Steven Spielberg Supports The BFG Dream Jar Trail
Save the Children, Visitlondon.com, The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Entertainment One UK are encouraging adults and children alike to dream big this summer with the announcement of a Phizz-Whizzing new public art trail to celebrate the release of THE BFG across the streets of London and key locations around the UK.This unique art installation will showcase the childhood dreams and aspirations of a host of well-known personalities in GIANT six foot jars. Their dreams will be reflected in a series of sculptures created by talented artists, which will sit within each jar for the public to enjoy. Names confirmed so far include the film’s director, Steven Spielberg and star Mark Rylance who plays the eponymous friendly Giant; Sophie Dahl granddaughter of the book’s author, Roald Dahl; celebrated illustrator Quentin Blake; Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Arsenal Football Club and one of the most successful Paralympians of all time, David Weir.Of the trail Spielberg said: “I’m excited to join The BFG Dream Jar Trail so we can all share our dreams together. The best part of this project is its support of the valuable work that Save the Children does in giving kids across the world their own chances to dream big.”Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, upon whom the main character of Sophie is said to be based, said: “I am thrilled to be part of such a creative adventure in support of the incredible work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s charity. My grandfather was a great champion of dreams and imagination and I feel he would have been delighted to see his work supporting children in this way.”Rumour has it that the GIANT jars belong to The BFG himself who mislaid them during his night time wanderings delivering dreams to the children of the world. The jars will be found in some gloriumptious locations around the UK as well as near to a host of key London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Leicester Square, Emirates Stadium and, of course, the Buckinghamshire home of Roald Dahl himself, Great Missenden.Julie Chappell, Chief Digital Officer at Visitlondon.com, the official city guide said: “The trail will be a wonderful and inspirational addition to the streets of the capital this summer, giving families, Londoners and visitors of all ages the chance to recapture the magic of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic as they explore the city.”Families can visit this splendiferous trail in the summer between 8 July and 31 August and see numerous inspirational and magical dreams brought to life. The trail will be looking to raise as much money as possible for Save the Children as well as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity UK-wide specialist nursing programme, with all the jars being auctioned after the trail closes.Tanya Steele, CEO of Save the Children, said: “Changing the world for children means giving them the chance to dream. That’s why Save the Children works in some of the toughest places in the world to make sure every child gets that chance. We do whatever it takes to help children get the healthiest start in life, providing access to life-changing education and protecting them in times of disaster. We’re thrilled to be a beneficiary of The BFG Dream Jar Trail because, through the money raised, we’ll be able to make sure that more children get the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter how big their dreams are. Together, we can rewrite the story for children everywhere.”This summer will see the talents of two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Roald Dahl’s beloved classic THE BFG to life. Directed by Spielberg, THE BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl (British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the Giant (Oscar winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg’s much anticipated live action film also stars British talent Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Rafe Spall and will be released across the UK on 22 July.
New Brunswick Liberals say theyd create three economic superclusters
FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Liberals say if they’re re-elected, they’ll help create at least three economic “superclusters” in the province.Premier Brian Gallant made the announcement in Fredericton, saying there is already a supercluster for the growing cybersecurity sector.He says the government will work with partners in academia, the private sector and non-profits to grow the economy.Gallant says developing superclusters will help create jobs and increase productivity.He says other superclusters could be formed around maple syrup, blueberries or cannabis.Gallant did not have the cost for the promise, but says some of the money could come from existing programs such as the strategic infrastructure initiative.
CAF Will Support Moroccos 2026 World Cup Bid Confederation Senior Official
Rabat – A high official in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that Morocco is ready to host the 2026 World Cup and that the CAF will support the kingdom’s bid.Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and senior CAF official, said he was confident Morocco will submit an application to host 2026 World Cup before the August 11 deadline.“I’ve been told Morocco wants to put in its bid and CAF will support them 100 percent,” Pinnick told BBC Sport. “I’d be surprised [if Morocco does not put in a bid], but I think they will.” Pinnick praised the kingdom as a country with the potential to become the second African nation to host the most important football competition in the world.“It’s a country that can host the world. They are very hospitable people, there is a good network of roads and have practically everything,” said Yinnick. “If they want to host the World Cup, CAF will support them 100 percent.”There is no official confirmation yet regarding Morocco’s intentions to hold the World Cup. Sources close to the Moroccan Football Federation told Morocco World News that the kingdom is serious about making a bid, but that a final decision has not been made yet on whether to apply for 2026 or 2030.The kingdom has already sent signals concerning its intentions. In a speech to the African Football Symposium held July 18 outside Rabat, King Mohammed VI affirmed that Morocco is ready to host major world events, including the World Cup.“Morocco is looking forward to the advent of a strong, cooperative, solidarity-based Africa that takes its rightful place in international institutions and forums, be it with regard to decision-making, participation, or the legitimate right to organize world-class sporting events, particularly the World Cup,” said the King.As BBC Sport noted, Morocco has become a key player in the continental football organization. The kingdom’s hosting of the African Football Symposium, during which major changes were introduced, and the election of the Moroccan Football Federation president as the newly-created third vice-president of CAF, highlighted the kingdom’s mounting influence in the corridors of CAF.Morocco is also seeking to become a football destination for important football events. Tangier is set to host the French Super Cup between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. In 2013 and 2014 Morocco hosted the Club World Cup.
