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(REUTERS) – Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a notable omission in the Twenty20 squad announced on Thursday by the country’s cricket board (BCCI) for next month’s three-match series against South Africa.Dhoni sat out India’s ongoing tour of the West Indies as he was set to discharge his responsibilities as an honorary colonel in the army with patrol duties in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir.There had been speculation he might retire after struggling in the recently concluded World Cup in England where India were knocked out in the semi-finals.Except for the inclusion of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who replaces fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the squad is unchanged from the team that won the T20 series 3-0 in the Caribbean.India play South Africa in Dharamsala (Sept. 15), Mohali (Sept. 18) and Bengaluru (Sept. 22).India’s squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
Reya Holmes’ dream of representing Nigeria at the junior international level has been put on hold following an injury she sustained while preparing for the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Tennis Championships (AJC) which serves off from April 25th-30th at the National Stadium, Lagos.The 10-year-old, born of a Nigerian mum and British dad, has been one of the talented prospects in Nigerian junior tennis, and had relished the chance of featuring in the AJC. However, she twisted her ankle while featuring in a tournament in London during the week in preparation for the tournament.“It’s so unfortunate she won’t be in the Nigerian team any longer despite the commitment to have a very good tournament. She twisted her left ankle during a match in London and she is now on POP (Plaster of Paris) because the injury is a bit serious,” her coach, Paul Moses said on Sunday.The absence of Holmes has now guaranteed the trio of Serena Teluwo, Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu their places in the girls’ team for Nigeria while Daniel Adeleye, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong form the boys’ team.Meanwhile, Benin, Togo and Ghana have confirmed their participation in the event which will see two teams each in the boys’ and girls’ categories qualify from CAT Zone 2 to the Africa Junior Championships billed for September in Casablanca, Morocco.Nigeria Tennis Federation scribe, Mariam Akande, also hinted that Cote d’Ivoire has withdrawn from the tournament.Participating countries are scheduled to arrive on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
OMAHA — Fears about coronavirus slowed Iowa’s economy during February, along with the overall economy across the Midwest, according to a Creighton University survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states.Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the impact on commerce is critical, as the virus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, with more than three-thousand dead.“We asked the supply managers, and these are men and women that are buying goods from abroad in many cases and domestically, four out of ten, 40% of supply managers indicated negative impacts from the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern for the regional economy going forward.”The illness originated in China and that’s where tens of millions of people are quarantined, with factories of all sorts temporarily closed. Goss says that’s gumming up the gears that would ordinarily keep manufacturing moving.“Twenty-seven percent said they’d switch vendors, actually switch vendors because of the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern if this coronavirus is, if we see do that in the U.S. popping up more so than what we’ve seen thus far.” On the plus side, Goss says some of those supply managers who said they’re switching vendors are switching to -domestic- vendors.The stock market tumbled last week over fears about the virus and Goss says it’s brought about a quick response. “We’re seeing businesses and individual investors looking for safety, safety is the number-one concern right now, not the rate of return,” Goss says. “Where do you go for safety? Gold. Gold prices are up. Where else do you go for safety? U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing up prices and yields down.”Goss says hiring across the region is down as businesses continue to struggle to find qualified workers.The monthly Creighton survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
