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Talented Waratahs not unbeatable: Foley

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Western Force coach Michael Foley says the Waratahs are by no means unbeatable despite rating them as arguably the most talented Super Rugby team in the competition.

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The Waratahs will wheel out 13 Wallabies in their starting line-up for Sunday’s clash with the Force in Sydney.

Such is their depth of talent, Wallabies centre Rob Horne, rampaging prop Sekope Kepu and former Springbok Jacques Potgieter will be forced to bide their time on the bench.

In contrast, the Force are tipped by many to win the wooden spoon this year, despite the addition of exciting fullback Luke Morahan and imposing lock Wilhelm Steenkamp.

Foley coached the Waratahs in 2012 before moving to the Force.

The former Wallabies’ hooker knows the Force are rank underdogs to beat the Waratahs.

But rather than be daunted by the assignment, Foley says the match is a perfect first-up assignment for his fledgling squad.

“We’re playing one of the most-talented sides, if not the most-talented side, in the competition,” Foley said before the team flew out of Perth on Friday.

“There’s a certain excitement about that – being able to measure (up).

“You want to know exactly where you’re at.

“I think the great challenge for any team facing an opponent that is so talented is to realise that, on the day, you can actually show up and do some things that might create some problems for them.

“And (we might be able to) come away with a result that probably no one else expects you to come away with.”

Force recruit Steenkamp says he’s looking forward to facing up to former Bulls teammate Potgieter.

“I spoke to him on Wednesday night. We are going to meet each other after the game,” Steenkamp said.

“But we’re not going to be mates on the field.”

Instead of naming a firm starting XV, Foley has included 24 players in a possible starting line-up, with nine positions bracketed.

Foley says it’s a strategy he’s likely to employ for the rest of the season.

Candy Crush tempts investors

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Candy Crush is out to tempt investors with the sweet taste of success while avoiding the sourness left in the mouths of those who bit into social game maker Zynga.

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King Digital Entertainment, the developer behind the wildly addictive puzzle game, says Candy Crush is seeking a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The recent news set the internet abuzz with chatter from those crowing about the mobile game’s dizzying success and from the cynical hearkening back to the lacklustre fate of Farmville maker Zynga.

Zynga pioneered online social gaming at a time when Facebook was centre stage and got caught on its heels when players enthralled by free play on smartphones or tablets flitted away from the San Francisco-based company’s titles.

“Zynga was a pioneer in its space,” said longtime game industry analyst Scott Steinberg, now general manager of Phoenix Online Studios.

“The trouble is, sometimes pioneers catch the arrows.”

Zynga was an early innovator, and is not out of the game, although its stock is about half the price it was when the company made its stock market debut at the end of 2011.

While no one can predict how long a game will be a hit, Candy Crush has shown staying power and King has the benefit of learning from Zynga’s woes.

Candy Crush – King’s top-seller – started life as a Facebook game in 2012 but can also be played online and on smartphones.

The game is free, but players can pay for in-app extras to help them pass up through its more than 500 levels.

In a move that encourages players to spread the game, Candy Crush lets people call on friends or family at Facebook to download the title and help them advance.

In a promising note, Candy Crush has characteristics in common with classic title Tetris, which remains a star at nearly 30 years old.

Millions of commuters, teenagers – even pensioners – clock in daily to test their skills at the game, which involves lining up tiny pieces of coloured sweets to make them vanish from the screen of their computer or mobile phone.

King rolls out new features and doesn’t rest on laurels, according to analysts.

A constant peril for makers of mobile games, which are often free, is that players can be fickle in their loyalties.

King Digital Entertainment said it has asked the US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory body for clearance to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KING.

King hopes to raise some $US500 million, according to an estimate in its SEC filing.

Candy Crush records some 700 million sessions a day and racks up daily sales of $US850,000, according to the IDATE digital research and consultancy firm.

It claims to have 324 million monthly unique users for 180 games in 14 languages, available through its King广西桑拿, website but also on mobile platforms run by Apple, Google and Amazon, and on Facebook.

Work resumes to expand Panama Canal

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A Spanish-led consortium has resumed work to expand the Panama Canal, which handles five per cent of global seaborne trade, after an acrimonious two-week stalemate over $US1.

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6 billion ($A1.78 billion) in cost overruns.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which sent its workers back to the construction site in the afternoon, said it hoped the multi-billion-dollar upgrade would be back “in full swing in the shortest possible time”.

Canal administrator Jorge Quijano confirmed that work had resumed, but stressed that “there are still many areas where we disagree”, in what is one of the world’s most ambitious civil engineering projects.

