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Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 17th September

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/FarmSept17th2015NEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – September 17, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Previous articleIreland team named for opening Rugby World Cup gameNext articleDerry Captain McBride faces fitness test ahead of Shamrock Rvs game admin NewsPlayback Facebook WhatsApp Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 17th September Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal last_img read more

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‘Next Level Connections Program’ details released by Governor Holcomb

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced an investment plan for 2019, including a new $1 billion investment in infrastructure projects. The Next Level Connections program will expand broadband services in rural Indiana, grow the state’s systems of trails, create more nonstop international flights, and move up the completion of major highway projects. The state also will continue to pursue building a new fourth water port at Lawrenceburg and expansion of rail projects in northwest Indiana.“Today we’re sending a big message to the world that Indiana is making a huge investment in our quality of life and for those who aspire to join us,” said Holcomb. “We are linking Hoosiers to each other and to the world.”Through the Next Level Connections program, Gov. Holcomb will:Commit $100 million to bridge the digital divide in rural areas of the state. The state will create a grant program to bring high speed, affordable broadband access to unserved and underserved areas of the state.Utilize $90 million to link communities through more hiking, biking and riding trails. The state will initiate a grant program that encourages local and regional collaboration to grow the state’s trails system.Complete major highway projectso   Accelerate completion of I-69 Section 6 from 2027 to 2024 ($600 million)o   Add new interchanges on U.S. 31 between South Bend and Indianapolis and expand the number of projects that will be completed on U.S. 20 and 30 through 2023 ($190 million)o   Focus INDOT resources to clean up the state’s highwaysEstablish Indianapolis as the preferred Midwestern destination by adding more nonstop international flights ($20 million)Complete evaluation of the purchase of land to develop the state’s fourth port on the Ohio River near LawrenceburgPursue federal funding for the West Lake and South Shore rail projects in Northwest IndianaThe Indiana Finance Authority will amend its agreement with the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC), which operates the Indiana Toll Road, to allow ITRCC to increase the toll rates for heavy vehicles by 35 percent, beginning in October. The $1 billion in proceeds from the amended ITRCC agreement will be used to fund planned road projects in the seven Toll Road counties, which will free up INDOT resources to be directed to the Next Level Connections program.As a part of the new agreement, ITRCC will put $50 million into additional Toll Road upgrades, including safety, technology and communications initiatives such as a smart truck parking system and expansion of overhead message boards, cameras and variable speed signs. Over 10 years, by 2025, ITRCC will invest more than $500 million in Toll Road upgrades.“Improvements on the Toll Road, on Highways 20, 30 and 31 will make our roads safer for truck and vehicle traffic alike and enhance economic development opportunities,” said Gov. Holcomb.The toll increase will impact Class 3 and above vehicles. For example, the tolls for a Class 3 vehicle will increase from $16.33 to $22.04 (electronic card) for the entire 157-mile trip. For a Class 5 vehicle, the toll will increase from $44.46 to $60.02. The IFA will consider the agreement at a meeting later this month. With the increase, the rate per mile will remain lower than nearly all other similar roads across the country.“Today, we’re defining Indiana differently than ever before. Next Level Connections is a direct investment in Hoosier infrastructure and quality of life that is essential to take Indiana to the next level,” said Gov. Holcomb.For more information click here. ,last_img read more

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New Atomizer Mimics Bombardier Beetle

