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Brathwaite, Blackwood beat heat to post half-centuries

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first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood both gathered half-centuries as West Indies survived a day of extreme temperatures to flourish on the opening day of their two-day tour fixture against Victoria XI yesterday.Brathwaite struck 78, while Blackwood carved out 69 at the Simonds Stadium with the mercury reaching 308C and soaring to 438 by the afternoon – one of the hottest days on record in the history of Australia.Several West Indies batsmen got starts but none were able to reach three-figures. However, the outing served as a much-needed build-up for the second Test match against Australia, slated for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Boxing Day.Marlon Samuels hit 45, Denesh Ramdin scored 38 not out, while opener Rajindra Chandrika chipped in with 28.Leg-spinner Jeremy Hart was the best bowler with four for 93.The 23-year-old Brathwaite again looked in good touch and appeared set for a century before he retired at the tea break after facing 175 balls and counting eight boundaries on both sides of the wicket off both pace and spin.He was largely untroubled throughout his knock and it backed up his stroke-filled 94 in the first Test.The right-hander shared three productive stands to give West Indies a handy start, posting 47 for the first wicket with Chandrika, 68 for the second wicket with Samuels and a breezy third-wicket stand of 99 with Blackwood.The right-handed Blackwood’s knock was important, especially after failing to score in either innings of the Hobart Test. He faced 102 balls and hit seven fours and a six in what was a good comeback following the double failure.Samuels showed a glimpse of his prowess with an innings containing seven crisp boundaries off 39 balls, but touched an out-swinger to the keeper just when he looked set for much more.The innings slipped from 226 for three to 257 for seven in the final session as West Indies lost four quick wickets for 31 runs. However, Ramdin found a good partner in Jomel Warrican and the pair has so far added 43 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand.Ramdin, who looked solid off both the front foot and back foot, has so far counted four fours off 73 deliveries, while Warrican mixed unorthodox defence with measured aggression to close on 22 not out.last_img read more

Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse

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first_img“It made me all teary-eyed,” said Robyn Mason, who watched with her husband, Greg, from a grassy embankment near the third base outfield. “It was just so momentous. Just really cool — and very pretty.”Other teams hosting events included the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon, the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky, Tennessee’s Nashville Sounds and the Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs, all in South Carolina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Volcanoes’ game against the Hillsboro Hops started late because the Hops got stuck in traffic. The game stopped briefly in the first inning as fans and players paused to watch the eclipse. Many players donned disposable protective glasses and sat in the grass in front of each dugout. At one point, the sellout crowd chanted, “Let’s go science!”In Nebraska, the Saltdogs sold game tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany, team spokesman Michael Shively said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate LOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “This was really the easiest place to get to that was in the path of the totality,” he said as he walked into the Lincoln stadium. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event — that minute and a half of experiencing something out of this world.”Jordan Wilson and his wife, Nicole, brought their 5-year-old son, Izayah, to the game to see the eclipse. On the way down from their home in Omaha, the family sat through bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 80.“It’s probably the last full eclipse we’ll see in our lifetimes,” he said.In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies celebrated a “Total Eclipse of the Park” event as they hosted the Rome Braves. The Fireflies wore special glow-in-the-dark jerseys that were scheduled to be auctioned after the game, with proceeds benefiting local science, technology, math and engineering programs.No Major League Baseball games coincided with the event, but some players checked out the eclipse as their teams warmed up to play hours later. And the cosmic spectacle caught the interest of teams from other sports preparing for their season openers.Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey scheduled practice to end in time so that the team could watch the eclipse on the practice field.“It was pretty cool to be out there with the rest of the team, looking like 9 o’ clock at night at 1:30,” linebacker Derrick Morgan said.As the Titans gathered to watch the eclipse, Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” and “Dancing In The Dark” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses At Night” played over the loudspeaker.Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said he and his teammates were all excited to see the eclipse. “We’ve been talking about it in the locker room,” he said.The Minnesota Golden Gophers tweeted out their practice play list for the day, with songs ranging from Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” One of the Germans was Theo Kleinfeld, 65, who flew to Lincoln last week so he could photograph the eclipse at the Saltdogs’ game against the Gary Southshore Railcats.Kleinfeld said he watched the 1999 eclipse that crossed Germany and traveled to Shanghai for another in 2009. But in Shanghai, he said, the sky was overcast.“This is a good opportunity,” Kleinfeld said as he set up his camera outside Saltdogs Stadium. “If it doesn’t work today, I’ll just have to come back in 2024,” when the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur.Paul Kobs, 38, of Minneapolis, took a day off work and drove to Lincoln with his girlfriend. The couple started planning the trip three months ago and picked Lincoln because it was one of the places closest to their home to see the eclipse.Kobs said they initially planned to drive down to Beatrice, Nebraska, where eclipse viewers gathered at the Homestead National Monument, but the cloudy forecast for that area persuaded him to stay in Lincoln.ADVERTISEMENT LINCOLN, Neb. — Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities from Oregon to South Carolina crowded into minor league ballparks Monday to watch the solar eclipse at game-day viewing parties.The Lincoln Saltdogs wore special black-and-white jerseys and stopped their game just before 1 p.m. to watch the eclipse darken the sky. Spectators erupted in applause at 1:02 p.m. as the moon crawled in front of the sun until the whole sky looked like a late-evening sunset. The air turned chilly and went still.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Simmons playing for 76ers after suffering from stomach flu

