Coe: New champions will emerge to replace Bolt

first_img SHOWCASING TALENT “The challenge that we have as an international federation and all our individual member federations is to make sure that we are able to showcase the extraordinary God-given talents of many of the other athletes in so many other events. “We will always remember Usain (Bolt), but the challenge has to be to make sure that we have marketing and promotional programmes around all the other great athletes.” He attended the Carifta Games in Grenada early this year and Coe said he was not concerned as to where the next Usain Bolt would emerge from. “I am encouraged in what I see in countries like Jamaica and the Caribbean, in general. There is a much greater width now of events. It is not actually just sprinting,” Coe said. “You are seeing some real progress in the technical events, progress in the field events, and I am now actually beginning to see young 800m and 1500m athletes – men and women – that will be challenging at the international level before very long, and that’s a good thing. “It was coach (Glen) Mills that actually pointed this out to me when I was in Kingston – that Usain (Bolt) actually now only holds one Jamaican school record. All his records have been broken, so that tells me that there is also a lot of talent coming through behind Usain (Bolt).” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com DOHA, Qatar: International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe believes track and field will suffer a mighty blow when its poster boy, Usain Bolt, hangs up his spikes. Just like what occurred in boxing with Muhammad Ali, however, he thinks a new champion will emerge. “Usain will leave a big gap in our sport when he does decide to call it a day,” Coe told The Gleaner. “To us, Usain Bolt is as big as Muhammad Ali was to boxing. There were plenty of very, very good world-class fighters at the same time Muhammed Ali was boxing, but the focus inevitably tended to be on him. “But people also said, what is going to happen after Muhammed Ali retired? Well, Floyd Mayweather happened, Manny Pacquiao happened, Sugar Ray Leonard happened, Marvin Hagler happened, Felix Trinidad happened, so great fighters came on the scene.” Coe said the focus is usually fixed on Bolt, but his federation has the task of highlighting the other top-class athletes around.last_img read more

Fifth straight MVP not Fajardo’s priority, says it’s ‘more fun’ to win title

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Even after 4th MVP, Ildefonso believes Fajardo hasn’t hit his ceiling yet A fifth MVP trophy, however, is not on Fajardo’s mind one bit.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m more focused on winning the championship because it’s more fun to win the title,” said Fajardo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We wanted the Grand Slam but we fell short this year.”Fajardo had already won five titles in his young career but he is still hungry for that elusive Grand Slam, a goal that has dangled in front of the Beermen since winning the 2015 Philippine Cup. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The MVP really isn’t a priority for me, what I want more is the championship because you’ll see your teammates’ faces, your family’s faces that they are really happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m happy that I won the MVP but I’m the only one who got the trophy, as compared to winning the title where all of you have a piece.”READ: Even after 4th MVP, Ildefonso believes Fajardo hasn’t hit his ceiling yetSan Miguel ruled the first two conferences of the season winning the All-Filipino and Commissioner’s Cups but failed to advance to the finals of the Governors’ Cup losing to Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has proven that he is the most dominant player of his generation when he won his fourth straight PBA MVP award Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The jovial center of San Miguel tied the accolades of the legendary Ramon Fernandez and the iconic Alvin Patrimonio and Fajardo needs just one more MVP plum to distinguish himself from the rest of the league.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

EIGHT US LAWMAKERS TO VISIT GUYANA ON “FAMILIARISATION VISIT”

first_imgState Minister, Joseph Harmon on Thursday confirmed that in the coming weeks, Guyana will see the arrival of at least eight senior Congressmen from the United States of America for what he has deemed to be a “familiarization visit.”Full details can be found in the Guyana Times Newspaper on Friday, August 17, 2018.last_img

