Australia regain the urn

first_imgSeamer Josh Hazlewood finished with a five-wicket haul as England were bowled out for 218 before tea at the WACA, four years after Alastair Cook’s side meekly handed back the urn at the same venue, and with the same humiliating 3-0 scoreline.Play was delayed by three hours by damp patches on the pitch and rain squalls throughout the morning, but it was not enough to save England as they lost their last six wickets for 85 runs.”So many different emotions are coming out right now, I’m that excited,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.”What an amazing feeling to win an Ashes series, my first as captain to be three-nil up…it’s quite incredible.”Even with some 28 overs lost to the weather, England resumed in peril at 132 for four, still 127 runs short of making Australia bat again on a pitch riddled with cracks at both ends.Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was bowled for 14 by Hazlewood on the first delivery he faced, with Nathan Lyon trapping Moeen Ali lbw for 11.First innings centurion Dawid Malan raised his fourth test half-century but after being worked over by Hazlewood, a gloved catch behind for 54 when trying to pull the bowler.Hazlewood claimed his fifth victim of the match when tail-ender Craig Overton was taken in the gully for 12 where Usman Khawaja took a fine low catch.Stuart Broad lasted two balls before he was caught behind off Pat Cummins, with the same bowler wrapping up the match and the series by dismissing Chris Woakes for 22last_img read more

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Cornwall clash a test of strength and character – Gordon

first_img Today’s ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup Fixtures: – Frome v Port Antonio Juici Beef Complex 1:00 pm – STETHS v Dinthill Juici Beef Complex 3:00 pm – St James v Old Harbour Manchester High 3:00 pm – Petersfield v Lennon Frome Sports Complex 3:00 pm – Garvey Maceo v Cornwall College STETHS Sports Complex 3:00 pm – Charlemont v Glenmuir Prison Oval 3:00 pm – Clarendon College v Manchester STETHS Sports Complex 5:00 pm Merron Gordon, coach of Garvey Maceo High School, said that this afternoon’s encounter against 2016 champions Cornwall College will truly test his team’s readiness for an ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup title challenge this season. The game will be the first of the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) Sports Complex’s double-header starting at 3:00 p.m. In the second game, Clarendon College will be putting their perfect run on the line when they face Manchester High School at 5 p.m. Five other daCosta Cup quarterfinal games will take place today. “I think whosoever wins the group might just win the competition. I think our group is tough, and all the teams in the group are actually playing in the right type of form. In the other groups, I think some teams had an easy game prior to this (quarterfinals), but every game was tough for us to come through,” said Gordon. Garvey Maceo and Cornwall are in Group 4, which also includes Charlemont and Glenmuir. “Cornwall College are probably the favourites in the group based on recent history. I watched them (won 3-1) and Charlemont the other day and it was a tough game. I know every game is going to be tough right down to the end in the sense that teams can get a result in the 90th minute,” he added. “Saturday (today) is going to be tough for us, but the guys are in good spirits. Mentally, I’m where I should be now, especially seeing Cornwall play. I would suspect they saw us play on Wednesday as well, so I expect it to be a good game playing at STETHS.” Garvey Maceo is one of only two schools that are boasting a perfect run in the competition so far. After scoring 47 goals and conceding only two from their 13 games to date, the team that was not seen as a contender despite the arrival of the 2016 Ben Francis winning coach, is now being labelled a serious threat for the title. Gordon said that while taking home the title on December 8 is their long-term goal, they are focused on clearing the hurdles one at a time in getting there. “I don’t put that pressure on the team. When we started, like any other school that invests strongly in schoolboy football, we had an end date of December 8 mind. I decided that we are going to build, we are going to fix what can be fixed, and what we can’t fix individually, we are going to use a team effort to fix,” said Gordon “However, it is possible all 16 teams here now are eying that December 8, for the last day of schoolboy football. We are working, taking it a game at a time. We have a strong Cornwall College team to play on Saturday (today), which is my main focus right now,” he added.last_img read more

