Markram stakes claim for South Africa Test captaincy

first_imgCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Opening batsman Aiden Markram has said he would give an “arm and a leg” to captain South Africa in Tests but admits doubting his own ability during a difficult 12 months in the longer format.Markram, 25, is considered one of the front-runners to take over the Test captaincy from Faf du Plessis when South Africa return to five-day action, and would likely have been a shoo-in if his form had not dipped so dramatically in the last year.“It is just nice to be considered and I’d give an absolute arm and a leg to be able to do it, but in the same breath I don’t want to become desperate about it,” Markram said in an interview released by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday.“It’s one of those things where if it were to happen it would be amazing. But if not, there are plenty of good leaders within the environment that will definitely take the team.”Markram led South Africa to victory at the 2014 Cricket Under-19 World Cup, and had been tipped by current CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith as a future captain for the senior side.“I really enjoy captaincy,” Markram said. “I enjoy the responsibilities that come with it. I have been able to watch from franchise captains to a guy like Faf and it is just something that I would love to do.”But Markram must first regain his starting place in the side. The opener averaged above 45 in his first 15 tests, but in the next five managed only 183 runs at an average of 18.30.He had a spell on the sidelines after injuring his hand when he struck a wall following a pair of ducks in India last year.“I have certainly doubted myself and doubted my abilities,” Markram said. “At the top level, you’re just a few bad knocks away from people wanting you out of the team. I doubted myself quite a bit this last year.“It’s a tough space to be in but it comes with the territory and if you want to be a top performer at a high level, you’ve got to find ways to deal with it.”South Africa are next scheduled to be in action for two Tests in the West Indies in late July, though that tour is under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Japan doctors warn heat could make 2020 Olympic marathon ‘deadly’

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A group of Japanese doctors on Wednesday urged Olympic organizers to start the Tokyo 2020 marathon as early as 5:30am, saying failure to do so could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke.The warning is the latest in a chorus of concern about how extreme heat could affect several sporting events at the Olympic games, particularly after Tokyo sweltered through a record heatwave this year.ADVERTISEMENT The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers have acknowledged the concerns and already moved the marathon start time up 30 minutes to 7:00am, with competitive walking starting even earlier.But the Japan Medical Association and the Tokyo Medical Association said that was insufficient because most of the course would still be run in heat levels that were dangerous, and under which physical activity should be halted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We are seriously concerned about it,” Kimiyuki Nagashima, a senior official with the Japan Medical Association told reporters Wednesday.“If the risk of heatstroke is high for not only athletes but also staff members and the audience, there will be a rising demand for emergency services, which will have serious impact on medical institutions and regular patients.” #KickStalker: Jordan XXXIII hits Philippine shores The IOC has backed calls for Japan to adopt daylight savings during the Games to ease the heat situation, but there is little support among Japanese lawmakers or the public for the proposal, which is viewed as too disruptive.When Japan last hosted the Olympics, in 1964, the Games were held in October to avoid the country’s stifling summer humidity and heat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The associations are calling for the start time to be moved to 5:30am, and the presidents of both groups met earlier this week with the head of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to press the issue.“We wouldn’t have visited the organizing committee if we’d thought it was only slightly worrying… we fear the current plan could lead to deaths,” Haruo Ozaki, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, told AFP.Heat stroke kills hundreds of people each year across Japan, and this year record temperatures caused a spike in fatalities and hospital visits.Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the 2020 organizers, said the doctors had presented “a serious opinion based on expert knowledge.”“We’ll share it with working groups of the IOC and IPC (International Paralympic Committee)” that are discussing issues of heat, he told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Huskies hosting Fairview Flyers in home opener tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be hosting the Fairview Flyers at the North Peace Arena for their home-opener on Friday evening.After tonight’s match, only one of the six teams in the NWJHL will be winless, as both the Huskies and Flyers are going into tonight’s game with records of 0-2.The Huskies lost their season opener to the North Peace Navigators two weeks ago by the score of 5-3 after leading the Navs 3-2 for the first two periods of the game.- Advertisement -Last Friday, the Pups were held off the scoresheet in a 6-0 loss to the Sexsmith Vipers.The Flyers meanwhile lost both their games against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and Grande Prairie County JDA Kings.The puck drops at the North Peace Arena tonight at 8:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img

Bengaluru FC Confirm Kanteerava Stadium as Home for 2019-20 Season

first_imgIndian Super League defending champions Bengaluru FC confirmed that they will play their home games for the 2019-20 season at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru after Karnataka High Court gave them a green signal for the same.Bengaluru FC’s ‘fortess’ was under threat if the matter had not been resolved at the Karnataka High Court. In 2017, a number of athletes who train at Kanteerava had alleged that the club’s footballing activities hamper with their training. Through the inquiry process, Bengaluru FC were allowed to use the stadium but the trouble was that the deadline was getting over on October 14. The club, unaware if they’d be allowed to play their home games there, even went on to register Balewadi Stadium in Pune as the venue for home games in order to adhere to the deadline for AIFF Club Licensing. However, now that the problem is resolved, the club will play its home matches at their ‘fortress’.As Bengaluru FC gave the update on their social media handle, they also thanked the “Government of Karnataka, the Sports Ministry, the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, the Karnataka Athletic Association and all other stakeholders and associations for their support in making this happen.”Our endeavour, as always, will be to keep the flag of the state flying high in the field of sport and beyond. #WeAreBFC #RoomForMore— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 10, 2019 On Thursday, Bengaluru FC was also one of the six clubs to have its AFC and National License for the 2019-20 season approved with sanctions. The other five to get the license are: Chennai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, Jamshedpur FC, FC Goa and ATK.Bengaluru begin their ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC at home on October 21.To quell any and all doubts, we are playing AT the Fortress this season. 🙂 #WeAreBFC #RoomForMore— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 10, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. afcbengaluru fcfootballindian football First Published: October 11, 2019, 12:42 PM ISTlast_img read more