More than 40 race horses killed in barn fire
A horse barn went up in flames Monday night at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch and claimed the lives of more than 40 standard bred racehorses. The preliminary cost of the damage is estimated to be between $4- $6 million.The tragedy has rocked the local racing community as many of the horses competed at local tracks. If you would like to help you can visit their Go Fund Me.
More than 185 million sought by UN agency to aid Palestinians in
“The statistics of death, destruction and poverty in this appeal do little to convey the real suffering of the population of the occupied territory,” Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) told a meeting of donor representatives in East Jerusalem. “Whole neighbourhoods in Jabalia and Rafah camps (in Gaza) have been flattened. Our schools are seeing an entire generation grow up in an environment of terrifying violence. The curse of endemic poverty now touches two thirds of the population.” UNRWA said 2004 had seen the worst levels of destruction of the uprising, as Israel employed drastic measures against Palestinian militants firing rockets from Gaza and other security threats. The accelerating levels of demolitions, increasing deaths and injuries, and strict movement restrictions had contributed to ever-growing hardship for the refugee population, it added. More than 2.2 million people were now surviving on less than $2 per person per day. “By meeting the emergency needs of the refugee population, the donor community can replace some of the uncertainty with a modicum of stability – going a long way to allow families to contribute positively to their communities,” Mr. Hansen said. The appeal covers five main programmes:$67.7 million for its emergency reconstruction to replace housing for some of the over the 25,000 Palestinians who have lost their homes to Israeli demolition; $40.9 million for emergency employment to create 2.6 million work days for thousands of unemployed breadwinners, allowing them to support over 250,000 dependents throughout 2005; $53.7 million for emergency food to provide basic staples, such as flour, rice, milk powder and lentils to almost 230,000 families, or more than 1 million people; $18.5 million for emergency cash to aid the most vulnerable families when their homes are demolished or when unemployment, imprisonment or death robs them of their breadwinner; and $696,000 to bring emergency health services to 14,000 patients every month, as Israeli closures of areas and construction of a separation barrier have left many communities without access to medical care. A further $4 million is needed to allow UNRWA to try to cover the costs of movement restrictions related to the uprising and to safeguard the neutrality of its installations.
Prospect for swift end to partial shutdown dims as Congress looks to
by David Espo, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2013 8:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prospect for swift end to partial shutdown dims as Congress looks to debt limit as next clash WASHINGTON – Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.“This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held to their position of agreeing to negotiate only after the government is reopened and the $16.7 trillion debt limit raised.House Republicans appeared to be shifting their demands, de-emphasizing their previous insistence on defunding the health care overhaul in exchange for re-opening the government. Instead, they ramped up calls for cuts in federal benefit programs and future deficits, items that Boehner has said repeatedly will be part of any talks on debt limit legislation.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also said the two issues were linked. “We not only have a shutdown, but we have the full faith and credit of our nation before us in a week or ten days,” he said.Reid and other Democrats blocked numerous attempts by Sen. Ted Cruz to approve House-passed bills reopening portions of the government. The Texas Republican is a chief architect of the “Defund Obamacare” strategy and met earlier this week with allies in the House and an aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to confer on strategy.In a lengthy back-and-forth with Reid and other Democrats, Cruz blamed them and the White House for the impasse and accused them of a “my way or the highway” attitude.But Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., likened the Republican strategy to “smashing a piece of crockery with a hammer, gluing two or three bits back together today, a couple more tomorrow, and two or three more the day after that.”For all the rhetoric, there was no evident urgency about ending the partial shutdown before the weekend.The Republican-controlled House approved legislation restoring funds for federal disaster relief on a vote of 247-164. Another allowing the resumption of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program was approved 244-164.Saturday’s agenda called for passing a bill to assure post-shutdown pay for an estimated 800,000 furloughed federal employees off the job since mid-day Tuesday, then turning off the lights on the House floor until Monday night to allow lawmakers to fly home for two days.After issuing a string of veto threats against GOP spending bills, the White House did not object to the one to assure pay for furloughed employees.There was no doubt about the political underpinnings of the struggle. Democrats and most Republicans have assumed the GOP would be hurt by a shutdown, citing the impact of the last episode, in 1996.But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of Democrats, “I don’t think they’ve poll tested ‘we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again.” His words recorded on videotape, he said, “I think if we keep saying we wanted to defund it (the new health care law), we fought for that and now we’re willing to compromise on this we’re going to win this, I think.”The shutdown caused the White House to scrub a presidential trip to Asia, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics delayed its customary monthly report on joblessness as impacts of the partial shutdown spread.According to warnings by the administration and Wall Street, failure to raise the debt limit, by contrast, had the potential to destablize financial markets and inflict harm on the economy quickly.Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said that unless Congress acts, the government will be unable to pay all its debts and will run the risk of default. He has urged lawmakers to act by Oct. 17.Debt limit bills typically pass first in the House, then move to the Senate. So far, neither Boehner nor the rest of the leadership has said when they expect to draft and have a vote on one. More than a week ago, they circulated a list of items that might be included— calls for higher Medicare costs for better-off seniors, a wholesale easing of environmental regulations and approval of the Keystone Pipeline among them.Republican officials said that in a closed-door session with the rank and file during the day, the speaker renewed his long-standing commitment to seeking reforms and savings from benefit programs to help reduce federal deficits. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss a private meeting.At the White House, Obama has said repeatedly he will not negotiate over the terms of debt limit legislation but is willing to discuss a range of issues once the government is reopened and the Treasury able to borrow freely again.The shutdown began Monday at midnight after Republicans demanded the defunding of the nation’s new health insurance system in exchange for providing essential federal funding, and the White House and Democrats refused. Boehner and the House followed up with several other measures to reopen the government, all of them with other health-care-related conditions attached, and each subsequently rejected by Democrats.In a counter move, Democrats took steps to force a vote by midmonth through a discharge petition, a procedural manoeuvr that only needs the signatures of a majority of House members and no action by the GOP leadership.Emerging from their closed-door meeting during the day, several Republicans conceded they are unlikely to achieve that goal as long as Obama is in the White House.“It’s time to move to fixing the financial problems of this country,” said Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.Ironically, Boehner and the leadership more than two weeks ago outlined a strategy that envisioned avoiding a shutdown and instead using the debt limit bill as the arena for a showdown with Obama. Their hope was to win concessions from the White House in exchange for raising the debt limit and agreeing to changes in two rounds of across the board cuts, one that took place in the budget year that ended on Sept. 30 and the other in the 12 months that began the following day.The strategy was foiled by a “Defund Obamacare” movement that Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and tea party groups generated over the summer.Despite the discord, there was unity on one front. One day after a car chase ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, lawmakers in both parties wore lapel buttons that read: “Thank You Capitol Police.”____Associated Press reporters Alan Fram, Henry C. Jackson, Stephen Ohlemacher, Charles Babington, Donna Cassata and Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report.
US home rental prices up 43 per cent in June momentum ticks
This March 16, 2015 photo shows a “now leasing” sign outside an apartment complex near Millville, N.J. Real estate data firm Zillow releases its latest data on rental prices around the country on Thursday, July 29, 2015. (Photo/Mel Evans) WASHINGTON – U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington.Real estate data firm Zillow says that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 per cent in June from a year ago, roughly matching the same pace as in May.Rents continue to jump at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California. But the monthly data suggests that several other major markets have either added enough new buildings or prices have pushed residents to their financial limits and cannot rise further.Median prices slipped month over month in the New York metro area by $15 to $2,340, while also dropping slightly in Washington and flat-lining in Los Angeles. US home rental prices up 4.3 per cent in June; momentum ticks down in NYC, LA and DC by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2015 10:03 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The NL Easts MetsNats Battle May Come Down To Injuries
In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the National League East with MetsBlog.com writer Maggie Wiggin and FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Harry Enten. The transcript below has been edited. neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I will have everyone know that I am wearing a non-Mets hat today to maintain my impartiality during this chat. (The Orioles are my wife’s team, so I stole her hat today …)Let’s get started. The top projected team in the East according to Fangraphs is the Washington Nationals. That’s been true for a number of years, including seasons in which the Nats both won the division and fell short spectacularly. Do we think they should be the favorites again this year? Or is it an every-other-year thing where they’ll disappoint again?heynawl-enten: Last year, the Mets were actually favored in the preseason projections. That turned out great for them!maggiewiggin: I think the Nationals have the edge, but it’s a close enough competition with the Mets that it should be a tight race down the stretch.neil: Is it fair to say that Washington has been a tough team to get a read on during this stretch? They always seem to have one of the most talented rosters in the league, but it doesn’t always translate.maggiewiggin: They always seem to have one piece of the team really underwhelm. In 2015, it was the bullpen. Last year, it was Bryce Harper (though Daniel Murphy’s transformation into Mecha Ted Williams offset that). I don’t know if that makes them any different from other teams, but they never have that unbeatable vibe.neil: How many more chances do you think the Nationals will get with this Harper/Stephen Strasburg core? I remember when they shut Strasburg down in 2012 — the rationale was that they were playing the long game for many shots at a championship. Fast forward to now, and I wonder whether they’d feel the same way.maggiewiggin: It’s tough to feel any certainty with Strasburg. He keeps approaching this true ace-level pitching without ever quite getting there. I thought we were finally seeing it last season before (another) injury