Hendricks tosses 3-hitter, Cubs blank Brewers 3-0 in opener

first_img Written By LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Kyle Hendricks convinced new manager David Ross to let him finish a three-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered and dished out hand sanitizer, and the Chicago Cubs started the season by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Friday night.Ian Happ also had a two-run drive and Ross got his first victory as a big league manager as the Cubs opened this pandemic-shortened 60-game season without fans at Wrigley Field.Hendricks struck out nine and walked none in his first career opening-day start and fourth career shutout.Orlando Arcia had each of Milwaukee’s hits off Hendricks (1-0). After he singled with two out in the third for the Brewers’ first baserunner, he accepted a splash of sanitizer from a smiling Rizzo at first and cleaned off his hands.Ross came out to check on Hendricks with two out and a runner on first in the ninth. He decided to leave him in, and Keston Hiura bounced into a game-ending fielder’s choice on Hendricks’ 103rd pitch.Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff allowed four hits in five innings in his first career opening-day start. Woodruff (0-1) struck out five and walked one.INDIANS 2, ROYALS 0Shane Bieber struck out 14 over six scoreless innings as the Indians, making a statement for minorities by wearing their road jerseys with “Cleveland” on the front, beat Kansas City.Bieber’s 14 strikeouts set a club record for opening day and are the most in the majors in an opener since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson also fanned 14 on March 31, 1996.Oscar Mercado and César Hernández drove in runs in the fifth for Cleveland, which was blanked over the first four innings by Royals starter Danny Duffy (0-1).Duffy was pulled in the fifth by first-year Royals manager Mike Matheny after 65 pitches. RBrad Hand worked around hitting the leadoff hitter in the ninth for a save.The Royals struck out 18 times.BLUE JAYS 6, RAYS 4Cavan Biggio hit a three-run homer and Toronto began its still-in-progress odyssey by topping Tampa Bay.Earlier the Blue Jays announced they will play the majority of their home games at the stadium of their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, though it’s not yet certain when the park will be ready.Biggio singled to begin a three-run fourth inning off 36-year-old Charlie Morton (0-1), who made his first career start on opening day. Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez drove in the runs. Biggio also homered in the fifth for a 6-1 lead.Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo homered in his major league debut for the Rays.Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu allowed three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three, but also walked three before being replaced after throwing 97 pitches.Jordan Romano (1-0) finished fifth and got the first two outs of the sixth to get the win. Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth for the save.REDS 7, TIGERS 1Free agent pickup Mike Moustakas drove in four runs, teaming with fellow newcomers Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos, in Cincinnati’s win over Detroit.Free agents Moustakas and Castellanos each got $64 million as cornerstones of the Reds’ rebuild. They combined to produce Cincinnati’s first three runs, and Moustakas added a two-run homer to get the Reds off and running.Akiyama, signed as a free agent, singled home a run in his first at-bat as a pinch hitter. Joey Votto added a solo homer.Sonny Gray (1-0) fanned nine and gave up three hits in six innings. He extended his major league record to 34 consecutive starts without allowing more than six hits.Matthew Boyd (0-1) needed 26 pitches to get the first out and 30 overall in the first inning. He lasted five innings and gave up four runs on six hits. C.J. Cron homered for Detroit.METS 1, BRAVES 0Yoenis Céspedes took advantage of the new designated hitter rule in the National League, launching a home run that sent Jacob deGrom and New York past Atlanta.Céspedes connected in the seventh off reliever Chris Martin (0-1) for his first long ball since his previous major league game on July 20, 2018.Seth Lugo (1-0) tossed two innings. Edwin Díaz struck out two in a hitless ninth for the save.Braves starter Mike Soroka allowed four hits in six innings. Marcell Ozuna doubled and went 1 for 4 in his Atlanta debut.Coming off consecutive Cy Young Awards, deGrom fanned eight and permitted only a broken-bat single and a walk. He was pulled after 72 pitches.MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 2Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer off Aaron Nola, Sandy Alcantara pitched into the seventh and Miami spoiled manager Joe Girardi’s first game in Philadelphia.Alcantara (1-0) allowed two runs — one earned — and three hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.Nola (0-1) gave up four runs and five hits, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The Phillies have lost his last eight starts since a 3-2 victory at Boston last Aug. 20.Didi Gregorius lined a solo shot out to right in the fifth in his first game since signing a $14 million, one-year deal with the Phillies to reunite with Girardi.The Phillies cut it to 5-2 in the seventh when center fielder Jonathan Villar dropped Jay Bruce’s fly ball for a two-base error, allowing Gregorius to score.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US First Published: 25th July, 2020 09:25 IST Last Updated: 25th July, 2020 09:25 IST Hendricks Tosses 3-hitter, Cubs Blank Brewers 3-0 In Opener Kyle Hendricks convinced new manager David Ross to let him finish a three-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered and dished out hand sanitizer, and the Chicago Cubs started the season by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Friday nightlast_img read more

