The Court of Appeal has thrown its weight behind alternative dispute resolution in another example of tough enforcement of the Jackson reforms.In PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd, Lord Justice Briggs (pictured) said the defendant’s refusal even to respond to the claimant’s invitation to mediation amounted to unreasonable conduct.The defendant was penalised through a costs sanction upheld by the court.ADR is one of the key aspects of the post-Jackson world and this case is the first sign that courts will not tolerate parties that refuse it.Briggs said: ‘In my judgment, the time has now come for this court firmly to endorse the advice given in chapter 11.56 of the ADR Handbook, that silence in the face of an invitation to participate in ADR is, as a general rule, of itself unreasonable, regardless whether an outright refusal, or a refusal to engage in the type of ADR requested, or to do so at the time requested, might have been justified by the identification of reasonable grounds.’The judgment extends the scope of Halsey v Milton Keynes Gneral NHS Trust (2004), which established that the court should not compel parties to mediate.Briggs added: ‘The court’s task in encouraging the more proportionate conduct of civil litigation is so important in current economic circumstances that it is appropriate to emphasise that message by a sanction which, even if a little more vigorous than I would have preferred, nonetheless operates pour encourager les autres.’After the case settled with the claimant’s last-minute acceptance of the defendant’s part 36 offer, the trial judge, Mr Recorder Furst QC, sitting as a deputy judge of the Technology and Construction Court, penalised the refusal to mediate by depriving the defendant of its costs.Kate Andrews, a partner at Browne Jacobson, who represented the respondent, said: ‘This case is of importance to all who embark on litigation. It demonstrates a clear and unequivocal endorsement by the Court of Appeal as to the value of ADR, (including but not limited to mediation) and highlights the fact that a party who refuses to engage in the process of ADR can, and will, face costs sanctions.’
Eight murder trials are expected to be heard when the new court session commences at the High Court of justice in Roseau on Tuesday 14 April 2015.The arraignment of the defendants will take place on Tuesday while the session will officially begin on Wednesday April 15. Among the murder trial for this session are the Soufriere siblings Herbert Xavier, Loretta Xavier and Manuela Williams who were charged with the murder of their brother in Harrison Williams in Soufriere in September 2010.They were sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, minus 17 months they had already spent on remand, in March 2012.The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal squashed their murder conviction on 12 November 2014 and ordered a retrial.Other murder cases to be tried are Kenrick Tyson, who was guilty of murdering Cecil James of Concord between the 9th and 10th of May, 2009. That matter was also appealed and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. Tyson is currently serving life imprisonment. David St Jean, who was found guilty of “fatally stabbing” Clement James of Good Hope, will also have his matter retried after the justices of appeal ruled that fatal errors were made during the trial.Death by dangerous driving and several child sexual cases are also expected to be heard during the new court session. Share Sharing is caring! 170 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Soufriere siblings to be retried during new court session by: Dominica Vibes News – April 13, 2015
1st Garry Olliffe (12) net 702nd Barney Sheedy (11) net 713rd Adi Mayer (6) net 71Division 2 (13+)(Stableford)1st Paul Chabot (26) 45pts2nd Willy Van Heetvelde (27) 39pts3rd Tom Atkins (13) 34pts2’s: Ron Miller, Fred Land, Tom Atkins, Garry Olliffe, Barney Sheedy, Paul Chabot, Alan GriffithsThis month’s IPGC Medals were held over the always difficult Mountain Shadow course that had been reputedly designed and built for players with 15 handicaps and below, and not recommended for those with handicaps higher than that. With a strong breeze blowing for most of the day, it was therefore little surprise that the scores for the day were mostly higher than the participants would have wished for, excepting that two players in the second division outshone all the reputedly better golfers with outstanding rounds of golf that they