first_imgNEW Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner is all set to stay away from home for as many as four months in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic as he flies off to play in the CPL first and then the IPL.A party of ten will fly out from New Zealand this week for the CPL after obtaining no-objection certificates from NZC, of which Santner, Ish Sodhi and Brendon McCullum will then head over to the UAE in September to be a part of the IPL.Santner is the only one who will play in both leagues, for Barbados Tridents first then Chennai Super Kings, as Sodhi will be playing for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the CPL but working as spin consultant for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, while McCullum will be head coach of the two Knight Riders franchises – Trinbago and Kolkata.Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips, Corey Anderson, Scott Kuggeleijn and Nick Kelly are the other New Zealand players set to feature only in the CPL, while Lockie Ferguson Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan and Kane Williamson should make the trip across for the IPL.Santner admitted there were risks involved in flying through different continents and staying in hotels, even though there are going to be all sorts of safety apparatus in place. “It’s an interesting one. I’m going through America and I’ll park up in the (airport) lounge in the corner somewhere. It’s one of the risks we’ve got to think about,” Santner told stuff.co.nz.“They’ve put an extensive booklet together about what happens in each circumstance which has been good, and a bit of clarity around where we’re staying. It seems like they’ve got it under control.”Santner, Sodhi and McCullum have a slim window to travel between the two leagues as the CPL ends on September 10 in Trinidad and the IPL begins only nine days later, with the quarantine rules for entering bio-secure bubbles in the IPL not defined yet. With IPL scheduled to end on November 8 or 10, the trio will then be expected to quarantine for two weeks once they get back to New Zealand.“At this stage we’ll just fly straight across (from the Caribbean),” Santner said of getting to the IPL. “I’m not sure what quarantine looks like yet (before the IPL), but there are some other big dogs like Dwayne Bravo and Brendon McCullum I can tag along with.”Santner will have another group to fly with after the CPL as the likes of Rashid Khan, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard are also expected to be at the IPL.Santner was part of the last international match that took place before the COVID-19 crisis hit the world, when New Zealand took on Australia behind closed doors in Sydney in March. More recently, the New Zealand players – men and women – have attended camps in Lincoln and Mount Maunganui to train for the cricket scheduled ahead.“It’ll be exciting to play some cricket again,” Santner said. “It’s been a slow winter but good to be at home for a bit and train and do all the fitness work.Chris (Donaldson, New Zealand strength and conditioning coach) put us through the wringer the last six weeks so it’s nice to go away and not see him for a few months.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#design#Government#politics The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Answer: The animated GIF’s impact on this election – given its newness factor as a political tool – is slim or hard to gauge. “You’d probably be exaggerating… a lot” if you said GIFs will turn the tide one way or another, Rugnetta allows. But that’s not the point. The political GIF has already changed the way we talk about politics, how we cover politics, and even how we campaign as politicians. GIFs, like memes, are “The Way We Election Now.” Critics of the political GIF could point out it further reduces a politicians message to soundbites, one-liners, gaffes and spectacle, but Rugnetta asserts “a GIF is more complete than quotes on paper, because the words are reunited with the actions and attitudes of the person who spoke them.”“The time where there is an official campaign GIF maker doesn’t feel too far off,” Rugnetta speculates. As Colin Horgan wrote in The Guardian, “perhaps soon, a candidate could succeed or fail not on the strength of their zingers during a debate, but on the gifs they generate afterwards.”You hear that, political campaign consultants? Animated political GIFs really could decide an election.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit fruzsina eordogh 2012 is the year of the political GIF. Not just for Internet forum users, now established journalists and even Presidents are using this venerable image format to convey instant commentary. (The Live GIF off, anyone?)The GIF’s rise in prominence this election year even prompted PBS Ideas Channel host Mike Rugnetta to ask: How Will The Animated GIF Affect The Presidential Election? Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgDale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series between India and South Africa due to left heel damage.Steyn left the field during India’s first innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised left heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — came under doubt.Having been ruled out of the ongoing first Test, he saw a foot and ankle specialist and will be reassessed in four to six weeks’ time.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 13 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.The South African team manager said he sustained a “freakish” foot injury while bowling in his comeback game on Saturday.ALSO WATCHSteyn, who has been plagued by injuries over the last three years and was playing his first Test in more than a year, hurt his left foot when he landed awkwardly in a foothole on one delivery, South Africa manager and team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said.Initial scans showed tissue damage around the bottom of Steyn’s foot and near the heel, Moosajee said, and Steyn wouldn’t be able to bowl again in the Test in Cape Town.The type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee added, almost certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia’s tour in March.advertisement”Generally you need rest,” Moosajee said, saying there was “significant” bruising and tissue damage on Steyn’s foot.Steyn will see a specialist on Sunday, Moosajee said.Steyn left the field just before the tea break and immediately after the delivery that caused the injury. He couldn’t complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.”It’s never nice for Dale because he’s just come back from injury,” said Steyn’s fellow South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “Just feeling very sympathetic for him.”Steyn, who is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test matches, was playing a Test for the first time since breaking down with a right shoulder injury in Australia in November 2016. Before that, the 34-year-old paceman, regarded as one of the game’s great fast bowlers, endured other problems with his right shoulder and a groin injury. He had only played eight Tests in three years before his return this week.His comeback was closely watched with fears that he hadn’t played enough cricket in the buildup to this season and might struggle for match fitness.Moosajee said it was important to note that it was a freakish type of injury and had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India’s first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 Tests. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

