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first_imgWhile some laugh, others with the help of Black Egg open new markets and grow. Provocative? Yes, of course, but the most important thing is not PR but the fact.After the last article on the topic Black Egg business model, a big debate has opened that continues even today, and the biggest debate is that the Black Egg is a synonym for cheap accommodation, which is certainly a misconception. On the contrary, Crno Jaje is an excellent channel for promotion and sales, and they cooperate with the strongest hotels in Croatia. Then there is certainly something in that “Black Egg”, if the strongest hotels in Croatia see their interest, right?”We have been recognized by the strongest hoteliers in Croatia, and this fact only shows that Crno jaje is not a synonym for cheap accommodation, but as an excellent sales channel and a smart modality of work for the largest hoteliers. They know when, how and how to use Black Egg as a sales platform. ” Hrvoje Bujas, the owner of Crni Jaj, pointed out and added that they cooperate with Valamar, Maistra, Toplice Sv. Martin, Supetar Waterman Resort and many others.At the moment, my focus is on their campaign for Martinje, which is interestingly not limited to Zagorje, so here is the reason for a new story. “Martinje, which was actually just an event limited to Zagorje and Međimurje, we put it together as an offer and a nice package so we sell arrangements from Istria, Kvarner, Zagorje, Međimurje, Podravina, Moslavina, Banovina, all the way to Slavonia and Baranja, I hope and Dalmatia next year “Hrvoje Bujas points out and adds that Crno jaje has placed completely new products on the market in the last seven years or reengineered the existing one.We all know that the most important base for continental tourism is the domestic market, ie domestic guests as a basis. That’s why it’s great for me to see continental destinations wake up slowly and be proactive. Yes, it is a difficult and long way to success, but everything starts with the first step and branding.An excellent channel for the promotion of continental tourism and weekend events This is exactly the kind of promotion that continental tourism needs. Weekend trips as a starting point to get to know the hidden and unexplored interior, ie continental Croatia. What to do for the weekend? Experience Slavonia, Zagorje, Lika and everything is well packed in various Dolska motifs. From local gastronomy, active vacation to wellness.Experience the sound of the forest, the river, the silence of the golden plain, etc.… We have as many motives for the play on words as we want. But first and foremost we have to make tourist arrangements, and offer them to the market. Both to the agencies and to the target group through promotion. We need to send a call to be discovered. This is the first prerequisite.A great example is Baranja, which has positioned itself as the best destination in Slavonia. If someone had told you five years ago that people would get in the car for the weekend from Zagreb on their way to Baranja, they would have said that he was crazy. But this is exactly what is happening, and everything is accompanied by a great response of business team building in Baranja. Crno Jaje certainly played a big role, where Baranja positioned itself through all their channels for years, as well as campaigns on Nova TV and Dom TV, with which Crnja jaje collaborates and places certain campaigns, and where Baranja was constantly spinning and jumping out of the pate.And the numbers prove that the thing works. As Bujas points out, no one can fill a hotel in seven days like we can, there is no tool on the market other than Black Egg. “This year, over 500 arrangements for Martinje were sold, whether it was a one-day trip or a package of two nights, an increase of 30% over last year.. “Here’s another example that immediately popped up at first glance. This is the Sv. Martin Spa campaign, where the offer for 3 nights and New Year’s Eve is 3121 kn. And it’s not that cheap, is it? Have a full hotel for three days + extra spending, great calculation. On the other hand, who wouldn’t love to have their hotel filled for the New Year, St. Martin’s Day or any other event in their own organization?”We have rebranded the approach to the organization of New Year’s Eve, we currently have as many as 50 offers, many completely different from standard offers on the market, such as Welcome to Wellness & evening with Nena Belan in Sveti Martin or for the first time since Croatian independence New Year’s Eve 2019 in Hotel Imperial Park in Vodice with a beautiful evening with Goran Karan, and in other hotels also perform Škoro, Suhodolčan… This year we expect over 100 offers for the New Year, and sales growth of a further 10%.”Says Bujas and adds that Crno Jaje wants to provide its customers with a new and unique experience at a good price, and partners on the other hand, in a fast way and with a strong TV campaign on NovaTv and DomaTv to fill all their capacities.If you ask me how to fill a hotel out of season or sell a weekend with an overnight stay with some content I definitely recommend Black Egg as one of the tools. Finally, in addition to sales, there is also a segment of large media reach and destination positioning, which is a great value in the long run and with a combination of other promotion channels.The market is growing and developing, as is the competition fighting for the same guests in the domestic market. If you want to grow you have to find various ways to reach the target group because the noise in communication is getting bigger and bigger day by day. More and more hotels are organizing New Year’s Eve and various weekend packages as motives for arrival. From wellness weekends for guests to rest their body and soul, organization of concerts, sports events, to various gastronomic tours.In any case, whether you like Black Egg or not (btw it’s not even important in business, but the account balance at the end of the month) is the fact that thanks to this business model sold out a lot of restaurants, hotels, events, stories… Market competition is open , let the better, more skilful and creative win.RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