did him in. Harper is also up and down, but in 2015, we actually did see him get there.heynawl-enten: The crazy thing for me is that Strasburg has never really had that standout season. His highest wins above replacement in a season is 3.5. He’s never finished higher than ninth for Cy Young. Heck, he only garnered a vote in one season.maggiewiggin: Whenever I look at Strasburg’s numbers, the only one that ever really blows me away is that he’s going into his eighth year in the bigs. We’re all getting old.heynawl-enten: At least we’re all getting old together.maggiewiggin: Except for Max Scherzer, it would seem.heynawl-enten: He’s Dick Van Dyke for baseball.neil: I bet he does a better British accent. Meanwhile, with all this talk of getting old, 23-year-old Trea Turner has no idea how we feel at all. With him improving and the additions of catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Eaton, could this be the most talent that Washington has had in this Harper/Strasburg era? (And will it be enough to pass the Cubs? Thinking big-picture here.)maggiewiggin: They’re definitely stacked, but it’s hard not to imagine the loss of Wilson Ramos stinging.heynawl-enten: Cubs? You’re talking Cubs? I’d like to see the Nats advance past the divisional round first.neil: Come to think of it, Wieters might be a nice metaphor for the Nats. Supposed to be a future Hall of Famer, he ended up being just “pretty good” (though he’s been even less than that recently).maggiewiggin: I do think the impact of picking up Eaton was overshadowed by the hefty price tag. There’s a ton of speed at the top of that lineup now and some killer defense up the middle. Pretty much the anti-Mets on those measures.neil: Great transition! Let’s talk about those Mets.heynawl-enten: Thank goodness they kept Bartolo Colon.neil: We’ll get to Bart later.heynawl-enten: neil: Anyway, the Mets! The big problem for them last year was health. (And the next-biggest problem. And the next-biggest.) That would seem to portend an improvement this year, right? They can’t possibly be that hurt again.maggiewiggin: It’s pretty much their only glaring weakness at this point.neil: But pitchers are weird creatures, too. Does relying too much on pitching set you up for that?maggiewiggin: It’s a lot of eggs in a very rickety basket, but, oh man, those eggs taste good.heynawl-enten: I’m hungry now.maggiewiggin: So’s Bartolo — it’s why we love him.heynawl-enten: Nice.maggiewiggin: But what the Mets are making work for them is the rare combination of quality and quantity on the mound. Every guy who comes up seems to outperform expectations. Their injury-ravaged rotation was top in the game in FanGraphs’ WAR last year; that shouldn’t happen.heynawl-enten: Their fifth starter at this point is Jacob deGrom clone Robert Gsellman. He didn’t do too horribly last year. The biggest question mark I have is Matt Harvey. And that wasn’t all about injuries last year.neil: Yeah, do we think he’ll ever be the same? (And does he really need to be?)maggiewiggin: No, on both counts. But it would be nice if he could claw his way back to something like a mid-3’s ERA and 175-ish innings. His baseline was just so incredibly high if you look at what he did for three seasons, even right after Tommy John surgery.heynawl-enten: Most of the Mets staff is getting into their upper 20s in age. I do wonder about that a little bit. Especially given the heat at which some of these guys (like Harvey) could throw.maggiewiggin: You’ve basically got a whole staff throwing 91 mph sliders — it’s not exactly ergonomic.neil: And if that staff isn’t quite as lights-out, is there reason to think the offense will be able to offset any decline? The Mets were tied for the fourth-fewest runs scored in the National League last year.maggiewiggin: Compared to last year, the offense boils down to two things for me: how much you buy into situational hitting as a repeatable skill and how quickly they can get Jay Bruce out of there.neil: Right, because they were terrible with runners on/in scoring position.maggiewiggin: Almost historically so.heynawl-enten: Look, Jay Bruce is a quality … Oh who am I kidding. Why oh why did they make that trade?neil: It was important for blocking Michael Conforto’s development.heynawl-enten: He is perhaps the other big question mark to me. Conforto had the sophomore curse last year.maggiewiggin: They traded for Bruce because they were chasing the Cespedes dragon.neil: Speaking of, seems like they basically had to bring Cespedes back just to keep the lineup afloat and anywhere near on par with what they figure to get out of the pitching.maggiewiggin: The team is barely a borderline contender without Cespedes, if that. But I agree that Conforto is the wild card here.neil: “Wild card” might be the operative term. Again.heynawl-enten: Nice.neil: Either way, it seems like there’s kind of a gap between the top two teams and the rest of this division. That’s what we thought before last season as well, but Miami kept things competitive until the end. Then they suffered a tragic loss that can’t really be quantified, the death of Jose Fernandez. Is there any way that the Marlins can rally back to their form for most of last season and contend again, or was that chance lost forever with Fernandez’s passing?maggiewiggin: The Marlins are definitely a team without a real identity now. They were built around this incredibly dynamic duo of Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, but it’s hard to see any real path to contention for them this year. Their starting pitching tops out at mediocre, though I expect the lineup to surprise a bit.neil: Even without Barry Bonds as hitting coach?maggiewiggin: The true Barry Bonds is inside all of us. I think their big spending on relievers had one express purpose — setting up a midseason fire sale to fill a barren farm system. They’re going to be treading water for a couple of years.neil: Yeah, I think many fans might be surprised how poorly their farm system grades out. It’s in last place, according to Baseball America.heynawl-enten: The best thing the Marlins have going for them is that Jeffrey Loria is probably going to sell the team, at long last.neil: That is actually great news for them. Loria is the worst. Going back to Stanton, what do we expect of his 2017 season? His exit velocity was still on point, but big chunks of his 2016 were awful.maggiewiggin: He’s another guy who just can’t