first_imgSo we’ve reached the final day of the X-Blades 18 Years and Under National Championships and it’s going to be another day of dynamic competition. There are only four teams left in the hunt for the Boys’ Championship.Reigning champions Sydney Mets will play Cobras in the first semi-final while QSST will face off against Central Queensland on the other side of the draw. Mets will take a mental advantage into their match, having already disposed of Cobras 8-4 on Thursday, but the Cobras boys led by the impressive Rhys Jacks and Oscar Sanft will be steeled for a battle to the end. QSST will be hunting for their first finals appearance in a few years when they go toe to toe with the form team of the 2007 tournament Central Queensland.In the Girls’ Championship race gutsy performances by Queensland franchises Sharks and Cobras earned them a place in the final four. Cobras, led by Australian 20 Years gun Sam Hopkin, upset a powerhouse Suns team 4-3 while Sharks easily disposed of the higher-placed NSWCCC 8-2 who will be disappointed with their meek surrender after promising so much in their narrow loss to QSST yesterday afternoon.Sharkies will battle QSST and Cobras will face NSWCHS in the semis. The Boys’ Shield semi-finals will see more hotly contested matches. Northern Eagles will be disappointed at missing out on the Championship finals. The home-town heroes will be desperate to progress through to the Shield grand final but they will first have to overcome Sunshine Coast. Sharks and Suns are the other two teams left in the battle to claim the boys’ Shield. In the girls’ division Central Queensland earned itself a position in the final four with a 6-5 drop-off win over Northern Eagles last night. CQ will meet Sunshine Coast for a place in the Shield grand final. Whoever makes it through will come up against the winner of NSWCIS and Hunter Hornets.The boys’ Plate finals will also be contested tomorrow. Rebels and Tasmania will square off for one grand final berth while Scorpions and Northern Territory will clash for the other. It is an all-foreign battle for the girls’ Plate. ACT and TouchWest will play in the first semi while Tasmania and Northern Territory will meet in the second. The girls’ grand final is scheduled for 2.15pm. The boys will play off at 3.15pm. Every team competing in the X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships still has something to play for. Who will finish champions? We will know by the end of today. 8.00amGirls’ Shield SF1        Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Shield SF2         NSWCIS v HornetsGirls’ Plate SF1          ACT v TouchWestGirls’ Plate SF2          Tasmania v Northern TerritoryBoys’ Plate SF2          Rebels v Tasmania9.00amGirls’ Champ SF1         QSST v SharksGirls’ Champ SF2         NSWCHS v CobrasBoys’ Shield SF1         Northern Eagles v Sunshine CoastBoys’ Shield SF2         Sharks v SunsBoys’ Plate SF1          Scorpions v Northern Territory10.00amBoys’ Champ SF1         Mets v CobrasBoys’ Champ SF2         QSST v CQBoys’ P/O 7/8              NSWCCC v HornetsBoys’ P/O 13/14           TouchWest v NSWCISGirls’ P/O 13/14            Rebels v Eagles11.00amBoys’ P/O 5/6              ACT v NSWCHSGirls’ P/O 5/6               Suns v NSWCCCGirls’ P/O 7/8               Mets v ScorpionsGirls’ P/O 11/12            L/S/SF1 v L/S/SF2Girls’ P/O 17/18            L/P/SF1 v L/P/SF2 12.00pmGirls’ Shield Final           W/S/SF1 v W/S/SF2 (Determines 9th and 10th)Girls’ Plate Final            W/P/SF1 v W/P/SF2 (Determines 15th and 16th)Boys’ P/O 11/12            L/S/SF1 v L/S/SF2Boys’ P/O 17/18            L/P/SF1 v L/P/SF2 1.00pmBoys’ P/O 3/4              L SF1 v L SF2Girls’ P/O 3/4               L SF1 v L SF2Boys’ Shield Final          W/S/SF1 v W/S/SF2 (Determines 9th and 10th)Boys’ Plate Final           W/P/SF1 v W/P/SF2 (Determines 15th and 16th) 2.15pmGirls’ Final                    W/SF1 v W/SF23.15pmBoys’ Final                   W/SF1 v W/SF2last_img read more

first_imgAt the X-Blades National Youth Champs in September in Coffs Harbour, Tony El Takchi and Jason Stanton entertained the crowds with their antics.To see this and other footage from NYC, click on this link:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img

first_imgTennessee fans cheer in support during a game.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)You don’t have to worry about Kahlil McKenzie Jr. flipping to another school on National Signing Day, Tennessee fans. The five-star defensive tackle basically bleeds orange and white at this point. McKenzie, a 6-foot-3, 354-pound defensive lineman ranked the No. 6 player in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, is as passionate a commit as we’ve seen. He’s talked trash about Tennessee’s rival schools. He’s helped recruit other top prospects to Knoxville. And he’s a very big fan of the song, Rocky Top.Here’s the elite recruit blasting Tennessee’s unofficial fight song in his car Tuesday morning. I will be blasting Rocky Top for the rest of the day #VolNation  pic.twitter.com/zeY13auBbm— Kahlil McKenzie Jr (@KM1_Era) February 3, 2015You’ve got a good one in McKenzie, Tennessee fans. The Volunteers’ 2015 class is ranked No. 4 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more