first_imgCondé Nast Traveler points out that Hvar is an excellent destination to visit all year round, especially due to warm summers and mild winters, and points out the well-known Hvar statistics – that this is the sunniest island in Croatia, with more than 2800 hours of sunshine a year. This world-renowned magazine also highlights the rich historical heritage of the town of Hvar – highlighting the 13th-century Fortica Fortress as an unavoidable cultural monument. Also, the editors write about the famous harvest of Hvar lavender, which becomes one of the main attractions in the summer months. Along with Hvar, the five best islands include the Greek islands of Crete, Paros and Mykonos, and the Danish island of Bornholm. “This award is a kind of crown to our successful season behind us. We are honored to be in the company of the world’s best islands – this is a reward for all tourist stakeholders in our city and our island. In the Tourist Board of the town of Hvar, in the post-season we continue to position our town on the world map of year-round destinations with a diverse offer, and we believe in further tourist growth. “points out Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board. More than 600.000 readers around the world participated in the selection of the best through various categories. The best hotels and resorts, airlines, villas, spas, airports, cruisers and tour operators, cities and islands were chosen. “We are extremely proud of the recognition we received. Being in such a selected company is a confirmation of year-round flawless work and providing services in accordance with the highest standards in tourism. I am extremely honored that the hotel guests recognized this and voted for us at this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, ”  said hotel director Igor Tabak. In the category of resorts, the hotel Amfora from Hvar took the title of one of the 30 best resorts in Europe.  Photo: Sunny Hvar The world’s leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has published the results of the Readers ’Choice Awards. The island of Hvar received another international recognition, a great award from the readers of the renowned magazine Condé Nast Traveler, whose votes ranked it at the very top of the best islands in the world and brought the title of the best island in Europe! The island of Hvar was named the best island in Europe in 2019. Hotel Amfora is located in a quiet bay near the center of Hvar with an unobstructed view of the Paklinski islands, which makes it a unique resort on the island of Hvar. Recognized for its spectacular cascading pool and diverse offerings, it is an ideal choice for couples, families and holding business meetings, congresses, conferences and exclusive events, writes Condé Nast Traveler.last_img read more

first_img“What the boys did so far is exceptional but it is not over,” said Klopp.”We did not expect the number of games we won. It was never easy and it will never be easy, so now let’s carry on.”Klopp has long been an advocate of a winter break amid the gruelling English campaign to give his players a chance to rest and recuperate.But a two-week break earlier this month appears to have disrupted the Reds’ rhythm. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the title is not won yet after his side were beaten for the first time in 45 games in the Premier League as Watford thrashed the European champions 3-0 on Saturday.Klopp’s men still enjoy a 22-point lead at the top of the table and need a maximum of four wins from their remaining 10 games to secure a first league title for 30 years.However, defeat at Vicarage Road continues a downturn in form as they sneaked past relegation-threatened Norwich and West Ham in their two previous league games and lost the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie to Atletico Madrid. “Shape, form is not something we can take for granted. We fought against each every feeling in the body. We fought against everything and that’s why we have that amount of points,” added Klopp.”The biggest surprise for me is that Watford is fighting to stay in the league. Now is the moment when everybody is fighting like crazy.”We don’t think it is the biggest catastrophe in world football. We feel the defeat really and now we have the chance to show the reaction again.”Ismaila Sarr was the star for Watford as the Senegalese struck twice in six minutes at the start of the second half and then teed up Troy Deeney to add a third.The comprehensive scoreline had the added bonus of edging Watford out of the relegation zone by one goal ahead of Bournemouth.However, after slipping back into the bottom three following a fine start to his reign, Hornets’ boss Nigel Pearson is all too aware of the importance of backing up a famous win for the remainder of the season.”It’s such an important win for us. But it is one win,” said Pearson.”They are such an outstanding side, we had to get our performance right and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.”We threatened with the ball and defended with discipline, energy and commitment. That’s been the message from day one.”It’s in our own hands, and we have to deliver that performance week in, week out.”Topics :last_img read more

