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Australia score innings and 46- run victory in fifth Ashes Test

first_imgLONDON (AP):Australia defeated England by an innings and 46 runs yesterday in the fifth and final Ashes Test for a consolation victory at The Oval.Resuming the fourth day on 203-6, England were all out for 286 in 101.4 overs. Jos Buttler went for 42, driving Mitchell Marsh to Mitchell Starc at mid-off, and Moeen Ali was out for 35.Peter Siddle claimed 4-35 on a rain-hit day as Australia won with more than a day to spare.England had an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the series, having regained the urn by winning the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.But Australia will take some comfort in losing 3-2, rather than 4-1, in captain Michael Clarke’s last Test.The fifth Test took on a familiar pattern with the side which gained the first significant advantage going on to win. None of the five Tests lasted their full five days in a series full of batting collapses.At The Oval, England never looked in the match after Australia’s first innings of 481 – with Steven Smith scoring 143 – and Clarke enforced his first follow-on as captain after England’s first-innings 149.The hosts lost their last four second-innings wickets for 83 runs yesterday either side of a two-hour rain break.Siddle made the first breakthrough of an increasingly overcast day, under floodlights in his second over with the second new ball. He beat Mark Wood’s forward prod and overturned an initial not-out lbw decision on review.Buttler had worked hard the previous evening, alongside England captain Alastair Cook, to regain form in the attempted rearguard. But he gave it all away disappointingly, eight short of his 50, to the 107th ball he faced when he chipped Marsh on the up to a tumbling mid-off.Ali and Stuart Broad then batted for 10 overs together – long enough for the forecast rain to arrive and delay the inevitable. But Broad lasted only five more minutes, on the resumption, bowled off-stump after missing a drive at the admirable Siddle.The last act of an oddly uneven series then came when Ali wafted an edge behind off the same bowler.first timeVictory for the hosts would have been the first time the English had ever won four Tests in a five-match Ashes series in England. However, England will still be delighted to win a series it was widely expected to lose and claimed their fourth successive home series victory over Australia.”We had a Test match to try and win, but maybe we underestimated the emotional highs from Trent Bridge and how hard it would be to get back up to that level you really need to beat Australia,” Cook said. “Of course, we’d love to be sitting here at 4-1 rather than 3-2 … It’s a little bit disappointing, but I’m not going to worry about it too much tonight.”England’s vice captain Joe Root was named Man of the Series with 460 runs.Under its new Australian coach Trevor Bayliss, the series result takes England up to third in the world rankings, just behind Australia with South Africa at the top. England has a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, followed by a tour of South Africa in the winter coming up.As well as Clarke, who played his 115th test match, 37-year-old opener Chris Rogers is also quitting the international game for Australia. There is a sense this is the last series for the current generation – including Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Adam Voges – before a new era begins in Australia test cricket under Smith, the newly appointed captain.Clarke, who has now been on the losing side in all four of his Ashes tours, said the team was “full of talent”.”There’s going to be opportunity for a few of the (young) batters, but I’d still like to see a few of the old heads stick around,” he said. “I’ve always believed the best teams have a mix of youth and experience and I think we can still have that in this Australian team.”Clarke also suggested the wickets could be improved.”I’d like to see groundsmen around the world – not just here – have the courage to go with what they think is a good cricket wicket,” said Clarke. “I want to see good and fair cricket for both batters and bowlers.”Cook, understandably, took a different view.”The wickets are the same for both sides – in three out of the five test matches we played better than Australia,” said Cook. “That’s why we’ve won the Ashes.”last_img read more

Heptathlete wins Asian gold with 12 toes—and calls for new shoes

first_imgThe Indian athlete, who still has all dozen of her toes, said every step of the race had been excruciating as she pushed through the pain barrier in her ill-fitting footwear.“Normal shoes don’t work for me. There is lot of pain when I wear any shoe, spikes or anything,” she said after clinching gold late on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I hope they make special shoes for me because I have a lot of pain.”“Even warm-up shoes hurt, so forget about spikes.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Not in best shape, Fuller still impressive in NLEX return MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I used to to eat a lot of chocolates so have a lot of pain in one of my teeth before the start of the competition,” she told reporters, wearing heavy strapping on her chin.“First day I thought I will not be able to do it because there was so much pain. But I had to do it because of all these days of hard work.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. India’s Swapna Barman celebrates the women’s heptathlon athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUBeing born with six toes on each foot didn’t stop India’s Swapna Barman winning the Asian Games heptathlon — but she immediately issued a plea for shoes that actually fit.Barman led going into the last of the seven heptathlon disciplines, the 800m — her weakest event — and managed to cling on despite a fourth-placed finish as her closest rival came in last.ADVERTISEMENT Barman, 21, shot to attention last year by taking gold at the Asian Championships in India.She then suffered a string of ankle and back injuries that kept her out for most of a year, but came back in time to finish second in India’s Asian Games qualifiers.In Jakarta she won her specialist high jump, as well as the shot put and javelin, to record a personal best score of 6,026, despite her woes on the track.From a poor family in the east Indian town of Jalpaiguri, she said she has never considered surgery to remove the additional digits, blaming the extra width of her feet for the pain.Her feet were not her only concern as she raced to victory on Wednesday night — she also had to contend with acute toothache, which she blame on her sweet tooth.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Let us leave the ‘hustlers’ and that tired old message in 2019

