first_imgThe governments of Liberia and the United States of America on November 2 signed a landmark agreement through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to support key energy and road infrastructure projects totaling US$257 million.The MCC grant constitutes the single largest bilateral infrastructure grant to the country over several years, a Ministry of Finance and Development Planning dispatch stated.At a ceremony marking the signing of the compact at the State Department in Washington DC, Vice President Joseph Boakai praised the U.S. government for the gesture while reflecting on the longstanding traditional ties between the two countries.According to the dispatch, V.P. Boakai said Liberia’s MCC success showed that the country was making progress in strengthening its governance system, further demonstrating the government’s commitment to developing its democracy and improving the living standards of its citizens.Liberia passed the MCC scorecard for the first time in FY13, after several years of improving economic governance and strengthening democraticinstitutions.The scores are determined by third party monitoring reports such as Transparency International Corruption index, US States Department Human Rights Report, Report on Human Trafficking, etc.Liberia’s path to the MCC signing has not been easy, having commenced the program in 2008 and winning a threshold grant subsequently. But due toLiberia’s efforts to combat corruption as recognized in numerous assessments, including on the Control of Corruption Indicator, and together with improvements to macroeconomic management in recent years, these were indicative of the steps undertaken by the country to advance to the compact stage, the dispatch noted.The MCC agreement will fund projects including the largest contribution to the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, rehabilitation of the water intake and pipeline from Mt. Coffee to Millsburg, construction of regional road maintenance centers in River Gee and Tubmanburg, and construction of a LEC Training Center.The Roads Project aims to improve the quality of Liberia’s road network by supporting the piloting of a new maintenance regime and building capacitywithin the sector. Improved management of the road sector is expected to decrease vehicle operating costs and provide time savings for road users.In 2010, the MCC and the government of Liberia signed a US$15 million threshold program grant agreement that focused on improving land rights and access, increasing girls’ primary education enrollment and retention, and improving Liberia’s trade policy and practices.“Growing at an annual rate of 7 percent, Liberia was well on course to fix its shattered economy, until the Ebola virus outbreak reversed the progress made during periods of sustained economic stability,” said Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, when he signed the agreement.Konneh said that despite the constraints to inclusive growth, the country was on course to unlocking its growth potential through an ambitious development agenda, with the acceleration of development projects particularly in the road and energy sectors.“The planned investment in electricity and road maintenance will significantly contribute to our development agenda, thus helping us achieveour central goal of poverty reduction. Energy is fundamental to our growth strategy and together with roads, is critical to our goal of unlocking thegrowth potential of our economy.“Many efforts to encourage private investment in the light manufacturing sector have been frustrated by the lack of electricity and good roads. Your intervention in these areas will go a long way in encouraging investment, thus bringing in much needed capital, skills, and technology to Liberia,”Konneh stated.The signing of the MCC grant would provide Liberia additional resources to fund its signature Mount Coffee Hydro project, delayed as a result of theEbola outbreak. The grant would be used to also spend on other critical roads and energy infrastructure projects over the duration of the program.Before the signing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of MCC, Dana J. Hyde said her institution was delighted to celebrate and open what shecalled “a new chapter” in the longstanding partnership between the U.S. and Liberia.“We know and have known that Liberia is an emerging champion for development and trade and investment in West Africa. The agreement that we are about to sign creates the funding that we can help take that to a new level,” she said whilst indicating that the MCC can help unlock the economic potential that exists in the West African nation.The MCC is an independent, bilateral U.S. government foreign aid agency established by Congress. It is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance and economic prosperity. The MCC applies a set of innovative philosophy to foreign aid administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLegislation can be designed to allow the partner of a terminally ill woman to assist her suicide, the Irish Supreme Court has heard.A lawyer for Marie Fleming, 59, who is originally from Lifford, said she was being adversely affected to create a benchmark to prevent others breaking the law.The former lecturer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. Last month she failed to establish her partner’s legal right to help her die.Three judges at the High Court in Dublin ruled in January they could not support allowing a third party to bring about the death of another.Suicide was decriminalised in Ireland in 1993. But the ban on assisting another person to commit suicide remains in force and a jail sentence of up to 14 years may be imposed for that offence.Ms Fleming, who has two adult children, is cared for by her partner, Tom Curran.The court has previously heard that Ms Fleming, who is not attending the three-day hearing, is confined to a wheelchair, physically helpless, lives in constant pain, cannot swallow and suffers choking sessions which wear her out.She wants to be allowed die peacefully with dignity at home, when she chooses, in the arms of her long-term partner, Tom Curran, without him facing the threat of jail.The BBC reports that Brian Murray, senior counsel, told seven judges hearing the appeal in Dublin on Wednesday that his client was being denied what she seeks for fear that without an absolute ban on assisted suicide there could be more relaxed practices by doctors.