Brathwaite focused on long innings

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite says his focus at the top of the order remains on playing long innings for the team’s benefit. The right-hander started the new year on a high note with a doughty, solid batting display, which held the team’s innings together on the opening day of the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground before 33,000 fans. He made 85 off 174 balls in four hours, on a day truncated due to heavy rain in the second and third sessions, as West Indies closed on 207 for six. “I always look to bat long. I always look to set up the innings for my team, and that requires me to stay, provide a solid start and then look to capitalise on the bad balls, if any come along,” said the 23-year-old. “I back my technique, and I always look to play to my strengths. I enjoy batting for long periods, and that requires a lot of concentration, so I trying to dig in whenever I get a start.” Brathwaite played sensibly from the start, mixing sound defence with aggression, which brought him ten boundaries. He added 91 for the second wicket with left-hander Darren Bravo (33) after he lost opening partner Shai Hope cheaply for nine early in the morning session. Brathwaite, who made a robust 94 in the first Test, seemed set for his maiden century Down Under when he fell to off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was again Australia’s best bowler, on a pitch offering turn. “It’s a good challenge. He [Lyon] is bowling quite well, and you just have to keep believing in your ability,” Brathwaite explained. “He bowled well to his field and, for me, it’s about trusting my defence because he obviously turns the ball a bit. Going forward, I just have to keep believing in my ability and working at my plans. “This is a tour where I’m learning. I just want to keep going out there and building a foundation for my team and learning the process.” He added: “Last year (2014-2015), we toured South Africa, and I learned a lot from that tour. It’s all about getting better as a player and as a team. There is a lot of work to be done, but a lot can be achieved as a team if we continue to play together.” Sensible playinglast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Irving gets cheaper sneaker line

first_imgNike revealed the information during its Investor Day in Portland where it described the Kyrie line as “the biggest shoe in the industry.”The new line will be priced at $80, $40 less than what the Kyrie 3 runs in retail stores.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIrving joins fellow Nike basketball athletes LeBron James (LeBron, Soldier, Ambassador, Witness), Kobe Bryant (Kobe, Venomenon, Kobe Mentality, Mamba Instinct), and Kevin Durant (KD, Trey 5) who have multiple sneaker lines.Forbes reported in May that Irving and James had the most sneakers sold, in terms of dollar value, from March 2016 to March 2017. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LA Tenorio named PBA Finals MVP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, right, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Kyrie Irving’s sneaker legacy just got another chapter.As per Sole Collector, Nike will introduce another sneaker line under the Boston Celtic’s name.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 View commentslast_img read more