first_imgDear Editor,The seductive idea of a third force in Guyana’s politics has been around since our independence in 1966. That idea that ‘power’ could be brokered and improved; that transparent governance practice could be forced upon the big two (PPP/C and PNC). The Alliance for Change filled that spot in 2011 as they became the desired swing vote in Parliament and 2015 when they occupied 40 per cent of the seats on the Government side of the house in a coalition Government with the PNC. Given that the ‘power broker’ ideal is still being peddled, albeit by newer parties, the performance of Guyana’s first successful ‘third force’ bears examination.The AFC was formed when two lawyers who wrote columns for the PPP and PNC started courting each other via those columns. They applauded each other’s genius and soon evoked the ire of their respective party members. The seduction of Khemraj Ramjattan was underway and soon he made well-orchestrated accusations of corruption against the executive and stormed off to for the AFC with Trotman. Interestingly, Trotman had a different story to tell about how and what the AFC was all about, for him, it was ‘Nassau’.In 2016, after Trotman made a speech at Bartica, Freddie Kissoon wrote that Trotman used the AFC as a ‘Trojan horse’. “He openly told the crowds that although he was a part of the AFC, he never left the struggle and that the Prodigal Son has returned.” He then told the crowd that 10 years ago, he and David Granger met in Nassau (The Bahamas) and Granger laid out a plan for Guyana. On the day in 2015 when the election results were made known, Trotman indicated that Mr Granger called him and said to him, “Raphael, this is Nassau”. Thereafter Trotman pulled away from the AFC and was appointed a Minister outside of the Cummingsburg Accord. Ramjattan had earlier ceded his desired post of Prime Minister to another disgruntled PPP executive, Moses Nagamootoo. In 2019, Ramjattan seized control of the AFC and Granger was given an ultimatum: Ramjattan as prime ministerial candidate or the AFC would go its way. This demand was met as Granger saw no alternative given his (Granger’s) low approval ratings.The AFC never delivered on its promise to reform the PNC, the treasury was drained completely dry by the coalition by the end of 2019; Granger’s disrespect of the constitutional requirement of an election within 90 days of losing a motion of No-Confidence was cheered by AFC Ministers, others were appalled, and men such as General Secretary Sixtus Edwards walked away in protest. Nagamootoo made a spectacle of himself with ludicrous attempts to persuade the public that there were different types of halves and what constituted a majority of 65. The betrayal of the ‘power broker’ ideal was complete.What was worse is the involvement of AFC members in almost every major financial scandal of the Granger Administration, from the $600 million unaccounted for at D’Urban Park to the wanton disregard for procurement laws in the Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study fiasco and the present-day splitting of contracts to avoid the Tender Board.As we head into general elections in 2020, the AFC has splintered into new parties, headed by former influential AFC members, Robert Badal, Timothy Jonas, et al. They all come with the same old AFC message, from the same old AFC people: Vote for us, we will broker power and be the balance in Parliament. Recently, they have begun to form small alliances in preparation for the resurrection of Frankenstein’s monster. As we leave the year of No-Confidence behind us and look forward to the return of parliamentary democracy and a bright and prosperous future, let us leave the ‘hustlers’ and that tired old message in 2019. A happy New Year to all.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Hockey ref clinic Sunday*

first_imgThe Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association is hosting a referees clinic this weekend.Current refs, and anyone interested in working as a paid ref this season, are invited to the clinic, on Sunday, at 9a.m., at Bert Ambrose School.Register at bchockey.net, or by following the links at fortstjohnminorhockey.ca.- Advertisement -***Correction – this story originally said the clinic was on Saturday.  Our apologies for this mistake.last_img

Local search and rescue looking for volunteers

first_imgNorth Peace Search and Rescue is looking for capable volunteers and will be holding an open house for interested residents.The open house will be taking place Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John Public Yards meeting room, located at 10303 Cree Road, (Cree at 103 street, industrial estate, south of the Alaska Highway, west of 100 St). This location is also where the team meets for training on the first and third Wednesday of every month.- Advertisement -NPSAR volunteers provide support during ground search and rescue activities within northeast B.C.All members will receive necessary training to carry out ground search and rescue missions, as well as training in other disciplines, such as rope rescues, tracking and ice rescues.NPSAR also provides mutual aid support to other local search and rescue groups when requested.For more information on NPSAR, please visit their website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup set for action

first_imgWith the success the Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup reaped last year, the tournament is prepared this year to reap even more as it gets underway today at various grounds across Georgetown.After the teams were drawn they were placed into several groups where they will have to battle it out over the weekend. The top four teams with the highest points will qualify for the semi-finals; the top two teams remaining will then qualify for the final, which will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Everest Cricket Ground. Fans will have the opportunity to witness some of the most modern equipment and forms of entertainment being brought to the game, including lighted bails and cheerleaders.last_img read more

