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Samoans dump defending champs Fiji in 9s

first_imgThe match at the BSP Stadium is expected to be a packed house affair as all the tickets for the 15,000 capacity stadium have been sold.Samoa upset the defending champions Fiji with a full time score of 20-12.Samoa’s winning foundation was set up in the first half as they lead Fiji 16-0 into the break. In the second half, Fiji scored two converted tries.But the Samoans sealed the match with a four pointer to win.last_img

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Dembélé, the confined conf invisible ’

first_imgNobody escapes by now the withdrawn and sickly shyness of Ousmane Dembélé, But the truth is that they have been enhanced since the State of Alarm began, which forced everyone to be confined to their homes.During the month that the players have been confined at home, who more or less have shared their personal experiences with the fans. Some have posted videos training at home, others have participated in challenges and activities promoted through social media, and some have even encouraged people to stay home or have made donations public. for aid against the fight against the pandemic. The most determined have even participated in interviews with the club’s official media or have held chat sessions with fans. Everyone, in one way or another, has done their bit to make this hard confinement more bearable Everyone? Well no, there is always an exception in a group. And in the case of the FC Barcelona locker room it is Ousmane Dembélé. The French striker has only appeared during this month to publish the statement that Leo Messi sent as captain to announce that the first-team squad accepted the 70% pay cut of the salary while the State of Alarm lasts while he regretted the pressures received from the club. A statement that was shared by all players without exception. This is the only sign of Dembélé’s life during his forced confinement. Nothing is known of his recovery – it must be remembered that the striker underwent surgery on February 11 of a ruptured femoral biceps tendon in his right leg; In principle, he still has a long way to go, since the initial forecast was six months, so at best he would be back in July.Nor is it with his colleagues that he communicates openly. Apart from the francés French clan ’, with whom he continues to have contact, with the rest of the players in the squad there has been little communication. In fact, it was the only absence that stands out among the footballers at the telematic meeting held by the squad on Tuesday. A drop that, incidentally, was discussed during the conversation.His last image, shared on Instagram, apart from the statement, dates back to January 20, where he posted an image of him running in the Ciutat Esportiva in the final stretch of his recovery. Since that day, the French striker has disappeared from social networks.At the club, for his part, he is extremely concerned that confinement ends up hurting Dembélé. And not only because he cannot follow the rehabilitation guidelines in an ideal way when having to do everything at home under the supervision of a recuperator, but also because he could return to some of his bad habits due to confinement, such as playing video games until late at night. the early morning or a less controlled diet based on ‘fast food’.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Miller’s strike, an almost perfect 10

