Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.Could be real steamy, too. It’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.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 shutoutAt least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn’t be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park.Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish.Because a chance to win a ring doesn’t come very often — these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that. View comments Astros beat Yankees, reach World Series MOST READ In fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men’s and women’s basketball, but never in baseball.Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec.The Astros posted 101 wins this year — not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits.These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they’d seen a lot of each other in the past.Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013.That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Manager A.J. Hinch’s club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts.The result? Their first pennant since 1988 — the year Kershaw was born. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:37Protesters 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 The Astros have never won the crown. They’re playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.The Dodgers haven’t been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson’s bat, Orel Hershiser’s arm and Tommy Lasorda’s moves outdid Oakland for the crown.Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn.“I just want to win a World Series,” Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. “I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I’m definitely not taking this one for granted.”Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: “The trophy’s coming soon.”The Astros, the major leagues’ highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox.ADVERTISEMENT The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs to advance to the World Series. APBig-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner.A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Bolick tips hat off to Perez: ‘He changed the culture of Lyceum’

first_imgFilipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the middle of a loud Smart Araneta Coliseum during the second game in the Finals between San Beda and Lyceum, Robert Bolick and CJ Perez shared a quiet moment.Perez left the game with 36 seconds left, just before San Beda celebrated its 92-82 title-clincher, but Bolick stopped him on the way to the Lyceum bench to share some words.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ONE launches reality search for next MMA superstar in Asia “I told him ‘good job, you made it tough on me,’” said Bolick in Filipino Thursday as San Beda won its 21st seniors basketball title. “I told him ‘you know what, you did a good job, you’re the guy who came in and made an 18-0 sweep.’”“Last year, they never did it and they were very low in the standings.”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 shutoutLyceum finished the Season 93 eliminations with a perfect 18-0 record after Season 92’s ninth place finish where it went 6-12 without Perez, who was still serving his residency at the school.“This year, just one guy, he changed the culture of Lyceum,” said Bolick who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and six assists in Game 2. “I said to him ‘keep your head up because there’s nothing to be ashamed of.’” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolick said it’s just unfortunate that Lyceum still hasn’t got the championship experience that could’ve saved them in crunch time.As for San Beda, championship experience is practically running through its DNA.Bolick gave the Red Lions an 89-82 lead with 50.9 seconds left with a cold-blooded triple with Lyceum’s Mike Nzesseu rising up to challenge him.“I think the only advantage we have was our Finals experience, we know how to compose, and we know how to finish games in crunch time,” said Bolick. “I’m pretty sure next year, CJ will be working hard.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Wankhede yet to get a nod from fire department

first_imgThe new-look Wankhede Stadium was formally inaugurated in Mumbai on Sunday. However, it is still uncertain whether or not the stadium will be allowed to host World Cup matches.The venue is yet to receive a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the fire department with the chief fire officer saying they will not issue the NOC unless they are fully satisfied.The stadium recently failed a fire inspection, raising concerns that it may not be ready in time for the World Cup matches.One of the main concerns raised by the fire department was the lack of access to fire brigades to all parts of the stadium. Wankhede Stadium is scheduled to host three World Cup matches including the final on April 2.ICC president and Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar, who formally inaugurated the stadium, refused to comment on the issue.last_img read more