From the Champagne mojito to the classic Singapor

first_imgFrom the Champagne mojito, to the classic Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotels & Resorts ’ signature cocktails are ideal for those seeking both classic and innovative drinks with a twist. Cocktail aficionados can even create these sumptuous drinks at home following the recipes: Raffles Hotel , Singapore – “ Singapore Sling” In the early 1900’s Raffles Hotel Singapore’s bartender Ngiam Tong Boon created a gin-based cocktail named Singapore Sling in an attractive pink hue to cater to British ladies who discreetly fancied a cocktail whilst in public. The drink is now world famous and Raffles Hotel , Singapore serves close to 2,000 glasses of the Singapore Sling daily. Ngiam locked the original recipe in a safe for many years; however, it has finally been revealed below:30 ml Gin 15 ml Heering Cherry Brandy 120 ml Pineapple Juice 15 ml Lime Juice 7.5 ml Cointreau 7.5 ml Dom Benedictine 10 ml Grenadine A Dash of Angostura Bitters Garnish with a slice of Pineapple and CherryRaffles Dubai – “ Dubai Sling” Inspired by the local flavors of the Middle East and infused with ingredients from South East Asia , the Dubai Sling follows the steps of the famous Singapore Sling. This innovative cocktail, with zesty flavors of lemon, coriander, chili and fig is perfect while lounging by the patio or pool:50ml Plymouth Gin 3 sheet of ginger 1 ½ bsp Fig Jam 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice 20ml Corriander and Chili Gomme (sugar syrup) Dash Peychauds Bitters Soda to fill Muddle the ginger inside the boston glass add all the ingredient except soda. Shake and strain in a sling glass with ice top with soda. Select a fig wedge for garnish, with a ginger fan served in a traditional sling glass.Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh , Cambodia – “Femme Fatale” In 1967, Jacqueline Kennedy visited Cambodia to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing Angkor Wat. While residing at Hotel Le Royal, she admired Prince Norodom Sihanouk’s own jazz composition, The Evening I Met You, sipping a rouge-colored Champagne cocktail in the Elephant Bar. Decades later, during the refurbishment process of Raffles Hotel Le Royal, her cocktail glass was discovered still bearing the imprint of her lipstick. To commemorate her visit to Phnom Penh this elegant Champagne cocktail is reborn as “Femme Fatale”. This cocktail is excellent to serve for a girls gathering: 7.5 ml Crème de Fraise Dash of cognac Top with Champagne Preparation: Build in Glass Glass Champagne Flute Garnish RoseRaffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia – “Airavata” Named after a divine multi-headed elephant and bearer of the king of gods in Hindu mythology, Airavata is a refreshing concoction of rum with pineapple, coconut and lime juice and served in a handmade elephant grand tasse. Bas reliefs and sculptures of Airavata can be admired at the temples of Angkor , which frequently depict scenes from the Hindu epics. This is a truly tantalizing cocktail with a sense of history:30 ml Rum 15 ml Crème de Banana 15 ml Coconut Passion 60 ml Pineapple juice 10 ml Lime juice 30 ml Coconut juice 10 ml Sugar syrup Airavata mug Shake ingredients with ice and pourRaffles L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills – “Moonlight Martini” The Moonlight Martini is one of the signature drinks at the exclusive Writers Bar at Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, where VIPs are making movie deals. It is a favorite with residents who frequently enjoy their cocktails al fresco on one of the hotel’s patio lounges. Ideal for outdoor intimate cocktail and dinner parties:2 – 1/2 Ounce Kettle One Vodka 1/8 Ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur 1/4 Ounce Hpnotiq Liqueur Shake ingredients well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glassRaffles Beijing Hotel , China – “Champagne Mojito” Raffles Beijing Hotel adds a touch of elegance to the perennial summer favorite, the mojito .The Champagne Mojito at Raffles Beijing Hotel is favored for its delectable flavor and refreshing taste. This recipe is ideal for a unique Mexican-themed party:Bacardi Rum 45 ml Mint Leaves 7pcs Brown Sugar 1 cup Lime Juice 15 ml Sugar Syrup 15 ml Lime Wedge 3pcs Champagne 45 ml Glass: Collin. Methods: Muddle and Build Garnish: lime slice and mintRaffles Canouan, The Grenadines – “Jambutini” Raffles Canouan’s Jambu’s Beach Bar has created the ultimate island cocktail – Jambutini. This delicious blend of gin, white rum and vermouth and other invigorating ingredients provides a Caribbean feel to a pool or beach party:1 Ounce Gin 1 Ounce White Rum ½ Ounce Dry Vermouth Splash of Orange Bitters or Angostura Bitters Garnish with Orange Twistwww.raffles.comlast_img read more