first_imgLegal & General – L&G’s bulk annuity and longevity insurance business has appointed John Towner in the new role of head of origination. He joins from Redington, where he advised both pension trustee boards and corporate sponsors on their investment, funding and risk-management strategies. Before then, he worked at Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank.Mercer – Uwe Buchem has been named business leader for retirement at the consultancy’s German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) business. He is replacing Mercer’s regional chief executive Achim Lüder, who stepped down from the role to focus on his other responsibilities. Buchem joined Mercer in 2002 and, in 2004, was promoted to market leader for Germany for health and benefits. He began his career at insurance group Debeka and internet insurance business Censio.Monument Group – The investment fund placement agent has appointed Karl Adam as director in the London office. He will have investor coverage responsibility for German-speaking Europe and some UK-based investors, focusing on building relationships with new institutional investors and general partners in the region. He joins from Citi Private Bank, where he was vice-president. Aviva Investors – Louise Kay has been appointed global head of sales. She will be responsible for leading global sales efforts across institutional and wholesale, including global consultants. Kay has held senior roles at Standard Life Investments and Aegon Asset Management UK.KNEIP – Keith Dingwall has been appointed to the new role of head of new business. Before joining KNEIP, he worked for 13 years at State Street Bank and International Financial Data Services in Luxembourg. Before then, he worked for a decade in JP Morgan Asset Management’s operations in the UK and Luxembourg.Pemberton – The independent asset management group, backed by Legal & General and focused on private debt and direct lending, has appointed Jürgen Breuer to head its operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Breuer previously established and led leverage and acquisition finance businesses for Dresdner Bank and West LB in Germany.Comgest – Arnaud Cosserat has been appointed CIO, succeeding Vincent Strauss, who will remain chief executive at the asset manager. Cosserat joined Comgest in 1996 as a portfolio manager covering European equities. He has spent the past two years in the position of deputy CIO.Kames Capital – Mark Benbow has been appointed to the fixed income team as an investment analyst. He joins from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he was an analyst on the global equities team.Invesco PowerShares – Michael Huber has been appointed to the newly created role of business development director for Germany and Austria. Previously, he covered institutional clients for Luxembourg-based asset manager Assenagon. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs Group. ING Investment Management, Cardano Risk Management, Schroders, KAS Bank, Aegon Asset Management, Legal & General, Redington, Mercer, Monument Group, Aviva Investors, KNEIP, Pemberton, Comgest, Kames Capital, Invesco PowerSharesING Investment Management – Bart Oldenkamp has been appointed to the Integrated Client Solutions team at ING IM, soon to become NN Investment Partners. The manager said Oldenkamp would focus on strategic business development, working with institutional clients as well as the investment management teams to “optimise” ING IM’s solutions offering. He joins from Cardano Risk Management, a specialist risk and investment management boutique based in the Netherlands and the UK, where he was a member of the management board. Before then, he held various positions at ABN Amro Asset Management in Amsterdam and Chicago.Schroders – Theo van der Meer has been appointed senior adviser in the Netherlands. He will focus on providing specific pension scheme guidance and governance to Schroders’ institutional clients in the region. Prior to joining Schroders, he held the position of managing director within global distribution at Barclays in London. He has also held senior roles at Fidelity, Vanguard, NIB Capital, Robeco and AMRO Bank.KAS Bank – The custodian has appointed Alexander van Ittersum as market manager for the pension fund markets in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. His responsibility is to increase activities in core markets by identifying market trends and customer needs, and translating them into new products. Before joining KAS, Van Ittersum worked at Aegon for six years, initially as product development manager with Aegon Global Pensions’ cross-border asset pooling, and later as proposition manager with Aegon Asset Management. Before joining Aegon, he was product manager for Robeco and relationship manager at Euronext.last_img read more