Matz, Mets Meek in Game 4

first_imgNEW YORK — Steven Matz had one bad inning in his first postseason start, all the leeway Clayton Kershaw needed to keep the Mets from advancing to the NL Championship Series in front of their orange towel-twirling fans.Moving forward to face the Chicago Cubs doesn’t get any easier, either. All New York has to do now: beat the Dodgers’ other ace, Zack Greinke, in Los Angeles.Matz gave up a two-run double to former Mets infielder Justin Turner and New York was held to three hits by Kershaw over seven brilliant innings on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 to force a deciding Game 5 in the NL Division Series.“Obviously we wanted to get it done tonight for our fans and for their support all year,” Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t do that tonight, but you’ve got to love the fact that it’s going down to Game 5 and everything’s on the line.”Jacob deGrom is set to start for New York at Dodger Stadium, where he beat Kershaw in Game 1. Greinke was the winner in Game 2, when Chase Utley keyed a go-ahead rally in the seventh with a takeout slide that broke shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg.“We’re definitely looking forward to him taking the ball again Thursday,” Curtis Granderson said of deGrom, “and it’s going to be another tough matchup for both teams out there.”Mets fans were revved up after their team routed the Dodgers 13-7 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, putting New York in prime position to advance to its first NLCS since 2006.Pitching on three days’ rest and on a five-start postseason skid, Kershaw kept the simmering crowd of 44,183 at bay while on the mound.The Mets put two on against Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen — with help from what appeared to be a missed foul tip by plate umpire Chris Guccione on what would’ve been strike three for David Wright — in the eighth. Fans rose to their feet, sensing a chance to take advantage of the Dodgers’ weak bullpen, but Daniel Murphy popped out to right field to end the threat.Jansen finished with a perfect ninth for the save.The 24-year-old Matz, the fourth straight starter for New York making his postseason debut, entered 4-0 in his brief big league career, including six scoreless innings at Los Angeles on July 5.And despite making his first start in 19 days because of a tight upper back, the left-hander looked sharp from the start in pitching for the team he grew up rooting for from about 50 miles away on Long Island.He used his curveball to strike out leadoff batter Kiké Hernandez as fans lustily chanted “We wanted Utley!” and shook those ubiquitous playoff towels.In fact, it was Kershaw who got the game’s first hit. He was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Howie Kendrick then singled to put runners on first and third. Adrian Gonzalez drove one run in with a single on a curveball as the rookie appeared to tire a bit.“Steven was outstanding,” manager Terry Collins said. “Probably if he’d want one pitch back, it’s probably the hanging slider he threw Kershaw.”Turner, who has become a fan-favorite in Los Angeles after he wasn’t offered salary arbitration by the Mets following the 2013 season, lined a double on another curveball to the left-field corner, scoring two when Yoenis Cespedes had trouble picking up the ball for a 3-0 lead.With wild red hair and a bushy beard, Turner has been a thorn in the Mets‘ side this series, going 7 for 15 with four doubles and three RBIs.“That stuff’s all in the past. Has no effect on me,” Turner said. “I’m a Dodger. Happy to be a Dodger and glad to take the series back to L.A. for Game 5.”Kershaw took care of the rest for the three-time NL West champions, giving up his second homer of the series to Murphy in the fourth and only two other singles. Murphy had only homered once in 126 at-bats against lefties during the regular season.DeGrom was seen warming up in the Mets bullpen in the bottom of the fifth, when Matz was due up. But Bartolo Colon entered in relief after Michael Cuddyer struck out pinch hitting.Matz gave up six hits. He struck out four and walked two — including Turner intentionally.“I made some bad pitches and it wound up costing me three runs,” Matz said. “And when you’re facing a guy like Clayton Kershaw, you’ve got to put up zeroes.”GETTING USED TO ITColon has appeared out of the bullpen three times this series. In 475 regular-season outings, he’s only pitched in relief eight times.UP NEXTDodgers: Greinke allowed a pair of solo homers during a 5-2 victory in Game 2. He went seven innings and struck out eight without a walk. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in eight postseason starts. He was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA this season, the lowest in the majors since Atlanta ace Greg Maddux posted a 1.63 mark in 1995.Mets: Making his postseason debut, deGrom beat Kershaw 3-1 in the series opener at Dodger Stadium. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 13, matching Tom Seaver’s franchise record for a postseason game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

DFI: credit card sized fanless embedded system

first_imgWith only three credit card sized form factor, EC900-FS6 fanless embedded system, powered by the state of the art ARM based processor, is built with DFI’s 100% in-house design 2.5” Pico-ITX, multiple I/O interfaces, wide-voltage, wide-temperature support design, and 24/7 non-stop operation in any harsh environments.Whether you are in space-constrained conditions such as factory automation, transportation, and defense industries, EC900-FS6 is your ideal alternative to fit your needs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Socionext enhance sound quality in wide range of applicationsNext Raspberry Pi finds growing application in professional development projectslast_img read more

