AB de Villiers leads Proteas’ recovery following imperious Kohli century

first_imgAB de Villiers crafted an unbeaten half-century to put South Africa in a promising position on the third day of the second Test which was cut short by bad light after India captain Virat Kohli lit up Centurion with a sublime hundred.A magnificent 21st Test century from Kohli (153) got the tourists up to 307 all out yesterday, Morne Morkel taking 4-60 as the Proteas earned a first-innings advantage of 28.An intriguing contest appeared to be swinging in India’s favour when Jasprit Bumrah reduced South Africa to 3-2, but de Villiers (50 not out) and Dean Elgar (36 n.o.) came to the rescue with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 87 on a deteriorating pitch.South Africa were 90-2 when the players were taken off 10 overs into the final session under dark skies, leading by 118 as they strive to wrap up the series with one match to play.Kohli carried on where he left off on day two after India resumed on 183-5, the skipper adding the 15 runs he needed to raise his bat yet again, reaching three figures by working debutant Lungi Ngidi into the leg side for two.Hardik Pandya had shown restraint, but gifted South Africa his wicket when he ambled through for a single but was run-out by Vernon Philander, the all-rounder failing to ground his bat or a foot despite being beyond the crease.Kohli found another able partner in Ravichandran Ashwin (38), who dispatched Kagiso Rabada for three consecutive boundaries as Kohli continued to look untroubled.Ashwin struck seven boundaries and put on a much-needed 71 with Kohli for the seventh wicket before edging Philander, steaming in with the new ball, to Faf du Plessis at second slip.Morkel removed Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma cheaply, but Kohli was able to bring up 150 by pulling the paceman to the midwicket boundary before the innings was ended when he holed out to the same bowler.Bumrah (2-30) set the alarm bells ringing for South Africa when he trapped Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla leg-before, but de Villiers showed positive intent and Elgar grafted for his runs on a tricky surface, indifferent bounce making life difficult for the batsmen.de Villiers found the ropes six times and reached his 50 before play ended prematurely due to the failing light, a rain delay having also brought the players off after tea.last_img read more

Pandemic sends rural bankers survey index to all-time low

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows the vast majority expect the coronavirus outbreak to push their local areas into recession. The overall index for the region plummeted to 12.1 in April from March’s already anemic 35.5. It was the lowest index recorded since the survey began in January 2006.Any score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said more than nine in 10 bankers surveyed expect the measures being taken to fight the coronavirus to lead to a recession. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.last_img

Botswana stands in Uganda’s way at Netball World Youth Cup

first_imgPool C results & teamsJamaica     43    Cook Islands 41Botswana  72    Malaysia 26Cook Islands 41 Botswana 50Uganda     81    Malaysia 21 (see video bottom)BotswanaJamaicaCook IslandsMalaysiaUgandaGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls will come up against a high flying and unbeaten Botswana Under 21 side as the Netball World Youth Cup enters day 3 in Gabarone on Monday.Riding a wave of home support, Botswana destroyed Malaysia 72-26 on the opening night Saturday, then followed it with another convincing 50-41 victory over Cook Islands Sunday.As Team Botswana Vice captain Katlego Dipatelelo predicted pre-event, the Botswana side so far look good for a top eight finish. Victory over the highly ranked Ugandans will confirm their credentials.Dipatelelo said the team is stronger as a result of build-up tours to Australia and Singapore.“We have been travelling to South Africa for tournaments, we also travelled to Singapore and Australia as part of our preparation, and we played local teams and the men’s team so we get a bit of physique in our game,” Dipatelelo told the press before the event started.She said the tours have had a positive effect, with the team being able to adjust to various styles of play. “For us in Africa it’s always about running with the ball, but we have learnt how to play a more technical game where we put the ball in space without a lot of physique being involved.”Dipatelelo boasted that, “Our defence has improved mightily and our goal scoring range between 80 and 90 percent our interception at our defence part is above 10.” VIDEO: Uganda vs Malaysia Botswana event first for AfricaThis is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) has held an international event on the African continent.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The tournament will feature 9 days of netball, 70 games in total and 20 countries are competing from across the five INF regions.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Share on: WhatsApp Botswana girls in pre-event action. They test Uganda today.Today – Netball World Youth CupUganda ?? vs Botswana ?? 3pmlast_img read more

