Families have stocked up on certain items with this Woolworths store in Ayr running out of certain stock like tinned soup two days before Cyclone Debbie was expected to hit the coastline.“We’ve helped a few different shops do that. When we close our doors we’ll sandbag. We believe police will shut main street down at midday. All shops shut now. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re sitting out the front wondering and waiting.”He said there was a good feeling across the community that people were prepared and stocked up, with some places sold out of things like batteries.“A lot of people say what are you sitting there for? At the end of the day we own a business, we own a house, we want to be able to access our property after the cyclone. It’s not something new to us, it’s not something we haven’t had previously, we’ve just got to do our best, help friends and neighbours and hope for the best.” Ayr SES members filling sandbags as part of the preparation for Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Rachel AfflickMr Reguson said there was “nothing really” that residents could do now but wait.“It’s just a part of life living in the tropics. It’s like winning the lotto the wrong way round if it comes to your town. It’s just the worst case scenario. We’re fully insured to face these elements. At the end of the day we’ve just got to ride it out. If it misses us here then some other poor town will get it.”He said in the Ayr CBD through the morning, business owners were helping each other take down swing signs and awnings and laying down sandbags. The Cyclone Shelter in Ayr being prepared for Cyclone Debbie.PROPERTY managers in the path of Cyclone Debbie have been inundated with calls from landlords and tenants as coastal towns prepare to face off against a possible Category 4 storm.David Reguson of Sugar Realty in Ayr said most shops were now shut and families were preparing to “bunker down”. Forecast track map for Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie issued at 11.08am AEST Monday March 27, 2017. Source: BOM“With rentals I know they’ve had quite a few enquiries from landlords and tenants. I’ve been out running around with sandbags and that all morning. People have been ringing to see what to do.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“It’s pretty surreal right now,” he said. “By all accounts we could be in for it.”The danger zone where Cyclone Debbie was expected to make landfall runs between Ayr and Mackay, south of the Townsville region. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast track map for Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie issued at 11.08am AEST had the eye hitting just south of Bowen as a Category 4 storm.
Kobe Bryant “It’s a matter of the rest of the world having been caught up for quite some time.“It’s come to the point where we, as the USA, are going to win some, we’re going to lose some.“And that’s just how it goes.”The US team, seeking a third successive world title, were beaten by France in the quarter-finals, and a subsequent loss to Serbia meant their highest possible placing would be seventh – their worst ever.The US men at least finished with a win today, securing that seventh place with an 87-74 victory over Poland. Serbia also rounded off their competition positively, earning fifth place by beating the Czech Republic 90-81.Bryant, who was also a five-time National Basketball Association champion, continued: “There’s some great basketball being played: France, Serbia, Argentina.“We’re going to have our challenges with the next team, whether it’s ‘Redeem Team Two’ or whatever you want to call the team.“No matter what team it is, it’s not going to be easy.”Bryant recalled the battle the Americans had in the 2008 Olympic Final against Spain – a 118-107 victory.“I remember on the Redeem Team we needed a hell of a fourth quarter to beat Spain.“That was a hell of a team we had.“We still needed a really late push to beat Spain in that gold-medal match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The rest of the basketball world has caught up with the United States, according to one of the game’s superstars, Kobe Bryant.Speaking in Beijing on the eve of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup final between Spain and Argentina, the 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers legend, who won Olympic gold with the United States at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, expressed no surprise at the failure of the US team to defend its title.“It’s not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the USA,” said Bryant, a Global Ambassador for the flagship FIBA event.
0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe has been one of the standout performers at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric — at different ends of their careers — have dazzled in Russia to help propel France and Croatia to Sunday’s World Cup final.Four years ago Germany were in the same position, but the holders were sent home in the group stages, while another chance of World Cup glory for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo slipped by. AFP Sport looks at the tops and flops from a month-long festival of football in Russia:– Tops –Kylian MbappeCroatia midfielder Luka Modric has won three man-of-the-match awards at the World Cup © AFP / Odd ANDERSENHardly an unknown following a 180-million-euro ($210-million) transfer from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe became a global phenomenon after tearing Argentina apart in a thrilling 4-3 last-16 win.In scoring twice, Mbappe, 19, became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score multiple times in the same World Cup game.Luka ModricFresh from winning a fourth Champions League in five seasons with Real Madrid, Modric boosted his case to be considered the world’s best midfielder with three man-of-the-match awards before the final.Modric’s stunning strike was the highlight as Croatia announced themselves as contenders by thrashing Argentina 3-0 in the group stage. He bounced back from missing a penalty in extra-time against Denmark to make amends in penalty shootout wins against the Danes and Russia.Belgium forward Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against England in the World Cup third place play-off © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEEden HazardIt was another case of what might have been for Belgium’s ‘golden generation’, who lost their semi-final defeat against France by the finest of margins. But unlike four years ago and at Euro 2016, Hazard showed his full range of skills on the international stage.The Chelsea forward scored three times and was instrumental in both a spirited fightback from 2-0 to beat Japan 3-2 in the last 16 and then victory over Brazil in arguably the game of the tournament.– Flops –GermanyThomas Mueller (right) reacts after Germany’s elimination from the World Cup at the group stage © AFP / SAEED KHANThe defending champions went the same way as Spain four years ago and Italy in 2010 as holders who failed to get out of their group.Defeats to Mexico and South Korea saw the four-time world champions finish bottom of their section and fall at the first hurdle for the first time in 80 years.African teamsEgypt forward Mohamed Salah was unfit when he arrived at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURIFor the first time since 1982 no African teams made it beyond the group stage. Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco won just three matches between them, sparking concerns over the competitive balance of a tournament dominated by European sides.Bad luck, though, also played a big part in Africa’s downfall as Senegal missed out on second place in Group H to Japan because of a marginally poorer disciplinary record, while Egypt’s talisman Mohamed Salah’s impact was limited by injury.Messi, Ronaldo domination over?Messi, 31, and Ronaldo, 33, may have seen their last chance to win a World Cup come and go as Argentina and Portugal both exited in the last 16.Argentina’s Lionel Messi (left) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo may have seen their last chance to win the World Cup slip away © AFP / Roman KRUCHININ, Adrian DENNISRonaldo at least had the consolation of a hat-trick to kickstart the competition into life in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain, but added only one more goal and was even lucky to avoid a red card against Iran.Messi scored just once, against Nigeria, to at least avoid the embarrassment of a group-stage exit, but was no match for Mbappe in the seven-goal shootout with France.After 10 years of sharing the Ballon d’Or, with five wins each, the time may finally have come for Messi and Ronaldo to be dethroned.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)