first_imgThere’s a new technology coming to market, thanks to a little bug.  The bombardier beetle has long been used by creationists as a creature with a weapon against evolutionary theory.  Its tightly-integrated combustion apparatus would be useless or dangerous to the beetle unless all the parts worked together from the start.  This, creationists argue, is evidence against gradual evolution (e.g., AIG).    Now, a creation physicist has imitated the beetle’s controlled explosions.  Andy McIntosh, Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at Leeds University (UK), has “developed new technology” based on the bombardier beetle “which has the potential to become the platform for the next generation of more effective and eco-friendly mist carrier systems.”  (For more on Dr. McIntosh, see 11/27/2006 and 05/17/2002).    The press release from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, explains the significance of this advance:The [Micro]MistTM spray technology enables droplet size, temperature and velocity to be closely controlled, allowing advancements in a variety of areas where the properties of the mist are critical.  Such applications include fuel injection, medical drug delivery systems, fire extinguishers and fire suppression, all of which face major challenges relating to the demands of greater performance and reduced environmental impact….    Prof McIntosh likens the beetle’s defence mechanism to a pressure cooker controlled by a complicated system of valves: “Essentially it’s a high-force steam cavitation explosion.  Using a chamber less than one millimetre long, this amazing creature has the ability to change the rapidity of what comes out, its direction and its consistency.    “Nobody had studied the beetle from a physics and engineering perspective as we did – and we didn’t appreciate how much we would learn from it.”The invention is only 2 cm long.  It “uses heat and flash evaporation technique to propel a variety of liquids over distances of up to 4m or produce a mist with droplets as small a 2 microns.”  McIntosh has been studying the beetle’s mechanism for years (12/08/2003).    Swedish Biomimetics 3000 Ltd has signed a worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of the technology, the press release states.  Potential applications include fire suppression, fuel injection and medical drug delivery.  Eureka Magazine in the UK also had a write-up on the new invention inspired by a bug.Congratulations to Dr. McIntosh for great work inspired by creation.  This is in a long line of inventions by creationists, including such little, inconsequential things like motors, generators, reflecting telescopes, microscopes, the telegraph, refrigeration, vaccines, and peanut butter.  Yet Wired magazine had the audacity to say, “McIntosh is a well-known creationist.  Acknowledging that he’s created a cool beetle cannon is not an endorsement of his belief structure.”  Talk like that to Faraday, you jerks.  If MicroMist is intelligently designed, on what basis could you claim the bombardier beetle’s technology, which is even more wondrous than this (it can reproduce itself, for one thing), was not intelligently designed?    While some UK scientists were sitting on their fluffy couches at Darwin Party storytelling banquets (12/22/2003), weaving myths and violating the laws of logic (09/30/2007), this UK scientist was imitating nature to improve our lives.  Someday when life-saving drugs are given you by MicroMist machines, or your car uses less-polluting, more efficient fuel injectors, or firefighters save your house with these devices, thank a creationist.  More than that, thank a Creator who put technologies into living creatures that can inspire and motivate us to explore, learn, and apply our intelligence for good.    Incidentally, the bombardier beetle shows no gradual evolution in the fossil record (see 09/23/2007).  Like most other animal technologies, it appears abruptly, fully formed, working superbly from its first appearance.(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The bad news, planting progress; the good news, the wheat crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report was a good news, bad news situation. Andy Lang is a DuPont Pioneer Account Manager for Wood, Hancock and Hardin Counties and he said that planting progress is still lagging and many farmers are switching acres to soybeans. On the other hand, growers in his area are all smiles as they drive by their wheat fields. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

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Visa Launches Real-Time, Location-Based Discounts for Gap Customers

first_imgVisa is launching its own version of the location-based discount, in a move that rivals Facebook Places Deals, Foursquare and other mobile social networks hoping to capitalize on a shopper’s physical presence in order to offer them bargains. But in Visa’s case, no “checkin” is required. In fact, neither is a smartphone.Instead, the credit card company is experimenting with SMS text messages containing offers which are sent users who opt-in to the new program. In its initial phase, clothing retailer The Gap is Visa’s only partner. Discounts are sent to consumers in predefined zip codes and demographics after qualifying transactions are made with their Visa cards.While location-based social networking services like Facebook encourage smartphone users to launch an app on their phone and perform a checkin, Visa has chosen to leverage its own real-time payment processing network instead. When a customer is out shopping and makes a purchase using his or her Visa card, that transaction is immediately processed and analyzed to determine if it matches the criteria necessary in order for a discount to be sent out. If so, that offer is sent back to the customer’s phone via an SMS text message.The offer, in this case, would be for a deal at a nearby Gap location. If, in the future, more retailers signed up to participate, the offers could include deals from other qualifying merchants, too. At present, however, Visa has not detailed any expansion plans for the service. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#Real World#web sarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The current program, called Gap Mobile 4 U, lets the retailer provide incentives to potential customers but also benefits banks by letting them offer value-added services customized to their customers, explains Jim McCarthy, Visa’s Global Head of Products.Gap’s program has been in testing since November 2010, when early users signed up to receive offers from the Gap via a secure website, says Visa. The offers were then delivered to phones when the shopper met certain criteria, such as shopping at a merchant within a specified zip code, shopping at a specific merchant category type or spending a certain amount on a specific day or within a specific time frame.To redeem these text-based coupons, customers only have to show their phone to an employee at The Gap during checkout.Both Visa and The Gap are notable for having experimented in the deals spaces for some time. Most memorably, perhaps, was the time when The Gap gave away 10,000 pairs of free jeans to its customers in conjunction with Facebook’s Deals launch back in November. Visa has also been experimenting with NFC alongside its banking partners Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Bank of America. NFC, or near field communication, is a short range wireless technology that allows customers to pay for purchases using only their mobile phones. It forms the backbone for the emerging mobile wallet systems, which will one day include coupons and discounts, in addition to processing transactions. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Odisha’s migrant workers miss HIV test

