House’s Specialized Committee ‘Disappointed’ at BIVAC, LRA for ‘Non Compliance’

first_imgRep. Clarence Massaquoi: “It is an open knowledge that our current economic status as a country is challenged…” The ‘Specialized Committee’ of the House of Representatives which is tasked to scrutinize (review) all tax incentives and concession agreements, has frowned on the Bureau Veritas (BIVAC) Liberia and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for non-compliance and deliberate lack of cooperation.Lofa County District #3 Representative Clarence Massaquoi and chairman of the Specialized Committee, said the LRA is dragging her feet to disclose to the Committee the ‘cost incentive’  or “total amount” of all the tax incentives or tax waivers from all concessions and business institutions which are enjoying tax incentives or tax waivers, while BIVAC is reneging to submit their Investment Contract.The disappointment of the House’s Specialized Committee was contained in a preliminary report to plenary, which was read and endorsed on Thursday, February 21, which marked the 13th day sitting.BIVAC  is an international company that is involved in pre-shipment inspection (PSI), while LRA is a government agency that is responsible to collect lawful revenue.Rep. Massaquoi named the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Firestone Liberia, APM Terminals, Conex Petroleum, and ArcelorMittal as some of the concession or business institutions which are in compliance.“Some of the Agreements or Investment Contracts we scrutinized indicate that the time has passed for them to be reviewed legally either five or 10 years ago,” Rep. Massaquoi said.“APM Terminals and Firestone are some of the concessions that are ought to be re-reviewed according to their concession agreements,” he said.He added: “We have also observed that some of the tax waivers have been misused and because of that our investment is sinking and if we don’t rescue it, we will be doomed.”Nimba County District #5 Representative Samuel Kogar made the motion for the Specialized Committee’s preliminary report to be endorsed and extended for an additional one month. But the extension of the Specialized Committee’s time-frame was denied and given an open-ended duration.Meanwhile, the Specialized Committee is co-chaired by Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous M. Gray, while other members are Bomi County District #1 Representative Edwin M. Snowe; Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah; Lofa County District #2 Representative Julie Wiah; and Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.The remaining lawmakers include River Cess County District #2 Representative Rosanna Schaak; Montserrado County District #3 Representative Rustonlyn Dennis, Bong County District #5 Representative Edward Karfiah; Nimba County District #5 Representative Samuel Kogar; Grand Gedeh County District #1 Representative Zoe Pennoh; Montserrado County District #11 Representative Richard Koon; Margibi County District #2 Representative Tibelrosa Tanpoweh, Sinoe County District #3 Representative Matthew Zaza, Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seibo and Gbarpolu County District #2 Representative Cllr. Kane Wesso.The Specialized Committee was appointed by House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers on Tuesday, January 15, during the 2nd day sitting of the 2nd Session, following a letter from the Rep. Massaquoi.He wrote: “Honorable Speaker and Colleagues, it is an open knowledge that our current economic status as a country is challenged and the selfless inputs of all stakeholders to revive it and rekindle the hope of our people. Areas I believe should be looked at are the concessions and investment incentives that are currently in place. You will agree with me, Honorable Speaker and Colleagues, that the implementation of these instruments has a significant impact on the viability of the economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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United set to start Palmdale service

