Is Wyandanch Rising Above the Violence?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One bullet to the head and he was gone.But 30-year-old Desi Kingsberry, a sanitation worker and aspiring rapper, lives on in lyrics he wrote about making money, bragging rights, succeeding in life without needing anyone else.“Now I know that everything in life adds up and makes perfect sense, so when you waste time there’s no need to ask where it went,” he rapped. “And they say you can get a job if you stand, on the corner ask for 50 cent…We lookin’ at the world through a real nigga’s eyes.”He was killed outside his family home on State Avenue in Wyandanch at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. The reports are limited. Suffolk County police are silent. But some suspect gang violence. Others just want to see justice.Torey Warren of Amityville was arrested almost a month later, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and was denied bail from county jail while awaiting trial in Riverhead, but there is no confirmed account of why Warren would shoot Kingsberry. His death is an example of violence with which his neighbors are all too familiar.Wyandanch is home to 11,647 residents, many of them commuters who leave the community for work—some using the rundown Long Island Rail Road train station. According to the U.S. Census, 14 percent of residents were living below the poverty rate—double the Long Island rate of nearly 7 percent, but slightly less than the New York State and national rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year called Wyandanch “one of the most economically distressed communities on Long Island.”But it is the strong gang presence that is troubling the locals, many of whom refuse to walk down the hamlet’s main drag, Straight Path, after dark. According to locals, drug dealing can be seen day or night and the sound of gunfire is not unfamiliar. Local chapters of major gangs, such as the Bloods, Crips and MS-13, have established themselves in Wyandanch.The community has the fourth-largest concentration of gang members after Brentwood, Central Islip and Bay Shore, according to a 2012 report by the Suffolk County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.Residents think twice before walking past Davidson Street or Straight Path BP gas station on a late night. They are tired of seeing the purse snatching, late-night shootings and parking lot drug pushing. Many will stop to talk of the late-night gang presence before mentioning the potholed streets.There has been a push for the past decade to turn Wyandanch around. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, when he was Babylon town supervisor from ‘02 to ‘11, spearheaded the Wyandanch Redevelopment Project, coined Wyandanch Rising. The project installed a new sewer system, repaved Straight Path and aims to build two new apartment buildings that will have 190 units. The $500-million project is backed by federal funds, state tax credits, grants and low-cost financing, officials said. It is expected to enhance the commercial business district, while creating an affordable, transit-oriented development.For many Wyandanch residents, however, a face-lift is not enough to cure the sickness. Some believe there needs to be a concerted overhaul of the population, removing all troublemakers and gangs, and only then can the hamlet focus on rebuilding the dilapidated road and buildings. Police and town officials are trying to counter this mindset—to restore hope to a hamlet that has been plagued by the disease of desperation. It has become a battle to restore hope to Wyandanch and to revive the spirits of a divided population.“This is Long Island,” Greta Guarton, executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, said while driving through Wyandanch during the annual homeless census. “Look at the poverty. It’s one of the most affluent places in the country it’s got pockets like this.”STREET STRUCKTo the side of the construction is Straight Path Grocery, a daily haunt for some of the local unemployed. It’s in a perfect position for people watching and the daily traffic that gets caught at the intersection between Straight Path, Long Island Avenue and the train station.Standing outside the store, white T-shirt, jeans, hands in his pockets, is Ben Woodson. At 21, the Wyandanch Memorial High School graduate has no job and concedes that he isn’t trying hard enough to find one. He lives with his parents and passes the days with friends.But none of those friends are gang members.“All I hear is people going to jail, getting shot,” he says as he watches cars stream by, faces staring out at him. “I don’t have no records, I’m a clean guy. That’s the way I like it.”Some drivers pull over to talk, to ask for a light. Woodson acknowledges them with a wave or briefly going over to talk. A young man, wearing a white hoodie and green shoes rides a bicycle on the sidewalk. Woodson nods in his direction and says they went to school together.The bicyclist joined a neighborhood gang, Niggas In Charge, or NIC, as locals call it. Woodson did not. Now they don’t talk.NIC started at Wyandanch Memorial High School in 2008 by a small founding group, according to Suffolk County police gang investigators, who consider it the most violent gang in the area. Police say NIC recruits the youngest members, most of whom are between the ages of 16 and 24, some still in high school. Some police consider it a transitory gang, because members often switch to one of the more established gangs—Crips, Bloods or MS-13—when they reach their early 20s.The biggest gangs, which have tentacles nationwide, have become engrained in the Wyandanch culture, police, residents and gang members say.“After a while you find out it’s a way of life,” a member of the Bloods who asked not to be named said from behind the glass of a visiting booth at county jail. “When you first become a Blood, you’re family. When shit hits the fan, it’s time to do work.”In gang terms, “work” means committing acts of violence, often retaliating against rivals.The inmate was jailed for violating his probation—he was caught with heroin—and has been in and out of jail since he was 17, mostly for supporting Bloods members in their inter-gang fighting.He joined the gang at age 15 in his native Haiti after one of the Bloods befriended him. His life since has been a timeline of drugs, arrests, beatings and shootings. He was once arrested and charged with attempted murder of an MS-13 member in East Massapequa, but said he “beat the trial” because the police did not read to him his rights upon arrest and did not have a warrant to search his house.Now the 21-year-old inmate has “a price on his head”—a colloquial term for retributive violence—because he didn’t come through for a fellow Blood right before he returned to jail last summer. He was released after the New Year, but for him and many gang members alike, there are few options to leave that lifestyle behind.