Mbala erupts for 32 as La Salle barges into semis with FEU rout

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fernandez: Potts deserves to be in PBA Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a spot in the semifinals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with an 78-53 dismantling of Far Eastern University in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Green Archers let loose in the first quarter building a 20-11 lead and the defending UAAP champions never relented from there against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Aljun Melecio ran the point for La Salle and he finished with 13 points, seven assists, and three steals while Ricci Rivero and Andrei Caracut had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Arvin Tolentino and Richard Escoto led the Tamaraws with 10 points apiece. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hulking center Ben Mbala was too much for FEU as he put up 32 points and 19 rebounds much to the delight of the Green Archers.Although Mbala seemed to carry much of La Salle’s offense, head coach Aldin Ayo thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just Ben who carried the load,” said Ayo. “All of the players are motivated because this is the quarterfinals, and this is a knockout game. They all have this sense of urgency to win.”Apart from Mbala, there were four other Green Archers who scored more than 10 points. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

A new celebration in Sikkim

first_imgLord Padmasambhava’s statue at NamchiThere are monumental things happening in the ancient state of Sikkim. And that’s not just because of the giant Buddha Statue coming up at Rabong in South Sikkim. The proposed 125 ft statue of Sangay Chomden Dey sitting in meditation when complete should be the largest of its kind in the world. It began in 2006 to mark the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Buddha. Covering an area of 22.5 acres, the project includes an eco-garden and other amenities along with the giant statue. In Namchi you’ll find the current record holder, a 45m statue of the Padmasambhava, looking towards Sikkim and the mountains. This one was finished in 2004 after seven years of construction and the sun glints off its shining gold, making it visible for miles around.Across the valley, Solophok is hard at work constructing its own giant statue, this time a 108 ft one of Shiva sitting on a hilltop. Besides the Shiva statue there are a number of smaller statues, temples and visitor attractions under construction for what is hoped to be a major pilgrimage centre. But this is not all that’s happening in Sikkim.Beyond SpiritualityTraditional dance at the Hee Bermiok Heritage Tourism FestivalThe prosperous market town of Namchi also plays host to the recent Namchi Tourism Mahotsav. Thousands of tourists have started flocking to Namchi in October to meander through the stalls of handlooms and handicrafts that are put up along the traditional houses. Cuisines of Sikkim’s different communities are also on offer along with free-flowing rice wine. And in between all the music and entertainment there are pony rides and short treks to be enjoyed–you can even see how Sikkim’s different ethnic groups conduct their wedding rites.Aritar, in East Sikkim, hosts the Lampokhari Tourism Festival from the end of March to early April. This includes boating in the Lampokhari Lake, archery competition and short treks to scenic points on the hills. For the more adventurous, there are activities like rock climbing and paragliding. And of course there are cultural shows, flower exhibitions and plenty of local cuisine. Lampokhari, with its lush green surroundings, is one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim. An artificial embankment has been built to make boating easier, which is quite a first for the State.A Little AdventureSikkimese women performing traditional songsThe Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society has been hosting a heritage festival in West Sikkim since 2005. Apart from the usual art and culture the festival has an interesting display of items like the dhinki or wooden husking machine and the jhato, or grinder. The height of the festival is a spectacular mountain biking rally that draws tourists from all over. This festival coincides with SHAN, the Sikkim Heritage Adventure Nature International Camp. First held in 2008, the camp introduces participants to the East Himalayas, situated as it is next to the Rhododendron Sanctuary. Accommodation is organised in high altitude tents in camping areas, local lodges and homestays. Savour local Himalayan and Indian recipes.Flower PowerBeautiful yellow orchids are on display at the flower festivalIn May, Sikkim’s wealth of flowers and ferns are in full bloom. To showcase them Gangtok goes to town with a huge outdoor flower festival. You’ll find the State’s 600 varieties of orchids, 240 trees and 240 types of ferns, 150 kinds of gladioli, 46 varieties of the world-famous rhododendrons, different kinds of magnolias and many other leafy plants showcased. Experts gather from all over the world and there are seminars on the subject. It’s usually held next door to the Governor’s Residence at White Hall.Snow ManWhile all these are held in summer, Gangtok’s Winter Festival offers visitors a ‘taste of nature, culture and adventure’ for four days in December. Inaugurated in 2005, the festival consists of a colourful ethnic extravaganza with stalls serving piping hot local delicacies to combat the winter chill. Adventure sports and white water rafting add to the fun. The music festival contributes to the friendly rivalry.Along with traditional village homestays, Sikkimese heritage homes have been developing to provide a ethnic base for tourists. Among these are the Turuk Kothi Heritage House, a 160-year-old house and estate, 45 minutes down the dirt road from Malli Bazar. And there’s Gangtok’s tranquil Hidden Forest Retreat spread over three acres of lush green garden with all kinds of trees, bamboos, ferns, flowers and orchids. These beautiful places to stay provide the right backdrop to enjoy the colourful Sikkimese culture. What’s more, 2010 has been declared Sikkim Year of Tourism and things, one hopes, will only get better.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileNamchi Tourism Mahotsav In OctoberLampokhari Tourism Festival Scheduled for March-April this yearHee Bermiok Heritage Tourism Festival Held in MaySHAN May 10th-13th this yearInternational Rhododendron Festival May 3rd-20th this yearWinter Festival In DecemberTuruk Kothi Heritage House Malli Bazar, Turuk, South Sikkim; tel: (03595) 266 042; www.sikkimeco.comlast_img read more