“Good day for the Union” – GTU head

first_img…as Union, Education Ministry head to arbitration…no deductions for striking teachersAs pressure mounted on the Education Ministry on day-four of the strike action, it has finally decided to give into the Guyana Teachers Union’s (GTU) call for arbitration.The decision was made on Thursday during the second round of conciliation talks between the two parties, held in the boardroom of the Social Cohesion’s Ministry, Department of Labour on Brickdam, Georgetown.This process will see the two parties both agreeing on an independent body, to address the issues affecting teachers at present.President of the Union, Mark Lyte described Thursday as a “good day”. In smiles,A confident teacher at Thursday’s protest held in Georgetownhe explained that the Union was insisting on arbitration since day one.“Today is a good day for the Union. From day one we insisted that this matter should go to arbitration and we have achieved that today, much to the pleasure of our members… we did not feel like this process would have served us well, the conciliation,” he said.He informed that the strike has officially been called off after a much disturbing period for not only teachers, but students.Lyte noted that teachers who are able to resume duty should do so by tomorrow, even as he assured that all teachers will return to their classrooms by Monday.Teachers who were concerned about being unpaid during the strike period can rest assure, according to him, since there will be no deductions from their salaries.He indicated too, that the arbitrators will be appointed in the week ahead, as the two parties are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss same.As the representatives made their way out of the building, they were greeted toThe Union giving directives to its overjoyed members who were also briefed on the successful sessioncheers from teachers as they repeated the chorus, “Solidarity forever for the Union makes us strong”.The smiling teachers cheered the leaders as some even shouted “victory will be ours!”This newspaper understands that no financial kinks were ironed out during the course of Thursday’s meeting. It was also confirmed by the Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle, who told media operatives, “No we did not reach to that stage…”He added, “They have agreed to arbitration so they are working out the Terms of Reference… the terms of resumption will take a little time (so) nobody could add a time limit to that because there will be agreements and disagreements”.GTU executives have in the past expressed no confidence in the Labour Department due to biased statements being made by Minister Keith Scott, whoA cheering section of teachers who greeted the Union’s executiveswas responsible for being the mediator during conciliation.The Minister was quoted in other sections of the media labelling striking teachers as “uncaring and selfish”.Upon recognition of his tongue slip, he later issued an apology for his statements. Scott did not sit in Thursday’s meeting but was represented by his advisior, Fancis Carryl.The Education Minister also chose to sit out, as she was represented by the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson.Teachers protestAs day four of the nationwide strike dawned, teachers again returned to the streets in a quest for salary increases.At the Education Ministry’s 26 Brickdam office in Georgetown, educators from several schools joined forces as they sang songs calling for Minister Nicolette Henry to be removed among others.While Thursday’s crowd was not as large as the previous days, the teachers present defended their position.A nursery school teacher told Guyana Times, “We are just trusting in God that all goes well for us…I think even if they can’t give us a 40 per cent, 20 would beA section of teachers anxiously awaiting a word from the Union, just opposite the Labour Departmentreasonable. Let the Ministry reach us half way”.Roger Paris, a teacher at a secondary school in Georgetown said, “We are expecting the proposal that the Union has for us, which was recommended by the task force”.Another male teacher, Anderson (only name given) explained, “They can give us something that will work for everybody that will at the end of the day satisfy everyone”.Meanwhile, a supporter said he believes they should be given about 25 per cent. The man explained that while he is not employed with the Ministry, he is a private school teacher and is of the firm view that educators deserve more.Thursday was likely to have been the last day that teachers protest, since the GTU and the Education Ministry is set to head into arbitration.Although this is so, several schools throughout the country remained closed, others on a total shutdown, while a few were also reportedly open.A number of parents have since made vocal their concerns, since their children are being left unattended.The Ministry had established a contingency plan where about 400 substitute teachers were deployed to attend to those pupils.The substitutes were reportedly not enough, even as parents also questioned whether or not their children will be properly taught by trainees and volunteer teachers.The journeyA 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).They recently changed their demands and said they were willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government even after the GTU rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19.Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said, too, that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off, even though the GTU appealed for three years.Educators officially began strike action on August 27, 2018, during pre-term activities. They however took to the streets the following Monday, September 3, when the new school term began.The Education Ministry was forced to deploy some 400 substitute teachers to various schools.last_img read more

