Football Season Arrives

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. How frightening it must be when Connor Thomas discovers that you are carrying the football and lowers his head. He’s 6-5, 265 pounds and remarkably agile. He will run you down. And now, you don’t know where he’s lining up. He could be coming from anywhere. “I’m going to play a little linebacker this year,” Thomas, a Flathead High School senior, said. “I’ve never done it before, but I’m excited. I finally get a running start at the O-line.” Thomas is one of the Braves’ senior leaders on the gridiron this year. When he’s not moonlighting as a middle linebacker, he will play his traditional position of nose guard. On offense, he’ll anchor the line at left tackle. Head coach Russell McCarvel is looking to his class of 19 seniors for leadership as the Braves try to improve upon last year’s 2-8 record. This season’s team, McCarvel and Thomas say, is deeper, faster and more experienced. The Braves open at home against Butte on Aug. 27, who they defeated last year.“I think we’re going to be a lot better this year,” Thomas, a 2009 Class AA first-team all-state selection, said.On offense, senior Mike VanArendonk will have the opportunity to truly show off his skills after a broken thumb impeded his 2009 season. VanArendonk, 6-1 and nimble, can run the option, scramble away from defenders and put the ball in the air. McCarvel said he has improved his footwork and throwing mechanics. “We’re looking for big things out of him,” McCarvel said.VanArendonk has some good targets to throw to, including junior George Sherwood, the backup quarterback who filled in for VanArendonk when he was hurt last season. Sherwood, who VanArendonk says is “6-5 and super quick,” will also start at defensive back.Other top receivers include Ian Gillespie, Matt McLean, Gaige Mower, Drew Cosby and 6-3 Jeff Markavage. Senior Braxton Nimmick, at 6-4 and 215 pounds, returns as starting tight end. Left: Wolfpack quarterback Colter Hanson, left, scrambles with the football during an afternoon practice at Glacier High School. Right: Flathead quarterback Mike VanArendonk eyes down field during a morning football practice at Legends Field. The Wolfpack have good speed on the outside, led by Bryan Chery, a second-team all-conference selection last year. First-year football player Trey Griffith, a senior, brings additional speed to the receiver position. Senior Brendan Hagan is establishing himself as the top running back, though fellow seniors Stormy Day and Jake Konen should get snaps as well. Much of what Glacier is able to do offensively will depend on the line. Bennett calls the offensive line “our greenest area.” Four starters left last year. But the Wolfpack still have senior Joel Horn, who has committed to Montana State University. Horn will also play a key role on the defensive line, which Bennett said has looked good in practice. “Joel’s back as the anchor,” Bennett said. That same speed from the offense should translate to the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the defensive back and safety positions. And Bennett said his linebacking crew is solid, with speed and depth. Glacier kicks off the 2010 season on Aug. 27 on the road against Billings Senior. McCarvel said the Braves will use a one-running back offense and “try to get the ball to our playmakers,” including Sherwood and senior Travis Ozegovich in the backfield. Last year, Ozegovich ran for a team-high 665 yards and five touchdowns. Those same playmakers will have important roles on defense as well.“The kids are working hard on the little things that make you better,” McCarvel said. “I’m a big believer that the little things will help you get to the big things.”Glacier High School Last year, in only the third year of the school’s existence, Glacier finished the regular season with a 7-3 record and made it to the Class AA playoffs where it lost to Billings Skyview 28-14.Although key seniors graduated, including University of Montana recruit Shay Smithwick-Hann and running back Taylor Hart, head coach Grady Bennett says he has an eager bunch of players who have been waiting for their time to shine. Unlike last year, when he had a core of three-year starters, Bennett doesn’t know what to fully expect from his team until the games start. In many ways, that’s exhilarating, he said.“Definitely a lot of new guys are going to be hitting the field for the first time,” Bennett said. “It’s really going to be a matter of seeing who steps up in games. But it’s exciting – we have a lot of different possible looks we can throw at people.”He added: “Last year we knew exactly what we had coming into the season.” Filling the sizable shoes of Smithwick-Hann is senior Colter Hanson, while junior Karl Hellwig could take some snaps as well. Bennett expects Hanson to ably run the Wolfpack’s complicated offense, which runs a balanced attack of passing and rushing, incorporating frequent misdirection tactics and trickery. Hanson is 6-3 and athletic. “He looks good,” Bennett said of his quarterback. “He’s had a good fall camp. He’s gained a lot of confidence. I’m excited.” With a new quarterback and a largely new crew across the board, Bennett said he can experiment with different formations to see what works. Glacier could bounce from a five-receiver look to a two-tight end set, which has the potential to throw off defenses. Left: Wolfpack head football coach Grady Bennett calls plays during an afternoon practice at Glacier High School. Right: Flathead Braves head football coach Russell McCarvel organizes his players on the field at Legends Stadium during a morning football practice. Email The Flathead Braves football team takes to the practice field at Legends Stadium to start a morning practice.last_img read more