Gary Sinise Welcomes Home Veterans With New Suits

first_imgThrough its “Uniform of Success” event, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. has joined with the Gary Sinise Foundation to give suits to thousands of military veterans as they re-enter the civilian workforce.Anyone who purchases a men’s suit from July 1-7 gets an additional two free suits. Jos. A. Bank will then donate a suit to a returning veteran through the Gary Sinise Foundation. The promotion’s tag line will be BUY 1-GET2-GIVE 1.“We are humbled by the sacrifice our veterans make every day for our country,” said R. Neal Black, CEO of Jos. A. Bank. “For over 100 years, our customers have relied on us to dress them for success, and we want to make returning veterans the very best-dressed job candidates.”Many veterans experience a difficult transition from military to civilian life, especially finding a job. The challenge is greatest for young, male troops returning from active duty, which had a 20 percent unemployment rate in 2012.An advocate of meeting that challenge is award-winning actor Gary Sinise. He formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to create programs that serve and honor Americans in the military. Sinise also formed the Lt. Dan Band as a homage to the role he played in “Forrest Gump” as disabled veteran Lt. Dan Taylor. The group tours the world performing concerts for the military and their families on behalf of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the USO. Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the USO and the foundation.“Uniform of Success” complements the foundation’s partnership with GE for “Get Skills to Work.” The program accelerates skills training for U.S. military veterans, helps veterans and employers translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs, and empowers employers with tools to recruit and mentor veterans.“For the past several years I’ve been on a mission to boost the morale of our troops,” said Sinise. “Being able to look sharp and dress nicely can raise the self-esteem and confidence of these veterans.“Having a great suit to put on for a job interview can be a very special thing for somebody who’s spent a lot of time in a military uniform, and may not have worn one for a long time.”Customers who purchase a regular-priced suit (excluding Traveler and Classic Collection merchandise) at a Jos. A. Bank full-line store or online at www.josbank.com will receive two additional suits of equal or lesser value free. For each suit purchased, the Gary Sinise Foundation will receive a voucher from Jos. A. Bank for distribution to a U.S. military veteran identified by the foundation as returning to the civilian workforce. The veteran may redeem the voucher at any Jos. A. Bank full-line store for a free suit from the Jos. A. Bank “Executive Collection” (retail value of $650).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Travelling lawyers bringing legal services to Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two Vancouver-based lawyers will be hitting the road in a 24-foot RV to bring legal services to residents in Northern BC over the next few weeks.Two of the three founders of Reach Legal, which was launched last month, will be clocking more than 2,500 kilometres over 10 days this month to bring much-needed legal services to residents of underserved communities. Reach Legal operates on a web-based platform to offer individuals and businesses across the province convenience, flexibility, and options when choosing a new lawyer.“We believe that all BC residents should have access to specialized legal services, regardless of the size or location of their community,” said Erin Brandt, one of the lawyers behind Reach Legal, and the official route planner for the RV trip. Lawyers Erin Brandt, left, and Paula Krawus are travelling Northern B.C. in The Law Bus. Supplied photo.The “Law Bus” journey will visit communities from Williams Lake to Fort Nelson, including: Quesnel, Mackenzie, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd.“In smaller communities it can be a real challenge for residents to find expert legal representation. In some cases, it’s practically impossible,” said Simon Kent, another of Reach Legal’s founders.Kent cites examples of cases where a community may not have two lawyers available for a divorce case, leaving one spouse without representation. Reach Legal hopes to fill this gap with its innovative plan to offer legal services via video conferencing and other mobile options. The legal team said it will travel as needed for court appearances, and is also planning to provide support for their fellow lawyers already practising across B.C.“Lawyers in smaller communities are often asked to take on complex cases that require specialized knowledge outside their primary practice area, simply because there are no other local options,” said Brandt. “We hope to act as a bridge for these lawyers, connecting them with legal professionals who can consult on specific cases and specialized areas of law. The idea is to build a stronger community of legal professionals in these regions, by supporting what is already working.” The Reach Legal RV’s itinerary is as follows: Tuesday, May 8: QuesnelWednesday, May 9: MackenzieThursday, May 10: Tumbler RidgeThursday, May 10: Dawson CreekFriday, May 11: Fort St. JohnSunday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 15: Fort NelsonTuesday, May 15  Thursday, May 17: Fort St. JohnThursday, May 17: Chetwynd (tentative)last_img read more

