COUVA, Trinidad (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their final round game of the Regional four-day championship at the National Cricket Centre here yesterday.Volcanoes ended their season on a high as they rode a century stand between opener Tyrone Theophile and middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris after losing three wickets before lunch.Chasing a victory target of 166, Windwards, resuming from their overnight score of eight without loss, coasted to 169 for three by midafternoon as the curtains came down on a long four-day season.Theophile spearheaded the chase with a powerful knock of 83 not out, while Ambris was unbeaten on 54.Volcanoes stumbled on the chase, slipping to 68 for the loss of three wickets, including the prolific opener Devon Smith for four.However, Theophile and Ambris started their partnership before lunch and managed to pull Volcanoes back on course and improve their position to 113 by the break, reaching 57 and 25, respectively.Theophile batted through the innings, clobbering 10 fours and a six, while Ambris counted 10 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.Earlier, Theophile dominated a second-wicket stand of 48 with Jerlani Robinson, who scored 19.Volcanoes picked up 17 points for their win, but they were not sufficient to surpass Red Force in the final points standings.Volcanoes closed the season on 64 points in fifth position, below Red Force, whose four points from the match took them to 81 points and fourth position on the table..
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide bomber blew up his car outside a hospital south of Baghdad on Thursday while U.S. troops handed out candy and food to children, killing 30 people and wounding about 40, including four Americans. As U.S. troops spent another Thanksgiving at war, two soldiers died in another bombing near the capital, and the U.S. command said four American deaths occurred Wednesday. Elsewhere, 11 Iraqis were killed and 17 injured Thursday when a car bomb exploded near a crowded soft drink stand in Hillah, a mostly Shiite Muslim city 60 miles south of Baghdad. More than 200 people – mostly Shiites – have died from suicide attacks and car bombs since Friday. Amid the bloodshed, at least four insurgent groups reportedly were mulling a government offer to talk peace – a hopeful sign for efforts to end an insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. Three women and two children were among the dead in the attack outside the hospital in Mahmoudiya, a flashpoint town 20 miles south of Baghdad in the “triangle of death” notorious for attacks on Shiite Muslims, U.S. troops and foreign travelers. A civil affairs team from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Baghdad was at the hospital studying ways to upgrade the facility when the bomber struck just outside the guarded compound, a U.S. military statement said. Some American soldiers were distributing toys and food to children when the attack occurred about 10:40 a.m., Iraqi police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said. “There was an explosion at the gate of the hospital,” sobbed one woman with wounds on her face and legs. “My children are gone. My brother is gone.” The two U.S. soldiers killed Thursday died when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb southwest of the capital, a U.S. statement said. Four more American soldiers were killed Wednesday – three in the Baghdad area and one in Hit, 85 miles west of the capital in the Euphrates River valley, the command said. At least 2,103 U.S. military personnel have died since the war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is five lower than the Defense Department’s tally, which was last updated at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday. In Baghdad, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad marked the military’s third Thanksgiving in Iraq by praising the “huge sacrifice” of American troops. Most of the troops got a traditional meal of turkey and the trimmings at dining halls – or on the hoods of Humvees before going on patrol. U.S. and Iraqi officials had been expecting a rise in violence before the Dec. 15 election, when voters will select their first fully constitutional parliament since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. On Thursday, government spokesman Laith Kubba called the pre-election attacks “the last stand” of “Muslim extremists and Saddam’s criminals,” predicting they would rapidly lose support after establishment of a new government and a national reconciliation conference expected early next year. More voters of the Sunni Arab minority, the backbone of the insurgency, are expected to vote this time, unlike the January balloting that many of them boycotted. Some Sunni insurgent groups have condemned the election and are expected to launch attacks to discourage a big turnout. The United States hopes a big Sunni turnout will produce a broad-based government that can win the minority’s trust, helping to take the steam out of the insurgency and hasten the day when American and other foreign troops can go home. At a meeting last weekend in Egypt to pave the way for the reconciliation conference, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he was willing to talk with insurgent groups if they agreed to lay down their arms and renounce terrorism. On Thursday, residents of Anbar province said four insurgent groups were considering naming a representative to spell out their conditions to