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Discover Dominica Authority Weekly News Roundup

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first_img— The Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing. The 49ers also have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent receiver Travis Benjamin, according to a person familiar with the contract.— Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he’s signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, who is back for a third year in Green Bay. The 35-year-old Lewis caught 15 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown last season.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season. Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes.COLLEGE SPORTS-KANSAS-MASSAGE THERAPISTKansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletesWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages. — Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season.— The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Bills.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington. March 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAKPay cuts coming to NASCAR staffers The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has informed its staff that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced the moves in a memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press from a person who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.The memo said series executives, including the presidents of NASCAR-owned tracks, will see a 25% reduction in salary. All other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADYSix-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behindcenter_img The 27-year-old Syndergaard is coming off his worst major league season, going 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEARToppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking.Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories. UNDATED (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— A person familiar with the situation says free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Panthers. He scored five touchdowns last season and finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career.— The Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams. MLB-METS-SYNDERGAARDSyndergaard needs Tommy John surgeryNEW YORK (AP) — If the New York Mets ever start their season, they’ll do it without Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd).The flame-throwing right-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Syndergaard underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic.The right-hander received a second opinion on the damaged ulnar collateral ligament from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head team physician. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWSAs expected, Panthers release Newton Associated Press Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a joint statement that investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the alleged incidents involving Shawn P. O’Brien but failed to appropriately report the conduct.The school says O’Brien provided free massages on campus to the general student population through the university’s Alumni Association’s finals dinner beginning in 2011 and as recently as last fall.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENEx-Red Storm player diesNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams. The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus.Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Europe trail US in Ryder Cup

first_imgHaving suffered the humiliation of a session whitewash on the opening morning at Hazeltine Darren Clarke’s side responded with sensational performances during the Fourballs to win three of the four matches.The action resumes this afternoon with another set of Foursomes, which get underway just after 1.30pm.Speaking last night, Clarke said that the performance of his players on the opening day has given him plenty of food for thought…last_img

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Wizards’ Bradley Beal reacts to recent Nets trade rumors: ‘I look at it as a sign of respect’

