Arnett’s Waite wants three points off Cavalier

first_img “The only thing I think we need to do differently is finish our chances as a team. The last encounter that we had we had the better chances and just weren’t putting them away, so hopefully, this Sunday we can put them away,” a hopeful Cowan said while reflecting on their draw with Tivoli Gardens last time out. It will take more than hope and wishful thinking to get the goals for Cavalier as whenever Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is not in the team, as was the case on Monday, Cavalier struggle. “We have been putting in extra work on the training ground as it relates to finishing our chances, it’s a problem that we have had from the season before, coming into this season as well. We create opportunities, but just not put them away, that’s what we have to do,” Cowan said of their efforts to improve. Former leaders Montego Bay United could not have asked for a better match to get over their blues, following their loss last week to second-place Portmore United. Their opponents, UWI FC, have shown a lot of fight, but appear to lack the required quality to shake things up at this level. Montego Bay United should look towards Dino Williams, Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey to fire them to a victory, while Girvon Brown should lead UWI FC’s charges. Rivoli United will play their second home match in St Ann when they host title aspirants Portmore United at Drax Hall, while Tivoli Gardens and Boys’ Town will battle it out in the Western Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Waterhouse’s rebuilding job will continue with the visit of former pacesettters Reno, while Harbour View and Humble Lion will take centre stage on Monday night at Harbour View Stadium. FINISH OUR CHANCES 6:00 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Montego Bay United vs UWI at Wespow Park 3:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Drax Hall 3:00 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Edward Seaga Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Reno at Drewsland Stadium 8:40 p.m. Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Stadium Monday Night’s game: The last time defending champions Arnett Gardens faced Cavalier the more-fancied team was taught a lesson by Cavalier, and today, when they meet again, coach Jerome Waite will be hoping that his Arnett Gardens team will set the record straight. “It is a most-improved Arnett team. As you all know, we started out slow and we have seen a lot of improvements. Currently, we are in third spot so we expect a much-improved performance. Definitely a win, that is what we are aiming for, three points,” a confident Waite told The Gleaner. “Big win is not important, three points is what is important. Whatever happens in the game, the objective is to ensure that we get three points,” he added. Cavalier manager Toni Cowan believes her team is in a good place and just need to correct a few things. Today’s Gameslast_img read more

Under new coach, Pasaol, UE need time to figure out roles

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pasaol, however, shot only 5-of-18 from the field as he struggled mightily in the last two quarters where UE also crumbled after staying in step with UP in the first half.But dropping just its first game of the season won’t shake Pasaol, who is confident the Red Warriors will be able to get their acts together in the coming games.“Still fine. Maganda naman pinakita namin sa second half despite na tambak kami sa kanila,” he said. “Hindi na kami nakabalik siguro dahil mas under pressure kami kasi tambak na kami.”(Still fine. We did good in the second half even though we fell behind big. We weren’t able to come back because we’re already under pressure.)“Okay naman sila sa sistema ni coach Joe siguro nag-a-adjust lang kasi bagong venue na naman, bagong season. Siguro mga dalawang games, tatlong games,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT But with added experience and new pieces, UE is now looking to share the wealth and alleviate some load off Pasaol with Silva, who replaced Derrick Pumaren at the helm four months ago, calling the shots.“Siguro mas sharing, mas binibigay na namin yung bola sa ibang players para maka-contribute sila. Ayon nahihirapan pa siguro sila sa role nila ngayon,” said Pasaol, whose 49-point explosion was one of the highlights last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’(We’re now looking to share the load and give the ball to the other players so they can also contribute. I guess they’re still struggling with their new roles.)The third-year forward still wound up as the lone Warrior in double-digit scoring with 14 points, 11 of which coming in the first half, in an 87-58 blowout loss to UP. UE’s Alvin Pasaol gestures after hitting a three against UP. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the East star Alvin Pasaol admitted the Red Warriors are still adjusting to new coach Joe Silva’s system.Last season, UE relied heavily on Pasaol, who was a one-man wrecking crew for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Akhuetie impressive in debut but admits UP can’t get excited yet Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew (They’re okay playing under coach Joe’s system. It’s just that they’re still adjusting. New venue, new season. Give it two or three more games.) Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Strong showing in global competitiveness