first_imgOver 1.5 lakh HIV infection- prone migrant labourers, who returned to Odisha’s Ganjam district for elections and the Dandanata festival, could not be tested for the infection due to lack of proper motivation and infrastructure.Migrant labourers make Ganjam the eighth most HIV infection-prone district in the country. They also transmit HIV to women, especially their spouses. Yet recent experience has shown that they are still out of reach of regular screening for HIV, said Brundaban Panda of the Gobind Pradhan Smruti Sansad.Most of the HIV-infected persons in Ganjam are migrant labourers working at Surat in Gujarat. The BJD and the BJP had motivated them to return to Ganjam for voting. No efforts “But no political party has made any effort to increase AIDS awareness among them or to get them tested when they returned,” said Lokanath Mishra of ARUNA, which has been working with HIV-positive persons and migrant workers for over two decades.Another problem is lack of adequate facilities in the district for regular screening. Every year around 1,47,000 people of this district are tested for HIV, of which 60,000 are pregnant women. The target is to prevent HIV transfer from infected mothers to newborns. The test facility is not adequate to screen the large number of migrant workers.last_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Arellano shuts down San Beda, earns semis berth

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raqraquin and Nieza Viray, who were respectively averaging 17.5 points and 15.5 points per game, were limited to six points apiece.Adding to San Beda’s offensive struggles were its horrendous errors after the Lady Red Spikers gave 31 free points to the Lady Chiefs, six more than what they scored in spikes. Arellano University showed its championship pedigree and handed San Beda a humiliating sweep, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Chiefs are now the only undefeated team in the league with a 7-0 record, which earned them an automatic spot in the semifinals, while the Lady Red Spikers dropped to 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter dismantling San Beda in the second set, the Lady Chiefs continued their offensive charge in the third set and built a 17-7 lead.Although San Beda cut the lead to 21-17 late in the period after Jovielyn Prado’s service error, the Lady Red Spikers ultimately faltered in the end game. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Figure skating debate rages between artistry, amplitude In a matchup of erstwhile perfect teams, it was the defending champion that left unscathed.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mary Anne Esguerra gave Arellano a 22-17 lead with a quick hit down the middle then San Beda committed two straight errors, the last one being Cesca Raqraquin’s wide hit that awarded the Lady Chiefs the win.“This team was really motivated to beat San Beda because this was a really important game for us because this game will determine who can get the sweep,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino.“We never had a chance to get the sweep in the eliminations, and after this we just have to practice harder because we only have two games left.”Prado lit up for the Lady Chiefs with a game-high 17 points while Regine Arocha added 11.And if Arellano had their chief contributors hitting double digits, San Beda had the opposite.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018