Laboratory Instructor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

first_imgAbout the RoleThe successful candidate will have a focus in geoscience withteaching interests in igneous and metamorphic petrology,hydrogeology, geochemistry, sedimentology, structural geology, andeconomic geology. The candidate must demonstrate excellence, orclear promise of excellence, in teaching in laboratory settings.The successful candidate will be expected to deliver severalcourses per term at both the introductory and senior levels as partof the regular teaching load, which contributes to existingofferings in geology, as well as develop laboratory sectionscommensurate with their expertise. What We OfferTalented and committed employees are the driving force behindstudent success. We strive to be an employer of choice amongCanadian post-secondary institutions. At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are acombination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivatean environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses thestrength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich andinclusive workplace.Investing in the learning and development of our employeesbenefits the individual and the University. A variety of services,resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace.Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensationpackage including health and dental benefits, pension, health andpersonal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure,personal days and a free membership in our fully equippedrecreation centre. Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic,dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness servicessuch as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreationoffers many activities, including personal training, fitnessclasses, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certificationsfor students, employees and the public. QualificationsA MSc in Geology is requiredHave or be eligible to apply for Professional Geoscientistdesignation with the Association of Professional Engineers andGeoscientists of AlbertaExperience in teaching undergraduate laboratories inGeologyExcellent teaching skillsStrong technical skillsAbility to work independently and demonstrate initiativeProactive problem solvingGood interpersonal skills allowing collaboration with facultyand staffExperience with developmental activities for senior-levellaboratories is an asset The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences atMount Royal University invites applications for apermanent-track appointment at the rank of Laboratory Instructor(L2) commencing July 1, 2021. Closing Date:     Open until asuitable candidate is found, review of applications willbegin after May 1, 2021. About MRUFounded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, MountRoyal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s andbecame a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out adistinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberaleducation and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than14,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 36majors.Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territoriesof the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 regionin southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, theKainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated onland where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditionalBlackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis,” which we now callthe city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the MétisNation.Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers andfostering the inclusion of voices that have been historicallyunderrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of ourbelief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work,learning and research experiences for the entire campus community,we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women,Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visibleminorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities)to apply and self-identify. About the Department of Earth and EnvironmentalSciencesMount Royal University’s Faculty of Science and Technologyoffers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students canpursue majors in cellular and molecular biology, environmentalscience, general science, geology, and health science. In addition,the faculty also offers a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems(BCIS), Bachelor of Science – Computer Science (UniversityTransfer), Environmental Science Certificate, and an AboriginalScience and Technology Education Program (ASTEP).The Earth and Environmental Sciences department, within theFaculty of Science and Technology, supports three disciplines:Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology.  ResponsibilitiesLaboratory instruction, including preparation and markingContributing to the development of laboratory experiments andmaterials, in consultation with course coordinatorsInvestigating new teaching methods and materials for labdeliveryDirecting, mentoring, and evaluating LaboratoryInstructorsAssisting course coordinators with lab coordinationActing as a liaison between Laboratory Instructors and coursecoordinators to help maintain consistent course standards ininstruction and gradingService to the Department  A complete application includes a letter of application,curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a one-page statementof teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations or otherevidence of teaching excellence). Please title your .pdf documentas follows: [Last Name], [Job Title], [Requisition Number].pdf (ex.Smith, Coordinator, 999999.pdf).last_img read more

