Bolt qualifies for semis despite slow start

first_img Tags: BoltLondon Comments Bolt is into today’s 100 metres semis.Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt described his performance as “very bad” as he won his 100m heat at the World Championships in 10.07 seconds.The Jamaican who is retiring after the event in London beat Great Britain’s James Dasaolu into second (10.13) but was frustrated with his start.“I’m not fond of these blocks,” said Bolt. “I have to get this together.”The USA’s Justin Gatlin, twice suspended for doping, was booed when he came out to race but eased through.Britons Reece Prescod (10.03) and Chijindu Ujah (10.07) took top-three spots to reach Saturday’s semi-finals.Prescod’s mark was a lifetime best and earned him third place in a heat where Jamaica’s Julian Forte produced the fastest time of the night to win in 9.99 seconds.The British champion said: “My first World Championships I come out with a PB in the first round – I can’t really complain.“Being in front of a home crowd it’s great, this is what athletics is all about – I loved it.”Bolt in contrast looked like he needed to work hard through the middle of the race before tapering down and shaking his head after crossing the line.The 11-time world champion has only run under 10 seconds once this year and in what was his fourth race of 2017 over the distance he has made his own for a decade, he pointed to his starting blocks as a source of frustration.“It’s shaky because when I did the warm up it [the blocks] pushed back,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s not what I am used to.”last_img read more

Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway

first_imgEmergency services are attending to the scene of a vehicle on fire on the N13 dual carriageway out of Letterkenny.The Fire Service along with ambulance personnel and Gardaí are at the scene, with the outbound lanes closed.Diversions are in place and there are lengthy tailbacks on the road out of Letterkenny. A jeep caught fire at around 1.45pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DiversionsDual Carraigewayemergency servicesfireletterkennyN13last_img read more

Absa trials ‘tap-and-go’ payment cards

first_img23 September 2011Absa and Integrated Fare Collection Services, a DigiCore subsidiary, are working on an integrated transit payment solution South Africa’s public transport sector, including the taxi industry, with a pilot project currently underway in the Western Cape.The new “tap-and-go” payment cards will provide transit owners and commuters with a simple and efficient way to manage payments for transport services. The two companies are already exploring opportunities with associations in other provinces.The cards will use global card standards, namely MasterCard Paypass and Visa Paywave, and are designed to work seamlessly across a number of modes of public transport as they are brought online.“The tap-and-go payment method will also allow commuters and other consumers to conveniently pay for low value purchases in retail outlets,” said Absa Card’s Simon Just in a statement this week. “So, a customer can move from a taxi to a bus to a grocer using the same card on the same day.“As of 2012, commuters will even be able to have this payment option on their normal bank cards.”National transport infrastructure upgradesAs part of national transport infrastructure upgrades, the Department of Transport and local transport authorities have been driving new card-based approaches to fare collection, with the aim of providing commuters with speed, simplicity and convenience when they travel.These will require commuters to tap a prepaid card against readers to pay their transport fares as they enter public vehicles.“Although adoption of this trendsetting service will be gradual, it is gaining momentum,” said Just. “A few major city bus operators and key retailers are starting to roll out tap-and-go payments, and the bank will make it possible for its customers to obtain Absa tap-and-go cards from selected Absa branches as from November 2011.”No PIN or signature requiredTap-and-Go transactions will be limited to R200 per day and users will be able to load a maximum of R1 500 on the card at any time, while the total monthly transaction limit is R3 000.“This is in line with the special exemption from the provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, which makes for ease of issuing of contactless cards to under-banked consumers,” Just explained.Commuters will be able to load funds onto their cards from a bank account or with cash at a transit or station kiosk, vending machines, ATMs or selected merchants.Customers can then make purchases with their contactless card until the pre-loaded balance is used up by simply agreeing to the amount and tapping the card against a reader. No PIN or signature is required.Secure alternative to cashFor public transport operators, the new fare collection system reduces pilferage, provides a more secure alternative to cash and paper tickets and significantly enhances overall efficiencies – while also making a difference in the everyday life of the commuter.DigiCore’s Integrated Fare Collection Services (IFCS) has developed a robust fare collection solution called Tap-i-Fare for transit operators, which uses advanced route planning, GPS and vehicle tracking technology, to calculate fares and ensure that commuters are charged correctly for their journey.IFCS managing director Pierre Bruwer said that even though the system was up and running, there was still much work to do with taxi associations and other stakeholders in order to finalise the operating model and roll-out plans.“We have engaged a number of taxi owners, operators and associations,” he said. “They appreciate the benefits of the new approach to rapid transit payments.“We are confident that it will be embraced in the way that government has intended.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 6 wkts