first_img“You have to take that into consideration with the arithmetic,” Thorpe said. After years of false starts and dashed hopes of establishing air service in Palmdale, airport supporters think they have a winning combination this time – a major airline, jets instead of turboprop aircraft, and a hub with connections to 67 different cities – 21 of them international destinations. “It’s a different product we’re offering people,” Thorpe said. “The service will be the same as the major airports.” Targeting business A big issue for United’s success will be whether it can attract business travelers, particularly the military and aerospace companies that make up the region’s biggest industry. That segment represents about 29percent to 32percent of the region’s potential market. “They will succeed on the patronage of the military and aerospace companies,” Thorpe said. “It’s the right plane, the right product and right airline to match the needs of the business traveler.” Los Angeles World Airports and Palmdale are in the midst of a $700,000 marketing blitz targeting an audience between Ridgecrest and the Santa Clarita Valley and between Gorman and the western edges of San Bernardino County. LAWA is planning to reach out to potential travelers through a mix of traditional advertising – TV, radio and newspaper – and newer and nontraditional advertising, such as Web sites and ads on parking-space stripes. Open house Tuesday “We’ve got a huge investment in this,” Thorpe said. “We’re committed to making this a viable market for air service.” Part of that effort is a community open house scheduled from 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Tuesday at the airport terminal, located at 41000 20th Street E., north of Rancho Vista Boulevard. Visitors will see a revamped terminal building that – with the exception of one year during which Nevada-based Scenic Airline flew out of Palmdale – has been inactive since 1998. Just inside the terminal’s sliding doors is a sign featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, which proclaims the airport is “The Antelope Valley’s Connection to the World.” Work on the terminal includes fresh slurry on the parking lot and entrance road, new landscaping, revamped restrooms, new water fountains, remodeled ticket counters, refurbishment of the airport monument sign, as well as lighting and electrical improvements, said Bob Gluck, superintendent of maintenance. “It’s about 95 percent done,” Gluck said. “The rest will be done by United.” Whether the airport ever attracts another airline is largely going to depend on United’s success, airport backers said. “Everybody is watching,” Thorpe said. “If United does well, that will market itself to the rest of the industry.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For Antelope Valley travelers, the question of whether to use Palmdale Regional Airport is all about ticket prices. Yes, there will be a big convenience factor, but does it justify the cost? Donato, who takes several trips a year to Northern California, said he would be willing to pay $50 to $100 more a ticket for that convenience. The caveat being how many people are going on the trip with him. “If it’s one person at $100, OK,” Donato said. “If you’re taking four people, then no.” Avoiding LAX Odds are that Los Angeles International Airport is often going to offer cheaper fares, said Mark Thorpe, director of air service marketing for Los Angeles World Airports. However, there are monetary benefits of using Palmdale, including free parking, a time savings in avoiding the trek to LAX and, for some travelers, avoiding booking a hotel by the airport the night before for early morning flights. PALMDALE – It took a bit of doing, but Frank Donato found a competitive fare by using United Airline’s upcoming service out of Palmdale to San Francisco. After suffering a bout of “sticker shock” from airfares in excess of $450, Donato tried some alternative dates and was able to find a much more palatable fare for about $180. For that price, he planned to book 10 seats. “If they keep the prices the same as Burbank, I’ll fly out of Palmdale,” Donato said. “If it’s not the same, it’s easy for me to fly out of Burbank.” United will begin its Palmdale service on June7. Backed by a $4.6million incentive package put together by Los Angeles World Airports, the city of Palmdale and other players, United has pledged to serve the region for at least 18 months. last_img read more

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REVEALED: COUNCIL HADN’T SIGNED DEAL FOR FIREBOMBED BALLYSHANNON HOUSE