Rocky Mountain IV Medics Offers Relief for More Than Just Hangovers

first_imgWhile I didn’t feel anything right off the bat, I did sleep much better that night and the next day I did feel more energized, alert and peppy. My energy levels have continued to stay up and my body just feels better. Interested in experiencing the benefits of IV therapy firsthand, I took Richardson up on an offer for a complimentary session. “When an episode starts, there is no at-home relief,” Williams said. ” I figured that since it is 2020, there must be something out there. When your child is sick you will do anything.” ©2020 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) The Silver packages features 1,000 ccs of normal saline, vitamin B complex and one addition of your choice for $125 per session. This package it typically recommended for people suffering from headaches, the cold or flu, and need some added hydration and a boost. Rocky Mountain IV Medics client Brenda Williams was looking for something to help her daughter who suffers from Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, a condition often seen in children and young adults where they have unknown causes of recurring bouts of vomiting. With the pandemic spreading across the U.S., the company has seen an increase in calls from clients needing therapy to help overcome the virus or from clients, like pregnant women, needing a boost of hydration or relief from nausea, but not wanting to risk going to the hospital. A small poke and short sting later my IV was set and the bright green solution began dripping into the tube that flowed down to my arm. Greeley Tribune, Colo. However, Rocky Mountain IV Medics is using the procedure to help people with a variety of ailments including fatigue, anxiety, altitude sickness and much more. “It’s super safe. It is an invasive procedure, so some people still get worried about that, but everything is sterile and safe,” Weber said. “As a paramedic/firefighter, I have done IVs on the side of the road, upside down in a car, in the back of a helicopter, in the back of an ambulance, things like that where it’s super crazy. When I go to a client’s house, this is fun. I can take my time and it’s controlled and clean.” Clients can choose from several different IV therapy “cocktails” and add-ons. Mobile IV therapy is commonly associated with relieving hangovers after a long night of raucous libation-focused partying. Richardson was so impressed with the results from his treatment that he and Weber discussed expanding the business concept into Colorado. “Michael showed up and educated me on everything they offered. He was amazing. I chose the silver package that was loaded with all the goods that I needed,” she said. “I have only used the service once so far but am considering using it for a general boost once a month. They offer so much for so many different ailments and preventative care. “My wife and I were just deathly ill and said that we finally had an excuse to call Jonny and his new IV therapy company,” Richardson explained. “So he comes out and literally by the end of the IV we were perfect. It was like “˜oh my God, this is the future.’” For people just looking for added hydration with a small boost of vitamin B complex at a minimal price, the Bronze package is perfect. For $110 clients can get the benefits of hydration and energy. This package is great for people preparing for an athletic event. Williams came across an ad for Rocky Mountain IV Medics while scrolling Facebook when her daughter was in the hospital. Clients can also choose plain saline for $100 or the NAD+ IV therapy that has anti-aging and addiction properties for $200. Add-ons range in price from $25 up to $50 and include options of extra saline, vitamin C, Zofran, Zinc or an MIC B12 injection. For more information on services offered, or to schedule an IV therapy session with Rocky Mountain IV Medics, go to www.rockymountainIVmedics.com. “I have recommended this service to everyone I know and look forward to my next visit,” she added. The entire process from start to finish took around 45-minutes. The Myers’ Cocktail features six high-impact vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including vitamin B complex, zinc and glutathione. This IV solution can be used to help recover from various things like the flu or an athletic injury and aides in skin health and weight loss regimens. The cost for this therapy is $175 per session.center_img The Ultimate Myers’ Cocktail includes everything in the regular Myers’ Cocktail but has an increased dose of vitamin C and glutathione. This option is great for people interested in boosting their vitamin C intake and raising their overall energy level. The cost for the Ultimate Myers’ Cocktail is $275 a session. The Gold package, which runs for $150 a session, offers clients 1,000 ccs of normal saline, vitamin B complex and two additions of their choice – vitamin or medicine. This package is great for curing nausea and food poisoning. Working full time, taking three classes at Aims and caring for my dog, Don Luigi,I tend to burn the candle at both ends and am often tired and sluggish. Add that to not exercising regularly, going through an early medically induce menopause and not having the healthiest diet, I was a good candidate to put the treatment to the test. “The majority of our calls are from people that really need the IVs like people going through chemo and cancer or going through migraines. You don’t have to go to the ER for migraines anymore, we come to you,” Weber said. “We can take care of that migraine without any narcotics.” Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com “We do this in a controlled environment, we are one-on-one and everything we use is single-use, single package directly from our pharmacy,” Richardson said. “It just makes it so that it’s another opportunity to be treated on a medical level without ever having to get out of bed.” Opening in the Denver area in October 2019, the company has quickly grown to offering services in Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland areas. ––– For me, I do think that the burst of vitamins and minerals has helped me for sure. While the cost can be a little high, I feel that the benefits are worth the cost. IV therapy is something I would seriously consider doing once a quarter. After filling out some short paperwork, I was ready for my stick. This is where most people get nervous, especially if they’ve had a bad experience with blood draws and needle sticks before. But being a paramedic, Salomon is used to having to set IV’s in all kinds of veins – including the forehead– and in all kinds of situations and assured me that my veins weren’t a challenge. Williams contacted the company for a service, wanting to tryout IV therapy on herself first before considering it for her daughter. (TNS) The first thing the IV tech Juan Salomon did was talk to me about my health history, any medications I take and if I have any allergies. He then took my vitals, listened to my heart and lungs, and prepped the solution. And while 10% of the company’s calls are for hangover relief, the therapy can help with a variety of issues such as dehydration, constipation, pain management and migraines. With a background as a paramedic/firefighter, Weber heads the medical portion of the business while Richardson is in charge of marketing and business development. Richardson first learned about the benefits of IV therapy after becoming a client of Weber’s Mobile IV Nurses business, which operates in Arizona. Each IV tech on the team is either a nurse or paramedic, with years of experience under their belts, Richardson explained. The staffs’ extensive experience also allows them to recognize more serious situations where clients may need to go to the hospital. The company doesn’t accept insurance but clients can pay with a debit or credit card, Health Savings Account card, cash, or through Venmo, Paypal or or Zelle. So do I think that IV therapy is beneficial? Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