first_imgLATEST STORIES BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Loyola of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off the NCAA Final Four ring she received before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Nevada in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)Sports contributed plenty of the same old agita this year — bad bets, empty boasts, taunts, tiffs and scuffles, plus the occasional riot — but its fair share of wry smiles, too.There were courageous losers, random acts of kindness and a handful of wins handled with such grace it made you want to get up and dance.ADVERTISEMENT It was the welcoming party waiting for her there.In a touching display of sportsmanship, Australian runners Celia Sullohern (who finished sixth), Madeline Hills (eighth) and Eloise Wellings (16th) lingered there, clapping and cheering Chaka on, then embraced her after she took her final strides.“I’d like to think,” Hills said, “that if I had that day, there would be someone standing on the track for me.”TRY TOPPING THIS, SANTARaining teddy bears down from the stands got off to a modest start in a quiet corner of western Canada 25 years ago.That’s when Kamloops Blazers fans, asked to bring stuffed animals to the game for a donation to local charities for kids, bypassed the collection boxes and instead flung some 2,400 onto the ice after a hometown goal.The tradition grew modestly in the years after that, usually observed around Christmas and largely at minor league hockey rinks across Canada and the United States. There were occasional, but limited, sightings in the intervening years in places as far-flung as Sweden, Italy and Australia.But 2018 could be remembered as the year a new competitive spirit took hold around the globe.Fans of the Calgary Hitmen drew a line in the ice in December 2015 when they tossed almost 29,000 cuddly toys onto the ice. Not to be outdone, Hershey Bears fans put the “Teddy” back in their team’s name for a Dec. 3 game, loosing an avalanche of 35,000 furry creatures onto the rink.Teddy-bear tossing never quite caught on in soccer, largely because of crowd size and a general prohibition against throwing anything on the pitch. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LeBron James hurt but Lakers still rout Warriors But when traveling fans of Dutch club ADO Den Haag learned they would be sharing the visiting grandstand in Rotterdam with young patients from a local hospital, they put out an emergency teddy-bear gram on Twitter.“Children from the Sophia Children’s Hospital will be under us at the away end,” the statement read. “Make an unforgettable day a lasting memory!”And so they did.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Never mind that Sister Jean Delores Schmidt arrived at the Final Four a few months shy of 99. Or that her last minute of playing time — for her girls’ high school team — was chalked up in the late 1930s. Or that she’s listed in the team media guide (way too generously) at 5-foot, wearing custom-made maroon and gold-trimmed Nikes that would make any baller proud.Because every time little Loyola of Chicago sprung another upset on its improbable run to the Final Four, Coach Porter Moser and his Ramblers’ postgame interviews were just the opening act. If you really wanted to know how a small Jesuit university kept knocking over rivals twice its size — the tactics AND the theology behind it — you stuck a microphone in front of Sister Jean.The team’s chaplain, unofficial scout and eternal optimist was a natural on TV. Rarely at a loss for words, she wasn’t shy about crediting faith for Loyola’s surprising basketball bounty, either. She had a wicked sense of humor to boot.As the season of Lent — 46 days when Christians swear off worldly pleasures ahead of Easter — was nearing its end with the Ramblers still playing, a CBS reporter leaned in:“What did you give up for Lent?” she asked.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sister Jean smiled impishly.“Losing,” she said.A bobblehead was commissioned. The “Today” show came calling. After the Ramblers lost the semifinal, she spent the next few months recuperating from hip surgery, celebrating a birthday and collecting awards. But she was back in her office by the start of the new basketball season, updating scouting reports and tailoring pregame prayers.“When we came off the court after the Michigan loss, the players said to me, ‘Don’t worry Sister Jean, we’ll do it again next year,’” she recalled during a recent interview, then bowed her head, smiled and sighed.