“I don’t believe there is a way out, whether it’s being Blood, selling drugs, whatever it is,” the Bloods member said.He started dealing at 18, because he said that although the attempted murder charge was a youth offense and not on his record, a simple Internet search of his name would tell a prospective employer everything.So, he turned to the easier option. At first it was selling weed, or whatever he could get his hands on. Soon people were asking for harder drugs—pills, heroin, cocaine. He developed a taste for the business and the money.“Drugs came, friends came, girls came up on you more,” he said. “Once one person knows, the rumor spreads and that’s how you get your name out there.”Before long, it was a full time job and he was making an estimated $9,000 weekly by the time he was 19. But it was the drug dealing that brought him back to jail. There remain few options once he gets out again.“Loyalty is what gets me into a lot of issues,” he said, talking about his willingness to help out a member when called upon. “I’ll forever be there for them, I’ll forever be Blood.”From left: Torey Warren and Desi Kingsberry.TAKING IT TO THE STREETSIt is this mindset that has been bothering Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis ever since she took the position in September 2012.The former Nassau County assistant district attorney would spend time on street corners with the high school dropouts, in the community courts and in the schools to teach the youth virtues that they hadn’t learned.“I used to call them ‘lost boys’ and now I call them ‘the chosen ones,’ ” she said from her office at police headquarters in Yaphank, from where she is coordinating her role in turning Wyandanch around.Mention-Lewis uses the term “chosen ones” to point out the potential and hope that can still be found in the young men and women associating with gangs. She also likes the word “imposter,” saying that it reveals the mask that a lot of youth put up in order to survive or look tough on the streets.Mention-Lewis walked across her office to a bookshelf and pulled down a photo of a girl about 9-years-old, a small smirk on her young face.“This is my imposter,” said Mention-Lewis. She grew up in the projects of Roxbury, Mass., which also has a gang presence. She would spend her youth with much older youth, following them around the buildings.“You don’t know what you’re doing, you’re just following,” she said.Her mother saved up and bought a house in Cape Cod, removing Mention-Lewis from the environment. But it is her upbringing and experience as a prosecutor that taught her how to combat the imposters and show gang youth that they are in fact chosen ones. The biggest reason for hopelessness within gang members and youth is disconnection, she said.“A trauma occurs that parents didn’t know how to process,” Mention-Lewis said about the gang youth. “The child becomes the adult and is then walking the streets.”To combat this, Mention-Lewis is replicating a solution she perfected in Nassau to change gang culture from inside. It begins with the Council of Thought and Action (COTA)—a program she started in Hempstead in 2008. The community-based intervention identifies the youth who are struggling as the chosen few, recognizing those who are involved in crime and acts as a movement for positive change.“Less than five percent of the population is doing 95 percent of violent crime,” said Mention-Lewis. “We blanket them for intervention.”Blanket. Another one of her favorite words. It refers to covering them, providing a sense of security and not letting any escape without seeing that people are trying to help.Mention-Lewis is working with Suffolk police officers to hand-deliver letters to community members inviting them to meetings and COTA, which she has expanded to Bellport and Wyandanch in recent years. The newest chapter meets at 5 p.m. on in the Wyandanch Resource Center. Their Easter egg hunt this spring made the news.COTA draws people as young as 11 and as old as 65, focusing on individual development, constructing a new social network with a moral code and developing a physical grassroots organization. It is at COTA that Mention-Lewis truly gets into her stride—teaching the voluntary participants how to get rid of the imposter.“The No. 1 cause for what you see is hopelessness,” she said. For many youth, criminality is a business that will give them a way to quickly earn money and gain a reputation in a tough environment, according to Mention-Lewis. “We’re trying to tap into that business concept and train them how to be real businessmen.”TURNING A CORNERMention-Lewis works with Deputy Investigator Mathew Lewis from the police department’s First Precinct, who was formerly the department’s top gang investigator before a county-wide gang squad was broken up into precinct-level units.The First Precinct gang unit has six officers and one sergeant, who asked that they not be named for their safety. The team has built up a database of self-admitted gang members, as well as a rapport with the people in Wyandanch, giving the sergeants and officers a chance to know the gang members’ backgrounds.“The flow of information is better, we know where to focus our resources,” Mathew Lewis said from the First Precinct station house in West Babylon, just outside of Wyandanch.He also said that the gang unit developed a strong rapport with gang members in the community.“It’s a matter of how you talk to people,” said the gang sergeant, driving through the streets of Wyandanch, wearing a black gang-unit T-shirt, bulletproof vest, 40-caliber gun and handcuffs. “Treating them with some sort of dignity and compassion goes a long way.”He described picking up gang members after they had been arrested and trying to talk through the crime and the reasoning behind it as they drove back to the holding cells. Sometimes they would talk, other times they wouldn’t.The unit spends its working hours patrolling the streets of Wyandanch, watching gang hangouts, such as Davidson Street, a gas station on Straight Path, a chicken restaurant, the local “projects.” The windows were down when a warm breeze carried the smell of marijuana into the cab of the Ford Crown Victoria while this reporter joined him on a ride-along.The gang sergeant said his investigators have seen a shift from cocaine to heroin. One gram of heroin can make 10 bags, with each bag selling for about $10. There are 10 bags in a bundle and 100 in a sleeve.Drug dealing is the lifeblood of the gangs, providing members with quick cash and a sense of business. But, it is not just the money that draws youth into these brotherhoods, Mention-Lewis and other experts say. It is the sense of family and belonging—even if this family leads to death.Kingsberry, the slain aspiring rapper, came from a family of 12 kids. But he lost his life while his hometown is still working to get back on its feet.Outside his family’s home was a small shrine, set up for family and friends to mourn. The gang sergeant drove slowly past. Candles glowed around framed photographs, balloons hovered and flowers rested at the base.A group of family and friends huddled around the memorial, serious faces lifting to stare at the sergeant as he lifted a hand in greeting and slowly drove down the darkened road.last_img read more

