When South Africa lost to India on Sunday, they cemented their reputation for 'choking' in ICC tournaments. IMAGE: South Africa's ODI Captain A B de Villiers. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images In what had turned in to a virtual quarter-final on Sunday, June 11, South Africa were cruising along nicely against India. They had reached 140 for the loss of two wickets and looked all set to finish with a mammoth total, with A B de Villiers and Faf du Plessis at the crease. Against the run of play India got the all-important wicket of de Villiers thanks to a terrible mix-up between the two batsmen. India also got David Miller in similar fashion and soon South Africa lost their way, losing wickets in a hurry and finally folding for a below-par 191. India did not face much difficulty in overhauling the target and sealed a place in the semi-finals. This is not the first time South Africa have choked in an ICC tournament. They have a history of doing that … [Read more...] about Why South Africa are Cricket’s Chokers
IMAGE: The series will mark the Indian team's return to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, on Tuesday, confirmed that it will be hosting the eight-match limited overs series between the women's teams of India and South Africa in Lucknow from March 7. The series, comprising five ODIs and three T20Is, will mark the Indian team's return to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. Both teams will be arriving in Lucknow on February 25 and will undergo a six-day quarantine. A 22-member Indian team has been picked for the contest but is yet to be announced. "We got the go ahead from the BCCI yesterday. It is a big series considering our team last played 12 month ago. We are looking forward to hosting it," UPCA secretary Yudhvir Singh said. The ODI, all of them day-games, will be played on March 7, 9, 12, 14 and 17 and will be followed by the T20 matches on March 20, 21 and 24 … [Read more...] about India-South Africa women’s series to kick off from March 7
More surge testing will be rolled out in Ealing after additional cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa were detected. It is an extension of testing which was started in the west London borough earlier this month following the discovery of previous cases. Cases have been identified in Acton, Greenford, Southall and West Ealing and are not believed to be linked to international travel. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world People living in Ealing are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test when offered. Advertisement Anyone with symptoms should book a free test online or by phone to get tested at a testing site or have a testing kit sent home. On Wednesday the government announced that surge testing would begin in the HP10 postcode in Buckinghamshire and SW8 and SW9 postcodes in Lambeth in London. More from Covid-19 Kenneth Branagh transforms into Boris Johnson in uncanny first-look … [Read more...] about COVID-19: More surge testing in Ealing as additional South Africa variant cases detected
Smoked monkeys, turtle heads, whole bats — at the bushmeat market in Mbandaka in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can find quite a few exotic types of meat. Bushmeat is one of the most important sources of protein for many Congolese. But it has a dangerous aftertaste. Whether bird flu, HIV/AIDS, Ebola , or COVID-19, many diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases account for about 75% of emerging diseases currently affecting humans. They also include yellow fever, various forms of influenza, rabies, and Lyme disease. Many of these diseases can be traced back to the consumption of bushmeat. The illegal wildlife trade is worth $27 billion annually, by some estimates The illegal bushmeat fallacy In West and Central Africa, hunting and trading in various species of wild animals is either legal or semi-legal. Bushmeat is also popular in southern Africa. "For some people, it's about going back to more … [Read more...] about Could Africa’s taste for bushmeat trigger the next pandemic?
Gangster Ravi Pujari was brought to Mumbai from Bengaluru on Tuesday and produced before a special court which remanded him in the custody of city police till March 9 in a 2016 case of firing at a restaurant. IMAGE: Gangster Ravi Pujari was brought to India from South Africa in February last year. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/ Rediff.com Pujari was extradited to India from Senegal in West Africa in February last year after being on the run for several years, and was lodged in a jail in Bengaluru. The crime branch of Mumbai Police which is probing the case produced him before a special court for the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA). His custodial interrogation was required to find out who gave instructions for the attack as Pujari himself was in Senegal at the time, the police told the court. They also needed to find out where the pistol used in the attack was obtained and how the finances were arranged, police said. Pujari's lawyer Devanad … [Read more...] about Mumbai cops get gangster Ravi Pujari’s custody till Mar 9