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‘Like peanut butter and jelly’: Wade excited to be reunited with James

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade holds up his jersey during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s training facility, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. Wade once convinced LeBron James that Miami was the place to be. Seven years later, James lured Wade to Ohio for the chance to win another NBA title, together.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland introduced Dwyane Wade on Friday, and he says he can’t wait to be reunited with LeBron James because, like ham and eggs and peaches and cream, the duo are a matching pair.“We’re just … it’s like peanut butter and jelly, man,” Wade said of his warm friendship with James. “We just go together.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The overhauled roster in Cleveland now includes Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jose Calderon and Wade. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look04:36Undas 2019: Remembering the dead and reuniting with the living01:37Protesters 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 View comments La Salle bounces back, clobbers UST Read Next Wade, who grew up on Chicago’s south side, averaged 18.3 points and 3.8 assists in 60 games for the Bulls last season. It was his lowest point totals since his 2003 rookie season.“I’ve been lucky enough in this league to be in a lot of big games, a lot of big moments,” Wade said. “Been in five finals and my whole life I’ve been in some big moments, so that’s what makes me alive. “You come into a basketball season and you just plan to play, I don’t like that feeling.“Those are things that make me feel alive. Just being on that big stage, being in those moments.”Wade owns career averages of 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 14 seasons with Miami and Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT The 35-year-old Wade went to four NBA finals and won two championships in four years together with the Miami Heat before James left to join his hometown Cavaliers.“Every time we walk by each other in the locker room and everywhere, we just look at each other and shake our head because it just don’t seem real,” Wade told reporters on Friday. 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 shutout“It’s like, ‘How did this happen? How did we get here?’ We just start laughing every time we walk by each other.”Wade has reached a buyout agreement this week with the Chicago Bulls, reportedly leaving $8 million on the table before signing with the Cavaliers for the veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Foul Play 2010

first_imgSELLOTAPE LEGACY: DELHI AND THE COMMONWEALTH GAMESby BORIA MAJUMDAR AND NALIN MEHTAHarperCollins IndiaPrice: RS 450, Pages: 236 The monsoon-like deluge of media coverage on the Commonwealth Games (CG) in Delhi would have filled a book. Now, we actually have one. Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta have produced the definitive word,SELLOTAPE LEGACY: DELHI AND THE COMMONWEALTH GAMESby BORIA MAJUMDAR AND NALIN MEHTAHarperCollins IndiaPrice: RS 450, Pages: 236 The monsoon-like deluge of media coverage on the Commonwealth Games (CG) in Delhi would have filled a book. Now, we actually have one. Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta have produced the definitive word on the contentious event. The title refers to the band-aid approach to the way the projects are being rushed through and its impact on the image of the country and on the capital. Like Usain Bolt, who has pulled out along with a galaxy of stars from Commonwealth countries, the CG has been an explosive sprint to the finish line, and this book analyses one key question: has it been worth it?The redoubtable Majumdar and his co-author reconfirm their expertise in drawing the bigger picture on issues of sports and placing it in a historical context. At its core, this is about the politics of the games, urban development and the artificial ambitions of India Rising. The picture they paint is not pretty. The most shocking aspect, covered in considerable detail, is how politics triumphs over everything else, from the budget which ballooned from the original Rs 617.5 crore estimate to over Rs 70,608 crore by 2010, to the declaration by the finance minister that “the Commonwealth Games present the country with an opportunity to showcase our potential as an emerging Asian power”, and the manner in which issues like unpardonable delays, bad planning, corruption and embarrassments galore have been glossed over by the need for misplaced Big Power projection. Their conclusion that the impetus lacked a powerful political figure at its head, a la Rajiv Gandhi at the Asiad in 1982, is difficult to argue with in light of the shocking compromises made in the name of “national pride”. Suresh Kalmadi, for all his swagger and boastfulness, is a poor substitute.advertisementThe second part of the book relates to Delhi, what the frenetic construction has done to the Capital and the legacy it is likely to leave behind. The authors have used the space and time at their disposal to track the record of other cities which have hosted mega-sporting events, from Hamilton in 1930 where the first British Empire Games were staged, to Olympic venues like Greece, seen as the origin of its current financial crisis, to assess the short and long term impact. India is only the second Asian city after Kuala Lumpur to host the Commonwealth Games, and indeed, the key question is whether the CG has any relevance at all in today’s geo-political scenario.The recurring theme, whether historical or current, is to do with the dynamic between sports and politics. More to the point is their conclusion that the CG had become a personal ego massage for a few while ignoring the people who really matter, the citizens of Delhi who are paying the price in more ways than one, and Indian sportspersons who seem to have been sidelined in the entire messy media carnival that the Games have become. The authors analyse another vital issue; whether it will herald the belated birth of a sporting culture outside cricket. That is left to the reader to discover but basically, there is a Latin phrase that sums up their effort: panem et circenses, or “bread and circuses”. In its historical context, it connotes the triviality and frivolity that defined the Roman Empire prior to its decline. With regard to the Commonwealth Games 2010, we have the Neros, fiddling while the edifice crumbled. The circus, meanwhile, complete with acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists, has already begun.last_img read more

Railways, Odisha enter quarters at senior women’s hockey nationals

first_imgDefending Champions Railways, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) and Odisha won their respective pool matches to enter the quarter-finals of second Hockey India Senior Women National Championship here today.Railways, who beat Maharashtra 9-0 on Monday, registered their second consecutive win in Pool A, beating Kerala 17-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals. Poonam Rani top-scored for Railways with five goals followed by Vandana Katariya (4), Jasjeet Kaur (2), Anupa Barla (2), Soundarya Yendala (1),Ramneek Kaur (1), Yogita Bali (1) and Deep Grace Ekka (1), while Neethu Thambi scored the lone goal for Kerala.Unbeaten Odisha topped Pool C with a 5-0 win over Hockey Bhopal to enter the last-eight round. Odisha, who led 3-0 at the half time, scored through Namita Toppo (2), Birajini Ekka (1), Nilima Minz (1) and Elin Lakra (1).In Pool E, Ranjita scored three goals to guide MPHA to a 6-0 win over Chhattisgarh. Ranjita secured a hat-trick while Kavita Vidyarthi, Apoorva Vishwakarma and Ritusha Arya scored one goal each.Chandigarh, meanwhile, registered their second win in Pool G, spanking Uttrakhand 14-0. Rajni scored four goals for Chandigarh followed by Reena Khokher (3), Shivani (2), Neeru (2), Harpreet Kaur (1), Nishi Chauhan (1) and Sangeeta (1). Chandigarh now will have to win their next game against Karnataka to qualify for quarter-finals.In another Pool G match, Karnataka beat Puducherry 15-0 while Tamil Nadu drew 2-2 with Rajasthan in Pool C.last_img read more