first_imgThe 2019-20 NBA season may be on hold, but apparently Bradley Beal trade rumors never stop.With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving already on board for the next few years, the Nets have “internally discussed” ways to acquire the Wizards guard in order to form a “Big Three” in Brooklyn, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. So how does the 26-year-old feel about this latest round of speculation? “It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie and KD want you, s—, that’s amazing.”At the same time, you don’t know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I’ve put down roots in D.C. I’ve dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I’d be naive to say that I don’t think about it when these stories come up.”TRADE RUMORS: Will Warriors move top 2020 NBA Draft pick?That last part will leave some Wizards fans feeling a bit uneasy, but Beal isn’t ready to go full Anthony Davis and request a trade out of Washington because he wants to play with John Wall again. Wall, a five-time All-Star with the Wizards, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and hasn’t taken the floor for an NBA game since December 2018.”I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he’s been out],” Beal said. “What can we accomplish together? I’m so happy he’s healthy, working his tail off.”Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing commissioner Adam Silver to suspend the season, Beal was averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game, second in the league to only Rockets star James Harden (34.4). Beal can operate both on and off the ball, and it’s not difficult to imagine him finding cleaner looks at the basket if he’s surrounded by better players. A Beal-Durant-Irving trio would be a nightmare to defend.MORE: The Wizards sold Bradley Beal on a vision, but it’s already looking blurryThe biggest issue isn’t necessarily how Beal would blend with Brooklyn, though — it’s how the Nets could construct a deal to push the Wizards off their stance of keeping Beal in place. Future first-round picks would likely be involved, plus players like Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. Is that enticing enough for the Wizards? Would that leave the Nets too thin at certain positions? Which outside trade suitors could crash the party? (Fire up those Photoshop jerseys, internet folks.)Beal has previously said he would like to retire a Wizard and noted he “kinda hates” super teams. Perhaps he is truly a different kind of player, one comfortable riding it out with a single franchise. But we’ve seen feelings change when losses pile up. Washington isn’t on track to be a contender anytime soon, and Brooklyn could be a force in the Eastern Conference as soon as next season.If the Wizards want to avoid a Davis situation, the front office must prove it can construct a competitive roster around Beal. Otherwise those rumors are never going to disappear.last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2016)–Grass specialists Bal a Bali and Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 three year olds and up in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, to be run at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Named for the legendary late Hall of Fame conditioner who was affectionately known as The Bald Eagle, Whittingham remains Santa Anita’s all-time leading stakes winning trainer with 204 added money triumphs to his credit. Originally run as the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap in 1969, the race, which was won a record seven times by Whittingham, was renamed in his honor following his death in April, 1999. ROYAL ALBERT HALL: A clever 1 ¼ length allowance winner over the course at a mile and a quarter two starts back on March 25, English-bred Royal Albert Hall returns to Santa Anita following a solid third place run in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland April 23. Ridden by Flavien Prat, he was beaten a length and will be reunited with Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for the allowance win on March 25. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Albert” has been no worse than third in three starts this year and he is 7-1-3-1 over the local course. Although he has run from well off the pace in the past, he appears best suited when he can sit mid-pack early. Owned by Head of Plains, Keh, Knight and partners, Royal Albert Hall, who has two wins from 18 overall starts, seeks his first U.S. stakes win in the Whittingham. He has earnings of $219,983. THE GRADE II CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 9)                                Approximate post time is 5:30 p.m. PDT Blingo–Alex Solis–121Patentar–Alonso Quinonez–121A Red Tie Day–Mario Gutierrez–121Montego Day–Drayden Van Dyke–121Bal a Bali–Flavien Prat–121Royal Albert Hall–Rafael Bejarano–121Si Sage–Mike Smith–121Play Hard to Get–Kent Desormeaux–121Finnegans Wake–Victor Espinoza–121Quick Casablanca–Tyler Baze–121First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.center_img QUICK CASABLANCA: Trained by Ron McAnally, who ranks second to the legendary Whittingham with four lifetime wins in the race dating back to superstar gelding John Henry’s consecutive wins in 1980 and ’81, holds a good hand with veteran Quick Casa Blanca, who comes off a facile 2 ¾ length win in the mile and three quarter turf San Juan Capistrano Stakes on April 10. Chilean-bred, Quick Casablanca is an 8-year-old full horse that has responded well to McAnally’s patient handling since arriving from New York early in 2014. Second two starts back in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles San Luis Rey Stakes on March 13, he was a close third three back in the Grade II, 1 ¼ miles turf San Marcos Stakes. Winless in eight tries at a mile and a quarter on turf, Quick Casablanca faces tougher competition in the Whittingham and his connections would welcome a fast pace which would complement his late running style. Owned by Pablo Gomez, Quick Casablanca is 28-5-8-6 overall with earnings of $749,160. He’ll be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Tyler Baze. BAL A BALI: A Group I winner in his native Brazil in his only try going 1 ¼ miles on turf, this 6-year-old horse comes off a narrow defeat when third, beaten a neck, in the Grade III San Francisco Mile (turf) at Golden Gate Fields on April 30. Trained by Richard Mandella, Bal a Bali was off as the 9-5 favorite but just missed in a game effort. Third, beaten 3 ¾ lengths two starts back in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here on March 12, he has a win and two thirds over the Santa Anita turf and has been first, second or third in his last five starts at middle distances on turf, the last four in graded stakes. Ridden to victory by Flavien Prat in his U.S. debut, the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes at Santa Anita on May 9, 2015, Pratt has been aboard in his last three starts–all third place finishes. Owned by Fox Hill Farms and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali is 20-13-1-4 overall, with earnings of $751,478.last_img read more