Bluetooth skimmers strike in Mexico

first_imgCancun is a popular destination for tourists—and fraudsters. A recent investigation into the Mexican hot spot revealed fraudsters are stealing millions of dollars from tourists by rigging ATMs with advanced data-stealing hardware.By fitting 19 separate cash machines with Bluetooth technology,  fraudsters were able to steal ATM information via skimming. Most skimming devices are detectable, because they are designed as fixtures on the outside of a machine. However, the recent Bluetooth technology proves more difficult to detect, as it is fixed within machines and tied directly to the debit card readers and ATM pads.To gain access to the inside of the ATMs, the fraudsters are bribing poorly paid technicians. The fraudsters then hide tiny devices inside the card slots and PIN pads that steal card data and store it on special Bluetooth devices, which have also been installed inside the cash machines. Cyber thieves use their phones to connect to these devices – which can hold the data of around 32,000 people – and use the stolen information to empty their victims’ bank accounts.Targeted ATMs were not bank-owned or operated— all were freestanding machines owned by private companies.  In many instances, when compromised ATMs were utilized to make withdrawals, the machines canceled the transactions without explanation, resulting in the cardholder attempting the transaction elsewhere. This means the cardholder’s financial institution (FI) would have no record of the cardholder using the ATM. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Retail investors growing as brokerages intensify online access