“It is our position that it is possible to design legislation that facilitates the plaintiff in a way that does not present any risk to the involuntary death of others,” he said.Mr Murray said it may be legitimate government policy to discourage people from choosing death over life, but he argued it was not a proper basis for telling people what decision they can make about their lives.Without proof of actual risk to others there was insufficient justification for impairing the constitutional rights of Ms Fleming, he said.He maintained there are concerns to avoid circumstances in which persons who are not acting of their own free will, or are not competent, are induced to do something they would not otherwise do.But there were people who should be entitled to give reality to their decision and execute their decision, he argued.“The fact that other people might break the law and cause involuntarily deaths is not in itself good constitutional justification,” Mr Murray said.Ms Fleming is challenging the constitutionality of the Criminal Law Suicide Act 1993, alleging it discriminates between able-bodied and disabled people.In December, Ms Fleming told a three judge division of the High Court court the ban on assisted suicide was forcing her to live against her will in a life of pain and indignity.The former lecturer is almost completely physically incapable and would need help to take her own life.The appeal was fast-tracked through the legal system after the ruling in the High Court last month.Although the High Court judges agreed a competent adult had the right to refuse medical treatment even if it led to death, they ruled the taking of active steps by a third party to bring about the death of another was entirely a different matter.They said if the court could tailor-make a solution that would affect Ms Fleming only without implications for third parties there might be a good deal to be said for her case. But the court ruled it could not be so satisfied.MARIE FLEMING’S LAWYERS SAY NEW LAWS CAN ASSIST HER TO DIE was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:MARIE FLEMINGright to dielast_img read more

first_imgA guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag, compiled by the Southern African Vexillological Association.Treat your flag with respectThe National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.The flag must never:Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.Be used to cover a statue, plaque corner stone etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.Use of the flag in artefacts and products is subject to the approval of The Presidency and, in the case of manufactured items, the Department of Trade and Industry.Traditional rules for handling the flagThere are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the National Flag: The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered again before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. In South Africa, this rule still applies to government-designated flag stations, while through common usage the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day outside of official stations.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.  Whenever a person sees an official flag hoisting or lowering ceremony in progress, he or she should come to a halt and stand respectfully to attention for the duration. If a hat is worn, it should be removed and the right hand should be placed over the heart in salute. Persons in uniform should salute in the manner prescribed by their service. (The same rules apply when the National Anthem is being played or sung.)  The flag should never be depicted, displayed or flown upside down. Flying a flag upside down is the traditional sign of surrender! When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost.  When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)  It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state. The same rule applies to the flagpoles and halyards used to hoist the flag – they should always be in a proper state of maintenance. The flag may never be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag.Correct display of the flag When two flags are fully spread out horizontally on a wall behind a podium, their hoists should be towards each other with the red stripes uppermost.  When the flag is displayed on a short flag pole, this should be mounted at an angle to the wall with the flag draped tastefully from it.  When two national flags are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out.  The flag should never be used as a cloth to cover tables, lecterns or podiums, or be draped from railings. In company with other national flagsWhen the National Flag is flown outdoors in company with the national flags of other countries, the following rules apply: It must always occupy the position of honour. This means it must be the flag furthest to the right (observers’ left) of all the flags on display, with the flags of other countries being arranged alphabetically.  All the flags should be approximately the same size, with no flags being larger than the South African flag.  Each country’s flag should be on a separate pole, with no national flag being flown on top of another from the same pole.  The South African flag must always be hoisted first and lowered last.  