first_imgThe house at the centre of the Ballyshannon controversy has NOT been bought by the county councilEXCLUSIVE: The Donegal home at the centre of the recent uproar over Traveller accommodation was NOT bought by Donegal County Council before the attack.Donegal Daily can reveal the owner of the Ballyshannon house did not sign the house over to the council before it was burned to the ground.The woman was due to sign the paperwork on the sale of the €230,000 house at Parkhill on February 11th. But just hours before the deal was done, the house was gutted in an arson attack just after 3am which Gardai are now investigating.Donegal County Council has now received legal advice that the sale had not been completed before the fire took place.The issue was discussed at a Corporate Policy Meeting of Donegal County Council yesterday.Members of the Corporate Policy Committee, which includes Mayor Frank McBrearty as well as councillors Ciaran Brogan, Dessie Larkin, John Campbell, Cora Harvey and Martin Harley, were told the council’s legal opinion was that the sale had not been completed. Councillors were presented with information on the sale of the house as part of the overall Corporate Policy Meeting.The documentation read “The contract for the acquisition of the dwelling was sealed by the council on 20th Dec 2012 and was signed by the vendor on the 12th Jan 2013 (the date of sale).“While the vendor’s solicitor initially advised that vacant possession would be available on 8 February, 2013 they subsequently confirmed that vacant possession would not be available until 11th Feb.“Naturally, arising from the serious damage caused to the property, the vendor was not in a possession to deliver the property substantially in its condition as at the date of sale and as such, the sale has not been completed.”Donegal Daily understands the owner of the gutted house, which had been allocated to a Traveller family of 12, has been informed of the situation. It is understood she is now taking legal advice on the matter and is checking to see if the property was covered by insurance up to the time of the fire.The Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty, refused to make any comment on the situation when contacted by Donegal Daily late last night.The move to buy the house for the Traveller family caused major controversy and debate across Donegal in recent days.Cllr Sean McEniff found himself at the centre of the debate after he said that Travellers should be isolated form the settled community. The fall-out from the debate has led protesters to picketing Cllr McEniff’s Camden Court Hotel in Dublin at the weekend.He has accused his detractors of “hounding” him over the issue.The latest development means the council is not out of pocket as a result of the blaze.REVEALED: COUNCIL HADN’T SIGNED DEAL FOR FIREBOMBED BALLYSHANNON HOUSE was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:arson attackBallyshannonDonegal Daily exclusiveParkhillracismREVEALED: COUNCIL HADN’T SIGNED DEAL FOR FIREBOMBED BALLYSHANNON HOUSESean McEnifflast_img read more

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Kabul bomb kills eight South Africans

first_img18 September 2012 The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed that eight South Africans were among 12 people killed in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, apparently in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made privately in the US and posted on the internet last week. Speaking to eNews Channel Africa around midday on Tuesday, the department’s spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, said few details were known at this stage as officials were still making calls and gathering information. “As I’m speaking to you, the officials from my department are busy on calls to confirm other details,” Kgwete said. He said the department wished to express its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, adding that necessary assistance would be rendered to families and friends. A suicide bomber reportedly rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a minibus carrying foreign staff of a local company on Tuesday morning, killing eight foreigners and a local driver. Three passers-by were also killed and two security officials were injured by the bombing that took place along the main road, leading to the airport in Kabul’s sub-district 15. Kgwete said the department was busy working with officials in Afghanistan to verify the names of the deceased. He could not disclose the identities until their next-of-kin had been informed. “We are working with authorities and as soon as all the processes have been completed, we will prepare for the repatriation of the bodies.” Xinhua news agency reported that several buildings and wedding halls near the site were also damaged by the blast. The government troops immediately cordoned off the area shortly after the blast. Meanwhile, it is believed that Hizb-i-Islami, the second largest insurgent group in Afghanistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson with Hizb-i-Islami, with Gulbuddin Hakmatyar as its leader, told local media via phone that a woman suicide bomber of the group had targeted and killed nine foreigners, allegedly in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made privately in the US and posted on the internet last week. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

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Proteas women raring to go, says coach