Talabani. The four include the Islamic Army of Iraq, the 1920 Revolution Brigade, the Mujahedeen Army and al-Jamea Brigades. The residents, who have contacts with the insurgents, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. Significantly, the four groups do not include the country’s most feared terror organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, or the al-Sunnah Army and Ansar al-Islam. All are Islamic extremist groups believed to have staged many suicide attacks. U.S. and Iraqi officials believe their best chance for a negotiated settlement of the insurgency involves driving a wedge between religious extremists and groups led by members of Saddam’s Baath Party more interested in retaining a share of power than waging holy war. However, the initial contacts appear to be well short of negotiations, a process expected to be complicated and protracted due to the different goals of Iraq’s numerous religious and ethnic communities. In other violence Thursday: -Gunmen ambushed a police patrol in Baghdad’s southern Doha neighborhood, killing four officers, police said. A fifth policeman was killed in a later bombing in the same district. -A roadside bomb slightly injured three Polish soldiers and one Iraqi child near Camp Echo, headquarters for Poland’s military mission in Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, said Col. Zdzislaw Gnatowski, a military spokesman in Warsaw. -A bodyguard for the head of the Iraqi Islamic Party branch in Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad, was wounded in a drive-by shooting near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. His boss, Hussein Abid al-Zubeidi, said he escaped unharmed. Associated Press reporters Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin, Sameer N. Yacoub and Bassem Mroue in Baghdad, Ali Fatlawi in Hillah and Haider Feteihi in Mahmoudiya contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gray has been in great formBrentfordBees boss Mark Warburton and striker Andre Gray are in the running for the Championship manager and player of the month awards respectively. Under Warburton’s guidance, Brentford won all five of their league games in November, taking them up to third in the table.He has been nominated alongside Bolton’s Neil Lennon, Mick McCarthy of Ipswich and new Birmingham boss Gary Rowett. Gray, who stepped up three divisions when signing from Luton in the summer, has netted five goals in the last five games, and is competing with Blackburn forward Rudy Gestede, Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt and Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph.Scott HoganBrentford say the striker is making good progress in his recovery from a serious knee injury he suffered at Rotherham in August. Hogan underwent surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in September and will continue his rehabilitation work in the new year with two weeks in Philadelphia with renowned knee specialist Bill Knowles.Bees boss Mark Warburton said: “Much work still lies ahead but it is most pleasing to see how far Scott has come in such a short period of time. The fact Scott is making such excellent progress is testament to the work ethic and commitment of the player and the medical team”.FulhamThe Whites have sold out their full away allocation for the Boxing Day trip to Bournemouth. It means Kit Symons’ side will be backed by more than 1,325 fans when they take on the Championship high-flyers.QPRRangers’ FA Youth Cup tie at Birmingham City has been brought forward to Saturday 13 December, with a 1pm kick-off. The game, at Solihull Moors FC, was originally scheduled for Tuesday 16 December.Charlie AustinThe striker has been voted QPR’s player of the month for November after scoring five goals in as many matches.Lyle Della VerdeThe Fulham midfielder, on loan at Bristol Rovers, underwent a scan on Thursday on an ankle injury picked up in a Conference Premier match this week. The 19-year-old turned his ankle after a challenge midway through the first half of Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Wrexham.Mark SmithThe Brentford goalkeeper will stay with Hampton & Richmond Borough until January. Smith, 18, joined the Ryman Premier Division club on a short-term loan at the end of October but has had the deal extended.Hampton & RichmondWinger Luke Wanadio has left the club in order to play more first-team football. The former Kingstonian man has not been a regular for Hampton of late and boss Alan Dowson said: “Luke is a bit unlucky. He wants to start games, it’s something at the moment we can guarantee so he goes with our best wishes.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jorge de Frutos trains with senior Real Madrid squad: Just 2 years after playing street footballby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorge de Frutos has been training with the Real Madrid senior squad this week.Suspension rules De Frutos out of Castilla action this weekend and, as a result, Santiago Solari allowed him to train with the first team as he made up the numbers.A Madrid fan since birth, the player was without a club until he turned 16, having spent his younger years playing futsal on the streets of his hometown, Navares de Enmedio.Rayo Majadahonda took a chance by signing him into the Castilian regional leagues before he moved on at 18 to play in the Segunda B for two season, helping the side achieve promotion last year.And there was no hesitation when his agent, Juanma Lopes, informed him of Real Madrid’s offer.