Dinosaur Digest

first_img(Visited 542 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s a collection of recent news about the extinct creatures that fascinate everyone: the dinosaurs.Before There Were Dinosaurs, This Triassic ‘Lizard King’ Ruled Antarctica (Live Science). Would you believe the continent of Antarctica, now a frozen waste, was once a lush land of forests and large beasts? An archosaur found in Antarctica must have been four to five feet in length. Evolutionists were surprised how, according to their moyboy timeline, this beast rebounded so quickly after their so-called Permian Extinction. It only took one or two million years! Wow! Snap your fingers, and in an instant of geological time you get archosaurs walking on the land, pterosaurs flying overhead, and ichthyosaurs swimming through the oceans. That’s Darwin magic.The 210-million-year-old Smok was crushing bones like a hyena (Science Daily). What’s a smok? It’s the name given to a type of archosaur found in Poland. But how much can you tell from coprolites (fossil dung)? The divination experts see a bone-crushing predator, even though “it is not fully clear whether it was a true dinosaur or a dinosaur-like precursor.” They had to add some Darwin Flubber to say that the fossil indicates “similar feeding adaptations being independently acquired at the beginning and end of the age of dinosaurs.”What’s the World’s Largest Dinosaur? (Live Science). Answer: Argentinosaurus. It weighed in at 77 to 90 tons. The tallest contender is likely Giraffatitan, a 40-foot-tall beast from Tanzania. There is some uncertainty in these estimates. After all, nobody saw them alive. Most of the guesses come from single bones.The very first dinosaurs probably evolved in South America (New Scientist). Dinosaur fossils are found all over the world, but some think the southern hemisphere, probably South America, got them first. To come to that conclusion, Brazilian scientists “examined six dinosaur evolutionary trees published over the last 20 years – including the radically different one published last year.” Are they just trying to win one for the home turf?Opal-Filled Fossils Reveal Timid, Dog-Size Dinosaur That Lived Down Under (Live Science). This fossil was found in a bucket of opals. It’s very rare to find an opalized dinosaur. The only place in the world may be Wee Warra, near the town of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. Opal is a silica mineral that under certain circumstances can form rapidly. The opalized fossil came from an opal mine and was recognized by someone looking in the bucket. Paleontologists think this one was about the size of a sheep dog. Sheep dogs are not timid, though.‘Treasure trove’ of dinosaur footprints found in southern England (Phys.org). 85 “incredibly detailed” dinosaur footprints have been found near Sussex. The discoverers of these “extremely rare” trace fossils of iguanodons, ankylosaurs, stegosaurs and sauropods admit that circumstances of preservation have to be special. “The ground needs to be ‘sticky’ enough so that the footprint leaves a mark, but not so wet that it gets washed away.” But they also must be covered up before the next wave erodes them. These ones are “so well-preserved that fine detail of skin, scales and claws is easily visible.”‘Miracle’ Dinosaur Whose Bones Survived Being Blown Up Discovered in Italian Alps (Live Science). How did a large dinosaur get up to the Italian alps? It’s quite a tale. The discovery “thrilled scientists, who deduced that the dinosaur’s body ended up in the sea, where marine critters nibbled on its bones before it was buried. Then, it was lifted up toward the heavens as the Alps began forming about 30 million years ago.” Anyone see a Flood alternative here? After all, evolutionists believe in miracles, too:“It is a miracle that it survived such a long chain of events: drifting away to the sea, then floating, sinking, being scavenged by marine animals, reworked by sea bottom currents, buried, uplifted within a mountain chain, and eventually blown up by human explosives,” study lead researcher Cristiano Dal Sasso, a curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Milan Natural History Museum, told Live Science.Most animals do not drift, float, then fossilize. They quickly decay and all their parts are scavenged. They are not typically buried at the bottom of the sea. Whatever happened must have happened quickly.Could Evolution Ever Bring Back the Dinosaurs? (Live Science). Answer: No. Both creationists and evolutionists can agree on that. But evolutionists, being master storytellers, love speculating anyway. With the Stuff Happens Law at their disposal, anything could happen.Jamal Nasir, a geneticist at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom, said he wouldn’t rule out the idea of dinosaurs evolving back from the dead. In his opinion, evolution isn’t fixed or planned. In other words, anything could happen. “Evolution is largely stochastic [randomly determined], and evolution doesn’t necessarily have to go in a forward direction; it could have multiple directions.”Of course, in evolutionists’  consensus opinion, birds are dinosaurs, so they didn’t die out in the first place.Darwinians are still working their puzzle (see “How not to work a puzzle,” 5 Feb 2013). They have their framework, and can move things around as long as the moyboy Darwin framework doesn’t change and they don’t run out of Darwin Flubber. With those things, a little Darwin magic and the Stuff Happens Law, they can explain anything. Instant pterosaurs? No problem. Instant archosaurs, ichthyosaurs and sauropods are easily be explained. The SHL can even take dinosaurs from the seafloor to the top of the Alps. Just say the magic words, “It evolved.”Wouldn’t it be nice to take the Darwin glasses off while looking at dinosaur evidence? Try it.last_img read more