Muyoti confident Thika will evade relegation axe

first_img“I have not given up hope and I remain confident that we will be able to get good results and avoid relegation. We have done well so far and the only problem is that we have not been scoring. If only we can improve on that, then we will be good to go,” Muyoti said.The Thika based side will be making the short trip to Nairobi where they are scheduled to face Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on Saturday afternoon with high hope of breaking a five match winless streak.Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti watches on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Gor Mahia at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey welcome back Nigerian forward Onwudi Chibueze who has missed almost three months of action with injury and the presence of the imposing forward is expected to give Thika a massive lift.They come up against a Posta side which has failed to win in their last eight games, picking up three consecutive draws.The first leg between the two sides at the Thika Stadium ended in a 2-2 stalemate and Muyoti expects an even tougher assignment when they lock horns in Nairobi. Of the last nine matches played between the two sides, Thika has won only twice.Of the four times the two sides have met in Nairobi, Thika has lost thrice and won once, leaving the odds hugely stacked against them.Meanwhile, in the late kick off, Mathare United will come up against the side that has subjected them to their biggest loss this season, Ulinzi Stars. The soldiers smacked Mathare 5-1 in the first leg in Nakuru and they meet exactly five months since that huge loss.The Slum Boys are stuck in the relegation zone, their back-to-back losses against Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker FC pulling them to 15th spot on 25 points, three away from safety.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi ponders on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan premier league clash against AFC Leopards at the Nyayo Stadium on June 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHowever, head coach Francis Kimanzi retains his stance that Mathare will not be dragged into the second tier and is confident they will pick maximum points by earning revenge against Ulinzi.The soldiers will not be taking the match lightly as they also have title ambitions of their own, partly pushed by the fact they can narrow the gap with leaders Gor if they win both their matches at hand.Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso does not expect to have an easy tie against Mathare.“I know they will be coming for revenge after that loss in Nakuru. We are heading into this match very cautiously because above all, Mathare is one of the most tactical teams in the league. We want to narrow down the gap with the leaders and so three points will be important,” Nyangweso offered.The military side will be buoyed by the return of midfielder Daniel Waweru who missed the last match against Posta Rangers with a knock. However, left back Omar Mbongi who dislocated his shoulder during the military games in Burundi remains sidelined.Ulinzi are 14 points behind leaders Gor Mahia and with a win, they can narrow down the gap to 11 pending their two un-played matches, one of which is against K’Ogalo.-Gor v Tusker-Gor held by Tusker 0-0 to drop second in the Kenyan Premier LeagueThe league leaders will be away in Kericho taking on a resurgent Tusker FC who have managed to rise back all the way to third after three wins on the trot.The Brewers were slowly sinking down the rankings but have managed to move to within nine points of the leaders though they have played a match more.“We have not given up on the title and especially now that we are playing against the leaders, winning will be very key for us. If we can get three points, the gap comes down to six points and you never know what might happen upfront. We are going there to give our best and get three points,” Tusker head coach George Nsimbe says.Gor’s Dylan Kerr walks into the match on the backdrop of a pretty decent run that has seen him drop points only twice, the latest being last weekend’s barren draw with Thika United.Kerr anticipates a tough tie against the defending champions but has called on his charges to pull up their effort especially upfront and ensure they win.The record 15-time champions will be ‘fresher’ compared to Tusker who will be playing their fifth match in 10 days. Gor were not involved in midweek while Tusker travelled to Mombasa to take on Bandari where they won 3-0.The first leg tie ended 0-0. Overall, from the last 18 matches played between the two sides, Gor has won seven of them, Tusker winning four while the remaining seven ended in draws. Meetings between the two sides have been goal shy with a total of 21 goals only scored in the ties.KPL weekend fixtures;Saturday: Posta Rangers v Thika United (2 p.m.), Mathare United v Ulinzi Stars (Ruaraka Complex, 4 p.m.), Kakamega Homeboyz v Sofapaka (Mumias), Gor Mahia v Tusker FC (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).Sunday: Bandari v Chemelil Sugar (Mbaraki), Western Stima v Nakumatt (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho v Nzoia Sugar (Kericho).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United head coach Nicholas Muyoti gives instructions to his team at half time during their match against AFC Leopards on September 20 2017. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22- Thika United are increasingly moving closer to the danger of their first ever relegation from the Kenyan Premier League, currently sitting at 16th in the standings with 22 points, six away from safety with nine rounds of matches left.Head coach Nicholas Muyoti is however, wearing a brave face that his young side will manage to survive and has pegged his hope on giving a 100 percent effort in seven of the remaining nine games of the season.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: It was another massive sell-out and the Lord of the Ring 3 didn’t disappoint as Letterkenny Rugby Club, in conjunction with the Donegal Hospice, got stuck in….for charity!We are first again with all the results and pix below….and what a literally ‘smashing event’ it was!The committee put together a fantastic PUNCH UP including Martin Anderson aka ‘Fat Chef Slim’, Stephen ‘Head’ McConnell from Donegal Aerosoft, Cathal McGlynn from Cash4u, Jeremy Worth, Orthodentist, Leonard Watson from Classic Casuals and Karl Sweeney from Swilly Drive School of Motoring who is following in his brothers footsteps Stephen and Brian who fought in the previous two events. The night this year also included 4 ladies bouts…and to be honest our correspondent reckons they out-punched the lads.Even a Mrs Brown style intervention failed to upstage it….of yer woman with the round cards!Said Martin ‘Ali’ Anderson: “I enjoyed every second of it…and all for a great cause!”LORD OF THE  RINGS 3FIGHT RESULTS FIGHT 1Don “The Irish Stalion” Rosney beat Gerard “Keep Her Lit”CallaghanFIGHT 2Grainne”Pocket Rocket” Kennedy beat ” The Mad Melaugh”FIGHT 3Lee”Roy Brown” Haughey beat Johnny” Not The Face ” DuffyFIGHT 4Seamie” Cream Buns of Steal” Nallen beat Cathal ” Can’t Pay won’t Pay” McGlynnFIGHT 5Edel “Bugsy” McKeon drew with Alana”Annihilator” Gallagher FIGHT 6Chris “The Manor Cyclone”O’Donnell lost to Tony”The Cranford Hotstepper” McBrideFIGHT 7John “Ding-A-Ling” Rouse lost to Enda “Superman”MerrittFIGHT 8Karl”The Last Brother Standing”Sweeney beat Emmett “The Hammer”HaugheyFIGHT 9Brendan”The Undertaker” Logue and Johnny “Dishing Out A Beating “Keating Drew FIGHT 10Denis”Fight For The Cause” Kinsella lost to Ciaran” The Fridge” O’DowdFIGHT 11Draw between Donna “Crazy”McCrossan Russell and Anne “Not the weakest Link” RobinsonFIGHT 12Mark “Lighting Fast” Gibson defeated Martin “The Tester” GlackinFIGHT 13Stephen “The best looking man in town” McConnell defeated Leonard “The Silver Bullet” WatsonFIGHT 14Siobhan “Sambo” McCausland beat Sinead”The Destroyer” DevineFIGHT 15Martin”Fat Chef Slim” Anderson lost to Davy “Maddog”MooreFIGHT 16Ronan “The Barbarian”O’Donnell beat Jez”The Tooth”WorthFIGHT 17PODGE “The Bomber” Breslin beat JJ”Boom Boom” McCormick.PIX AND RESULTS SPECIAL: RUMBLE IN THE LK JUNGLE PART 3 was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:PIX AND RESULTS SPECIAL: RUMBLE IN THE LK JUNGLE PART 3last_img read more