first_imgInside South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report ranks the country first in the world for its regulation of securities exchanges, and on it the legal rights index. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Di DaiAssociate media managerWorld Economic Forum+41 (0)22 869• Rim El HabibiAssociate media managerWorld Economic Forum+41 (0)22 869• Watch: Nelson Mandela addresses Davos in 1999 • WEF Davos 2014: Keeping up with a fast-changing world • Zuma urges Team SA to sell South Africa at Davos • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path• Watch: Davos 2014 pre-meeting press conferenceLucille DavieSouth Africa is ranked 53rd out of 148 countries in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is down one position out of 144 countries in the 2012-2013 report.The country has overtaken Brazil in competitiveness, pushing it into second place among the Brics nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on the Global Competitiveness Index. South Africa’s gross domestic product is $582-billion, with a ranking of 25th in the world.It is first in strength of auditing and reporting standards, efficacy of corporate boards, and protection of minority shareholders’ interests, according to WEF. Another indicator of the nation’s global competitiveness is the strength of investor protection, which ranks in 10th position. In the financial market, the availability of financial services scores second position, as does financing through the local equity market. The soundness of banks is in third place, while the regulation of securities exchanges and the legal rights index rank first.South Africa also does well on the quality of its institutions, at 41st position, which includes intellectual property protection in 18th position, while property rights are in 20th position. The country ranks 13th and 12th in the efficiency of its legal framework in challenging and settling disputes. The high accountability of its private institutions, in second position, also supports the institutional framework.As in the previous year, the country’s financial market development stands at an impressive third position, with an efficient market for goods and services at 28th, up four points from the 2012-2013 year. In business sophistication, South Africa has improved in the rankings, now at 35th; it has also risen to 39th in innovation. These rankings stood at 38 and 42 previously, respectively.It is steady in financial market development, scoring third position this year and in the previous year. Technological readiness has also remained the same at 62, as has market size at 25. Regarding overall infrastructure, South Africa ranks 63rd, with air transport infrastructure coming in at 11th. There are slight improvements in rail and road transport, measuring 48th and 41st respectively, with port infrastructure in 51st position.Explore the Global Competitiveness Index:South Africa’s anti-monopoly policy ranking is in eighth position, with intensity of local competition ranking at 45th, and the effect of taxation on incentives to invest at 16th. Procedures for starting a business ranks in 30th position, with prevalence of trade barriers at 36th. Prevalence of foreign ownership in the country stands at 35th.Regarding technological readiness, South Africa ranks 40th in the availability of the latest technologies, and 40th in foreign direct investment and technology transfer. Improvements need to be made in internet usage and broadband bandwidth. The country’s domestic market ranks 24th and foreign market 38th. South Africa’s ability to retain talent is good, at 51th, and its ability to attract talent stands at 55th, while more women need to be brought into the economy.“But the country’s strong ties to advanced economies, notably the euro area, make it more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and likely have contributed to the deterioration of fiscal indicators: its performance in the macroeconomic environment has dropped sharply (from 69th to 95th),” says WEF. This has made it difficult for South Africa to return to pre-crisis growth rates.Like most African countries, South Africa has to improve in health and education, in its case involving the huge task of undoing years of the debilitating effects of apartheid. “Building a skilled labour force and creating sufficient employment also present considerable challenges.”Sub-Saharan AfricaWEF’s picture for the region is generally positive. “Sub-Saharan Africa continues its impressive growth rate of close to 5% in 2012 (with similar projections for the next two years), providing something of a silver lining in an otherwise uncertain global economy,” states WEF. This growth has “largely taken place on the back of strong investment, favourable commodity prices, and a prudent macroeconomic stance”.The continent has the full range of rankings, with Mauritius overtaking South Africa to be ranked in 45th position, while Chad is in 148th position. The region still registers an infrastructure deficit, and needs to improve in its health and education rankings. “The region’s poor performance across all basic requirements for competitiveness stands in stark contrast to its comparatively stronger performance in market efficiency, where particularly the region’s middle-income economies fare relatively well (South Africa, Mauritius, and Kenya rank in the top 20% in financial market development).”Rwanda is ranked 66th this year, retaining its third place in the region. Botswana moves up five places to 74th, moving into fourth spot in the region. Improvements are driven in large part by a sounder macroeconomic environment, with its strengths being relatively reliable and transparent institutions (34th), with efficient government spending, strong public trust in politicians, and low levels of corruption.Seychelles ranks 80th overall, with strong and well-functioning institutions for the region, in 45th position, with strong public trust in politicians (32nd) and a government that is seen as efficient (37th). Infrastructure is also relatively well-developed (43rd) and the Seychelles does well in regional comparison when it comes to health and primary education (55th).Namibia improved its position by two places to reach 90th place. “The country continues to benefit from a relatively well-functioning institutional environment (48th), with well-protected property rights, an independent judiciary, and reasonably strong public trust in politicians. The country’s transport infrastructure is also good by regional standards (47th). Financial markets are reasonably developed (39th) and buttressed by solid confidence in financial institutions (21st), although their overall assessment has weakened for three years in a row.”Like other sub-Saharan countries, Namibia needs to improve its health and educational systems to improve its competitiveness.Kenya moves up by an impressive 10 places to 96th position this year because of greater confidence in institutions (88th). Its innovative capacity is ranked a good 46th, with high company spending on research and development and good scientific research institutions that collaborate well with the business sector in research activities.Its educational system, although only educating a relatively small proportion of the population, produces good results, and is ranked at 44th. Its health standards remain low in 121st position, while security in the country has become worrisome.Other countries fall below the 100-point mark: Senegal at 113th, Ghana at 114th, Nigeria at 120th, Tanzania at 125th, Ivory Coast at 126th, Ethiopia falls six places to 127th, Liberia at 128th, Zimbabwe remains relatively stable at 131st, Mozambique ranks 137th, and Angola enters the index this year at 142nd place.last_img read more