stay healthy.heynawl-enten: “Awful” is a bit of an overstatement. He did have 2.5 WAR last year. But, yeah, he’s only played in more than 120 games once in the last four seasons.maggiewiggin: It actually says a lot about him that his .815 OPS was a career-low.neil: So it seems like he might be due for better things this year, then, if he stays in the lineup.maggiewiggin: If he’s on the field, the power is going to be there too. He’s a very, very strong man.neil: Very true, and Christian Yelich is no slouch either. Maybe the thing for Miami is whether they have the depth around their stars to really make any noise.maggiewiggin: And the pitching. Wei-Yin Chen is their number one starter — that’s never a good sign.neil: Eek.maggiewiggin: They do have a solid bullpen, but again, how much of that is still around on Aug. 1? Not a lot if everyone’s doing their jobs right.neil: Well, that was one thing I wanted to ask about all three of the teams projected to finish 3-4-5 in this division: Which direction are they moving in the Success Cycle? If Miami is moving toward a rebuild, the Braves seem like they might be moving toward respectability with some of their offseason pickups.heynawl-enten: They’re timing it well to move into their new stadium.maggiewiggin: The Braves have such a rich talent pool in the minors, they’re getting very close to being a force again.neil: Yeah, it can’t be long it seems, with Dansby Swanson assuming a full-time role and the best farm system in MLB coming up behind him.heynawl-enten: One thing to keep an eye on with the Braves is how strong they finished last year. They were 18-10 in September and October.neil: Positively Mets-like in that regard.maggiewiggin: The Matt Kemp acquisition in left field surprisingly worked out very well for them, so far at least.neil: And now apparently they’re trying the pitcher version of that with Bartolo, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia.heynawl-enten: Granted, Dickey hasn’t been worth very much, but I like the idea. “Cheaper” veterans combined with youngsters.maggiewiggin: The only question is: Who will they package with Kelly Johnson when they trade him to the Mets?heynawl-enten: HAH!neil: It’s an annual tradition.So, any chance the Braves actually challenge the Nats and Mets? Or are they still a year or two away?maggiewiggin: Like with the Marlins, the rotation seems to be the biggest weakness, but a hot first half combined with a big get at the deadline could have them nipping at some heels for sure. But realistically, 2018 seems to be when that window opens.heynawl-enten: I wouldn’t be shocked if they stayed competitive for some of the year. Winning the division is another question entirely.neil: I have to ask the same of the Phillies, who’ve shared the NL East’s basement apartment with the Braves these past few years …heynawl-enten: Last season, the Phillies were quite awful in every month not named April.neil: They were also the luckiest team in baseball not named “Texas Rangers.”maggiewiggin: They have some serious depth issues. Anything other than exceptional health could get ugly fast.neil: Then again, on the upside, they were the youngest team in baseball last year. And, similar to Atlanta, they have one of the best farm systems in baseball.maggiewiggin: Both teams have managed their rebuilds very well in that way.heynawl-enten: But I feel like they’re still a few years away.maggiewiggin: I agree. They lack any clear top-level talent right now, though they have a few promising names.heynawl-enten: I guess the good news is that the Phillies finally got rid of Ryan Howard. That signing didn’t make sense when it happened, and it certainly makes no sense now.maggiewiggin: The fact that they kept him around as long as they did will remain one of life’s great unsolved mysteries.neil: He was worth -1.0 WAR or worse in four of his final five seasons! 😱heynawl-enten: Getting back to the larger point, I think the Phillies have the least to look forward to of any NL East team this season. Well, either them or the Marlins.maggiewiggin: The lowest upside as currently constructed, definitely.neil: But the parallel rebuilds in Philly and Atlanta might also underscore that the clocks are ticking in Washington and New York.maggiewiggin: It’s going to be a very different landscape in two years — that’s for sure. Especially if Washington keeps deferring money like the world is ending.heynawl-enten: Remember, the Braves were good for all those years, and then they weren’t. Dynasties have a way of ending, and the Nationals have not a single thing to show for it. The Mets may hold on a little longer, given the age of their pitching staff (getting older, but not close to old).maggiewiggin: Hey, if Tim Tebow can get a real, live hit, anything’s possible.heynawl-enten: He got a hit? The world might really be coming to an end.maggiewiggin: Hmm, maybe the Nats’ financial strategy is sounder than I thought. RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 4Atlanta Braves7673747674.6 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS 3Miami Marlins7778797777.6 1Washington Nationals8891899289.9 5Philadelphia Phillies7372727372.4 Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 15, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal How forecasters view the NL East 2New York Mets8985858986.9
Gallery OSU womens hockey team loses to Wisconsin 20
Members of the OSU women’s hockey team huddle before a game against Wisconsin at the OSU Ice Rink on Feb. 13. OSU lost, 2-0. Credit: Alaina Bartel / Lantern photographer
Is this Britains oldest bike 199yearold bicycle found in disused barn