Calls for more Ebola action intensify; food supply at risk

first_imgLeaders in the response to West Africa’s burgeoning Ebola epidemic today stepped up their calls for fast action to stop the disease, while the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the epidemic is threatening food supplies in the affected countries.Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), spoke of a limited window of opportunity to arrest the epidemic, while the president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) painted a grim picture and called on governments to send civilian and military teams of biodefense experts to West Africa immediately.Meanwhile, the FAO said disruptions caused by the epidemic are driving up food prices in the affected countries and warned that the same factors may threaten the upcoming harvest season.Also today, media reports said another American missionary doctor in Liberia has contracted Ebola virus disease (EVD).Frieden sounds alarmFrieden, back from a visit to the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, spoke at a news teleconference from Atlanta today.”The bottom line is that despite tremendous efforts from the US government, CDC, and countries, the number of cases continues to increase and is increasing rapidly,” he said, predicting that the count will continue to rise over the next few weeks.”There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing,” he warned.”I can’t possibly overstate the need for an urgent response,” he said. “While I fear that we’ll see a worsening over the next couple of weeks, I remain confident that we can make a big difference and that we can control it if we act now.”The World Health Organization put the EVD count in the West African outbreak at 3,069 cases with 1,552 deaths on Aug 28, but experts have said the real count is probably much higher.Frieden described the outbreak as “the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known,” in that it’s the first time the disease has spread widely in society.As an example of the tremendous needs he saw, he described visiting a new EVD treatment center that had 35 beds but 63 patients, with many patients lying on the floor. In one treatment center, he had firsthand experience working in the required personal protective equipment. “It’s roasting hot, it’s very difficult to move,” he said. “Sweat pours down into your goggles, into your eyes. The ability to start an IV line and draw blood, it’s hard.”Frieden cited a need to provide more treatment centers, healthcare workers, supplies, and infrastructure, and to improve clinical management and infection control.”Perhaps most importantly, there is need for a functional emergency operations center at either the national or the district levels directing an efficient response,” he said in a prepared statement.As an example of a successful local response, he cited a rubber plantation owned by Firestone. In response to a case, the company created an Ebola treatment center, trained staff members, and arranged for testing by the CDC, he said.By identifying 73 contacts, including 11 with illnesses, and isolating and monitoring them, the company managed to prevent any more cases, he said.Frieden also told of meeting a young woman who had contracted EVD by holding her sister-in-law’s 2-year-old daughter, who had vomiting and diarrhea. When the woman herself got sick, she went to a treatment center, where she survived.Frieden said there is no sign that the virus is becoming more transmissible, but he acknowledged a “theoretical risk” that that could happen. The risk is “probably low, but it’s not zero,” he said.He stressed that the affected countries are strongly committed to battling the disease. “The countries are engaged and willing to stop it. They need the world to work with them.”MSF president sketches bleak sceneAt a special briefing at the United Nations (UN) in New York, MSF President Joanne Liu, MD, described the situation in the affected countries as grim. MSF is the leading non-governmental organization battling the epidemic.”In West Africa, cases and deaths continue to surge. Riots are breaking out. Isolation centers are overwhelmed,” she said in a statement. “Health workers on the front lines are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers. Others have fled in fear, leaving people without care for even the most common illnesses. Entire health systems have crumbled.”Ebola treatment centers are reduced to places where people go to die alone, where little more than palliative care is offered. It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets.”Rather than building new Ebola care centers