‘I DIDN’T THINK, I JUST RAN OVER THERE’Ty Koehn and Jack Kocon were buddies dating back to Little League. In early June, in the ninth inning of a Minnesota high school baseball sectional final, they stood 60 feet, 6 inches apart.Koehn, on the mound, was putting the finishing touches on a 4-0 win for Mounds View High. Kocon, at the plate for Totino-Grace High, was the last out in his way.Three strikes later, Koehn’s teammates raced out of the dugout and began celebrating on the mound. But their star pitcher was somewhere else, standing at home plate with his arms around Kocon.“I told him I loved him,” Koehn said afterward, “and he’s my brother and our friendship will always last longer than this silly game and its silly outcome.”A video capturing that moment went viral, but no one who knew the young men was surprised. “He’s a tremendous competitor,” Mounds View coach Mark Downey said about Koehn, “but he understands there is a bigger picture.”Koehn’s, teammates understood, too, even if it didn’t stop them from playfully stealing hugs in practice for the rest of Mounds View’s tournament run.WHAT TO GET THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHINGWinning either contest would have provided Kaylee Foster with the memory of a lifetime. She had a good feeling about one, but not the other.“I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be homecoming queen,” the Ocean Springs senior recalled, “but I was pretty sure I was going to make that kick.”Foster notched both — thanks to years of preparation and one of the more unusual costume changes in sports.Moments after being crowned in a pregame ceremony, she handed off her tiara and flower bouquet, swapped her gown and heels for a jersey and cleats and wondered if her night could get any better.Then, with game in overtime and the score tied 12-12 — thanks to a pair of Foster field goals earlier in the game — she split the uprights with the decisive extra point. Afterward, she donned her tiara again and posed for photos wearing No. 15.Foster’s confidence on the field came as no surprise. She played soccer at Ocean Springs and had kicked for the varsity football team since her sophomore year.But her win in the pageant wasn’t such a long shot, either. Foster was a member of the homecoming court all four years. BACK TO SCHOOLLeBron James struggled just to get to school as a kid. He missed 82 days in fourth grade because his single mother, Gloria, didn’t have a car or another way to get him there.So even though he makes his living in Los Angeles these days, James made sure to be on hand and on time when the “I Promise School” opened this year. And not just because he was footing the bill.“I know the ups and downs,” James told the first class of third- and fourth-graders during the opening ceremony. “I know everything they dream about. I know all the nightmares they have because I’ve been there.”The school, a partnership between James’ family foundation and Akron City Schools, offers year-round programming, family development skills and days that begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. It also provides parents of I Promise students with help to earn their GEDs or high school diplomas.A planned expansion will include grades 1-8 by 2020, but James is already seeing dividends from his efforts. He launched the “I Promise Program” in Akron in 2011 with a handful of community-based events. Young men and women who took part in those programs routinely approach him now to boast about where they’re going to college.“Half the battle,” James said, “is the kids just having someone that they are like, ‘Oh, this guy believes in us.’”IT AIN’T OVER ’TIL IT’S OVERLineo Chaka of Lesotho was an afterthought as runners toed the line for the women’s 10,000-meter final at the Commonwealth Games last April in Australia.The 25-year-old had little experience at the distance, and it soon became apparent she was struggling just to complete the race. For her last three laps, Chaka had the oval to herself. So the real surprise was not that she crossed the finish line five minutes behind the winner, Uganda’s Stella Chesang, or three minutes behind the 18th and next-to-last competitor, Scotland’s Beth Potter. Whoever called March mad never dreamed a 98-year-old nun would steal the show at the Final Four. In Mississippi, a homecoming queen swapped her tiara for a helmet and wound up kicking the game-winner for her high school team. In Akron, Ohio, LeBron James went back to the future and unveiled a state-of-the-art school for at-risk kids, promising the kind of support he yearned for in the same town as a youngster himself.And as feel-good moments go, this might have been the most hopeful development of all: teddy-bear throwing became “a thing,” stretching from the west side of Canada to the heart of Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHere are six of the most heartwarming moments of 2018:LOYOLA’S NOT-SECRET-FOR-LONG SECRET WEAPON Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Ben Stokes ice-cool to seal England one-day series win over Pakistan