first_imgAb de Villiers scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore beat Kochi by six wickets in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. ScoreChasing 162 – a tough target – Bangalore got off to forgettable start with their opener Tillakaratne Dilshan departing in the second over of the innings. A leading edge off S Sreesanth was well taken by keeper Brendon McCullum, who dived and took a low catch. Dilshan fell for 1 and Bangalore fell to 7/1.Post that wicket opener Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli forged a 41 runs partnership before Vinay Kumar trapped Kohli leg before on 23.Mayank Agarwal, who was batting with confidence all this while finally departed on 33 trying to play inside out off Ravinder Jadeja. He failed to clear the long off boundary even as Vinay Kumar took a fine catch to reduce Bangalore to 85/3 on the last ball of the 10th over.Then it was the turn of Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary to come to the fore. The two batted, batted even as the asking run rate climbed with every dot ball.They would have liked to continue but that didn’t happen as Tiwary fell trying to slog off Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over with Mahela Jayawardene taking his catch in the deep. He fell for 26 and Bangalore went down to 137/4. But Bangalore’s fortunes took a U-turn in the 19th over when AB de Villiers and Asad Pathan were at the crease. Pathan struck consecutive fours off Vinay Kumar to lead his team to victory.advertisementKochi innings Openers Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman put on 80 runs for the first wicket as Kochi posted 161/5 in their team’s IPL debut match.  Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat, a fine decision keeping in mind that his openers VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum got on with the hitting act right away. The two blasted away boundaries and sixes at ease even as the opposition bowlers struggled.Finally, Sir Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the much-needed respite for Bangalore breaking their partnership by claiming Laxman on the last ball of the 9th over. He fell for 36 after a 80-run first wicket stand with McCullum.But McCullum was still at the crease and he went about his business with ease. And only after lot of effort by the opposition bowlers McCullum relented. A top edge of Virat Kohli was taken by Dirk Nannes at third man. He fell for 45 when the team total was 93.Post his wicket Kochi lost their captain Mahela Jayawardene when the total was 124. But there was a lot of batting to come with likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.Jadeja scored an unbeaten 23 helping Kochi post a fine 161/5 on board in their 20 overs.last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: India hold edge over Maldives

first_imgA victory to start a tournament is always welcome, and if it comes against a higher-ranked opponent, the confidence will only be high. India began their title defence of Nehru Cup with a 2-1 win over Syria and the hosts would be looking to continue the good run against Maldives on Saturday.A familiar foe for the hosts and former SAFF champions, Maldives, too, began their campaign on a bright note, beating Nepal 2-1 in their opener at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.India, however, will hold the edge as they were impressive against the Syrians. Captain Sunil Chhetri has already put up his name on the goal scorers list and the midfield generals looked in good touch.Clifford Miranda, Lenny Rodrigues and Francis Fenandes fed Chhetri well with precise passes and pierced the Syrian defence line time and again.The newly propounded possession football was on display and the players tried hard to string along six-seven short passes, until rain forced them to tweak their style and rely on aerial shots.However, defence remains a concern for the defending champions.Raju Gaikewad will have to raise his level on the right. His under-performance against Syria put more load on the other three Gouramangi Singh, Nirmal Chhetri and Syed Rahim Nabi.With talented striker like Ali Ashfaq on the rivals ranks, the defenders need to tighten up.Against Nepal, the Maldives captain had tormented the defenders with his ability to single-handedly create openings in the front.Two rookies Abdulla Asadhulla and Umair Mohamed impressed on the flanks, and Koeverman’s need to keep a plan ready for the trio. Like India, Maldives also need to shore up its defence. The central defence manned by Abdul Ghani Akram and Mohamed Sifan had some jittery moments against Nepal.Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi did not want to read too much into Indias win against Syria.Its impossible to comment on India at the moment. Rain played a major role in Indias match against Syria. I just cant draw any comparison between this Indian side and former ones,” he said.In their last meeting at the SAFF Championships here in December, last year, India had defeated Maldives 3-1 but even that record isnt giving Koevermans an absolute confidence.”We got three yellow cards in the first match and that remains a matter of concern. Maldives has some quality players who can create a difference,” he said.Ashfaq has already caught Koevermans attention, but the Indian coach was tight-lipped about whether he was going to mark the striker. He also refrained to comment on any change in India’s starting line-up.He might draw solace from the fact that the Maldives coach is concerned about his teams fitness.”Most of my players have just come after observing a month of Ramadan. Also we had little practice before coming here,” he said.But I am happy with the way the youngsters have played in the first match.advertisementlast_img read more