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Shopian apples find a safe passage after militant attacks

first_imgAuthorities in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) plan to rework new routes to ferry apples out of the State from Shopian in volatile south Kashmir, days after suspected militants killed three non-locals in the area. “There is a need to enforce efficient route plans and facilitate timely secured evacuation of crops,” District Development Commissioner, Shopian, Choudhary Mohammad Yasin said . “Safe and secure management of apple crop is of foremost concern and every effort is being put in to resolve all the issues,” he added.Mr. Yasin met the members of the Fruit Growers Association in Shopian on Friday, in the wake of sudden attacks on non-locals, including the killing of two people related to the apple trade. The area has been observing a shutdown ever since the Centre revoked J&K’s semi-autonomous status. “The recent attacks may have shaken us but won’t stop us from protecting our crop,” said Mr. Yasin. “Apple is Shopian’s soul and we remain committed to securing it. Our apples will surely reach you in markets all over the country,” he added.Nazeer Ahmad (name changed), a member of the growers association from Shopian’s Heff, said the recent attacks were “mysterious”. “It’s hard to point out the motives behind the attacks. Apple trade is the sole means of income for a majority of families in Shopian. Many traders have already raised loans and the families have planned weddings,” he said.Authorities plan to set up about 10 “safe pick-up points” for smooth movement of apple trucks, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The security establishment is in the process of securing five locations as “safe” points. More than 500 trucks have been placed at a secure location — Pir Ki Gali’s Poshana area — on the Mughal Road, which connects Shopian with Poonch. The Mughal Road bypasses the vulnerable Srinagar-Jammu national highway.A group of unknown gunmen rounded up about 18 non-locals, including labourers and fruit traders, in Shopian’s Trenz on Wednesday. Later, one non-local from Punjab was shot dead and another injured. The attacks have instilled fear among the orchardists but “apple loading continues unabated”, officials said.Also know as ‘Apple Town’, Shopian’s apple orchards are spread over 26,231 hectares, making it the biggest crop producer after Anantnag, which has 33,768 hectares of apple orchards. South Kashmir’s other districts, Kulgam with 25,606 hectares and Pulwama with 25,133 hectrares, produce a relatively smaller apple crop.According to the Horticulture department’s figures, the government-introduced market intervention scheme (MIS) — to pick the fruit directly from farmers due to the uncertain situation in the Valley — has seen a very healthy response from Anantnag, where 1,012 metric tonnes of apple has been ferried outside the State till October 10.“However, Shopian has seen little movement under the MIS. Just 23 metric tonnes has been exported from the district. Most crop is still on the trees as Shopian is the last district in the Valley to pick apples due to different weather pattern,” said an official at the Horticulture department, who declined to be identified.According to official figures, 1.45 lakh hectares is under apple cultivation in Kashmir, which produces 71% of the total output of the fruit in the country.last_img read more

