Coronation Street actress is new patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 March 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Recruitment / people Volunteering Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has been appointed as a patron of The Albert Kennedy Trust, the only UK charity providing foster care and supported lodgings services to lesbian, gay and bisexual youth who are homeless or living in a hostile environment.Julie played transsexual character Hayley on the TV soap. Originally only intended to be short-term character, Haylet returned as a regular cast member in June 1998.Commenting on her new patronage, Julie said: “I’m thrilled to be involved with such a worthwhile organisation, especially one that can fundamentally alter the lives of teenagers who have faced prejudice and exclusion because of their sexuality. With its unique and targeted service, The Albert Kennedy Trust offers support to those most vulnerable and I want to increase awareness for the Trust.” Advertisement  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Coronation Street actress is new patron of The Albert Kennedy Trustlast_img read more

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Learn about history of bicycle transport as part of Bike Week…

first_imgRoisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick TAKE a trip down memory lane to learn more about the history of one of our greenest modes of transport the Bicycle as part of this year’s Bike Week thanks to Limerick Green Leaf City 2020.This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of one of our oldest modes of transport and get a glimpse at some of the bicycles of yonder years, like an 1889 Penny Farthing!Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up See the Irish made Bicycle used in the Michael Collins Movie!The central part of the exhibition focuses on the history of the bicycle itself, from the initial concept sketch produced by a student of Leonardo da Vinci back in the mid 1400’s ,yet the first bicycle would not be made for another 300 years or so.Check out this exciting window exhibition from Monday to Friday 21 – 25 September 2020 at the Workbench, Bank of Ireland, O’Connell St, Limerick, which is brought to you by Limerick Green Leaf City 2020.For more information about European Green Leaf events, log on to Limerick.ie/European-Green-Leaf-City #EGLALimerick2020 #EGLA2020.The exhibition is part of a series of events taking place around Limerick to mark Bike Week which takes place between 19-27 September.Included are:Lough Gur Cycle of Life: 20 September 2020Enjoy a leisurely cycle to Lough Gur lakefront from Holycross. This route was recently upgraded to a shared space for everyone to enjoy. Free but booking essentialCycling Selfie Photo Competition: 19 – 27 September 2020If you’re out and about on your bike during Bike Week 2020, Post a photo on Twitter of you cycling, a selfie with your bike or your bike in a scenic location in Limerick, and use the hashtag #LimerickBikeWeek for your chance to win a €50 voucher to spend at your local bike shop.Free Minor Bike Fixes and Repairs: 19 and 26 SeptA Bike Mechanic will be available at the Parkway Shopping Centre, Limerick on Saturday 19 September between 10.30am and 1pm and Mungret Park, Mungret between 2pm and 4.30pm. Cyclists can bring along their bike for a free bike check and minor fixes/ repairs.A mobile bike repair mechanic service will be at the Murroe Wood Park, Murroe, Co. Limerick, carrying out free bike checks and minor repairs on Saturday 19 September between 11am and 1pm.A Bike Mechanic will be available at the People’s Park, Pery Square on Saturday 26 September between 10.30am and 1pm and in Castletroy Neighbourhood Park between 2pm and 4.30pm. Again, cyclists can bring along their bike for a free bike check and minor fixes/ repairs.CyclocrossCyclocross Coaching at Limerick Racecourse with Greenmount Cycling Academy on Sunday 27 September from 10am – 5pm. Open to youths and adults. Participants must sign up in advanceBallyhoura Introduction to Mountain BikingBallyhoura Development is hosting an adult Introduction to Mountain Biking on Monday 21 September from 10am – 12pm at Ballyhoura Trailhead, Glenosheen Woods, Co. Limerick. Participants must sign up in advance on EventbriteInclusive CyclingDown Syndrome Limerick is hosting an Inclusive Cycling Event at Limerick Racecourse commencing 23 September. Members only event.Cycling for All Abilities workshop hosted by St. Gabriel’s Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick. The event will take place on Friday 25 September and will encourage and enable children with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in Bike Week. Participation in the event will be restricted to the children with disabilities who attend St. Gabriel’s Centre.Due to Covid-19 guidelines in operation during the planning phase of Bike Week, no mass participation events have been organised by Limerick City and County Council. However why not get your bike out and cycle around your locality. It might lead to even longer cycles!For more information about events check Limerick.ie here, or bikeweek.ie. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Email TAGSBike Week 2020Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp Facebook Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Previous article56 patients waiting for beds at UHLNext articleIrish Female Artists pave the way for their European counterparts, with the support of LSAD & the [email protected] Programme. Meghann Scully LimerickNewsLearn about history of bicycle transport as part of Bike Week 2020By Meghann Scully – September 21, 2020 72 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

