Simmons cameo helps Heat silence Thunder

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Lendl Simmons emerged from his slump to stroke a small cameo as Brisbane Heat chased down a challenging total to beat Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder by six wickets in the Big Bash League here yesterday. In pursuit of 187 for victory at the Gabba, Heat reached their target with three deliveries to spare, with the right-handed Simmons carving out 34 off 25 balls. Simmons, who failed to score in his two previous innings, struck two fours and two sixes, putting on 72 off 55 balls for the first wicket with Jimmy Peirson, whose 40 came from 36 balls with six fours. Simmons was first to fall, caught at third man by Clint McKay off seamer Shane Watson. His dismissal paved the way for captain Chris Lynn, who slammed 75 off 32 deliveries with six fours and six sixes. Lynn put on a swift 62 off 24 balls with Ben Cutting (22 not out) for the fourth wicket, before becoming one of Russell’s two wickets. The right-handed Russell had earlier belted two fours and a six in scoring 20 off nine deliveries as Thunder reached 186 for five off 20 overs, after being sent in. Captain Mike Hussey stroked 56 from 43 balls with two fours and two sixes, while Watson hammered 46 from 31 balls with five sixes. West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree finished with one for 26 from his four overs.last_img read more

Double the luck! Two more Donegal men scoop Winning Streak prizes

first_imgTwo Donegal men enjoyed big wins last Saturday on Winning Streak – with one spinning the grand prize wheel!At the end of a sensational season for Donegal winners, a sheep farmer living in Donegal but originally from Co. Down spun the Winning Streak wheel and won a total of €76,000, while Letterkenny native Brendan Boyle scooped €36,000 on the same show.John Heaney, who has been living in Carrigans for the past 18 years, won €35,000 on the iconic Winning Streak Grand Prize wheel. Add this to the €38,000 in cash and a holiday to Slovenia, worth €3,000, this brought his winnings from the show up to a total of €76,000.John Heaney from Carrigans, Co. Donegal has won €76,000 and a holiday to Lake Bled in Slovenia on last Saturday’s (25th May 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. The winning ticket was bought from Ton Up Ltd., Milford Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyJohn found out he had a place on Winning Streak two Thursdays ago when a knock came to his door. It was a neighbour asking if it was John who got pulled out for Winning Streak on RTÉ’s Today Show. John put on the TV to see his full name and address was revealed. He was stunned and delighted at the same time as he completely forgot that he had a ticket in.He has lived with partner Rhonda for the past three years in Carrigans. She was there to cheer John on from the RTE audience weekend alongside other friends and family.John was also be supported by his mum Marie, his sister Margaret and three brothers: Tommy, Peter and Shane while his other brother James watched online from his London home. John has Rhonda to thank for his Winning Streak appearance as she was the one who sent his ticket in for him. He has no plans for any winnings just yet but will be sure to enjoy his haul of €76,000!John wasn’t the only lucky Donegal person on the show this week as Letterkenny man, Brendan Boyle, who has been living in Balinteer, Dublin for more than 10 years, won €33,000 in cash on Winning Streak as well as a holiday to Madeira in Portugal worth €3,000.Brendan Boyle from Letterkenny won €36,000 including a holiday to the Island of Madeira, Portugal on last Saturday’s (25th May 2019) Winning Streak Game Show on RTE. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyBrendan didn’t find out about getting drawn to appear on Winning Streak until National Lottery officials contacted him. He went online straight away to watch the draw where Sinead Kennedy pulled his name out, just to be sure. All week Brendan was on cloud nine leading up to his appearance on the show.Brendan has been married to wife Rachel for the past 11 years. The couple have three children: Finn, Fia and Noah. Finn, the eldest, was cheering dad on from the audience while the youngest two were watching from home.Brendan works in graphic design but is also a keen painter in his spare time and gets to exhibit work at various exhibitions occasionally.There was an excited crowd from Donegal cheering him on from the audience on Saturday, which included his parents Paddy and Patricia, two of his siblings Christine and John as well as other members of family and close friends. He has a brother and sister living abroad who watched via the RTE Player. They are Michael, living in Dubai and Anne Marie living in Melbourne, Australia.Brendan has no firm plans for his winnings from the show but says he has a few home improvements that need doing so he will tackle them.This was the final Winning Streak National Lottery game show of the current season. A remarkable number of Donegal winners had unforgettable moments on the show this year.In total, more than €5.3 million was won by Winning Streak players in this season alone. Double the luck! Two more Donegal men scoop Winning Streak prizes was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gameshowlotteryWinning Streaklast_img read more

Australia tightens security on electronic devices.