HUMMUS INDIAN WAY

first_imgIngredients Chickpeas (dried) 2 cups of Baking Soda 1 tsp Garlic 3-5 cloves Lemon Juice 10 ml Kosher Salt 1 tsp Tahini 30 gm For Kachumber Hummus Cucumber (chopped) ¼ cup Onion (chopped) ¼ cup Tomato (chopped) ¼ cup Lemon Juice 1 tsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASalt to taste Hummus 6 tbsp For Beetroot Hummus Roasted beetroot puree ¼ cup Hummus 6 tbsp Preparation Soak chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours, then drain and rinse them. Cook the chickpeas with 3-5 cloves of raw garlic. Peel the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the cooked beans, until no bubbles remain. Set the cooked cloves of garlic aside and peel the chickpeas. The skins should slide off quite easily when you gently “pinch” each bean. Discard the chickpea “skins” once finished. Make a chickpea puree by adding 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas and cooked garlic to the food processor, then seal it. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, and then slowly pour this mixture into the food processor until they are smooth. Add tahini and water. Let the food processor run for 4-5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth. For Kachumbar Hummus: Mix all the ingredients adjust the seasoning and mix with 4 tbsp of hummus. For Beetroot Hummus: Mix the puree in 4 tbsp of hummus and mix well. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

3 held for duping people on pretext of giving money through credit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has busted a gang which lured men into swapping their credit cards in return of 2 percent commission. Three cheats Gopal Das, Surender Kumar Arora and Gopinder has been arrested by Delhi Police. They were duping public providing money by credit cards swapping and recovered Credit Card Swapping Machines (POS Machines), laptop, mobile phones, SIM cards and forged documents related with a different company, linked bank account details etc, on their instance. The complainant saw an advertisement pasted on the road side about swapping of credit cards on a 2% commission basis along with a mobile number. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe needed money for his family use and to meet the educational expenses of his children. He made a call and a youngster came to him and swapped his credit card for Rs 2,00,000 and told him that he would get his amount through his account after deducting 3% commission and left the place without giving any cash to him. He later realised he was cheated. The police arrested the three accused on 5 May. “Surender convinced his elder brother Gopal and Bhanja Gopinder for this conspiracy and used them to open bank accounts, forged company and to arrange mobile SIM cards. Apart from that, he purchased 9-11, POS Machines from an authorised Company. He transfers the amount to the forged company’s account and transfer to multiple accounts,” said DCP Madhur Verma.last_img read more