Never weighed down: In pursuit of gold, Mary Kom lost 2kg in 4 hours

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Lose 2kg in 4 hours. Sounds like the advert of an outlandish weight-loss regimen? No, this was the practical challenge that a jet-lagged M C Mary Kom was confronted with when she landed in Poland for a just-concluded boxing tournament — the one where she picked up her third gold of the year, adding to a seemingly count-less tally. “We landed in Poland at round 3-3:30 in the morning and the general weigh-in was at around 7:30am. I was a couple of kilograms above 48kg, the category I compete in, at that point,” the five-time world champion, who is also an Olympic bronze-medallist, told PTI in an interview after her return to the country. “So, I had roughly four hours to shed that or I would have been disqualified for being over-weight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready,” said the 35-year-old, a colossus not just in Indian boxing but also internationally. “Thankfully, the flight we travelled in was nearly empty so I could sleep with my legs outstretched, ensuring that I was not stiff on landing there. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would have been able to compete,” she recalled. The diminutive Manipuri was the lone senior gold-winner for India at the tournament in Poland, a testimony to her incredible longevity and also a reflection of the lack of depth in Indian women’s boxing. Mention that to her and the mother-of-three offers a lopsided grin and an answer that is solely focussed on what she has done right over the nearly two decades she has been around.advertisement “I am never satisfied with how I perform, I am always looking to work out new strategies. I am obsessive but not overtly aggressive. I like to conserve in a bout. I always like to study my opponents and then dismantle them bit by bit,” she said. And to ensure that the obsession doesn’t consume her, Mary Kom said she has been lucky to have her best friend for husband. “Onler is my rock. It is because of him that I can be this obsessive about my sport and it is because of him that I manage to never cross the unhealthy line when it comes to obsession,” she said as the man in question nodded thoughtfully with a faint smile on his face. “Chilling” at her official residence in Delhi now, the Rajya Sabha MP savoured the little joys of life which sometimes take a back-seat because of her focus on boxing. These include watching her three kids hop around and make their tutor’s job difficult, sharing jokes with the “rock” of her life and checking on the aches and pains that are sometimes ignored in pursuit of that next medal. “She is hyperactive, always looking for something to do. She cannot sit idle even after coming from a long journey. Something is dusty, it needs to be cleaned right away, she does it herself, or else she would find something in kitchen. She gets her happiness in all this, that’s how she unwinds,” said Onler, who manages the administration of the couple’s boxing academy in Manipur. Mary Kom is just a couple of months shy of turning 36 but said she isn’t going to slow down either at home or inside the ring. “No, the world championships in November is not my last. I am not going anywhere till the 2020 Olympics provided my body stays fit. I know my limitations but I also know my strengths. If there is any injury then I will see,” she said. For an athlete who has achieved just about everything that is there to be achieved, Mary Kom also revealed what counts for failure in her book. “Not winning a gold, now that’s a failure for me,” she laughed when asked whether she can recall any debacles after an unprecedented five world and Asian titles, an Olympic bronze, Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medals, and numerous other international and national medals. “The world championship in two months in Delhi will be another test. I can only say that I will do my best, I never guarantee medals and I won’t do it now either. In a contact sport, it’s foolish to make big statements because actually you never know,” she said. Individual failures, may be not, but the collective failure of Indian women’s boxing at the Asian Games in Jakarta last month sprung into the conversation yet again and this time Mary Kom was a shade more forthcoming.advertisement “See, I did feel sad that we did not get any medals at the Asian Games. And my suggestion is that we focus on technique. It is not about going all aggressive from the first round itself. Girls should learn to conserve themselves and apply their mind more,” she opined. Beyond this assessment, she preferred to keep the focus on her own game and the challenge of meeting the expectations of a sixth world title from her. “Boxing is my soul,” she declared even as her “rock” let out a small smile with a slight shake of the head. “She carries her training gear all the time in the car. During Parliament session, she just runs from training to the house in morning, changing on the way, she is crazy,” said Onler. “Funny how I am a part of all this now, I got interested only in 2001,” he added. “Yeah, the year, you got interested in me,” retorted Mary Kom, the sound of her laughter filling the room as the interview drew to a close. PTI PM AHAHlast_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City edge past Watford, Bournemouth climb to 6th