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Brady scales the heights at Mountain Shadow

first_imgPSC golf Bunker Boys @ The RanchMonday, July 7, Bangpra – StablefordFifteen golfers today for our competition at the monkey course, which is currently in great condition and offers good value for money.We were able to tee off a few minutes ahead of schedule, but unfortunately there was another local society ahead of us and the leading group were forced to wait on every shot, in what turned out to be a long round compared to the millionaire’s golf we’ve experienced in the last few weeks.  The greens were a little slower than normal, especially on uphill putts, but downhill putts were as slick as ever, which caught out a few players.  Mashi Kaneta has a great short game and coped with the tricky greens better than anyone else, coming home with a creditable 37 points. Paul Smith finds form after a 6-week layoff.Paul Smith re-found his form in his third game back following a six week layoff, taking second place ahead of Geoff Parker who scraped into third, beating the unlucky Tony Robbins on a count back.1st Mashi Kaneta (12) 37pts2nd Paul Smith (3) 35pts3rd Geoff Parker (14) 33ptsNear Pins: Andy Brady, John Graham, Rab McDonald and Mashi Kaneta.Wednesday, July 9, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA return to millionaire’s golf today as we arrived at the imposing clubhouse to find that we were the only players there.  The weather hadn’t looked too promising when we left Pattaya, but here it was sunny with a strong breeze keeping the temperature down to a near perfect level.We were able to tee off at our leisure and it was quickly apparent that the breeze was getting stronger, making what is already a long course (6,653 yards from the blue tees) play even longer into the wind.  The course was in great condition and the greens were as tricky as ever, having fully recovered from the recent treatment which we’d to contend with on our previous visit.When we reached the par-five 7th hole the wind was almost gusting to gale force and your scribe can’t remember playing in a stronger wind in over 15 years of golfing experience in Thailand.Steve Durey coped with the difficult conditions better than anyone and was the only player who managed to play to his handicap, taking first place on the day. The ever consistent Gerry Cooney took second place one point ahead of Paul Smith who had the consolation of taking two of the four near pin prizes.1st Steve Durey (22) 36pts2nd Gerry Cooney (13) 34pts3rd Paul Smith (3) 33ptsNear Pins: Gerry Cooney, Rab McDonald and Paul Smith(2).Friday, July 11, Mt. Shadow – StablefordA public holiday today and the rain was falling heavily as your scribe left home for the journey to The Ranch.  As we sat in the bar watching the rain pounding on Third Road, the prospects of getting a game looked grim indeed, but eventually enough regular die-hards wandered in, and we were able to raise two groups to set off on the journey to Sri Racha, wondering whether the trip would be in vain.As we approached Mountain Shadow the sky brightened and the rain stopped.  Although the car park was busy there were no golfers waiting to tee off and the leading group set off with no one in sight ahead of them.The conditions were almost perfect with the overcast sky keeping the temperature cool, the fairways now green but dry, and showing no signs of the recent rain.  The greens were also soft and much more receptive than on our previous visit, so all in all, the course was in great condition and excellent value for money at the reduced holiday rate.The outward nine was completed in double quick time but as we approached the clubhouse there was a large number of golfers waiting to tee off, and the starter in his wisdom, was allowing several groups to start from the 10th hole, causing some problems and delays.Andy Brady produced by far the best round of his visit so far, coming back to the clubhouse with an impressive total of 42 points, which was a great recovery after recording blobs on the 2nd and 3rd holes.  Andy’s playing partner Steve Durey also carded a good score of 38 points (probably normally good enough to win here), taking second place three points clear of Mashi Kaneta in third.All in all it was a great day’s golf at a very reasonable holiday price, so those fair-weather golfers who were deterred by the early morning rain missed out – and after all, what better way to spend the day when all the bars are closed!1st Andy Brady (17) 42pts2nd Steve Durey (22) 38pts3rd Mashi Kaneta (12) 35ptsNear Pins: Geoff Parker, Mashi Kaneta and Andy Brady (2).Note:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us. We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome.Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries or check website: www.bunkersociety.com.last_img read more