India vs England: Smriti Mandhana becomes India’s youngest T20I captain

first_imgBatting sensation Smriti Mandhana became the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women’s team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. At 22 years and 229 days, the India women’s cricket team opener is taking over from Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the three-match series with an ankle injury.Out-of-favour India batsman, Suresh Raina previously held the record as he was appointed as the captain of the men’s T20I team at 23 years and 197 days. Notably, Harmanpreet was the youngest woman to have led the India women’s T20I team (23 years, 237 days) before Monday.Smriti Mandhana had a lucky start to her captaincy stint as she won the toss and opted to field against England in Guwahati. However, India bowlers conceded 45 runs without picking up a wicket in the first six overs of the ongoing T20I.Mandhana opted for experience in the squad as she brought back senior campaigner Mithali Raj into the playing XI in the absenceo of injured Harmanpreet.Notably, India have headed into the ongoing T20I series on the back of a 2-1 ODI series win over England women in Mumbai.Captain @mandhana_smriti calls it right and India have opted to bowl first. The coin rolled a long distance.?? #INDvENG Women (@BCCIWomen) March 4, 2019Meanwhile, Mandhana stressed that her approach to the game won’t change with the burden of captaincy on her shoulders.”The preparation won’t change because as a vice-captain for the last 2 years I have been attending all the meetings of strategy. I know already what we are going to do before the match when I was not the captain. But I will make extra effort to speak to bowlers,” Mandhana said on the eve of the first T20I.advertisement”I have been playing under a lot of captains in the last 4-5 years and I have tried to learn everything from them. I don’t really like to mix captaincy and batting…as it will complicate me more.”Mandhana became the number one ODI batter in the ICC Women’s Rankings last month following her exemplary run of form in both the ODIs and T20Is.Also Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso Read | India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja marvels MS Dhoni’s ability to stay calm in run chasesAlso See:last_img read more

Gonzalo Higuaín suits my Chelsea says his ‘football father’, Maurizio Sarri

first_imgShare on Facebook Maurizio Sarri Chelsea Share on Pinterest Football fan faces ban after throwing pie during Chelsea game Read more Sarri needs to compromise or risk Chelsea suffering at Manchester City Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Read more Higuaín enjoyed arguably the best form of his career in 2015-16, when the pair worked together. That year he scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A games; both have previously acknowledged the father-son relationship that developed between them before Higuaín moved on to Juventus.“I hope I am the football father,” Sarri said when reminded of that bond, emphasising the word “football” before joking: “I don’t know the mother of Gonzalo.”Sarri is more certain, though, of how to make Higuaín tick. “Mentally I think [the connection] was the same, but I think that Gonzalo is very suitable for my football, so the feeling is really fantastic,” he said. “It’s a football feeling, I think.”There has sometimes been a sense – as evidenced by those penalty misses and a clutch of other freezes on the big stage, such as the 2014 World Cup final – that Higuaín evinces a certain fragility despite his impressive statistics and it was instructive to hear Sarri sketch out one of his motivation methods.“He needs confidence first of all,” Sarri said. “He needs a very good relationship with the coach, with the teammates. Sometimes he needs a message from the coach in the press conference. We will see in the future.” Topics Maurizio Sarri would like to be regarded as Gonzalo Higuaín’s “football father” and believes he knows how to get the best from a player who he says requires public shots of confidence.Higuaín scored twice in last Saturday’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield and, going into a far tougher assignment at Manchester City on Sunday, appears to have found form at an early stage in his Chelsea career. He is trying to put an underwhelming half-season at Milan behind him and Sarri sees parallels in the situation at Napoli in 2015.“At the moment he is really very determined,” Sarri said. “In my first season in Naples he arrived later due to the Copa América. He missed a penalty in the last match in Serie A [in a decider for Champions League qualification against Lazio] and he missed a penalty in the final. But he reacted really very well, he was very keen, he played an exceptional season. I think he is able to react very well to difficulties. I think he can play a really very good season, or last part of the season.” That did not appear to be one, but he concurred with the example of a message “of confidence” he sent Higuaín during that 2015-16 campaign, when he famously said: “If Higuaín doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or, he’s a dickhead.”Higuaín will not reach such lofty heights during his loan from Juventus but Sarri thinks his impact will spread throughout the Chelsea team and particularly to Eden Hazard, who he hopes will occupy more dangerous areas in the Argentinian’s presence.“As you have seen in the last match, Eden passed the ball very often to Gonzalo, they speak the same language with the ball, and so I think that Gonzalo will be very important for us.” Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Messenger news Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

