Doubletree Burlington launches new incentive program for meeting planners

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – October 24, 2008 Doubletree Burlington Vermont today announced the launch of its Meetings by Doubletree package, along with more than 190 participating hotels throughout North America. Customers who book a block of more than 25 guestrooms on their peak event night will receive an all-inclusive package of meeting incentives and premiums designed to simplify and make meetings and events easy.Ideal for either business or social functions, the Meetings by Doubletree package at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont includes the following:~ Complimentary meeting room with minimum 26-room block on peak nights~ Complimentary high-speed Internet connection in designated meeting room with minimum 26-room block~ A dedicated Event Services Manager at each hotel~ Flexible food and beverage options~ Access to exclusive online event planning tools such as Guest List Manager and Personalized Group Web Pages “Even with the challenges of today’s business climate, organizations and groups are looking for clever, efficient ways to conduct those important executive meetings, conferences and training sessions. The need to meet, plan and train face-to-face is still just as important as ever. The new Meetings by Doubletree program simply offers our customers added incentive to check into our brand’s three million square feet of superior event and meeting space and fine accommodations in some of the most sought-after business and leisure destinations around the world,” said Merrilee Phelps Director of sales for the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont.Online Event Tools Put Planners In The Power SeatAs a part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a suite of online tools that puts control at a meeting planners fingertips 24/7. Through a unique suite of online tools available through the Meetings by Doubletree package, event leads can manage their attendees’ reservations and room block through a Guest List Manager and even communicate event-specific information and agendas to their respective group through a Personalized Group Web Page. These online features provide the necessary communications utilities for a meeting thats well-run, productive and a great reflection on the event planner.A Wide Selection of Food and Beverage and Audio-Visual Options Are AvailableJust as important, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a wide range of food and beverage options for half-day, full-day and evening receptions and banquets. The Event Services Manager at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont is there to guide customers every step of the way through a comprehensive menu of healthy, as well as indulgent culinary choices to make the most of their meeting experience. Event Services Managers can also help event planners choose from the latest in audio-visual and lighting equipment and décor options to create anything from the most simple and classic to the most dramatic and elegant occasions.Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points PromotionMeeting planners who are members of the Hilton HHonors Guest Loyalty Program have even more incentive to take advantage of the new Meetings by Doubletree package. For every meeting booked and held between now and December 31, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel Burlington Vermont, HHonors members who book a Meetings by Doubletree package may qualify to earn Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points.Customers who book a minimum room block of twenty-six rooms on peak nights receive complimentary meeting-room rental. Size of complimentary meeting room relative to the total room block and determined by the hotel. This offer is available only at participating hotels. Hilton HHonors Event Planner bonus is valid for new event bookings only and is awarded at the discretion of the hotel and may not be awarded on all group business events. For complete Event Planner Terms and Conditions, visit HiltonHHonors.com. Other restrictions may apply.For more information on Meetings by Doubletree, including a list of participating hotels and their incredible array of meeting facilities, packages and options, please visit our Groups and Meetings website at www.doubletree.com/doubletreemeetings(link is external).For more information on the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont please visit our website at www.burlington.doubletree.com(link is external) or contact our hotel sales team directly at 802-660-7552.###last_img read more

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Stratton Corporation and Winhall-Stratton Fire District to pay $80,000 for environmental violations

first_imgStratton Mountain Resort,The Stratton Corporation (Stratton) and the Winhall-Stratton Fire District (District) will pay $55,000 in civil penalties and $25,000 to fund a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) under a Consent Order agreed to with the State of Vermont to settle claims that they violated their environmental permits in 2004 and 2008.Those who receive environmental permits must comply with the terms of those permits,’ said Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell. ‘Ski resorts hold a special place in Vermont’s culture and should be especially aware of the need to protect the Vermont environment that is so critical to their businesses,’ Attorney General Sorrell added.In the Consent Order entered by the Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division, Windham Unit, Stratton and the District admitted to two separate discharge incidents that violated the conditions of their Indirect Discharge Permits issued to them by the State:In December of 2004, a discharge associated with 821,000 gallons of secondarily treated effluent was released through an open valve at a wastewater treatment facility owned by the District and operated by Stratton. Some of the effluent overflowed from a holding tank and eventually was discharged into a tributary of the Winhall River.On January 7, 2008, a sewer manhole overflowed at the Stratton Mountain Resort, causing the release of raw sewage into an unnamed tributary which eventually flows into Stratton Lake.The violations resulted from inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). Since the incidents, Stratton and the District have taken corrective measures at their facilities to address the violations.The SEP payments, subject to final approval by ANR, will be for the purpose of undertaking trail work to mitigate and prevent erosion into the watershed of Middle Brook in the Towns of Winhall and Stratton.  Source: Vermont January 5, 2010last_img read more

