Craig Ervine provided an important thrust to the innings as Zimbabwe set Kenya a big target and then completed a 161-run rout on Sunday in the last Group A match of the World Cup. ScoreErvine’s stroke-filled 66 stood out in a batting performance that helped Zimbabwe score an imposing 308 for six after electing to bat in the inconsequential match.In reply, Kenya were all out for 147 in 36 overs in the face of some tight bowling by the spinners.Zimbabwe finished with two wins after having beaten Canada earlier in the league, while Kenya remained without a win.Kenya were led by veteran all-rounder Steve Tikolo in his last match after regular captain Jimmy Kamande was ruled out due to a knee injury.Kenya’s batting succumbed in the face of Zimbabwe’s first 300-plus total in the tournament.Ervine provided the impetus amid a strong middle-order batting performance, striking a brisk 66 and adding 105 runs for the fifth wicket with Elton Chigumbura, who made 38.Ervine struck nine fours and a six during his fluent 54-ball knock, during which he often worked the ball cleverly off his legs. He was out in the 48th over when he played on a delivery from pace bowler Elijah Otieno.But the Kenyans got no respite as Prosper Utseya struck 19 off just six balls, including a six and three boundaries off the first four deliveries off the last over of the innings bowled by Otieno.Zimbabwe had earlier made up for two early dismissals as Tatenda Taibu and Vusi Sibanda added 110 for the third wicket in just under 20 overs.advertisementThe partnership was broken due to a mix up that saw both batsmen at the same end. Sibanda had to go back after an entertaining 57-ball 61 in which he hit seven fours and a six to Tikolo that had taken him to his 13th half-century.Taibu struck 53 off 74 balls, completing his 18th half-century as well as 3,000 runs in limited-overs internationals with a well-timed four to the point boundary. But he was out soon after as he tried one reverse-sweep too many against leg-spinner James Ngoche and was trapped lbw.The Kenyan batting line-up struggled from the start.After pace bowler Chris Mpofu provided the initial breakthrough by trapping David Obuya lbw, left-arm spinner Ray Price showed his expertise with the new ball.He removed Tikolo and well-set opener Alex Obanda, both lbw. Collins Obuya was run out and Utseya removed Tanmay Mishra as half the Kenyan side was dismissed by the 12th over.The game meandered on from then with Kenya only ensuring there were no embarrassment, Nehemieh Odhiambo making an unbeaten 44.
LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee — a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass.“I’m happy for this very positive start. I had good feelings on court,” he said.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, logisticsNadal collected the opening five games of the afternoon in 17 minutes as he set the tone for another dominant display in the principality.He was equally in control during the second set, where he saved three break points in the fourth game and two more in the sixth. Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who lost to Nadal in Paris last June, beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4.Thiem, who won the Indian Wells title over Federer, made a successful switch to his favourite surface as he prepares for the pre-French Open sequence of events.Fourth seed Thiem won with a break in the final game after Klizan held a 40-0 lead.Upbeat ZverevAlexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.The German, locally based, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semi-final last month.The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.That may be starting to change.“This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week.“I’ve been training well but haven’t been able to take that into matches. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments “I live just 500 metres from here, I’m comfortable on this court. I’m starting to feel better about my game.“I’m really ready for the clay season.”Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes.The third seed will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon withdrew because of back problems.Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5.“I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I’m on the court,” Tsitsipas said.“If all these are combined, then I have nothing to fear and I have nothing to be afraid of when I’m on the court.“This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It’s been a long hardcourt court season before the clay.”Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert stunned 2018 finalist and fifth seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at then end of their tennis match on the day 5 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 17, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a great start, it’s good to be back here,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said, keeping talk of his knee to a minimum.“I can’t pretend to not have pain at all, but professionals normally play with pain,” Nadal said.“It’s part of the sport at the highest level and it’s no limitations at all. I was able to move well and be confident with the things that I did.”Bautista Agut has now lost to his Spanish countryman in all three of their meetings, while Nadal improved his incredible record here to 69-4 as he takes aim at a fourth consecutive title at the event.“This is just the first match and it’s been a very positive start,” Nadal said. “The results say that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
March 18, 2015On Sunday March 15. 2015 we were treated to an afternoon of peaceful and meditative flute music performed on silver and Native American flutes by two masters of their instruments, Sherry Finzer and Mark Holland.Sherry Finzer is an international award-winning American flutist and composer. Sherry’s sound is influenced by the different genres of music she plays, by the artists she collaborates with, and by the flutes she uses.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Mark Holland is considered by many authorities on the Native American Flute to be among the top flutists performing and recording today. His unique approach and usage of the flute along with his technical skills brings about such comparisons, and as the leader and founder of Autumn’s Child, Mark Holland has been called, “the Jimi Hendrix of the Native American Flute”.[photo by Chihiro Saito]
EBU president Jean-Paul Philippot has written an open letter to Poland’s new president expressing his “grave concern” about proposed changes to public service media in the country.The EBU is concerned that structural and personnel changes affecting the governance of EBU members Telewizja Polska and Polskie Radio will compromise their independence.“Any changes in the governance system of TVP and PR should be taken after a thorough analysis and impact assessment, and should be the result of an open democratic debate. The EBU is ready to assist the Polish government and provide expert legal advice,” said Philippot in his letter.“The way PSM supervisory and management boards are appointed is a crucial factor to ensure the independence of PSM organisations. Pluralism and independence from political powers are key principles of public service media in a democratic society, as set out by the European Court of Human Rights and several reference texts by the Council of Europe. Despite a systemic lack of public funding, the Polish public service media system has been among the most successful transformation models in Central and Eastern Europe. It is not time to reverse what has so far been a positive trend since the fall of communism in Poland.”