first_imgWhile his late dismissal of Shoaib Malik was bizarre – the veteran hit his own stumps attempting a late cut on 41– the removal of Mohammad Hafeez for 59 in the 37th over, clouting a rasping short ball to mid-on, was pivotal.Hafeez and the elegant Babar Azam had put on 104 for the second wicket, having come together for the 21st over after Curran had removed Fakhar Zaman for 57. The pair should have gone harder, not least Babar who went 10 overs without a boundary before a tickle down leg for four brought up his ninth ODI hundred.Coming from 104 balls, it was the slowest of seven ODI centuries in Nottingham in the past four years and needed some late thrust to compensate. This was not forthcoming, however, with a Curran slower ball leading to Jofra Archer holding a catch on the sweeper boundary. England cricket team Pakistan cricket team Stokes, fresh to the crease, needed to show significant composure. Despite making 37 during Tuesday’s win at Bristol – his only innings of the series – the all-rounder had returned from the Indian Premier League down on form with both bat and ball.He needed allies too. Joe Denly came first, adding 42 for the sixth wicket but falling victim to a superb caught and bowled from Junaid Khan on 17, before Curran hustled 31 runs in a stand of 61. The No8 enjoyed a stroke of fortune on six, however, when Sarfraz Ahmed failed to appeal for a run out, under the belief the stumps had already been broken by an initial direct hit. In fact, one bail remained and Curran, just short of his ground, should have gone under the laws.With this pair’s support, Stokes compiled an unbeaten 71 from 64 balls – one of five fours and three sixes – steering England over the line for a three-wicket win with three balls remaining and Adil Rashid for company.Jos Buttler, captaining the side to a 3-0 scoreline while Eoin Morgan served a one-match ban, said: “It was good to get there in the final overs. We were under pressure but Ben and Tom, that was a great partnership.”On Curran, whose supporting role with the bat followed figures of four for 71, he added: “Every time something’s asked of him he comes up with the goods.”Curran certainly came up with the goods in the first innings, repeatedly puncturing holes in the Pakistan batting lineup – including twice at the end – to push his case for Tuesday’s final World Cup squad. The identity of the fall guy is scarcely any clearer either, given Mark Wood also impressed with two strikes in his first outing since the Caribbean tour.This related chiefly to Wood’s speeds, which topped 90mph three times in his first over and then sent Imam-ul-Haq off to hospital in his second when a lifter crashed into the opener’s elbow. How female cricket coaches are blocked by the league of gentlemen Stokes was subdued with the ball while Rashid and Moeen Ali took some punishment (even if the latter was denied the wicket of his tormentor, Hafeez, when Buttler fluffed a stumping chance).Denly was surprisingly the thriftiest on show, coming on in the opening power play and sending down five overs for 27.Roy’s eighth one-day hundred looked to have broken the back of the chase. As well as scorching to three figures in 75 balls – bringing up his hundred with an astonishing backfoot punch for six over extra cover – he put on a 94-run opening stand with James Vince (in for the rested Jonny Bairstow) and 107 with Joe Root.His eventual demise came when gloving down the leg side off the slippery Mohammad Hasnain and sparked England’s collapse. Root, already handed a life on 33, edged to short third man off Imad Wasim before the left-arm spinner had Buttler caught at short fine-leg for a second-ball duck when attempting a sweep.When Moeen spooned a catch to mid-wicket trying to flay Shoaib to the rope third ball, England were suddenly 216 for five in the 31st over and in desperate need of a cooler head. Thankfully Stokes, not always known for this, delivered. A nerve-shredding night in Nottingham ended with England victorious over Pakistan, sealing this pre-World Cup series with a match to spare thanks to a brutal century from Jason Roy and the ice-cool finishing of Ben Stokes.Having restricted the tourists to 340 for six following four wickets for Tom Curran, England once again appeared to be cruising to their target with minimal fuss on what was yet another belting pitch at Trent Bridge.Roy struck 114 from 89 balls, piling on 201 runs for the first two wickets as Pakistan’s fielding came apart at the seams. But when his departure in the 28th over triggered a collapse of four wickets in 22 balls, the fourth ODI suddenly turned into a dog fight. Topics Support The Guardian Hampshire’s bowlers blow up a storm but rain confounds leaders Somerset Share on Pinterest Facebook Read more Share on Facebook It is Archer’s emergence that has created England’s selectorial bottleneck. On a relatively quiet day for the newcomer he nevertheless combined with Wood for an average speed of 88mph in their initial eight overs – England’s fastest opening spell since the advent of speed guns – and removed the dangerous Asif Ali for 17. Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on Twitter The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share via Email Share on Messenger Cricket Since you’re here… Imam-ul-Haq leaves the field injured before later returning. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Read more Pinterest match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Its spring but BC already sounds drought alarms fish water fire threats

first_imgVICTORIA — Long stretches of warm weather this spring and too few rainy days are raising alarms about drought across British Columbia.Drought levels have been raised already for parts of the province and Dave Campbell, with the B.C. River Forecast Centre, says the current forecast points to drought conditions provincewide in the coming weeks.Campbell says the snow pack levels from last winter are half of what they would normally be and between 55 per cent and 100 per cent of the snow pack that feeds many of the provincial waterways has already melted.He says if the dry spell continues and spring rains don’t arrive soon, B.C. will start to experience increasing drought conditions by the end of June.Last year, dry weather contributed to B.C.’s record wildfire season, with more than 2,100 fires consuming more than 13,000 square kilometres of forests, grasslands and property.Richard Kennett, an owner of Bucky’s Sports Shop in Duncan, B.C., says local fishing streams and salmon spawning waterways are already at low levels and he worries salmon will not be able to get to their spawning grounds this year.Meanwhile in Metro Vancouver, Inder Singh with the city’s water department says though water levels are below normal, it isn’t urgent yet.“At this point in time, we are not too concerned with respect to advanced levels of restrictions but again that has to be carefully monitored because things could change depending on how much use is being experienced,” he says.That means property owners need to honour current restrictions which allow watering only twice a week.last_img read more

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