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Alex Jones on Piers Morgan [Video]: ‘1776 Will Commence Again’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Alex Jones with Piers Morgan on CNN.Apparently Piers Morgan believes he convinced some Americans to join his side of the aisle when it comes to the gun control debate all because of a radio host who lost his cool (we’re being nice) and predicted another revolution if guns are taken away from law-abiding Americans.“I can’t think of a better advertisement for gun control than Alex Jones’ interview [Monday] night,” Morgan told CNN one day after the explosive interview.“It was startling,” he continued, “it was terrifying in parts, it was completely deluded. It was based on a premise of making Americans so fearful that they all rush out to buy even more guns.”Jones, the man pushing a petition to deport the British CNN host, became a social media sensation following the interview. As of Wednesday morning, Piers Morgan was still trending on Twitter.In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Morgan has been lobbying for stricter gun control laws and has had several testy exchanges with gun advocates on his show.But nothing compares to this little dandy of a rant Monday night:“1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!” Jones blasted. “It doesn’t matter how many lemmings you get out on the street begging for them to have their guns taken! We will not relinquish them! Do you understand?”last_img read more

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East Norwich Woman, 82, Fatally Struck by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in her hometown of East Norwich on Tuesday afternoon.Nassau County police said Margaret Bolanos was crossing Pine Hollow Road near the corner Pine Hill Terrace when she was hit by a northbound Toyota shortly before 2 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.The 29-year-old old man driving the vehicle was not charged after Second Squad detectives found no criminality involved in the accident.last_img read more

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Cornell University says students are not permitted to travel to China in response to coronavirus

first_imgFaculty and staff at the university must get approval from from Cornell’s International Travel Advisory and Response Team to travel. The campus says its committed to working with students if the travel advisory affects their academics. Campus officials say the university is prepared if the coronavirus comes to New York. The university says it “strongly recommends” against personal travel to the country. “Cornell Health has procedures in place to quickly identify anyone who might require evaluation and care for coronavirus, as well as an operational plan in the event of a national outbreak,” says Assistant Vice President of Student Campus Life for Health and Welling Sharon McCullen. For more information, go to Cornell University’s website by clicking here. ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Cornell University says it does not permit students traveling to mainland China in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

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Project Ilica: Q’Art as an excellent festival of cultural and creative industry brings life back to the city center