first_img16 February 2015The 15-woman Momentum Proteas squad that will tour against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in March was annouced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday.The side will travel to the United Arab Emirates from 10-23 March for a three-match, One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) series. It will be their first tour since their tour to India in November 2014.The tour sees the return of Masabata Klaas to international cricket after she took an extended break from the game for personal reasons. The 24-year old right-hand seamer is excited to be given the opportunity to don the green and gold again.Opportunity“There was a time when I thought I would never be able to come back to the team again,” she commented. “I am so happy and grateful to be given another opportunity. This is every cricketer’s dream come true and I can’t wait to represent my country again.”South Africa emerged victorious in their previous ODI triangular series involving Pakistan and Ireland in the UAE in January 2014 and went on to beat them again in the ICC Women’s World T20 a few months later.Coach Hilton Moreeng says he is satisfied with the selected squad. “It’s good to be back in action after the long break. The team are raring to go and are looking forward to another successful series against Pakistan.“It’s good to have Masabata [Klaas] back in the team. We have been looking at her progress for a while and we are satisfied that she is ready to take on international cricket once more.”The team is due to head off to Dubai on 9 March.Momentum Proteas ODI squad to Abu Dhabi:Mignon du Preez (capt, Northerns), Trisha Chetty (vice capt, KZN Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Nadine Moodley (KZN Coastal), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Dane van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Shabnim Ismail (Western Province), Sune Luus (Northerns), Matshipi Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns), Ayabonga Kakha (Border), Yolanie Fourie (Gauteng), Moseline Daniels (Western Province), Masabata Klaas (Free State), Bernadine Bezuidenhoudt (Western Province).Source: CricketSAlast_img read more

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Jazz and early youth development in South Africa

first_imgThis interview by Charles Leonard with music educator Mignon van Vreden was first published on The Conversation website on 15 April 2016. The popular belief is that classical music is the best tool for early childhood education. Jazz fan, music educator and lecturer Mignon van Vreden was convinced jazz would also work. So she launched a pilot project she called Bejazzled in a township preschool. She explained to The Conversation Africa’s arts and culture editor, Charles Leonard, that there was a bright future for jazz in the classroom.Why did you choose jazz?Researchers have done a lot of work on this. They’ve compared classical music to rock music to heavy metal to jazz. Some researchers came to the conclusion that it’s not really about the style of the music but the type of music, type of instruments, the tempo of the music and the different timbres. So I thought jazz could also work as well, if not better.All over the world people are using jazz for early childhood education. I really think it is evolving but it needs to be expanded in South Africa – people need to be introduced to jazz more.How did the project come about and how did it work?I did my PhD on music integration in Grade R (the South African school year in which pupils turn five), so I’ve done a lot of research and a lot of work in the field – and I’ve been inspired by generalist educators in the field who already teach a lot of music with or without training.From my research, a conceptual model evolved on ways to integrate music – so it’s not so much about the type of music, any music could be integrated into the curriculum. Because I’m a jazz lover I thought I could just as well combine the two and see if it worked. One ofthe questions of this research is: can jazz as a genre be applied in preschool education?I know the organiser of a programme funded by the Bafenyi Trust – it is involved in about 60 schools in the local African township of Ikageng in Potchefstroom (a university town 120km west of Johannesburg). I spoke to her about this vision – to incorporate music into the schools. It includes training the teachers too, so that they can apply the training even if they don’t have any musical background. I planned a six-week cycle including different elements of jazz that I wanted to integrate.Take us into the class.It was wonderful; it was inspiring. I got there and the children were really excited – they wanted to do this. At first I asked them to sing some songs they knew and liked – they sang English songs with the teacher, then they sang Setswana songs. I then introduced myself, the teacher introduced herself and the kids introduced themselves, and I started to sing the song Fly Me to the Moon.I used my own version – just singing it to them so that they could get a better idea of what it sounded like.The kids obviously know the moon. They know what it does and how it works. We spoke about the people who landed on the moon – the Frank Sinatra version of the song was also played for the Apollo astronauts. Then they started to learn the song.I spoke in English and the teacher translated each sentence into Setswana. We started with the singing, finger snapping, hand clapping, stamping their feet, body percussion. After that dance steps – simplified versions of jazz dance moves.Later we made our own instruments – we had containers that we filled with three different things: rice, stones and sugar. So we had three different tone colours. And the kids played different jazz rhythms on these “instruments” and combined that with the singing.What are the benefits for the children?Early childhood learning should always focus on play – that is the main job of a preschooler. The best learning takes place when kids are playing. Music is a very playful aspect that they can use. It helps with musical development and with co- ordination, especially the dancing. Singing in tune develops their inner ear. Rhythms help them to count. Music enriches their lives in many ways.Jazz is also about improvisation – could you apply it in your project?In the last lesson we had a concert – the kids did all they wanted to do on the song Fly Me to the Moon in their own ways. So the improvisation came out not in the way I suspected it would, but it came out in their own way. So it was proper improvisation.What did you want to achieve with it?Seeing that it was a pilot study, I wanted to see if the project could work. It was also to equip teachers without musical training with musical knowledge and skills that they could use in their classrooms, to enrich the learners’ lives with jazz music and to introduce them to jazz.I can say the pilot study was successful in that I could go further with this project.What next?I want to build on the pilot study and find out from the teacher what worked for her, how she experienced it, what she wanted to apply – then work together with her and see where that goes. Then hopefully we can expand the project and get more teachers on board.What other jazz tunes will work when the pilot continues?Pennies from Heaven by Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man and Super Duckby (music educator) Elena Cobb. Their lyrics, simpler melodies, singable rhythms and correct duration for toddlers’ attention span make these songs toddler friendly.Source: The Conversation South Africalast_img read more

