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South Africa Police Force learns Mandarin

first_imgAt least 40 South African police officers graduated from their Chinese Language Classes in Cape Town this weekThe first South Africa Police Service Chinese training course opened on August 15.The exercise is jointly sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. The South African Chinese Community and Police Cooperation Center hosts the class, attended by a total of 18 students.last_img

The Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open

first_imgThe Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___12:30 p.m. Associated Press The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___center_img More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 11, 2020last_img read more

GCA/NBS Second-Division 40-over competition…Everest into final after thumping police in day/night clash

first_imgLED by half-centuries from Amir Khan and Manjrekar Bhola, the Everest Cricket Club were able to defeat Police Sports Club by 56 runs in the first semi-final of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) NBS Second-Division 40-over competition on Saturday at the DCC Ground.Although Khan and Bhola played their hand, it was a batting collapse by the Lawmen under lights in the day and night fixture which undermined their chase.Everest won the toss and opted to take first strike. They were in a spot of bother early after losing openers Ronaldo Renee (11) and Dwayne Adams (09), but Khan and Bhola joined forces and added 92 runs for the third wicket, which proved the catalyst for a first innings score of 238 in 39.3 overs.Bhola, batting at three, struck 10 fours and a six in a score of 56, while Khan, who preferred the aerial route, finished with five sixes and four fours.Both batsmen were dismissed by off-spinner Kelvin Leitch, which gave the Lawmen momentum. The pendulum swung in their favour in the latter part of the innings as the last six wickets fell for 44 runs.If former national U-19 all-rounder Richie Looknauth had not batted himself in before playing a few shots, the team could have folded for a lot less. Looknauth scored 45 (4x4s, 2x6s) before he was run out.Leitch, who took a wicket in his first over, finished with 3-40 off eight overs, while opening pacer Raun Johnson finished with 2-39 from eight overs.EXCELLENT STARTAndrew Lyght Jr. then fired Police ahead with a 111-run first wicket partnership with Kevon Boodie. Lyght, who struck nine sixes in a top score of 72, was the aggressor. He demolished Everest’s opening bowlers. In the first over, he belted Looknauth for 13 runs, before he struck Raylex Payne for 34 runs from his first two overs. In Payne’s second over, Lyght blasted three sixes.At the other end, Boodie (10) was a spectator to the hitting, but he rotated the strike. Lyght’s wicket, which was the first of three for skipper Adams, started a chain reaction that resulted in Police’s 10 wickets falling for 71 runs (111-1 to 182 all out).Kemol Savory, who played a few shots in a score of 27 batting at three, and Johnson who scored 20 batting at 11, brought sanity to the innings.Adams finished with 3-13 from six overs, while Khan finished with 2-7 from six overs and Payne, who bounced back with wickets in his second spell, took 2-49 from 4.1 overs.last_img read more

“Konadu is the architect of current Kotoko team”- Kotoko CEO George Amoako

first_imgAsante Kotoko CEO, George Amoako, says that Kotoko new head coach, Maxwell Konadu should not have any issues handling the team because of his familiarity with the players.Konadu was unveiled on Wednesday after he signed a 2-year contract on Tuesday to run the team as Kjetil Zachariassen’s successor.Amoako reveals that Konadu had a major say in putting the current team together and so, there should not be any issues of managing the team and meeting expectations.“About 90 percent of the current Kotoko team was recruited based on the recommendation of Maxwell Konadu.It is interesting to note that 7 players from the team were in his Black Stars B team. It shows that this is Konadu’s team and he is coming to take over his team.We can only expect the players to perform very well and we want him to move the team forward. That is what I expect of him.However, The fans and management will have to give him the needed support in order for him to succeed.”Konadu has been given the target of winning the Ghana Premier League and by extension, get the team to play in the CAF Champions League competition.Kotoko, like the other Ghana Premier League teams, are getting ready for the start of the league which is set for December 28.last_img read more