Some of the shine came off Netflix this week, with the streaming giant’s subscriber growth falling a million short of expectations.Netflix’s addition of 5.2 million new members in Q2 led to an immediate dip in its share price. The SVOD company has also forecast a year-on-year decline in net additions for the quarter to September.Some 4.5 million of Netflix’s new subscribers were in international markets, indicating the extent to which domestic US growth has leveled off.CEO Reed Hastings remained bullish on the earnings call that followed the results, saying that the company’s fundamentals “have never been stronger” and making the point that paid net additions were up compared with the previous year.Hastings did admit that Netflix is facing “a lot of new competition”, citing Disney’s entry into the streaming market, new investment for HBO and plans by French broadcasters to launch their own OTT TV service.However, Disney has yet to make its play and France’s plans for the Salto joint venture between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial players TF1 and M6 are still at a very early stage, and have already attracted sceptical comments.HBO, meanwhile, is forecasting a “tough year” ahead as it pushes to increase its subscriber base and up its content line-up. Netflix also this week beat HBO for the number of Emmy nominations received for the first time.Hastings’ recipe for taking on this putative competition is essentially more of the same – combining “the best content we’ve ever done” with “the best user interface” and “the best recommendations” and marketing.It’s a formula that has served the company well to date. It is worth noting that the shareholder retreat following the poor Q2 showing came immediately after a first quarter in which Netflix delivered phenomenal growth, beating expectations for by close to the same amount that it undershot in Q2. However, the slowdown in the US in particular may have spooked investors, amid an underlying wariness about the company’s level of debt.Subscriber growth – particularly international growth, given the relatively saturated status of the US market – is a must for Netflix and the share price movement this week indicated how sensitive investors are to any sign of a wobble from the company.Despite Hastings’ claim that Netflix has a tried and trusted formula, some things have been changing. Investors – and Netflix’s management – are aware that Disney and Fox – and potentially other suppliers – will increasingly retain the rights to their own content for their own direct-to-consumer initiatives, meaning that Netflix will become more and more dependent on its own originals rather than licensed shows. That means it needs to keep up and even increase its already massive investment in original content. Uncertainty about the future impact of competition from studios – and unknowns such as whether Apple can and will break into content or whether Amazon’s growth trajectory, based on a broader and more sustainable business model, will accelerate – are probably also beginning to weigh on investors minds more than before.Netflix’s original content mix is meanwhile changing to reflect its need to attract new categories of subscribers that have not yet been tempted by a line-up of high-end, predominantly US drama. Although the streamer has shied away from the path followed by Amazon into live sports and channels, it is branching out more into unscripted content, original movies and also into commissioning more local content from non-English-language markets, a trend observed this week by analyst group IHS Markit.The growing emphasis on international content reflects the predominance of international subscriptions in fuelling the company’s growth.On the Q2 earnings call, Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters highlighted the growing importance of Asia and in particular of India, where he said the SVOD outfit was “getting some nice momentum” with series such as Sacred Games and the forthcoming Ghoul.Doing deals with cable and telecom operators is also a key strategic focus, bringing Netflix into a big-screen environment where consumers are used to paying monthly subscriptions for a multi-play bundle of which content is a part. An increase in cord-cutting is no longer in Netflix’s interest as it becomes more reliant on distribution via third-party set-top boxes, and becomes more like a pay TV partner rather than a disruptor in the pay TV market. Increasingly, the groups that regard Netflix as a competitor rather than a partner are the studios, such as Disney, and free-to-air broadcasters.