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Art in the making

first_imgWith a major renovation limiting exhibition space, the Harvard Art Museums can’t always show off new acquisitions these days.One example is a fragile plaster model — 34 inches high — that is a rare survivor from the rough-and-tumble sculpture studios of 17th century Italy, where new sculptures were made and ancient classical works were restored from fragments dug from the ground. Young artists often learned their trade by piecing these remnants together.Restorations required making plaster models, three-dimensional representations of what a finished work might look like. They were just templates of a sort, and were discarded once a sculpture was finished.But the half-scale example somehow survived and was donated to Harvard last year by the estate of First Amendment lawyer Daniel Paul ’46, a one-time member of the Harvard Board of Overseers who had a passion for collecting fine art. (He also earned degrees from Harvard Law School and from what became the Harvard Kennedy School.)The survival alone of such a fragile artifact makes it rare. But what makes Harvard’s model even more important is the figure it depicts: the Barberini Faun (circa 220 B.C.), one of the key works of Hellenist sculpture in the canon of Western art.The original, a life-size marble statue on display in Munich since 1830, shows a reclining, naked faun — in Greek mythology, a satyr — in what one critic called “the relaxed abandonment of sleep,” with legs akimbo, and one arm crooked behind a head wild with curls.That abandonment includes a full frontal view of the faun, a pose that has since made the statue an icon in homoerotic art. The same legs-apart view also assured that for years the Barberini Faun appeared in art textbooks only as a detail of a handsome, relaxed face.Stephan Wolohojian was shocked when he saw the original, in Munich’s Glyptothek museum. The blatant naked pose was part of the shock, he said, but so was the naturalistic beauty of the statute’s musculature and “the seductive trance of the sleeping faun” itself.Wolohojian is the Landon and Lavinia Clay Curator, and head of the division of European and American Art at the Harvard Art Museums. He delivered a talk on the Faun plaster model this month (Dec. 8) at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum lecture hall.It was the second of four In-Sight Evenings at the Art Museums, in which patrons are invited to an after-hours reception and then talk that looks “deeper and differently” at a single artist or work of art.The story of the plaster model starts with the story of the Barberini Faun itself, which in the 1620s was excavated in Rome. More than a thousand years before, it had likely been among the tons of statuary hurled at invading Goths from the heights of the besieged Castel Sant’Angelo, a papal fortress. In ancient times the fortress had been the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Hadrian, an ardent Hellenophile who scoured the empire for Greek statuary.When it was dug out of the old moat, the Faun was missing its right leg and left arm, as well as fragments of the face, hand, and elbow. By 1627 it was in the possession of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, a cousin of Pope Urban VIII, an arts patron who himself was a Barberini.By 1629, marble had been purchased for a restoration. A 1679 letter refers to “making two legs in stucco and plaster,” and by 1692 another Barberini inventory refers to a sitting, sleeping Faun, and a plaster model.All the evidence points to the Harvard model being “a working model,” said Wolohojian, and not a cast for reproduction. It was the kind of working object made of clay, rope, and other handy material that “rarely survived in a chaotic sculptor’s studio,” he said. “This plaster is a rare and precious survivor.”Such models, of course, were never presented to large audiences, said Wolohojian. So the Harvard example, complete with a piece of bone inside used to strengthen the right leg, is a window onto restoration work of centuries past.The Harvard Art Museums own a similar artifact — a low-fired clay model of St. Longinus (1628) that has been in the collection since 1937. It is by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a favorite of Pope Urban VIII and the leading sculptor and architect of his day. (He designed the Piazza San Pietro in front of St. Peter’s in Rome, as well as the interior of the Basilica. His “Apollo and Daphne” and other works have been widely admired for almost four centuries.)“It would please me to think … that there was a Bernini intervention” in restoring the Barberini Faun, said Wolohojian, but there is no evidence of it.The original was “the envy of popes and princes,” he said, and it underwent serial restorations. A full-scale marble copy done in Rome in 1726 shows the restored right leg in an upright position, as it appears in the Harvard model.But the most famous restoration — by Italian sculptor Vincenzo Pacetti, in 1799 — replaced the right leg once again, skewing it outward to expose the buttocks more dramatically.The Pacetti restoration also “imposed the single frontal viewpoint,” said Wolohojian, an imposition of artistic design that today would be called a “mutilation.”But that was the business of restoration in 17th and 18th century Italy, when sculptors had a virtual license to rework classical fragments as they saw fit, he said. “Artists felt a certain freedom, a certain liberty to respond” to the materials in front of them.Such manipulations were “clearly acceptable” to audiences a few centuries ago, said Wolohojian. Fragments of ancient marbles were sought out to make modern works, he said, and restorers would often integrate fragments of old sculpture to make new ones, like using parts from a bin.Today, “most of us admire classical marbles” on display, often without considering what restorers just a few centuries ago might have done with their “unions of ancient fragments.”After a brief round of questions, Wolohojian invited the audience to ask more “over some wine” at the reception following the lecture. “Appropriate,” he added, “for thinking about a satyr.”The topic of the next In-Sight Evening, at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, is the statue of Meleager. This stunning fragment of heroic Greek sculpture has been on display at Harvard since 1899.  For more information.last_img read more