first_imgThe slightly dormant Ilica, spoiled by abandoned courtyards and street spaces, will breathe with full lungs and courtyards again from May 18 to 25, thanks to the creative and cultural industries.The Ilica: Q’Art project opens its doors and invites all citizens, but also visitors to the city, to a multitude of music, literary, dance, film, art and other programs. This five-year development project is signed and organized by Aleksandar Battista Ilić and Ivana Nikolić Popović, co-organized by the Academy of Fine Arts (ALU), the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries (HKKKKI) and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of State Property. Zagreb and the Zagreb Tourist Board.The programs will be held at Rok Park (art, music), ALU Park, in 9 empty courtyards (exhibitions, art workshops, books), and 20 street windows will become an exhibition space for students and artists. In the park between Ilica and Dalmatinska, films for children and adults will be shown outdoors every day, and the British Square will tell us its artistic story. Visitors can expect as many as 26 artistic and participatory workshops, 19 lectures and presentations, 16 art performances, 9 art exhibitions and 8 concerts of classical and jazz music.Activities on Ilica started in 2000 with the project “Community Art” with the aim of improving the quality of life, increasing the visibility of the economy, crafts and tourism with top art, says Aleksandar Battista Ilić and adds that this is the main mission of the Ilica project.Since 2016, the Academy and the Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries have jointly launched a much larger action, Project Ilica. This year, we put the emphasis on Q’Art, which marks the art district, because this is where all the art academies of the city of Zagreb are located. In the long run, we want to brand the entire project as a cultural, tourist and economic value of the city of Zagreb. The point is that creative and cultural institutions help the economy, that is, give the economy and tourism more added value. ” Battista Ilic points out.The project aims to raise the quality of life and encourage dialogue between citizens and public administration, in order to return the culture and various facilities to the abandoned spaces in the city center. Encouraging entrepreneurship and production within the local community is another, no less important goal of this project, closely related to unused public spaces, of which only in Ilica (from number 1 to 212) there are as many as 76, and they represent great energy, social, aesthetic, health and an environmental problem.ALEKSANDAR BATTISTA ILIĆ: Art and culture communicate with the most complex human language, and that is emotion. And that is exactly what we need, through emotion and experience, to offer quality content in tourist destinationsAleksandar Battista Ilić, Academy of Fine Arts in ZagrebToday, the production of quality content and the ability to innovate, narrate, imagine and stimulate emotions have become our most valuable resource, which needs to be nurtured, supported, promoted and protected. It is our diversity and authenticity that is our most valuable resource, but again, we seem to be ashamed of it.Otherwise, Cultural and Creative Industries (KKI) are industries based on cultural values, individual creativity, skills and talent with the potential to create added value. Sometimes we are not even aware of how much they affect our lives through the design of spaces and products. KKI includes elements based on cultural and creative contribution: architecture, arts and crafts, audiovisual content (including film, television, video), cultural heritage, design (fashion, graphics, product and interior design), music, computer games and new media, books and publishing, media (radio, TV, print, web), visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphics, new media, photography), advertising and marketing communication and performing arts (theater, dance, ballet).Creative and cultural industries in Croatia generate HRK 15 billion in revenue, employ 124 people and are the second largest sector in Croatia in terms of the share of revenues in GDP (3,4 percent), according to the study “Mapping of creative and cultural industries” was prepared by the expert team of the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the client: Croatian Cluster, Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries (HKKKKI).”Croatia has a lot of creatives, despite the fact that it does not nurture creativity through education and non-recognition of that value in society. However, according to the research, it was shown that in Croatia it is the second industry in terms of the share of Croatia’s GDP, while in Europe it is the third industry with a tendency of high growth. Through projects like this, we try to show how much cultures and creative industries can help the economy and tourism. The whole city becomes one cultural and creative platform. The creative industry connects with other industries, from the automotive industry to furniture design, and helps to create attractive high value-added products. ” Battista Ilić pointed out and added that it is therefore of strategic importance to support innovative cultural and creative industries focused on research because they can preserve linguistic and cultural diversity, pluralism and offer innovative and high quality services, especially in the context of a globalized market.Croatia, like no other country in the world, can boast and be proud of its incredible diversity and authenticity. We have so many different cultures and ways of living that we don’t understand each other. And if we know how the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and culture of living, it is quite clear that our tourist product has gone in a total wrong direction, with a focus on the sun and the sea as the main and practically the only tourist product. Due to the positional rent and the fact that we do not strategically and sustainably deal with the development of tourism and tourist destinations, our main tourist problems have been present for years: seasonality, low added value, low tourist consumption and weak dispersion of the same to the local economy. demand spills over to imports.On the other hand, the archeological heritage in Turkey attracts ten million tourists a year, and the cultural facilities of Italy 35 million. The most developed cultural and tourist country, Great Britain annually attracts as many as 80 million tourists whose arrival is motivated by culture. As much as 40% of tourist arrivals in Western Europe and America are motivated by culture, while in Croatia the percentage is much lower, only 10% at the state level.It is our authenticity that is our greatest value and competitive advantage, and our way and culture of living must be our main tourist product. Unfortunately, it is not in this field that we fall the most. “Our culture, art and heritage as well as creative industries are not nearly enough used in Croatia. Regardless of the fact that people through tourism, apart from the sun and the sea, notice that there are beautiful cities and history, but this is far from presenting heritage and culture properly, especially our contemporary art that is recognized in the world..  Unfortunately, KKI is used to a very small extent to improve tourism. The biggest pain of tourism is that it is concentrated only in the summer, and it is the authentic content that creates the motive for coming. “Battista Ilic pointed out.The motive for the arrival is not accommodation but diverse, quality and primarily authentic content of the tourist destination. So authenticity is the very essence of tourism, and we still figuratively sell French wine to the French, instead of our own. Due to the globalization and standardization of everything and everything, this authenticity is even more pronounced and important for every nation. Instead of being our own, we desperately want to be copies of other destinations through tourism which is insane.”Today, nothing happens without the creative industry, designers, artists… all products and spaces must be visually designed by someone. On the other hand, art and culture communicate with the most complex human language, and that is emotion. And that is exactly what we need, through emotion and experience, to offer quality content in tourist destinations. In fact, emotions and experiences attract tourists. They want to see and most importantly experience something new, different and authentic. Unfortunately, we have tourism with low added value and tourists have no reason to stay longer because we still sell sun and sea, and without so much important content”Says Battista Ilić and emphasizes that real life has gone to shopping malls without an identity, and authenticity is being lost and the city center is dying out. ” This is our main story, and Ilica is just one positive model and example of how to generate new added value through KKI. We need synergy between public administrations and institutions, associations, the economy through a triple helix model that contributes to strengthening the development capacity of society. This is exactly what we want to achieve through the Ilica project. We want to connect creatives, artists, innovators with the economy and crafts. ” concludes Battista Ilić.We have everything, but again there are tons, but no picture. The situation of KIKI in Croatia is bad, but regardless of the bad environment, in spite of everyone and everything, it shows that no one can take away our innovation and creativity. Our cultural and creative industries are more recognized outside of Croatia, which is just proof of quality. Let us use it to our advantage, and not to encourage the import, ie the export of creative and cultural individuals to create new added value elsewhere.We have to start respecting ourselves, our culture and way of life, because that is the only way others will start to respect us. The Ilica project is a great tourist story that shows us in a cultural, innovative and creative world.See more about the Ilica QArt project hereSide dish: Croatian Competitiveness Cluster of Creative and Cultural Industries (HKKKKI): MAPPING OF CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIAlast_img read more