Plan Advances to Address Blighted Area

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan  |SEA BRIGHT – In a unanimous vote at its April 25 meeting, the borough’s Unified Planning Board took the first step in designating 14 properties in the downtown section of the borough as areas in need of redevelopment or possible condemnation.The next step in the process will be up to the Borough Council. If the council approves the planning board’s decision, these “Shrewsbury River Properties” will be designated as being in a redevelopment area, meaning variances would not be needed to implement a design plan for the area, Councilman Marc Leckstein said.Thirteen of the properties in the designated section, from Surf Road to River Street, are owned by Jesse A. Howland & Sons Inc. and CJM Associates of Sea Bright LLC, which share a common post office address.In 2015, the two companies applied to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a waiver from the requirement for a 100-foot setback from the Shrewsbury River, saying it was an undue hardship and would make it impossible to build a 147-apartment complex, according to Caryn Shinske, public information officer for the DEP.The applicant also wanted to reconstruct and raise an existing bulkhead so it would match the seven-foot bulkheads being built on public lands under a DEP and Army Corps of Engineers flood mitigation project, she said.“The application had been pending because it lacked required information up to this point,” Shinske said on April 12. But new information was submitted on April 10, she confirmed.On Wednesday, Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesman, said the permit application is under review.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the properties in the possible redevelopment zone included those in the Jesse A. Howland & Sons housing complex proposal. He said the area was not zoned for a housing complex and there had been nothing submitted to the borough concerning the Howland proposal.No representative of Jesse A. Howland or CJM Associates spoke at the public portion of the planning board meeting.The companies could not be reached for comment.At the meeting, Christine A. Nazzaro-Cofone, of Cofone Consulting Group, LLC in Red Bank, described each of the properties included in her firm’s report, prepared for the planning board, and detailed the conditions under state law that made them eligible to be included in the designation for redevelopment.Included in the requirements: “The generality of buildings are substandard, unsafe, unsanitary, dilapidated, or obsolescent or possess any of such characteristics. Or are so lacking in light, air or space as to be conducive to unwholesome living or working conditions.”The properties named, located on the riverside of the downtown area are 6, 8 and 10 River St.; 21, 38, 40, 42 and 50 Church St.; 9,15 and 16 South St.; 4 and 10 Front St.; and 31 New St.All but 8 River St. are owned by the Howland company and CJM Associates.That property, owned by Icarus Development, Rumson, did not meet any of the criteria for redevelopment, but was included as to avoid creating a “Swiss cheese” effect in the area, Nazzaro-Cofone said.Asked about possible plans for the properties if they are designated by the borough council as a redevelopment area, Nazzaro-Cofone said, “this isn’t the forum for that.”She said there would be other opportunities “to discuss use” of the properties, but “not at this time.”Mark Teichmann, Surf Road, said he was concerned the board’s approval of the redevelopment zone “was one step closer to eminent domain.”But board attorney Kerry Higgins said that subject was for a different forum rather than the planning board.This article was first published in the April 27-May 4, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

CONQUEST FARENHEIT, ELWOOD J, BAY MUZIK & ROCKIN RUDY ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgELWOOD J: The leading money earner in the field with $83,940, this California-bred gelding by Vronsky may hold a seasoning edge, as the Baffle will be his sixth career start.  Dispatched at odds of 3-5, he comes off a gate to wire allowance win going six furlongs on a wet fast track here on Jan. 20.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, he has two wins from five starts and will be trying open company for the first time.  Owned by Joe L. Turner, he’ll retain the services of leading man Flavien Prat. THE $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11                                                                                                      Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT ROCKIN RUDY: Sold privately following a rollicking 11 ½ length maiden $80,000 claiming score going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 5, this Iowa-bred colt by Midshipman will get tested for class in his first start for Doug O’Neill on Monday.  With several bullet works on his tab, including a five furlong drill in 58.40 on Jan. 27 (best of 101 at the distance), it would appear “Rudy” is set to fire a big shot in what will be his second career start.  Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, he’ll be ridden for the first time by Mario Gutierrez.                 CONQUEST FARENHEIT:  A close second two starts back in a Grade II stakes going a mile on turf at Woodbine on Sept. 18, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy disappointed in his Southern California debut for trainer Peter Miller on Feb. 2, as he tried dirt for the first time and ran third at odds of 2-5.  A runaway maiden special weight winner in his debut going seven furlongs over a yielding turf at Woodbine Aug. 26, he’ll cut back in distance from a flat mile as he tries to make amends in his second start for Miller.  Favored in all three of his lifetime starts, he’ll be ridden for the second time in a row by Norberto Arroyo, Jr.  Conquest Farenheit is owned by Chad Littlefield and Rockingham Ranch. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2017)–Scheduled to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Monday, the $75,000 Baffle Stakes shapes up as a wide open affair, with Conquest Farenheit, Bay Muzik and Rockin Rudy heading a field of seven sophomores.Santa Anita has announced that it will offer fans a special 11-race card on Monday, Presidents’ Day, which is also Dollar Day at the track.  One dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs will be offered throughout the afternoon.center_img SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON SET FOR 11-RACE CARD; MONDAY IS ALSO DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA WITH ONE DOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & HOT DOGS OFFERED BAY MUZIK: Idle since breaking his maiden at first asking on Aug. 20 at Golden Gate Fields, this Blaine Wright trainee won by 1 ½ lengths in virtual gate to wire fashion going 5 ½ furlongs on synthetic Tapeta, defeating 10 rivals in a front-running manner that has proven very difficult for many horses.  A West Virginia-bred by the Distorted Humor stallion Maclean’s Music, Bay Muzik will be ridden for the first time by Stewart Elliott and he is owned by Chappell Alpine Farms, LLC. Tipo Duro–Corey Nakatani–120Rockin Rudy–Mario Gutierrez–120Elwood J–Flavien Prat–122Souter–Kent Desormeaux–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Bay Muzik–Stewart Elliott–120Anyportinastorm–Tyler Baze–120With an 11-race card on tap, Santa Anita will have a special early first post time on Monday of 12 noon. For scratches, changes, track condition updates and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.comlast_img read more