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Been’s injury is bit of a stretch

first_imgMarshall Fundamental’s Shawn Been likely will miss tonight’s Delphic League showdown against Maranatha at Muir High School at 8. Been, averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles boys basketball team, was stretching on Monday when his right knee cramped up so much he had to be carried off the floor. “It was the strangest thing,” Eagles coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “He couldn’t straighten his leg. I’ve never seen a guy injure himself just stretching.” Later that evening, Been saw a doctor who told him he had a ligament spasm, with no time frame for his return. “This is the first time in our school’s history that we’ve had a No. 1-ranked team in boys basketball,” Ravasdy said. “We enjoyed being No. 2 last week and taking on the top-ranked team. “But I’m more interested in how we handle playing with the bull’s-eye on our chest.” Marshall, meanwhile, virtually is assured of finishing third and reaching the playoffs. So, regardless of tonight’s outcome, DeLaurie likes the Eagles’ chances as a playoff sleeper. “Even if we get swept by Maranatha and Pacific Hills in league, those two wouldn’t want to face us and have to beat us a third time in the playoffs,” DeLaurie said. “Hopefully, we’ll have Shawn and Devon back, and if everyone is healthy, we can beat anyone.” La Salle, ranked No. 4 in Division IV-A, is 17-5 and 6-0 in the Camino Real. The Lancers have won 10 of their last 11 and are welcoming back 6-foot-6 center Scott Jones this week. Jones, averaging a team-leading 16 points and eight rebounds, has missed the last four games because of a sprained ankle. Jones will return when the Lancers travel to face St. Paul (8-12, 2-4) on Wednesday. “It’s always nice when you get a scorer and rebounder back,” Lancers coach Steve Goldstein said. “We’re really starting to play well right now, and having Scott back makes us that much better.” The Lancers’ only loss during their last 11 games came against Twentynine Palms, the division’s top-ranked team. Still, Twentynine Palms only managed to defeat La Salle, 53-43, without Jones. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The good news is the x-rays were negative and there was no swelling,” DeLaurie said. “But he was in so much pain I couldn’t imagine him being ready for Maranatha.” The Eagles (16-6, 3-3), already without point guard Devon Jones because of a knee sprain, are facing a Minutemen (14-7, 5-0) squad that earned the No. 1 ranking in Division V-AA on Monday. “As an individual player, he’s (Been) the strongest player in our league for sure,” Minutemen coach Doug Ravasdy said. “As a competitor, we wish he was playing. But with or without him, we have a lot of confidence against Marshall. They’re a good, scrappy team. But without Shawn they will have to play near flawless to beat us.” The Minutemen have reason to feel confident. They defeated Marshall with Been, 60-53, on Jan. 16. And they earned their top ranking by defeating previous No. 1 Pacific Hills, 54-49, on the road last week. In this week’s rankings, three of the four Delphic League teams are in the top four in Division V-AA, with Pacific Hills No. 2, and Marshall No. 4. last_img read more

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Fake cop robs three people

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No one was injured in any of the robberies. http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime WHITTIER – A man apparently impersonating a police officer managed to rob three people in Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and Artesia Thursday, officials said. The first reported robbery took place just after 5 p.m. on Whittier Boulevard near Painter Avenue, officials said. A man and his grandson taking a walk were stopped by the suspect, who jumped out of a car described as a “dark-colored” foreign compact possibly a Camry, Whittier police Sgt. Michael Davis said. The suspect was described as a man with dark hair and dark eyes, possibly hispanic man 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds, Davis said. last_img read more