Manitoba Premier says tax cut will come even if opposition delays bill

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his long-promised cut to the provincial sales tax will take effect July 1, even if the opposition delays the legislation that enacts it.Opposition parties in the Manitoba legislature are allowed to choose up to five bills each spring and hold them back until the fall. Pallister said Friday his government will make the cut effective as of Canada Day, even if the bill is still before the legislature.“Just as the NDP did,” Pallister told The Canadian Press, pointing to 2013 when the then-NDP government raised the sales tax to eight per cent from seven on July 1, even though the Progressive Conservatives opposition delayed passage of the relevant bill until December.“We stayed here through the long hot days of the summer on principle, opposing their attempt to break their word to Manitobans. But they still imposed the (tax) hike.”Pallister promised to reverse the tax increase during the 2016 election campaign. On Thursday, the government introduced a budget that, among other things, would bring the sales tax back down to seven per cent.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday his party has not yet decided whether to delay the budget bill, which would also change some income tax measures and eliminate a subsidy to political parties.“We want to see what else this government’s legislative agenda looks like,” Kinew said.Kinew acknowledged the government has the ability to enact the tax cut as scheduled, regardless of his efforts.It’s common for governments to raise taxes on items such as tobacco and fuel immediately on budget day, even though the budget bills are not passed into law for weeks or months.But last year, the NDP delayed a bill that would have enacted a provincial carbon tax beyond the initial Sept. 1 start date. The government reacted by pushing back the start date to December and later, in a dispute with the federal government, abandoned the tax altogether.Kinew and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont have already indicated they will vote against the sales tax cut, although they cannot block it due to the Progressive Conservative majority in the legislature.Kinew said the tax cut is coming at the expense of proper funding for health care, education and other programs.Pallister said the cut will put a little extra money in people’s pockets.“The money is staying with the senior couple that’s trying to make ends meet … the money is staying with the single mom trying to support her kids, the money is staying with a family-owned business that’s trying to create jobs.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How medical technology reveals the secrets of ancient Egyptian mummies

first_imgMONTREAL — Nestawedjat, a wealthy, married “lady of the house,” died in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes sometime around 700 BC.Some 2,700 years too late to save her, she was brought to a British hospital to undergo a thoroughly modern medical procedure: a CT scan.In recent years, medical technology has allowed researchers to learn intimate details of the lives of ancient Egyptian mummies that go far beyond the biographical details gleaned from their tombs.Nestawedjat, for example, likely died between the ages of 35 and 49, her teeth probably hurt and she had lesions on her spine that are often associated with athletes or the elderly — even though she died at what would be a considered a young age by today’s standards.On Wednesday, Nestawedjat’s remains sat under a spotlight on a table at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts — one of six mummies that will be on display beginning next month as part of the British Museum’s exhibit, “Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives” that has previously toured Hong Kong, Australia and Taiwan.Reporters and photographers panned cameras over her body, perfectly bound in linen without a single loose edge or fray, as nearby glass cases displayed the jars that would have contained her organs and two of the three ornately painted wooden coffins that were nested one inside the other, like Russian dolls, with her body at the centre.Thanks to CT scans, and occasionally large-animal veterinary equipment for the bigger pieces, researchers have been able to glean information on the mummies’ medical status, diets, and burial rites without unwrapping — and risking destroying — the fragile remains, according to Caroline Barton, the assistant collection manager in the British Museum’s Egypt and Sudan department.“We have found we can penetrate quite deeply into the human remains, and virtually peel back the mummification layers, the resin layers, the skin layers, the musculature,” she said Wednesday in Montreal, where she’s helping prepare the upcoming exhibit.Nestawedjat’s scan, for example, revealed her heart is still present in her body. It also showed the amulets placed on her body as part of the burial ritual that saw her eviscerated, salted, anointed with oils and filled with packing materials.Barton said technology is also partly responsible for the exhibit being in Montreal at all. While some of the artifacts would have been considered too fragile to transport just a decade ago, new and better packing techniques have given the museum staff the confidence to send them around the world.Barton, an expert “mummy packer,” oversaw this process herself, using custom cut polyethylene soft foam and a support fabric called a bondina to ensure the precious cargo wouldn’t be damaged by a bumpy air and road journey.“We have to very sympathetically think about where the pressure points will be, what can break and what can’t,” she explained.Laura Vigo, the curator of the Montreal presentation of the exhibit, said she hopes that by exposing the intimate secrets of the mummies — such as the fact that one likely died of sepsis from a tooth infection, while another likely had clogged arteries — the public will feel close enough to “hear their voices.”“We have for centuries, for millennia, been infatuated with the idea of the Egyptian mummy,” she said. The exhibit, which runs from Sept. 14 to Feb. 2, 2020, offers a chance “to really understand how they lived, not just the mummy, but as persons.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more