first_imgManchester City were made to work hard by Watford for a close 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Tuesday but eventually extended their lead at the top of the table to five points.Manchester City kept their title-chasing juggernaut rolling even as they were without their star striker Sergio Aguero. Close-season signing Riyad Mahrez stepped up as he set up Leroy Sane for the first goal and then scored one himself.AFC Bournemouth registered a close 2-1 win over lowly Huddersfield Town to move up to the sixth spot in the table while West Ham United and 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion registered comfortable victories.City were having trouble finding a way past Watford keeper Ben Foster at Vicarage Road but the Englishman will not want to see the replay of him being beaten by the chest of Sane five minutes before the break from a Mahrez cross.Algerian Mahrez then fired home himself shortly after halftime to set Pep Guardiola’s marauding side on the way to what looked like an easy victory.Watford did not give up though and Abdoulaye Doucoure fired in from close range five minutes from time. The hosts, without a win since October, pushed City deep into their half but could not stop them claiming a 13th win in 15 league games this term.| @BenFoster says he was proud of his teammates’ performance tonight, despite just falling short.#watfordfc #WATMCI Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 4, 2018Spectators have been accustomed to seeing City blowing teams away, particularly last season when they won the title with a record 100 points and scored a record number of goals.advertisementIt is not often that City resort to clearing the ball high and away from their defence as they did near the end at Watford, but Guardiola said the result was the most important thing.”For five minutes they were better than us. It is not about breaking records, it’s winning games. You cannot win easily for 38 games, that is impossible,” the Spanish coach said.The focus on Wednesday switches to second-placed Liverpool who visit Burnley looking to cut the gap back to two points.BOURNEMOUTH RESURGENT Bournemouth scored both their goals in the first half vs Huddersfield Town. (Reuters Photo)Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser notched a goal and an assist each to snap the south-coast side’s four-game losing streak with a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town.Wilson gave the hosts the lead after five minutes with a superb header from a free kick that Fraser whipped in. Wilson returned the favour 17 minutes later by passing to the unmarked Fraser who slotted the ball past keeper Jonas Lossl.Terence Kongolo pulled one back for the visitors seven minutes before halftime with a header butut it was not enough to stop Eddie Howe’s side moving up to sixth spot.Brighton were reduced to 10 men in the ‘M23 derby’ against Crystal Palace but still ran out comfortable 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone.Murray converted a 24th minute spot kick for his ninth goal of the season before Shane Duffy was sent off for a clash with Patrick van Aanholt after a penalty appeal was turned down.The hosts doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark through substitute Balogun before Andone scored the third in first-half stoppage time.Enjoy it, Albion fans! #BHAFC & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) December 4, 2018Luka Milivojevic converted a late penalty for Palace after a foul on Wilfried Zaha but it was too late for Roy Hodgson’s side who slipped to 15th, three points above the relegation zone.Three is the magic number for West Ham with the 3-1 victory over Cardiff City at the London Stadium being their second successive win and they have scored three goals in each.Lucas Perez came off the bench to score twice shortly after halftime before Michail Antonio headed home a third.Cardiff’s Josh Murphy bundled in a consolation but, with the bottom three playing on Wednesday, Neil Warnock’s side could be in the drop zone by the time they host Southampton on Saturday.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Jose Mourinho wary of fresh Arsenal ahead of Premier League clashAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso Read | Mark Hughes sacked as Southampton manager eight months after taking chargelast_img read more

Mexico ready for more than Navas

first_imgMexico Mexico expecting tough Costa Rica that’s more than just Keylor Navas Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 06:14 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Keylor Navas Costa Rica Mike Lawrie Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica Real Madrid World Cup While El Tri know the Real Madrid goalkeeper is tough to beat, they’re expecting a complete challenge from the Ticos While Mexico is expecting a difficult challenge in getting past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas during Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio is conscious that the Ticos have more weapons than simply their superstar shot-stopper.Mexico 2/1 to beat Costa RicaNavas had a tremendous game Friday, helping Costa Rica get a road victory against the United States, and will be key to coach Oscar Ramirez’s plan to locking up qualification with a win Tuesday. While Mexico already has clinched a spot in Russia, it’s pushing to match and break its record of 22 points in the final round of World Cup qualification. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “We think there are three things to keep in mind with the current national team: the two players out wide who get into the attack really well — right now they’re going more into the final third,” Osorio said at a news conference in San Jose. “Second, something really important is that [Celso] Borges, in addition to being a central midfielder with the ability to win back balls, he’s constantly joining the attack and trying to take advantage of his aerial game.”And finally, I think the maturity all their players have having played in a World Cup gives them experience, this plus having a good record in qualification. That’s why it’s one of the best teams in the confederation.”Keylor Navas Costa RicaNavas’ counterpart, Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa, understands that a match between two of the region’s best goalkeepers will invite comparisons. But he prefers to look at the collective that he’ll likely have to keep off the board if he starts Tuesday.”I don’t want to talk about just one player. Costa Rica have very talented players on every line — when we’ve played here before it hasn’t been easy,” Ochoa said. “Costa Rica always comes out to play. It’s a team that likes to attack, that doesn’t just close up, and that’s what we like most, matches with this kind of open play. Tomorrow we’re expecting a complicated, difficult game. They have their goal, and we have ours that still hasn’t ended.””I respect Keylor, I admire him. He’s had an excellent career and deserves to be where he is,” Ochoa added. “He has his career and I have mine. He does things for his team and country, and I do them for mine. The important thing is to keep a level head and not fall for provocations.”last_img read more

Premier League duo join Mata’s Common Goal project

first_imgManchester United Premier League duo become first English players to join Mata’s Common Goal project Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:45 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Juan Mata Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Swansea City v Leicester City Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth Swansea City AFC Bournemouth The charitable cause sees footballers donate a percentage of their earnings, with several high-profile figures on board Charlie Daniels and Alfie Mawson have become the first English players to join the Common Goal charitable project pioneered by Juan Mata.Manchester United playmaker Mata has been encouraging fellow footballers to join him in pledging to donate at least one per cent of their salaries to football charities around the world.The likes of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels and Juventus centre-half Giorgio Chiellini are already part of the project, along with American stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Now Bournemouth defender Daniels and Swansea’s Mawson have signed up to support the cause.I’m delighted to join the @CommonGoalOrg project. Together, we can make a difference. #CommonGoal #afcb@juanmata8— charlie daniels (@chazdaniels13) October 20, 2017“I’ve experienced pretty much everything that you can live as a player in England, maybe that’s why I’ll never forget where I’ve come from,” said Daniels.“Football is such an important part of my life, as it is for so many people in this country. It just seems right that our national sport gives something back to society.“Common Goal is the most effective and long-lasting way for players to make a difference. If my pledge can help spread the idea of Common Goal, especially among the younger players, then it will be one of the proudest achievements of my career.”Mawson added: “It was only a few years ago that I was playing non-league and helping out my Dad at the weekends with his market stall.“I’m now at a great place and I want to concentrate 100% on my football. I don’t want to cause any fuss or anything, but joining Common Goal allows me to focus on my career while forming part of something that can really help transform lives of those less fortunate. It’s a good thing for football.”Two amazing stories behind our first two English players joining #CommonGoal! Welcome @AlfieMawson &— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) October 20, 2017Mata was delighted to have brought a couple of his Premier League colleagues on board with the project.The Spain international said: “I’ve been speaking to several English players who have shown an interest in Common Goal and it’s brilliant that Charlie and Alfie are the first players to make the pledge.“They are both top Premier League players and their commitment is a great step in the evolution of Common Goal.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Watch: Indian audience is passionate, energetic and full of life, says Roger Federer