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Battah bests Dalton on Bangpakong count back

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupHello everybody, I have returned from my extended stay in the frozen wastelands, a.k.a. England.  Two months and there was only one decent day when the brass monkeys didn’t put in an appearance, it was truly grim. To say I am glad to be back is the understatement of the year.  My only compensation was to still be there to witness first-hand the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre; no I am not talking about Wales trouncing England at Rugby but my football team Brighton & Hove Albion smacking the backsides of arch rivals Crystal Palace 3-0 and sending them on their way, a day to remember indeed.Top lady of the week – Mod Chaviraksa.So it is back to the balmy days of Thailand and my first duty is to thank Alan Evans for stepping in with the report writing whilst I was away.  I hope it wasn’t too onerous Alan.Looking at the scores for this last week it looks as though the standard is remaining high although the numbers are dwindling with the High Season approaching its last couple of weeks.On Monday, 18th March, the TRGG headed off to play the always tricky Treasure Hill and although it was a very tight finish none of the field bettered their handicap.  Andrew Curtis (18) finished on a commendable 35pts, just beating Fergus Brennan (12) on count back, also on 35 pts.  John Goudge (6) was only just behind in third place finishing on 34pts.Tuesday, 19th March, was time for the slightly longer journey to Bangpakong to play one of my favourite courses.  Everybody seems to do well at Bangpakong and when you leave you are generally feeling good about your golf game.  Today was no exception with the worst score in a field of 18 players being 29pts.  Phil Battah (12) certainly had a good day taking the honours with 40pts but only on count back from Tim Dalton (20) on the same score.  Jack McNamara (20) came in third on 39.Thursday, 21st March, was our weekly visit to Phoenix (Ocean & Mountain).  Larry Simpson (13) showed the rest a clean set of heels by finishing first on 39pts.  Mike Rushant (11) followed in close behind on 38 with my news correspondent mate Alan Evans (25) taking third spot on 37.A special mention must go to Mike Rushant who not only proved his credentials on the golf course but showed what a versatile guy he is by managing to change the wheel on Fergus Brennan’s vehicle after he got a flat tyre.  Well done Mike!On Friday, 22nd March, the TRGG stalwarts headed off to Khao Kheow (A and B courses) – another stiff challenge.  Dave Maw (26) showed he was up for the test and topped the scoreboard with 37pts.  The only lady in the field, Mod Chaviraksa (12), showed the rest of the men she was not there just to make up the numbers by taking second place on 35.  John Goudge (6) finished the week just as he started it in third place on 34.Good luck to all you golfers for the coming week!last_img read more

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Official: River-Boca Copa Libertadores final to be played at the Bernabeu

first_img Boca and River — Buenos Aires and South America’s biggest rivals — drew 2-2 in the first leg. The second leg was called off after an attack on the Boca bus by River supporters as they arrived at the stadium. 29/11/2018 Ramón Fuentes Both Boca and River accepted the proposal to play the game next month ahead of the Club World Cup, which the winner will take part in. The presdient of CONMEBOL, Alejandro Domínguez, thanked Rubiales for stepping in.  Oficial: ¡El River-Boca se jugará en el Santiago Bernabéu! IN SPORT.ES Real Madrid’s home will become the first stadium in the world to host four of football’s five biggest trophies. With the exception of the Copa America, the Bernabeu has hosted the World Cup final (1982), the European Championships final (1964), the European Cup/Champions League final and now South America’s biggest club trophy. center_img The president of the Spanish FA (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, committed ot the second leg of the final being played in Spain on Thursday. He said fans of the two teams will be received in Madrid “with open arms” and asked them to “enjoy” a “historic” game.  FIFA had asked for the RFEF’s help as they looked to solve how to move on with the final after both teams agreed not to play in Argentina after trouble marred last week’s fixture. The first options were Asunción, Doha and Miami, but Madrid has come through in the end. Argentina president Mauricio Macri, the ex-president of Boca, was involved in the negotiations.  There were rumours that Camp Nou was also in the running, but at no moment did the two clubs involved or CONMEBOL plan to play in Barcelona.  Upd. on 30/11/2018 at 11:50 CET The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Dec. 9 at 20.30h (CET), CONMEBOL have confirmed. last_img read more