Seventh wonder

first_imgSvelte, powerful, flexible… The A7, the latest machine from the Audi, is all set to make heads turn on Indian roads and highways.After having seen the A7 at its world premiere a few months back we were eagerly looking forward to driving the car, the opportunity for which we got at the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Having driven around Sardinia extensively earlier I couldn’t help but wonder how this rather large car, which will take on the Mercedes CLS in India, would manage on the narrow hilly roads of this rocky island.Before getting to that, it was a tough choice on the variants of the car to drive. The car comes with four V6 engines–two diesels and two petrols. The diesel engines are both absolutely new with 3-litre displacement each, there is a 2.8-litre FSI petrol engine and a 3-litre TFSI motor. While the 3-litre TDIs and the 2.8 FSI, engines are available with FWD (front wheel drive) cars and an 8-speed multi-tronic (CVT) gearbox, the other two engines are available with quattro (4WD) variants with the 7-speed S-tronic (dual clutch in Audi parlance). I choose to begin my drive with the 3.0 TDI quattro, which, like the other variants, turns out to be a technological variant. Audi introduced many new technologies on its flagship, the A8, but it has now gone even further on the technology front with the A7.The A7 features the Start-Stop technology on all its variants and includes a superior park assist option which parallel and perpendicularly parks for you, even in tight situations.advertisementTo drive, the car is superbly agile, thanks to its new electromechanical steering, the quick shifting S-tronic gearbox and the sport differential.On the narrow roads of Sardinia the car is easy to manoeuvre. Braking is superb as we discovered when a fiery Italian woman in a red Italian car came down the wrong side of the road, around a corner. Thanks to the great brakes we just about managed to avoid hitting the speeding Italians.The new 3-litre petrol engine feels like a new generation diesel powerplant. It offers the benefits of both a diesel engine in terms of low-end torque and petrol engines in terms of top-end whack. Although I did not get to drive any of the FWD variants, the multi-tronic gearbox works well. Both the engines with the FWD variants are super efficient and feature a number of fuel consumption reduction technologies.I specially liked the advanced safety systems like Audi pre-safe and active lane assist, which work to keep you from colliding. Also great was the large speed limit warning on the car’s twin pod instrument panel.The new five-door touring coupe from Audi features most of the technologies seen on the A8, and more. It is meant to combine the elegant looks of a coupe with the flexibility of an Audi Avant or an estate and the features and comforts of the flagship A8. Engine development is also at its peak in the A7, and with new modules like the steering, the car is not only luxurious and feature filled but sporty as well. Price: Rs. 65-75 lakh (approx)On the road: From Chandigarh to JaipurAt Auto Bild India, we love road trips. It serves two purposes. Firstly, it lets us drive a lot, which is less of a profession and more of a passion for all of us here. And second, we get to see new places. That is exactly what we did on the Drive to Discover tour organised by Honda. The drive started from Chandigarh and we hoped to reach Corbett National Park by sundown. Alas, Indian highways have a funny way of upsetting even the best laid plans, especially if they’re working in conjunction with monsoons as furious as the one we saw last month. So, by the time we had turned off the national highway onto State Highway 1, the road had virtually disappeared.After much manoeuvring around the various obstacles that the roads threw our way, we managed to get back on to the national highway en route to Sarsawa and on to Haridwar, our next stopover. Just a few kilometres ahead of Har ki Pauri (the principal bathing ghat in the pilgrim city) we saw the mighty Ganga in full flow. We finally halted at Ramnagar, close to Corbett.The following day we headed for the Dhangari gate, one of five of Corbett’s main gates. But to get there we would have to pass a section that is best described as an off-road section. The plan was to cross Corbett and then carry on to Bharatpur before calling it a day.advertisementOn the third and our last day we explored Bharatpur’s bird sanctuary before heading off to Ranthambhore. Rajasthan’s roads were brilliant and we made good time but past Ranthambhore we again found roads that had been mauled by the rains. Soon we were forced to take a detour. By the time we reached Jaipur we were exhausted but our wanderlust had been satiated.