first_img Next Watch: Indian audience is passionate, energetic and full of life, says Roger FedererRoger Federer, who is currently playing US Open, said he loves coming to India not only to visit, but also to play. He also shed light on his favourite dress on and off the court.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 18:54 IST Roger Federer, of Switzerland, acknowledges fans (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer said he loves coming to India not only to visit, but also to playFederer was in New Delhi for the International Premier Tennis League in 2014Federer also shed light on his favourite dress on and off the courtTennis legend Roger Federer loves India and feels its audience are passionate and full of life.In an interaction with his apparel sponsor Uniqlo, Federer said he loves coming to India not only to visit, but also to play. “I love India. I enjoy going there to visit and also to play. It’s a vibrant country. So many people getting together,” 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer was quoted as saying on Uniqlo India’s Instagram page.Asked about the people, the 38-year old said: “To me the Indian audience is passionate, energetic and full of life.”Federer has been to India three times before in 2006, 2014 and 2015. Currently playing in the US Open where he reached his 13th quarter-final in New York, Federer visited India for the first time in 2006 to the tsunami-struck Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu.Federer was in New Delhi for the International Premier Tennis League in 2014.Federer also shed light on his favourite dress on and off the court.”It’s a mix of all, trying to make a nice outfit that works in all conditions that can be anything on the tennis court. And when you play good in it, you feel good in it and if you do win a big tournament, it become an iconic outfit.advertisement”But of course, for me everything started with the headband and then of course the shirt, maybe is the most relevant and most important peiece of an outfit,” he said.”Probably would be my jeans at the moment and a simple tee,” he said on his preferred casual outfit.Federer was recently made to sweat by Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in the first round of the US Open. He eventually won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 after losing the first set.Also Read | US Open: Bianca Andreescu into 1st Grand Slam quarters after 3-set win over Taylor TownsendAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow US Openlast_img read more

Bureau Veritas Grants Range of Approvals to GTT

first_imgClassification society Bureau Veritas has issued a number of approvals for new gas containment systems and LNG technology applications to French Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT).BV has been working with GTT to approve two new containment systems, namely the Mark III Flex+, an evolution of the Mark III® but with a lower boil-off rate (BOR) and the GTT MARS™, a containment system developed for LPG carriers that is adaptable to any size of tank or ship.Approval in Principle (AiP) has been provided for a 6,500 cbm bunker barge (jointly developed between DSEC and GTT) and the AiP for the design of an 180,000 cbm LNG carrier is being finalized.“These approvals are helping GTT expand the range and depth of their technologies. The increasing sophistication of containment systems and expansion of their application is driving the adoption and development of gas transportation and LNG as a marine fuel as well supporting the marine gas trades,” Matthieu de Tugny, COO, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said.The company was also granted AiPs for a solution for vapour pocket management allowing LNG carriers, in compliance with the revised IGC Code, to operate with an increased filling limit, GTT’s NO96 pressurization system evolution to provide enhanced maintenance flexibility and safety, as well as reduced cooling down features of both the NO96 and Mark III® systems to improve cargo operations.last_img read more

NBA Player Jason Collins To Receive Courage Award

first_imgGLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, today announced it will honor NBA player Jason Collins with the Courage Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, May 20.“We are incredibly proud to honor Jason Collins with our Courage Award,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “His decision to come out is a game-changer for sports and will have a profound impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, particularly those who participate in or want to participate in athletics. Jason’s actions also send another clear message to young people that sexual orientation can no longer be the standard to unfairly judge an athlete’s ability or potential. Joining the ranks of trailblazers like Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Wade Davis and Brittney Griner, we have witnessed another obstacle overcome in sports.”Jason Collins will receive the Courage Award for his historic decision to come out as gay, becoming the first active out athlete in the NBA, MLB, NHL or NFL. By coming out, Collins has broken monumental barriers for and raised the hopes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student athletes in K-12 schools.Collins came out as gay in the cover story of the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated. Fellow NBA players and others in the league rallied in support of his decision, including NBA commissioner David Stern.“Throughout his career, Jason has demonstrated a strength and determination that is truly admirable in professional sports,” said Stern. “His courage upon coming out, however, is an even more powerful statement and has already inspired others in sports at all levels. We are proud of our partnership with GLSEN and are delighted that Jason is receiving their Courage Award.”Jason Collins was originally selected in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Collins later went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.The NBA has a long-standing history of affirming LGBT issues within its three professional sports leagues and among its fan base, including its close partnership with GLSEN. The NBA joined GLSEN’s award-winning ThinkB4YouSpeak Ad Council campaign, featuring NBA players Grant Hill, Jared Dudley, Steve Nash and Brook Lopez. The NBA, WNBA and many of their players have supported Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principals of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN also honored the NBA in 2012 with its Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award.Jason Collins completes the full line-up at the GLSEN Respect Awards in New York and will be honored alongside Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award recipient JP Morgan & Chase Co.; Inspiration Award recipient USA Network’s Characters Unite campaign; Hero Award recipient LZ Granderson; 2013 Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year recipient Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School; and 2013 Educator of the Year elementary school counselor Matthew Beck.The Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.The event is co-chaired by Cindy Armine (Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, JP Morgan & Chase Co.); Brian Elliot (Founder, Elliot Strategy); Tim Federle (Author – “Better Nate Than Ever”); and Barbara Frankel (Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, DiversityInc).last_img read more