A lot has changed in Manchester in the last decade. The City, historic second team of the city, has emerged as the great club of the same, advancing on the right to a United that leads several drifting campaigns, and confirming itself as the great dominator of the Premier League in the last ten years. Much of the fault is Pep Guardiola, who has lifted seven titles, including two Premier, in his three and a half seasons as a City coach and tomorrow will play a vital game to continue gaining weight on his winners: the first leg of the semifinals of the Capital One Cup against Manchester United in Old Trafford “Before we were the noisy neighbor, but now I don’t know what we are”, Guardiola acknowledged in the previous meeting. Also, the Catalan tried to subtract pressure from his men before the impending Manchester derby: “The derby is important for our fans, I know exactly what it means to them, but the other teams are also very important.”. Nor did he answer if he preferred this type of games or face Liverpool, the team with which the last Premier has played: “There are many large teams in England,” he said.Guardiola did not confirm if he would play with holder Bravo, but He was glad to have recovered Aymeric Laporte and Nicolás Otamendi. “It’s good to have Laporte back. Everyone except Leroy (Sané) is training, so we have almost the entire team back for this period,” said the Catalan, who acknowledged that some players will rest for “the incredible amount of games that some have in the legs”. Catalan referred to some famous words of Sir Alex Ferguson, historical coach of United, which the Scot delivered in the summer of 2009 after the signing of Carlos Tévez for Manchester City. The Argentine striker never agreed with the British coach and in July 2009 he changed the sidewalk to leave the ‘red devils’ and Enroll in the ranks of the ‘citizens’, who received it with a gigantic blue-blue poster in which they welcomed Manchester; The image has its explanation: many British fans, especially the City, argue that the team of the Mancunians is the City, while United is the team of those who do not live in Manchester. “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and you can’t do anything”said the Scotsman, “They will always be loud, so you have to go on with your life, turn on the TV and turn up the volume.” “They are a small club with a small club mentality. They only know how to talk about Manchester United, that’s all they have done and they can’t do anything about it.”sentenced the Scotsman. The image with which the City announced the signing of Tévez and that sparked the controversy with Sir Alex Ferguson.Manchester City Guardiola, who did not go so far in his advances, was cautious in the face of tomorrow’s crash at Old Trafford, a stadium where he has only lost once as a ‘citizen’ coach. “When you play many times against the same teams sometimes you win and sometimes you lose,” explained the Catalan, “I didn’t expect to beat them whenever I got here. We’ve won more times than we lost, which is the important thing.”. However, the last Manchester derby ended with a ‘red devil’ victory by 1-2 at Etihad Stadium, a stadium in which he has only won a derby of the five that Santpedor has directed at home: “I don’t have a theory about this “, the Catalan was sincer.United comes to the first leg of the Capital One Cup after falling 2-0 against Arsenal in the Emirates on the last day of Premier, but Guardiola He doesn’t trust the Solskjaer team. “I think he’s starting to see what he wants in his team”, Guardiola explained, “It is not easy to take the reins of a great club that demands you to be champion in all competitions, but all coaches need time“.” I have a feeling that United has started playing as he wants, “he added, “They are very fast, solid and aggressive. In the last game we conceded a few counterattacks and in a matter of seconds they were in our area”.
Donegal is set to see forty post offices closed if the current social welfare contract is lost to An Post, the Irish Postmasters Union has warned this week. This suggests that over 7% of the targeted closures across the country are in Donegal.Despite comments by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte this week that the Government has no plans to close any post office, few in the Donegal postal service are assured in any way by those comments since plans are already in place to farm out a range of services to Tesco and other commercial enterprises. The Postmasters Union says the Govt plan for protecting the service is effectively a recipe for doing nothing.The Union has challenged Pat Rabbitte that if he is serous about the future of the service, he should rescind immediately the contract with Tesco and Supervalue to deliver a “Post and Pay” service at their branches nationwide.The Union and supporters, many from Donegal gathered outside Leinster House on Wednesday when a Dail motion proposed by the 16 members of the Technical Group of TDs was debated.County Donegal now has 77 post offices and the Irish Postmasters Union has told the Tirconail Tribune that at least half of these will close under the proposals now being considered by An Post. The Postmasters Union has challenged this week’s comments in the Dail by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte that the Govt. has no plans to close any post office.Brian McGann, General Secretary the IPU speaking on Sean O’Rourke’s Show on RTE Radio on Wednesday said that while the social welfare contract had been secured by An Post for the next two years, the Government was urging recipients to use the banking service and this would decimate the service.Calling for Govt action Mr. McGann said that no single Department can solve this issue – it needs a combined Government approach, he claimed. He noted the Minister’s comments regarding An Post having to tender for business contracts.However, Mr.McGann pointed out the Government needs to ensure that the network has a level playing field on which to compete.