will surely long remember. The IPGC Monthly Medals Report January 2012Wednesday, January 4, Mountain Shadow (Blue Tees)CSS 73Division 1 (0-12)(Stroke play) In the second division, which was playing for the Medal under the Stableford system, Paul Chabot had what must have been a dream day, as he went out in 22 points and back in 23 to sweep to the top of the leader board and in the process not only win the first medal of the year but a four shot reduction in handicap. This reduction exactly matches the number of strokes he lost over the whole of the previous year which had seen his handicap work down steadily from 30 to 26, underlining how well he had performed on the day.Garry Olliffe (left) receives his Division 1 winner’s prize from Stephen Beard.Willy van Heetvelde almost overshadowed the winner’s accomplishments with a stunning 25 points going out but then slipped badly over the closing holes and had to settle for a well deserved second place.Tom Atkins, having only just arrived from a year at work in the UK and not quite managing to match the leading pair, still did just enough to claim third place with a round a couple of strokes above his handicap.The first division was a much closer affair with Garry Olliffe winning by the narrowest of margins by one stroke, after having declared a two shot reduction in his handicap prior to starting off the round, thereby giving a great example of what golf is all about.Barney Sheedy, another recent arrival but this time from the Emerald Isle, started out very slowly but picked up the pace over the back nine to win a count back over Adi Mayer with a better 33.5 to 38, as Adi had matched Barney’s inward score on the outward half but sadly faded as the pressure mounted over the last three holes and had to be satisfied with third place for the day.Paul Chabot (left) was the winner in Division 2.Every month the presentations are held at one of the IPGC venues in rotation, this month’s being held at The Haven, where as usual an open buffet had been laid on for the participants for two hours prior to the presentations.After thanking the golf organizers, Len Jones, Russell Exley, Glyn Evans and Steve Mascari for promoting the day and then the catering and service staff at The Haven for the magnificent spread, Stephen Beard handed over to Russell who acted as the Emcee for the evening with Stephen presenting the Medals and prizes to the winners.As usual following the prize giving there were over twenty lucky draw prizes supplied from the club funds to be won by members attending the evening festivities.More information can be obtained regarding golf with the International Pattaya Golf Club (IPGC) by visiting the web site at www.ipgc.org.
A formal apology will be delivered in Parliament to victims of childhood sexual abuse in connection with the Puffing Billy…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke
Ireland U16 Women’s European Championship Squad: Alison Blaney (Maree BC/Salerno Secondary School)Nicole Clancy (Naas BC/St. Mary’s College Naas)Dayna Finn (Maree BC/St Louis CS)Abby Flynn (Waterford Wildcats/St Angela’s Ursuline Convent)Enya Maguire (Ulster Elks/Ulidia Integrated)Annaliese Murphy (Glanmire/Colaiste An Phiarsaigh)Maeve Phelan (Portlaoise Panthers/Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise)Bronagh Power Cassidy (DCU Mercy/Holy Faith Clontarf)Maeve Cannon (Maree BC/Calasanctius College)Niamh Masterson (Liffey Celtics/Coláiste Chiaráin CS)Maeve Ó Séaghdha (DCU Mercy/Holy Faith Clontarf)Ella McCloskey (KUBS/Mount Temple)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ireland are through to the quarter-finals of the FIBA U16 Women’s European Championships in Romania thanks to a 52-46 win over England in their final game in Group C. It’s the first time that two Irish squads have made top-eight in a single European Championship summer, following a quarter-final appearance by the U18 Women’s squad in July. The U16 squad includes 3 girls from the Maree Club, Alison Blaney, Dayna Finn and Maeve Cannon and all three scored in last night’s win.Ireland’s lead was forged in the second quarter. Niamh Masterson hit a triple before Maeve Cannon threw an assist for Enya Maguire and hit a jump shot herself in a game-breaking 9-0 run. It was Ireland’s best shooting half of the tournament with 44.1% field goal accuracy.There had been nothing to separate the sides in the first quarter and an 8-2 run from the English had them right back in the hunt in the third. It took two layups inside a minute from