Richard Sherman Cites Race in DeSean Jacksons Release by

For Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman wrote about how race played a role in DeSean Jackson’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles and his relationship with his childhood friend. The Eagles cut the Pro Bowl receiver amid rumors he had connections with an L.A. gang. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and eventually signed a three-year, $24-million contract with with the Washington Redskins.I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse. [Editor’s note: Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.]I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.I can’t.I grew up in Watts, and I played baseball with DeSean in elementary school on a team coached by his father near Inglewood. His father, Bill, picked me up from elementary school 30 minutes away from his home for practice and games because my parents both worked and didn’t finish until later, and I wanted to play baseball with some childhood friends. Bill was a great coach, and a great man. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the summer after his son’s rookie season. DeSean and I didn’t hang out then like we did as kids.Those men with DeSean in the social pictures and the police reports weren’t his closest friends in childhood, but when his father died and few people were there for him, they were there. When a tragic event like that happens, the people who are around are the people who are around, and they were there for him.Was DeSean supposed to then say, “Thanks guys, but now that I’m a millionaire, please leave me alone”? Even if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have. In desperate times for people who come from desperate communities, your friends become your family. I wouldn’t expect DeSean to “distance himself” from anybody, as so many people suggest pro athletes ought to do despite having no understanding of what that means. Going to college and playing in the NFL creates a natural distance, but we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us. I can’t change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble.There is, of course, a tipping point. There have been times when I realized that someone can’t be helped, because they continue doing the wrong things. Typically, the only time I cut someone off is when they’re in jail, because I can’t help them there.And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He’s just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record-label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity. read more

Kevin Durant Helps Oklahoma School Build AllNew Facility to

Kevin Durant with students from Positive Tomorrows (Positive Tomorrows)Kevin Durant is continuing his charitability toward Oklahoma City even though the NBA forward has moved on to play for the Golden State Warriors. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Positive Tomorrows announced the athlete’s Kevin Durant Charity Foundation donated $57,000 to the elementary school.According to a statement on the Oklahoma-based school’s website, Durant’s hefty gift unlocked a secret $50,000 challenge award that will allow the school to buy land for a new building.“Kevin continues to be a great friend to Positive Tomorrows, and he has been instrumental in helping our school grow over the last several years,” school president and principal Susan Agel said. “Still, we consistently turn away students due to a lack of space and his generous contribution this year along with several anonymous donors will enable us to embark on our upcoming capital campaign debt-free. We are so grateful.”Positive Tomorrows works to provide a private, tuition-free education to homeless students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, 48 percent of which are Black. It also supports families so they can improve their employment, housing and income.As a supporter of the institution since 2012, Durant has gifted students with shoes on Christmas and paid for a summer program. Last year, NewsOK reported that the NBA star gave $35,000 to the school to stock food and build an all-new kitchen to better serve pupils.“They needed some help and, simple,” he said of the grant. “I’ve been here and seen the impact it’s had on these kids and I just wanted to help even more.”This year’s $57,000 gift makes it the fourth time he has provided funds to the school.“He’s been an instrumental part of our growth,” Agel said. “And it means the world to us and to our students that he continues to believe in our children’s potential and to invest in their futures.” read more