Fire ‘controlled’ near Peace River lookout

first_imgPhoto: This fire was a controlled burn for the Fort St. John Fire Department on Saturday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caConcerned Fort St. John residents flocked to the Peace River lookout on Saturday, to see what was causing the thick black clouds of smoke in the sky.A property, which could be viewed from the lookout on 100th Street, was engulfed in flames. – Advertisement -It almost looked like a real scenario, but firefighters from the Fort St. John Fire Department were participating in a training session on the property.The fire was a controlled burn, which allowed local fire crews to practice their firefighting skills.last_img read more

DONEGAL TV TO BROADCAST WEEKLY SHOW IN NEW YEAR

first_imgThe Donegal TV crew. Pic by Clive Wasson.Donegal TV have announced that they are to air a weekly show for all of 2015 commencing next Thursday the 8th of January. The shows will be screened every Thursday on Bonanza Bonanza Sky Channel 266 Freesat 157 at 9.30pm just preceding the ever popular Paul Claffey’s & Gerry Glennon Ireland West Country Music Show.The shows can be viewed throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe on the Sky platform and in addition the show will also be available in 42 million homes throughout the USA on the MHZ Networks worldview service. The shows will air in the States every Saturday and details re times in the different states and channel numbers can be obtained from the Todays Ireland worldview service at www.todaysireland.tv. Donegal TV will also make the shows available on their own website donegaltv.ie and social media platforms.“We are delighted to make this announcement as it means that Donegal people throughout the world will be able to keep in touch with home on a weekly basis and see for themselves what is happening in the County.“We are the only local TV service in Ireland to be screened on mainstream television in the USA and the feedback we have received from the MHz Network for our pilot series last year has been tremendous and is a great endorsement for the quality of the programmes we produce’ said Shane Wallace Managing Director of Donegal TV.‘The programmes will have regular features on News, Entertainment, Business, Sport, Festivals and Events, regular interviews with Donegal people across the Globe as well as interviews with our well known personalities within the County. “Of course we will include human interest stories on the not so famous which proved extremely popular on our previous series and we will be paying particular attention to our many young emigrants and will be contacting many of them on social media in order that they can contribute directly to the series.“Donegal is such a vast County with many rich stories and it is a privilege to bring these stories to your television screens and the team here in Donegal TV are really looking forward to this very exciting venture for us.’The shows will be presented by Charlie Collins and Kathy Donaghy with many guest presenters including Keith Fletcher featuring throughout the year.The first show has certainly got an international flavour with a report from Philadelphia on the election of Brendan Boyle (of Glencolmcille orgins) to the US Congress, a feature on the Donegal Association in London, the Tip O Neill Diaspora award from Buncrana which was presented by President Michael D Higgins to Boston State Senator Therese Murray and the innovative sound man awards from young Ballyshannon emigrants.DONEGAL TV TO BROADCAST WEEKLY SHOW IN NEW YEAR was last modified: January 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegaldonegal tvNew YearSKY TVlast_img read more

HOURS CUT FOR STAFF AT GAOTH DOBHAIR COMPANY

first_imgSTAFF at a Gaoth Dobhair based company have been told they’re being put on a shorter working week.SIOEN Apparel based at the business park in Derrybeg makes uniforms for An Garda Siochana and protective clothing for a host of other organisations.Local TD Pearse Doherty said 17 staff have been told they are being put on a three-day week and their salaries reduced accordingly. “This is very bad news for the people concerned and the area,” he said tonight. HOURS CUT FOR STAFF AT GAOTH DOBHAIR COMPANY was last modified: March 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HOURS CUT FOR STAFF AT GAOTH DOBHAIR COMPANYlast_img read more

