Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse

first_imgLOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “It made me all teary-eyed,” said Robyn Mason, who watched with her husband, Greg, from a grassy embankment near the third base outfield. “It was just so momentous. Just really cool — and very pretty.”Other teams hosting events included the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Oregon, the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Kentucky, Tennessee’s Nashville Sounds and the Greenville Drive, Columbia Fireflies and Charleston RiverDogs, all in South Carolina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This was really the easiest place to get to that was in the path of the totality,” he said as he walked into the Lincoln stadium. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event — that minute and a half of experiencing something out of this world.”Jordan Wilson and his wife, Nicole, brought their 5-year-old son, Izayah, to the game to see the eclipse. On the way down from their home in Omaha, the family sat through bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 80.“It’s probably the last full eclipse we’ll see in our lifetimes,” he said.In South Carolina, the Columbia Fireflies celebrated a “Total Eclipse of the Park” event as they hosted the Rome Braves. The Fireflies wore special glow-in-the-dark jerseys that were scheduled to be auctioned after the game, with proceeds benefiting local science, technology, math and engineering programs.No Major League Baseball games coincided with the event, but some players checked out the eclipse as their teams warmed up to play hours later. And the cosmic spectacle caught the interest of teams from other sports preparing for their season openers.Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey scheduled practice to end in time so that the team could watch the eclipse on the practice field.“It was pretty cool to be out there with the rest of the team, looking like 9 o’ clock at night at 1:30,” linebacker Derrick Morgan said.As the Titans gathered to watch the eclipse, Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” and “Dancing In The Dark” and Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses At Night” played over the loudspeaker.Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle said he and his teammates were all excited to see the eclipse. “We’ve been talking about it in the locker room,” he said.The Minnesota Golden Gophers tweeted out their practice play list for the day, with songs ranging from Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” to Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next One of the Germans was Theo Kleinfeld, 65, who flew to Lincoln last week so he could photograph the eclipse at the Saltdogs’ game against the Gary Southshore Railcats.Kleinfeld said he watched the 1999 eclipse that crossed Germany and traveled to Shanghai for another in 2009. But in Shanghai, he said, the sky was overcast.“This is a good opportunity,” Kleinfeld said as he set up his camera outside Saltdogs Stadium. “If it doesn’t work today, I’ll just have to come back in 2024,” when the next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur.Paul Kobs, 38, of Minneapolis, took a day off work and drove to Lincoln with his girlfriend. The couple started planning the trip three months ago and picked Lincoln because it was one of the places closest to their home to see the eclipse.Kobs said they initially planned to drive down to Beatrice, Nebraska, where eclipse viewers gathered at the Homestead National Monument, but the cloudy forecast for that area persuaded him to stay in Lincoln.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Gamescenter_img LINCOLN, Neb. — Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities from Oregon to South Carolina crowded into minor league ballparks Monday to watch the solar eclipse at game-day viewing parties.The Lincoln Saltdogs wore special black-and-white jerseys and stopped their game just before 1 p.m. to watch the eclipse darken the sky. Spectators erupted in applause at 1:02 p.m. as the moon crawled in front of the sun until the whole sky looked like a late-evening sunset. The air turned chilly and went still.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments The Volcanoes’ game against the Hillsboro Hops started late because the Hops got stuck in traffic. The game stopped briefly in the first inning as fans and players paused to watch the eclipse. Many players donned disposable protective glasses and sat in the grass in front of each dugout. At one point, the sellout crowd chanted, “Let’s go science!”In Nebraska, the Saltdogs sold game tickets to buyers from as far away as the United Kingdom and Germany, team spokesman Michael Shively said. 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$185 Million for Renovation of Facilities to House Juveniles

first_imgThe Government has earmarked some $185 million for the renovation of remand facilities and police stations to house juveniles.This is among several measures recently approved by Cabinet, following a submission from the joint Inter-Ministerial Working Group set up to review and improve the welfare of children in state care.Of the amount, approximately $110 million has been set aside to undertake works at the South Camp Road Rehabilitation Centre in Kingston to facilitate an exclusive remand area for girls.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, who outlined details of the undertaking at a press conference on Monday, May 27, at Jamaica House, informed that work is expected to commence shortly and is slated for completion by the end of September.He noted that the renovation of the centre will entail, among other things, the provision of classroom space to accommodate various types of remedial training, and art and drama programmes.Meanwhile, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, announced that $75 million is to be spent to commence work on the first five of 14 police stations across 12 parishes.The stations are located at Barrett Town, St. James; Moneague, St. Ann; Bridgeport, St. Catherine; Nain, St. Elizabeth; and Four Paths, Clarendon.The project will be carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat. The allocation will also be used to upgrade facilities at the Rio Cobre Correctional Centre for Boys in St. Catherine.Work on the remaining nine police stations will commence at a later date. These are located at Frome, Westmoreland; Stewart Town, Trelawny; King’s Vale, Hanover; Castleton, St. Mary; Manchioneal, Portland; Porus, Manchester; Central Village, St. Catherine; and Admiral Town, Kingston; and in St. Thomas, at either the Trinityville or Cedar Valley police station.The Inter-Ministerial Working Group has also recommended the provision of additional staff for the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), to enable the regular inspection and monitoring of juveniles in correctional centres.Additionally, a pool of specialists, including psychiatrists and psychologists will be put in to place to deal with children, who have serious psycho-social and psychological issues. They will work with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), Child Development Agency (CDA), and the OCA.Parents of children, who are detained, will also be required to participate in a structured development programme, which will provide support for them as well as their parents.Additionally, it is mandated that a standard assessment and care plan must be completed for all children entering the juvenile justice system. This plan must include risk assessment, detoxification, medical screening, referral to specialists, psychiatric/psychological assessment and counselling, education needs, and scheduling of case management.It is also suggested that the OCA and the CDA be immediately notified, once a child is remanded at a police station, so that he/she is not held there for more than 48 hours. A liaison officer from the CDA is to be appointed at each station for this purpose.The joint group Inter-Ministerial Working Group, which Minister Hanna convened last September, comprises representatives from several Ministries and agencies, including the Ministries of Youth and Culture; Justice; National Security and Education.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more