Annaliese Murphy and Abby Flynn to quell the comeback – Flynn’s contribution ensuring all 11 fit players contributed to the scoreboard.Dayna Finn’s jump shot early in the fourth quarter restored a 10 point advantage and big shots were vital as field goal accuracy fell off. Murphy’s triple with 4:41 left was exactly what her side needed and Finn saw Ireland home with five more points to complete her double-double. It was another gritty performance as Ireland confirmed their top-five ranking in the tournament for both steals and rebound. Next up for the Irish girls is a quarter final meeting with Poland tomorrow.Ireland: D. Finn* (10), E. Maguire* (7), A. Blaney* (2), B. Power Cassidy* (6), M O Seaghdha* (2), N. Masterson (3), M. Phelan (7), N. Clancy (2), A. Flynn (2), M. Cannon (2), A. Murphy (9), E. McCloskey Ireland 52, England 46 FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship – Division B (Group C)
The Bearkats outrebounded the Demons 54-40. New Orleans 72, Lamar 67NEW ORLEANS, La. – After trailing early on in the second half, the New Orleans men’s basketball team regained momentum and held on strong, taking the lead with 13:49 to go and never looking back, winning the team’s Southland Conference opener over Lamar, 72-67. Houston Baptist 68, McNeese State 56LAKE CHARLES, La. – Houston Baptist sophomore forward Colter Lasher poured in a career-high 25 points as the Huskies defeated McNeese State, 68-56, for their first-ever Southland Conference road win Monday night at Burton Coliseum. Stephen F. Austin 81, Southeastern Louisiana 66NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Junior Thomas Walkup and senior Jacob Parker each recorded double-double performance, as the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team recorded their 11th straight win of the season in an 81-66 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. Guards Demarcus Gatlin and Dakarai Henderson each scored 12 points. Gatlin also pulled down 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive side. The Bearkats stifled a Demon team that averages more than 80 points a game and has averaged nearly 50% shooting from the floor. The Bearkats held the Southland’s leading scorer Zeek Woodley to just 11 points. New Orleans managed to get its lead up to six just three minutes later in the tight contest, Broyles hitting a three to set the home team up 60-54. But Lamar again hung tough, bringing it back down to a one-possession game with a three of their own at 60-57. Ogochukwu drove in for a layup, but Odunsi found Lasher for a reverse layup to keep it tied. After Ogochukwu made one-of-two and Hardy made a pair of free throws for McNeese State, Russell drilled a triple to tie it at 20 with 4:45 to go. Lasher went up-and-under for a layup, then he and Smith hit back-to-back threes, with Smith’s coming just before the buzzer, as HBU took a 28-20 lead into halftime. The Huskies ended the half on an 11-0 run, during which they held the Cowboys scoreless for the final 5:07. Lance Potier made a three to slice HBU’s lead to four, but Smith rushed up the floor for a layup on the other end. Guidry got free inside for a layin off the glass, but Odunsi finished off a three-point play as the Huskies led 56-49 with 7:22 on the clock. A tip-in by Lasher and a floater of the glass by Smith extended HBU’s lead to nine, but Hardy hit a fadeaway three to make the score 60-54 with 5:05 left. The Lumberjacks will enjoy a few days off before returning to league action. SFA opens a two-game road swing at Central Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 13, before closingwith Abilene Christian (Jan. 17). The win is the second in a row for the Privateers, who move their season record to .500 at 5-5 and 1-0 in the early conference season, taking the team’s third win in four games as well. Lamar had its five-game win streak snapped at the Lakefront Arena, where New Orleans remains undefeated on the year. With Lamar creeping back in at 18-14 with just under four to go, the Privateers took off on a 10-8 run, started off by a Weisbrod layup and finished off with a Frye buzzer-beater from beyond half court to send New Orleans into the intermission up 28-18. Northwestern State kept it close to start the second half but the Bearkats quickly grew the lead to double figures. Sam Houston didn’t allow Northwestern State to get closer than seven points over the final 15 minutes of the ballgame. Hill recorded his second double-double of the season during the victory, bringing in 14 