MEET THE EXPERTS ON THE EMPLOYERS PANEL AT DONEGAL ETB TRAINING FAIR

first_imgDonegal ETB is delighted that the following experts have agreed to participate in the Employers Panel and we are really looking forward to hearing their wisdom, knowledge and experience at Further Education and Training Fair 2015.Dearbhla Kelly, Guidance Counsellor with Donegal ETB will be chairing the discussion which will start at 10:30am on Thursday the 26th of March in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.Padraig Monaghan has held the position of Managing Director, UnitedHealth Group Global Services Ltd, Ireland since August 2006 and Senior Vice President, Government Claims Operations since October 2012. Padraig has overall responsibility for claim operations for the Medicare & Retirement, Specialty Benefits and Care Improvement Plus lines of business within the U.S market.UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.They are committed to introducing innovative approaches, products and services that can improve personal health and promote healthier populations in local communities. UnitedHealthcare, is UHG’s Health Benefits platform which serves key markets and geographic regions with a broad range of health benefit products and services for both consumers and benefit sponsors.Currently, over 650 people are employed at the Letterkenny, Co. Donegal site, serving multiple UHG business clients, making it the most diverse and largest site in the EMEA region. In 2006, UnitedHealth Group acquired PacifiCare and the Letterkenny site. Since that time, the business has grown from strength to strength, acquiring new lines of business.Padraig’s teams are located in Ireland, America and India.Prior to joining the company in 2003 he held various Senior Operations role during his 12 years at Intel Corp mainly specializing in Wafer Fabrication Facility start-ups.Padraig holds a degree in Materials and Engineering Technology from the University of Limerick and he is also a qualified teacher of Engineering.Padraig is a member of the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation Regional Executive and is a Board Member of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce, North West Division. Catherine Monahan has been the Human Resources Manager at Lough Eske Castle, managed by Horst Schulze and the Capella Hotel Group, from its opening in December 2007.The historic Lough Eske Castle is a luxury five star castle resort located on a secluded lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town.Lough Eske Castle has received numerous awards since opening in 2007 and is the only Irish hotel to claim a World Luxury Hotel Award, having been awarded the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel title for the past five consecutive years.With a background of over 20 years in HR Management, Catherine’s role is to oversee the management of 160 employees within Lough Eske Castle and she is also a member of the Senior Executive Team. Catherine’s industry career includes 5 years as HR Manager with Abhann Productions, producers of Riverdance, and their sister television production company, Tyrone Productions, run by John McColgan and Moya Doherty.She has also worked in HR with Coates Viyella Branded Menswear in Northern Ireland and Our Ladys Hospice in Harolds Cross Dublin.Catherine returned to Donegal in 2006 and worked with the Donegal Town Community Chamber for a year before joining Lough Eske Castle.Catherine has a BA in Business Studies from the University of Ulster and a BA in Human Resources Management from the National College of Ireland. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.Declan McBrearty is General Manager of the KER Group with responsibilities for Accounts, Purchasing, Retail & Services within the Group.KER Group specialises are specialists in a wide range of engineering services to the offshore industry particularly the Marine and Oil & Gas sectors.They offer services to a variety of industries nationwide including those in the marine, hospitality and retail, oil and gas and environmental and commercial sectors.KER Group core services include electrical installations and repairs, refrigeration and air conditioning, Total fish handling solutions, Water Treatment, Fabrication/Welding and Boast/Engines/Chandlery.KER Group employs 35 full time staff which include a team of 20 qualified field engineers and prides itself on building long term relationships with its customers.Declan joined the company when he finished secondary school in 1999, gained his apprenticeship in the Electrical trade and held the post of Electrical Engineer.In 2008 he was promoted to Operations Manager with responsibility for Customer Relations and the planning of work schedules for the field Engineers.In 2011 after a restructure within the organisation he was promoted to General Manager. There are 40 people employed in KER Group and while a number are based locally, others are Field Engineers that operate locally, nationally and internationally as required.KER Group are approved employers of apprentices in a number of trades including Electrical, Refrigeration, Metal Fabrication, and Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting and continue to support the National Apprenticeship System in partnership with SOLAS and Donegal ETB.Declan Thomas is an Industrial Relations and Human Resources Executive with Ibec and is based at Ibec’s North West office in Donegal Town.Ibec is Ireland’s leading provider of employment law and industrial relations expertise, with services encompassing representation, negotiation, HR management, training and advice.Ibec provides a national voice for business in a wide range of direct services to its 7,500 member companies nationwide.Declan has vast experience in Industrial Relations, Human Recourses and Employment Law and is responsible for delivering professional advice and advocacy services to employers in the North West Region.Declan is also a qualified Solicitor with wide-ranging experience having worked at Reid and Sweeney Solicitors Ballyshannon. Declan previously was Human Resource Manager at ProTek Medical Limited, Sligo.MEET THE EXPERTS ON THE EMPLOYERS PANEL AT DONEGAL ETB TRAINING FAIR was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessETBnewslast_img read more