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Conflicts of interest found in ‘watchdogs’

first_imgA survey of hospital review boards that watchdog experiments on patients shows that one in three members takes money from companies that make drugs and medical devices that come under study. What’s more, many of those with conflicts rarely or never disclose their financial ties, researchers found. The study of 100 university medical centers is said to be the first to look at financial conflicts of interest on hospitals’ institutional review boards. IRBs are little-known committees responsible for protecting patients in research experiments. The study’s findings are alarming, said some patient advocates. They are expected to be more sensitive to ethical concerns than the researchers they monitor, said Dr. Jerome Kassirer, a former New England Journal of Medicine editor who wrote a book in 2005 on medical conflicts of interest. Now researchers are “finally getting around to looking at all the ways that pharmaceutical companies can have an adverse influence on health,” Kassirer added. In the study, led by Eric Campbell of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 575 members of IRBs at 100 universities were surveyed; they were promised anonymity. About 36 percent – or more than 200 respondents – reported at least one form of industry financial ties in the previous year. Roughly 15 percent – or about 80 respondents – said that in the previous year, they were asked to review at least one research study that was sponsored by a company with which they had a relationship or by a competitor of that company. Both situations constitute a conflict of interest, the study’s authors noted. Of those respondents, more than half said they always disclosed their conflict to other board members, but 35 percent said they rarely or never did. Nearly one in five said that regardless of their conflicting ties, they always voted on whether to approve the proposed clinical study.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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’If the review board “is riddled with financial conflicts of interest, it’s not going to be as protective as it should be,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. The study was published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Corporate funding of medical research is common and a mainstay in the translation of scientific discoveries into medical treatments. But in the past five years, there has been heightened scrutiny of the financial ties between researchers and the companies that make experimental drugs and devices. The question: Do medical researchers always act in the best interest of science – or patients – if they are also getting royalties, consulting fees or other benefits from the makers of the products being tested? All federally funded research must be reviewed and approved by IRBs, which consider patient safety as well as ethical conflicts. Most members of these boards are volunteers, usually doctors or scientists themselves, who get no extra pay for their service. last_img read more

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End of route

first_imgMOJAVE – After racking up 407,000 miles and ferrying hundreds of thousands of kids to and from school, Mojave Unified School District’s Bus 1 is retiring from service with the distinction of being the oldest operating school bus in California. The 1951 Crown Coach was officially retired Friday in a special ceremony. The bus actually was retired from transporting students in 2005 when the district had a chance to replace the old bus with newer, cleaner-running ones through a state program. The catch was that the district had to destroy the vehicle, which it did not want to do. Through special legislation authored by state Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, the district was able to spare the bus from the scrap heap. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Bus 1 is totally different from any other buses, just the way it was set up. It’s old. It’s a fun bus to drive,” said Trelby Geoffray, a 48-year-old Realtor from Tehachapi, who rode the bus as a girl when it was owned by the neighboring Muroc Joint Unified School District – and then drove it when she worked as a school bus driver for the Mojave district. “You knew you were in Bus 1 when you were in Bus 1. I’m sad to see the old buses go. They are classics in their own right.” The bus, which has retro lines and rounded edges, will be housed at the Mojave district’s bus facility and may be driven less than 100 miles per year. That means it can be used in the Mojave Gold Rush Days Parade and other events and be seen by more generations of youngsters. “It’s still running and in excellent condition,” said Susan Wiggins, coordinator of categorical programs. “Two years ago, we got paint donated by Ace Hardware in Mojave and Avtel at the Mojave Airport put it in a paint booth and painted it. We want to keep it for its historical value.” Bus 1 has been around so long that two generations of school employees have had a connection to the vehicle. Geoffray’s uncle drove the bus for the Muroc district in the 1960s and would let Geoffray and her sister ride along. “We would ride with him from Boron to North Edwards. He opened the door and we leaned up on the panel and would see the road go by,” Geoffray said. James Welling, 79, of Boron, was the first mechanic to work on Bus 1 when it arrived on Halloween, his birthday, in 1951 at the Muroc district, then known as Desert Union High School District. His son, Joe, is a mechanic in the Mojave district. “It performed well. It was considered the Cadillac of buses in those days. Those buses were built better than anything on the road today,” said Welling, who retired in 1983. One thing the bus wasn’t was fuel-efficient: It got three miles to the gallon. But as a district history noted, that was OK back then because gas was cheaper. The bus had a gasoline “pancake” engine, so named because it lies on its side in the engine compartment. The gasoline engine was later replaced by a gray marine diesel engine, which was the Navy’s version of a Detroit Diesel and was actually a boat engine, the district history said. The engine was modified by district mechanics so it would fit in the bus. The engine cost $50 back then; today rebuilding such an engine would cost more than $10,000. Mojave bought the bus from the Muroc district in 1980. In 2001, the engine cooling fan hub went out. Parts for old buses were hard to find, so the transportation department of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office helped the district locate and modify a part. Wiggans said Mojave found out it had the oldest operating school bus a few years ago when an organization called, asking to use the bus for fundraising. They said the state had told them that Bus 1 was the oldest operating bus in the state. The district turned the request down. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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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‘It’s a stain on their club’ – Liverpool slammed over failing to support women’s team