FOOTBALL: TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS

first_imgThere are still a few places left for home leg of Champions League last 16 v Juventus on February 12th..Day trip costs £115stg and overnight is £150 stg Contact Stephen on 0876256107 or 0868275143.All outstanding money owed for games please give it to the club treasurer asap. TTCSC have a limited edition oil painting of Michael Murphy lifting Sam Maguire as a fantastic prize for some lucky person.Lines are €2 each and are available in McKelveys Bar,Ballybofey where the picture is on display.Draw will be held on the Easter weekend. Upcoming home games are Hearts January 19th,Dundee Utd January 22nd and Kilmarnock January 30th.For these or any games contact Stephen on the numbers above.Next club meeting is February 7th at 9pm sharp in McKelveys Bar. FOOTBALL: TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL: TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

RESCUE OPERATION UNDERWAY AFTER FISHING VESSEL LOSES POWER

first_imgUPDATED: A second lifeboat has been forced to go to the aid of a stricken fishing vessel off the coast of Co Donegal this evening.The lifeboat was dispatched to waters off FanadThe vessel, the Mary Ellen, with a crew of five on board, lost power off Fanad Head.Its crew made an emergency call to which was picked up by the Malin Head coastguard radio station. Members of the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, who were taking part in an annual commemoration service for the stricken Saldanha off Portsalon, were dispatched to the ailing vessel.However a call had to be made to the Portrush All Weather lifeboat after the tow-rope from the Lough Swilly All Weather lifeboat continued to snap in heavy seas.Both boats are now trying to escort the fishing vessel back to the shelter of Lough Swilly as force 6 gales are forecast for this evening.A spokesman for Malin Head coastguard radio told Donegal Daily that no injuries have been reported. “There are no reports of any injuries at this time. Sea conditions were quite treacherous this afternoon.“The tow-rope continued to snap and the assistance of the Portrush lifeboat was called for. The forecast is for force 6 gales so we are trying to get the fishing boat back to the shelter of Lough Swilly,” said a spokesman.The rescue 118 helicopter has also been dispatched to the scene from Sligo in case the crewmen need to be lifted of the boat. RESCUE OPERATION UNDERWAY AFTER FISHING VESSEL LOSES POWER was last modified: December 3rd, 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) Tags:fishing vesselLough Swilly LIfeboatMary EllenPortsalonlast_img read more

GLOBAL TRAVEL WEBSITE PUTS ARDARA IN 7TH HEAVEN!

first_imgArdara Sunset by Brian CampbellONE of the world’s leading tourist guide websites has just given one County Donegal town a huge lift – naming it among Ireland’s seven prettiest towns.Frommer’s website is used by millions of people every day – many from the United States.And in a feature on Ireland’s prettiest towns, Ardara was included. The article – with a picture taken from distance – says: “On the southwest coast of County Donegal, the tiny town of Ardara (seen here in the distance) looks as if it were carved out of a solid block of granite.“Its streets undulate up and down the rocky hills and are lined with little boutiques and charming arts shops, many selling clothes made of the famed Donegal wool. You can wander its entirety in a few minutes. It’s a bite-sized place.”Read more: http://www.frommers.com/slideshows/847940-ireland-s-7-prettiest-towns#slide848433#ixzz3080tv8RT  GLOBAL TRAVEL WEBSITE PUTS ARDARA IN 7TH HEAVEN! was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ArdaraFrommer’sprettiest townlast_img read more

Gardai appeal to people to lock cars following spate of thefts

first_imgGardai have appealed to people to lock their cars when unattended.It follows a spate of break-ins over the weekend.One car was broke into in Letterkenny and the others were in St Johnston. The first took place at Sallaghgrane, Letterkenny before 6pm on Saturday last when a sum of money was taken from a car.On Sunday night last a car outside a St Baithin’s Church in St Johnston between 7pm and 8pm.The car may not have been locked and a sum of cash was taken.Later that evening between 9pm and 12.30am a car was broken into at Castletown in St Johnston and a large amount of cash was taken when a handbag was stolen. Sgt Charlene Anderson said that almost one-third of cars which are broken into are not locked.She appealed to people to ensure their vehicles are locked when unattended.Gardai appeal to people to lock cars following spate of thefts was last modified: October 8th, 2019 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:car break-insdonegalletterkennySt JohnstonWarninglast_img read more