If the South African flag is displayed on crossed poles, the South African flag’s pole should be in front and the flag to the right (observers’ left) of the other flag. In company with non-national flagsWhen the National Flag is displayed in company with other flags that are not national flags, such as corporate flags and advertising banners: If on separate staffs, the National Flag should be in the middle, or the furthest left from the viewpoint of the onlookers, or at least one flag’s breadth higher than the other flags in the group, or its flagpole must be in front of the other poles in the group.  If on the same staff, it must be the uppermost flag.  If carried in procession with other flags, it must be at the head of the marching procession.  If carried with a row of flags in line abreast, it must be carried to the marching right of the procession. Displaying the flag indoorsWhenever the National flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should: Always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority. So when the flag is displayed next to a speaker in a hall or other meeting place, it must be placed on the speaker’s right hand; when displayed elsewhere in the hall, it should be to the right of the audience.  The flag should be displayed completely spread out with the red stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the red stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top. Parades and ceremoniesThe flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in front in the centre.The flag may form a distinctive feature of the unveiling of a statue, monument or plaque, but should never be used as the covering for the object.As a mark of respect to the flag, it should never be dipped to a person or thing. Regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags may be dipped as a mark of honour.During a ceremony where the flag is hoisted or lowered, or when the flag is passing in a parade, all persons present, except for those in uniform, should face the flag while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed and held in the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should salute. The same rules apply when the National Anthem is played.Half mastingThe South African flag should be half-masted as a sign of mourning only on instructions from The Presidency, who will also give a date ending the mourning period. When the flag is to be flown at half-mast, it must first be raised to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to half-mast.Before being lowered at sunset or at the appropriate time, the flag is first raised to the top of the pole and then lowered. ONLY the National Flag is half-masted. All other flags remain at normal height.DisposalWhen no longer in a fit condition to be used, a flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.Source: Southern African Vexillological Associationlast_img read more

first_img6 September 2010African countries that have partnered with South Africa in its Square Kilometre Array bid met in Ghana recently to step up their efforts to trump a competing bid from Australasia to host what will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope.“The sharing of information and the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the partner countries has emphasised Africa’s strengths in providing the best site for the SKA science,” South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last week.Africa and Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) are the short-listed rivals to host the SKA.The SKA will be used to collect radio waves from space-like planets, stars and galaxies. It will consist of approximately 3 000 dish-shaped antennae and other hybrid receiving technologies.Site quality, construction costsIf Africa wins the bid, the core of the telescope will be constructed near Carnarvon in the Karoo region of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, with outlying stations of about 30 to 40 antennae located in African partner countries. These antennae will be connected via a data communications network to a data-processing facility.The combined collecting area of the SKA will add up to one square kilometre.“Though both sites (Africa and Australasia) have been found to be excellent to host the SKA, it is necessary to determine which is of the two locations best in terms of quality of site and cost to construct,” the department said.Other criteria, such as socio-economic impact and favourable weather conditions, may also be considered in site selection.The African effort to host the SKA is made up of nine partner countries – Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia – which will ultimately host the SKA telescope stations.African associate countriesApart from the partner countries, the African SKA initiative has another category of cooperation called the SKA African Associate Countries.This involves participation in training student to become global experts in astronomy, engineering and information technology, the department said. Membership to become an SKA African Associate Country is open to all African countries.To ensure the success of Africa’s bid to host the SKA, a working group and a steering committee was set up in 2008 to resolves issues related to the bid, while at the same time providing the best strategic direction for astronomy and associated human development.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgThe expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, like how green screens allow editors almost limitlessly manipulate an actor and his or her suroundings. (Image: M-Net)There is much about the broadcasting industry that has the potential to pique the interest of the youth, whether it be a fascination with the stars they watch every day on their television screens, a curiosity about the industry’s inner workings, or how the images get to their screens in the first place.In an attempt to ignite this potential and expose schoolchildren to the possibilities of a career in the industry, television network M-Net will extend its Magic in Motion (MiM) career expo from Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town. The expo began at Johannesburg’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown on 11 August, and ends today. It then moves to Durban, where it will be hosted at the KZN Science Centre from 18 to 21 August; finally it will be at the Cape Town Science Centre from 25 to 28 August.