first_img“In addition, the MiFID II portfolio manager or its third country sub-adviser which operates an RPA must be able, at all times and based on its own internal allocation/budgeting process, to identify vis-à-vis its own clients the amount spent on research with a particular third country broker-dealer.”In a related announcement today, the US regulator confirmed that US-based asset managers and broker-dealers would not be in breach of US law when complying with MiFID II’s cost unbundling requirements.The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it would grant a 30-month window for managers to find a way to unbundle research costs from trading costs for European clients, while still complying with US rules.In the US, asset managers usually pay for brokerage services and research through a “bundled” commission payment, which runs contrary to MiFID II rules. Investors had expressed concern that they could lose access to “valuable” research, the SEC said.SEC chairman Jay Clayton said the “no-action relief” was designed in conjunction with European regulators and the European Commission.The SEC said in a statement: “Subject to various terms and conditions: broker-dealers, on a temporary basis, may receive research payments from money managers in hard dollars or from advisory clients’ research payment accounts; money managers may continue to aggregate orders for mutual funds and other clients; and money managers may continue to rely on an existing safe harbour when paying broker-dealers for research and brokerage.”During the 30-month period, which begins on 3 January when MiFID II is implemented in Europe, SEC staff will monitor the impact of the European rules in order to decide on what (if any) longer-term action is needed.Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said: “In supervising the MiFID II inducements and research provisions, and cross-border practices by firms in this area, the FCA will focus on ensuring investors’ interests are advanced.“Arrangements which comply with MiFID II and other jurisdictions’ rules, while enabling EU firms’ continued access to research produced by US and other non-EU jurisdictions, are likely to be the best way of serving investors.”According to IPE’s list of the biggest 120 managers of European institutional assets, 54 are based partially or wholly outside of the EU in countries such as the US, Switzerland, Canada and Australia. Non-EU managers can continue to bundle trading costs and research costs as long as the two are distinguishable from each other, the European Commission has said.The Commission today published guidance detailing how MiFID II rules on the provision of investment research would apply to non-EU managers with clients inside the bloc.In a statement, Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission’s vice-president for financial services, said the guidance would provide “greater clarity” on the new requirements.The guidance states: “The MiFID II portfolio manager or its third country sub-adviser which operates a [research payment account, or RPA] is responsible for managing its research budget based on a reasonable assessment of the need for research and subject to appropriate controls, which include maintaining a clear audit trail of payments made to research providers.last_img read more

first_imgItalian oil and gas major Eni has started drilling what is reportedly the first-ever deepwater offshore exploration well in Oman’s waters. Drillship Pacific Bora in Singapore waters; Source: Wikimedia; Author: Jacklee – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseAccording to media reports earlier this week, Eni has started drilling Oman’s first deepwater offshore well.Sources have confirmed to Offshore Energy Today that the Italian company had indeed started its drilling operations in Oman. However, no further details have been provided.What we do know is that Eni late last year hired the Pacific Drilling-owned drillship, Pacific Bora, for one firm well in Oman. The duration of the well was estimated at 30 days. The contract included a $5 million mobilization fee and a $5 million demobilization fee and it provided for one option well.Further, the contract was scheduled to start in February and end in March 2020 with a dayrate of $190,000. The 2010-built drillship also previously worked for Eni offshore Nigeria under the dayrate of $150,000.When it comes to Eni’s offshore presence in Oman, the company is the operator of Block 52, which is an underexplored area with hydrocarbons potential located offshore in the southern region of Oman. Block 52 has an area of approximately 90,000 km2, with water depths ranging from 10 to over 3,000 meters.The Government of the Sultanate of Oman, Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production (OOCEP), a subsidiary of state company Oman Oil Company SAOC (OOC), and Eni entered into an exploration and production sharing agreement for Block 52 back in November 2017.  Eni holds a 55% stake in the block while its partners Qatar Petroleum and OOCEP hold a 30% and 15% stake, respectively.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgInvestigate Daily 7 June 2020Family First Comment: Ian Wishart is asking all the right questions….