first_imgNikita Miller, the slow left-arm bowler from Melbourne and Jamaica, is not one who normally holds a grudge, at least, not for long and not against a colleague, and, certainly, not against his fellow Melbourne and Jamaica bowler, right-arm leg-spinner Damion Jacobs. Sometime, however, be it today, or tomorrow, or even one day in the future, while sitting in his rocking chair and looking at the setting sun, the memories may flash by quickly and Miller may shake his head and quietly say to himself: ‘If only Jacobs had waited one more delivery’. Every bowler, fast or slow, dead or alive, has always dreamed of taking all 10 wickets in an innings, or maybe even 20 in a match, and Miller was on the verge of doing just that when Jacobs denied him, quite unintentionally, I believe. And Miller will never forget the day, or the place, or the occasion. It was Saturday, December 10, at Sabina Park, and it was a regional match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The Red Force batsmen were chasing a victory target of 338 runs on the third day of the four-day match and, at lunch, they had survived three catches off pace bowler Reynard Leveridge, who bowled as fast as the wind that day, and, after the interval, were going like a house on fire at 76 without loss off 15 overs. Suddenly, like in the olden days and a storm in the night, Miller, the captain, struck, and in a matter of three hours or so, the Red Force innings was history, flattened and blown away for an additional 129 runs with 10 wickets falling in 41 overs as Jamaica eased to victory by 132 runs. With such figures, Miller’s one regret, apart from last Saturday’s disappointment, may be his one, solitary Test appearance, and that in an under-strength West Indies team. That, however, was a situation caused possibly by the fact that the West Indies believe that he is not a big spinner of the ball, but one whose weapons are his use of the crease, his William Tell-like accuracy, his clever and deceptive change of pace, and his knowledge of the game – knowledge of how to get batsmen out. That, probably, with the quality, or lack of it, of today’s regional batsmen against consistently good bowling, probably also counted against him and made the West Indies selectors react negatively to his uncanny skill. As far as my memory goes, however, his nine wickets for 49 runs represent Jamaica’s best effort in any cricket, and it certainly is the best since 1966 and the coming of the Shell Shield. Bowlers like Nehemiah Perry (twice, eighth for 45, and eight for 64), O.C. ‘Tommy’ Scott (eight for 67), Richard Austin (eight for 71), Alfred Valentine (eight for 91 in his first Test match), and Courtney Walsh (eight for 92), Jerome Taylor (eight for 59), along with Jacobs himself, with eight for 47, have gone close after falling one short. Miller, like others such as Odelmo Peters, Cleveland Davidson, and Jacobs, who never played for the Jamaica youth team but went on to play on the national team, was virtually unplayable on Saturday last. And it was special, very special. As Jamaica’s captain, he led from the front, and in leading from the front, he led his team into the lead in the race for the regional honours. Meanwhile, over in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, or rather, the power of the BCCI, seems to be coming to an end, courtesy of the Indian Supreme Court. At a sitting last week, the court said that Anurag Thakur, president of the BCCI, and Ratnakar Shetty, general manager, were guilty of lying under oath and could face a charge of perjury. The possibility of the charge came after both men had denied, before the court, of writing to the ICC and asking that it writes to the court saying that the court’s decision to name a man to oversee the business of the BCCI was “government interference”. The court, after correspondences with Shankar Manohar, president of ICC, and Dave Richardson, CEO, proved that both men were lying. The court also reaffirmed its earlier decisions that the BCCI make changes as recommended by the Lotha Committee and that the BCCI must operate under some control. The court, which had earlier named former civil servant GK Pillai as the one man in control, changed its stance, and decided it should be three people in control, and asked the BCCI to recommend a few people with whom it could work by January 2. The court named its choice as one of three people. The court’s choice is Mohinder Amanath, a former Indian Test cricketer. DECEPTIVE OFFERINGS The Scorpions had stung them fatally with the deceptive offerings of Miller, who ended with figures of 22 overs, 49 runs, and nine wickets, one off what would have been a bowler’s dream, an unbelievable 10, or a magical clean sweep. And it was close, very close. Miller had picked off nine Trinidadian batsmen, one by one, from one to 10, all in a row, excepting one. One was left, either the number 11 or the number eight. Miller had got the ninth wicket in the 55th over, with the penultimate delivery, and Jacobs promptly picked up the 10th and last wicket, the number eight batsman in the order, Roshon Primus, leg before wicket off the last delivery of the 56th over as four wickets fell for the addition of no runs. That was as close as it was, and as it could have been. If only Jacobs had waited for even just one more delivery, Miller would have had a go at last man Sheldon Cottrell, and you never know what would have happened. Knowing Cottrell, the ball might have gone for six over long-on or mid-wicket, but with all of that day and the entire fourth day to come, with Trinidad still trailing by 132 runs, Miller would have had at least five more deliveries, and he would have had another chance at the Jamaican now playing for the Red Force. A wicket is a wicket, however, and it was one more to Jacob’s tally, even though he will spend many a day regretting, probably, that one delivery, the one that denied Miller, his friend, of his boyhood dream. Despite that, in spite of the one that got away, Miller must now be a happy man. At 34 years old, he has played in 84 first-class matches, one Test match, 46 ODIs, nine T20, appeared in two World Cup tournaments, and has hauled in 428 first-class wickets, including 29 five wickets in an innings and seven 10 wickets in a match at an impressive average of 16.64 and a mind-boggling economy rate of 1.97 runs per over. MILLER’S ONE REGRETlast_img read more