South African olive oil is the best, study shows

first_imgConsumers are becoming more informedabout the health benefits of olives andculinary versatility of olive oil.(Image: SA Olive) Good olives produce high quality olive oils,and good production practices such aspruning and tree maintenance contributeto growing delicious olives.(Image: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS• Leonard ArangiesSA Olive+27 21 870 2900RELATED ARTICLES• SA olive oil a hit in Italy• Soweto wine fest set for record crowd• Better farming with mobiles• Farming to fight child malnutritionWilma den HartighRecent international testing has confirmed that South Africa produces the best olive oil on the market when it comes to quality, value for money and truthful labelling.SA Olive (SAO), the voluntary association representing the country’s olive industry, initiated a comprehensive market research study to test and compare the quality of local and imported olive oils. The results proved that South African olive oils remain the consumer’s safest choice.SAO manager Leonard Arangies says the main goal of the study was to inform local consumers about the true quality of available olive oils.“The reality is that not all oils labelled as Extra Virgin can be classified as Extra Virgin. Some imported oils that were tested showed shocking deviations,” he says.Undisputed results in favour of SA oilsA random sample of seven South African and 23 imported oils were tested in an accredited international laboratory, using specifications of the International Olive Council (IOC).Only 23% of the samples were of South African origin, as about 80% of locally available olive oils are still imported.If oil is to qualify as Extra Virgin, it must succeed in the chemical, organoleptic (tasting) and freshness tests. The freshness test is one of the latest tests for olive oil. The technology and parameters were only recently developed by the IOC.South Africa oil achieved top honours in all the testing categories. None of the local oils tested showed any sign of being tampered with, whereas 26% of imported oils were fraudulently bottled as Extra Virgin.Testing also showed that 66% of scrutinised oils showed one or other form of defect and should not be allowed to carry the Extra Virgin label. Only 33% of the 30 tested oils claiming to be Extra Virgin were in fact Extra Virgin.There are many olive oils on the supermarket shelf, but consumers have no way of determining their quality.Annalene du Toit, olive entrepreneur from Kloovenburg Olives, says that quality testing of olive oils is very important as there are no regulations or legislation governing the import of olive oil.It is important that consumers can distinguish between the various types of olive oils on the supermarket shelf. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a natural, unrefined olive oil with a free acidity of below 0.8%, no defects and a fruity characteristic.If consumers want to be sure that they are buying a superior quality olive oil, they should look out for bottles bearing the “Member of SA Olive Commitment to Compliance Scheme (CTC)” seal.The CTC seal of approval tells the consumer that the producer is committed to truthful labelling and complies with the standards of the SA Olive Codes of Practice, which are based on international quality standards.The seal indicates that the content of the bottle is 100% South African. It also displays the year of harvest, which indicates the freshness of the oil. If the label says that the content is Extra Virgin, the producer verifies that the oil is neither Virgin nor refined olive oil.Olive oil pricesArangies says that consumers often perceive high-quality local olive oils as too expensive. However, the study proved otherwise. It shows that the average price of all olive oils tested is R62.68 (US$8.66) for 500ml. The average price for those which can be truthfully classified as Extra Virgin is R65.19 ($9.07), for the same volume.“This is a small difference to pay for some of the best olive oils in the world,” he says.It all starts with the growerDu Toit says that South Africa is able to produce olive oil of an outstanding quality, thanks to local olive growers. “If you have a good olive, you will have a good olive oil,” she says. Good production practices such as pruning and tree maintenance are essential to keep trees in top condition.South African growers make use of the best oil-pressing technology that helps to retain the quality of oil in the bottling process and minimises the oil’s exposure to natural elements after harvesting. “Our growers know what they are doing,” she says.According to the Olive Oil Times, a publication dedicated to news, reviews and analysis of everything to do with olives, South African olive growing is increasing all the time, for both the table olive market and olive oil production.New trees are planted on an ongoing basis, with olive farms growing at a rate of 20% annually and doubling in size every four to five years.The publication also confirms that South African olive oils are rated among the best in the world. South African oils frequently win international awards and locally, the demand for olive oil is increasing.Du Toit says that consumers are now more aware of the health benefits and culinary versatility of olive oil.Statistics quoted in the Olive Oil Times indicate that consumption of olive oil has exceeded 3.5-million litres, with local demand for olives growing by 10% each year and at least 20% for their oil.last_img read more