FiveThirtyEight’s Playoff Predictor Model Does Not Think Notre Dame Is Safely In

first_imgNotre Dame's Chase Claypool makes a diving catch.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 13: Chase Claypool #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries make the catch after the pass interference on Dane Jackson #11 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 13, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)Notre Dame survived an upset bid from USC on Saturday night, and for the first time since 2012, the Fighting Irish finished the regular season with a 12-0 record. So they’re a lock for the College Football Playoff, right?Well, one major predictor model doesn’t think it’s clear cut. FiveThirtyEight’s playoff predictor, which has been pretty accurate in the past, thinks that if Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State all win next week, Notre Dame would have the lowest odds of getting in the field.That’s right, two one-loss teams – Oklahoma and Ohio State – would get in over them.It’s hard to believe. So hard to believe that the site’s founder, Nate Silver, took to Twitter to say that he “really doubts” that will happen in real life.Our college football algorithm cutely thinks that if the playoff selection committee really values conference championships, it would consider putting in both a 12-1 tOSU and 12-1 Oklahoma ahead of 12-0 Notre Dame. I really doubt that happens IRL, though.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 25, 2018It’s true that Notre Dame has an advantage not having to play in a conference championship game. But because of that, the program’s margin of error is thinner – they likely need to go 12-0 to be considered for a bid.For what it’s worth, Notre Dame fans would riot if they didn’t make the field with a 12-0 record. There isn’t much else the program can do.The real debate seems to be between Oklahoma and Ohio State for the No. 4 slot. That’s assuming both win next week’s title games.last_img read more

The Keystone: Counting the Minutes in Vintage Style

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style There are many ways to  stay on track and keep your day timed out from using the clock on your smart phone to glancing at a wall clock to simply asking someone to check their watch for you. But if you want to really be in today’s hipster-fresh style you’ll take a step back in time and use a time piece similar to what your dad or granddad used. Vintage watches that are gaining new attention thanks to The Keystone company, co-founded by Justin Gruenberg and Max Abbot.The two friends met in college. Justin grew up in the watch business and he and Max often talked about giving watch collectors a better experience. They went in different directions after graduation, but a few years down the road, Max moved to L.A. and they launched The Keystone in September 2014.The watches they sell are sourced through watch shows and from individuals contacting them through their site. “We travel all around the world—Japan, Hong Kong, New York, Miami,” said Abbot. “We also purchase old stock from jewelry stores who have vintage items sitting in their inventory.”Many websites selling watches will put up a stock photo, but that’s not the case with The Keystone. They take pictures of each individual item. If someone is looking at a watch on their site, they are viewing the actual item for sale.“We want the customer to see something they like and buy it right there,” said Abbot. “We have some rare items and a very passionate collector base. We’re excited to help new collectors as well.”He says the most popular items the mid-range Rolex selling from $2,000 to $9,000. “A lot of people don’t realize you can get a great vintage Rolex for $1,900,” he said, “that stuff has been pretty popular.The Keystone currently has about 200 watches on the site and adds 10 to 15 new ones each month. With free shipping and free returns, the company offers a great way for collectors to find just the right watch. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

Gov’t Allocates $32 Million to Ward Theatre Restoration

first_img The Government has allocated $32 million to the restoration of the Ward Theatre as one of the ‘Jamaica 55’ legacy projects. The restoration project is being undertaken by the Ministry in collaboration with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. “By August, the facility will be restored to a level that it can be utilised for events and will play an important role in the commemoration of the anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating Kingston a ‘Creative Music City’,” Ms. Grange said. Story Highlights The Government has allocated $32 million to the restoration of the Ward Theatre as one of the ‘Jamaica 55’ legacy projects.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement during her contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 30.The restoration project is being undertaken by the Ministry in collaboration with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation.Work to restore the building, constructed in 1912, commenced on May 23 as one of the National Labour Day projects.This included repairs to the changing room and 13 bathrooms at the facility, as well as exterior and interior painting, fumigating and plumbing.“By August, the facility will be restored to a level that it can be utilised for events and will play an important role in the commemoration of the anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating Kingston a ‘Creative Music City’,” Ms. Grange said.Kingston was designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said the Ministry will be seeking to capitalise on the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site.On June 8, the third and final gateway sign to the area will be unveiled in Port Morant, St. Thomas.The move forms part of a strategic marketing campaign to raise the heritage profile of communities in which the signs are located.Gateway signs in Papine and Port Antonio, as major access points to the area, were unveiled in 2016.  Ms. Grange anticipates that the programme will facilitate increased tourism traffic at the World Heritage Site.The Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage list in 2015.A nomination file has been submitted to inscribe ‘Reggae Music of Jamaica’ to the UNESCO representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity.last_img read more