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 NBA teams paying closer attention to players’ wingspan LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Simmons is averaging 16 points a game in his rookie season, a huge reason for Philadelphia’s success after years of rebuilding. The 76ers need to win their final two games to lock up the third seed in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, of Australia, shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 109-97. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)ATLANTA — Ben Simmons is playing for the streaking Philadelphia 76ers in their next-to-last game of the regular season after missing the morning shootaround because of an illness.Simmons was listed as questionable for the game in Atlanta against the Hawks after being diagnosed with stomach flu. But coach Brett Brown says Simmons is feeling well enough to play with the 76ers attempting to set a franchise record with their 15th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

US$100,000 Ben Town School Gets Furniture to Start Academic Work

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first_imgA newly constructed US$100,000 Ben Town School in Marshall City, Margibi County was, during the weekend, given 466 armed chairs and tables to start academic work.During the presentation of the chairs and tables, the president and members of the Rotary Club of Monrovia promised to build housing units for teachers and a library and play-ground for students.Funds for the construction of the Ben Town School were provided by the Rotary Club of Reston, Virginia, USA, and managed by the Rotary Club of Monrovia.According to Mr. Milton A. Weeks, president of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, the Ben Town School is situated in the middle of six towns without access to schools, clinics and safe drinking water.“Prior to the construction of the school, the Rotary Club of Monrovia constructed several hand pumps in the perimeters of these six towns in Marshall,” Rotarian Weeks explained.He said the Ben Town area was selected based on the fact its only operational school at the time had its students in a single mat house and they sat on the floor.The Rotary Club president affirmed his organization’s belief in the fundamental principle of providing an enabling environment for better academic activities.Highlighting contributions made to water and sanitation, Mr. Weeks gave details about latrines and water wells for three villages in the community of Ben Town and other communities in Saclapea, Nimba County that were built thanks to the Rotary Club’s efforts. He said in total the Rotary Club of Monrovia provided funding for the construction of 40 water wells and hand pumps throughout various communities in the country.As part of its commitment to the health sector, the Rotary Club of Monrovia has grants for the Polio-plus eradication initiative for 25,000 children in the country.The Rotary Club has also teamed up with Mercy Ship Africa for specialized surgical procedures and delivery of medicine through the provision of a grant for US$304,000.00.He further intimated that the Rotary Club of Monrovia has provided a container of toys, stools, and supplies for the Pediatric Ward at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia.The Rotary Club of Monrovia boss also disclosed that the charity provided a container of food and medical supplies to the Redemption Hospital in Bushrod Island. He furthered that the Rotary Club of Monrovia has, among other contributions, provided a 12kva generator and furniture to the Kings’ Orphanage in Mount Barclay, lower Montserrado County.Also commenting on his organization’s socio-economic initiatives, Rotarian Weeks said that the Rotary Club of Monrovia has provided US$25,000.00 funding for a micro-credit program implemented by the Foundation For Women (FFW) in Liberia.In closing, Rotary president Weeks detailed the activities of a health fair organized with the proposed Rotary Clubs of Gbarnga and Phebe Hospital to conduct eye tests, dental check-ups and reading glasses to communities in Bong County. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shop around to keep car-rental cost low