The Cubs Arent Just The BryantRizzo Show Anymore

Since their incredible World Series run in 2016, the Chicago Cubs haven’t always lived up to the grand expectations set forth for their young core. The 2017 version never really clicked, even before the Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched them in the National League Championship Series, and this year’s club spent almost all of the first half trailing the upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. And yet, the Cubs’ empire hasn’t crumbled yet. They recently fought their way back into first place, having won 15 of their past 20 games through Sunday’s win over visiting St. Louis, and our projection model has them tipped as the NL favorites.Unlike the 2016 Cubs, who enjoyed a historically effective pitching staff, Chicago’s primary weapon this season has been a dominant offense that is averaging an NL-best 5.2 runs per game. At a glance, that might not be too surprising for a team with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo penciled in the lineup every day. But the driving forces behind this year’s offensive performance aren’t the leading names we’ve come to expect — and it remains to be seen whether this new configuration is sustainable as the team moves away from the All-Star break.From 2015 through 2017, there essentially wasn’t a better 1-2 offensive punch in baseball than Bryant and Rizzo. Together, the pair was responsible for 712 weighted runs created (according to FanGraphs.com) — the most by any two teammates over that span — and they generated 30.5 percent of the Cubs’ total runs — which, among duos, ranked second to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun tandem.1Also known as “Trout plus whoever happened to log enough at-bats to finish a distant second on the team in wRC.” To the extent that Chicago was a legitimately great offensive team during those seasons, that was mainly the doing of the Cubs’ top two bats. A. Russell7.1– B. Zobrist6.4– D. Fowler7.5– PlayerShare of Cubs’ wRCPlayerShare of Cubs’ wRC K. Bryant15.2– A. Rizzo10.2– 2015-17 seasons2018 K. Bryant11.0– W. Contreras10.4– The Cubs are getting help from more placesTop five Chicago Cubs players by share of weighted runs created (wRC), through July 21, 2018 A. Rizzo15.3%– J. Baez11.8%– This season, however, Chicago’s hitters have spread the contributions around. Through Saturday’s games, Bryant and Rizzo had generated only 21.2 percent of the Cubs’ weighted runs created, with an even greater share turned in by other tandems on the roster — such as Javier Baez and Willson Contreras (22.2 percent).For Rizzo, it has been an outright disappointing year. Going into the season, FanGraphs projected a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .389, but through Saturday he had only managed to deliver a .337 mark, which is barely better than league average and represents his worst output since 2013. Rizzo’s power numbers are mostly to blame; he’s on pace for just 20 home runs after averaging 32 over the previous four seasons. Although StatCast indicators such as exit velocity suggest that Rizzo has been hitting the ball plenty hard, his swing has flattened out into more of a line-drive stroke, which has resulted in many fewer balls hit in the sweet spot for power and launch angle.Bryant has been much better than Rizzo, with a solid .371 wOBA that ranked 26th in baseball. But even that comes off as slightly unsatisfying after a 2017 season in which Bryant was a top-10 hitter and set career highs in batting average and on-base percentage. At 26, Bryant was supposed to be on an upward trajectory toward peak production, but this season has been a step backward — particularly given that his rates of hard-hit balls also have been trending in the wrong direction.Luckily for the Cubs, others have stepped in to pick up the slack. Baez is enjoying easily the best campaign of his career, and he has the potential to flirt with 30 homers before season’s end. Contreras, too, is tracking for his finest season (thanks especially to an uptick in playing time), and Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber had a combined .351 wOBA after going for a .333 mark last season. Even Jason Heyward, whose struggles at the plate have held him back when compared with his star reputation in the field, boasted an above-average .337 wOBA. Not every Cubs player is having an outstanding year with the bat — sorry, Addison Russell — but most of them are: Of Chicago’s top 10 batters by plate appearances, nine (all but Russell) are above the league average in wOBA.2In terms of having a weighted runs created plus above 100.Naturally, the Cubs would love for their lesser stars to keep raking while Bryant and Rizzo revert to their previous form, although underperformers don’t appear any more likely to progress upward to their previous means than overperformers are to slide back downward. At least, that’s according to a quick and dirty study I did of qualified hitters3Specifically, players between the ages of 25 and 30 who had at least 250 plate appearances in a given season, had at least 1,000 career plate appearances going into that season and had at least 250 plate appearances the following season. since 1950. The 20 percent of players who overachieved most (in terms of wOBA, compared with that of their career previously) tended to give about 61 percent of their gains back the following season. Meanwhile, the 20 percent who underachieved most tended to regain about 67 percent of their previous form the next year. The difference wasn’t quite statistically significant — and that’s before considering that the sample is somewhat biased for underachieving players to bounce back. (Remember, they needed 250 plate appearances the next season to be considered.) So the Cubs should be prepared to take the good with the bad when it comes to which players revert to their previous standards of performance.Either way, Chicago will need to keep scoring runs. As Craig Edwards of FanGraphs wrote a few days ago, the Cubs’ starting pitching has been so bad that it’s on pace to accrue the fewest wins above replacement in recent franchise history. Chicago’s bullpen has been reliable enough to salvage some victories, and its defense is very good, per usual. But barring some kind of major trade to shore up the rotation, the Cubs will continue to ride their offense-first philosophy into the postseason and hope whatever regression comes is of the positive variety — such as Rizzo and Bryant turning into the team’s dominant combination of old — rather than the negative.Check out our latest MLB predictions. K. Schwarber10.2– Source: FanGraphs read more