A bicycle enthusiast has found the “holy grail” of collectors items after discovering what he believes to be Britain’s oldest bike dating back to 1819.Glynn Stockdale from Knutsford said he couldn’t believe his luck when he received a call about a long-forgotten bike in a disused barn.The 79-year-old immediately recognised the bicycle as a hobby horse and has now displayed the cycling relic in his penny farthing museum in Cheshire.The bike was discovered during a building demolition in Beaconsfield, but how long the bike has been hidden away remains a mystery.Mr Stockdale said: “I have been a bike enthusiast for 40 years and so to come across this really is the holy grail for me, it’s what you always dream of finding, let alone owning. The bike was originally made by Denis JohnsonCredit: Paul Cooper “This bike is a real find and I can’t believe I own it. I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to have this bike and it is now being displayed in the museum.”Mr Stockdale is a former interior designer and opened his museum in 1989 after having a lifelong obsession with bicycles.The previous owners had no clue the the bike was of such historic significance, and contacted Mr Stockdale when the building was being demolished to make way for a new development.Although Johnson referred to his machine as a pedestrian curricle, but was more widely known as a hobby or dandy horse.In May 1819 he introduced a dropped-frame version for ladies to accommodate their long skirts. The bike is one of 12 known to be in existanceCredit: Paul Cooper “This bike is a real survivor and it feels just fantastic to have come across this bike after all my years of collecting.”The 199-year-old bike was originally made by Denis Johnson who registered a patent for the bike in 1818.Johnson made 320 of the machines in 1819 with only 12 known to be in existence today.It is believed by Mr Stockdale that this barn find is the oldest of the dozen as Johnston would number his bikes, but this particular machine was made pre-numbering strongly suggesting it was one of the first to be built.“The bike was just found in a barn in Oxford, but I got a call to see if I was interested in it, and I knew from the description it was a Hobby Horse,” said Mr Stockton. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Une association de patients en colère face à des sondes cardiaques défectueuses
Une association de patients en colère face à des sondes cardiaques défectueusesPlusieurs porteurs de sondes cardiaques défectueuses provenant de la société américaine Medtronic, ont fait savoir leur colère ce mercredi, réclamant une réparation pour le préjudice subi.La sonde cardiaque Sprint Fidelis, fabriquée par la société américaine Medtronic, a pour but de délivrer des chocs électriques lorsque le cœur du patient est défaillant. Mais la sonde aurait, sur plusieurs patients, délivré des chocs inappropriés, ce dont se plaignent certains porteurs du dispositif sur des forums en ligne. Si Medtronic a arrêté la commercialisation de la sonde en question en 2007, “un peu plus de 5.000 personnes sont porteuses du modèle en cause”, explique Agnès Angot de l’Afssaps (Association française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé).À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Ainsi, Agnès Angot précise : “10% des patients, soit 500, ont dû être réopérés depuis leur commercialisation en 2004”. Aujourd’hui, Louis Vincent, président de l’association de défense des porteurs de sondes cardiaques défectueuses est en colère : “Medtronic a reconnu sa responsabilité et elle est prête a indemniser les victimes, à condition évidemment qu’elles se fassent connaître. Mais comment voulez-vous qu’elles le fassent, si on ne leur dit rien ?”. L’homme explique à l’AFP : “Il n’y a eu que cinq victimes indemnisées par la société Medtronic car elles ont réussi à nous contacter et nous les avons aidées et conseillées dans les démarches”, ajoutant : “Les médecins n’assurent pas leurs devoirs d’information auprès des patients !”. Agnès Angot de l’Afssaps indique : “Dès 2007, l’Afssaps a préconisé un suivi régulier tous les trois mois” tout en conseillant aux patients “qui ressentent un choc de contacter le cardiologue spécialisé en stimulation cardiaque et électrophysiologie, le plus souvent dans le centre qui a implanté le dispositif”. En France, ce sont 10.000 défibrillateurs ou sondes qui sont implantés chaque année.Le 7 avril 2011 à 12:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Harmony Sports Complex upgrades on hold
When state legislators failed to pass a 2-year capital budget earlier this year, a long list of nearly $4 billion in projects around the state went on hold.That list included plans to improve the popular Harmony Sports Complex in east Vancouver.Officials with the Harmony Sports Association had high hopes they’d get money needed to improve the complex’s parking lot. Now, they find themselves in wait-and-see mode.The good news, league and county officials say, is that their plans made the state’s capital projects list. The bad news is the thousands who use the facility year-round may have to wait another year, unless the state Legislature holds a special session this fall to make another run at the capital budget.The park is county property but is fully managed and maintained by the park association, said Sean Janson, executive director of the Washington Timbers.The association and county made a $1.17 million request as part of this year’s state capital budget process.The state House and Senate, however, adjourned in late July following three special sessions, without passing a two-year capital budget.Legislators had been wrangling to address a 2016 state Supreme Court decision on water rights, which left some rural property owners unable to drill new wells and then build new homes, then negotiations broke down.
Suarez got the right mindset for this World Cup Uruguay
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez who was suspended from all football-related activity for four months after the incident in Brazil four years ago will face Egypt on Friday.“What happened in Brazil is part of real life and of course it’s been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity,” said Tabarez, according to BBC.Even though Suarez escaped being given a red card for the bite, he did not feature in Uruguay’s next game, a 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16. Four years before the infamous bite, Suarez was also at the centre of the goal-line handball that earned him a sending-off in the quarter-final against GhanaHowever, Tabarez is confident the 31-year-old will let his quality shine as Uruguay look to make an impression in Russia.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“He’s prepared a lot, he’s got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he’s meeting all my expectations,” added the Uruguay boss.“In addition to being a great player, he’s very smart, very intelligent, and he comes to the World Cup with a great deal of maturity so we are going to really capitalise on him.”Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer and, with strike partner Edinson Cavani, is expected to pose the biggest threat to Egypt’s defence in Yekaterinburg.