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Technical Session: Ten years of innovation, what’s next

first_imgOffshore Energy event not only offers an exhibition floor where companies and visitors can do business, network and learn more about products and services, we also offer an extensive conference program. Technical sessions, side events, keynote, Offshore WIND Conference and Marine Energy event to name but a few.One of the Technical Sessions is a lunch session on ‘Ten years of innovation, what’s next’. The year 2017 marks Offshore Energy’s tenth anniversary.In a celebratory spirit we will look at some of the most impactful innovations for the offshore and energy industry of the past ten years and also look ahead at promising new technologies.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is an annual event focused on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to offshore wind and marine energy. The two-day event, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on (9), 10 & 11 October includes an exhibition where an expected 650+ companies will showcase their products and services. Next to that, there is an accompanying conference that covers key topics and solutions for the offshore community.last_img read more

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Emerging Women-Only Taxis in Africa

first_imgThe streets of the sprawling Egyptian capital have added female taxi drivers, catering to female passengers only, to the traffic mix. Pink Taxi Egypt will offer women an alternative in an industry dominated by men; it will also be a possible solution to the harassment women experience.“We are currently working on receiving the necessary permits and preparing cars to start operating as soon as possible,” Pink Taxi Egypt (PTE) founders wrote on their Facebook page in June.“Our cars will be convenient and safe for female passengers… and will be easily identifiable. Each car will have a specific code for more safety and reassurance.”Here are some reactions on twitter: A similar service is underway in South Africa.  The need for a female-only cab service is certainly catching on, but are there any? There is one such cab service in South Africa but it is only available in Johannesburg.,Cabs for Women. This initiative was started in 2008, and is sponsored by 1st for Women insurance.Robyn Farrell, managing director of 1st for Women Insurance Brokers, says that taxis driven by women, for women is not a passing fad but rather an effective solution for women travelling alone.Do you think introduction of this taxis will curb sexual harassment?last_img read more

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Bucksport girls’ soccer team hits stride as playoffs arrive