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NBA: Lakers play safe with injured rookie Ball

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set The Lakers open the regular season on October 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets splits the defense of Lonzo Ball #2 and Thomas Bryant #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLos Angeles, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers opted to keep rookie point guard Lonzo Ball out of Sunday’s pre-season game against the Sacramento Kings, letting him rest his sprained left ankle.Ball was to miss his second straight game since he was hurt on Monday when he came down on Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s foot near the end of the first half of a pre-season contest.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball, the second overall selection in the draft in June, had trouble with lateral movement.There was some suggestion Ball could miss the rest of the pre-season.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“I hope not, but yeah, that’s a possibility,” Walton said. “It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we’ve got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from.“We’d like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there.” LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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SPORT-LD KARMAKAR 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 32) (REOPENS DEL 32) Dipa dedicated her Olympic qualification to her long-time coach Bisheshwar Nandi who has been her coach since she was a six-year-old “It was very difficult but I have got a great mentor because of whom, I am here. Without him nobody would have known my name. I dedicate my achievement to my coach,” she said. Asked about the Produnova vault she performed in Rio, which very few top gymnasts can do because of the risk involved, Dipa said, “To achieve something, you have to take risk. I am thankful that special arrangements were made at the Indira Gandhi Stadium where I practiced and learnt Produnova vault. “Otherwise it would have been impossible. So, I am thankful to Sports Authority of India and also to Gymnastics Federation of India. The words of praise from the Prime Minister, Sports Minister and from other top sportspersons were really encouraging.” Nandi said that Dipas best is yet to come and her hunger for perfection would take her to places. “She is a girl hungry for perfection. She is stubborn also and she wont stop before doing something which she wants to do. These traits of her, I have used to my advantage,” he said. “The performance at the test event in Rio was her best so far but her best is yet to come. She can do better than this in Rio,” he said. Nandi, also from Agartala, refrained from making tall claims about the Olympics and simply said his ward will give her best and the result can be anything. “I will not say anything about the results in Olympics. I will not make any predictions about Dipa. Gymnastics is a sport different from others. It is technical as well as unpredictable. Everything depends on the day of the event, on the performance. “The best in the business can slip during the performance and anything can happen. So, we will try hard, very hard and give our best and keep fingers crossed,” he said. Dipa and Nandi will take a short break and spend some time in Tripura before starting intense preparation for the Rio Olympics. “I think we do not need to go abroad for Dipas training, we have good facilities at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and SAI has promised that whatever is required will be provided to us. So, we will start our preparation very soon and we can achieve our target.” PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Evening Newswrap May 20

first_imgHot, hot, hot: Mercury hits 51 in Rajasthan, roast to continue in north, west India for 10 days Phalodi in Jodhpur set a heat record at an unbelievable 51 degrees Celsius even as entire north and west India continues to reel under intense heat.Sarbjit review: Aishwarya and Randeep-starrer is a screechy, mawkish melodrama      Filmmaker Omung Kumar hasn’t just dropped a vowel from the unlucky hero’s name for his film based on Sarabjit Singh, who Pakistan alleged was an Indian spy responsible for carrying out bomb blasts in its territory, but he has also made the reel story a mawkish, screechy mess.EgyptAir plane wreckage found in Mediterranean sea The Egyptian military said on Friday it had found wreckage of the missing EgyptAir plane 290 kilometers north of the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.Gael Monfils withdraws from French Open with viral infection A day after Roger Federer pulled out from French Open, Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the tournament with a viral infection.last_img read more