Entertainment a Major Source of Growth – Grange

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is reinforcing entertainment in Jamaica as a major source of growth and development. The National Carnival in Jamaica Stakeholders Committee, under the Sports and Entertainment Network of the Tourism Linkages Network, is spearheading the initiative, which forms part of broader efforts to enhance and package various local entertainment offerings to attract more visitors to the island. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is reinforcing entertainment in Jamaica as a major source of growth and development.She noted that Reggae Month and Jamaica Carnival are two major projects under the rubric of festival tourism that will be strengthened in the upcoming year.She was speaking at the launch of Carnival in Jamaica 2018 on Thursday (October 19) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.Following the highly successful inaugural 2017 Carnival in Jamaica initiative, the Government is again partnering with carnival stakeholders for this year’s staging.Carnival in Jamaica will be the umbrella brand for all carnival-related activities during the peak period of March 31 to April 8, 2018, making it a national product.The National Carnival in Jamaica Stakeholders Committee, under the Sports and Entertainment Network of the Tourism Linkages Network, is spearheading the initiative, which forms part of broader efforts to enhance and package various local entertainment offerings to attract more visitors to the island.Ms. Grange noted that over the last 15 years, carnival in Jamaica has been the fastest growing event of its kind in the Caribbean.She said the collaboration over the past year between her Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism underscores the understanding that partnership is needed to propel a growing industry that is a contributor to the creative economy.Ms. Grange said the unique nature of “our carnival is the infusion of Jamaican dancehall music and culture in events, and through collaborations between Jamaican artistes and soca/calypso artistes across the region”.“This authentic Jamaican flavour added to events has led to increased visitor arrivals for the annual parade. The promotion of Jamaican culture regionally and internationally is an advantage to the annual staging of carnival in Jamaica that enhances our tourism product,” she pointed out.Ms. Grange said that Carnival 2018 is about to be activated, with the first band, Xaymaca International, set to launch on November 11; Exodus on November 18; Bacchanal in January 2018; followed by Jamaica Carnival.She noted that the carnival atmosphere will spread all over Jamaica although the main events are held in Kingston.Ms. Grange congratulated the four bands that will be participating in Carnival 2018, noting that the number is expected to grow to eight over the next few years.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, for his part, said that carnival is an opportunity to broaden the entertainment offerings of Kingston and increase tourist arrivals in the country.He said a key objective of the Ministry is to encourage visitors to spend more and have a greater percentage of the tourist dollar remain in the country.“And to do that, carnival must play a big role, because last carnival US$2.3 million was in circulation in the city of Kingston and … that is nearly J$300 million. If we double the size of carnival, can you imagine that is close to J$1 billion in circulation. Who gets it? The little man… the hotels get a little bit (too),” he pointed out. Ms. Grange said that Carnival 2018 is about to be activated, with the first band, Xaymaca International, set to launch on November 11; Exodus on November 18; Bacchanal in January 2018; followed by Jamaica Carnival. last_img read more