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Federer passes five-set test to advance at US Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “I think this is going to give me a lot of confidence,” Federer said. “It’s important to go through all of these emotional roller coasters early. That pressure is not fun but it’s what you have to go through.”The match was Federer’s first since losing the Montreal final to Alexander Zverev nearly three weeks ago. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a sore back the following week.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’“I was worried in the beginning from my back issue from a couple weeks ago but I loosened up,” Federer said, calling his back “extremely well” and adding “it’s only going to get better from here.”“To get through a five-set match you’ve got to be healthy. I believe this is going to give me great confidence in my game and my body.” 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 Third seed Federer will next meet either Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who is 0-16 against him, or Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, 0-1 against Federer, as the Swiss chases a record sixth US Open crown.The 36-year-old Swiss, who won this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns, took the US Open titles from 2004-2008.The intense match came after limited preparation due to his back issues.“I always knew I was going to come in rusty or not great. I was hoping to start better,” Federer said. “I was being too cautious with my movement. In the second set it all started to come together.“I enjoyed myself even though I was maybe tired and nervous at the end. It was cool to be part of that match. I’m really excited I won.”ADVERTISEMENT Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA Tiafoe was disappointed he could not stay atop Federer after breaking in the opening game.“He won by the skin of his teeth,” Tiafoe said. “I felt like when I was playing well, I was controlling most of the rallies. When I was hitting the ball big, he wasn’t really doing much except staying steady with me.”But that was enough. Federer has not made a first-round exit in a Grand Slam since the 2003 French Open and has never lost an opener on the New York hardcourts. But Tiafoe tested him.“It was more than a test,” Federer said. “It was exciting. It’s why I came to New York as well, to go through these emotions.”It also was Federer’s first match under the $150 million Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that became operational last year.“To see the new addition of the sliding roof, it’s wonderful,” Federer said. “I’m the lucky guy who got to play through the rain so I’m very happy about the roof.”Asked about the noise level with the roof closed, an issue that drew complaints from top-ranked rival Rafael Nadal, Federer said, “When you guys get going it’s even a better atmosphere than we used to have.”“I expected worse because I heard comments like this. I didn’t think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it, it was really cool… I felt like the energy was back in the building again. It was a lot of fun playing in that atmosphere.”Nadal and Federer have never faced each other at the US Open but could meet in this year’s semi-finals.And Federer is the only player who can dethrone Nadal as world number one at the US Open. NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Frances Tiafoe congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller Tuesday, sorting out worries about a back injury and poor preparation to reach the second round of the US Open.The 19-time Grand Slam champion outlasted 70th-ranked US 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in a shockingly tough battle that boosted his hopes of a deep run on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titlescenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Clarkson mental state questioned

first_img“I am truly at the end of this whole deal. I am going to tidy my affairs and chuck it …,” she wrote in an e-mail to an unidentified friend, accepting an offer to borrow $200 on Dec. 8, 2002, the motion said. The message said she would probably lose the cottage she had been renting in Los Angeles’ Venice area and explained she was e-mailing rather than using the telephone because, “This way you cannot hear my tears.” Shortly after that, Clarkson’s mood brightened when she won a role in a play to portray Marilyn Monroe. She called it “one of the best parts I’ve ever been offered,” the documents show. The motion, however, says that between Jan. 10, 2003, and the date of her death she was fired from the play. Attorney Robert Blasier, who authored the 18-page motion, said the prosecution wants to “eliminate the core issue of the defense case” by asking to exclude evidence regarding Clarkson’s character and state of mind. The defense in Phil Spector’s murder trial will portray gunshot victim Lana Clarkson as despondent over her finances and acting career and possibly contemplating suicide just before she met the record producer, documents filed Monday showed. Defense attorneys submitted motions arguing that Clarkson’s mental state and use of drugs before her death at Spector’s mansion are central to the trial and should not be excluded as evidence. The motions were submitted in advance of a hearing set for Tuesday. Jury selection will resume next Monday. Defense attorneys quoted from e-mails written by the actress in the months before her Feb. 3, 2003, death. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson filed a motion last week to stop the defense from launching character attacks on Clarkson. He also sought to exclude an unfinished memoir found in Clarkson’s computer as well as film clips that show her handling guns. Clarkson, best known for her role in the 1980s film “Barbarian Queen,” was working as a nightclub hostess when Spector, creator of the revolutionary “Wall of Sound” recording technique, brought her to his suburban home, where she died in the foyer. Prosecutors allege Spector shot Clarkson. The Coroner’s Office called it a homicide, but also noted that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands and may have pulled the trigger. Spector has pleaded not guilty and has suggested that the shooting was an accident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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City need a ‘perfect game’, says Guardiola