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 BUCKSPORT — From the moment the season-opening whistle sounded, the Bucksport girls’ soccer team has been given all it can handle.A challenging 2019 slate has seen Bucksport play seven games against top Class C North teams and 11 against teams headed to the upcoming Northern Maine playoffs. The Golden Bucks have had to handle that difficult stretch with a group of underclassmen looking to make its mark after a four-win campaign a season ago.Through all of it, though, Bucksport has found a way to improve with each passing game. Now, as the Golden Bucks head to the postseason for the ninth consecutive year, they’ll be doing so in peak form as winners of six consecutive games.“We have a young team with a lot of underclassmen, but our girls are in a good place mentally at this point in the season,” Bucksport head coach Mike Garcelon said. “I think we’re really playing good soccer and communicating well as a team.”Bucksport’s Addie Morrison scores a goal during the first half of a high school girls’ soccer game against Washington Academy on Oct. 21 at Bucksport High School. Morrison scored a hat trick to give Bucksport a 3-1 over Washington Academy in Monday’s regular season finale. RICK MCHALE PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport was faced with a daunting schedule to start the season with contests against Orono, Dexter and Central, three perennial Class C North challengers. After bookending a win over the Tigers with losses to the Red Riots and Devils, the Golden Bucks beat George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Mattanawcook Academy before losing rematches with Orono and Central to drop to 4-4.Then, on Sept. 30, the Golden Bucks got one of their biggest wins to date when they registered a 3-1 victory over a Calais team that entered the game with a 7-1 record. That marked the start of a six-game span that saw the Golden Bucks outscore opponents by a combined margin of 27-10 to finish the regular season with a 10-4 record.Arguably the biggest confidence-booster during that stretch, though, came in the Golden Bucks’ Oct. 4 contest against Washington Academy. That game saw the Golden Bucks fall behind by three goals in East Machias before storming back to earn a 5-4 win.“When we were down 4-1, I told the girls, ‘Listen, we’re going to come back, and we’re going to win this thing 5-4,’” assistant coach Sarah Lanpher said. “With each goal, they started to believe a little bit more, and they pulled it out.”Bucksport has gotten its goals from a variety of sources throughout the season. Between Addie Morrison’s three-goal game in Monday’s 3-1 win over Washington Academy in the regular season finale, Ella Hosford’s spree of multi-goal efforts and key tallies from Madison Frazier, Alyssa Maguire, Lanie Stubbs and a handful of others, the Golden Bucks have put opposing defenses on notice.“I think that’s a big difference for us this year,” Garcelon said. “In past years, we might have some players who could score for us, but having so many this year has really helped us step up our offense.”The Golden Bucks’ recent offensive breakthrough has been coupled with significant improvements in the defensive third. After conceding two or more goals six times in the first eight games, Bucksport has done so just once in the past six.Bucksport’s Alexis Wardwell defends against Washington Academy’s Siobhan Duffy during the first half of a high school girls’ soccer game Oct. 21 at Bucksport High School. The fifth-ranked Golden Bucks (10-4) will take on No. 4 Orono (8-3-3) in next week’s Class C North quarterfinals. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBoth offensively and defensively, Bucksport owes much of its success to its strong rotations. The Golden Bucks have a number of players who can play anywhere on the pitch, adding versatility in the team’s back four, midfield and attack.“We’ve really stressed being able to rotate well, especially on defense,” Lanpher said. “It’s important that you have players who can help your team in different ways, and I think we’ve seen a lot of that.”The fifth-ranked Golden Bucks will look to avenge two of their four losses this season when they travel to face No. 4 Orono (8-3-3) in the regional quarterfinals. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.“We’re confident, but we’re also putting in a lot of hard work,” junior midfielder Alexis Wardwell said. “Hopefully, we can make it far.”Eagles, Trojans, Mariners headed to playoffsBucksport won’t be the only Hancock County girls’ team headed to this year’s playoffs as Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Deer Isle-Stonington have also qualified for the postseason.The local playoff slate is set to begin Friday, Oct. 25, with two games scheduled for 3 p.m. starts. No. 9 Ellsworth (5-8-1) plays on the road against eighth-ranked Foxcroft (5-8-1) in the Class B North preliminary round, and the No. 12 Deer Isle-Stonington girls (4-8-2) will take on No. 5 Southern Aroostook (9-5) in a Class D North prelim game in Dyer Brook.MDI (12-2) earned a bye to the Class B North quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed in the region. The Trojans will host sixth-ranked Winslow (7-4-3) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.last_img read more