Sweden to Get New Cruise Terminal in 2018

first_imgzoom Starting from spring 2018, America Cruise Terminal will become a new location for cruise ships in Sweden as the present cruise terminal at Frihamnen needs to be relocated. According to the Port of Gothenburg, 2017 will be the final season in which cruise vessels can dock at Frihamnen due to the fact that the area will form part of a major urban development scheme with the construction of homes and offices, forcing the terminal to find a new location.The new central cruise terminal will be located at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. The quay and part of the terminal building, Amerikaskjulet, are currently being restored.“It is an old quay – the first quay in Gothenburg for oceangoing traffic – and it is in considerable need of repair and renovation. We are working flat out to have the work completed before the first call in 2018,” Jill Söderwall, Vice President Cruise at Gothenburg Port Authority, said.The maximum length for vessels calling at America Cruise Terminal will be 225 meters – 25 meters longer than the current maximum length at Frihamnen. The Port of Gothenburg revealed that seventeen ships are already scheduled to call at the new terminal.Around half of the ships that call each year sail under the Älvsborg Bridge and dock centrally. The largest vessels will continue to dock at the terminal at Arendal, according to the port.Amerikaskjulet was constructed in 1912 and operated as a passenger terminal until 1975.Over 100 years ago, the first Swedish American Line vessel sailed for the USA from Stigbergskajen in Gothenburg. The same quay is now being resurrected as a cruise reception center under the name America Cruise Terminal.last_img read more

Yechury moves SC for production of detained CPIM leader Tarigami

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court for production of party leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, who has been under detention in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370, the party said on Saturday. Tarigami, a member of the Central Committee of the CPI(M) and four-time MLA of the dissolved Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has not been keeping well, party sources said. The writ petition has been filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, the CPI(M) said. Yechury had travelled to Srinagar earlier this month to visit Tarigami but was denied entry. A delegation of opposition leaders is scheduled to visit Srinagar on Saturday.last_img read more

Bomb explodes outside private Greek TV station no one hurt

first_imgATHENS, Greece — A powerful bomb exploded outside private Greek television station Skai, causing extensive damage but no injuries.Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. Monday outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in a coastal area near Athens after telephoned warnings prompted authorities to evacuate the building.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Armed far-left and anarchist organizations have attacked news media outlets in the past.The Associated Presslast_img

Morocco Shut 2000 Illegal Mineshafts in Jerada in 2018

Rabat – Minister of Energy and Mines Aziz Rabbah announced Wednesday that authorities closed 2,000 “abandoned and illicitly exploited” mineshafts in Jerada, eastern Morocco.Rabbah promised to close the 1,500 remaining shafts by the end of 2019, AFP reported.Jerada, an impoverished city, witnessed multiple informal miners’ deaths and accidents during the last two years. In two separate mine accidents, four informal miners died in December 2017. Two of them were crushed while mining underground at an abandoned mineshaft in Jerada.Read Also: Morocco Sentences 9 People Protesting in Jerada After Mining DeathsAnother miner died while extracting coal from an illegal mine near the city when the walls of the mine collapsed and killed him on February 1, 2018.The death of miners sparked a wave of protests denouncing social inequality and unemployment.The protests also led to several arrests. A court handed down the first sentences for protesters on November 8 last year. Nine people received three to five years in prison.Early last year, the government promised to shut abandoned shafts, stop illegal mining in the region, and offer in return economic opportunities for the local population.Read Also: Second Miner Dies in Jerada Mining Accident in 4 DaysThe government said in February 2018 it would launch an industrial zone for Jerada to “provide young entrepreneurs in several business sectors with the opportunity to carry out their projects.However, the city’s informal miners have continued to venture into abandoned mineshafts and sell coal to local brokers, to earn a living.Due to lack of safety precautions, at least eight more accidental deaths occurred last year, including five in November alone.Minister Rabbah said Wednesday that Morocco granted 26 mining permits in 2018 to young miners in the region “attached to special cooperatives,” according to AFP.The state will invest $95 million in industry and agriculture projects by 2020, Rabbah added.In 1998, the government closed a coal mine employing 9,000 workers leading to a collapse in the city’s main industry. The mine, according to AFP, was judged uneconomical. read more