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Aston Villa vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 7:45pm)  – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Monterrey (Wednesday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs Colchester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT It’s been a poor season for Liverpool but they held Chelsea on Sunday Liverpool have been accused of failing to invest properly in their women’s team by Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, whose side were held by the Reds on Sunday.The Blues fell to four points off top spot in the WSL with their draw at Prenton Park, the home of League One side Tranmere which is six miles away from Anfield. 1 “This pitch shouldn’t be part of our league,” said Hayes. “Our league deserves better standards and I think Liverpool Football Club – champions of Europe – should provide their women’s team with significantly more than they’re doing.“I think the quality of that pitch – the worst in the league – is a stain on their football club.”Chelsea return to WSL action in the new year, hosting Reading at Kingsmeadow on January 5. Liverpool are second last in the league, with only goal difference keeping them ahead of bottom side Bristol City. They’ve failed to win any of their 10 matches this season, and remarkably scored only THREE goals in all those games.Nonetheless, Niamh Charles grabbed one of those rare goals on Sunday to open the scoring against Chelsea five minutes in, with her strike cancelled out by Bethany England 10 minutes later.But despite the Blues having more possession and more shots than Liverpool, Hayes’ side failed to find a way past Fran Kitching in the Liverpool goal a second time.And Hayes clearly believes Chelsea’s failure to win was largely down to the horrific state of the Prenton Park pitch – something Liverpool should be blamed for. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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Football Talk: Barton’s Celtic dig, Pardew for Rangers?

first_imgAnd on the managerial front, Alan Pardew is being linked with Rangers and John Hughes is supposedly being interviewed by Dundee United. Joey Barton, he may be gone from Scottish football but he’s certainly not forgotten. He makes sure of that all on his own. So what has he done this time? Well, the former Rangers midfielder has had a dig at Celtic supporters, calling them “obsessed” and telling them to leave him alone. Meanwhile, the will he/won’t he travel question has been answered – Robert Lewandowski is out of Bayern Munich’s Champions League tie with Celtic.last_img read more

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Donegal Business Awards – A chance to shine a light on success!

first_imgDonegal’s small businesses will get a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on their business success by entering the 2017 Donegal Enterprise Awards in one of three separate categories.The awards, now in their 21st year, are the highlight of the business calendar in Donegal and this year’s winners will be announced on March 25th 2017 at a gala dinner.The competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal that employ less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards. Previous entrants to the competition have praised the benefits of the awards process for helping them renew and refresh focus on their business.They have also insisted that the opportunities for networking and learning from other businesses in the county, was tremendously beneficial to them as they moved their enterprise on to the next stage.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:*Overall Winner*Best Established Business*Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)*Innovation Award “The innovation award really is a broad category. It is not just about research and development but rather an award for a business who can demonstrate innovative ideas across their organisation. For example a business using innovative marketing strategies or one using innovative time saving techniques, would fit nicely into the category. It really is one that any business can use to show off one or even many strengths,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, said.Shortlisted businesses must be available to present themselves to the judging panel at a time to be agreed on 20 March 2017, but any business interested in making an application will be helped through the process with a special workshop on February 27 to allay any fears and answer questions about the application process.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website:https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/News/Apply-Now-to-the-Donegal-Business-Awards-2017.htmlDonegal Business Awards – A chance to shine a light on success! was last modified: January 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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