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Canucks Fail Test Against Listless Stars

first_img The most disturbing trend of all is the apparent indifference of the team.  They simply are just not working hard enough to win most games.  Tonight, Dallas was definitely the team that wanted it more.  Mental errors and mistakes are common, and it just feels like the team needs to bear down and concentrate on what they are doing.  They just don’t seem to have any fight in them right now. Vigneault continues to underutilise his fourth line.  The Canucks’ fourth line has good, dependable players – Lapierre, Malhotra, and now Raymond (or, in the past, Kassian, Weise, Bitz, etc.).  They were again on the ice less than 10 minutes. Chris Tanev needs to find his way back into the lineup – stat.  The team is missing his calm demeanour and puck-moving ability. All this said, the Canucks were leading this game as late as the last TV timeout of the second period.  If they could only find a way to dig down a bit deeper when they have these one goal leads, many games would be much easier for them to close out.  Their laziness and general indifference to working hard is costing them games and points.  It’ll be interesting to see if it’s just a lull in their game or if this is how they are going to finish the year and roll into the playoffs. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks played the third game in their current seven-game homestand on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena against the visiting Dallas Stars.  Vancouver was completely outclassed in this matchup, dropping a horrible 5-2 decision to the visitors.  It was the first time the Canucks have lost back to back games in regulation since early November.It’s now six games and counting for downright bad offensive performances from the Canucks.  The offense, long a staple of this team, seems to have completely deserted them.  For long stretches tonight, it looked like the Canucks would be OK, as they nursed a one-goal lead to the last TV timeout of the second period. From there, it was all Dallas, who scored twice before the second period was out, added another one early in the third, and coasted to the easy victory.Chris Higgins, easily the Canucks’ best player, had a goal and an assist in what was Vancouver’s only silver lining.  Higgins opened the scoring at 6:45 of the second period, beating Dallas goalkeeper Richard Bachman with a nice wrist shot off the rush.  In the last couple games, the defense has been an unmitigated disaster.  Hamhuis, normally one of the steadiest defenders in the entire league, has looked shaky, as has his normal partner Kevin Bieksa.  Alex Edler remains maddeningly inconsistent – some nights he plays the way that made him an all-star, but more often lately, he appears to be a nothing more than a tentative young player.  Tonight, he was horrible on two important goals against – the second one, where he was caught on a pinch, and the pivotal third, where his failure to get the puck past the Jamie Benn led to an Alex Burrows turnover, Edler chasing in his own zone, and failing to pick up Benn who buried a shot past Luongo.  It was an absolutely horrendous stretch for the young Swede. For the Stars, their first line of Ribeiro/Eriksson/Ryder was very good tonight, as was the second line of and Adam Burish.  Both lines threatened to score on numerous occasions.  After being out of a playoff position, they now lead the Pacific Division. Burrows and Salo were both minus-3 on the night. I’ve now officially had enough of Marc-Andre Gragnani.  I don’t ever notice him doing anything out on the ice, except for going ridiculous places while on the power play.  His presence on the power play, by the way, has led to Hamhuis being removed from the PP – and while Hamhuis isn’t a classic offensive defenseman, he did well there earlier this season and he usually makes a smart play. It’s almost not worth saying it – the twins are really struggling right now, with another game without any points.  They’ve only recorded points in four of the last 13 games.  That just is not going to get it done, especially considering the third line is now virtually incapable of scoring with Sami Pahlsson as its centre (Higgins scored tonight on what was ostensibly an individual effort).  