in Liberia, we are forced to build crematoria.”Liu said MSF, which has cared for more than two thirds of the known EVD case-patients in the epidemic, is “completely overwhelmed.”But although the world’s response has been “too little, too late,” it’s still possible to stop the epidemic, Liu asserted.She said many UN member countries have spent much on biodefense, and they therefore “have a political and humanitarian responsibility to immediately utilize these capabilities in Ebola-affected countries.””To curb the epidemic, it is imperative that States immediately deploy civilian and military assets with expertise in biohazard containment,” she said. “I call upon you to dispatch your disaster response teams, backed by the full weight of your logistical capabilities. This should be done in close collaboration with the affected countries.”Liu called for “scaling up isolation centers,” providing mobile diagnostic labs, establishing “dedicated air bridges to move personnel and equipment to and within West Africa,” and building a network of field hospitals to treat infected medical workers.She also said the world must remedy the collapse of Liberia’s healthcare system by reopening closed hospitals and setting up new ones.In addition, she called for dropping “coercive measures” such as forced quarantines and laws against failing to report suspected cases. Those measures only cause concealment of cases and drive sick people away from the healthcare system, she said.FAO worried about food securityThe FAO said today that Ebola-related disruptions in food distribution in the three most-affected countries are driving food prices up, while labor shortages are threatening to hamper the upcoming harvest season.”Quarantine zones and restrictions on people’s movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food,” the FAO said in a press release and a report. This has led to “panic buying, food shortages and significant food price hikes on some commodities, especially in urban centers.”For example, a recent market assessment in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, showed that the price of cassava jumped 150% in the first weeks of August, the agency said.In addition, the main harvest season for rice and maize, two major crops, is weeks away, the FAO said. “Labor shortages on farms due to movement restrictions and migration to other areas will seriously impact farm production, jeopardizing the food security of large numbers of people.”The agency said the areas most affected by the epidemic are among the most productive in Sierra Leone and Liberia.Also, production of cash crops like palm oil, cocoa, and rubber, on which many families depend, is expected to be seriously affected, the statement said.To meet short-term food relief needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a regional emergency operation aiming to provide 65,000 tons of food to 1.3 million people, the FAO reported.Meanwhile, the agency called for efforts to identify feasible measures to cushion the impact of labor shortages during the harvest and afterward, and also appealed for “measures to revive internal trade” and thus improve the food supply.At the same time, the agency said, “Preventing further loss of human life and stopping the spread of the virus remain the top priorities at this time. FAO has joined the coordinated UN effort to support affected countries, is in daily communication with WHO and other key actors, and has personnel in West Africa aiding technical and logistical efforts.”American doctor infectedIn other developments, another American physician working for the missionary organization SIM (Service in Mission) has contracted Ebola, the group announced today.The doctor was treating obstetrics patients at SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, SIM said in a statement. “Upon onset of the symptoms, the doctor immediately isolated himself and has since been transferred to the ELWA Ebola isolation unit. The doctor is doing well and is in good spirits,” the statement said.It was not clear how the doctor contracted the virus, since he was not treating patients in the hospital’s Ebola isolation facility, which is separate from the main hospital, the statement said.SIM is the same organization that employed Nancy Writebol, one of two Americans who previously contacted EVD in Liberia. They were evacuated from the country in early August and treated at Emory University in Atlanta. Writebol recovered and was released from the hospital Aug 19.See also: Sep 2 CDC press releaseSep 2 statement by Liu of MSFSep 2 FAO press releaseSep 2 FAO reportSep 2 SIM press releaselast_img read more