Mens hockey looks to bounce back against Bowling Green

OSU players celebrate after the Buckeyes first goal of the game against Miami (Ohio) Oct. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-2.Credit: Matthew Homan / Lantern photographerComing off the wrong side of a two-game sweep at the hands of Miami (Ohio) this weekend, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is looking to bounce back as it travels to Bowling Green State University for a one-game bout.Despite giving up a combined 12 goals in their two losses against the Redhawks in coach Steve Rohlik’s first series at the helm of the team, the Buckeyes (0-2-0) are optimistic about their matchup with the Falcons (0-1-1).Junior forward Max McCormick said Bowling Green and OSU are “hard-nosed teams,” so the game is going to be a battle.“We didn’t let (being swept by Miami) get us down,” McCormick said. “We’re getting better every day and that’s our mindset, so we’re staying positive and we’re going into Bowling Green to get a win.”Despite the positive attitude, senior forward Alex Szczechura said playing away from Columbus will pose a challenge the team must overcome.“They’ve always been a hardworking team,” Szczechura said. “In their home rink, they’re a tough team to play. So coming into (Tuesday’s) game, we really just want to work hard and keep things simple, keep battling on the ice.”McCormick noted that penalties and maintaining possession were two issues the Buckeyes faced against Miami, among other things.“We really need to take care of the puck,” he said. “We worked on some things in the (defensive zone) and the neutral zone this week in practice and we brushed up on some things in the power play.”OSU is 12-1-3 against the Falcons in the teams’ last 16 meetings.The Buckeyes are slated to take on the Falcons Tuesday in Bowling Green, Ohio with the puck set to drop at 7:07 p.m. read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

New TCI Police sworn in assigned to CID Marine and Tactical

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Thirteen new Police officers are sworn in now and the new squad will join the Criminal Investigations Department, #CID; Tactical Unit and Marine Branch.    The men and women, hailing from Jamaica and the Philippines are trained and ready for active duty.David Barnett, Marlon Dawkins, Christopher Morrison, Robert McClean, Horace Chung, Renaldo Burke, Monique Brandford, Rory Burke, Dexter Anthony, Marlon Morse, Andrea Lewis and Carl Wynters; and from the Philippines Daphney Alcima were officially sworn in by Commissioner James Smith as Constables.A media release from the Police Force explained, the officers are presently undergoing orientation and an introduction session to the Force’s Code of Conduct.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#CID, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Happy Day for Turks and Caicos Southwest Airlines marks first flight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 6, 2017 –  It could easily be described as the happiest moment for the Turks and Caicos, as a country, since hurricanes Irma and Maria when a #SouthwestAirlines 737 touched down at the #ProvidencialesInternationalAirport on Sunday afternoon for the first time.The inaugural flight, with 103 passengers aboard marked a significant milestone and the beginning of a long pursued relationship with America’s biggest airline company.Underscoring the significance of the freshly forged commute between Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos were three events to mark the milestone.  A welcome reception held Saturday at #iHeartRadio and #SouthwestSoundstage in Miami, Florida where Turks and Caicos, the #DominicanRepublic and #CostaRica were all welcomed to South Florida and introduced as the three newest Caribbean/Latin America flights for the airline.A take off press conference held at the gate of flight 618, the Provo gate within the A terminal, a new Southwest Airlines wing of the #FtLauderdaleHollywoodInternationalAirport.  Conch shells, balloons, interviews, photographs, regional and Turks and Caicos media, and brief remarks punctuated the excitement where the first passenger turning in her boarding pass and entering the flight was Premier, Hon #SharleneRobinson – all smiles, all congratulatory and all thankful. The Premier said Southwest holding to the November 5 start of the flight is a true testament of their commitment and Turks and Caicos’ allure as a destination.  The nation’s leader explained that it would have been understandable had the airline company decided to postponed launch of the route given the seriousness of the September storms, but Southwest is now here and will run daily flights delivering to guests and islanders their no baggage fees and no change fees policies – she called it a happy day for the islands.Tourism Minister, Hon #RalphHiggs said the pursuit of Southwest started some seven years ago, when the airline was flying limited flights only in the US. More seriously, four years ago significant talks began and the deal was inked and now this leading carrier will broaden the options for travelers into the Turks and Caicos.#SteveGoldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality at #SouthwestAirlines agreed, and said there is a demand for the destination and Southwest is ready to deliver on a unique service; Goldberg also made this first flight in. #JohnSmith, CEO of the Airports Authority attributed the success of securing this airlift to tripartite teamwork; the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board were all highly instrumental in making the Southwest connection happen. On board, prizes were given away with the help of the Junior Tourism Minister, #ZariahIngham and each passenger has a miniature TCI flag and gift from the tourist board as a keepsake and reminder that they were aboard the very first flight of Southwest airlines to this leading regional destination.And yes, there was water canon salute for the new Southwest flight as it taxied into the PIA. Related Items:#premiersharlenerobin, #providencialesinternationalairport, #southwestairlinesprovidenciales, #southwestairlinesturksandcaicos, #tciopenforbusiness, #tcistrong PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIA Recommended for you Editorial: Not decimated but badly bruisedlast_img read more