The plan to build larger locks on the 80km waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans was stopped earlier this month by the GUPC consortium led by Sacyr of Spain, along with construction companies Italy’s Salini Impregilo, Belgium’s Jan De Nul and Constructora Urbana of Panama.

But all the workers should be back at the site by Friday, union representative Hector Hurtado told AFP. Much of the heavy machinery was still standing at the work site.

GUPC wants Panama to add the sum of the overruns to the initial contract fee of $US3.2 billion ($A3.56 billion).

Another concern is whether insurer Zurich, the project’s guarantor, will convert a $US400 million ($A444.77 million) surety bond into a loan to help raise a total of $US1.5 billion ($A1.67 billion) needed to complete the project.

The consortium said that talks were ongoing with the canal authority to sign a memorandum “in the coming days”.

The canal expansion had been due to be completed this year in time for the 100th anniversary of the fabled canal, but has been put back a year.

The original canal, built by the United States, mostly with workers brought in from the Caribbean, was opened in 1914.

Blues expect bruising Highlanders battle

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A brand new Super Rugby season it might be, but Blues pivot Chris Noakes expects the Highlanders to bring a traditional hard-nosed approach when the sides meet in Dunedin.

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Some big-name signings put the spotlight on the Highlanders at the start of last season, whereas they’ve flown under the radar this time around.

But the Auckland-born Noakes, who spent 2012 with the southern franchise, is pretty sure of what to expect on Saturday night.

“They’ve always been extremely hard-nosed and physical, and that won’t change,” he said.

“I imagine they’ll be fairly direct with the territory battle and put us under pressure in our own half and feed off some mistakes.”

Minimising errors will be one of the targets for the Blues, with Noakes saying it was a factor in the losses in their three pre-season fixtures.

The last of those was against defending champions the Chiefs, against whom Noakes felt the Blues lifted their physicality, but got burnt by turnovers.

With coach Sir John Kirwan opting to put high-profile recruit Benji Marshall on the bench, Noakes will get first go in the No.10 jersey.

Marshall was the starting five-eighth during the pre-season but accepts that he isn’t ready in his transition from the NRL to be in the run-on side.

The other option, Baden Kerr, is out with a hand injury.

Noakes knows he has been handed the opportunity to cement his spot.

“I have the first shot at it and I want to make sure I take that chance and make the No.10 jersey mine again.”

Noakes is coming back from neck surgery.

The 28-year-old said he felt 100 per cent and got the final sign-off from his surgeon this week.

“The body feels great,” he said.

“I can take a lot of confidence and comfort from the fact that I’ve not had any problems.”

Today’s birthday, February 26

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Johnny Cash, the king of country music who became known as the “Man in Black”, was the mind behind hits including I Walk The Line, Ring Of Fire and A Boy Named Sue.

Born in Arkansas on February 26, 1932, Cash had six brothers and sisters. One of them, Jack, died in a farm accident when Cash was 12.

Shortly afterwards, Cash began writing songs and playing guitar.

He served in the air force from 1950 to 1954, and released his first song, Hey Porter, in 1955. He followed it up with hit singles Cry! Cry! Cry!, Folsom Prison Blues and So Doggone Lonesome.

Cash went on to release I Walk The Line (1956), Don’t Take Your Guns to Town (1959), A Boy Named Sue (1969) and Man In Black (1971). All became internationally-known country anthems.

The star’s songs were based on a multitude of issues in America’s history, from stories about the western railroads to the treatment of the country’s Indians.

Cash also recorded several albums inside prisons.

Despite enjoying great success, Cash battled an amphetamine addiction during the 1960s. He began serious efforts to clean up in order to marry his second wife, country singer June Carter, who toured with him. The pair married in 1968.

Cash’s hits with Carter include It Ain’t Me Babe (1964), Jackson and Long-Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man (both 1967).

In 1985 Cash recorded Highwayman with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

Among Cash’s last recordings were Hurt, for which he won an MTV video award, and Give My Love To Rose, which earned him his 11th Grammy.

During his career, Cash was inducted into both the Country Music and the Rock And Roll halls of fame.

A sufferer of autonomic neuropathy in later life, Cash succumbed to pneumonia in a Nashville hospital on September 12, 2003, a few months after Carter’s death.

Cash had a son with Carter, as well as four daughters from his previous marriage to Vivian Liberto.

Two years after Cash’s death, film director James Mangold released the film Walk The Line, which was based on the singer’s relationship with Carter.

The film, which starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, earned the latter a best actress Oscar.