first_img“With many people staying at home, working from home, and with some having their work, business and income disrupted, they begin to realize the need for investments,” Indo Premier Sekuritas president director Moleonoto told a livestreamed media briefing on Wednesday. Around 60 to 70 percent of Indo Premier’s transactions come from retail investors.Moleonoto added that Indo Premier especially aimed to increase the number of its retail customers in the upcoming year. In line with that target, the company has relaunched its mobile trading platform called IPOT to further tap into Indonesia’s growing number of smartphone users.The app is now equipped with new features that were previously only available on desktop platforms, such as a complete charting feature and a robo-trading feature that used to only be accessible to institutional investors.“Currently, around 70 percent of our stock transactions occur on the desktop platform. Hopefully, at least in the next two years, the proportion will be equal, and by the third year, the mobile platform should dominate against the desktop platform,” he said, adding that in the future, “mobile is everything”. Digital investment portal Tanamduit also reports that its total assets under management (AUM) for mutual fund products grew by 20 percent throughout the year, as of May 26, with a notable surge of fund placements from mid-April until the end of May. Tanamduit cofounder and managing director Rini Hapsari explained that until the end of May, the company’s AUM was recorded at Rp 430 billion, an increase of around 23 percent compared with the end of December last year. At the same time, the number of customers registering on its platform has increased by 31 percent to around 230,000 people, as reported in a press release published on May 29.   There had been a shift in the composition of AUM for its mutual fund products, Rini noted, in which stock market mutual funds increased to 42 percent by the end of May, from 25 percent by the end of last year. Money market mutual funds decreased to 48 percent from 58 percent.She attributed the shift to Tanamduit’s success in urging customers to take advantage of today’s low share prices as part of their long-term investments. The recent market rout that followed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has sent global share prices to historic lows, including in the local bourse. Analysts have said that such market volatility will continue along with the progress of the pandemic.“Volatility in the capital market will always exist. As long as it can be managed, it should be okay,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia head of research Hariyanto Wijaya told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday when asked about the recent uptick in investments from retail investors, despite the market volatility. He added that the current work-from-home policy had freed up time for people to trade, which contributed to the increase in retail investors’ trading activities. While some investors have no problem taking risks in the stock market, others are opting for government bonds as a safe haven and the government is trying to optimize this strong appetite. Government debt securities director Deni Ridwan of the Finance Ministry said that although the COVID-19 pandemic had depressed some people’s financial conditions, others were actually left with excess liquidity or growth in investable funds. This is especially true because their spending during Ramadan and Idul Fitri was relatively low, he added. The ministry has made a decision to issue retail government bonds (ORI) rather than saving bond retail (SBR) to meet market demand.“The change was made in accordance with suggestions from our stakeholders, especially from our distribution partners for retail SBN [government bonds], which indicated a preference from investors or potential investors for ORI,” Deni said in a text message. Investors still prefer to hold liquid assets as a precaution, hence ORI, which are readily tradable, are viewed as suitable investments in today’s market, Deni said. Initially, the issuance of SBR-010 was scheduled for between June 23 and July 9, according to the Finance Ministry’s issuance calendar.Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correctly mention that SBR refers to saving bond retail, not sharia-compliant retail sukuk.Topics : “The COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably changed people’s behavior to become more adaptive to technology, with the use of technology for investing being no exception,” Mandiri Sekuritas director Theodora VN Manik said in a written statement. The growing enthusiasm among retail investors is also evident in the participation rate the company has seen on its education platform. Mandiri Sekuritas has held around 70 classes, which have been followed by a total of more than 12,000 participants.Some 2.4 million people in the country were registered as individual investors as of the end of 2019, with nearly 45 percent of them aged 21 to 30 years old, according to single investor identification (SID) data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI).Indo Premier Sekuritas, which is also among the most active brokerages on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), is aiming for a 40 percent increase in customer numbers in the next year after seeing a monthly average of 200 to 300 new customers so far this year. The number of retail investors is rising as a result of growing awareness about the importance of investing, despite the market consensus that volatility will continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandiri Sekuritas, the country’s most active brokerage house by transaction value, booked 11,000 new customers in the retail segment during the first four months of the year. Currently, the company has more than 133,000 retail customers, of whom 90 percent invest online. Mandiri Sekuritas says the average transaction value for its retail customers almost doubled in April in comparison with the average value in January. last_img read more

