DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies A made a stuttering start to the opening unofficial one-day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka A before rain intervened to end play prematurely at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here yesterday.Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side had reached 69 for two in the 13th over, with opener Kyle Hope unbeaten on 28 and Andre Fletcher on seven. The game will be concluded on today’s reserve day.Head coach Graeme West rued the weather interruption and said West Indies A would need to find their momentum again on what was a good batting track, if they were to put Sri Lanka A under pressure.”We got ourselves into a good position with some positive batting, and we’ll certainly need more of the same tomorrow,” West said afterwards.”It looks a good wicket, (there’s) not much happening for the spinners and it’s pretty slow for the quicks, so we need to build around Kyle Hope and Andre Fletcher … and set something up for some of the positive players to come later on in the innings and try and post something that will put the Sri Lankans under pressure.”They’ve certainly got an experienced and powerful top six themselves so we’ll certainly need a big score to put them under pressure.”The right-handed Hope put on 40 for the first wicket with Chadwick Walton, who made 16 from 12 balls with two fours and a six, before falling in the sixth over.Hope, who has counted four boundaries in a 39-ball innings, then added a further 23 with left-hander Assad Fudadin, who scored 14 off 10 deliveries with two fours and a six, before perishing in the eighth over.The game is the first of a three-match series against the hosts, with Jason Mohammed leading the unit.West Indies A, under the leadership of Shamarh Brooks, suffered a 2-1 defeat in the three-match, four-day Test series, which ended last week.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United Louis van Gaal was resigned to agree with supporters’ scathing assessment after the Red Devils suffered an embarrassing defeat to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.Chants of “we’re f*****g s**t” were heard coming from the away stand as the Premier League side fell to a 2-1 loss.Around 800 fans had made the trip to the MCH Arena for a match that cost £71 per ticket.The scoreline from the last-32, first-leg encounter means United still have every chance of securing progress to the round of 16 when they host Midtjylland in return tie at Old Trafford next week.But that doesn’t make up for what is arguably one of the club’s most embarrassing results in their proud European history.And was no less than Van Gaal’s men deserved after they delivered the latest substandard performance of their increasingly troubled season.“The fans can criticise. They can do it because when you see the second half, maybe they are right,” said the Dutch boss, whose position as manager is under ever-growing scrutiny.“We have to improve and then the fans shall support us again.”But the Dutchman disagreed with the suggestion his players’ attitude was a problem.“It’s nothing to do with attitude,” he said.“All the players want to perform in an excellent way. It is not a case of attitude.“We were not winning the second balls – that is my analysis.” 1
ONE Co Donegal family is celebrating after winning a €50,000 Christmas scratchcard fortune.The Letterkenny winner was congratulated on TV’s Winning Streak programme by presenters Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan.The winning ticket was bought in the town. Sinead told the nation of the windfall when explaining to viewers how they can enter Winning Streak by buying a scratch card.“Even if you don’t get picked you can still be very lucky like one player in Letterkenny who won €50,000 yesterday – happy Christmas to you,” said the TV host.The festive windfall came as lotto fever gripped the county after two massive Christmas jackpots are on offer this week.The EuroMillions jackpot on Christmas Eve is heading towards €75Million. And the midweek lotto jackpot will be more than €6Million.That draw will take place on Thursday – St Stephen’s Day instead of Christmas Day. FESTIVE CHEER AS DONEGAL WINNER SCOOPS €50,000 CHRISTMAS SCRATCHCARD FORTUNE was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:Donegal winnerletterkennynational lotteryscratch cardwinner
It’s a little known fact that Parisians are keeping beehives on the rooftops of their best-known buildings. Not all, but bees are found for instance at the Musée d’Orsay, the Grand Palais, and Palais Garnier, as well as Notre Dame — which on April 15th, was sadly engulfed by a huge fire in which its spire and most of the roof collapsed within a few hours. Early investigation results have shown that the fire may have spread due to a possible fire alarm system sensor issue. The fire may also be related to the building of elevators for construction work that was ongoing in the cathedral at the time. Investigators are also seeking to find out whether an electrical short-circuit led to the appalling event.Photo by Philippe Wang/Getty ImagesBut back to the bees. For the past few years, Notre Dame has been the home of approximately 180,000 bees. Their three hives are secured on the first floor roof above the sacristy of the Gothic structure. It was initially thought that the colony must have perished in the fire but Notre Dame’s own beekeeper (apiculteur in French), Nicolas Géant, has confirmed that against all odds, the bees made it through the blaze.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe news that the Notre Dame bees are safe and sound was shared also by French urban beekeeping company Beeopic Apiculture, who posted a confirmatory Instagram photo on Thursday, April 18th.Notre-Dame after the fire. Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0However, in the days in between, everyone remained worried about Notre Dame’s smallest, honey-making tenants. As French officers were examining the building if it has any weak points that may still threaten structural failure, not even Mr. Géant was allowed to take a look at the hives. Géant had in the meantime received hundreds of messages asking about the bees. Aerial photos of Notre Dame’s roof previously showed the hives themselves had survived the great calamity.The bees living on Notre Dame’s roof survived the fire https://t.co/5yJcQaTefg pic.twitter.com/64KvZJ8gPW— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019Géant has been taking care of the cathedral’s bees since 2013, the year this sort of clandestine activity first started there. Bee-keeping was introduced on Notre Dame as part of an effort to increase the number of bees across Paris. Honeymaking has since rooted in businesses within the French capital, with some of its honey being sold at double the prices of brands produced in the countryside.Photo by Remi Mathis CC By SA 4.0The Notre Dame beehives were located on the top of a sacristy on the south side of the cathedral, roughly 100 feet away from where the blaze was ravaging. That was enough distance for the hives to remain intact. But had they been closer to the fire, or in the middle of it, the wax within the hives would have easily melted, trapping the hard-working insects inside. Géant commented that the survival of the bees was like a miracle. “Thank goodness the flames didn’t touch them,” he said in a statement for CNN. Take a closer look with this video:Typically for bees found in Europe, the ones on Notre Dame would have sought shelter inside the hives upon sensing the imminent threat nearby. The biggest threat for them would have been the extreme heat of the raging flames, but as Mr. Géant also explains, they were exposed to the smoke which has a specific effect on bees in general.180,000 bees were living on top of Notre Dame when the fire broke out – and they survived https://t.co/pxjR5Zm9fm pic.twitter.com/wTGgW6cnzh— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2019“Instead of killing them, the carbon dioxide makes them drowsy, puts them to sleep,” Mr. Géant told the AP. Smoke is frequently used by beekeepers to sedate bee colonies. This allows for the beekeeper to approach the hive and access the much-treasured honey produced there. “I was incredibly sad about Notre-Dame because it’s such a beautiful building,” Mr. Géant commented.Photo credit LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images“But to hear there is life when it comes to the bees, that’s just wonderful,” he said.Read another story from us: How the Hunchback of Notre Dame Once Saved the Crumbling CathedralBeekeeping on Parisian rooftops has increased in popularity within the past decade. Just ten years ago, the city reportedly had approximately 300 hives, and today there is an estimated 700. More often than not, the general public is unaware of where these hives are being quietly kept. In his media statements, Mr. Géant was also noted as saying that it had always been one of his dreams to take care of bees atop “the most beautiful church in the world.”