Amazigh of Morocco Want Their Voice Heard

Agadir – Violence erupted in the commune of Tamazzouzt in morocco (a town near Marrakech), as Amazighs (Berbers call themselves “Amazighs,” or free men) refuse to participate in the national census, protesting against discrimination.The boycott of the national census is the result of many years of ignoring the existence of Amazighs in their homeland.Today over half of Moroccans are Berber speakers, and it is more language and culture that differentiate Berbers from Arabs. They choose to push for the recognition of their language and identity not only in the new constitution, but also in everyday life.After King Mohammed VI addressed some of those grievances in the amended constitution, by enacting a reform on March 9/2011, in a major speech to the nation, the Amazigh demands are still not fully satisfied.What are the Amazighs demands?The amended constitution of 2011 was considered as a big achievement to demarcate the Amazigh language alongside Arabic, after a long time of rejection and ignorance.Despite of founding the royal institute of the Amazigh culture(IRCAM), and including the language in the Moroccan educational system, in addition to establishing a Tamazight TV station to set up a solid contact with the Berber audience, the Amazigh movement is still not pleased with these steps the state has taken so far.Activists have also called for a complete involvement of the state in the discussion about teaching Tamazight in schools.Today, Tamazight is taught in the majority of schools in the Moroccan kingdom, but other demands related to language struggle to find their way to activation.Quite to the contrary says El Hamzaoui Tijani, a Member of the Executive Office of the Amazigh Network for Citizenship (Azetta Amazigh): “The government is going in the opposite direction of the democratic management of the multilingualism and the cultural diversity of Morocco”. He saidEl Hamzaoui Tijani, a Member of the Executive Office of the Amazigh Network for Citizenship (Azetta Amazigh)Azetta Amazigh has proposed a bill to the government and parliamentary actors to implement the legislation of Amazigh demands, but they haven’t received any response yet.“We find it very offensive to prevent us as berbers of using Amazigh names for our newborns.” Said Tijani El Hamzaoui.Rachid Raha, the President in charge of International Affairs of the Amazigh world Assembly believes that the coexistence between arabs and amazigh citizens in morocco is highly recommended, and racism and discrimination could eventually tear apart the Moroccan society, and threaten the stability in this country.Rachid Raha, the President in charge of International Affairs of the Amazigh world AssemblyRaha accuses the government of being an obstacle in the path of the activation of the demarcation of Tamazight, instead of giving priority to the implementation of the constitutional reform.“Any procrastinating in the implementation of our rights may have negative effects on the future of Morocco.” Said Rachid Raha.“Arabs and Amazighs to live together has become a supreme national interest that must be taken seriously.” He addedOther activists said that they are stronger more than ever, and they will keep fighting to undergo an intense integration into social and political life.The activists believe that there is still a long way to go to achieve their rights; they want not only to have a comprehensive recognition of their identity, but also to live this victory of a country without any inferiority complex.Activists claim that the demarcation of their identity in Morocco can be a nightmare for all those with ideologies and narrow nationalism, which could be a barrier in the development of their country as they said.Culture remains a diplomatic tool for Amazighs activists: Rachid Bouksim, isan Amazigh activist and the director of the international festival of the Amazigh Film “ISSNI N’ourgh“The Amazigh cultural movement in Morocco is a transnational cultural identity campaign that defends the importance of culture in promoting their identity.Rachid Bouksim, is an Amazigh activist and the director of the international festival of the Amazigh Film “ISSNI N’ourgh” based in Agadir, refuses to accept any financial support of his festival from the state.“I will continue in supporting the Amazigh cinema in my festival, only to prove to the government that our existence alongside Arabs is for the cohesion of this country” He saidSome accuse the Amazigh of attempting to dominate the country culturally and politically, their answer is quite the contrary, their priorities are promoting their culture by artistic production.Activists from the community in Morocco are now quietly campaigning for the Amazigh New Year, Yanayer, to be recognized as a national holiday.What are the Amazigh women’s aspirations?They fight to uncover the unseen about them in a community that doesn’t distinguish their specificity of being amazigh.To be an Amazigh woman is not as easy as we think, that’s what we extract from the statements of Meryam Demnati, an Activist and Researcher at the Amazigh Observatory of Rights and Freedoms.Meryem thinks that Amazigh women are assaulted in their identity, and she believes that they are sidelined in a country of multiple discrimination.They must fight twice as hard, to have their legitimate rights as the rest of Moroccan women and for their rights as Amazigh.“Our situation will not change until it is de-linked from any religion, this question of women must be included in human rights and we refuse the segregation according to sex,” she added.Meryem, as a militant for the amazigh women’s rights, will continue to work in this direction, and she strongly believes that one day Amazigh woman will regain her rights and dignity.Despite the fact that amazigh women have reached high positions such as parliamentary deputy, their existence is still linked to their identity as amazigh and not to the quality of their work.Amazigh women activists find themselves deprived of real participation in the political and the cultural life in morocco.The few rights they have are not even understood by them because they are not written or expressed in their native language.“I am optimistic because of one reason, Amazigh women have an incomparable energy even if illiteracy and the workload still exist in rural areas,” said Meryam DemnatiToday as Amazigh women are more into politics, they are not sufficiently encouraged by men who often overshadow them.“We need to contribute in the management of regional affairs in particular, in this respect, the law should support equal access by women and men to elected offices,” added MeryemWomen, who have seats in the parliament, do not represent their aspirations, they only represent political parties.Meryem as a Long-winded activist refuses to reduce the Amazigh cause in just intellectual preoccupation; she describes it as an existential question of identity in the forefront.“Our rights are deeply linked to the rights of the Amazigh movement, and by achieving the amazigh movement demands we will eventually achieve ours too,” said Meryem.Considering the achievements in the field of promoting democracy, Morocco is in a position today to start establishing an advanced regionalization in managing the different parts of the country, and by respecting the particularity of each area, Morocco will definitely manage its diversity.© Morocco World News. 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UN coordinator for Lebanon stresses government formation crucial for stability