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Turner’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Dodgers 4-1 win over Cubs

first_imgAddison Russell homered in the fifth for the Cubs, who are down early in this rematch of the 2016 NLCS. Chicago won that series in six games and went on to its first World Series championship since 1908, while the Dodgers have been absent from the Fall Classic since 1988.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got the victory with a hitless ninth despite hitting Anthony Rizzo on the hand with a one-out pitch. That ended the Los Angeles bullpen’s impressive streak of 22 straight Cubs retired to begin the NLCS, but the Dodgers have thrown eight hitless and scoreless innings of relief in the NLCS.After a collective offensive effort drove the Dodgers to a 5-2 win in Game 1, Turner did it all in Game 2. He has 10 RBIs in the Dodgers’ five postseason games, getting five in the playoff opener against Arizona.Jon Lester yielded three hits and five walks while failing to get out of the fifth inning in the shortest start of his long postseason career, but the Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of a rare shaky night by the Cubs’ star left-hander.Rich Hill struck out eight in five more impressive innings for the Dodgers, but he was pulled for pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson in the fifth in a debatable decision by Roberts.Russell was off to a 4-for-22 start in the postseason with nine strikeouts before the slugging shortstop put a leadoff homer into the short porch in left field.Turner evened it moments later by poking a single to right after a leadoff double by Culberson, the Dodgers’ improbably successful replacement for injured All-Star shortstop Corey Seager.The Dodgers chased Lester with two outs in the fifth, but reliever Carl Edwards Jr. came through after several recent postseason struggles, striking out pinch-hitter Chase Utley and then pitching a strong sixth.Lester was the co-MVP of last season’s NLCS, winning Game 5 at Dodger Stadium and yielding two runs over 13 innings in the series. He had nothing near the same success against the Dodgers’ revamped lineup in this one, issuing four walks in the first four innings and repeatedly escaping jams.Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward held up Turner in the third when it appeared he could have scored from first on Cody Bellinger’s double to the gap. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Midseason acquisition Yu Darvish starts for the Dodgers against Kyle Hendricks.Yasiel Puig drew his third walk of the game leading off the ninth, and Charlie Culberson bunted him to second. After losing pitcher Brian Duensing struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer, Chicago manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen for the 38-year-old Lackey, who pitched on consecutive days for the first time in his 15-year career.Lackey got the call over All-Star closer Wade Davis, and the veteran starter walked Chris Taylor on six tense pitches.Turner stepped up and ended it with his fourth career playoff homer. He’s been at his best in October, batting .377 with 22 RBIs in the postseason.“We’ve been doing it all year long,” Turner said. “We’re never out of a game. As long as we have outs left, we’re going to keep fighting.”Completing the poetry of the moment, a fan in a Chase Utley jersey in the center-field bleachers caught the ball in his glove.ADVERTISEMENT Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Javier Baez, the other co-MVP of last season’s NLCS for Chicago, got to third base in the third with one out, but also was stranded.UP NEXTCubs: Hendricks dominated Chicago’s playoff opener with seven scoreless innings against the Nationals, but yielded four runs in four innings during the team’s wild Game 5 victory in Washington. He is starting on normal rest.Dodgers: Darvish was outstanding in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks, earning his first career postseason victory with seven strikeouts over five innings of two-hit ball. He was acquired from Texas precisely for these moments, and he starts on seven days of rest. “One of my earliest baseball memories, I was 4 years old at my grandma’s house watching that game in ’88 and seeing Gibby hit that homer,” a smiling Turner said. “So yeah, it feels pretty cool. I thought about doing the fist pump around the bases, but we’ll wait until we get to the World Series for that, hopefully.”Turner drove in every run for Los Angeles, going the other way for a tying single in the fifth before sending a long shot to center field off John Lackey in the ninth. A fan wearing a blue Dodgers jersey reached over a railing to catch the ball on the fly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTurner’s second homer of the postseason ended another dramatic night for the Dodgers, who remained unbeaten in these playoffs and moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988.“It’s very cool, and J.T., we were talking about it in there after the game,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Twenty-nine years to the day. It was special. Our guys feel it.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.The red-bearded slugger connected on the 29th anniversary of the Dodgers’ last game-ending postseason homer: Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit drive to beat Oakland in the 1988 World Series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Harmony chariot rolls out on Ramlila