“Investigate asked the Drug Foundation to disclose whether any money has come from foreign donors: “Can you please confirm that 1) you know the identity of all donors to the foundation, as required by law, and 2) how much money has been donated to your organisation since 1 April 2020, and 3) how much of that money since 1 April has come from overseas donors and 4) what are the identities of those overseas donors?” We also sent texts to Drug Foundation director Ross Bell’s phone. To date, there has been no response.Bell has previously taken tens of thousands of dollars in funding from overseas foundations directed by billionaire George Soros – a huge advocate for commercially selling marijuana.Other candidates include NZ-based big businesses that stand to make a financial killing if cannabis is legalised – companies like Helius Therapeutics.Investigate sent a text to Helius director Joseph Schmidt: “We are just running a story on the cannabis referendum and the important community value placed on transparency these days. How much money if any has Helius donated to the NZ Drug Foundation?” Again, only silence.So the question remains: is it acceptable in a 2020 election for shadowy foreign groups to “buy” referendum results in New Zealand?According to the Green Party, who have been heavily pushing the cannabis legalisation, a news release last December says “No”: “The Green Party welcome a law change to help protect our democracy from the influence of powerful vested interests by banning foreign donations of more than $50, Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said today.Are secret foreign groups and commercial cannabis barons interfering in New Zealand’s election this year by funneling massive currently-hidden donations through a taxpayer-funded charity?That’s the uncomfortable question being asked as the New Zealand Drug Foundation goes silent on where the money has come from to bankroll the hugely expensive TV, radio, newspaper and social media pushing a ‘Yes’ vote for cannabis legalisation.The campaign, one of the most expensive advertising sprees outside of the Government’s Covid-19 alerts, has burst onto TV screens, full page front page newspaper ads and social media, pushing cannabis legalisation “on our terms”. Set to run from 2 June until the referendum on 19 September, the campaign is estimated to cost millions – far in excess of the organisation’s $2 million budget, mostly provided by the government.The Drug Foundation at the weekend confirmed to a Facebook question that the massive advertising spend has not been funded by taxpayer money:“No taxpayer funding is used for this campaign. As a charitable trust, we also receive private grants and donations which are funding the ‘vote yes’ campaign.”Although the Drug Foundation is audited by the Charities Commission, it is not legally required to disclose its donations for the year to June 30, until 31 December 2020, and if the advertising is on standard commercial terms it won’t be payable until 20 July 2020, meaning the millions of dollars to pay for it wouldn’t have to be received by the Drug Foundation until July, meaning New Zealanders would legally have to wait until 31 December 2021 to find out who bankrolled the pro-Cannabis campaign.Investigate asked the Drug Foundation to disclose whether any money has come from foreign donors:READ MORE: https://investigatemagazine.co.nz/28234/election-tampering-nz-pro-cannabis-referendum-campaign-funded-by-secret-foreign-donors/last_img read more

first_img Press Association He was in no doubt the West Ham win was deserved, but was also keen to stress that the result had been the most important thing. And he added: “I would love to be a lucky manager whose team plays c**p and wins. “But we have not been that, and I think that is because the level and technical ability of sides you are playing against in the Premier League doesn’t allow you to do that too often.” Pearson had declared himself “very pleased” with the way his players approached Saturday’s match, but also said: “We probably played better against Spurs. “We have been playing well but what we have not been able to do is achieve three points and that is always going to be the big ask at this level. “Now we have to make sure that, when the players refocus themselves from the West Ham game and result, we plan for the next game. That is how it is.” Leicester are six points adrift of safety with eight games left to play – one more than all the other clubs in the relegation battle. And Pearson said: “It would be a pretty grumpy man who wouldn’t let his players enjoy winning. But the reality is that we all know the situation we are in. The Foxes, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom side, beat West Ham 2-1 at home on Saturday to give their bid for survival a much-needed boost. It was the first time they had secured maximum points in nine attempts and Pearson believes his men’s efforts have warranted far more than they have yielded of late, with the 4-3 loss at Tottenham on March 21 being a particular case in point. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson admits he would be happy to see his team putting in “c**p” performances if victories came with it. “The key factor in all this is to get the balance right between being able to enjoy successes, but also understanding why we have been a success and where in other games we have come unstuck.” Pearson’s opposite number Sam Allardyce feels Leicester’s performances show they have the quality to stay up. Asked if he thought the Foxes had enough to survive, the West Ham manager said: “I don’t think they’ve shown anything other than enough – they just haven’t got the results.” Allardyce’s own team – ninth in the table – have had little joy on the results front themselves recently, with Saturday’s loss meaning they have now won only once in nine league fixtures. Their fate was sealed at the King Power Stadium by a close-range finish from substitute Andy King in the 86th minute of a contest which looked throughout as if it could go either way. Cheikhou Kouyate cancelled out Esteban Cambiasso’s fine 12th-minute opener for the hosts by firing in around the half hour mark, and the Hammers midfielder also hit the post in the second half, while Allardyce’s men weathered plenty of attacks at the other end. They almost found themselves 2-0 down early on, with