“Our new partnership with M-Net is an exciting achievement for Sci-Bono, and we are thrilled to work with Africa’s leading television broadcaster,” said David Kramer, the chief executive officer of the discovery centre.The expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, and how a programme or film makes it from concept to finished product. Pupils interested in pursuing a career in the industry can understand how and where they feel they belong in the bigger picture.“The MiM Career Expo provides an eye-opening view of the many roles that exist within the film and television industry,” explained M-Net chief executive officer Yolisa Phahle.Stages of production demonstrated during the expo include production commissioning, concept creation, script writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, art direction (décor, wardrobe, make-up), editing, post-production and broadcasting. It includes business support functions such as human resources, finance, legal services and IT, and technical support, which covers the role of engineers in the filmmaking process.Phahle pointed out that the film industries in Nigeria and the United States made significant contributions to their respective economies. “Our industry has the potential to do the same, yet many do not realise the opportunities that exist.“M-Net is passionate about developing local talent and we are looking forward to meeting the next generation of South African filmmakers. Additionally we have seen how entrepreneurial this business is and [we] are committed to providing opportunities that will allow new production companies to enter the industry as this is how jobs are created.”Essentially, growing interest in the industry of film and television production may lead to the industry itself growing. In turn, this will create more jobs for the youth, who struggle to find employment. It will also help to strengthen South Africa’s economy.EXPECTATIONSM-Net’s human resources director, Fhulufhelo Badugela, said the expo facilitators expected to see about 7 200 students, more than twice the number that came through the door in 2014 because this year the expo was visiting three of the country’s major cities.“We are also very pleased that our 12 Magic in Motion Academy interns, who are halfway through their 12-month programme, will also be functioning as technical support at the MiM Career Expo, putting into practice some what they have learnt so far,” said Badugela.Explaining the function of Sci-Bono, Kramer said the aim was to increase the youth’s awareness of the options they had in the fields of science and technology once they completed school. “As a major player in the broadcasting industry and an esteemed content provider, M-Net is in the best position to give young people a broad view of the television industry,” he added.FAMILIAR FACESActors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, as Skhaleni and Ntandane on the set of M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya. (Image: M-Net)To lend a hand in bringing the expo to life, actors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, perhaps better known as Skhaleni and Ntandane from M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya, are taking part in the Johannesburg leg of the expo. The colleagues are offering interested students a chance to work alongside them in a mock shoot, in which the pupils play the role of extras.This adds a practical element to their experience and helps to build a further understanding of the processes involved in production and the art of post-production.For more information on the MiM Career Expo, visit M-Net Magic in Motion or find it on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#TWiOT#web center_img Before covering the events that have taken place this week in Egypt, I think it’s important to examine those stories that are in danger of being lost to the public’s consciousness because of the dramatic nature of what’s happening in Tahrir Square. Also, in one case, it’s instructive to talk about one case which came about as a direct result of Egypt. In fact, let’s start there, with Syria. Syria lifts Internet bans. Syria is an enthusiastic banner of social media tools. Facebook and YouTube have been banned in that authoritarian country for four years. But now, that ban has been lifted. This is a result of the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. Like those countries, Syria has labored under a prolonged tinhorn tyranny; in this case, it has endured two generations of Assad-family rule. Perhaps it’s hoped this relaxation will act as a pressure release. Perhaps it is also hoped that trouble-makers in the Syrian regime will be more easily identified if they are lured out in the virtual open. “It seems like a policy to curry favor with the youth,” Syrian dissident Ammar Abdulhamid told us. The relaxation was accompanied by the announcement of a food subsidy for the needy. Thailand prosecutes another blogger under lèse majesté. The trail for the prosecution of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the webmaster of the Prachatai website, is ongoing. The charge of lèse majesté is a popular one in Thailand when the government finds anyone it wishes to muzzle. The charge is one of bad mouthing the king and queen, who are very popular in Thailand. It is the Thai equivalent of “insulting the leader” or “insulting religion.” Burma sentences imprisoned blogger to more time. Kaung Myat Hlaing, known by the blogging name of Nat Soe, has been sentenced to an additional ten year sentence on top of the two years he’s already serving. In a secret “trial,” Hlaing was convicted of being part of a poster campaign in support of dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and others. He was deprived of food and water for ten days until he “confessed” to being part of the postering group. China bans “Egypt” as search term. Most of the countries terrified by the people who are rising up in Tunisia and Egypt are Arab ones, like Saudi Arabia. But China is nothing if not forward thinking and accounts of people forcing their governments to account are definitely outre in the Middle Kingdom. So “Egypt” has joined “Tiananmen” and “falun gong” as banned terms on the Chinese Internet. Malaysia announces Internet censorship regime. The Malaysian government is drawing up “guidelines” (read: laws) for online behavior (read: speech). 