Moroccan Activists Rally in Solidarity with Palestine

Rabat – With the US-sponsored economic forum in Manama, Bahrain set to begintoday, tens of thousands of Moroccans have taken to the streets across the country in protest against the so-called “Manama betrayal conference.”On Sunday, May 23, Moroccan intifadists marched from the gates of Rabat’s medina to the square in front of the Parliament building. As Palestinian and Moroccan flags flew side-by-side above demonstrators, chants of solidarity with Palestine rang through the streets of the city.Read Also: Morocco Confirms Participation in US-Sponsored Economic Forum in BahrainTrampling torn Israeli flags and brandishing signs condemning the occupation of Palestine, protestors demanded that the US end its ongoing interference in the Middle East, and that Israel end its dominion over the Palenstinian territories. Moreover, as protestors burned Israeli flags in collective opposition to the American vision for the MIddle East, shouts of “Death of Israel” and “Death to the United States” became deafening cries of Moroccans’ solidarity with the Palestinian people.With recent events such as White House adviser Jared Kushner’s suggestion that the US would be abandoning plans for a two-state solution, protests against Israel have consequently become protests against the United States. This has become especially true following the reveal of Washington’s plan for achieving peace in the Middle East, with several protests over the last month being sparked from the announcement of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”Developed over the course of the last two years by the Washington administration, the Middle East Peace Plan has routinely been touted as a panacea for the complex issues currently facing the Middle East.However, the American dream of bringing peace to Middle East has been received as a nightmare by millions across the Arab world, who see the plan as a plot to further entrench the Israeli government as a regional influence, at the expense of the Palestinian people.The first stage of the so-called “Deal of the Century,” an upcoming economic forum in Manama, continues to be at the center of this controversy, over a month after initial plans for the forum were revealed in May.In an attempt to rally support for the plan and reduce opposition to the conference, Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of American President Donald Trump, visited several Arab countries last month, including Morocco.Despite this, the Arab World remains firmly opposed to the forum, with reactionary protests against the Bahraini conference continuing to increase in both severity and frequency with each passing day.Condemning the proposed plan, as a “consecration” of Palestinian suffering, the Palestinian Authority vowed to boycott the forum, and encouraged other nations to follow suit.“The US ‘deal of the century’ is the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice,” said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.“And if they do not think that this situation will have an impact on the future of Israel and the region, one way or the other, they are the ones that are delusional, not us.”Standing behind the Palestinian Authority, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans have rejected the plan, viewing the conference as an attempt from the West to undermine the territorial legitimacy of Palestine.United under the slogan “For Palestine, against the deal of shame, against the treachery workshop in Bahrain,” demonstrators from several of Morocco’s civil organizations voiced their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for independence in the face of continued Israeli occupation.A “consecration” of Palestinian sufferingIt has been barely more than a month since Washington announced its long-awaited Middle East Peace Plan, spearheaded by American President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, on May 19.However, time has had little to no effect in raising support for the plan across the Arab World, which remains fervently opposed to the “Deal of the Century.”The first stage of the plan, beginning on June 25 with a forum in the Bahraini capital, is focused on improving the economic conditions in the Middle East. The conference is planned to promote investment and development in the West Bank and Gaza, funded by wealthier Gulf and Arab states.Despite a focus on improving the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned the workshop, claiming that the Palestinian Authority had not been consulted during its planning.Photo Credit: Morocco World News/ John Lystad“The cabinet wasn’t consulted about the reported workshop, neither over the content, nor the outcome nor timing,” Shtayyeh said on Monday.The Palestinian Authority has also protested against the exclusively economic focus of the conference, arguing that the meeting is merely an attempt to have Palestinians sell their independence to Israel.“We will inform Bahrain that we will not take part in such a conference,” said Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas. “We will not sell our country based on an economic project.”As a result, the Palestinian Authority has refused to take part in the workshop, and has encouraged other Arab countries to follow suit and oppose the so-called “Deal of the Century.”Protesters wearing masks to protest against Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, and US.“There will be no Palestinian participation in the Manama workshop,” said Ahmed Majdalani, Palestine’s Social Development Minister. “Any Palestinian who would take part would be nothing but a collaborator for the Americans and Israel.”Brotherhood with PalestineAlthough Morocco will reportedly be attending the conference, Moroccans continue to maintain strong, brotherly ties with the Palestinian people, which has driven thousands across the country to take issue with the government’s decision to participate in the forum.Last year, in response to Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Morocco condemned America for its support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In a letter to the American president, King Mohammed VI said: “The city of Al-Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”“The city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its ancient identity, and its great political symbolism,” he added.More recently, in May, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti, expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for his unyielding support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for independence.Morocco was also praised by Palestine earlier this year following a substantial donation from the king towards restoration work in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in East Jerusalem.With the brotherhood between Morocco and Palestine remaining among the strongest bonds in the Arab world, thousands of Moroccans will continue to oppose the US-Israeli “Deal of the Century,” so long as Palestine’s independence is not guaranteed as part of the plan.Meanwhile, as other so-called “Arab Traitor Regimes,” such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, plan to attend the conference, protestors remained adamant that every country in the Arab world stand with Palestine in opposition to the “Deal of the Century,” Morocco included.The self-styled “sons and daughters of the free Moroccan people” voiced their solidarity with the Palestine Authority in a statement condemning Israel and the so-called “Manama betrayal conference,”“We, the undersigned of the sons and daughters of the free Moroccan people, declare to the local and international public opinion our complete rejection of the terms of the Deal of the Century, and our boycotting of the Manama betrayal conference, which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause,” the statement read.The signatories also rejected “normalization with the racist Zionist entity” and called for Moroccans to “continue to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.”Concluding with “Long live free Palestine” and “Death to Israel, the enemy of the people, the warmonger,” the statement has sent an unignorable message to the world that Moroccans, in every corner of the country, continue to stand alongside the Palestinian people in their fight for independence. read more