“The driving licence renewal contract was an example of where the network could have been used very effectively. We have experience of passport renewals – we could have offered the service of driving licence renewals using the same model. However, severely restricting the number of locations for the provision the driving licence renewals to 34, effectively prevented Ireland’s network of 1,150 Post Offices from having a fair opportunity to compete for the business” Mr. McGann stated. He says the postmasters are very concerned that no plan is in place that signifies the commitment of the Government on the future of the post office network.The Grant Thornton Report has called on the Government to take action to secure the future of the Post Office network by highlighting the devastating impact, both social and economic, on communities across the country if the network collapses.Mr McGann called on An Post to pull back from establishing an alternative network in partnership with Tesco.“The possible partnership with Tesco is unacceptable to the Union and we have sought an urgent meeting with the company to express our concern and opposition to the development. We will not tolerate the establishment of a network that we believe will ultimately destroy the Irish Postmasters,” Mr McGann stated. Pat Rabbitte has told the Dail this week that An Post was a commercial State company and received no exchequer subsidy.He highlighted issues the network ignored “at its peril” including when business activity moved from the High Street to nearby shopping centres.He also warned that business would suffer without electronic services.“There really isn’t much point in expecting the world to stand still while An Post remains committed to over-the-counter business.”The TD’s along with Pat Rabbitte stand accused of waffling and using flowery language that ignores the reality of the crisis facing half the country’s post office network.The Postmasters Union (IPU) argues that 557 Post Offices nationwide would close down if the contract is lost in the next couple of years.The Grant Thornton Report has found that by 2017 there would be a decline of 557 Post Offices (48%) in the network, which has 1,150 Post Offices at present. Urban and rural communities would be hit by the closures that would follow the loss of the social welfare contract.In recent years many of our towns and villages have been decimated by the loss of the garda station, the post office, creamery office and the sad toll of emigration. In more extreme cases, the pub and the local shop have closed their doors, victims of emigration and changing consumer habits. In many locations across Donegal it is a struggle to find an ATM.This indeed is the rule rather than the exception of life under the new regime of the Enda Kenny led Government where sound bites are the only response to the most serious concerns in our midst. The Government and Sate agencies surely must have a social responsibility towards the entire country.While we need to continue to invest capital expenditure into the larger urban areas, we cannot simply ignore entire counties, communities and constituencies in the West of Ireland.The general secretary of the Irish Postmasters’ Union, Brian McGann, has said that immediate government action is now needed to ensure the viability of the Post Office.Rural Ireland needs as many post offices as can probably be kept viable. The two-year social welfare contract is currently held by An Post with possible extensions for up to four additional years.However the Government is committed to moving to electronic payments as part of its eCommerce strategy and this is causing serious concern to the 1,150 postmasters around the country.Commenting on the report’s findings Irish Postmaster Breid Gallagher, who represents Postmasters in Donegal, said immediate Government action was required to ensure the viability of the Post Office network into the future.She says: “We may have won the contract in theory but the business is being diverted away on a daily basis. We cannot survive if this continues. We know that the Programme for Government contains a commitment to maintain the network of Post Offices but we are in no doubt that the network is under serious threat. There is no plan in place to ensure that that commitment is honoured and we need one urgently.”Breid Gallagher also expressed the Union’s grave concern that An Post is partnering with Tesco to develop an alternative network that will seriously impact on the network.This development, which is a result of Government inaction on maintaining the Post Office network, would destroy the network within two years, she predicted.“The Union will resist this move, by direct action, if necessary,” she warned.DONEGAL COULD LOSE 40 POST OFFICES IN SHAKE-UP WARNS UNION was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An PostBreid GallagherdonegalPostmaster’s Union