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first_img“If you ask a car-rental agent, `Is this your best price?’ the agent sometimes can come up with a cheaper price for you,” she said. And, she added, most companies offer membership discounts. Among the affiliations that car renters should mention are memberships in AAA, the travel and leisure group, or AARP, which caters to individuals 50 and older. There also might be discounts for government employees or people in the military. Cars often are more expensive to rent from an agency located at an airport than from one in town, in part because of excise taxes charged by county and municipal governments on airport properties. But it’s not always practical to get to the in-town site, she warned. “I’d look at this option only if they have free shuttle service,” she said. “If you have to pay for a taxi or spend a lot of time, it probably isn’t worth it.” According to a recent American Express Survey, rentals averaged $69 a day in ’06, up 4.5percent from ’05. Dunnan noted that it’s often cheaper to rent by the week rather than for several days, especially on a weekend. Mike Pina, a spokesman for AAA, noted that the travel organization has had a 28-year partnership with the Hertz car-rental company that provides special discounts and perks to its members. AAA members also can get discounts from other car-rental agencies, he said. Although there has been some consolidation in the car-rental industry that has reduced competition, Pina thinks the more important trend affecting consumers is that financially troubled U.S. automakers are making fewer low-profit, bulk sales to rental companies. That has forced the car-rental companies to compete in the open market for vehicles, raising their costs to purchase the popular midsize cars. Also, hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars are costlier for the agencies to lease or buy, he added. “As a result, we’ve seen prices go up in these categories” more than in others, Pina said. So consumers who can’t get midsize cars but want leg room may have to “buy up” to the luxury class, he said. On the other hand, consumers can get a relatively better deal on small cars – and likely enjoy lower gas bills – “if they’re willing to forgo the leg room,” he said. The size of the car obviously can matter when it comes to things such as fuel costs, with bigger vehicles often logging fewer miles per gallon. And consumers need to decide whether they’re going to buy their gasoline on the open market or from the car-rental agency. In most cases, the car comes filled with gas, and the consumer either returns it filled or pays the agency – generally at a premium. “You definitely do better buying your own gas,” Pina said. “The only time it makes sense to return the vehicle with an empty tank is if you risk missing your flight or it’s a huge inconvenience to buy gas yourself.” When it comes to insuring the car, both Pina and Dunnan point out that consumers have several options. Most insurance policies that car owners buy provide full coverage when they rent cars, Pina said. But he advises that consumers check their policies “or call their agents” to make sure. Dunnan said consumers also can get some insurance coverage – especially for collision damage – if they use their credit cards to pay for the car-rental booking. But credit card companies these days issue a variety of cards – for example, platinum, gold and standard – and not all of them may carry the same benefits, she noted. She pointed out that some of the cards exclude insurance coverage of certain rental vehicles, such as large vans, expensive brands such as Mercedes or sports cars. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Renting a car for summer holidays can be an expensive proposition, but there are strategies consumers can adopt to hold down the price of the vehicle as well as the costs for fuel and insurance. It often pays to shop around, whether the family is using a travel agent or booking via the Internet or over the phone, said Nancy Dunnan, editor of TravelSmartNewsletter.com. Sometimes packages including both air tickets and car reservations are available through major travel sites such as www.travelocity.com, www.orbitz.com or www.expedia.com. Or travel agents may have access to discounted car-rental deals. But consumers always should check directly with car-rental companies to see whether they’re getting the best estimate, Dunnan said. last_img

The Warm Up – Sunday, October 12

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first_imgMax Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning for an entertainingly irreverent take on football fandom.This week the boys talk to former Bolton striker Kevin Davies, along with top weatherman John Kettley.last_img

Howe and De Boer joint favourites to become next Southampton boss – Coral DD

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first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Ronald Koeman now looks certain to quit Southampton for Everton and Eddie Howe and Frank de Boer are the joint 7/2 favourites to succeed the Dutchman at St Mary’s. Andre Villas Boas is next in the betting at 9/2, Manuel Pellegrini is 8/1,Unai Emery is 9/1, while David Moyes is a 10/1 shot.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Storm wreaks havoc in Mississippi; 3 hurt

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTwo women were checked at a hospital after the intense storms blew over their mobile home north of Laurel. Officials said the two were not seriously injured. BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – A powerful storm system, possibly packing a tornado, moved across Mississippi on Thursday, injuring at least three people and damaging homes in two counties, authorities said. Mike Womack, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said he could not confirm whether a tornado had touched down. Four structures in the Brookhaven area of Lincoln County and one in the Laurel area of Jones County were damaged, Womack said. At least two mobile homes were destroyed and two homes were damaged. Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said a possible tornado touched down around 9 a.m. in a rural part of the county. Rushing said the person who was injured was in one of the mobile homes. He was identified as Bill Beasley. King’s Daughters Medical Center spokeswoman JoAnna Sproles said Beasley was in stable condition. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Supervising Pharmacist sought in Killybegs

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first_imgHaven Pharmacy Killybegs are seeking to recruit a full-time, Supervising Pharmacist with at least three years experience. The vacancy offers a very attractive package, with above average rates and bonuses to the successful candidate.Required Education, Skills and Qualifications Current registration with the Pharmaceutical Society of IrelandExcellent customer service skillsThe ability to work as part of a close-knit teamExperience of maintenance and organisation of paperwork (including PCRS claims)Minimum 3 years experienceThe successful candidate will have full support staff and will not have to work late nights.To apply please email your CV to supervisingkillybegs@gmail.comAll applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidence.Job Vacancy: Supervising Pharmacist sought in Killybegs was last modified: January 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:jobsKillybegsSupervising PharmacistVacancylast_img read more

NEW ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT BURTONPORT WELCOME CENTRE

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first_imgA new exhibition of watercolours by local artist Mary Ellen Bonner opened at the Burtonport Welcome Centre over the weekend.Mary took up art as a hobby after her retirement and studied initially at courses run at the Rosses Community School, Dungloe in 1975. The artist then went on to study in Ireland with Anne Marie Bourke in Limerick and Barbara Barrett in Kinsale, Cork who had an interest in flowers and good use of colour. Barbara also arranged for courses by the American artist Carlyn Holmen who was originally an illustrator and she taught a lot of techniques including sjablone and semi-abstract. The non-perfect semi-abstract appealed to Mary and she describes it as allowing the colours to flow and have happy accidents.Mary travelled to England to study with Liz Seward whose work she admired however Mary’s artist of the moment is John Hoar who uses only four colours and two big brushes to create beautiful Connemara landscapes.Spanning 37 years of work the exhibition is a collection of semi abstract watercolour landscapes, flowers, seascapes and still life.  NEW ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT BURTONPORT WELCOME CENTRE was last modified: May 28th, 2012 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)last_img read more