first_imgFor the past 20 years, Mohammed Moinuddin has been ferrying Ram and Sita on a marigoldbedecked buggy to Ramlila venues as a part of an annual ritual called the Ram barat. And he has always done it for free. Moinuddin is the owner of two horses, Prince and Chitta, who have been pulling the ceremonial buggy for most of these 20 years.Mohammed Moinuddin driving the chariotThe 75-year-old resident of Loni, Ghaziabad, usually charges Rs 1,000 a night to give away the horses on hire for weddings, but he makes an exception for Ramlila. He offers his horses and his services for free because he believes in the thought behind Ramlila: that the forces of good always triumph. While performing his duties as charioteer, Moinuddin wears an off-white kurta pyjama and sports a skull cap.And though he is caught up in the festivities well past midnight, he doesn’t miss offering his prayers five times a day. Moinuddin, a charioteer for Ramlila at the City Centre Ground in Sector-32, Noida, keeps a folded prayer book with him at all times so that his routine of offering prayers isn’t interrupted.”I offered isha ki namaz (last prayer of the day) right here on the Ramlila ground. One yard of land is all you need to bow your head before the Almighty,” says Moinuddin with a smile. Giving him company are his two teenage daughters and 20-year-old son. “I have been attending Ramlila with my father since the time I was four,” says Mohammed Irfan.advertisementThe organisers, Moinuddin says, never let him go back empty-handed. They give him a token amount of money and “lots of aloo puri and sweets to take back home,” he says with a smile. “Ramlila is so special for my father that he doesn’t like to charge any money for driving Ramji’s and Shivji’s chariots,” Irfan adds.It’s Irfan’s job to give the horses a good scrub every day, massage them with oil and to brush their coats before they head out to chariot owner Vir Singh Chauhan’s house in Noida. Irfan often dabs a little ittar on the horses while readying them for the Ramlila procession. “I try to ensure that they look their best. They must stand out on an occasion like Ramlila,” Irfan says.On reaching Chauhan’s home, father and son busy themselves in decking up the buggy with marigolds. “I have known them for several years now,” says Chauhan. “I met them at a pandal during Janmashtami celebrations. They are hard working and their horses are very sturdy. That’s why we call them every year.” “This Ramlila ground becomes my Kabah whenever I am here,” says Moinuddin.last_img read more

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Burundi experiencing deep political crisis with hundreds dead since April Security Council