first_imgPassengers travelling to Australia from Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have to remember to keep their electronic devices charged and may face longer waits at security due to increased requirements relating to electronic devices.The Australian government stopped short of banning larger electronic devices on flights but is requiring additional security measures in response to concerns raised by US authorities.The US has banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabins of aircraft flying directly to its cities from the three Gulf airports.“I want to assure people that there is no specific threat to Australia,” Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said.“In response to national security advice the Federal Government has made precautionary changes and instructed airlines to implement new protocols from next week.“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage.  Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices.“Our changes are in line with the UK, which recently announced that people travelling from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be subject to random explosive trace detection (ETD) screening.“There is no ban on the carriage of electronic devices on flights to Australia at this stage.’’The moves affect flights by Qatar, Etihad, Emirates and Qantas and are similar to measures introduced on flights to the UK and those already in place on Australian domestic flights.The airlines already have gate-screening measures in place to enforce liquid and gels restrictions.Both the US and UK have banned large electronic devices as cabin baggage from specific airports North Africa and the Middle east, although the UK did not include the Gulf airports.The bans have been heavily criticised as inconsistent and the International Air Transport Association has called on governments to find an alternative.US authorities did not detail any new incidents triggering the ban but said they had seen intensifying propaganda from terrorist groups encouraging attacks on aviation.In a Q&A released by the Department of Homeland Security, the US said it was concerned about terrorists “ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by the 2015 airliner downing in Egypt, the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia, and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul”.“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,’’ it said.Commenting on the trend that prompted the concerns,  the DHS said:  “Although the U.S. has instituted robust aviation security measures since 9/11, our information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying given that aviation attacks provide an opportunity to cause mass casualties and inflict significant economic damage, as well as generate overwhelming media coverage.“We note that disseminated propaganda from various terrorist groups is encouraging attacks on aviation, to include tactics to circumvent aviation security. Terrorist propaganda has highlighted the attacks against aircraft in Egypt with a soda can packed with explosives in October 2015, and in Somalia using an explosives-laden laptop in February 2016.’’last_img read more

Bolick, Red lions put Pirates in their place with huge second half

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why The Lions turned what was expected to be a dogfight into a rout, clamping down on the Pirates in the second half on their way to a come from behind victory at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The players got too excited that’s why we started bad,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez whose team is coming off a training camp in the United States. “In the second quarter, I told them to relax and to prepare for the press. With coach Topex (Robinson), Lyceum is a different team. If we want to beat Lyceum we have to raise our intensity level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Lions went ahead, 51-49, after Ranbill Tongco drilled a triple with 1:15 left in the second period, before ripping the game wide open early in the third behind Arnaud Noah and Clint Doliguez.San Beda held Lyceum to 29 points in the second half. Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing the team tipped to challenge their reign in the NCAA, the San Beda Red Lions gave the Lyceum Pirates a quick reminder of their strength and firepower.Robert Bolick scattered 16 points to lead a balanced offensive as the Lions turned back the Pirates, 96-79, last Wednesday for an impressive start to their Filoil Flying V Premier Cup campaign in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Gilas needs Blatche backup Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo MOST READ LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF In other games, Perpetual Help outlasted the University of the East Red Warriors, 72-68, for its second win in four games, while University of the Philippines nipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59.The Altas saw their 13-point lead cut to one early in the final period before Gab Dagangon and Jack Hao joined forces to restore order for Perpetual.Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for the Warriors finishing with 19 points as Mark Olayon and Clark Derige were each held to six points.Paul Desiderio tossed 18 points while Diego Dario added 14 points, including the marginal basket late in the game for the Fighting Maroons who improved to 3-0.“We started flat but we calmed down ourselves and it was good that we were able to bounce back and it all started in our defense,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We need to learn some more on how to close out the game. I think we closed the game really bad but Diego’s shot bailed us out.”ADVERTISEMENT South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Thelma Barina: When we were champions

first_img“I hear that a lot,” she says. “But I also hear people saying I’m a lot better than her.”There’s no ground for comparison, to say the least. Daquis, with her all-heart brand of play, media savvy and pretty face, has helped make local volleyball gain the level of popularity it has never enjoyed before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSoutheast Asian dominanceBut it was Barina-Rojas, a 5-foot-8 open spiker from Cebu, who laid down the foundation for the country’s dominance in Southeast Asia during her 14-year stint as a national player. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage She won four gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games when the Philippines battled Indonesia, not world-ranked Thailand, for dominance in the sport in the region. She helped the country win the gold medal in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1993 editions of the Games.Barina-Rojas took the Most Valuable Player and Best Open Spiker awards in the 1987 SEA Games, and was Best Service Receiver in the 1991 edition.Gold-medal droughtIt’s interesting to note that after the 1993 SEA Games, the Philippines has never won a gold medal again in the biennial competition.Barina-Rojas, now 56, embraced the sport when she took up accounting at Southwestern University in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Thelma Barina in her heyday.Some volleyball fans, those who are just experiencing the local sport’s “second coming,” are too quick to call her the Rachel Anne Daquis of her generation.For the record, Thelma Barina-Rojas doesn’t mind being compared to the new face of Philippine volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ She sharpened her all-around volleyball skills enough to land her a spot in the national team as its “captain ball” for many years.“I’m happy with what I see now in Philippine volleyball,” says Barina-Rojas, now a PE teacher at Makati Gospel School and head coach of its volleyball squad. “I’m very positive that we can bring back our glory days in the sport.”According to her, one of the national team’s biggest advantages now is its height.“We have many tall players now who are talented and very smart on the court,” says Barina-Rojas, who married volleyball referee Rodrigo “Buboy” Rojas and bore him three children, namely, Rossinni Tracey, Rodd Tyron and Ross Therese.She says she always watches games, especially those in the UAAP and NCAA, on TV and follows the sport and how it has progressed from being just a niche sport into a full-blown mainstream spectacle that it is today.“Back then (in the national team) we treated each other like real sisters,” says Barina-Rojas. “I guess that’s something no coach can easily teach his players.”She says that kind of relationship among teammates was the key to the country’s volleyball success back then. “We would signal each other (about our intended play) with our eyes and body language,” she recalls.During those years, especially before the SEA Games, the national team would hold training camps in Japan to strengthen the squad’s chemistry.“That’s how we learned about Japanese techniques,” she says. “During the training camps we matured as players and as a team. That’s what we need now if we want to become strong in the sport again.”And that’s coming from somebody who has “been there, done that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the know View commentslast_img read more