rebounds to go with his 13 points. Frye and Gill tied for the team lead in the scoring category, each putting in 14 with three assists. Sam Houston State 75, Northwestern State 64Houston Baptist 68, McNeese State 56New Orleans 72, Lamar 67Stephen F. Austin 81, Southeastern Louisiana 66 The Huskies were relentless defensively as they held the Cowboys scoreless for the last 5:07 of the first half and the final 4:20 of the second half. HBU ended the first half on an 11-0 run and a 14-1 run midway through the second helped maintain control after McNeese State cut the deficit to four. SFA outscored the Lions 38-30 in the paint, 29-13 off turnovers, 12-4 in second-chance opportunities and 8-6 in the fast break. HBU shot 42 percent from the field, 5-for-16 from 3-point range, and went 9-for-14 from the line, while McNeese State shot 33 percent, only 6-for-23 from long distance, but went 16-for-21 from the line. The Huskies outrebounded the Cowboys, 43-36, and the two teams played a clean game with HBU only committing nine turnovers and McNeese State only 10. HBU outscored McNeese State, 38-20, in the paint, 12-4 off turnovers and 10-2 on fast breaks. HBU led 6-4 after Vilde’s second layup in the early going, but McNeese State scored five-straight to go up by three. The Huskies answered by scoring the next seven as Odunsi sank a pair of free throws, Lasher buried a three then made a steal and took it the distance for a 13-9 lead with 11:04 remaining. Guidry hit a three, Hardy drove in for a dunk to regain the lead for the Cowboys, then Hardy made one-of-two free throws, but sophomore forward Alex Fountain hit a free-throw line jumper and got a friendly roll for the Huskies to tie the game at 15 with 7:47 left. In the biggest battle on the boards it was New Orleans that came out on top, bringing in 44 to the Cardinals 30 and holding one of the nation’s top offensive rebounding teams to just 13. Weisbrod, the Southland leader in field goal percentage, added in 10 points on a 4-of-5 night from the field. Lasher went 10-for-16 from the field, 2-for-5 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the line to eclipse his previous high of 17 and also pulled down four rebounds for the Huskies (6-6, 1-1 SLC). Junior guard Anthony Odunsi went 4-for-7 from both the field and the line to finish with 12 points and three assists. Senior guard Tyler Russell added nine points, while senior guard Marcel Smith had eight points and took over 15th place on HBU’s all-time assists list at 251 for his career, as he dished out three. Senior center Ricmonds Vilde led the Huskies on the glass with 13 rebounds, while sophomore forward Reveal Chukwujekwu had seven. After Guidry made one-of-two, HBU scored the next eight on a layup by Odunsi and a pair of three-point plays by Lasher and Russell to lead 44-29 with 12:53 left. Guidry ended the run with a three-point play, but Lasher answered with a layup. Johnson made a deep three, Guidry hit one, then Hardy drove in for a layup as McNeese State cut the deficit to six, but Russell knocked down a three as the Huskies maintained a 49-40 lead at the midway point. Charles led the way for SFA in the early going, recording the first five points and nine of the first 10 for the Lumberjacks to open the game and lead 10-4. SLU closed the gap, however, on a 13-6 run over the next 4:56 to take its lone lead of the game at 17-16 with 11:28 to play before the break. Chukwujekwu made a steal and layup, Lasher drove inside for a short jumper, then he sank a pair of free throws with 1:14 left that put the Huskies up by 11 and iced the game. Sam Houston led for the majority of the first half but was never ahead by more than six points. Playing at a break-neck pace at times, the lead changed 12 times in the half and the game was tied seven times. McNeese State scored the first six points of the second half on layups by Guidry, Garrett and Hardy, but Odunsi ended the spurt by powering in for a layup. Hardy made a pair of free throws, but Chukwujekwu rattled home a jumper, Vilde got a putback and a fast-break layup by Odunsi restored HBU’s lead to eight at 36-28 with just under 15 minutes to go. Walkup paced SFA against the Lions (3-11, 0-1 SLC), finishing with a season-best 22 points and career-high 12 rebounds. The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished8-of-12 from the floor, 6-of-11 from the free throw line and tied his career-high with five assists. Sam Houston State 75, Northwestern State 64HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Sam