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Pop-up Drops, Yanks Beat Reds, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — When the ball went up, Brian McCann thought it was the second out of the inning. And when it came down, the Yankees had a three-game sweep.Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth on McCann’s pop-fly single that dropped near three Cincinnati Reds in shallow right field, giving New York a 3-2 victory on July 20.“I’ll take it, for sure,” McCann said with a laugh. “I saw that everybody was looking at each other. So there was a chance, and luckily for us it fell.”Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single in the fifth inning for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and left with a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier’s tying homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth.Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. “He can do anything on the baseball field. He showed all his tools today. He does this on a nightly basis,” McCann said.Ellsbury reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman (0-3). Before that, left-handed hitters had been 1-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against the hard-throwing Cuban this season.Ellsbury got a great jump and swiped second without a throw. He reached third on a wild pitch before Chapman struck out Mark Teixeira with a 101 mph fastball.McCann, another left-handed batter, lifted a popup that barely reached the outfield grass behind first base. But with the infield playing in, Frazier and second baseman Skip Schumaker scurried back trying to get under the ball as Jay Bruce rushed in from right field.“It is anybody’s ball,” Frazier said. “If you can get to it, it is your ball.”All three appeared to have a hard time finding it in the air, however, and the ball landed untouched. Ellsbury alertly saw what was happening and dashed home easily as McCann stood on first base with his arms raised.“You don’t see that too often,” Ellsbury said. “It’s just a read that you have to make pretty quick.”Chapman stared out toward shallow right field, where Frazier, Schumaker and Bruce were practically frozen in disbelief.“Just one of those things — I thought I was under it and I was not,” Frazier said. “By the time the ball was coming down it was already too late so, I made a mistake, turned my body the wrong way and, one of those things where I should have caught it.”Center fielder Billy Hamilton had trouble with the sun earlier, allowing Ellsbury’s seventh-inning fly to fall for a double.David Robertson (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth. It was New York’s second walk-off win this season and the fifth game-ending hit for McCann — his first since a home run for Atlanta against Houston on May 17, 2011.The 39-year-old Kuroda gave up three hits and no earned runs over 6 2-3 innings in his 200th major league appearance. “He was great,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “Did a wonderful job today.”After losing their sixth straight road game, a season high, the Reds are 2-5 without injured sluggers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.Cueto threw 112 pitches in five innings, matching his shortest start this season. “I felt really strong today,” he said through a translator. “I would have kept going even with the amount of pitches I had.”Frazier won a matchup of All-Stars when he lofted Betances’ full-count pitch into the left-field corner, just beyond the 318-foot sign.It was the first home run at Yankee Stadium for Frazier, who grew up about 85 miles away in Toms River, New Jersey. He pumped his fists at home plate and received hearty high-fives in the dugout.Betances has allowed two homers in 58 1-3 innings this season. “I think we were all a little bit shocked when it happened,” Girardi said.Moments earlier, Schumaker made a costly baserunning mistake.He singled to start the inning and, with Frazier at the plate, took off trying to steal second before Betances began his delivery. The big right-hander stepped off the rubber, and Schumaker was tagged out after a long rundown.Schumaker, just off the seven-day concussion disabled list, had an RBI double with two outs in the fifth. It was Cincinnati’s only hit in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position during the series.“They just outplayed us,” Reds Manager Bryan Price said. “Some of the things that happened in the series (were) unfortunate.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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