Post-game, Daniel stated that he felt his line was creating chances and they just weren’t going in, and that’s why this current funk is dissimilar to their January woes.  I don’t recall many Sedin chances tonight, but that said, it seemed like at times, they had the puck in the offensive zone and threatened.  Regardless – this is not the twins that we are used to seeing.  If they aren’t producing, this team will struggle to win, and that’s the bottom line. Kassian had his worst game as a Canuck, failing to record a shot or a hit in 13:55 of ice time.   He drew a penalty shot just 24 seconds into the game, but failed to get a shot off. In addition, coach Alain Vigneault has paired Edler and Gragnani on the PP – so now there are two left shots on one unit, and two right shots (Salo and Bieksa) on the other.  It looks awkward and ridiculous and the Canucks’ results speak for themselves. Dallas took the lead on goals from Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro before the period was out to take the 2-1 lead into the locker room.The third period was all Stars.  Jamie Benn, snakebit most of the night, finally scored four minutes into the third after what can most kindly be described as a fire drill in the Canucks’ zone.  Alex Edler, against the run of play, replied just three minutes later for the Canucks, his shot deflecting off the stick of Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric past Bachman. Ribeiro restored the Stars’ two goal lead just over three minutes later after another defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ zone, continuing a common theme in the period.  Stephane Robidas, an impressive plus-4 on the night, scored into an empty net to tally Dallas’ final goal.It’s difficult to find a silver lining from tonight’s game.  The Canucks were horrible all over the ice in the last 25 minutes of the game.  Defensive breakdowns became the norm,with all of the top-4 defensemen looking brutal at one point or another. The Canucks didn’t play with any passion, physicality, or desire, as apparently they didn’t learn any lessons from Saturday’s game against Buffalo. Offensively, the team struggled as well, the top line of Sedin/Sedin/Burrows failing to score in what is becoming another disturbing trend.  Roberto Luongo can’t really be faulted for any of the goals against, but a huge save here or there at a key moment would be helpful.The Canucks are in the midst of a rough patch.  Since Christmas, the team has been faced with some bad road trips and going through this period, they have struggled to put good efforts on the ice with any consistency.  They have been lucky to get great goaltending and some timely scoring, which has salvaged a point here and there – but things appear to be coming home to roost right now.  Hopefully the Canucks can soon get out of this funk. GAME OBSERVATIONS The Canucks are showing some disturbing trends at the moment.  Most recently, they have allowed five goals against in each of the last two games, a staggering amount for this team. They just appear completely discombobulated in their own end. When the Canucks are going well, their D do a great job of knowing when, and when not, to pinch.  Tonight, bad pinches cost the team a plethora of odd-man rushes against.  Only bad bounces and luck kept Dallas from putting another three or four goals on the board. Steve Ott was great out there tonight.  The game left me wishing that we were able to get him out of Dallas at the deadline. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Day:  If I have to listen to Shorthouse talk about Garrett’s eating habits one more time, I am going to lose it.  Constant references to what he likes to eat while on the road are annoying and irrelevant.Dan Murphy had a good interview with Daniel Sedin after the game.   The Sedins are good – they never avoid the media and are always there to own up to shortcomings (theirs and the team’s) after games like this.  Daniel appeared calm, happy with his line’s game, and didn’t appear panicked at all – as one would expect.Looking ahead: The Canucks continue their homestand and will attempt to put this one behind them when they face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.last_img read more