–Rahul GhoshYamaha SZThe Yamaha SZ is the Japanese bike maker’s attempt at grabbing a piece of the pie that is the entry level 150 cc motorcycle segment. For this new motorcycle, Yamaha has used the 153 cc engine from its FZ range of bikes. This engine is blessed with an impressive low and mid range performance, and doesn’t require too much downshifting to make meaningful progress. Indeed one can potter around the city in top gear, courtesy the bike’s maximum torque being developed at a relatively low 4500 rpm. However if shifting is required then it’s not too much of a hassle because the gearbox is not only precise but is also slick shifting. The SZ is light on its feet and changes directions quickly. The seat is comfy and most buyers wouldn’t mind the hint of sportiness in the riding stance. The ride quality is well sorted and the bike remains comfortable to ride throughout. What is commendable is that despite returning a good ride quality the bike remains an able handler; it does not feel unsettled under cornering and at the same time stays stable in a straight line. Price Rs. 52,000, ex-showroom Delhi.–Abhishek Saksenalast_img read more

Rafael Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Read Next Rafael Nadal of Spain showers with sparkling wine as he celebrates winning against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the end of their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at Roland Garros stadium, where the Spanish player attended the ceremony and said he was happy with his form.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors star Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals MOST READ Osaka will be up against a tough opponent if she gets past Schmiedlova, facing the winner of a first-round match pitting 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko and former top-ranked player Victoria Azarenka.Nadal, who last year became the first male player to win 11 titles at the same Grand Slam tournament, could meet his old foe Roger Federer in the semifinals. Federer, in his first French Open match since 2015, will face Lorenzo Sonego of Italy and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in a potential quarterfinal matchup.Federer is back on clay after skipping that part o the season for the past two years. He reached the quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome, where he withdrew because of a right leg injury.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will begin his run against Hubert Hurkacz. The Serb has been enjoying a good run of form during the clay season, winning the title in Madrid before losing to Nadal in Rome.Organizers announced before the draw that Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic had withdrawn from the tournament, which starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadal won his first title of the season last week at the Italian Open, where he looked close to his best after some uncharacteristic struggles on clay.“It was an important title for me,” Nadal said. “I played very well throughout the tournament, I’m very happy to find myself in this situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the women’s draw, Simona Halep will open the defense of her title against Ajla Tomljanovic. Top-ranked Naomi Osaka, who seeks a third consecutive major championship, will be up against Anna Karolína Schmiedlová.Coming to Paris with only one clay-court match since last year’s French Open, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was drawn into the top half of the draw with Osaka and Halep. She will take on Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more