Opponents of gay marriage have the right to air their views too

first_imgCourier Mail 16 March 2015We in the Australian Marriage Forum think the public debate on marriage needs to focus more on the rights of the child than the demands of adults. So we developed an advertising campaign, which is one way free citizens argue their case, and launched the first TV ad on Channels 7 and 9 in Sydney Saturday a week ago as the mardi gras parade got under way.We did that because the parade is a protest rally, and “marriage equality” is one of its themes. Our ad was a gentle counter-protest, pointing out that so-called “marriage equality” forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father and that’s not “equality” for the kids who miss out.Of course some kids already miss out on a mum or a dad, through the death or desertion of a parent, and many single parents I know do a remarkable job. But nobody wants a child to miss out. Laws for same-sex marriage make it impossible, ever, for a child to have both a mother and a father. Is that fair?SBS TV confirmed on February 17 that our ad would be shown during its telecast of the mardi gras parade. Then on the day before the parade, SBS announced they were not going to broadcast our ad, breaking their contract with no reason given.Is SBS an activist organisation or a neutral broadcaster? It had its own float in the parade and encouraged its employees to march. It broadcast hours of the mardi gras with its “marriage equality” float and other political themes, but banned our 30 second ad with its opposing viewpoint.This is censorship of free speech on a matter of public importance. SBS is funded by people on both sides of the marriage debate and has no right to use its power to silence the side it doesn’t like.http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-opponents-of-gay-marriage-have-the-right-to-air-their-views-too/story-fnihsr9v-1227263584255last_img read more

Jack Allen Pratchard

first_imgJack Allen Pratchard, 82, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday April 3, 2020 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born April 13, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Lester Pratchard and Ruth (Frederick) Pratchard.Jack was very patriotic and was proud to have served his country in the United States Marines. He was the Owner/Operator of Jack’s Carpet Cleaning, retiring after over 12 years of service. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Greendale, IN. He served as an usher at church and sang in the choir. Jack loved to hunt. He deer hunted for many years, but also hunted for duck, bear, rams, and elk. Jack had a great sense of humor and loved to be around people. He was a story teller and did not know a stranger. He will be missed by his family, many friends, and church family.Jack is survived by his loving spouse of 63 years, Nita (Collins) Pratchard; children, Jack Allen Pratchard of San Francisco, CA, John Lester Pratchard of Versailles, IN, Gena Lynn Shell of Aurora, IN, and Linda Diane Phelps (Fiancé, Tony Waldron) of Moores Hill, IN; grandchildren, Jason Pratchard, Erin Pratchard, Katie Pratchard, Steven Aldama, Sarah (Brian) Wilson, Lori Phelps, Rebecca (Brandon) McKnight, and Jake Shell; great grandchildren, Candice, Lana, Kaden, Layla, Ryleigh, Reese, Riann, Ruby, Blaze, Cali, Journi, and Caiden, and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by parents, Lester Pratchard, Ruth (Frederick) Pratchard, Grandson, Justin Pratchard, 3 sisters, 1 brother.Private services will be held by his loving family due to the Corona Virus. Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church or the Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Transgender woman shot and killed in Pompano Beach

first_imgA transgender woman was shot and killed Friday night in Pompano Beach just after 10 PM. Police are searching for the shooter.Cameron Breon was found shot at 244 N.W. 12th Street in Pompano Beach. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Deputies have not released a description of the shooter.Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.last_img read more