29 March 2011The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, today called for a quick formation of a new government, saying that doing so is essential for both the security and development priorities of the people of the Middle Eastern country. Lebanon’s Government, led by Saad Hariri, collapsed in January after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over its refusal to cease cooperation with the UN-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of Mr. Hariri’s father Rafiq and 22 other people. “I told the Council this morning that we look forward to the early formation of a Government which will help address the priorities of the Lebanese people both in terms of political and security stability, but also in terms of their social and economic requirements,” Mr. Williams told reporters at UN Headquarters after a briefing the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on Lebanon. He said he had made it clear to Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati and other leaders that the UN expectation is that the new government, when formed, will continue to respect its international obligations and especially Security Council resolution 1701, the terms of which ended the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah. “I have been reassured by the statements from Najib Mikati and from others that that will indeed be the case,” said Mr. Williams. He said the cessation of hostilities continues to hold on the so-called “Blue Line” between Israel and Lebanon and voiced confidence that that will remain the case. Mr. Williams also expressed his satisfaction that the tripartite mechanism which brings together the Israeli and the Lebanese armies and is chaired by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has continued its work. “We need to see more progress towards the full implementation of resolution 1701,” Mr. Williams said, calling for an end to Israel’s “almost daily” violation of Lebanese airspace and for Israel’s withdrawal from the northern part of the Lebanese village of Ghajar. “I also told the Council this morning that inevitably the deepening political polarisation in Lebanon has affected the implementation of resolution 1701. “I expressed my regrets for example that the national dialogue has been in abeyance for some time now and has not met since early November 2010,” said Mr. Williams, stressing that the dialogue should resume after the formation of the new government to continue playing its role in addressing differences and tensions, including developing a national defence strategy that would deal with the issue of arms outside the control of the State. He expressed his hope that the new government once formed would reinvigorate its engagement to improve the management and control of the country’s borders. Mr. Williams also called fro the release of seven Estonian cyclists who were abducted by unknown people in the Bekaa Valley late last week. “No purpose is served by their continued detention,” he said. In his latest report on Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Lebanon’s paralysis over forming a government has prevented progress in implementing some of its key obligations under resolution 1701. Mr. Ban calls on the newly designated Government to continue to cooperate with the tribunal on Mr. Hariri’s assassination, which was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry was seriously flawed. The Commission also found that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. The first indictments were handed up in January, but their contents remain confidential. “I call upon the Government to be formed in Lebanon to reiterate its commitment to the full implementation of resolution 1701 (2006) in its ministerial statement, and to take necessary visible steps towards its implementation,” Mr. Ban says in the report. Although the situation on the ground has remained relatively stable and calm during the three months covered by the report, both sides have yet to fulfil all the terms of the resolution. Israel has yet to withdraw from northern Ghajar and the adjacent area north of the Blue Line separating the countries. read more

BC ranchers say costs of wildfires likely top hundreds of millions

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association says wildfires have inflicted a terrible financial and emotional toll on its members.Association manager Kevin Boon says wildfires that broke out earlier this month in B.C.’s Cariboo and Chilcotin regions are estimated to have charred about 1,000 square kilometres of ranch land.He says cattle, fences, feed and infrastructure have all been destroyed.Boon expects financial losses for the association’s nearly 1,200 beef producers will top hundreds of millions of dollars.He says the federal and provincial governments have offered assurances that assistance will be provided, but the extent of the help or how it will be delivered is still unknown.Boon says ranchers are in the process of tallying the damage. (CHNL) read more

Burundi displaced civilians begin returning home amid capitals relative calm

According to a spokesperson in New York, UN humanitarian officials said the flow of internally displaced persons into Bujumbura has now ceased, with significant numbers returning home from their impromptu settlements in the capital’s southern suburbs.The majority of families who had sought shelter from fighting last week remain at their site near the National Unity Monument. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided them with a seven-day ration while Médecins sans Frontiers (MSF) and Italian Cooperation continue to provide basic health, water and sanitation services.Clashes between the Palipehutu-Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL-Rwasa) rebel group and the Armed Forces of Burundi (FAB) erupted in southern neighbourhoods of Bujumbura nearly two weeks ago. Mortar fire and shelling rocked the capital for days, leaving over 100 dead and displacing an estimated 15,000. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other agencies have expressed concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the city and have struggled to assist waves of internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

Environmental hot spots in Balkans cleaned up UN agency says

Established in the aftermath of the 1999 Kosovo war, the pioneering $12.5 million programme has successfully identified, assessed and completed the first UN-led cleanup of environmental threats as a result of armed conflict.”Environmental conditions have a crucial influence on the success of efforts to rebuild shattered communities and livelihoods,” said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “The closure of UNEP’s post-conflict activities in the Balkans is a positive signal. It demonstrates that, overall, South-eastern Europe is progressing from conflict to peace.”As an integral part of the handover, authorities in Serbia and Montenegro worked together with UNEP on a joint final assessment of the environmental conditions at the four sites.The initial work identified the four “hot spots” – all of which are within Serbia: the industrial complex at Pancevo; the Zastava car plant in Kragujevac; the oil refinery beside the Danube River in Novi Sad; and the ore smelting complex at Bor.At most locations, the conflict-related impacts represented only a part of the environmental and health challenges present, as serious contamination also pre-dated the Kosovo conflict, UNEP said. There were also long-term deficiencies in the storage and treatment of hazardous waste.The conflict-related environmental consequences at Kragujevac and Bor have been largely dealt with, making fresh drinking water available for tens of thousands of people. Hundreds of tons of hazardous waste have been taken away for treatment and environmental management capacities also strengthened.In Novi Sad, the risk of serious contamination affecting drinking-water supplies has been substantially reduced and conflict-related environmental impacts are being systematically monitored. At Pancevo, the place that suffered the most damage during the war, conflict-related concerns have been significantly reduced, but important “pre-war” environmental problems have yet to be addressed, UNEP said. read more

