization of same sex marriage in The Bahamas could open the floodgates to requests for the legalization of other types of unions, including polygamous or incestuous ones, warned Pastor Cedric Moss, who declared that the issue should be put to the people before any decision is made.“I think if the majority of citizens in the country want same sex marriage, then same sex marriage would be the order of the day,” Moss told The Nassau Guardian on Tuesday.“If that happens I, and other faithful Christians will not support [this type of] marriage.“I would not marry a same sex couple, but I would respect that it’s what the majority wants. So for me this is an issue not for Parliament, not for courts; it’s an issue for the citizens.“And I think the same way we had a referendum on gambling, which is not as important as this one; we should have a referendum on marriage.”Moss commented on the subject after Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett predicted on Friday that the Bahamian courts will soon have to address the issue of same sex marriage.“I also have no doubt that in deciding the issue we will have respect for the decisions that emanate not only from the Commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia, but also from decisions of the courts of the Unites States of America,” Barnett said.Moss acknowledged that the issue has been or is in the process of being debated in several countries around the world.“I think this discussion about homosexuality is consistent with what we see happening around the world. Countries are talking about it,” he said. “Naturally we expect that, that will happen in this country as well. This is one of the realities of living in a democracy.”He added, “The thing is once you start to remove a boundary, you say it’s no longer going to be between a man and a woman; I want it to be between two men and two women, then what about polygamy?“What about a man marrying his daughter or a boy marrying his father? Why shouldn’t they be able to do that? That’s the problem with that. These are not marriages. These are counterfeits.”Erin Greene, a human rights activist, who has championed lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) rights for years, claimed on Monday that many homosexual couples have married in some churches on the island.“The church is a non-governmental body, so a church can do what it wants. We have married gay couples in the country… because there are churches who are willing to do it,” she said.But Moss said those are not real marriages.“Those churches would not have performed marriages,” he said. “They would have performed ceremonies.“Marriage is between a man and a woman. Anything other than that is a counterfeit.”By Krystel RolleCaribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Edo FA Set for South-south Champion of Champions Tourney

first_imgEdo State Football Association has concluded plans for a smooth kick off of the inaugural South-south Champion of Champions Soccer Tournament which is billed to run from May 18-21 in Benin.Chairman of Edo FA, Frank Ilaboya, in a statement made available to the media in Lagos said eight teams would be featuring in the maiden edition of the competition which is a gathering of top clubs in the South-south zone of the country.He said the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin and the Ugbowo Campus Stadium of the University of Benin would play host to the matches.Ilaboya stated that the tournament which is being bankrolled by FROT Group, a Lagos-based firm would serve as an avenue for teams from the zone to get their acts together ahead of the national Federation Cup which kicks off next week.“The tournament is designed for teams from South-south zone to prepare for the national Federation Cup. Our desire is to see the Federation Cup won last year by Akwa United remaining in the zone,” Ilaboya stated.Three teams from the host state, Edo- Inneh Stars, Dynamites and Benin landlords, Insurance FC will feature in the tournament. The winners, courtesy of FROT Group would smile to the banks with N1million, while the runners up would pocket N500,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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NBA, Clippers express condolences after David Stern’s death

first_imgThe NBA’s response to the death of David Stern, the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner who oversaw the league’s growth into a global powerhouse, on Wednesday was swift and heartfelt, with public reaction including those with ties to the Clippers.“RIP DAVID STERN,” tweeted Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.The team also released a statement on Twitter: “The L.A. Clippers and #ClipperNation are saddened by the loss of David Stern, whose vision and leadership over his 30 years as NBA commissioner transformed our sport into the game we love today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. He died with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside, according to the league. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tweeted Brian Sieman, the Clippers’ TV play-by-play man: “Thank you Commissioner Stern for giving us all a great life in the NBA.”“The entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the NBPA said in a statement. “David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants. His impact on our game and our business is immeasurable and the rewards we reap will continue to be appreciated by NBA players.”Former Clippers center Marcin Gortat also expressed his condolences: “Mr. Stern! What U have accomplished it’s beyond everyone expectations!! U have created the most powerful league in the world. It’s such a sad news:/ Rest In Peace!”Garrett Temple, another former Clipper, echoed those thoughts, tweeting: “RIP commissioner Stern. Condolences and prayers to his family.”Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, the league had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry.center_img Clippers fans will remember that Stern was instrumental in Chris Paul’s tenure with the team, which acquired him in December 2011 from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.Prior to that trade, Stern vetoed the original Paul trade that involved the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.“I’m going to correct your language: What ‘cancelation’? The GM (Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern told Brian Berger in 2016 on the Sports Business Radio Road Show. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.“When you’re the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It wasn’t approved by me as the owner rep.”In six seasons with the Clippers, Paul averaged 18.8 points and 9.8 assists and was a star of the “Lob City” era.last_img read more

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Shane Shields is named interim city manager… finally