PARIS – Rose scents mingled with celebrities such as Marion Cotillard, Sofia Coppola and Rita Ora at Chanel on Tuesday as showman Karl Lagerfeld recreated a verdant garden to showcase his bucolic couture designs. Elsewhere in Paris, Givenchy’s new designer unveiled her highly anticipated couture debut.Some highlights from Tuesday’s spring-summer 2018 shows:___GIVENCHY DESIGNER’S COUTURE DEBUTA spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris’ historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy — but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.The house’s signature sharp shoulder — here, often on shoulder-draped coats — was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy’s mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.Lines — rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete — fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times.Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season.___CHANEL’S GARDEN COUTUREChanel’s fragrant garden featured architectural wooden arbors, white roses and a babbling water fountain.Inspired by the geometric curves in the furniture, Lagerfeld went back to nature — and to Chanel’s couture roots — for a display of pure drama constructed with geometric detail.The stone-colored clothes teamed with soft floral embroideries and frothy details. Models including Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber wore sweet pink, white and purple posies in black tulle hair-pieces.The devil’s in the detail and this season, Chanel was all about the sleeve.A raglan style — one that extends in one piece fully to the collar — seemed to inspire the beautiful and surreal arm shapes that descended stiffly like a tapered tube. Shoulders were wide and dramatically curved.Full skirts flared out like giant bells in a crisp line shared this surreal quality.Lagerfeld is an ambitious man, and elsewhere his 69 designs also channeled the tiered fashions of the swinging 1920s.___DIANE KRUGER ON HER GRITTY FILM ROLEThough she was overlooked for an Oscar nomination, “Inglourious Basterds” star Diane Kruger is still buzzing from the critical acclaim surrounding her challenging role in the movie “In The Fade.”Kruger plays a steely woman whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack.The German-born actress, who attended the Armani Prive couture show in a black tuxedo and sequined gown, said that this film “definitely” comes at a good time for feisty female roles in cinema.“It’s a very strong female role,” she said.“The protagonist was originally written for a man so it was changed for a woman, which is always great,” she added.___DIOR’S MASKED BALLMasked revelers danced into the early hours of Tuesday at the soiree event of couture week: Christian Dior’s surrealism-themed masked ball at the Rodin Museum.Actress Monica Bellucci stepped onto the checkered chess board set in a vivid red lace Dior gown, while model Bella Hadid stunned in a revealing black tulle shoulder less dress, hugging singer Courtney Love effusively.Guests in check face masks that sometimes impaired vision negotiated around giant 2-meter chess pieces, faceless dancing performers and hanging surrealist sculptures in the marquee venue that was also used to showcase the historic design house’s spring and summer couture styles.A wall of white arms, some fake and some real (belonging to hidden performers), handed out white roses to passers-by who snacked on white chocolate playing cards served on a green poker table cover.___ALEXIS MABILLE’S OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOURThe red carpet said it all: French designer Alexis Mabille turned on the glamour for a display of classic couture gowns.The styles were firmly set to the 1950s — the years following the austerity of World War II that produced long exuberant lengths of fabric, hyper-femininity and hourglass silhouettes.A floor-length satin gown in coral sported a giant floppy bow at the waist, while one in dark cobalt saw an abbreviated take on a fifties jacket as a bustier and was paired with full length evening gloves.Mabille didn’t forget to have fun.A series of balloon gowns — with curved hems gathered around inside — were the strongest pieces in the show.Each consecutive skirt sported an even bigger explosion of fabric, until the show reached a dramatic crescendo in a circular bottle green gown that spread out from the bust.