It is tougher to handle success than failure: Venkata Sai Laxman

first_imgMumbai: Celebrated former Indian cricketer Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, whose biography is titled “281 and beyond”, says that dealing with success is much tougher than failure and that is why it is important to have a strong support system in the form of coaches, friends and family to sustain a long sports career.During an interactive session on Thursday night with noted sports commentator Harsha Bhogle, the former right-hand batsman opened up on his emotional roller-costar rider during his cricketing career.About what made him openly talk about depression in one of the chapters titled “Of Laughter and Loneliness” in the book, Laxman said: “It is tougher to handle success than failure. In India, if you are successful, you get carried away very easily. If you are going through a bad patch, you get support and you work hard to bounce back. That’s why having a support system is crucial in such a situation.”“We are not taught how to handle success. I have seen a lot of talented players, who unfortunately do not have the support system, soon drift away. That not only happens because of how they are dealing with failure but also the success,” said the cricketer who created history by scoring 281 runs against Australia in Eden Gardens in 2001 after India trailed by 274 runs in the first innings.It’s was rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years by fellow-players, commentators and journalists in a poll conducted by ESPN’s Cricket Monthly digital magazine.Thanking his family and friends the ‘non-regular’ opener said: “A sportsman cannot sustain a long career without a strong support system. I am therefore really fortunate to have my father and family, my coach, later in life; I have got a support system in the form of my wife Shailaja.”Though Laxman was one of the Indian players who performed at his best against the top international cricket team of his time, Australia, he also went through a rough time because of a bad patch and injuries.Recalling his early days in international cricket, the 44-years-old sportsman said: “In the first four years of my professional career I struggled very hard. I had expectations from myself, as did my parents, but things were not falling in place. I did not know how to cope up. I was so desperate to establish myself in international cricket.”The evening was graced by Sachin Tendulkar who also shared some of the amusing dressing room stories and praised Laxman on how he fought his difficult times on a tour of South Africa.“I think from the beginning I wanted to share my journey (in the book) as it is. There are very many challenges we international sports people face; in fact, I think everyone in all walks of life is facing problems in on a daily basis. It is important to address this and talk about it,” Laxman said.The book has been co-written by a veteran cricket writer R. Kaushik and captures the journey of the Hyderabad boy from his childhood, through his sports career and life after retirement from cricket in 2012. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Cricket News Aiden Markram Achieves Silver Pair, Gets Out For Two-Ball Duck Twice In Pune Test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Getting out for a duck is embarrasing for a batsman. Getting out for a pair, meaning duck in both innings of a Test match is the ultimate insult. In cricket, there are terms for pairs in cricket. There is a platinum pair, meaning out without facing a ball twice. There is a golden pair of king pair, meaning out first ball in both innings. However, South Africa batsman Aiden Markram suffered a silver pair, in which he was out for a two-ball duck twice in the Pune Test against India at the MCA stadium.In the first innings, Markram and Dean Elgar opened the batting after India had notched up 601/5 declared thanks to Virat Kohli’s record-breaking, unbeaten 254. After Elgar negotiated Ishant Sharma in the first over, it was Markram’s turn to face the music. After leaving the first ball from Umesh Yadav comfortably, the bowler responded with a full, sharp inswinging delivery that trapped him plumb in front. Markram did not even bother taking the review as the Proteas suffered an early jolt.However, South Africa were boosted by a record ninth-wicket partnership between Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander as South Africa reached 275 but India still enforced the follow-on as they were armed with a huge 326-run lead. South Africa came out to bat in the second innings on day 4 and this time, Markram was facing the first over from Ishant.The bowler got a delivery to nip back in close to the off stump with extra bounce as the batsman left the ball uneasily. However, on the second ball, Ishant got the ball to curve back in on middle and leg stump line and Markram played down the wrong line. India appealed and the umpire gave it out. Markram thought about taking a review but time ran out and he was dismissed for a silver pair in Tests. Also Read | Ravindra Jadeja’s Falls Hilariously While Appealing In Pune Test, Gets WarnedTo his horror, Markram realised that had he taken the review, he would have survived as the ball was bouncing over the stumps. Elgar, his opening partner, realised the mistake and South Africa continued to flounder. Markram’s struggles were a symbol of South Africa’s batting woes as India came closer to sealing the series.last_img read more

Pedro’s Surgery on Dislocated Shoulder Successful

first_imgChelsea forward Pedro has undergone successful surgery after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.Pedro, 33, who came on as a second-half substitute, collided with Gunners goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the closing stages of the match at Wembley.The Spain forward is leaving the Blues after five yearsand is reportedly set to join Serie A side Roma. Chelsea winger Pedro “The surgery went well, I will be back soon,” Pedro wrote on Instagram.“It was a pity not to win the FA Cup. Thank you all for your support.”Chelsea are in Champions League action on Saturday as they look to overhaul a 3-0 deficit in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Bayern Munich.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hogan says strong Tipp team is a statement of intent

first_imgTipp FM will bring you full live coverage of tomorrow’s game at Parnell Park in association with Lodge Security Nenagh with the pre-match build up beginning at quarter to two.Ken, who worked with the Tipp goalkeepers during last year’s season, is confident the Tipp team can come away with two points: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/ken-hogan-previews-tipp-v-dublin The Tipperary Senior Hurlers will begin their league campaign tomorrow when they take on Dublin in Parnell Park. Eamon O’Shea has named a strong Tipp team to line out in tomorrow’s League opener. Seven All-Stars from last year all take their place amongst the starting fifteen, including a hurling league debut for Joe O’Dwyer from Killenaule.last_img read more