Dortmund CEO We would have signed Ronaldo if we had the

first_imgHans-Joachim Watzke says Borussia Dortmund would have made an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if they had “the financial strength” required to handle both the transfer and salary costsAs well as recruiting a new manager in Lucien Favre from OGC Nice in the summer, Dortmund had a busy time in the transfer market.Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer was brought in on loan, before his deal was later made into a permanent one last month, along with Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel and Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney.Despite the high-profile signings though, Dortmund have reportedly posted a €536m profit and will likely be on the lookout for new talent in the January transfer window.But CEO Watzke admits even they have financial limits that restrict them from making a dream signing like Ronaldo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 59-year-old revealed that Dortmund would likely have been unable to pay the additional costs involved in signing Ronaldo, like salary payments.“If we had the financial strength to get and pay Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have done that. But we do not have [that power],” said Watze on Transfermarkt.In the end, Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in a reported €112m deal and has since enjoyed a stunning start to life in Italy.Although Dortmund themselves aren’t doing too badly either with the club currently leading the Bundesliga with a six-point lead.They’ve also reached the Champions League knockout stages, where they will take on Tottenham in the last-16 next year.last_img read more

Spalletti on Coppa Italia and Benevento

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has revealed his ambitions to win the Coppa Italia ahead of their clash with Benevento.Spalletti’s men may set up a quarter-final clash with Lazio if they end up beating the underdogs but the former Roma man has called for caution ahead of the tie.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” the Coach told Inter TV and cited on Football Italia.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Inter don’t have home advantage either, because it will be played behind closed doors due to repeated racist chanting from their fans.“It’ll seem a lot more like a training ground exercise, as without the crowd there, we lose the passion and emotional strength this sport gives you.“It was right to send a strong message, but also to reflect on what can be done, because we end up penalising people who have nothing to do with these incidents.”With Inter out of the Champions League in the group stage, can the Coppa Italia be their best chance of silverware?“It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.”last_img read more

Holidays Can Be A Killer For Pets

first_imgPoinsettia are beautiful and can be trimmed back to keep year round, but the leaves from this plant can irritate and damage your dog’s mouth and stomach, and often cause nausea and vomiting. Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include hyperexcitability, because of the caffeine content, nervousness, vomiting, diarrhea.” Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic Debbie Dominic: “They can get symptoms like they are drunk, they are staggering.” English Ivy can be dangerous to humans as well since it is toxic all around and can also cause dermatitis and skin inflammation if handled improperly. For dogs, ingesting the leaves of this plant is the most dangerous part and can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dogs can also experience dermal reactions like blistering, redness or swelling if they come in contact with it. Many seasonal plants are very dangerous when ingested by animals. Decking the halls with holly for Christmas is tempting,  and while it’s sharp leaves and bitter taste will keep most dogs away from it those who do take a nip can get in trouble fast. Holly can be pretty toxic if ingested, even in small doses. Ingesting mistletoe can be very dangerous for your dog since it is very toxic because it has multiple toxic substances which can cause severe stomach pain, drop in blood pressure and breathing problems. In larger amounts, mistletoe can also cause seizures or even death.center_img Dominic suggests letting the animal vomit to get the toxin out of it’s system, and if it doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly, take it to the veterinarian for more aggressive treatment. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the distractions of friends, family, and festivities, many pet owners aren’t keeping a close eye on their fur babies – and that can turn deadly when pets decide to have a festive party of their own. Amaryllis is also pretty toxic to dogs, creating stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and even tremors. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp3VmDorene-on-holidays-can-be-a-killer-for-pets.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Postal Service Files for Special Rate Increase in January