The Latest Arkansas asks court to halt judges order that it reveal

The Latest: Arkansas asks court to halt judge’s order that it reveal info on execution drugs by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 1:13 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Here is the latest on a judge’s ruling striking down a portion of Arkansas’ law that keeps confidential details about execution drugs (all times local):5:05 p.m.Arkansas has filed an emergency motion to halt a lower court judge’s mandate that it turn over information about the source and maker of its execution drugs by noon Friday.The Arkansas attorney general’s office filed the motion with the State Supreme Court late Thursday. It asks that Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen’s order be stayed pending an appeal of his Thursday ruling that struck down a portion of the state’s execution law that allows the state to withhold information on the drugs’ makers and suppliers.Attorneys for the state note in the motion that courts in other states with secrecy laws regarding executions have generally sided with states on challenges to those laws. They believe Arkansas’ law is less stringent than many of those.__4:45 p.m.Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed notice that the state plans to appeal a judge’s decision to strike down a portion of the state’s execution law that allows the source of the state’s lethal drugs to remain secret.Spokesman Judd Deere said in an emailed statement late Thursday that Rutledge plans to ask the Arkansas Supreme Court for “an immediate stay as quickly as possible.”The lower court ruling set a noon deadline for the state to turn over information about the makers, suppliers and other details about the state’s three-drug protocol.Pulaski County Circuit Court Wendell Griffen sided with death row inmates who challenged the law passed by legislators this year. Griffin rejected arguments by the state that identifying the suppliers would make it harder to obtain the drugs.___3:20 p.m.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling a judge’s decision to strike down a portion of the state’s law that keeps secret details about the drugs used in executions “troubling” and says seeking a stay from the state Supreme Court is an option.The Republican governor said Thursday that he needs to talk with Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office and legal counsel about the next steps following Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen’s ruling.Griffen gave the state until noon Friday to disclose the execution drug details.Hutchinson said the ruling puts the state in a difficult position since it assured the drug suppliers of the confidentiality promised under the law. Hutchinson questioned the need for such a ruling since the state Supreme Court has put Arkansas’ pending executions on hold.Hutchinson said seeking a stay from the state Supreme Court is an option that should be considered.__2 p.m.A state judge has struck down a portion of Arkansas’ law that keeps confidential the source of its execution drugs.Pulaski County Circuit Court Wendell Griffen ruled Thursday that the state must disclose details of its execution drugs by noon Friday.He sided with death row inmates who challenged a law passed by legislators this year that shielded the identity of drug suppliers.Griffen rejected arguments from the state that said disclosing the information would make it more difficult to obtain the drugs. The state had also argued that drug companies could face undue criticism because of the disclosure.He ruled that a company that does business with the state has no constitutional right “to enjoy governmental protection from criticism.”___This story has been corrected to show that Griffen is a circuit court judge, not a district court judge. read more

Zika virus UN agencies step up response measures following declaration of public

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus has spread rapidly and has so far been detected in 25 countries, with a surge in cases of microcephaly particularly in northeastern Brazil. The protocol for diagnosing it starts with measuring the head of a newborn at least one day after birth to see if it is below a certain level. The disease could be responsible for a number of problems, from convulsions to learning disabilities. At a press briefing at UN headquarters in Geneva, Dr. Antony Costello, the Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at WHO, said there are currently two main challenges being tackled.“One is that Zika virus […] we don’t have a commercially available diagnostic test, and further, the test that we do have only detects the virus when it’s active, let’s say during a period of I think five days,” he explained, noting that this means many women could have been exposed to Zika virus and it may not be clear whether they’ve had the infection or not.“The second problem is that microcephaly is not an absolutely simple diagnosis to make,” he added. At the moment there are nearly 4,200 cases reported as suspect from Brazil but a significant proportion of those cases could be discarded if linked to other causes. Dr. Costello also informed reporters that a global response unit has been set up, bringing together all people across WHO in Headquarters and in the regions, to prepare a formal response using the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect themselves from infection.“Although there is still no conclusive evidence of the causal link between microcephaly and the Zika virus, there is enough concern to warrant immediate action,” said Dr. Heather Papowitz, UNICEF’s Senior Advisor for Health Emergencies, in a press release.“We need to act fast to provide women and pregnant mothers with the information they need to protect themselves and their babies, and we need to engage with communities on how to stop the mosquito that is carrying and transmitting this virus.” According to the agency, simple measures that can help keep people safe include using insect repellent, covering as much of the body as possible with long, light-coloured clothing, removing places where mosquitoes can breed, and putting screens on windows and doors. Pregnant women who think they have been exposed to the virus should seek care by a trained health provider.While the surge in microcephaly has so far only been reported in Brazil, UNICEF is also scaling up its support to other countries in the region and stands ready to support national governments as needed – using its network of 24 offices serving 35 countries and territories.It is also launching a nearly $9 million appeal for its programmes to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate its impact on newborns and their families across the region.Turning to how the Zika virus could affect travel, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recalled in a press release that according to WHO there should be no restrictions on travel with the affected areas.The agency stressed that travellers to areas with Zika virus transmission should be provided with up to date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites. It also said standard WHO recommendations regarding disinfection of aircraft and airports should be implemented. read more