goalkeeper Adrian coming to their rescue as he saved David Nugent’s 15th-minute penalty by diving to his left. And the Spanish stopper has revealed not only that he was confident he knew beforehand which way Nugent would shoot – but also that he let the Leicester forward know as much as he stepped up to take the spot-kick in an effort to unsettle him. “Every time, the day before, I watch the strikers on video,” Adrian said. “I know where they strike the ball. His best side was that side. “I told him before the penalty that I knew that. I tried to make him nervous. “It was unlucky for him that I saved the penalty.” last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After putting up a sensation display against India, Afghanistan will be locking horns against another Asian team Bangladesh in encounter 31 of the ongoing World Cup on Monday. The pitch at The Rose Bowl suited their play and they would love the fact that their next game is also at the same venue. Interestingly, it is been speculated that the game will be played on the same wicket, which means it will be on a slower side. Bangladesh, on the other hand, are coming off a defeat at the hands of Australia in a high-scoring encounter and are in a must-win situation to keep their semi-final hopes alive.The Tigers weren’t up to the mark with the ball in their previous outing and will need to up their game soon. They have now conceded big totals like 386 and 381 bowling first leaving too much to do for the batsmen. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain might return to the playing XI if they are fit. As far as Afghanistan are concerned, they might go in unchanged after a brilliant outing against India.With this, News Nation brings to you as what could be the best fantasy XI for the encounter between Bangladesh and Afghanistan:Wicket-Keeper: Mushfiqur RahimBatsmen: Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mahmudullah, Soumya SarkarAll-Rounder: Mohammad Nabi and Shakib Al HasanBowlers: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur RahmanTeams:BangladeshTamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun.AfghanistanHazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Marnus Labuschagne scored his fourth century in five matches as Australia dominated a New Zealand side ravaged by illness and missing captain Kane Williamson to reach 283 for three on the first day of the third and final Test yesterday.With the series already lost after heavy defeats in Perth and Melbourne, the Black Caps were rocked when Williamson, batsman Henry Nicholl and spinner Mitchell Santner were ruled out of the match by a flu virus.Australia had never needed an invitation to plunder runs over this series and the makeshift New Zealand attack was duly put to the sword on a mostly sunny day when the smoke from the bushfires stayed away from the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).Labuschagne looked immovable as he hit a magnificent 130 not out to add to the innings of 185 and 162 he registered against Pakistan in November and the 143 he scored against New Zealand in the first Test.The 25-year-old piled on the runs in a third-wicket partnership of 156 with Steve Smith (63) and will resume today with Matthew Wade, who had scored 22 not out off 30 balls by the close of play.“It’s rare that you play an away team with five changes but that’s the circumstances they have with the sickness,” said Labuschagne.“It was a nice day out there and a good day for Australia … I’m just trying to keep it in the moment, just focus on each ball.”Tom Latham was named New Zealand captain in Williamson’s absence and his first act was to lose a toss the tourists would have been desperate to win after selecting two spinners and dropping paceman Tim Southee.With Southee’s usual strike partner Trent Boult ruled out by injury, New Zealand started a Test for the first time in more than a decade without one of the pair or Williamson in the side.Colin de Grandhomme, who took the new ball with Matt Henry, played a part in all three wickets to fall, first having opener Joe Burns caught in the slips off an outside edge for 18.David Warner departed for 45 three balls after lunch when quick Neil Wagner fired a delivery down the leg side that the Australian opener steered to gully for de Grandhomme to take a fine catch.Wagner has dismissed Smith four times in four innings this series and the former Australia captain was so determined not to make it five that he took 39 deliveries to get on the board.The biggest cheer of the first two sessions came when Labuschagne tore off down the wicket for a hurried single that finally got Smith off the mark.Labuschagne had a nervous spell on 99 but a four, his eighth, to fine leg finally got him to the century mark for the fourth time in 14 Tests.Smith eventually fell to de Grandhomme and the second new ball, the world’s second-ranked Test batsman clearly furious with himself after leaving his bat out and watching the ball ping off it and into the hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsDavid Warner c Colin de Grandhomme b Neil Wagner 45Joe Burns c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 18Marnus Labuschagne not out 130Steven Smith c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme 63Matthew Wade not out 22Extras: (lb-3, nb-1, w-1) 5Total: (three wkts, 90 overs) 283Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-95, 3-251.Bowling: Matt Henry 21-1-68-0 (w-1), Colin de Grandhomme 18-1-63-2 (n-1), Neil Wagner 21-6-48-1, William Somerville 13-0-52-0, Todd Astle 17-0-49-0.last_img read more