South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in ODIs

first_img12 November 2013 South Africa wrapped up a 4-1 one-day international series victory over Pakistan with an emphatic 117-run win in in Sharjah on Monday. There were encouraging signs during the series that the Proteas have put their sub-standard one-day form of earlier this year behind them. Refreshingly, the series was played on wickets that offered the bowlers something, unlike so much of the limited overs fare nowadays that heavily favours batsmen and results in slog fests. There were no totals during the series that challenged the 300-run mark, but good batting was rewarded, and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 115 in the fifth ODI was a wonderful example of this. De Villiers’ knock took him past 6 000 runs in ODIs, the fastest South African to achieve the mark and the third fastest to the milestone of all time, behind only Sir Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly.Needed application His innings demonstrated the application needed in the 50 overs a side game. It was neatly split into two halves, with De Villiers circumspect and cautious in the first half of his innings, followed by a stunning array of shots and innovation in the second half, once he had played himself in. De Villiers was one of only two batsmen to score centuries in the series. Quinton de Kock scored the other, an impressive knock of 112 at the top of the order in South Africa’s 28-run victory in the fourth ODI. It also made him, at the age of 20 years and 326 days, the youngest South African to score an ODI century. Some concerns still remain about the consistency of the South African batting, but the team’s totals were consistent and between 259 and 268 in the last three ODIs on challenging surfaces.Outstanding bowling While the Proteas displayed some batting frailties, the bowlers adjusted admirably to the pitches in the United Arab Emirates and were outstanding. This is best underlined by the fact that they bowled Pakistan out in all five matches. What the bowlers also proved is that the transition from world class test bowler to world class ODI bowler is not a big jump. World class remains world class, no matter the format. Dale Steyn played in only two of the five matches, but he played a decisive role in both. In the third ODI, despite taking only 1 for 31 in his eight overs, he wrested the initiative away from Pakistan, slowing down their scoring and putting the batsmen under pressure, which ultimately led to a convincing 68-run victory. In the next match, a 28-run win, he delivered a career-best return of 5 for 25 as Pakistan fell from 228 for 5 to 238 all out.Vernon Philander Vernon Philander, a man considered as a test bowler only by the selectors for so long, came into the team for the fifth and final ODI and asked tough questions of the Pakistanis. He removed two of the top three batsmen in order, caught the other, and finished with figures of 2 for 23 in eight overs. While the recognised test stars showed their worth to the team, all-rounder Ryan McLaren continued to enhance his status in the limited overs side. He played a number of useful innings lower down the batting order and removed nine batsmen with his bowling to match Imran Tahir as the top wicket-taker in the South African line-up. Leg-spinner Tahir, with his return to form, reminded South African supporters of the fantastic weapon he can be with his varied bowling in limited overs matches. He was superb in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India and in similar conditions he was again very good. South Africa showed a huge improvement over their performances in Sri Lanka in July, when they went down to the hosts by four matches to one and were, frankly, poor, suffering some big losses. Top test players The Pakistan series also made clear the importance of the Proteas’ top test performers as one-day players. Without some of the team’s leading players, they flopped in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June and followed that up with the tepid showing in Sri Lanka. On that subject, Jacques Kallis, who has made himself available for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, needs to see more action. For the first time in a very long time, he looked out of sorts in the Pakistan test series, and he did not play in the ODI series. The great man needs to play himself back into form because Kallis in form is a weapon that is hard to match. For the Proteas to excel in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and to win it for the first time, there is going to have to be greater use made of the team’s top test players, like Kallis and Steyn, in the ODI game. They’re match winners and they produce the kind of performances that make the difference in the 50-over game.last_img read more