Christmas Panto final Weekend
#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – Hilarious, creative, festive… The Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts Christmas Panto, Jack and the Bean Stalk still has showings and it is a must see production. Join them tonight at 7P, Saturday at 2P and 8P – all at Brayton Hall.It is a gorgeous, magical production, full of dancing, singing, comedy and drama. There is also the Lucky the Potcake, Daisy the Cow, and a 13′ Beanstalk that actually grows on the stage. It is an all local cast, fun for the entire family and in its final weekend. Contact the Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts for tickets. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Macau hotel guest numbers up 168 in August
JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch RelatedPosts The number of people staying in Macau’s hotels and guesthouses grew 16.8% year-on-year to 1,279,000 in August, according to information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The figure included a 25.4% increase in guests from mainland China, while those from Hong Kong (140,000) and Taiwan (42,000) grew by 1.4% and 7.0% respectively. Those from Korea fell 10.9% to 44,000. The average length of stay of guests rose by 0.1 nights year-on-year to 1.5 nights with the average occupancy rate reaching a record high of 93.3%. The occupancy rates of 5-star and 4-star hotels reached 96.2% and 94.6% respectively.August’s results mean that the total number of guests in Macau’s hotels and guesthouses for the first eight months of 2018 has reached 9,373,000, up by 8.0% year-on-year. The average occupancy rate during that time increased 3.7 percentage points to 89.3% while the average length of stay of guests held steady year-on-year at 1.5 nights.
56 kill selves in Jhenaidah in 2 months
.A total of 56 people committed suicide in six upazilas in Jhenaidah district in the last two months, reports UNB.According to the monthly meeting on law and order at the deputy commissioner’s office on Sunday, 56 people of the district killed themselves in January and February, said Jahidul Islam, executive director of Society for Voluntary Association.Of them, 17 people took their lives in sadar upazila while 14 in Shailakupa, five in Harinakunda, 10 in Kaliganj, five in Kotchandpur and four in Moheshpur.In the meeting, deputy commissioner Md Jakir Hossain urged all to create awareness among the people in the society in a bid to prevent suicidal incidents.
S Korea goes to the polls after Park scandal
South Korean presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-Soo © of the People’s Party, his wife Kim Mi-Kyung (L) and his daughter Ahn Seol-Hee® cast their votes in the presidential election at a polling station in Seoul. Photo: AFPSouth Koreans went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.More than 139,000 voting stations opened at 6 am local time (2100 GMT) across the country under overcast skies, with turnout expected to hit a record high.Voters have been galvanised by anger over the sprawling bribery and abuse-of-power scandal that brought down Park, which catalysed frustrations over jobs and slowing growth.Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former human rights lawyer, has held a commanding lead in opinion polls for months, with the final Gallup Korea survey before a week-long pre-election blackout giving him 38 percent support, followed by former tech mogul Ahn Cheol-Soo on 20 percent.Hong Joon-Pyo, of Park’s Liberty Korea party, languished in third place in the 13-strong field on 16 percent.Chung Tae-Wan, a 72-year-old doctor, cast his ballot at a polling station in prosperous Seocho district in southern Seoul. “I voted for Hong, as security (against North Korea) is the most important thing”, he told AFP.Kim Kyung-Min, 24, said she cast her ballot in advance last week. “I was so disappointed in Park and the establishment”, she told AFP, but refused to say whom she voted for.The campaign has focused largely on the economy, with North Korea less prominent, but after a decade of conservative rule a Moon victory could mean a sea change in Seoul’s approach towards both Pyongyang and key ally Washington.The 64-year-old—who is accused of being soft on the North by his critics—has advocated dialogue to defuse tensions and to bring it to negotiations, and is seen to favour more independence in relations with the US, Seoul’s security guarantor with 28,500 troops in the country.Seoul needs to “take the lead on matters in the Korean peninsula” and South Koreans should not “take the back seat”, he said in a recent media interview.The North has carried out two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since the start of last year in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland.Washington has said military action was an option, sending fears of conflict spiralling.More recently US President Donald Trump has softened his message, saying he would be “honoured” to meet the North’s leader, Kim Jong-Un.Moon has also said he would be willing to visit Pyongyang to meet Kim and advocated resumption of some of the inter-Korea projects shuttered by his predecessors, including the Kaesong joint industrial zone.Myriad challengesBut for many South Korean voters, corruption, slowing growth, unemployment, and even air pollution from China top the list of concerns.South Korea’s rapid growth from the 1970s to 1990s pulled a war-ravaged nation out of poverty but slowed as the economy matured, and unemployment among under-30s is now at a record 10 percent.Frustration over widening inequality in wealth and opportunities fuelled anger over Park’s scandal, which exposed the cosy and corrupt ties between regulators and powerful family-oriented conglomerates, known as chaebols, that have endured for decades.Park is awaiting trial over corruption for offering governmental favours to top businessmen—including Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong—who bribed her secret confidante, Choi Soon-Sil.Moon, Ahn and other candidates have both promised to reform the chaebols, which dominate the economy and have long been criticised for operating with little scrutiny from investors or regulators.Another issue is relations with Beijing, which imposed a series of measures seen as economic retaliation over the deployment of a US anti-missile system, THAAD, in the South.China is South Korea’s top trading partner—and also a major source of pollution.In an editorial a day ahead of the vote, the JoongAng daily said the South’s next leader would have to steer the country “against a myriad of immediate and long-term challenges”.“If we make the wrong judgment, we again will have to pay the price, as we have learned from our previous bad choices.”