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 216 weeks ago Any insight into why Valentine was not in favor of partnering with the League of Municipalities for the hiring process? I can’t think of a logical reason to be against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 216 weeks ago My guess is its a waste of $5,000.00 when Shane Shields should be the one appointed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Richard Rayl · 215 weeks ago Gezz, get it together people! Shane Shields should be the new city manager why waste more money on looking for someone else who will just screw things up like the last manager did? Wellington ciy council and mayor get it together you have a good man in front of you named Shane, so stop wasting our money and hire our home town person who is well qualified to take over as our next City Manager! Report Reply 1 reply · active 215 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down ??? · 215 weeks ago What are the qualifications of a typical City Manager? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council appointed Shane Shields as its interim city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Shields is the city’s finance director and served as the interim a couple of years ago when the city was searching for a city manager.After 45 minutes in executive session the unanimous vote was taken. The city has had a couple of executive sessions to discuss its direction  after deciding to dismiss Roy Eckert about a month ago.Shane ShieldsAlso Tuesday the city decided to hire the Kansas League of Municipalities to do its search for a city manager at a cost of just over $5,000.At the last meeting a representative of the league met with the council and told them how they could run the campaign for them. The league will advertise for applications, and then narrow that down for the city. The city will still set the parameters as far as how many to narrow it down to and how long the process will take.Most likely it will be narrowed to a dozen or so before a few finalists are named. Shields was appointed Interim City Manager “until further notice,” with no timetable set.He was a candidate last time, but withdrew during the process. He may be a candidate this time.Mayor Shelley Hansel said she thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the services being offered by the league of municipalities.She said since there may be one or more internal candidates, it might be better for an outside entity to run the process.After a motion by Kip Etter to hire the league, the matter passed 5-1, with Jim Valentine voting against the measure.In other matters Tuesday:•Plans for the Kansas Wheat Festival continues. The Picnic in the Park event is going to be put on by city employees after the Lions Club was unable to do it this year. The employees decided to do this on their own, and will do it as a fundraiser. They have not yet decided what the cost will be.Button sales are continuing, and 2,300 of them were sold as of Tuesday. The buttons are used for admission for most festival events and are $3.The first clue in the medallion hunt will be released at 6:30 a.m., Monday, in front of the auditorium.Also it was announced the city fireworks display will be held after darkness falls on July 3, following the Wellington Heat game. The game starts at 7, and after the game the stadium will be opened to the public for the fireworks.•••••Council member Bill Butts gave an update on the CGDG block grant application. Some city officials, Butts and Mayor Shelley Hansel made a presentation last week in Hays as part of the application process. The city started the process several months ago, and set up a group that took an inventory of the entire city housing. The city could get money to develop, or fix, houses of low income people in the city.He said the city was invited to continue its application process after the presentation. The city should find out in October if it will get the grant of more than $300,000. Even if not, the city can still apply each year. Butts said the things learned during the process were valuable, and that will make it worthwhile either way.There will be some town hall meetings at some point to educate the public about the program, as well as how one would go about applying. If the city gets the grant people would have to apply, which is how houses would be chosen for the project.•••••Council member Jan Korte updated the council on the hospital. She said collections were  $690,000, and they seem to be down some in June. That is to be expected as things are slower in the summer.•••••The raw water issue will be discussed at the work session meeting next Monday.  The city installed a back flow prevention device last week. Jason Newberry told the council this would keep treated water from getting in contact with untreated water. The city is still supplying bottled water from the city.The city is currently in compliance with KDHE directives, but still has some issues that will involve a permanent solution.This came up when the state, following federal rulings, said the city could not allow customers to tap on to untreated water for home use. Mayfield area residents had been doing so for decades in a deal with the city, as the city has wells on their property.•••••The city appointed Stacy Davis to the Wellington City Planning Commission to replace Gerald Gilkey who had resigned. He was just appointed in April. She was the only applicant. The term runs through April 30, 2020.•••••The city passed a resolution to purchase transformers from the Kriz-Davis company of Des Moines, Iowa, for $50,695.90. The purchase had been budgeted. They received four bids and all were below  what had been budgeted.•••••The council has a work session next Monday to discuss the budget, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Department heads will be there to talk about their individual budgets. The raw water issue will also be discussed.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Kenya drops one place in latest FIFA ranking

first_imgHowever, with head coach Paul Put underlining a requirement of at least two friendly matches in March, Kenya will give a shot at going into double digit rankings, with the aim being to surpass the best ever placing of 68.Neighbors Uganda remain the best placed Eastern Africa country despite slumping down five places after their poor performance at the African Nations Championship and are now ranked 78th.Rwanda have moved up two places and are now placed 114th while Zdravko Logarusic’s Sudan who reached the CHAN 2018 semi finals have moved six places up and are now ranked 118th.Meanwhile, Tunisia remains the best ranked African country despite staying put at 23rd while Senegal has dropped three places down to 27th though remaining second in Africa. DR Congo has broken into the top three after a massive rise of four places to rank 39th.World Cup bound Egypt have dropped 13 places to rank 43rd, the highest African dip alongside Burkina Faso who have dropped all the way to 57th.The status quo in the top five worldwide remains the same with Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium retaining the first five slots.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Libya in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15- Kenya’s national football team Harambee Stars has dropped one place to 106th in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday afternoon after a period of inactivity since their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup win last December.Having failed to play in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after being stripped of hosting rights and no FIFA friendly window available since the Senior Challenge Cup, the team has not had an opportunity to increase its points.last_img read more

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