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Kareem was a cause celebre internationally. He served four years in Egyptian prison for criticizing Islam as well as his country’s leadership. Although many Mideast youth defended his right to speak his mind and conscious, he was reviled in the Egyptian press and elsewhere. He was beaten and otherwise ill-treated by his jailers, repeatedly during his time in jail. He went missing around 11:00 p.m. local time on February 6 after leaving Tahrir Square with a friend. Wael Ghonim. The Google middle eastern marketing executive was held blindfolded by Egyptian security forces for 12 days. When he was released, he admitted to being one of the founders of the We are all Khaled Said group, whose Facebook page organized a lot of the protests. His subsequent TV interviews and speeches have rejuvenating a protest movement that showed signs of flagging before Ghonim was released. What do you like about This Week in Online Tyranny? What would you like to see more of? Less of? How can we make it more interesting and more useful to you? Please let us know in the comments.Tahrir photo via Al Jazeera | Assad photo via Wikimedia Commons | Burmese protest photo by Alan Chan | UMass photo via Wikimedia Commons | Kareem photo via Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgSeeking to complete a whitewash, India would again rely on the guile and skill of their spinners when they take on a hapless New Zealand in the second and final cricket Test starting here on Friday.A 2-0 triumph would go a long way in erasing the bitter memories of previous season during which India were routed 4-0 by both England and Australia when they toured there.The Indians have bounced back in style this season by outplaying New Zealand inside four days in a lop-sided opening Test on the turning track of Hyderabad.Thoroughly outplayed in Hyderabad, the Kiwis will be hoping to find a way to counter the Indian spinners in the match which was expected to be affected by the inclement weather prevailing here for the past few days.Though Chinnaswamy curator Narayan Raju talked about a tinge of grass available on the pitch, the New Zealand think tank doesn’t hope for spin respite. They expect groundsmen to shave the pitch off and make sure it is dry.The inability of the New Zealand batsmen to handle spin was exposed in Hyderabad where 18 of their 20 wickets fell to tweakers.With off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin taking 12 wickets and left-armer Pragyan Ojha grabbing six, India underlined their supremacy on home soil by winning the first Test convincingly.India will once again look towards the spin duo to sweep the short series against the struggling Black Caps.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is aware of the role the spin duo played in India’s victory in the last home Test series against the West Indies in November 2011 during which they shared 42 wickets in three matches.advertisementAmong the few positives for the Kiwis, Kane Williamson scored 32 and 52 in the first Test, while opener Brendon McCullum managed 42 in an innings of uncharacteristic restraint in the second dig.But more is required from the Black Caps who showed a distinct lack of application and patience in the opening match.Martin Guptill and McCullum will be looking to give a solid platform to the visitors which is crucial for them to make a battle of it against the formidable Indians.Skipper Ross Taylor, who hasn’t had a productive last two series, will also be looking to step up to the task without further ado.While Kiwi batsmen are sweating it out at the nets asking their spinners to bowl at them, their seamers are praying for a blanket of moisture than a dry surface for them to exploit the conditions.Weathermen predict that for the next five days, Bangalore will witness scattered thunderstorms which may affect the match. Temperatures will remain high at 26 degree Celsius and low at 20 degree Celsius each day.With youngsters Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli making headlines in the absence of batting greats VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, the spotlight will also be on older generation of batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.Tendulkar has been working hard on his defence in the nets, while Sehwag went after strokes to get himself in right frame of mind.Concerns for Tendulkar probably springs from his nature of dismissals. He has been out 22 times either bowled or leg before wicket.Pujara’s form ahead of tougher assignments against England and Australia augurs well for India. The Saurashtrian hit a maiden Test century (159) in Hyderabad to help his side post a big total.The Indians start favourites by quite a few miles but the famous Kiwi resilience to punch above their weight cannot be ignored either.The Squads:India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Subramaniam Badrinath, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina.New Zealand (from): Ross Taylor (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner, Bradley-John Watling, Kane Williamson.Match starts at 9.30 am (IST).last_img read more