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Binghamton Mayor announces details of Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

first_imgMayor David says its important they put their best foot forward. The parade begins 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. It begins at St. Mary’s. Organizers are happy to announce that the Oscar Meyer Weiner-Mobile will join parade line-up this year. Mayor Rich David says he hopes the city puts on a good and safe show for all who attend. (WBNG) — The 53rd Annual Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is on Saturday and local leaders are getting prepared. “We’ve worked very hard collectively as a group to make this a family-friendly oriented event,” says Binghamton Mayor Rich David. “There will literally be thousands and thousands of people not only from Binghamton but from across the region and the state.” For the first time in the parade’s history, the arch-bishop of the Syracuse Diocese will attend the parade.last_img read more

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COVID-19: My mental health at risk — Man City’s Walker

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Manchester City defender Kyle Walker on Friday said he felt he was being harassed and his mental health was at risk because of the attention he was receiving after reportedly breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules.The England full back said he went to Sheffield to see his sister on Wednesday to give her a birthday present and hugged her, before going to his parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Walker breached lockdown rules in April when, according to media reports, he hosted a party involving two sex workers.In a statement on Twitter, Walker said he understood he was a role model but revealed the attention was affecting his entire family.He tweeted: “I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for.“However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.“I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my home. Why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?” dpa/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Kyle WalkerManchester Citylast_img read more

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Chelsea’s bid to sign Porto’s Hulk ‘looks doomed’

first_imgChelsea’s hopes of landing Brazil star Hulk seem to be over, the Daily Mirror report.Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are reported to have offered £40m for the Porto striker, with the Blues said to be refusing to bid more than £30m.The Guardian say Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Marseille’s Spanish right-back César Azpilicueta.The Daily Mail suggest the club are considering offering youngster Gael Kakuta as part of an exchange deal for Azpilicueta.The Mail also say Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses he will not be able to join Chelsea unless they meet the Latics’ asking price.Chelsea are close to signing Moses for £9m according to The Sun, which also reports that Blues midfielder Frank Lampard will be recalled by Engand for the friendly against Italy.The Mirror report that David Bentley has been told he is no longer wanted at Tottenham – and again link him with a move to Fulham.Whites boss Martin Jol is said to be interested in the former England international, who has also been linked with QPR.It is claimed that Bentley is among several players Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has met to tell them they can move on.The Mirror also say Nigel Reo-Coker could move to Italy despite apparent interest from Fulham.Meanwhile, Sunderland are reportedly waiting to see if QPR firm up their apparent interest in Kieran Richardson.The Hartlepool Mail suggest Richardson’s future will be resolved soon, with Sunderland ready to listen to offers for him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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IMSTYLE Imstyle® Synthetic Lace Front Wigs Pink Mix Wig Long Afro Kinky Curly Style For Cosplay Drag Queen : AMAZING❤❤❤❤❤