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Equality Act Hopes to Bring Attention to Further Rights for Black and
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterLast week the House Judiciary Committee convened their first ever Congressional hearing on the Equality Act, a piece of legislation that would expand existing civil rights protections to encompass sexual orientation and gender identity, and also expand protection on the basis of sex.The legislation was introduced by a cross section of key politicians including: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR., Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). The Equality Act hopes to bring attention to the need for an expansion of rights and protections for Black and Black queer people.Carter Brown, founder of Black Transmen, Inc., speaks Monday, April 1, 2019 in Washington. (Eric Kayne/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)The bill would buoy up some of the protections afforded to citizens by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill says in part: “Numerous provisions of Federal law expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and Federal agencies and courts have correctly interpreted these prohibitions on sex discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex stereotypes. In particular, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission correctly interpreted title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Macy v. Holder, Baldwin v. Foxx, and Lusardi v. McHugh.“The absence of explicit prohibitions of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity under Federal statutory law, as well as the existence of legislative proposals that would have provided such explicit prohibitions, has led some courts to conclude incorrectly that current Federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination do not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It has also created uncertainty for employers and other entities covered by Federal nondiscrimination laws and caused unnecessary hardships for LGBT individuals.”David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition wants to ensure that the issue of civil rights protections and how they impact Black and Black and queer communities is not forgotten in the conversation.“At present, based on existing civil rights, all Black LGBTQIA+ and same gender loving (SGL) people are not covered or considered,” Johns said. “So when most of us think about the foundational rights that are traditionally associated with activities of the 60s, visa vie the Voting Rights Act of ‘64 or the Fair Housing Rights Act shortly thereafter, a lot of the benefits and privileges that many people, White people in particular, but also Black heterosexual people, take for granted, have never been provided or belong to Black LGBTQ people,” he said. “And that is because there is a patchwork of federal laws, many of which especially in the south where Black LGBTQ / SGL people are disproportionately concentrated, either do not cover sexual identity or gender orientation explicitly, and /or they do the opposite. There are eight states throughout the country, primarily in the south, that make it legal to discriminate legally on the basis of sexual identity and gender orientation.”According to their site, The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, with a mission to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ/SGL bias and stigma. Police brutality and excessive force is another issue that the Equality Act would cover. Chikesia Clemons was assaulted by having her breast exposed by three police officers in an Alabama Waffle House. Even though the altercation was caught on video and she was seen asking the officers why they were treating her that way as they pulled her to the ground, she was the one arrested on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.Not really an activist per se prior to the incident, Clemons said “I see stuff differently now.”“Its rough, I really didn’t realize racism exists and it’s really the backbone of how America works.” Even though Clemons legally can’t discuss the ongoing case, she did say that there have been three appeals since last year. Also, since there is an impending charge on her official record, it has made it difficult to find work. So what is her hope for the future? “I would like for Black women to get the same equal rights as White women, if not White men,” Clemons said. While the bill has some bipartisan support, it is unlikely to pass through a majority Repubication Senate or Republican president. For information on the bill go to H.R. 5.
IATA forecasts 10th year of profit for airlines in 2019
Share Wednesday, December 12, 2018 IATA forecasts 10th year of profit for airlines in 2019 Posted by Tags: IATA, Statistics Travelweek Group GENEVA — IATA is forecasting a decade in the black for airlines by the end of 2019, with the global airline industry achieving a net profit of $35.5 billion next year.This figure is slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018, thanks to lower oil prices and solid, albeit slower, economic growth.As such, it’s expected that 2019 will be the tenth year of profit and the fifth consecutive year where airlines deliver a return on capital that exceeds the industry’s cost of capital.“We had expected that rising costs would weaken profitability in 2019. But the sharp fall in oil prices and solid GDP growth projections (3.1% in 2019) have provided a buffer,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “So we are cautiously optimistic that the run of solid value creation for investors will continue for at least another year.”Here are the projected numbers of 2019:The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018)The margin on net post-tax profits is expected to be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018)Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in 2018)Passenger numbers are expected to reach 4.59 billion up from 4.34 billion in 2018)Passenger traffic (RPKs) is expected to grow 6% in 2019, which will outpace the forecast capacity (ASKs) increase of 5.8%, and remains above the 20-year trend growth ratePassenger revenues, excluding ancillaries, are expected to reach $606 billion (up from $564 billion in 2018)Slower demand growth for passenger traffic (+6.0% in 2019, +6.5% in 2018)Average net profit per departing passenger of $7.75 ($7.45 in 2018)More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAll regions, except Africa, are expected to report profits in 2018 and 2019. Carriers in North America continue to lead on financial performance, accounting for nearly half of the industry’s total profits.North American carriers are expected to deliver the strongest financial performance in 2019 with a $16.6 billion net profit (up from $14.7 billion in 2018). This represents a 6.0% net margin and a net profit of $16.77 per passenger, which is a marked improvement from just six years earlier. Net margin is up from 2018 (5.7%).Global connectivity and airfare prices are better than ever, with the number of unique city pairs served by airlines forecasted to grow to 21,332 in 2018 (up by 1,300 from 20,032 in 2017), and more than double 1998 levels. Meanwhile, the 2019 average return airfare (before surcharges and tax) is expected to be $324 (2018 dollars), which is 61% below 1998 levels after adjusting for inflation.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“Air travel has never been such a good deal for consumers,” added de Juniac. “Not only are fares staying low, the options for travellers are expanding. Some 1,300 new direct links between cities were opened in 2018. And 250 million more journeys by air occurred in 2018 than in 2017.” << Previous PostNext Post >>