UN confirms rising number of influenza AH1N1 infections in more countries

1 May 2009The United Nations health agency – the nerve centre for the global response to the recent outbreak of influenza A(H1N1) infections – today confirmed that over 300 people in almost a dozen countries have contracted the new flu strain. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that it is “prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention,” the agency considers the imposition of travel restrictions or border closures as ineffective in halting the spread of the virus.“The focus now is on minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally,” WHO said in its latest update concerning the outbreak.As of 14:20 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) today, laboratory confirmed cases of the virus rose to 331 worldwide, up from 236 yesterday, with Mexico reporting 156 infections and nine deaths, as well as the United States reporting 109 confirmed A(H1N1) cases and one death. According to WHO, the other countries reporting laboratory confirmed infections with no deaths are Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).For the third consecutive day, WHO places its pandemic alert at Phase 5 – of a six-level warning scale – which means that sustained human to human transmission had been confirmed, with widespread community outbreaks in at least two countries in one WHO region. Acknowledging that there was very little chance that current vaccines used against seasonal influenza could be effective against the new A(H1N1) flu strain, Marie-Paule Kieny, Director of WHO”s Initiative for Vaccine Research, noted that the agency is in discussion with manufacturers to produce an inoculation as soon as possible. “We have no doubt that making a successful vaccine is possible within a relatively short period of time,” said Ms. Kieny. However, the first dosage to leave factories available for immunizing people will take four to six months. read more

Kollonawa tense Parliament erupts over fuel issue

A tense situation arose in Kollonawa today as trade unions attempted to prevent the military and police from carrying out the distribution of fuel with the assistance of some petroleum employees.Meanwhile Parliament was also suspended after a heated exchange took place between the Government and the Police on the strike by petroleum trade unions. Several people who attempted to prevent fuel distribution from taking place were arrested by the Police. Fuel storage and distribution was declared an essential service today and the army had been deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery.The move followed a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country. (Colombo Gazette) The Army said that 15 bowsers had been dispatched from Kollonawa with the assistance of troops to distribute fuel to fuel stations. read more

Special Panels judges convict Timorese man for murder of two UN employees

The Special Panel of two international judges and one East Timorese judge convicted Salvador Soares, a former Dadurus Merah Putih militia member, of one count of murder as a crime against humanity for the stabbing death of Ruben Barros and it held him responsible for the death of Domingos Pereira on 2 September 1999.Mr. Soares was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison, with time deducted for time already spent in detention since June 2002.He was acquitted of one count of torture for the beating of Ruben Barros in front of the Barros family home in Maliana town.Nine others who were indicted with Mr. Soares, including the former Indonesian military (TNI) intelligence chief of Bobonaro district, Lieutenant Sutrisno, and TNI intelligence member, Sergeant Asis Fontes, remain at large in the Republic of Indonesia, the UN Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) said.INTERPOL arrest warrants have been issued for five of the nine, it said.Since 2001 the Special Panels have convicted 41 defendants and acquitted one. It has also indicted a total of 360 persons on charges in connection with the murders or disappearances of 10 East Timorese UNAMET staff, the SCU said.It said 281 of the accused are, however, outside the jurisdiction of Timor Leste, including 37 TNI officers, four Indonesian chiefs of police and 60 East Timorese TNI members. read more