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Reece Hunt brings home Canada Winter Games Bronze Medal

first_imgEarlier in the Canada Winter Games, Nelson Boxing Club’s Brayden Hellekson won a bronze representing Team BC in the 178-pound class.Chanreet Bassi of Lake Country scored the game-winning goal to power Team BC to the bronze medal.Team Alberta won the Gold Medal with a narrow 2-1 win over Team Quebec.Hunt, who plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy after playing her minor hockey in Nelson, finished the Games with a pair of assists in six games.Hunt will conclude the season at the OHA before heading off for a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.Reece Hunt of Nelson (fifth from left, front row) joins her Team BC teammates for a bronze-medal, group photo inside the dressing room at the Canada Winter Games. — Submitted photo The 2019 Canada Winter Games recently wrapped up in Red Deer, but not before a second Nelson athlete stepped onto the podium to receive a medal.Reece Hunt of Nelson won a bronze medal for Team BC in women’s hockey Saturday at the Servus Downtown Arena in Red Deer as Team BC shook off a heartbreaking overtime semi-final loss to edge Team Ontario 5-4 in Medal Round play.It was the first women’s hockey medal at the Canada Games for Team BC since the province won bronze in 1991.last_img read more

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Connacht Rugby Announces Player Ambassador Programme

first_imgThe list of the players and their clubs are as follows…An Gaeltacht – Colby Fainga and Colm de BuitlearBallina – Dave Heffernan and Nyi AdelokunBallinasloe – Bundee Aki and Peter ClaffeyBallinrobe – Cian Kelleher and Matthew BurkeBallyhaunis – Tom Farrell and Gavin ThornburyBuccaneers – Jack Carty and Jonny MurphyCarrick on Shannon – Tom McCartney and Kyle GodwinCastlebar – Robin Copeland and Mark BalaskiClaremorris – Paul Boyle and Conor McKeonConnemara – Tiernan O’Halloran and Quinn RouxCorinthians – Ultan Dillane and Eoin GriffinCorrib – James Connolly and Tom DalyCreggs – Denis Buckley and James MitchellDunmore – Dominic Robertson McCoy and Finlay BealhamGalway Bay – Conor Carey and Joe MaksymiwGalwegians – Sean O’Brien and Conor FitzgeraldGort – Jarrad Butler and James CannonLoughrea – Kieran Marmion and Luke CartyMonivea – Caolin Blade and Peter McCabeOLBC – Darragh Leader and Kieran JoyceOughterard – Matt Healy and Conor KennyPortumna – Shane Delahunt and Sean O’BrienTuam – David Horowitz and Cian HuxfordNUIG – Craig Ronaldson and Eoin McKeonSligo – Conan O’Donnell and Cillian GallagherWestport – Peter Robb and Eoghan Mastersonprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/sf98gy/EOGHAN_MASTERSON_PLAYERS_AMBASSADOR_PROGRAMME.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Connacht Player Eoghan Masterson explained to William Davies what the ambassador programme is about.center_img Last night also saw the launch of the player ambassador programme which will see two players linked with every club in the province for the rest of the season.last_img read more

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May

first_imgStar Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks ShowDuring Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, you’ll see and hear and feel the music, magic and characters from the Saga as they light up the night complete with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, pyrotechnics and more. Prior to the fireworks, there will be an exclusive interactive pre-show on the main stage. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far AwayStar Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away gives Guests the chance to see characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB-8 recreate some of the Saga’s most famous scenes—right before your eyes! The show, which takes place in front of the Chinese Theater includes clips featuring standout moments from the Saga, as well as character appearances onstage from Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and many more. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Jedi TrainingSmall ones will have the ability to o test their abilities during Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. During the show, they will learn how to use the Force and their lightsabers to face the evil forces of the Dark Side. AttractionsAttractions available throughout the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event include:Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Be on the lookout for Star Wars Character encounters taking place in-and-around Star ToursStar Wars Launch BayStar Wars: Path of the JediThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorToy Story Mania!Muppet*Vision 3DWalt Disney Presents Star Wars: Galactic Nights will last from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available for $124 per child and $129 per adult (plus tax). Tickets will be on sale soon. Share This!©DisneyDisney is bringing back Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a way to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story! This one night only event will take place on Sunday, May 27.This event is the ultimate one for a Star Wars fan.  This family-friendly invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite character, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.Here’s what you can expect to experience at the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event:Rebel BaseThe Rebel Base will serve as the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hub. Here, Guests will find a DJ dance party, as well as being the home for ongoing event information, hosted shows, interactive moments and more!Star Wars: Galactic Destinations ProjectionsThese exclusive projections will transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel. They will be visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park. Watch as the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel transforms via projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long.  Star Wars: Galactic Nights Character OpportunitiesDuring the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event, you will also be able to come face to face with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Experiences will include:Stormtroopers on Patrol: As you board your shuttle at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, you may come face-to-face with Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the embarkation ramps in pursuit of a Rebel spy.Imperial March: Make way for Darth Vader as he leads a battalion of Stormtroopers down Hollywood Boulevard during a dramatic Imperial March to the event stageMarch of the First Order:  Captain Phasma will lead her squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader: Vader will lead Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.AWR Trooper Sightings: Spy these black armor-clad operatives scanning for rebels in the Animation Courtyard.Characters at Star Wars Launch Bay: Guests will be able to meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader.Photo OpportunitiesStep into iconic Star Wars scenes throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you will discover 3-dimensional photo opportunities throughout the park. You will be able to act out your very own mini-scene or capture a heartfelt message and post your moment on social media during the event.Guests will also be able to pose in front of Star Wars-themed backdrops depicting popular scenes from the entire Star Wars Saga.Galactic Tasting SamplerTaste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. These bites and beverages are inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars.last_img read more

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Gallery: The road to freedom

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a larger image. Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption CaptionREAD MORE:Part 1: The road to freedom August 1985 to December 1989Part 2: The road to freedom August 1985 to December 1989Part 3: The road to freedom August 1985 to December 1989last_img