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This wig i love the colour and style to go out with wouldn’t wear this wig everyday as it would get matted at the back and it is heavy. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-04-13 23:28:43Reviewed Item Imstyle® Synthetic Lace Front Wigs Pink Mix White Wig Long Afro Kinky Curly Style For Cosplay Drag QueenRating 4.7 / 5  stars, based on  31  reviewscenter_img Stunning I didn’t review tape which is stated in the description of the order. Other than that the wig is beautiful. Beautiful, but goes frizzy so quickly and the lace is so dark it’s visible :/. I don’t normally write reviews but just had to on this. This was my first buy of a front lace wig , very impressed , the wig was as advertised, nice and thick , arrived quickly , would definitely buy again. Worth every penny good quality 👌love it. INCREDIBLE!!last_img read more

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Mayweather outpunches McGregor in latter rounds

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. hits Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have been on the receiving end of Conor McGregor’s punches in the early rounds, but “Money” scored when it mattered the most.After McGregor outpunched Mayweather, 51-40, in the first five rounds, boxing’s former pound-for-pound king turned the tables on the Irishman, landing 130 punches as compared to the Notorious’ 60 from the sixth to the 10th round, as per Compubox.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Mayweather stops McGregor in 10th roundMayweather, who upped his record to 50-0, was also the more accurate puncher landing 170 of his 320 throws for a 53 percent clip and even his power punches, 152-of-261, were so accurate at 58 percent.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 openingMcGregor managed to land 111 of his total 430 punches but connected just 84 of his 332 power strikes.Interestingly, McGregor, who was stopped midway through the 10th, landed more punches in this fight than Manny Pacquiao did against Mayweather in their 2015 showdown which went the distance. MOST READ Read Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pacquiao, as per Compubox, landed just 81 punches in 12 rounds.RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweatherlast_img read more

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Jeremy Lin stopped from boarding Raptors bus as security has no clue who he is

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too FILE – Jeremy Lin #17 of the Toronto Raptors shoots the ball as T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends in the second half during Game Five of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on May 7, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPSomehow, a security guard at the Milwaukee Bucks’ arena still don’t know who Jeremy Lin is.The Toronto Raptors point guard, who is in his ninth NBA season, said he was stopped by a security guard at Fiserv Forum, where the Milwaukee Bucks play, after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on his way to the team bus.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PVL: Creamline vents ire on PacificTown-Army for 1st win View comments The Raptors went on to beat the Bucks in six games to reach the NBA Finals for the first time where the defending champion Golden State Warriors.The Warriors were the first team Lin played for after he went undrafted in 2010.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “After Game 2 in Milwaukee, I was trying to get to the team bus and one of the dudes in the Milwaukee Arena just screams at me,” Lin said on the Bill Michaels Sports Talk Network. “He’s like, ‘Where do you think you’re going?!’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, I’m trying to get to the team bus.’ He’s like, ‘What? Where’s your pass?“I was like, ‘I don’t have a pass. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t have a pass.’ This happens in a lot of arenas, so I just kind of go with the flow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn 2015, Lin, who just signed with the Charlotte Hornets that time, was also stopped by security for the same reason.‘Went to the Hornets arena for first time and tried convincing security I’m a player,’ Lin tweeted in September of 2015. ‘She said, ‘What team?!?’ lollll.’ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READlast_img read more