Houston played stout defense and held the Northwestern State Demons to well below their shooting average on the way to a 75-64 win Monday night at Johnson Coliseum. The Bearkats advanced to 2-0 in Southland play and will head on the road. New Orleans held a 10-point lead at the half before letting Lamar climb back in the ballgame, the Cardinals going up by two in just over three minutes time. Lamar ultimately started the half off on a 12-1 run, giving the visitor’s a 30-29 lead. Lamar then went up by as many as four, 41-37, with 12:45 to go before the Privateers bounced back, Colton Weisbrod starting off the run with a layup off of the Tevin Broyles steal. Broyles then tied things up at 41 with a layup with 10:29 to play before Weisbrod put back his own miss, giving New Orleans the lead at 43-41. A tip-in from Broyles and a fast-break layup from Michael Zeno then made it a two-possession game, 49-44. – Return to Top – Sam Houston’s lead could have been larger but the Kats were a little sloppy with the basketball, turning it over 11 times. But the Bearkats dominated inside in the first half, outrebounding the Demons 32-19 and outscoring them 16-8 in the paint. – Return to Top – In the second half, SFA’s lead never dipped below dipped below double figures in arriving at the 81-66 final. After neither team found the net in the next five trips across the floor, Geffrard gave SFA back the edge with a layup at the 9:56 mark. The layup opened a 13-2 run for the ‘Jacks, who eventually took a 39-26 lead into the lockerroom. New Orleans will wrap-up its three-game home stand with a 6:15 p.m. match against Sam Houston State this Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Lakefront Arena. The Bearkats will have the next two games on the road, starting with New Orleans Saturday at 6:15 p.m. before heading to Southeastern Louisiana for a 7 p.m. game Monday, January 12. Broyles came close to double-figures with his nine to go with three steals and a pair of assists. – Return to Top – Kaheem Ransom added 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds. The team’s leading rebounder in the game was fellow senior guard Jabari Peters with 13. – Return to Top – The Huskies will have two more games in Louisiana before returning home, as they face Southeastern Louisiana Saturday in Hammond and Nicholls Monday, Jan. 12, in Thibodaux. The Lumberjacks (12-3, 2-0 SLC) led for all but 1:32 in picking up their 20th consecutive win in Southland Conference play under head coach Brad Underwood. The Bearkats held Northwestern State to just 25% shooting from the field in the first half. The Demons hit only four of their 15 three-point attempts. Sam Houston wasn’t much better from long range, hitting 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. Freshman Ty Charles rounded out the double figure scoring for the ‘Jacks, netting 14 points and posting a perfect 7-of-7 showing from the line. Junior Clide Geffrard recorded nine points off the bench against SLU. Parker finished 4-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe to finish with 15 points, while crashing boards for 12 rebounds. The 12 pull-downs marked a new season-high for the native of Bixby, Oklahoma. Parker also finished with four assists to tie his season-high. Desharick Guidry went 6-for-14 from the field and 8-for-11 from the line to lead McNeese State (6-7, 0-2) with 22 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Hardy had 16 points and nine rebounds, while no other Cowboys scored more than four points. Lamar did manage to bring the lead back within two late, but key free-throw shooting from Christavious Gill and a big steal kept the Privateers on top. For the second consecutive game, five Sam Houston players scored in double figures. Junior guard Paul Baxter and senior center Michael Holyfield shared the team lead with 13 points. Baxter also shared the team lead with five assists. HBU shot 38 percent, including 4-for-11 from 3-point range, while holding McNeese State to just 29 percent and 2-for-7 from behind the arc in the opening frame. Lasher led all scorers with 14 points in the half, while Hardy and Guidry each had five for the Cowboys. A 4-0 run from New Orleans then gave the Privateers their largest lead of the half at seven points, 64-57, with a Terrance Syon dunk putting the exclamation point on the Cardinals. In what was a defensive first half of action it was New Orleans that held the lead most of the way, going up by seven through the first 10 minutes at 14-17.