first_imgMeanwhile, a joint filing by four industry mail groups including Magazine Publishers of America says no way. “The court left in place the Commission’s findings that the Postal Service had submitted no evidence indicating that its request was causally related to the recession, and that the Postal Service’s financial problems were caused in large part by longstanding structural issues, not the recession.” When it comes to the “Three P’s”–printer, postage and paper–postage costs have exploded in recent years, Cygnus Business Media vice president of operations Tom Martin told FOLIO:. “In 2000, printing was 45 percent to 55 percent of costs, paper was probably 20 to 25 percent of costs, and postage was between 30 to 32 percent. If you look at today’s costs, the printer has probably lost 15 to 20 points because the printer is probably sitting with only 32 percent of overall costs. Paper hasn’t changed that much but the number that has changed tremendously is postage. That’s probably sitting at 46 percent of overall costs depending on the magazine.” Thought the postal battle had achieved temporary détente? Think again.The U.S. Postal Service this week asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to let it implement an exigent rate increase averaging more than 4 percent across most classes of mail in order to make up for volume lost during the recession, reports anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition. Last year, the PRC denied a similar request to boots rates by as much as 8 percent, saying that USPS cashflow problems were not the result of the recession. However, a federal court has ordered the PRC to review that ruling. “The Postal Service suffered financial harm directly associated with extraordinary and exceptional volume losses that the [inflation-based] price cap mechanism is incapable of addressing,” the USPS brief says. “The Postal Service respectfully requests that the Commission recognize $2.34 billion as a plausible lower-bound estimate of the Postal Service’s financial harm ‘due to’ recession-related volume losses in FY 2008 and FY2009, and approve exigent rate increases (for January 2012 implementation) on that basis.”last_img read more

Defense Bill Talks Drag On

first_imgThe House and Senate Armed Services committees are still engaged in negotiations to hash out a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill as an agreement on a handful of issues has proven unattainable to date.“No question we’re close,” House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told CQ. Thornberry said he has remained in contact with his Senate counterpart, John McCain (R-Ariz.). “I mean, we could be done anytime, but we’re not,” he said.Military compensation, including increases in Tricare co-pays and retirement benefits, has been one of the thorniest issues so far.“We’re still having discussions,” said McCain. “Honestly, I’m not sure whether we’re going to be able to get it or not,” he said.Meanwhile, conferees settled on language to overhaul the military procurement process, Thornberry said. One of the key questions the two sides tackled was whether to give the military service secretaries the power the defense secretary now has over initiating multibillion-dollar weapons programs.The House chairman said the two different versions of the annual defense policy bill “have blended together well,” without elaborating further. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Game Of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack Release Date Set

first_img Email Facebook “Game Of Thrones” Season 7 Soundtrack Release Date Set News Twitter center_img The set will again feature music by GOT composer Ramin Djawadi, with selections from the current season — we just hope that Ed Sheeran’s “pretty” song from the season opener is included.The GRAMMY-nominated Djawadi has helmed the music for the binge-worthy show since its inception, in addition to working on shows like “Prison Break” and “Westworld” and films such as Iron Man.The previous season six “Game Of Thrones” soundtrack topped Billboard’s Soundtrack Albums chart and placed at No. 27 on the Billboard 200. And the album’s cinematic “Light Of The Seven” reached No. 1 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.Coupled with seas of merchandise, concert tours, dedicated blogs and the epic GOT Memes page on Facebook, the series’ dynamic music adds further testament to the show’s game-changing status for television and how it’s dented all facets of pop culture.Ed Sheeran To Mastodon: Vote For Your Favorite “Game Of Thrones” CameoRead more Pre-Order “Game Of Thrones” New Soundtrack game-thrones-season-7-soundtrack-release-date-set Attn. Throners: New GOT soundtrack coming in September — will Ed Sheeran’s song be included?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s been the best season of “Game Of Thrones” ever, hasn’t it?As we wait for the next episode to see if Jaime Lannister survived the wrath of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, “Game Of Thrones” has set a Sept. 29 release date for its season seven soundtrack.last_img read more