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Tampa Bay Rays Tame Cuba

first_imgHAVANA — When Kevin Kiermaier slid into home for the Tampa Bay Rays’ first run of the day, President Barack Obama flung his arms wide in the sign for “safe.”Then he turned to his left and shook the hand of his seatmate and Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.The scene was a remarkable milestone for sports diplomacy as the two presidents try to set aside more than 50 years of Cold War hostility during which about the only thing the countries agreed on was a shared love of baseball.Obama and Castro even joined in when fans were doing “the wave.”In the landmark game, the first visit by a major league team to the Communist island since 1999, the Rays beat the Cuban national team 4-1 on March 22.James Loney homered and drove in three runs, and Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay pitchers shut out the Cubans until Rudy Reyes homered in the ninth inning.But the day will be remembered less for the final score than for the two men sitting in the front row at Estadio Latinoamericano, the last stop on Obama’s trip to Cuba this week in a bid to further pave the road toward normalized relations.The near-capacity crowd roared as Obama and Castro entered and walked toward their seats right behind home plate, waving to fans and greeting other dignitaries.Chants of “Raul! Raul!” broke out.Rarely has so much pomp and circumstance accompanied an exhibition game. Former All-Stars Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred were among the President’s greeters. Secretary of State John Kerry was also in the VIP box, as well as several of Cuba’s highest officials.Before the first pitch, Rays players walked over from the dugout to say hello and passed flowers and small Cuban flags through the netting to first lady Michelle Obama and first daughter Sasha.“Appreciate you guys,” said the President, clad in a white shirt and sunglasses. Castro was slightly more formal in a blazer.Obama shared an extended handshake with ace pitcher Chris Archer, who once was a minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs. He gave Obama, a White Sox fan, a glove owned by Moore.The last time a big league club played in Cuba was 17 years ago when the Baltimore Orioles came to this same stadium during spring training.“We won’t experience anything like this again,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said afterward. “So it’s a very special day for Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays and obviously all of our players, myself included.”Said Moore: “It’s really great, you know, this is something that feels like a very big game back home … I’ve had the opportunity to be in the playoffs a few times and this feels like that kind of an event.”Both Obama and Castro were gone by the third inning — with Obama heading to the airport to fly south for a state visit to Argentina — but the stands remained packed until the final out.Reyes, a hometown favorite who plays for Havana’s powerhouse club Industriales, finally gave the fans a reason to cheer with his solo shot.“It kind of went quiet for a little bit, but then they get something going, you can imagine how loud this place can get when it’s championship baseball,” Cash said.The day left Reyes imagining something else, too. “A lot, this game meant a lot, because of the brotherhood there will be from now on” between Cuban and U.S. baseball, the third baseman said.The diamond detente will help “open the door to the possibility that Cuban baseball players can play” in the majors, he said.What the game lacked in offensive productivity from the home team, it made up for in pageantry.Loud music and dancers on the field warmed the crowd up beforehand, and tots in tiny baseball uniforms escorted the players out for introductions.A white-clad choir sang both countries’ national anthems and a flock of doves was unleashed from the center-field stands. The Cuban and U.S. flags fluttered atop the scoreboard under overcast skies.The stadium known as “El Latino” got a facelift just before the Rays’ visit, providing a freshly scrubbed backdrop.“It’s beautiful. The field looks marvelous,” said Guillermo Gonzalez, an 18-year-old university student. “We are celebrating a union between two peoples, between the United States and Cuba. It’s marvelous.”The stands were notably more mellow than your average Cuban game, where the music, dancing and horn-blowing can be practically nonstop.Admission was free, and tickets were distributed to Cubans through organizations such as student groups and workplaces. That essentially assured a well-behaved crowd and no government opponents around to protest.Maria Ester Mendoza Alvarez, a 52-year-old university professor, agreed that cultural exchanges like this one can help heal geopolitical schisms, but also said the United States ought to end its economic embargo on and give back the naval base at Guantanamo — two longstanding grievances of the Cuban government.“Forget all the politics — we are going to enjoy this as a game, nothing more,” Mendoza said.The trip was also a homecoming for Tampa right fielder Dayron Varona, who was born in Havana and spent seven years playing in Cuba before hopping a boat to Haiti in 2013. On March 21 he had a tearful reunion with relatives he hadn’t seen in three years.In a symbolic moment, Varona was first to bat. He flied out to first, to polite applause. He said after the game that “playing baseball here is a really beautiful thing, very impressive.”Meeting Obama, that also stood out. “That gave me a lot of satisfaction,” Varona said. “I hope someone took a photo and has it somewhere so I can go pick it up.”Luis Tiant, a three-time MLB all-star, and Pedro Luis Lazo, who had a long career with Cuban club Pinar del Rio and the national team, threw out the first pitches.The stadium observed a minute of silence before the game in memory of the Brussels attacks.(PETER ORSI)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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