first_imgBoss Guardiola still believes that City can reach the final four of the competition, but knows that they need to be at their best if they are to pull off a thrilling fightback at the Etihad Stadium.“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well,” said Guardiola, who saw his side suffer another defeat in last weekend’s Manchester derby.“We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try.“We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year – even in the last game – is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.“It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A 3-0 first leg defeat leaves City manager Pep Guardiola praying for a historic second leg comeback.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City need the “perfect game” if they are to overcome Liverpool’s three-goal advantage and reach the Champions League semi-final, says Pep Guardiola.City’s chances of adding the Champions League to their imminent Premier League title win took a huge hit after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, when Guardiola’s side were blown away 3-0 at Anfield.last_img read more

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Reporting immunization status next step to protect against outbreaks

first_imgParents can help ensure immunizations for their children are up to date by viewing their own past records to provide to public health officials. As well as public health clinics, parents are able to get their children immunized through their primary care providers or community pharmacists.The government shares, mandatory reporting is part of the ongoing plan to increase immunization rates for all vaccine-preventable diseases. This effort commenced with the measles immunization catch-up program in April 2019. The most recent data indicates that increasing the opportunities for guardians to get children immunized is improving immunization levels overall.“This spring, we launched the catch-up measles immunization program throughout schools and public health units, which is having a positive effect,” said Dix. “Since April, the number of kindergarten-to-Grade 12 students having received two doses of measles vaccine has increased by over 33,000. Based on the records reviewed so far by health authorities – amounting to over 566,000 – nearly 95% of students have received one or two doses of vaccine.”B.C. has a comprehensive provincial childhood immunization program, which includes coverage for a wide variety of diseases including measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, pertussis, polio, HPV, varicella, diphtheria, influenza, meningococcal disease and hepatitis.For more information on immunizations;Advertisement To check on immunization status, or to find a public health unit anywhere in the province, visit; CLICK HERE Learn more about measles and the vaccines online; CLICK HERE To learn more about B.C.’s provincial childhood immunization program, visit; CLICK HERE Visit BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for the latest measles updates in B.C.; CLICK HERE “Through this additional measure, we can be confident that health officials will be able to provide better protection to our students by preventing outbreaks,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “Improving the rates of immunization of children and youth is critically important for student safety and healthy schools across B.C.”Public health officials will review school enrolment records in late August and into October 2019 to match them against immunization records for kindergarten-to-Grade 12 students that currently exist in the provincial immunization registry.For the first year of the reporting requirement, the goal will be to help parents get their children up to date on immunizations by the end of the school year.Mandatory reporting of student’s immunization status increases public health’s ability to respond during an outbreak, as it allows health officials to quickly identify those who are under-and unimmunized.Advertisementcenter_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – Students enrolled in the provincial school system will be expected to provide immunization records.The Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation is the new mandatory reporting requirement in place by the Province.“In the wake of the global measles outbreaks this spring, B.C. is implementing several measures to protect children and families from this and other communicable diseases through improved immunization,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.- Advertisement -“Starting this school year, parents and guardians will be expected to provide the immunization status of their children to their local public health unit,” said Dix. “This mandatory reporting of the immunization status of students will ensure the public health system is prepared in the event of an outbreak. Furthermore, with the up-to-date records, public health can reach out to families with children behind on their immunizations and provide an opportunity to catch them up, as well as discuss any concerns with parents.”According to the government, most parents are already in compliance with this requirement, which means nothing further will be required when their children/ students start the new school year.For parents or guardians of children with an incomplete or missing record will be contacted by public health as to how to provide their child’s immunization information if needed and receive information on upcoming school-based or community health clinics where their child can receive immunizations if they require them.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jurors in Diana inquest visit the site of Paris car crash