Noting that in Bujumbura the situation is very tense, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the Council that several neighbourhoods, especially those perceived to have opposed the President’s re-election for a third term in July, experience nightly exchanges of gunshots and grenade explosions. “Traumatized residents frequently discover mutilated bodies, victims of executions,” he stated, briefing the Council along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, who echoed concerns that Burundi is at a dangerous “tipping point” and that the Council could intervene to prevent a replay “of past horrors.”Civil unrest erupted in April in Bujumbura after the ruling party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate. While elections were considered relatively peaceful and conducted adequately, the UN reported that the overall environment was “not conducive” to an inclusive, free and credible process.“The May 22 killing of Zedi Feruzi, a key opposition figure, marked the beginning of a troubling pattern of politically-motivated assassinations and attacks,” Mr. Feltman noted. “Neither the conclusion of Burundi’s legislative and presidential electoral cycle this summer nor the inclusion of some key opposition figures in the governing coalition calmed the situation, which has instead grown more troubling.”Just this morning, at least two people were killed by a grenade attack in the Musaga neighbourhood in Bujumbura. On Saturday, at least nine people, including a UN staff member, were killed when unknown gunmen opened fire inside a bar in Bujumbura’s Kanyosha neighbourhood. The bar was alleged to have been a previous meeting venue of anti-third mandate demonstrators.“The crisis in Burundi is political at its core and cannot be resolved by a security clampdown,” the senior official stressed. “It is not credible to claim that a small group of criminals or traitors are behind the current violence. The problem is much deeper and thus more worrying.”For the deteriorating situation to improve, he said Burundian leaders will need to address the political deadlock that preceded and transcended the summer elections. “In this regard, the [Government] has established a commission for inter-Burundian dialogue, said to be open to all except those implicated in the failed coup d’état on 14 May,” he informed the Council. “While the UN in general supports national dialogue efforts, this commission will not be able to make much progress in the tense security context where members of political parties and civil society are frequently found dead on the streets,” he insisted. “With many media outlets closed down since spring and opposition leaders abroad afraid to return home, the Government has not established the conditions for credible and inclusive political dialogue. We encourage the Burundian authorities to do so as quickly as possible.”Meanwhile, he recalled that in October, the African Union Peace and Security Council agreed on a multi-pronged approach to address the situation, including the expansion of its human rights observers and military experts and the initiation of contingency planning for the possible deployment of an African-led Mission in the country.In addition, the UN Secretary-General is expected in the coming days to announce the appointment of a Special Adviser who will lead and coordinate UN efforts in support of Burundi.These events, he highlighted to the Council, are happening at a time when the mandate of the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi is ending. Meanwhile, the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) closed at the end of last year, at the request of the Government. For his part, the UN human rights chief underscored his deepening concern regarding the “increasingly grave human rights crisis” in the country.“At least 240 people have been killed since protests began in April, with bodies dumped on the streets on an almost nightly basis,” Mr. Zeid declared. “There have been hundreds of cases of arbitrary arrest and detention in the past month alone, targeting members of the opposition, journalists, human rights defenders and their families, people attending the funerals of those who have been killed, and inhabitants of neighbourhoods perceived to be supportive of the opposition,” he continued.“Fear of this violence, and the spectre of more bloodshed, are driving ordinary Burundians out of their homes. There are now well over 280,000 internally displaced people and refugees across the Great Lakes region. To make matters worse, it is reported that armed groups are recruiting in some refugee camps in neighbouring countries, and that agents of the Burundi Government are also present to identify opponents,” he added. Meanwhile, he said that President Nkurunziza set an ultimatum last week for Burundians to hand in all weapons, warning that those who would not do so would be dealt with as “enemies of the nation.” He noted that recent inflammatory remarks by members of the Government have suggested that this crisis, which has involved targeting people for their perceived political affiliations, could increasingly take on an ethnic dimension. “The President of the Senate recently ordered local authorities to identify ‘elements which are not in order’ and to report them to the police for them to be dealt with,” Mr. Zeid warned. “He also called on the authorities to rally people to get ready to ‘pulverize.’ Phrases such as these recall language that this region has heard before, and should not be hearing again. They could signal the imminence of much worse, and more widespread, violence.”He said he believes that the strong interventions of many officials and States in recent days “may have great influence,” and urged neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes to step up their attempts to promote a credible and inclusive political dialogue in Burundi.“I also believe it is the responsibility of this Council to address a situation of profound concern, well-known for many months, and which could lead to even greater carnage,” Mr. Zeid added, appealing to its members to keep Burundi at the top of the Security Council agenda.He further stressed the essence of having an inclusive dialogue take place among all stakeholders in Burundi, in accordance with the Arusha Agreement which put an end to 12 years of massacres and warfare in 2005.In his remarks, Mr. Dieng emphasized that in light of all that is clearly happening on the ground, the United Nations could not fail to take appropriate action now. Otherwise Burundi would slide back into an “all too familiar chaos.”Further, he said that “if there was ever a time for [the President] and his Government to display courageous leadership, it is now.” Indeed, the Government must work to restore peace through dialogue and to de-escalate the crisis. Yet, this is not the Government’s responsibility alone, continued Mr. Dieng, stressing that the international community, the African Union, the East African Community and the UN have an indispensable role to play.The United Nations Security Council should take urgent measures, including support for African Peace and Security Council decisions. Holding those who had incited and committed violence accountable would also help. It is important in that regard to remind Burundi, as a State party to the International Criminal Court, that those engaging in atrocity crimes would face prosecution.“No one should underestimate what is at stake, he said, recalling that the country’s own history and that of its neighbour, Rwanda, has shown the tragic consequences of failing to act when leaders incite violence.Meanwhile, earlier today in a statement, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also reiterated his appeal to all national stakeholders, in particular the Government of Burundi, “to keep the interests of the people of Burundi uppermost and resolve all outstanding issues through an inclusive dialogue.” read more

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