___ARMANI PRIVE’S WATERcolour-INSPIRED DESIGNSEven a fashion master can have off days.Tuesday was a mixed couture bag for Giorgio Armani, who explored the theme of watercolour in an exhaustive collection of shimmering pastel gowns that combined too many divergent ideas.Armani’s best looks kept it simple.A minimalist satin bodice in oyster led the eye to a dramatic whoosh of silk spilling from the waist. But elsewhere, some looks — though beautifully constructed — saw a complicated silhouette and busy patterns vying for attention.Nevertheless, it was a hit for celebrities such as Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Huppert, who applauded vigorously from the front row.___SWAROVSKI AT HOTEL DE CRILLONNo luxury detail was overlooked at the launch of Swarovski’s eyewear collection inside the revamped Hotel de Crillon, which reopened last year after a 200-million euro refurbishment.Views of the sparkling Place de la Concorde delighted guests, including model and actress Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo and actress Morgane Polanski, the daughter of director Roman Polanski.The eyewear was displayed on stands and featured opulent use of crystal in architectural designs inspired by the Atelier Swarovski jewelry collections, which were also shown off at the event.Guests then tucked into a lavish meal that included wine from the famous vineyard Chateauneuf-du-Pape.___Thomas Adamson is at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_K
London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange woke up in a British jail Friday at the start of a likely lengthy extradition battle after a dramatic end to his seven-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy. Within hours of police hauling him out of the embassy, the 47-year-old Australia appeared in court for breaching his British bail conditions back in 2012 and to face a subsequent US extradition request. After Assange was arrested and dragged into a police van in the British capital, American officials unsealed an indictment against him for computer hacking as part of his WikiLeaks whistleblowing activities. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Sun tabloid reported he was being held in Wandsworth prison in south London, where he spent nine days in 2010 following an investigation over alleged sexual assault in Sweden that has since been dropped. Deemed “the most overcrowded prison” in England at its last inspection in 2018, the 19th-century facility holds around 1,600 inmates. Inspectors found “most prisoners share a cell designed for one person” while more than a third “were receiving psychosocial help for substance misuse problems”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange was remanded into prison custody Thursday at a short hearing in front of a London judge, who pronounced him guilty of disobeying his bail terms by fleeing to the embassy in June 2012. He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date. His separate extradition case is set to be next heard by video-link at Westminster Magistrates Court on May 2. Assange’s London lawyer Jennifer Robinson confirmed he would be “contesting and fighting” his long-feared extradition to the United States.
Cannes: Popular television actor Hina Khan, who made her debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival here last week, calls actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas the “best version of her dream self in the future”. The TV actor made the admission in an Instagram post she wrote, while sharing a string of photographs with Isn’t It Romantic star and her pop-singer husband Nick Jonas on Sunday. The pictures were clicked at an exclusive after-party the Chopra Jonas couple hosted recently on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerKhan partied with the star couple and a slew of supermodels, singers and actors at the gathering put together by luxury Swiss jewellery and watchmaker Chopard. In her long post, Khan praised Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her encouragement to an upcoming artiste like her. “An unexpected invitation by a world star.. personally. After I gained consciousness and prepared myself to finally make it, I was still an outsider, but only until you arrived. You didn’t need to, but still never left my hand for a second, introduced me to the people I probably wouldn’t have met and I felt as if all the achievements of my little career happening in fast forward as you present me as a star to each one of them,” she wrote.