Bryce Harper May Already Be Past His Prime

From ABC News: Injuries have played a role in this. Harper has played fewer than 120 games in three of his seven years in the majors, and those partial seasons have also limited his ability to rack up WAR, which is a cumulative stat that rewards just showing up for work.FiveThirtyEight examined all players in MLB history who have had one season of 8 or more WAR — but only one — before turning 26, and then we studied the trajectory of those players’ careers. There are 32 such players in MLB history, including three other than Harper who are still active: Aaron Judge, Matt Chapman (who hasn’t played his age 26 season) and Evan Longoria. Of the 28 players who are no longer active, 17 never produced another 8-plus WAR season after their age 25 season.The historical players studied peaked at age 24 (6.6 WAR) and 25 (6.5 WAR), then they declined steadily. A player’s peak is often earlier than conventional wisdom would expect. Jeff Zimmerman at FanGraphs found that while the average ballplayer peaks at age 27, good players peak at either 25 or 26 years old.While there are exceptions like Adrian Beltre and Henry Aaron, who had some of their best years later in their careers, the best baseball happens early for many excellent players. That doesn’t mean that Harper (or Machado, for that matter) can’t be a star-level player regularly, but history is betting against him becoming a consistent MVP presence like Mike Trout. Baseball may not quite know what Bryce Harper is, but the Phillies are going to find out.Neil Paine contributed research. The Philadelphia Phillies and star outfielder Bryce Harper on Thursday reached a record free-agent agreement in terms of total dollars ($330 million) and years (13). After waiting 123 days since the World Series ended, Harper breaks the mark set just days earlier by Manny Machado. The previous open-market record — Alex Rodriguez’s free-agent contract for $275 million deal with the Yankees on Dec. 13, 2007 — stood for 11 years until this winter.1Before Thursday, Giancarlo Stanton had set the record for the richest deal signed, a $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins in 2014.But Harper’s deal falls short in terms of annual average value ($25.4 million). For instance, Rodriguez’s mega deals signed in 2007 and 2001 each had greater average values, and offseason speculation expected that Harper might command more than $30 million per season.2After all, one win above replacement is valued at about $10 million. There is no opt-out clause in the deal, but there is a no-trade clause. Given the deal’s less-than-expected annual average value and Harper’s far-longer-than-expected wait on the open market, the contract suggests that the baseball industry didn’t quite know what to make of Bryce Harper.The good news for the Phillies is that Harper should help them immediately. Based on 100 simulations run for FiveThirtyEight by Out of the Park Developments, Harper will improve the Phillies from an 80.2-win team in 2019 to an 86.1-win team, though the computer forecasts still had Philadelphia missing the postseason. Harper caps an aggressive offseason for the Phillies, who traded for catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura and added notable free agents Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson to a young core led by ace pitcher Aaron Nola and slugger Rhys Hoskins.But what’s troubling for the Phillies, who are now committed to Harper through his age 38 season in 2031, is that there’s a good chance that Harper has already played his best baseball.Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 at age 16, dubbed the “most exciting prodigy since LeBron.” A year later, he was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He debuted as a 19-year-old in 2012 and won rookie of the year. In 2015, he posted a season of 10 wins above replacement and was named as the National League MVP. Since he reached the majors in 2012, he’s 20th in position player WAR, and he owns a .900 OPS (on-base plus slugging). In many ways, he’s lived up to the hype.But seven seasons into his career, we’re not exactly sure what type of player Harper is. While he’s shown stretches of brilliance, volatility in performance has been his most consistent trait.This has led to an unusual career trajectory to date.He’s one of only 15 position players 25 and younger to own a 10-WAR season, according to The rare company includes Ted Williams, Mike Trout, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. But he’s had just the one elite-level season.3We consider a season “elite” when a player has at least 8.0 WAR. His other campaigns have had a range of outcomes, from 1.1 to 5.1 WAR. Even within seasons, he’s had dramatic peaks and valleys. Last year, for instance, he hit .214 with an .833 OPS in the first half but was a star in the second half when he hit .300 with a .972 OPS. read more

Womens Junior World Championship in Czech Republic – Groups are decided

HUNCZEFRACRO DENKORAUTNED Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D CHNCGOPOLBRA The next step to the 2012 Women’s Junior World Championship in the Czech Republic was taken on Wednesday 18 April: In Ostrava, which is, beside Brno, one of the hosting cities from 1 to 15 July, the draw event for the groups of the preliminary rounds took place.Host Czech Republic had the right to choose their group – and they will play in Group B with Congo, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Argentina and Korea. Defending champion Norway will play in Group D against Brazil, Romania, Tunisia, Netherlands and Croatia. 2010 silver medallist and record world champion Russia is playing in Group C with Poland, Japan, Angola, Austria and France. Youth Olympic Games gold medallist Denmark faces Spain, China, Serbia, Uruguay and Hungary in Group A.From 1 to 6 July two groups of the preliminary round will play in Brno, and the other two in Ostrava. The four best ranked teams of each group reach the eighth-finals on 8 July, the in total eight teams ranked fifth and sixth compete in the President’s Cup – those games will take place from 8 to 10 July.The winners of the eighth-finals proceed to the quarter-finals in Ostrava (10 July), whereas the losers reach the placement round 9-16, which is played in Brno from 10 to 13 July. In Ostrava the semi-finals (11 July) and the placement matches 5-8 (11 and 13 July) will follow. The four top teams play for the medals in the final and the bronze final on 14 July, again in Ostrava.The preliminary round groups of the 2012 Women’s Junior World Championship in Brno and Ostrava, Czech Republic: SRBSWERUSROU BrnoCzech Republic handballHandball Junior World ChampionshipJunior handballOstrava URUKAZANGNOR ESPARGJPNTUN ← Previous Story HP Fans prediction: AG wins up to +3 Next Story → New Croatian player in Kielce – Manuel Strlek? read more

Gravity Falls Creator Joins the SpiderMan Animated Film Team

first_imgStay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split In early January we reported that an animated feature film based on the Ultimate Spider-Man character Miles Morales was being worked on. Well, we finally have some more news to swing your way, surprisingly from The Mystery Shack!Earlier this week The Wrap broke the news that Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has recently been added as a story contributor for Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” animated feature. The new film will focus around Marvel Comics newest web-slinger Miles Morales, replacing Peter Parker.Even though Morales is the latest character to dawn the Spidey tights, he has been in the spotlight since 2011 after the Ultimate Fallout began and both the Ultimate comic series and mainstream Marvel Universe collided. Morales’s Spider-Man was one of the few Ultimate story elements brought into the 616 universe.As for story contributor Alex Hirsch, he definitely has his plate full after the success of his wildly popular and original animated series, Gravity Falls. Hirsch has also been attached as a writer for Legendary Pictures new live action Pokemon adaptation Great Detective Pikachu, with the help from Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman.Hirsch’s work on Gravity Falls proves he is the right guy to write for both young and older audiences. It will be pretty interesting to see his approach to this kind storytelling. It sure did not take long for the powerhouse behind the Disney XD channel to pass along Hirsch’s name to the big boys upstairs.This Spider-Man animated film isn’t just a direct to DVD kind of deal either. Han Solo film director Phil Lord is attached to the project and has already turned in a script treatment. Marvel’s animated features dropped off years ago after many mediocre releases. The running joke for a while was that Marvel should stick to films, whereas DC should stick to animated features. Maybe attaching talent like Hirsch and Lord may change around Marvels Animation luck after all.The Miles Morales Spider-Man film isn’t titled just yet but is expected to hit theaters nationwide on Dec. 21, 2018.last_img read more