Airbus has had yet another stellar year with commercial aircraft deliveries in 2017 up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers.Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016.The 2017 total comprises 558 single-aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo); 67 A330s; 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380s.Read: Boeing’s bumper yearAnd just to show that wasn’t a one-off Airbus recorded 1,109 net orders from 44 customers.Airbus order and delivery graphic for 2017. AirbusAt the end of 2017 Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft valued at US$1.059 trillion at list prices an extraordinary number by any measure.Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft commented: “A new Airbus delivery record coupled with our fifth best order intake wraps up a remarkable year for us. This outstanding achievement is a testimony to the dedication of all our teams, and makes the company fitter, stronger and ready for the opportunities ahead.”With this year’s performance, Airbus has steadily built on deliveries year on year – with 15 consecutive years of production increase.From its four A320 Family plants in Hamburg, Tianjin, Mobile, and Toulouse, Airbus is on track to achieve rate 60 per month on single-aisle by mid-2019.It also said that the A350 XWB is on track for rate 10 by the end 2018. .The company had a host of milestones in 2017, which included: delivery of its 100th A350 XWB; the delivery of its 50th A320 Family aircraft from its FAL in Mobile; delivery of Emirates’ 100th A380; first flight of the A330neo; certification of the A350-1000; first A321neos delivered with CFM and P&W engines; inauguration of the new A330 Completion and Delivery Centre in Tianjin, China, with two first deliveries; and structural completion of the first Beluga XL.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the CIO Forum held in conjunction with the Insight 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. While being held adjacent to Disney’s theme park, the theme of this event was appropriately titled “Vision Voice Value”. I spent two days discussing best practices, sharing lessons learned from Intel IT and comparing notes and strategies with leading CIOs, IT Directors, Managers and Administrators in the Health Care profession. Our focus? ways to deliver and articulate the business value of IT. I had the opportunity to: participate in a roundtable discussion of ~15 Health Care CIOs titled “The value of IT in improving financial performance” present to 50-60 CIOs on the business value of server refresh present to 20-30 IT Directors and Administrators on using the Xeon ROI tool as a way to justify server investment To enable this transformation from cost center to value center, we concluded that the accountability remains with IT, as IT professionals and CIOs must individually and collectively demonstrate business value through our investments and establish are relationship of IT predictability, trust and credibility with our business partners. These are core themes I have seen very visibly inside Intel IT as I began my journey to the center of IT a few short months ago. My second observation from this event reinforces some personal experiences I have had working with many other IT professionals in the past several months. With the global recession and it’s impacts to capital funding, the need to justify IT investment is greater than ever – and the competition internally for capital $ is very high. We may never go back to the way it was. We have seen this inside Intel IT’ organization as well and as a result, created at server refresh savings estimator tool to share what we learned in justifying our investment a proactive server refresh strategy in 2007 and staying committed to that investment in 2009. Thanks, ChrisIf you like this, follow me on twitter I demonstrated the server refresh savings estimator tool at the event to both the CIOs and IT Directors / Administrators and the feedback was very positive (“session was well worth my time”). Prior to the event, I also had the opportunity to work with Deborah Gash (CIO for Saint Luke’s Health Services) and her staff. Debe provided a glowing endorsement of the tool (Thanks Debe !!) after demonstrating the business value from a project already completed and the in intent to use it for several future projects. I invite you to learn more about why we created this tool and how to use it. If you have a question or want to give us feedback on how to enhance it – just let me know with a comment on this blog. My final thought comes from a blog written by Don Sears at eweek. Don discusses about the need for IT to be right, accurate, credible and trustworthy is so important whether you are working inside IT or with IT. Credibility and Trust is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose … so it is easy to understand why being right is key to working with IT. Getting it wrong can have huge consequences. One of the most thought provoking questions at the CIO roundtable that has stuck with me is … “How does your CEO (or your business customers) view IT?” … as a cost center (necessary evil) or as a value center (strategic enabler). While no one directly answered this rhetorical question, it was clear that our collective mission is to migrate IT from cost center to value center. This migration will not be immediate. It happens over time. Join us at [email protected] and share your insights on our shared journey to transform IT from a cost center to a value center for business. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sacked Australia vice-captain David Warner on Thursday avoided questions on the ball-tampering scandal upon his arrival at Sydney airport but promised that he will speak on the issue in a couple of days time.Warner, who was sent back home by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test last weekend, landed in Sydney with his wife and two daughters but avoided the media due to the presence of his family members.”As you can understand, it has been a tough, emotional time for my wife and kids,” he said, when asked if he knew head coach Darren Lehmann had just resigned in South Africa.Steve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry”At the present time, you’ll hear from me in a couple of days.”At the moment, my priority is to get these kids in bed, and rest up and get my mind a bit clear so I can think, and talk in a couple of days. Thanks guys.”Earlier in the day, Warner took to social media to apologise for his “mistakes” and took “responsibility for it.”Warner further said the ball-tampering incident was “a stain on the game we all love” and informed that people “will hear” from him in a few days.”To cricket fans in Australia and all over the world: I am currently on my way back to Sydney. Mistakes have been made which has damaged cricket. I apologise on my part and take responsibility for it.advertisement”I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans. It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy. I need to take deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. You will hear from me in a few days,” Warner wrote on Instagram.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks downSteve Smith, who was also sent packing with Warner and Cameron Bancroft, broke down during a press conference at the Sydney airport upon his return from South Africa.WATCHSmith took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal and said he was deeply sorry for the episode that rocked Australian cricket.”I am sorry. What happened in Cape Town has already been laid down by Cricket Australia. I made a serious error of judgment and I take full responsibility.”It hurts … I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids … I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public.Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith consoled by father as he breaks down during press conference”If any good can come from this, it can be a lesson to others. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am sorry,” said Smith as he tried to control the tears.”I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions… It is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”Smith and David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia. Following CA’s decision, BCCI barred the duo from playing in the Indian Premier League this year.Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftCameron Bancroft, who was caught by TV cameras trying to tamper the ball, was banned for nine months. Smith has also been banned from leading Australia for a futher 12 months after his return to international cricket. Warner will never be allowed to lead Australia again.
Argentina 1 Venezuela 1: Sampaoli’s men held to costly draw Dejan Kalinic 09:27 9/6/17 Getty Images Despite a dominant performance, Argentina drew 1-1 at home to lowly Venezuela in World Cup qualifying. Argentina were held to what may prove to be a costly 1-1 draw at home to Venezuela in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.The hosts dominated in Buenos Aires, but remarkably fell behind early in the second half when Jhon Murillo struck for Venezuela.Venezuela, bottom of the CONMEBOL table, had been on the back foot throughout, and Argentina managed a quick response through a Rolf Feltscher own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Jorge Sampaoli’s men were unable to find a second, having frustratingly been denied throughout the first half by Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.A hamstring injury to Angel Di Maria in the first half made it even trickier, while Lionel Messi was unable to have a major impact.The draw was enough to at least lift Argentina into fifth – the play-off spot – heading into the final two matches in October.Sampaoli made three changes to the starting side held in Uruguay, with Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega and Lautaro Acosta replacing Gabriel Mercado, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Acuna.Also coming off a 0-0 draw – theirs against Colombia – Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel brought in Arquimedes Figuera, Junior Moreno and Murillo for Tomas Rincon, Josef Martinez and Darwin Machis.Argentina made a superb start in front of a vocal home crowd, almost taking a fourth-minute lead.Mascherano played a fine pass through for Mauro Icardi, who was denied by the legs of Farinez in a one-on-one.The hosts continued to push, with Di Maria particularly lively down the left as an opener appeared certain to arrive.It almost came midway through the first half, but Farinez brilliantly denied Icardi after the Inter forward got on the end of a Di Maria cross.In a huge blow, Argentina lost Di Maria to an apparent hamstring injury in the 25th minute, before Paulo Dybala fired wide.Farinez was called into action again just before the break, the 19-year-old diving to his right to push away a 20-yard effort from Messi.Argentina had dominated, but they stunningly fell behind in the 50th minute.A blistering counter-attack led to Murillo being put through by Sergio Cordova, and the 21-year-old made no mistake with a fine finish to give his side a shock lead.Argentina needed a quick response and they got it, Acuna – Di Maria’s replacement – doing brilliantly down the left before his cross was turned into his own net by Feltscher.#VamosTodosUnidos Así fue el gol argentino para el empate parcial 1 a 1 en el Antonio V. Liberti. pic.twitter.com/RNbbPMnwKy— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) September 6, 2017Icardi then appeared to be brought down by Mikel Villanueva in the area on the hour-mark, but penalty shouts were rejected.The hosts continued to push for a winner, but their final pass continually let them down as Venezuela held on for a shock draw. read more