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Amarula makes a splash in India

first_imgDistell, South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits producer, has launched its flagship cream liqueur Amarula in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.India is an investment market for the creamy beverage at the moment and the focus is on distribution rather than revenue. (Image: Distell)Brand South Africa ReporterDistell, South Africa’s biggest wine and spirits producer, has launched its flagship cream liqueur Amarula in India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.The company, which already markets its top-selling Nederburg and Two Oceans wines on the subcontinent, introduced Amarula in the states of Maharashtra and neighbouring Karnataka, two of India’s most affluent and populous regions, during March 2009.Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai is home to the Bollywood movie industry, India’s largest, and the city is also a cultural, retail and tourist hub. The city of Bangalore in Karnataka is India’s IT capital and is considered to be the country’s most modern city.Investment marketDistell’s MD for Asia Pacific and Middle East, Marius Fouche, said it was difficult to predict the rate of growth of Amarula in India at this early stage. “But we are available in the same market with quite a lot of other brands including Nederburg. We have been experiencing double digit growth and in the last year, we have seen more than 300% growth in volumes,” he commented.India is an investment market for the creamy beverage at the moment and the focus is on distribution rather than revenue. “We want to make our brands available in hotels, restaurants and especially in the retail sector,” said Fouche, “as retail in India is growing very big and it has been predicted that by 2015, it will be at R86-billion ($8.8-billion). We would like to be a part of it.”Research carried out by management consultancy McKinsey & Company indicates that India will move up from its current ranking as the world’s 12th largest consumer economy, to fifth on the list within 15 years. The time is right to establish the Amarula brand in this hungry consumer market.Distell reports that it is planning to secure as many distribution outlets as possible by March 2010. Judged the best cream liqueur in the world in the 2007 and 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, Amarula is currently available through duty-free outlets and top hotels in Maharashtra and Karnataka.Exotic aroma“The exotic marula aroma is abundantly clear on the nose with delicate spice in the back ground and hints of chocolate and coffee,” was the verdict of the judges at the Wine & Spirit competition. “A delightful product.”Amarula first appeared on South African shelves in 1989 and in the two decades since has grown into a fierce competitor on the world’s liquor markets. The versatile drink is enjoyed by locals and tourists like, in more than 160 countries on all continents.Superbrands South Africa named Amarula as a superbrand for 2008/2009, citing its market dominance, overall market acceptance, and longevity, as well as customer loyalty.Elephants love itSynonymous with the good-living South African philosophy, Amarula is made from sugar, cream and the fruit of the indigenous marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), known locally as the elephant tree or the marriage tree. Like its relatives the cashew, mango, and pistachio, S. birrea belongs to the Anacardiaceae family.Traditional marriages are often conducted under its shady branches and the female marula tree is one of Africa’s most prolific fruit producers, viewed as a symbol of fertility and a good omen for marriage.However, the tree’s most well-known nickname is derived from the fact that elephants are very partial to marula fruit, the small yellow berries that grow in large numbers on the tree in February and March. When they drop to the ground elephants come from far and wide to feast.The trees are not cultivated but grow wild in the bush throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Under Proclamation 257 issued in 1951 by the Controller of Timber in South Africa, the marula tree is a protected species, and the treatment and harvesting of both trees and fruit is regulated.and the vitamin C-rich fruit is usually gathered by local residents before processing begins. The golden harvest is then brought to the production plant in Phalaborwa using anything from bicycles to bakkies (small pickup trucks).Over 60 000 people benefit from marula harvesting as well as from the extraction of the kernels, which are separated from the flesh by hand, and used in health and beauty products.The flesh is taken to the Distell fermentation plant in Stellenbosch, where it is placed in fermentation tanks. The resulting marula wine then undergoes distillation, followed by maturation in oak casks for about two years. The final step is the addition of marula extract and cream.Social responsibilityThe elephant is an integral component of the Amarula branding and also is a central focus of Amarula’s social responsibility programme. The company has channelled over R3-million ($310 000) for funding of research into elephant conservation under the Amarula Elephant Research Programme based at KwaZulu-Natal University.The programme was established in July 2002 and enables a team of local and international academics, working with government conservation agencies and private game reserves, to develop best practice for conservation management of elephants in a responsible and sustainable manner.Amarula also assists in community growth through training in basic business skills and the provision of health and child care, among other initiatives.In Limpopo province, where the trees grow in abundance, an annual three-day marula festival attracts visitors to the town of Phalaborwa. The programme features all things marula, including marula beer and other products made with the fruit, such as massage oils, butter, jam, chutney, fruit pulp, soap and candles.All parts of the tree are used, from the leaves which are chewed to alleviate heartburn and indigestion, to the bark which can be made into a useful infusion to treat pain from snake bite and scorpion stings.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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