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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City PARIS – The roar of Paris rush hour died down, giving way to eerie quiet. With traffic halted, jurors in a British inquest ventured by foot into a dark underpass and came to a halt before the scarred, dented pillar where Princess Diana’s Mercedes crashed 10 years ago. The 11 jurors retraced Diana’s final moments Monday, collecting memories to help them piece together how she and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed died on Aug. 31, 1997. Lord Justice Scott Baker, heading the inquest, asked jurors to absorb the sights: the back door of the Ritz Hotel, where Diana and her lover slipped away for their final ride; the flow of traffic on the Place de la Concorde; the slope and twist of the Pont de l’Alma underpass, where their speeding car slammed into a concrete pillar. The inquest is to determine when, where and how Diana and Fayed were killed. It is expected to last no more than six months.last_img read more

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Former WCSD superintendent dies at 84

first_imgHe served as superintendent from 1981 to 1996, when he retired and was noted in U.S. Congressional records for his 45 years of service to the district. He was also recognized with a PTA Honorary Service Award for his efforts in Whittier. During time as a principal, he met Jeanette Croghan, a student teacher who had returned to college after raising her children. At the age of 41, Croghan began teaching in 1973, but was concerned that she would not find work because of a glut of teachers at the time. Croghan said Avery became a mentor to her and helped her find a job when she needed one. “I really have Neal Avery to thank that I got that job at all when I graduated,” Croghan said. “He was like a friend of the family.” Avery’s son, Michael, said his father was dedicated to his family. “He was just a loving, caring father and husband to my mom, and he was very proud of his career and his friends, living in Whittier for so long,” Michael Avery said. “He was a good sportsman and a gentleman.” Michael Avery, 50, said both of his parents were committed to learning. His mother, Nedine, was a kindergarten teacher in neighboring La Habra. “The fact that both my parents were in education helped us kids,” he said. Whittier City School Board member Mac McFarland said he expects that many in the community will remember Avery because of his investment in local children. “Neal was just a fine, warmhearted man, even though he had an occasional gruff exterior,” McFarland said. “He dedicated his working life to children and to public education.” Avery is survived by his wife and two children, Michael Avery and Janeal Williams, 47, as well as by three grandchildren – Jonathan, Joseph and Katherine. His cause of death has not been determined, but Michael Avery said the family believes he died of natural causes. Services have not yet been arranged, but Michael Avery said they would be private. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The former superintendent for the Whittier City School District, Neal J. Avery, died Saturday at his home in La Habra. He was 84. Avery was superintendent for 16 years before his retirement in 1997. He began his career as a teacher in the late 1950s. He and his wife, Nedine, also a teacher, devoted their working lives to local schools in La Habra and Whittier. Co-workers said Avery’s focus was on the children whose education he oversaw. “Whenever he would visit a classroom, you could see it in his face that all of the sudden, he was more cheerful and he was more lighthearted,” said Bob Mazzeo, director of business projects for the district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mazzeo, 59, said he knew Avery since 1969, when he came to the area as a teacher. Avery was already principal at another school in the district. Mazzeo became a principal himself in 1980 and when Avery was promoted to superintendent in July of 1981, Mazzeo said he was happy to work under him. “He was very respectful of my professional judgment,” Mazzeo said. “And he hardly ever took a day off.” Before his service in education, Avery served his country – in the Army during World War II in the Philippines. Later, he settled in the house he would live in the rest of his life, and began work as a teacher in the Whittier area in 1951. Avery went on to be principal at George Washington Elementary in 1956, then principal of two schools simultaneously in 1959: Hoover Elementary and Lincoln Elementary. last_img read more

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