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Dhawan leads India to thumping win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSRI LANKA Innings Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Jadhav 64Danushka Gunathilaka c Rahul b Chahal 35Kusal Mendis b A. Patel 36Upul Tharanga c S. Dhawan b Jadhav 13Angelo Mathews not out 36Chamara Kapugedera run out (Kohli) 1Wanidu Hasaranga c Jadhav b A. Patel 2Thisara Perera b Bumrah 0Lakshan Sandakan lbw b A. Patel 5Lasith Malinga st Dhoni b Chahal 8Vishwa Fernando b Bumrah 0Extras (lb-6 w-10) 16Total (all out, 43.2 overs) 216Fall of wickets: 1-74 D. Gunathilaka,2-139 N. Dickwella,3-150 K. Mendis,4-166 U. Tharanga,5-169 C. Kapugedera,6-176 W. Hasaranga,7-178 T. Perera,8-187 L. Sandakan,9-209 L. Malinga,10-216 V. FernandoBowling:B. Kumar 6 – 0 – 33 – 0(w-3),H. Pandya 6 – 0 – 35 – 0(w-3),J. Bumrah 6.2 – 0 – 22 – 2(w-2), Y. Chahal 10 – 0 – 60 – 2(w-1),K. Jadhav 5 – 0 – 26 – 2(w-1), A. Patel 10 – 0 – 34 – 3.INDIA InningsRo. Sharma run out (Kapugedera) 4S. Dhawan not out 132V. Kohli not out 82Extras (w-2) 2Total (for 1 wickets, 28.5 overs) 220Fall of wickets: 1-23 Ro. SharmaDid not bat: L. Rahul, M. Dhoni, K. Jadhav, H. Pandya, A. Patel, B. Kumar, J. Bumrah, Y. ChahalBowling: Lasith Malinga 8 – 0 – 52 – 0(w-1),Vishwa Fernando 6 – 0 – 43 – 0(w-1),Angelo Mathews 2 – 0 – 9 – 0Thisara Perera 2 – 0 – 18 – 0, Lakshan Sandakan 6 – 0 – 63 – 0Wanidu Hasaranga 4.5 – 0 – 35 – 0. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 132 off 90 deliveries to help his side thrash hosts Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first of five one-day internationals on Sunday.Sri Lanka were well-beaten in the recently concluded three-test series against India, losing the first two matches inside four days and the last one in three to be whitewashed 3-0.If the home fans had hoped the change in format would bring a change in fortune, they were left bitterly disappointed with India breezing to their 217-run target in under 29 overs.Left-handed Dhawan, who scored his 11th hundred in the 50-over format, took India past their target with his 20th boundary with captain Virat Kohli remaining unbeaten on 82 from 70 deliveries.The duo added 197 in an unbroken second wicket partnership after India suffered the early loss of Rohit Sharma, who was run out for four after dropping his bat behind the crease.Having been adjudged the man of the series in the Tests, Dhawan, who also hit three sixes, continued to plunder runs off the Sri Lankan bowlers.He brought up his hundred in 71 balls and got to the three-figure mark with three fours in an over against leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.Kohli was more measured in his approach and hit 10 fours and a six in his innings.Sri Lanka had appeared set to post a challenging total after Kohli won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first.Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka added 74 in their opening stand before the latter played a bizarre reverse sweep to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to get caught out at cover for 35.Dickwella, who top-scored for the hosts with 64, continued the good work and added 65 for the second wicket with Kusal Mendis, who made a fluent 36.Sri Lanka looked well placed to score in excess of 300, but then the hosts collapsed, losing their next nine wickets for the addition of 77 runs.From 139-1 in the 25th over, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 216 with 40 deliveries still remaining in their innings.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of India’s bowlers, taking 3-34 while Chahal, part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav and paceman Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets apiece.The second one-day international in the five-match series will be played in Pallekele on Thursday.last_img read more

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