Zambia repatriates 147 Ethiopian illegal immigrants

first_imgZambian authorities have repatriated 147 Ethiopian illegal migrants who were facing jail sentences for illegal entry into the country, immigration authorities said on Friday.The Ethiopians were repatriated back to their country on Thursday afternoon after they were pardoned by the Zambian President Edgar Lungu last year.According to a statement released by the Immigration department, the immigrants were repatriated under an assisted voluntary return program by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the capital Lusaka.!45 of those deported were men, while the other two were women.last_img read more

Defeat looms for weary Windies

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – Battle-weary West Indies were staring at a heavy defeat after enduring one of their worst days of the tour, as Chris Broad’s six-wicket haul followed by a trio of damaging half-centuries installed England as firm favourites to win the decisive third Test and retain the Wisden Trophy. A shambolic third day at Old Trafford saw the Caribbean side concede a huge first innings lead of 172 after they were dismissed cheaply for 197 after resuming the morning on 137 for six, with the outstanding Broad taking all four wickets to end with six for 31.England then stormed to 226 for two in their second innings thanks to half-centuries from Roy Burns (90), captain Joe Root (68 not out) and Dom Sibley (56) and when the declaration came at 6 pm (1 pm Eastern Caribbean time), West Indies had been handed an improbable target of 399 runs.Left with just six overs to survive before the close, West Indies were once again hurt by Broad, the right-hander removing John Campbell (0) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (4), to send the tourists limping to 10 for two and push his career tally to 499 wickets. With thunderstorms in the forecast for nearly all of today’s penultimate day, West Indies will keep an anxious watch on the skies, hoping the elements can help thwart England’s charge towards a seemingly inevitable victory.To add to their woes, West Indies were further besieged by injury as wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich took a blow to his face in the eighth over of the England innings and played no further part in the contest, and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder were forced off the field at points with niggles.In fact, Gabriel was limited to just five overs – two before lunch and three following the resumption – and never featured again. Resuming the morning with the first goal of avoiding the follow-on of 170, West Indies flourished inside the first hour as Holder top-scored with 46 and Dowrich chipped in with 37, to deny England early success.Holder, starting on 24, struck six fours off 82 balls in two hours while Dowrich faced 63 balls in just shy of two hours at the crease and stroked five fours.The pair stretched their seventh wicket stand to 68 before being separated in the second over before the first drinks break when Holder, who had earlier been caught off a Chris Woakes no-ball on 38, played back when he should have been forward and was trapped lbw on the crease. Rahkeem Cornwall followed in identical fashion for 10 with as many runs added at 188 for eight and three balls later in the same over, Roach edged a forward defensive prod for Root to take a low catch at first slip.Dowrich chased quick runs before he was last out, skying an ill-timed heave to Woakes at mid on.England easily survived the four overs before lunch taken at 10 without loss before pressing on in the second session, adding a further 76 without losing a wicket. When a delivery from Gabriel burst through Dowrich’s gloves and struck him on the mouth, Shai Hope took the gloves before reserve gloveman Joshua DaSilva was hastily called into action from the tenth over.It proved the least of the Windies’ troubles as Burns and Sibley went about putting on a critical 114 for the first wicket, to push the lead close to the 300-run mark.Burns struck 10 fours off 163 deliveries in just short of 4-¼ hours while Sibley faced 132 balls in just shy of three hours and counted seven fours.Holder returned for a new spell and got the breakthrough in his first over when he hit Sibley in front but there was no further immediate success for the tourists as Root joined Burns to post another 112 runs for the second wicket. Root faced just 56 balls, smashing a six and eight fours – three of which came in one over from Roach and carried him to his 49th half-century in Tests.The left-handed Burns was eyeing his third Test hundred when he perished late in the day, top-edging a swing at off-spinner Roston Chase and skying a simple catch to DaSilva.Opener John Campbell then failed to see off the new-ball burst, nicking Broad to Root at first slip in the second over to cap a miserable series where he managed only 84 runs from six innings. And Roach followed in Broad’s next over, edging another defensive prod through to wicketkeeper Jo Buttler.last_img read more