Chris Gayle suffered his first real failure of the Indian Premier League when he perished at the hands of exciting Barbadian speedster Jofra Archer. However, Kings XI Punjab overcame that hiccup to beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in India on Sunday.In pursuit of 153 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Kings XI reached their target in the penultimate over with eight balls left, to take sole possession of third place in the standings on 12 points.Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with a polished unbeaten 84 from 54 deliveries while Karun Nair struck 31 and Australian Marcus Stoinis, an unbeaten 23.Gayle, with three half-centuries and a hundred in his previous five innings, failed to have a major impact, dismissed for eight in the fourth over with the score on 23 when he slapped an innocuous short delivery from Archer to point.Rahul then put on 50 for the third wicket with Nair to pull Kings XI around from 29 for two in the fifth over and added a further 68 in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership with Stoinis, to revive the innings from 87 for four in the 13th over.Archer finished with one for 43 from three overs and four balls.Earlier, England’s Jos Buttler stroked 51 from 39 deliveries as Royals ended on 152 for nine after they were sent in.At the Wankhede Stadium, Evin Lewis’s form remained steady as Mumbai Indians, without West Indies star Kieron Pollard for the second straight match, beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs.Sent in, Mumbai piled up 181 for four off their 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting a top score of 59 from 39 balls, as he added 91 off 56 balls for the first wicket with Lewis who made 43.The left-handed Windies opener counted five fours and a pair of sixes before he was deceived by a slower ball from West Indies teammate, Andre Russell, and sliced one to short third man in the 10th over.Russell’s pace earned him two for 12 from two overs while off-spinner Sunil Narine claimed two for 34 from his four overs.In reply, neither Russell (9) nor Narine (5) found their touch as KKR were held to 168 for six, despite Robin Uthappa’s 54 from 35 deliveries.Pollard has been dropped due to poor form that has seen him score just 76 runs from seven innings.
ATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.
The late Mrs. Velma OkoroThe mortal remains of Mrs. Velma Okoro, former Microcredit Field Monitor at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), are scheduled to be buried on Saturday, February 23, 2019, following the funeral service at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Paynesville Red Light.Mrs. Okoro died suddenly at her Paynesville home on Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was in her 71st year.According to her lifelong friend and classmate (from the eighth grade), Ms. Cecelia Morris, she and several other friends were with Velma on Friday at Hilda’s Neal funeral at Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia.On Saturday Velma was with another close friend, Mrs. Esther Paegar, who had picked her up to attend an acquaintance meeting and brunch at Golden Key Hotel, ELWA Road, stopping at Miss Cecelia Morris’ residence, talking and praying for a mutual friend, Tom Holder, Jr. “Velma then excused herself to go home and rest, according to Cecelia Morris.“Velma,” said Cecelia, “died peacefully, while sitting on her porch in a chair, but without even saying a goodbye.”Velma attended the Demonstration School in Cape Palmas, Maryland County and, upon completion, entered the Cape Palmas High School, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She later matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where she graduated with honors in 1970. She ventured, along with her then husband, Ephriam Okoro, also a Cuttington classmate, into private enterprise, selling dry goods, fish and drinks.She was later employed by a microfinance organization called SEPHO, headed by the late Dr. Richard Morris. Velma later joined the UNDP, from where she was recently retired, after many years. Velma also served as Comptroller and Assistant Managing Partner at the National Consumer Services (NSC), a Liberian-based credit card company located in Monrovia.Velma’s Cuttington classmates (Class of 1970), included Mrs. Williemai Tolbert King, Ephriam Okoro, Mrs. Ophelia Hoff Saytoma, Mrs. Cora Menjor Peabody, Dr. (Mrs.) Evelyn White Kandakai, Mrs. Florida Harris Traub Kweekeh, Mrs. Yei Gussie Wuo, Mrs. Mai Fredericks Karmo, Mrs. Mary Freeman Simpson, Fatu Freeman, Joe Keller and Cecelia Morris. Velma Wede Davies Okoro was the daughter of Mr. Joseph Dio Davies and Ms. Rachel Prowd, both of Maryland County.Velma was born in Cape Palmas on October 27, 1948. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a staunch Episcopalian, member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light, where she served as Treasurer for many years.According to Velma’s “Friends Under the Tree,” the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor at 4 o’clock p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, and taken to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light.The funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, beginning at 10 o’clock a.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)